ideas of history, yet served to awaken in me a thirst for knowledge and .a lively interest in learning and history.’
died in 1780. Mrs. Woodburn
, the subject of the passage just quoted, survived her husband many years, lived to see her children's grandchildren, and to acquire throughout the neighborhood the familiar title of ‘Granny Woodburn
, the grandfather of Horace Greeley
, was the eldest son of John Woodburn
, and the inheritor of his estate.
He married Margaret Clark
, a granddaughter of that Mrs. Wilson
, the touching story of whose deliverance from pirates was long a favorite tale at the firesides of the early settlers of New Hampshire
In 1720, a ship containing a company of Irish emigrants bound to New England
was captured by pirates, and while the ship was in their possession, and the fate of tie passengers still undecided, Mrs. Wilson
, one of the company, gave birth to her first child.
The circumstance so moved the pirate captain, who was himself a husband and a father, that he permitted the emigrants to pursue their voyage unharmed.
He bestowed upon Mrs. Wilson
some valuable presents, among others a silk dress, pieces of which are still preserved among her descendants; and he obtained from her a promise that she would call the infant by the name of his wife.
The ship reached its destination in safety, and the day of its deliverance from the hands of the pirates was annually observed as a day of thanksgiving by the passengers for many years.
, after the death of her first husband, became the wife of James Clark
, whose son John was the father of Mrs. David Woodburn
, whose daughter Mary was the mother of Horace Greeley
The descendants of John Woodburn
are exceedingly numerous, and contribute largely, says Mr. Parker
, the historian of Londonderry
, to the hundred thousand who are supposed to have descended from the early settlers of the town.
The grandson of John Woodburn
, a very genial and jovial gentleman, still owns and tills the land originally granted to the family.
At the old homestead, about the year 1807, Zaccheus Greeley
and Mary Woodburn
inherited nothing from his father, and Mary Woodburn
received no more than the usual household portion from hers.
, as the sons of New England
farmers usually do,