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Rev. John Woodbridge, VIII

Male 1678 - 1718  (40 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Rev. John Woodbridge, VIII was born on 10 Jun 1678 (son of Rev. John Woodbridge, VII and Abigail Leete); died on 10 Jun 1718 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

    Notes:

    Graduated Harvard 1694; became first minister at West Springfield, Massachusetts in June 1698.

    John married Jemima Eliot on 14 Nov 1699. Jemima (daughter of Rev. Joseph Eliot and Sarah Brenton) was born on 14 Nov 1679. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Rev. John Woodbridge, IX was born on 25 Dec 1702; died on 10 Sep 1783 in South Hadley, Hampshire, Massachuetts.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Rev. John Woodbridge, VII was born about 1644 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts (son of Rev. John Woodbridge, VI and Mercy Dudley); died on 13 Nov 1691 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Notes:

    Graduated Harvard 1664; began preaching at Killingworth, Connecticut in 1666 and was ordained minister there 7 Apr 1669.

    John married Abigail Leete on 26 Oct 1671 in Killingworth, Middlesex, Connecticut. Abigail (daughter of William Leete, Governor of the New Haven Colony; Governor of Connecticut and Anna Payne) was born about 1650; died on 9 Apr 1710 in Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Abigail Leete was born about 1650 (daughter of William Leete, Governor of the New Haven Colony; Governor of Connecticut and Anna Payne); died on 9 Apr 1710 in Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut.
    Children:
    1. 1. Rev. John Woodbridge, VIII was born on 10 Jun 1678; died on 10 Jun 1718 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Rev. John Woodbridge, VI was born about 1613 (son of Rev. John Woodbridge, V and Sarah Parker); died on 17 Mar 1695 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts; was buried on 19 Mar 1695 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.

    Notes:

    Publisher of Anne Bradstreet, who was his sister-in-law -- sister of his wife Mercy Dudley.

    From Wikipedia:

    John Woodbridge VI (1613–1696) was an English nonconformist, who emigrated to New England. He had positions on both sides of the Atlantic, until 1663, when he settled permanently in New England.

    John Woodbridge VI was born at Stanton, near Highworth, England, in 1613 to Rev. John Woodbridge V (1582 - 1637) and Sarah Parker. John was sixth in a line of men by the same name -- all ministers -- the first of whom, Rev. John Woodbridge I, was a follower of John Wycliffe, a 14th-century translator of the Bible. He studied at the University of Oxford, but, objecting to the oath of conformity, left the university and studied privately till 1634, when he immigrated to America. Woodbridge took up lands at Newbury, Massachusetts, where he acted as first town clerk till 19 November 1638. In 1637, 1640 and 1641 he served as deputy to the general court.

    In 1641 Woodbridge of Newbury purchased the land "about Cochichewick" that had been reserved by a vote of the General Court in 1634. He led a group of settlers there in 1641. The settlers named the town Andover because some of them came from Andover, Hampshire, in England. Woodbridge was ordained at Andover, Massachusetts on 24 October 1645 and was chosen teacher of a congregation at Newbury. Cotton Mather said of him "The town of Andover then first peeping into the world, he was, by the hands of Mr. Wilson and Mr. Worcester, ordained the teacher of a Congregation there. There he continued with good reputation, discharging the duties of the ministry until, upon the invitation of friends, he returned once more to England."

    In 1647, Woodbridge returned to England and was made chaplain to the commissioners for the Treaty of Newport, in the Isle of Wight. On this journey he carried a manuscript of poetry by his sister-in-law Anne Bradstreet without her knowledge. He had it published in London as The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up into America, by a Gentlewoman in such Parts. The publication appears to have been an attempt by Puritan men (Thomas Dudley, Simon Bradstreet, and Woodbridge) to show that a godly and educated woman could elevate the position held by a wife and mother, without necessarily placing her in competition with men. The publication was though unauthorized and reportedly, on the publication of Anne Bradstreet's The Tenth Muse (1650), he wrote: "I feare the displeasure of no person in the publishing of these Poems but the Author's, without whose knowledge, and contrary to her expectation, I have presumed to bring to publick view what she resolved should never in such as manner see the Sun."

    Woodbridge settled in New England in 1663 and became teacher and assistant pastor to his uncle Reverend Thomas Parker, M.A. as minister at Newbury. Disagreeing with his congregation on some points of church discipline, he gave up his post in 1672 and became a magistrate of the township. He died on 17 March 1696.

    John married Mercy Dudley before 1640. Mercy (daughter of Thomas Dudley, Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and Dorothy Yorke) was born on 27 Sep 1621 in England; died on 1 Jul 1691 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  Mercy Dudley was born on 27 Sep 1621 in England (daughter of Thomas Dudley, Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and Dorothy Yorke); died on 1 Jul 1691 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.
    Children:
    1. 2. Rev. John Woodbridge, VII was born about 1644 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts; died on 13 Nov 1691 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut.
    2. Rev. Benjamin Woodbridge was born about 1648; died on 15 Jan 1710 in Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
    3. Rev. Timothy Woodbridge was born in 1656 in Barford St. Martin, Wiltshire, England; died on 30 Apr 1732 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut.

  3. 6.  William Leete, Governor of the New Haven Colony; Governor of Connecticut was born about 1612 in Diddington, Huntingdonshire, England; died on 16 Apr 1683 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Notes:

    A descendant of Robert II, king of France (d. 1031); see The Royal Descent of 900 Immigrants by Gary Boyd Roberts (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2018), volume 2, p.855.

    William married Anna Payne on 1 Aug 1636. Anna died on 1 Sep 1668. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 7.  Anna Payne died on 1 Sep 1668.
    Children:
    1. 3. Abigail Leete was born about 1650; died on 9 Apr 1710 in Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Rev. John Woodbridge, V was born in 1582 in of Stanton Fitzwarren, Wiltshire, England; died in 1637.

    Notes:

    Rector of Stanton, Wiltshire.

    John married Sarah Parker before 1613. Sarah (daughter of Rev. Robert Parker and Dorothy Stevens) was born before 15 Apr 1593; died in 1660. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 9.  Sarah Parker was born before 15 Apr 1593 (daughter of Rev. Robert Parker and Dorothy Stevens); died in 1660.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 15 Apr 1593, Patney, Wiltshire, England

    Notes:

    Described by Cotton Mather, in Magnalia Americana, as a woman "who did so virtuously, that her own personal character would have made her highly esteemed, if a relation to such a father had not farther added unto the lustre of her character."

    Described by Cotton Mather, in Magnalia Christi Americana, as a woman "who did so virtuously, that her own personal character would have made her highly esteemed, if a relation to such a father had not farther added unto the lustre of her character."

    Children:
    1. 4. Rev. John Woodbridge, VI was born about 1613; died on 17 Mar 1695 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts; was buried on 19 Mar 1695 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.

  3. 10.  Thomas Dudley, Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony was born on 12 Oct 1576 in Yardley Hastings, Northamptonshire, England (son of Capt. Roger Dudley and Susanna Dorne); died on 31 Jul 1653 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts; was buried on 6 Aug 1653 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts.

    Notes:

    JMF's one proven "gateway ancestor" (not counting Alexander Magruder, who is very probable), and one of JTS's eleven.

    From Wikipedia:

    Thomas Dudley was a colonial magistrate who served several terms as governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Dudley was the chief founder of Newtowne, later Cambridge, Massachusetts, and built the town's first home. He provided land and funds to establish the Roxbury Latin School, and signed Harvard College's new charter during his 1650 term as governor. Dudley was a devout Puritan who was opposed to religious views not conforming with his. In this he was more rigid than other early Massachusetts leaders like John Winthrop, but less confrontational than John Endecott.

    The son of a military man who died when he was young, Dudley saw military service himself during the French Wars of Religion, and then acquired some legal training before entering the service of his likely kinsman the Earl of Lincoln. Along with other Puritans in Lincoln's circle, Dudley helped organize the establishment of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, sailing with Winthrop in 1630. Although he served only four one-year terms as governor of the colony, he was regularly in other positions of authority.

    Dudley's descendants include his daughter Anne Bradstreet (1612–1672), the prominent early American poet, and many famous Americans. One of the gates of Harvard Yard, which existed from 1915 to 1947, was named in his honor, and Harvard's Dudley House is named for the family.

    Thomas married Dorothy Yorke on 25 Apr 1603 in Hardingstone, Northamptonshire, England. Dorothy (daughter of Edmund Yorke and Katherine Robins) was born before 14 Jun 1583; died on 27 Dec 1643 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 11.  Dorothy Yorke was born before 14 Jun 1583 (daughter of Edmund Yorke and Katherine Robins); died on 27 Dec 1643 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 14 Jun 1583, Hardingstone, Northamptonshire, England

    Children:
    1. Thomas Dudley was born before 30 Nov 1608.
    2. Anne Dudley was born about 1610; died on 16 Sep 1672 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts.
    3. Patience Dudley was born about 1612; died on 8 Feb 1690 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts.
    4. 5. Mercy Dudley was born on 27 Sep 1621 in England; died on 1 Jul 1691 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.