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Dr Charles Ransom Woodson
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Birth: May 17, 1848
Knox County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Dec. 30, 1927
Buchanan County
Missouri, USA

s/o Benjamin Jordan & Margaret Jane (Fulkerson) Woodson; widowed; died at Woodson's Sanitarium; DC#36111

Biographical Sketch of C. Ransom Woodson, Agency Township, Buchanan
County, MO

From "History of Buchanan County, Missouri, Published 1881, St. Joseph Steam Printing Company, Printers, Binders, Etc., St. Joseph, Missouri.
C. Ransom Woodson, physician and surgeon, Agency, was born in Knox
County, Kentucky, May 17, 1848, and with his parents emigrated to
Missouri in 1855. Then located for one year in Lafayette County,
then permanently settling in Buchanan County. He was raised a farmer
and had good school advantages. He first studied medicine under Dr.
James A. Day, of Halleck, Missouri and was graduated March 6, 1871, in St. Louis Medical College. He had practiced eleven months before completing his course. Dr. Woodson has been actively and successfully engaged in practice ever since. He is a member of the Northwestern District Medical Society at St. Joseph, having filled the chair as their President. He is a skillful and successful surgeon, and especially so in ophthalmic cases, but is unostentatious and charitable, having always practiced for the poor, widows and orphans graits. He is a member of the I.O.O.F. and of the Christian Church. He has 587-1/2 acres of land acquired by his own industry, all of which has been made since he located in Agency and established himself in the practice of medicine. Over 500 acres of this land is under fence with good improvements, and he also has a good house and barn in Agency. He was married February 26, 1873, to Miss Julia Taber, a native of Missouri, born September 21, 1853. They have one child, P. Gervais, born on November 18, 1874.
1893 Buchanan & Clinton Co. History (Bio Sketches of Presidents and Prominent Men)

Charles R. Woodson, M. D., Superintendent of Lunatic Asylum No. 2 at St. Joseph, has held that responsible position since August 11, 1890. It is one of the largest institutions of its kind in the United States and will accommodate seven hundred and fifty patients. Dr. Woodson has the assistance of three physicians and ninety employes in performing the duties which he has assumed as Superintendent of the Insane and everything about the institution has been carried on in such a manner as to reflect great credit upon his ability as a physician and officer of the state. The magnificent building, which was completed in 1874, cost $500,000 and contains a larger number of patients than any other asylum in the state. It is fitted out with every known convenience for caring for its unfortunate inmates and under the watchful eye and skill of Dr. Woodson the health of the inmates of the institution has been better during his incumbency than at any other period of its existence.

Dr. Woodson of this sketch, is a native of Kentucky, having been born in Knox County May 17, 1848. He is the son of Benjamin J. Woodson, also a native of the Blue Grass state, his birth occurring November 2, 1808. His mother, who bore the maiden name of Margaret J. Fulkerson, was born in Lee County, Va., March 30, 1813. After her marriage with Mr. Woodson, the young couple removed to Kentucky, where they made their home until 1855, and then, thinking to better their condition, took up their residence in LaFayette County, this state. One year lager, however, they came to Buchanan County, where the father died May 28, 1892. The mother, who still survives, makes her home in St. Joseph.

The parental family included eleven children - six sons and five daughters - of whom five of the former and one of the latter are now living. Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin Woodson were devoted members of the Christian Church, in which body the father was an Elder. They were liberal and cheerful contributors toward its support and were identified with that denomination for a half century. In politics Benjamin was a Whig until the outbreak of the Civil War, at which time he joined the ranks of the Democrats, to whose principles he was a loyal adherent until his decease.

The gentleman whose name we place at the head of this sketch received his primary education in the public schools of Buchanan County. Later in life, desirous of following the profession of a physician, he entered the Missouri Medical College at St. Louis, from which institution he was graduated with honors March 6, 1872. Opening an office for practice at Agency, Buchanan County, he soon became one of the skillful practitioners of this section, remaining in that place for seventeen years.

January 18, 1886, Dr. Woodson moved to the city of St. Joseph and there engaged in the active practice of his profession until 1890, when he was appointed to the responsible position of Superintendent of Lunatic Asylum No. 2 in that city. The asylum contains six hundred and forty-seven inmates, who are cared for in the most praiseworthy manner by the Superintendent and his efficient assistants. The employes are under the strictest discipline and have worked faithfully in the discharge of their respective duties and by so doing have made a very successful administration of the past two years.

The marriage of our subject with Miss Julia Taber occurred February 26, 1872. Mrs. Woodson is the daughter of Dr. Paul T. Taber, of Albany, N.Y., who died in Buchanan County in 1853. She was born September 4, 1853, in the above county, and received an excellent education in the St. Joseph Female Seminary and Convent. By her union with our subject, two children have been born: Paul G., whose birth occurred November 18, 1873, and Julia, born January 12, 1888.

In religions affairs Dr. Woodson is a member of the Christian Church, while his good wife holds membership with the Baptist congregation. Socially, the Doctor is a member of King Hill Lodge No. 19, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and Hesperion Encampment, in which bodies he has filled all the chairs. He is also prominently connected with the Ancient Order of United Workmen, having served as its medical examiner for many years, and is a member of the National Union. He stands very high in the medical profession and is a member of Buchanan County Medical Society, St. Joseph Medical Society, District Medical Society of Northwest Missouri (which body he has served many years as Vice-president), the State Medical Society, National Medical Psychological Society, and is one of the faculty of Ensworth Medical College of St. Joseph and Missouri Valley Medical Society. He has at various times occupied prominent positions in these numerous societies, at one time filling the Chair of Materia Medica and Therapeutics for years, also the Chair of Obstetrics for four years, and is at present Professor of the Theory and Practice of Medicine and Diseases of the Nervous System.

Dr. Woodson has always taken an active interest in politics, believing in the principles of the Democratic party. It goes without saying that he is one of the most prominent and best known men in this section and his sterling worth and strict integrity have won him the confidence and high regard of all with whom he has been brought in contact. 
Family links: 
  Benjamin Jourdan Woodson (1808 - 1892)
  Margaret Jane Fulkerson Woodson (1815 - 1900)
  Paul Gervais Woodson (1873 - 1914)*
  Mary Wade Woodson Kemper (1840 - 1879)*
  John Fulkerson Woodson (1843 - 1883)*
  Charles Ransom Woodson (1848 - 1927)
*Calculated relationship
Mount Mora Cemetery
Saint Joseph
Buchanan County
Missouri, USA
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Record added: Nov 17, 2009
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Dr Charles Ransom Woodson
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