If anyone has any information on Thomas Woodup and/or John Woodward (blacksmith), VA & MD, I shall appreciate hearing from you.I am researching the Thomas Woodward who married Mary Simpson of Stafford County, VA, ca 1725 and had a son named Thomas, b. 1729, who was later known as one of the Regulators in Fairfield County, SC.
SOURCE:Deed Abstracts of Stafford County Virginia, 1722 - 1728 and 1755 - 1765, pp. 16 & 17, The Antient Press, Ruth & Sam Sparacio.. "p. 145Know all men by these presents that we FFRANCIS STONE, WILLIAM BLAND and JAMES BLAND all of County Stafford .. jointly consent and mark't out equal distribution of certain tract of 360 acres in county aforesaid on both sides of the main run of Occaquan River and Beginning at a marked Spanish oak being corner tree of the 300 acres of said land aforementioned and running a line of blazed trees to banks of Occaquan to a marked beech .. on North side ..for a division between William Bland and James Bland the first Lot for William onthe North side of the land and the second Lott for James from the said Beech to a marked hickory standing on the Mouth of a small branch on the South side the main Run so up the branch to back line .. for a Division between James and ffrancis Stone we likewise begin at a marked poplar being a bounded tree of the patent of the 360 acres running down a branch of a Beech marktIB (marks looks like the letter I (eye) with a line drawn across the middle of it and the letter B beside the I)and a broad (the drawing looks like an arrow pointed upward) standing on the North side of the main run of Occaquan over the main run to a white oak standing near a FFORDING place thence running by a line of blazed trees to the back line .. said James Haveing the Second Lott and ffrancis the Third lott .. Soe bind ourselves .. this Twenty ffourth day November 1719. William Bland James Bland Francis Stone Presence William x Murphey,THOMAS x WOODUP, Saml. Kent
At Court held for Stafford County 9th December 1724Then came (all three) acknowledged this Deed ..their proper act...ordered to be recorded and is accordingly."
JOHN WOODWARD:No record has been found on John Woodward after 21 Oct 1732 -- the day he sold two feather beds, two bed spreads, four blankets, two rugs, livestock, tools, and guns to John Mercer of Stafford County for 600 lbs of tobacco ((reference Prince William County Deed Book B, Page 426, 21 Oct 1732)).Were John Woodward, the blacksmith,and Thomas Woodup related?Both were in the same general area on the Occoquan River.After Thomas Woodward returned to MD to get his children by his first wife and he died while there (WOODWARD'S REMINISCENCES), could John have decided to return to MD?Thomas Woodup had died by the time Mary Simpson Woodward inherited 100 acres of land on Sandy Run from her father Thomas Simpson (Will, 13 Oct 1734, Prince William County, VA).