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Richard Wooldridge

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Chesterfield, Virginia
Death: Died in Russell, Kentucky
Place of Burial: Russell Co., KY
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Son of Capt. William Wooldridge, Sr. and Frances Branch
Husband of Jane Wooldridge
Father of Frances (Fanny) Woolridge; John Wooldridge; Mary Miller; James Wooldridge (4); William Wooldridge and 8 others
Brother of William Henry Wooldridge
Half brother of Capt. Gibson Wooldridge; Thomas F. Wooldridge; Edward Wooldridge; Sarah 'Sally' Flournoy Wooldridge and Martha 'Patty' Davis

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About Richard Wooldridge

Military service: Revolutionary War in Northwest DAR Ancestor #: A130218

Biography

As early as 1736, Richard's father, William Wooldridge, may have rented land from John Roberts in the part of Henrico County, Virginia which later became Chesterfield County. The two families lived in the same vicinity. The Halifax County, Virginia wills of both John Roberts (1774) and his wife Jane Roberts (1795) name their daughter Jane Wooldridge. However, the migration of Roberts family members appears to have left family members out of touch with one another, as Jane Roberts' will poignantly gives her daughter Jane Wooldridge 40 pounds specie, and in case she is dead, to be equally divided among her children. (8) 

Richard may have led his father's family's emigration from Chesterfield to Surry County, North Carolina. Richard is the first to appear there, on a tithe list in 1771. (10)    While Richard’s father William and his younger children eventually (early 1780's) moved on to Georgia and South Carolina, Richard headed west. He is on a 1777-1778 tax list for Washington County, the area of western North Carolina once known as Franklin, which later became eastern Tennessee. He paid taxes of £8, 12 shillings and 42 pence on property worth £841, 11 shillings. (11)  According to Wooldridge researcher, Ms. Claire Utt of Kansas, he was a member of the First County Court there on February 23, 1778. Apparently he continued to own land on Laurel Fork there even after moving on to Kentucky. Carter County, Tennessee was created from Washington County. Later Carter County deeds refer to Richard Wooldridge adjacent to William Wilson (1796), and Benjamin Cuthbert Sr., and John McElyea (1800). (12) Some of his children were born in North Carolina (i.e. western North Carolina or eastern Tennessee) between 1777-1781.

Richard Wooldridge's name appears on a 1782 Lincoln County, Kentucky militia payroll in Captain John Snoddy's company for an expedition against the Shannese (Shawnee) Indians under the command of Brigadier General George Rogers Clark. (13)   Lincoln County then included much of southern Kentucky, specifically, the territory from which Green, Adair, and Russell counties were formed. That is where Richard spent the latter part of his long life.

From Russell County, Kentucky, History & Families , p. 10, (22) "From the records examined, it seems that the Wooldridge family was the first to live on Greasy Creek though of course that point will always be open to debate. These Wooldridge’s had come to the Skaggs settlement very early, being connected by marriage to them and to the Vance family.......

Virginia turned the remainder of the military land over to the new state of Kentucky to sell at low prices to actual settlers. In 1796 Green County had a commission granting land to settlers. From the surveys resulting we see that Richard Wooldridge and his son William had received 200 acres each on Greasy Creek, while James Wooldridge got his on land on Lily Creek.

The first County Court Order Book has been lost, but the second one shows "April 14, 1799 Richard Wooldridge is allowed to build a grist mill on Greasy Creek." These Wooldridge men are the only ones known to be Russell County settlers who were on the first tax lists of Green County for the years 1795-96....."

In 1797, his father, William, far off in Georgia, left Richard Wooldridge slaves Kate, Caesar and Phebe "now in his possession." Like his father, Richard lived to a tremendous age of the times, at least 90. Richard made his will (23) in Russell County, Kentucky on March 4, 1828, and died in the next few days, as the will was probated March 17, 1828. It names all of his children in apparent order, giving the daughters' married names, and appoints son-in-law William Vance and son James Wooldridge as executors. According to Susan Henderson, his primary property was 200 acres of land "which included 3 or 4 good Mill Seats," valued at $400.50. His personal property (household goods and livestock) was sold at auction on June 16, 1828, for only $56.29 1/2. (24) 

Will

WILL OF RICHARD WOOLDRIDGE, SR.

In the name of God Amen, I Richard Wooldridge, Sr. of Russell Co., KY. being sick and weak in body but sound of mind and disposing memory (for which I thank God) & calling to mind the uncertainty of human life and being desirous to dispose of all such worldly estate as it has pleased God to bless me with, I give and bequeath the same in manner following, that is to say I give and first desire that all the perishable part of my estate be immediately sold after my demise and out of the monies arising there from, all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid.

Should the perishable part of my estate prove insufficient for the above purpose then I desire that my executors, hereinafter named may sell a part of my real-estate to pay and satisfy such debts remaining.

Secondly, I desire to have my estate, both real and personal to be divided equally between my several sons and daughters and to be enjoyed by them forever; James Wooldridge, Fanny Vance, John Wooldridge, Richard Wooldridge, Elizabeth Smith, William Wooldridge, Polly Miller, Sally Long, Patsey Perkins and Jesse Wooldridge.

Thirdly I give to my daughter Jane Wilson, her executors and administrators, five dollars.

Fourth, All the rest of my estate both real and personal of whatever nature or kind so-ever it may be not herein before particularly disposed of I desire may be equally divided among my several children hereinbefore named which I give to them their heirs, executors, administrators and assign forever.

Lastly, I hereby appoint my son-in-law William Vance and my son James Wooldridge executors of this my last will and Testament, hereby revoking all former wills or testaments by me heretofore made. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 4 March 1828, in the presence of:

John Ballenger, William M. Pierce, John Hartley

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Richard Wooldridge's Timeline

1738
1738
Chesterfield, Virginia
1764
1764
Age 26
Chesterfield, Virginia, USA
1764
Age 26
Virginia, United States
1765
1765
Age 27
Russell, Virginia, United States
1769
1769
Age 31
1770
1770
Age 32
Virginia, United States
1772
1772
Age 34
1773
1773
Age 35
Virginia, United States
1773
Age 35
1775
1775
Age 37
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