When Ann Woodcock was born on 17 May 1724, in Rippingale, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom, her father, James Woodcock, was 35 and her mother, Elizabeth, was 31. She married John Skidmore in 1751. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters.
from Middle English wodecok ‘woodcock’ (Old English wuducocc, a compound of Old English wudu ‘wood’ + cocc ‘cock, bird’), a type of bird that is notoriously easy to catch. Therefore, the name might have been either for a person who caught or sold woodcock, or a nickname for a gullible person.
in some cases, because there can be confusion between -cock and -cot in surnames, and therefore the name may also be a variant of Woodcott, a habitational name from any of various places called with Old English wudu ‘wood’ + cot ‘cottage, shelter’, such as Woodcott in Cheshire and Hampshire or Woodcote in Hampshire, Surrey, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, and Shropshire, or from any residence at a cottage in or near a wood.