Edward Wood

Edward WOOD (1598 – 1642) was Alex’s 11th Great Grandfather, He is one of 4,096 in this generation of the Shaw line and one of 4,096  in the Miller line.  (See his great grandson Thomas BROWNE for details of the double ancestors)

Immigrant Ancestor

Edward Wood was born at Nuneaton, Warwickshire, baptized 29 Oct 1598. His parents were Lewis WOOD and Margaret HOLMES of Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England. He married Ruth LEE on 20 Feb 1618/19 in Nuneaton, Warwick Co.   He immigrated before Aug 1639 to Charlestown, Middlesex, Mass.   Edward died 27 Nov 1642 in Charlestown, Mass.   When Ruth and Edward died, they left 7 orphaned children, who were raised by other families.

Ruth Lee was born in 1602 in Norfolk, England.  Ruth died on 29 Aug 1642 in Charlestown, Mass.  After the deaths of Edward and Ruth in 1642, Ralph and Alice Mousall took their daughter Ruth in, and raised her.

Children of  Edward and Ruth

Name Born Married Departed
1. Elizabeth Wood 1623
Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England
Solomon Phipps
15 May 1642 Charlestown, Mass
1 Nov 1688 Charlestown, Mass.
2. Obadiah Wood 1625
Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England
Margaret Sparks
26 Mar 1650 Charlestown, Mass.
Hazelelponi Willix
19 Nov 1671 in Ipswich, Mass.
3 Dec 1694 Ipswich, Mass.
3. Josiah Wood 16 Oct 1626 Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England Lydia Bacon
28 Oct 1657 Charlestown, Mass.
24 Sep 1691
Charlestown, Mass.
4. Ann Wood 1628 England Robert Hazeltine 26 Jul 1684
Bradford, Mass
5. Thomas WOOD bapt.
12 Sep 1633
Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England
7 Jun 1654
Rowley, Mass.
12 Sep 1687 Rowley.
6. Ruth Wood Jul 1636 Norfolk, England Lt. Phineas Upham
(Grandson of Richard UPHAM)
14 APR 1658 Malden, Mass.
18 Jan 1695/96 Malden, Mass.
7. Tabitha Wood 30 May 1641 29 Aug 1642
Note same day as mom

Edward Wood was a Baker

Edward Wood was a baker, he bought half-interest in a house in Charlestown, Ma., which we learn from a deed transfer dated Nov 1, 1639, from William Brackenbury with the provision that Brackenbury would not engage in the bakery business so long as Edward was there. He was admitted to the First Church of Charlestown on Jan 30, 1640. His  estate, inventoried by Robert Long, William Blackenbury and Richard Russell on Oct 4, 1642 was valued at 20 pounds and consisted of a house, a garden, and two acres of planting ground.

Delorey, Janet Ireland, “The English Origins and Descendants to the Fourth
Generation of Edward Wood of Charlestown, Massachusetts”, THE GENEALOGIST,
Vol. 9, No, 1, Spring, 1988, pp. 90-159.

EDWARD, Charlestown, was adm. to join the church. 30 Mar. 1640, freeman. 13 May foll. and his w. Ruth join. in few days. She perhaps had Ruth, and certain. Tabitha, bapt. 30 May 1641; d. 29 Aug. 1642, and he d. 27 Nov. foll.
In Geneal. Reg. III. 81, the date of inv. would perhaps appear 4 Dec. aft.
He was made a freeman on May 13, 1640 in Charlestown, Mass


Edward, baker, Charlestown, bought half of a house Nov. 1, 1639. [L.] Adm. chh. 30 (1) 1640, frm. May 13, 1640. His wife Ruth adm. chh. 24 (3) 1640, d. 29 (6) 1642; ch. Tabitha bapt. 30 (3) 1641. Edward Wood, “the elder of that name,” died 27 (9) 1642. Admin. gr. 4 (10) 1642. [Reg. III, 81.]


1. Elizabeth Wood

Elizabeth’s husband Solomon Phipps was born 1619 in Bristol, England. His parents were James Phipps and Mary [__?__]. Solomon died 25 Jul 1671 in Charlestown, Middlesex, Mass.

Elizabeth and Solomon married a few months before her parents died in 1642. o this union nine children were born: Mary Phipps d. Sep 02, 1682, Mehitable Phipps d. Jul 15, 1657, Elizabeth Phipps b. Apr 23, 1643, Captain Solomon Phipps b. 1645, d. July 1693, Captain Samuel Phipps b. 1655 d. Aug 07, 1725, Mehitable Phipps b. Dec 10, 1657 d. Bef. 1659, Mehitable Phipps b. Apr 06, 1659, Joseph Phipps Baptised Aug 13, 1661 d. young, Captain Joseph Phipps b. Oct 08, 1666, d. Abt. 1718

Solomon Phipps Gravestone — Phipps Street Burying Ground, Charlestown, Suffolk, Mass

2. Obadiah Wood

Obadiah’s first wife Margaret Sparks was born 1625 in England. Her ancestry is unknown, but it is known that her brother John was a farmer and innkeeper at Ipswich, and was born about 1635. At one time John Sparks was apprenticed to Obadiah Wood, “biskett baker”. Margaret died 5 Jul 1667 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass.

Obadiah’s second wife Hazelelponi Willix was born in 1636 in Exeter, Rockingham, New Hampshire. Her parents were Balthasar Willix, an Englishman of Flemish ancestry, and Hannah [__?__]. She married first John Gee. Her name, which is frequently mangled, is of Old Testament origin. Hazzelelponi (meaning “coming shadows”) was a woman of the tribe of Judah, sister of Jezreel, and is mentioned in 1 Chr. 4:3. The name appears on her gravestone as “Hasel Elpony” and elsewhere as Haselelpony, Hazelpanah, Hazaell, Hazelpony, Hazillpenah, Haselphena and Hasselphena. Hazelelponi died 27 Nov 1714 in Exeter, Rockingham, New Hampshire.

Obadiah came to New England with his parents probably when he was a teen-ager. In 1646 he sold five acres of land in “mystike field”, land which had come to his as eldest son and heir of his father, who had been granted the same five acres six years before. At this time he was still in Charlestown. The first reference to him in Ipswich town records is in 1649, when he is said to have shared ownership with Richard Schofield of a triangular tract of land bordered by East, Water, and Hovey Streets. He owned a house and lot bordering on Water Street and the Ipswich River. He had voting rights by 18 Feb 1678/79 and was a freeman by 2 Dec 1679.

Obadiah carried on his father’s profession as a baker. He also apparently sold beer and cider, for in 1681 he was presented to the County Court for selling it without a license, but the fine was respited. He served in King Philip’s War for which he was paid 15 shillings 8 pence in 1676, but his service was credited to Charlestown. This may be because although he lived in Ipswich, he joined the same company as his brother Josiah who had continued to live in Charlestown.

A deed of gift in 1681 from Obadiah to “my brother Josiah Wood, and my couzen Samuell Phipps ” of Charlestown is significant because it is part of the chain of documents tying the Wood family together. In his will, Obadiah mentioned his wife, and sons James, Obadiah, Nathaniel, Josiah, and Samuel, and daughters Elizabeth, Mary, a child of Ruth (deceased daughter), Susanna and Margaret.

3. Josiah Wood

Josiah’s wife Lydia Bacon was born 1637 in England. Her parents were Michael Bacon and Mary Jobb. Lydia died 25 Nov 1674 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Mass.

4. Ann Wood

Ann’s husband Robert Hazeltine was born 1616 in Biddeford, Devon, England. His parents were Peter Robert Hazeltine and Joanna Swan. Robert died 27 Aug 1674 in Bradford, Essex, Mass.

Robert Haseltine and his brother, John Haseltine, came from Devonshire, England, with Rev. Ezekiel Rogers and a colony of about sixty families, and landed at Salem, Massachusetts, in 1637. After remaining at Salem about a month they removed to and founded the town of Rowley, Essex county, Massachusetts, and later founded Bradford, on the Merrimac river, of which latter town both were selectmen.

Robert Haseltine, the elder of the two brothers who settled Rowley and Bradford, married at Rowley, October 23, 1639, but though the marriage is recorded, the name of the wife is not given. She died July 26, 1684. Robert Haseltine was for many years proprietor of the ferry between Bradford and Haverhill. He was selectman of Bradford in 1668, and died there in 1674.

5. Thomas WOOD (See his page)

6. Ruth Wood

The reference in Ralph Mousall’s will to his “daughter” Ruth Wood is to his FOSTER daughter, who was still single at that time, and not to a genetic daughter who had married a Wood . . Curiously enough, there is a trace of Ralph Mousall (with a variant surname spelling) in Nuneaton, suggesting that the Mousalls and Woods had known each other in the old country.  The Mousalls also took in a child by the name of Mary Gove and gave her their name. Her father, John, with her mother’s consent, gave her to be the Mousall’s “own child forever – A silver porriger and 5 pounds out of the house bought in Charlestown to bring up the child.”  Dec. Ralph Mousall was born about 1596  in Norwich, Norfolk, England.  Another source shows is birth as 1596. He emigrated in 1630 from The Winthrop Fleet.  Ralph signed a will on 13 Apr 1657 and died  30 Apr 1657 in Charleston, Middlesex, MA. Alice Mousall was born about  1607 at Norwich, Norfolk, England.  Alice died  between 1674 and 1677 in Charleston, Middlesex, MA

Ruth’s husband Lt. Phineas Upham was born in 1635 in Weymouth, Mass.  His parents were John Upham and Elizabeth Slade.  His grandparents were Richard UPHAM and Maria [__?__].  Phineas died 8 Oct 1676 in Boston, Middlesex, Mass of wounds suffered in King Philip’s  War Great Swamp Fight

Phineas (which means the peace of God) was the first Upham born in this country in Weymouth, MA.  He became an Officer in the Army,  engaged in the Indian wars.  In a letter, an account of this expedition from Lieut. Upham,

“From Mendon, ye 1st of October, 1675.
“Honor’d Gouvner and Counsill,
“These are to certify to your worships that Capt. Gorum with myself, and our soldiers of both companies are in good health at prest. through mercy; and to give our honors an account of our serverall marches:  First, we marched to Mendon on the sixth day of the week at night, being the 24th of Sept.; and, on the 24th day, we marched from Mendon in to Hassanamissit, (now Grafton,) hoping there to have had an Indian for our guide, but the Indians were all gone from thence, and we were thereby disappoint ed of our expectations; and on the next day we marched unto Pakachoug, (now Worcester,) where we found a field of good corn, and well formed, which we did think convenient not to destroy, concluding that, for aught we knew, some of the nearest found inhabitants would be willing to save it; but we could not find any Indians, neither the sign of any being there of late, and we marched from thence unto Manchang (now Oxford), and Chabanamagum (now Dudley), where we found some cornfields and some wigwams, which corn and wigwams we burnt and destroyed, but could not find our enemies, which was a great discouragement to us, having taken so much pains to find them.  Then we returned and marched to an Indian planation called Shockologaud, where we cold not find any Indians, but found a quantity of good corn, which we did not destroy, but reserved it at the request of some of Mendon, who thought to fetch it home for their own use, and from thence we came to Mendon on the 30th of Sept.

Now, seeing in all our marches we find no Indians, we verily think they are drawn together into great bodies far remote from these parts.  If your honors please to send us on any farther service, I hope we shall not be unwilling, but forward to do our uttermost endeavors, withall desiring that you should be pleased to add to our numbers, seeing that besides the garrison men which must be left here in the garrison, we have but thirty men besides myself, – Capt. Gorum [our ancestor Capt. John GORHAM who also died of wounds in the Great Swamp Fight] being now on his march to Mount Hope, and, if we go farther, we desire we may have a surgeon, and some other that may be acquainted with the woods where you may send us – the want of which has been a discouragement to our men.

And for the town of Mendon I am desired to commend the desolate condition of them unto your honors, several of their inhabitants being removed from them, and those in garrison being but poor helps, and in number but twelve men, with their arms very defective.  The planation is very remote, and there arms very defective.  The plantation is very remote, and therefore so much the more stands in need of help.  It is likely to be a prosperous place, if it please God to put an issue to this trouble, and therefore it is more the pitty to have it deserted by the people, who think it must be, if they have not some assistance.  They hope that twenty men, well fitted with their own resources, might be sufficient, if your honors so cause; and resources, might be sufficient, if your honours so cause; and farther, they desire to acquaint your honors that ye Indians of Hassanamissett, which  your honors appointed to sit downs with the, have deserted their own town, and so came not to Mendon; and so, not having any more to trouble your honors withall, I rest,

Your humble to command,
“PHINEAS UPHAM, Leftenant.”

The Phineas Upham House, built in 1703, is a historic house at 255 Upham Street in Melrose, Mass.

In 1700, Phineas’ grandson Phineas Upham,  received a land grant in North Malden which is now called Melrose. In 1703, Phineas Upham married Tamzen Hill and built the house which is still standing today called the Phineas Upham House of Melrose. It has been passed down through family tradition that the house was built for Phineas Upham in 1703 and that Phineas came to this house, then new, on horseback with his new bride, Tamzen. (Elevation)







Delorey, Janet Ireland, “The English Origins and Descendants to the Fourth
Generation of Edward Wood of Charlestown, Massachusetts”, THE GENEALOGIST,
Vol. 9, No, 1, Spring, 1988, pp. 90-159.

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  5. Elsie Langley Oscroft (nee Hutchison) says:

    Edward Wood was my 9th Great Grandfather it is with great interest that I read about my family who emigrated to the USA. I still livi England and I am doing family history for my little Grandson to read when he is older.

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  8. This Wood coat of arms is copyright of http://www.4crests.com. Please remove it, or at least add a link to our website and remove any advertising to outside companies, such as Ancestry.com…. This amounts to you using my images to collect ad dollars for yourself. Please cease and desist. You have quite a huge number of my graphics on your site at minerdescent.com

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  9. Roger Feltus says:

    My wife Mary Carchrie is a descendent of Edward Wood on her father’s side of the family. His name was Burnhan Wood Carchrie. Roger Feltus South Windsor, Conn. 8605286898 8667756898

  10. If Edward died on 27 Nov 1642, there would have been a slight problem for his estate to have been inventoried on 4 Oct 1642. I believe the correct date of death is 27 Sep 1642.

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