Archive for March, 2011

Kept Mother’s Body 33 Years

March 18th, 2011

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

Maritime Monday: News from India 1796

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.

Copyright. 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