(I) Captain Henry Woodward, our first known
ancestor, commanded the 10th Company,
Virginia, Regiment, during the French and
Indian Wars. (Map at right shows area)
(Footnote on Page 401, Vol. IV,
Virginia Historical Collections,
is the following:)
"Henry Woodward, it appears, was an Englishman,
who was first appointed Lieutenant upon the
recommendation of James Aberoromby, and
subsequently promoted. He was voted thanks
and a gratuity of L30 by the Assembly for
gallantry at Fort Necessity. He was present
at the defeat of Braddock. The Assembly
granted Capt, Woodward L75 as "A,
reward and compensation for his gallant behavior
and losses" in the battle near Fort Duquesne".
Captain Woodward was placed in command of
Voss's Fort on the frontier, 10 June 1757,
and served in the Cherokee Expedition, and
remained in the service until 1762.
Large, land grants in Stafford and Cumberland,
Counties of Virginia, were assigned him in
recognition of his service.
At the close of the French and Indian Wars,
Captain Henry Woodward and his wife, the
former Sarah Shelton, who came of the noble
family of Sheltons who trace their ancestry
to Charlemagne and the Magna Charta Barons,
settled in Stafford Co., Virginia, a short
distance from Aquia Church, located on Aquia
Creek, in Overwharton Parish, Stafford, Virginia.
(Map of area at right above)
Here their three sons: (1A) James, (1B) Jesse and
(1C) William Presley Woodward were born.
Supported by records in the Congressional Library,
the original portion of the Capitol building in
Washington, D.C., was built from stone quarried on
Captain Woodward's land. The southeast cornerstone
was laid by President Washington with Masonic
ceremonies 18 September 1793.