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Mary Woodward (1739-1806), Wife of Robert Wilson of Campobello Island

A few days ago, I wrote about the possible American colonial origins of Robert Wilson and his wife, Mary Woodward. I have to admit I am quite convinced that Robert Wilson and Mary Woodward of Essex County, Massachusetts appear to be the same couple who settled on Campobello Island a few years after their marriage.

While my research hasn’t turned up new information about Robert Wilson, who is said to have come from County Antrim, Ireland (possibly Ballymoney or Ballymena) to Boston, Massachusetts c1751, Mary’s family settled in the colonies in the 1600s, so there is a bonanza of new information about her ancestral lines.

I’ll begin with a look at the Woodward direct line.

Today’s post is a family sketch about Mary’s parents, John Woodward and Saphira Moore of Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

John Woodward was born on 17 April 1692, in Sudbury, the son of John Woodward and his wife, Susanna Grout.

Saphira Moore was also born in Sudbury on 4 August 1701, the daughter of Joseph Moore and Elizabeth Cleveland.

John Woodward and Saphira Moore married on 1 August 1721 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

John and Saphira Woodward were the parents of seven children, all born in Sudbury:

1. Josiah, born 20 November 1721; served as a private in the French and Indian Wars for 17 weeks and 2 days in 1754. He may have died before 1764, as his brother, Isaac named a son born in 1764 Josiah. No further record.
2. Elizabeth, born 27 December 1726; married Edmund Allen, 10 March 1748, Sudbury, Massachusetts. This family removed to Kennebec County, Maine.
3. Mary, born 24 February 1728/29; died by 8 February 1806 when probate began, Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada; married Robert Wilson, 22 February 1759, Sudbury, Massachusetts.
4. Isaac, born 13 April 1732; died 9 March 1814, Swanzey, Cheshire, New Hampshire; married Susannah Parmenter, c1756
5. Joseph, died 28 July 1734; no birth record found.
6. Susannah, born 21 August 1736; died after her husband, who drowned at Cobscook Falls with Robert Wilson in 1782; married William Clark/e, c1767, probably Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada. No further record.
7. Abigail, born 8 February 1738/39; died 9 February 1738/9