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Tombstone Tuesday: Flossie Maud Woodward

January 25th, 2011

Flossie Maud Woodward was born 28 June 1877 daughter of Daniel R. Woodward and Laura (Davis) Woodward. She died on 21 December 1893 at the age of sixteen. Flossie is buried in Franklin Cemetery, Franklin, New Hampshire. The photograph of her tombstone was taken by Kay Mahoney of Laconia, NH, in 2001.

A newspaper clipping [probably from the Franklin Journal Transcript a little after the 21st of December 1893] contains a short obituary which reads:

“Flossie, daughter of Daniel R. Woodward, died on Thursday after a long illness of typhoid fever. She was born June 28, 1877. She was a favorite among all who knew her and her loss will be deeply mourned. Mr. Woodward and his family have the sympathy of a large number of friends in their affliction. The funeral services were held at her late home, Sunday afternoon, Rev. L.W. Phillips, pastor of the Christian church, officiating and the singing was by a quartette from the Christian Endeavor society. Beautiful flowers were contributed by Flossie’s friends in the needle shop, by the members of her Sunday school class, and by the Sons of Temperance. Although it was deemed best to have the funeral private in a measure, representatives were present from three organizations.”

Faye Dorsey Woodward

December 31st, 2010

Ted O. Brooke and I surveyed the cemeteries of Pickens County, Georgia, between 2007 and 2008. Our work was published with a grant from the R.J. Taylor Jr. Foundation in 2009. During our surveys we took numerous photographs to help document the cemeteries.

We located only one Woodward in all of the county. A tombstone was erected for Faye Dorsey Woodward in the Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery. I can’t believe I don’t have an image of the reverse side of this stone! At least the data was carefully extracted. Faye was born 30 Mar 1927 and died 26 Mar 1994. This is just the beginning of a little mystery — lots of questions need to be answered about Ms. Faye.

(c) 2010 Linda Woodward Geiger, All Rights Reserved.

Wilson Cleveland Woodard

December 31st, 2010

Wilson Cleveland Woodard was born in North Carolina on 10 Oct 1828, son of Isham David Woodard and Rebecca Webb. He died in Gilmer County, Georgia, on 5 November 1920.

Several years ago I obtained a copy or his death certificate [Death Certificate of Wilce Woodard. file no. 28777, 1920, Vital Records, Public Health, RG 26-5-95, Georgia Archives]. As an aside, Georgia death records from 1919 through 1927 are now available online at the Georgia Archives Virtual Vault –

Woodward, who served with the Confederacy as  a 1st Sergeant in the 65th Regiment of Georgia Volunteers,  was buried in the Tails Creek Baptist Church Cemetery on a knoll overlooking the church.

Wilse was married to Emelia Ann (generally called Millie) Blankenship on 5 December 1853, in Madison County, North Carolina [Letter from Connie Fields to Linda Geiger, 1996]. Millie died 6 December 1922 in Gilmer County. A copy of her death record was also copied from the original at the Georgia Archives.

On Millie’s death certificate we find yet another version of the Woodward surname (Woodered) her husband’s given name. Here he is called Willis Woodered.

As we all know, searching for individuals in the various census can be challenging, particularly because of spelling variations. In the 1870 census of Gilmer County [pages 132 and 133, NARA microfilm M593, reel 152], we find Wilson Cleveland Woodard enumerated as W. C. Woodard, while his father is enumerated as I.D. Wooddard.

(c) 2010 Linda Woodward Geiger, All Rights Reserved.

Towaliga Baptist Church Cemetery

December 23rd, 2010

William J. Woodward and his wife, Nancy (Andrews) Woodward are buried in the Towaliga Baptist Church Cemetery in Butts County, Georgia. To get to the cemetery from I-75, exit and go east on Ga Route 16. Turn south on Colwell Road, and then east on Kinards Mill Road. The church and cemetery are on Towaliga Church Road.

Burial of Wm. J. and Nancy Woodward

William, son of Aaron and Chloe (Owsley) Woodward, was born 29 May 1815 when his parents were residing in Jackson County, Georgia. William and Nancy were married 19 Dec 1839 in Butts County, Georgia, by Clark Hamil, J.P. [Butts County, Georgia, White Marriages, 1826-1882, page 71,viewed at the Butts County County Courthouse in Jackson, Georgia]. William died 26 Sep 1873.

(c) 2010 Linda Woodward Geiger, All Rights Reserved.