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Re: Jacob Proctor of Charles County MD

According to the Raleigh Township Museum in North Buxton, Ontario, Canada the Proctor family begins with Elisha Proctor who married Virsty _____. Elisha and Virsty had a son William Proctor (b. in 1831) who married on Nov. 1, 1860, Eliza Ann Taylor (b. 1841). On the chart after 1831 are the word Penn. I am not sure if it means that William was born in Penn or he and Eliza came to Pennsylvania. Their children were Elizabeth (b. in 1862); Elisha (b. in 1864); Mary Jane (b. in 1866); William (b. in 1868); and David (b. in Aug. 1871). David married Mary Ann Handsor. David and Mary Ann had three children: Wesley, Gladys and an (unknown son). Wesley married (1st) Marge Richardson and married (2nd), Edna Highgate. Wesley and Marge had three children: Lillian, Marie and Clayton. Lillian married a man by the last name of Nolan; and Marie married Pat Simpson. Gladys married George Cole. Gladys and George had two children: George and Donnie. While in North Buxton last year for their annual genealogy conference, I went to the library at Chatham, Ontario and found an obituary for Elisha Proctor. It was very brief and did not have any mention of children, etc.
Now, back to Pennsylvania. One of the pioneer families of Pittsburgh was the Thomas Woodson family. Most of you already know that Thomas Woodson was a slave in Virginia who was permitted to purchase his wife's and his own freedom from his master (he reportedly was the offspring the of President Thomas Jefferson). After obtaining their freedom, Thomas, who was a stone mason by trade, and his wife moved to what was then known as Berlin's Crossroads, but which is now Chillicothe, Ohio, in the early 1800's. A son, Lewis Woodson, who later became a minister, was born to the couple in 1866. Lewis was educated by Quakers and in 1831 came to Pittsburgh, where he married Caroline Robinson, who, according to the oldtimers accounts, was reputed to be the daughter of General Robinson of Revolutionary War fame. The present Robinson Street on the North Side was named in his honor. They had the following children: Mary, John, Caroline, Lewis, Emma, Granville, Jemima, Harriet, Virginia, James and Charles Woodson. Virginia Woodson, the youngest child in the family, was born June 15, 1843. She married on Oct. 20, 1863, Jacob Proctor, a barber, who was born in Frederick, Md., Aug. 31, 1834. I have not traced Jacob's line, but this bit of info might be of importance to other Proctor researchers.


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