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Mary (Miller) Woodson (abt. 1715 - 1775)

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Mary Woodson formerly Miller
Born about in Lancaster County, Colony of Virginiamap
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Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Wife of — married after in Lancaster county, Colony of Virginiamap
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Died in Cumberland, Colony of Virginiamap
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By Betty Tartas April 24, 2006 at 07:10:51 In reply to: Re: Miller family of Lancaster, Goochland, Cumberland & Buckingham Co Va 1650s-1800s 4/23/06 Hi Colleen,

WILLIAM MILLER who married MARTHA TAYLOR was born bet 1680-1690, and was probably the first born son of Randolph K. Miller and Katherine unknown of Lancaster Co VA. I believe there is a record of his birth & their marriage in the St Mary's White Chapel Church records from Lancaster co VA, but will have to go back & look.WILLIAM is mentioned in the 1721 will of Randolph Miller, and is also present inthe 1716 tax list for Lancaster Co VA--as well as other documents such as land records and wills of other people in county. William & Martha had at least two children, Mary Miller and John Miller, possibly more that have not been discovered as yet.

According to several sources, including the book "History & Genealogy of the Woodsons" which is available on, JOHN WOODSONwas the son of Benjamin Woodson & Sarah Porter, who were Quakers, married MARY MILLER, who was the daughter of WILLIAM MILLER & MARTHA TAYLOR.I have their marriage date as 1710, but I am not sure if that is correct. Seems unlikely when their birth dates are considered.

According to "Genealogies of Virginia Families" Volume V William & Mary Quarterly, page 554:JOHN WOODSON & MARY MILLER had the following children: Miller Woodson, John Woodson, Anne Woodson who married Wosham Easly, Sarah Woodson who married Frederick Hatcher, Mary Woodson who married Francis McGraw; Judy Woodson who married Joseph Micheaux, and Susanna Woodson who married William Ligon.

Hope this helps.I have posted my extensive Miller family tree,with as much documentation & sources as I have, on online family tree.There are several websites on the Woodsons.These were very prominent families in early Virginia.You might try the Lancaster co VA Genweb page. Yours, Betty T




Know all men by these presents that we, John Woodson, of the county of Goochland, and William Miller of the county of Lancaster, are held and firmly bound unto our Sovereign Lord, King George ye second, in ye sum of fifty pounds, current money of Virginia, to be paid to our s’d Sovreign Lord, his heirs or successors; to ye w’ch Payment, wel and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs, Ex’ors and Adm’rs jointly and severally firmly by these presents. Dated this Tenth day of August 1731.

The condition of this obligation is such that, whereas there is a License desired for a marriage Intended between the above bound John Woodson, and Mary Miller of ye county of Lancaster aforesaid. If, therefore, there is no Lawful cause to Obstruct the s’d marriage, then this obligation to be void; otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

Sealed and delivered, JOHN WOODSON

In presence of WILLIAM MILLER


NOTE: The Marriage Bond is recorded in Lancaster County, Virginia.


Date: December 1775
Place: Colony of Virginia


  • Adventurers of Purse and Person Virginia by Fredrick Dorman page 732

this book is excepted as proof for the Jamestowne Society

  • Early Virginia marriages. Pt. I; by William Armstrong Crozier (1864-1913); Publication date 1907; Publisher New York : Genealogical Association. Quote from the middle of page 50 for Lancaster County: August 10, 1731, John Woodson and Mary Miller.

Mary was born about 1716. She is the daughter of John Miller and Margaret Carter.


  • Mentioned in her grandfather's (Randolph Miller) 1/31/1721 will in Lancaster Co., VA:

Betty Tartas, Corrected name to Randolph R. Miller ACCORDING TO ONE TRANSCRIPTION OF : J&N Blagg's Roots : Harry Doggett : NOTES (1) [Harry Doggett.ged] [Betty Tartas.ged]

WILL OF RANDOLPH MILLER "In the name of God, Amen. I, Randolph Miller, of the county of Lancaster in the Colony of Virginia being years and indisposed in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks to Almighty God, do make this my last will and testament, dated the 31st day of Jany, Anno Dom: 1720/21, that is to say first of all I bequeath my soul to God and my body to the earth to be buried in a Christian manner after the directions of my Excrs after named and my estate disposed of in manner following: Viz: I will and bequeath all that parsol of land and the appurtenances that lyeth between the line of land that was my son John Miller's when alive, and Edwin Conway, and the great road to Edwin Conway and his heirs forever, provided he give up or causes to be give up a bond that my son Wm Miller passed to him when alive. Item: I give and bequeath to my grandson John Miller, son of William Miller, a Negro boy named Bob which I now have to him and his heirs forever after the death of my wife. Item: I give and bequeath the plantation whereon I now live with appurtances and after the death of my William Miller the son of John Miller, and the heirs of his body and if any of them dies without issue then the survivor shall have all to his heirs of his body....and if both die without issue then it shall go to Henry Miller the son of John Miller and his heirs forever and the other to another grandson, viz: Randolph Mott, the son of my daughter Katherine. My will is also this: Thos. Chattin & John Mott my two sons in law, to have the care of the aforesaid plantation & my two grandsons aforesaid to whom the land is first given and the Negro boy given to John after the death of my wife, my wish is Randolph Mott shall have his land to him and his heirs....just before him. Item: I give and bequeath to my grandson Peter Miller, the son of Peter Miller a Negro boy named Anthony, to him and his heirs forever. Item: I give and bequeath to his brothers Stephen and George Miller each of them five hundred lbs of Tob (tobacco?) apiece, when of age. Item I give and bequeath to my daughter in law Margaret Miller a Negro man named Kitt during the term of one year from the date hereof and after to her daughter Jean Miller for the term of two years, that is to say they shall have the tobacco he makes and her mother aforesaid the corn and other like priviledges, and my will is that afterward her brother John Miller shall have him & his heirs forever. Item: I give and bequeath to my grandaughter Anne Miller a bed and furniture at the death of my wife or the day of marriage of sd. Anne. Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Katherine Mott a Negro lad called Dick to her and her heirs forever. Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Margaret Chatton a Negro girl called Hagar to her and her heirs forever. Item: I give and bequeath to my two grandaughters Katherine and Mary Miller, daughters of John Miller, an Negro girl named .. to them and their heirs forever and they shall equal profit in the .. of said negro. My will is also that their brother Henry Miller and their sister Sarah Miller have both of them two hundred lbs of Tob. at the death of my wife. Item : I give and bequeath the use and occupation of all the rest of my personal estate & also three Negroes a man called Robin and another called Dempsy & a woman Ambo to Katherine my well beloved wife during her life and afterward to be appraised and their value as well as the rest of my estate to be divided between my children and the issue of my other children and that of the children belonging to .....have but one part among them all and I do hereby my beloved wife aforesaid and my afore's sons in law Jno Mott and Tho Chatton joint excrs. of this my last will and testament hereby ...this and revoking all others in testimony whereof I hereunto affix my seal the day and year above written. Signed Randolph K Miller (seal) Test: Geo Murdock Jno (X) Hogan Eliz (X) Jones [Source: Lancaster CO VA Will Book 10 page 347.]

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On 5 Sep 2017 at 20:44 GMT Bill Davis wrote:

This profile of Mary Miller Woodson is a total mess. Look at the marriage bond of John Woodson and Mary Miller. What is the evidence of a marriage of Mary to Isaac Jackson or to herself?

Mary is 22 degrees from Rosa Parks, 20 degrees from Anne Tichborne and 17 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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