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Descendants of

Wade Netherland Woodson

1st Wife:
2nd Wife:

Wade NetherlandWoodson
son of
Tucker &Mary(Netherland) Woodson
b: 16 Jan 1763 VA
d: 08 Apr 1847 Knox Co, KY
1st Wife:
Mary Elizabeth Josepha Harris

m: on 28 Feb 1792, in Powhatan Co, VA
daughter of
John &Obedience(Turpin) Harris
paternal grandparents:
John &Ursula(Jordan) Harris
maternal grandparents:
Thomas &Mary(Jefferson) Turpin
b: Abt 1761
d: 22 May 1812 Powhatan Co, VA
2nd Wife:
Alice "Alcy" Cheek

m: on 11 Nov 1813,
in Knox Co, KY
daughter of
James &Patty(Estes) Cheek
b: 16 Jan 1786
Mary's grandmother, Mary (Jefferson) Turpin, is said
to be the sister of President Thomas Jefferson.

Wade's & Mary's
List of Descendants
Scroll down the page for Wade's & Alcy's List of Descendants.
  • (1) Thomas Jefferson Woodson
    b: 25 Dec 1796 Powhatan Co, VA
    d: Abt 1849 KS

  • (2) Emily St. Aubert Woodson
    b: 03 Nov 1798 Powhatan Co, VA

  • (3) Mary Wade Woodson
    b: 25 Oct 1800 Powhatan Co, VA
    m: #2=JAMES SCOTT

  • (4) Caroline Matilda Woodson
    b: 15 May 1803 Powhatan Co, VA

  • (5) John Tucker Woodson
    b: 31 Aug 1805

  • (6) Benjamin Jourdan Woodson
    b: 12 Nov 1808 Powhatan Co, VA
    d: 28 May 1892 Platte Co, MO

  • (7) Charlotte Corday Woodson
    b: 20 Apr 1812 Powhatan Co, VA
    son of William &Mildred(Redford) Woodson
    b: 12 Oct 1796 Goochland Co, VA

    Wade's & Alcy's
    List of Descendants
  • (1) Silas Woodson
    b: 18 May 1819 Knox Co, KY
    d: 09 Oct 1896 St. Joseph, MO
    buried: Mount Mora Cemetery, St. Joseph, MO
    m: #1=MARY JANE McROBERTS, on 13 Sep 1842
    daughter of Andrew &Sarah(Gilbert) McRoberts
    granddaughter of John &Mary "Molly"(Bowling) Gilbert
    b: 16 Oct 1828
    d: 22 Mar 1845
    m: #2=OLIVIA ADAMS, on 28 Jul 1846
    b: Abt 1819
    d: Feb 1856
    m: #3=VIRGINIA JULIET WARD, on 27 Dec 1866, in Lexington, KY
    b: 03 May 1846 WV
    d: 25 Jan 1907 Kansas City, MO
    buried: Mount Mora Cemetery, St. Louis, MO
    To read a mention, in the "Dr. John J. Dickey Diary," of
    Mary's father, Andrew McRoberts, and of her Gilbert ancestry,

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    Governor of Missouri 1872-1874

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    Glenn E. Perry

    Mary Jane McRoberts, b. October 16, 1828 (d/o Sarah Gilbert [b. January 25,
    1806]) and Andrew McRoberts and granddaughter of John Gilbert (half brother
    to Felix Gilbert and one of the early settlers of southeastern Kentucky)
    and Mary "Mollie" Bolling [see John J. Dickey's nineteenth-century interview
    with Abijah Gilbert in Sandra's Notepad] m. Silas Woodson
    (b. near Flat Lick, Knox County, KY May 18, 1819,
    d. October 9, 1896 in St. Joseph, MO,
    s/o Wade Netherland Woodson and Alice Chick).
    Mary Jane died only a little over two years after her marriage but gave
    birth to one son: Miller Woodson (b. May 16, 1844 in Barbourville, KY),
    who served in the Union Army and died at his father's house in Missouri
    in June 1865. Following his first wife's death, Silas Woodson married Olivia
    Adams (no children) and then Virginia Juliet Ward (whose "father was a close
    associate of Alexander Campbell of the Church of Christ," although both she
    and her husband eventually became Roman Catholics). Silas Woodson and
    Virginia Juliet Ward had three children. See "The Gilbert Family" (Ch. 22),
    in Patricia Humfleet Mellor, The Humfleet Family (Knoxville: Tennessee
    Valley Publications, 1999, pp. 239ff, including Dickey's copy of John
    Gilbert's Bible records (Mary Jane McRobert's birth date given as October
    1825). Another point of interest: The list of John Gilbert's children
    includes Martha Woodson, b. Nov. 8, 1807. Was she married to a relative
    of Silas Woodson? One work, apparently mistakenly, has Martha as the wife of
    Silas Woodson (Pioneer Families of Clay County, Kentucky, ed. and published
    by Kelly Morgan and Hazel Smith Morgan, 1970, p. 258).

    Woodson first studied medicine but then changed to law. He was a leading
    lawyer in Barbourville and prominent in the Barbourville Debating Society
    (along with the future minister/charge d'affaires[?] to the Republic of
    Texas, Joseph Eve (a first cousin of Vice President Richard M. Johnson),
    and the future Supreme Court Justice, Samuel Freeman Miller). Partly
    because of the presence of such illustrious men, Barbourville then was known
    in other parts of the state as "the Athens of the Mountains" (Decker,
    po. 79). Miller later stated that those debates in Barbourville--whose
    population then may have been about 200--surpassed anything else he had
    ever participated in, including his years on the Supreme Court
    (Decker, p. 81). Also see Charles Fairman,
    "Justice Samuel F. Miller and the Barbourville Debating Society,"
    in the Decker manuscript ( pp. 85ff)., originally published in the
    Mississippi Valley Historical Review 17 (March 1931).

    Woodson was a member of the KY legislature twice. He was first elected in
    1842 (age 23) and then again in 1853. Also, he was a member of the state
    constitutional convention in 1849. He was the only member of that body who
    advocated a gradual end to slavery, apparently reflecting a dichotomy of
    opinion between the majority of voters of his district and those of the rest
    of the state. He and his family moved to St. Joseph, MO in 1854. He was
    Buchanan County's circuit court judge from 1860 to 1770, elected as a
    "Union Democrat." He was elected governor of MO in 1872. In that capacity,
    he organized a force to capture Frank and Jesse James (his distant relatives).
    After his term as governor was up, he resumed the practice of law in St.
    Joseph and then was elected again as circuit judge in 1880, an office that
    he continued to fill until his death. (Source: Bob Simpson's entry in Knox
    County History and Families, based on information from Henry Morton Woodson,
    Historical Genealogy of the Woodsons and their Connections, Memphis, 1915.)
    Also see Elmer Decker's manuscript on The History of Knox County, Kentucky
    at http://www.tcnet.net/ky/knox/decker.html (pp. 81ff).

    In Barbourville, Woodson shared an office with Samuel Miller, who at first
    was a physician and later became a lawyer and Woodson's partner after
    reading the latter's law books. Like Woodson, Miller was opposed to slavery
    (although he had become a slave holder through marriage to the daughter of
    one of the largest such in Knox County), and he eventually moved to Iowa
    after the pro-slavery forces won their big victory in Kentucky's 1849
    constitutional convention.. President Lincoln appointed him to the Supreme
    Court in 1862, and he became one of the most influential members in the
    history of the body before his death in 1890. Both he and Woodson allegedly
    left Kentucky because of slavery (in the latter case, I wonder, as he moved
    to another slave state). They left Barbourville in particular because the
    expectation that it would become a major town and a new Athens on the
    Wilderness Road--which lost its importance with the construction of the
    northern National Road and the invention of the steamboat--was not
    fulfilled. In fact, it was becoming a backwater (although it later regained
    a pale claim to being another "Athens" when the first college in the
    Kentucky mountains was established there). For a thorough study of Miller's
    days in Kentucky (based on a Ph.D. dissertation at Duke University),
    including some references to Woodson, see Michael A. Ross, "Hill-Country
    Doctor: The Early Life and Career of Supreme Court Justice Samuel F. Miller
    in Kentucky, 1816-1849," The Filson Club History Quarterly 71
    (October 1997): 430-462.

    Assorted References

    • From "The Political Graveyard,"
      Woodson, Silas (1819-1896) of St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Mo.
      Born May 18, 1819. Democrat. Governor of Missouri, 1873-75;
      delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1876.
      Died October 9, 1896. Interment at Mt. Mora Cemetery, St. Joseph, Mo.

    • From "The Probert Encyclopaedia
      ~~People and Peoples, (Si-Sj)~~
      Silas Woodson was an American politician.
      He was a Democratic governor of Missouri from 1873 until 1875.

    • From "History of Green County, MO, 1883"
      ~~List of Former Governors~~
      Silas Woodson 1872-74

    • From "In the Beginnings"
      ~~About Woodson County, KS~~
      The Kansas Territorial Legislature known as the "Bogus" Legislature,
      meeting at Pawnee, Kansas in 1855, created Woodson County, along
      with other counties. According to Andreas "History of Kansas" the
      name came from Governor Silas Woodson of Missouri, while the
      "Annals of Kansas" claim the county was named in honor of Daniel
      Woodson who was the first secretary of the Territory of Kansas
      from 1855 into 1857 . . ..

    • From "The Jim Robinson Family"
      ~~excerpt from "Morton Family Genealogy"~~
      . . . John and Sarah Woodson were the ancestors of
      Dolley Madison,
      Silas Woodson - a Governor of Missouri,
      Oliver Perry Morton - a Governor of Indiana,
      and two outlaws named Frank and Jesse James,
      plus a large number of Morton descendants. All these descended from
      Robert 'Taterhole' Woodson. Jesse James' middle name was Woodson,
      and Frank James used the name as an alias. Ironically, Governor
      Silas Woodson offered the reward for the capture of his kinsmen . . ..

    • From "Historical Perspectives" (link no longer available)
      ~~Article: "Postcard from 1874," by Peter J. Dunne~~
      . . . Silas Woodson was Governor of Missouri in 1874.
      This native of St. Joseph returned there to practice law
      after leaving the governor's mansion.
      Woodson was the first Democrat
      to win the governor's office after the Civil War
      Woodson Road in St. Louis County is named after him.

    • NOTE:
      There are numerous other online references to Silas Woodson.
      Click here for the Google.com search page,
      type in silas woodson and clickon "Google Search."

    • "NAMESAKES" of Silas Woodson:
      (listed on pages here at the Cobb-Sasser Website)
    • Silas Woodson Asher (b: 1876)
    • Silas Woodson Brock (b: 1872)
    • Silas Woodson Cobb (b: 1871)
    • Silas Woodson Hodge (b: 1854)
    • Silas Woodson Jones (b: 1874)
    • Silas Woodson Saylor (b: 1863)

  • (2) Wade Netherland Woodson
    b: 03 Sep 1822 Knox Co, KY
    d: 22 Aug 1848
    m: ELIZABETH STEWART, on 24 May 1842
    daughter of Isaac &Elizabeth(Wyatt) Stewart
    paternal grandparents: Alexander "Alex" (or "Alec") &Mary(Anderson) Stewart
    maternal grandparents: Samuel &Rebecca(Bennett) Wyatt
    b: 13 Mar 1822 Knox Co, KY
    d: 22 Feb 1879

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    Rest yo' head upon my breast, while mommy hums a tune;
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    When I was a little child on my mommy's knee;
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    Seems I hear those banjos playin' once again,
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    That same old plaintive strain.

    Hear that mournful melody,
    It just haunts you the whole day long,
    And you wander in dreams, back to Dixie, it seems,
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    Journey back to Dixieland in dreams again with me;
    It seems like your Mommy is there again,
    And the old folks were strummin' that old refrain.

    Way down in Missouri where I learned this lullaby,
    When the stars were blinkin' and the moon was climbin' high,
    Seems I hear voices low, as in days long ago
    Singin' hush a-bye.

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