Person Page 908

Sarah Winston1,2,3,4

born between 1590 and 1595, died 17 January 1659

Family: John Woodson (born 1586, died 18 April 1644)

Facts and Notes

  • Name:5
  • Birth: Between 1590 and 1595; EnglandBGO1,2,6
  • Marriage: 1619; John Woodson; EnglandBGO1,7
  • Arrival: April 1619; Jamestown, James County, Virginia, USABGO; John Woodson and his wife Sara arrive at Jamestown3,7
  • Residence: Before February 1623; Fleur de Hundred, Prince George County, Virginia, USABG; Dr. John and Sara Woodson located at Fleur de Hundred, or, as it was sometimes called, Piersey's Hundred, some thirty miles above Jamestown on the south side of James River in what is now Prince George county5,7
  • Anecdote: 1644; See person note below7
  • Death: 17 January 1659; Prince George County, Virginia, USABGO2,6
  • Note: Henry Morton Woodson wrote the following in the Historical Genealogy of the Woodson and Their Connections:
    On the 18th day of April 1644, the Indians made a sudden attack upon the settlement and killed about three hundred of the colonists before they were repulsed.
    At this time Dr. John Woodson's two sons, John and Robert, were respectively twelve and ten years of age.
    There is a cherished family tradition that, on the day of this second massacre, Dr. John Woodson, while returning from visiting a patient, was killed by the Indians in sight of his home. The Indians then attacked the house which was barred against them and defended by his wife Sara, and a man named Ligon (a shoemaker) who happened to be there at the moment. The only weapon they had was an old time gun which Ligon handled with deadly effect. At the first fire he killed three Indians, and two at the second shot. In the meantime two Indians essayed to come down through the chimney; but the brave Sara scalded one of them to death with a pot of boiling water which stood on the fire: then seizing the iron roasting spit with both hands, she brained the other Indian, killing him instantly.
    The howling mob on the outside took fright and fled; but Ligon fired the third time and killed two more, making nine in all.
    At the first alarm, Mrs. Woodson had hidden her two boys, one [John] under a large washtub and the other [Robert] in a hole where they were accustomed to keep potatoes during the winter, hoping in this way to save them in the event the Indians succeeded in entering the rude log cabin in which they lived. From this circumstance, for several generations, the descendants of one of these boys were called "Tub Woodsons" and those of the other were designated as "Potato Hole Woodsons."

    According to one researcher, Sara Winston was born in Devonshire and her father was Isaac WINSTON.


  1. [S367] Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Originally, the information was derived from an array of materials including pedigree charts, family history articles, querie., Source number: 210.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: TSJ, Record for John Woodson
  2. [S448], U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current, Record for Sarah Woodson
  3. [S488], U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s, Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2012., Place: Virginia; Year: 1619; Page Number: 21, Record for Sarah Woodson
  4. [S461] Edmund West, comp., Family Data Collection - Births, Record for Col Robert Woodson
  5. [S492], Virginia, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1607-1890, Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp.. Virginia Census, 1607-1890. Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes., Record for Sarah Woodson
  6. [S362] Online database, Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 02 October 2018), memorial page for Sarah Isabelle Winston Woodson (1595–17 Jan 1659), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67994638, ; Maintained by Bette Keene Scavone (contributor 46920917) Unknown.
  7. [S454] Woodson, Henry Morton, Historical Genealogy of the Woodsons and Their Connections, Woodson, Henry Morton. Historical Genealogy of the Woodsons and Their Connections. Memphis, Tennessee: H.M. Woodson, 1915.

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