Abigail Woodbury's page
Practically nothing has been found yet about William. There is no probate file for him, indicating he had no estate to deal with by the time he died. He joined the First Parish Unitarian Church in Beverly shortly after his wife on 31 July 1715.(1) The record says he "subjected himself to ye governmt of cht [christ] in his chh [church]." There is another reference to "William Ellingwood" being received into the church on 9 August 1730, followed on the same day by the baptism of the children of Abigail and Elizabeth Ellingwood after they "owned the covenant."
On 31 August 1738 William's second wife Mary petitioned the General Court to appoint a guardian for her daughter Mary Swinerton. She claimed that although Jasper Swinerton's will specified that his real estate was to pass to his daughter Mary, William Ellinwood was "converting it to his own use."(1.5) Mary, Jr., born about 1729, presumably lived in the Ellinwood household until she married at 16 years old.
The division of his father's real estate shows that William was given land near Beverly Ferry, and probably lived near his brothers on his share.
children of William and Abigail (Woodbury) Ellinwood:(2)
i. Benjamin b. 16 September 1713
ii. William b. 10 June 1716
iii. Ebenezer b. 30 October 1719
iv. Joshua b. 27 December 1721
v. Abigail b. 2 April 1725
sources for vital records: William's birth and marriage records come from the published Beverly, MA, vital records. The latter contain a First Church record of his burial on 27 December 1773.
1. William Phineas Upham, Records of the First Church in Beverly, Massachusetts, 1667-1772, p. 51.
1.5. Essex County, MA, probate file #27030.
2. Beverly vital records
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