The Woodwards were English Quakers who settled in Chester County at an early date. They enter this family tree in two places along the Entriken branch. Both entries trace back to brothers Robert and Richard Woodward, who came to Thornbury Township around 1688.
1a. RICHARD WOODWARD (c.1636-1706) married Jane Nayle c.1674. They bought a tract in Thornbury in 1687 and settled on it within a year. They had a son, also named Richard.
2a. RICHARD WOODWARD (c.1675-1752) probably was born in England. He was noted as his fatherís eldest son. He married four times, the longest union being to Deborah Stansfield, whom he married in 1701. She was a native of Garten, Cheshire, and a daughter of Francis and Grace Stansfield. Richard and Deborah had many children.
3a. MARY WOODWARD (b.1718) was a daughter of Richard and Deborah. She married George Entriken in 1736.
1b. ROBERT WOODWARD was in Chester County by 1688. The name of his wife (or wives) is not known, but his children included a daughter, Ann, who married George James in 1698, and a son, Richard.
2. RICHARD WOODWARD (Dec. 17, 1673-1748) was a tailor in New Castle County, Del., until 1702 when he moved to the wilderness that soon became East Bradford Township, Chester County, Pa. His farm was near that of George Entriken, in the southern end of the township. Richard married Mary Nayle (1684-1748) in 1705. She was a daughter of Henry Nayle of Thornbury.
Richard and Mary had five children: Henry (1706-1790), married Mary Townsend (1713-1781) in 1730; John (b.1708), married three times and fathered 13 children; Deborah (b.1710), married William Bennett in 1730; Richard (b.1712), married twice; and Mary (b.1715), married John Strode.
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