Woods Family History

[1773-Boston Tea Party: protest against tea duty]

Will of Adam Woods from Book - Howard County, Marriages 1816-1850 & Wills 1818-1836, page 8. "Will of Adam Woods dated 12 June 1826 recorded 4 July 1826. To my son-in-law Jonathan Tulwiler; to my sons John & Archibald, to my daughters Hannnah Collins, Susannah Mullins, Ann Woods & Polly Brown; to my grand-daughter Ruth Woods"

page 1 " Boonslick Country originating in the fact that two of the sons of Daniel Boone, Nathan & Daniel, Jr. in 1807 evaporated "lick" water and thus manufactured salt for domestic purposes."

page 2 " Most of the imigrants who came to the Boon's Lick Country were former citizens of Madison County, Kentucky. The Coopers, Hancocks, Berrys, Browns, Thorps, Jones, Woods, Bynums and others""

page 2 "Among the famous men who lived in Howard County is Kit Carson. He was born in Madison County, Kentucky in 1809 and was brought by his father Lindsay Carson, to the Boon's Lick Country in 1810."

Woods Family

32. Adam Woods born 12 August 1742 in Albemarle County, Virginia, died 4 August 1826 in Howard County, Missouri, married 8 February 1770 in Virginia. He was a minister in the Baptist Church.

From a book "Pioneer Strength, etc", a letter which began on page 17. "

Adam Woods born 1742 died in 1826 was the most interesting one yet. He was first lieutenant, then captain, then major. He was in charge of the Virginia soldiers at the seige of Yorktown when Lord Cornwallis surrendered. In 1782 he went to Madison County, Kentucky. The government gave him large tracts of land for his service. In 1824, he came to Howard County, Missouri and acquired a lot of land southeast of Fayette."

Page 23 gives this account. "Adam Woods, Albermarle, Virginia, served as Lt. in the French and Indian War and as Major in the Revolutionary War, was present at the seige of Yorktown and the surrender of General Cornwallis."

"On 9 October 1976, the impressive dedication of the marker honoring Adam Woods was held in the Richland Church, near Fayette, Missouri, located on land once owned by him."

33. Anna Kavanaugh born 29 March 1748 in Virginia, died 3 June 1810 in Madison County, Kentucky.



Woods Family

[1732- Benjamine Franklin: "Poor Richard's Almanack" issued]

64. William Woods born 2 November 1705 in Dunshanglin, Meath County, Ireland, died 12 April 1782 in Fincastle, Greenbrier County, Virginia, married about 1732 (they are first cousins) in Pennsylvania. William took an active part in Colonial Wars, and attained the rank of Colonel in which rank he served during the Revolutionary War. He received military grants for land in Greenbrier County, Virginia, Madison County, Kentucky and some in Sciota County, Ohio. Colonel Woods was a signer of the Albemarle Declaration of Independence. He was also a Patriot, rendered material aid. For reference see the following authoriities-

1/ First Families of America

2/ McAfee Memorial - Rev N.M. Woods

3/ DAR - Grandparent file - Series 3, Vol. 56 page 92

65. Suzannah Wallace born about 1708 in Scotland, died about 1797 in Albemarle County, Virginia. Patriotic Service was attained during the Revolutionary War by furnishing food for the Army. See certified copy of service from Public Claims records of Greenbriar County, West Virginia. West Virginia Revolutionary Army Ancestors, page 83 - Anne Reddy. Book, First Families of America, Rev Seldeon Wallace, page 30


[1800 - Thomas Jefferson wins U.S. presidential election]
[1776 - Virginia Convention instructs its delegates to Congress to propose independence]
[1804 - Alexander Hamilton, killed in duel with Aaron Burr]
[1776 - Virginia publishes its Bill of Rights]
[1836 - Davy Crockett, American frontiersman and politician, killed at the Alamo (born 1786)]
[1812 - U.S. declares war on Britian]


Woods Family

[1743- Thomas Jefferson - third U.S. President]

128. Michael Woods born about 1684 in Dunshauglin Castle, Meath County, Ireland, died 1762 in Albemarle County, Virginia, married about 1700 in Ireland.

From a book "Pioneer Strength, etc" page 26 is an account of the early Woods Family.

"The Woods family of Ireland in early 18th century became involved in a time of great movement. The family being dissenters and Presbyterians like many in the same place and time, longed to escape persecution and the religious bigotry of England. To make a new life in the American colonies became the dream in so many minds because it was a promise of freedom.

This particular family named Woods are thought to be of pure English or Anglo-Scotch blood who, prior to 1650 were connected with the English Established Church. Life for them in Ireland was eventually unbearable.

So it was that in 1742 did Michael Woods along with his brothers and sister set sail for the New World."

From "The Daily Progress" Charlottesville, Virginia, 1762-1962.

Michael Woods Led a Band of Settlers

Most of Albemarle's first settlers followed a gradual westward movement from the Tidewater.

Mighty Michael Woods did not.

In 1734 this ancestor of countless local residents and scores of western pioneers brought a band across the Blue Ridge Mountains from the Valley of Virginia.

They had come from Pennsylvania traveling over 200 miles and are believed to have been the first whites to come through Woods' Gap - now Jarman's Gap - by the old Indian trail.

There were 25 or 30 of them. Michael's wife, Mary Campbell, his sons and his sons-in-law and their families.

They took up large holdings from Greenwood to Ivy. In 1737 Woods entered a claim for 1,300 acres on Mechum River and Lickinghole Creek. He also purchased 2,000 acres on the head waters of Ivy Creek.

Woods was born in the north of Ireland in 1684 and came to this country "sometime in the decade of 1720. Landing on the banks of the Delaware, he spent some years in Lancaster County, Pa., thence ascended the Valley of Virginia and crossed the Blue Ridge"

His home was near the mouth of Woods Gap and there he was buried in 1762 in the family burying ground a short distance from the dwelling. His will mentioned six children, three sons and three daughters.

Historians say there is evidence that there were four other children, two sons and two daughters.

Miss Mary Rawlings, in her books "Ante-Bellum Albemarle," wrote that the family was Scotch or Scotch-Irish, a family of education and refinement.

One of Michael's daughters, Hannah, was married to William Wallace who settled on the Piedmont plantation in the Greenwood neighborhood. This land remains in the hands of the Wallace family.

While many of the family descendents remained here, many more joined the westward movement. They went to the other areas of Virginia then being settled, and they went west and south-to Missouri, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and Ohio-where they were prominent in the early affairs and government of those areas.

Of Michael Woods Home, Miss Rawlings wrote "the original name of the plantation was Mountain Plains, the Mountain Plains Church having been built on a part of the land and named in commemoration.

"With the passing of the property to Chief Justice John Blair prior to 1788, the name of the home was changed and it has since been known as Blair Park."

129. Mary Campbell born about 1690 in Argylshire, Scotland, died about 1765 in Albemarle County, Virginia.

From a book "Pioneer Strength, etc" page 32. "She was descended from a Scottish family of many tribes septs. She was a descendant of the House of the Duke of Argyle. Her father was Sir James Campbell, 5th Baronet of Archinbreck. Her mother was Lady Susan Campbell of Cawder, second wife of Sir James.

[1781 - American Revolution: British defeated at Cowpens, North Carolina]


[1809 - James Madison becomes fourth president of the United States]
[1777 - Stars and Stripes adopted as continental Congress flag]

[1814 - British Forces burn Washington D.C.]
[1818 - Border between Canada and U.S. agreed upon (49th parallel)]


Wallace Family

[1732 - George Washington born 22 February - died 1799]

130. Peter Wallace born about 1680 in Scotland, died about 1723 in Ireland, married 1704.

131. Elizabeth Woods born about 1681 in Ireland, died about 1745 in Virginia.



Kavanaugh Family

132. Philemon Kavanaugh whose father was Morach Kavanaugh, Sir.


Woods Family

[1683- Spain declares war on France]

256. John Woods, Sir, born about 1654 in Meath County, Ireland, married 1681 in Meath County Ireland. From book "Pioneer Strength, etc." page 26.

"The brothers and sister were children of John Woods and Elizabeth Worsop who were married in 1681. John was the son of an English trooper who came to Ireland during the Cromwellian army invasion in 1649. Elizabeth is directly descended from families of highest recognition in England. The Woods and Worsop families were of pure English stock. The family of John Woods was likely to have been the only one in Ireland of Protestant faith. It is probable that John Woods and his wife died before their children set sail for America."

[1685 - John Bunyan: "The Pilgrim's Progress, part 2]
257. Elizabeth Worsop born 15 November 1656 in Meath County, Ireland.



Woods Family

[1649-Cromwell invades Ireland, sacking Drogheda and Wexford]

512. John Woods I.

513. Esabella Bruce.