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Woodson family of Jessamine County, Kentucky

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  Samuel Hughes Woodson (1777-1827) — also known as Samuel H. Woodson — of near Nicholasville, Jessamine County, Ky.; Frankfort, Franklin County, Ky. Born near Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Va., September 15, 1777. Lawyer; Jessamine County Court Clerk, 1803-19; U.S. Representative from Kentucky 2nd District, 1821-23; member of Kentucky state house of representatives, 1825-26. Member, Freemasons. Slaveowner. Died near Nicholasville, Jessamine County, Ky., July 28, 1827 (age 49 years, 316 days). Interment at Crocket Burying Ground, Nicholasville, Ky.
  Relatives: Son of Tucker Woodson (1747-1779) and Elizabeth (Moore) Woodson (1747-1826); married, January 1, 1804, to Ann Randolph Meade (1781-1847); father of Tucker Woodson (1804-1874), David Meade Woodson (1806-1877) and Samuel Hughes Woodson; grandfather of John McDowell Woodson; first cousin of Silas Woodson; third cousin once removed of Frederick Bates, James Woodson Bates and Edward Bates; third cousin twice removed of Daniel Woodson and John Archibald Woodson; third cousin thrice removed of James Alexander Woodson and Urey Woodson.
  Political family: Woodson family of Jessamine County, Kentucky.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Frederick Bates (1777-1825) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich.; St. Louis, Mo. Born in Belmont, Goochland County, Va., June 23, 1777. Lawyer; postmaster at Detroit, Mich., 1802-05; justice of Michigan territorial supreme court, 1805; secretary of Missouri Territory, 1806; delegate to Missouri state constitutional convention, 1820; Governor of Missouri, 1824-25; died in office 1825. Died in Chesterfield, St. Louis County, Mo., August 4, 1825 (age 48 years, 42 days). Interment at Thornhill Cemetery in Faust Park, Near St. Louis, St. Louis County, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas Fleming Bates (1742-1803) and Caroline Matilda (Woodson) Bates (born 1751); brother of James Woodson Bates and Edward Bates; married 1819 to Nancy Opie Ball; third cousin once removed of Samuel Hughes Woodson, Silas Woodson (1819-1896), Daniel Woodson and John Archibald Woodson; third cousin twice removed of Urey Woodson.
  Political family: Woodson family of Jessamine County, Kentucky.
  Bates County, Mo. is named for him.
  See also National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society
  James Woodson Bates (1788-1846) — of Arkansas. Born in Goochland County, Va., August 25, 1788. Delegate to U.S. Congress from Arkansas Territory, 1819; state court judge in Arkansas, 1828. Slaveowner. Died in Van Buren, Crawford County, Ark., December 26, 1846 (age 58 years, 123 days). Interment a private or family graveyard, Crawford County, Ark.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas Fleming Bates (1742-1803) and Caroline Matilda (Woodson) Bates (born 1751); brother of Frederick Bates and Edward Bates; married 1840 to Elizabeth Moore; step-father of Mathew C. Moore; third cousin once removed of Samuel Hughes Woodson, Silas Woodson, Daniel Woodson and John Archibald Woodson; third cousin twice removed of Urey Woodson (1859-1939).
  Political family: Woodson family of Jessamine County, Kentucky.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Edward Bates (1793-1869) — of St. Louis, Mo. Born in Belmont, Goochland County, Va., September 4, 1793. Republican. Delegate to Missouri state constitutional convention from St. Louis County, 1820; Missouri state attorney general, 1820-21; member of Missouri state house of representatives, 1822, 1834; U.S. Attorney for Missouri, 1824-27; U.S. Representative from Missouri at-large, 1827-29; member of Missouri state senate 5th District, 1830-31; state court judge in Missouri, 1853-56; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1860; U.S. Attorney General, 1861-64. Quaker. Slaveowner. Died in St. Louis, Mo., March 25, 1869 (age 75 years, 202 days). Interment at Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas Fleming Bates (1742-1803) and Caroline Matilda (Woodson) Bates (born 1751); brother of Frederick Bates and James Woodson Bates; married, May 29, 1823, to Julia Davenport Coalter; third cousin once removed of Samuel Hughes Woodson, Silas Woodson, Daniel Woodson and John Archibald Woodson; third cousin twice removed of Urey Woodson (1859-1939).
  Political family: Woodson family of Jessamine County, Kentucky.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Tucker Woodson (1804-1874) — of Jessamine County, Ky. Born near Nicholasville, Jessamine County, Ky., November 4, 1804. Whig. Lawyer; member of Kentucky state house of representatives, 1830; member of Kentucky state senate, 1840; Jessamine County Judge. Died July 8, 1874 (age 69 years, 246 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Hughes Woodson (1777-1827) and Anna Randolph (Meade) Woodson; brother of David Meade Woodson and Samuel Hughes Woodson (1815-1881); married to Evelyn Byrd; uncle of John McDowell Woodson; first cousin once removed of Silas Woodson (1819-1896).
  Political family: Woodson family of Jessamine County, Kentucky.
  David Meade Woodson (1806-1877) — also known as David M. Woodson — of Carrollton, Greene County, Ill. Born near Nicholasville, Jessamine County, Ky., 1806. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Kentucky state house of representatives, 1833; delegate to Illinois state constitutional convention from Greene County, 1847; justice of Illinois state supreme court, 1848; circuit judge in Illinois, 1850; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1868. Died in Carrollton, Greene County, Ill., 1877 (age about 71 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Hughes Woodson (1777-1827) and Anna Randolph (Meade) Woodson; brother of Tucker Woodson and Samuel Hughes Woodson (1815-1881); married to Lucy Nash McDowell and Julia Kennett; father of John McDowell Woodson; first cousin once removed of Silas Woodson (1819-1896).
  Political family: Woodson family of Jessamine County, Kentucky.
  Samuel Hughes Woodson (1815-1881) — also known as Samuel H. Woodson — of Independence, Jackson County, Mo. Born near Nicholasville, Jessamine County, Ky., October 24, 1815. Lawyer; delegate to Missouri state constitutional convention 25th District, 1845-46; member of Missouri state house of representatives, 1853-54; U.S. Representative from Missouri 5th District, 1857-61; circuit judge in Missouri 24th Circuit, 1875-81; died in office 1881. Slaveowner. Died in Independence, Jackson County, Mo., June 23, 1881 (age 65 years, 242 days). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Independence, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Hughes Woodson and Ann Randolph (Meade) Woodson (1781-1847); brother of Tucker Woodson and David Meade Woodson; married 1839 to Margaret J. Ashby (1820-1912); uncle of John McDowell Woodson; first cousin once removed of Silas Woodson (1819-1896).
  Political family: Woodson family of Jessamine County, Kentucky.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Silas Woodson (1819-1896) — of Knox County, Ky.; St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Mo. Born near Barbourville, Knox County, Ky., May 18, 1819. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Kentucky state house of representatives, 1842, 1853-55; delegate to Kentucky state constitutional convention, 1849; Governor of Missouri, 1873-75; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1876, 1880; circuit judge in Missouri, 1881-96. Protestant; later Catholic. Died October 9, 1896 (age 77 years, 144 days). Interment at Mt. Mora Cemetery, St. Joseph, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of Wade Netherland Woodson and Alice (Chick) Woodson; married, September 13, 1842, to Mary Jane McRoberts (1825-1845); married, July 27, 1846, to Olivia Adams (1828-1856); married, December 27, 1866, to Virginia Juliet Lard (1846-1907); first cousin of Samuel Hughes Woodson (1777-1827); first cousin once removed of Tucker Woodson, David Meade Woodson and Samuel Hughes Woodson (1815-1881); first cousin twice removed of John McDowell Woodson; third cousin once removed of Frederick Bates, James Woodson Bates and Edward Bates; third cousin twice removed of Daniel Woodson and John Archibald Woodson; third cousin thrice removed of James Alexander Woodson (1848-1908) and Urey Woodson.
  Political family: Woodson family of Jessamine County, Kentucky.
  See also National Governors Association biography
  Daniel Woodson (1824-1894) — of Lynchburg, Va.; Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kan.; Coffeyville, Montgomery County, Kan. Born May 13, 1824. Newspaper editor and publisher; secretary of Kansas Territory, 1854-57; Governor of Kansas Territory, 1855, 1855, 1856, 1856, 1857. Died in Claremore, Cherokee Nation County, Indian Territory (now Rogers County, Okla.), October 5, 1894 (age 70 years, 145 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Stephen Woodson (1786-c.1831) and Jane (Woodson) Woodson (died 1824); married, October 14, 1847, to America (Christian) Palmer (1824-1912); first cousin of John Archibald Woodson; second cousin once removed of Urey Woodson; third cousin once removed of Frederick Bates, James Woodson Bates and Edward Bates; third cousin twice removed of Samuel Hughes Woodson and Silas Woodson (1819-1896).
  Political family: Woodson family of Jessamine County, Kentucky.
  John McDowell Woodson (b. 1834) — also known as John M. Woodson — of Carrollton, Greene County, Ill.; Carlinville, Macoupin County, Ill.; St. Louis, Mo. Born near Nicholasville, Jessamine County, Ky., June 5, 1834. Engineer; lawyer; delegate to Illinois state constitutional convention from Greene County, 1862; member of Illinois state senate, 1867-69; attorney for several railroads. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of David Meade Woodson and Lucy Nash (McDowell) Woodson; married to Virginia C. Davis, Mary Ann Henderson and Sarah Alice Nutt; nephew of Tucker Woodson and Samuel Hughes Woodson (1815-1881); grandson of Samuel Hughes Woodson (1777-1827); first cousin twice removed of Silas Woodson (1819-1896).
  Political family: Woodson family of Jessamine County, Kentucky.
  Mathew C. Moore (1837-1877) — Born near Van Buren, Crawford County, Ark., April 24, 1837. Member of Arkansas state house of representatives, 1875. Died in Van Buren, Crawford County, Ark., April 24, 1877 (age 40 years, 0 days). Original interment at a private or family graveyard, Crawford County, Ark.; reinterment in 1915 at Forest Park Cemetery, Fort Smith, Ark.
  Relatives: Step-son of James Woodson Bates (1788-1846); son of Elizabeth Moore.
  Political family: Woodson family of Jessamine County, Kentucky.
  John Archibald Woodson (b. 1843) — of Meagher County, Mont.; Washington County, Miss.; Miles City, Custer County, Mont. Born in Columbia, Boone County, Mo., May 28, 1843. Democrat. Meagher County Sheriff; member of Montana state legislature, 1890. Baptist. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Warren Woodson (1796-1868) and Amanda Berry (Dick) Woodson (born 1811); married, December 21, 1876, to Mary Taliaferro Baker (died 1888); first cousin of Daniel Woodson; second cousin once removed of Urey Woodson; third cousin once removed of Frederick Bates, James Woodson Bates and Edward Bates; third cousin twice removed of Samuel Hughes Woodson and Silas Woodson (1819-1896).
  Political family: Woodson family of Jessamine County, Kentucky.
  James Alexander Woodson (1848-1908) — also known as J. A. Woodson — of Pine Bluff, Jefferson County, Ark.; Little Rock, Pulaski County, Ark. Born in Rockingham County, N.C., July 14, 1848. Grocer; paving contractor; railroad builder; mayor of Little Rock, Ark., 1895-1900. Died in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Ark., October 19, 1908 (age 60 years, 97 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Dr. James Turner Woodson (1822-1851) and Mary E. (Smith) Woodson (died 1851); married, February 25, 1868, to Virginia Caroline Lanier; third cousin thrice removed of Samuel Hughes Woodson and Silas Woodson (1819-1896).
  Political family: Woodson family of Jessamine County, Kentucky.
  Urey Woodson (1859-1939) — of Owensboro, Daviess County, Ky. Born in Madisonville, Hopkins County, Ky., August 16, 1859. Democrat. Newspaper editor and publisher; Kentucky railroad commissioner, 1891-95; member of Democratic National Committee from Kentucky, 1896-1912, 1916-18, 1924-28; Secretary of Democratic National Committee, 1904-12; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1932; Convention Secretary, 1908, 1912. Presbyterian. Died in Owensboro, Daviess County, Ky., August 6, 1939 (age 79 years, 355 days). Interment at Rosehill Elmwood Cemetery, Owensboro, Ky.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Charles Woodson (1825-1907) and Rebecca Jane (Hawthorne) Woodson; married, February 12, 1885, to Elizabeth Ford; second cousin once removed of Daniel Woodson and John Archibald Woodson; third cousin twice removed of Frederick Bates, James Woodson Bates and Edward Bates; third cousin thrice removed of Samuel Hughes Woodson and Silas Woodson (1819-1896).
  Political family: Woodson family of Jessamine County, Kentucky.
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