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     A misreading of 17th century records has led to the thought that John died in London on 18 January 1671 or 1672. He was serving aboard the British privateer Crown when he wrote his will in August of 1672. It was presented at court (on land) on 18 January "1672." According to the Julian calendar that was in use at the time, it was within the same year as August. Since the use of this calendar was not universal, dates in January, February and early March were often double dated (1672/1673) to also acknowledge the Gregorian calendar (which is what we now use). John likely died on the ship, and only possibly on land, perhaps in London. The will was probated in London, but this may have been by default if the ship's home port was London.
     Another misreading of 17th century records has led to the thought that John's wife was Elizabeth Tenney. Evidence places her as the wife of John Woodbury, son of Humphrey and nephew of the John of this biography. Also based on existing records, there is little doubt that she was the daughter of William Tenney of Rowley, born in 1643, making her too young to have had children in the earlier part of the 1650s. A daughter of Humphrey married John Tenney of Bradford, likely a cousin of Elizabeth Tenney. Neither Rowley nor Bradford, which are neighboring towns, are near Beverly in 17th century terms. This enhances the idea that Woodbury siblings had the Tenney connection.

children of John and Elizabeth Woodbury:

i. Elizabeth, b. 15th of the 6th month (15 August) 1654 (Salem)
ii. John, b. 15 March 1657 (Salem)
iii. Abigail, b. 8th of the 4th month (8 June) 1660 (Salem)
iv. Ebenezer
v. Hannah, bap. 22 May 1670 (Beverly)
vi. Dorcas?, b. 10 February 1671(/1672?) (West Parish, Rowley - now Georgetown)




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The Taunton was a 40-gun fourth-rate frigate of the Royal Navy, originally built for the navy of the Commonwealth of England at Rotherhithe, and launched in 1654.[1] After the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660, her name was changed to HMS Crown. Structurally, these were two-deckers with a complete battery on the lower deck, and a fewer number of guns on the upper deck, below the forecastle and quarter decks, usually with no guns in the waist on this deck. Fifth-rate ships served as fast scouts or independent cruisers and included a variety of gun arrangements. To be posted aboard a fifth-rate ship was considered an attractive assignment, as fifth rates were often assigned to interdict enemy shipping-meaning the prospect of prize money for the crew. Fifth-rate frigates were considered useful for their combination of maneuverability and fire-power which, in theory, would allow them to outmaneuver an enemy of greater force and run down one of lesser force. It was for this reason that frigates of this sort were commonly used in patrol and to disrupt enemy shipping lanes. http://www.ageofintrigue.com/wiki/index.php/Royal_Navy Mrs. Lora A. Underhill, Woodbury Genealogy: Descendants of John and William of England and Massachusetts (manuscript typed and indexed by Ruth A. Woodbury, 1950-8), page 3, Frank B. Woodbury private papers, Rick Woodbury, Salt Lake City, UT. From data collected by the Woodbury Family Genealogical Society. "WOODBURY, JOHN 2 (John 1) b. 1626 (?) at Salem, Mass., d. 1672 in London, England, md. ELIZABETH TENNEY, dau. of Dea. William Tenney, of Rowley, b. 1632, d. 6 June 1726, ae. 94, at Beverly. Elizabeth Woodbury dismissed from church in Rowley, Mass., to church at Bass River (Beverly) Jan. 17, 1669. She md. 2nd, Capt. John 2 Dodge (Wm. 1). Issue: WOODBURY, 1. ELIZABETH 3, b. 18 Aug 1654 at Salem, Mass. PROB 11/341/82