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Elizabeth Dodge (unknown)

Also Known As: "widow Woodbury", "not Elizabeth Tenney"
Birthdate: (93)
Birthplace: perhaps England, or, Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Death: January 7, 1725 (89-97)
Beverly, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of N.N. and N.N.
Wife of John "the Mariner" Woodbury and Capt. John Dodge, of Salem
Mother of Elizabeth Balch; John Woodbury; Ebenezer Woodbury; Hannah Dodge; Mary Conant and 1 other

Managed by: Nancy Elizabeth Hohorst Martin
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About Elizabeth Dodge

The parents of Elizabeth, wife of 1) John Woodbury (d 1673) & 2) John Dodge, are not known. She died 6th January 1726, aged 94.


John Woodbury (son of John Woodbury d d 1642 & Agnes Napier) married Elizabeth. Elizabeth was born about 1636, died on 6 Jan 1726 in Beverly, Essex, MA, and was buried in Beverly, Essex, MA. Elizabeth was the 2d Wife of John Dodge, See: "The Dodge Family" by Joseph Thompson Dodge (1894) Pg. #17

...Elizabeth, widow of John Woodberry; she died 6th January 1726, aged 94.

Children from this marriage were:

  1. + 29 F i. Elizabeth Woodbury was born on 15 Aug 1654 in Salem, Essex, MA and died in 1698. Married Benjamin Balch.
  2. 30 M ii. John Woodbury was born on 15 Mar 1657 in Salem, Essex, MA and died on 11 Jan 1663 in Salem, Essex, MA. "John, s. John and Eliza[beth], b. Mar. 15, 1657. CT.R. Salem V.R. (Pg. #441)." "John, s. John and Elizabeth, d. 11 : 11 : 1662; CT.R. Salem V.R. (Pg. #343)." Died young.
  3. 31 F iii. Abigail Woodbury was born on 8 Jun 1660 in Salem, Essex, MA. "Abigail, d. John and Eliza[beth], b. 8: 4 m. 1660 CT.R. Salem V.R. (Pg. #440)." Did not marry.
  4. + 32 M iv. Ebenezer Woodbury was baptized on 3 Jul 1667 in Salem, Essex, MA and died on 24 Apr 1714 in Royal Side, Beverly, Essex, MA. Married Hannah Dodge.
  5. + 33 F v. Hannah Woodbury was baptized on 22 May 1670 in Salem, Essex, MA. Married William Dodge.
  6. F Mary was born 6 Sep 1671 in Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts. Married William Conant.

This Dorcas is not of this family:

  1. 34 F vi. Dorcas Woodbury was born on 10 Feb 1672 in Rowley, Essex, MA.


from http://dougsinclairsarchives.com/woodbury/johnwoodbury2.htm#vitals

Another misreading of 17th century records has led to the thought that John's wife was Elizabeth Tenney. Evidence places her as the wife of John Woodbury, son of Humphrey and nephew of the John of this biography. Also based on existing records, there is little doubt that she was the daughter of William Tenney of Rowley, born in 1643, making her too young to have had children in the earlier part of the 1650s. A daughter of Humphrey married John Tenney of Bradford, likely a cousin of Elizabeth Tenney. Neither Rowley nor Bradford, which are neighboring towns, are near Beverly in 17th century terms. This enhances the idea that Woodbury siblings had the Tenney connection.

confusion of Elizabeth Tenney's

Note she never married John Woodbury son of William Woodbury! No source says this.

If Charla Woodbury of the Woodbury family association is correct we would have:

William Tenney c1602 - 1685 marries

1st Wife (unknown) of William Tenney

1605 – 1642

daughter with first wife:

Elizabeth Tenney 1632 – 1726

2nd wife of William Tenney is

Katherine Marston 1622 – 1700

daughter of second wife:

Elizabeth Tenney 1643 – 1689

Elizabeth Tenney 1632 – 1726 married John Woodbury III 1626 – 1672 son of *John* Elizabeth Tenney 1643 – 1689 marries John Woodbury 1641 – 1716 son of Humphrey Woodbury

Note there is also a John Woodbury in GENI listed as the son of William. Where did he come from? Should be be the son of John or Humphrey?

Here is the complete discussion.

By Charla Woodbury March 01, 2012 (Charla WOODBURY is the historian for the WOODBURY Family Association.)


I know that you won't believe this, but I believe that there were two Elizabeth Tenneys who were both daughters of William Tenney.They both married a John Woodbury.

Here is the source information that I have:

ELIZABETH TENNEY born 9 Apr 1642 in Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts to William and Katherin was married about 1669 to JOHN WOODBURY the son of Humphery.She died 16 Apr 1689 in Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts.He died 22 Jan 1715/1716.He married Ales Blish 2 Jul 1690 as a second wife. CHILDREN: Elizabeth, Mary, Ruth, Sarah, Samuel, Peter, Susannah, Rebecca

ELIZABETH TENNEY born about 1632 was married about 1653 to JOHN WOODBURY the son of John and Agnes Napper. He died on board the HMS CROWN in 1672.She remarried Capt. John Dodge about 1675 and died after him 6 Jan 1725/1726 in Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts. CHILDREN:Elizabeth, John, Abigail, Ebenezer, Hannah, Mary

SOURCE 1 Sidney Perley, The History of Salem, Massachusetts: vol. I 1626-1637, Salem, Mass. 1924, page 116. "Capt. John Dodge 2; yeoman; lived in that part of Salem, which was incorporated as Beverly in 1668; married first, Sarah Procter April 10, 1659; second, Elizabeth, widow of John Woodbury; soldier in the Narragansett war in 1675; owned a mill at Beverly; representative, 1693-1696 and 1702; died about 1715; his wife Elizabeth died, his widow, Jan. 6, 1725-6, aged ninety;."

SOURCE 2 Mrs. Lora A. Underhill, Woodbury Genealogy:Descendants of John and William of England and Massachusetts (manuscript typed and indexed by Ruth A. Woodbury, 1950-8), page 3, Frank B. Woodbury private papers, Rick Woodbury, Salt Lake City, UT. From data collected by the Woodbury Family Genealogical Society. "WOODBURY, JOHN 2 (John 1) b. 1626 (?) at Salem, Mass., d. 1672 in London, England, md. ELIZABETH TENNEY, dau. of Dea. William Tenney, of Rowley, b. 1632, d. 6 June 1726, ae. 94, at Beverly.Elizabeth Woodbury dismissed from church in Rowley, Mass., to church at Bass River (Beverly) Jan. 17, 1669. She md. 2nd, Capt. John 2 Dodge (Wm. 1). Issue: WOODBURY, 1. ELIZABETH 3, b. 18 Aug 1654 at Salem, Mass. 2.JOHN 3, b. 15 March 1657 at Salem, Mass. d. 11 Jan. 1663-4 " 3.ABIGAIL 3, b. 8 June 1660 " 4.EBENEZER 3, bapt. 3 July 1667, prob. at Rowley, Mass. 5.HANNAH 3, bapt. 3 July 1667, prob. at Rowley, Mass. 6.DORCAS 3, b. 10 Feb. 1671-2 at Rowley, Mass. Essex Inst. Coll., Oct. 1899, p. 261-2 NEHGRegister, Vol 49; p. 249-50." [CHARLA NOTE - daughter DORCAS not this family - Vital records of Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts, page 236, WOODENG (Wooden), Dorcas, d. John, Feb. 10, 1671.].

This is a quick outline, but you can see the problem. Records can be difficult to find this early.The second, older Elizabeth is either a TENNEY or UNKNOWN surname.It was not unknown to name two children the same name and they both survive to have children of their own especially if there was a first wife of William Tenney which his age would suggest.The following does not show that information so it is not clear whether or not she fits into the family.

BROTHERS:It was mentioned several times in New England records.Here is one source: "John Woodbury" Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Great Migration Study Project, New England Historic Genealogical Society Boston 2000 (Ancestry.com CD).

The problem is that in those days brothers could mean "cousins".I haven't found the family in England quite yet.William lived and had children in South Petherton, Somerset, England and Misterton, Somerset, England.But there are no other Woodburys in South Petherton, but a marriage of Joan or Joanne to John Elliott in 1613 which means he came from elsewhere.

I hope others jump in.These are difficult questions.

SOURCE 3 Geo. B. Blodgette, Early Settlers of Rowley, Mass., including all who were here before 1662 with a few generations of their descendants, Essex Institute Historical Collections, volume 24, (Salem, Mass., 1888) pages 43-70, page 46, 27 Aug 2009, Google Books, http://books.google.com/books?id=K_0WAAAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q=&f=falsehttp://books.google.com/books?id=K_0WAAAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q=&f=false. "109 DEACON WILLIAM TENNAY, brother of Thomas, had an acre and a half house-lot in the second division lying between the lots of Mark Prime on the north and Thomas Miller on the south, with the east end on teh street.He was ordained Deacon of our church 3 Feb., 1667-8.His wife was Katherine.He died 5 Aug., 1685 (see inventory).His will, dated 3 Aug., 1685, mentions : wife (unnamed) and four daughters, Elizabeth, Mary, and Ruth as married, Sarah as unmarried, also nephew Samuel Tenney to have L20 if he "stay with his aunt till he arrives at the age of 21 years"(Essex Probate). 10 May, 1698, widow Katherine Tenney, then of Bradford, sold to James Bailey and Samuel Prime the house-lot in Rowley, where her late husband formerly dwelt, of about one and a half acres bounded "on ye East end on ye Town Street, on ye North side on land of ye said Prime, on ye West on ye brooke that runs through ye town and on ye South on land of Mr. Woodman" (Essex Deeds 12 : 118).Widow Katherine died in Bradford, 13 Oct., 1700. CHILDREN: 109-1 ELIZABETH, b. 9-2mo., 1643; m ____, _____ Woodbury of Beverly. 109-2 MARY, b. 24-7 mo., 1646: m. ______, Thomas West of Bradford.He died 23 Dec., 1720, in his 90th year (gravestone in B.).She died 12 May , 1731, in her 85th year (gravestone in B.).An interesting mention of her appears in our Church Record. 109-3 SAMUEL, b. 6-2mo., 1650; buried 5 Aug., 1660. 109-4 SARAH, b. 15-2mo., 1652; buried 10 April, 1653. 109-5 RUTH, b. 16 March, 1653-4; m. in Bradford, 8 May, 1678, William Hardy of Bradford. 109-6 SARAH, b. 20-7mo., 1656; m. 22 July, 1687, John West, prob. of Bradford, but of Ipswich, 22 Feb., 1691-2 (Essex Deeds, 5 Ips., 535)."

Her daughter Rebecca Woodbury (1689 - ) Who is she?

Rebecca Woodbury (1689 - ) is *not* the daughter of Peter Woodbury 1640 and Sarah Dodge 1644 who marries John Cleaves and Joseph Corning.

Her Woodbury Lineage is:

REBECCA WOODBURY (John 1641, Humfrey 1611, John (original planter)

Sources: 1) Mrs. Lora A. Underhill, Woodbury Genealogy: Descendants of John and William of England and Massachusetts (manuscript typed and indexed by Ruth A. Woodbury, 1950-8), page 915, Frank B. Woodbury private papers, Rick Woodbury, Salt Lake City, UT.

From data collected by the Woodbury Family Genealogical Society.

"REBECCA 4 WOODBURY (Card in bad condition. In pencil the following partly legible: b. July ___phrey, Jo_) r.w." [

Rebecca 4 (John, Humphrey, John) fits the illegible note in this source and should be added to John's family although there is no record of her birth or christening. This source is also available at the NEHGS in Boston, MA.

WILLIAM BIRTH: Vital Records of Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, births page 391, WOODBURIE, William, s. Nicholas and Mary, Mar. 29, 1685.

DEATH: Vital Records of Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, page 619, WOODBURY, William, s. Nicholas and Mar, Mar. 25, 1718, a. 33 y. G.R.I. [Mar. 24. C.R.I.], PROBATE INDEX: WOODBURY 30526 1 Jun 1719 William Jr. Beverly int

Elizabeth Tenney Dodge

Birth: 1632 Salem Essex County Massachusetts, USA Death: Jan. 7, 1725 Beverly Essex County Massachusetts, USA

Her parents were born in England

Spouse: John Dodge (1636 - 1722)

Widow of Capt. John Dodge, she died in her 91st year. "Vital Records of Beverly, MA"


Old North Beverly Cemetery, Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts, Plot: 30


Inscription: Essex Antiquarian, v. III, n. 8, Salem, Mass., August, 1899, "Beverly Inscriptions", Ancient North Beverly Cemetery, p. 122: Here lyes ye Body of / M'rs Elizabeth Dodge / Wife to Cap't John / Dodge who died / January ye 7 17_5 / In ye 91'th year of / her Age.

Abraham Blish is the earliest in New England and he did not have a daughter Alice. He did have a 3rd wife, Alice Pearse, widow of John Darby, but she was apparently married to Abraham through the death date of John Woodbury

(by Donald Benjamin Blish)

Abraham Blish is the earliest in New England and he did not have a daughter Alice. He did have a 3rd wife, Alice Pearse, widow of John Darby, but she was apparently married to Abraham through the death date of John Woodbury

(by Donald Benjamin Blish)

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Elizabeth Dodge's Timeline

Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
April 9, 1643
Age 11
Rowley, , Essex, Massachusetts, USA,
August 15, 1654
Age 22
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
March 15, 1657
Age 25
Salem, , Essex, Massachusetts, USA,
June 8, 1660
Age 28
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
July 3, 1667
Age 35
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
May 22, 1670
Age 38
Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts
September 6, 1671
Age 39
Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts