Facts and Events
Thomas Woodell was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 269.--5th July, 1755. Joseph Wright to Thomas Weddel (Waddell), £74, 400 acres on a branch of North Fork Shannando called Buffalo Spring, conveyed to Joseph by Benj. Copeland, 20th May, 1762. Teste: Joseph ( ) Reburn. Delivered: Thomas, December, 1763.
- Page 187.--21st November, 1759. Wm. Preston to Thomas Waddel, £15, 145 acres on North River, Shanando; corner Benjamin Copeland. Delivered: Thos. Waddel, December, 1763.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 499.--20th May, 1777. Thomas Waddle and Alese (Elise) to their son, James Waddle, part of 400 acres on which said Thomas now lives.
- Page 501.--20th May, 1777. Same ( Thomas Waddle and Alese (Elise)) to son Joseph Waddle. Patented to James Coyle, 16th August, 1756.
Will of Thomas Woodell
- Page 429.--6th September, 1784. Thomas Waddle (Waddell), Sr.'s, will--To 3 oldest children, has already given their part; to sons, Thomas and John, 288 acres and a survey adjoining James Curry; to son, Joseph, the land he now cuts; to son, John; to son, Thomas; to wife; to daughter, Elizabeth; to daughters, Martha and Jane; to four daughters. Executors, Joseph, Thomas, and John. Teste: James Waddell, Sarah Persey. Proved, 19th October, 1784, by the witnesses. Joseph and Thomas qualify. [Source: Chalkley's, Vol. 3].
Will of Wife, Alice Woodell
- Page 207 - Will of Alice Woodell, dated Jan. 15, 1810. Beq: $1 each to sons Joseph, James, Thomas and John. Balance equally divided among daughters Sarah Wallace, Elizabeth Wooddell, Martha Hansel and Jane Erwin. Exec: John Lewis. Probated August 1818 Court. Wit: Charles Cameron and Rachel Cameron. [Source: Abstract of Wills and Inventories of Bath County, 1791-1842, Bruns, pg. 207].
Processioning List of 1760
- "Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
- Vol. 2 - Page 272.--1760: Processioned by John Malkem and Alex. Blair, viz: For John Young, for Robert Young, for James Anderson, for Alex. Blair, for John Anderson, for John Francey, for Wm. Cunningham, fnr John McKemy. for Walter Trimble, for Hugh Dever, for John Davies, for _____ Doughlas, for Daniel Smith, for Bigham's land formerly known by the name of Gragg's, for Gabriel Pickens, for Robert Poage, for Abraham Smith, for Isaiah Shipman, for David Robiston, for Silas Hart, for John Cunningham, for Henry Smith, for Widow Ramsey, for Thomas Woodal, for Moses Hall, for Andrey McCown, for James Bell, for Edward Erwin, for Alex. Craig, for Wm. Frame, for Thos. Waterson, for Francis Brown, for John King, for John Searight, for John Kear, for Hugh Campbell, for Alex. Kile, for Robert Fowler, for James Gamble, for James Leeper, Sr. and Jr., for James Blair, for Edward Erwin's land formerly known as Brownlee's place, for Adam Stevenson, for Umphrey's place on North River, for Stevenson's place they live on, for Jacob and Christian Roleman, for John Malcom, for William Flimen, for Charles Campbell, for Robert Campbell, for William Brown, for Widow and John and James Alexander, for Michael Dickey, for James Young, for James Patterson, for Andrew Erwin, for John Erwin, for Edward Erwin, for Francis Erwin, for Hugh Campbell, Jr., for James McGill, for Robert Brown, for James Young.
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 281.--No date. (prob. abt. 1750) New Kent--Thos. Wadle, Dr., to James Renalds; Mathew Young, Dr., to James Renalds; Charles Hays, Dr., to James Renalds, 1 doubloon, 2 maydores, 1 pistole, 2 pieces of silver; Robert Armstrong, Dr., one bufelow, £3, £12. James Rannald's will (Renalds)-- Wife and children; two eldest sons. Teste: Charles McAnally, Rebeckah Buchanan. Executors, John Hays and James Thompson. Proved, 30th November, 1750, by Rebeckah Buchanan, and Charles to be summoned.
- Page 289.--20th May, 1752. Benj. Capland and Ann to Joseph Wright, 400 acres on Buffilo Spring of North Fork Shanando. Teste: Charles Baley, Samuel Gray. Delivered: Thomas Waddell, 29th June, 1755.
- Page 404.--21st August, 1771. John McKemey and Agness to William McKemey son to said John, £100, 107 acres, part of tract conveyed to John by Henry Downs, on branch of North River of Shanando, at end of Buckhill. Teste: Thomas Woddall, John Hogshead, Alex. Kilpatrick. Delivered: William McKemy. 19th June, 1772.
- Page 449.--170 acres on Thorny Branch joining the plantation whereon Thomas Waddle now (18th March, 1777) lives, formerly possessed by Banj. Copeland and the Plantation of Ralph Lofftus, formerly possessed by William Cunningham. Teste: James Curry, Jr.
- Page 260.--12th February, 1778. Ralph Lofftus and Sarah to Adam and John Stephenson and Samuel Anderson. Patented to William Cunningham, 10th August, 1759, on Thorny Branch. Delivered: John Bing, August, 1778. Teste: Thomas, Joseph and James Waddle.
- Blair, Charles William. A History of Mossy Creek Presbyterian Church, pg. 39.
Members of the Woodell family appear in the early records of Mossy Creek Church. Thomas Woodell was a commissioner to Hanover Presbytery in 1771. A will filed in 1785 for Thomas Waddle (Woodell) Sr. names his children as Thomas, John, Joseph, Elizabeth, Martha and Jane. Thomas Woodell secured 400 acres on Buffalo Springs in 1755 and land records indicate that he secured other land during the course of his life. One land transaction names his wife Alese (Elise) but her maiden name is unknown. Land records and family genealogical information indicate that he lived several miles northwest of Mt. Solon. He was buried in the Mossy Creek cemetery and his gravestone indicates that he was 75 years old when he died in 1785. The Woodell Spring located in the west side of Narrow Back Mountain bears the family name. Joseph, the son of Thomas Woodell Sr., also was an elder at Mossy Creek and attended a meeting of Lexington Presbytery in 1789. He was left land in his father's will and later moved to Pocahontas County. He also served in thhe American Revolution.