Tombstone Tuesday: Elizabeth Mosby Woodson Allison (1824-1924)

ElizabethMosbyWoodsonAllisonI can’t remember how I happened to stumble across the story of Elizabeth Mosby Woodson Allison – perhaps the tragic way she died caught my eye in a 1924 newspaper headline.  By all accounts, she lived a full and long life, yet one of the most interesting aspects of Elizabeth’s life was her impressive family heritage.

Elizabeth Mosby Woodson was born on December 30, 1824 in Franklin County, Virginia to parents Benjamin and Martha “Patsey” LeSueur Woodson.  According to History of Monroe and Shelby Counties, Missouri, Benjamin “was a prominent teacher in the south-western part of Virginia.”  Thus, his children received a good education.  The family had connections to the well-known Virginia families of Woodson, LeSueur, Bacon and Randolph.


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  1. Thank you for this detailed history!

    Elizabeth Mosby Woodson Allison was my 3rd great-grandmother. It goes Elizabeth > Arabella Jane > Benjamin Gray > Carmen (my grandmother).

    This history has been told repeatedly in my family. My 99 year old grandmother Carmen Gray Ashby just recently died in 2013 and gave me the newspaper clippings of her death. I had them scanned to post on Find-A-Grave.

    I love the pictures as well! Let me know if you’re curious about anything else. This put a smile on my face.

    • Glad you enjoyed the article .. she was a fascinating lady for sure.

  2. By the way, you were correct about the Woodson cousins marrying (they were actually 2nd cousins, but blech just the same). I wish I could say that was the only instance of cousin marriages, but alas, my family tree is almost a straight board. It gets worse with the Huguenot lines (LeSueur, Chastain, Soblet, LeVillain, etc). I think I remember seeing my genealogical program tell me I was my own 4th, 5th, and 6th cousin. Those blue bloods sure liked to keep it in the family. 😉

  3. This is great information! I, too, am a descendant of this fascinating woman. Elizabeth Moseby > William Moseby > John Phillip > Lute Phillip > Samuel Phillip > me. Thank you for sharing!


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