Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Archibald Woodard buried in Batavia, Michigan

September 3rd, 2013

Archabald Woodard: died 20 May 1864 (age 70 yrs) and is buried in Batavia Cemetery (Batavia, Branch County, Michigan).

Photograph courtesy of Connie Reik, August 2013.

Tombstone in Batavia Cemetery, Branch County, Michigan

Family of Samuel Woodard buried in Batavia, Michigan

August 28th, 2013

Inscriptions on several sides of a tall monument in the Batavia Cemetery (Batavia, Branch County, Michigan) provide clues regarding the family of Samuel Woodard.

  • Samuel Woodard, died 8 Jul 1869
  • Julian, his wife, died 2 Jul 1870 (age 47)
  • George, their son, died 8 Mar 1842, at the age of 2 years & 2 months
  • Emeline, their daughter, died 7 Jul 1839, at the age of 2 years & 3 months
  • Juliet, their child, died 16 Nov 1815
  • Emma L [Woodard] wife of __ Pagmond?, died 8 Feb 1864, at the age of 22 years

Photographs courtesy of Connie Reik, August 2013.

Tombstone in Batavia Cemetery, Branch County, Michigan

Tombstone in Batavia Cemetery, Branch County, MichiganTombstone in Batavia Cemetery, Branch County, Michigan


Pewter Beaker

April 26th, 2011

Roy Rodriguez collects early American pewter. He has come across a small beaker engraved as follows:

“Nellie M. Barrett Woodford, loomer, Deering, Maine, Feb. 7th, 1872”

The three inch beaker does not carry the name of the maker, but it probably was made in Connecticut and may be a marriage cup.

Mr. Rodriguez is interested in locating descendants. If you have additional information, please contact me so I can put the two of you in touch!

Kept Mother’s Body 33 Years

March 18th, 2011

Article transcribed from the Stars and Stripes, Saturday, April 21, 1945, page 4, and printed in the Bulletin of the California Central Coast Genealogical Society 6 (February 1973): 30.

“Kept Mother’s Body 33 Years.”

Washington (ANS)—Police inspecting the deserted home of Mrs. Mary Eva Woodward, 77, who died Sunday, discovered in a back room and propped on 2 boxes, a sealed, glass-topped coffin containing the body of Mrs. Woodward’s mother, who died 33 years ago.

The body of the older woman was clad in a high-necked gray dress with tight sleeves. It was in a remarkable state of preservation, Coroner A. Magruder McDonald said, apparently some unusual embalming method having been used.

Police assume from the identical names of the two women that they had married men of the same name. But detectives were unable to say where or when the elder Mrs. Woodward had died. Statistical records both in Wilkinsburg, Pa., and in St. Louis showed that a woman named Mary E. Woodward died in 1912.

Mrs. Hattie Hay Quinter, a neighbor of the younger, Mrs. Woodward, said she had told her that the mother’s body had been sent to Egypt to be preserved permanently by a “mummifier,” and that it was returned and buried near Boston about 24 years ago.

The daughter then began worrying about her mother’s last wish “that they never be separated,” Mrs. Quinter related, so the body was exhumed, shipped here and enshrined in a room beside the rocker that had been the elder woman’s favorite chair.

“Every afternoon,” Mrs. Quinter said, “the daughter would sit in the rocker and commune with her mother’s spirit.”

The daughter, a graduate of Wellesley, wrote books on genealogy and ceramics. She was also prominent in the Washington branch of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Linda Woodward Geiger

Wordless Wednesday: The Twins

February 23rd, 2011

Happy New Year !

December 28th, 2010

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FamilySearch Library Catalog

December 28th, 2010

As many of you may know,, has had a facelift and I’m liking it!

From the home page you have several options each of which will be determined by your reason for visiting the website. I admit that heretofore my principal reason for visiting was to use the “Library Catalog” (new look demonstrated herein), but now I’m sure I’ll frequently use the site to use “Historical Records” – more about that in a subsequent post. For now let’s look at some screen shots illustrating the Library Catalog.

The Library Catalog is more user friendly. By way of example, a search place-names for “New Hampshire, Merrimack” produces the results seen below.

One thing that is so great is that you can search for a different “place-name” etc. from this very screen without having to go back one or more pages to select another search.

You’ll notice that the number of items in each category is listed in parenthesis following the category. Notice that there are three items under “New Hampshire, Merrimack – Court Records.” Selecting Court Records yields the following (a fly-out menu of sorts)

Once again you’ll notice you can change your search terms without having to hit back error of your browser three or four times. In order to learn more detail about a particular entry, click on the item of interest. For the sake of illustration, I selected the third choice “Court Records.” The results is easy to read and understand. The screen shot I’m offering here is only the top part of the view.

It will be necessary to scroll down the page to see additional information including “Film Notes” that provide the title and FHL microfilm number. Although one cannot conduct a new search from this screen, the “back to search results” link under the title, “Court records” will take you to that option.

Try it!  You’ll like it!

(c) 2010 Linda Woodward Geiger, All Rights Reserved.

Unexpected Surname Spelling

December 18th, 2010

Daniel R. Woodward, a stonecutter, residing in and about Franklin, New Hampshire, served with Company E of the 16th New Hampshire Regiment during the Civil War. When he had received a pension from the federal government for his service and when he died, his widow applied. [1] In order to prove her marriage she sent the pension department a marriage record from the state of New Hampshire. The document states that Sereno Howe, Clergyman, married the couple in Lowell, Massachusetts. Upon close inspection of this document located within the pension file it is noted that the record was provided by the city clerk of Franklin, New Hampshire, Frank H. Daniell, and is dated 19 October 1910. The pension department accepted the record as proof of the marriage of Daniel S. Woodward and Laura Davis.

Family tradition indicated that Laura was a “Mill Girl” in Lowell when the couple was married. Since the delayed marriage record from NH supported the place of the marriage, I needed to get as close to the original marriage record as possible. For years I looked for the marriage of Daniel and Laura in Lowell. Because the surname of Davis is so much more common than Woodward, my searches always concentrated on Woodward (including a wide variety of spelling variations)-I ignored the Davis surname. My searches were conducted in microfilm of marriages records at the Family History Library, and indexes to marriages at the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records in Boston. When the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) began making many of their databases searchable online about 2003, I conducted online searches, again concentrating on the Woodward surname.

There comes a time when we need to revisit our research plan. After numerous unsuccessful searches over a considerably long period time, I needed to revise the plan. In order to “save” time I had concentrated on a search for Woodward – Boy, was I wrong! The research plan was obviously flawed. I had not saved time and I had not found my answers.

Time to search for the marriage of a Laura Davis in Lowell. Members of NEHGS have the privilege of searching a vast number of online databases from the comfort of their homes. Searching for Laura Davis under vital records produced 273 results. And at long last, success! Images in the “Massachusetts vital Records, 1841-1910,” Marriages registered in the City of Lowell for the year 1854 (page 88)[2] provides the following: Reference #36; 30 January 1854; Groom: Daniel R. Woodbury, age 21, born in Northfield, NH, son of  Danl S. & Dorcas Woodbury; Bride: Laura Davis, age 18, born in Franklin, N.H., daughter of Lewis and Nancy Davis;  both of Lowell; occupation: Operative listed for Daniel and nothing listed for Laura; and 1st marriage for each. Every thing matches perfectly except for the surname Woodbury which should be Woodward. It is no wonder that all my searches for the marriage under the surname Woodward were futile. The clerk recording the information was in error (Woodbury is not a spelling variation of Woodward).

[1] Civil War Pension file of Daniel R. Woodward, file #WC-711-973; Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, RG 15; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

[2] Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910. (From original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004.)

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A New Beginning

October 24th, 2010

This blog will address research involving Woodward/Woodard families throughout the United States. The blog will supplement my website Woodwards WeSearch (

Although I’ve dabbled a bit with blogging, I was motivated by Dear Myrtle during her recent Webinar sponsored by Legacy. Hopefully I’m ready to make the commitment necessary to have a successful blog.

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