The following info from my NC Woodward notes would seem to be the family you're looking for. Do you know how this Woodward family connected to the Dosseys? Please email direct.A William Woodward lived in Bute Co. as early as 1767 when he was mentioned in the court minutes. A deed from William Woodward to Thomas Bell was proved in Bute Co. by the oath of Solomon Dossey in 1772. The Bute Co. will of William Percy, Sr. (records also appear under the names Pearcy and Pierce) written in 1775 named heirs Pattey, Juley, Joshua, Betsy, Jr., Pitsey, William son of Algernons Percy, William son of John Percy, Sarah Woodward, and left to Joel Woodward land where his father (unnamed) now lives in his father's possession until Joel is of age. William Woodward appeared as the executor on the 1777 inventory, this time given under the name William Pierce. Matthew Myrick (Jurat), Samuel Woodward (Jurat), and Sarah Woodward witnessed the Bute Co. will of John Linch in 1778. Samuel Woodward and Matthew Myrick proved the will of John Linch in 1779. In 1778, Guly Pearcy deeded to William Woodward land, goods, and chattles in full payment of debt, witnessed by Elias Dossey, Solomon Dossey, and William Thomas. Solomon Dawsey proved the deed from William Woodward to July Pearcy later in 1778. Philemon Hawkins entered 150 acres both sides of Sandy Creek adjoining John Terrell, William Woodward, Gooding's, and Elias Dorsey in Bute Co. in 1778. Franklin Co. was created from Bute Co. in 1779. The 1790 Franklin Co. census lists a William Woodward with 1 male over 16, 2 males under 16, and 2 females. In 1844, Lucy Woodward married Henry Dorsey in Franklin Co. Sandy Creek is now in Franklin Co. and was once part of Edgecombe Co.