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Richard Woodward (1673 - bef. 1748)

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Richard "Of East Bradford" Woodward
Born in Acton Parish, Cheshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Son of and [mother unknown]
Husband of — married before in Chester Co., Pamap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Birmingham Twp., Chester Co., Pamap
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Categories: Concord Monthly Meeting, Concordville, Pennsylvania | Birmingham Monthly Meeting, Pennsylvania | Chester County, Pennsylvania.


There were two Richard Woodward's, born around the same time and living in the same locality: There is Richard Woodward, Jr., son of Richard Woodward Sr., (West Bradford) and Richard Woodward, son of Robert Woodward (East Bradford} Chester County, Pennsylvania. Both Quakers, attending different Meetings.

This profile represents Richard Woodward son of Robert Woodward, of East Bradford, Chester Co., Pa


Richard was a Quaker

Richard is first mentioned in the court records in 1696, when he and a brother, whose name is unknown, were living with, or working for James Swaffer. By a deed dated 12th month 20th 1702-3, John Willis of Birmingham conveyed one hundred and fifty acres of land to Richard Woodward, late of Thornbury, Yeoman, son of Robert Woodward of the manor of Rocklands, in the County of New Castle, tailor, for f60. [1]

This land was in what is now East Bradford township, not then organized, and lies adjoining the Southwest part of the borough of West Chester. [1]

Another deed, dated 5th month 25th 1711, conveyed one hundred and fifty acres of adjoining land from Nathaniel King, and wife Elizabeth, to Richard Woodward, of Birmingham, tailor. [1]

On Oct 2 & 3, 1740, Richard Woodward of East Bradford, yeoman, & Mary, his wife, deeded 150 acres for 200 pounds to Thomas Woodward of East Bradford, yeoman, son of Richard & Mary. This land had been granted to Richard Woodward on 25 March 1711.[2] Richards will dated 10/9/1747 was also written in East Bradford. The March 3, 1743 'Gazette of Philadelphia' carried an adverstisement: "The owner of a quantity of silver money that was taken up on the big road leading from John Frew's towards Maryland is desired to apply to Thomas or Richard Woodward, both of East Bradford, Chester County."

From these various bits of information we know that this Richard Woodward, son of Robert; lived in East Bradford, while Richard, son of Richard, lived in West Bradford.

The will of Richard Woodward mentions his wife Mary and list of children.

BIRTH/MARRIAGE/DEATH and Quaker mention:

Richard Woodward was born the 12th month 17th, 1673, and married Mary Nayle, daughter of Henry Nayle, Esq., of Thornbury in the 8th or 9th month of 1705, at the Birmingham Meeting. The first intention was July 10, 1705, Concord Meeting; 2nd intention August 18, 1705, at Concord; and reported Sept 12, 1705, as accomplished orderly.[3] Richard and Mary were married among Friends, and continued to be active members of Birmingham Meeting, to the end of their lives. Mary outlived Richard a few months, and died in 1748. [1]


i. Henry Woodward, b. 7/12/1706 Chester Co Pa, married Mary Townsend

ii. John Woodward, b. 6/3/1708 Chester Co., Pa; married (1) Ann Pyle, (2) Hannah Vernon, (3) Hannah Dilworth

iii. Deborah Woodward, b. 4/27/1710; married William Bennett

iv. Richard Woodward, jr., b. 10/21/1712; married (1) Hannah Eavenson, (2) Mary Yetman

v. Mary Woodward, b. 12/5/1715; married John Strode

vi. Alice Woodward, b. 4/13/1717; married Joshua Ash

vii. Unknown child born 5/12/1719

viii. Thomas Woodward, b. 11/7/1722; married Elizabeth Kirk Jacobs.

Will of Richard Woodward of East Bradford, in the County of Chester, in the Province of Pennsylvania, Yeoman. Bequeathes the following:

  • Unto my Son Henry Woodward, 20 shillings, and set of books
  • Unto my son John Woodward, 20 shillings,
  • Unto my son Richard Woodward, 30 pounds
  • Unto my son Thomas, 5 shillings
  • Unto my Daughter Deborah Bennett, 20 shillings
  • Unto my Daughter Mary Strode, 20 shillings
  • Unto my Daughter Alice Ash, five pounds
  • Grandson Henry Woodward, son of Henry Woodward, 5 pounds
  • Grandson Richard Woodward, son of John Woodward, 5 pounds
  • Grandson Richard Strode, 5 pounds
  • Granddaughter Mary Bennett, 3 pounds

Remaining estate to wife Mary Woodward (if she should marry again, she is to pay to 6 children (Henry, Richard, Thomas, Deborah, Mary, Alice) one hundred pounds; divided amongst them after intermarriage).

Appoints his wife to be his sole executor, dated 9th of October, 1747. [5]


  • [Online] Provo, UT., USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: Genealogy of the Woodward Family of Chester County Pennsylvania: with an appendix giving a brief account of the Woodward's of some other parts of the United States Woodward, Lewis (1879) Wilmington, Delaware. Printed by Feris Brothers.
  • Chester County, Pennsylvania, Abstract of land Records, Vol 3. Chester County Pennsylvania Archives. Deed recorded 12 Dec 1748. Signed Richard Woodward and Mary Woodward. Delivered in the presence of Richard Parson; John Woodward; & Richard Woodward. Jr.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Pg 25..Second Generation, by Lewis Woodward
  2. Abstract of Chester County Land Records, Recorded 12 Dec 1748
  3. Woodward family home page/
  4. Woodward family home page/Ancestry.con
  5. Woodward family home page/

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On 22 Oct 2017 at 23:28 GMT Katie Pyle wrote:

Woodward-464 and Woodward-2178 do not represent the same person because: Not the same person; probably cousins since Lewis Woodward in his published genealogy of the woodward family of chester co., pa shows the father of Richard (Woodward-464) to be Richard Woodward Sr and the father of Richard (woodward-2178) to be son of Robert Woodward. Richard Woodward Sr., and Robert Woodward were brothers

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