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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
March 14th, 2011
Columbian Museum & Savannah Advertiser, Savannah, Georgia, 7 June 1796. [original spelling preserved]
Salem [Massachusetts], May 10
By Captain Jacob Crowninshield, lately arrived at the port, from Calcutta, we are informed, that in December last, he saw there Mr. David Woodward, formerly mate of the ship America of Boston, Capt. Hubbuard who about two years since, sailed from Batavia for Manilla. In passing thro the streights of Macasser, Mr. Woodward, with six men, went in the long boar on board a country ship, to get some provisions–in returning they were separated from their ship by a squall, and given over as lost. They were captured by the Malays, and kept in a most cruel slavery for more than a year, being constantly at hard labour in cleaning rice, and th[e] natives often times whipping them for sport. They at last made their escape in a prow, to a Dutch settlement at Massacer, from whence they took passage to Batavia. Mr. Woodward now commands a county ship in Bengal and his friends may rest assured [he] is in good health and happy prospects. The boats crew (except for one man who was killed by the natives, are now dispersed in different European settlements in India–Their names are William Giddings of Salem, John Cole, Archibald Melish, and two others, whose names cannot be recalled, all Americans.
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March 6th, 2011
Woodard, Ernest T.
“Woody” – Age 84 of Hendersonville. Passed away March 6, 2008. Mr. Woodard served in the Army in World War II in the 398th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Gun Crew, 14th Armored Division, attached to the 3rd Army European Theater, which was responsible for shooting down 43 enemy aircraft in a two-day period. He was a member of the Al Menah Shrine Temple, the Jere Baxter Lodge for 50 years, VFW, American Legion and The Hundred Club of Nashville. He worked at Cooper and Martin for 20 years and founded Woody’s Restaurant in 1953. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Elsie Woodard; brothers, Charles and Bradford Woodard; sisters Ava Doris Givins, Shirley Pratt and Agnes Richardson. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Eloise S. Woodard; daughter, Brenda (Buddy) Carr; sons, Ernest T. “Butch” (Sandra Woodard, Jr. and Paul Dwight Woodard; grandchildren, Cheryl (Jimmy) Douglas, Eric Woodard, Landan Woodard, Bryant (Vanessa) Woodard, Chuch Woodard and Duane (Amy) Woodard; nine great grandchildren. Grandson will serve as Active Pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearers will be Max Torlay, J.D. Vandercook, Bob Barker, Soony Weatherford, Jim Sloan, Bill Pass, Bob Cole, Gene Hoffman, Early Riley and the Round Table at Woody’s Restaurant. Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, March 10, 2008 from the Chapel of Hendersonville Funeral Home at 10 a.m. with Pastor Roger Thaxton officiating. Interment will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery in Nashville, TN with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Shriner’s Children Hospital ro St. Jude’s Children Hospital. The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 9, 2008 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Hendersonville Funeral Home, 353 Eat Main Street, Hendersonville, TN (615) 824-3855
Source: Newspaper clipping from Tennessean, March 8, 2008, page 7B located in the Woodard surname file at the Tennessee State Library and Archives
January 23rd, 2011
Daniel Russell Woodward was my great grandfather. His grandson, Douglas R. Woodward gave me a copy of a clipping of Daniel’s obituary. Since Daniel’s tombstone and U.S. Pension record indicate that he died 10 January 1910, in Franklin, New Hampshire, it is very likely that this un-identified newspaper clipping is dated 13 January 1910 […y 13, 1910 at top of column] and I suspect that the newspaper is the Franklin Journal Transcript.
“Daniel R. Woodward, a well known citizen of Franklin, for many years in charge of the Cummings Brothers’ marble works in this city and a prominent member of the Grand Army, passed away at his home, 116 South Main street last Thursday afternoon at the age of 76 years, eight months and 27 days. His death was due to a shock, sustained four weeks before. Mr. Woodward was born in Salisbury, April 10, 1833, the son of Daniel S. and Dorcas (Adams) Woodward. His father was a stone mason.
Mr. Woodward was a direct descendant of Hannah Dustin and also of John Quincy Adams. He was married Jan. 30, 1854, to Laura Davis of this city. They observed their 50th wedding anniversary six years ago.
Mr. Woodward came here from Penacook and had been a resident of Franklin for 58 years. He was an expert marble and granite worker and for over 50 years had worked for Cummings Bros. being in charge of the local branch of their business. He was for several years town clerk of Franklin. He was an excellent penman and for several winters taught a writing school. He was a charter member of the George F. Sweatt Post, No. 38, G. A. R., and twice served the Post as commander. For years he was adjutant of the Post. He was a member of Merrimack Lodge, No. 28, I. O. O. F., and had been through the chairs, and also secretary for 25 terms. He also belonged to Webster Encampment and had been scribe of the lodge.
Mr. Woodward is survived by his wife and sever children, Mrs. F. P. Rowe of North Boscawen, Frank D. Woodward of Amesbury, Mass., Mrs. C. E. Brodeur of Fresno, Cal., Wellington R. Woodward of Amesbury, Mass., Mrs. Grace G. Fowler of Franklin, Miss Agnes M. Woodward of Franklin, and Oscar H. Woodward of Franklin. He also leaves two brothers and three sisters, Mrs. Hannah Dickerson and Frank P. Woodward of Hill, Stephen Woodward and Mrs. Dorcas Clark of Franklin, and Mrs. Diana Roberts of Northfield Depot.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the Christian church. Prayers were said at the house by Rev. George L. Michelson, pastor of the church. The funeral was attended by Odd Fellows and Grand Army men in a body. The services were conducted by Rev. L. W. Phillips. Singing was rendered by Miss Grace Stevens and Miss Bessie C. Rowell [.] J. B. Tuttle, Jacob B. Dole, William O. Daniels and George A. Harmon of George F. Sweatt Post acted as guard of honor. The bearers were Cyrus R. Adams, H. A. Currier, Dr. M. E. Sargent and J. B. Hale from the Old Fellows. The remains were place in the tomb at the Franklin Cemetery.
Among those present at the funeral services from out of town were Miss Edith L. Rowe of Laconia, Fred Rowe of Woodsville, Miss Bessie Waddell of Boston, Milan Cummings, Arthur G. Young and Mr. Colby of Concord, Mrs. Hannah Dickerson, Filmore Dickerson, Mr. and Mr. Frank R. Woodward of Hill, Mrs. Diana Roberts of Northfield Depot, Levi Fisher of Boscawen, Frank D. Woodward and Wellington R. Woodward of Amesbury, Mass., Winnifred B. Drake of Potter Place, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Rego of Tilton.
The floral tributes included the following: Pinks, George G. Fowler; wreath, Cummings Bros., Concord; Chyacinths and pinks, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Woodward and Miss Linnie Woodward; pinks, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Woodward; pinks, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Judkins; pinks, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Bartlett; beiotropes, Mrs. James Grayshan and Mrs. Alfred Thompson; pinks, Miss Bessie Waddell; pillow, “Husband and Father,” family; narcissus and pinks, Miss Edith Rowe; pinks, Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Judkins, Bernice and Ervin Judkins; wreath, Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Woodward.”
It is interesting to note that the second paragraph states, “Mr. Woodward was a direct descendant of Hannah Dustin and also of John Quincy Adams…” I’ve never found any evidence that we are related to Hannah Dustin or John Quincy Adams, but then, I’ve never spent a lot of time investigating the family tradition.
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