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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/.

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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.

Mildred Cason (~1790-1876) – Obediah Woodall’s Wife

Mildred Cason, Obediah Woodall’s wife, was probably born about 1790 in Buckingham County, Virginia. She was the daughter of William and Sarah “Sallie” (Beasley) Cason. Mildred does not have a birth record, but in the 1850 census her age was listed as 55 years old. That would have made her birth year about 1795. However, the 1860 census also had her age as 55, so that would have made her birth year about 1805.

I have not been able to locate Mildred in the 1870 census and she died on 19 June 1876 in Buckingham County, Virginia. She did appear in the death register of Buckingham County and her age was listed as 86, which would make her birth year about 1790. The informant for her death was her brother, Fuqua Cason.

Children of Obediah and Mildred?

Did Mildred have any children? If she was born about 1790, she was probably the 16 to 25-year-old female on Obediah Woodall’s census listing in 1810. She would have been about 20 at that time. There was a male child listed as under 10 years old. The male that was listed as 16 to 25 years old could not have been hers. In the 1820 census, a male child was listed in the 10 to 15-year-old range. I have not been able to find Obediah in the 1830 census and by the 1840 census just Obediah and Mildred were listed.[1] So it is possible that the younger child in the 1810 and 1820 census records was her son.

Was the young male listed in the 1810 and 1820 census records Obediah F. Woodall that was later found in Iowa? It is possible, but I have not found any documentation connecting the two families yet.

Was James Woodall Mildred’s son? It is possible if James was the young male in the 1810 census. However, that appears to make him younger than other records where his age is listed, such as the 1850 census where he was listed as 48 years old. The only document found that names both Mildred and James is the sale of Obediah’s estate in 1850. Mildred sold the land to James, who then sold the land to Wilson Gilliam. James and his family moved to Putnam County, Virginia sometime between 1840 and 1850. Was Mildred James’ mother? She might have been, but she did not move with his family to Putnam County and there was not any further mention of James in her papers.

Mildred’s Will

Mildred signed her will on 16 January 1873 in Buckingham County.

Mildred (Cason) Woodall, Will, 1873

Transcription of Mildred Woodall’s Will

I Mildred Woodall of the County of Buckingham State of Virginia, do
make and ordain this my my last Will and Testament in the manner
following to wit. I wish my Executor hereafter named to pay my just debts.
I give to Mary E. Bagby one bed and furnature. I give to Arthur
Bagby the land on which I former lived together with all my houshold
furnature except the bed given to his daughter Mary, stock and every thing that
I possess. I appoint my friend Arthur Bagby my Executor. Given under my
hand this 16 Jany 1873.

Witness                                                          Mildred (her X mark) Woodall
James H. Routon
E. J. Gilliam

Who was Arthur Bagby? Arthur married Mildred’s niece, Martha Frances Cason. So the Mary E. Bagby mentioned in her will is her great niece.

Relationship of Mildred Woodall to Arthur Bagby and Mary E. Bagby

We know who Mildred’s parents and husband were, but in many areas of her life there still unanswered questions.


Notes and Sources:

[1] The 1840 census listing for Obediah had a 2 in the 5 to 10-year-old male range. The number was smudged and the total number of persons was 3, which covered Obediah, Mildred, and a young male slave. So the 2 was likely an error.

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. Year: 1850; location: District 2, Buckingham County, Virginia; p. 414A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1860; location: District 1, Buckingham County, Virginia; p. 876.

Buckingham County, Virginia, Will Books, 1869-1927, Vol. 1. FHL database and images online (http://familysearch.org), film 1,907,128. Entry for Mildred Woodall, page 325-326.

Virginia Deaths and Burials, 1853-1912. FHL database online. (http://familysearch.org), film 2,056,973. Entry for Mildred Woodall, 19 Jun 1876, ref. 64.