County Meath, Ireland
son of Sir John Andrew Woods Jr and Elizabeth Worsop,
This photo is of the graveyard on the plantation. It is from Neander Woods' book. Photo taken in1895, and we can assume these are our cousins standing proudly in front. The graveyard has been described by various historians to be at differing distances from the dwelling, anywhere from 100 to 500 yards, south from the house, which no longer stands. At the time there was a rail fence around the burial ground with an abundance of cherry trees. The grave was "...located in the extreme northwestern corner of the plot." At the time of the photo the grave of Michael was known. There was a crude wooden marker and foot stone which was lost sometime after the Civil War. The location of the grave has been lost since this cherished photo was taken. There is a monument to commemorate our interesting ancestor.
It is believed that his wife, Mary Catherine Campbell, preceded him in death by some 20 years and is buried next to him, along with their children, and their children's children.
Michael Woods lived on the plantation for 28 years, dying at the age of 78, in the year of 1762. Many in the family and their following generations would grow up in Albemarle County. During these first 28 years they would live in constant fear of the Indians, for good reason as will be soon explained.
The plantation stayed in the family for a few short years, until it became the property of Chief Justice Blair. (John Blair was Chief Justice of the Provisional Supreme Court of Virginia during the Revolutionary War. Later, George Washington appointed him as a Justice of the US Supreme Court. The Blair's and our people intermarried.) Since then, Michael Woods has been known by the distinguished titled of "Michael Woods, Sr., of Blair Park." However, distinction, stature and status had nothing to do with it. Families in those days tended to be large, 10 to 12 children. The Scotch-Irish, by tradition, had a system of naming children after relatives. There was one Michael Woods, Jr., and seven grandchildren would carry the name. After this generation we lose count. The use of the name Senior, and of Blair Park was used to distinguish him from the descendants who carried the same name. His son was known as Michael of Botetourt.
I have many requests to add a title of Sir to his memorial, He was never a knight, and in America we do not follow Brittian Customs with title. He was NOT of Royal blood, However his father WAS Knighted...He was from the Woods Clan an old and distiquished Clan orig from Scotland. He was born in County Meath, Ireland, NOT in a Castle...without Title he was still a remarkable person!!!
My Maternal 8th Great Grandfather
Cenotaph in Saint Pauls Cemetery, Ivy, VA.
Mary Catherine Campbell Woods (1690 - 1742)
Margaret Woods Wallace (____ - 1761)*
Magdelena Woods McDowell (1705 - 1800)*
Archibald Woods (1706 - 1764)*
Michael "of Botetourt" Woods (1707 - 1777)*
William Woods (1715 - 1783)*
Richard Woods (1719 - 1801)*
Note: CENOTAPH at St Pauls in Ivy
Blair Park Plantation Cemetery (Defunct)
Created by: Linda Dukes
Record added: Aug 08, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40417373