WOODSIDE, Archibald, born in Londonderry, Ireland, about 1720, arrived in
this country in 1728, and it is presumed that his parents came with him,
but their names do not appear. The first residence here was near
Lewisville. He married Rachel Stewart, also from the north of Ireland, and
settled near Somerset, in Upper Oxford, whence they moved about one mile
east of New London. Rachel died 1786, and Archibald in 1806.
Their children were ten in number, of whom one died in infancy. The
others were,--1. John, b. 1747, d. 1810, went to the wilderness, where
Danville now stands; was a soldier in the Revolution, and in a skirmish
with Indians was scalped and left for dead. He married Helen Montgomery,
and had nine children, of whom his son Thomas is said to have been the
first white child born in Northumberland Co., Pa. 2. Robert, b. 1749, d.
unmarried; 3. Archibald, b. Oct 10, 1751, d. Feb. 2, 1828; 4. David, b.
Feb. 4, 1753; 5. James, b. May 11, 1755; 6. William, b. April 4, 1758, d.
Aug. 23, 1850; 7. Margaret, b. May 23, 1760, d. Jan. 15, 1832; 8. Mary,
b. Aug. 5, 1762, d. Nov 25, 1833; 9. Stewart, b. Sept. 10, 1769, d. Sept.
Robert, Archibald, Mary and Stewart remained at the homestead unmarried,
Archibald being a spinning-wheel maker. David and James, also unmarried,
removed to Clearfield County when young. Margaret married Isaac Larue,
near New London, and left a daughter Rachel, who married James Roney.
William learned the blacksmith trade with his brother John at New London;
bought a farm between the present Penn Station and McDowell's mill;
married, in 1793, Eleanor, daughter of John McKinsick, of Lower Oxford, and
had four children,--1. John, b. Dec. 7, 1794, d. Oct. 2, 1871; 2. Rachel,
b. Nov 17, 1796, d. Sept. 6, 1862; 3. William Stewart, b. Jan 27, 1801, d.
Feb. 28, 1876; 4. Archibald, b. July 18, 1803. John married, Dec. 22,
1836, Margaret Creswell, was a farmer, and lived at the homestead. Rachel
lived with him, unmarried. William Stewart was a wheelwright near Penn
Station several years; married, Feb. 24, 1836, Caroline, daughter of
William H. Crosby, of Hayesville, and had children,--John Whitfield, Robert
Graham, James Crosby, Jane Dickey, David Byron, William Penn, George M.,
and Thomas Franklin.