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5. ABIGAIL 2 DUNHAM (John 1) born in Holland about 1626. [1] No record has been found of her death but she was living at the time of her father’s will 25 January 1668. She married 6 or 16 November 1644 STEPHEN WOOD/ATWOOD. [2] He was born presumably in England no later than 1620; [3] died in Eastham, Barnstable, MA., in February 1693/4. [4] He was called Stephen Wood at Plymouth in all early records, but almost always Stephen Atwood on the Cape. All descendants finally all used the name Atwood. [5]

From an article by Alicia Crane Williams in Mayflower Descendant Vol. 46:131-136 the land holdings of Stephen Wood are enumerated. “Stephen and Henry Wood were granted 8 acres of land each at 'Loute Pond' in Plymouth on 16 Sept. 1641, and John 'Wood alias Atwood' was granted 6 acres at the same time. Stephen and Henry were granted a garden in the neighborhood of 'Wellingsley, ag’st Francis Goulders Fence' on 31 Dec. 1641. These three were propounded Freemen on 7 May 1647, and admitted 1 June 1647. . . . Stephen received further grants of three acres at Loute Pond in 1648. Stephen Wood appears on a list of Freemen in Eastham made about 1658 and on lists of men who had taken the oath of fidelity in 1668 and 1689. In 1674, Jonathan Pratt of Eastham deeded a one-third interest in three acres at Plymouth that he had of his 'father-in-law, Stephen Atwood'. . .”

The will of John Dunham, Senior, of Plymouth, dated 25 Jan. 1668, makes a bequest to son-in-law Stephen Wood (half of his right at Agawaum and Sepecan equally divided with John’s son Benajah Dunham). [6]

Children of Stephen and Abigail 2 (Dunham) Atwood: [7]

18. i. ABIGAIL 3 ATWOOD, b. August 1645 Plymouth
ii. JOHN 3 ATWOOD, b. abt. 1646; d. 1648 at Plymouth
19. iii. HANNAH 3 ATWOOD, b. 14 Oct. 1649 Plymouth
20. iv. ELDAD 3 ATWOOD, b. 2 July 1651
21. v. STEPHEN 5 ATWOOD, b. say ca. 1655 or earlier
22. vi. MEDAD 3 ATWOOD, b. 16 Jan. 1659
23. vii. DANIEL 3 ATWOOD, prob. b. in early 1660s


1. TAG 30:145.
2. MD 12:86; MD 46:131.
3. Ibid.
4. NEHGR 6:43; MD 46:131.
5. Ibid.
6. C.H. Simmons, Jr., Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, Wills and Inventories 1633-1669, p. 480.
7. MD 46:132.

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