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I think it is important to know our family history.   Over the years we have compiled a lot of information about our ancestors, much of it due to the efforts of my sister Monnie Bess Woods Jones.   In this paper I will try to tie all of these pieces of information together in a meaningful fashion. John Tom Woods


Since Woods is my family name I will begin with my Woods ancestors.  I will relate some of the process of finding our roots.


            September 7, 1995  A few months ago our cousin Joyce Brooks Wedgeworth gave to my sister Patsy Ruth Woods Byerly a copy of a letter that was found in her Grandfather’s Bible.  It was a letter from F.M. Woods, dated July 1, 1904 at North Birmingham, Alabama to his nephew Tom Woods at Sugar Hill, Texas. (I was born in the house that at one time was the Sugar Hill Post Office.  It was the home of a Dr. Williams and also the post office before Mama and Daddy bought the place (for $16.50 per acre for 107.5 acres, which was a fortune in those days).)  F.M. Woods was the brother of my Great-grandpa Joseph Woods.  The Tom (Thomas Seth) Woods that he wrote to was the brother of my Grandpa, James Alonzo Woods and thus my Great-uncle.  The Jim that he mentions in the letter was my Grandpa.  F.M. Woods was my Great-great-uncle. 


Our cousin, James Roy Woods who lives at Beckville (The grandson of my Daddy's brother Joseph Hardy) recently went to Alabama in search of our ancestors.  He found out quite a lot, which I will summarize below.  F. (Francis) M. (Marion) Woods and his wife Sophronia (Galloway) had six children; Florence A. (Annie), b. Oct. 5, 1870; William Corine (Willie), b. 1873; Alice Theo, b. April 25, 1875; Mary Elizabeth (Mamie), b. 1878; Clementine (Tina), b. 1881; and his only son, Thomas Dargan, b. 1888.  When F.M. wrote the letter in 1904, the three youngest children were still at home; he mentions them in the letter.  Tom would have been about 16 then. 


At the time of the 1910 census, Tom was 22 and shown by occupation to be a stenographer for a lumber company.  Ten years later he was listed as being a bookkeeper for a lumber company, was married to Laura Lyman and had a son Tom Jr. age 1 year and 4 months.    James has tried to find Tom Jr., but so far no luck.  Hecould very well still be living, and would be about 77 now. 


I told my sister Bess that Tom would have been at a prime age for service during WW II.  He could have been killed or maybe settled some place else after the war as so many veterans did.  He could be any place.  My sister Bess thinks she has found our Grandpa's daddy, Joseph Woods in the Alabama census records. There is no actual proof that he is "our" Joseph though.  She was looking for the Arnolds (Grandpa's mother was Mary Ann Arnold) and found them living in Talladega County Alabama in 1850, but Mary Ann (my Great-grandmother) was not living with them.  Instead Bess found her living with an elderly couple named Wilson in Lauderdale County.  Of course there is no way of knowing why she was there. The interesting thing is that a few houses away from the Wilson’s there was a Woods family consisting of James T. Woods, his wife Eliza and a 3-yr. old son Moses.  Also in the home was a brother to James T. named Joseph and a sister named Sarah.  Mary Ann and this Joseph Woods lived near to one another and are almost sure to have been acquainted.  To have her marry a Joseph Woods different than this one is highly improbable I would think, but we may never know.  I am satisfied that this is our Joseph.  We have since learned that this Joseph Woods was not “our” Joseph.


 In 1850, Francis Marion Woods would have been only 4 years old.  I suspect he was still with his parents, in some records listed as Thomas Dargin (should be Dargan) and Cynthia E. Woods.  In the 1870 census, F.M. and Sophronia, married on Dec.7, 1869 had two people living in the house with them.  Both had the last name Woods.  One was Cynthia, age 52 and the other whose name is hard to read, but appears to be Martha, age 20.  These must be the mother and sister of F.M. Woods. 


According to records, copies of which I got from my cousin James Woods, F.M. Woods entered the Confederate Army as a Private in Company C. 10th Regiment, Alabama Volunteers on March 10, 1862, at Montevallo Alabama.  He was in the service until April 9, 1865.  F.M. Woods was with the Confederate Army in Appomatox, Virginia on the very day that General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Confederate Army to General Ulysses Grant.  General Grant paroled all of the Confederate soldiers.  They had to lay down their arms (except officers were allowed to keep side arms).  I wonder if Francis Marion saw Generals Lee and Grant at the Appomatox Courthouse.  Probably not!  The men were given a days rations, allowed to keep their horses and leave for their homes.  Francis Marion Woods was several hundred miles from Birmingham, Alabama. 


Armies were assembled of companies and regiments of relatives, friends, neighbors and acquaintances.  I expect the men traveled in groups, much as they did before the war ended. They undoubtedly foraged for food and camped out along the way home.  They were traveling through friendly territory and were probably helped out by the people along the way.  I wonder how long it took them to get home?  Francis Marion Woods was likely named after General Francis Marion "The Swamp Fox" who commanded the Continental Army Militia in South Carolina during the War for Independence. 


It is possible that one or maybe even both of Francis Marion’s Grandfathers served as Continental soldiers under General Marion.  We have learned that his great grandfather Frame Woods served briefly in the Continental Army.  As for his mother’s family we know nothing - not even her maiden name. 


We know that my Great-great-grandfather Benjamin F. Goodson (Bessie Edna Brown--Catherine Naomi Dove--Casandre Goodson--Benjamin Franklin Goodson) was one of Marion's soldiers.  It is very possible that our forebears on both sides; my mother's and my father's, were there together fighting the British with General Marion.  They could have been friends (even relatives) and shared their meals around the campfires on Snow Island there in the Pee Dee River in the swamps of South Carolina. 


A note here about the census records.  I have copies of the 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910 and 1920 census for Chilton County Alabama where these relatives were living at that time.  I got the records from Cousin James Woods.  There are many discrepancies in the records; such as names and ages.   F.M. Woods, was a Baptist Minister.  He was the pastor of a number of different churches and some of them more than once.  Records show that he was married to Sophronia Galloway in 1869.  He died in 1913 and she in 1926, only four years before I was born.  In the census of 1870 and 1880 his wife is listed as Sophronia, in 1900 his wife is listed as Sara, and he is listed as F.E. Woods.  In 1910 his wife is listed as Matilda.  At first I thought we had the wrong family, but there in the home was Mamie, Tina and Thomas D., the same children F.M mentioned in his letter to my great uncle Tom.  It is a certainty that F.M. Woods never had but one wife.  As a Baptist Minister he would not have divorced - not in those days.  We know from the records that Sophronia out-lived him, so he was not a widower. 


The way the census worked then: An enumerator went around from house to house and interviewed the people.  They never knew what he wrote down.   According to an old retired Minister in his 80's that James talked with in Alabama last month; most of the enumerators were "Carpet-Baggers" and the people did not cooperate with them.  He said sometimes a family would load up in the wagon and go off some place to avoid the census if they knew the enumerator was coming by.  Or they might deliberately provide false data; or maybe a neighbor supplied the information.  The enumerators were probably noteducated beyond being able to read and write.  I'm sure they guessed at spellings, or maybe even substituted names when they happened up on those that were hard to spell.  


On September 15, 1995, I was in the library reading about the Woods' in South Carolina (Francis Marion Woods was recorded in a census record as having been born in South Carolina).  I thought about the Thomas D. Woods listed as Tom Jr. in the 1920 Alabama census.   I went to the computer the library has and did a search of the phone directory for all of the United States.  There were 12 Thomas D. Woods listed.  When I got home I sat down and wrote a letter to all 12 of them asking if they were descended from Francis Marion Woods born March 3, 1846.  


On Monday Evening September 18th, I had a call from Tom Jr., who lives in Stone Mountain Georgia now.  He is 77 years of age and was the Tom Jr. listed in the 1920 census as being 1 yr. And 4 mos. Old.   We talked for 30 minutes or more.  He has a book titled "Joseph Woods of South Carolina", and will make a copy and send it to me.  I believe this Joseph Woods is the Grandfather of Francis Marion and our Joseph, but he may be back another generation or so.  We now know he was the great great grandfather of Francis Marion Woods.  Tom has a son also named Thomas D. who lives in Lawrenceville, Ga.   He also got one of my letters.  Tom also has his Grandfather's (Francis Marion) Bible that contains quite a lot of information that he will share with us.  Tom said that, his great grandfather, Thomas Dargan Woods, was born July 23, 1808.  That he married Elizabeth, who was born August 14, 1818, on December 4, 1836.  They had several children, one of whom was Joseph Rogers Woods, born December 4, 1838 (my great grandfather).


Tom also told me that he has a cousin (son of F.M.'s daughter Alice and her husband William Walter Perry) named Glenn O. Perry in California.  His address is 10200 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, Ca.  92640.  According to Tom, Glenn has a niece in San Diego who is working on the family history and might have more information.  I have written to Glenn to get the niece's address so I can write to her.  Glenn never gave me her name or address, but got the information from her and sent it to me.  Tom told me he would like to have a copy of the letter of July 1, 1904 and also a copy of the picture of his Grandfather, Grandmother and Father.  I wrote him and am sending Zerox copies to him.  If this is a photograph that they don't already have I would like to get a negative made and send him a good copy if possible.  I'm sending cousin Joyce Brooks this information, so maybe she will go ahead and have a negative made.  She never did. 


Thursday, September 21, 1995. 


About 8:00 P.M., I had a call from Glenn Perry in California.  He thanked me profusely for the copies I sent to him (the picture of his Grandpa, Grandma and Uncle, Thomas Dargan Woods, and a copy of the letter that Francis Marion wrote to Uncle Tom. Glenn said that his Mother Alice Woods Perry had accumulated a lot of records on the family history.  It was her wish that the papers be given to Samford University in Birmingham when she died.  Her daughter took all of the papers to the University and they said they would catalog them.   Glen also told me that he talked with his niece today and she is sending him what she has.  He will go through it and send me copies of what is appropriate for the Woods family.  In reviewing the census records that James sent to me, I concluded that there were seven children born to F.M. and Sophronia.  Glenn told me that there were only six.  Mary Elizabeth in the 1880 census became Mamie in the 1900 census; so they are one-and-the same.   Glenn also told me that his Grandpa (Francis Marion) fought in the battle of Gettysburg, and that his family had his musket.  That it used to be kept in a closet.  Someone in the family took it and no one owns up to having it now, so he doesn't know what happened to it. Glen has a book that tells the history of some prominent families, his included, but he couldn't tell me the name of it.  He lives in a nursing home and I gather must be incapacitated.  Said he would get the information for me.  My cousin James has been in contact with a lady with the Darlington County Historical Society in Darlington, South Carolina.  She sent him a list of information available on the Woods Family there.  He checked off what he wanted copies of and sent it back.  She is to get the material together and send it to him.  James says she is almost as excited about this as he is.  James gave me copies of what he got and it will follow later in this paper.


My line is as follows: (Some early generations are not shown in the pedigree charts above!)


By Generation:


______Woods and Isabel Frame


These were my, 7th great grandparents.  _______Woods was born in Scotland and immigrated to Ireland where he married Isabel Frame whose father came from Scotland.  Possibly her mother was also from Scotland, but she may have been Irish.


Andrew Woods and _________


Andrew, his wife and nine children sailed from Londonderry, Ireland about 1727. During the voyage to America, Andrew and eight of the children died.  Andrew and three of the children are buried on the Island of Antigua, four children were buried at sea prior to the arrival at Antigua and one child was buried at sea between Antigua and Philadelphia. The youngest child, Joseph, was the only one of the nine children, that embarked, who survived the voyage.   The eldest son Samuel, who came to America before the rest of the family and the youngest son Joseph cared for their mother and thrived in the new, world.   They became men of wealth and prominence and left many descendents.                 


Joseph Woods and Elizabeth Logan





 “ Joseph Woods of South Carolina


All of us are apt to think that any family information we need is never far from hand.  Perhaps that is true if we know whom to contact but after nearly three hundred years it is hard to find.  The copy of the delightful small manuscript by Mary Woods Morgan after she was past ninety years old gives us the background of the family in Ireland.   


About the year 1670 Sir James Graham, better known as "Claverhouse", was sent into Scotland to compel the Presbyterians to conform to the established worship of the Church of England.  From that time on, till William and Mary came to the throne, the Presbyterians of Scotland worshipped in hidden places and in peril of life.  James 1st had induced the Scotch people to go to the northern part of Ireland in 1610; they settled principally in Downs, Londonderry and Antrim, and to this day the character of these counties is superior to that of other inhabitants of Ireland. So, during the Claverhouse persecutions, many of the Scots escaped to Ireland and joined their Presbyterian brethren, some crossing the narrow sea in open boats.  They carried with them their unswerving integrity and their peculiar religious faith, all the more dear to them and firmly rooted, because so watered with tears of sorrow.    


These were the people, composed of parts of different tribes, and from different parts of Scotland, who went to the north of Ireland and who have been known as Scotch-Irish.  This name does not denote a mixture in blood and Presbyterian in religion; the Irish were Celtic in blood and Catholic in religion; and these elements do not mingle.  The races are yet distinct in Ireland, although more than two and one-half centuries have elapsed since the Scots emigrated there.  The name Scotch-Irish is purely American; in Ireland they are called Scotch.


They prospered greatly in Ireland, but after a time, the British Government began to tax them and harass them in countless ways; also exorbitant advances were made in their rents until they were reduced to poverty.  Actuated by the same spirit that made our country what it is, they determined to leave a land that was endeared to them by no tradition only by adoption.     


About the beginning of the 18th century the emigration to the American colonies began.  My great, great grandfather emigrated from Scotland to the north of Ireland.  He married Isabel Frame, whose father had emigrated from Scotland.  She was born and died in Tryonne County, Ireland.  Their son was Andrew Woods (my great-grandfather).  His eldest son, Samuel Woods, came over to Pennsylvania and wrote back such glowing accounts of this land and urged so strongly for his father to come, that Andrew Woods, with his wife and nine children, sailed from Ireland about 1727 or 1728.  They had a stormy passage and a very brutal captain. I suppose he knew little of navigation and became more and more furious as he got farther and farther out of his course. That he got widely out of the way is proven by the fact that they were driven upon the Island of Antigua, north of South America.  From bad weather and insufficient and bad provisions and a crowded vessel, the ship fever broke out and many of the passengers died.  Andrew Woods and three of his children died and were buried on the Island of Antigua.  They stayed there several weeks and at last sailed for Philadelphia.


Water became scarce and the captain finally declared it was almost all gone, and put them on so short an allowance that many died of thirst.  One of Great grandfather's daughters, Rebecca, a young woman, died in sight of land, calling for water.  She was buried in the ocean.  Finally, after being forty-two weeks on the voyage the poor mother landed at Philadelphia with one child, my grandfather, Joseph Woods.  He was then about four years old.  All the others, her husband and children had died during the voyage.  After landing at Philadelphia it was discovered that there were several hogsheads of water which the captain, in his brutality, had denied to his passengers.


She found her son, Samuel, and lived with him the remainder of her life, dying at a very advanced age.  Joseph Woods, (my grandfather) remained in Philadelphia until after his marriage with Elizabeth Logan. 


Before the War of the Revolution, Samuel and Joseph Woods emigrated to South Carolina; and Joseph Woods became very wealthy.  Being an active Whig, he was appointed a delegate to the Continental Congress.  He went to Charleston in 1776, preparatory to going to Philadelphia but was taken sick and died.


My father, his eldest son, (named after his grandfather buried on the Island of Antigua) went to Charleston, attended him through his sickness and buried him.  Coffins with raised lids were not common in those days, but his coffin was made of cedar, finely polished, and there were four flying angels, one on each side in front of the largest part and one on each side at the foot.  These were inlaid with gold and on top in the middle was a silver plate with his name and age and the words "Liberty or Death".  He was buried in the cemetery at Charleston.   


My father entered the army and was a captain.  The winter of '78 the Southern army wintered near the North Carolina line, and was so reduced by death and the desertion that when spring came the companies had to be consolidated and the captains drew lots for command.  My father drew a blank and went home.  He moved to Wilkes County, North Carolina, where I was born, and also my brother, Joseph Hamilton Woods.  My great grandfather, David Hamilton, lived in Augusta County, Virginia.  He lived to be ninety-six years old. His daughter, Suzannah Hamilton, my grandmother was married to Jas. Stephenson.  Their daughter, Mary Stephenson, married my father, Andrew Woods.  My mother, Mary Stephenson, was born in Augusta County, Virginia. It was with her aunt, Mrs. Stephenson, sometimes called "Stinson", that Washington boarded quite a while when surveying in that region.  She had seven or eight sons, and Washington was very intimate with the family. 


I suppose the Stephensons emigrated to South Carolina before my father's marriage.  My grandfather, Joseph Woods, was a slaveholder, but father as soon as he was old enough to think on the subject, was a firm opponent of the system.  I remember hearing him say that the Negro would be as great a plague and curse to the people of the United States as the children of Israel were to the Egyptians.


The above story was copied from a small manuscript, written by our great aunt Mary Woods Morgan, the daughter of Andrew Woods of Revolutionary fame.  This was written after she was past ninety years old.  She died January 20, 1877. 


Signed   -   Lily Woods Pence   -   Xmas 1888.


South Carolina. Historical and Genealogical Magazine  -  Vol. VII, Pages                        103-5. Sept. 7, 1775.  Members of the Second Provincial Congress (South Carolina) List of Delegates elected 7, 8, 28, and 29th of last month to represent the inhabitants of South Carolina in the Colony Congress to be held in Charles Town on 1st day of December next.


       For the District between the Broad and Catawba Rivers, adjoining the New Acquisition            

                                                "Joseph Woods Esq."


who died February 14, 1776,  and the same day an election was ordered by Congress to fill the vacancy.   


(The newspapers not published between Jan. 1776 and April 1777 and I can find no other account of his death). 


                     Mabel S. Weber,

                     Charleston Library Building,

                     King Street,

                     Charleston, S.C.      




The New Acquisition, represented by Joseph Woods in the South Carolina Provisional Committee, reorganized as First South Carolina Provincial Congress, was the district in Northern South Carolina between the Broad and Catawba Rivers.  He may have been elected or agreed on, prior to his death, as a South Carolina Delegate to the Continental Congress, in which case, he would have become a signer of the Declaration, but I have no record to prove this.  See Journal 1st South Carolina Congress; appointing Committee to arrange his funeral, Feb 13-14, 1776.


There is a record in the courthouse in Chester County, Pennsylvania, of the applying of taxes about 1729-1740 of Samuel Woods, the elder brother of Joseph Woods, of Tyronne County, Ireland.


These two brothers ultimately moved to the New Acquisition in South Carolina, where Joseph became a Revolutionary Patriot. 


Mrs. Morgan's account of the family tells of the terrible trip from Ireland to America.  A number of years ago, a friend of a descendant of Andrew Woods saw and got photostatic copies of the records in Antigua.  Another copy was sent to England to show how old records on the Island of Antigua were.  A few years later (1950) a descendant of Andrew Woods and her husband were on a cruise and saw the actual record in the Anglican Cathedral on the Island of Antigua.  I am quoting from an article by Leslie H. Newman called  “South Of the Virgins”.


        ******In the Antilles, Columbus claimed a foothold in the New World for the Spanish Crown.  Here the English, the French, and the Spaniards fought for centuries claiming islands for their respective kings.  Here the pirates and. brigands fought for the same periods claiming as much as they could for themselves.  Here a ship from Londonderry, Ireland bound for Philadelphia made its first landfall in 1728 and buried half of the passengers including Andrew Woods and three of his children.




ANTIGUA (pronounced An-Tee’-ga)


        ******We entered the Churchyard through a side gate in the rather high iron fence, walked through the cemetery where several of the plots had their own iron fences and a number of goats found tombstones ideal spots in which to sun themselves, and went into the Church.  No one was there.  We left the church through the opposite door thinking that we might find the rectory.  We found ourselves at the top of a flight of steps, twenty feet above a street.  A group of sub-teen age girls were sitting on the steps so we asked them where we might find the Dean.******


Dean G. S. Baker was very pleasant.  He remembered looking up the record of the burial of Andrew Woods several years before for an American Army Officer.  He thought that he had a photostatic copy of the register so he searched briefly for them, and then remembered that he had taken them to England as a sample of the older records of the Cathedral.  Dean Baker told us that it was impossible to locate exactly the earlier graves.  In answer to our request the Dean said that he would be very glad to show us the register if we could come back at about five.  He had a funeral that afternoon.  When we told him that we had to return to the boat at five thirty he drove us back to the Cathedral in his car.  To an American, who is used to large American cars, there was something rather humorous, but not in the least undignified, about the Dean in his long unbleached linen robe, with his wide brimmed low crown hat sliding into the driver's seat of a bantam green British car.  


From a wooden locker in a small room in one of the wings of the Cathedral, Dean Baker took a package which was marked "1700 to1750".  The binding of the register was gone and the edges of the sheets showed signs of time.  Each sheet was ruled in ink and on the heavier rulings the paper was weakest.  A vertical line separated dates from the names and horizontal lines separated each of the chronological entries.  The Dean opened the register at 1732 and started turning toward the earlier dates.  There, in the precise script of the period, with each letter perfectly formed, were the names and the date of burial of people the world has long forgotten.  For many this register may be the only remaining record of their life.  Some entries showed a town name, many did not.  A few carried remarks such as "A Child" or "A Seaman".     Early in 1728 many entries were marked "From Londonderry". Probably all were passengers on the same ill-fated ship, which sailed from Ireland in 1727 carrying a maximum passenger load bound for the new hopes and new homes in the colonies.  An entry from January 16, 1728, read, "Body of Andrew Woods from Londonderry".  This was preceded by, "January 14, "Body of Rebecca Woods".  After several intervening lines came, "February 1, "Body of John Woods, from Londonderry".  As far as is known Andrew Woods' wife, whose given name has not been recorded, left Londonderry with her husband and nine children.  Andrew Woods and three children are buried at Antigua, presumably four children died at sea before reaching the Island, and one child died within sight of land after  re-embarking for Philadelphia.  Mrs. Woods and one son, Joseph, finally completed the tragic voyage to what was to become the United States. ********


A lot of information has been found in an Old Woods Scotch Bible which was owned by Mrs. Walter Weatherhead of St. Paris, Ohio on February 10. 1932. 


Isabel Frame who was born and died in Tyronne County, Ireland, married ________ Woods.  Their son was Andrew Woods, born in Ireland about 1680 and died on the Island of Antigua, West Indies, 1728.  Strange to say no where is his wife referred to except as Mrs. Woods.  Andrew Woods and his wife seem to have had ten children.  The eldest, Samuel, came to America early.  Before the boat, bringing the rest of the family to America, reached Antigua four of the children seem to have died.  On the Island, the father and three more died.  Mrs. Woods continued the journey with her two remaining children.  However, before the boat could land, one of these died.  Thus, when she disembarked at Philadelphia there were only two left of the eleven who had left Ireland, Mrs. Woods and Joseph.


Samuel Woods had settled in Pennsylvania and left descendants but this deals principally with the descendants of Joseph Woods.


Joseph Woods was born in Ireland July 15, 1723 and died in Charleston, South Carolina, February 13, 1776.  He married in Pennsylvania about 1747-1748,   Elizabeth Logan who was born June 11, 1727 and died January 19, 1768.  The above mentioned Old Scotch Bible gives these as the dates of Joseph Woods' first wife Elizabeth Logan.  They had seven children.                


       1.  Andrew Woods born September 16, 1749


        2.  Hekel (Isabel) Woods born the fall of 1750


        3.  Margaret Woods born September 20, 1751


        4.  Frame Woods born January 20, 1754


        5. Rebeka (Rebecca) Woods born May 24, 1756


         6. Thomas Woods, one source, Old Woods Scotch Bible gives           birthday as December 13, 1758 and in May 1833 when Thomas Woods made application for a Revolutionary pension, he gave his birth date as December 13th.  Another source gives it as  

December 31, 1758.  However, I  believe December 13, 1758 is correct.


      7. Elizabeth Woods born November 8, 1761.  The same above mentioned Bible gives the date of death of the first wife of Joseph Woods, Elizabeth Logan.  Joseph Woods married a second time in South Carolina, Isabel _______,who died in 1780.  They had one child. 


       8. Mary Parmelia Woods born August 18, 1773  


Isabel Woods' last name has not been discovered nor the date of her birth but she died January 9, 1780.  There is at least one deed on record in York County, South Carolina signed by Joseph Woods, and his wife Isabel.  The following is such a deed.


Deed Book- C 442                                                        November 28, 1774       


                    Joseph Woods and Isabel his wife of Parish of St. Marks                        

                     Province of South Carolina  


                    To Joseph Alexander of Mecklenburg County Province of No

                     Carolina.  Minister of the Gospel.

                     300 acres   -   Broad River

                     Granted to Joseph Woods 25 April 1774.


                     Signed    Joseph Woods


                                    Isabell Woods


                     In presence of Frame Woods

                                               James Scott

                                               Edith Woods

                     Sworn to and witnessed 23 Dec.1794. 

Frame Woods


I.  Andrew Woods, the first son of Joseph and Elizabeth Logan Woods, was born September 16, 1749 and died March 26, 1803.  He married on December 2, 1779, Mary Stephenson who was born 1752 and died June 22, 1844.  They were the parents of Ten children.  Source of information is the afore mentioned old Scotch Bible.


1.  Susanna Hamilton Woods born December 5, 1780, died November 11, 1851.  


2.  James Stephenson Woods born March 28, 1784 died June 1849.      


3.  Elizabeth Logan Woods born August 4, 1782.


4.  Mary Stephenson Woods married a Morgan born  June 17, 1786, died January 20, 1877.


5.  Margaret Woods born June 2, 1788.


6.  Rebeckah Woods born April 26, 1891.    


7. Joseph Woods born December 25, 1793 died June 1871.  On November 12, 1818 he married Sallie Hervirin, born December 16, 1800.  Their children:


a.  Margaret Ann Woods born December 14,1819


b.  Thomas Frame Woods born June 2, 1822


c.  Eliza Jane Woods born September 29, 1824


d.  Mary Ann Woods born 1827


e.  Rebecca Ellen Woods born December 8, 1833


8.  Andrew Woods born March 7, 1796


9.  David Woods born October 4, 1798  


10.  Frame Thomas Woods born December15, 1800


I have been unable to find any record of Hekel (Isabel) Woods or of Margaret Woods, first and second daughters of Joseph and Elizabeth Logan Woods


II. Frame Woods, the second son of Joseph and Elizabeth Logan Woods was born January 28, 1754, and died before November 28, 1816.  He married Edith Rogers who died after 1816.  His will is attached.  He names his wife and all his children including a daughter, Margery, about whom nothing can be found.  Supposition is that he did not approve of her marriage and removed her name from the family Bible.


 In the name of God Amen.


I Frame Woods of Anson County North Carolina do make and ordain this my last will and testament, being of sound mind and memory, but knowing that it is appointed unto all men to die, as concerning my burial I leave to the direction of my executors and surviving family.

I will and bequeath to my beloved wife, Edith, my Negro man named Jack forever,  two beds and furniture, half of the kitchen and household goods forever also one half of my stock of horses, cows, and hogs, and half of my books forever.


I will and bequeath to my daughter, Anne, my Negro boy named Jery forever, her bad and furniture with half of the kitchen and household furniture, half of my stock of horses, cattle and hogs, with half of my books.  I will and bequeath to my daughter, Margery, five dollars over and above what I gave her at her first marriage[1].  After all my debts are paid, I will and bequeath to my beloved wife one-third part of the remainder during her life or widowhood, then that part to be equally divided amongst my sons, Joseph, Isham F., Andrew, and my daughters Mary and Anne, and in the same manner the other two-thirds.


       I appoint and ordain my sons Joseph Woods and Andrew Woods my executors with their Mother as Executrix, and I do hereby disannul all other and former wills to all intent and purposes. 


I allow my son, Joseph, to prove an account against my estate on account of money he paid on account of his brother William although it might be barred on account of date.


       Signed, sealed, and pronounced this eighth day of December one thousand eight hundred and fifteen  (1815) .


In presence of


       John Henry Duncan           

       Frame Woods (L S) 

       Ducan A. McRa


       South Carolina Darlington district


Personally appeared John Henry who being duly sworn saith he was present and did see the Reverend Frame Woods sign and acknowledge the within to be his last will and testament and that Duncan A. McRa and this deponent witnessed the due execution hereof in the presence of each other and of the testator, and that the said Frame Woods was at the time of signing the same of a sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding as this deponent doth believe.


Sworn and subscribed to this 28th day of November 1816.  John Henry and qualified Edith Woods Executrix, Joseph Woods, and Andrew B. Woods, Executors.        


George Bruce Ordinary D.D


Of the daughters of Frame and Edith Rogers Woods, I have been unable to find out anything.


Joseph Woods, the first son, who married Hepzibah Dargan, was born

July 7, 1781 and died March 23, 1855.  They had six children.              


1.  Thomas D. Woods went West, Mississippi I think.  There are descendants but I do not know the names.)


The section below with the yellow background was added by John Tom Woods. It contains the descendants of Thomas D. (Dargan) Woods and was not a part of the booklet about Joseph Woods of South Carolins


1.  Thomas Dargan Woods born July 25, 1803 in Darlington, South Carolina, died June 27, 1867 in Marengo, Alabama. Married                        December 4, 1836 in Darlington, South Carolina to Cynthia Elizabeth born August 14, 1818 in Darlington, South Carolina. Their children were:

 a.  Alexander Dargan Woods born August 6, 1837 died August 10, 1837.


Joseph Rogers Woods born December 4, 1838 in Coffee County, Alabama, died December 25, 1862 in Beckville, Panola, Texas. Buried at Sugar Hill Cemetery, Beckville, Panola, Texas.  Married July 9, 1857 to Mary Ann Arnold born April 4, 1833 in Talladega, Alabama died in 1875 in Beckville, Panola, Texas. Buried in Sugar Hill Cemetery, Beckville, Panola, Texas.  Their children were:


1) James Alonzo Woods born September 17, 1858 in Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama, died February 11, 1948 in Troup, Smith/Cherokee, Texas, buried at Waldrop Cemetery, Fairplay,  Panola, Texas. Married December 15, 1878 to Ella Margaret Stone, born August 4, 1861 in Beckville, Panola, Texas, died September 3, 1936 in Beckville, Panola, Texas, buried at Waldrop Cemetery, Fairplay, Panola, Texas.  Their children were: (all born at Beckville, Panola, Texas and all buried at Waldrop Cemetery, Fairplay, Panola, Texas  except where otherwise noted.)


a) Robbie Irene Woods born November 12, 1879, died October 13, 1909 in Beckville, Panola, Texas. Married December 17, 1896 to Jefferson Stokes Allen.


b) Annie Zell Woods born November 18, 1880, died April 13, 1891 in Beckville, Panola, Texas.


c) Joseph Hardy Woods born October 15, 1882, died  August 6, 1960 in Carthage, Panola, Texas. Married May 24, 1904 to Ada Gertrude Gentry.


d) John N. Woods born September 1, 1884, died May 19, 1911 in Thurber, Erath, Texas. Married about 1904 to Ollie Belle Harris.


e)  Francis Eugenia Woods born August 9, 1886, died March 24, 1954 in Conroe, Montgomery, Texas. Married January 1, 1903 James Kenney  Williams.                                          


f) Ada Bloom Woods born December 6, 1887, died    August 18, 1888 in Beckville, Panola, Texas.


g)  Flora Belle Woods born September 1, 1888, died about 1926 in Beckville, Panola, Texas. Married about 1907 to Samuel Scott Crawford.


h) Thomas Monnie Woods born August 12, 1891, died September 27, 1933 in Beckville, Panola, Texas. Married November 7, 1915 to Bessie Edna Brown in Henderson, Rusk, Texas.


i) James Lonnie Woods born August 12, 1891, died August 19, 1956 in Beckville, Panola, Texas. Married December 10, 1921 to Gladys Loduska Jones.


j) Harmond Franklin Woods born September 7, 1894, died November 12, 1950 in Houston, Harris, Texas. Buried at Southpark Cemetery, Pearland, Brazoria, Texas. Married October 13, 1915 to Shadie Cornelia Starrett.


k) Benjamin Osborne Woods born August 20,1899, died July 16, 1900 in Beckville, Panola, Texas.


l) Mattie Marguerite Woods born June 26, 1902, died March 4, 1985 in Carthage, Panola, Texas Buried at Youngblood Cemetery, Beckville, Panola, Texas. Married December 14, 1924 to Frank Smith.


2)  Thomas Seth Woods born  1861, died 1944. Married Marge Ann Amanda Sears


Mary Elizabeth Woods born 1884, died 1965.  Married

Frank Gentry 1878-1938


b)  Effie Beatrice Woods born 1887, died 1978.  Married

     James Edward Gentry 1883-1940


c)  Thomas Arthur Woods born 1888, died 1942 Married

     Alta Crawford 1884-1968


Joseph Homer Woods born 1891, died 1892. 


e)  James Walter Woods born 1893, died 1980.  Married

      Alma Steger born 1895, died 1974.


f)  Neal Oliver Woods born 1895, died 1990.  Married

    Jewel Strong 1902-


g)  Ellie Permelia Woods born 1897, died 1986.  Married

     Jesse Fletcher Brooks 1889-1963


Clarence Graham Woods born 1899, died 1901


i)  Tiny Mae Woods born 1901, died 1992.  Married

    William Allen Matthews born 1899 died 1960.


 j)  Bettie Cordell Woods born 1903 died 1966. Married

     Aaron SPARKS 1900-1980


 k)  Exie Averila Woods born 1905, died _____. Married      

      Floyd POLLARD 1903-


 l)  Marvin Dewey Woods born 1908, died 1983.  Married

     Nannie Pearl Williams 1914-


       The remainder of the booklet was not entered here.


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