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Chase, Douglas W, and Stanley L. Johnson, "William Marshall of Billerica, Bedford, Concord, and Holden, Massachusetts," NEHGR, Volume 163 (2009), pp. 183-191.

[p. 188]

Children of William3 and Elizabeth (Dean) Marshall:

i. . . .
ii. WILLIAM MARSHALL, b. Billerica 9 Oct. 1735;[52] d. probably Holden, Mass, between 2 Sept. 1796 (date of will) and 7 March 1797 (date of probate);[53] m. Hubbardston, Mass., 8 Sept. 1783 MARY WOOLLEY of Princeton, Mass.,[54] b. ca. 1750 (from age at death), d. Holden in June 1830 age 80,[55] daughter of Joseph and Mercy (Goodenow)(Whitney) Woolley.[56]

  52 Vital Records of Billerica [note 1], 132.

  53 Worcester County Probate, docket 39060, 27:205.

  54 Vital Records of Hubbardston, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (Worcester, Mass.: Franklin P. Rice, 1902), 115, marriage intentions published 15 August 1783 for Mary Woolley and William Marshall, Jr., of Holden.

  55 Vital Records of Holden, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (Worcester, Mass.: Franklin P. Rice, 1904), 222, "Wid. Marshall age 80."

  56 Mrs. Irene Cynthia Gould, "Christopher Woolley of Concord, Mass., and Some of His Descendants," Register 75 (1921):29-41 at 32, 319-320. See also Middlesex County Probate, First Series, docket 25610, for evidence that Mary, wife of William Marshall, was the daughter of Joseph and Mercy Woolley. Joseph Woolley married at Sudbury, Massachusetts, 1 Mar 1738/9, Mercy Whitney (Vital Records of Sudbury, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 [Boston: NEHGS, 1903], 290). On 1 March 1762, Joseph Wooley and Mercy his wife of Princeton sold their right in their part of the estate of their father Edmund Goodenow that was set off to their [step]mother Hannah Goodenow (Middlesex County Deeds, 60:5). Mercy was born at Sudbury 6 February 1719/20, daughter of Edmund and Rebekah (Vital Records of Sudbury, 53), and she was named as an heir in Edmund Goodenough's probate file (Middlesex County Probate, file 9329; her guardianship, dated 10 July 1727 in her 13th year, in file 9332).
  Mercy was almost certainly the widow of David Whitney, born Marlborough, Massachusetts, 21 January 1716/7, son of Benjamin and Sarah (Barrett) Whitney of Marlborough and Boston

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(Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 [Worcester, Mass.: Franklin P. Rice, 1908], 195; Frederick Clifton Pierce, Whitney: The Descendants of John Whitney [Chicago, Ill.: the author, 1895], 50-51, 91). The latter book notes only one child for David, namely, Silas, "born in 1737"; actually Silas was baptized at the Hollis Street Church in Boston 20 June 1736, and another child David was baptized there 29 May 1737, sons of David and Mercy Whitney, both of whom also owned the covenant 20 June 1736 (Robert J. Dunkle and Ann S. Lainhart, The Records of the Churches of Boston, CD-ROM (Boston: NEHGS, 2001]). David's father Benjamin Whitney made his will at Boston 19 October 1737, naming son David among other children (Suffolk County Probate, docket 7064, 33:317). David's son Silas Whitney lived for a time at Princeton, home of his half-sister Mary (Woolley) Marshall, as shown by the birth records of children to Silas and Jane [Pearson] Whitney at Princeton in 1758, 1760, and 1762 (Vital Records of Princeton [note 55 {sic: should be 54--RLW}], 68; Vital Records of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 [Worcester, Mass.: Franklin P. Rice, 1904], 234 [marriage]).


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