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John Woods was born date unknown, and died date unknown. He married Elizabeth Woods.

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John Woods and his wife, Elizabeth Worsop, Presbyterians, went from England to the province of Vestor, Ireland in the days of Queen Elizabeth.

Subj: Elizabeth & Family
Date: 5/24/02 9:03:50 AM Pacific Daylight Time

Hi Jim,
I found some stuff for you this morning when I could get back on line. This was from and is found in History and Genealogies as shown below. I put in Elizabeths name and got a ton of info. I think you can safely say her last name is Worsop now :o) This will also give you some dates. I found something else pretty neat but I'm not sure how it will copy over, however I will give it a try and send it to you in the next email. I might have to reduce the size of my font so it will all fit in. If it doesn't work on your end let me know and I can copy and scan it I think.

Hope this helps you :o) Let me know what ya think, Talk to ya later, Nancy

History and Genealogies , Page 155
Among the officers commonly called the Forty-niners, who in 1649 fought for Charles I and Charles II, we find five who were named Wood, and five who were named Woods; and the name Woods is among the names of the Cromwellian adventurers for land in Ireland in the Cromwellian period.

The name Woods appears among the French refugees (Huguenots) who settled in England and Ireland before the reign of Louis XIV of France, while Henry Woods was one of the members of the Irish Parliament of James II in 1697.

In Burke's "General Armory" are described the Armoriat Bearings of 99 of the Wood family and six of the Woods family, but all of them are in England. The bearings described in the foregoing were the ancient arms of the family in Ireland.

On page 136 of the MS, Volume F 225, in the library of Trinity College, Dublin, we find that John Woods of the County Meath married Elizabeth, born 15th day and baptized 17th Nov., 1656, daughter of Thomas Worsop, of Dunshanlin, County Meath, by his wife Elizabeth, who was daughter of Richard, son of William Parsons of Birr, or Parsontown by said Richard's wife Letitia, who was the daughter of Sir Adam Loftus, miles, who married Jane,

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daughter of Walter Vaughn, of Coldengrove, was son of Sir Dudley Loftus, miles, by his wife Anne, daughter of Henry Bagnall, of Newry, miles, and said Sir Dudley was the son of Adam Loftus, Lord Bishop of Dublin and Lord chancellor of Ireland, who married Jane, daughter of T. Purdon.

We further find that John Woods above mentioned, who married Elizabeth Worsop, had issue, sons and daughters. The sons and daughter were Michael, Andrew, William, and James, and Elizabeth, wife of Peter Wallace, all of whom emigrated to America in the beginning of the eighteenth century with the three sons of Michael--William, John, and Archibald.

From these Irish emigrants are descended the Wood, Woods families, now located in several of the United States, and all descended from Adam Loftus, Archbishop of Dublin, and Lord Chancellor of Ireland for Queen Elizabeth. From Adam Loftus the descent is, Adam Loftus married Jane Purdon, and among other children, Sir Dudley Loftus, miles, of Rathfranham, County Dublin, who married Anne, daughter of Henry Bagnall, of Newry, miles, and had among other children, Sir Adam Loftus, miles, who married Jane, daughter of Walter Vaughn, of Coldengrove, who had among other children Letitia Loftus, who married Richard Parsons, son of William Parsons, of Parsontown, and had among other children, Elizabeth Parsons, who married Thomas Worsop, of Dunshanlin, County Meath, who died May 27, 1686, and had among his children Elizabeth Worsop, born the 15th day and was baptized the 17th of Nov., 1656, who married John Woods, of the County Meath, and had with other children, Michael, Andrew, William, and James (and Elizabeth, wife of Peter Wallace). Michael Woods, eldest son of John Woods and Elizabeth Worsop, married Lady Mary Campbell, of the Clan Campbell Argylshire, Scotland, a near kinswoman of Archibald Duke of Argyle.

Adam Loftus, Archbishop of Dublin and Lord Chancellor of Ireland, was born at Levinhead, in Yorkshire, in 1534. He was the younger of the two sons of the Rt. Rev. Edward Loftus, of Levinhead, temp. Henry VIII, Robert being the elder and the ancestor of Viscount Loftus of Ely (extinot in 1725). The eldest son of Robert was Adam Loftus of Monasteraven, Queen County, who was appointed Lord Chancellor of Ireland in 1619, created a peer in 1622.

The graceful deportment of Archbishop Adam Loftus at the Cambridge examination attracted the attention of Queen Elizabeth, and after his ordination in 1559 he was appointed Chaplain to Dr. Craik, Bishop of Kildare. Loftus was advanced rapidly in the church; when he was but twenty-seven he was created and consecrated Archbishop of Armagh; six years later he exchanged Armagh for Dublin. With him a general system of education was a favorite project; by his influence an act was passed in 1570 directing that free schools should be established in the principal town of each diocese at the cost of the clergy. He was appointed Lord Chanellor of Ireland in 1573, and was foremost in supporting and carrying out Queen Elizabeth's foundation of the Trinity College, of which he was the first provost, on the site of suppressed Monastery of All Hallows. He expired at the Palace of St. Supulchres, Dublin, April 5, 1605, and was buried in the St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Section 16. List of places bearing name found on map:

State: New Jersey-- Woodsville.
Virginia-- Woods Cross Roads.
Woods Lane.
Woods Gap.

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West Virginia--Woods.
Indiana-- Woods.
Illinois-- Woods.
Kansas-- Woodsdale.
North Dakota-- Woods.
Wyoming-- Woods.
Oregon-- Woods.



of America.

Article 1.--The Woods Family are of Anglo-Scotch-Irish extraction.
The American Family sprang from one John Woods, son of an
English Trooper, who came to Ireland and was in the army of
invasion of Oliver Cromwell, 1649.

The said John Woods was born in 1654 and married about 1681, to Elizabeth Worsop, a daughter of Thomas Worsop and Elizabeth Parsons, his wife. The said Elizabeth Parsons was a daughter of Richard Parsons and Letitia Loftus, his wife. The said Letitia Loftus was a daughter of Sir Adam Loftus and Jane Vaughn, his wife. The said Sir Adam Loftus was a son of Sir Dudley Loftus, of County Dublin, Ireland, and his wife, Anne Bagnall. The said Sir Dudley Loftus was a son of Adam Loftus and Jane Purdon, his wife. The said Adam Loftus was a son of the Right Rev. Edward Loftus, of Levinhead.

The last named Adam Loftus was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1534, and by the promotion of Queen Elizabeth was made, when only twenty-seven years old, Archbishop of Armagh, and subsequently Archbishop of Dublin and Lord Chancellor of Ireland. (See Chap. 1, Art. 3, Sec. 15.)

Five of the children of John Woods and Elizabeth Worsop, his wife--four brothers and one widowed sister and the wives of such as were married, and the children who had then been born to them in Ireland, near the close of the first quarter of the eighteenth century emigrated from the north of Ireland to America and settled in the Colony of Pennsylvania, some of them a little later on moving to the Colony of Virginia and locating themselves near the base of the Blue Ridge, as shown in Chapter 3, Part II.

These five children of John Woods and Elizabeth Worsop are the basis of the Woods and Wallace families of America noticed in this book.

The Woodses were very prolific, hardy, adventurous and resourceful, they not only aided in the settlement and development of Virginia, but in that of Kentucky and Missouri, and were conspicuous figures and took action in the great Revolutionary struggle for American independence--not only the Woods name, but the blood coursing in the veins of others wearing other names, in no small measure increased the strength of the Revolution.

In all the generations from long before the Declaration of Independence, down through the years to the present there have been patriots among them. In the war of 1812, in the Indian wars, in the Mexican War, in the Civil War that resulted in the freedom of the Negro, and in the Spanish-American War, they performed some part.

We had data tracing the lineage of our immediate family back to John Woods, son of the English Trooper and Elizabeth Worsop, his wife, but of the numerous collateral branches forming since the immigration to America down to the present, much was wanting, and the Woods-McAfee Memorial, by Rev. Neander M. Woods has furnished much information that was lacking (made use of by his

kind, generous and unlimited courtesy). The Rev. Neander M. Woods performed well a very hard and worthy task, for which he should be praised by the descendants of the Woods and Wallace emigrants from Ireland.

As the Miller, Woods, Harris, Wallace, Maupin, Kavanaugh, Oldham, and Brown families are connected by numerous inter-marriages, it is attempted in the coming chapters to give only a brief sketch of the descendants of John Woods and Elizabeth Worsop; not that it is expected at all to improve upon the work of the Rev. Neander M. Woods, for nothing of the kind is hoped for, as he has performed well his part, although in a work of the kind there will unavoidably occur some errors, but only this: as the families aforenamed have so intermarried as in a sense to form one family, an account of one is very incomplete without the other, and to simply have the records of these several families condensed into one connected volume for the benefit and pleasure of the family is the aim.

Perfection for this work is not claimed; it is only hoped that the imperfections shall not utterly destroy the object and the friends hereof should pardon all imperfections.

In spelling the name, some families have dropped the "s" and spell it "Wood."



Son of English Trooper.

Article 1.--John Woods, of County Meath, Ireland, was born there
in about 1654. He married Elizabeth Worsop, in about 1681.
Elizabeth Worsop, his wife, was born Nov. 15, 1656. Of the
children born to them were those named in the coming sections.

Section 1. Elizabeth Woods, a daughter, born in Ireland about 1682, or prior thereto. She was married to Peter Wallace, a Scottish Highlander, in Ireland about 1705. Peter Wallace died some time in the early part of the eighteenth century, and his widow after his death, about the close of the first quarter of said century, with her children, accompanied by her brothers, Michael, William, James and Andrew Woods, emigrated from the north of Ireland to America. She first stopped in Pennsylvania, where she remained some ten or fifteen years; then moved into Virginia and settled in Rockbridge County just across Blue Ridge from where her brother

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Michael and two of her sons lived. A fuller account will be found in Part IV, Chapter 1.

Section 2. Michael Woods, a son, born in 1684, in the north of Ireland. He married Mary Campbell, of the Scottish Clan Campbell, of Argylshire, Scotland, about 1704 or 5. Died in 1762. Further notice of whom will be had in Chapter 4, Part II.

Section 3. James Woods, a son, born in Ireland; immigrated with his widowed sister, Elizabeth Wallace, and brothers, Michael, William and Andrew Woods, from there to America. For further particulars of him see Woods-McAfee Memorial by Rev. Neander M. Woods.

Section 4. William Woods, a son, born in Ireland and came along with his widowed sister, Elizabeth Wallace, and brothers, Michael, James and Andrew Woods, to America. For further particulars see Woods-McAfee Memorial by Rev. Neander M. Woods.

Section 5. Andrew Woods, a son, born in Ireland, and came with his widowed sister, Elizabeth Wallace, and brothers, Michael, James and William Woods, to America. For further particulars see Woods-McAfee Memorial by Rev. Neander M. Woods.



From Ireland to Albermarle County, Virginia, later called Michael
Woods, of Blair Park.

(Named in Chapter 3, Section 2.)
Article 1.--Michael Woods, son of John Woods, and Elizabeth
Worsop, his wife, after his death known as Michael Woods, of
Blair Park, was born in the North of Ireland, in about 1675 to

In about the year 1704 or 5, he married Mary Campbell, of the Scottish Clan, Campbell of Argylshire, Scotland. He died in 1762. His wife died probably about 1742. His will bears the date Nov. 24, 1761, probated in the Albermarle, (Va.) County Court, at the June Term 1762.

Near the close of the first quarter of the Eighteenth century, he with his wife and children, and his widowed sister Elizabeth Wallace, and her children and his brothers, James, William and Andrew Woods, emigrated to America. Their first stop was probably in Pennsylvania, where he remained a while and then moved with his family into Virginia, and settled at the Eastern base of the Blue Ridge, in what was then Goochland, now Albermarle County, just at the Gap in the mountain called "Woods Gap" and in after years "Jarman's Gap."

Michael Woods, senior, and his son-in-law, William Wallace, in 1737, secured grants for more than 1300 acres of land on Lickinghole, Mechum's River and Beaver Creek, embracing the present Mechum's depot, and Blair Park. (the old Woods homestead,) and at the same time Michael Woods, senior, purchased the 2000 acre patent of Charles Hudson on Ivy Creek. The first Presbyterian

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Church, was Mountain Plains, built near the confluence of Lickinghole Creek, and Mechum's River, and named for and after Michael Woods 'plantation', and same still exists, having been converted in some way into a Baptist Church.

When these people came to America they landed on the banks of the Delaware, spent some years in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and thence ascended the valley of Virginia and crossed the Blue Ridge by Woods Gap, in 1734, and Michael Woods was, it is believed the first settler in Western Albermarle, and perhaps any where, along the East foot of the Blue Ridge in Virginia. His home was near the mouth of Woods Gap, for a long while has been known as Blair Park, but originally known as Mountain Plains. There he spent the rest of his life, which ended in 1762, his remains were buried about 100 yards from his dwelling. He is remembered now as Michael Woods of Blair Creek. He and his sons, and sons-in-law had as friends and neighbors, such noted persons as Colonel Peter Jefferson, surveyor and County or Lord Lieutenant of Albermarle County, his son, the statesman, Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, and third President of the United States, Randolph Jefferson, General Lewis, James Munroe, fifth President of the United States, who bore witness to many legal documents for Michael Woods.

A land grant the 4th, June 1737, to Michael Woods is in these words and figures: "George the second, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King Defender of the Faith, to all whom these presents shall come, greeting: Know ye, that for divers good causes, and considerations, but, more especially for and in consideration of the sum of five shillings of good and lawful money for our use paid to our Receiver General, of our Revenues in this our Colony and Dominion of Virginia we have given granted and confirmed, and by these presents for us our heirs and successors, do give, grant and confirm unto Michael Woods, one certain grant, or patent of land containing four hundred acres, lying and being in the County of Goochland, on both sides of Lickinghole Creek, a branch of Mechum's River, and bounded as followeth to wit: Beginning at a black oak and running thence south eighty six degrees, east three hundred and twenty five poles, crossing the creek, to Pointers, south nine degrees, east two hundred and fifty five poles, crossing Lickinghole Creek, to Pointers north sixty eight degrees, west three hundred and ninety six poles, to a pine sapling, and north nine degrees, west one hundred and thirty five poles, to the first station, with all woods, under woods, swamps, marshes, low grounds meadows, floodings and his due share of all veins, mines and quarries as well discovered, as not discovered, within the bounds aforesaid, and being part of the said quantity of four hundred acres of land and the rivers, waters and water courses therein contained, together with the privileges of hunting, hawking, fishing, fowling and all other profits, commodities and hereditaments whatsoever, to the same, or any part thereof belonging, or in any wise appertaining to have and hold, possess and enjoy the said grant or parcel of land, and all other the before granted premises, and every

part thereof, with their and every of their appurtenances unto the said Michael Woods, and his heirs and assigns forever. To the only use and benefit of him the said Michael Woods, his heirs and assigns forever. To be held of us, our heirs and successors, of our Manor of East Greenwich in the County of Kent, in free and common soccage and not in capite, or by Knights service yielding and paying unto us,

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our heirs and successors for every fifty acres of land, and so proportionably for a lesser or greater quantity than fifty acres the fee rent of one shilling yearly to be paid upon the feast of Saint Michael, the Arch-Angel, and also cultivating and improving three acres part of every fifty acres the grant above mentioned within three years after the date of these presents. Provided always that if three years of the said fee rent shall at any time be in arrears and unpaid, or if the said Michael Woods his heirs or assigns do not within the space of three years next coming after the date of these presents (cultivate and improve three acres part of every fifty of the grant, above mentioned then the estate hereby granted shall cease and be utterly determined and thereafter it shall and may be lawful to and for us, our heirs and successors to grant the same lands and premises with the appurtances unto such other person or persons as we, our Heirs and Successors shall think fit.

In witness whereof, we have caused these our Letters Patent to be made; witness our trusty and beloved Wm. Gooch, Esquire, our Lieutenant Governor and Commander in chief of our said colony, and dominion at Williamsburg, under the seal of our said colony the 4th day of June, one thousand seven hundred and thirty seven, in the fourth year of our reign.


The children of Michael Woods, and Mary Campbell, his wife:

Section 1. Magdalene Woods, born 1706 died 1810, married John MacDowell, who was killed in 1743 in battle with the Shawanee Indians, at Balcony Falls, where the North comes into the James River. She married the second time Benjamin Borden, Jr. whom she survived, and married the third time Colonel John Bowyer. The subject of Chapter 5.

Section 2. William Woods, born at Castle Dunshanglin, Ireland, in 1705. He took an active part in the Colonial wars, holding the rank of Colonel. He married Susannah Wallace, a daughter of Peter Wallace, Sr. and Elizabeth Woods his wife. (See Part Iv. Chap. Vii. Sec. 11.) The subject also, of Chapter Vi.

Section 3. Michael Woods Jr., 1708-1777. He married Anne (???). The subject of Chapter XIII.

Section 4. Hannah Woods, 1710--, married Wm. Wallace, a son of Peter Wallace, Sr. and Elizabeth Woods, his wife. (See Part Iv. Chap. 11, Sec. 1, and Chap. III.)

Section 5. Colonel John Woods, born in Ireland, Feb. 19, 1712, old style, married Susannah Anderson, a daughter of Rev. James Anderson, of Pennsylvania, in about 1742. He died Oct. 14, 1791. The subject of Chapter XIX.

Section 6. Margaret Woods, 1714--, married Andrew Wallace, a son of Peter Wallace Sr., and Elizabeth Woods his wife. (See Part Iv. Chap. 11, Sec. Iv. and Chap. Vi.

Section 7. Richard Woods, 1715-1779, married Jennie (???). The subject of Chapter 33.

Section 8. Archibald Woods, 1716-1783, married Isabella (???) and raised a large family in Virginia. Fuller account in Chap. IV.

Section 9. Martha Woods, 1720-1790, married Peter Wallace Jr., son of Peter Wallace Sr., and Elizabeth Woods, his wife. (See Part Iv. Chap. XV.)

Section 10. Andrew Woods, 1722-1781, married Martha Poage. Fuller account in Chapter XXXVii.

Section 11. Sarah Woods, 1724-1792, married Joseph Lapsley. Fuller account in Chapter XXXXVi.

Genealogy: Where you confuse the dead and irritate the living.

Children of John Woods and Elizabeth Woods are:
  1. +William Woods, b. Abt. 1695, Vester, Ireland, d. Abt. 1785, Little River, North Carolina.
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