Person:Magdalena Woods (2)

Magdalena Woods
b.17 Nov 1712 Prob. Ireland
m. 1704
  1. Archibald Woods1706 - 1768
  2. Michael Woods, Jr.1708 - Bef 1777
  3. Hannah WoodsAbt 1710 -
  4. Col. John Woods1711 - 1791
  5. Magdalena Woods1712 - 1810
  6. Margaret WoodsAbt 1714 - 1756
  7. Col. William Woods1715 - 1782
  8. Richard Woods, Gentleman, of Augusta Cty, VAAbt 1717 - 1779
  9. Charles WoodsEst 1718 - Bef 1761
  10. Martha Woods1722 - 1790
  11. Sarah Woods1724 -
m. 14 Dec 1734
  1. Col. Samuel McDowell1735 - 1817
  2. John McDowell1735 - Bef 1753
  3. James McDowellAbt 1737 - 1771
  4. Sarah McDowell1741 -
m. 1744
  1. Martha Borden1745 - Aft 1780
m. Bef Nov 1754
Facts and Events
Name Magdalena Woods
Gender Female
Birth? 17 Nov 1712 Prob. Ireland
Marriage 14 Dec 1734 Pennsylvaniato Capt. John McDowell, Early Virginia Land Surveyor
Marriage 1744 prob. Augusta County, Virginiato Benjamin Borden, III
Marriage Bef Nov 1754 prob. Augusta County, Virginiato Gen. John Bowyer
Death? 1810

About Magdalena Woods

Magdalena Woods is thought by some to be a daughter of Samuel Woods, but most sources support her as a daughter of Michael Woods and Lady Mary Campbell, which records appear to support [although she was not named in her father's will]. Magdalena's brother Richard Woods, Gent. was appointed guardian of her son Samuel McDowell in 1755, in the following record:

Page 102.—20th May, 1755. Borden's executors (Magdalen Bowyer, relict and administratrix of John McDowell, late of Orange County, and mother of Samuel McDowell, an orphan under 21 years, being eldest son and heir-at-law of said John McDowell to said Samuel McDowell under the tuition of his guardian, Richard Woods, Gent.). Benjamin, Sr., had agreed to sell in his lifetime to Jno. McDowell. John entered the land under the agreement. John was killed by Indians. John had had the land surveyed by Borden's purveyor, John Hart; contained 1,359 acres; of this, John McDowell had covenanted to sell to John Paul 400 acres, whereupon Paul and others brought suit, vs. Samuel, for title. Decree, 22d August, 1752. Conveys all residue of the 1,359 acres whereon John lived; Roger Key's land: lohn Lyle's line; Mathew Lyle's corner, 959 acres. Delivered: Samuel McDowell, March, 1764.

Magdelana Woods was married three times: 1st, to Capt. John McDowell, who was killed by Shawnee Indians around Christmas in 1742, then 2nd, to Benjamin Borden, Jr. and 3rd. to Gen. John Bowyer.

Research Notes

Descendants of Magdalena Woods

Magdalena WOODS BIRTH: 17 NOV 1712, Castle Dunshanglin, County Meath, Ireland DEATH: 1810 Father: Michael WOODS Mother: Lady Mary CAMPBELL

Family 1: Capt. John MCDOWELL MARRIAGE: 14 DEC 1734, Pennsylvania

Family 2: Benjamin BORDEN
Family 3: John BOWYER


Capt. John McDowell (1714-1742) From Waddell’s Annals of Augusta County, Virginia, page 37:

“On the 28th of February 1739, John McDowell, who settled in Borden’s Grant, made oath at Orange Court that ‘he imported himself, Magdaline, his wife, and Samuel McDowell, his son, and John Rutter, his servant, at his own charge from Great Britain in the year 1737, to dwell in this colony, and that this is the first time of proving their rights in order to obtain land pursuant to the royal instructions’”. Waddell further says, “Captain John McDowell, was a prominent Captain of a military force of Augusta County in 1742. Ephraim McDowell, then an old man, was a member of his son John’s company. All grown men were enrolled without respect to age.”

Capt. John MCDOWELL BIRTH: 1714, Ireland DEATH: 14 DEC 1742, Augusta County, Virginia Father: Ephraim MCDOWELL Mother: Margaret IRVINE

Family 1: Magdalena WOODS MARRIAGE: 14 DEC 1734, Pennsylvania


Husband: Capt. John McDowell

Born: 1714 at:
Married: ABT. 1734 at:
Died: 25 Dec 1742 at: Petit's Gap Rockbridge Co. VA killed by Delaware Indians
Father: Ephraim McDowell
Mother: Margaret Irvine
Spouses: Magdalina Woods

Wife: Magdalina Woods

Born: 1716 at: Dunshauglin Castle, County Meath, IRE
Died: ABT. 1820 at: p Rockbridge Co. VA
Father: Michael Woods
Mother: Mary Campbell
Spouses: Capt. John McDowell , Benjamin Borden , Col. John Bowyer


Name: Judge Samuel McDowell
Born: 29 Oct 1735 at:
Married: 17 Jan 1754 at:
Died: 25 Oct 1817 at: Danville. KY
Spouses: Mary McClung , unknown

Name: James McDowell
Born: 1739 at: Fairfield, Rockbridge Co. VA
Married: 1760 at:
Died: BET. 1771 - 1772 at:
Spouses: Elizabeth Cloyd

Name: Sarah McDowell
Born: BEF. 16 OCT 1741 at:
Married: at:
Died: at:
Spouses: Col. James Moffitt

From post:

Re: Woods-McDowell [PA-VA] circa 1730 Posted by: Kelle Metz Date: May 11, 2000 at 09:42:03 In Reply to: Woods-McDowell [PA-VA] circa 1730 by Brett F. Woods of 7006

I show that Magdalina Woods and John McDowell had the following children: James McDowell b 1739 Rockbridge Co. VA.; Sarah McDowell b 1741 VA.; Elizabeth McDowell b VA.; John McDowell b 27 Dec 1735 VA.(twin?); and Samuel McDowell b 27 Dec 1735 (twin?).

With these dates it would seem that the Margaret and Mary McDowell listed were not children of Magdalina Woods McDowell, nor were they probably Magdalina. I will look at my McDowell info and see if I can find who they might be.

Kelle Metz


Rockbridge County, VA Deed Book B, p. 225. 7 Jun 1791 John Bowyer attorney in fact for Robert Harvey and Martha his wife, late Martha Hawkins, relict of Benjamin Hawkins deceased, heir at law of Benjamin Borden the younger Andrew McElvain of Rockbridge, land on Walkers Creek (metes and bounds)

Rockbridge County, VA Deed Book B, p. 340. 11 October 1791 270 Acres Robert Harvey and Marthew his wife, heirs-at-law to Benjamn Borden Dec'd of Botetourt County, VA to Charles Campbell. 270 Acres between said Campbell's plantation and John McCray's land, Robert Wardlaw's line. Signed: Robt. Harvey Martha Harvey Teste: William Buchanan William Wardlaw Wm. Wardlaw Alexr. Sproul Jas. Campbell Delivered Anniel Rodgers per order of Saml. L. Campbell, one of the exors of sd. Chas. Campbell dec'd 26 March 1827.


i. JOHN5 MCDOWELL, b. 27 Dec 1735, Pennsylvania.
ii. SAMUEL MCDOWELL, COL., b. 27 Dec 1735, Pennsylvania; d. 25 Sep 1817, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky; m. MARY MCCLUNG, 17 Jan 1754, Augusta County, Virginia; b. 28 Oct 1735.


Uncle Samuel McDowell Patrick Henry was one of the most influential (and radical) advocates of the American Revolution. He is perhaps best known for the speech he made in the Virginia House of Burgesses on 23 March 1775, urging the legislature to take military action against the encroaching British military force. The House was deeply divided, but was very much leaning toward not committing troops. As Henry stood in Saint John's Church in Richmond, he ended his speech with his most famous words: "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" This speech is credited, by some, with single-handedly delivering the Virginia troops to the Revolutionary War. My 5x great-uncle Samuel McDowell (1735-1817) was one of two delegates from Rockbridge County to the Virginia Conventions of 1775, and was present that day in the House of Burgesses. His life remains a lesson in citizenship and patriotism. Samuel McDowell had been a captain in the French and Indian War, commissioned 16 August 1759. On 21 November 1759, he was installed as County Commissioner and Justice in Rockbridge County, Virginia. He was a captain of the Rangers Company at the Battle of Point Pleasant in 1774. At the Battle of Point Pleasant, he served as aide-de-camp to General Isaac Shelby, who later became the first governor of Kentucky. Samuel became a colonel in the Revolutionary War, serving in Nathanael Greene's campaign in North Carolina, and was with the army that drove General Cornwallis to Wilmington. In 1775, in conjunction with his kinsman Thomas Lewis, the son of settler John and brother of Andrew, hero of Point Pleasant, Samuel was chosen to represent the freeholders of Augusta County in the convention which met at Richmond, Virginia. He was also a member of the second convention that met at Williamsburg in 1776. As an officer, Samuel McDowell distinguished himself in the Battle of Guilford Court House. In addition, he raised a battalion at his own expense to aid in repelling the invasion of Virginia by Benedict Arnold. In 1783, uncle Samuel McDowell moved his family to what became Fayette County, Kentucky (but was then still part of Virginia), where he was a surveyor. He was appointed to the first District Court ever held in Kentucky, 3 March 1783, and was President of the convention which was called to frame the constitution for the state of Kentucky on 19 April 1792. All this, and 13 children, too.

(info: "Rockbridge County, Virginia Notebook", The News-Gazette, Lexington, Virginia)