Rob's Genealogy

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

Person Page 683

John Woodson1,2,3,4,5,6

born 1586, died 18 April 1644

Family: Sarah Winston (born between 1590 and 1595, died 17 January 1659)

Facts and Notes

  • Anecdote: See person note below7
  • Title: Doctor7
  • Birth: 1586; Devon, EnglandB; Henry Woodson, in the Historical Genealogy of the Woodson and Their Connections, also indicated in one passage that John Woodson was from Dorsetshire.7,2,5
  • Education: 1 March 1604; St. John's College, EnglandB7,8
  • Occupation: After March 1604; Surgeon7
  • Marriage: 1619; Sarah Winston; EnglandB2,7
  • Arrival: April 1619; Jamestown, James County, Virginia, USAB; Aboard the English ship "George"3,7
  • Residence: February 1623; Fleur de Hundred, Prince George County, Virginia, USAB7
  • Residence: 1624; Virginia Pioneer, Flowerdew Hundred, Prince George County, Virginia, USAB4
  • Death: 18 April 1644; Fleur de Hundred, Prince George County, Virginia, USAB; He was killed in an Indian attack within sight of his home, according to family legend7,5
  • Note: Henry Morton Woodson shared the following in anecdote the Historical Genealogy of the Woodson and Their Connections:
    Dr. John Woodson was born 1586, in Dorsetshire, England, and matriculated at St. John's College, March 1, 1604, at the age of eighteen. On the 29th day of January, 1619, at the age of 33, he and his young wife, Sara, embarked on the ship George for the Jamestown Colony in Virginia. Dr. Woodson was aboard in the capacity of surgeon to a company of soldiers who were sent to protect the colonists. The vessel, which also carried the Colony's new governor, Sir George Yeardley, and about one hundred passengers, arrived at Jamestown in April.
    Dr. John Woodson settled at Fleur de Hundred, or, as it was sometimes called, Piersey's Hundred, on the south side of James River some thirty miles from Jamestown. He, Sara, and their six slaves were registered at Fleur de Hundred as early as February, 1623, so it's almost certain that this was the place that their two sons, John and Robert, were born in 1632 and 1634, respectively.
    Dr. John Woodson and about 300 other colonists were killed on 18 April 1644 during an Indian attack on the settlements. According to family tradition, he was returning from a visit with a patient and was killed within sight of his home. The Indians then attacked the house, which was occupied by Sara, 12-year-old John, 10-year-old Robert, and a visitor named Ligon. Sara hid her two boys to keep them safe; one [John] under a large washtub and the other [Robert] in a hole where they stored potatoes for the winter (for several generations thereafter, the descendants of these boys were called "Tub Woodsons" and "Potato Hole Woodsons"). Sara then joined Ligon, who was using an old-time gun to great effect, and they successfully repulsed the Indian attack.
    The old gun that was used by Ligon to fend off the attack became renowned in the local area. One resident of Prince Edward County described it as follows: "The gun is, by exact measurement, seven feet six inches in length, and the bore is so large that I can easily put my whole thumb into it. When first made it was eight feet long, but on account of some injury it was sent to England to be repaired and the gunsmith cut off six inches of the barrel." As if to commemorate his bravery on this historic occasion, the name of Ligon was rudely carved upon the stock. The gun is now in the possession of Virginia Historical Society in Richmond.

    According to one researcher, John Woodson was born in Dorsetshire, England, and educated at St. John's College, Oxford, England in 1604. He was the son of Alexander WOODESON. The researcher lists the following sources: 1) Frederick Adams Virkus' "The Compendium of American Genealogy, ed. 1933" published by the Institute of American Genealogy, Chicago (repub. 1968 by Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore; Broderbund CD-200): Vol. VII, p. 1895 Immigrant Ancestors; 2) LDS Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service: AF - Ancestral File (online at FamilySearch.org); and 3) WorldConnect/Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

Citations

  1. [S436] , Woodson, Robert S., Brief Family History of Robert S. Woodson, Robert Woodson states that Middleton Singleton attended Missouri State University in 1847. However, he probably meant the University of Missouri, which was established at Columbia in Boone County in 1839; Missouri State wasn't established until 1905.
  2. [S367] Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, Source number: 210.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: TSJ, Record for John Woodson
  3. [S488] Ancestry.com, U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s, Place: Virginia; Year: 1619; Page Number: 502, Record for John Woodson
  4. [S492] Ancestry.com, Virginia, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1607-1890, Record for John Woodson
  5. [S448] Ancestry.com, U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current, Record for Dr John Woodson
  6. [S461] Edmund West, comp., Family Data Collection - Births, Record for Col Robert Woodson
  7. [S454] , Woodson, Henry Morton, Historical Genealogy of the Woodsons and Their Connections, Page 20-22
  8. [S613] Ancestry.com, Oxford University Alumni, 1500-1886, Record for John Wooddeson