Lt. Archelaus Woodman
Male, #3356, (23 January 1613/14 - 7 October 1702)
Lt. Archelaus Woodman was christened on 23 January 1613/14 in St. Bartholomew's Church, Corsham, Wiltshire, England.1,2 He was the son of Edward Woodman and Edith unknown.1,3 Lt. Archelaus Woodman was also known as Hercules or Harchelas Woodman. He lived in Christian Malford, Wiltshire, England, before emigrating.1,4 He was found on a passenger list of the James out of Southampton. He was listed as a mercer of Christian Malford. The James was a sister ship to the Angel Gabriel which brought the three Burnham brothers in 1635. The Angel Gabriel was considered a bark, or a three-masted ship, weighing 240 tons and carrying 12 guns. On May 23, 1635, she and another ship, the James, plus several other ships left Bristol, England with colonists for America. The Angel Gabriel and James touched at Milford Haven, Pembroke County in South Wales. They then sailed two weeks and became separated and arrived off the English coast nearly at the same time. On June 14, 1635, many went ashore and attended Church services at a place called Nangle. After a twelve day delay there, they left on June 22, 1635. Capt. Taylor of the James and Capt. Robert Andrews of the Angel Gabriel. The James was a faster ship and pulled ahead of the Angel Gabriel on July 4, 1635. During the storm, the James was more fortunate than the Angel Gabriel. The James was at anchor at Isle of shoals, was torn from her anchor, and set to sea where two days later she arrived in Boston and passengers embarked on August 17, 1635. Two passengers aboard the James who would become quite famous were Richard and Cotton Mather on 5 April 1635 in Southampton, England.1,4,2,5,6 Archelaus, married Elizabeth unknown.7,8,1,9,2,10 Lt. Archelaus Woodman became a freeman on 17 May 1637 in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts; He went on foot from Newbury to Cambridge, along with six others, to take the freemans oath.7,8,1,11 He lived in 1642 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, being listed as a freeholder.1 He was granted a house lot in 1645 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.1 He was appointed on 27 April 1648 as Constable.1 On 9 September 1653 Lt. Archelaus Woodman was mentioned in will of John Pemberton of Lawford, Essex, England as "Hercules Woodman of Newbury."1 He served in 1661 as Selectman of Newbury.1 He was Lieutenant in the Newbury Militia Company on 31 May 1670.1 He served in 1670/71 as Commissioner of Small Causes at Newbury.1 He and Elizabeth unknown joined the church in 1674 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.7 Lt. Archelaus Woodman served on 7 October 1674 as a Deputy to the General Court from Newbury.1,7 He served on 6 March 1674/75 as a Prudential Man.1 He served on 12 May 1675 as a Deputy to the General Court from Newbury.1 He served on 9 July 1675 as a Deputy to the General Court from Newbury.1 He served in 1677 as Tythingman.1 He took the Oath of Allegiance in 1677, Hoyt (1897) says 1678.1,7 On 13 November 1678 Archelaus, at age 64, married Dorothy Swan, daughter of Richard Swan and Ann unknown, in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.7,8,1,9,2,12,13,10 Lt. Archelaus Woodman ended military service on 4 June 1685.1 He was in August 1688 taxed at Newbury.1 He deeded land on 6 January 1689 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, to Archelaus Adams, listing Adams as his grandson.4 He deposed on 9 November 1695 gaving his age as 80 years.1 He died on Saturday, 7 October 1702 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, at age 88 years, 8 months and 14 days.7,14,8,1,12,10
Children of Lt. Archelaus Woodman and Elizabeth unknown
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