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Wooding, Colonel John Edward

Male Abt 1811 - 1889  (~ 78 years)

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  • Name Wooding, John Edward 
    Title Colonel 
    Birth Abt 1811  Halifax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 15279 
    Death Apr 1889  Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I14984  Caswell County
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2024 

    Father Living 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Living 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F52159  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Owen, Lucy Ann,   b. Abt 1818, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reference Number 134949 
     1. Wooding, Ann M.,   b. Abt 1837, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
    +2. Wooding, John Marshal,   b. 13 Jan 1841, Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 15 Nov 1927, Halifax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 86 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
     3. Wooding, Sallie R.,   b. Abt 1842, Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
    +4. Wooding, Robert Sterling,   b. 14 Nov 1845, Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 25 Jun 1927, Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 81 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
     5. Wooding, Alice,   b. Abt 1850, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
    Family ID F7173  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2024 

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBirth - Abt 1811 - Halifax County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - Apr 1889 - Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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    Wooding Place
    Wooding Place Outbuilding
    Wooding Place
    Wooding Place Outbuilding

    George Robertson Runaway Slave Advertisement. The Greensboro Patriot (Greensboro, NC), 2 Nov 1850
    John E. Wooding Bankruptcy 1868. The Daily Standard (Raleigh, NC), 25 June 1868

  • Notes 
    • The Weekly Review (Reidsville, Rockingham County, North Carolina) April 10, 1889 - Col. John E. Wooding, a native of Halifax county, Va., but who had for at least thirty years made his home in Milton, died quietly at the home of his son, Mr. R. S. Wooding, last Friday evening at the age of seventy-nine years. Col. Wooding was a quite remarkable man, he possessed a fine intellect, had an almost perfect memory, kept well posted on all topics of current interest, was well read, and we think one of the most interesting conversationalists to whom we ever listened.

      Most of the large planters in the area continued throughout the nineteenth century to occupy their plantation houses on rich holdings along the Dan River and Country Line and Hyco Creeks while they speculated on Milton property. Milton functioned primarily as a market for their raw products, and the early fabric of the town is predominantly commercial, industrial, and small-scale domestic. The dominant Milton house-type of the antebellum period is the modest raised cottage, consisting of a brick story with an upper frame story containing the main entrance. Four examples of this type remain, all located on the east side of Bridge-Warehouse Street--the Wooding Place, the Oliver House, the Gordon House, and the house immediately north of the Baptist Church, which perhaps was built as the parsonage. These dwellings, which appear to date between 1840 and 1860, contrast with the more pretentious Main Street residences, and probably represent the commercial class. John Wooding, believed to be the builder of the Wooding Place, operated the town brickyard, while Field Gordon, probable builder of the Gordon House, owned a saloon in Milton. Two of the raised cottages have hip roofs; two have gable ones. The architectural trim is simple, with large windows, plain eaves and Victorian porches of varying designs, several supported on masonry piers. The interiors exhibit center-hall plans and have plastered walls, simple trim, and typical large Classical Revival mantels.

      Source: National Register of Historic Places Inventory--Nomination Form, Milton Historic District, 27 August 1973.

      Hyco Lake - Vol 2, 2013

      The Wooding Place

      The Past Meets the Present in a Serene Country Setting

      Residents, visitors, and preservationists alike cherish the rich historical heritage of Milton. The quiet town of around 130 people, located along the Dan River in northern Caswell County, holds fast to its motto: "the museum without walls, where preserving the past is our future". This motto rings loud and true, displayed in the number of National Historic Landmarks throughout Milton, along with charming antique shops, a general store, and stately 19th-century homes. The town's history is deeply rooted in the prosperity of the tobacco warehouses and mills that dotted the Dan River during the 1800's, when most of the town's buildings and homes were constructed. Many of the homes also exhibit the exquisitely detailed millwork of Thomas Day, the Milton-native and well known African-American craftsman whose signature work can be found throughout the Tar Heel State.

      One such example of the classic 19th-century homes of Milton is located at 81 Bridge Street, formerly known as The Wooding Place. Built in 1840, the home is part of The Milton Walking Tour of Historical Homes and recently underwent renovation with preservation back to its original appearance. The Wooding Place was originally built for local brick maker John Wooding and comprises one of four raised-basement style homes constructed in Milton between 1840 and 1850. Another feature characteristic of this time period is the home's eye-catching brick work, with the basement level in the style of Flemish bond and two brick chimneys flanking each side of the house. Behind the house stand two square brick outbuildings with pyramidal roofs which are similar to the outbuildings of 18th-century Williamsburg.

      One of the home's original features remaining intact is the large, flat stone at the front of the house, known as a carriage step. Carriage steps functioned in assisting passengers exiting from horse-drawn carriages. Leading to the home's front porch are open-arms style steps, designed with care to welcome visitors to the home. Original double-doors grace the front entrance of the house, and the lock and key continue to be fully functional.

      Originally, the home consisted of four rooms, two rooms upstairs and two rooms downstairs. Once inside the home, a central hall feeds into two of the original downstairs rooms with a stairwell leading upstairs. The upstairs of the home contains two large rooms: a parlor, still in use, and a master bedroom, which now serves as a guest bedroom. Unusual for the time-period in which the home was built, the upstairs bedroom boasts a large walk-in closet. The two downstairs rooms once contained a small family room and bedroom. Now they function as the master bedroom and a library with built-ins. Each of the original downstairs rooms has been updated with closets. The four rooms original to the house still contain 1840 time-period authentic wide-plank wood floors, wood doors, and trim work. In addition, four fireplaces adorn the home's interior with three of the mantles unchanged from when the home was built. All ceilings throughout the home are 12 feet high with nine pane over nine pane windows with aligned doors. This configuration was used in the era which the house was built to help facilitate the flow of air to cool the home.

      In 1991, an addition was completed to the rear of the home, consisting of two guest bedrooms, a modern eat-in kitchen with pantry, a living room, and a full bath and half-bath. A mudroom/laundry room, an additional full bath, and a two-vehicle carport with a large screened-in porch were added in 2010. In the process of these renovations, every measure was taken to avoid straying from the original 1840 home design.

      A large patio containing each type of brick made by the home's original owner, John Wooding, decorates the home's back lawn. Unfortunately some of these bricks cracked and had to be extracted during the renovation, but a number of the original bricks were salvaged. The patio affords a pastoral view of the 19 acres upon which the home sits. In the past, the land was occupied by cows and goats, but two horses currently make their home here. Other exterior features across the street from the house include a carriage house, a three-story barn with electricity and water, a tack room, and a two-story tobacco barn: all original to the property and functional today. A small pond is also found on the property which once was used as a baptismal pool for the local Baptist church, and the County Line Creek runs at the southern border of the property.

      The Wooding Place is currently on the market for purchase. If you are interested in becoming part of Milton's rich history and making this majestic property your home, please contact listing agent Denise Wrenn of Keller Williams Realty at 336-504-3599, or email her at

      U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970
      Name: John Edward Wooding
      SAR Membership: 84646
      Birth Date: 1806
      Birth Place: Halifax, Virginia
      Death Date: 1884
      Death Place: Milton, North Carolina
      Spouse: Lucy Anne Owen
      Children: Robert S Wooding

      1850 United States Federal Census
      Name: John E Wooding
      Age: 39
      Birth Year: abt 1811
      Birthplace: Virginia
      Home in 1850: Milton, Caswell, North Carolina
      Gender: Male
      Family Number: 281
      Household Members: Name Age
      John E Wooding 39
      Lucy A Wooding 32
      Ann M Wooding 13
      Sallie R Wooding 8
      John M Wooding 6
      Robert S Wooding 4
      Alice Wooding 1
      Ann Owen 52

      1870 United States Federal Census
      Name: John Wooding
      Birth Year: abt 1811
      Age in 1870: 59
      Birthplace: Virginia
      Home in 1870: Milton, Caswell, North Carolina
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Post Office: Milton
      Occupation: Auctioneer
      Household Members: Name Age
      John Wooding 59
      Robert Wooding 24
      Alice Wooding 19
      Ann Wooding 76