LT. EDWARD W. WOODMAN (EDWARD3, THOMAS2, NICHOLAS RICHARD1) was born
December 27, 1606 in Corsham, Wiltshire, England, and died Bet. 1688 - 1694 in
Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts. He married JOANNA SALWEY 1628 in Malford,
Wiltshire, England, daughter of ARTHUR SALWEY and MARY SEARLE. She was born in
Malford, Wiltshire, England and died Aft. February 1687/88 in Newbury, Essex,
The gravestone, erected long after his death ... reads:
In memory of MR. EDWARD WOODMAN who came from England and settled in Newbury in 1635."A man of talents, influence, firmness and decision." He served faithfully for many years as Selectman, Deputy to the General Court and Commissioner. He died about 1690.aboard the "James" from London, having departed 06 Apr served in Newbury's first board of Selectmen, then called "the seven men" Edward Woodman appears on the first known list of the settlers of Newbury, compiled in 1642, as does his brother Archelaus --they were among the original 91 grantees. He was probably buried in the grave-yard opposite the old Coffin
mansion, in Newburyport.
Newbury burial ground
of first settlers. /Landing reenactment 1935 ( above)
The children of Edward,1 according to Coffin's list, were:
i. EDWARD, b. (???) 1628; m. Mary Goodridge, 20 Dec. 1653.
ii. JOHN, b. about 1630; m. Mary Field, 15 July, 1656.
iii. JOSHUA, b. , 1636; m. Elizabeth Stevens, 23 Jan. 1666. She died in
1714.JOSHUA,2 the son of Edward,1 was, as his grave-stone tells us, the "first
man child borne in Newbury." Took the oath of allegiance 1678. Then called 41.He
married Elizabeth, daughter of Capt. John Stevens, one of the first settlers of
Andover, Jan. 22, 1665, probably1665-6.
iv. MARY, b. m. John Brown, 20 Feb. 1660.
v. SARAH, b. 12 Jan. 1642; m. John Kent, 12 March, 1666.
vi. JONATHAN, b. 8 Nov. 1643; m. Hannah Hilton, 2 July,1668.
vii. RUTH, b. 28 March, 1646; m. Benjamin Lowle, 17 Oct.1666.
On Jan.12, 1637/8 he was licensed to sell strong drink. He died at Newbury in
1694 and his wife died there in 1687.Edward wrote in 1681: "An unprofitable
commission; I quickly laid aside the worke, which has cost me many a bottle of
sacke and liquor, where friends and acquaintances have been concerned."
Deeded land to son Sgt. Jonathan Woodman on Woodman's Lane in Newbury; "My
now dwelling-house, houses and barns and orchard and pasture, and all my plow
land lying by and adjoining to the said houses, as also all the plow lands upon
the northwest side of the street lying upon the westward side of my house, the
said street being vulgarly called the Newstreet." The consideration for this
conveyance was "natural and fatherly love and affection" and "twenty pounds
which is yearly to be paid during the time of my own and my wife's natural
This street is now called Kent Street in Newbury. Edward Woodman, bapt.
Dec.27, 1606, was one of the 91grantees who settled Newbury, Massachusetts.
He and his younger brother, Archelaus, settled in Newbury in 1635. Edward came to America on the ship "James", embarking April 6 and arriving
June 3, 1635. Applied to aid the magistrates in execution of court decrees 6 (7)
1638.Deputy, town officer; active in church agitation.
Lieutenant in a company sent against the Pequods in April, 1637. ancestor of Robert Frost. The settlers of Newbury were much like those of much of what is now northern
Essex county. They were not religious enthusiasts or pilgrims who fled from religious persecution in England. They
were substantial, law abiding, loyal English tradesmen, of that staunch middle class that was the back bone of England.
Those that settled Newbury came at different times and on different ships,
between the end of April, 1634 and July, 1635.In one of the first ships arriving
in 1635, came Thomas Parker a minister along with a small company of settlers.
They went first to Agawam (Ipswich) and later along with their country men, who
came from Wiltshire, England, to Newbury. On May 6, 1635, before the settlers
had moved from Ipswich to Newbury, the House of Deputies passed a resolution that
Quascacunquen was to be established as a plantation and its name was to be
changed to Newbury. So Newbury was named before the first settlers arrived,
interestingly Thomas Parker had taught school in Newbury, Berkshire, England
before coming to America.
The first settlers came by water from Ipswich, through Plum Island Sound, and
up the Quascacunquen River, which was later renamed the Parker River. There had been a few fisherman occupying the
banks of the Merrimack and Parker rivers before this, but they were not
permanent settlers. These settlers came to Newbury in May or June of 1635. Ships
from England began to arrive almost immediately with cattle and more settlers.
Governor Winthrop, in his history of New England under the date of June 3, 1635,
records the arrival of two ships with Dutch cattle along with the ship
"James", from Southampton bringing more settlers. Newbury was, therefore, begun
as a stock raising enterprise and the settlers came to engage in that business
and to establish homes for themselves. In total fifteen ships came in June and
one each in August, November and December bringing still more families to the
settlement. There is no record of how many families arrived in the first year.
Houses were erected on both sides of the Parker River. The principal settlement
was around the meeting house on the lower green. The first church in Newbury
could not have been formed before June, as some of those recorded at its
formation are not recorded as having arrived until June. In the division of land
the first settlers recognized the scripture rule, "to him that hath shall be
given," and the wealth of each grantee can be estimated by the number of acres
Newbury had a trial for witchcraft thirteen years before the trials in Salem.
In 1679, Elizabeth Morse was accused. She was condemned three times to die, but
was reprieved and spent her last years in her home, at what is now Market square
CAPT. JOHN WOODMAN, b. Abt. 1634, Corsham, Wiltshire, England; d.
September 17, 1706, Dover, Stafford, New Hampshire.
v. SARAH WOODMAN, b. January 12, 1641/42, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts56,56;
d. Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts; m. March 13, 1664/65, Newbury, Essex,
Massachusetts57; m. March 13, 1664/65, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts57.
vi. JONATHAN WOODMAN, b. November 05, 1643, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts; d.
November 21, 1706, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts; m. July 02, 1668, Newbury,
JONATHAN, Newbury, s. of Edward the first, m. 2 July 1668,Hannah Hilton, perhaps d. of William of the same, had Hannah,b. 8 Mar. 1669; Sarah, 19 Oct. 1670; Ruth, 11 July 1672;Jonathan, 16 Apr. 1674; Ichabod, 26 Apr. 1676; Mary, 25 Apr.1678; and William, 29 Mar. 1681. He took o. of alleg. 26 Feb.1669, and in 1681 calls Stephen Greenleaf his uncle, for wh. Iwould glad. see the cause. (Savage 4:641)
JONATHAN, Newbury, s. of Edward the first, m. 2 July 1668, Hannah Hilton, perhaps d. of William of the same, had Hannah,b. 8 Mar. 1669; Sarah, 19 Oct. 1670; Ruth, 11 July 1672;Jonathan, 16 Apr. 1674; Ichabod, 26 Apr. 1676; Mary, 25 Apr.1678; and William, 29 Mar. 1681. He took o. of alleg. 26 Feb.1669, and in 1681 calls Stephen Greenleaf his uncle, for wh. Iwould glad. see the cause. (Savage 4:641)
vii. RUTH WOODMAN, b. March 28, 1646, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts; d. Aft.
February 02, 1723/24; m. October 17, 1666, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts; m.
October 17, 1666, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.
Notes for RUTH WOODMAN: 22, 1714 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA; died Aft February 02, 1723/24235. She was the daughter of 258. Edward WOODMAN and
Joanna SALWAY. Notes Intention of marriage published 17 October 1666. On the "Town Rate of Newbury, Mass. 1668"