Woodmason, Charles (b. c. 1720)

South Carolina planter, civic leader, and clergyman.

Settled in South Carolina as a planter and merchant (1752). Warden (1756), vestryman (1757), and lay preacher of Prince Frederick Winyaw parish. Composed a number of verses to Franklin. Moved to Charleston (1762); held several civic posts, including clerk of the Assembly. Ordained in Anglican Church (1766); settled in the backcountry, where he became a popular spokesman and supporter of the Regulator movement. Subsequently moved to Virginia (1772), then to Maryland, and finally back to England (1774). Sought compensation as a Loyalist refugee (1776).

Probably resided in London before immigrating to South Carolina; evidently had a wife and son in England.