David WOODWARD Mary WOODWARD Mary June RIZEL Caroline TERRY Mary E TERRY Sarah WILSON Ann WOODWARDWIFE Mini tree diagram
George Washington WOODWARD

George Washington WOODWARD5,1,2,3,2,2,4,2,6

also known as Noname WOODWARD4,2

about 18471,2,3,2,2,4,2 - after 19103

Life History

about 1847

Born.1,2,3,2,2,4,2

30th Mar 1874

Married Mary June RIZEL in Johnson County, Arkansas.2

16th Aug 1877

Married Caroline TERRY in Johnson County, Arkansas.2

Caroline Terry Woodward and and George W Woodward are both reported inthe 1880 census as widowed.  Yet they are living in homes next door toeach other!  Caroline is in her widowed and remarried father'shousehold, reported as Caroline Woodward, widow.  George is head ofthe household next door, also reported as widowed.  In 1910 they areliving three doors apart, when George is married to Caroline's sisterMary Terry Selph.

after 20th Aug 1881

Death of Mary E TERRY in Johnson County, Arkansas.7,8

20th Aug 1881

Married Mary E TERRY in Johnson County, Arkansas.5,2,6

6th Jun 1883

Married Sarah WILSON in Johnson County, Arkansas.2

before Mar 1888

Divorced from Caroline TERRY in Johnson County, Arkansas.2,3,3

after 1910

Death of Sarah WILSON in Johnson County, Arkansas.3

after 1910

Died in Johnson County, Arkansas.3

Notes

  • The form of this surname is found as Woodward and Woodard.  Mostrecords have Woodward.

    1850 Federal Census, Newton County, Arkansas, 27 October, UnionTownship, page 27 (scan 14), Hse/Fam #172
    David Woodward 49 M Farmer $200 Real Estate b NC
    Anna Woodward 40 F b TN Cannot read or write
    James W Woodward 20 M b MO
    Cyntha Woodward 11 F b MO
    John W Woodward 14 M b MO
    Martha Woodward 12 F b MO
    Marilda Woodward 9 F b MO [b abt 1841]
    Jaleb [?] A Woodward 8 M b AR [b abt 1842]
    ** George W Woodward 4 M b AR **
    Angeline Woodward 1 F b AR
    Peter W Woodward 19 M b MO

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    George Washington Woodward
    Age 22, Birth Year abt 1852
    Residence Johnson County, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name Mary June Rizel
    Spouse's Age 18
    Spouse's Residence Johnson County, Arkansas
    Marriage 30 Mar 1874 Johnson County

    Arkansas Marriages, 1851-1900
    George W. Woodward
    Spouse Mary E. Self
    Marriage 20 Aug 1881 Johnson County AR

    Another compilation provides more detail on the record of marriage forGeorge W Woodard and Mary Self (spelled Selph in some instances), whoappears to be Mary E Terry, whose first husband was Nathaniel Self,but whose grave says she died on 1 Apr 1881.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    Nathan S Self
    Age 22, Birth Year abt 1855
    Residence Fort Douglas, Johnson, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name Mary Terry
    Spouse's Age 20
    Spouse's Residence Fort Douglas, Johnson, Arkansas
    Marriage 16 Aug 1877 Johnson County
    Marriage License Date 10 Aug 1877

    There is also another earlier marriage record for a George W Woodward,who appears to be this same individual.  That record reports thatGeorge W Woodward married a Caroline Terry in 1877.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    George W Woodward
    Age 30, Birth Year abt 1847
    Residence Fort Douglas, Johnson, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name Caroline Terry
    Spouse's Age 18
    Spouse's Residence Fort Douglas, Johnson, Arkansas
    Marriage 16 Aug 1877 Johnson County
    Marriage License Date 14 Aug 1877

    This Caroline Terry appears to be Mary's sister.  In the 1880 census,Caroline is enuemrated in her father's home under the name CarolineWoodward.  Yet Caroline was reported as a widow.  Was this anenumerator error?  In the 1880 census, next door to Isom, his new wifeCelia and his daughter Caroline Woodward, is George W Woodward, whoappears to be the same person reported as Caroline's husband in theirmarriage record.  But George is also reported as widowed.

    Maybe Caroline and George were divorced.  But in that case, why wouldCaroline's sister take the chance of marrying the same GeorgeWashington Woodward a years later?  And in George's 1880 household isMary Self, also a widow, who matches Caroline's sister and Isom'sdaughter Mary E Terry, who married Nathaniel Self.

    Mary is reported as George's niece.  I initially thought it wasthrough her husband Nathaniel Selph, and a few hours later was able toconfirm that when I found his mother's memorial on Find a Grave.  Hismother was Mary Woodward, George's sister.

    1880 Federal Census, Johnson County, Arkansas, 5 June, Pilot RockTownship, District 88, page 6A (scan 260A), Hse #43, Fam #51
    Woodward, George W  W M 32 Head Widowed Farmer AR KY KY [b abt 1848]
    Self, Mary W F 22 Niece Widow Keeping House KY KY KY [b abt 1858]
    Terry, Robert W M 5 Son of the W (?)  AR AR KY
    Self, Elizabeth C  W F 2 Dau of the " [designation unclear] AR AR KY
    Woodward, Ann W F 72 Mother Widow Resides with Family KY KY KY

    The name and designation of the two children is confusing.  ElizabethSelf is documented in family information as Mary's daughter, but shehas the same designation as Robert Terry.  They are reported as"Son/Daughter of the <unreadable, looks like the letter W>".  The twochildren have the same birth states reported for themselves andparents. They appear to be siblings, both children of Mary.  Then whythe different surnames?  But Mary and Nathaniel are reported to havehad only one child.

    June Yeager, a granddaughter of of Elizabeth, reports to me thatElizabeth was the only child of Mary and Nathaniel before he died ofgas poisoning while digging a water well.

    In the 1880 census, next door to George on the other side is anotherWoodward household, headed by John C, with his wife Sarah C andseveral children.

    In 1881, George married his niece (by marriage apparently) Mary ETerry Self.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    Mary Self
    Age 23, Birth Year abt 1858
    Residence Fort Douglas, Johnson, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name George W Woodward
    Spouse's Age 34 [b abt 1847]
    Spouse's Residence Fort Douglas, Johnson, Arkansas
    Marriage Date 20 Aug 1881 Johnson County
    Marriage License Date 13 Aug 1881

    George married again, after Mary Terry Self's death.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    George W Woodward
    Age 37, Birth Year abt 1846
    Residence Ft Duglass, Johnson, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name Sarah Wilson
    Spouse's Age 33
    Spouse's Residence Ft Duglass, Johnson, Arkansas
    Marriage 6 Jun 1883 Johnson County
    Marriage License Date 5 Jun 1883

    The 1910 census confirms that George has married 4 times.

    1910 Federal Census, Johnson County, Arkansas, 7 May, Pilot PointTownship, District 63, page 9B, Hse #151, Fam #157
    Woodward, George W Head M W 65 Marriage 4 Married 28 yrs [abt 1882] ARNC MO Farmer Rents [b abt 1845]
    Woodward, Sarah E Wife F W 63 Marriage 2 Married 28 yrs [abt 1882] 3children/2 living AR MO MO [b abt 1848]

    Previous censuses have reported George born in Kentucky and both hisparents in Kentucky.

    Another aspect of the family configuration is confirmed in this censusalso, when I find Caroline (spelled Carolina here) and her secondhusband Presely Bowman living only three hosues away.  The censusreports this is the first marriage for Presely and the second forCaroline.

    1910 Federal Census, Johnson County, Arkansas, 7 May, Pilot PointTownship, District 63, page 9B, Hse #154, Fam #160
    Bowman, Presley Head M W 48 Marriage 1 Married 28 yrs [abt 1882] KY KYKY Farmer Owns [b abt 1862]
    Bowman, Carolina [sic] Wife F W 51 Marriage 2 Married 28 [abt 1882]yrs 9 children/8 living KY KY KY [b abt 1859]

    This seems to confirm that George and Caroline were divorced.  Thismeans the report in 1880 that they were widowed was incorrect assurmised.  And Mary Terry Selph does seem to have married Georgedepsite the fact that he and her sister Caroline had divorced.

    "Mary marrying Caroline's first husband George Woodward jibes withwhat dad had always been told.  It is her grave at Ft Douglas.  My dadand I would tramp around Ft Douglas, Bowman Holler, Haw Creek andthereabouts when I was a girl.  I thought it was like another time.  Ihave some family collectibles of Caroline.  My grandma was born on topof Bowman Holler. They were kind of wild in there I think."
    --  Jami Sue Yarger Brandt, Geneanet Messaging to Orville BoydJenkins, 28 April 2015

Sources

  • 1. 1850 Federal Census, Newton County, Arkansas
    • 27 October, Union Township, page 27 (scan 14), Hse/Fam #172
  • 2. Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
  • 3. 1910 Federal Census, Johnson County, Arkansas
    • 7 May, Pilot Point Township, District 63, page 9B, Hogansville & Ft
  • 4. 1880 Federal Census, Johnson County, Arkansas
    • 5 June, Pilot Rock Township, District 88, page 6A (scan 260A), Hse
  • 5. June Yeager, email to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 2 November 2013
  • 6. Arkansas Marriages, 1851-1900
  • 7. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
    • Memorial #112245708
  • 8. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
    • Memorial #31172587,

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