"Samuel Woodford, D.D. F.R.S. prebendary of Winchester, and rector of Hartley Mauduit and Shaldon, in Hampshire, born in London, 15 April, 1636, became a commoner of Wadham College, 1653, took one degree in arts in 1656, and in 1658, retired to the Inner Temple, where he studied for several years, with the intention of becoming a barrister. He lived first at Albrook, afterwards at Heighes House, Bensted, Hants, was elected fellow of the Royal Society, 14th January, 1669, took orders from his cousin, Bishop Morley, and was soon afterwards presented by Sir Nicholas Stuart, to the rectory of Hartley Mauduit, Hants, to which place he then removed, 1672. In 1673, he was presented by his majesty King Charles II. to the rectory of Shaldon, in the same county, and appointed chaplain to Lord Maynard, comptroller of his majesty's household. In 1674, by the fiat of Gilbert Sheldon, Archbishop of Canterbury, he was made doctor of divinity; May 18th, 1676, prebendary of Chichester and in 1680, prebendary of Winchester, by Morley, Bishop of Winchester, his special friend and relative, to whom he dedicated his Psalms."
"I, Samuel, eldest son of Robert, grandson of Robert, and great grandson of Edward, of Old, being about 25 years of age, was married to Alicia, youngest daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth Beale, widow of Theodore Beale, B.D. of the county of Bucks, (a zealous adherent of the royal family of Stuart,) of the ancient family of the Beales of Beverly, in Yorkshire, aged about 27, at St. Christopher's, behind the Exchange, London, upon Thursday, 10th of October, 1661, by my cousin Tillotson, (the celebrated Archbishop of Canterbury,) and by her, through the blessing of God, have had issue, Alicia, born in London (married to the Rev. Alexander Dalgress, rector of Farringdon, Hants); Heighes, born at Bensted, in the county of Southampton, but then though I became the joyful father of a son, I was in a few days deprived of my dearest wife, whom my God was pleased, by a violent fever, to take out of this miserable life unto himself, upon Thursday, January 14th; we had lived by His infinite mercy, in the bands of holy wedlock, 2 years, 3 months, and 4 days, in the opinion of all, I believe even our enemies, as happy and loving a pair as ever came together, blessed be our good God: she was the Saturday following buried in Heighes chancel, in the very place where my great grandmother, my Lady Heighes, about 37 years before was buried, whose silk stockings (all else but the bones in them being quite wasted) remained entire and without the least rottenness, as many in my parish said who saw them. Oh my God, sanctify this so great visitation to me I humbly beseech thee, for my Saviour's Sake Christ Jesus, Amen."
William, who died at sea,
Elizabeth, m. Thomas Wright, esq. (brother of Judge Sir Martin Wright, later of Holcrofts, Fulham),
Anna-Maria, m. - Wotton, esq. &
Mary Anne, died unmarried at Bicester, Oxfordshire.
'Nov. 25 , William Woodford of Chichester, M.D., & Mary Yate of S. Peter the Great alias Subdeanery, Chichester, maiden : sureties, said W. W. and John Doe (S. Peter the Great alias Subdeanery, Chichester).'to indicate that William, junior, and Anna Maria issued from a second marriage.
'Plaintiff; William Woodford, Doctor of Physic, of Epsom, Surrey, Elizabeth Woodford aged 10 years and Mary Woodford aged 9 years (his daughters) , infants (by William Woodford, their father)
Defendants; Walter Bartelott and Barbara Bartelott, his wife, [with members of the Smith and Peckham families]'.
"Henry Wright, gent., plaintiff, and Thomas Wright, gent., and Elizabeth his wife, Mary Woodford, spr., William Woodford, Doctor in Physic, and Joseph Ashton, gent., deforciants Manor of Bracklesham and tenements in East Wittering, also prebend and rectory of Bracklesham, granted to plaintiff and heirs during lives of said Mary and Elizabeth, and Mary, wife of William Hamilton, esq., and the longest liver of them (Mich., 18 Geo. II. ).
The Will of Thomas Wright of Laurence Lane, Salter, made 25 March 1741, taken to probate on 3 March 1745/6 [ PROB 11/746/11], mentions his wife Elizabeth, Dr William Woodford and brothers Martin, John, Henry and William.