Archibald Woods/Shelton Historical Article-1900

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of HISTORIC ANCESTOR ARCHIBALD WOODS SR OF MADISON COUNTY KY Archibald Woods known in afterlife afterlife ast Senior to distinguish him from a son of that name who wan a prominent lawyer of Madison county Ky was the fourth son of Col William Woods otVirgmla and Susanah Val lace his wife He was born in what is now Alhemarle county Va OH the 27th of January 1749 and was married on the 5tb of August 1773 to Miss Mourning Shelton a daughter of Wig Shelton and Lucy Harris Lucy Harris being the daughter of Major Bobert Harris and Mourning Glenn and Robt Harris the son of William Harris and Temperance Overtoil Wm Harris was the only sun of Robert Harris an immigrant from Wales in 1651 9 who manicd the widow Rico nee Claiborne Claiborne Temperance Overton was the daughter of William Overton and Mary Waters and William Overton was the sun of Col Overton who commanded commanded a brigade ot Ironsides at Dun bar under Cromwell In 1774 Archibald Woods Sr moved to Monroe county Va being then a resident of Montgomery county Va He entered tile military service of the United States as Captain ol Vir ginia militia and at once set out from what is now Monroe county Va Under Under Col Russell on a march of 200 miles to the relief of Fort Watauga This expedition lasted about six weeks and the return march was hastened by an express bringing the intelligence that the Shawnee Indians had com menced hostilities On reaching home he found the people forted and he was placed in command of the fort and local defenses until sprint After this except except I during intervals of inclement winter winter weather he was almost constantly employed in the frontier defensesfirst under Col Samuel Lewis then under Col Andrew Donnelly and lastly under under Col James Henderson until after the surrender of Cornwallis in 1781 He then surrendered his commission as Captain of Virginia militia to the I Greenbriar county court ai d never saw afterward afterwardHe He first came to Kentucky in December December 1781 lIe returned to Virginia in February 1782 and removed with his family to Estill Station Madison county Kyin the fall of that year The next year 1783 he made his first Kentucky Kentucky crop on Pumpkin Run where he had contracted with Col Estill for 400 acres of land including a spring repre sented to be everlasting but the spring going dry that year the contract with Cot E till was cancelled and in January January 1784 he bought land on Dreaming Creek a few miles north ot the present site of Richmond where he built Woods Fort and there lived between 25 and 2G years The first land he bought in Madison county is described by him in a deposition as 1000 acres of us good land as any in the Estill Station Station survey and the price paid for it was a rifle gun The original commission of Patrick Henry governor of Vireinia appoint d him with nine others Gentlemen Justices Justices of the Peace for Madison county Ky to take effect August lli85tho natal day of that countyIs still pre served iu the possession of Judge Wm Chenault of Richmond Ky The same document also appoints the same persons Gentlemen Commissioners of Oyer and Terminer with full juris diction to try and punish slaves for all penal and criminal offenses including the infliction of capital punishment AT THE FOUNDING OF RICHMOND lie was still a magistrate in 1798 and as such voted for the removal of the county seat from Old Town or Mill ford and presided at the court that es tablished and named the town of Richmond Richmond making it the county seat and became one of its first Trustees He was appointed sheriff of Madison county county May 4 1801 After a long litigation and possession of a quarter of a century he was finally evicted of his home and laud on Dreaming Creek in a suit brought by one Patrick and Delng disgusted with the landlaws of Kentucky that in the afternoon of his Ufa took from him his i home and the bulk of his estate on a mere technicality he moved with his family in the fall of 1809 to Williamson county on Beans reek middle Tennessee Tennessee In that State his wife Mourning Mourning Woods died September 7 1817 aged 61 years and 8 months On January January 30 1818 ho married Dorcas Hen derson and lived for a time in Franklin county Tenn This marriage proved aVery aVery unhappy one and a separation having occurred he returned to Madison Madison county Ky in 1820 In January 1833 being then a feeble old man of 84 years and wellnigh stripped of his property he filed an application at Washington for a pension for military service in the war of Independence and was promptly granted a pension of 480 per annum to date from March 4 1831 But for the affidavits of himself himself and witnesses then living in this application and the pension no documentary documentary proof could now be had of his military service except the Virginia military land warrant He died De cember 13 1836 aged 87 years 10 months and 17 days at the residence of his son Archibald Woods Jr Fort FOR MANY I I WQmEN r THBWEDDIM kI WEDDIM l RIMO 15 BUt A I LINK OF A CHAIN OF I IAND AND I MISERY I JtISERYDR FAVORITEPRESGRIPTIOn I Estill Madison county Ky Archibald Archibald Woods Sr was a fine specimen of the oM Virginia gentleman He maintained his carriagCB horses and driver np to his death lie was rv roan Qf marked intelligence great personal pride and dignity The hospitality of his home was proverbial and his life public and prjvnle was pitched on the highest ideals of manhood and patriot ism < c CAPERTOX GOOIlLOK His eldwt child Iuc Wuols married married Wui Cnpertou and they areralll parents of Col JIUIIPB W Cnpi rton of Richmond Ky HiM tiiird child Susan Woods nianlfil Wiu Uoudluo of Mad ison county among whose dtcendanta are many wollknowu citizens of Madi son and other counties There were ten children in all most of whom were married and raked fans lifts but a few words about the niccr tors of Archibald Woods SrA and some collaterals may be of more general interest interest WOODS FAMItY Ill the army of Oliver Cromwell which Invaded Ireland in 1649 thee was an English trooper by the name of Woods who was so well pleased with the country that he finally settled in that Island and made his home in county Meath He had a non John Woods who married Elizabeth Warsup whose pedigree runs back to Adam Loftus Archbishop of Dublin and Lord Chancellor of Ireland born in Yorkshire Yorkshire England in 1534 John and Elizabeth Woods had at least five children towit Michael James William William Andrew and Elizabeth Michael Woods the oldest was born in 1631 and married Miss Mary Campbell of the Scottish Clan Campbell of Argy leshire Scotland Elizabeth Woods married Peter Wallace Wallace of the Scotch Clan Wallace and about 1726 all five of the above named children of John Woods who were then probably all heads of families immi grated to America They stopped about 8 years in Pennsylvania and then settled in Virginia and North Carolina Michael Woods acquired and improved a very fine estate which he named Blair Park and which became widely known as the Barony including Woods Gap now Jarmons Gap in Goochland now Albemarle county Va and lived there until his death in 1762 Michael and Mary Woods had nine or ten children towit William Michael Jr James Johnand Andrew Magdalen Martha Hannah and Margaret Margaret Magdalen Woods married in Pennsylvania John McDowell and from them decended the famous Surgeon Surgeon Dr Ephraim McDowell of Danville Danville Ky and the late Maj II C Mc Dowell of Lexington Ky The other three daughters Martha Hannah and Margaret married respectively their first couslnsPeter Jr William and Andrew Wallace all sons of Peter and Elizabeth Wallace These three couples are the progenitors of hundreds of Wal laces now scattered over the Union Gen Lew Wallace author of Ben Hur and etc is one of them and Judge Caleb Wallace of the first Ap pelate Court of Kentucky was also a decendent of Peter and Elizabeth Wallace Wallace John Woods married Susanah Anderson and had a numerous progeny progeny composing many of our best citizens citizens in this and adjacent counties Mr Clarance Woods of the CLIMAX decends from Michael Woods Jr William Woods the eldest son of Michael and Mary Woods was born at the castle of Duushanglin Ireland in 1705 He acquired a large estate in Albemarlo and adjacent counties in Virginia and took an active part in the Colonial Wars holding the rank of Colonel Colonel At one time he conveyed GO negroes and 7200 acres of land to his cousin CupL McDowell He married Susanah Wallace and bad seven sons and two daughters towit Adam Peter Archibald the subject of our sketchJohn Andrew Michael hannah hannah and Elizabeth Peter Woods married married Inol Kavenaugh was a pioneer Baptist preacher in Madison county Ky where he lived many years then moved to Tennessee and then to Boone county Missouri Hannah Woods married Williams Kavenaugh brother to the wife of Peter Woods They also came to Kentucky and settled in Madison Madison county Ky at a very early date and are tho grandparents of H H Kavenaugh a very prominent Bishop cf the Methodist church Elizabeth Woods married first Philemon Kav enaugh another brother to the wife of Peter Woods Philemon Kavenaugh died in Virginia and his widow came to Kentucky with her brothers Archibald Archibald and Peter Woods Hero she married married second Thomas Shelton brother to the wife of Archibald Woods and a pioneer Baptist preacher of Madison county Sho had by her first husband husband William Woods Kavenaugh who married Elizabeth Miller parents of the lato Mrs John W Walker and Mrs James G Denny of Garrard coun ty and Nancy Kavenaugb who married married Benjamin Estill By her second husband Thomas Sholton who was killed by the Indians in the wilderness wildernessI I between Kentucky and Virginia in 1794 she had three daughters Susan Betsy and Lucy Shelton who married respectively Thomas Read Richard Moberly and Johnatban Estill Join D GOODLOE Whites Station Ky NOTE It will be observed that the author of the above modestly omits mention of himself I take the liberty of inserting here the fact that he the Hon John D Goodloe is a native of Boyle county and is one oi the most worthy discendeuts of Archibald Woods Sr The ashes of many of his ancestors rest in Madison county both his grandfathers Wm Goodloe and John Duncan three greatgrandfathers Archibald Woods Sr Galen White and Benjamin Duncan and one great greatgrandfather Harry White who died in 1821 aged 87 years and lies buried on Col John D Harris place not more than 350 yards from the old burnt house I have examined the volume in Judge Goodloes possession from which the foregoing article was compiled and for the benefit of the numberless dlscendsnts of the Woods Goudloes etc will say that this volume volume contains data secured after great labor in both Englaudand America and it would be well tcfhaveit printed in enduring form for if it is misplaced valuable records will be forever lost Kav CLIMAX J RCigtxJhlisarcka Bismarcks irwi Nerve I is at i I is of I a

Clipped from The Richmond Climax03 Jan 1900, WedPage 4

The Richmond Climax (Richmond, Kentucky)03 Jan 1900, WedPage 4
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