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Nathaniel Woodward Jr. (abt. 1609 - aft. 1686)

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Nathaniel Woodward Jr.
Born about in Rushden, Northamptonshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married about in Boston, Massachusettsmap
Husband of — married before in Taunton, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died after in Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts Baymap
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Nathaniel, son of Nathaniel Woodward,[1][2] was born at Rushden, Northamptonshire, England in mid-1609, since his parents were married in September 1608 and he was apparently baptized at Rushden by August 1609.[3]

Nathaniel, a carpenter by trade, was part of the Great Migration, emigrating from Puddington, Bedfordshire to Massachusetts Bay in 1633, as a servant to William Coddington.[3]

Nathaniel first settled in Boston, joining the church there on 1 Dec 1633, and was made Freeman of Boston on 17 April 1637,[2][4] removing to Taunton MA (1648), Boston again (1655), and Taunton again (by 1664).[1]

Nathaniel married his first wife, Mary Jackson,[5] by about 1638 as he is recorded as having a household of 3 people in the 28 Oct 1639 land allotment at Muddy River.[1][4] In the 1641 allotment of land, Nathaniel received 20 acres, indicating that his household had likely grown to 4 heads.[3]

Nathaniel and Mary had the following children:[1][3]

  • Child 1. 1639 (b. not recorded);
  • Child 2. b.abt.1641 (b. not recorded);
  • Elisha bp.1644 King Philip's War, 1675;
  • Nathaniel bp.1646;
  • Israel bp.1648;
  • John b.c.1650.

Nathaniel sold his dwelling house and garden in Boston to John Langdon on 16 October 1648. Earlier that same month (08 October), the Boston church granted Nathaniel Woodward and his wife, Mary, letters of recommendation to the church at Taunton. On 14 August 1653, the letters of dismissal were granted by the Boston church.[1] Nathaniel was a proprietor of the Ancient Iron Works established at Taunton in 1653/4. Nathaniel and his family were admitted as inhabitants of Boston on 25 February 1655, giving the town a bond of 20 pounds, Thomas Harwood acting as his bondsman.[4]

Nathaniel married his second wife, Katherine ___, by early 1665, because in a deed dated March 21, 1664/5, Nathaniel Woodward of "Tanton in the Collony of Plimouth in New-England Carpenter & Katherine his wife" deeds to William White, bricklayer of Boston, for £22 a house standing on town land, and to pay rent to the Town of Boston.[6] Nathaniel and Katherine had one child:[1][3]

  • James, born about 1665 and married to Hannah Stacy by 1698.

On 05 June 1671, Nathaniel Woodward was sentenced by the Court to sit in the stocks during the pleasure of the Court for speaking abusive words against Mr. Shove, pastor of the church of Taunton.[1]

Nathaniel died after 14 September 1686, when he deeded land to his son, James, but before 01 February 1694/5, when that deed was acknowledged by witnesses, indicating that the grantors were probably deceased.[1][3][4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Robert Charles Anderson, "The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633," Vol III, Boston: NEHGS, 1995. pp.2061-2064.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Colonial Families of the USA, 1607-1775,", Operations, Inc., 2016, Lehi, UT, USA.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Woodward, Doris J. & Patricia Law Hatcher, "The English Origin of Nathaniel Woodward, Early Settler of Boston MA and Ancestor of Beamsley Woodward of Maine," The Maine Genealogist, Vol. 20, No. 4 (Nov 1998):147-168.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Harold Edward Woodward, "Some Descendants of Nathaniel Woodward Who Came from England to Boston about 1630," (Boston:NEHGS 1984)
  5. "U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700,", Operations Inc., 2012, Provo, UT, USA. Genealogical Publishing Co.; Baltimore, MD, USA.
  6. Records of deeds, 1639-1885, Vol. 7:110, accessed 6 Jul 2018 on

See Also

  • "Massachusetts Applications of Freemen, 1630-91,", Operations Inc., 2000, Provo, UT, USA.
  • Find A Grave Memorial 34887674. Accessed online 6 Jul 2018. No photos/unsourced bio.
  • The Great Migration Begins, Sketches, Preserved Puritan, Nathaniel Woodward.
  • The Great Migration Directory (Anderson, 2015), page 384.
  • FamilySearch Tree. Accessed online 6 Jul 2018.
  • link not working at 6 Jul 2018.


  • This person was created on 14 April 2010 through the import of Jamie 2010_2010-04-10.ged.
  • Marsha Auger, firsthand knowledge. Click the Changes tab for the details of edits by Marsha and others. Entered by Marsha Auger, Dec 24, 2011
  • WikiTree profile Woodward-651 created through the import of BDM7-7-11.ged on Jul 8, 2011 by Brian McCullough.

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On 16 Apr 2017 at 01:10 GMT Bobbie (Madison) Hall wrote:

Woodward-651 and Woodward-37 appear to represent the same person because: same spouse, death year & location match

On 14 Apr 2017 at 18:55 GMT Kenneth Kinman wrote:

Thanks Bobbie,

Based on the source you found, I have changed his birth from "about 1612" to "about July 1609". If he was baptized by August 1609, and born at least nine months after his parents were married, that would put his birth in June, July, or August 1609. [That is assuming his mother wasn't pregnant when they got married.]

On 14 Apr 2017 at 17:08 GMT Bobbie (Madison) Hall wrote:

Baptisms found in the Rushden registers:

"[torn] of Nathaniel Woodward" [between Nov 1607 and Aug 1609] which this article claims was Nathaniel, eldest son of Nathaniel & Margaret: Woodward, Doris J. & Patricia Law Hatcher, "The English Origin of Nathaniel Woodward, Early Settler of Boston MA and Ancestor of Beamsley Woodward of Maine" The Maine Genealogist Vol. 20(1998):147-168

On 7 Oct 2016 at 20:35 GMT R (Baker) B wrote:

Woodward-906 and Woodward-37 appear to represent the same person because: If there are objections please debate on G2G

On 27 Jul 2016 at 16:12 GMT Kenneth Kinman wrote:

Woodward-3869 and Woodward-37 appear to represent the same person because: Same birth date and place; same parents.

On 27 Jul 2016 at 16:05 GMT Kenneth Kinman wrote:

I doubt that John Woodward is his son (unless Nathaniel married a third time in 1686 or 1687.

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