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Woodson family papers

Woodson family papers, 1740-1945
Woodson family papers
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  • Papers, 1740-1945, of the Woodson family of Chesterfield, Henrico, Powhatan, and Prince Edward Counties, Virginia, and Missouri and Pennsylvania, consisting of accounts, agreements, bonds, corespondence, clippings, genealogies, pictures, and wills. Correspondence, 1775-1945, consists of letters, 1775-1800, from George Woodson (1747-1800) of Chesterfield County to his brother Tarleton Woodson (1754-1818) of Prince Edward County concerning the American Revolution; Tarleton Woodson's service in the Continental Army; Tarleton's need for a coat; Tarleton's capture and imprisonment by the British army; George's and Tarleton's tobacco crops; Tarleton's term in the House of Delegates; their father's legal difficulties; family slaves; and business and family news. Also includes George Woodson letters, 1799-1800, to his son Charles F. Woodson (1798-1887), who lived with Tarleton Woodson after the death of his mother, offering fatherly advice and letter, 9 February 1799, from George Woodson to Tarleton Woodson's wife Ann thanking her for caring for his children
  • Correspondence also includes request, n.d., from Tarleton Woodson to an unknown recipient asking for the assistance of a private; letter, 9 November 1777, from Tarleton Woodson to his sister Sally (Sarah) Woodson concerning his status as a prisoner; letter, 12 October 1779, from Frederick Woodson to Tarleton Woodson, cocerning the latter's imprisonment; and letter, 4 December 1789, from Ann Woodson to her husband Tarleton Woodson, hoping for his return soon from Richmond, Virginia; Also includes letter, 30 December 1809, from Tarleton Woodson to Frederick Woodson appointing Frederick agent for Tarleton to collect debts owed estate of George Woodson; letters, 1813-1814, from Charles F. Woodson to Charles Woodson (1781-1838) describing a journey to Lexington, Virginia, and his service in the Virginia militia in Norfolk, Virginia, during the War of 1812; and letter, 6 September 1814, from Tarleton Woodson to his son Charles Woodson asking about his service during the War of 1812. Also includes two letters, 1870-1872, from Charles F. Woodson, St. Charles County, Missouri, to his grandson Charles F. W. Bates, St. Charles County, informing his grandson about some of his favorite animals and sending family news. Also letter, [1945], from Robert O. Young, U.S. Army, to Mrs. George W. Bates, postmistress, Rice Landing, Pennsylvania, requesting a hold of his mail for military reasons
  • Collection also includes will, 4 December 1761 and recorded April 1763, of Tarleton Woodson (d. 1763) and will, 1 March 1799 and 27 July 1800 and recorded December 1800, of George Woodson, both of Chesterfield County; bond 30 March 1765, to Charles Woodson as executor of Tarleton Woodson; account, 10 July 1795, of Charles Woodson with George Woodson; and agreement, 11 January 1810, between William Shackelton of Henrico County and Tarleton Woodson, executor of George Woodson, for rent of a ferry. Also includes clippings consisting of an article, 4 December 1920, on the origins of the Bates family name; story on a looking glass owned by the Woodson family; and obituary, 1899, for Edward Bates (1874-1899) of St. Louis, Missouri. Also includes a leaf possibly from a family Bible tracing possession of it by family members; a portrait of Edward Bates (1793-1869) who served as United States Attorney-General during the Civil; and notes on huguenot settlement in Virginia. Also includes genealogies and Bible records for the Woodson, Bates, Richardson, Venable, and Wilson families of Virginia and Missouri
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Charles Woodson was the son of Tarleton Woodson (d. 1763) of Chesterfield County, Virginia. Charles Woods and his wife Agnes Parsons Richardson had six children, including George Woodson (4 May 1800-12/13 October 1800), Tarleton Woodson (b. 18 March 1754), and Frederick Woodson (b. 26 March 1756). Frederick Woodson lived in Powhatan County, Virginia, and represented that county in the House of Delegates from 1798 to 1802 and 1804 to 1806. Tarleton Woodson married Ann Van de Veer and they had children, including Charles Woodson (1781-1838), who represented Prince Edward County, Virginia, in the House of Delegates from 1811 to 1812 and served as a major in the Virginia militia during the War of 1812. Tarleton Woodson also represented Prince Edward County in the House of Delegates from 1788 to 1791, 1794, and from 1808 to 1809. George Woodson of Chesterfield County married Sarah Friend (1762-1798) 30 Ocotber 1783, and they had eight children, including Charles Friend Woodson (1798-1887), who grew up in the household of Tarleton Woodson. Charles Friend Woodson married Ann Thomas Wilson (1806-1887) 15 April 1830, and they had nine children. Charles F. Woodson moved his family to St. Charles County, Missouri by 1842.
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Woodson family papers
  • The Library of Virginia
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Morrow, George, Mrs.
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