THE WOODWARD FAMILY OF CHESTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA

Richard Woodward b. 1636 m. Jane Petty
Richard Woodward Jr. b. 1670 m. (1) Esther Davis (2)Deborah Stanfield
(3)Susanna Cureton (4)Martha
Grace Woodward b. 1720 m. James Millison

I have page copies, 5-29, of the Genealogy of the Woodward Family of Chester County, Pennsylavnia, compiled by Lewis Woodward, MD, 1879. These pages cover the first three generations. From this I based by knowledge of my ancestral Woodward roots.

Richard Woodward Sr. was thought by the source to be the brother of Robert and Elizabeth Woodward. Queries into the siblings of Richard Woodward can be viewed here. Elizabeth Woodward married Thomas Eavenson on November 16, 1702. Thomas Eavenson died 1726, leaving a widow, Margaret and five children: Richard, Ralph, Hannah, Joseph and Sarah. Early records of Chester County indicate that Robert Woodward had at least two sons, one of whom was named Richard. On page 762b of Futhey & Cope's, History of Chester County, is mention of Richard Woodward, son of Robert of Rockland Manor, New Castle Co., Delaware and Birmingham, Chester County, married in 1705 Mary, the only heir of Henry Nayle of Thornbury, and at his death left seven children: Henry, John, Richard, Thomas, Deborah, Mary and Alice. Of these Henry married 1731.3.20 at Birmingham MM Mary Townsend, d/o Joseph and Martha (children were: Abigail m. 1750 Wm. Clayton; Mary m.1758 Wm. Cullipher; Martha m.1753 Thomas Taylor; Deborah m.1762 John Walter), John had children married at Birmingham MM: Hannah m.1749 John Dilworth and Nayle Woodward m.1754 Lydia Brinton; Thomas married 1745 Elizabeth Kirk, widow of John Jacobs (children: Rebecca, Elizabeth, Samuel, Thomas m. Mary Pusey, Debora, Timothy, ?Susanna); Deborah married 1730, William Bennett, s/o Edward Bennett at Birmingham MM.

Richard Woodward purchased land in Chester County, PA in about 1687 from John Simcock in the township of Thornbury. Some of his children were born here and Richard Woodward Sr. became active in civil government. By 1700, the family lived in Middletown. Richard Woodward Sr. died 7th day, 10 mo, 1706 at the age of 70 years. His will can be viewed here, copied word for word from the above mentioned source. His wife was thought to be Jane Petty. According to his will, the children of Richard Woodward Sr. were:

Joseph m. Elizabeth Mercer

Martha m. Joseph Baker, of Edgmont. He died about 1735 and had children: Mary, b. 1/26/1699, m. Francis Yarnall; Richard, b. 4/21/1700; Aaron, b. 12/2/1701, m. Mary Edwards; Anne, b. 8/18/17703, m. James Sill; Susanna, b. 2/18/1705; Jane, b. 12/7/17706, m. Thomas Thomas; Jesse, b. 3/19/1709, m. Ann Regester; Sarah, b. 3/18/1711; Joseph, b. 2/5/1713, d. 1736 unmarried; Rachel, b. 2/5/1715; Nehemiah, b. 11/19/1716, m. Lydia Regester; and John, b. 1/26/1719.(*)

Jane m. Nathaniel Newlin, s/o Nathaniel Newlin and Mary Mendenhall. Nathaniel Newlin was born Jan 19, 1690 and married Jane Woodward 1710-11. Nathaniel Newlin served in the Provincial Assembly for a number of years as a representative of Chester County. The family resided at Concord, where Nathaniel died February, 1731/2. Jane Woodward Newlin died 1737. Their children were Nathaniel, Joseph, Nicholas, Nathan, Rachel, Elizabeth, Jane, Mary and Martha.(*)

Mary m. John Newlin (brother of her sister's husband), in 1711. John Newlin died in 1753. His widow, Mary Woodward Newlin, of Concord, died 11, 24, 1790, having attained the great age of one hundred years. Their children were Nathaniel, John, Jane, Rebecca, Mary, and perhaps others. The sons settled in Newlin township, but the parents resided in Concord.(*)

Sarah m. Robert Chamberlin, Jr.

Richard - see below

Thomas m. Rachel Martin

Edward m. (1) Abigail Edge (2) Alice Smedley (3)Elizabeth.

(*) HISTORY OF CHESTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, with Genealogical and Biographical Sketches, by J. Smith Futhey and Gilbert Cope, Philadelphia, Louis H. Everts, 1881.

Richard Woodward Jr. must have been born in England, and in 1695 married Esther Davis in Concord MM. She was supposedly of a Thornbury family. Richard Jr. was given land in Thornbury from his father and he bought more acreage. His first wife died and he then married Deborah Stanfield in 1701, daughter of Francis Stanfield and his wife Grace. Deborah was probably the mother of most of his children. After this marriage, Richard Woodward Jr. located in West Bradford Twp. "By deed of lease and release, dated May 23rd and 24th, 1724, he and his wife Deborah conveyed two hundred and twenty-two acres and one hundred and thirty perches of land in Thornbury to George Townsend, of Oyster Bay, Long Island; and by deed of June 3d, 1724, he obtained one thousand acres in what is now West Bradford township, the south and east borders of the tract now forming part of the south and east lines of the township; it therefore forms the southeast corner of said township." Later Richard Woodward Jr became the overseer for the Bradford MM. Richard married a third time to Susanna Cureton of New Castle Co., DE in 1739, at Bradford MM. She died about 1742 and was an active Friend. Richard Woodward Jr. married last, Martha, the widow of John Heald of Kennett, at Kennett MM. Richard Jr. divided most of his lands between his sons before his death.

Richard Woodward's children, according to his will, were as follows. I believ the first three daughters were by his first wife. The last named children may have been from his third wife, Susannah.

Esther m. (1) Christopher Wilson (2) Thomas Wilson

Jane (daughter by first wife Esther Davis) m. (1) Joseph Hayes (2) William Wickersham

Sarah m. Evan Jones 1726 at Bradford MM. They settled in East Bradford Township.

William m. (1) Eliza Marshall, 3d mo, 24, 1733, d/o Abraham Marshall and Mary Hunt, and (2) Hannah.

Elizabeth m. (1) Thomas Thornbury (2) John Young

Hannah m. (1) James Shortledge (2) Joseph Underwood

Mary m. George Entriken

James, son of Richard Jr. m. Ann Pyle, and died 25th day, 3rd mo 1748, leaving six children. Stuart K. Woodward lists James' children: Joseph b. 11/4/1737; William; Robert; Jane; Ann and James. Of these Jane Woodward married 1762.4.20 at Uwchlan MM, William Butler, s/o Noble & Rachel (Jones) Butler. James Woodward's heirs were not mentioned in his father's will. His widow married Richard Buffington s/o Richard Buffington Jr. and Phebe Grubb. Ann Pyle Woodward Buffington had the following children by her second husband: Richard, Jesse, Ann and Esther Buffington.

Grace (daughter by Deborah Stanfield) m. James Milleson, see below.

John m. Sarah Barnard

Deborah

Richard m. Abigail Hayes, his neice, daughter of his half-sister, Jane.

View Richard Woodward Jr.'s will
as copied from the above source.

Grace Woodward married 4th mo 2nd day, 1743, at Bradford MM, James Millison s/o John and Mary Millison, of West Bradford. They lived for some time on a part of her brother James' land. Her children were Richard, Mary (Cope), James, Jacob and William Millison.

Stuart K. Woodward had a Family Tree Maker Homesite, where he stated that Richard Woodward was the son of Edward Woodward, who was born in Acton Parish, Cheshire, England. Stuart gives Edward's other children as Robert, b. 1638, Hannah, b. 1640, and Elizabeth, 1653.

If I can offer more information on these three generations of the Woodward family, please contact me, Pat Walker

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