Compiled by Glenn Gohr

According to the book, Lineage of Lincoln, by William E. Barton, the wife of William Hanks was Sarah WOODBRIDGE, daughter of Paul Woodbridge.

The Hankses and Woodbridges are closely associated in various deeds, so there is evidence that Sarah could have been a Woodbridge, however the age of Sarah does not seem to fit in with the ages of the other children of Paul Woodbridge.

Also, the will of Paul Woodbridge has recently been located. It only mentions his wife, sons William and George, and daughters Elizabeth and Anne. No daughter Sarah is mentioned.

The conclusion is that Sarah (Woodbridge) Hanks was most likely a sister of Paul Woodbridge, rather than a daughter. This would make her the daughter of John Woodbridge and wife Elizabeth who immigrated from Gravesend, England to Virginia in 1634 and 1635. This couple is the right age to be the parents of Paul Woodbridge and Sarah (Woodbridge) Hanks. Thanks to Richard Luht and Betty Craven, Jan Oldham and Kathleen Much for supplying the information to help me come to these conclusions.

    Hotten, John Camden. The Original Lists of Persons of Quality, 1600-1700. London, 1874, p. 112:

      "Passingers which Passed from ye Port of London [24 July] 1635. These under-written names are to be transported to Virginia imbarqued in the Assurance de Lo: Isack Bromwell & Geo. Pewsie M^r examined by the Minister of the Towne of Gravesend of their conformitie in our Religion. These men have taken the oaths of Allegeance & Supremacie . . . Jo: Woodbridge, 32 yeres."

      and p. 124:

      "21 August 1635. These under-written names are to be transported to Virginea, imbarqued in the George Jo: Severne M^r bound thither p examination of the Minister of Gravesend &c. . . .Elizabeth Woodbridge, 22 yeres."

Here is my Woodbridge lineage as best as can be determined:

  1. John Woodbridge, b. ca. 1602 Gravesend, England, d. VA; md. Elizabeth ________, b. ca. 1612 Gravesend, England, d. VA
  2. Sarah WOODBRIDGE, b. ca. 1653 VA, d. aft. 1708 Richmond Co., VA; md. bef. May 1678 to William HANKS, b. 1 Feb. 1654/55 North Farnham Parish, Richmond Co., VA, d. bef. 7 Feb. 1704 Richmond Co., VA
  3. Luke HANKS, b. ca. 1685 Richmond Co., VA, d. bef. Feb. 1757 Lancaster Co., VA; md. ca. 1710 Richmond Co., VA to Elizabeth (GLASSCOCK or TURNER?), b. ca. 1695 VA, d. ca. 1750 Richmond Co., VA
  4. Moses HANKS, b. 15 July 1746 North Farnham Parish, Richmond Co., VA, d. 19 Aug. 1831 Maury Co., TN; md. bef. 1769 to Aggatha DODSON, b. Dec. 1749 VA, d. Nov. (aft. 1830) Maury Co., TN
  5. Elizabeth HANKS, b. 9 Sept. 1782 Pittsylvania Co., VA, d. 1833 Maury Co., TN; md. 1 June 1799 Lincoln Co., KY to Robert WILLIAMS, b. 1776 VA, d. 1837 Maury Co., TN
  6. Agatha WILLIAMS, b. 2 June 1802 Maury Co., TN, d. 13 July 1874 McNairy Co., TN; md. 22 Sept. 1817 Columbia, Maury Co., TN to James Matthew WOOLVERTON, b. 12 May 1797 Somerset, Pulaski Co., KY, d. 24 July 1878 McNairy Co., TN (both buried in Woolverton Cemetery near Adamsville, Tennessee)
  7. Nancy Artemisia WOOLVERTON, b. 28 Aug. 1829 Maury Co., TN, d. 24 Jan. 1926 Adamsville, McNairy Co., TN; md. 28 Dec. 1848 Jonesborough, Tippah Co., MS to Luther Rice LITTLEFIELD, b. 25 Dec. 1826 Spartanburg, Spartansburg Co., SC, d. 25 Mar. 1903 Adamsville, McNairy Co., TN (both buried in Adamsville Cemetery)
  8. Sarah Agatha LITTLEFIELD, b. 28 Oct. 1849 Jonesborough, Tippah Co., MS, d. 7 Feb. 1940 Leapwood, McNairy Co., TN; md. 18 Oct. 1868 McNairy Co., TN to William Ashley HARRIS, b. 19 May 1849 Hardin Co., TN, d. 12 Mar. 1916 McNairy Co., TN (both buried at Mars Hill Cemetery, McNairy Co., TN)
  9. James David HARRIS, b. 9 Jan. 1871 McNairy Co., TN, d. 22 Sept. 1938 Marlow, Stephens Co., OK (buried in the Marlow Cemetery); md. 28 Oct. 1894 McNairy Co., TN to Docia Bell PYRON, b. 5 Oct. 1872 McNairy Co., TN, d. 1 Sept. 1944 Lyford, Willacy Co., TX (buried at Combes, Texas)
  10. William Earl HARRIS, b. 8 Aug. 1895 McNairy Co., TN, d. 5 Jan. 1967 Cortez, Montezuma Co., CO; md. 12 Dec. 1915 Parker Co., TX to Orpha Antonia Hazel GARVIN, b. 11 Nov. 1895 Jack Co., TX, d. 21 Dec. 1979 Cortez, Montezuma Co., CO (both buried in the Dove Creek Cemetery, Dove Creek, CO) *These are my grandparents.


If you have queries concerning the WOODBRIDGE surname, you may post these at the Woodbridge Family Genealogy List which is a part of the Rootsweb e-mail discussion lists. It offers free queries and discussion on the Woodbridge surname and variant spellings.

To subscribe, send an e-mail to: WOODBRIDGE-L-request@rootsweb.com
Leave subject line blank (This will be ignored).
In the body of the message type: subscribe

Then a welcome message will be sent telling how to post messages. Once you are subscribed, you may send a query to everyone on the list by sending e-mail to: WOODBRIDGE-L@rootsweb.com

Archived postings to the Woodbridge e-mail list can be found on the WEB at:


When prompted, type in WOODBRIDGE for the name of the list. A second screen will appear where you can choose a year and type in a search word(s). If you type in WOODBRIDGE you would probably get all the previous postings to the list. You can also type in a person's name instead or a locality to narrow your search. If you wish to do a search by date, try entering it in quotation marks with the day and then the month as "01 Mar" using single digit dates preceded by a zero and only the first three letters of the month.


There are several Message Boards on Rootsweb which are set up for the WOODBRIDGE surname. These boards are for posting information in the following categories: BIBLE, BIOGRAPHY, BIRTH, CEMETERY, CENSUS, DEATH, DEED, IMMIGRATION, LOOKUP, MARRIAGE, MILITARY, OBITUARY, PENSION, QUERIES, and WILLS. The search perameters and drop down screen on the main page allow you to do a key word search or to view all postings according to one of the above categories. Click on the icon below to access the Woodbridge Message Boards.

Query Post a query (or information from any one of the above categories) on any WOODBRIDGE name or related family. Please give dates, and locations they lived. Try to give as much information as possible.

An online genealogy forum for posting queries has also been set up specifically for the WOODBRIDGE family on GenForum. It can be found at the following address:


***Note***During the Fall of 1998, GenForum combined with Family Tree Maker, which means that all queries and information posted to that site becomes the property of Family Tree Maker. This is still a good site to look up information and get contact names for the WOODBRIDGE lines you are searching, but be advised that if you now post a new query or a response to something on that site, chances are that sometime in the future Family Tree Maker will include that information on a CD-ROM which they will sell for profit to anyone who is interested. I do not like the idea of someone else using my hard researched information and ideas and selling them for a profit without my knowledge. This same practice is evident on all of the Family Tree Maker pages which are found on the internet, if you will read the disclaimer notices on those pages. I recommend the Family Tree Maker pages as good look up pages, but I don't recommend posting information there. Similar things can be said for Ancestry.com and MyFamily.com which are connected to each other and seek to make a profit from genealogical materials on the internet.

Some other Woodbridge researchers and web sites include:

    The Woodbridge Family Outline which includes descendants of John Woodbridge of Farnham Parish, Rappahannock Co., VA. This site is maintained by Richard and Dee Luht..

    Oldham Genealogical Database which mentions Manus McLaughlin and Elizabeth Woodbridge. This site is maintained by Jan Oldham who is also distantly related to me through the Neville family. Several Neville links are on her page.

    William Greenlaw Page which mentions Manus McLaughlin and Elizabeth Woodbridge (2nd husband Peter Taff) of Old Rappahannock and Richmond Counties, VA, dau. of Paul Woodbridge and Bridget FitzHerbert. This site is maintained by Fran Bennett who is also distantly related to me through the Neville family.

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Last updated June 1, 2003.

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