Historical Genealogy of the Woodsons and Their Connections, by Henry Morton Woodson (1915), with supplements by Grace Woodson Curd (Roanoke, Virginia, 1990), and additional information by John Rusling (2004). 753 pages of narrative, 82 pages of index, and eighty-six interleaved images. The Digital Edition on CD-ROM © May 2004.
At the outset of his research for the Woodson genealogy, Henry Morton Woodson had intended only to assemble data about his great-grandfather, Captain Charles Woodson (an officer in the Continental Army) and his descendants. The work soon assumed a much larger scope. Said Mr. Woodson in the volume's introduction: "Inquiries ... brought me in contact with members of other branches who gave me copious data ... and asked to have their branches included ... Of course I could not refuse these earnest requests, and so I was led on ... and becoming more and more interested in the subject, I finally determined to do my best to trace every family that I could find in the United States, back to Dr. John Woodson, the first of this name who came to America, in 1619." John, age 33, and his wife Sara, landed in Jamestown, Virginia, April 1619, aboard the George. John apparently died, April 1644, in an Indian massacre.
Before the Revolution and in the early years of the Republic, John's descendants were clearly, by "their connections," members of the Virginia aristocracy. One of them, for example -- Dorothea Payne (daughter of Josias Payne, granddaughter of Mary Woodson, and cousin of Patrick Henry) married James Madison, fourth President of the United States. She is more commonly known in history books as "Dolly Madison," a First Lady adored by all for her wit and charm.
Mr. Henry Woodson attempted to trace all the descendants of Dr. John, in both male and female lines, through the 11th generation. For the 1990 edition, Mrs. Curd added several dozen pages related to her own branch of the family and the branches of several correspondents. These pages are inserted in appropriate places in the original 1915 edition, without otherwise changing the pagination of the original. They are separately indexed. The new material of the Digital Edition (2004) is appended to the end of the Curd edition. It is neither paginated nor indexed.
Surnames that appear most frequently in the index (other than Woodson and Curd) include: ALLEN, ALLISON, ANDERSON, ARDINGER, BAILEY, BARNHART, BATES, BERRYMAN, BOOKER, BRANSFORD, BROWN, CABELL, CARY, CHILES, CHRISTIAN, CLARK, COLEMAN, COX, CRAIG, DANIEL, DAVIS, DUPUY, EWIN, FLIPPEN, FORD, FUQUA, GIBBS, GLASSCOCK, GODFREY, GRAY, HARRIMAN, HARRIS, HUGHES, HUSTON, JACKSON, JAMES, JANUARY, JOHNSON, JONES, KENNON, KING, KITTRELL, LANE, LEAKE, LEE, LEWIS, LINDSEY, MAYO, McKINLEY, MELTON, MILLER, MONTGOMERY, MOORE, MORRIS, MORTON, MOSBY, MOSS, NICOLDS, NOBLE, PAYNE, PLEASANTS, POWELL, PRITCHETT, RAILEY, RICHARDSON, ROLLINS, SALLEE, SCOTT, SIMPSON, SMITH, STEPHENS, STRODE, STONE, TAYLOR, TEASLEY, THACH, VENABLE, WALTON, WATKINS, WATSON, WILLIAMS, WILLS, WILSON, WINFREY, WITHERS, WOOD, WOODS, WRIGHT, and YOUNG. The index of the volume (including the supplement) is on-line.
The Digital Edition: Complete with two text files (4.2 Mb) and eighty-six images in JPG format and TIF format (6.6 Mb).
Enhancements: Lineage-tracking hyperlinks, high resolution images in separate files with hyperlinks from the text file, added information (in an appendix) updating some family lines through 2004.
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Related publications likely to be of interest to Woodson researchers include: The Cabells and Their Kin, The Paynes of Virginia, The Rusling Family, and Venables of Virginia.
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