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Sarah Ann Timberlake Woodfin

  • Birth 25 Jul 1809 Hanover County, Virginia, USA
  • Death 4 Sep 1855 Norfolk, Norfolk City, Virginia, USA
  • Burial Norfolk, Norfolk City, Virginia, USA
  • Plot Block 2nd AE, Lot 18, Space 2
  • Memorial ID 77704453

Daughter of Nathan Timberlake (d. by 1840) and his wife Mildred Hughes Timberlake of Hanover County and the City of Richmond.

After the death of her first husband Benjamin T. Sheppard [younger brother of William Pendleton Sheppard], Sarah Ann married William A. Woodfin on Apr. 11, 1842 in Richmond. Already twice a widow at the age of 46, she died during an outbreak of yellow fever in Norfolk, Virginia, which also claimed the life of her son-in-law John Thomas Lindsey. An update on the yellow fever epidemic in Norfolk, as well as a mention of the death on September 4th of 'Mrs Woodfin of Williams Street', appeared in the Petersburg Express, Friday, September 7, 1855, page 3, columns 1 & 2.

Her siblings include Louisa Timberlake Anthony (1810-1882), Rebecca Timberlake Hogan (b. c.1816), Francis Henry Timberlake (1820-1868), and Mary Elizabeth Timberlake Anthony (1824-1892). Also Araminta Timberlake and Jackson Timberlake who died young.

Evidence identifying her three children can be found on pages 994 and 995 of the Louisa County Chancery Case, John Timberlake etc. vs. Executor of Henry Timberlake etc., which identifies them as Mrs Louisa Schanawald, formerly Mrs Louisa Lindsey, Mrs Sally Ann Phillips wife of Samuel Phillips and formerly Sally Ann Woodfin, and William A. Shepherd [sic]. []

Ancestry of Sarah Ann Timberlake Sheppard-Woodfin:

Granddaughter of Francis Timberlake (d. March 7, 1808) and his wife Sarah Sims Timberlake (d. January 18, 1832) of St Paul's Parish, Hanover County, Virginia, and of Reuben Hughes (d. 1814) and his wife Keziah, also of St Paul's Parish.

Great-granddaughter of John Sims (d. testate between February, 1765 and August, 1766), blacksmith, and his wife Sarah Bullock Sims [aunt of James Bullock] of St Paul's Parish, Hanover County, Virginia and Great Nutbush Creek, in Granville County, North Carolina. John and Sarah were the parents of three sons, William, Elisha, and Leonard, and seven daughters, Agnes, Dorcas, Sarah, Susanna, Mary, Lucretia, and Euphrates.

2nd-great-granddaughter of George Sims (d. between February, 1737/38 and June, 1740) and his wife Sarah of Locust Creek, in St Martin's Parish, Hanover County, Virginia. In 1718 George's elder cousin, George Symes of Lawnes Creek Parish, Surry County, Virginia, was granted leave to take up 3000 acres in New Kent County, near the foot of the Little Mountain. In 1723 the grant, describing the land as on Locust Creek, then in Hanover County, was authorized in the names of the younger George, and his elder brothers, John and Matthew, and the patent was issued in 1727.

Also a 2nd-great-granddaughter of Mr. Richard Bullock (d. testate between October 27, 1764 and November 1766), merchant, by his wife Ann Henley Bullock, of St Paul's Parish, Hanover County, Virginia, and later of Smith's Branch in St John's Parish, Granville County, North Carolina.

3rd-great-granddaughter of William Sims (d. testate February 17, 1725/26) of St Peter's Parish, New Kent County, Virginia, whose will was dated December 18, 1710 in James City County, Virginia. By his first wife he was the father of four sons, John, Matthew, Edward, and George, and by his second of three sons, William (clerk of the Lower Church of St Paul's Parish, Hanover County, 1749), Robert, and James.

4th-great-granddaughter of William Symes, gentleman, who died before February 26, 1687/88 [when his posthumous third son Richard was baptized at Doynton, in Langley Hundred, Gloucestershire], by his wife Mary Peckstone Symes (d. 1720).

5th-great-granddaughter of Thomas Symes (c.1621-1669/70), esquire, by his wife Amy Bridges Symes (1621-1662), who were buried with monumental inscriptions in the chancel of St Michael's Church at Winterbourne, in Langley Hundred, Gloucestershire.

Henry Timberlake (d. 1625), the first of that surname to reside in Virginia, was buried in the chancel of St Peter's Church at Titchfield in Hampshire, England.

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My Mother.
Born July 25, 1809
Died Sep. 4, 1855.
Age 46 yrs.

  • Created by: Todd Whitesides
  • Added: 5 Oct 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 77704453
  • Todd Whitesides
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sarah Ann Timberlake Woodfin (25 Jul 1809–4 Sep 1855), Find A Grave Memorial no. 77704453, citing Cedar Grove Cemetery, Norfolk, Norfolk City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Todd Whitesides (contributor 47553735) .