The Woodforde Family

A History of the Woodforde Family from 1300

Research to date

The marriage of THOMAS WOODFORD (born c1497 or 1484) and Elizabeth Blount (born c1497) is of considerable interest to genealogical researchers because it links these families with the Light/Washington families from whom George Washington descended.

THOMAS WOODFORD was descended from the Leicestershire Woodford family through ROBERT WOODFORD, eldest son of RALPH WOODFORD of Ashby Folville in Leicestershire and his wife ELIZABETH VILLIERS.

According to pedigrees printed by Nichols, ROBERT WOODFORD was born at Ashby Folville on 9 October 1460. He married Alice (At)Gate of Buckinghamshire in 1489.  They had at least four sons and two daughters of which the eldest child was THOMAS WOODFORD.

THOMAS married ELIZABETH BLOUNT of Iver, Buckinghamshire. According to Nichols, and the Harleian Society's Visitation of Buckinghamshire, Thomas and Elizabeth had at least eleven children, and possibly thirteen.   

One of the six (?) daughters, URSULA WOODFORD (c1519-c1597 or 1599) married WALTER LIGHT (1520-1597) of Radley, Warwickshire in about 1546.  Another daughter, Cecilia, married Edmund Danvers from Weston in Oxfordshire in 1558.



George Washington

George Washington


Major William Woodford (1700-1744), the father of General William Woodford (1734-1780) married Anne Cocke.  Anne was the daughter of Dr William Cocke (1672-1720) of Sudbury, Northants and his wife Ann (Nancy) Jekyll Catesby of Castle Hedingham, Essex.  

They married on 4 September 1699.  Dr Cocke became Secretary of the Colony of Virginia. He had been a classmate of the composer William Byrd.




Wharton, Anne Hollingsworth: “Ancestral Homes of Noted Americans” (1915)

Nichol, John: "The History and Antiquities of the County of Leicestershire (1798)


Thomas Woodford and Elizabeth Blount are said to have been born in Maple Durham, Oxford.  Their daughter URSULA WOODFORD is said to have been born in 1519 in Radway, Warwickshire, and died in 1597 or 1599. 

On 11 December 1564, ELIZABETH LIGHT (born 1547, died before 25 March 1599 in Radway, Warwick), the daughter of URSULA and WALTER, married ROBERT WASHINGTON, of Sulgrave, Northamptonshire, who had been born at Sulgrave Manor in Northamptonshire in 1544. Robert died on 10 March 1623. 

Robert and Elizabeth's son Lawrence Washington (1568-1616) married Margaret Butler (1568-1632). Their son, Lawrence Washington (1601-1652) married Amphyllis Twigdon (1601-1654), and their son John Washington of Sulgrave (1623-1676) married (secondly) Anne Pope who died 1667. 

John Washington left for Virginia in 1656; his second wife, Anne, was the daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Nathaniel Pope JP, who gave John and Anne 700 acres at Mattox Creek. 

John Washington and wife Anne had a son, also called Lawrence Washington who married Mildred Warner.  Their daughter Mildred Warner Washington married Robert Gregory. 

Roger Gregory and Mildred's daughter Mildred Gregory married John Thornton, and it was their daughter, Mary Thornton who married General William Woodford of Caroline, USA.

Augustine Washington (1693-1773), the son of Lawrence Washington and Mildred Warner, married Mary Ball, daughter of Major Caleb Butler JP. (1708-1789). Their son was GEORGE WASHINGTON.




Sulgrave Manor, Oxfordshire


Sulgrave Manor

The manor was a priory of St Andrew’s before the Reformation in the 16th Century. It was bought in 1914 by the British American Peace Committee and refurbished as a memorial to the web of links which bind the two nations together. It is located in Sulgrave, near Banbury in Oxfordshire. 

The full history of Sulgrave Manor and details of its present work can be found here


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