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David Wooster

Male 1732 - 1808  (76 years)


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  • Name David Wooster 
    Born 22 Feb 1732  Chester, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • See note below in histories section about the doubt over these birth details and David's possible link to the GWT
    Gender Male 
    Died 28 Aug 1808  North Haven, Knox, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I176  David Wooster (b. 1732)
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2018 

    Family Lucy Crockett,   b. 24 Sep 1743, Falmouth, Cumberland, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1832, North Haven, Knox, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Children 
    +1. David Woster,   b. 24 Apr 1780, Camden, Knox, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1841, Camden, Knox, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
    Last Modified 12 Oct 2018 
    Family ID F67  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Feb 1732 - Chester, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Aug 1808 - North Haven, Knox, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Histories
    Extract from <i>From the Mayflower to Maine : the ancestors and descendents of David Vinal Smith</i> By Alicia Kay Smith (1994)
    Extract from From the Mayflower to Maine : the ancestors and descendents of David Vinal Smith By Alicia Kay Smith (1994)
    David WOOSTER 1st, born on 22 February 1732 at Chester, England (the same day George Washington was born in Virginia); died on 28 August 1808 at North Haven, Knox, Maine at 76 years of age; buried at Fish Point Cemetery, North Haven, Knox, Maine. He married at probably, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Maine to Lucy CROCKETT, born on 24 September 1743 at Falmouth (Now Portland), Cumberland, Maine; died on 10 November 1832 at North Haven, Knox, Maine at 89 years of age; buried at Fish Point Cemetery, North Haven, Knox, Maine; daughter of Nathaniel CROCKETT Sr. and Margaret ANDREWS. For the ancestry of Lucy Crockett, see page 127. Relation 1G Grf. Occupation Sparmaker to King George III, Yeoman. Comment 1: David came to America in 1744. By 1760-65, he established the first white settlement in Vinalhaven, then known as South Fox Island. His son Nathaniel was the first white child born there. Comment 2: Originally buried Fish Point, the stone was moved to Brown Cemetery.

    Full Story
    <u><b>David Wooster and the Possible Link to the GWT</b></u>
    David Wooster and the Possible Link to the GWT
    The original burial site was at Fish Point Cemetery. The gravestone was moved to Brown’s Cemetery where the inscription is: Born in Chester, England / Feb 22, 1732 / Died Aug 28, 1808 / Ae 76 y'rs 6 m's 6 d's 1,2 .

    Extensive research by Simon Neal 3 into the archives in Chester would suggest that Chester is an unlikely birthplace for David, since there don’t appear to be any families in Chester at that time with the name Wooster (or variants).

    In From Mayflower to Maine 2 it is claimed that “David came to America in 1744”, a fact which seems to be widely accepted. This would have made him twelve years old, and various stories on Ancestry suggest he travelled with an Uncle.

    One possibility is that he is this David Wooster on the GWT and was born in High Wycombe (known as Chepping Wycombe at the time) as the youngest child of John Wooster and Elizabeth Elkington. If this is the case, then he was baptised on 4 Sep 1735 at All Saints, High Wycombe 4, almost certainly making him younger than twelve when he emigrated, in fact more like nine.

    Support for this theory comes from the fact that David does not appear on any more records in England and Simon Neal 3 has located the will of his older brother William, in which, he mentions all his other surviving siblings apart from David. It would also appear that David may have been orphaned in 1744 when his mother died. There are two burials of a John Woster, one in 1740 and one in 1746 5.

    In conclusion there are many possibilities:

    A. That the name Wooster is either mis-transcribed or made up, for whatever reason.

    B. That he is David Wooster of Chester and that he comes from a family of as yet undiscovered Woosters, the records having not survived. Unlikely, given the extensive nature of Simon’s research.

    C. That his DOB is correct, but he or his uncle have got his birth place wrong e.g. mis-transcribed, misquoted etc.

    D. That he is the David Wooster on the GWT and his DOB and birthplace are wrong.

    References
    1. Find a Grave
    2. From Mayflower to Maine by Alice Kay Smith (1994). Full Story
    3. Ancestry
    4. Bucks FHS Baptisms
    5. Bucks FHS Burials


  • Sources 
    1. [S9] FamilySearch (Reliability: 1).

    2. [S9] FamilySearch (Reliability: 2).