Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Valentine Wood (1787-1855): Undated Memorandum

["Copy from a paper left by Valentine Wood [(1787-1855)], as a memorandum of his family descent." Folder 10, Trigg-Floyd Collection, Special Collections, John Cook Wyllie Library, The University of Virginia's College at Wise (formerly Clinch Valley College), Wise, Virginia. This is my rough transcription].

The two Woods, father & son, were noted men in their day & worthy of an extended memorial.

Valentine & Rachel Wood of London had issue two children.

I  Rachel died unmarried in England.

II Henry Wood born in London July 8, 1676 (old style); sailed from London March 4, 1713, and arrived at Yorktown Virginia May 19, 1713; lived with Christopher Robinson as his apprentice as a merchant, on Rappahannock river; left Robinson August 2, 1716, and came to Henrico Co; and settled at "Bremo" in Henrico Co. November, 1717.

Henry Wood was a person of good education, strong natural parts[?], and uncommon vivacity of temper. He acted forty odd years as attorney-at-law and as county clerk, and in both of these occupations gained much credit, and established an umblemished character and also acquired a considerable fortune for his children. He married on Sunday the 13th October 1723 Martha Cox, daughter of William and Sarah Cox, and died at his seat of "Woodville" in Goochland County May 2, 1757.

Issue of Henry Wood and Martha, his wife.

I. Valentine, colonel in the Revolutionary army; born Monday, September 2, 1724 at 2 o'clock in the morning, baptized Friday, October 23, 1724. William Finney, Stephen Cox and Ann Hopper, sponsors; married January 3, 1764, Lucy Henry (born in Hanover county March 27, 1743, died in Fluvanna county July 14, 1826) daughter of Col. John Henry (father of Patrick Henry) and Sarah Winston Henry, and left issue eight children.

II. Sally from December 4, 1726; baptized January 29, 1727; married William Pryor.

III. Patty born October 7, 1732; married William Meriweather July 21, 1751.

IV. Three other children who died unmarried.

Issue of Valentine and Lucy (Henry) Wood

I. Henry, died unmarried.

II. Martha, born in Goochland County March 12 1768 and died in Washington City September 30, 1834; she married twice -- first, Major Stephen Southall of "Wickham[?]," Henrico county, eldest son of Col. Turner Southall; second, married George Frederick Stras.

III. Mary, married Judge Peter Johnston, son of Peter Johnston of "Cherry Grove," Prince Edward County, Virginia.

IV. Valentine, died unmarried.

V. Lucy, married Edward Carter of "Blenheim," Albemarle County, Virginia, son of John Carter of "Shirley." 

VI. John, married Gertrude Spencer, daughter of Charles Spencer.

[Henry Wood (1676-1757)
Christopher Robinson (1681-1727) 
Martha Cox (1702-1747)
Valentine Wood (1724-1781)
Lucy Henry (1743-1826)]

[Many thanks to William Myers, Mary Davy, Sally Young and Susan Davis for their ongoing research collaboration.]

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