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Sunday’s Obituary: Daniel R. Woodward

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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