I am replying to my own post in the hopes that it will help other Woods researchers out there. I made the trip to the Jefferson County courthouse in early July 2012 and had a productive visit. I did not find the Holy Grail I sought, Issac Woods's will with the family tree spelled out (and perhaps a family tree scribbled in the margins!), but I found out a bunch of other good stuff. I have photos of the originals if anyone wants them.
Our story begins 9 Jan 1815 where Catherine Woods and William Woods apply for the letter of administration of the estate of Isaac Woods.
In the Jefferson County Court of Ordinary Minutes Book A, pages 260, the entire page reads:
Monday the 2nd day of January 1815
The Court met
Present their Honors
William N. Harman
The Court met agreeable to Law & adjourned till
Monday the 9th Instant
A. Wright, Clk
Monday the 9th day of January 1815
The Court met agreeably to adjournment
Present thier Honors
Willim N. Harman
It appearing to the Court that Catherine Woods &
William Woods have regularly applied for letters of
administration on the Estate and effects of Isaac
Woods late of this County, deceased.
It is therefore Ordered that letters of adm
-inistration do issue to the said Catherine Woods &
William Woods on giving bond & Security in
terms of the law.
A few months later Catherine and Isaac Woods (Junior) post the bond:
In the Jefferson County Court of Ordinary Minutes Book A, pages 265, the third entry reads:
This day Catherine Woods & Isaac Woods attended
gave bond & Security & qualified as administrators
of the Estate of Isaac Woods Senr. decd. and also
Obtained letters of administration on Said Estate
this 6th March 1815.
And we now have some court action 6 Nov 1815 to divide up the estate. This is the original fragment of text I had found in Dawn William's earlier message.
In the Jefferson County Court of Ordinary Minutes Book B, pages 1, they open the court for the day's business. I only include this to establish the date:
At a Court of ordinary held in
and for the said County of Jefferson on Monday
the sixth day of November 1815.
Present their Honors
It appearing to the court ...
The rest of that page is another matter than our Isaac Woods, but on Page 2 of the same book, which I have transcribed in its entirety, we have:
On the application of Catherine Woods Administra
-trix & Isaac Woods, administrator of the Estate of
Isaac Woods Senr. deceased, & the said Catherine Woods
as Guardian for the minor heirs of said Deceased
for an order for the distribution of the Estate
of said desd. It is Ordered That Thomas
McBride, Joseph Marshall & John McBride
be & they are hereby appointed to divide the said Estate
into as many parts or Shares, as there are distributus
and assignees by lott or Otherwise, as to them Shall
Seem proper, are of the said parts or shares to each
distributee, or his her or their legal representative
that the above named persons so making distri
-bution, Shall be previously Sworn to make
the Same According to Justice and Equity with
out favor or affection to any of the parties to
the best of their Skill & understanding & make a return to this Court under their hands &
On the complaint of Samuel Walden, Security for
the faithful administration of Nancy Smith, on
the Estate of John Smith, decd. Stating that the said
That last bit is where the court was on a separate matter.
There is another set of books which has an inventory of Isaac Woods estate. It is on four pages in the Jefferson County Inventory Book C, pages 101 to 104. It provides an interesting look into his life. The entirety of the first page, page 101 reads:
We the appraisers of the
Estate of Isaac Woods Senr
Deceased after being duly Sworn proceded
to apprais the following propert Viz.
1 ole bay horse valued at ... 35.00
1 Grey horse @ ... 60.00
1 sorrel filley ... 85.00
one sorrel mare ... 60.00
one dark bay horse ... 40.00
one bay filley ... 65.00
one Grey mare and Colt ... 70.00
22 head of cattle ... 110.00
one Negro man named Will ... $325.00
one Negro woman Rose ... 300.00
one Negro boy Jim ... 350.00
one Nergo Child amey ... 100.00
16 head sheep ... 32.00
45 head of Geese ... 22.50
25 head of Hogs ... 35.00
3 Shovel Ploughs ... 7.50
2 cutler " and Gears ... 12.50
1 scouter Plow and Gears ... 4.00
1 Lock chain 2 single trees and 2 Clevises ... 4.50
1 spade Fire(?) and Iron wedge ... 1.75
1 pair of Steelards ... 3.00
2 Clubaxes & 2 Broad axes ... 5.00
1 piece of steel 4 lb(?) ... 1.50
1 Grindstone ... 2.00
1 Lot of old Iron ... 4.00
4 hinges 2 back band hooks floring(?) dog(?) ... 1.50
1 scutter 1 Grubing hoe and old flour(?) ... 1.50
9 hoops of waggon Hubs ... 1.50
1 currying knife and steel ... 1.00
I must say it is troubling that the negroes are listed between the sheep and the geese. It goes on for three solid pages with sundry items (he had a lot of books). On the top of page 104 of the inventory book it concludes with:
2 Bridles ... 1.25
2 Cow hides ... 1.00
2 Goards of hogs Lard 3 lb of wool ... 4.00
We do certify that the above is a true
appraisment of all the goods and Chattles
belonging to the Estte of Isaac Woods Decd.
as have been produced to us by the administra
-tors of said Deceased April 6th 1815.
So he had a pretty sizable estate. I found some other documents, but those are the ones I found relating to his probate.