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Robert Woods (1720 - 1811)

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Rev Robert "Patriot" Woods
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Died in Bedford, Virginia, USAmap [uncertain]
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Robert Woods, born ABT 1719 in Ireland (probably Ulster); died 1811 in Franklin Co., Virginia. Married Elizabeth Middleton. Notes for Robert Woods: Robert Woods first appears in Lunenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 1 pages 6-8 on June 2, 1746 when he purchased, for 79 pounds, 213 acres on Woods Fork from John Martin and his wife Ann of Amelia County. The witnesses were John David and "John Midelton". This was only shortly after Lunenburg County was divided off from Brunswick County and became an official entity on May 1, 1746. He next appears on October 15, 1748 when he, David Caldwell and David Logan appraised the estate of Andrew Kennedy (Will Book 1, page 14). He then appears in the 1749 Lunenburg County tithe list of William Caldwell living in the area between Cubb Creek and Falling River along what is now theCampbell/Charlotte County line. His future father-in-law, John Middleton, and brother-in-law, Ainsworth Middleton, also appear on this list. The 1750 tithe list for William Caldwell also includes Robert Wood(s) as well as John Wood(s), Richard Wood(s) and Ainsworth Middleton. John and Richard may have been relatives. The 1752 tithe list for William Caldwell includes Robert Woods. The next names on the list were "John Midelton" and his son "Ensworth Midelton". About 1752, Robert Woods married Elizabeth Middleton, the daughter of John Middleton Sr. and Margaret (Ainsworth) Middleton. Robert Woods is listed in the Lunenburg County, Virginia marriage records as the "surety" in the August, 1752 marriage of his brother-in-law, John Middleton (Jr.) to Martha Wachup, spinster. In 1757 Robert Woods was a witness to the Lunenburg County will of James Caldwell. On January 23, 1760 he was the "surety" in the Lunenberg County marriage of George Caldwell and Isbell Davis. In the October 23, 1764 will of John Middleton Jr. which was recorded in Charlotte County, Virginia Will Book 1 Page 4, on August 4, 1766, and names wife, Martha, and sons, John, James, Samuel and Robert; Robert Woods and Thomas Moore were named executors and Ainsworth Middleton and Jean Middleton were witnesses. Robert Woods next appears on February 23, 1770 when he took the oath as a captain in the Pittsylvania County, Virginia militia. On September 27, 1775, the Pittsylvania County Committee of Safety nominated him as captain of the militia "agreeable to the ordinance of the convention." He is listed among the persons who took the oath of allegiance before Edmund Lyne on August 30, 1777. In August 1779, he was recommended to Governor Thomas Jefferson as "a proper person to serve in the Commission of the Peace" for Henry County, Virginia. He and William Tunstall were allowed fifteen shillings each "for assessing the Commrs Lands in the North Battalion." In March 1782, Robert Woods was "allowed pay for 15 days pasturage for 66 beeves, and 36 forages and 45 diets for horses." When Captain Heard marched to join General Sumner in North Carolina, Robert supplied 35 diets and forage for 34 horses. In addition to compensation for these items, he was allowed pay for 160 pounds of fresh pork, 43 pounds of bacon and 3 bushels of oats furnished to the hospital at the Henry County Courthouse, in March 1781. Robert Woods became the first sheriff of Franklin County VA in 1786 and served until August 1787. An execution was issued against him for failure to collect taxes for the year 1786. On October 15, 1788, he petitioned for relief from the execution stating that "The burden of the said tax on the poor inhabitants of the county and the amazing scarcity of money were responsible for the default." In the closing years of the 18th century, most eyes were turned westward. Robert was no exception. The Act of December 9, 1791, to establish several new ferries across the New and Ohio Rivers refers to "the land of Robert Woods on Fishing Creek in the County of Ohio," which is now in West Virginia. [NOTE: Needs to be confirmed to determine if this the same Robert Woods] Following the Revolutionary War, Robert Woods continued to provide food for the Militia. On June 4, 1792, he signed a paper acknowledging himself bound to Governor Henry Lee in the sum of 1000 pounds in connection with "contracts to furnish such of the volunteer Militia now in the County of Ohio or who may be hereafter stationed in the County ... each ration to consist of one pound of beef or three quarters of a pound of pork, one pound of bread or flour, half a gill of rum, brandy, or whiskey, and one quart of salt to every hundred rations: the price of a ration to be eight cents." Robert Woods died in 1811 at the age of 91. Children of Robert Woods and Elizabeth Middleton are: Robert T. Woods, Jr., born about 1755. George Woods, died in Patrick Co., Virginia; married Fanny Mason February 17, 1778 in Henry Co., Virginia. Hugh Woods, died Bef. 1805 in Franklin Co., Virginia; married Sarah Ann George August 5, 1779 in Henry Co., Virginia. Isabella Woods, born about 1760 in Charlotte Co., Virginia; died November 28, 1805 in Franklin Co., Virginia; married John Dickenson, Sr. June 2, 1781 in Henry Co., Virginia. John Woods, born 1760; died about 1808; married (1) Lucy Hawkins April 10, 1782 in Henry Co., Virginia; married (2) Agnes Anne Hairston October 12, 1792 in Franklin Co., Virginia. Josiah Woods, born 1762; married Sarah Cotton Hill. Elizabeth Woods, married Francis Hill February 24, 1796 in Franklin Co., Virginia. Middleton Woods, born about 1765 in Franklin Co., Virginia; died March 1807 in Wilkes Co. Georgia; married Martha Harper. Margaret "Peggy" Woods, died in Georgia; married Hugh Martin about 1780. (from "Histories and Genealogies - Royals, Presidents and Descendants in America" by David W. Scott, Copyright 2004, TekStream Genealogical Services, Overland Park, Kansas)


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Author: David W. Scott Publication: Copyright 2004, TekStream Genealogical Services, Overland Park, Kansas Note: (ABBR: Histories and Genealogies) This Genealogy File is the collaborated work of various genealogists. Portions have been researched and compiled by David W. Scott, as indicated. Any duplication of the data contained herein without including this source is prohibited. Copyright 2004 Please send inquiries to:

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On 14 May 2014 at 19:54 GMT Bob Nichol wrote:

Woods-1078 and Woods-457 appear to represent the same person because: Franklin Co., VA is correct place of death. I have added a bio sketch to Woods-1078. --Bob Nichol

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