All of us have brick walls and most of us don’t have a clue how to obtain the information we need to overcome our brick walls. Even though Lawrence County, Indiana history and census records show Mary Woody along with at least three children, two brothers, many nephews and many cousins migrated there from North Carolina there are many who fail to see a connection to the Zachariah Allen family. I recently purchased a book which chronicled the deeds of Orange County, North Carolina. I purchased this book because I thought it might contain information solving the Zachariah Allen-Mary Woody question. As you may remember I found the Zachariah Allen deed showing his property surrounded by various members of the Woody family including Mary Woody’s father, her brothers and nephews. While looking through these deeds I recognized many names of folks that had migrated to Washington County, Indiana with Zachariah Allen’s sons. I wanted to know what the connection was between all of these families so I looked into the individual families.All of the families had similarities. Sometime before 1600 many of these families left England and migrated to Ireland because of their religious beliefs. The English families intermarried with Irish families. Sometime after 1600 they migrated to America. They seem to have first landed in Baltimore, Maryland. For a short time they lived in Chester County, Pennsylvania and soon after are found in Orange County, North Carolina in the 1750’s. One thing these families had in common was being Quaker. Not all of the men were of the Quaker faith, but most were. Mary Woody’s father, John, was not a Quaker, but his wife Mary Lindley was. About a dozen surnames are represented within this group. There were many hundreds within this group and they were all related to the Woody family. There has been much discussion about the genealogy of Zachariah Allen. Who was Zachariah Allen and what was he doing with this group of Quakers and Woody family members? I thought I might research Zachariah’s will a little further. I found all of the adults listed in the will by name to be listed in the book of deeds I had purchased. Zachariah’s will is witnessed by James Allen and Daniel McDaniel. So who was James Allen? Was he related to Zachariah? I couldn’t find evidence James was directly related to Zachariah, but he was related to the other families. James Allen married, Elizabeth Laughlin, the daughter of Hugh Laughlin. James Allen was the brother-in-law of James Woody who married Mary Laughlin. Mary was another daughter of Hugh Laughlin. This places James Allen as the brother -in-law of Mary Woody. James Woody was Mary Woody’s brother. James and Mary Laughlin Woody named a son Hugh Zachariah Woody, Oct. 22, 1770-Oct. 6, 1825.James Allen moved his family to Blount County, Tennessee about 1812.
In Zachariah’s will he names James Allen as an executor along with John Thomson. He specifies the John Thomson the son of Thomas. I wondered why Zachariah would specify John Thomson the son of Thomas. I conclude there must have been more than one Thomson family in that area. There seems to have been one Quaker family and one non-Quaker Thomson family. I first wanted to narrow my search of a John Thomson who was the son of Thomas Thomson. I’ve found the best place to search is the cemetery. Just east of the grist mill of Thomas Lindley’s farm lies the Woody-Thompson Cemetery established in 1745. There are grave markers for many Woody, Lindley and Thompson family members such as John and Mary Lindley Woody, Thomas Lindley and family. Of special interest is the grave record of Thomas and Hulda Hager Thompson. Thomas Thompson, 30 June 1731-1796, listed as son John Thompson.John Thompson b. ca. 1730-1825. Now for the fun part! Who do you think is listed as John Thompson’s wife? Hannah Woody. The only Hannah Woody I could find in the correct time frame was Hannah Woody the sister of Mary Woody. If this is the correct Hannah Woody this would make John Thompson the brother-in-law of Zachariah Allen. Who else would be a better person to be the executor of your will than a close family member? From what I could learn John Thompson had two sisters. Sister Eleanor married Mary Woody’s brother William Woody 1750-Mar. 27, 1838. Another sister Sarah married Mary Woody’s brother Joseph Woody 1748-Feb. 2, 1815. Mary Woody’s nephew Joseph Woody Sept. 14, 1778-Feb. 21, 1856 married Elizabeth Thompson.
In the following Quaker document you will notice Mary Lindley Woody listed. You will also notice Hannah Thomson who I believe is the wife of John Thomson and the sister of Mary Woody Allen the wife of Zachariah Allen.
SPRING MONTHLY MEETING
Orange (now Alamance) County, North Carolina
[this section of Orange is close to the Guilford border]
Spring Meeting is located in the southeastern corner of Alamance County, about 15 miles southeast of Graham and a few miles east of Cane Creek Meeting. In 1773 the Quarterly Meeting granted the request of “the meeting of friends near Thomas Lindley’s called now Spring Meeting” for the establishment of a meeting for worship. A monthly meeting was established in 1793. The meeting had been under the jurisdiction of Cane Creek Monthly Meeting prior to that date.
The first sitting of Spring Monthly Meeting appears to have been on the 7th of 10th month, 1793. The women’s minutes for that date record the choice of Mary Woody for clerk and Hannah Thomson for assistant clerk. The men’s minutes prior to 9th month, 1815, were “lost by accident” according to a statement in the oldest existing book of men’s minutes.
The following list of women who were members at the time of the organization of the monthly meeting has been compiled from the first pages of the minutes. Because of the loss of the men’s minutes, no list of the male members is available. Hannah Andrew, Ann Carter, Sarah Chaimbers, Mary Dicks, Ruth Fauset, Elizabeth Hadly, Rachel Hadly, Ruth Hadly, Agness Hervy, Elizabeth Hervy, Catharine Holaday, Hannah Holaday, Jane Holladay, Lydia Holaday, Mary Jackson, of Eno, Hannah Jones, Jemima Jones, Susanna Lee, Deborah Lindley, Sarah Lindley, of Eno, Ann McCracken, of Eno, Elizabeth Mardock, Hannah Morrison, Sarah Newlin, Sarah Piggott, of Eno, Martha Shy, Hannah Thomson, Elenor White, Katharine White, Mary Woody.
Preparative meetings under the jurisdiction of Spring Monthly Meeting included Spring, Eno, South Fork and Chatham.
Like Cane Creek Meeting, Spring was originally in Orange County, —in that section which was set off, in 1849, to form Alamance County. Cane Creek and Spring have had similar histories. Located near together, their memberships were from the same family groups, mostly immigrants from Pennsylvania. Both meetings suffered from the migration to the northwest at the beginning of the nineteenth century, but not to the same extent, apparently, as some other meetings; both have survived to the present day.
The following abstract has been compiled from one volume of birth and death records, one marriage register, two volumes of men’s minutes (1815-1885), and two volumes of women’s minutes (1793-1882).
[this refers to the abstracts themselves, which I have not copied]
[from page 431]
If I have made any errors they were not intentional and I welcome revisions and corrections.