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Humphrey Woodbury, Sr.

Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Somersetshire, England
Death: October 11, 1686 (78)
Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Place of Burial: Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of John 'The Salem Planter' Woodbury and Joan Woodbury
Husband of Elizabeth Hunter
Father of Thomas Sr Woodbury; John Woodbury, of Beverly; Isaac Sr Woodbury; Humphrey Jr Woodbury; Susannah Tenney and 6 others
Brother of Pascua Woodbury; Edith Woodbury; Susan Hollingsworth; Joan Woodbury; Peter 1 Woodbury and 3 others
Half brother of Sarah Woodbury; Hannah Baker; Abigail Hill and Sgt. Peter Woodbury

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About Humphrey Woodbury, Sr.

Date and place of birth have also been (erroneously?) reported to be:

  • circa 1597 at Budleigh, Devon, England
  • 1597 in Somerset, England

Date of marriage has also been (erroneously?) reported to be 1637.

Humphrey Woodbury (John Jr.2), (John1) was born in 1597 in Somersetshire, England and died in 1686 in Beverly, Essex, MA.

On 2 Jan 1635/36, Humphrey and six others were granted one half acre each at Winter Harbor for fishing trade and building. In 1636 he received a grant of Forty acres and on 29 Jan 1637 he received a second 40 acre grant. He purchased a dwelling house, barn, and twenty acres of land in Beverly from Guido Bayley of Beverly on 10 Oct 1652. He bought ten acres from Susanna Hollingworth of Salem on the Cape Ann side on 2 Dec 1667. (Might this have been his sister who married Richard Hollingsworth?) (Suffolk Co. Court House files, (vol. 11, fols. 37, 38, 43 & 44, for 1685-86) - Will Dated 4 Mar 1685; proved 11 Oct 1686.)

Humphrey married Elizabeth Dudley on 11 Apr 1638. Elizabeth was born in 1617 in England and died on 1 May 1689 in Beverly, Essex, MA.

   The Will of Elizabeth Woodbury is published in the N.E.H.G. Register, Book #7, Pg. 322.
   Also, See: Hunter I Genealogy.
   Elizabeth also may have been sister of Christian Hunter who married Mayflower passenger Richard More.
   From Burke's Landed Gentry, 18th Edition, Vol. #2, pg. #651; Recorded at the College of Arms in England in 1953. They name Elizabeth DUDLEY.
   Children from this marriage were:
   + 19 M    i. John Woodbury was baptized on 24 Oct 1641 in Salem, Essex, MA and died on 2 Jan 1716 in No. Beverly, Essex Co., MA.
   + 20 M    ii. Isaac Woodbury was baptized on 4 Feb 1644 in Salem, Essex, MA and died on 10 Mar 1725 in Beverly, Essex, MA.
   + 21 M    iii. Humphrey Woodbury Jr. was baptized on 8 Mar 1646 in Salem, Essex, MA and died on 9 Apr 1727 in Gloucester, Essex, MA.
   + 22 M    iv. William Woodbury was baptized on 4 May 1651 in Salem, Essex, MA and died before 15 Feb 1710 in Beverly, Essex, MA.
   + 23 M    v. Thomas Woodbury was born about 1637 in Beverly, Essex, MA and died in 1716 in Beverly, Essex, MA.
      24 F    vi. Susannah Woodbury was born on 4 Feb 1649 in Beverly, Essex, MA and died on 9 Apr 1716 in Bradford, Essex, MA.
   Susanna, d. Hum[phry], bp. 4: 12 m :1648. C.R.1. Salem V.R. (Pg. #441).
   Susanna, and John Tenney, m. Dec. 2, 1668, Bradford, MA V.R. (Court Record).
   Susannah was John's 2nd wife
   Susannah married Dea. John Tenney, son of Thomas Tenney and Ann Mighill , on 2 Dec 1668 in Bradford, Essex, MA. John was born on 14 Dec 1640 in Rowley, Essex, MA and died on 13 Apr 1722 in Bradford, Essex, MA.
   Thomas was the son of Thomas Tenney (1601-1700) b. Rowley, Yorkshire, England and Ann Paratt (d. 1657). Emigrated to Massachusetts with Rev Ezekiel Rogers; established Rowley, MA
   John had m. (1) 21 Feb 1664 Mercy Parrot, had two known children Sarah (1665) and Samuel (1667).
   Thanks to Piper Adams <> for additional information. She is a descendant of John's brother Daniel (1653-1747).
      25 M    vii. Peter Woodbury was born on 28 Mar 1652 in Beverly, Essex, MA and died on 18 Sep 1675 in Bloody Brook, Near Deerfield, MA.
   Peeter, s. Humphry and Elizabeth, 28: 1 m. 1652. CT.R. Salem V.R. (Pg. #441).
   Peter Was killed in service under Capt Lothrop, Sept. 18, 1675, at Muddy Brook (Also Called Bloody Brook), which is near Deerfield, MA during "King Philips War". See: Book #38, Pg. #335 N.E.H.G. Register.
   Philip of Poconoket, King Philip, the second son of the Wampanoag chief, became the leader of the Wampanoags on Massasoit's death in 1661. In an attempt to stem the settler's push into Indian territory, Philip organized nearly all New England tribes in a confederation of resistance. An estimated 3,000 Indians and 600 settlers lost their lives in Indian and colonial militia raids and massacres; the bloodiest era in pre-revolutionary America.
   By July of 1675 Philip had powder and ball firearms and began attacking the river settlements of Northfield, Deerfield, and Hadley. Captain Beers men were ambushed near Northfield and half his number were killed. Three survivors were burned at the stake. "The saddest day that ever befel New England" was the massacre at Bloody brook where 100 soldiers and about 20 Ox cart drivers were killed.
   In an effort to get the Mohawks involved in the crusade, Philip had a few of their numbers killed and tried to blame it on the settlers. One of the victims survived and told the story of Philip's duplicity. After that Philip was being fought on two fronts, by the settlers and by the Mohawks. Philips braves began to desert.
   On August 11, 1676, the last remnants of the Hadley Indians crossed the Connecticut River on rafts at a point a little above the present Holyoke dam. The Norwottucks and Nonotucks had been driven from their land permanently.
   Paraphrased from The Story of Holyoke by Wyatt Harper.
   + 26 M    viii. Richard Woodbury was born on 28 Feb 1655 in Beverly, Essex, MA and died on 20 Nov 1690.
   + 27 F    ix. Elizabeth Woodbury was born on 28 Apr 1657 in Beverly, Essex, MA and died in 1718.
   + 28 F    x. Christian Woodbury was born on 20 Apr 1661 in Salem, Essex, MA and died on 3 Jun 1689 in Beverly, Essex, MA.

Served under Captain Lathrop in the capture of Port Royal from the French in 1654.

Regarding Humphrey Woodbury, son of John of Somerset, immigrants to New England: court records in New England that give his approximate age do so variously, placing his birth between 1604-1609. Such records are notoriously unreliable. It is within reason to think his mother was Joan Bishop, but it is for the time being speculation.

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Humphrey Woodbury, Sr.'s Timeline

October 1608
Somersetshire, England
July 25, 1611
Age 2
Somerset, England, United Kingdom
Age 30
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
October 24, 1641
Age 33
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
December 4, 1643
Age 35
Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
March 8, 1646
Age 37
Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
February 4, 1648
Age 39
Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
March 4, 1651
Age 42
Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
March 28, 1653
Age 44
Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, United States