Citations Massachusetts [see also "Citations
Andrews, Hon. H.F., List of Freemen, Massachusetts Bay Colony, from 1630 to
1691; Exira Printing Co., Exira, Iowa; 1906. ACPL # Gc 974.4 An15l
Freemen of Massachusetts Bay
A Freeman of this colony was a member of the body politic and as such entitled to
exercise the right of suffrage and to hold office. As early as 1631, in order to become a
freeman, it was required that the applicant produce evidence that he was a member of the
Congregational church. But this regulation was modified in 1664. Freemen were admitted by
the General Court of the colony. "
At the General Court held at Boston, May 14, 1634: It was agreed and ordered, that the
former oath of freemen shall be revoked, so far as it is dissonant from the oath of
freemen hereunder written; and that those that received the former oath shall stand bound
no further thereby, to any intent or purpose, than this new oath ties those that now take
Freemans New Oath
I (A.B.) being by Gods providence, an Inhabitant, and Freeman, within the
Jurisdiction of this Commonwealth; do freely acknowledge my self to be subject to the
Government thereof: And do therefore do here swear by the great and dreadful Name of the
Ever-living God, that I will be true and faithfull to the same, and will accordingly yield
assistance & support thereunto, with my person and estate, as in equity I am bound;
and will also truly endeavor to maintain and preserve all the liberties and priveliges
thereof, submitting my self to the wholesome Lawes and Orders made and established by the
same. And further, that I will not plot or practice any evill against it, or consent to
any that shall so do; but will timely discover and reveal the same to lawful Authority now
here established, for the speedy prevention thereof.
Moreover, I doe solemnly bind my self in the sight of God, that when I shall be called
to give my voyce touching any such matter to this State, in which Freemen are to deal, I
will give my vote and suffrage as I shall judge in mine own conscience may best conduce
and tend to the public weal of the body, So help me God in the Lord Jesus Christ.
This oath was printed at Cambridge by Stephen Daye, in 1639. It is said to have been
the first paper printed in New England. The names of freemen given in the following list
are spelled as found in the Colonial records, so far as they can be deciphered and
transcribed. They are not the autographs of the persons who bore these names, but are as
written in the record by the secretary, who probably spelled them as pronounced to him and
evidently made some errors. People did not spell so accurately then as now. We know that
the persons named, in many instances, spelled their names differently from the forms given
in the records.
These records are important to those engaged in historical and genealogical pursuits. A
large per cent of the native population of New England as well as their descendants
elsewhere descend from the persons named in this list.
Wody Richrd May 18 1642
Woode Edward May 13 1640
John May 10 1643
Nicho. June 02 1641
Wooddey Hen. May 14 1656
Wooddy Richrd May 29 1644
Shurtleff, Nathaniel B. M.D. (editor), Records of The Governor and Company of the
Massachusetts Bay in New England; William Whites Press, Printer to the
Commonwealth, Boston, MA; 1853; 974.4 M37r
Ed.s Note: the material below was excerpted from the above referenced
work, in 5 volumes: Vol. 1 (1630-1642); Vol. 2 (1642-1649); Vol. 3 (1644-1657); Vol. 4,
Pt. 1 (1650-1660); Vol. 4, Pt. 2 (1661-1674); and Vol. 5 (1674-1686). These designations
appear to match the Volume designations of the original records. For each entry below, the
first volume and page reference is to the original records; the second (italicized) volume
and page reference is to the reprinted copy (referenced above). There is some apparent
duplication of material between volumes.
Massachusetts Records: Miscellaneous Entries Contained in the Second Volume of Records
Freemen of the Colony of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, 1642-1649
18 May 1642 [Volume 2, page 18] Volume 2: 1642-1649; page 291
"Made free the 18: 3 Mo, 1642. ... Richrd Wody ..."
29 May 1644 [Volume 2, page 53] Volume 2: 1642-1649; page 293
"Made free the 29th 3th mo, 1644. ... Richrd
14 May 1645 [Volume 2, page 77] Volume 2: 1642-1649; page 98
"Richrd Woody, Senior, is granted to drawe wine in
Roxberry, provided hee take ye wine yt Capt Welds wife hath bought,
& pay her for it so much as shee hath sould ye rest of it for to him, in
such pay as was made for ye wine to ye merchant."
23 May 1650 [Volume 3, page 261] Volume 3: 1644-1657; page 191
"In answer to the petition of Mary Woody, the wife of John Woody,
of Roxbury, deceased, for to be impowred by this Court to act as an executrix, in regard
of present nessessity requireinge the same, this Court thinkes meete to graunt her
request, & doe hereby enable her with full power so to doe, wittnesses havinge deposed
to the truth of the will, & Mr Coggan & William Parkes havinge
vndertooke to produce a true inventory of his estate at the next County Court. p
30 May 1650 [Volume 4, Part 1, page 8] Volume 4, Part 1: 1650-1660; page
"In ansr to the petition of Mary Woody, of Roxbury,
widdow, for power to act as an executrix to the last will of John Woodey, hir late
husband, the Court graunts hir request."
14 October 1651 [Volume 3, page 325] Volume 3: 1644-1657; page 255
"In answer to the petition of Dorothie Lamb, Elder Isaake Heath,
& John Johnson, who haue sould a certayn parcell of land, contayning three quarters of
an acor, part meddow, part vpland, vnto William Parkes, William Cheyney, Thomas Baker,
& Mary Wooddy, this Court doth ratifie & confirme the said sale, according to
theire desires exprest in their petition."
14 October 1651 [Volume 4, Part 1, page 64] Volume 4, Part 1: 1650-1660;
"In answer to the petitjon of Dorothy Lambe, of Roxbury, elder
Isacke Heath, and John Johnson, craving the confirmatjon of the sale of a smalle parcell
of vpland and meadow, contajning three quarters of an acre, more or lesse, sometjme
belonging to Thomas Lambe, deceased, by whom made vnto Wm Parkes, Wm
Cheny, Thomas Bakre, and Mary Woodey, wife of John Woodey, late deceased, the Courte
graunts their request, & confirmes the sajd sale accordingly."
27 May 1652 [Volume 3, page 344] Volume 3: 1644-1657; page 271
"Mary Woody, of Roxbury, profering a petition to this Court for
the alteration of the last will & testament of her late husband, John Woody, that more
of his estate might be conferd on her, receiued this answer : that the Court saw no reason
to grant the petition, the petitionor hauing such a proportion of the estate of
her husband, deceased, allowed to her, as the estate will beare & the law provides,
& therefore would not alter the said will, but that there be an agreement of all
partyes concerned therein, among themselues, to improue the estate for the benefitt of the
widdow & child."
1 June 1652 [Volume 4, Part 1, page 93] Volume 4, Part 1: 1650-1660; page
"In answer to the petition of Mary Wooddy, late wife to John
Woody, of Roxbury, deceased, the Courte conceaues, for any thing yet appeares to them to
the contrary, that the petitioner hath such a proportion out of the estate of her late
husband as the estate will beare or the lawe provided; and that there should be no
alteration of the will, as is desired in the petition, but that there be an agreemt
amongst all parties concerned therein, to improve the estate for the benefitt
of the wife & childe."
23 October 1652 [Volume 3, page 370] Volume 3: 1644-1657; page 295
"Mary Woody, late the wife of John Woody, deceased, desireinge the
helpe and advise of this Court in the ordringe & mannaginge of the estate of her said
late husband, receiued this answer : that the petitioner should make vpp the acco,
& produce the same wth the will & the inventory, to the next Quarter
Court at Boston, who haue the power herein to determine the case."
26 October 1652 [Volume 4, Part 1, page 106] Volume 4, Part 1: 1650-1660;
"In ansr to the petition of Mary Woodey, widdow,
craving hir accompt of hir late husbands estate maybe examined & taken, and a certajne
distribution thereof made to hir & hir child, itt is ordered, that the petitioner make
vp the accompt and produce the same, with the will and inventory, at the next Quarter
Courte at Boston, who have power heerein to determine the case."
18 May 1653 [Volume 3, page 381] Volume 3: 1644-1657; page 306(essentially
the same text) Volume 4, Part 1: 1650-1660; page 133
also [Volume 4, Part 1, page 122]
"In answer to the request of Mr John Coggan &
William Parkes, ouerseeres of the will of John Woodey, the Court doth graunt liberty to Mr
John Coggan, William Parkes, & Richard Woody, Senior, or any two of them,
to make sale of all the whole estate, vizt, of howsinge & part of the mill,
together with all goodes belonginge to the estate of John Woody, or any debts belonginge
to the estate, for the benefitt of the mother & child, provided that securitie be
giuen by Mr Coggan, or any other that will take the estate for the childes
proportion at twenty fower yeares of age, & that due education & mayntenance be
giuen out of the proceede of the estate so sould from time to time, till he come to age as
afforesaid, & that the securitie be giuen in at the next County Court, & then
ratified to the party that receiues the childes portion."
6 May 1657 [Volume 3, page 203] Volume 3: 1644-1657; page 433
"This Court being informed that there is about £17 witholden by
Richard Woodey from this jurisdiction, by occasion of some transactions about the Indians,
concerning which there hath passed some accounts wth the comissiors
of the colonyes, for the recouery whereof this Court hath empowred Mr Edward
Rawson, sec, to be auturney, in the behalfe of this jurisdiction, & to prosecut the
suit to effect."
23 October 1657 [Volume 4, Part 1, page 263] Volume 4, Part 1: 1650-1660;
"In the case of Edward Rawson, attourney for the Massachusetts
jurisdiction, plaintiffe, against Richard Woodde, defendant, the Court, on hearing of all
evidences in ye case yt was produced by both partjes at the County
Court and Courte of Asistants, doe finde for the plaintiffe seventeene pounds nine
shillings & six pence, & thirty shillings costs, & ordered the sajd seventeen
pounds to be paid in peage, at 6 a penny, as he receaved it."
23 October 1657 [Volume 4, Part 1, page 268] Volume 4, Part 1: 1650-1660;
"In answer to the petitions of Mr John Coggan and
Richard Wooddey, referring to the seventy pounds as the estate of John Wooddey, child of
Jno Woodey deceased, after a full hearing of what both partjes could say, the
whole Court mett together voted, that the seventy pounds belong to Mary, the mother."
28 May 1659 [Volume 4, Part 1, page 310] Volume 4, Part 1: 1650-1660;
"In ansr to the petition of Mrs Martha
Coggan, humbly craving the establishment of the agreement in all respects betweene hir
late husband, Mr John Coggan, & hirself before hir intermarriage wth
him, as it is signed by Mr Nowell, Mr Hibbins, & Mr
Ting, as it is to the petition annexed, and that shee might be impowred, as execcutrixe
only to ye last will of hir late husband, Coggan, out of the remainder of his
estate to sell some housing for payment of his just debts, and for the estate yt
remajnes, it may, by order of this Court, be setled as neere as may be according to his
will, the Court, on pervsall of the committees retourne, that gaue opertunity to such as
were concerned to appeare & make there due objections, judge meete to graunt hir
requests in the sajd petition in the seuerall parts thereof, provided that the house wch
Richard Wooddey alleadgeth is mortgaged be not sold before cleared, if it be not already
donne, but other houses or lands that is convenient to be sould may be sold according to
the discretion of the execcutrixe."
12 November 1659 [Volume 4, Part 1, page 323] Volume 4, Part 1:
1650-1660; page 396
"In ansr to the petition of Martha Coggan, it is
ordered, the sajd Mrs Martha Coggan haue liberty to sell the house mentioned in
the petition, for the pajment of debts, as is desired, provided yt Mrs
Coggan giue bond, wth security, to pay the heires of the sajd John Wooddey,
i.e., his brothers or heires, ye somme of thirty five pounds after ye
death of Mrs Robbinson, formerly ye relict of Jno
Wooddey, Mr Jno Coggan in his will hauing given Mrs Robbinson full
sattisfaction for what she might clajme to the other parts of the seuenty pounds."
7 May 1662 [Volume 4, Part 2, page 398] Volume 4, Part 2: 1661-1674; page
"In ansr to the petition of Richard & Isack
Wooddee, the Court, on hearing the case, and on pervsall of an order of this Genrll
Court, dated October, 59, for securing thirty fiue pounds vnto the petitioners, wch,
for ought appeares, is not performed, doe therefore order, that the administrators
of Mrs Martha Coggan be responsall for the same, as also to make good all just
damages for non performance of sajd order."
23 May 1666 [Volume 4, Part 2, page 563] Volume 4, Part 2: 1661-1674;
"Whereas there is a necessity of having supply of gunpouder in
this jurisdiction, and forasmuch as Sejeant Richard Wooddey, of Boston, in the county of
Suffolke, & Mr Henry Russell, of Ipswitch, in the county of Essex, haue
been & are vppon the worke, & in preparation for salt peeter, for their future
encouragement, or any other that shall appeare to attend the promoting thereof,
This Court doeth declare & order, that the sajd Richard Wooddey
& Henry Russell are impouered to goe on & proceed in the sajd worke; & for
their encouragement, it is ordered by this Court & the authority thereof, that the
sajd Richard Wooddey & Henry Russell, or such as are imployed by them, haue power from
time to time to digge earth & take water fitt for to make salt peeter licquor
in any outhouses at seasonable times, so that the ounors of the places where
such earth is to be had be not damnified thereby, but that they leaue the places in as
good condition as they finde them; and in case they, the sajd persons, shall stand in
neede of carts for the carriage of licquors, tubbs, or other materialls for the carrying
an end of this worke, it shall be lawfull for any one magistrate to grant warrant to the
constable of that toune (where the occasion ariseth, vppon the persons desire) for to
presse teames & carts for their vse, they paying the ordinary prize vnto such so
impressed accordinge to the price of these places.
It is further ordered by this Court, that the sajd persons haue liberty
to sett vp vessells in so many places as they please (not being of publique annoyance) for
the making of their licquor; & they haue liberty in any common ground in a convenient
place to digg earth & make banks for to make peeter, provided they doe it wth
the knowledge of the select tounesmen, who are hereby ordered to be asisting &
encouraging of them in this worke, and that the sajd Richard Wooddey & partners haue
this liberty in Suffolke & Midlesex, & Henry Russell in Essex, vntill the Generall
Court see cause to allow any other; & then there shallbe a divission made as may give
encouragement to all. It is also hereby ordered, that the lawes passed many yeares since,
for the saving of vrine in the severall tounes, be revived & put in execution."
6 January 1673-4 [Volume 4, Part 2, page 735] Volume 4, Part 2:
1661-1674; page 575-6
"The company vnder the command of Capt Wm Hudson, in
Boston, being destitute of a leiftennant, the Court, judging it necessary that a supply be
made, haue appointed John Hull to be leftennant vnder the sajd capt to that company, and
Sarjant Richard Woody to be ensigne to the aforsajd company in the roome of the sajd John
Hull, and that commissions be granted them accordingly."
27 May 1674 [Volume 5, page 8] Volume 5: 1674-1686; page 8
"In ansr to the petition of Richard Woody & Isaac
Woody, of Boston, the Court judgeth it meet to grant the petitioners a hearing of their
case on the second day of the next session of this Court, at two of the clocke in the
afternoone, they giving in sufficient caution to sattisfy the charge of the Court for the
hearing yere of, and giving seasonable notice thereof to all partjes concerned
accordingly, to attend their concernes at the tjme."
7 October 1674 [Volume 5, page 21] Volume 5: 1674-1686; page 23
"In ansr to the petition of Richard & Isaac
Wooddey, the Court judgeth it necessary, in order to a fynall issue of the case, and that
there be no further after hearings, doe finde for the plantiffes sixty pounds damage mony,
& costs of this Court three pounds fiueteen shillings & one penny, wth
ten pounds mony for the Courts hearing of the case, all to be payd by Joseph Rocke,
administrator of the estate of the late Mrs Martha Coggan."
12 October 1676 [Volume 5, page 116] Volume 5: 1674-1686; page 121-2
"In the case depending betweene John Harrison, plaintiffe, by
petition, against Richard Wooddey, deffendant, touching a pretended highway by the sajd
Harrisons house, & leading towards the Fort Hill, the Court, on a full hearing of the
case & pervsall of the euidences therein, doe finde for the plaintiff the land in
controuersy & costs of Court, seven pounds fiue shillings & six penc."
27 May 1685 [Volume 5, page 477] Volume 5: 1674-1686; page 475
By the Gounor & Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New
England, at a Generall Court for Elections, held at Boston, 27th of May, 1685.
Symon Bradstreet, Esq, was chosen Gouernor for ye yeare ensuing, & tooke
The names of the deputjes returned to serve at this Court were,
Salem: Mr Edmund Batter, Mr John Ruck.
Roxbury: Mr Edwd Morrice.
Ipsuich: Left. Tho Burnham, Mr Symon Stacy.
Concord: Mr Henry Woody, Sr.
Wooborne: Ensig. James Converse.
Hadley: Mr Samll Partrigg.
Charls Toune: Capt. Rich Sprague, Left. Jno Phillps.
Cambridge: Left. Edwd Winshipp.
Records of the Court of Assistants of the Colony of the Massachusetts Bay, 1630-1692; Vol. I, John Noble, 1901; Vol. II, John Noble, 1904; Vol. III, John F. Cronin,
1928. Boston (published by the County of Suffolk). ACPL # Gc 974.4 M3727r V.1,2,3
1675/6, 7 March page 60 
Richard wooddy plaintiff in an action of Appeale Agt John Harrison sen
deffendt from the Courts Judgment in January last in Boston. After the Courts
Judgment Reasons of Appeale & euidences in the Case produced were Read Comitted to the
Jury and are Remayning on file with the Reccords of this Court the Jury brought
in their virdict they found for the plaintiff A reuersall of the former
Judgment wth two shillings damage and Costs of Courts fiue pounds & three
pence and the Highway sued for to be as formerly.
1675, 19 November page 56 
persons Returnd to serve on ye Grand Jury & sworne were " ...
Richd woody ... "
1676/7, 6 March page 81 [?]
Isaack wooddey plaintiffe agt George Speere deffendant in an action of
Appeale from the Judgment of the Comissioners Court in Boston After the
Attachment Courts Judgment Reasons of Appeale & euidences in the Case produced were
Read Comitted to the Jury & are on file wth the Reccords of this Court the
Jury brought in their virdict they found for the deffendt Confirmation of the
former Judgment & Costs of Courts thirty three shillings & 4d -- --.
1677, 4 September page 94 
persons Returnd to serve on ye Grand Jury & sworne are " ... Ricd
wooddey ... "
1679, 2 September page 139 
persons Returnd to serve on ye Grand Jury & sworne were " ... Richrd
wooddy ... "
1679, 2 March page 153 
Capt Daniel Henchman in behalf of himself & Left Richard woody
Guardians to the 5 children of Anne Hitt plaintiff agt the sentence or
setlement of the County Court last in November of yt estate after ye
County Courts Judgment er was Read wth the euidences in the Case produced This
Court Confirmes the setlement of the County Court.
1680, 1 March page 181 
persons Returnd & sworne for to serve ye 2d Jury of trialls
for Appeales life & Limbes: " Capt Richard Wooddy ... "
Seybolt, Robert Francis (1888-1951), The town officials of colonial Boston,
1634-1775. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1939. page 47; Gc 974.402 B65se
Town Meeting, Mar. 15, 1674/75 [7:91] "... Scavengers: Isaac Woody ..."
The following items are all from the series: Reports of the Records
Commission of the City of Boston.
The First Report of the Records Commission of the City of Boston. Document 92
1876; Volume 1; 1876 (2nd ed 1881); Gc 974.402 B65br V.1
1674. Constable Greenwood. List of Names. [names not on tax list]
33 Samll Woody
Tax List 1676; Sheet No. 2
Richard Wooddy Houses & Wharfes: 50; Horses: 1; Cowes: 1; Estates: 30
Tax List 1676; Sheet No. 4
Isack Woody Houses: 10
Tax List for 1681 (imperfect)
1681 Division No. 4; Maior Sauag his Company
W. ... Isaac Woodie ...
Almshouse Rate of 1685
The Original draught of the Rates in Capt. Hutchinsons and Capt Townsends Compa.
For ye Worke House £50 . . 11: Capt. Pen Townsends Compa
W. Mrs Woody in sope pro.; Richard Woody promised; ...
1686 Tax List for One Division
A Coppie of A Towne rate Committed to Henery Emes Countstable to Collect 1686.
W. ... Jno. Woody ...
Tax List and Schedules 1687
Sheet No. 4 John Woodie & man Heads: 2; Housing: 8; £- s4 d-
Sheet No. 7 Widd Wooddy Houses, Mills, & Wharfes: 6; £- s- d6
Boston Valuation 27 Aug 1688
List of males 16 years or older ... Wid: Woody, 1 ...
A Report of the Records Commission of the City of Boston containing the Roxbury Land
and Church Records. Document 114 1880; Volume 6; 1880 (2nd ed 1884);
Gc 974.402 B65br V.6
Roxbury Land Records.
[36.] *14. Mr Daniell Weld: A dwelling house, with a barne, yard, orchyard and
garden, with a parcell of land conteining three quarters of an acre more or lesse,
adioyning to the sayd house and barne, upon the high streete west, upon the training place
east, upon Richard Woody Junior south, and upon Mr Thomas Weld North, all of the said
parcells of housing and land being bought of Mr Richard Peacocke.
[45.] *23. Abraham Newell his house, barne, and lott, nine accres and a halfe more
or lesse abutting upon Edward Porter west, and south, upon Edward Bugby east, and upon
Isaack Morrill north, and ten accres upon Richard Peppers asignes north and upon Mr Joshua
Foote south, and so betweene two highwayes east and west, and foureteene accres one end
their of upon the great pond, and so betweene John Burwell and a highway to Quenetticot;
and three accres (to be three accres more or lesse as it is now bounded and staked out) at
beare marsh betweene Isaack Johnson west, and John Ruggles east, and stoney riuer south,
and in the first and third allottment in the last diuision being the eleventh lott lying
betweene Ralph Hemmingway and Giles Pason forty-two accres three quarters and twenty rodd,
and in the thousand accres at Deddam twenty and two accres, and two accres of salt marsh
more or lesse lying below the salt pan, sometimes the land of Nickolas Parker; and six
accres of salt marsh more or lesse, lately the land of Edward Pason, being halfe the marsh
giuen to Edward Pason by the towne, lying next to the creeke that leads to pine Hand, and
compassed with creekes, all but a ditch made betweene the former meadow and this meadow,
and twenty six accres of woodland and broken up more or lesse lately the land of Richard
Woody senior, and Richard Woddy Junior, adioyning south of Edward Porter, Mr John Alcocke
west, John Watsons land north east, and six accres of land lately the land of Edward
Porter, adioyning upon the land of the said Porter westward and upon a highway leading to
the towne great lotts eastward.
[58.] *36. John Burwell his dwelling house barne yard, and orchyard, and two accres
and a halfe of land more or lesse, upon a highway west, and upon the land of Isaack
Morrill south, east, and North, and one accre in the calues pasture upon the highway
towards the north, betweene the assignes of John Wooddy and the heires of Thomas Pigge,
and one end upon John Stow his assignes, and foure accres and a halfe upon the highway to
the great lotts west, and upon William Parke or his assignes North, and two accres and a
halfe upon Daniell Brewer his house lott west, and upon a highway east, and fiue accres
more or lesse with two rodds wide leading from the highway into it betweene Robert Pepper
and the assignes of Thomas Baker and so leading to the pond betweene Christopher peake and
Abraham Newell at which end the way to the pond is foure rodds wide, and nine accres of
salt marsh, butting upon the marsh of the heires of Mr Samuell Hagborne, and so with a
creeke, and in the second alottment in the last diuission being the one and twentyeth
lott, lying betweene Thomas Piggs heires and the heires of Joseph Weld twenty accres and
John Woody his heires, one house, and a garden plott at the east side their of one
quarter of an accre more or lesse upon Mr John Elliott south, and upon Richard Woody
[68.] *47. Richard Woody senior, one house and barne adioyning to the house and
barne of Richard Peacocke upon the north; and errable land one accre and a halfe more or
lesse at the east side theire of, upon Mr Elliott south, upon Mr Daniell Weld North and
upon the training place east and in the middle deuision next Dorchester forty accres and
[99.] *78. John Peiropoynt Eleuen accres and a halfe upon the meeting house hill,
one end upon the highway,
and so betweene the land of John Ruggles, Richard Woody Abraham Newell and Mr Alcocke. And
sixty accres more or lesse lying in the last diuission being the tenth lott, lying
betweene the lotts of the heires of William Heath, and Isaack Heath. And in the thousand
accres neare Deddam eighty-three accres certaine, and foure accres, and a halfe more
claimed which as yet remaines doubtfull. And in the foure thousand accres giuen by the
Court to Roxbury two hundred fifty and three accres: These two last percells of land he
inioyeth as heire to John Stow his Father in law lately deceased. And fiue accres and a
halfe of land more or lesse bought of William Curtiss neare the pond plaine, abbutting
upon the land of John Bowles south, upon Robert Pepper west, upon a highway north, and
upon the land of Mr John Eliot east.
The Rev. John Eliots Record of Church Members, Roxbury, Mass.
Church Members ...
___ Woddy the wife of Richard Woddy.
8th 1m 73/4 Richard Woody with his sons Samuel
& Richard & daughters Mary, Martha & Elisabeth were dismissed to the 3d
Church in Boston.
Baptized at Roxbury Church
1648 Month 9 day 12. Thomas Wooddy sonne of Richard Woody, Junior.
Month 1 day 11. John Woody sonne of John Woody.
1649 Month 12 day 3. Isack Woody sonne John Woody.
1650 Moneth 5 day 21. Mary Wooddie, daughter of Rich. Woodie.
1651 Moneth 11 day 25. Martha Woodie daughter to Rich. Woodie, junior.
Deaths [Roxbury Church]
1650 Moneth ye 3d day 23. John Wooddie, a christian & godly
brother dyed of ye small pox.
1650 Month 7 day 13. Thomas Wooddie son of Richard Wooddy dyed.
1656 Moneth 2d day 5. Anna Woodee wife to Rich Woody Senior.
1658 Moneth 10 day 7. Richard Woodie Senior.
Records of Rev. Samuel Danforth Pastor First Church, Roxbury (with Rev. John
1650 May 23. John Wooddie dyed of the small pox.
11. 12m 66. ... Also at ConCord ye House of mr Woodies
was burnt & his onely son pished in ye fire.
A Report of the Records Commission of the City of Boston containing the Boston Town
Records from 1660 to 1701. Document 50 1881; Volume 7; Gc 974.402 B65br V.7
Boston Town Records, 1673.
Septembr. 16th. At a meetinge of Capt James Olliuer, Capt
Thomas Lake, John Joyliffe, Mr. Hezechiah Usher &
Mr Thomas Brattle Upon a motion & desire of Lt Richard Wooddy to
viewe & determine a difference betweene him & Steephen Butler about a highway
lyinge through the marsh on the south side of Jonathan Shrimptons warehouse towards the
Sea which the said Butler claymes as a highway formerlie layd out by the selectmen of this
towne and upon view & examination of deeds & witnesses doth apeare to be a highway
formerly layd out as aboue but noe record made thereof It is now ordrd that ye
said highway be continued, which is now staked out & Confirmed to be 12 foote in
breadth from the highwaye leadinge from Thomas Rawlins Corner towards the bridge ouer
against the Corner of the blew bell, downe on the sd south side of Jonathan
Shrimptons warehouse & land of Samuell Procters to a Corner post of a fence of Richard
Wooddy now set downe on the south side of the sd highway leauinge the said 12
foote or way northerlie, & from the sd Corner post of Richd
Wooddie fence to run somethinge wheelinge toward the north to the northermost pte
of the outward wharfe formerlie Benjamine Wards lyinge next the sea & thence upon the
flatts, wch way is to be Kept cleere & free from any anoyance by layinge of
timber or stones, buildinge of Vessells or any other incombrance whatsoeuer longer then ye
usuall Costime of other wharfes or ways next the sea.
Boston Town Records, 1675.
[91.] 1675, 24 Aprill. Whereas there was an action comenced by William Hollaway and
Steephen Butler against John Dafforne accordinge to attachment dated the 20th
of January 1674 and the Plaintiffes withdrew theire action vpon agreement of a reference
of the case to The Honorable John Leveret, Edward Tynge and Major Thomas Clarke Esqrs,
and the Selectmen of Bostone bindinge themselves each to other in the penaltie of £200 to
stand to and to abide the award and determination of the foresaid parties or the major
parte of them, Upon the hearinge of the pleas and allegations of both parties in the case
by vs whose names are underwritten. Wee doe award that William Holloway and Steephen
Butler shall be at the charge to set up the fence which they plucked downe alonge Mr
Daffornes land in the same place where it was accordinge to theire agreement before the
Selectmen with Richard Wooddy and the said John Dafforne to enjoy that line as the
boundary betweene the said parties, and this wee award as our finall determination of this
case. Witnesse our hands the 24th of April, 1675.
Boston Town Records, 1676.
[100.] 1676. Oct 30. Meetinge of Mr John Lake, John Joyliffe, Lt
Daniell Turine, Capt James Olliuer Capt Thomas Brattle
Ordered that the towne treasurer satisfie the judgmt of ye Generall
Court of 7ld 5s 6d. Costs granted against Richard Woody
in John Harrisons action about the towne high way where his rope yard is, ordered by the
Inhabitants to be prosecuted.
A Report of the Records Commission of the City of Boston containing the Boston Births,
Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1630-1699. Document 130 1883;
V.9; Gc 974.402 B65br V.9
Births 1653 Elizabeth of Richard and Frances Woody born 19th
Sept. page 40
1655 Ann of Sargt Richard & Frances Woodee born 12th July. page 50
1656 Samuel of Richard & Frances Woodee born 11th Sept. page 55
1657 Mary of of Isaac & Dorcas Woody born 22nd March. page 59
1658 Richard of Richard & Frances Woodde born 3rd Dec. page 64
1659 John of of Isaac & Dorcas Woodee born 18th Sept. page 69
1661 Sarah of Sergt. Richard & Frances Woodde born May 21. page 80
1662 Isaac of Isaac & Dorcas Wooddee born Apr. 6. page
1664 Dorcas of Isaac & Dorcas Woodee born Aug. 10. page
1666 Ann of Isaac & Dorcas Woodee born Nov. 21. page
1669 Martha of of Isaac & Dorcas Woodee born Nov. 12. page 112
1672 Thomas of of Isaac & Dorcas Wooddee born Sept. 9. page 125
1674 Richard of Isaac & Dorcas Wooddee born Feb. 1. page
1687 Henry Wooddy Nov. 6. [First Church] page 177
1688 John of John & Mary Wooddee born Jan. 25. page
Baptisms all at First Churchpage 45
1653 Elizabeth of Richard Woody of Roxberry 25day 7mo
1655 Ann of Rich. Woody of Ch. of Roxberry 15day 5mo page
1656 Samuel of Rich. Woody 19day 7mo page 58
1658 Richard of Rich: Woody of Roxberry 5day 10mo page
1661 Sarah of Richard Woody of Ch. of Roxberry 26day 3mo page 83
1687 Henry Wooddy [s. John, b. 19 July 1687] Nov. 6 page
1689 John Woody Jan. 27 page 188
1652 Thomas Robinson of Scituate m. Mary Woodey widow 10th - 11th month by William
(Mary was widow of John Woodey of Roxberry; see "Savage"
Vol. IV, p. 637.)
1656 Isaac Woody & Dorcas Harper were married 20th 1st
month by Major Humph. Atharton. page 56
Deaths 1657 John of John Woodee of Roxbury and Mary his
wife died 12th 6th month. page 61
1661 Sarah of Richard and Francis Woodee deceased the 23d of August. page 80
1697 John of John Woody Dyed 17 April. page 237
A Report of the Records Commission of the City of Boston containing the Boston Births
AD 1700 to AD 1800. Document 43 1894; Volume 24; Gc 974.402 B65br V.24
Births 1703 Isaac Son of Richard Woody and Sarah his
wife born 22 March 1703.
A Report of the Records Commission of the City of Boston containing Miscellaneous
Document 100 1900; Volume 29; Gc 974.402 B65br V.29
Lists of Freemen.1640 May 13 Edward Woode [C.R., Vol. I, p. 281] page 140
1641 June 2 Nicho. Woode [C.R., Vol. I, p. 312] page
1642 May 18 Richrd Wody [C.R., Vol. II, p. 18] page 142
1643 May 10 John Woode [C.R., Vol. II, p. 27-8] page
1644 May 29 Richrd Wooddy [C.R., Vol. II, p. 53] page 143
1656 May 14 Hen. Wooddey [C.R., Vol. IV, p. 219] page
The Names of such persons who tooke the Oath of Allegiance in Boston: 11th
Novembr 1678. Administred by the Honooble. John Leverett Esqr.
Governor. ... Jn[o] Woodde ...
The Names of the Male persons in Hingham who tooke the oath of Allegiance. ... Richd
A Report of the Records Commission of the City of Boston containing the Aspinwall
Notarial Records (1644-1651). 1903; Volume 32; Gc 974.402 B65br V.32
11 (11) 1648. Know all men by these prsents that we John Turner mercht
& Benjamin Gellom Shipwright both of Boston in the County of Suffolke in the
Massachusetts bay in America doe acknowledge orselves to be indebted to owe
unto John Woody of Roxbury in the County & bay aforesaid Bisket maker the summe of
twenty nine pound of good & lawfull money of England to be paid unto Mr Wm
Peake at the signe of the Goulden Key in Canon streete in London woollen Drap in &
uppon the 20th day of June next ensueing the date hereof for the use &
behalfe of the sd John Woodie or his Assignes, to wch payment well
& truly to be made as aforesaid wee the sd John Turner & Benjamin
Gillom doe bind orselves & either of us or heires Executers
& Administrators jointly & severally firmly by these presents in witnes
whereof we have caused this Bill to be made & have hereunto sett our hands. Dat the 29th
of Decembr 1648 in letters. John Turner; Benjamin Gillom. Read subscribed &
delivered in presence of: Jolliff Ruddock; William Milles.
27 (1) 1649. This witnesseth that I whose name is underwritten for & in
consideration of one hund. pounds received in English goods in Boston doe pmise to deliver
aboard some vessell that the said John Woody may send in March next, three hundred
bushells of wheate & as much pease as make upp the full summe above mentioned, wheate
at foure shillings, pease at three & foure pence, but if wheate be fyve shillings at
Boston then the said John is to give foure shillings three pence p bushell, & if pease
be foure shillings at that time when this corne is due, then to have it at three shillings
& sixe pence. the corne to be good & merchantable. witnes my hand 24th
of Septemb. 1648
witnes hereunto Ri: Ludlowe John Coggan.
City of Boston: Records Relating to The Early History of Boston. Document 93
Volume 34; Gc 974.402 B65br V.34
The Old Burial-Ground: The town records say:
"Feb. this 23d, 1648. It is agreed with John Woody, Constabell The sayd John is to
Fenc in the buring plas with a Fesy (?) ston wall sefighattly (sufficiently) don for
strenk and workmanshipe, as also to mak a doball gatt of 6 or 8 fote wid and to hing(e) it
and to find all stuf and stons and workmanshipe, and he is to Finesh ed by the first of
Jvne next, and in considerashan of this work he is to have six pounds and he is to paye
himself out of the town Ratt (tax), in witness we have hereto sett to our hands the day
above Ritten. John Wooddey Joshua Hewes John Johnson. "
Greyhound Tavern:As early as 1643 Richard Woody, who dwelt in the immediate
vicinity of the Greyhound, had leave from the town "to draw wine." In 1653 leave
was given John Gorton and Robert Pepper, "to brew and sell penny beare and cakes and
white bread." In 1678, just after the Indian war, intemperance had become so
prevalent that the town voted that "neither wine nor liquors shall be sold at any
ordinary in Roxbury," and that there should be but one ordinary in the town.
Vital Records of Roxbury, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849;
Volume 1. Births; 1925. Volume 2. Marriages and Deaths; 1926. pub: The Essex Institute,
Salem, Mass. Gc 974.402 R793v
WOODDIE Mary, d. Richard, bp. 21: 5m : 1650. C.R.
WOODDY Thomas, s. Richard, jr., bp. 12 : 9 : 1648. C.R. 1.
WOODIE Martha, d. Richard, jr., bp. 25 : 11m : 1651-2. C.R.
WOODY Isack, s. John, bp. 3 : 12m : 1649-50. C.R. 1.
John, s. John, bp. 11 : 1m : 1648-9. C.R. 1.
WOODDY Mary, and Edmund Sheffield, Apr. 17, 1644.
WOODY Richard, and Francis Dexter, Dec. 29. 1646.
WOODDIE John, smallpox, 23 : 3m : 1650. C.R. 1.
Thomas, s. Richard, 13 : 7m : 1650. C.R. 1.
WOODDY ----, ch. stillborn, Richard, abt. 2 : 9m : 1647. C.R. 1.
WOODY Ann [Woodee. C.R. 1.], w. Richard,
sr., Apr. 4, 1656.
Richard [Woodie, Sr. C.R. 1.],
"Ould," Dec. 6, 1658.
Pope, Charles Henry, The Pioneers of Massachusetts: A Descriptive List; Drawn
from Records of the Colonies, Towns, and Churches, and other Contemporaneous Documents. By C.H. Pope (Pastor, First Church, Charlestown, Boston). Originally published
Boston, MA; 1900. Reprint by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore; 1965. ACPL # Gc 974.4 P81p; pages 512-513.
Woodie, Woodes, Woods, Woodies, Woodhouse.
Henry, husbandman, Concord, probably before 1650. Bought land in C. in 1660.
Wife Elenor d. 4 Sep 1693; ch. John b. 17 Nov 1651, d. 2 Feb 1666; Mary b. 7 Sep 1653 (m.
27 Nov 1678, Joseph Lee); Hannah b. 11 Mar 1656 (m. 24 Sep 1684, Thomas Cheney); Millicent
b. 4 Apr 1660 (m. 31 Dec 1689, Joseph Estabrooke); Sarah b. 29 Feb 1663. He m. 2, Sarah
_?_, who survived him and d. 19 Jan 1717. He d. 16 Jun 1700. [See notes in "John
Leigh of Agawam."]
Richard, Roxbury, frm. 13 May 1642; propr. His wife Anna was bur. 4 Apr 1656; he
m. 2, _?_. He d. "old"
6 Dec 1658. Will prob. 16 Dec folg. Sons Richard and Isaac; dau. Mary Sheffield; wife to
have what she brought with her; he also made beq. to her and her two children. [Reg. IX, 346] The probate papers of his son John
who d. in 1650, show relationships. Mary married Edmund Sheffield of Braintree, and d.
before (8) 1657.
Richard, fisherman, Boston, frm. 29 May 1644. Wife Mary adm. chh. 7 (3) 1643;
second wife Sarah; ch. Mary b. and d. 1637; Mary b. 14 (11) 1638 (m. 1659, George Pearse;
her father gave land to their son George, 30 Oct 1668); John b. 9 (2) 1641; Hannah b. 15
(1) 1643; Jonathan b. about 16 (2) 1647; [Thomas, ch. of Richard and Sarah, b. at
Cambridge 22 (8) 1649]; Hopestill bapt. 2 (4) 1650; Francis and Hopestill b. 8 Mar 1661.
His est. was admin. upon by the widow Sarah 31 Oct 1676. Inv. of house, land and moveables
filed 3 Nov 1676.
New England Historical and Genealogical Register; V7#4, Oct 1853; p 338-9: "Abstracts of Early Wills"
John Woody, of Roxbury.
Debts due his Estate, &c. Rich: Woodde, Isaac Woodde
& Edmond Sheffield, husband of the late Mary Wooddy, petition General
Court, "Whereas it hath pleased God by death to rmove John Wooddy, or
kinseman, the sonne of John Wooddy, late of Roxbury, or brother, being
next heires unto said John," &c. do therefore desire power of Administration upon
the estate 15.8.1657. Mr Coggan petitions in their behalf. The Estate consisted of a
house, pt of a mill, the rest in goods & Cattle, he haueing a wife &
Child. The Court accept of mr Coggans securitie for 70lb. as the Childs
pt in that estate, and 7p ann. vntill the Childe com to the age of 21 yeares
the house & pte of mille being before sold by the overseers alowed so to
do by order of Court the Child dyes in its minoritie. Quest. who in right ought to
enjoye the estate of this childe, deceaseing in its minoritie? The deputyes Voted, the
Child or Children of the Woodyes, wth reference to or honrd
Signed, Samuel Symonds, Eleazer Lusher, Roger Clap.
William Torrey, Clerk. The magistrates Consent heereto. Edw. Rawson,
New England Historical and Genealogical Register; V7#4, Oct 1853; p 339-40: "Abstracts of Early Wills"
Richard Woody of Roxbury.
Being sick. Vnto Eldest sonn Richard, his Heyers the
Howse, yard, barne, orchard, home lott & wood lott, Prouided that Richard lett
my wife haue his owne howse in Roxbury & the Chambers ouer it for her Comfortable
dwelling duringe life, and soe much of the yard as belonge to it, and the stable & his
parte of the orchard vnto the Crosse fence that part the orchard and the Land, this in
Consederation of her thirds of my land : to my wife all my Corne in my howse, all my Hay
and my Horse, vnto her and her too Children, the wood in the yard, my butter, Cheese,
frute and hoggs; also I giue her halfe of the linnen I haue purchased since I married her,
and halfe that wch she made her selfe, also all the Cotton [ ] woole, that is
in the howse, and flax, the twoo wheeles, the bedstead in the little Chamber, a Chayer.
Vnto son Isaack, all the moueables in the Hall Chamber, the beds and its furniture,
Table, forme, Chayer and Chest. My will is that my Exector pay my sonn Isack £15.
within one yeare after my departure. To my dau. Mary Sheffield, the bed whereon I
lye in the kitchin, wth all the furniture belongeinge thervnto, and my Byble,
also £10. My mynde is, that all thinges my wife brought wth her when we
married & since may be returned vnto her back againe. The rest of myne estate, sonn Richard
myne Exector to diuide between my thre Children. The other halfe of the Linnen, to be to
the proper vse of my sonn Richard; also the warminge pann & a kettle, I giue my
wife duringe her life. 24 Sept. 1658. Richard Woody.
Witnesse Daniel Weld, Thomas Weld Thomas Weld
deposed 16 Decr 1658. Edw. Rawson, Recordr.
New England Historical and Genealogical Register; V55#?, April 1901; pg 142 (bkgnd on p139)
Boston Tax List of 1687: Major Savages Division, Number 4, Towne Rate [Made
June Ye] 6th 1687
... Jno Woody 6 ...
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