On this day, 22 September, in the year 1733, Thomas Woodmansee passed away. He was my 8th great-grandfather.
Born on 7 September 1670, in New London, New London County, Connecticut, Thomas Woodmansee was the second known child of Gabriel and Sarah Woodmancy.
An older brother, William, was born on 3 August 1668, in New London, New London County, Connecticut. Whether William was still alive at the time of Thomas’ birth is uncertain, as there is no record of him beyond his infancy.
Two years after Thomas’ birth, sister Sarah was born on 16 March 1672, in New London, New London County, Connecticut.
In 1676, another brother, Joseph, was welcomed to the family.
Brother Richard arrived circa 1678.
Circa 1681, brother John was born in New London, New London County, Connecticut.
The youngest known sibling was Gabriel, who was welcomed to the family circa 1685.
Thomas Woodmansee and his siblings grew up on a homestead near Shaw’s Neck, overlooking Shaw Cove of the Thames River, in the vicinity of modern-day Shaw Street and Truman Street, New London, Connecticut.
Thomas Woodmansee was only 18 years old when his father, Gabriel Woodmancy, died in September 1688, in New London, New London County, Connecticut. The New London County Court recorded the following entry, dated 27 September 1688:
Inventory Gabriel Woodmansee, dec’d—proved, there is but a small estate and five small children to bring up, and the widow being with child…
With several young children to support, widow Sarah Woodmancy remarried. Her second husband was Thomas Ricks. Together, they raised the younger Woodmansee children.
By this time, however, Thomas Woodmansee was grown and working as a mariner. Then, at some point during his young adulthood, Thomas Woodmansee moved from Connecticut to New Jersey.
Circa 1699, Thomas Woodmansee married Hannah Williams. Although evidence of their wedding has not been found, the lists of witnesses at Shrewsbury Quaker meetings, dated from 1699 to 1706, include Thomas and Hannah Woodmansee.
Daughter Sarah was born about 1702, Shrewsbury, Cedar Creek, Monmouth County, New Jersey.
In 1704, Thomas Woodmansee was residing in Shrewsbury Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey. His plantation was located near Swimming River, north of Tinton Falls, two and a half miles southwest of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. Not only did Thomas own a farm in Monmouth County, he still owned some property in New London County, left to him by his father.
In 1707, Thomas Woodmansee, mariner of Shrewsbury, quitclaimed all interest in the estate of his father Gabriel, late of New London, to his brother John for £10.
Circa 1708, daughter Margaret was born in Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, New Jersey.
Daughter Elizabeth arrived about 1711, in Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, New Jersey.
Soon thereafter, circa 1712, daughter Hannah was born in Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, New Jersey
On 4 January 1714/1715, Thomas Woodmansee was referenced in the last will and testament of Joseph West, of Shrewsbury, as the landowner on the North River adjoining Joseph West’s land.
Circa 1717, son John was welcomed to the family.
On 14 November 1719, son David was born to Thomas and Hannah Woodmansee. (David Woodmansee was my 7th great-grandfather.)
Meanwhile, back in Connecticut, in 1720, Joseph Woodmansee, of Groton, quitclaimed his interest, and that of his brother Thomas Woodmansee, in their father’s estate to their brother Gabriel for £8.
Thomas’ daughter Lydia was born about 1721, Monmouth County, New Jersey. It appears that Thomas’ wife, Hannah (Williams) Woodmansee died sometime after Lydia’s birth, although no death record for Hannah has been found.
With young children to raise, Thomas Woodmansee married—this time to a woman by the name of Mary Ware. The exact date of their marriage is unknown.
On 2 September 1723, Thomas Woodmansee was referenced as purchasing at public auction some of the property of the late Nicholas Haveng of Shark River.
On 5 January 1723/1724, Thomas Woodmansee was listed as a purchaser of goods from William Brinley, who sold at public auction the property of the deceased to Elias Pettit for £35.10.2.
About 1725, daughter Abigail was born.
Daughter Ann came along about two years later, circa 1727.
On 15 April 1727, Thomas Woodmansee and his son Thomas were mentioned in the last will and testament of Eloazer Cotterell/Cottrill, of Middletown, as having bonds due to Cotterell’s estate.
In 1729, Thomas and Mary Woodmansee welcomed son Gabriel to the family.
Later that year, sadness struck the Woodmansee household, when Thomas’ mother Sarah Ricks died on 30 September 1729, in New London, New London County, Connecticut.
Thomas Woodmansee’s final child, James, was born on 26 August 1732, in Monmouth County, New Jersey.
One year later, on 22 September 1733, Thomas Woodmansee died in Shrewsbury, Monmouth, New Jersey. He was 53 years old.
The last will and testament of Thomas Woodmansee of Shrewsbury, yeoman, reads as follows (with misspellings) :
In the name of the God Amen, this twenty second day of September in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred thirty three, I being sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God, therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die DO make and Ordain this my last will and Testament, that is to say primarily and first of all I give and Recommend it to the earth to be buried in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection i shall recover the same again by the almighty power of God. As touching such worldly Estate an herewith it hath pleased God to Bless me in this life, I give and dispose of the Same in the following manor and form as followeth In Premis I will that the plantation where I now dwell in should by my Executors and also an interest in land in or near New London in New England all to be disposed of in whom I appoint to be John Littel and George Williams both of Shrewsbury together with Mary my wife, and the money to be disposed of in the followeth item, I will that mu just debt she paid and then Legueses First to my son Thomas five shillings an 2dly to my son John five pounds and thirdly to my son David five pounds and 4ly to my son Gabriel five pounds and 5th to my son James five pounds and 6th to my dafter Sarah four pounds and 7th to my dafter Elizabeth four pounds and 8th to my dafter Hannah four pounds and 9thly to my dafter Margaret four pounds 10thly to mu son in law Epheraim Potter one schilling and 11thly to my dafter Leadea four pounds and 12thly to my dafter Abagail four pounds and 13thly to Dafter Ann four pounds All which Legaeies is to be paid after the Land is should and the debts pay’d and lastly I give and bequest to Mary my Wife all my moveable Estate together with the overploth of the lands after the Debts and other Legalie be paid by her to be freely enjoyed posesed by her and her hairs and assigns for ever and I do hearby uterly Disannul all and every other former, – Testaments Wills Legaies and Executors by me in anyes before this time Willed and Bequeathed ratifing and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament. In Witness where of I here unto sett my hand and Seal this day and year before written.
Signed and Sealed Thomas Woodmansee
By the testators to be his Last Will and Testament in the presence of Richard Higgins, John Woodmansee, David Woodmansee
Four years later, Thomas’ will was proved on 19 June 1737.