He was pastor of the old Providence Church, Rockbridge, Co, Va. His mother, Margaret Woods, was daughter of Andrew and Martha Woods, who lived near Lexington Ky, from whom, over four hundred ministers and Ruling Elders in the Presbyterian Church are known to trace their descent. The noble and heroic deeds of Martha Woods, who lived in pioneer days in Kentucky, are a matter of history.
She inherited the plantation "Providence" from her father. The name "Providence" was given the plantation on account that once a severe storm ravaged the whole country around it and was miraculously preserved from destruction which was located in Cumberland County, VA. About 1815 she married Rev. Robert Anderson, pastor of the Providence Presbyterian Church, Rockbridge Co, VA. Childlren: Robert Carrington Anderson.- From the book "Venables of Virginia"- .