Henry/1 Woodis

M, #5133, (say 1625 - 16 June 1700)
Last Edited:24 Mar 2018

Children with Eleanor (–?–):

  • John/2 Woodis2 b. 17 Nov 1651, d. 2 Feb 1666
  • Mary/2 Woodis15 b. 7 Sep 1653, d. before 15 Nov 1697
  • Hannah/2 Woodis16 b. 11 Mar 1656
  • Millicent/2 Woodis17 b. 4 Apr 1660, d. 26 Mar 1692
  • Sarah/2 Woodis18 b. circa 28 Feb 1661/62, d. 5 May 1700
  • Elizabeth/2 Woodis+1 b. circa 1665, d. 12 Nov 1711
Henry/1 Woodis, born in England, married (1) Eleanor (–?–), with whom he had all his children.1,2 Said to be of London, he emigrated to New England.1 He was of Concord, Massachusetts 22 Aug 1653, when he was one of a number of Concord signatories to an agreement to contribute an aggregate of £5 yearly to "the colledge at Cambridge," later Harvard College, for a term of seven years.3 9 Nov 1653, he was named as a debtor in the inventory of Thomas Flint of Concord.4 Admitted a freeman, 14 May 1656.5 Taxed £5-1-6 on one lot of 360 acres in Concord's South District, 16666, he helped in the purchase, 20 Jan 1668, of 1000 acres from the Indians for the town, "[which] several grants" were later separated into the town of Acton.7 He signed the inventory of James/2 Hosmer Jr. of Concord, killed by Indians in the Sudbury fight 31 Apr 1676.8
     "His farm, estimated at 350 acres, lay between the two rivers, and descended to his son-in-law, Joseph Lee, whose posterity successively held it for more than 100 years … Joseph Barrett, Esq. now [1835] occupies [it]." A 1684 deposition says, "at the foot of an hill, named Nahshawtuck [Lee's], now in the possession of Mr. Henry Woodis …."9
     His wife died at Concord 4 Sep 1693, and he married (2) Sarah (--?--).10,11 He died at Concord 16 Jun 170012, and his widow 19 Jan 1717/18.13

Local Notes:

Electedbetween 1685 and 1691Deputy to the General Assembly, 1685, 1690 and 1691.14

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S182] Lemuel Shattuck, History of the Town of Concord, 389, Woodhouse genealogy.
  2. [S185] Concord, Massachusetts Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635–1850, 9, John Woods b.; 12, John Woodis d.
  3. [S1756] Charles Henry Pope, Willard Genealogy, "The Concord Subscription," vii-viii. Full particulars of this document may also be found at https://www.colonialsociety.org/node/675
  4. [S106] NEHGS Register, "Abstracts of the Earliest Wills from the Records and Files at East Cambridge, Mass., in the County of Middlesex" (Jan 1862), 16:72-73.
  5. [S222] Lucius R. Paige, "Massachusetts Freemen," 24, act of 14 May 1656, Hen. Wooddey.
  6. [S182] Shattuck, Hist. Concord, 38, 1666 tax list.
  7. [S182] Shattuck, Hist. Concord, 41–43.
  8. [S842] Jean Suman, citing Hosmer Genealogy, page unrecorded, James (6.).
  9. [S182] Shattuck, Hist. Concord, 7; Deposition of Jehojakin of Natick; 389, Woodhouse genealogy.
  10. [S185] Concord BMD, 28, Elen Woodis d.; 56, mrs Elener Wooddis d.
  11. [S185] Concord BMD, 56, mrs Elener Wooddis d.
  12. [S185] Concord BMD, 58, Henry Woodis d.
  13. [S185] Concord BMD, 29, mrs Sarah Wooddis widow d.; 93, mrs Sarah Woodis Relicks d.
  14. [S185] Concord BMD, 234–35, Town officers.
  15. [S185] Concord BMD, 9, mary woods b.
  16. [S185] Concord BMD, 9, hana Woods b.
  17. [S185] Concord BMD, 9, mellesent woods b.
  18. [S185] Concord BMD, 10, Sara woodies b.

Henry/1 Adams

M, #5134, (21 January 1583 - )
Last Edited:20 Aug 2017

Children with Edith/1 Squire:

  • John/2 Adams+13 b. circa 1620
  • Mary/2 Adams14 b. say 1626
  • Joseph/2 Adams1 b. 9 Feb 1626, d. 6 Dec 1694
Henry/1 Adams was born 21 Jan 1583 at Barton St. David, Somerset.1,2 He was a young farmer "who had some land, by the old English system of copyhold, from the Lord of the Manor of Barton St. David."3 He married, 19 Oct 1609 at Charlton Mackrell, Somerset, Edith/1 Squire, daughter of Henry/a Squire.1,4 They emigrated with 9 children to New England in 1636. Henry was granted land at Mt. Wollaston, now Braintree, Massachusetts, where they settled and established a farm.5,6 Braintree's first town clerk, he was buried there 8 Oct 1646.7
     "…[T]he inventory of his estate reveals that he had a house and barn, a cow and a calf, some pigs, furniture and utensils, and three beds—one in the parlor and two in the chamber. More noteworthy, and probably relics of the old days in England, were a silver spoon and some old books. The estate was worth about £75, equally divided between real and personal property…."8,5 His widow married (2) John Fussell, and died at Medfield 21 Jan 1672/73.9
     According to Shattuck, three of his sons—Samuel, Thomas, and John—came to Concord in 1646, but all subsequently removed elsewhere.10
     See Amory, 151; J.T. Adams, 3–5; Bowen, 17; and Shattuck, Hist. Concord, 361.11,10,12,5

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S524] Gary Boyd Roberts, Ancestry of American Presidents, no page given.
  2. [S86] James Truslow Adams, The Adams Family, 4: 1583.
  3. [S86] J.T. Adams, The Adams Family, page unrecorded.
  4. [S86] J.T. Adams, The Adams Family, 3–4: "1609 or thereabouts."
  5. [S85] Catherine Drinker Bowen, John Adams and The American Revolution, 17.
  6. [S86] J.T. Adams, The Adams Family, 3–4: "1636."
  7. [S1019] Samuel A. Bates, ed., Records of the Town of Braintree, 1640 to 1793, 731, Henry Adams bur.
  8. [S86] J.T. Adams, The Adams Family, 5.
  9. [S938] Vital Records of Medfield, Massachusetts, To the Year 1850, 213, Edith Fussell d.
  10. [S182] Lemuel Shattuck, History of the Town of Concord, 361, Adams genealogy.
  11. [S62] Cleveland Amory, The Proper Bostonians, 151.
  12. [S86] J.T. Adams, The Adams Family, 3–5.
  13. [S86] J.T. Adams, The Adams Family, 4.
  14. [S1545] Robert (Rob) Roy, "Ancestry of Robert Roy and Family," http://genealogy.theroyfamily.com/index.htm

John/2 Adams

M, #5137, (circa 1620 - )
Father*Henry/1 Adams1 b. 21 Jan 1583
Mother*Edith/1 Squire1 b. 29 May 1587, d. 21 Jan 1672/73
Last Edited:27 Jul 2017

Children with an unknown spouse/person:

John/2 Adams, born in Somersetshire circa 16201, emigrated with his family to New England in 1636, settling at Mt. Wollaston, now Braintree, Massachusetts.2,3 With two brothers he went to Concord, Massachusetts, circa 1646.4 There he was living near the Meriams, Timothy Wheeler and Thomas Brooke in Concord's East District in January, 16545, and with Capt. Timothy/1 Wheeler in March, 1654.5 His brothers Samuel and Thomas removed to Chelmsford that year, and John left Concord as well, for either Cambridge or Charlestown.4

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S86] James Truslow Adams, The Adams Family, 4.
  2. [S85] Catherine Drinker Bowen, John Adams and The American Revolution, 17.
  3. [S86] J.T. Adams, The Adams Family, 3–4: "1636."
  4. [S182] Lemuel Shattuck, History of the Town of Concord, 361, Adams genealogy.
  5. [S182] Shattuck, Hist. Concord, 34-35, division of the town.
  6. [S106] NEHGS Register, Lemuel Shattuck, "The Minot Family" (1847), 1:176.