Melatiah Woodcock

Brief Life History of Melatiah

When Melatiah Woodcock was born about 1768, in Vermont, United States, her father, Elkanah Woodcock, was 29 and her mother, Susannah Nichols, was 31. She married Thomas Jewett in 1783. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. She died on 17 August 1855, in Wardsboro, Windham, Vermont, United States, at the age of 88.

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Thomas Jewett
Melatiah Woodcock
Marriage: 1783
Morris Jewett
before 1790–1810
Betsey Jewett
Thomas Jewett
Jerusha Jewett
about 1796–
Benjamin Jewett
Munnis W. Jewett
Susannah Jewett
Sophrona Jewett

Sources (4)

  • Militice Jewett in household of Aaron Smith, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Melatiah Woodcock - Published information: Family genealogies: birth-name: Melatiah Woodcock
  • Melatiah Woodcock Jewett, "Find A Grave Index"

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1776 · The Declaration to the King

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Name Meaning


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.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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