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Missing Daughter

December 24th, 2010

A large engraved boulder memorializes Aaron Woodward (abt. 1766 – 13 Jan 1851) and his wife, Chloe (Owsley) Woodward (abt. 1770-1840) and lists their children (actually all but one of their children). The monument is in a small graveyard just west of I-75 and Ga 16, called “Woodward Cemetery” on the Georgia Department of Transportion Butts County Map — a portion of that map has been reproduced here and you’ll notice “Woodward Cemetery” in the western portion of the map and the “Towaliga Cemetery” discussed in yesterday’s post in the eastern portion of the map. Wm. J. Woodward, buried in Towaliga Cemetery is the son of Aaron and Chloe.

The monument (badly stained by the elements) lists eight children: Hannah Woodward Lee, Nancy Woodward Blessett, Polly woodward Parham, Matilda Woodward Gray, William J. Woodward, Aaron Woodward Jr, Newdigate H Woodward and Robert J. Woodward. The eldest child, Sarah “Colley” Woodward who married Thomas McClendon on 4 April 1819 in Jackson County, Georgia [Jackson County, Georgia, Marriage Records, Volume: 1805-1861; Georgia Archives microfilm drawer 162, box 45], is not listed. Why? Was she estranged from the family, or was she simply forgotten?

You may ask how do I know she is a daughter of Aaron and Chloe and why do I suggest she may be estranged from the family? Prior to his death Aaron distributed most of his land holdings to his sons. He, apparently, died intestate, however, very little remained in his estate, since he had given the land away (mostly by deed of gift). Reports of Cases in Law and Equity Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of the State of Georgia, Atlanta, March Term [Volume XXV, page 252-257], summarizes the case of “Thomas McLendon and wife and others, plaintiffs in error, vs. N.H. Woodward and others, defendants in error.” Thomas and his wife were listed as heirs of Aaron Woodward, deceased, late of Butts County. A copy of the summary is available at

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