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     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.Peter Woodberry - Peter Woodbury


children of Peter Woodbery and Mary Dodge:

i. Mark b. 21 October 1693
ii. Abigail b. 14 September 1694
iii. Joseph b. 29 September 1696
iv. Benjamin b. 29 May 1698
v. Mary b. November 1701
vi. Mercy b. 2 August 1703
vii. Peter b. 20 June 1705
viii. Rebeckah b. 1 June 1707

vital records sources: Peter's birth record comes from Vital Records of Beverly, Massachusetts to the Year 1849, vol. 1 (Topsfield:1906), 383; his marriage record comes from Vital Records of Ipswich, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849, vol. 2 (Salem:1910), 465; and his death is in Vital Records of Beverly, Massachusetts to the Year 1849, vol. 2 (Topsfield:1907), 617.


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