Husband: Richard Woodward (1)
Born: about 1580 in England
Married: 18 Apr 1663 in Watertown, Middlesex, Mass
Died: 16 Feb 1665 in Massachusetts (2)
Wife: Ann Veare, (Hill) (3 4 5 6)
Born: 1602 in Norwich, Norfolk, England
Died: 05 Feb 1682/1683 in Stowe, Middlesex, Mass
Father: Veare
Mother: >>>
Spouses: Stephen Gates
Additional Information

Richard Woodward:


1634: Richard Woodward, 1590-1665, came to New England on the "Elizabeth" and settled at Watertown, Massachusetts, with wife Rose and sons George and John, both age 13. He was a miller and owned a windmill in Boston. [Research of Bonnie Hamilton]
"A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England Showing Three Generations of those Who Came Before May 1692 on the Basis of the Farmer's Register"; by James Savage; 4:644; The Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc.; Baltimore, Maryland; 1981 (929.274 S264 LAPL) (NE Sec. SR) (974.0 NEa/Gen SCGS)

Ann Veare, (Hill):


From Wayne Olsen

Listed in LDS Ancestral File, AFN: 25N8-33

From "The Gustin and Carlisle Genealogy", by Lester C. Gustin, 1954, Modern Press, Newton, MA:

From "Stephen Gates of Hingham, Lancaster and Cambridge, Mass, and Some of His Descendants" by the late Clarence Almon Torrey, reprinted from NEHGR in "Genealogies of CT Families" . Genealogical Publ Co., Baltimore,1983:

She deposed in Middlesex County, MA Court, 12 Jun 1673 aged about 70 years, from which it appears that she was born in or about 1603.

In her will, dated 18 Apr 1682, she described herself as of Pompasitacutt (Ponpositicut, now Stow, MA). The will was proved 9 Apr1683. In it she calls herself "Ann Gates." A footnote states that "my last Husbands name was Woodward but I generally went by ye name of Gates notwithstanding." There are conflicting statements about the date of her death. According to Stow records Anne Woodward died 19 Feb 1682 (i.e 1682/3). Marlborough MA records state that Wid. Hannah (!) Gates died 5 Feb 1682 (i.e. 1682/3).

  1. Steele, Ted, contact <>, Steele Family History.
  2., Richard Woodward notes.

    [posted 23 May 2015 by hollybrugha28]

  3. Steele, Ted, contact <>, Steele Family History.
  4. Olsen, Wayne, PAF file: Boslow_Anc_Stevens.paf (rec'd via EMail 0n 14 APR 2002).
  5. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,, AFN:25N8 33.
  6. Burr History and Genealogy (

    Stephen married Ann VEARE on 5 May 1628 in Hingham, England. Ann was born about 1603 in Norfolk, Norwich, co. England. She died on 5 Feb 1682/1683 in Stow, Middlesex County, Mass. She deposed in Middlesex County, Mass., Court, 12 June 1673, aged about 70 years, from which it appears that she was born in or about 1603._ Stephen Gates married Ann Veare (or Vere) in Hingham, Co. Norfolk, on_5 May 1628. On the transcript of the Hingham parish records I have, which_were copied from microfilm at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake_City, someone had written the name "Vere" on top of "Veare." If Ann's_surname was actually Vere, which I believe it is, then her father would have_been Sir. Horatio Vere and her mother was Mary Tracy. This Horatio Vere came_from a long distinguished line and he was knighted by The Earl of Essex on_Cadiz at the same time Sir Thomas Gates was knighted in 1596. Sir Thomas_entered Gray's Inn in 1598. Several other Gates has been to one or another of_the Inns of Court for legal training. Sir Horatio Vere and Sir Thomas Gates_obviously knew each other. it seems entirely possible that their children_would marry each other. I am still trying to read the original Latin old_secretary's script in the Hingham parish records to try to verify the name as_Veare or Vere. However, it was not uncommon to misspell names and it could_have certainly been Vere and actually written as Veare. Elsewhere in old_English records I have found what appears to be the name Gates written or_transcribed as Gate, Yeate, Yeates, etc. Dr. Torrey repuditates earlier statements that Stephen's wife was_Ann Hill. He says he can't find any trace of a "Veare" family in Norfolk._(This supports my speculation that Ann's surname was Vere - for which there is_a pedigree).

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