Read the Augusta County records: Chalkley's transcriptions. There were two and one went by Woods and Wood and the "merchant, planter" Richard Woods DID marry Elizabeth Woods, daughter of Richard Woods of Augusta. Here's a couple of the Augusta County records.
"15 March, 1757, Augusta County Court: Richard Woods, gentleman and Elizabeth of Augusta to SON-IN-LAW, Richard Wood(s--both ways in related records) for 25 pounds, 195 Acres in Forks of James where Richard, grantor, now liveth; corner in Borden's Patent Line by James Davis; corner PETER WALLACE; corner Richard Wood."
"1760, 18 November, Augusta County Court: Richard Woods of Albemarle, merchant, to PETER WALLACE in Augusta, farmer, for 60 pounds, 195 Acres (same acreage as the parcel in 1757!) in Forks of James; corner in Borden's Patent Line by James Davies' field; corner PETER WALLACE's other land; corner Richard Woods, gentleman. Deed delivered by Capt. Samuel Lapsley."
"August, 1750 August County Court: (lawsuit of Smith vs. several members of Woods family related to old debts in Pennsylvania from 1733-38) accounts of credits: 1735--June 26, credit by 36 (schillings) discounted with HIS SON, RICHARD, by Michael Woods."
There were TWO Related Richard Woods and one additional one who may or may not have been related. The Richard Woods, merchant, planter of Albemarle County, son of Michael was the SON-IN-LAW of Richard Woods of Augusta. I think the persons who were LIVING at the time they made these records in AUGUSTA County, knew darned well who their family members were.
Now if you want to persist in insisting there was only one Richard in Albemarle and that the rest of these folks didn't exist and that Richard of Augusta didn't have as his son-in-law Richard of Albemarle, Michael's son, that's entirely up to you. The actual records show at least three individuals named Richard. I'm not arguing with you that one of them was your ancestor. I'm just showing you the records that say another one--the son of Michael was the son in law of the guy who was my Peter Wallace's brother-in-law and one of his nearest neighbors.
Additional records, such as the testimony his nephew Samuel McDowell, and his sister's sister-in-law Mary McDowell Greenlee, in the Borden grant inheritance lawsuits of 1800-1810 show that Richard of Augusta, sheriff in the 1750's was the brother of Magdalena, Martha, Sarah who married Joseph Lapsley, etc. and NOT the son of Michael of Albemarle. This line are the children of Samuel Woods who married Elizabeth Campbell--Michael's and Mary's sister and brother respectively, as per a combination of the McClenaghan transcriptions of original Woods family/Dunshaughlin parish records contemporary to them in Ireland and the will of Sir James Campbell of Auchinbreck.
Also, Richard of Augusta according to additional Augusta County records--e.g. his own lawsuit records with his in-laws dated 1770, and other land records in which his wife's name appeared was first married to Elizabeth Stuart. He married again in 1770, his (first) wife having died in 1757. Richard of Augusta was for a time Sheriff of Augusta County in the 1750's and then again Sheriff of Botetourt. Now all this is in the records of Augusta County, whom many, many people have seen and don't question since they were made by the very people who state in them who was related to whom because they knew them at the time.