John "the Mariner" Wood, of Hempstead (c.1620 - 1704) MP

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Nicknames: "John "mariner" Wood of Hempstead"
Birthplace: of , Southwark, Surrey , England
Death: Died in Little Compton, Newport , Rhode Island
Occupation: Mariner
Managed by: Kira Jay
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About John "the Mariner" Wood, of Hempstead

John Wood, son of John Wood the Mariner, was also a mariner. We will refer to him here as John Wood Jr. John Wood Jr.’s family lineage in brief follows:

John WOOD Jr. was born in 1620, in England and was also known as "John WOOD of Hempstead" [2] p. 110 died 26 Aug 1704, age 84 Middletown, RI [7]. John left no will.

1st Marriage to Unknown, possibly Ann BOWBRIKE [13] in England 2nd married Anna 3rd married Mary PEABODY born 1639 or 1641 died 24 Jan 1719 "age 78" [7] in Middletown RI, daughter of John PEABODY of Newport RI [8]

Children of John WOOD Jr. and 1st Wife:

i Henry WOOD born before 1638 [2] says about 1640, m. Hannah

ii John WOOD "of OYSTER Bay" born about 1643 [2] p. 109

iii Walter WOOD (probably but not certainly a son of John WOOD Jr. [2] p. 60) born about 1646, married Amy

Children of John WOOD Jr. and 2nd wife Anna: See also [2] p. 108-109 for suspicions of Anna’s parentage and history.

iv Jonathan WOOD "of Hempstead" b. 26 Aug 1658 m. Mercy BANBURY, brother of Edward BANBURY Jr., children of Edward and Mercy of Hempstead. Note: John Wood Jr. probably first married in England (wife unknown) and 2nd married Anna [14] and had a son Jonathon. There was a 1664 legal action in Flushing where Anna, wife of John WOOD of RI, is ordered to prevent further scandal and stop living with Thomas Stiles (she had been living with him for 2 years and she had 2 children with), and to return to her husband. Anna had placed Jonathon as an apprentice to John SMITH at the age of 4 (21 Aug 1662). It is unlikely even after the legal action that Anna stayed married to John. One possible outcome would have been for a divorce and then John married Mary PEABODY. Clark [2] p. 105 is very clear on this action and the move of Jonathan later to Hempstead, Long Island NY. The Clark article was formerly printed as "RHODE ISLAND WOODS ON LONG ISLAND", By Miss Bertha W. Clark, of Boston, Mass., Courtesy of THE AMERICAN GENEALOGIST, Whole Number 155, Volume 39 No. 3, July 1963.

Children of John Wood Jr. and 3rd wife Mary PEABODY: [2] p. 62-64

v John WOOD, Lieutenant in the Colonial Wars born 1664 died 22 Feb 1740 married Mary CHURCH born 1668 [2] p. 62 died 1748 daughter of Joseph CHURCH and Mary TUCKER

vi Thomas WOOD Sr. born 1666 in Little Compton RI died 10 May 1729 married Content (Probably) THURSTON daughter of Edward THURSTON and Elizabeth MOTT [1] p. 64

vii William WOOD born 1675 [2] p. 32, freeman of Newport in 1701, 1st married Amy CLARKE on 13 May 1709 2nd married Elizabeth TRIPP, daughter of James TRIPP and Lydia. Elizabeth was also widow of Richard MARSHALL, son of Richard MARSHALL Sr. and Mary WOOD

viii Henry WOOD born about. 1683 died 1758 married Content THURSTON (a different Content THURSTON than the one married to Thomas WOOD Sr. above) born 18 Aug 1691, daughter of Jonathon THURSTON and Sarah

ix Peleg WOOD born 1686; died 1747; married Rebecca COGGESHALL born 1695 died 3 Nov 1732, daughter of John COGGESHALL and Mary STANTON

x Margaret WOOD [15] born 1691 died 7 Dec 1750 aged 59 years [2] p. 33 [7]

xi Hannah WOOD (perhaps), born 1690, although Clark [2] does not list her, maybe she is the "HW" listed in the Middletown "Wood Lot" cemetery with John and Mary [7].

Other things we know about John Wood Jr.: (primarily found in Clark [2] p. 17-33)

The Middletown "Wood Lot" cemetery [7], which was once part of Newport, and on a farm once owned by a descendant of William, son of John WOOD of Newport, is the burial ground where in 1912, a corresponding secretary of the Newport Historical Society found this inscription "John WOOD died in 1704, aged 84, and wife Mary."

John WOOD, freeman of Newport, RI, 1655. He is listed as on the Grand Jury, Mar. 11, 1661.

He was engaged in a factional struggle between Rhode Island and Connecticut, over Narragansett in 1663 - 1665, along with Richard Smith, Thomas Gould and John Hicks. In the court proceedings that ensued, his surety was John Peperdy, or (Peabody) the father of his wife.

Feb. 28, 1670, deeded land in New Jersey to Giles Slocum.

On jury panel at Newport, June 7, 1671.

Deputy to the General Assembly, Newport, 1673, 1674, 1675, 1689 and 1690.

On Oct. 10, 1674, the town council of Portsmouth voted to allow John WOOD, a weaver, and his family "to stop in Portsmouth for one year." It is probable that he located in Portsmouth for one year, for business reasons, as he was Deputy of Newport at that time, and possibly he did not take up residence in Portsmouth, though he contemplated it.

He bought land in Sakonett (Little Compton) in 1677 and again in 1683.

On Nov. 14, 1695, he deeded two lots of 50 acres each, with housing, etc., in Little Compton, to his son Thomas, the deed being witnessed by another John Wood, probably the John Wood who married Mary Church. The deed was acknowledged by John of Newport and his "now wife" Mary, June 23, 1699 and recorded Oct. 23, 1702. (Note: This agrees with the problem of John Wood Jr. possibly divorcing Anna and then marrying Mary Peabody.)

15 Jan 1669 [2] p. 17 An account concerning the ship "Peregrine" including references to John WOOD by Gov. WINTHROP. Since this is after John WOOD Sr.’s decease it is attributed to John WOOD Jr.

Clark [2] p. 18 - 22 shows John WOOD Jr. as a rather scoundrel person during his younger years.

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John Wood, of Hempstead's Timeline

1620
1620
Southwark, Surrey , England
1658
August 26, 1658
Age 38
Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
1663
1663
Age 43
Rhode Island
1664
1664
Age 44
Rhode Island
1675
1675
Age 55
1704
August 26, 1704
Age 84
Little Compton, Newport , Rhode Island
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