Relating To The Families Of Boston And Eastern Massachusetts.
Prepared Under The Editorial Supervision Of
William Richard Cutter, A. M.
Historian Of The New England Historic Genealogical Society
Librarian Of Woburn Public Library
Author Of "The Cutter Family," "History Of Arlington," "Bibloigraphy Of Woburn," Etc. Etc.
New York Lewis Historical Publishing Company
[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]
(I) Nathaniel Weare, of England, was founder of one of the most prominent families of New England.
(II) Nathaniel Weare, son of Nathaniel Weare, born England, 1631, died Hampton, New Hampshire, May 13, 1718. He lived first in Newbury, Mass., and removed thence to Hampton in 1662, and there became one of the most influential men in the colonies. In 1694-95 he was chief justice of the court.
He married, Dec. 3, 1656, Elizabeth Swayne.
(III) Nathaniel Weare, son of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Swayne) Weare, born Hampton, New Hampshire, Aug. 29, 1669, died there March 26, 1755. He was called Nathaniel Weare Esq. on account of his high character and his magisterial office of justice of the peace, then an office of much importance and dignity. He was justice eight years, judge of the court four years and for several years was a deacon of the church.
He married first, Huldah Hussey; second, Mary Waite.
(IV) Sarah Weare, daughter of Nathaniel and Huldah (Hussey) Weare, born Hampton, N. H., July 5, 1709, died Kensington, N. H., Dec. 6, 1796. She married, Nov. 20, 1729, Deacon Jonathan DOW.
(V) Hannah Dow, daughter of Deacon Jonathan and Sarah (Weare) Dow, born Sept. 8, 1740, died in South Hampton, N. H., March 14, 1778. She mrried, Feb. 14, 1768, Jacob Barnard.
(V) Sarah Barnard, daughter of Jacob and Hannah (Dow) Barnard, born Nov. 30, 1774, died in Kensington, N. H., Aug. 14, 1865. She married, June 13, 1793, John French.
William White came in the "Mayflower." He had lived in Leyden, Holland, several years, but was of English birth, and is said to have been a son of Bishop John White, of London. He was a wool-carder by trade. He married, in Leyden, 1612, Anna or Susanna Fuller, Rev. John Robinson performing the marriage ceremony. He brought over with him his wife and their son Resolved, two men servants, both of whom died soon after landing, and Samuel Fuller, brother of William White's wife.
William White was one of the leaders of the Pilgrim company, a man of education, and his name appears as the sixth signer of the historic compact. He died Feb. 21, 1621, and on May 12, of the same year his widow married Edward Winslow, who afterward became governor of the colony. She died October, 1680.
The "Breeches Bible" of William White, printed in London, 1588, and brought over with him in 1620, is preserved and contains much interesting data of the family records.
William and Anna (or Susanna) White had two children:
Resolved, born 1615.
(II) Peregrine White, son of William White, was born on board the "Mayflower" in Provincetown Harbor, in December, 1620, given Dec. 19, 1650 in the old Bible. The name signifies that he was born during a journey. He was brought up in the family of Governor Edward Winslow, whom his mother married shortly after his father's death. He removed to Green Harbor with the Winslows after 1632; married about 1647, Sarah, daughter of William and Elizabeth Bassett, who came in the ship "Fortune," Nov. 10, 1621. Peregrine White settled on an estate given him by his father-in-law, lying between the North and South rivers not far from their outlet into the ocean. William Bassett was a large landholder; resided in Duxbury and Bridgewater, where he died in 1667. He was a captain of the militia company and a man of prominence during his long life. He was an assessor 1651-1655; deputy to the general court from Marchfield 1659; grand juryman 1660; selectman 1661-65 and in 1672. He was a soldier in the Pequot war in 1637; on a committee to lay out highways, 1667; member of the council of war, 1673.
Peregrine White was ensign under Captain Myles Standish, 1642; lieutenant in 1637, in the Pequot war; admitted a freeman June 3, 1652, but was not admitted to the Marshfield church until in his seventy-eighth year, but must have been a church member to be a freeman. In the Boston Weekly News Letter of July 31, 1704, the fifteenth number of the first newspapaer printed in New England, appeared this notice of his death: "Marshfield, July 20, Capt. Peregrine White of this town died here the 20th inst. aged 83 years and 8 months. He was vigorous and of comely aspect to the last."
His wife Sarah died Jan. 20, 1711.
Daniel, Sarah, Mercy, Jonathan, Pergrine Jr. and Sylvanus.
(III) Jonathan White, son of Peregrine and Sarah (Bassett) White, was born June 3, 1658, in Marshfield, and settled on Cape Cod. In his will his fathr gave one-half his lands in Middleboro to his son Daniel and the other half to his sons Jonathan and Pergrine Jr., and it is possible that Jonathan may have occupied his land in Middleboro, although the records of that town make no mention of him.
In the Yamouth records is an entry which says: "Jonathan White, s. of Peregrine and Sarah, of Marshfield, born June 4, 1658; brought to record by sd. Jno. May 18, 1700. Yarm. rec. by me, John Miller, clerk."
Savage mentions Jonathan White of Middleboro, and says that he lived before in Yarmouth. His wife was Esther Nicholson.
(IV) Joseph White, son of Jonathan and Esther (Nicholson) White, was born probably in Yarmouth and died there June 4, 1782.
(V) Deacon Joseph White, son of Joseph White, was born about 1741, and died December, 1812. Alden says that he "had, in 1797, a staff that was brough over in the 'Mayflower.'"
(VI) Deacon Joseph White, son of Deacon Joseph White, was born in Yarmouth about 1787, and died Jan. 15, 1856. His sons were Prentice, Otis and Joseph.
(VII) Deacon Joseph White, son of Deacon Joseph White, was born in Yarmouth about 1800-1804. Like his father and grandfather, he also was a deacon of the church, and perhaps more active in religious work than either of them. During Mr. Cogswell's ministry he helped the good pastor organize what is said to have been the first Sunday school in Barnstable county. Deacon White was superintendent of this Sunday school for many years. He also led the choir and congregational singing and if the occasion required or the minister was away from the town, he took his place in the pulpit and "always preached a very creditable sermon."
He was an apothecary by business occupation, and in all respects a very worthy, pious man, universally respected, and his daily walk was in full accord with the precepts he taught in the pulpit and the Sabbath school. He was something of a public man and at one time sat in the general court as representative of Yarmouth. For many years he possessed the historic "staff" or cane which his ancestor had brought over in the "Mayflower," but lent it to a relative and never recovered it. His own staff he kept to the end of his days and passed it on to his only surviving son.
Deacon White married (first) a Miss Thacher, and after he death married Phosa Crowell.
He had four sons, two by his first and two by his second marriage.
They were: Joseph, George, Winslow and Franklin White, all of whom except the youngest are dead.
(VIII) Franklin White, son of Deacon Joseph and Phosa (Crowell) White, was born in Yarmouth, Mass., April 20, 1837, and began his business career as an employee in the office of the Yarmouth Register. Then he was only a boy, but active and earnest in the performance of every task set for him to do. However, in December, 1852, he left Yarmouth and went to Salem, working there for a few months for his elder brother, Joseph, who then was carrying on a fruit business, and afterward was employed for something less than three years as clerk in Mr. Kimball's grocery store in Salem.
In 1856, being then less than twenty-one years old, Mr. White set up in the grocery business on his own account and thereafter for more than forty years was actively identified with the mercantile life of the city. His was more than the customary retail trade, for his dealings with the shipping interests in the port of Salem grew to be very extensive, and as he always has been known as a man of strick integrity and high moral character, trade came to him and stayed with him so long as he continued in business. He was successful and deserved all the success which rewarded his endeavors. Mr. White retired from active pursuits in May, 1899. In religious preference he is a Universalist and in politics a Republican.
He married Susan E. Clark, born in Wakefield, died in Salem. She bore him two children:
Ella, who died in infancy.
Addie, who became the wife of Willis Perry, of Salem. Mr. and Mrs. Perry have one daughter, Phosa Perry.
Richard Woodman was one of the Protestant Martyrs burned at the stake in front of the Star Inn, Lewes, Sussex county, England, June 22, 1557. A full account of this event is given in John Foxe's "Acts and Monuments."
The Woodmans of New England are of English descent, and in the mother country the family is said by genealogists to have been one of great antiquity. The origin of the surname and its signification are various described by students of our English patronymics, and may have been first given to one whose abode was in a forest, and hence classed with names derived from localities; or applied to one who cut and carried wood to the market place, and thus included among surnames derived from vocations. Antiquarians appear to have furnished little information of value concerining the origian of the name except as here mentioned, and indeed in respect to the particular branch of Woodmans here under consideration the subject is one of little importance, for back of Edward Woodman's birth in England little is known of the family life in that country, although it is believed that he came from Corsham, about eleven miles from Christian Malford.
(I) Edward Woodman first appears in New England history as a settler in Newbury, Mass., at the incorporation of that town in 1635, and from the fact that he went there in company with Archelaus Woodman it is supposed that they were brothers. One chronicler of the family history says that Archelaus Woodman came from Christian Malford, Wiltshire, England, that he took passage in the "James" of London in April, 1635, but it does not appear whether Edward came with him or arrived in New England in the "Abigail" a few weeks later. All that we know is that Archelaus and Edward Woodman sat down in the plantation at Newbury in 1635. Edward Woodman was one of ninety-one grantees of Newbury and one of the fifteen persons among the proprietors who were addressed "Mr.", a title indicating social position, influence and character above that of the average colonist. He became prominently identified with affairs of the church and figured as leader of the movement which resulted in setting aside some strict regulations of church government.
In 1636 and three times afterward he was deputy to the general court, and in 1638 he was commissioned magistrate "to end small causes." It appears also to have been his office "to see people marry," which he once spoke of as "an unprofitable commission, which has cost me many a bottle of sacke and liquor, where friends and acquaintances have been conerned."
He died previous to 1694, and both he and his wife Joanna were living in 1687-8.
Of their children two were born in England and the others in Newbury.
1. Edward, born 1628.
2. John, born in England about 1630, died in Dover, New Hampshire, Sept. 17, 1706; married July 15, 1656, Mary Field.
3. Joshua, born Newbury, 1636, died there May 30, 1703; married Jan. 23, 1666, Elizabeth Stevens.
4. Mary, born in Newbury, married Feb. 20, 1660, John Brown.
5. Sarah, born Jan. 12, 1642, married March 12, 1666, John Kent.
6. Jonathan, born Nov. 8, 1643, died Nov. 21, 1706; married July 2, 1668, Hannah Hilton.
7. Ruth, born March 28, 1646; married Oct. 17, 1666, Benjamin Lowell.
(II) Edward Woodman, eldest child of Edward and Joanna Woodman, was born in England in 1628 and died in Newbury, Mass., in 1694. He marraied Dec. 20, 1653, Mary Goodridge, born about 1633, daughter of William Goodridge. William GOODRIDGE settled in Watertown, Mass. in 1636, and died before May, 1645. His wife Margaret died in Newbury, Feb. 3, 1683-4; children: Mary, born in England about 1633, m. Edward Woodman; Jeremiah, b. Watertown, March 6, 1638, died Newbury Jan. 20, 1707, m. Nov. 15, 1660, Mary Adams; Joseph, b. Watertown Sept. 29, 1639, d. Newbury, May, 1716, m. Aug. 28, 1664, Martha Moores; Benjamin, b. Watertown April 11, 1642, killed in his own house in Rowley by Indians Oct. 23, 1692, married first, Sept. 28, 1663, Mary Jordan, second, 1673 Deborah Jordan, third, Nov. 16, 1678, Sarah Croad.
Children of Edward and Mary (Goodridge) Woodman, all born in Newbury:
1. Mary, born Sept. 29, 1654; married Nov. 29, 1676, Jonathan Emery.
2. Elizabeth, born July 11, 1656, died Dec. 27, 1659.
3. Edward, born 1658, died Dec. 20, 1659.
4. Rebekah, born Sept. 17, 1661, died young.
5. Rebekah, born July 29, 1663; married ____ Leighton.
6. Sarah, born July 18, 1665; married Nathaniel Merrill.
7. Judith, born Nov. 18, 1667.
8. Edward, born March 20, 1670, died 1718-19; married June 20, 1702, Mary Sawyer.
9. Archelaus, born June 9, 1672; see forward.
10. Elizabeth, born Nov. 8, 1674; married ____ Wallis.
11. Margaret, born Aug. 31, 1676; married April 12, 1699, Richard Bartlett.
(III) Deacon Archelaus Woodman, third son and ninth child of Edward and Mary (Goodridge) Woodman, was born in Newbury, June 9, 1672, and died there March 17, 1766. He married about 1695, Hannah ____.
Children, all born in Newbury:
1. Mary, born Feb. 26, 1696; married Sept. 25, 1717, Jacob Brown.
2. Edward, born May 12, 1698; married Dec. 18, 1729, Mary Saunders.
3. Archelaus, born May 15, 1700; married 1723, Sarah Badger.
4. Hannah, born May, 1702; married Oct. 13, 1726, Joshua Hale.
5. Judith, born Sept. 21, 1705; married 1741, Richard Clifford.
6. Joshua, born June 6, 1708, see forward.
7. John, born June 20, 1710; married 1741, Abigail Tarr.
8. Elizabeth, born June 7, 1712; married Feb. 15, 1731, Samuel Plummer.
9. Joseph, born May 4, 1714.
10. Benjamin, born Dec. 3, 1716.
(IV) Joshua Woodman, third son and sixth child of Deacon Archelaus and Hannah Woodman, was born in Newbury, June 6, 1708, and died in Kingston, New Hampshire April 4, 1791. In March, 1736, he married Eunice, daughter of John SAWYER and his second wife, Mrs. Sarah (Wells) Sibley, the latter a daughter of John and Sarah (Littlefield) Wells.
John Sawyer, born March 15, 1676, married first, Dec. 25, 1700, Mrs. Mary (Brown) Merrill; second, about 1711, a daughter of John Wells. She died March 27, 1756. John Wells died April 11, 1677, in Wells, married about 1664-5, Sarah Littlefield, born about 1648-50, died Jan., 1734-5, daughter of Francis LITTLEFIELD Sr., born about 1619, died 1712, and married second, Rebecca ____, who was living in 1683. Francis Littlefield Sr. was son of Edmund Littlefield of Wells, Maine, who came from Tichfield, England, about 1637. John WELLS was son of Deacon Thomas and Abigail (Warner) Wells. Thomas Wells, born about 1605, died Oct. 26, 1666, married about 1636, a daughter of William Warner, of Ipswich, who died before 1648. Abigail Warner died July 22, 1671. John SAWYER was son of Samuel Sawyer, born Nov. 22, 1646, died Feb. 11, 1718; m. March 13, 1671, Mary Emery, b. June 24, 1652, living in 1693, dau. of Sergeant John and Mary (Webster) Emery, who m. Oct. 2, 1648; he was born about 1628, died Aug. or Sept. 1693; she d. Feb. 3, 1709-10, dau. of John and Mary Shatswell Webster. Samuel Sawyer was son of William and Ruth Sawyer, he b. in England about 1613, was of Salem, Mass., 1640-5, son of John Sawyer, farmer, Lincolnshire, England.
Joshua & Eunice (Sawyer) Woodman's children, all b. in Kingston, N. H.:
1. Joshua, born Dec. 14, 1736, died Jan. 25, 1821; married first, May 25, 1772, Judith Woodman; second, 1776, Hannah Blaisdell.
2. Eunice, b. May 18, 1738, died Feb. 13, 1835, Litchfield, Maine; married 1758, Daniel Watson.
3. John, born April 24, 1740, see below.
4. Moses, born March 25, 1743, died 1824, Danville, N. H.; married 1777, Mrs. Hannah (Pierce) Eaton.
5. Samuel, born Nov. 19, 1744, died June 10, 1825, Kingston, N. H.; married Nov., 1776, Judith French.
6. Jonathan, born July 25, 1746, died April 9, 1827, Faytte, Maine; married first, May 22, 1772, Mary Elkins; second, Nov. 12, 1782, Abigail Morse.
7. David, born Dec. 4, 1747, died Nov. 6, 1840, in Norway, Maine; married first, 1771, Mary Hackett; second, 1789, Mercy Bradbury.
8. Joseph, born March 27, 1749, died April, 1835, New Gloucester, Maine; married about 1777, Mrs. Susanna (Stubbs) Bradbury.
9. Hannah, born Oct. 8, 1750, died 1831; married 1782, William Bagley.
10. Sarah, born June 28, 1752, died March 24, 1838, married Oct. 13, 1752, John Emmons.
11. Mary, born March 30, 1755, died Oct. 29, 1839, in New Gloucester, Maine; married 1776, Eliphalet Haskell.
12. Benjamin, born Oct. 18, 1759, died Oct. 6, 1835; married June 25, 1782, Sarah Magoon.
(V) John Woodman, second son and third child of Joshua and Eunice (Sawyer) Woodman, was born in Kingston, New Hampshire, April 24, 1740, and died in New Gloucester, Maine, March 21, 1808.
In 1762 he married Sarah Page, born 1740, died Feb. 13, 1809, daughter of Nehemiah and Mary (True) PAGE, of Salisbury, Mass., who married Feb. 28, 1729-9. He was born Sept. 10, 1708, and his wife was born Oct. 1, 1708, and died Nov. 16, 1767.
Nehemiah Page was son of Onesiphorus Page, b. Feb. 10, 1679, died July 19, 1746; married (published) April 22, 1701, Ruth Merrill, born Feb. 7, 1681, died Jan. 29, 1710. Onesiphorus Page was a son of Sergeant Onesiphorus Page, born 1642, died June 28, 1706; married Nov. 22, 1664, Mary Hauxworth, b. April 22, 1641, d. May 8, 1695, dau. of Thomas and Mary Hauxworth, who married 1640; he died Nov. 8, 1642, she died after 1667. Sergeant Onesiphorus Page was son of John Page, of Hingham and Haverhill; he died Nov. 23, 1687; married Mary Marsh, died Feb. 15, 1696-7, dau. of George Marsh. Ruth MERRILL, who married Onesiphorus Page, was a dau. of Daniel Merrill, born Aug. 20, 1642, died June 27, 1717; married May 14, 1667, Sarah Clough, born June 28, 1646, died March 18, 1705, dau. of John Clough, born about 1613, died July 26, 1691, and whose wife Jane died Jan. 16, 1679-80. Daniel Merrill was son of Nathaniel Merrill, died March 16, 1654-5, in Newbury, Mass.; married Susanna Wilterton, who died Jan. 25, 1672. Mary TRUE, wife of Nehemiah Page, was dau. of Deacon Jabez True, b. Octo., 1686; married Jan. 8, 1707-08, Sarah Tappan, born before 1691, dau. of John Tappan, born April 23, 1651, d. Dec. 26, 1723; married Sept. 1, 1688, Martha Brown, b. July 5, 1654, d. July 4, 1717, dau. of William Brown, of Salisbury, who married June 25, 1645, Elizabeth Murford. John TAPPAN was a son of Abraham Tappen (or Toppan) of Yarmouth, England, baptized April 10, 1606, died Nov. 5, 1672; married Susanna Goodale, of Yarmouth, England, died March 20, 1688-9, dau. of John and Elizabeth Goodale, of Yarmouth. Elizabeth Goodale came to America in the "Mary and Ann" in 1637. Deacon Jabez TRUE was son of Captain Henry True, born March 8, 1645, married March 15, 1667-8, Jane Bradbury, born May 11, 1645, was living March, 1687. Captain Henry True was son of Henry True, of Salem and Salisbury, died about 1659; married about 1644, Israel Pike [trans. note: I thought this was a female], who died March 12, 1699-1700, dau. of John Pike, of Newbury, who died May 26, 1654. Jane BRADBURY, wife of Captain Henry True, was dau. of Thomas Bradbury, bap. Feb. 1610, at Wicken Bonant, Essex, England, died March 16, 1697-5; married about 1636, Mary Perkins, born about 1620, d. Dec. 20, 1700, dau. of John Perkins, born England 1590, died Ipswich, Mass., 1654, whose wife Judith died after 1654. Thomas Bradbury settled in Salisbury, 1638, and was son of Wymont Bradbury, bap. May 16, 1574, died 1650; married Elizabeth Whitgift, born 1574, died June 26, 1612, dau. of William Whitgift. Wymond Bradbury was son of William Bradbury, who died Nov. 30, 1622; married Anne, dau. of Richard Eden, Esq., LL.D., of Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England. William Bradbury was son of Matthew Bradbury, born about 1510, died 1585, who married Margaret Rowse of Cambridge, England, and Matthew Bradbury was son of William Bradbury, born 1480, buried June 15, 1546, son of Robert Bradbury of Littleham, born about 1455, died 1489, son of William Bradbury of Braughing, born about 1430, Hertfordshire, son of Robert Bradbury, of Ollersett, born about 1400, Derbyshire, who married a daughter of Robert Davenport of Bramhall, Chester, England.
John Woodman (5) first settled in North Yarmouth, Maine. In 1764 he moved to New Gloucester, Maine, his goods being brought up Royal's river on a raft. He settled a little south of "Woodman's Bridge," on the westerly side of the Yarmouth road. He was elected first town treasurer of New Gloucester, and served on important town and county committees. As long as the county court held its sessions at New Gloucester, the Judges were entertained at Mr. Woodman's house. In 1775 a portion of the inhabitants objected to further payment of taxes toward the support of a settle orthodox minister. In the controversy which followed and which agitated successive town meetings for nearly fifteen years, Mr. Woodman was the leading spirit. By act of the general court in 1790, Mr. John Woodman and seventy-two others were incorporated by the name of "The Baptist Religious Society of New Gloucester and Gray." Mr. Woodman often preached in New Gloucester and neighboring towns, but was never an ordained clergyman. He was a housewright and farmer and acquired considerable property.
John and Sarah (Page) Woodman had children, all born in New Gloucester, Maine, except the oldest who was born in North Yarmouth.
1. True, born Sept. 13, 1763, died Oct. 12, 1850, in Minot, Maine; married first, Feb. 10, 1785, Judith Lufkin; second, March 14, 1820, Mrs. Elizabeth (Moore) Ayer.
2. Eunice, born Nov. 21, 1765; married June 4, 1781, Amos Rich; she died in China, Maine, Dec., 1854.
3. John, born Aug. 15, 1767, see below.
4. Isaiah, born May 13, 1769, died Oct. 21, 1804, in Minot, Maine; married July 31, 1794, Ruth Fuller, of Turner, Maine.
5. Sally, born Jan. 4, 1771, died Dec. 9, 1814, New Gloucester, Maine; married, April 24, 1792, Deacon Isaac Gross.
6. Betsey, born May 21, 1774, died March 19, 1849; married Jan. 4, 1806, Nathaniel Sturgis.
7. Jabez, born April 20, 1776, died May 15, 1843, New Gloucester, Maine; married April 30, 1810, Damaris Howard.
8. Moses, born Dec. 23, 1778, died July 25, 1857, New Gloucester, Maine; married first, Dec. 23, 1802, Sally Cushman; second, Aug. 24, 1817, Charlotte Lufkin.
9. Eliphalet, born Jan. 13, 1781, died April 23, 1802.
(VI) John Woodman, second son and third child of John and Sarah (Page) Woodman, was born in New Gloucester, Maine, Aug. 15, 1767, and died in Minot, Maine, May 26, 1849. He married first, Feb. 5, 1790, Abigail Merrill; second, Nov. 25, 1800, Hannah Bates; third, June 28, 1826, Mrs. Ruth (Merrill) Ayer, widow of Dr. Arron Ayer.
Hannah BATES, second wife of John Woodman, was born in Abington, Mass., June, 1774, and died in Minot, Maine, Oct. 21, 1825, daughter of Elijah Bates, born March 28, 1738, married Dec. 2, 1758, Rachel Glyde, dau. of James and Hannah Glyde, and born Sept. 1, 1741. Elijah Bates was son of Ebenezer Bates and wife Mary, and grandson of Deacon Edward Bates, who was born in Weymouth, Mass., Dec. 10, 1655, died in Weymouth Aug. 21, 1725; married Elizabeth SHAW, born Feb. 26, 1656, died at Hingham, Mass. July 6, 1748. Elizabeth Shaw was daughter of Deacon john and Alice Shaw, and granddaughter of Abraham and Deborah Shaw. Deacon Edward Bates was son of Elder Edward Bates, born about 1605, in England, died in Weymouth, Mass., March 25, 1686, and whose wife was Susanna ____.
John Woodman (6), when a young man settled in Minot, Maine. In 1798 he was chairman of the school committee, and was for many years captain of the militia. He was a zealous Christian and closely identified with the formation of the Baptist societies at Hebron Academy and North Auburn, Maine.
John Woodman had five children by his first wife and eight by his second wife, all born in Minot, Maine.
1. Samuel, born May 26, 1790, died Jan. 25, 1815, Minot, Maine; married 1813, Sarah Bridgham.
2. John, born Feb. 27, 1792; married Aug. 17, 1820, Elizabeth Long.
3. Merrill, born March 26, 1794; married July 6, 1821, Emily S. Bray.
4. Nathan, born June 14, 1795, died July 6, 1815, in Minot, Maine.
5. Caroline, born April 1, 1797, died Jan. 19, 1815, in Minot.
6. Abigail, born Aug. 1, 1801; married Sept. 21, 1819, William Witham.
7. Isaiah, born May 8, 1805, died young.
8. Isaiah, born Sept. 12, 1806, see below.
9. Mary, born June 20, 1808; married June 25, 1828, Thaddeus R. Doten.
10. Sarah, born April 14, 1810, died Aug. 27, 1838; married Nov., 1833, Joseph Currier.
11. Sullivan, born May 24, 1812; married April 27, 1837, Nancy M. Ayer.
12. Caroline, born May 14, 1815, died Oct. 30, 1828.
13. Brittania, born March 4, 1817, died Aug. 9, 1837.
(VII) Isaiah Woodman, fifth son and eighth child of John and Hannah (Bates) Woodman, was born in Minot, Maine, Sept. 12, 1806, and died there April 29, 1885. He married Nov. 17, 1831, Mary Boynton Ayer, born May 23, 1805, died March 2, 1882, in Auburn, Maine, daughter of Ebenezer and Elizabeth (Moore) Ayer, of Buston (now Standish) Maine.
Ebenezer AYER was born in Buston, April, 1766, died there Feb. 18, 1812; married Jan. 22, 1789, Elizabeth Moore, born Londonderry, New Hampshire, Aug. 6, 1769, died Minot, Maine, Jan. 12, 1854, daughter of Captain Hugh and Margaret (Nesmith) Moore. Ebenezer Ayer was son of Peter Ayer, born March 12, 1737, died March 23, 1805, and his wife Rebecca, born 1737, died Oct. 28, 1795. Peter Ayer was son of Lieut. Ebenezer Ayer, born Haverhill, Mass., Feb. 18, 1704-05, died Salem, N. H., March 2, 1762-3; married March 19, 1726, Susannah Kimball, of Bradford, Mass., born March 25, 1707, died Sept. 19, 1749, dau. of Robert and Susannah (Atwood) Kimball, of Bradford. Lieut. Ebenezer Ayer was son of Lieut, Samuel Ayer, born Sept. 28, 1669, died Jan. 2, 1743-4; married Nov. 21, 1693, Elizabeth Tuttle, born Nov. 24, 1670, died Nov. 29, 1752, dau. of Simon and Sarah (Cogswell) TUTTLE. Simon Tuttle, of Ipswich, born 1631, was son of John Tuttle, born 1596, died 1656; came in ship "Planter," 1635; married Joan ____, born 1593. Sarah Cogswell, wife of Simon Tuttle, was born 1647, died 1732, dau. of John Cogswell, who came in ship "Angel Gabriel," 1635. Samuel AYER was son of Cornet Peter Ayer, born about 1633, died Jan. 2, 1698-9; married Nov. 1, 1659, Hannah Allen, born June 17, 1642, dau. of William and Ann (Goodale) Allen of Salisbury, Mass. Ann Goodale, died May, 1678, dau. of Richard and Dorothy GOODALE. Richard Goodale died Sept., 1666, and his wife Dorothy, Jan. 27, 1664-5. Cornet Peter Ayer was son of John Ayer, born England, 1592, died Haverhill, Mass., March 31, 1657; married Hannah ____, died Oct. 8, 1688.
Robert KIMBALL, of Bradford, was born March 6, 1675-6, died Feb. 24, 1744; married before 1714, Susannah Atwood, born Feb. 1, 1687, dau. of Captain Philip and Sarah (Tenney) Atwood, of Malden, Mass. Robert Kimball was son of Cornet Benjamin Kimball, born about 1637, died June 11, 1696; married April 16, 1661, Mercy Hazeltine, born 16 8mo. 1642, died Jan. 5, 1707-08, dau. of Robert and Anna Hazeltine. Cornet Kimball was son of Richard Kimball, born about 1595, died Ipswich, June 22, 1675; married Ursula, dau. of Henry and Martha Scott, of Rattlesden, Suffolk, England. Captain Philip ATWOOD was born Sept., 1658, died April 13, 1722; married July 23, 1684, Sarah Tenney, born Oct. 17, 1665, died April 2, 1739, dau. of Deacon John and Mercy (Parrot) Tenney. Captain Philip Atwood was son of Philip Atwood, born 1622, married Rachel Bachiler, who died Feb. 5, 1674, dau. of William Bachiler. Mercy PARROT, born 23 1mo. 1647, Rowley, died Nov. 27, 1667, married Feb. 26, 1663-4, John Tenney. She was dau. of Francis Parrot, born England, freeman, Rowley, 1640, town clerk, 1641, died April 13, 1722, son of Thomas Tenney, born 1614, died Bradford, Feb. 20, 1700; married Ann Mighill, who was buried Sept. 26, 1657.
Captain Hugh MOORE was born 1742, died March 2, 1814, in Buston, Maine, married Margaret Nesmith, who died July 21, 1823, in Buston (now Standish, Maine), dau. of James and Mary (Dinsmore) Nesmith of Londonderry, New Hampshire. Captain Moore was a son of James and Elizabeth (Gregg) Moore, he born Ireland, 1706, died Londonderry, N. H., Sept. 30, 1755; she dau. of James and Janet (Cargil) Gregg. James NESMITH was born in Ireland, Aug. 4, 1718, settled in Londonderry, N. H., died there July 19, 1793; married Mary Dinsmore, born Ireland, 1723, died Windham, New Hampshire, Feb. 27, 1805, dau. of Robert and Margaret (Orr) Dinsmore. James Nesmith was son of Deacon James Nesmith, born Ireland, 1692, died May 9, 1767, "whose father emigrated from Scotland to the valley of the river Bann in Ireland in 1690." He (James) married in Ireland about 1714, Elizabeth McKeen, born Ireland, 1696, died Londonderry, N. H. April 29, 1763, dau. of James and Janet (Cochran) McKEEN, the former son of James McKeen of Ireland. James McKeen Jr. was born 1665, in Ireland, and died Nov. 9, 1756, in Londonderry, N. H. Robert DINSMORE was son of John Dinsmore, son of John Dinsmore who went over from Scotland to Ireland and settled in county Antrim. He lived to the age of ninety-nine years, and was widely known as a very prious man. His son John first landed in America at the "Georges" islands. At the time of his death in 1741, John Dinsmore the immigrant was living with his daughter Elizabeth in Londonderry, N. H.
Isaiah (7) Woodman was a prominent citizen of Minot, Maine, for many years; was moderator of town meetings repeatedly; selectman, 1845 and 1855; representative to the state legislature 1855. The last ten years of his life he resided in Auburn, Maine, and was the city's representative in the state legislature in 1874. He was for many years a member of the Masonic order. He was an outspoken advocate of temperance, a strong anit-slavery man, and zealous in every good work. After the death of his wife, he resided with his son Mellen, in Minot, Maine, where he died.
Isaiah & Mary Boynton (Ayer) Woodman had children, all born in Minot, Maine.
1. George Sullivan, born Aug. 31, 1832, died Auburn, Maine, July 16, 1902; married June 26, 1862, Nellie M. Tufts.
2. Willard Woodbury, born Nov. 24, 1834, died Auburn, Maine, Aug. 10, 1864; married Nov. 24, 1849 Cathelena Elizabeth Randall.
3. Flavius Mellen, born Feb. 9, 1837, see below.
4. Laura Duffs Woodbury, born Oct. 14, 1839, died July 20, 1862, Minot, Maine.
5. John, born April 4, 1843, died Oct. 13, 1846.
6. Nathan Prime, born Dec. 17, 1845; married Dec. 17, 1868, Meretta E. Chase.
(VIII) Flavius Mellen Woodman, third son of Isaish and Mary Bonton (Ayer) Woodman, was born in Minot, Maine, Feb. 9, 1837, and married Feb. 20, 1862, Edith Olivia Bearce, born May 25, 1844, dau. of Asa and Lucy (Bridgham) Bearce of Minot. He is a prosperious farmer and highly esteemed citizen of Minot, Maine. He was selectman in 1885, and again in 1886. Flavius and Edith Olivia (Bearce) Woodman had children, the first four born in Hebron, Maine, the others in Minot:
1. Infant son, born Oct. 30, 1863, died Dec. 3, 1863.
2. Willard Woodbury, born Jan. 18, 1865, see below.
3. Laura Olivia, born April 20, 1867; married Dec. 12, 1892, Frank Elwood Downing.
4. Fred Bearce, born April 20, 1869; married first, April 20, 1893, Nellie Ellen Estes; second, Nov. 10, 1904, Mrs. Lizzie Belle (Israel) Buckman.
5. Arthur Mellen, born Nov. 13, 1871; married Nov. 30, 1898, Carrie Delia Gibbs.
6. Grace May, born Jan. 17, 1876; married May 30, 1899, William Edwin Fairbanks.
7. John, born Sept. 30, 1882.
(IX) Willard Woodbury Woodman, A. B. '88, A. M. '91, Bowdoin (Phi Beta Kappa), was born in Hebron, Maine, Jan. 18, 1865, second son of Flavius Mellen and Edith Olivia (Bearce) Woodman. His elementary education was acquired in the public schools of Minot, and in Hebron Academy, Hebron, Maine; his secondary education in Edward Little High School, Auburn, Maine, and his higher education in 1884 and graduated artium baccalaureus, 1888; artium magister, in course, 1891. he is a member of the Alpha Delta Phi society, and was during his college course one of the editors of the Bugle, a class publication, and also one of the editors of the Bowdoin Orient, the organ of that college.
On commencement day in 1888 Mr. Woodman was one of the class speakers, his attainments during his four years course entitling him to this honor. After leaving college he was appointed instructor in Latin in Thayer Acacemy, South Braintree, Mass., which position he filled through the school session 1888-9, and afterward from the beginning of the academic year in the fall of 1889 to the end of the term in June, 1900, he held the principalship of Gorham high school, Gorham, Maine, and during two years of that period, 1898 and 1899, in connection with his official and pedagogical duties, he was superintendent of Gorham public schools. In 1900 Mr. Woodman was elected principal of Peabody high school, Peabody, Mass., and has filled that position for eight years, with credit to himself, with entire satisfaction to the school committee of the town and with enduring benefit to the hundreds of pupils who during that period have sat under his instruction. In educational circles in Essex county, and indeed throughout eastern Mass., and in the state of Maine as well, he enjoys an extensive acquaintance and an excellent reputation as an educator, and as a man of christian character and moral worth.
He is a membef of the Essex Institute, Salem, Mass.; also of the Peabody Historical Society, and its present vice-president; member of the South Congregational church, the church cabinet, and member and present president of the Men's Club of the church.
He married, June 30, 1891, Alice Leona Paine, born in Limington (Steep Falls), Maine, June 6, 1865, daughter of Phineas Ingalls and Ellen Frances (Hobson) Paine, of Gorham, Maine.
1. Willard Paine, born Gorham, Dec. 3, 1893.
2. Karl Ayer, born Gorham, Feb. 15, 1896.
3. Alice Lucette, born Gorham, May 25, 1898.
Asahel Wyman (1), who was born in Ohio, Yarmouth county, Nova Scotia, undoubtedly was a descendant of the Wymans of Massachusetts, of the American line, whose principal founders were the brothers John and Francis, whose names appear in Massachusetts history as early as the year 1640. Back of their immigration we have the ancient English Wymans, form whom all of his surname on this side of the Atlantic are descended, although some well known antiquarians have givewn the English Wymans a remote German origin in the family of Weymann, whose descendants crossed over into England with the Saxons and took the various names of Wiman, Wymant, Ymond and Wymond, as well as Wyman, the latter being the almost invariable form of spelling adopted by the American families.
The year of emigration from New England to Nova Scotia by the first Wymans is not positively known, but is presumed to have been about the time of the revolution; nor does there appear any present means by which to determine who of them was the father of Asahel Wyman or how many generations of the family anterior to his time were dwellers there. The Nova Scotia pedigrees are infrequent and meagre and records of families there have not been preserved with the same care as in the several New England states; but following the several migrations of the Massachusetts Wymans from their old seat in Middlesex county it appears that perhaps a century and a half ago certain families of them went down into the province of Maine and after many years some of their descendants crossed over into the British possessions and became seated in Yarmouth county.
We only know that Asahel Wyman was born, lived and died in Ohio, Yarmouth county, that he married there Elizabeth Perry, who also is believed to have been born in that province, and that they had nine children, as follows:
James, Levi, Susan, Mary E., Drusilla, David, William, Asa, Harriet.
Only three are still living (1908):
Dursilla, who married Captain Charles Porter, who was lost at sea; she resides in Wolfsville, Nova Scotia.
Asa, who resides in Ohio, Yarmouth county, Nova Scotia.
Harriet, who also resides in Ohio, Yarmouth county, Nova Scotia.
(II) James Wyman, eldest child of Asahel and Elizabeth (Perry) Wyman, was born in Ohio, Nova Scotia, Feb. 19, 1829, was educated there, and there made his start in business life, that of a butcher, and in the course of a few years he had acquired a large patronage among the owners and masters of vessels, and soon found himself at the head of an extensive wholesale business at Yarmouth, at that time a ship building town. Here he continued some years, but when the shipping intersts of the place began to decline he came to New England, settled at Round Pond in Maine and for the next three years carried on a meat business there, selling largely to fishing and other vessel owners; but soon after the fisheries there began to deline on account of the failure of the fishing grounds to yield their old-time catch, Mr. Wyman's interests suffered in common with those of the fishermen. He then closed out his stock, and in the late seventies came to Boston and worked with his brother Levi in the restaurant of which the latter was proprietor, and in the course of the next two years had gained a fair knowledge of that business in its detail. With that experience and the small capital he possessed Mr. Wyman went to Lynn and in April, 1881, he opened a small restaurant and dining-room on Washington street in that growing city; but small as it was at the outset it was a success from a business point of view and before three more years had passed the enterprising proprietor found it necessary to increase the capacity of his establishment, and then again in later years until his was not only the largest but far the best and most popular dining house in the city, and today (1908) Wyman's Restaurants in Washington and Munroe streets, with their capacity to seat nearly three hundred and fifty persons, in known throughout the state. And besides the principal business above mentioned there is Wyman's Lunch, in Central Square, a convenient and commodious resort for hasty diners. Mr. Wyman brought his dining establishments to their highest degree of perfection several years before his death, which took place Sept. 20, 1898. He had accomplished a good work, had given the people of Lynn just the place of refreshment which was most needed, and in doing this he not only showed commendable public enterprise but an excellent business capacity as well. His efforts in business life were rewarded with substantial success and he full well merited all of the gratifying results achieved by him.
He was a firm Republican, but did not take an active part in political affairs. In religious preference he was a member of the Washington Street Baptist Church, where he attended services.
His wife, whom he married in Hebron, Yamouth county, Nova Scotia, was Adelaide S. Saunders, daughter of Rufus J. and Mary Ann (Harris) SAUNDERS, of Hebron. Rufus J. Saunders was a native of Hebron, a substantial business man, engaged in shoe manufacturing, and a man of character and influence, a consistent member of the Baptist church. He died in Hebron, aged about seventy years; his widow died in Lynn. Their eight children were: Washington, Sarah, Adelaide S., David, Joseph, Eliza, Sophia and Susan Saunders.
James and Adelaide S. (Saunders) Wyman had two children:
1. Florence N., born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, married, May 3, 1884, Captain George F. Corning, of Beaver River, Yarmouth; he was captain of the British ship "Vendome" which was burned at sea March 27, 1887, while on a passage from New York to Amsterdam, Holland, loaded with oil. The captain had with him his wife and infant son, who with the crew and also the ship-wrecked crew of a Norwegian bark picked up when but a few days out of New York, were rescued from the burning ship by the British bark "Stillwater" and landed at Rotterdam. It was then that his father-in-law, James Wyman, then a prosperous business man, persuaded Captain Corning to abandon the sea, which had been his home since he was twelve years old and go into business with him, which he accordingly did, and since then he has made his home in Lynn. Children of Captain and Mrs. Corning: Grover Y., Douglas D. and F. Gladys, all born in Lynn.
2. William, born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, died young.
3. Addie W., born in Hebron, Nova Scotia, married John Gordon Foster, a native of Vermont, and has one child, Beatrice A., born in Lynn.