Rebecca (Bennett) Wyatt
"Barbourville [KY] Mountain Advocate"
November 5, 1948, p.10
-by W. S. Hudson
Last week the old Woodson homestead, a few miles out on route 25 south, was bought
from the heirs by Jim Mills, of Bimble. This deal passed almost unnoticed by most
people hereabouts, but to some who've made a study of our early history it brought
thoughts of the pioneers trudging along the earliest path into Kentucky; of an old
army outpost, and raiding Indians; a kilted Scotsman, musket in arms, tramping over
the newly-acquired acres and inspecting with pride his newly built log home.
It was here about the year 1798 that Alex Stewart, a titled Scotsman,
erected one of Knox County's earliest homes. He was an ancester of some of the
Stewarts now living in the county. Within a few hundred yards of the edifice
was Middleton stockade, an army outpost where travelers could safely spend
the night free of fear from roving Indians.
One of the early Woodsons who came into this section about 1812 married
a daughter of [actually a granddaughter of] Alex Stewart
and in time acquired the title to the land and house.
About seventy years ago the original house was dismantled, and from its remains the
present Woodson home was built, in large part. The original foundations and the
heavy beams are in the newer house and an interesting relic of pioneer days is a
rocking chair in which old Alec probably took his ease at the end of the busy day.
It is related that the old Scotsman was buried in his full kilts regalia.
The burial ground shows a number of ancient headstones and dates.
The Woodsons took a prominent part in the early history of this section. One member
of the family, Silas, emigrated to Missouri, where he was elected Governor.
Father of the present generation, W.S. Woodson, remembered by old timers, was for
many years Democratic leader of the county and running under that party's device
was elected and served for 12 years as county superintendent of schools.
Wade Woodson, present occupant and last of the family in Knox County,
plans to remove to Cincinnati for the time being. Of the other children,
Jack and Harry call Sioux City, Iowa, thier home; Will lives in Chicago;
Lucille (Mrs. Witherspoon) and Bertie (Mrs. Corwin) live in Cincinnati,
while Dora (Mrs. Fielding Moore) resides in Asheville, N.C.
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