Michael Woods, son of John Woods, was born in Ulster, northern Ireland, in 1684. In about 1705 he went to Scotland to claim as his bride the Lady Mary Campbell, dau of James Campbell and Susan Campbell. Lady Mary was of the Royal House of the Duke of Argyle and of the famous Campbell Clan, on of the most powerful clans in Scotland at that time. It has been noted in the Woods history that Lady Mary was a child bride, only about 15 years of age a her marriage. Her ancestry goes back through several kings of Scotland.
Michael and Lady Mary were the parents of ten children before they immigrate to America in the decade of 1720. One more child was born in America. Michael and Lady Mary first settled in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where Michael owned considerable property. His name appears on the PA tax lists as early as 1734. They had a large beautiful home in Lancaster, but under the stern hand of William Penn, the Quaker, their religious freedom was not what they had sought, so they move south into VA about 1732/3. They settled (1734) in what was later to become Albemarle Co. (1744). They were among the first settlers in the Piedmont Region in western Albemarle, and perhaps anywhere along the east foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in VA, their home was near the mouth of Woods Gap, as it was later called.
From 1734 to 1763, he and his family lived in a frontier region constantly in danger of Indian outrages. In 1737, his first investment in Goochland Co (now Albermarle) when he received Crown grants totaling 1337 acres of land from King George II on Mechum's River and the same day purchased 2000 acres more on the headwaters of Ivy Creek.
One of their first acts, after settling in VA, was to build a magnificent home, called "The Barony", later called Blair park. He also began immediately to build a church, called Mountain Plains. One of the first Presbyterian churches in VA. Michael died at his home in 11 Jun 1762, and was buried in the family burial plot about 100 yards from his home. His tombstone was still standing until shortly before the Civil War, when it was destroyed, broken to pieces and scattered, but a fragment was later found indicating the year of his birth and death.
No record was ever found concerning Lady Mary's death, but is assume she was dead before Jun 1762, probably as early as 1742.
Michael's will, on file in Albemarle County, mentions three sons: Archibold, John and William, and three daughters: Sarah, the wife of Joseph Lapsley, Hannah, the wife of William Wallace, and Margaret, the wife of Andrew Wallace. However, according to credible evidence, Michael had three more sons and two more daughters in addition to those mentioned in the will. There were: Michael, Andrew and Richard, Magdalena and Martha.
Magdalena, probably the oldest, was born in Ireland in 1705/6. She married John McDowell before coming to America in 1737. She was twice more married in America, 2nd to Ben'j Borden and 3rd to John Bowyer. Through these marriages she became one of the wealthiest women in Virginia. She died at the age of 104.
Richard Woods married Janet ____.
John Woods married Susannah Anderson.
Margaret married Andrew Wallace.
Michael Jr., married Ann Lambert, (witness Charles Lambert).
William Woods married Susannah Wallace.
Archibold Woods married Esabella Goss (or Gass).
Andrew Woods married Martha Wallace.
Martha Woods married Peter Wallace, Jr. (As stated previously, many of the Woods married relatives in this raw new land. All the Wallaces mentioned above wer
It is believed on the basis of DNA evidence that one of the sons of Michael Woods was the father of David Harriss.744