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Obadiah WOODSON (M)
b. circa 1711/12, d. circa 1766
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     Obadiah WOODSON was born circa 1711/12 at Henrico County, Virginia. He was the son of Richard WOODSON and Ann SMITH. Obadiah WOODSON married Constance WATKINS in 1733/34 at Prince Edward County, Virginia. Obadiah WOODSON died circa 1766 at Prince Edward County, Virginia.
     Obadiah WOODSON The Woodson-Biglow Home "Happy Valley" was built by Captain Obadiah Woodson about 1750. He was the Captain of a Prince Edward County volunteer militia company. This company went on several expeditions against the Shawnee Indians and they fought in the French and Indian War, 1757-1758. In 1762, a chapel was built for the Established Church of England on Capt. Woodson's plantation. He had been elected a vestryman in 1759. The chapel was located near the school house which had been built some years before. The school was taught by Mary Woodson, Captain Woodson's daughter. The school and chapel were probably the first of each to be established in the upper-part of western Prince Edward County (now Appomattox). 1

The Woodson-Biglow Home "Happy Valley" is located on the southside of the Appomattox River about one mile off Rt. 601 and is approximately three miles from Walkers Church (now Hixburg). It is a two story six room frame house covered with popular weatherboarding and the floors are covered with wide pine boards. It has brick chimneys and nice fireplaces in most of the rooms. There is a very old graveyard on the hill just above the house. 1

Will Signed: 9 Sep 1766
Will Proved: 21 Nov 1767 1

The following text is transcribed from a letter written to him by Governor Dinwiddie and found in the Virginia Historical Collection (Dinwiddle Papers):

"Governor Dinwiddie to Captain Obadiah Woodson.
Nov'r 20th, 1755.

I rec'd y'rs of the 13th y's Day, I am sorry for the Disappiont't in not having men sufficient to undertake w't you propos'd ag'st the Shawnees, and of the Disappointm't of the Cherokees. I am afraid I was imposed on by Pearis, their interpreter, and I hear the Shawnees have gone to the So'w'd to join the Creeks, and have left y'r Town, but y's wants confirmat'n. Under these disappoitm'ts, I am of the opinion you had better ret'n, and if any thing can be done in Feb'ry or March we may then endeav'r to prosecute w't you formerly propos'd, and if you are not near Capt. Hogg, I suppose the Inhabit'ts will take care of the Fort built by Capt'n Smith. Sam'l Overton proposes to go at the above time on the same project if hereafter it sh'd be tho't eligible. I am glad no mischief has been lately done to the Ind's, and I hope the Inhabit'ts will return to y'r plantat's, as they have Forts to retire to on occasion or in any Distress.
I doubt not of y'r frugal care of the money you had, and I hope I will suffice till you retu'n.
I am, with respect,
S'r Y'r most h'ble Serv't." 2

Children of Obadiah WOODSON and Constance WATKINS
David WOODSON b. c 1734/35
Judith WOODSON b. c 1742/43
Charles WOODSON+ b. c 1744/45
Jacob WOODSON+ b. 11 May 1748, d. 5 Dec 1839


  1. [S19] Unknown author, Historical Notes of Appomattox County, Virginia, page 206., pg 206.
  2. [S38] Henry Morton Woodson, Historical Genealogy of the Woodsons and Their Connections, pg 35.


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