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Abigail joined the First Parish Unitarian Church on 10 July 1715.1 As with her husband, she left little trace in public records. Neither her death nor her burial are recorded, even though it would be expected to find the latter in First Parish Church records. Her death can only be vaguely placed between the birth of her last child on 2 April 1725 and her husband's remarriage on 14 May 1735.
     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 in this family 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. Abigail Woodberry - Abigail Woodbury

children of Abigail Woodbery and William Ellinwood:

i. Benjamin b. 16 September 1713
ii. William b. 10 June 1716
iii. Ebenezer b. 30 October 1719
iv. Joshua b. 27 December 1721
v. Abigail b. 2 April 1725

vital records sources: Her birth comes from Vital Records of Beverly, Massachusetts to the Year 1849, vol. 1 (Salem:1906), 386. Her marriage comes from Vital Records of Beverly, Massachusetts to the Year 1849, vol. 2 (Salem:1907), 342.

1. William Phineas Upham, Records of the First Church in Beverly, Massachusetts, 1667-1772 (Salem:1905), 51.

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