Updated January 28, 2013
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ll known branches of Woodwards in America came from England. The New Jersey family was founded by a native of Derbyshire. He first went to Long Island but settled in Crosswicks, Burlington County, New Jersey, before 1686. The family of Fauquier County, Virginia, is of this branch. The Woodwards who settled in St. Marys and Anne Arundel Counties, Maryland, are of a distinct origin. Another branch, though originally not Quakers, identified with that denomination, settling in Philadelphia and Chester Counties, Pennsylvania. The founder of another branch was a descendant of Major Benjamin Woodward of Biddeford, Devon, England, who married Sarah Venn in 1812. They came with their children to America on the day before Good Friday, 1825, and settled near Hector, New York. Source: Colonial Families of the United States, Volume III, edited by George N. MacKenzie, Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Company, 1966. Two settlers in the Boston area in the 1630s were Richard and Nathaniel Woodward and their families.
istorical records indicate that a Woodward Knight came to England in 1066 with William the Conqueror of Normandy and fought in the Battle of Hastings, the name an Anglo-Norman variant of the French "warden of the wood". See the Bayeux Tapestry depicting the Battle, select Full Tapestry then Part 22 to view "Wadard" riding a horse. Read the personal story of a visit to Hastings, England by a Woodward hoping to see the Tapestry. Other researchers consider the possibility that Woodward is of Scandinavian origin, entering France in about 910 AD with the invading Viking Warriors. See a wonderful site on the Chester County Pennsylvania Woodwards. Browse the comprehensive, professional Woodwards We Search with numerous resources. This link is to photographs of Woodward headstones in an old cemetery in Lyndeborough, New Hampshire, compliments of Jeff Hall. Click on the bottom center of a photo to see an enlargement and right click on it to download.
roject administrator Rosemary is a volunteer and receives no financial remuneration of any kind from FamilyTreeDNA. She says, "Genealogy is my hobby." Read her non-technical article, About DNA, and find stories, pedigrees, and much more on this site. The role of group administrator for a DNA project is a fascinating challenge. Each is a volunteer who prepares and maintains the website, recruits and works with new members, and offers assistance to participants keeping costs down. For general information or more detailed information on a lineage and participant contact information, email Rosemary at mcnerneywinkler dot com. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the volume of spam, email links on this site have been changed to manual entry email addresses, with "@" replaced by "at" and "dot" replaces "." in the contact address. Apologies for any inconvenience.
For more technical information see World Families Network site and Woodward Chart, or Interpreting Genetic Distance by FamilyTreeDNA.