David Woodmansee

On this day, 13 July, in the year 1799, David Woodmansee passed away. He was my 7th great-grandfather.

David Woodmansee was born on 14 Nov 1719, in Shrewsbury Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Formed in 31 October 1693, Shrewsbury Township spanned nearly 1,000 square miles, extending north to the Navesink River, south to encompass present-day Ocean County, east to the Atlantic Ocean, and west to the present-day border of Monmouth County. It retained its size and scope until 1750, when it was divided, and Stafford Township was formed. On 21 February 1798, a year before David Woodmansee’s birth, Shrewsbury Township officially was designated a township by the New Jersey Legislature’s Township Act of 1798.

David Woodmansee’s parents were Thomas Woodmansee and Hannah Williams. Together, they had eight known children: Thomas, Sarah, Elizabeth, Hannah, Margaret, John, David, and Lydia.

Unfortunately, very little is known about David’s childhood. What is known is that his mother, Hannah (Williams) Woodmansee, died when David was a toddler, circa 1722.

Four years later, in 1726, David’s father, Thomas Woodmansee, married Mary Ware. At the time, David Woodmansee was seven years old. Together, Thomas Woodmansee and Mary Ware had four known children: Gabriel, Abigail, Ann, and James.

Sadly, when David was 13 years old, tragedy struck again. His father, Thomas Woodmansee, died on 22 September 1733, in Shrewsbury Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey.

Eleven years passed. Then, on 21 December 1744, David Woodmansee married Penelope Worden, in Dover Township, Ocean County, New Jersey. At the time of their marriage, Penelope Worden, daughter of Samuel Worden and Abigail Mott, was 16 years old; David Woodmansee was 25 years old.

Together, the couple had seven known children: Elizabeth, Abigail, John, Samuel, Jesse, Mary, and David. Mary Woodmansee, born in 1755 in Monmouth County, New Jersey, was my 6th great-grandfather.

Circa 1749, David Woodmansee and his family established their homestead along the Cedar Creek, an 18.9 mile long tributary of Barnegat Bay in Ocean County, New Jersey.

Twenty years passed. Then, on April 19, 1775, approximately 250 miles away, the “shot heard ’round the world” was fired, and the American Revolution commenced.

On 2 April 1776, David Woodmansee enlisted as a private in the New Jersey Militia at Toms River, Ocean County, New Jersey.

In 1783, David Woodmansee served as the town clerk and a freeholder of appeal for Dover Township, Ocean County, New Jersey.

Then, on 13 July, 1799, David Woodmansee died near Cedar Creek, Ocean County, New Jersey. He was 79 years old. David Woodmansee was buried at the Good Luck Cemetery, Ocean County, New Jersey.


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