Woodson of Devonshire, England, and Prince George and Henrico Counties, Virginia
Dr. John Woodson [a] b 1586, Dorset, England, d 18 Apr 1644, Fleur de Hundred, Prince George, VA. He md Sarah Winston [b] abt 1630, daughter of Isaac Winston. She was b 1590, Devonshire, England, d 17 Jan 1659/60, Henrico, VA.
Children of John Woodson and Sarah Winston were:
  • John Woodson b 1632.
  • Robert Woodson b 1634, Fleur de Hundred, Prince George, VA, d 1716, Varina, Henrico, VA; md Elizabeth Ferris 1656, Curles, Henrico, VA.
  • Deborah Woodson b abt 1636.
John Woodson [c] b 1632, Fleur de Hundred, Prince George, VA, d Sep 1684, Curles, Henrico, VA. He md Unknown 1654, Curles, Henrico, VA. She was b abt 1636, of Curles, Henrico, d abt Aug 1710, Curles, Henrico, VA.
Children of John Woodson and Unknown were:
  • John Woodson b 1655.
  • Robert Woodson b 1657, Curles, Henrico, VA, d 1684, Henrico, VA.
John Woodson [d] b 1655, Curles, Henrico, VA, d aft 1 May 1700, Curles, Henrico, VA. He md Mary Tucker 1677, Curles, Henrico, VA, daughter of Capt. Samuel Tucker and Jane Larcome. She was b 1660, Curles, Henrico, VA, d Jul 1710, Curles, Henrico, VA.
Children of John Woodson and Mary Tucker were:
  • Joseph Woodson b abt 1680.
  • Samuel Tucker Woodson b abt 1682, Curles, Henrico, VA; d 1717-1718.
  • Mary Jane Woodson b abt 1686, Curles, Henrico; md Joseph Woodson 27 Mar 1701, Henrico, VA.
  • Benjamin Woodson b abt 1692, Curles, Henrico, VA.
Joseph Woodson b abt 1680, Curles, Henrico, VA, d 1756, Cumberland, VA. He md [1] Elizabeth Murray abt 1699, [2] Elizabeth Scott, and [3] Mary Sanburne. Elizabeth Murray was b abt 1680, Isle of Wight, VA, daughter of John Murray and Elizabeth Yarrett.
Children of Joseph Woodson and Elizabeth Murray were:
  • John Woodson b 1704, Henrico, VA, d abt 1727, Henrico, VA; md Elizabeth Hughes.
  • Joseph Woodson b 1709, Henrico, VA, d bef 1757.
  • Elizabeth Woodson b abt 1715.
  • Tucker Woodson b abt 1720, Goochland, VA, d abt 1776, Cumberland, VA; md Sarah Hughes 8 Mar 1740/41 Goochland, VA.
Elizabeth Woodson b abt 1715, Henrico, VA, d bef 1742. She md Samuel Ridgeway 2 Nov 1739, son of Joseph Ridgeway and Mary Smith.

a. Tradition states that Dr. John Woodson came from Dorset, England as surgeon to a company of soldiers; he and wife, Sarah, arrived on the ship George in 1619, and settled at Fleur de Hundred (currently Prince George County), on the south side of the James River. He and Sarah appear in the 1625 muster of the inhabitants of Virginia. He was killed while returning home after visiting a patient, being ambushed by Indians.

b. Woodson family tradition states that Sarah Winston was from Devonshire. While some dispute that Sarah Winston was the daughter of Isaac, whose origins have not been found, the name Isaac does appear among the known Winston ancestors of Patrick Henry. It would appear that there may be a relationship between the two groups of early Va. Winstons.

c. John Woodson, Jr. made his will 20 Aug 1684, which was proved 1 Oct 1684. He mentions a wife, but does not divulge her name; he also mentions two sons, John and Robert, "who hath labored for himself 3 years, as well as his son Robert's two children, Jane and Samuel.

d. He married Mary Tucker, orphan of Samuel Tucker, master of the ship Vinetree, and wife Jane. John Woodson made his will 1 May 1700, and wife Mary Tucker made her will in 1710. Children named in both wills were Joseph, eldest son, Samuel Tucker, Benjamin, and Jane.

GL: Genealogies of Virginia Families, Volume V, Woodson Family, pp 534-535, 549, 552; Historical and Genealogy of the Woodsons and Their Connections, by Henry Morton Woodson, 1915, pp 23-42.

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