Saturday, April 23, 2011

John Woodbridge (Man of the Cloth)

John Woodbridge, my 9th g-Grandfather, was born in 1613 at Stanton-Wilts England to John Woodbridge and Sarah Parker. John was the sixth straight generation of "men of the cloth", all named John.

John studied at Oxford University until he immigrated to the New World in 1633 on the ship named "The Mary and John". John was to first settle in Ipswich Massachusetts, then moved on to Newbury Massachusetts to become the towns first Town Clerk. In 1641 John purchased land and led settlers to what was to become Andover Massachusetts.

On May 20 1637 in Andover Massachusetts John married Mercy Dudley, daughter of Massachusetts Bay Colony Governor Thomas Dudley (subject of an earlier post) The marriage was to produce twelve children.

John died on March 17 1695 in Newbury Massachusetts and is buried in The First Parish Burying Grounds of Newbury

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