Person:Richard Woods (1)

Richard Woods, Gentleman, of Augusta Cty, VA
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 -
  • HRichard Woods, Gentleman, of Augusta Cty, VAAbt 1717 - 1779
  • WElizabeth CampbellBef 1721 -
m. Abt 1738
  1. Arthur Woods, of Botetourt County, VAEst 1739 - Bef 1773
  2. Samuel Woods1741 - 1811
  3. Benjamin Woods1744 -
  • HRichard Woods, Gentleman, of Augusta Cty, VAAbt 1717 - 1779
  • WJanet 'Jennie' UnknownEst 1730 to 1750 -
m. 13 Aug 1770
Facts and Events
Name Richard Woods, Gentleman, of Augusta Cty, VA
Gender Male
Birth? Abt 1717 Dunshanglin Castle, Dunshanglin, Meath, Ireland (Dunshaughlin)
Marriage Abt 1738 to Elizabeth Campbell
Marriage 13 Aug 1770 to Janet 'Jennie' Unknown
Death? 1779 Botetourt County, Virginia[Will Recorded in nearby Rockbridge County]

Richard Woods was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Document. Will of Richard Woods written 1777 (not the Richard Wood of this article
Analysis. The Richard Woods of Augusta, Albemarle and Botetourt County


There are several 'Richard Woods' who settled at an early date in Old Augusta. This article is for the Richard Woods who settled on Woods Creek south of Lexington, as shown on the Hildebrandt Map of Borden's Grant, commonly known as Richard Woods, Gentleman of Augusta.

Some researchers believe that Richard's first wife was Elizabeth Ann Stuart, others believe it was Elizabeth Campbell, daughter of Gilbert Campbell. More research is necessary to determine which is correct, although evidence in Gilbert Campbell's will referring to his daughter "Elizabeth Woods" does add credence to Richard's wife as Elizabeth Campbell.

Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA


Richard Wood's land (Borden Tract, SW, 570 acres, 1742) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009. Note that land of Samuel and William Woods (probably Richard's brothers) adjoins Richard's tract to the north. The land of Gilbert Campbell, possibly Richards father-in-law, lies a short distance to the Northeast.

Acquisition of Land in Orange County, Virginia records:

  • Pages 173-77. 18-18 June 1742. Benjamin Borden of Orange County to Richard Woods of same. Lease and release; for £17.2.- current money. 570 acres on waters of James River, part of 92,100 acres patin (patented) 6 Nov. 1739... on the head of Woods Creek... near a branch... to Samll. Woods land... Mr. Borden's patin line... (signed) Benja. Borden. Wit: Joseph Lapesly, Gilbert Campbell, William (O) Hall. 26 Aug. 1742. Acknowledged by Benjamin Borden, Gent. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 8, Dorman, pg. 75].

Acquisition of Land from From Annals of Augusta County, Virginia, by Waddell:

Richard Woods was among the first settlers on the "Borden Tract" as listed in reference below:

  • Among the (first) settlers in "Borden's grant" were William McCauseland, William Sawyer, Robert Campbell, Samuel Wods, John Mathews..., Richard Woods, John Hays and his son, Charles and Samuel Walker. Borden obtained his patent November 8, 1739.

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 522.--15th March, 1758. Richard Woods and Elizabeth to George Gibson, 200 acres on North Branch Colyer's Creek.
  • Page 41.--18th November, 1760. Richard Woods, of Albemarle, merchant, to Peter Wallace, of Augusta, farmer, £60, 195 acres in Forks of James River; cor. in Borden's patent by James Devises Field; cor. Peter Wallace's other land; cor. Richard Woods, gent. Delivered: Cap. Samuel Lapsley, 17th August, 1784.

Will of Richard Woods

Source: A History of Rockbridge County, Virginia by Oren F. Morton, published in 1920.

Rockbridge County, VA Will Book 1, p. 4.

Richard WOODS' Will (Transctiption)

In the Name of God Amen the twenty third Day of June in the first year of the Commonwealth of Virginia & in year of our Lord one thousand Seven Hundred & Seventy Seven I Richard WOODS of the Cty of Botetourt being sick in body but of a perfect mind & memory, thanks be given to God for all his [monies] to me, therefor Calling to Mind the Mortality of the Body & knowing that it is appointed for all men to Die, I do make and Ordain this to be my last Will and Testamente that is to say Principally and first of all I give and Recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that give it to me, and my body I Recommend to the Earth from whence it came to be Buried in a Christian like manner at the Discretion of my Executors, hereafter Named, Nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall Recieve the same again by the mighty power of God And as Touching such Worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life, I gie and Devise and Dispose of the same in the following Manner and form ~ ~ And first of all it is my will & I do order all my Just Debts to be paid ~~ I Give and bequeath to my two Sons Benjamin WOODS and Saml. Woods and to their Heirs forever the plantation I now live upon Containing Three Hundred and seventy five Acres~~ to be equally Divided between them, According to Quantity and Quality if they shil think proper to have a Division made, but no Division is to be made during my Wife's Natural life without her Consent as I allow her to have her lifetime on sd. plantation. And I do farther order all my Real and personal Estate to be Equally Divided between my beloved Wife Jinny two Sons Benjamin WOODS and Samuel WOODS except the Land above Mentioned ~~ And I do Constitute and appoint my Beloved Wife Jinny Son Saml. Woods, to be my Executor of this my last Will and Testament ~~ And I do hereby Disanul Revoake and Disalow all and every other Will or Wills or Testaments by me heretofore made Ratifying and Confirming this to be my last Will and Testament. In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal the Day and Year first above written

Signed Sealed in the presence of us John Bowyer Richd WOODS (seal) Saml Wallace Saml Kirkham

At a Court Continued and held for Rockbrdge County April 8th 1778 The last Will and Testament of Richd WOODS Decd was presented in Court by Saml WOODS one of the within Named Exors and proved by the oaths of John Bowyer and Saml Wallace Subscribing Witnesses and Ordered to be Recorded. And on the Motion of the sd. Exr who made Oath According to Law Certificate is granted him for obtaining probate thereof in Due form Giving Security whereupon he together with John Bowyer and Saml Wallace his Securities entered into and acknowledged Bond in the penalty of two Thousand pounds with Condition Required by Law Teste Andw Reid Clk

Records in Virginia

1770 - Sherrifs of Botetourt County - Richard Woods, 1770. Arthur Woods, Deputy Sheriff, 1770. [Source: Summer's History of Southwest Virginia].

Information on Richard Woods

From "Papers read before the Lancaster County Historical Society, Volume 25", ny Lancaster County Historical Society:

Richard Woods was a resident of Paxton, Lancaster County, Pa., November 10, 1738. (See his petition in Carson vs. Woods, Court Papers 385.) He came to Augusta County, Virginia, prior to 1745.

WOODS-- Richard Woods settled on Woods Creek in 1738 and gave it its name. It is thought that he was a son of Michael Woods, of Albemarle, who came to America with nine boys, three brothers and their families, and a widowed sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Wallace. Richard Woods was a sheriff and other wise very prominent settler. He seems to have had a brother, Charles, who died in 1761, and three sisters, of whom Martha married Peter Wallace, and Sarah married Joseph Lapsley. Magdalena was successively the wife of Captain John McDowell, Benjamin Borden, Jr., and General John Bowyer. The name Woods was represented in Rockbridge until after the opening of the nineteenth century.

Source: A History of Rockbridge County, Virginia by Oren F. Morton, published in 1920.

Transcribed and submitted by: "Marilyn B. Headley" <>, 1997

Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, pg. 378:

Page 41. - 18 November, 1760 - Richard Woods of Albemarle, merchant to Peter Wallace, of Augusta, Farmer 60 Pounds, 195 acres in forks of James River; corner in Borden's patent by James Devises Field; cor. Peter Wallace's other land;, cor. Richard Woods, gent. Delivered: Cap. Samuel Lapsley, 17 August 1784.

ID: I1168 Name: Richard WOODS Given Name: Richard Surname: Woods Sex: M Birth: 1715 in , , , Ireland Death: 1779 in , Botetourt, VA 1 2 Change Date: 26 Oct 2004 at 01:06 Note: Richard Woods:

!RELATIONSHIP: Ruth Petracek. WOODS-WALLACE COUSIN CLUES. (1973) p. 68. FGS of Michael Woods and Mary Campbell. Richard b. ca 1715/19 (my conjecture), d. 1777, m1 Elizabeth Campbell (this is speculation that Elizabeth's maiden name was Campbell), d/o Gilbert Campbell and Prudence Osran. m2 1770 Jennie. p. 75. FGS of Richard Woods and Elizabeth Campbell. Richard Woods b ca 1718 Ireland; d ca 1777 Rockbridge Co., VA, s/o Michael Woods and Mary Campbell; m1 Elizabeth Campbell, poss dau of Gilbert Campbell and Prudence Osran; m2 1770 Jennie ?

!MARRIAGE: CHRONICLES OF THE SCOTCH-IRISH SETTLEMENT IN VIRGINIA. Vol. 3. p. 336. 1775. Richard Woods mentioned... p. 346. 15 March 1757. Richard Woods, gentl., and Elizabeth, of Augusta, to Richard Wood, son in law of Richard, L25, 195 acres in Fork of James River and part of track where Richard, grantor, now liveth; cor in Borden's patent line by James David's field; cor. Peter Wallace; cor. Richard Wood. p. 348. Richard Woods mentioned... p. 350. 15 March 1758 Richard Woods and Elizabeth to George Gibson, 200 acres on North Branch Colyer's Creek. p. 378. 18 Nov 1760. Richard Woods, of Albemarle, merchant, to Peter Wallace, of Augusta, farmer, L60, 195 acres in Forks of James River; cor. in Borden's patent by James Devises Field; cor. Peter Wallace's other land; cor. Richard Woods, gent. Delivered: Capt. Samuel Lapsley, 17th Aug. 1784. p. 484. 1767. Richard Woods mentioned...

!RESEARCHER: Ann Holder Holmes file. GEDCOM re Woods 26 June 1995. 17 Richard Woods b 1715; d 1779; m1 Elizabeth Ann Stuart; m2 Jane/Jenny ? ch by m1 Benjamin Samuel Richard Jr

!RESEARCHER: Bridgett Smith ( downloaded 25 Jan 1996 TNVANV.GED from AOL. "Descendants of Michael Woods" 10. Richard Woods b 1715 Ireland; d 1779 Botetourt Co., VA; m1 Margaret Woods, unknown date; m2 Elizabeth A Stuart; m3 Jennie ?. Richard lived in Rockbridge Co., 2 miles south of Lexington in 1737, was Sheriff of Botetourt Co. 1771. He had 2 sons unknown names.

Father: Michael WOODS b: 1684 in Ulster, , , Ireland Mother: Lady_mary CAMPBELL b: Abt 1690 in , Argylshire, , Scotland

Sources: Abbrev: Imported GEDCOM file Title: GEDCOM file imported on 28 Nov 1998. Abbrev: JRiffe Family Tree Title: JRiffe Family Tree