Charles Woodmason

English poet Charles Woodmason

Charles Woodmason was an author, poet, Anglican clergyman, American loyalist, and West Gallery psalmodist. He is best remembered for his journal documenting life on the South Carolina frontier in the late 1760s, and for his role as a leader of the South Carolina Regulator movement.
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  • 1789
    Age 68
    In late March 1789, Rev. Charles Woodmason died.
    Evidently, he was in the parish of Sedbergh (West Riding, Yorkshire now Cumbria) for he was buried from St. Andrew’s Church, in Sedbergh, on Monday, 30 March 1789.
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  • 1782
    Age 61
    On 18 January 1782, tragedy struck the Woodmason family.
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  • 1776
    Age 55
    As an American Loyalist refugee, Woodmason faced an uncertain future. From at least February 1776 through December 1777, he served as the curate of St. Michael and All Angels Parish, Dinder, Somerset (less than three miles southeast of Wells).
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    That act, coupled with his refusal to publish at that service the “Brief for collecting Money for relief of the poor of Boston, (but in fact to purchase Ammunition)” according to Woodmason's 1776 memorial to the Bishop of London, led a local Patriot committee to advise him to “consult his safety”.
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  • 1772
    Age 51
    Woodmason served as a curate for a parish near Baltimore, Maryland in 1772 and 1773.
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    In 1772, Charles Woodmason accepted a parish in Virginia only to find upon his arrival that the vestry in their patriotic zeal had resolved to hire only native-born Americans.
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  • 1766
    Age 45
    Woodmason was assigned to St. Mark’s Parish on the South Carolina frontier, assuming his duties in September 1766.
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    After a series of reverses, including a failed attempt to become a distributor under the hated Stamp Act, Charles Woodmason returned to England and was ordained a Church of England minister. On Friday, Apr. 25, 1766, Charles Woodmason was ordained a deacon by John Green, the Bishop of Lincoln, at the Chapel Royal, Whitehall, Westminster.
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  • 1754
    Age 33
    Writings from both of them were included in a microfilm edition Selected Materials Relating to America, 1754-1806 that the Society published in the 1960s.
  • 1752
    Age 31
    The South Carolina Gazette issue of August 10, 1752 contains a long list of books “to be sold by Charles Woodmason.” This is the earliest mention of his presence in South Carolina.
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    Sometime in 1752, his son left England for America and settled in the colony of South Carolina where he initially prospered as a planter and store proprietor.
  • 1750
    Age 29
    In September 1750, Benjamin Woodmason died.
  • 1748
    Age 27
    His tune book, A Collection of Psalm Tunes with Basses Fitted for the Voice and Figured for the Organ, for the Use of Gosport in Hampshire, saw its second edition in 1748.
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  • 1747
    Age 26
    In 1747, he was responsible for the removal of the organ used by George Frederick Handel from the deceased Duke of Chandos' private chapel at Canongate to Holy Trinity, where it still remains in use today.
  • 1745
    Age 24
    He married Hannah Page in 1745 and they had two children, a daughter and a son.
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  • 1735
    Age 14
    In June 1735, Woodmason completed the seven-year apprenticeship to a Gosport mercer named Thomas Levet.
  • 1722
    Age 1
    Charles Woodmason’s mother died in August 1722 and his father remarried in October 1725.
  • 1720
    Born in 1720.
    The son of Benjamin Woodmason, a ship's carpenter, and his second wife, Susanna Pittard, Charles Woodmason was baptized on November 3, 1720 at Holy Trinity Church of England Chapel, Gosport, Hampshire, England and was evidently a native of that town.
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