Person:Ruth Wood (18)

Mary B Wood
b.Abt 1730 Virginia
d.Abt 1783
  1. Mary B WoodAbt 1730 - Abt 1783
m. Bef 1758
  1. Mary Samples1749 -
  2. Elizabeth Samples1752 -
  3. Moses Samples, Jr.1754 - 1830
  4. John Semple, Sr.Abt 1755 - 1794
  5. Alexander Samples1756 - Abt 1820
  6. Betsy Samples1758 -
  7. Elender Samples1758 - Abt 1796
  8. Jane Sample1760 - 1818
  9. Peggy Samples1760 -
  10. Anna SampleAbt 1761 - Abt 1838
  11. William SamplesBet 1761 & 1769 - 1850
  12. Matthew SamplesBet 1762 & 1770 - Abt 1829
  13. Ruth SamplesAbt 1765 -
  14. Phebe SampleAbt 1766 - 1822
  15. Robert A Samples1770 - 1857
  16. Agnes SampleAbt 1776 - Abt 1824
Facts and Events
Name[1][2] Mary B Wood
Alt Name Ruth Wood
Alt Name[2][4] Mary B _____
Gender Female
Birth[2] Abt 1730 Virginia
Marriage Bef 1758 to Moses Samples, Sr.
Death[2] Abt 1783

Estate Records of William Woods

  • Page 457.--19th August. 1766. Vendue bill recorded of Wm. Woods' estate--James Thomas. David Berry, Samuel Samples, Jeremy Harrison. Settlement of above estate, by Thos. Gregg, administrator. Paid Joseph Skidmore, Moses Semples. Credit by balance of pay received of Capt. Abraham Smith.
  • Morton, Oren Frederic. History of Pendleton County, West Virginia (74302)S3
Thomas Gragg was probably born about 1715, in Northern Ireland. Thomas Gragg came from Ireland with his sons, Henry and William and was of Scotch ancestry.
Thomas Gragg's will, dated April 1773, Augusta County, Virginia, named his wife, Elizabeth and children: Ann, Mary and Elizabeth - sons Henry and William were not mentioned in the will. Thomas married Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Sample. Thomas apparently died soon after the making of his will, as appraisers for the estate were appointed 17 August 1773. Mary, daughter of Thomas, was bound out to her brother, William in 1775. Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas, was bound out to her brother William in 1780. The first mention of Thomas in Augusta County, Virginia, court records, was 16 August 1758 - "Thomas Gregg's bond with Samuel Sample as administrator of William Woods estate." On 16 February 1764, Thomas bought 140 acres of land from Samuel Sample, on Dry Branch of Linville Creek. The area, in which the Thomas Gragg family lived, is about three miles north and west of Harrisonburg, Virginia.
The Gregg Family History Project Website
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Patrick Hogue (Samples). The Samples / Semples Family.
  3.   Morton, Oren Frederic. A history of Pendleton County, West Virginia. (Franklin, West Virginia: O.F. Morton, 1910).
  4. Moses Samples Last Will & Testament
    24 JAN 1824.
  5.   Sawyer, Wilna Powell. James Lewis French: His Ancestors and Descendants with Allied Lines. (FamilySearch, 1973)
    Pages 20 & 21.


    James Shanks, father of Holden Shanks and James Shanks, Jr., lived in Augusta County, Virginia and North Carolina. Both sons born in Augusta County, and both were in the Revolutionary War from North Carolina. James Shanks, Sr. died in Green County, Tennessee.

    Holden Shanks married 1st, Elender Sample in 1784. They had five children. (See copy from Shank’s Bible, below.) He married 2nd, Jane Campbell in 1797. Elender had only been dead a short while and he had three children: Adam C. Shanks, Pegg Shanks, and Sally Shanks.


    Holden Shanks, born March 22, 1757
    Elender Shanks, born Dec. 6, 1758


    Martha Car. Shanks, born Sept 1785
    Jane Crothers Shanks, born Dec 3rd, 1787
    Moses Sample Shanks, born July 9th, 1789
    James Shanks, born June 9th, 1791
    Elender Shanks, born June 18th, 1795

    This Bible record was copied by Mrs. Z. R. Peterson for the DAR from the Henshaw family at Waco, Texas. It is recorded in files from the Michigan Book Bible Records.

    Early Tennessee Taxpayers, Washington County 1787, No. 680
    Holden Shanks – 1 white poll

    Greene County, Tennessee Minutes of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions 1785-1796. Page 409

    One other from John Gibson to Holden Shanks dated August 10th, 1795 for two hundred and twenty six acres of land was duly sworn. Proven by oath of David Russell and admitted to record.


    Samuel Sample, Augusta County, Virginia, will dated 1776. Wife’s name Ann - - - -.

    Moses Sample, born 1736/37, son of Samuel and Ann Sample, was in the Revolutionary War from Augusta County, Virginia. As a patriot, he furnished supplies. He married Ruth Wood, daughter of William Wood. Moses Sample died Jefferson County, Tennessee in 1824. The children of Moses and Ruth (Wood) Sample were:

    (1) Elender Sample, b. 6 Dec 1758, m. 1784, Holden Shanks
    (2) Ruth Sample, m. Samuel Norwood
    (3) Polly Sample, m. Mr. Kirkpatrick
    (4) Agnes Sample, m. Mr. Kirk
    (5) Ann Sample, m. Mr. Blackburn
    (6) Elizabeth Sample, m. Jacob Crider
    (7) Matthew Sample
    (8) William Sample
    (9) daughter married a Mr. Roberts

    William Woods, father of Ruth Woods, who married Moses Sample, died 1779 in Augusta County, Virginia.