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(1) Rev. John
born 1582 at Stanton, Wiltshire, England, died 9 December 1637 at Stanton, Wiltshire,
England; married Sarah
born 1583 at Cholderton, Wiltshire, England, died 1683, daughter of Rev. Robert
of Wiltshire, who himself was descended from the Spencer Family of Althorp,
Northamptonshire. John was fifth in a line of men by the same name—all
ministers—the first of whom was a follower of John Wycliffe, a 14th-century
translator of the Bible.
John was Rector of the parish of Stanton, near Highworth in Wiltshire.
In his work Magnalia, Rev. Cotton Mather extolled John as "a
minister so able and faithful as to obtain an high esteem among those that at
all knew the invaluable worth of such a minister."
He described Sarah as a woman "who did so virtuously,
that her own personal character would have made her highly esteemed, if a relation
to such a father had not farther added unto the lustre of her character."
born about 1614; married John Kendige, a schoolmaster in Lyme Regis, Dorset,
England. He was a dissenting minister later in Cullerton, Devonshire, England.
was named in his father's will and probably was the younger brother of John,
who is mentioned by Cotton Mather as having "d. upon the voyage."
married Sparhawk, probably the Rev. Edward Sparhawk of Black Notley, Essex,
born 1622 in Wiltshire, England. He matriculated at Oxford University on 9
November 1638. However, because of unsettled conditions in England caused
by growing strife between the Crown and Parliament, he left his studies at
Magdalen Hall and embarked in 1639 for New England. He entered Harvard College
and was first graduate of that College, receiving his B.A. degree at the head
of a class of nine students at the frist Commencement 23 September 1642. He
returned to England with his brother, John.
In 1647 he was appointed minister at Newbury, Berkshire. On 16 November of
the following year after residence at Magdalen Hall, Oxford University, he
received his M.A. degree. He was dismissed at Newbury in 1662 but continued
to preach privateky. He was a member of the Savoy Conference and served as
Chaplain to King Charles II. He received Episcopal Ordination after the Restoration,
but subsequently he became a non-conformist. He never returned to New England.
He died 1 November 1684 in Inglefield, Berkshire, England, sine prole. He
was buried 4 November from the Parish CHurch of St. Nicholas, Newbury, "being
followed by a vast concourse of people, but there is no record to mark the
spot of his interment."
was named in her father's will.
(2) Rev. John
right), born 1613 at Stanton, England, died 17 March 1694/1695;
born 1621 in Northampton, England, died 1 July 1691 at Newbury, Essex Co., Massachusetts,
daughter of Thomas
Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony.
- Sarah, born 7 June
1640, died aboyt 1690. She was seven years old at the time of her father's
return to England and twenty three years old and probably married when he
returned to New England. She lived in England until her death, leaving five
- Lucy, born 13 March
1642, died 18 June 1710; married first Rev. Simon Bradstreet, her cousin,
who died 1683, by whom she had five children; married second Capt. Daniel
Epps, with whom she had no children.
- John, born 1644,
died 13 November 1691 in Wethersfield, Connecticut; married Abigail Leete,
daughter of Gov. William Leete of Connecticut Colony, with whom he had six
children. He graduated from Harvard College in 1664 and was ordained a minister
on 7 April 1669.
- Benjamin, minister,
born 1645; married first on 1 June 1672, Mary Ward, born 24 June 1649, daughter
of Rev. John Ward of Haverhill, Massachusetts, granddaughter of Nathaniel
Ward, author of the "Simple Cobler of Aggawan."
- Thomas, born 1648,
died 30 March 1681 in Newbury, Massachusetts; married Mary Jones, daughter
by a previous marriage of Mrs. White, the wife of Capt. Paul White. They had
five children. After his death his widow married Joseph Croker in 1695.
- Dorothy, born about
1650, died April 1723; married Nathaniel Fryer, widower. He was a mariner,
who subsequently served as a representative from New Hampshire in 1777. In
1683 he serbed as a member of the Council. They had no children.
- Anne, born about
1653 in England, probably in ANdover, Hampshire, during her father's tenure
there, died 28 February 1701; never married. Judge Samuel Sewall gives her
date of death as 4 March 1701: "Mistress Ann Woodbridge is buried at
- Joseph, born about
1657, died 17 September 1726; married Martha Rogers, daughter of Ezekiel Rogers
of Ipswich, Massachusetts, with whom he had five children. His father willed
him "the homestead [as] my sonne Joseph Woodbridge hath continued with
me and hath bin serviceable to out Affaires."
(3) Rev. Timothy
born 13 January 1655/1656 at Barford-St. Martin's, Wiltshire, England, died
30 April 1732 at Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut. He is documented
as having three wives: He married first Mehitable Wyllys, daughter of the Rev.
Samuel Wyllys and widow of both Rev. Daniel Russel and Rev. Isaac Foster. Together
she and Timothy had four children. He married second around 1703, Mrs. Howell,
first name unknown; Mrs. Howell is believed to have been widow of Jonathan Howell,
Jr. of Southampton, Long Island, who died 1692. She had been previously married
to Rev. Joseph Taylor of Southampton. He died 4 April 1682. They had
two children. He married third Abigail Wilson, who was widow of both Richard
Lord and John Warren of Boston. They had one child.
He came with his parents on
theri return to New England in 1663. He graduated from Harvard College in 1675
and was ordained
to the ministry on 18 November 1685. In 1669 he was one of ten principal ministers
of the Colony named as Trustees and authorized by the General Assembly of Connecticut
Colony to found Yale College. He was a Fellow of Yale, 1700-1732. In 1732 he
was offered but declined the Rectorship of the College.
of Timothy's personal papers are housed in the Yale University archives today,
and the present Woodbridge
Hall is named in his honor.
of Timothy Woodbridge & Mrs. Howell:
baptized 6 February 1703 at Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut, died 10 May
1778; married Rev. Richard
born 14 May 1694 in Glastonbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, died about 1757.
minister, born 10 June 1704, died 1758; married Jerusha Pitkin. He was ordained
at Glastonbury, Connecticut in October 1728; served as Chaplain of a Connecticut
Regiment in the French war; and was Fellow of Yale College 1755 to 1758. The
memorial on his tomb reads: "Here
lies interred ye body of the Revd. Mr. Ashbel Woodbridge, A great scholar,
an excellent divine, a faithful minister, a wise peace-maker, he shone with
uncommon lusture in every station of life untill he fell asleep August 6,
1758, in the 55th year of his life and the 30th of his ministry."
Woodbridge Record, 1883." Online version by Stephen Woodbridge at http://swoodbridge.com/family/WoodbridgeRecord/
"The Descendants of John Grier with Histories of the Allied Families."
Mark A. Wentling, 2000-2002
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