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Morgan County, Georgia, Deed, 1814

May 21st, 2012

Deed from William Evans to Robert Woodard [Morgan County, Georgia, Deed Book E: 216–217; Georgia Archives microfilm publication drawer 42, box 16.]


Georgia                )                  This Indenture made this Seventeenth of
Morgan County )                   Octr 1814 in the year of our Lord  the date
above written and the thirty ninth year o
American Independence Between Wm Evans of the one
part and Robt Woodard of the other part both of the State
& County aforsd. Witnessth that the Said William Evans
for and in Consideration of the Sum of Two hundred fifty
dollars to him paid the Receipt whereof is hereby acknowled =
ged hath bargained & Sold unto Sd Robt Woodard a Certain
parcel of Land lying on the waters of little River & in the Cou=
nty of Morgan Containing fifty acres being part of lot No 10
and in the nineteenth district and Bounded as follows begini=

ng at the formal Corner Stake ____?___ & running 980 poles
North East to a Lightwood Corner Stake and from thence 90 poles
north west to a post oak Stake Corner and from thence run=
ning Southwest 90 poles to an ash Corner Stake and from thence
running South East to the beginning Corner. To have & to hold
the Said Land & Premises with every previlege or interest there
to Belonging or in any wise appataining to the only proper
use Benefit & Behoof of the Said Robt Woodard his heirs
& assigns forever in fee Simple & the Sd Wm Evans doth
hereby Bind himself his heirs Executors an administrators
forever well & truly to warrant & defend a good ___?___

[following page]

Sufficient Right and title to the Sd Land & premises Its
every privilege or members thereto belonging or in wise apperta=
ining to the Said Robt Woodward his heirs or assigns against the
claims and us___?___ of every person whomsoever having or
pretending to have any rights in trust or Claims to the Said prem=
ises or any part thereof. Ratified & done Signed Sealed &
delivered the day and date above written_____
in presence of ____               )                 Wm Evans  {Seal}
his                                    )
Wm    X    Stone                       )                  Recorded 5th July 1816___
mark                                   )
Samuel S Simmon                  )                  John Nesbit  CLK

Carded Medical Records for the 16th Reg’t NH Volunteers

April 13th, 2012

This week I’ve had an opportunity to spend a couple of days at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. On these rare occasions, I like to spend time learning about sets of records of that are not online and that have not been microfilmed.  This week I learned a little about “Carded Medical Records.”

The Civil War pension record of my Great-grandfather, Daniel R. Woodward, made it clear that he had been injured during the Civil War—not in battle, but when he fell over a stump in camp.[1]

Records of Union soldiers who had been hospitalized during the Civil War were compiled onto cards from original records such as hospital registers, rolls, reports, and records relating to medical treatment. The resulting “Carded Medical Records” generally contain data that includes name; rank; organization; complaint; and date of admittance.[2]  The cards are arranged by state and thereunder by regiment.

The Carded Medical Records of the 16th Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers were located for the following Woodwards.

1. Daniel R. Woodward, Pvt., Co. E; Admitted Mch 6, 1863 to Regimental Hospital, 16 New Hampshire Infantry; and sent to G.H. Charity Mc 3; Source:NH Regt’l Reg. No. 123, Hos. No. [blank]; page 13.

2. Daniel R. Woodward, P, Co. E, 16 Reg’t NH; Admitted Mar 6, 1863 to Charity U.S. Gen’l Hosp., New Orleans, La.; Diagnosis: Chronic disease of ankle joint; Disch’d from service May 8, 1863; age 29; Nativity, Merrimack Co., NH; Source:[La Reg. No. 23; Hos. No. [blank]; page 134.

3. T.N. Woodward, Pt, Co. I, 16 Reg’t NH Vol; complaint, Febris Typhoid; Admitted June 14th, 1863, to St. James U.S. Gen’l Hosp., New Orleans, La.; Disch’d from service, Aug 1st, 1863; Remarks: By reason of expiration of terms of Service; Ward 4; Source: La. Reg. No. 10; Hos. No. 4082; page [blank].

4. Daniel E. Woodward, Co. I, 16th Reg’t NH; Complaint: Feb Typhoid; Admitted Feby 6, 1863 to Marine, U.S.A. Gen’l Hosp., New Orleans, La.; Ret’d to duty, April 3, 1863; Ward H; Source: La. Reg. No. 27; No. 1964; page [blank].

5. Daniel E. Woodward, Corp., Co. I, 16th Reg’t NH; complaint: Chronic Diarrhea fol Typhoid Fever; Admitted May 19, 1963 to U.S.A. Conval Gen’l Hosp. (Barracks,), Baton Rouge, La.; Ret’d to duty July 19, 1863; Source: La. Reg. No. 128, Hos. No. 17, page 44

6. D.E. Woodward, Pvt. Co. I, 16 Reg’t NH Infantry; Complaint, Febris; Admitted: Jan 28, 1863 to Regimental Hospital 16 New Hampshire Infantry; Sent to G.H. Feb 6, 1863; Source: NH Regt’l Reg. No. 123; Hos. No. [blank], page 7

7. T.N. Woodward, Pt, Co. I, 16 Reg’t NH Vol; Complaint: Febris Typhoid; Admitted June 14th, 1862 to St. James U.S.A. Gen’l Hosp., New Orleans, La.; Disch’d from service, Aug 1st, 1863; Remarks: By reason of expiration of terms of service; Ward 4; Source: La. Reg. No.  10; Hos. No. 6082; page [blank]

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[1] Union Pension of Daniel R. Woodward, file #NC-711-973, Record Group 15, Department of Veterans Affairs, National Archives, Washington, D.C.

[2] Woodward, 16th Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers, Carded Medical Records of Volunteer Soldiers in the Mexican and Civil Wars, 1846 – 1865; entry 534, Record Group 94, Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, National Archives, Washington, D.C.



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.

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Ephraim Woodward of Gordon County, Georgia

July 13th, 2011

Ephraim Woodward of Gordon County, Georgia. Who was he? Where are his descendants located?

1850. 9 November. The family of Ephrum Woodard was enumerated in Cass County, Georgia.[1] The household consisted of Ephrum Woodard, age 39, farmer; Eliza Woodard, age 37; Washington Woodard, 17; Burbage Woodard, 16; Nancy E. Woodard, 13; Mary A. Woodard, 11; Eloner Woodard, 9; Franklin Woodard, 7; John W. Woodard, 4; Sarah Woodard, 1; and Abigail Kirthen[?]/Kirthland[?], 69. All family remembers were recorded with the birth place South Carolina. The family of Porter Dempsy, age 40 , ten family members (not enumerated here) were residing in the same structure.

1851. Ephraim Woodward of the 1056th Georgia Militia District, Gordon County, Georgia, paid taxes on 160 acres of land (80 acres 2nd quality and 80 acres 3rd quality) in the 6th District, 3rd Section of original. Cherokee County (now Gordon). In addition he paid a tax for 1 poll.[2]

1854. 20 November. Gordon County, Georgia[3]David G King sold to Ephraim Woodward, both of Gordon County, for consideration of one thousand dollars, the parcel of land situated in the sixth district, third section of Cherokee County (now Gordon County), known as lot 225 containing 160 acres more or less. The deed signed by David G King and witnessed by William Capehart and AB King

1854. E. Woodward of the 1056th Georgia Militia District of Gordon County, paid taxes on two tracts of land: 1) 160 areas described as lot 223 in the 6th District, 3rd Section; and 2) 60 acres of lot 225, 6th District, 3rd Section; and 1 poll. That same year W.K[?] Woodward paid taxes for 100 acres of lot 225, 6th District, 3rd Section, and 1 poll.[4] It appears that Ephraim gave or sold 100 of his 160-acre lot (#225) to W.K.

1860. An Ephraim Woodward and his family were enumerated in Sonora, Gordon County. [5] The household was enumerated as Ephraim Woodward, 46, farmer; Mary A. Woodward, 39, domestic; Mary Woodward, 21, domestic; Wesley Woodward, 14; Cassandra A. Woodward, 3; Frank P. Meadows, 7; and Penelope C. Meadows, 4. All family members, except Cassandra were born in South Carolina. The demographics of his family do not appear to match up with the family of Ephrum Woodard enumerated in Cass County in 1850.

[1] 1850 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Cass County, Georgia, page 218, dwelling 1644, family 1661, lines 13-23; National Archives micropublication m432, reel 63, viewed on, 13 July 2011.

[2] Gordon County, Georgia Tax Digest 1851; Georgia Archives micropublication 4836-37 (drawer 136, box 55). Abstracted by Linda Woodward Geiger, 14 July 1997.

[3] Gordon Co., Ga., Deed Book B: 561; Georgia Archives microfilm 4839 (drawer 136, box 60). Scanned and prepared by Linda Woodward Geiger, 8 July 2011.

[4] Gordon County, Georgia, Tax Digest, 1854. Georgia Archives micropublication 4836-37 (drawer 136, box 55). Abstracted by Linda Woodward Geiger, 14 July 1997.

[5] 1860 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Sonora, Gordon County, Georgia, page 310, dwelling 454, family 437; National Archives micropublication M653, reel 124, viewed at, 13 July 2011.

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Military Monday: VA Headstones, 1941–1949

May 30th, 2011


John M. Woodward

National Archives micropubliation M2113 holds applications for military headstone fro 1941–1949. Microfilm images for Woodards (reel 273) and Woodwards (reel 274) were scanned at the National Archives in Washington in March 2011. The images are now available Online at the Woodwards WeSearch website.

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Wordless Wednesday: West Woodard Headright

May 25th, 2011

Source: West Woodard, Loose Headright Warrant, 3 December 1804, Burke  County, Georgia; Georgia Archives manuscript collection.

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Old Man’s Draft Images Posted

May 23rd, 2011

The first peacetime selective service draft in the United States was established in October 1940 by President Roosevelt. All men between the ages of 18 and 45 were required to register.

When the U.S. entered World War II, a new selective service act was passed requiring all men between ages of 18 and 65. The “Fourth Registration,” conducted on 27 April is commonly called the “Old Man’s Draft.” Men who were born between 28 April 1877 and 16 February 1897 (ages 45 to 64 years of age) were required to register if they were not already serving in the military.

Unfortunately all of the registration cards for the “Fourth Registration” have not survived. Those for the Southeastern United States have been destroyed. For other regions of the United States many have survived and are generally located in the National Archives regional facility servicing a particular state. Fortunately, many of the cards have been microfilmed.

The following images were scanned from microfilm at the National Archives at Washington.

  • Delaware, National Archives micropublictaion M1936, reel 10
  • Maryland, National Archives micropublication M1939, reel 65
  • Massachusetts, National Archives micropublictaion M2090, reel 164
  • New Hampshire, National Archives micropublication M1963 reel 19


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McLendon Vs Woodward

May 22nd, 2011

Genealogists and family historians frequently overlook Court records. Finding aids are rare, making the task extremely time consuming. The search can be streamlined when researchers make use of law libraries. Unfortunately, law libraries don’t always provide a warm and fuzzy feeling. As a consequence it is important to become familiar with some of the types of books that will lead users to court records. Family disputes generally provide wonderful genealogical data.

Law libraries contain a large variety of resources including federal code and acts of Congress; state codes and session laws; case reporters; digests; and legal periodicals and indexes. It is common for the library to emphasis a particular geographical region and their collection will not contain every volume for every state. Some state archives will also have state code, digests, and reports for that particular location.

Work  in law libraries is enhanced when one has access to any of the following Online databases: WestlawPro, LexisNexis, and HeinOnline.

I’ve had the good fortune of taking the Government Documents class at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama. Part of our studies included exercises to help us become acquainted with the Lucille Stewart Beeson Law Library. While browsing through the Reports of Cases in Law and Equity Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of the State of Georgia, Atlanta, March Term: Milledgeville and Athens, May Terms, Savannah and Part of the Decisions at Macon, June Terms, 1858 [Columbus Georgia: 1859], I finally found the evidence I needed to demonstrate that Aaron Woodward was the father of a daughter, Sarah (“Collie”). I had hypothesized that Sarah was his daughter when I located her marriage record to Thomas McClendon in Jackson County, Georgia, on 4 April 1819 [Jackson County, Georgia, Marriages, 1805–1861, p. 120].  Aaron was residing in Jackson County at the time and was the only logical male to have been her father, but I’d not been able to locate any record showing a connection between the two.

In the summary of the court case heard by the Supreme Court of Georgia (appellate court) demonstrated that the plaintiff wished to have the decision of a lower court (Butts County Equity Court) overturned. The Plaintiffs were Thomas McLendon, his wife and others, heirs and distributes of Aaron Woodward, deceased, late of Butts County. The Defendants were William J Woodward, administrator of  said deceased, and Newdigate H. Woodward, Robert Woodward, and Aaron Woodward, sons and heirs at law of intestate. The summary of the case as it appears in the Reports of Cases in Law and Equity is available in PDF form on the Woodwards WeSearch website.

As with any published source, researchers should always try to get as close to the original record as possible. In this instance the actual case files were located at the Georgia Archives in Supreme Court Cases, Pre-1917. The case, McLendon vs. Woodward consisted of 105 folios

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Wordless Wednesday: Another Woodward & Lothrop Advertisement

May 11th, 2011

Advertisement appearing in The Gainesville News, Gainesville, Georgia, May 1907.
Courtesy of Patricia K. Jones, Oakwood, Georgia.

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.


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