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Temperance Woodhull (Topping)

Birthdate: (53)
Birthplace: Southampton, Long Island
Death: April 15, 1706 (49-57)
Brookhaven, Suffolk County, Province of New York
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Topping and Sarah White Topping
Wife of Hon. Richard Woodhull
Mother of Sarah Jayne; Elizabeth Jayne; Hon. Richard Woodhull, III; Nathaniel Woodhull; Dorothy Woodhull and 3 others
Sister of Josiah Topping; Sarah Topping and John Topping
Half sister of Zerubbabel Topping and Ephraim Topping

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About Temperance Woodhull

Temperance Topping

  • BIRTH: ABT 1658, Southampton, Suffolk, Long Island, NY
  • Father: John TOPPING
  • Mother: Sarah WHITE

Family 1 :

  1. Richard WOODHULL d 1699 MARRIAGE: 20 Nov 1684, Southampton, Suffolk, Long Island, NY


  1. Richard WOODHULL
  2. +Nathaniel WOODHULL
  3. Josiah WOODHULL
  4. John WOODHULL
  5. Dorothy WOODHULL
  6. Temperance WOODHULL

disputed origins

Woodhull Genealogy: The Woodhull Family in England and America page 53 & 301 link names Temperance Fordham as Richard Wodhull's wife (married 1680).

However ...

From http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/WOODHULL/2013-06/1371317685

"... subsequent research by Donald Lines Jacobus, Herbert Seversmith, Henry Hoff and Effingham Humphrey has proven that the book got the wives of the first three Richard Woodhulls all wrong.

The first one's wife was named Dorothy, not Deborah. Effingham Humphrey has presented good reason to believe she was Dorothy, d/o Edward and Frances Howell ["Dorothie Howell Rediviva", TAG, 1979, 55:178-81].

Henry Hoff's article "The Descendants of Richard Howell" [The Genealogist, Fall 1981, 2/2: 197-227] cites Southampton Town Records, vol. 2, p. 242, to prove Richard Woodhull Jr. married Temperance Topping.. The article by Henry Hoff says Temperance was prob. a daughter of John and Sarah (White) Topping, but poss. a niece.

See also Donald Lines Jacobus TAG v13p77 (Oct 1936)

Temperance who married Richard Woodhull I was the daughter of John Topping and Sarah White. She was NOT a Fordham. Jonas Fordham and Hester Topping or Jonas's first wife Maria did NOT have a daughter named Temperance. Their children were Keziah, Hannah, Josiah and Jonah. longislandgenealogy.com Also see "One Branch of the Miner Family: with Extensive Notes on the Wood, Lounsberry, Rogers and Fifty Other Allied Families of Connecticut and Long Island" by Lillian Selleck

[of Rev. Jonah and Martha Fordham (b. About 1625, Long Island); granddaughter of the Rev. Robert Fordham and sister of the Rev. Josiah Fordham; this was Richard's wife according to the Autobiography of Aaron Kilbourn, 1885, and the History of Long Island and The Early Hisgtory of Southampton, 1887]


  • [3000] "Corrections of the Woodhull Genealogy" Donald Lines Jacobus TAG v13p77 (Oct 1936) Jacobus makes a strong case here that Temperance Topping, and not Temperance Fordham, must be the correct wife of this Richard Woodhull.
  • Southampton Town Records - Marriages from "The Early History of Southampton, L.I., New York" George Rogers Howell, Albany: Weed, Parsons and Company, 1887 http://www.rootsweb.com/~nysuffol/smarriages.html "Richard WOODHULL of Brookhaven married Temperance TOPPING, November 20, 1684"
  • "New England Marriages Before 1700" Clarence A. Torrey, Baltimore, MD, 1985 (as found on NEHGS CD-ROM, Boston, 2001) "WOODHULL, Richard (1649-1699) & Temperance TOPPING; 20 Nov 1684; Southampton, LI"
  • "American Marriage Records Before 1699" Clemens, William Montgomery Pompton Lakes, NJ: Biblio Co., 1926. "Richard WOODHULL; Temperance Topping; 20 November 1684; Southampton, N.Y."
  • "Woodhull Genealogy: The Woodhull Family in England and America", Mary Gould Woodhull and Frances Bowes Stevens, Henry T. Coates & Co., Philadelphia, PA, 1904 "Temperance Fordham. who married Richard Wodhull II., was a daughter of the Rev. Jonah Fordham, granddaughter of the Rev. Robert Fordham, and sister of the Rev. Josiah Fordham. There is a question whether or not Temperance did not first many a Topping. In Southampton Records, p. 262, occurs the following: 'Richard Wodhull of Brookhaven was marryed with Temperance Topping of Southampton upon ye 20 of Nov. 1684.'"
  • "Descendants of Edward Howell (1584-1655) of Westbury Manor, Marsh Gibbon, Buckinghamshire, [England], and Southampton, Long Island, New York" Emma Ross Howell; Second Edition by Dr. David Faris, 1985.
  • [3001] [S216] International Genealogical Index (R) PAGE: Film #: 456511
  • https://jrm.phys.ksu.edu/Genealogy/Needham/d0005/I2327.html
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Temperance Woodhull's Timeline

Southampton, Long Island
July 27, 1686
Age 33
Setauket- East Setauket, Suffolk County, New York, United States
April 1688
Age 35
Setauket- East Setauket, Suffolk County, New York, United States
November 2, 1691
Age 38
Setauket- East Setauket, Suffolk, New York, United States
Age 40
Southampton, Suffolk, New York, United States
September 9, 1695
Age 42
Wading River, Riverhead, Suffolk Co., New York
Age 42
Southampton, Suffolk County, New York, United States
October 1697
Age 44
Brookhaven, Suffolk, New York, USA
Age 45
Southampton, Suffolk County, New York, United States