John Woolams Marriage in 1711
The St. Peters Parish register for New Kent County, Virginia Colony shows the marrage of John Woolams to Sarah Henderson in December of 1711. Some Williams family researchers show the groom's surname as "Williams" rather than "Woolams". I have verified through a Williams family genealogist that the John Williams referred to married someone other than Sarah Henderson although some of his siblings married Sarah's siblings.
The information available at this time would indicate that this John Woolams is the progenitor of the Scott/Owen Counties, Kentucky and Highland County, Ohio Woolums/Woollums, etc..
There were a succession of John Woolams in the New Kent, Hanover, Louisa and Goochland Counties until approximately 1803. It appears all male Woolams from this line migrated to the Carolinas and Kentucky.
I have been unable to determine how the John Woolams who married in 1711 arrived in the Virginia Colony. Sarah Henderson came from what appears to be at least an upper middle class (for that time) family so this John Woolams must have been of some substance. The later John Woolams in that area were land owners, referred to as planters in the records. The personal property tax lists for Scott/Owen Counties, Kentucky inicate that the Woolums were slave owners.
The church in which John Woolams and Sarah Henderson were married is the same church where George Washington married Mary Custis approximately 48 years later.