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Robert WOODSON (M)
b. 1633/34, d. circa 1706/7
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     Robert WOODSON was born in 1633/34 at Fleur De Hundred, Prince George County, Virginia. He was the son of John WOODSON Dr and Sarah WINSTON. Robert WOODSON married Elizabeth FERRIS, daughter of Richard FERRIS, circa 1650/51 at Henrico County, Virginia. Robert WOODSON died circa 1706/7.
     Robert WOODSON Robert was born, according to his own deposition, in the year 1634, at Fleur de Hundred, on the south side of the James River, in what is now Prince George county, Virginia, some -- miles above Jamestown. 1

It was here that the family lived at the time of the massacre by the Indians on the 18th of April, 1644, when Robert and his elder brother John were saved by being thrust into a pit made for the purpose of keeping potatoes; from which circumstance their descendants, for several generations bore the sobriquet of " Potato Hole Woodsons." 1

From this time nothing is definitely known of Robert and his brother John until 1679 when both of them are enumerated among the "tithables" at Curles, a plantation on the north side of James River in Henrico county, a short distance above Fleur de hundred. This place, later, became noted as the seat of the Randolph family. At an early age, possibly about the year 1656, Robert Woodson married Elizabeth Ferris, daughter of Richard Ferris of Curies. "She was descended from an ancient Norman family, Henri de Ferriers of Gascony. In American Ancestry, vol. VII, is the following statement; 'The Ferris family was originally from Leicestershire, England, descended from Henri de Ferriers, son of Gwalchelme de Ferriers, Master of Horse to the Duke of Normandy."' (Americans of Gentle Birth, vol. I, p. 358.) 1

"There is a grant of 1785 acres of land October 21, 1687, to Mr. Robert Woodson, Mr. Richard Ferris, Mr. Giles Carter, William Ferris,and Roger Comins, at White Oak Swamp, on the north side of the James River, in the parish of Varina. Robert Woodson, in 1707, made a deed to his grandsons, William Lewis, Jr. and Joseph I.ewis." (Wm. & Mary Qtly., V. IX, p. 255.) The date of his death is not known, but it was shortly after making this deed, as he was about seventy-three years old at that time. It is not positively known what public service he rendered the colony but living as he did, at a time when every man had to bear his share of the public burden, it is confidently believed that, as a citizen and a member of the colony, he was faithful in the performance of his duty, as his descendants have ever been. In some publications he is frequently spoken of as Colonel Robert Woodson. If he held the military rank of colonel, it was of course by authority of the British government, as the entire colony was under British control at that time. 1

From the internet:
Robert Woodson (John) was born 1634 in Fleur de Hundred, Henrico County, VA14, and died 1716 in Fleur de Hundred, Henrico County, VA15. He married Elizabeth Ferris Abt. 1651 in Henrico County, VA16, daughter of Richard Ferris.

Notes for Robert Woodson:
THE GEORGIANS by Jane Austin - "From Historical Genealogy of the Woodsons and Their Connections, Page 23: 'Robert was born, according to his own deposition, in the year 1634, at Fleur de Hundred, on the south side of James river, in what is now Prince George County, Virginia...It was here that the family lived at the time of the massacre by the Indians on the 18th of April 1644, when Robert and his elder brother were saved by being thrust into a pit made for the purpose of keeping potatoes; from which circumstance their descendants, for several generations, bore the sobriquet 'Potato Hole Woodsons'."
More About Robert Woodson:
Residence: Curls, VA17

Notes for Elizabeth Ferris:
THE GEORGIANS by Jane Austin - "In American Ancestry, Volume VIII: 'She was descended from an ancient Norman family, Henri de Ferriers of Gascony...The Ferris family was originally from Leicestershire, England, descended from Henri de Ferriers, son of Gwalchelme de Ferriers, Master of Horse to the Duke of Normandy."

Children of Robert Woodson and Elizabeth Ferris are:
John Woodson, born Abt 1658 in Curles, Henrico County, VA; died 1715 in Henrico Co., VA.
Robert Woodson, born Abt 1660 in Curles, Henrico County, VA18; died February 1728/29 in Curles, Henrico County, VA19. He married (1) Sarah Lewis. He married (2) Rachel Watkins.
More About Robert Woodson:
February 1728/29, Will probated in Henrico County, VA20
Richard Woodson, born Abt 1662 in Curles, Henrico County, VA; died Abt 1722 in Henrico County, VA.
Joseph Woodson, born Abt 1664 in Curles, Henrico County, VA; died October 27, 1735.
Benjamin Woodson, born Abt 1664 in Curles, Henrico County, VA; died August 1723 in Henrico County, VA.
Sarah Woodson, born Abt 1668 in Curles, Henrico Co., VA.
Elizabeth Woodson, born Abt 1670 in Curles, Henrico Co., VA.
Judith Woodson, born Abt 1673 in Curles, Henrico Co., VA.
Mary Woodson, born Abt 1678 in Curles, Henrico Co., VA; died Aft 1744.

Children of Robert WOODSON and Elizabeth FERRIS
John WOODSON b. c 1657/58, d. c 1715/16
Robert WOODSON b. c 1659/60, d. 1728/29
Richard WOODSON+ b. c 1661/62, d. c 1731/32
Joseph WOODSON b. c 1663/64, d. c 1734/35
Benjamin WOODSON b. c 1665/66, d. 1722/23
Sarah WOODSON b. c 1667/68
Elizabeth WOODSON b. c 1669/70
Judith WOODSON b. c 1672/73
Mary WOODSON b. c 1677/78, d. c 1746/47

Citations

  1. [S38] Henry Morton Woodson, Historical Genealogy of the Woodsons and Their Connections, pgs 23-24.


         

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Rob Reyes

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