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"The wife of Ezra Corning" was "recd to full communion" at the Beverly church on 21 April 1728.1      Lois married mariner Jonathan "Mackenny" after Ezra died, then Josiah White. She likely had an agreement with White before they married, since she isn't mentioned in his will. In White's probate papers she's on a list of those due money from the estate and was owed £105. No specifics are given.
     She died of small pox when she was 70 during one of the various outbreaks of the disease during the Revolutionary War.
     This family name in the 17th and early 18th centuries is spelled variously depending on the document and the gravestone. There were varying degrees of literacy, even among town clerks and ministers. Spelling was fluid and often reflected phonetics, but the prevailing spelling amongst family members was decidedly "Woodbery." Since there is no ambiguity about this, I see no reason not to use it. I do so with the note that other spelling were used, uncommonly by Woodberys themselves, more commonly by others. This spelling eventually shifted to "Woodberry," and now "Woodbury" is favored.Lois Woodberry - Lois Woodbury

children of Lois Woodbery and Ezra Corning:

i. Elizabeth, b. 28 February 1726/27
ii. Hannah, bap. July 1729

vital records sources: Lois' birth is from Vital Records of Beverly, Massachusetts to the Year 1849 vol. 1 (Topsfield:1906), 388; her marriages are from ibid, vol. 2, (Topsfield:1907) 72, 332, 203; and her burial is from ibid, 599, smallpox, age 70, from a First Parish Unitarian record. Also, intentions of marriage were published on 17 June 1732,Records of the First Church in Beverly, 250, Jonathan Mackenney of Salem and Lois Corning of Beverly.


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