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Tombstone Tuesday: Bedford County, Tennessee

March 20th, 2012

 This tombstone was located and photographed by Kathryn Hopkins in the Greer Cemetery in Bedford County, Tennessee, on 10 March 2012.

The tombstone reads:

Nancy M.
Daughter of
Wm Woodward
and wife of
John W. Greer
Apr. 30, 1819.
March 12, 1883.

     An affectionate wife, a kind step-
mother, a christian woman.
We loved Him because He first
loved us.   John. 18.19.

© Kathryn Hopkins. All Rights Reserved.

Dr. David Morgan Woodward

April 9th, 2011

Ortel, Alex, Dr. Woodward, Mark, Mrs. Woodward, Cecil and Gladney

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is a wonderful research facility with a knowledgeable and delightful staff. When visiting any repository, I think it is important to investigate the files that you’ll not be able to find elsewhere. TSLA has a collection of  genealogy folders containing a variety materials such as newspaper clippings, family charts, and other materials often submitted by the public. When I visited TSLA in February, I took the opportunity to search the genealogy folders for Woodard and Woodward. The article transcribed below came from the Woodward File. In the upper left had corner contained the source information: “Press Clipping Division, Tenn. Press Association, P.O. Box 8123, Knoxville. This clip from Oneida News July 10, 1964. There were five images within the article, but most of them reproduced so poorly it is impossible to share them here.

Profiles in Courage
Neighborly Notes by Mrs. Esther Sanderson

According to historical records members of the Woodward families were living in Massachusetts as early as 1633. They emigrated from England where they had been landed gentry and yeomanry. The name Woodward came from the office of its first bearer as a forester or warden of the woods. They helped found the nation and have been instrumental in its growth and development through their energy, industry, ambition, courage and leadership in peace or in war.

Among the Woodwards who fought as officers in the Revolutionary War were Lieutenants John and Richard of Massachusetts, Lieutenant Peter of New York, Sergion’s Mate, Samuel of Massachusetts, Captain Samuel of South Carolina, and Captain Nathaniel of New York. On the maternal side, Thomas Ely served with 5th Continental Line and the Virginia Calvary.

One of the most colorful ancestors of the Scott county Woodwards was Captain Henry Woodward who commanded the 10th Company, Virginia Regiment during the French and Indian War. He was present at Braddock’s defeat, and was voted thanks and gratuity by the Virginia Assembly for gallantry at Fort Necessity. In 1757, he was place in command of Voss’s Post on the front. He served in the Cherokee Expedition and remained in the service until 1762. He received large land grants in Virginia in recognition of his faithful services to his country. The original portion of the Capitol Building at Washington was built from stone quarried on Captain Woodward’s land.

The fascinating story of how Captain Woodward met and married Sarah Shelton, who could trace her ancestry to Charlemagne and the Magna Charta Barons, has been handed down from father to son through the generations. When Captain Hentry boarded ship in England to come to America, British officers came on board to search it to see that no able-bodied man left. Addressing no one but the sea and himself, he made the remark, “I have served seven years in the war, and now I suppose I will have to end my life in the army.” Sally Shelton, a buxom young woman, standing by heard the remark. Seeing that he was a very small man, she told him, “Squart down under this stool here on the deck.” She then spread out her skirt, as it was very wide and threw it over the stool and sat down on it and remained on it until the ship was searched and was well out to sea. She then got up and let him out from under the stool and he jumped up and kissed her. They were later married by the Captain of the ship while enroute to America.

Dr. David Morgan Woodward was born March 15, 1868, in Lee County, Virginia. He was the son of Fletcher and Sarah Jane Campbell Woodward. He was on of a family of ten children, five sisters and four brothers. He migrated from Virginia to Claiborn County, Tennessee. David Morgan was a good singer, and he traveled with a group who sang at conventions in adjoining counties. It was on one of these tours, that he met the southern belle, Mary Jane Davis, the daughter of one of the most prosperous farmers in Bloundt County. James Calvin Davis, whose wife, was Martha McTeer Davis. David Morgan and Mary Jane were married in Knox County. He started his premed training at Porter Academy in Blount County in 1900. It was an uphill struggle for the young couple who had no financial help from any source. Like many other poor boys who were determined to get an education he decided that he would find a shack and batch during week days. Mrs. Woodward would bake enough corn bread to last him during the week, and he carried it in his saddle pockets. The shack was so rundown and open that the hogs decided to batch also. Between the hogs and the fleas, David Morgan found it hard to study or sleep. Something must be done. But what? He boiled a kettle of water, saturated the whole brood and they vacated the shack with such force and speed they turned it over, but they never returned again. He lifted the shack repaired it and continued to live in it.

After his hard struggle through prep school, he entered the Tennessee Medical College in Knoxville where he graduated in 1902. He was a classmate of the late J. Victor Henderson. He entered the Medical School in New Orleans where he received a diploma in 1904. In his quest for still more knowledge in medicine, he entered the Chattanooga School of Medicine and received a diploma in 1906. He began his medical practice in South Knox County in 1906. He moved to Caryville during the booming coal mining days where he practiced medicine during 1909-10. He then moved to Pioneer and from Pioneer to the hills of Scott County, December 1911. He put up an office at Winona where he bought a good farm. He later had an office at Huntsville and at Capitol Hill where he continued his practice until shortly before his death in 1940. Mrs. Woodward passed away in 1959.

Dr. Woodward, was a member of the State Medical Board and a member of the Scott County Medical Board, a charter member in 1922. He was also a member of the Volunteer Medical Corps during the war.

When Dr. Woodward first started his practice, Mrs. Woodward would go along with him and assist him with obstetrical cases, but the children came, one almost every year until there were eleven, eight boys and one girl (two who died in infancy) kept her at home. They had eight boys, Mark, Ortel, Gladney, Alex, Cecil, Ivan, Gordon and Johnny. The only girl, Chloe (Mrs. Carl Rector) came along and upset Dr. Woodward’s plans for a full baseball team. However, he always managed to borrow some young man to replace her on the Woodward ball club. Dr. Woodward and all his sons were interested in sports of all kinds, but especially baseball. However, it was not all play and no work for the boys. During week days, the boys were put to work on the farm where they helped raise food for the large family and for the livestock. Sister Chloe, being the only girl in a large family of baseball playing brothers, was kept busy cleaning after them, and hanging up their baseball paraphanalia [sic]. On one occasion, she hid their suits in a cubbyhole in the attic and “went for a visit”. They eventually found them just in time to make it to the ball park for a game.

Gladney, Cecil, Ivan and Johnny served in the armed forces of their country. Gladney served on the Police Force at Oak Ridge and was later elected sheriff of Anderson County for two terms. Ortal has been a member of the Scott County Board of Education for the past 20 years. Mrs. Carl Rector lives in Huntsville. She is active in church and civic affairs. She is a member of the Eastern Star, the P.T.A. and the Garden Club. Mark recently retired from the Lukenheimer Company in Cincinnati after 40 years of service. Cecil was connected with one U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio where he was a Provost Marshall. Johnny is a veteran of World War II. Dr. and Mrs. Woodward have 34 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

When Dr. Woodward started his practice in Scott County, he had to travel on foot or horseback to the most remote sections of the county. During the influenza epidemic in 1917-18 he would often go to Rock House and other remote places and be gone from home a week at a time. Like an angel of mercy he went from house to house where he treated the living, lay out the dead, cut wood to heat the cold buildings and made soup to feed them. He arranged for funerals and did every thing in his power to bring relief to the suffering and the needy. Many of his bills were payed [sic] in produce from the farms, others were never paid, but lack of money never kept him from answering a call. He delivered some 3,000 babies during his career. He also helped other struggling young medical men to get started in the profession. Two of these were his nephew, Dr. Bedford Campbell and the late Dr. M.E. Thompson. He recalled buying Dr. Thompson’s first saddle bags and starting him out “for better or worse” which ended in a long and useful career only a few years ago.

Dr. D.M. Woodward’s calls often took him twenty miles away. Many times he would return home soaking wet and cold, with mud up to the horses belly, only to rise and go again, with little or no rest between times. A doctor’s “widow” was a hard life and a lonely life, but Mrs. Woodward was a patient understanding wife and a good mother. She devoted her life to the welfare of her husband and children. The Woodwards kept open house every week day and WIDE OPEN house on Sundays. Mrs. Woodward and her only daughter, Chloe, never knew how many people to expect. People would ride for miles to his office bother at Winona and Capitol Hill. Dr. Woodward would call one of the boys to put up their horses and feed them while they had dinner and “set a spell”. Sometimes the boys became irked at the visitors, for it was their hard labor in the hot fields that had produced the corn and much of the food on the table. On one occasion one of the boys remarked, “People will ride fifteen miles to get ten cents worth of medicine and a full stomach for themselves and feed for their horses.” But little did Dr. Woodward care; he had little material wealth, but he had great spiritual wealth. He made no effort to lay up wealth on earth” where moth and rust doth corrupt and thieves break through and steal.” Said he, “The king and the pauper occupy the same amount of space after death.”

Dr. D.M. Woodward was a most generous soul, and as a humanitarian he had no peer. He lived and loved from day to day among his patients and friends. He worked for them and shared his earnings with them. During the depression, he kept several families from actual starvation, and he provided shoes books, and clothing to keep children in school.” In asmuch as ye have done for the least of these ye have also done it unto me.” Although a deploy religious man, Dr. Woodward made no outward display of piety. He lived his religion day by day through love of his fellowmen.


© Linda Woodward Geiger. All Rights Reserved.


Sunday Obituary: Ricky Woodard

March 13th, 2011

“Westmoreland mayor dies after choking” [Tennessean, Sunday, June 20, 2010, p. 3B]
Westmoreland Mayor Ricky Woodard died Saturday, reportedly after chocking while dining at a Goodlettsville restaurant. He was 55.
The official cause of death was not known at press time on Saturday, but Westmoreland Alderman Brad Penick and City Attorney John Bradley said Woodard was dining at Red Lobster in Goodlettsville Saturday evening when he choked on a piece of food.
He was rushed to nearby Skyline Medical Center and later pronounced dead.
“This is a real tragedy for Westmoreland,”
Jennifer Easton, Gannett Tennessee
Source: Newspaper clipping from Woodard Vertical File no. 2, Tennessee State Library and Archives

Sunday Obituary: Ernest T. Woodard

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



Tragic Accident, 1897

February 21st, 2011

A family outing turned into tragedy. It happened near Chattanooga, Tennessee, on 24 February 1897. On 25 February 1897, the front page of the Chattanooga Daily Times shouted the headlines “Nine Members of One Family Hurled Into Eternity!” and carried a gruesome sketch of the accident scene. The remainder of the page carried graphic text and sketches of that dreadful event the preceding day, which took the lives of nine Woodward family members.

The family of W.J. and Laura (Worley) Woodward, their nine children, and one grandchild were on their way from their home in Jersey to Chattanooga to sit for a family portrait. Their daughter, Lizzie, had married Ira Montgomery, the preceding year, and had presented W.J. and Laura with a grandson just two months previously. Lizzie’s husband, Ira, was planning to move his family to Florence, Alabama, where he had found work on a government dredge boat. Lizzie’s departing had prompted the decision to have a family portrait made.  Josie L. Woodward, daughter of J.W. and Laura worked at the residence of W.W. Silver. On route to Chattanooga, the family stopped at the Silver home to pick up Josie. At dining at the Silver home Mr. Woodward and his eldest son, Albert, decided to walk on ahead of the others, leaving the remaining ten family members to start out later in the wagon. George T. Woodward, was left in charge of the two horse team and wagon (because the family was large, a number of chairs had been placed in the bed of the farm wagon).

The Harrison crossing of the Southern railway was a short distance from the Silver home, and was a notoriously dangerous intersection. As the railroad track approached Harrison Pike it passed through a deep cut and was on a heavy grade coming from the Missionary Ridge tunnel. Anyone on the pike could not see the train until it came out of the cut and was nearly upon Harrison Pike. The train came out of the cut just as the wagon carrying the Woodward family was just about crossing the tracks, and although the engineer blew his danger whistle, it was too late for George to stop the team of horses. At 12:46 p.m. the engine of a passenger train on the Georgia division of the Southern Railroad, bound for Chattanooga, struck the family’s horse drawn wagon. The wagon was hit broad side, killing seven instantly. Two more were to die a short time later. Only young Virginia (called Vergie) survived the ordeal.

W.J. Woodward was born in Georgia. He married in Georgia, Laura Worley.  Laura was born in Georgia 27 August 1853 and killed in the accident 24 Feb 1897.

W.J. Woodward and his family had removed from Murray County, Georgia, to Jersey (Hamilton County), Tennessee about 1888. In an interview on the fateful day of the tragic accident, W.J. Woodward stated that his son, George was a very careful and responsible young man. W.J. continued to say, “We had just built a new home and were so happy. We were trying to get the place paid for and after all of our hard work to get it improved, everything has been destroyed by this inscrutable-blow of Providence.”

Albert, the eldest son, left his home Tuesday afternoon, accompanied by his wife and child, for his father’s residence, but were turned back by the high water. The husband, not to disappoint his father and other members of the family, made a second start by himself, telling his wife he would return Wednesday. He reached his father’s home and about 9 o’clock yesterday as preparations for the start to Chattanooga were in progress.

The funeral for all nine victims was held at the King’s Point Baptist Church on Friday, 26 Feb 1897 where the family members regularly worshipped. All nine victims were buried in the King’s Point Cemetery.

Children of W.J. Woodward and Laura (Worley) Woodward:

i. Albert Woodward, b. abt. 1871. He was married with one child in Feb 1897.

ii. Lizzie Woodward, b. about 1868; mar Ira H. Montgomery; killed in accident 24 Feb 1897. Ira and Lizzie had one son, Roy Montgomery, killed in accident 24 Feb 1897, at the age of 2 mo.

iii. George T. Woodward, b. 20 Jan 1873; killed in accident 24 Feb 1897. George had recently purchased a small ten-acre farm.

iv. Josie L. Woodward, b. 29 Aug 1884; killed in accident 24 Feb 1897. Josie had worked in the home of W.W. Silver on the Harrison Pike.

v. Della Woodward, b. 22 April 1881; killed in accident 24 Feb 1897.

vi. Mary Woodward, b. 29 Aug 1884; killed in accident 24 Feb 1897.

vii. Daisy Woodward, b. 22 Jan 1886; killed in accident 24 Feb 1897.

viii. Ada Woodward, b. 22 May 1889; killed in accident 24 Feb 1897.

ix. Virginia (Vergie) Woodward, b. abt 1894.


1. The Chattanooga Daily Times, Chattanooga, Tenn. (25 Feb 1897).

2. Charles W. Lusk, “King’s Point Cemetery,” Hamilton County, Tennessee Cemeteries (typescript, no publication place or date), 4.

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Family Bible: M. W. and Ida Lou (Hatcher) Woodard

February 19th, 2011

Frequently the “Vertical Files” of a repository provide information that researchers may not find else were. While visiting the Tennessee State Library and Archives this week I found photo copies of two family Bibles, several obituaries, and a brief family history in the Woodard/Woodward files.

Herein are abstracts of the family Bible of M. W.  and Ida (Hatcher) Woodward.

New Illustrated Devotional and Practical Polyglot Family Bible: containing the Old and New Testaments, together with the Apocrypha, Concordance, and Psalms in Metre (Philadelphia, National Publishing Company, 1870); “Woodard Vertical File,” folder number 1, Ms. Div. ac. No. 67-85 (National Society of Colonial Dames of America in Tennessee); Tennessee State Library and Archives

Marriage of M.W. Woodard of Fayetteville, Tenn. and Ida L. Hatcher of Fayetteville, Tenn., 26 October 1871 in Fayetteville by Rev. A.S. Sloan


Lucy Elizabeth married E.E. Soloman, Feby 8th 1899
Octa Lou married A.J. Barber, Aug. 31st 1899
Mary Ida married Frank M. Wilson, Sept. 28th 1903
Robert Samuel married Lucile Chaplin, Oct. 25th 1903
Irene married B. B. Smythe, October 6th 1904

Susanah Frances married Ralph G. Jones, Oct. 28, 1908

Barnard Hatcher married Elizabeth Carter, October 6, 1909

John Reuben married Wilhelmine Campbell, Apr. 9, 1913

William Archer Woodard married Annie Matthews May 29th, 1917 at Alvord, Texas

Births: [All were born in Fayetteville, Tenn.]
M.W. Woodard born on the 6th day of August 1846

Ida Lou Woodward born on the 5th day of March 1854

Irene Woodard born on the 14th day of August 1872

Octa Lou Woodard born Feby. 4th 1874
Lucy Elizabeth Woodard born October 2nd 1876
Robert Samuel Woodard born December 21st 1877
Fannie Woodward born September 28th 1879
Barnard Hatcher Woodward born May 12th 1881
John Reuben Woodard born Dec. 20th 1882
Mary Ida Woodard born May 13th 1884
Lucy Early Woodard born August 16th 1887
William Archer Woodard born December 1st 1889
Sallie Davis Woodard born February 24th 1892
Evelyn Woodard born April 24th 1894

Lucy Early Woodard died November 28th 1889
Sallie Davis Woodard died August 15th 1892
Irene Woodard Smythe died Febry 2nd 1906
Evelyn Woodard died March 13th 1915
M.W. Woodard died February 24th 1916
Ida Lou Woodard died October 1st 1921
Lucy Elizabeth Solomon died 1923
Susanna Frances Jones died March 10th 1942
William Archer Woodard died February 11th 1946
Octa Lou Baber died September 5, 1946
Robert Samuel Woodard died November 8, 1946
Mary Ida Wilson died April 29 1942
John Reuben Woodard died January 6 1963


M.W. Woodard third son of R.S. Woodard and his wife Ida Lou, was the only daughter of Mr. & Mrs. B.M. Hatcher. On a preceding page the date of their birth is given and also the birth of their children

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