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Thomas and Elizabeth were married by Justice John Hathorne several years before he served as judge at the Salem witchcraft trials. He accelerated the hysteria associated with them by encouraging accusers and ordering the execution of the accused regardless of evidence. Thomas is described as a mariner in at least one deed,1 but had retired to farming by the time he died.2
     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.Thomas Woodberry - Thomas Woodbury





Thomas' mark on his will


children of Thomas Woodbery and Hannah Dodge:

i. William
ii. Samuel b. 1665-1666, d. 18 April 1689
iii. Thomas bap. 5 May 1667 (no parent names in Vital Records of Salem, Massachusetts, 2:441)
iv. Israel bap. 29 May 1670
v. Hannah bap. 25 February 1671/72
vi. Elizabeth bap. 6 February 1675/76
vii. Susannah b. 20 January 1679, (no first name in Early Records of the Town of Beverly, Massachusetts, p. 6), bap. 7 March 1679/1680
viii. Jonathan

child of Thomas Woodbery and Elizabeth:

ix. Samuel b. 2 February 1690/91 (ERTB, p. 26)

vital records sources: Thomas' first marriage comes from Vital Records of Salem, Massachusetts, to the year ending 1849, vol. 4 (Salem:1924), 487. His second marriage is from Early Records of the Town of Beverly, etc., vol. 1 (Eben Putnam, Boston:1907), 62, 28 April 1690, by John "Hathorn." His will was proved on 20 April 1719, suggesting he died the previous winter.

1. Essex Co., MA, deed, 13:278.
2. Essex Co., MA, Probate case file 30516, will.

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