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Lewis W Woodson

Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Greenbrier, West Virginia, United States
Death: Died
Place of Burial: Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Corbin Woodson, Sr. and Jemima Woodson
Husband of Caroline Woodson
Father of Mary McGuire; Lewis Frederick Woodson; John Woodson and Granville Sharp Woodson
Brother of George Woodson, Sr.; Delilah Lucas; Rev. Thomas Woodson; Jemima Nukes; Frances Cassels and 5 others

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About Lewis W Woodson

Woodson family oral history, dating to the early nineteenth century, has claimed that Thomas Woodson was the eldest child of Sally Hemings and her master President Thomas Jefferson.[1] That account has been disputed by Jeffersonian historians; there is no surviving record of Sally Hemings' having given birth to a surviving child before 1795, except for accounts written by the newsman James Callender.[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_Woodson

In addition, results of a 1998 Jefferson DNA study conclusively showed that there was no genetic link between the Jefferson male line and the Woodson male line.[3] The study's major findings were that the Y chromosome of the Jefferson male line matched that of Sally Hemings' son Eston's descendant. The Woodson Y chromosome did show northern European ancestry.

However, in the oral traditio, the descendants of Thomas and Jemima Woodson have been an important part of the Getting Word project because of an enduring family tradition that links them to Monticello. According to their family history, passed down through a number of different branches, Thomas Woodson was the son of Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson. While descent from Jefferson is not supported by genetic testing and a documented connection to Monticello has not been found, the Woodsons and the Getting Word project continue to pursue research to learn about this family and its history.

Thomas and Jemima Woodson helped to found a thriving farming community in Jackson County, Ohio, and the whole family was very active in the Underground Railroad. Their eleven children included five teachers and three ministers.



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Lewis Woodson (January 1806 – January 1878) was an educator, minister, writer, and abolitionist. He was an early leader in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Woodson started and helped to build other institutions within the free African-American communities in Ohio and western Pennsylvania prior to the American Civil War.

Woodson was among the original 24 trustees to found Wilberforce University in Ohio in 1856, in a collaboration between the AME and the Cincinnati Methodist Council. When the college faced financial difficulties during the American Civil War, the AME Church bought it from the Methodist Church in 1863, making it the first historically black college to be owned and operated by African Americans.

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More details at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_Woodson

In Chillicothe, Lewis Woodson married Caroline Robinson, also born in Virginia. The Woodsons had ten surviving children, many of whom followed their models in gaining education and contributing to their communities.

Their grandson George Frederick Woodson earned degrees from Drew University and Morris Brown University. He served as Dean of the Payne Theological Seminary at Wilberforce for over three decades, ending in 1937. Their grandson Howard D. Woodson earned a degree in civil engineering from what is now the University of Pittsburgh in 1899. He contributed to the design of Union Station in Washington, D.C. and also became a civic activist. A high school in the capital is named in his honor.

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Lewis W Woodson's Timeline

January 22, 1806
Greenbrier, West Virginia, United States
Age 18
Age 19
Age 20
Age 35
Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
January 14, 1878
Age 71
January 1878
Age 71
Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States