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William Richard Woodall – (1864-1955)

William Richard Woodall (1864-1955)

William Richard Woodall was born on 13 December 1864 probably in Mason County, West Virginia. (See notes #1 & 2.) He was the son of Obadiah and Mary (Jeffries) Woodall. William was listed in the 1870 census under his parents along with his sister, Jane, and two brothers, Boyd and Benjamin. In the 1880 census, he was listed as 15 years old and going to school.

William Richard Woodall married Willie Evaline French on 31 December 1885 in Jackson County, West Virginia. Willie Evaline French was born 2 February 1865 in Ohio, the daughter of James Allen and Minerva A. (Bennett) French.

William and Willie had seven children over the next eleven years. All but one, Bertha born in 1894, survived and were listed on the 1900 census. Bertha died on 9 May 1897 from whooping cough. In 1900, the family was living in Ripley and William was working as a sawyer, someone who saws wood.

Willie Evaline died on 21 August 1906 in Jackson County, West Virginia. She was buried in the Long Hollow Cemetery in Jackson County, West Virginia.

William Richard Woodall and Willie Evaline French had the following children:

Okey Franklin Woodall was born on 22 November 1886 in Jackson County, West Virginia. He died 17 June 1977 in Putnam County, West Virginia. He was buried in the Buffalo Memorial Park in Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia.

Lola Ethel Woodall was born on 28 August 1888 in Jackson County, West Virginia. She died on 13 October 1991 at the age of 103 in Worthington, Franklin, Ohio. She was buried in the Leon Cemetery in Leon, Mason, West Virginia.

Cora Belle Woodall was born on 27 October 1890 in Jackson County, West Virginia. She died on 3 April 1984.

Charles Edgar Woodall was born on 2 September 1893 in Jackson County, West Virginia. He died May 1979 in Columbus, Franklin, Ohio. He was buried in the Leon Cemetery, in Leon, Mason, Ohio.

Bertha M. Woodall was born on 2 September 1894. She died on 9 May 1897 in Rockcastle, Jackson, West Virginia. She was buried in Long Hollow Cemetery in Jackson County, West Virginia.

Benjamin Ray Woodall was born on 20 August 1895 in Rockcastle, Jackson, West Virginia. He died on 10 December 1980 in Akron, Summit, Ohio.

Edna Louise Woodall was born on 19 September 1897 in Rockcastle, Jackson, West Virginia. She died on 11 August 1988 in Ripley, Jackson, West Virginia. She was buried in the Long Hollow Cemetery in Jackson County, West Virginia.

In the 1910 census, three boarders were living with William’s family. Dona B. and Elzena French were his sisters-in-law and Dorris V. Wolfe was his niece. Dona continued to live with the family through the 1920 census. On 3 April 1921, William married Dona B. French, sister of his first wife, Willie Evaline. Dona was also the daughter of James Allen and Minerva A. (Bennett) French. She was born in August 1879 in Jackson County, West Virginia.

After 1920, William and Dona moved to Pocatalico, Putnam, West Virginia. The 1930 census lists William and Dona living on the “Waters of Bailey Fork.” William was working as a sawyer in a sawmill. In the 1930 census, William and Dona were living in Union, Mason County, West Virginia. William was listed as 76 and Dona was listed as 60 years old. At that time, William was a farmer.

William died on 4 December 1955 in Leon, Mason, West Virginia. He was buried in the Leon Cemetery in Leon, Mason, West Virginia.

Dona died five years later on 12 January 1960 in Leon, Mason, West Virginia. She is also buried in the Leon Cemetery.

William Richard Woodall and Dona B. French had no known children.


Notes and Sources:

Note #1: William’s death records and the 1900 census list his birthdate as 13 December 1864. However, his gravestone has 1865 as his birth year. I have not been able to find a birth record for William. The West Virginia Archives online database only lists two births for 1864. The FHL film #1855007 that contains births from 1853 to 1879 has a large gap from 1859 to 1865. I will be using the 1864 date until further information comes to light.

Note #2: Was William born in Mason County or in Jackson County? Most of the records that I have seen just say “West Virginia.” The 1860 census listed Obediah and his first wife, Mary Jane Jordan, living in District 1, Mason County, Virginia. After Mary Jane died, Obediah married Mary Jefferies in 1862 in Mason County, Virginia. On 1 January 1864, Obediah registered for the Civil War Draft. The index for the Draft listed him as living in Jackson County. If you look at the page, the county name is obscured because of the tight binding of the book. The county could either be Mason or Jackson because all that you can see is the ‘son.’ The 1870 census listed Obediah and Mary living in Union, Mason, West Virginia. So it is probable that the family was living in Mason County from 1860 to 1870. However, the delayed record of the birth of their son, Benjamin Ray Woodall, who was born in Rockcastle, listed the birthplace of his father, William Richard Woodall as Rockcastle, West Virginia.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1870; Location: Union, Mason, West Virginia; p. 35A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1880; Location: Union, Mason, West Virginia; e.d. 098, p. 362A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1900; Location: Ripley, Jackson, West Virginia; e.d. 0034, p. 26B.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1910; Location: Ripley, Jackson, West Virginia; e.d. 0114; p. 3A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1920; Location: Wilkesville, Vinton, Ohio; e.d. 0052, p. 13A.

West Virginia Marriages, database and images online. West Virginia Division of Culture and History (http://wvculture.org). William Richard Woodall/Evaline W. French marriage, FHL film #567,218.

West Virginia Marriages, database and images online. West Virginia Division of Culture and History (http://wvculture.org). William Richard Woodall/Dona French marriage, FHL film #567,224.

West Virginia Deaths, database and images online. West Virginia Division of Culture and History (http://wvculture.org). Mary Woodall death certificate, certificate number 7571.

Willie Eveline French Woodall, Memorial #6053866, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com (http://www.findagrave.com).

William Richard Woodall, Memorial #6053641, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com (http://www.findagrave.com).

Donna B. French Woodall, Memorial #6053587, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com (http://www.findagrave.com).

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David Woodall (~1742-~1830) – Part 2

About 1780

After David left the army and returned to Buckingham County, Virginia he had another son, John Willis Woodall. I have not found documentation for the relationship in Buckingham County, but he is listed with the DAR as a descendant and son. This John Willis later married Catherine Childress in Prince Edward County, Virginia. He is believed to have died in Robertson County, Tennessee about 1840.

1800

David was listed in the 1800 tax list. He paid for 2 [men] and 3 [horses]. With his name is listed a John W., but there isn’t any indication whether this is his father, John Woodall, or his son, John Willis Woodall.

1810

David was listed in the 1810 census. He is listed right above Obediah Woodall, Isaac Woodall, and William Woodall. William was likely David’s brother since the listing is for 1 male 45 years and over. David’s listing contained several people. So it is possible that he had more children than I have been able to document.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1810; location: Buckingham County, Virginia; p. 826.

1 male 10 to 15 years old
1 male 16 to 25 years old
1 male 26 to 44 years old (John Willis age about 30?)
1 male 45 years and older (David age about 68)
1 female 16 to 25 years old
1 female 26 to 44 years old
3 females 45 years and older
11 slaves
20 persons total

Woodall family in the 1810 census, Buckingham County, Virginia

David also bought property in 1810. He bought 40 and ½ acres on Duckers Creek from William Woodall. Later in 1813, he was listed as owning a residence on the Appomattox River with adjacent land and also land on Duckers Creek. It was noted a year later that he had land adjacent to William Woodall.

David bought an additional 8 acres adjacent to his residence in 1816 and more land along Duckers Creek. David was also on the Tax list for 1816.

1820

Ten years later, in the 1820 census, David’s household had less than half of the number of people that were listed in the 1810 census.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1820; location: New Canton, Buckingham County, Virginia; p. 118.

1 male 10 years old or less
2 males 26 to 44 years old
1 male 45 years old or more (David about 78 years old)
1 female 26 to 44 years old
1 female 45 years old or more
1 male slave less than 14 years old
7 persons total

Since David was listed in the New Canton area we can get an idea of where his land was located. In 1821, David sold 18 and ½ acres of that land to his son, Obediah.

New Canton, Buckingham County, Virginia, 1864

 

1830 to 1831

David probably died about 1830. He was not listed in the 1830 census and in 1831 his land was listed as an estate. Isaac was listed as having 94 and 3/4 acres on Duckers Creek, “his part of estate of David Woodall.” Obediah was listed as owning 18 and 1/2 acres on Duckers Creek, “his part of estate of David Woodall.” No other persons were listed as part of the estate division.

Whether David left a will or not is unknown. If he did, it was probably in the Buckingham Courthouse records that burned.


Notes and Sources:

Daughters of the American Revolution, Genealogical Research System, database (http://www.dar.org), David Woodall entry, Ancestor #A128286.

Edythe Rucker Whitley, Genealogical Records of Buckingham County, Virginia (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1984), p. 30.

Estelle Stewart King, compiler. Buckingham County, Virginia Records, 1786-1858. (Salt Lake City, Utah: digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2009) FamilySearch.org.

Roger G. Ward, Land Tax Summaries & Implied Deeds, Vol. 1 (Athens, Georgia: Iberian Publishing Company, 1994).

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

United States Coast Survey, Krebs, C. G., Lindenkohl, H. & Rusling, J. F. (1864) Middle Virginia and North Carolina. [Washington, D.C.: The Survey] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/lva0000030/.

David Woodall (~1742-~1830) – Part 1

David Woodall is an ancestor that has left few surviving documents. However, by piecing together information from his parents, siblings, and children we can begin to form an outline of his life.

Birthdate between 1742 and 1755

About 1742 is the birthdate that I have been using for David Woodall. That is about two years after his brother, Jacob, was born. Several online trees and the DAR list David’s birth year as 1755, which is possible, but probably a little late. His son, Isaac, was listed as 82 years old in the 1850 census, which would place his birthdate as about 1768. If Isaac was born in 1768 and David had been born in 1755, David would have been about 18 years old at the birth of his first son. That is not impossible, but less likely than if he had been a few years older. The truth probably lies somewhere in between 1742 and 1755.

David was the son of John and Judith (Sampson) Woodall and born in Goochland County, Virginia.

About 1768

About 1768, David had a son, Isaac Woodall, who was born in Buckingham County, Virginia. I have not found the name of David’s wife in any of the available records. Obediah Woodall, another son, was born about 1770.

Very few records exist for David in the first twenty to thirty years of his life. He does show up on the Tythables list for Buckingham County, Virginia in the years 1773 and 1774. He also signed his name to a few local petitions. If his name was on any other paperwork during this period it was probably lost in the courthouse fire in Buckingham County.

1776 to 1779

On 1 December 1776 David joined the army and was a Private during the American Revolution. He served under Captain Henry Conway and Captain Nathan Reid. He was under Colonel William Davies of the 1st and 10th Virginia Regiments. Most of his surviving records during the War are army payroll pages or muster roll pages such as this one below. Reading notes posted on the payroll sheets, it looks as if David did not receive any pay until 1779 and then he did receive regular pay for that year. David was discharged on 1 December 1779.

David Woodall, Muster Roll, 1779


Notes and Sources:

Daughters of the American Revolution, Genealogical Research System, database (http://www.dar.org), David Woodall entry, Ancestor #A128286.

Edythe Rucker Whitley, Genealogical Records of Buckingham County, Virginia (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1984), p. 30.

Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783, database online. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2007.) NARA microfilm publication M246, Record Group 93.