Mary (Polly) Wood/s married John Richey in Gibson Co., In in 1817. There was a "Blackfoot" church in the next county -- said to have been named for a tribe of Indians nearby (according to a pplacque on the historic church that was built about 1800). Some research of Eastern Blackfoot -- suggests these people who were caled "Eastern Blackfoot" were Piedmont Siouan (as were the Monocan). They movd to Arkansas from Indiana where their son Joseph Richey married Sarah Ann Wayland in 1848. She was niece to the Nevil Wayland who was clerk of the "Stoney Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Scott Co., Va, the church where the word "Melungin" was first recorded by that clerk in 1813. The waylands had been in Arkansas since 1815 and are recorded in many places as having helped create the firts Methodist Church in both Arkansas and Indian Territory. Some Waylands were soldiers (dragoons) at fort Gibson from 1830-1836. Mine stayed in Arkansas until the son of Joseph and Sarah -- Jeffrey Hoten Richey married Jospehine Brown (my great grandparents, they are buried 35 miles from where I live now) in 1871 and they movd to Indian Territory at that time -- Choctaw Nation, Le Flore County on the Arkansas River. By the time of Dawes they were living in the Chickasaw Nation in South Central Oklahoma.
Mary Wood's (my g-g-g-grandma) parents were John Woods and Polly Dickson. They were in Blount County, Tn from 1785 or 6 to 1806. John Richey had a brother Gideon Richey, and there was a Gideon Richey associated with Rev Gideon Blackburn. Gideon Blackburn and John Woods were both listed as settlers in Blount Count, Tn in th 1780s (before Gideon Blackburn created his Presbyterian mission/school to the Cherokee a little after 1800). Being neighbors, they probably knew each other during those years, as there were not a lot of settlers there in the early days.
Back to the Woods surname. John Woods was invited by Chief Glass, chief of Lookout Mountain, to come to Lookout Mountian from 1801-1803 to ply the craft of "blacksmith", according to Jonathan R Meigs, who recorded giving a passport to John Woods for that reason in his papers.
John Woods was son of Joseph Woods and Mary Hamilton. Joseph was a Rev. War vet and was found discharged from the 7th Reg, Va, at Fort Pitt in 1783, and his home was Wheeling, Va (now W. Va.) at that time. This is confirmed by other rsearchers. Joseph Wood Married Mary Hamilton in 1768 in Charlottesville, Albamarle Co., Va and in 1769 they moved to Augusta County, Va a part of the county that later becane Rockbridge Co, Va. Joseph Woods was b. 1745 Albamarle Co., Va.
In 1755 Thomas Jefferson was recorded as seeing Indians on his lands in Albamarle Co., Va going to a mound, staying a while, then leaving, so there were Indians in that county still when Joseph Woods was born there in 1745. The Indians he saw were probably Monocan.
Also there was a Solomon Richey listed in Amherst Co., Va in 1811 a a "Free Person of Color". On census records of my John Richey it says he was born in Virginia, but we do not know what county.
School photos of the Richey's in southern Oklahoma about 1910 could pass for full blood Indian, but we never signed up for Dawes.
From what I read, Woods and Hamilton are Monocan surnames and they also were in Rockbridge County.
Thanks for the great information Vance, since I am researching the Woods/Hamilton lines I would be very interested in the source of this info so that I could follow up with more info.
It would be helpful to know where your WOODS and HAMILTON families were located.
Any first names and/or dates ?
Some additional information that may be of interest :
The Monacan People have resided in this region for thousand's of years, and the families are very well documented.
WOODS and HAMILTON are both fairly common names, but they are not in any way specifically tied to the Monacan Nation.
However, EVANS, PINN, REDCROSS, FERGUSON, BEVERLY, BRANHAM, ROSE, McCOY are just a few of the names that are.
The RICHEY, WAYLAND, WOODS etc., families that Mr Hawkins mentions are very well documented in both Colonial and Federal Records.
A note about the Dawes Roll :
This is a listing of those Indians who removed west from their homelands in the south east during the 1800's. Only those who had remained Citizens of their Nations, and who were listed on previous rolls were eligible.
In the late 1800's/early 1900's, there were in fact thousands of white settlers in Indian Territory (like Vance's family) but they were not in any way eligible for land under the terms of the Dawes Allotment Act.
If you need any more info, let me know.
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My Hamilton/Woods line is through James Woods who married. Nancy Dickson. Son of Joseph Woods & Mary Hamilton. I have spent many hours looking for documentation of this line. They were of course located the same areas as John Woods who m. Polly Dickson. I was hoping that maybe someone could direct me to a specific "place" to find additional info. I have followed some of Vance Hawkins info posted on boards, and wondered if I had somehow "missed" some vital info. I have looked at the following so far; A history of Rockbridge Co, Va by Oren F. Morton, plenty of Hamiltons but nothing specific. Albemarle Co in Va by Edgar Woods, lots of Woods, but debatable as to "our family". The best "find" was History of Gibson County Indiana Her people, Industries and Instiutions by Gil R. Stormont. I have yet not been able to locate a military records for Joseph, or his sons who served in Revolution & 1812 wars. DAR says they can't find them. SAR has Joseph. Searching Blount Co, Tenn comes up dry. One source says that possiably Woods went through Kentucky as Elizabeth was born there? Can't verify. So if anyone has documentation for this family I would love to know it.
thanks for any help avaliable.