Rob's Genealogy

Featuring the Cobb-Reyes-Bauer-Woodson families and their relations.

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Jacob Woodson1,2,3,4,5

born 11 May 1748, died 5 December 1839

Family: Elizabeth Morton (born 28 November 1754, died 12 February 1845)

Facts and Notes

  • Title: Captain1
  • Birth: 11 May 1748; Prince Edward County, Virginia, USAB2,6,4,1
  • Marriage: 4 November 1773; Elizabeth Morton; Prince Edward County, Virginia, USAB; After their marriage, Elizabeth Morton and Jacob Woodson settled on their farm on the Appomattox River, where they built their picturesque home called "Happy Valley."5,7,6,8
  • Military: After 1775; US Revolutionary War; Served in the 4th Virginia Regiment; Commissioned as a captain on 19 Apr 17802,6,1,9
  • Residence: 1810; Prince Edward County, Virginia, USAB3
  • Anecdote: Before 1839; He was a man of vigoruous personality, active in colonial affairs and a soldier in the Revolution; held many important offices, and was highly esteemed for his great integrity. His old home "Happy Valley," on the Appomatox, was standing as late as 1911.6
  • Death: 5 December 1839; Prince Edward County, Virginia, USAB2,6,4
  • Burial: After 5 December 1839; Woodson Cemetery at "Happy Valley", Pamplin, Prince Edward County, Virginia, USAB; The Inscription on his tombstone reads: Sacred To the memory of Jacob Woodson Born May 11, 1748 Died Dec 5, 1839 in the 91st year of his age. The heavy head is a crown of glory if it be found in the way of rightness.4
  • Death: 15 December 1843; Age: 951
  • Note: (from Genealogical Records of Buckingham County, Virginia? By Edythe Johns Rucker Whitley)
    (M.M. - I remember as a small boy the old well which is the only one I ever saw in actual operation with the old well sweep.)
    Bradshaw gives the following facts about Jacob:
    1776 - Nov., Took the oath of office as Justice of Prince Edward Co.
    1779 - Aug., Appointed as a Lieutenant in the Militia
    1779 - Promoted to Captain in the Militia. Robert Goode and Jacob Woodson were authorized to furnish corn to the soldiers' families
    1784 - Served as a Company Captain in the Revolutionary War
    1785 - Elected Prince Edward Co. Magistrate. Signed the Statute for Religious Freedom written by Thomas Jefferson.
    1818-19 - Served another term as sheriff.
    Jacob died at Happy Valley Dec 5, 1839.
    Mr. Van Nes Allen sent my Aunt Mary a photograph of the tombstone in the old cemetery at "River Circle" which is the present name of the estate.

    Additional material for V. JACOB WOODSON
    Children of Jacob Woodson and Elizabeth Morton Woodson:
    1. Obadiah, b. April 6, 1775, d. Sept. 1864
    2. Mary, b. April 6, 1775, drowned in the Appomattox River at age of two
    3. John Morton Woodson, b. June 28, 1778, d. at Camp Carter in War of 1812
    4. Nancy, b. April 3, 1780, m. Mr. Hix of Hixburg, Va. They went to Missouri.
    5. A still-born child b. Dec. 6, 1781
    6. Jacob, Jr., b. Aug. 14, 1783, d. March 8, 1823
    7. Sally, b. Aug. 4, 1785, d. July 24, 1871. Lived at Happy Valley, never married.
    8. Richard, b. Sept. 21, 1789, d. July 3, 1821, m. Miss Robertson moved to Missouri.
    9. Elizabeth (Betsy) b. April 22, 1790, m. Henry Lewis, they went to Missouri.
    10. Patsy, b. Sept. 11, 1792, d. April 18, 1871
    11. A son, "Some deformed', died at birth.
    12. Judith, b. Nov. 30, 1796, m. Silas Biglow in 1871
    13. Agnes Morton Woodson, b. June 22, 1799, d. Aug. 26, 1823, with a fever.


  1. [S451], U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970, Application No. 90033 submitted by Lafayette Irwin Morris, Record for Captain Jacob Woodson
  2. [S454] , Woodson, Henry Morton, Historical Genealogy of the Woodsons and Their Connections, Page 55
  3. [S442], 1810 United States Federal Census, Year: 1810; Census Place: Prince Edward, Virginia; Roll: 70; Page: 593; Image: 00497; Family History Library Film: 0181430, Record for Jacob Woodson
  4. [S448], U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current, Record for Jacob Woodson
  5. [S687] Dodd, Jordan, Virginia, Compiled Marriages, 1660-1800, Record for Jacob Woodson
  6. [S555] , Walker, Rosa Kershaw, Americans of Gentle Birth, pg 362
  7. [S454] , Woodson, Henry Morton, Historical Genealogy of the Woodsons and Their Connections, Page 95
  8. [S519], U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current, Record for Elizabeth Woodson
  9. [S556] , Bryan, Jr, Charles F, Page 6, item 3. Commission dated 19 April, 1780, issued to Jacob Woodson as a captain in the Prince Edward County militia by the governor of Virginia. Gift to the Virginia Historical Society by the late Perkins Morton Flippin.