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William Woodsford (1747-1780)

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Life events
 
Baptised 22 Nov 1747 • Upwey, Dorset, England1Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, … Continue reading
Married 4 Jan 1773 • Toller Porcorum, Dorset, England6Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, … Continue reading
Buried 10 Dec 1780 • Toller Porcorum, Dorset, England2Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, … Continue reading


Biography
 
William was the son of Edward Woodsford (1698-1776) and Thomasin Hitchcock (1704-1784). He was baptised on 22 November 1747 within the parish of Upwey and most likely in the church of St Laurence.3Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, … Continue reading
 
William was around 25 years of age when he married Mary Brown on 4 January 1773. They were married by licence within the parish of Toller Porcorum and possibly in the churchyard of St Andrew and St Peter. The ceremony was conducted by John Plowman. They both signed their names. William’s brother James was one of the witnesses.4Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, … Continue reading William and Mary had the following known children:5Other children may exist. Their baptisms or births may not have been recorded or the records may … Continue reading

  1. Ann Woodsford (1774-)
  2. Mary Woodsford (1775-)
  3. John Brown Woodsford (1776-1777)
  4. Elizabeth Woodsford (1777-)
  5. Diana Woodsford (1781-)

William and his family lived in Toller Porcorum and it was where his children were born and baptised. William owned property and also leased land from a Mrs Browne who was, most likely, a close relative of his wife, Mary.7Anon., “Dorset, England, Land Tax Returns, 1780-1832”, Land Tax Return of William … Continue reading William and Mary had four known children while William was alive. Ann was baptised on 18 February 1774, Mary on 23 March 1775, John on 13 April 1776, and Elizabeth on 21 September 1777.8Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, … Continue reading 9Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, … Continue reading 10Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, … Continue reading 11Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, … Continue reading His only known son, John, was a toddler (around 14 months of age) when he died. He was buried on 29 June 1777.12Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, … Continue reading
 
William was the Executor of his father’s will. He was awarded “all the rest Risidue and Remainder of my Estates Goods and Chattles Money and all that is mine”.13Church of England, “Dorset, England, Wills and Probates, 1565-1858”, Will of Edward … Continue reading
 
William died suddenly, and intestate, at the age of 33.14We can assume his death to be sudden (possibly accidental) given his relatively young age and the … Continue reading 15Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, … Continue reading 16Church of England, “Dorset, England, Wills and Probates, 1565-1858”, Letters of … Continue reading He was buried at Toller Porcorum on 10 December 1780.17Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, … Continue reading Mercifully, the letters of administration were granted to Mary less than two months after his decease.18Church of England, “Dorset, England, Wills and Probates, 1565-1858”, Letters of … Continue reading
 
Around two months later, Mary gave birth to their daughter, Diana. She was baptised at Toller Porcorum on 23 April 1781.19Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, … Continue reading Mary and the children disappear from the parish records following Diana’s baptism. It is highly likely Mary remarried and the children may have adopted their step-father’s name.
 
The search continues…20This profile will be updated when more evidence comes to light.


External links
 
William Woodsford at FamilySearch21The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “William Woodsford”, FamilySearch, … Continue reading


References

1, 3 Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812”, Baptism of William Woodsford, 22 November 1747, Upwey, Dorset, England; digital image, Ancestry; Dorset History Centre, Dorchester, England; PE/UPW:RE1, p. not recorded, line 16,https://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=2243, accessed 22 June 2018.
2, 15, 17 Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812”, Burial of William Woodsford, 10 December 1780, Toller Porcorum, Dorset, England; digital image, Ancestry; Dorset History Centre, Dorchester, England; PE/TRP: RE1/1, p. not recorded, line 19,https://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=2243, accessed 22 June 2018.
4, 6 Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812”, Marriage of William Woodsford and Mary Brown, 4 January 1773, Toller Porcorum, Dorset, England; digital image, Ancestry; Dorset History Centre, Dorchester, England; PE/TRP: RE3/1, p. not recorded, No. 41, https://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=2243, accessed 22 June 2018.
5 Other children may exist. Their baptisms or births may not have been recorded or the records may not have survived.
7 Anon., “Dorset, England, Land Tax Returns, 1780-1832”, Land Tax Return of William Woodsford, 11 June 1780, Toller Porcorum, Dorset, England; digital image, Ancestry; Dorset History Centre, Dorset, England; Call number: Qde (L) 54/1-28, p. not recorded, lines 12 & 16, https://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=2166, accessed 22 June 2018.
8 Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812”, Baptism of Ann Woodsford, 18 February 1774, Toller Porcorum, Dorset, England; digital image, Ancestry; Dorset History Centre, Dorchester, England; Reference number: PE/TRP: RE 1/1, p. not recorded, line 10, https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2243/, accessed 22 June 2018.
9 Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812”, Baptism of Mary Woodsford, 23 March 1775, Toller Porcorum, Dorset, England; digital image, Ancestry; Dorset History Centre, Dorchester, England; Reference number: PE/TRP: RE 1/1, p. not recorded, line 30, https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2243/, accessed 22 June 2018.
10 Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812”, Baptism of John Brown Woodsford, 13 April 1776, Toller Porcorum, Dorset, England; digital image, Ancestry; Dorset History Centre, Dorchester, England; Reference number: PE/TRP: RE 1/1, p. not recorded, line 7, https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2243/, accessed 22 June 2018.
11 Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812”, Baptism of Elizabeth Woodsford, 21 September 1777, Toller Porcorum, Dorset, England; digital image, Ancestry; Dorset History Centre, Dorchester, England; Reference number: PE/TRP: RE 1/1, p. not recorded, line 25, https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2243/, accessed 22 June 2018.
12 Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812”, Burial of John Brown Woodsford, 29 June 1777, Toller Porcorum, Dorset, England; digital image, Ancestry; Dorset History Centre, Dorchester, England; Reference: PE/TRP: RE1/1, p. not recorded, line 7 (of Burials 1777), https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2243/, accessed 1 April 2020.
13 Church of England, “Dorset, England, Wills and Probates, 1565-1858”, Will of Edward Woodsford, 9 April 1776, Probate Court, Dorset Archdeaconry; digital image, Ancestry; Dorset History Centre, Dorchester, England; Reference Number: Ad/Dt/W/1776, Event Record Number 63, https://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=2119, accessed 31 August 2017.
14 We can assume his death to be sudden (possibly accidental) given his relatively young age and the absence of a will. If he had contracted an infectious disease he may have had time to draft a will.
16, 18 Church of England, “Dorset, England, Wills and Probates, 1565-1858”, Letters of Administration granted to Mary Woodsford, 17 January 1781, Probate Court, Dorset Archdeaconry; digital image, Ancestry; Dorset History Centre, Dorchester, England; Reference Number: DA/A/1781, Event Record Number 24, https://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=2119, accessed 1 April 2020.
19 Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812”, Baptism of Diana Woodsford, 23 Apr 1781, St Peter and St Andrew, Toller Porcorum, Dorset, England; digital image, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=2243: accessed 22 Jun 2018); Dorset History Centre, Dorchester, England; Reference number: PE/TRP: RE 1/1, Page: not recorded, Line: 33.
20 This profile will be updated when more evidence comes to light.
21 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “William Woodsford”, FamilySearch, n.d., updated 30 October 2020, https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LYP1-SBM, accessed 30 October 2020.