Obadiah Wood, of Ipswich

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Obadiah Wood

Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England
Death: November 1694 (69)
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Wood and Ruth Wood
Husband of Margaret Wood and Hazelelponi Wood
Father of Samuel Wood; Obadiah Wood; Mary Frink; James Wood; Susanna Wood and 2 others
Brother of Ann (Wood) Hazeltine; Richard Wood; Elizabeth Phipps; Isaiah Wood; Josiah Wood and 6 others

Occupation: baker
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Immediate Family

About Obadiah Wood, of Ipswich

Children of Edward1 and Ruth (Lee) Wood :

iii. Obadiah, bp. Nuneaton 2 Oct. 1625, d. Ipswich MA in Nov. 1694; m. 1st c1646 Margaret Sparke, who d. Ipswich 5 July 1667, sister of John and Samuel Spark: 10 ch.; m. 2nd c1674 Hazelelponi (Willix) Gee, b. c1636, d. Ipswich 27 Nov. 1714, dau. of Balthasar and Hannah Willix and widow of John Gee (see HARRIS Family): 4 ch. Baker ("bisket maker"), soldier in King Philip's War.

10 children by 1st wife, Margaret Sparke, born at Ipswich.


From Austin Ancestry rootsweb database

Obadiah came to New England with his parents probably when he was a teen-ager. In 1646 he sold five acres of land in "mystike field", land which had come to his as eldest son and heir of his father, who had been granted the same five acres six years before. At this time he was still in Charlestown. The first reference to him in Ipswich town records is in 1649, when he is said to have shared ownership with Richard Schofield of a triangular tract of land bordered by East, Water, and Hovey Streets. He owned a house and lot bordering on Water Street and the Ipswich River. He had voting rights by 18 Feb 1678/9 and was a freeman by 2 Dec 1679.

Obadiah carried on his father's profession as a baker. He also apparently sold beer and cider, for in 1681 he was presented to the County Court for selling it without a license, but the fine was respited. He served in King Philip's War for which he was paid 15 shillings 8 pence in 1676, but his service was credited to Charlestown. This may be because although he lived in Ipswich, he joined the same company as his brother Josiah who had continued to live in Charlestown.

A deed of gift in 1681 from Obadiah to "my brother Josiah Wood, and my couzen Samuell Phipps " of Charlestown is significant because it is part of the chain of documents tying the Wood family together. In his will, Obadiah mentioned his wife, and sons James, Obadiah, Nathaniel, Josiah, and Samuel, and daughters Elizabeth, Mary, a child of Ruth (deceased daughter), Susanna and Margaret.

Margaret Sparke's ancestry is unknown, but it is known that her brother John was a farmer and innkeeper at Ipswich, and was born about 1635. At one time John Sparks was apprenticed to Obadiah Wood, "biskett baker".

Hazelelponi Willix, younger daughter of Balthasar and Hannah (---) Willix, an Englishman of Flemish ancestry, married first John Gee. Her name, which is frequently mangled, is of Old Testament origin. Hazzelelponi (meaning "coming shadows") was a woman of the tribe of Judah, sister of Jezreel, and is mentioned in 1 Chr. 4:3. The name appears on her gravestone as "Hasel Elpony" and elsewhere as Haselelpony, Hazelpanah, Hazaell, Hazelpony, Hazillpenah, Haselphena and Hasselphena.

From http://www.sparksfamilyassociation.net/archive/wn164a.html

  • The Sparks Family Quarterly
  • VOL. XLI, NO. 4 DECEMBER 1993 WHOLE NO. 164a

A carefully researched article on the Wood family by Janet Ireland Delorey appeared in The Genealogist, Vol. 9, No. 1, Spring 1988 issue.  According to her research, Obadiah Wood had been baptized on October 2, 1625, in the parish of Nuneaton, in the county of Warwick, England, and was a son of Edward and Ruth (Lee) Wood.  He came with his parents and several siblings to the Colony of Massachusetts prior to the summer of 1639, settling in Charlestown, which is now part of Boston.   Like his father, Obadiah became a baker; he moved to Ipswich about 1646, and it is believed that it was there that he was married to Margaret Sparks, older sister of John Sparks.  It was in Ipswich that their first child, Mary Wood, was born about 1647. ....

Obadiah Wood continued as a "biskett baker" in Ipswich for the remainder of his life.  He made his will on October 26, 1694, and he died prior to December 3, 1694, on which date his will was proved in the Essex County Court.  His first wife, Margaret (Sparks) Wood, sister of John Sparks, had died sometime after April 11, 1667, when her tenth child had been born.  Obadiah had then been married to a widow, Hazelelponi (Willix) Gee, prior to June 5, 1675, when their first child was born.  The children of Obadiah and Margaret (Sparks) Wood, who were thus nephews and nieces of John Sparks, were, according to Janet Ireland Delorey's fine article, cited earlier:  (1) Mary Wood, born ca.1647; (2) Ruth Wood, born ca.1649; (3) John Wood, born 1650/51; (4) Obadiah Wood, Jr., born 1652/53; (5) Samuel Wood, born 1655/6; (6) Josiah Wood, born ca.1658; (7) Nathaniel Wood, born ca.1661; (8) Joseph Wood, born ca.1664; (9) an unnamed son born April 11, 1665, who died young; and (10) Margaret Wood, born April 11, 1667, who died as an infant the same year.


  • The Genealogist V. 9.
  • Manwaring's Digest, Vol. 2 p. 340.
  • Libby's Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire.
  • NEHGR Vol. 68 p. 79; Vol. 50 p. 46-48.
  • Boston Transcript, Note #1985 on Wood.
  • The Hammatt Papers, Early Inhabitants of Ipswich, MA.
  • The Sparks Quarterly p. 1904, 1905.
  • Reprinted with permission from an unpublished Chute compilation by Perley Leighton. Sources are listed. ©Copyright G. Robert Anderson, 1997.
  • http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Person:Obadiah_Wood_%284%29
    • Obadiah Wood, in Smith, Dean Crawford, and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton 1878-1908. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2008), 3:476.
      • Obadiah (Wood), bisquit baker, baptized at Nuneaton, co. Warwick, 2 October 1625; died in Ipswich, Mass., November 1694; married first before 26 March 1650 Margaret Sparks; … married second as her second husband after 19 November 1671 Hazelephony (Willix) Gee, … widow of John Gee and daughter of Balthasar and Hannah (_____) Willix.
    • Obadiah Wood, in Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co, 1860-1862), 4:628.
      • Obadiah (Wood), Ipswich 1649, a baker, by w. Margaret had a ch. b. 11 Mar. 1665; and Margaret, 28 June 1667, wh. d. the same yr. but the mo. d. next wk. By a sec. w. Hazabelponah, he had Obadiah, 5 June 1675; James, Nathaniel; Josiah; Samuel; Eliz.; Mary; Susanna; and Margaret; and he d. 3 Dec. 1694, leav. all these ch. and the wid. with the hard name.

Military: Military service: Soldier in King Philip's War

Upon his father's death in 1642, Obadiah took over the bakery. He sold five acres of Charlestown property and was living in Ipswich, MA in 1649. The period between 1675 and 1677 saw a major outbreak of hostilities with the Indians. A series of broken treaties, the deprivation of land and the confiscation of guns which the Indians had learned to use for hunting all led to the fighting. Obadiah served in the King Philip's War under Captain Thomas Battle, and his pay of 15 shillings and 8 pence was credited to Charlestown. In 1678, Obadiah Wood was listed as among those who had the rights of commonage in Ipswich, and was a voter in town affairs in 1679. He deeded to his brother Josiah and his nephew Samuel Phipps, of Charlestown, his residence, grounds, and bakery in Charlestown and three acres of land on Plum Island. His estate was valued at 185 pounds and 4 shillings.( Essex Probate Court, #30302).

 More About Obadiah Wood:

Died 2: Dec 03, 1694, Ipswich, Essex, MA Baptism: Oct 02, 1625, Nuneaton, Warwick, England Military service: Soldier in King Philip's War Moved: 1649, To Ipswich, Essex, MA Occupation: Biscuitmaker supplying sea biscuits to fishermen & mariners Will: Oct 26, 1694 Will Proved: Dec 03, 1694, Essex, MA

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Obadiah Wood, of Ipswich's Timeline

Nuneaton, Warrick, England
October 2, 1625
Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England
Age 29
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Age 34
East Hartford, CT, USA
June 5, 1675
Age 49
Ipswich, Essex, MA, USA
Age 51
Ipswich, Essex, MA, USA
Age 53
Ipswich, Essex, MA, USA
Age 55
Ipswich, Essex, MA, USA