Thomas Woodford (1612 - 1667) MP

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Nicknames: ""The Emigrant""
Birthplace: Roxbury, Lincolnshire, England
Death: Died in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation: Steward
Managed by: Thomas Edward Shirley
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About Thomas Woodford

Biographical Summary:

Thomas Woodford, came to Boston in the "William and Francis;" embarked March 7, arrived June 5, 1632; settled at Roxbury; freeman, March 4, 1635; married in Roxbury, Mary, daughter of Robert Blott; he came to Agawam with Mr. Pynchon's company, where he signed the agreement of May 16, 1636, and had an allotment of land. Named in the distribution of 1639 at Hartford, when he was one who received land "by the courtesie of the town;" his home-lot was on the west side of the highway now Front St. He was chosen with Arthur Smith, February 10, 1639-40, to attend the townsmen, and to do any special services required by them, as to give notice of town-meetings, impound stray cattle, etc. Appointed to act as sexton, March 3, 1640, to "attend the making of graves for any corpses deceased;" to "receive for giving notice by ringing the bell, making the grave, and keeping of it in seemly repair, so that it may be known in future time; when such graves have been made for the lesser sort, 2s. 6d., for the middle sort, 3s., and for the higher sort, 3s. 6d.;" also appointed town crier, and to be paid 2d. for crying anything lost. His wife probably died in Hartford; he removed about 1656 to Northampton; there died March 6, 1667.

SOURCE: James Hammond Trumbull, editor, The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884, Volume 1 (Boston, Massachusetts: Edward L. Osgood, 1886), page 270. Retrieved: 3 May 2011 from Google Books

Biographical Summary:

Thomas Woodford, Steward, came from London, England, and embarked in the ship "William and Francis" March 7th, 1631/32, arriving in Massaschusetts Jun 5th, 1632. He settled first in Rodbury, Mass. He married Mary Blott, daughter of Robert and Susanna Blott, March 4th, 1636, and moved to Hartford, Connecticut, and later to Springfield, Mass, where he is mentioned in the Compact of Settlers in 1536. Later he removed to Northampton, Mass, where he died March 6th, 1667. He had three daughters; Mary, who married Isaac Shelton; Hannah, who married Samuel Allen; and Sarah, who married Nehemiah Allen. He made a will Apr. 24th, 1665, bequeathing to his daughter Mary and her children; also to Hannah and Sarah; and to his sons-in-law, Isaac Shelton and Nehemiah Allen. --Clark F. Allen

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Thomas Woodford and Mary Blott were immigrants aboard the William and Francis.

There is a good reference printed by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston 1995. Title; "The Great Migration Begins-Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volume III, P-W" by Robert Charles Anderson. According to this (pp 2057-2060), he arrived in Roxbury in 1632 on the William & Francis. He married Mary Blott and moved to Connecticut. There are details about his will and some of the children.

"Genealogy and Family History of the State of Connecticut, Volume I" New York, Lewis Historical Publishing Company 1911, p 456 also discusses Thomas Woodford, born in Lincolnshire, England, emigrated in 1632, married Mary Blott Mar 4, 1635. Also lists descendants. Connecticut Historical Society library has copies.

Thomas Woodford, came to Boston in the “William and Francis;” embarked March 7, arrived June 5, 1632 ; settled at Roxbury; freeman, March 4, 1635; m. in Roxbury, Mary, dau. of Robert Blott ; he came to Agawam with Mr. Pynchon's company, where he signed the agreement of May 16, 1636, and had an allotment of land. Named in the distribution of 1639 at Hartford, when he was one who received land “by the courtesie of the town;” his home-lot was on the west side of the highway now Front St. He was chosen with Arthur Smith, Feb. 10, 1639-40, to attend the townsmen, and to do any special services required by them, as to give notice of tows-meetings, impound stray cattle, etc. Appointed to act as sexton, March 3, 1640, to “attend the making of graves for any corpses deceased;” to “receive for giving notice by ringing the bell, making the grave, and keeping of it in seemly repair, en that it may be known in future time; when such graves have been made for the lesser sort, 2s. 6d., for the middle sort, 3s.., and for the higher sort, 3e. 6d. ;” also appointed town crier, and to be paid 2d. for crying anything lost. His wife probably d. in Hartford; he removed about 1656 to Northampton; there d. March 6, 1667.

  • Thomas Woodford arrived at Boston in 1632, in the ship William and Frantis and first settled in Roxbury, where he was admitted a freeman 4 March, 1635. He was one of the little company of Roxbury which made a formal declaration of their intention to establish a town at Springf1eld before the Indian deeds were secured, and was the owner of lands there. Later he removed to Hartford, Connecticut, where, in 1640, he was the first town clerk, and in 1645 " collector of funds for the students at Harvard." He was one of the founders of Northampton, where he removed about 1654, and served as selectman 1657 and 1658. His home lot there was afterwards owned by the eminent Jonathan Edwards, D. D. He died 6 March, 1667; married Mary, daughter of Robert and Susannah Blott, who were passengers with him to America. His wife died at Hartford before his removal to Massachusetts.

Thomas is an ancestor of Princess Diana, as follows:

Diana Spencer (Lady Diana)’s parents are Viscount Edward John Spencer (born in 1924) and Frances Ruth Burk-Roche (born in 1936). The American line is through Diana’s mother, the daughter of Edmund Maurice Burk-Roche (1885-1955) and Ruth Sylvia Gill.

The Work and Wood Families

Edmund Burk-Roche was the son of the Hon. James Boothby Burk-Roche (1851-1920) and his American-born wife, Frances E. Work, who was born in New York in 1857 and died just short of her 90th birthday. They were married in 1880 in New York.

Her father, Franklin H. Work (1819-1911), was born in Ohio, as was her mother, Ellen Wood (1831-1877). Both died in New York City. The line continues back through Ellen Wood, the mother of Frances.

The Strong and Allen Families

Ellen Wood was the daughter of John Wood of West Virginia and Ohio and his wife, the former Eleanor Strong. Eleanor, born in 1802 in Philadelphia, outlived her husband by several years and died in New York City in 1863.

Eleanor was a daughter of Dr. Joseph Strong (1770-1812) of Philadelphia and Rebecca Young, and granddaughter of Benjamin Strong (1740-1809) and Lucy Bishop, who lived at Coventry, CT. Benjamin had a double dose of Strong ancestry, being a son of Joseph Strong Jr. of Coventry, CT, who wed his cousin, Elizabeth Strong.

Joseph Strong Jr. was a son of Joseph Strong (1672-1763) and Sarah Allen, the daughter of Nehemiah Allen of Northampton, MA, and Sarah Woodford.

The Woodford and Blott Families

Sarah Woodford (1649-1712) was a daughter of Thomas Woodford, the immigrant, who was born in England. He married Mary Blott, who was also born in England. Both died at Northampton, MA. Mary came from England with her father, Robert Blott, who died at Boston in 1665.

SOURCES: Phillip Thuma of Ironton, OH, who is also a Robert Blott descendant; “H.R.H. The Princess of Wales,” April, 1982, New England Historical and Genealogical Register.

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He came with Governor Winthrop's colony on the ship "William and Francis." He settled in Cambridge, then Springfield, and then Roxbury.

In 1634 he was elected a freeman. In 1636 he was an original settler of Hartford, Conn. and received a land grant in the present corporate limits. --------------------

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Thomas Woodford's Timeline

1612
1612
Roxbury, Lincolnshire, England
1632
March 7, 1632
- June 5, 1632
Age 20
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States

Thomas Woodford came to Boston in the "William and Francis;" embarked March 7, and arrived June 5, 1632.

1634
March 4, 1634
Age 22
Roxbury, MA, United States
November 1634
Age 22
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
1635
March 4, 1635
Age 23
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
1636
January 24, 1636
Age 24
Roxbury (within present Boston), (Present Suffolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony
1639
1639
- 1656
Age 27
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States

Thomas Woodford was named in the distribution of 1639 at Hartford, CT - received land “by the courtesie of the town.” His home-lot was on the west side of the highway, which is now Front Street.

1642
1642
Age 30
Hartford, Hartford, CT, USA
1649
September 2, 1649
Age 37
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
1652
1652
Age 40
Hartford, , Hartford, Connecticut