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William's signature on his will


     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.William Woodberry - William Woodbury

children of William Woodbery and Joanna Wheeler:

i. Sarah b. 14 December 1690
ii. Hannah b. 14 January 1692/93
iii. Israel b. 26 December 1694
iv. William b. 11 July 1697
v. Thomas b. 5 September 1700
vi. Hugh b. 18 Mar 1702/03
vii. Lois b. 1 May 1705
viii. Elisha b. 21 February 1706/07
ix. Michael b. 18 January 1712/13

vital records sources: birth from Vital Records of Salem, Massachusetts to the Year 1849 vol. 2 (Salem:1918), 441 and Vital Records of Beverly, Massachusetts to the Year 1849 vol. 1 (Topsfield:1906), 390; marriage from Vital Records of Beverly, Massachusetts to the Year 1849 vol. 2 (Topsfield:1907), 351; death from his gravestone?, Abbott Street Burying Ground, Beverly, needs to be confirmed.

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