Children of Obediah Woodall (~1770-1849)

Children of Obediah Woodall – (~1770-1849)[1]

In trying to uncover Obediah’s children I’ve found that using a timeline helps clarify who was where and when.

About 1770 – Obediah was born

1800 – Obediah was on a Tax list in Buckingham County

1810 – Obediah was in the 1810 census in Buckingham County

1 male less than 10 (James?)
1 male 16 to 25 – (possibly a child from an earlier marriage)
1 male 26 to 44 (Obediah 40)
1 female 16-25 (Mildred 20)

1815 – Obediah is listed as owning property adjacent to David Woodall in Buckingham County

1820 – Obediah was in the 1820 census in New Canton, Buckingham County

1 male 10 to 15 (James?)
1 male older than 45 (Obediah 50)
2 females older than 45 (Mildred 30, 2nd woman)

1821 – Obediah bought land from David Woodall

1830 – I have not been able to locate Obediah in the 1830 census

1832 – Obediah listed as owning part of David Woodall’s estate

1840 – Obediah was in the 1840 census in Buckingham County

1 male 60 to 69 (Obediah 70)
1 female 40 to 49 (Mildred 50)

1841 – Obediah owned property on Duckers Creek

1844 – Obediah sold land to several people

1847 – Obediah bought land on Stage Road

1849 – Obediah died in September

1850 – Land was sold to James Woodall by M[ildred] Woodall

James Woodall

James Woodall’s birth date varies from 1800 to 1810 through his census listings from 1850 to 1880 censuses. If he was born in 1800, Mildred was probably not his mother. Her death record and census records place her birth anywhere from 1790 to 1805. Even if she was born in 1790, it is unlikely that she would have had a child before 1805. It is possible that James was her son if we go by the later date of 1810. (I will discuss Mildred in a later post.)

So if James is the younger child on the 1810 census, was the male 16 to 25 another child of Obediah’s by an earlier wife? James is not old enough in any of the records I have seen to have been the male 16 to 25. So far I have not seen any records that can clarify who this person is or their relationship to Obediah.

Obediah Junior and Senior

Then we have Obediah Junior. Some of the land records and censuses list Obediah (1770) as Obediah Senior. The same record sources list an Obediah Junior. However, in this case, it appears that the Obediah Junior is Isaac’s son. Isaac is Obediah’s brother who is also living in Buckingham County. Obediah Junior fits into Isaac’s 1820 and 1830 census records. Then in 1840, he is listed as the head of household with his own family which contains a 60 to 70-year-old man. Isaac would have been about 65 at that time and he does not have his own listing.

In the 1850 census, Obadiah Woodall, age 40, had living with him Isaac Woodall, age 82. Also, in 1835, Obadiah Woodall, Junior bought land on Duckers Creek adjacent to Isaac Woodall from Isaac Woodall.

These are good indicators that this Obediah, born about 1810, was the son of Isaac and not Obediah Senior (1770).

Obediah F. Woodall in Iowa

There was an Obediah F. Woodall that was living in Iowa from before 1850 until he died in 1894. He claimed Virginia as his birth place. Several family trees have listed him as the son of Obediah (1770). However, I have not found any documents or records that connect the two men.

William Richard Woodall (1800-1888)

I have not been able to find any records for a William Richard Woodall for these dates in Buckingham County. There was a William Woodall in Campbell County in 1850, but the dates do not quite line up. I have searched both for Richard and William with no results.

When I looked at the family trees online that list William Richard Woodall as a son of Obediah (1770), their only documentation is each other.

There was a William Richard Woodall born in 1864 in West Virginia who was Obediah (1770) Woodall’s great grandson.

DNA Possibilities

There is a Y-DNA project for the Woodall family. I have not seen the original numbers, but I have seen some of the derivative work.

Two men claim descent from Obediah Woodall (1770), but both are descended through James Woodall and then through James’ son, Obediah Woodall born in 1837. I have not seen any other men who claim descent through another child of Obediah (1770).

Hopefully, at some point, a direct male descendant of Obediah F. Woodall from Iowa takes the Y-DNA test, then we may know whether he was a son of Obediah (1770).


Notes and Sources

[1] For the sake of this discussion I will be using 1770 as Obediah’s birth date. There are some people who use 1765 as his birth year. From various records, it looks as if Obediah’s brother, Isaac, was born about 1765.

Roger G. Ward, Land Tax Summaries & Implied Deeds, Vol. 2 (Athens, Georgia: Iberian Publishing Company, 1994).
Roger G. Ward, Land Tax Summaries & Implied Deeds, Vol. 3 (Athens, Georgia: Iberian Publishing Company, 1994).

U.S. federal census. Year: 1810; location: Buckingham County, Virginia; p. 826.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1820; location: New Canton, Buckingham County, Virginia; p. 118.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1840; location: Southern District, Buckingham County, Virginia; p. 372.
U.S. federal census mortality schedule. Year: 1850; location: District 2, Buckingham County, Virginia; p. 126.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1820; location: New Canton, Buckingham County, Virginia; p. 139, for Isaac Woodall.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1830; location: Buckingham County, Virginia; p. 294.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1840; location: Southern District, Buckingham County, Virginia; p. 372.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1850; location: Buckingham County, Virginia; p. 396A.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1850; location: District 7, Dubuque County, Iowa; p. 13B for Obediah F. Woodall.

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