Richard Woodward Sr.

Last updated 7 Sep 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: Bet 8 Dec 1635 and 7 Dec 1636

Died: 7 Dec 1706 in Middletown, Bucks County, Province of Pennsylvania, British America

Supporting evidence for:
name

book-genealogy-of-the-sharpless-family-1887: Gilbert Cope (compiler), Henry Fishwick, Joseph Lemuel Chester, Genealogy of the Sharpless Family: Descended from John and Jane Sharples, Settlers near Chester, Pennsylvania, 1682: …; Manchester, Indiana: Heckman Bindery, photocopy reprint of original published by Philadelphia: Dando Printing and Publishing Co. (“For the Family, under the auspices of the Bi-centennial Committee, Philadelphia”), 1887; book image (PDF), Internet Archive (https://archive.org: accessed 21 Apr 2018); held by Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana [This book includes transcriptions and a few actual images of original wills and other documents.]

Additional detail for reference: Page 160 (PDF page 216)

Comment: Source includes name (Richard Woodward).

book-genealogy-of-the-woodward-family-1879: Lewis Woodward (compiler), Genealogy of the Woodward Family of Chester County, Pennsylvania; Wilmington, Delaware: Ferris Bros., 1879; book image (PDF), Internet Archive (https://archive.org: accessed 21 Apr 2018); original held by Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts

Additional detail for reference: Pages 10-13 (PDF pages 15-17)

Comment: Source includes name (Richard Woodward).

book-history-of-fayette-pa-v1-1912: John W. Jordan (editor) and James Hadden, Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County Pennsylvania, Volume 1; New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1912; book image (PDF), Google Books (http://books.google.com: accessed 21 Apr 2018), held by The Pennsylvania State University, Commonwealth Campuses Libraries, Fayette Campus [This book contains a civic history of Fayette County colonial families and prominent residents as of the early 1900s. It was published under the auspices of The Pennsylvania Historical Society.]

Additional detail for reference: Page 217 (PDF page 326)

Comment: Source includes name (Richard Woodward) and name suffix (senior).

book-mendenhalls-a-genealogy-1969: The Mendenhalls; database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com: accessed on multiple dates); citing "Henry Hart Beeson, The Mendenhalls: A Genealogy; Houston, unknown, 1991" [This is a privately published genealogy, and appears to be typed rather than typeset. Reference is made to some original records, but there are no images or transcripts included.]

Additional detail for reference: Page 3 (image 5), accessed 29 Aug 2009

Comment: Source includes name (Richard Woodward).

religious-registry-chester-mm-burials-1682-5: Chester Monthly Meeting burial register begun 23 Dec 1682 (Chester, Province of Pennsylvania), pages 5–6; U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, database with images, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com: accessed 28 Aug 2021) > “Pennsylvania > Chester > Chester Monthly Meeting > Burials, 1682” image 4; citing “Swarthmore College; Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; Quaker Meeting Records”

Additional detail for reference: Page 6, entry 11

Comment: Source includes name (Richard Woodward).

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birth

religious-registry-chester-mm-burials-1682-5: Chester Monthly Meeting burial register begun 23 Dec 1682 (Chester, Province of Pennsylvania), pages 5–6; U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, database with images, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com: accessed 28 Aug 2021) > “Pennsylvania > Chester > Chester Monthly Meeting > Burials, 1682” image 4; citing “Swarthmore College; Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; Quaker Meeting Records”

Additional detail for reference: Page 6, entry 11

Comment: Source gives rough age (about 70) and date of death (7th Day of the 10th Month 1706). Using his age as given and his death date of 7 Dec 1706 gives a birth date range from 8 Dec 1635 to 7 Dec 1636.

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death

religious-registry-chester-mm-burials-1682-5: Chester Monthly Meeting burial register begun 23 Dec 1682 (Chester, Province of Pennsylvania), pages 5–6; U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, database with images, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com: accessed 28 Aug 2021) > “Pennsylvania > Chester > Chester Monthly Meeting > Burials, 1682” image 4; citing “Swarthmore College; Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; Quaker Meeting Records”

Additional detail for reference: Page 6, entry 11

Comment: Source includes date (7th Day of the 10th Month 1706 [old style]).

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Family

Spouse/Partner: Jane Nyle (? – 1715)

Married: ?

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

book-genealogy-of-the-woodward-family-1879: Lewis Woodward (compiler), Genealogy of the Woodward Family of Chester County, Pennsylvania; Wilmington, Delaware: Ferris Bros., 1879; book image (PDF), Internet Archive (https://archive.org: accessed 21 Apr 2018); original held by Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts

Additional detail for reference: Page 12 (PDF page 16) / Transcript of Will of Richard Woodward

Comment: Source notes Jane Woodward as the wife of Richard Woodward.

book-mendenhalls-a-genealogy-1969: The Mendenhalls; database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com: accessed on multiple dates); citing "Henry Hart Beeson, The Mendenhalls: A Genealogy; Houston, unknown, 1991" [This is a privately published genealogy, and appears to be typed rather than typeset. Reference is made to some original records, but there are no images or transcripts included.]

Additional detail for reference: Page 3 (image 5), accessed 29 Aug 2009

Comment: Source implies marriage between Richard Woodward and Jane Nyle.

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Child: Richard Woodward (? – 1748)

Child: Martha Woodward (? – ?)

Child: William Woodward (? – 1705)

Child: Thomas Woodward (? – ?)

Child: Edward Woodward Sr. (? – 1754)

Child: Jane Woodward (? – 1737)

Child: Sarah Woodward (? – ?)

Child: Joseph Woodward (? – 1715)

Child: Mary Woodward (1688 – 1790)

Miscellaneous Facts

Events

Moved To Residence: 1698 at Middletown Township, Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania, British America

Will (signed): 6 Sep 1706

Will (proved): 8 Jan 1706/07

Supporting evidence for:
events

book-genealogy-of-the-sharpless-family-1887: Gilbert Cope (compiler), Henry Fishwick, Joseph Lemuel Chester, Genealogy of the Sharpless Family: Descended from John and Jane Sharples, Settlers near Chester, Pennsylvania, 1682: …; Manchester, Indiana: Heckman Bindery, photocopy reprint of original published by Philadelphia: Dando Printing and Publishing Co. (“For the Family, under the auspices of the Bi-centennial Committee, Philadelphia”), 1887; book image (PDF), Internet Archive (https://archive.org: accessed 21 Apr 2018); held by Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana [This book includes transcriptions and a few actual images of original wills and other documents.]

Additional detail for reference: Page 160 (PDF page 216)

Comment: Source includes year (1698) and location (Middletown [, Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania]).

book-genealogy-of-the-woodward-family-1879: Lewis Woodward (compiler), Genealogy of the Woodward Family of Chester County, Pennsylvania; Wilmington, Delaware: Ferris Bros., 1879; book image (PDF), Internet Archive (https://archive.org: accessed 21 Apr 2018); original held by Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts

Additional detail for reference: Page 11 (PDF page 15) / Transcript of Will of Richard Woodward

Comment: Source includes date (Sixth of September Ano. Do. 1706).

book-genealogy-of-the-woodward-family-1879: Lewis Woodward (compiler), Genealogy of the Woodward Family of Chester County, Pennsylvania; Wilmington, Delaware: Ferris Bros., 1879; book image (PDF), Internet Archive (https://archive.org: accessed 21 Apr 2018); original held by Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts

Additional detail for reference: Page 13 (PDF page 17) / Transcript of Will of Richard Woodward

Comment: Source includes date (8th Jan 1706 [old style]).

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Attributes

Residence: Aft 6 Mar 1687/88 at Thornbury Township, Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania, British America

Residence: 6 Sep 1706 at Middletown Township, Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania, British America

Supporting evidence for:
attributes

book-genealogy-of-the-sharpless-family-1887: Gilbert Cope (compiler), Henry Fishwick, Joseph Lemuel Chester, Genealogy of the Sharpless Family: Descended from John and Jane Sharples, Settlers near Chester, Pennsylvania, 1682: …; Manchester, Indiana: Heckman Bindery, photocopy reprint of original published by Philadelphia: Dando Printing and Publishing Co. (“For the Family, under the auspices of the Bi-centennial Committee, Philadelphia”), 1887; book image (PDF), Internet Archive (https://archive.org: accessed 21 Apr 2018); held by Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana [This book includes transcriptions and a few actual images of original wills and other documents.]

Additional detail for reference: Page 160 (PDF page 216)

Comment: Source includes earliest possible date (1 mo. 6, 1687) and location (Thornbury township [, Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania]).

book-genealogy-of-the-woodward-family-1879: Lewis Woodward (compiler), Genealogy of the Woodward Family of Chester County, Pennsylvania; Wilmington, Delaware: Ferris Bros., 1879; book image (PDF), Internet Archive (https://archive.org: accessed 21 Apr 2018); original held by Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts

Additional detail for reference: Page 12 (PDF page 16) / Transcript of Will of Richard Woodward

Comment: Source includes date (Sixth of September Ano. Do. 1706) and location (Middletown in the County of Chester & Province of Pensilvania).

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General Notes and Anecdotes

The 230 acres that Richard and Jane settled in Thornbury Township in 1686/87 had been purchased from John Simcock (or Sinnock). That land was part of 1550 acres John had purchased from William Penn. [book-history-of-fayette-pa-v1-1912]

Richard served variously as constable, juror, grand juror, supervisor of highways and was quite prominent in the community. [book-history-of-fayette-pa-v1-1912]

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general notes

book-history-of-fayette-pa-v1-1912: John W. Jordan (editor) and James Hadden, Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County Pennsylvania, Volume 1; New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1912; book image (PDF), Google Books (http://books.google.com: accessed 21 Apr 2018), held by The Pennsylvania State University, Commonwealth Campuses Libraries, Fayette Campus [This book contains a civic history of Fayette County colonial families and prominent residents as of the early 1900s. It was published under the auspices of The Pennsylvania Historical Society.]

Additional detail for reference: Page 217 (PDF page 326)

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Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)

FOLLOWUP

There is a significant problem with Richard's birth date and that of his father Richard. If the current values were correct, it would mean that the senior Richard's first child was born when he was 60. [book-history-of-fayette-pa-v1-1912]

Richard may have been born in Worcestershire, England. His will was dated 6 Sep 1706 and gave his residence as Middletown, Chester County. The will was proved 8 Jan 1707. [research-richard-woodward-genealogical-study]

Richard's will was dated 6 Sep 1706 and proved 8 Jan 1706/07.It can be found in Philadelphia County Will Book C, page 45.

There exists a marriage record in Oxford County, England, for a Richard Woodward of Kirtlington, and Jane French of Shipton, on 9 Oct 1673. However, her surname differs from other sources. This record would make Richard about 37 when they married. However, Jane may not have been his first or only wife. [Oxford: - Register of Marriages, 1560-1837; Volume Three 1723 - 1800 Burials; Marriages at Wootton, 1564 to 1837.; Volume 1.]

A Richard Woodward is also mentioned in "A Collection of Sufferings of the People Called Quakers. . ." (V.2, P.71) in which he and several others were accused of meeting in the home of John Watts in Worcestershire and fined. Two (John Cartwright and a Stanley) were sent to prison.

There exists a record of a trial in which several people, including John Sharples[s] and Richard Woodward, were accused of "...High Treason, in tumultuously assembling themselves in Moorfields, and other Places, under Colour of pulling down Bawdy Houses...". The trial was held in Middlesex County, England, in 1668. Richard was acquitted as were several others; I didn't notice a verdict explicitly for John, but it appears he was also acquitted. The rest were found guilty, but the language of lawyers hasn't changed much and the prose is complex. If this turns out to be the same John and/or Richard in this tree, I'll spend more time on it. This information from "A Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High Treason and Other Crimes and Misdemeanors from the Earliest Period to the Year 1783, with Notes and Other Illustrations", by T.B. Howell, Esq. F.R.S F.S.A., in 21 volumes (This is entry #227, p.879(?), in volume 6 -- 13-30 Charles II, 1661-1678. It was published in 1816.)

There is also a line of Woodwards in Watertown, Massachusetts who founded Connecticut and Wyoming branches of the family, as well as lines in New Jersey, and Maryland.

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research notes

book-history-of-fayette-pa-v1-1912: John W. Jordan (editor) and James Hadden, Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County Pennsylvania, Volume 1; New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1912; book image (PDF), Google Books (http://books.google.com: accessed 21 Apr 2018), held by The Pennsylvania State University, Commonwealth Campuses Libraries, Fayette Campus [This book contains a civic history of Fayette County colonial families and prominent residents as of the early 1900s. It was published under the auspices of The Pennsylvania Historical Society.]

Additional detail for reference: Page 217 (PDF page 326)

research-richard-woodward-genealogical-study: “Families of SE Pennsylvania: Richard Woodward,” genealogical study, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: unknown date)

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