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. 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. 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).
Jesse married Bashabe Stevens, 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. 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. In 1846 she conveyed that property in Boscawen, New Hampshire, to her son-in-law Ezekiel Davis. 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:
- Daniel Saunders Woodward
- 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).
 Plaistow, New Hampshire, Town Records, Vol. 1: 401, Family History Library microcopy #15, 281.
 Warning out of Stephen Woodward, file “Warnings Out 1759,” Province of New Hampshire, New Hampshire State Archives.
 Province of New Hampshire, Loose Records of the Inferior Court at Portsmouth, file #06332, New Hampshire State Archives, Concord, New Hampshire.
 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.]
 New Hampshire Patriot 26 November 18632; viewed on GenealogyBank.com, 12 December 2011.
 Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 53: 26, Family History Library microcopy 16,137.
 Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 83: 190, County Clerk’s Office, Concord, New Hampshire.