06 April 2011

Woodbridge Probate In Detroit

This Wayne County information was taken from a probate records index housed at the Archives of Michigan (Wayne Co., Michigan / Michigan WPA, Vital Records Project, published by the DAR):

Wayne Co., MI, Probate Index

Abbott, William Woodbridge*
13 yrs old
Heir of estate
Child of Lucy Maria Woodbridge Abbott
by first marriage to John Abbott
Grandson of estate
1861 - see files 3406 & 3407

From The City of Detroit, Michigan, 1701-1922... :
 He (Dudley Woodbridge Abbott) "was the eldest son of William Woodbridge* and Hattie E. (Abbott) Abbott, representatives of old American families.  His grandfather, John S. Abbott, married Lucy Marie Woodbridge, a daughter of Governor William Woodbridge of Michigan and the Abbotts were prominent among the older settlers of Detroit.

A biography of John Stearns Abbott stated that he died of consumption on September 26, 1852, at the age of 38 and was buried in the Woodbridge lot of Elmwood Cemetery.  His wife [Lucy] died in 1860 (April 6, 1860).  His son, William Woodbridge Abbott married Hattie E. Abbott [described as] a namesake, but no relative... .  This bio from the Yale Class of 1835 mentioned that John Stearns Abbott and Lucy Woodbridge were married on 31 March 1845. 

4. Lucy Maria Woodbridge, b. July 22, 1822; m. 1.
March 81, 1845, John S. Abbott, b. July 22, 1814; d. Sept. 26,
1852; a lawyer in Detroit ; m. 2. Aug. 20, 1858, William Henderson;
a merchant in Detroit ; she d. April 6, 1860

The Woodbridge family has BACKUS ancestors as do I (back to William Backus the original immigrant).

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