Elizabeth Mather1

#2119, (say 1620 - 3 August 1690)
Relationship7th great-grandmother of William David Lewis
Father*Thomas Mather1 (s 1567 - )
Mother*Margarite Abrahms2 (s 1572 - )


Henry Woodward b. 1607, d. 1683
Children 1.Freedom Woodward+3 (c 1642 - 1681)
 2.Thankful Woodward+3,10,11 (1644/45 - )
 3.Experience Woodward+12 (c 1646 - 1686)
 4.John Woodward13 (s 1647 - )
Her married name was Woodward.1 
Elizabeth is reported as a Mather, unsourced. Savage says that Henry Woodward "came, says Clapp, in his careful Hist. of Dorchester, p. 141, in the James, Capt. Taylor, in the summer of 1635, with Richard Mather, and he calls him a physician."
Trumbull gives an account of the Woodward removal to Northampton that adds some circumstantial evidence.
Banks has Richard Mather and Henry Woodward both sailing on the James.3,4,5 
Birth*say 1620She was born say 1620 at Lowton, England.6 
Marriage*4 September 1638She married Henry Woodward on 4 September 1638 at Dorchester, Massachusetts Bay.1 
between 1659 and 1661She and Henry Woodward removed to Northampton, Massachusetts, between 1659 and 1661.3,7,8 
Death*3 August 1690She died on 3 August 1690 at Northampton, Hampshire Co., MassachusettsG.9 
ChartsAncestors of William D. Lewis


  1. [S183] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (GPC) (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004), p. 839. Henry Woodward (?1607- ) and Elizabeth [Mather?] ( -1690), citing birth of child in 1642; of Dorchester, Northampton and Deerfield. Online Ancestry.com.
  2. [S1697] W. Ferguson Irvine, "The Parents of Richard Mather", The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 54:348-349 (July 1900).
  3. [S165] James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, four volumes (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1860-1862), 4:644.
  4. [S1024] James Russell Trumbull, History of Northampton Massachusetts From Its Settlement in 1654 (Northampton: Gazette Printing Co., 1898, 1902), two volumes, I:105, 117.
  5. [S1703] Charles Edward Banks, Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England, 1620-1650, edited by Elijah Ellsworth Brownell (Philadelphia: The Bertram Press for E. E. Brownell, 1937), pp. 87-89, Emigrants from Lancashire. Henry and John Woodward, on the James, from Gt. Woolton [Much Woolton] Parish, settled in Dorchester, citing Banks mss. Also named among the forty-three emigrants from Lancashire: Rev. Richard Mather of Toxteth (on the James) and Henry Cuncliffe (no ship given). Trumbull, in History of Northampton, names Hnery Woodward and Henry Cuncliffe, along with William Clarke, as the "three men of Dorchester" who came to Nothampton from Dorchester in 1659-1661 with Eleazer Mather, son of Rev. Richard Mather (poss. brother or father or uncle of Hnery Woodward's wife).
  6. [S520] VWH.
  7. [S1019] Ebenezer Jr. Clapp, History of the Town of Dorchester Massachusetts (Boston: Dorchester Antiquarian and Historical Society, 1859), reprinted Salem, MA: Higginson Book Company, 192: "The 18th of June, of this year [1661], Mr. Eleazer Mather, son of the pastor of this church, was ordained minister of Northampton ; and Dea. Edward Clap, Mr. Peletiah Glover and Thomas Tileston were chosen as messengers from the church to attend the ordination—a journey of nearly as much importance as would now be one to New Orleans, and much more dangerous. Several persons removed from this town to Northampton, and formed the church there; among them, William Clarke and Sarah his wife, Henry Woodward and Elizabeth his wife, and Henry Cunliffe and his wife Susanna."
  8. [S1270] George H. Ellis, compiler, Records of the First Church at Dorchester in New England 1636–1734 (Boston: George H. Ellis, 1891), p. 38, 28 Feb 1661, "was dismissed Mr Eliazer Mather William Clark Henery Cunlife & Henery Woodward for to Joyne with sume other for the gathering of a Church at Northampton."
  9. [S1020] Provo, UT and Oxford, MA, Massachusetts Town and Vital Records: Northampton 1620/1650–1893/1988, unknown repository, unknown repository address, Births, Marriages and Deaths, p. 139, img. 515/2680. Hereinafter cited as Mass. Town and Vital Records: Northampton.
  10. [S1708] Mary Walton Ferris, Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines (Milwaukee, Wisconsin: privately printed, 1943), II:848. Thankful, dau. of Henry Woodward and Elizabeth, "b. probably about 1644." With her son John Taylor in 1724 at Norwalk CT.
  11. [S520] VWH.
  12. [S1021] George Norbury Mackenzie, editor, Colonial Families of the United States of America, Seven Volumes (New York and Boston: The Grafton Press, 1907 et al), II:578: "Medad Pomeroy, of Northampton, Mass., d. 30th Dec. 1716; was for many years town clerk, deacon and member of the General Assembly, 1677, '83, '84, '86, '90, '92. m. (firstly) 21st Nov. 1661, Experience Woodward, d. 8th June, 1686, dau. of Henry Woodward"; 579 lists children.
  13. [S1022] Ernest Flagg, Genealogical Notes on the Founding of New England (Hartford, Conn.: Case, Lockwood & Brainard, 1926), reprinted Baltimore: Clearfield Co., 1990, online Ancestry.com, 210.