WILSON, WOODROW. (1856-1924). Twenty-eighth president of the United States. LS. (“Woodrow Wilson”). 4pp. 8vo. Princeton, November 12, 1896. To Miss Woodrow. Written in the hand of Wilson’s first wife and future First Lady ELLEN AXSON WILSON (1860-1914).
“Your interesting letter of Nov. 14th reached me in due course of mail, and I take pleasure in returning such answer to it as I can. I have always understood that on the Woodrow side I was descended from the family of the Rev. Robert Woodrow, the author of “The Sufferings of the Church of Scotland,” and in direct line from the James Woodrow, who in 1688 became the first professor of moral philosophy in the University of Glasgow. My grandfather, the Rev. Thomas Woodrow, was for sixteen years pastor of a congregational church in Carlisle, England, and did not come to this country until 1836. He settled first in Canada, but after a brief residence there removed to Chillicothe, O[H], where he spent the greater part of the rest of his life. My mother, Jessie Woodrow (not Marion) was born in Carlisle. Marion Woodrow, her youngest sister, and the youngest of the family, was also born in Carlisle. I know of no relatives named Woodrow in this country except those directly descended from Rev. Thomas Woodrow. On the Wilson side the American history of my family is almost equally short. My grandfather, Judge James Wilson of Steubenville, Ohio, came to this country in his youth from the north of Ireland and married a Miss Adams of Philadelphia, whose parents also were recently from the north of Ireland. You will see, therefore, that my ancestry on this side of the water does not run back so far as the Revolution. I have understood, in a general way, that I was in some way connected with the family of Woodrows in West Va., and that all the Woodrows in this country were of the same stock, and that the family was of Highland origin and of the ‘Clan Campbell;’ but what I have told you is all I accurately know. With much regard, Most sincerely yours…”