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Re: President Truman, Ancient Windsor CT 1635 and Elder John Strong
Posted by: Beth Rasmussen (ID *****3066) Date: January 16, 2008 at 11:23:10
In Reply to: Re: President Truman, Ancient Windsor CT 1635 and Elder John Strong by Linda Peyman of 643

I don't know how much you have on Mary Woodson but here are some notes I have. I didn't keep any info on her ancestors although I have read quite a bit about them.

Was married before 3 Sep 1739. Died after 1772 in Henrico County, VA but before 1783. Will undated was filed in Henrico county on 28 Apr 1783.

Mary's will contained the following provisions. Son John Trueman received one Negro woman named Jude and the crop. Daughter Mary Austin received one Negro boy named Tom. All the rest of the estate was divided among her six daughters: Ann Warriner, Mary Austin, Martha Ferris, Elizabeth Baker, Rebecca Bethel, Agnes Gathright, and one grandson William Trueman, who was to receive one Negro named Libb. (Joseph Trueman was not mentioned in his mother's will.)

(I copied this before I learned to quote sources!)
Now to debunk a popular idea that Mary Woodson was the 4-great grandmother of Harry S Truman as so many sources seem to claim. In Henrico County at this time were two men: Richard Truman Sr and Richard Truman Jr. (Sr & Jr do not necessarily mean father & son as they do today, but merely older and younger. These two Richards may have been "cousins", but this researcher has not pursued this to find out, nor is there any guess as to what degree the "cousins" might be.) Richard Truman Jr was Mary's husband and for most records in Henrico County for the period 1754 and before, you will see the Jr attached to his name. Richard Sr, the other Richard Truman, also was a resident of Henrico County, who left a will dated 31 Mar 1754, proved 1 Jul 1754. In this will, we learn that it is this Richard who is the father of Abraham, who might have been the 3-great grandfather of Harry S Truman. Here is an extract of the will.
PAGE 51--
Richard Truman, Sr.
To daughter - Mary Williams, items
To daughter - Catherine Mowisie, items
To Son-in-law - William Still, 40 acreas on North
Branch of Willis Creek
To Son - Abraham, my plantation and land, 240 acreas
Rest of estate to - wife Elizabeth and after her death
to son Abraham, son Abraham to be executor.
Dated 31 March 1754
Wit: Thomas Watkins, Henry Watkins, David Warriner
Recorded 1 July 1754

Son Abraham only names 2 sons in his will in Dec of 1795 - William and Richard Trueman. William died only a year later in Dec 1796 in Henrico County, apparently without issue. His estate was appraised by Littleberry Royster, Richard Allen and his brother Richard Trueman. Richard died in 1797 leaving sons Mark, Jacob, Abraham, John, and Isaac.

Some people seem to feel that William Trueman, the elder, who married Nancy ? and was definitely an ancestor of Harry Truman, was not the son of Abraham but rather the grandson that Mary mentioned in her will. It appears that Mary's son Joseph only had 1 child Mary, so that Mary's grandson William must have been the son of John.

A little about Richard Sr. It gets a little confusing as to who was whose wives!

The Valentine Papers, Vol 1-4, 1864-1908
Woodson Family
Richard Woodson acknowledges a deed to Rebeccah Elmore , then Ann , wife of sd. Richard , relinquishes her right of dower in the land conveyed: all which is admitted to record: Richard Woodson acknowledges a deed of gift to Richard Truman, Jnr. , which is ordered to be recorded. Crt. held 3, Sept. 1739 . Ibid. p. 89.
Rebecca TRUMAN
Elizabeth TRUMAN

Will of Richard Truman Jr.
To son John, land I live on and one negro
To son Joseph, 1 negro and feather bed
To daughter Ann Warriner, 1 negro
To daughter Elizabeth Baker, 1 negro and one great chest
To daughter Rebecca Bethell, 1 negro
To daughter Agnes Gathright, 1 negro
To wife Mary, 1 negro and all the rest of my estate
Executors: Joseph and John Trueman
Dated 3 Nov. 1772

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