NameJohn Jr. Woodbury589,642
Birthabt 1579, Burlescombe, Somersetshire, England644
Residence1605, East Coker, Somersetshire, England644 Age: 26
Christening1642, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts644 Age: 63
Death1642, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts644 Age: 63
Immigration1624, Cape Anne, Massachusetts725 Age: 45
Immi MemoShip "Zouch Phenix"
Mother??? ???
Spouses
DeathMar 1602, England644
Burial25 Mar 1602, England644
Marriage21 Jun 1596, Burlescombe, Somersetshire, England644
ChildrenHumphrey (1597-1686)
 Sarah (1599-)
 Pascua (1601-1605)
Birth1 May 1598, Hardlinge-Mandeville, Somersetshire, England644
Death14 Feb 1672, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts726 Age: 73
Alias/AKAAgnes
Mother??? ???
Marriage19 Mar 1628, Harding, Somersetshire, England644
ChildrenJohn (~1636-)
 Hannah (1636-)
 Abigail (1637-)
 Peter (1640-1704)
Notes for John Jr. Woodbury
The fact that John could sign his name and held many positions of importance in the community implies he had an education. During his time in Salem he was Constable, Assessor, Deputy from Salem to the Massachusetts Bay General Court, Essex Petit jury foreman on two occasions, Surveyor, Lot layer, and Selectman.

John Woodbury, Capt Trask, Roger Conant, Peter Palfrey, and John Balch were each granted 200 acres of land at the head of Bass River in what is now Beverly, on 25 Jan 1635 or 6. The houses of John Balch and Roger Conant are still to be seen in 2000. Plaques mark the head of Bass River and the supposed location of John's grant.

"The 27 th of the 11 th mo 1636.

"Its ordered that John Woodbury and Capt Trask and John Balch shall lay out two Hundred acres of land for Mr Endicot next adjoying the land which was formerly granted him. Salem, Febru. 23d 1682-3. pr John Hathorne, * who write this Copy from Salem Records."

From the 18 th Edition, Vol. 2 of Burke's Landed Gentry (Pgs. 651-2):

"Lineage -- A pedigree of this family, of descent, in the male line, from John Woodberye (1579-1641), was recorded at the College of Arms 1953. The family Wills at the Exeter Probate Registry were destroyed during World War II but descent can be presumed from James Woodbarye, named in the Lay Subsidy of Burlescombe, Devon 1523-4, where the Woodbury family had been freeholders since the close of the 14 th century, when the overlordship of the deClaville family ended."

"John Woodberye, "junior", of Burlescombe, lived at East Coker, Somerset after 1605 and was sent to Cape Ann, Massachusetts Bay by the Dorchester Co..." It may be important to note that the Coker's are just north of Dorchester which is just north of Weymouth a sailing port.

Some of John's data was taken from a "Sketch of John Page Woodbury" by Charles Jeptha Hall Woodbury. John requested to become a Freeman on 19 Oct 1630 and took the Oath of Freemen on 18 May 1631, C.R., Vol. I. pp. 73, 74. See: N.E.H.G. Register, Book #3, Pg. 90.

John first came over in 1624 on the "Zouch Phenix."725 "She was consort of the 'Unity,' or arrived with her in the spring of this year. It is believed she sailed from Weymouth, and brought the following passengers, who settled at Cape Anne"* (*Banks MSS).

Representative of Salem in General Court between 1635 and 1639. Selectman and Surveyor. Returned to England in 1627 as Agent for the Dorchester Co., (Burke's American Families Pg. #2983).

See: Frederick Virkus's Compendium, Pg. #634...

On Pages #2054 to 2057 of "The Great Migration Begins"409 there is a piece about John Woodbury:

"John Woodberye" was on a list of Salem church members that was compiled in 1636, a later notation "dead" appears [SChR5].

Among the founders and settlers of the first Puritan settlement, Cape Ann and Naumkeag, 1623-1627:

Allen, Balch, Conant, Cushman, Gardner, Gray, Jeffrey, Knight, Lyford, Norman, Oldham, Palfrey, Patch, Pickryn, Winslow, Woodbury

John is frequently mentioned in the genealogies of other early settlers to New England.

On Sept. 24, 1639, John Woodbury, Peter Palfrey, and John Balch, [3 of the original "Planters"], three of the Salem selectmen, brought civil suit against Isabel Babson. There is no specific charges mentioned, but cases like this frequently involved land disputes. (See: The Babson Genealogy 1637-1977).

John spent six months in England and, soon after the issuance of the grant for their lands on March 19, 1627-8, he sailed for New England bringing with him son, Humphrey. They arrived in Salem on the June 28, following. See: Gates and Allied Families pp. 823-828.

While searching for more information on John Woodbury, Robin Bush traced a marriage license between a John Woodberrie of Dorchester, Dorset, husbandman, and Ann Napper of Hardington, spinster, at Hardington on 19 March 1627/8, (ref: D/D/01 26, p. 222, also in D/D/01 25, p.53), It seems likely that this could be John's second marriage. In the Bishop's transcripts for West Coker there are three entries that may be relevant:

John Woodberye and Johan Bishop, married 3 May 1607.
Johan daughter of John Woodberie, bpt. 23 March 1607/8
Humfrey son of John and Joane Woodberry, bpt. 25 July 1611
John Bishopp on 16 Apr 1605 (Johan's 1st husband, father?)

From Robin Bush's research "Search for the Passengers of the Mary and John 1630" Vol. 25; New Ancestral Discoveries. Robin Bush was Deputy Archivist in the Somerset County Record Office, Taunton, England.

John married Joanna Humphrey on 21 Jun 1596 in Burlescombe, Somersetshire, England. Joanna Humphrey died in Mar 1602 in England and was buried on 25 Mar 1602 in England.644
Notes for Anne (Spouse 2)
Anne or Agnes is said to have been the daughter of Thomas Napper of Hardington-Mandeville, Somersetshire, England.

Agnes is said to be the Widow of John Derby. (See: John (4) Woodbury, son of Humphrey and his marriage to Anne Derby). John was mistakenly called John Sr. and confused for John the elder in some vital records.

"Estate of John Woodbury of Salem, Court ordered 27:10:1642, that widow Woodbury bring in her husbands will and inventory of his estate"

Will of John Woodbury, deceased, proved 27:4:1643. His widow Ann Woodbury, executrix, ordered to bring in inventory.

Inventory of estate of John Woodbury, deceased, sworn in by his widow 20:12:1643

Salem Quarterly Court Records, Vol 2, pp. 128,142,150.

See: Essex Institute Historical Collections, Vol. 50, Pg. #237.
See: The Probate Records of Essex County, Pg. #21.644
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