Robert Woodson, Jr.

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About Robert Woodson, Jr.

Robert Woodson, Jr. c.1662 Curles, Henrico, Virginia- February, 1729 Curles, Henrico, Virginia

Parents: Robert Woodson c.1634- October 1, 1707 and Elizabeth Sarah Ferris c. May 8, 1634-1689


  1. Elizabeth Lewis
  2. Sarah Lewis
  3. Rachel Watkins

Children with Elizabeth:

  1. Stephen c.1682- m. Mary Woodson, daughter of Joseph Richard and Mary Jane Woodson
  2. Joseph c.1685- m. Elizabeth Mattox
  3. Robert c.1687-
  4. Elizabeth c.1689- m. John Povall

Children with Sarah:

  1. Sarah c.1692- m. Joseph Parsons
  2. Mary c.1695-
  3. Agnes c.1697- m. Richard Williamson

Children with Rachel:

  1. Jonathan b. 1711
  2. Elizabeth 1713-c.1734 m. John Knight
  3. Judith b. 1715 m. John Cooke

In 1662, Robert Woodson Jr. (1660-1729) was in Curles, Henrico County, Virginia, where he died in February 1729. Robert signed a will on 7/6/1729 in Henrico Co., Virginia, and the will was probated in February of the same year in Henrico Co., VA.

From: Patricia Smith (on web)

"He was married three times. 1. Elizabeth Lewis 2. Sarah Lewis 3. Rachel Watkins. I can name 7 of his 10 children: 1. Stephen 2. Joseph 3. Robert 4. Jonathan 5. Elizabeth 6. Judith 7. Agnes. Stephan m/ his first cousin, Mary Woodson. Joseph m/ Elizabeth Mattox. Robert died without issue. Elizabeth m/ John Povall. Sarah m/ Joseph Parson. Mary died a maid. Agnes m/ Richard Williamson. Jonathan. no news. Elizabeth II m/ John Knight and Judith m/ John Cooke. Rachel Watkins, believe to have been daughter of Henry Watkins of Malvern Hill. Her mother later married Robert's brother-in-law, Edward Mosby. Robert and Rachel proposed their intention of marriage before the Henrico Monthly Meeting on 12th day 10th month 1710. When Robert died, his son Stephan, the executor of his estate, placed his younger children under his care. His wife, Rachel, must have died earlier as he did not mention her in his will."

     Robert Woodson Jr., was first married to Sarah Lewis, who was the daughter of John Lewis and his wife, Isobel Warner . Sarah's paternal grandfather was Robert Lewis, an immigrant from Wales. Her maternal grandfather was Augustine Warner, an immigrant from Norwich, England. Sarah died before 1710.

Sarah Lewis was probably a sister of John Lewis of Warner Hall. John Lewis and Lydia, his wife, first settled on Poropotank Creek in 1653. To them were born, probably a number of children; one of whom was Major John Lewis, who married Isabella. To these last was born, November 30, 1669, John Lewis who married Elizabeth Warner, daughter of Col. Augustine Warner and wife, Mildred Read. It is probable that Sarah Lewis, wife of Robert Woodson, was a daughter of Major John Lewis and Isabella. This family became very prominent in colonial affairs in Virginia.

In that year Robert Woodson (Jr.) requested to be “liberated” from his Henrico County Quaker community in order to marry Rachel Watkins, who was not of that Quaker community. In 1723, perhaps after Rachel's death, he requested to be received back into his earlier community of Friends.

Robert's 1729 will named only eight of his ten children, so two may have died before him.

The marriages of three of his children are of special interest:

     His son Joseph Woodson married Elizabeth Mattox, the daughter of Quaker immigrant, John Mattox, and his wife Margaret Kent.
     His daughter Sarah Woodson married Joseph Parsons.
     Elizabeth Woodson married John Knight.
     In the next generation, Joseph Woodson (son of Joseph Woodson and Elizabeth Mattox) married his cousin, Elizabeth Parsons (daughter of Sarah Woodson and Joseph Parsons): his aunt becoming his mother-in-law.
     The daughter of this marriage, Judith Woodson, married Jonathan Knight, the grandson of Robert Woodson Jr.'s second marriage: Judith was his great-granddaughter, whereas her husband was his grandson.
     Their daughter was Judith Woodson Knight who married William Amis.


Robert Woodson one of the Surveyors of the highways for this County having presented to this Court his warrant unexecuted pretending the unwillingness of his Company; Ordered that he take care to see sd. warrant fulfilled & returned according to law & that with the inhabitants above falling Creek the lower road be cleared to New Kent Co. (that being his precinct) & with his warrant he do present all persons appointed by him who refuse to assist him. April 1, 1685 . Ibid. p. 182.

Robert Woodson, Jr. , is granted Liberty untill ye next Court to bring in his discharge from ye portian due to his wife". Octr. 1, 1696 . Ibid. p. 119.

Robert Woodson, Jr. , Deft. vs Benjamin Hatcher Pltf. Trespass. Sd. Deft. on 17th Jany. last past (the same being the Lords day) wth force & arms did enter into one plantacon of the Pltf. in Henrico Parish in this Co. & did enter the Pltfs. house & take from it one half part of a back (or buck) and the skin, of the value of 40 shill. &c. To the Pltfs. Damage £40: sterl. Jury. Verdict, We find for Pltf. 5 s: damage: Judgt. awarded Pltf. agst. Deft. for sd. sum of 5 s. to be paid wth costs, also exc. Augt. 2, 1697 . Ibid. p. 153.

Robert Woodson Jr. , appointed constable of the Lower Precinct in this County on the North side of James River . Feb. 1, 1697. Ibid. p. 171.

Robert Woodson, Jr. , Constable in the Lower Precinct on N. side of James River in this County shewing that he hath duly executed the office of Constable aforsd. one whole year last past and praying to be discharged &c. Ordered that he be discharged from sd. office as soon as Tho. Carter (who is hereby ordered to serve in his stead) shall be sworn. Augt. 1, 1699 . Ibid. p. 230.

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Robert Woodson, Jr.'s Timeline

Age 18
Curles, Henrico, Virginia, United States
Age 19
Henrico, Virginia, United States
Age 25
Henrico, Virginia, USA
Age 28
October 1692
Age 30
Age 30
Henrico County, Province of Virginia
Age 31
Henrico, Virginia, USA
Age 33
Henrico County, Virginia Colony
Age 35
Henrico County, Province of Virginia