Kentucky: A History of the State. Perrin, Battle & Kniffin, 2nd ed.,1885,

Webster Co.

JOHN J. WOODSON was born in Hopkins County, Ky., June 3, 1839, a son of

Samuel S. and Mary G. (Cox) Woodson, natives of Virginia and of English

descent. Samuel S. Woodson, at the age of fifteen, in 1825, removed with

his parents to what is now Hopkins County, but was then a part of Henderson

County. There his father, Samuel Woodson, bought wild land near

Madisonville, and improved a farm, upon which he resided until his death.

After attaining his majority Samuel S. Woodson bought a partially improved

farm in the western part of Hopkins County, upon which he resided for some

eighteen years. He then came to Webster County and bought a farm near

Providence, upon which he resided until his death in October, 1864, in his

fifty-fourth year. He was also quite extensively engaged in the tobacco

business. He was a member of the S. of T. and he and wife of the

Cumberland Presbyterian Church. John J. Woodson, was employed on the home

farm until he was eighteen years old, after which he attended school for

about two years. He then engaged in the general mercantile and tobacco

business at Providence for some four years, and then in the stave business

for two years. He next followed the carpenter's and painter's trades for

some seven or eight years. In the fall of 1879 he again engaged in the

general mercantile trade at Providence, where he has since been doing a

flourishing business. He was for several years a magistrate. He was

married in February, 1865, to Miss Georgia A. Dudley, a native of Caldwell

County, Ky.; four sons and three daughters have blessed their union. Mr.

Woodson and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He is

also an earnest advocate of the temperance cause, and in politics is a


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