Obediah Woodall – (ca. 1770 – 1849) – Part 1

Obediah Woodall was born about 1770 in Colonial Virginia. His father was David Woodall, a soldier in the Revolutionary War. A newspaper article from 1903 in the Farmville Herald mentions the Woodall brothers and an interesting family story.

“… The Woodall’s came to Buckingham about 1775 from Fairfax county on the Potomac river. George Washington, when he was surveying Lord Fairfax’s grant, boarded with the Woodall family and formed a strong attachment to the three brothers, Isaac, Obadiah and Nathan, engaging with them in athletic sports, especially wrestling, during his leisure hours. While wrestling with Isaac one day he accidentally threw him across a rail pile dislocating his hip and thereby crippling him for life.
When Washington was appointed generalissimo of the continental army, Nathan Woodall followed him to the war and acted on his staff as one of his aids. He was killed in the battle of Brandywine. The other two brothers, Isaac and Obadiah, came to Buckingham as aforesaid and settled in a bend of the Appomattox river called Devil’s Elbow. It is west of Fool’s Corner and is a romantic spot. They commenced farming and married, Obadiah leading to the Hymenial alter Miss Mollie Cason, the female Amison of Wood’s mountain, who could throw any of the boys who dared to wrestle with her and could carry fifteen gallons of water on her head in a tub up a steep hill and was the terror of all would be aggressors. On one occasion, after her husband’s death, Sheriff W. W. Forbes engaged with her in a scuffle over a negro girl he had levied, and was reluctantly compelled to draw his pistol in order to rid himself of the difficulty… – Robert Hales, M. D.”

The earliest record that I have found Obediah’s name in Buckingham County is the 1800 Tax List. He paid taxes for one man and two horses.


Sources and Notes:

Daughters of the American Revolution, Genealogical Research System, database (http://www.dar.org: accessed Jun 2017), David Woodall entry.

“Would-Be Resurrection of the Woodall Pipe,” Farmville Herald (Farmville, Virginia), 27 March 1903, col. 5.

Edythe Rucker Whitley, compiler, Genealogical Records of Buckingham County, Virginia (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1984), 39.

James Woodall (c. 1800-1888)

James Woodall was born about 1800 in Virginia to Obediah and Mildred (Cason) Woodall.

James married Mary Jane McCormick probably about 1834 in Virginia. She was the daughter of Samuel and Rebecca (Mitchell) McCormick and born about 1813 in Buckingham County, Virginia.

The 1840 census was the first one James was listed as the head of a household.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1840; Location: Southern District, Buckingham County, Virginia; p. 372.

2 males less than 5 years old (Obediah ~3, Samuel ~1)
1 male 30 to 39 years old (James ~40)
1 female less than 5 years old (Martha ~5)
1 female 20 to 29 years old (Mary Jane ~27)
1 male slave less than 10 years old
6 persons total

Ten years later, in 1850, James and Mary Jane were listed in the census in Putnam County, Virginia. The family was listed as follows:

U.S. federal census. Year: 1850; Location: District 46, Putnam County, Virginia; p. 284B.

James Woodall, age 48, Male, Farmer, born Virginia
Mary Woodall, age 37, Female, born Virginia
Martha Woodall, age 15, Female, born Virginia
Obediah Woodall, age 13, Male, born Virginia
Samuel Woodall, age 11, Male, born Virginia
Mary Woodall, age 9, Female, born Virginia
Sarah Woodall, age 7, Female, born Virginia
Richard Woodall, age 3, Male, born Virginia
Sarah Jeffers, age 80, Female, born Virginia

Mary Jane died on 11 November 1854 in 18 Mile Creek, Putnam, Virginia of the flux.

James moved to Union in Mason County between 1860 and 1870. The 1870 census listed him at the age of 61 living in Union with his daughter, Susan.

In the 1880 census, James was listed as living with his son, Obediah, in Union.

James died about 1888. He was buried in the Long Hollow Cemetery on the Woodall Homestead in Jackson County, West Virginia.

James and Mary Jane had the following known children:

  • Martha Rebecca Woodall was born about 1835 in Virginia.
  • Obediah Woodall was born on 9 November 1837 in Buckingham County, Virginia. He died on 17 September 1924 in Wilkesville, Vinton, Ohio.
  • James Samuel Woodall was born about 1839 in Virginia.
  • Mary Ann Woodall was born about 1841 in Virginia.
  • Sarah Woodall was born about 1843 in Buckingham County, Virginia.
  • Richard Andrew Woodall was born on 13 August 1844 in Kanawha County, Virginia. He died on 16 October 1937 in Dwight, Livingston, Illinois.
  • Susan E. Woodall was born in 1852 in Putnam County, Virginia. She died in 1893 in Jackson County, West Virginia.

Sources:

West Virginia Deaths, database and images online. West Virginia Division of Culture and History (http://wvculture.org). Mary J. Woodall death register, Putnam County, 11 November 1854.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1860; Location: District 4, Putnam, Virginia; p. 888.
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.

James Woodall, Memorial #6054260, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com (http://www.findagrave.com).

 

Obediah Woodall (1837-1924) — Obediah’s Second Wife

Obediah Woodall married a second time on 8 January 1862 in Mason County, Virginia. He married Mary Jefferys, the daughter of William Elias and Catharine (Grimm) Jeffreys. Mary was born on 18 January 1835 in Mason County, Virginia.

Obediah lived in Union, Mason County, West Virginia with Mary through 1910. In the 1910 census, Obediah was listed as 72 years old and a farmer. Mary was listed as 75 years old and their daughter, Susan, who was 30 years old was also living with them.

Obediah and Mary (Jefferys) Woodall

Mary died on 30 January 1917 of apoplexy in Ripley, Jackson County, West Virginia. She was buried in the Long Hollow Cemetery in Jackson County, West Virginia.

Obediah Woodall moved to Vinton County, Ohio and was living with his son, Andrew O. Woodall at the time of the 1920 census. He was listed as 83 years old and widowed. Obediah died of a cerebral hemorrhage on 17 September 1924 in Wilkesville, Vinton, Ohio at the age of 86. He was buried with Mary in the Long Hollow Cemetery in Jackson County, West Virginia.

Obadiah Woodall and Mary Jefferys had the following children:

  • Elizabeth Jane Woodall was born 30 November 1862 in Mason County, West Virginia. She married Daniel Alfred Hysell on 18 January 1885 in Mason County, West Virginia. She died 9 September 1931 in Lorain County, Ohio. She is buried in the Ridgelawn Cemetery in Elyria, Lorain, Ohio.
  • Mary Ellen Woodall born April 1864 and died of measles on 26 April 1864 in Mason County, West Virginia.
  • William Richard Woodall was born on 13 December 1864 in West Virginia. He married first Willie Evaline French on 31 December 1885. He married second Donna B. French on 3 April 1921. William died on 4 December 1955 in Leon, Mason, West Virginia. He was buried in the Leon Cemetery in Leon, Mason, West Virginia.
  • James Boyd Woodall was born on 26 November 1866 in Mason County, West Virginia. He married Viva Norris on 24 December 1896 in Jackson County, West Virginia. He died 20 January 1953 in Chillicothe, Ross, Ohio. He was buried in the Grandview Cemetery in Chillicothe.
  • Benjamin Franklin Woodall was born 5 April 1869 in Point Pleasant, Mason, West Virginia. He married Luella J. Griffith about 1907. He died 2 March 1960 in Carlton County, Minnesota. He was buried in the Itasca Calvary Cemetery in Grand Rapids, Itasca, Minnesota.
  • Susan Alice Woodall was born 22 September 1871 in Mason County, West Virginia. She died 5 January 1931 in Wilkesville, Vinton, Ohio. She was buried in the Long Hollow Cemetery in Jackson County, West Virginia. Susan never married.
  • Cora Belle Woodall was born on 6 November 1873 in Ripley, Jackson, West Virginia. She married William L. Kessell on 24 May 1896 in Mason County, West Virginia. She died on 5 February 1953 in Evans, Jackson, West Virginia at the age of 79. She was buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Parchment Valley, Jackson, West Virginia.
  • Andrew Obadiah Woodall was born 12 February 1875 in Jackson County, West Virginia. He married Verna Norris on 21 December 1901 in Jackson County, West Virginia. He died 20 January 1960 in Vinton County, Ohio. He was buried in the Vinton Memorial Cemetery in Vinton, Gallia, Ohio.

Notes and Sources:

West Virginia Marriages, database and images online. West Virginia Division of Culture and History (http://wvculture.org). Obediah Woodall/Mary Jeffres marriage, FHL film #567,389.

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

U.S. federal census. Year: 1850; Location: District 46, Putnam, Virginia; p. 282B.
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: Union, Mason, West Virginia; e.d. 0062, p. 8A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1910; Location: Union, Mason, West Virginia; e.d. 0114; p. 3A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1920; Location: Wilkesville, Vinton, Ohio; e.d. 157, p. 4A.

Mary J. Jefferies Woodall, Memorial #5130884, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com (http://www.findagrave.com).
Obadiah Woodall, Memorial #5130830, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com (http://www.findagrave.com).

Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953, database and images online. FamilySearch.org. (https://familysearch.org). Obadiah Woodall, 17 September 1924, FHL film #1,992,604, reference number 52210.