Person:Michael Woods (1)

m. 1681
  1. Elizabeth Woods1682 - 1745
  2. Michael Woods1684 - Bef 1762
  3. William Woods1686 - 1785
  4. James Woods1688 -
  5. Andrew Woods1690 - Abt 1753
  6. John Woods IIIAbt 1695 -
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 -
Facts and Events
Name Michael Woods
Gender Male
Birth[1] 1684 Dunshauglin Castle, Meath, Ireland
Marriage 1704 Scotlandto Lady Mary Margaret Catherine Campbell
Death? Bef 11 Jun 1762 Mount Plains, Blair Park, Albemarle, Virginia, United States [Will Proven]


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Source: Woods, 1905
Source:Chalkley's Chronicles
Genealogy of the Woods Family in Albemarle (vide: 14 January 2011)
Document. Will of Michael Woods, Albemarle County, VA, 1761
Document. Call to the Rev. Samuel Black, 1747
Document. Land Grant, to Michael Woods, 1737


Data. Woods Documentation and Chronology in Old Augusta
The Woods Family of Albemarle County VA, in Woods, 1901
Analysis:Child List of Michael Woods (1) and Mary Campbell
Notebook. Michael Woods background data
Analysis. Where did Michael Woods 1 live?
Analysis. The many Michael Woods of Old Augusta
Document. Archibald Wood, youngest member of the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1788
Family Relationships of Michael Woods of Albemarle County, VA
person:Michael Woods (2)


From Source:Woods,1901 Some formating changes for clarity in wiki media; Materials in square brackets have been added. Woods 1901 is a commonly cited source, but the information given there is not necessarily correct, and further documentation is needed. As an example, the list of children includes persons not mentioned in Michael's will; Woods 1901 had reasons for including them anyway, usually not explained. Nonetheless, inclusion of persons in a child list, not included in a will requires careful scrutiny before they can be accepted. Use the following with caution. Q 14:57, 17 January 2011 (EST)):

The first Woods who settled in Albemarle was Michael, who was born in the north of Ireland in 1684, and with his wife Mary Campbell [3]He and most of his children, came to this country sometime in the decade of 1720.

Landing on the banks of the Delaware, he spent some years in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, thence ascended the Valley of Virginia, and crossed the Blue Ridge by Woods's Gap in 1734. In 1737 he entered more than thirteen hundred acres on Mechum's River and Lickinghole, and the same day purchased two thousand acres patented two years before by Charles Hudson, and situated on the head waters of Ivy Creek. It is believed he was the first settler in western Albemarle, and perhaps anywhere along the east foot of the Blue Ridge in Virginia. His home was near the mouth of Woods's Gap.
Based on National Map mappings, modifying topo and hydro layers for clarity, labeling added. Red line indicates approximate route of Three Chopted Road from Tidewater to Staunton. Three Chopted Road crossed the blue Ridge at Rockfish Gap. Person:Michael Woods (1) led a party from PA down the Great Road into the Valley of Virginia, then crossed the Blue Ridge going East into Piedmont Va. He crossed at the gap then known as Woods Gap, but now known as Jarmans Gap, after a later owner of property in the area. Wood's main home site was at Blair Park; its location is approximated by the green hexagon. Click map for more detailed view
Based on National Map mappings, modifying topo and hydro layers for clarity, labeling added. Red line indicates approximate route of Three Chopted Road from Tidewater to Staunton. Three Chopted Road crossed the blue Ridge at Rockfish Gap. Person:Michael Woods (1) led a party from PA down the Great Road into the Valley of Virginia, then crossed the Blue Ridge going East into Piedmont Va. He crossed at the gap then known as Woods Gap, but now known as Jarmans Gap, after a later owner of property in the area. Wood's main home site was at Blair Park; its location is approximated by the green hexagon. Click map for more detailed view

He died in 1762, and was interred in the family burying ground about a hundred yards from the dwelling. His tombstone was standing just after the Civil War, when it was broken to pieces and disappeared; but a fragment discovered a few years ago indicated the year of his birth. His will is on record, in which are mentioned three sons and three daughters,

Archibald, [married Isabella Gass]
Sarah, the wife of Joseph Lapsley, of Rockbridge,
Hannah, the wife of William Wallace, and
Margaret, the wife of Andrew Wallace.

Archibald, whose wife's name was Isabella, was one of his father's executors, and in 1767 joined with John, his co-executor, in conveying nearly seven hundred acres of the land on Ivy Creek to Rev. James Maury. In 1771 he purchased land on Catawba Creek in Botetourt County, now Roanoke, and removed thither about that time. He died in 1783. His children were James, who removed to Fayette County, Kentucky, John, Archibald, Andrew and Joseph. Joseph died in Roanoke about 1840, devising half of his property to the Presbytery of Montgomery. The descendants of John are still citizens of that county, his grandsons John W. being the present Judge of Roanoke City, and James P. its present Mayor.

John lived on Mechum's River, not far above the Depot of that name. In 1745 he was sent as a Commissioner to prosecute before the Presbytery of Donegal in Pennsylvania, a call which the churches of Rockfish and Mountain Plains had given to Rev. John Hindman. He is the only one of the original family, the dates of whose life are certainly known. He was born February 19th, 1712, and died October 14th, 1791. He married Susanna,daughter of Rev. James Anderson, whom he knew as a child in Pennsylvania, and whom years later he returned to woo as his wife. His children were Michael, James, Susan, Mary, Luta and Ann. Michael lived on his father's place on Mechum's till about 1801, when he removed to a farm in Nelson on the south fork of Rockfish, recently occupied by Charles Harris. His wife was Esther Carothers, of Rockbridge, and his children were William M., Mary, the wife of Hugh Barclay, Susan, the wife of Nathaniel Massie, John, James and Samuel. William M. was twice married, first to Louisa, daughter of William S. Dabney Sr., and secondly to Martha, daughter of Charles A. Scott. He left eight children, who removed to Mississippi. His brothers, John, James, and Samuel, who married Sarah, daughter of John Rodes, emigrated to Marion County, Missouri. James (1748-1823) was an officer in the Revolutionary army, married Mary, daughter of James Garland, of North Garden, and removed to Garrard County, Kentucky, where he had a family of twelve children. Susan became the wife of Daniel Miller, who removed to Kentucky, and from whom descended General John Miller, who fell at Perryville on the Federal side, Mary, the wife of John Reid, Luta, of Samuel Reid, and Ann, of James Reid and afterwards the second wife of her cousin William Woods.

William, no doubt the oldest of the family and born in 1706, succeeded his father at Mountain Plains, the old homestead. He seems to have been unfortunate in his business affairs. Twice he mortgaged his property, first to Thomas Walker, and then to a number of Valley men, among whom were his brother-in law, John Bowyer, and his nephew, Samuel McDowell. At length in 1774 he made sale of it to Thomas Adams, of Augusta. At that time he was living in Fincastle County. His wife was Susanna, a sister of his brother-inlaw, William Wallace, and his children, Adam, Michael, Peter, John, Andrew, Archibald, William, Sarah, the wife of a Shirkey, Susan, and Mary, the wife of George Davidson. All the children except William emigrated to Kentucky, and from there some went to Tennessee, and some to Missouri. Adam, Peter and Andrew became Baptist preachers. Archibald is mentioned in Hening's Statutes as a trustee of the the towns of Boonesboro and Milford, Ky., and in that State he died in 1838, at the age of eighty - nine. William remained in Albemarle. He lived on Beaver Creek, about a mile north of Crozet; on this account, as there were two other William Woodses contemporaneous, he was commonly known as Beaver Creek Billy. In many respects he was a remarkable man, in his sphere somewhat of a born ruler, of fine sense, and great decision. Many amusing stories have been told of his management of men and things, particularly of his fostering care over Mountain Plains Church. He died in 1836, ninety-two years of age. He was married three times, first to his cousin Sarah Wallace, next to his cousin Ann Reid, and thirdly to Mrs. Nancy Richardson. He had one son, William, who married Mary, daughter of William Jarman, and died in 1829. Their children were James, who lived on Beaver Creek, married Ann Jones, of Bedford, and died in 1868, William, who lived near Crozet, married Nancy, the daughter of John Jones, and died in 1850, Peter A., who was a merchant in Charlottesville and Richmond, married Twymonia Wayt, and afterwards Mrs. Mary Poage Bourland, of Augusta, and died in 1870, Thomas D., who married Miss Hagan, lived near Pedlar Mills in Amherst, and died in 1894, and Sarah J., the wife of Jesse P. Key.

According to credible evidence, Michael Woods and his wife Mary Campbell had two sons and two daughters in addition to those just mentioned,

Magdalen and

Michael lived southwest of Ivy Depot till 1773, when with his wife Ann he removed to a plantation in Botetourt, on the south side of James River, a few miles below Buchanan. He died in 1777, leaving eleven children, among whom were Samuel, from whom descended Rev. Neander M. Woods, of Memphis, and Rev. William H. Woods, of Baltimore, and William. William remained in Albemarle, and became a Baptist minister, on which account he was known as Baptist Billy. His home was also southwest of Ivy. He represented the county in the House of Delegates in 1799, and in 1810 removed to Livingston County, Kentucky, where he died in 1819. His wife was Joanna, daughter of Christopher Shepherd, and his children Micajah, David, Mary, John, and Susan, the wife of Henry Williams. Micajah resided in Albemarle, was appointed a magistrate in 1816, served as Sheriff in 1836, and while filling that office died at his country seat near Ivy in 1837. He was twice married, first to Lucy Walker, and secondly to Sarah, daughter of JohnRodes, and widow of William Davenport. His children by the first marriage were Martha, the wife of John Wilson, Mary, the wife of James Garth, Elizabeth, the wife of John Humphreys, and Henry, who died young, and by the second William S., who died unmarried, and Dr. John R., still pleasantly remembered in the community.

Andrew lived at the foot of the Blue Ridge near Greenwood Depot, a few hundred yards south of the brick mansion, long the home of Michael Wallace's family. He owned nearly five hundred acres in that vicinity, and nearly nine hundred at the foot of Armor's Mountain. He sold his property in 1765, and removed to Botetourt. He was one of the first magistrates of that county, and was appointed its Sheriff in 1777. His home was about nine miles south of Buchanan, not far from the Mill Creek Church. He died in 1781. His wife was Martha, daughter of Robert Poage, of Augusta, and his children James, who lived and died in Montgomery County, on the north fork of Roanoke, and whose descendants removed to Nashville, Tenn., Robert, Andrew, Archibald, who all removed to the vicinity of Wheeling in Ohio County, Elizabeth, the wife of David Cloyd, of Rockbridge, Rebecca, the wife of Isaac Kelly, of Bedford, Mary, the wife of James Poage, who removed to Mason County, Kentucky, and then to Ripley, Ohio, and Martha, the wife of Henry Walker, of Botetourt. Archibald married his cousin Ann, daughter of Thomas Poage, of Augusta, represented Ohio County in the House of Delegates, and the Constitutional Convention of 1788, and when he died in 1846, had been for many years the senior magistrate of that county. The writer of these notes is his grandson.

Magdalen Woods was married successively to John McDowell, Benjamin Burden Jr., and John Bowyer. She is said to have lived to the age of one hundred and four years. Her children were Samuel, James, and Sarah McDowell, the latter the wife of George Moffett, and Martha Burden, the wife of Benjamin Hawkins. Martha Woods was the wife of Peter Wallace.


From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Vol. 1 - AUGUST, 1750 (C). - Samuel Smith vs. Beaty.--Mr. Michael Woods, formerly of Paxtunk, Pennsylvania. Account dated 1733. Thomas Renich, on 1st September, 1750, deposed: About 8 years ago, at his own house, he saw and spoke with said Smith and Robert Buchanan, the then Sheriff of Lancaster County. He heard Smith (then merchant at Connoy) say, &c., several accounts: Smith vs. James Cathey, 1737; Smith vs. Adam Thomson, 1736-7-8; Smith vs. William Robinson, 1739; Smith vs. Richard Woods, 1738; Smith vs. Mrs. Margaret McDowell, 1737; Smith vs. Mrs. Mary McDowell, 1737; Smith vs. Michael Woods, 1738-9; Smith vs. John Maxwell; Smith vs. Samuel Woods, 1734-5-8; Smith vs. Francis Beaty, 1735-6; Smith vs. John Christian, 1737; Smith vs. Robert Christian, 1733-4-5-6 Smith vs. Randell McDaniel; Smith vs. William Hutchinson; Smith vs. George Hutchinson. All sworn to by Samuel Smith, late of County of Lancaster, before a Justice, in Philadelphia, 13th October, 1743.
  • Vol. 1 - JUDGMENTS SUFFERED. AUGUST, 1750. - 1737.--James Cathey to Samuel Smith, debtor: September 22. 1736.-- October 23, Mr. Adam Thompson, debtor to same, January 18. William Robinson's account, debtor to Samuel Smith, 1739--April 4, one almanac. Richard Wood's ditto, ditto, 1738. Mrs. Margaret McDowell, ditto, 1737-- June 14. Mrs. Mary McDowell, ditto, 1737--January 17, three yards ribbon to sister. Mr. Michael Woods, ditto, 1738--October 7, one dozen catechisms. 1739--Credit by six foxes, seven raccoons, and one beaver. John Maxwell, ditto. Samuel Woods, ditto. 1734--11 1/4 yards masquerade, 31/; 7 1/2 yards sagathee, 32/6. 1735--June 26, credit by 36/ discounted with his son, Richard, by Michael Woods. Michael Woods, formerly of Pextunk, ditto, 1733--February 12; 1734--March 28.


  1. Woods, Neander M. The Woods-McAfee memorial: containing an account of John Woods and James McAfee of Ireland and their descendants in America ... [and] journals of James and Robert McAfee, kept in May-August 1773. (Louisville, KY, 1905).

    Woods describes finding the headstone for Michael Woods, noting that it was said to have been intact until 1861. Fragments of the stone were found, and "intelligent and trustworthy persons in the neighborhood have asserted that they had seen the stone and read the inscription before and after it was broken, hence the dates of Michael Woods birth [1684] and death [1762]". Since his will was written in November of 1761, and his estate was probated in 1762, we can generally accept a DOD of 1762 as being reasonable. Confirming data for the DOB is still needed.

  2.   King, J. Estelle Stewart (Junie Estelle Stewart). Abstract of wills, inventories, and administration accounts of Albemarle County, Virginia, 1748-1800: will books A, B, 3, and 4. (Beverly Hills, California: J.E.S. King, 1940)
    Pg. 13.

    24 Nov. 1761. 11 June, 1762.
    Ten pounds each to sons Archibald, John and daughter Hannah and Margaret (dec'd) children. Lane to be sold and money divided between sons John and Archibald and children of William Wallace. To son William Woods, 20 shillings. To daughter Sarah one pistole. Grandson Michael (son of Archibald) to have great coat.
    Exrs: sons Archibald and John Woods and William Wallace.
    Wit: Michael Woods, Michael Wallace. (Page 129)

  3. was "born about 1690 in Argylshire, Scotland, died about 1765 in Albemarle County, Virginia. From a book "Pioneer Strength, etc" page 32. "She was descended from a Scottish family of many tribes septs. She was a descendant of the House of the Duke of Argyle. Her father was Sir James Campbell, 5th Baronet of Archinbreck. Her mother was Lady Susan Campbell of Cawder, second wife of Sir James."