Monthly Archive: February 2014

Feb 23

52 Ancestors: #8 Alice Margaret Brown

Alice M.B. Perkins, 1972

Alice M.B. Perkins, 1972

Nana Perkins was a big influence in my life. While we were growing up, my twin brother and I spent a lot of time at her home next to the Grange Hall in Loudon, New Hampshire. We never knew our grandfather Perkins—he died before we were born.

For many years she was the Loudon town clerk and local correspondent for the Concord Monitor, the weekly newspapers published in Pittsfield and Laconia. I recall her using a rickety old typewriter to record the town events such as vital records, fishing and hunting licenses, etc.

Nana Perkins was a big Red Sox fan, but listened to any game she could on her radio (before she owned a television set). Because her home was always open (I don’t recall that a door was every locked) to villagers, friends, and relatives, she occasionally felt a need to escape so no one would disturb her when an important baseball game was underway. When that happened, she put my brother and I in her car and drove us to a cemetery in a neighboring town. Once at the cemetery she’d ask Peter and I to get out of the car to play while she listened to the game on the car radio.

Following WWII our family moved in for a couple of years before my Dad got a job as a NH State Trooper and was transferred to the the Keene area. Peter and I started school in Loudon, we would walk up Main Street (now called South Village Road) in the village, past the library and over the Soucook River bridge and then up School Street to the one room school house.

It was Nana Perkins who originally got me involved in family history. She gave me a couple of town genealogy books that had belonged to her father and it wasn’t long before I was hooked. I think, however, my early days playing in cemeteries helped nudge me that in direction as well.

1952_LindaNana Perkins enjoyed using a needle and thread. She was always mending or piecing a quilt. It was Nana Perk who taught me to sew clothes. I remember sitting at her old Singer treadle machine when I was about ten years old making my very first outfit—a pair of shorts and halter-top made of printed blue cotton [see image at right].

1975_GrangeThe Grange was always a part of Nana’s life. She regularly attending meeting of the Grange in Loudon. In the image to the left she is pictured receiving a special award. That was in 1975 when she was 89 years old.

When we were young, she saw to it that Peter and I became members of the Juvenile Grange and when my family moved from Loudon to Walpole about 1947, members of the Juvenile Grange gave us a “Going Away” party complete with several Golden books.

Alice Margaret Brown was the youngest of four children born to Alfred H. and Margaret (Gale) Brown. She and her three siblings, Josephine, Fred, and Mary grew up in Canterbury, New Hampshire. Their family home was called The Maples. The images below show the house and barn about 1991.

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The Maples

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Barn attached to the “El” of The Maples

Oh, how I wish I had recorded the many stories she told me about her childhood.

Following her graduation from high school (I believe she attended the Keyser School in Canterbury, Alice taught school in Loudon where she roomed with the John Butters Perkins family. John’s son, Homer, and Alice were wed in Chester, N.H. by Albert E. Hall, on the 8th of April 1908. The couple resided in Loudon and had two daughters, Helen and Josephine.

 

 

Perkins-Brown_mar02Nana moved to Keene, N.H. in 1964 to live with her daughter Helen. When Helen passed in 1976, my Mom moved in to the cottage on Boston Place until Nana decided it was time she moved into a senior residence. Nana Perkins died in Westmoreland, New Hampshire, 4 Jun 1984, at the age of 97.

I really miss her even though she’s been gone so many years.

© Linda Woodward Geiger, All Rights Reserved.

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Feb 20

52 Ancestors: #7 Stephen Woodward

Stephen Woodward, a poor man with little means of support. His origins is questionable and his death date and place continue to remain a mystery.

Primary Records

Stephen Woodward and his wife Hannah, and infant son, Eliphalet, were warned out of Plaistow, New Hampshire, on 17 April 175 and told to return to Haverhill in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from which they had come.[1] When I first saw the warning out at the New Hampshire State Archives, my first thought was, “My gosh, what knowledge or rumors of skullduggery had preceded Stephen and his small family to Plaistow (originally part of Haverhill).”

It is important that family historians take time to learn some of the law that will relate to their family. In this instance I needed to learn about “Warnings Out of Town.” During the early European settlement of this county, it was the town or Parish that looked after the poor. New England towns were no exception and it is reasonable that the town inhabitants were not keen about looking after poor folks who came into town with no visible means of support. So, you see, the only “crime” committed by Stephen and his small family was that of being poor.

Stephen Woodward married Hannah Clement about 1757, perhaps in Essex County in the province of Massachusetts. Hannah was born 24 March 1732, daughter of Jonathan Clement and Sarah Watts (married 2 March 1729/30[2]), in Haverhill, Massachusetts[3]

Evidence in the Plaistow town records indicates that the family remained in Plaistow until at least 1779 when their 9th child, Tamar, was born.

All known children of Stephen and Hannah were registered with the town of Plaistow.[4]

Eliphlet, born 28 May 1758, Haverhill

Stephen, born 11 May 1760, Plaistow

Edna, born 2 September 1762, Plaistow

James, born 26 June 1765, Plaistow

Hannah, born 26 July 1767, Plaistow

Bettey, born 4 September 1769, Plaistow

Sarah, born 25 February 1772, Plaistow

Jesse, born 24 June 1774, Plaistow

Tamar, born 19 September 1779, Plaistow

The Town Records of Plaistow provide information about some of the events of Stephen’s life there.

  1. In 1762, Stephen Woodward a laborer of Plaistow was sued for a debt owed to Samuel White (Stephen had signed the note so we know though poor, he was literate).[5]
  2. “An order given to Stephen Woodard on Constable Cheney for ten Shilings and Eleven pence it being a batment of his years rates he being not of age.”[6]
  3. An order given to Stephen Woodward on Constable Eaton for one pound tens Shillings L.M. it being for his making a coffing and diging a grave for Potter.”[7]
  4. “An order given to Stephen Woodard on Constable Eaton for seven pound fourteen Shilling L.M. it being for a ballance Due to him for his son? going to new york.”[8]

It is apparent that Stephen Woodward did not (or could not) honor his agreements.

Samuel White sued Stephen Woodward in March 1762 for failure to honor an agreement. The case: Samuel White (Plaintiff), adversus Stephen Woodward (Defendant), March 1762.[9]  The case involved a note dated in Haverhill, April 16, 1761:

I Stephen Woodward of Plastow

Labourer promise to pay Samuel White

on order five pounds Six Shill

ings and Eight pence Lawfull mony

mony by the twenty first day of aprill

kostant[?] with Interest for Delay for value

Recieved as witness my hand

5:6:8              [Signed] Stephen Woodward

On the 13th February 1762, the court ordered the Sheriff of the Province of New-Hampshire

“to attach the Goods or Estate of Stephen Woodward of Plastow, Labourer within our Province of New Hampshire, to the Value of fifty Pounds, and for want thereof to take the Body of the said Stephen Woodward (if he may be found in your Precinct) and him safely keep so that you have him before our Justices of our Inferiour Court of Common Pleas, next to be holden at Portsmouth, within and for our said Province of New Hampshire, on the first Tuesday in March next, then and there in our said Court to Answer unto Samuel White of Havehill in the County of Essex & province of the Massachusetts Bay Esqr in an action of the Case for that whereas the Defendant at a place called Haverhill in plastow aforesaid on the 16th Day of Aprill A:D: 1761 by his note of hand of that Date by him Signed promised the plantiff to pay him on order five pound six Shillings & Eight pence Lawfull mony by the Twenty first day of the same aprill with Interest for Delay for value Received yet the Defendant though requested hath not paid the same to this day but detanes it Said sum being to the value of Twenty six pounds fourteen Shillings New tenor bills of the province of New hampshire aforesaid with interest as aforesaid yet the defendant tho: Requested, hath not paid the same nor the value there of to this Day but injustly Detaines it.”

It was ordered that “forty” pounds damages be paid to Samuel White.

Authored books

Harold Edward Woodward would have us believe that, Stephen4 Woodward (Ezekiel3, Ezekiel2, Nathaniel1) was born at Gloucester, Massachusetts, 9 March 1771. Stephen married Hannah Clement and they had children: Eliphalet, born 28 May 1758; and Stephen, born May 1761.

Unfortunately, Harold Woodward’s book on the descendants of Nathaniel Woodward is not well documented, and has been used as a reference by many others who have written about Woodward families of New England.

According to the vital records of Gloucester, Massachusetts, a Stephen was born 9 March 1716, to Ezekiel and Hannah Perkins[10]

We know that Stephen Woodward did marry Hannah Clement about 1757 as evidenced in the Plaistow Town Records. However, Harold Woodward lists only two of the couples nine children, the oldest, Eliphalet, was born 28 May 1758. I have a problem with this scenario by Harold Woodward. If Stephen was the son of Ezekiel and Hannah Woodward born 9 March 1716/17 married Hannah Clement, then he would have been about forty-one or forty-two years old when his son Eliphalet was born—obviously not impossible, but I think that is unlikely that this is the Stephen that married Hannah Clement. I’ve found no evidence of a prior marriage for Hannah’s husband. I suspect that there may be a missing generation and research continues.

 



[1] Province of New Hampshire, Loose Records of the Inferior Court at Portsmouth, file #06332, New Hampshire State Archives, Concord, New Hampshire.

[2] Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849, 2 volumes (Topsfield, Massachusetts: Topsfield Historical Society, 1911), II: 67; hereinafter cited as Vital Records of Haverhill.

[3] Vital Records of Haverhill, I: 67.

[4] State of New Hampshire, Plaistow Town Records, Volume 1: 1736–1801, page 401; Family History Library, microfilm 15,281, item 1.

[5] Province of New Hampshire, Loose Records of the Inferior Court at Portsmouth, file #06332, New Hampshire State Archives, Concord, New Hampshire; and Plaistow Town Records, Volume 2: 16.

[6] Plaistow Town Records, Volume 2: 109.

[7] Plaistow Town Records, Volume 2: 115.

[8] Plaistow Town Records, Volume 2: 116,

[9] Province of New-Hampshire Inferiour Court at Portsmouth, Docket No. 6332, New Hampshire State Archives, Concord, New Hampshire.

[10] Vital Records of Gloucester, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849, 2 volumes (Topsfield, Massachusetts: Topsfield Historical Society, 1917–1924), I: 792.

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Feb 02

52 Ancestors: #6 Jesse Woodward

I know little of my 3rd great grandfather, Jesse Woodward, father of Daniel S. Woodward. However, I do have some clues that needed to be followed when I have an opportunity. Perhaps some of those objectives can be made next week when I’m at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

Jesse Woodward was born in Plaistow, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, 24 June 1774, son of Stephen Woodward and Hannah Clement.[1]  Stephen Woodward was a poor man with little means of support when he, with his wife Hannah, and infant Eliphalet, were warned out of Plaistow, New Hampshire, to return to Haverhill in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from which they had come in 1759.[2] Evidence in the Plaistow town records indicate that the family stayed in Plaistow until at least when Jesse’s youngest sibling was born in 1779. In 1762, Stephen Woodward a laborer of Plaistow was sued for a debt owed to Samuel White (Stephen had signed the note so we know though poor, he was literate).[3]

Jesse married Bashabe Stevens,[4] allegedly in Springfield, New Hampshire, about 1800, but no principal evidence has been found for the marriage. A Jesse Woodward paid a poll tax in Springfield, New Hampshire in 1803. No record has been located for Jesse Woodward after the 1803 tax record, and he has never been specifically located on any federal census record.

Family tradition indicates that as a young adult he went to Rumford, Maine, where he died. Extensive search in the recrods of Rumford and Oxford County, Maine, in 1996 were fruitless.  No reference to Jesse has been located in the vital records of Rumford, Maine, or the probate records of Oxford County, Maine.

It would appear that Jesse Woodward died before 1837 when Bashabe is called “widow” Woodward.

In 2011 I found a death notice in the New Hampshire Patriot that stated that a Jesse Woodward, age 60, died in Springfield, New Hampshire.[5] Finally a fairly substancial clue to pursue.

Bashabe Stevens is first located in the New Hampshire deeds in 1837 when she, a resident of Salisbury, New Hampshire, widow woman, purchased about an acre of land in Boscawen, New Hampshire, from Kimball Woodward.[6] In 1846 she conveyed that property in Boscawen, New Hampshire, to her son-in-law Ezekiel Davis.[7] At the time she was residing in Lowell, Mass., probably with her daughter and son-in-law. Bashabe, who died at the age of 84, is buried in Franklin, New Hampshire, in the plot of her son Daniel S. Woodward. It is not known whether she died in Lowell, Massachusetts, or near Franklin, New Hampshire.

Jesse Woodward and Bashabe Stevens had at least two children:

  1. Daniel Saunders Woodward
  2. Diana A. Woodward (mar. Ezekiel S. Davis). In 1864 Diana probably resided in Lowell, Middlesex Co., Mass.

Jesse and Bashabe may have also been the parents Kimball Woodward (born about 1802; and died in 1845).

 



[1] Plaistow, New Hampshire, Town Records, Vol. 1: 401, Family History Library microcopy #15, 281.

[2] Warning out of Stephen Woodward, file “Warnings Out 1759,” Province of New Hampshire, New Hampshire State Archives.

[3] Province of New Hampshire, Loose Records of the Inferior Court at Portsmouth, file #06332, New Hampshire State Archives, Concord, New Hampshire.

[4] Daniel S. Woodward named his parents as Jesse Woodward born in Plaistow, New Hampshire, and Bashabe Stevens, born in Springfield, New Hampshire [Marriage Return of Daniel S. Woodward and Lucy (Spaulding) Staples [his second marriage], New Hampshire Department of Vital Records and Statistics, Hazen Road, Concord, New Hampshire.]

[5] New Hampshire Patriot 26 November 18632; viewed on GenealogyBank.com, 12 December 2011.

[6] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 53: 26, Family History Library microcopy 16,137.

[7] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 83: 190, County Clerk’s Office, Concord, New Hampshire.

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Feb 02

52 Ancestors: #5 Daniel S. Woodward

We should not simply collect records that we think belong to our ancestors (or potential ancestors) and squirrel them away in a box, file cabinet, or whatever. It is so important that we put every one of those documents through the wringer and analysis, analysis, analysis. I learned my lesson the hard way.

Of course the fact that during the past twenty years I’ve spent most of my research hours on historical and genealogy projects that relate to the south of the Mason Dixon line, Like the cobbler whose children have no shoes, my personal genealogical research has been very space.

In order to better understand my progress (or lack thereof) on my research relating to my 2nd great grandfather, Daniel S. Woodward, I’ve gone through my files and really looked at the documents I have on file.  Almost immediately I saw things that completed escaped under the radar screen during past research endeavors.

Daniel S. Woodward was born about 1804 (probably in New Hampshire), the son of Jesse Woodward and Bashabe Stevens. [1] Daniel married, first, in Salisbury, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, on 8 July 1828,[2] Dorcas Adams,[3] daughter of Enoch Adams and Elizabeth Russell. Daniel married, second, Lucy (Spaulding Staples) in Franklin, New Hampshire, on 14 June 1879.[4]

Dorcas Adams was born 19 July 1797 or 1796[5] probably in the area of Salisbury, New Hampshire. Dorcas Adams was killed in Hill, New Hampshire, from falling debris of a barn when a strong storm caused the barn to collapse.[6]

Daniel died 18 January 1892, Intestate, and his widow, Lucy, choose George R. Stone to administrate his estate.[7]

Daniel S. Woodward and Dorcas Adams had at least ten children:

  1. Elisabeth Woodward, b. 22 Sep 1828; mar. John Pollard 3 Sep 1854; d. 23 Dec 1876.
  2. Hannah S. Woodward, b. 1 Nov 1830; mar. Perley Dickerson 16 Aug 1869
  3. Phoebe Woodward, b. 1 Nov 1830; mar. George Howe; d. 21 Apr 1897
  4. Daniel Russell Woodward, b. 10 Apr 1833; mar. 30 Jan 1854 Laura Davis; d. 6 Jan 1910 [see 52 Ancestors – #4]
  5. Stephen Adams Woodward, b.  22 Aug 1834; mar. Nancy Morrill 9 Jun 1856; d. 22 Sep 1924
  6. Alvin A. Woodward, b. 22 May 1836; mar Ellen M. Marden, 18 Jun 1859; d. 22 Oct 1905.
  7. Dorcas Catherine Woodward, b. 22 Feb 1838; mar. Edwin E. Clark, 4 July 1859; d. 10 Oct 1927
  8. Diane Woodward, b. 22 Sep 1839; mar., 1st,  Benjamin Morrill, 1 Mar 1860; mar, 2nd, William H. Roberts, 27 Aug 1865
  9. Perlena Ann Woodward, b. Aug 1842; d. 8 Oct 1844
  10. Francis Ross Woodward, b. 9 Feb 1845; mar., 1st,  Lydia Gordon; mar., 2nd, Ella E. Hilpert, 29 Mar 1886

Oliver A. Woodward, a 24 years old stone Mason was residing with Daniel S. Woodward in 1850,[8] and appeared as the oldest child (third entry) prior to Daniels’s known children, Elisabeth, Hannah, Phebe, Dorcus, Stephen, Alvin, Dorcas, Frank, and Dinah. At first blush it would appear that Oliver was the older son of Daniel S. However, when we compare this census to the1840 census entry for the household of Daniel S. Woodward[9] there appears to be a problem.

Partial abstract of the Daniel S. Woodward household in the 1850 Census

Name Age Occupation Probable age bracket in 1840
Daniel S. Woodward 54 Stone Mason
Dorcus Woodward 52
Oliver A. Woodward 24 Stone Mason 10 to 15
Elisabeth 22 10 to 15
Hannah 19 5 to 10
Phebe 18 5 to 10
Daniel R. 17 Stone Mason 5 to 10
Stephen 16 Stone Mason 5 to 10
Alvin 13 Under 5
Dorcus 11 Under 5
Francis [Frank] 6 [not yet born]
Dinah 11 Under 5

Partial abstract of the Daniel S. Woodward entry in 1840

Age Group # of males # of females
Under 5 1 [Alvin] 2 [Dorcus & Dinah]
5 & under 10 2 [Daniel R & Steven] 2 [Hannah & Phebe]
10 & under 15 1 [Elisabeth]
15 & under 20
20 & under 30
30 & under 40 1
40 & under 50 1
50 & under 60
60 & under 70
70 & under 80
80 & under 90 1

There seems to be some condtradictions between the two decennial census records. For instance, if Oliver is a son of Daniel S., and his age is somewhat correct in the 1850, then why isn’t he enumerated in Daniel’s household in 1840. Who is the 70 to 80 year old male in Daniel’s home in 1840? The first question is not easy to answer, but the second is, but indirectly. Enoch Adam (father-in-law of Daniel) was a Revolutionary Pensior [I’ll save discussion of Enoch for a future blog]. Although I have little evidence to date, I expect that Oliver was son of Kimball Woodward, supposed brother of Daniel. Kimball Woodward met his death by drowning in 1845. It is not unreasonable to assume that Daniel was training his apparent nephew, Oliver, to be a stone mason.

The 1850 census indicates that Daniel S. Woodward had $ 1,200  worth of real estate. Subsequent deed work produced ten property conveyances in Merrimack County. Abstracts appear heree.

  1. Date of conveyance: 1 November 1832; date recorded: 24 April 1834
    Daniel S. Woodward purchased land in Salisbury, for consideration of $20 from James Johnson (both men were of Salisbury, Merrimack County).
    Description: A certain piece of land lying in said Johnson [sic] Salisbury, it being a part of lot number forty one in the third range and is bounded as follows: Beginning at stake and Woodard stones standing eight feet north of the northwest corner of a house built by Joseph Webster, thence south ten rods to a stake & stones, thence east eight rods to stake and stones, thence north ten rods to stake & stones, and thence west eight rods to the first mentioned bounds to contain eight rods (Deed is to convey the premises as they were in 1828).
    Signed: James Johnson
    Witnesses: Joshua S. Bean and Benjamin Scribner proved the deed on 1 November 1832.[10]
  2. Date of conveyance: 20 December 1838; date recorded 27 December 1838.
    Ira Sweatt of Boscawen, yeoman, convey to Kimball Woodward, yeoman, also of Boscawen, for consideration of $485.
    Description: land with buildings on the same where I now live situate in said Boscawen containing six acres be the same more or less and bounded easterly on Blackwater River southerly on land of Isaac T. Sweatt, westerly on a highway and northerly on land of Richard P. Shattuck reserving the same privilege to Silas Sweatt as is reserved in my deed from him, reference thereto being had….
    Signed: Ira Sweatt
    Witness: Moses Fellows and Hezh Fellows[11]
  3. Date of conveyance: 7 April 1834; date recorded: 24 April 1834
    Daniel S. Woodard sold to Kimbell Woodard, gentleman, (both of Salisbury, Merrimack Co., NH) for the sum of $40
    Description: A certain piece of land lying in Salisbury, it being a part of lot No. forty one in the third range and is bounded as follows: beginning at stake and stones standing eight feet north of the northwest corner of a house built by Joseph Webster, thence south ten rods to a stake & stones, thence east eight rods to stake and stones, then north ten rods to stake & stones,  and thence west eight rods to the first mentioned bounds to contain eighty rods same more or less.
    Signed: Daniel S. Woodward (his mark)
    Witnesses: Joshua S. Bean & Samuel Smith[12]
  4. Date of conveyance 4 November 1839; date recorded 17 June 1840
    Conveyance from John L. Eaton, yeoman, of Salisbury to Kimball Woodward, yeoman, of Boscawen, for consideration of $1,000.
    Description: “…a certain piece of land situate in Salisbury aforesaid and bounded as follows. viz. Beginning at Boscawen line on the westerly side of mutton road so called & running on said road northerly one hundred and forty rods to a stake and stones: thence south one & a half degrees west, one hundred & ten & a half rods to a stake & stones thence south seventy five degrees west fifty-six rods to land owned by Pearce Fellows thence on said Fellows line southerly forty six rods to Boscawen line thence on said line easterly to the corner first mentioned containing seventy two & a half acres be the same more or less. Reserving the Saw Mill situate on the premises with the privileges and appurtenances thereunto belonging agreeably to an indenture & obligation made by me with Pearce Fellows of said Salisbury dated the twenty fourth day of January 1839 & Recorded in the Merrimack Records Lib. 57. Fol page 73[?] Reserving also a passage way for teams from the highway by the Saw mill to the land down beyond ~  …”
    Lousy B. Eaton, wife of John L. Eaton relinquished her dower rights.
    Signed: John L. Eaton and Lousy B. Eaton
    Witnesses: Valentine Little and Stephen Dearborn[13]
  5. Date of conveyance: 17 April 1841; date recorded: 27 April 1841
    Daniel S. Woodward purchased property from Nathan Kilburn (both of Boscawen, Merrimack Co., NH) for $450.
    Description: A certain tract or parcel of land situate in said Boscawen, containing twenty-five acres, be the same more or less, bounded as follows, viz. on the east by the highway leading from the end of Pleasant Street in Boscawen to the South road village in Salisbury, on the south by land of Benjamine Smith, on the west by land of Gailand Caleb, and on the north by the line of the town of Boscawen, excepting one acre of land now owned by Kimball Woodward, and as the same tract of land and building conveyed to me by said Kimball Woodward by deed dated the tenth day of February 1838.
    Polly Kilburn, wife of Nathan signed, thus relinquishing her dower rights.
    Signed: Nathan Kilborn and Polly O. Kilburn
    Witnesses: John Fellows, James S. Fellows and proven by Hezh Fellows, Justice Peace[14]
  6. Date of conveyance: 23 April 1844; date recorded: 25 June 1844.
    William C. Little of Salisbury sold to Daniel S. Woodward of Boscawen for Eighty dollars
    Description: a certain piece of land situated in Salisbury in said county of Merrimack being a part of lot numbered twenty one in the first range of Salisbury and bounded as follows, viz; on the west by the road and on the north east and south by land of Thomas[?]R. Little containing one and a half acre, be the same more or less, meaning to convey the same which was bequeathed to me by my grandmother, Mary Little, late of said Salisbury, deceased.
    Signed: William C. Little
    Witnesses: John Little and Joseph Hooper[15]
  7. Date of conveyance: 13 November 1846; date recorded: 1 December 1846.
    Bashabee Woodward of Lowell, Middlesex County, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, widow, to Ezekiel Davis (also of Lowell) for consideration of one dollar and the kind attention and support of me by the said Ezekiel S. Davis since his intermarriage with my daughter Diana A. Woodward
    Description: a certain piece of land with the buildings thereon, situated in Boscawen Merrimack Co., NH, containing one area be the same more or less bounded and described as follows: Beginning at the northeast corner of a piece of land conveyed to Kimball Woodward by Samuel D. Couch, it being the a part of the Enoch Gilbert farm, so called, lying on the west side by the road leading from the fourth New Hampshire Turnpike road in Salisbury to Pleasant Street in Boscawen, thence on said road southerly twenty rods, then westerly eight rods, thence northerly twenty rods on a line parallel with said road, and then easterly eight rods to the point of beginning containing one hundred sixty square rods more or less, being the same land conveyed to me by Kimball Woodward of said Boscawen by his deed dated 31 July 1837 and recorded in Merrimack Records Lib 52 Fol 26 to which said deed and record thereof reference may be made.
    Signed Bashabee Woodward (her mark)
    Witnesses: James Hopkins & Wm. F. Smith[16]
  8. Date of conveyance: 15 June 1847
    Nancy George, widow of True George of Salisbury, to Nancy Woodward for $150
    Description: a certain tract of land situate in Boscawen in said county of Merrimack containing one acre by measure with a dwelling house,  wood shed, and barn thereon and bounded as follows, beginning at a post & stone standing on the west side of the highway leading from Salisbury south road to Comser[?] Hill so called at the north east corner of said land, thence westerly along by the north side of said buildings and parallel with said house until it strikes a line parallel with the east side of barn standing on land of ?? Woodman & containing the same on the same
    Signed: True George
    Witnessed by: Nathan Smith and John Smith and proven 15 Jun 1847.[17]
  9. Date of Conveyance: 6 May 1850; date recorded: 7 May 1850
    Ezekiel S. Davis, of Lowell, Middlesex Co., Mass., to Bashabee Woodward, also of Lowell, for consideration of $100
    Description: a certain tract of land with the building thereon situated in Boscawen in the county of Merrimack, containing one acre, described as follows: to wit beginning at the northeast corner of a piece of land conveyed to Kimball Woodward by Samuel D. Couch it being a part of the Enoch Gilbert farm so called lying on the west side of the road leading from the fourth New Hampshire Turnpike road in Salisbury to Pleasant Street in Boscawen, thence on said road southerly twenty rods, thence westerly eight rods, thence northerly twenty rods on a line parallel with said road, thence easterly eight rods to the point of the beginning containing one hundred and sixty square rods more or less, being the same convey to Bashabee Woodward by Kimball Woodward by deed dated 31 July 1837 and recorded in Merrimack Register Lib 53 Fol 26 and afterwards conveyed to me by said Bashabee by deed dated 30 Nov 1846 and recorded in Merrimac Records Lib 83 Fol 190.
    Signed: Ezekiel S. Davis
    Witnesses: W.P. Webster and William Standish.[18]

10. Conveyance date: 22 November 1852; recorded 10 January 1853
Basheba Woodward of Springfield, Sullivan Co., NH, to Silas Rolins, also of Springfield.for consideration of $100
Description: A certain piece or parcel of land situated in Boscawen Merrimack County and State aforesaid and containing one acre by measure and bounded as follows viz Beginning at the north east corner of a piece of land deeded to Kimball Woodward by Samuel D. Couch it being a part of the Enoch Elliot farm so called laying on the west side of the road leading from the 4th N.N. Turnpike so called in Salisbury to pleasant Street in Boscawen thence on said road Southerly twenty rods thence Easterly eight rods thence northerly twenty rods on a parallel line with the aforesaid road, thence Easterly eight rods to the first mentioned bound containing one hundred and sixty square rods or one acre as aforesaid
Signed: Basheba Woodward
Witnesses: Daniel N. Adams and Moses N. Loverin[19]

 

Future Research:

  1. Determine the birth place of Daniel S. Woodward.
    Was he born in Oldfield, Maine[20] (or elsewhere in Maine[21]); in Springfield, New Hampshire (or elsewhere in New Hampshire[22]); or was he born in Vermont?[23]
  2. Was Kimball Woodward a sibling of Daniel S. Woodward?
  3. Search for obituaries of Daniel S. Woodward,  Dorcas (Adams) Woodward, and Lucy (Spaulding Staples) Woodward.
  4. Search for the distribution of the estate of Daniel S. Woodard.
  5. Search for the distribution of the estate of Dorcas (Adams) Woodward and from whence she gained her real property.

 

 


[1] Daniel S. Woodward named his parents as Jesse Woodward born in Plaistow, New Hampshire, and Bashabe Stevens, born in Springfield, New Hampshire [Marriage Return of Daniel S. Woodward and Lucy (Spaulding) Staples [his second marriage], New Hampshire Department of Vital Records and Statistics, Hazen Road, Concord, New Hampshire.]

[2] Salisbury, New Hampshire, Town Records, 1797–1845: 54; Family History Library microfilm 16,503.

[3] Salisbury, New Hampshire, Town Records, Vol. 1: 955, New Hampshire State Library microcopy.

[4] Marriage Return of Daniel S. Woodward and Lucy (Spaulding) Staples [his second marriage], New Hampshire Department of Vital Records and Statistics, Hazen Road, Concord, New Hampshire.

[5] The death year inscribed for Dorcas on the Woodward tombstone in Franklin Cemetery is 1796.

[6] Family tradition relayed by Douglas Woodward, great-grandson of the Dorcas (Adams) Woodward, on 29 September 1991, to Linda Woodward Geiger and tombstone of Daniel S. Woodward and family members, Franklin Cemetery, Franklin, New Hampshire, photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger, 29 September 1991.

[7] Probate record of Daniel S. Woodward, file #14598; Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Probate Court, Concord, New Hampshire.

[8] Famiy for Daniel S. Woodward, 1850 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Boscawen, Merrimack County, New Hampshire,  dwelling 110, family 110, National Archives micropublication M432, reel 436.

[9]  Enry for Danal S. Woodward, 1840 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Salisbury, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 137A, line 18; National Archives microfilm M704, reel 240.

[10] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 36: 543; Family History Library microfilm #16,128.

[11] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 55: 209; Family History Library microfilm #16,138.

[12] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 36: 544; Family History Library microfilm #16,128.

[13] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 62: 237, Family Hisotry Library microfilm #16,142.

[14] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 65: 228; Family History Library microfilm #16,112.

[15] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 76: 188; Family History Library microfilm #16,149.

[16] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 83: 190; Merrimack County Clerk’s Office, Concord, New Hampshire.

[17] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 94: 48; Family History Library microfilm #16,158.

[18] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 98: 429; Merrimack County Clerk’s Office, Concord, New Hampshire.

[19] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 115: 36; Merrimack County Clerk’s Office, Concord, New Hampshire.

[20] Delayed Marriage Record of Daniel R. Woodward and Laura Davis, recorded in Franklin, New Hampshire, 19 October 1910, New Hampshire Department of Vital Records and Statistics, Hazen Road, Concord, New Hampshire.

[21] Entry for Frank R. Woodward, 1880 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Hill, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 322A, dwelling 142, family 150; National Archives micropublication T9, Reel 766.

[22] Entry for Alvin Woodward, 1880 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Hill, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 320A, dwelling 93, family 98; National Archives micropublication T9, Reel 766; Entry of Daniel S. Woodward, 1850 U.S. Census, Free Population  Schedule, Boscawen, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 258B, dwelling 110, family 110; National Archives micropublication M432, reel 436; and entry of Daniel S. Woodward, 1870 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Hill, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 331B, dwelling 102, family 99; National Archives micropublication M593, reel 846..

[23] Entry for Daniel S. Woodward, 1860 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Franklin, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 1042, dwelling 733, family 732; National Archives micropublication M653, Reel 677.

 

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