Richard Woodward Sr.
Last updated 7 Sep 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.
Born: Bet 8 Dec 1635 and 7 Dec 1636
Died: 7 Dec 1706 in Middletown, Bucks County, Province of Pennsylvania, British America
Spouse/Partner: Jane Nyle (? – 1715)
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)
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
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
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]
Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/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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