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Descendants of Samuel M. Woodward
(see photos at bottom of the page)


Generation No. 1

1. SAMUEL M. WOODWARD (SAMUEL S., WILLIAM, ABRAHAM, WILLIAM, RICHARD, RICHARD, EDWARD) was born 12/15/1829 in Morgan County, Indiana, and died 11/16/1886 in Dell Rapids, Dakota Territory. He married (1) MARY HINSHAW 2/07/1850 in Henry County, Iowa, daughter of WILLIAM HINSHAW and MATILDA DOANE. She was born 2/12/1833 in Tennessee, and died 12/20/1860 in Hardin County, Iowa. He married (2) EMMA ROSALIA BENBOW 4/26/1866 in New Providence, Hardin County, Iowa, daughter of CARVER BENBOW and LUCINDA RUBOTTOM. She was born 1/13/1842 in Park County, Indiana, and died 7/04/1914 in White Lake, Aurora, South Dakota.

Notes for SAMUEL M. WOODWARD:
5'9" tall, grey eyes, auburn hair, light complexion per enlistment papers. Have transcription of his diary courtesy Pat Engebretson. The diary starts September 15, 1862 at Eldora Hardin County, Iowa, and ends March 7, 1865 at Cairo, Illinois. February 28, 1865 mentions stopping by brother William A. Woodward's home at Newton, Iowa.

Story of the Thirty Second Iowa Infantry Volunteers by John Scott, 1896, "We arrived at Vicksburg on the 6th, a number of the boys being completely worn out. The doctors believed it best to lease some of them at the hospital, but they thought it very hard to be thus left on the way home, and their comrades determined that it should not be. Samuel M. Woodward, of Co. F, was ordered to the hospital, but some of his comrades said, "No, he shan't be left; he shan't be left. He stood by us, and now we will stand by him." They hired an old darkey with a carriage, took him to the river and carried him on board the steamer Von Phul.

Hardin County Probate Records - Book A, page 125 S. M. Woodward appointed guardian for minor children of Mary Woodward, deceased. Samuel petitioned the court to sell land belonging to said minors - undivided shares of NW/4 of Sec 23 & N part of SW/4 of NW/4 of Sec 23, T72N, R7W

Curiously the 1880 census shows all children born Iowa except for Eora (Evangeline} age 6, born Dakota Territory - apparently they may have gone on the 1872 gold rush to South Dakota as did other Woodward descendants. And as other descendants did, returned disappointed to Iowa.

1860 census in Hardin County, Iowa as S. M. Woodworth. Abigail Shelley Woodward, his mother is with them, age 63. For more on the parents of Samuel M. Woodward see Sam/Abby Woodward and use the back button on your browser to return here or click on the Samuel M. Woodward link on that page.

More About SAMUEL M. WOODWARD:
Burial: Zion Cemetery, Beresford, South Dakota
Military service: 8/15/1862, Civil War, Co F, 32nd Regiment of Iowa Volunteers
Occupation: 1850, Farmer
Will: 10/08/1859, Named as Executor of his father's will8

Notes for MARY HINSHAW:
Mary died shortly after the birth of Mary, Jr., and the children were parceled out to various family members. Abigail took care of some of the children while Samuel served in the Civil War.

A William Hinshaw signed as witness to the will of Samuel S. Woodward - no doubt Mary's father as he was in Hardin County, Iowa. Note: Mary was aunt of William Wade Hinshaw.

More About MARY HINSHAW:
Burial: Honey Creek Cemetery, Providence Twp, Hardin Co, Ia

More About SAMUEL WOODWARD and MARY HINSHAW:
Marriage: 2/07/1850, Henry County, Iowa

More About EMMA ROSALIA BENBOW:
Burial: White Lake Cemetery, Aurora County, South Dakota Religion: Quaker (see photo of tombstone at bottom of page)

More About SAMUEL WOODWARD and EMMA BENBOW:
Marriage: 4/26/1866, New Providence, Hardin County, Iowa

Children of SAMUEL WOODWARD and MARY HINSHAW are:
i. IRA WOODWARD, b. 3/01/1851; d. Bef. 1860, Infancy.
ii. WILLIAM HENRY WOODWARD, b. 1/03/1852, Iowa; d. 8/03/1928, Aurora County, South Dakota.
iii. CLARINDA J. WOODWARD, b. 1/31/1854, Iowa; d. 3/01/1927, Iowa; m. CHARLES JOHNSON.

Notes for CLARINDA J. WOODWARD:
could not identify - too many Charles Johnsons

iv. MATILDA A. WOODWARD, b. 10/19/1856, Iowa; d. 3/18/1925, South Dakota.
v. MARTHA WOODWARD, d. Bef. 1860, Infancy.
vi. JOHN F. WOODWARD, b. 7/02/1858, Iowa; d. Infancy.
vii. JOSEPH WARREN WOODWARD, b. 8/12/1859, Iowa.
viii. MARY WOODWARD, b. 12/14/1860, Iowa; m. WILLIAM COLEMAN.

Children of SAMUEL WOODWARD and EMMA BENBOW are:
ix. FANNIE9 WOODWARD, b. 1/27/1867, Iowa; d. 1/09/1929, Aurora County, South Dakota.
x. NELLIE WOODWARD, b. 3/20/1869, Iowa; m. JOHN SKEPPER, 7/22/1888.

Notes for JOHN SKEPPER: not found in 1920 or 1930 even with soundex

More About JOHN SKEPPER and NELLIE WOODWARD: Marriage: 7/22/1888

xi. WALLACE WOODWARD, b. 5/19/1871, Iowa; d. 3/16/1909, Aurora, South Dakota.

Notes for WALLACE WOODWARD: Living with stepsister Lillian Rubottom and mother Emma Woodward in 1900 in Lake Township, Aurora, South Dakota which is probably where he died

More About WALLACE WOODWARD: Burial: White Lake Cemetery, Aurora County, South Dakota

xii. LAURA WOODWARD, b. 3/06/1873, Iowa; d. 7/04/1928.
xiii. EVANGELINE WOODWARD, b. 4/10/1874, Dakota Territory; d. 12/09/1857; m. ATTO ROSS, 5/09/1895.

Notes for EVANGELINE WOODWARD: Death date is from a descendant's posting on Ancestry.com - Bert Clark

South Dakota Births, 1856-1900
Child: Woodward, Eva L; Mother: Benbow, Emma R; Father: Woodward, Samuel M; Birth Date: April 10, 1874; File Date: November 16, 1943; Gender: Female; County: Lincoln

She is Eva in birth record - Eora misspelling in 1880 census but born Dakota Territory, while children on each side of her born Iowa. Bert Clark is her grandson and has her as Eva Lucinda born 4//10/1874 and died 12/9/1957

Notes for ATTO ROSS: Perhaps Otto? Not found in 1920 or 1930 census - nor in Soc Sec Death Records for Eva

More About ATTO ROSS and EVANGELINE WOODWARD: Marriage: 5/09/1895

xiv. LOUIS CLARK WOODWARD, b. 9/03/1876, Union, Hardin County, Iowa; d. 1/13/1948, Pierre, Hughes, South Dakota.
xv. ARTHUR CHARLES WOODWARD, b. 5/08/1878, Iowa; d. 12/03/1931, Aurora County, South Dakota; m. AGNES H. HENNEOUS, (daughter of Albert and Minnie M. Henneous, #80 in White Lake City, White Lake County, Aurora County S. D. in 1900) on 4/12/1911, South Dakota; b. 4/1889, South Dakota.

Notes for ARTHUR CHARLES WOODWARD: Living with stepsister Lillian Rubottom and mother Emma and assorted brothers and sisters in 1900 in Aurora County, South Dakota In White Lake City, Aurora Co, #233 in 1920, proprietor jewelry store - no children In 1910 with brother William - real estate land broker

More About ARTHUR CHARLES WOODWARD: Burial: White Lake Cemetery, Aurora County, South Dakota

More About ARTHUR WOODWARD and AGNES HENNEOUS: Marriage: 4/12/1911, South Dakota

xvi. LENONA WOODWARD, b. 5/18/1879, Iowa.

Generation No. 2

2. WILLIAM HENRY9 WOODWARD (SAMUEL M.8, SAMUEL S.7, WILLIAM6, ABRAHAM5, WILLIAM4, RICHARD3, RICHARD2, EDWARD1) was born 1/03/1852 in Iowa12, and died 8/03/1928 in Aurora County, South Dakota. He married ALICE ALIDA MARTIN Abt. 1882 in South Dakota. She was born Abt. 1860 in Iowa.

Notes for WILLIAM HENRY WOODWARD: At home in 1880 census in Pleasant Township, Lincoln County, Dakota Territory. Occupation well borer
In 1920 in White Lake City, Aurora County, South Dakota with wife Elida, real estate office

1900 #9 in White Lake City, born October 1852, 47, own free, born Ia (gives parents born NY!), land agent, Alice A. wife, 42, married 18 years, 3 children born 2 living born Ia, father born NY, mother born Al

1910 in White Lake City real estate land broker. Brother Arthur C. with him in 1910

More About WILLIAM HENRY WOODWARD: Burial: White Lake Cemetery, Aurora County, South Dakota

Notes for ALICE ALIDA MARTIN: father born Alabama, mother born Georgia - she is Alice A. in 1900 census and in 1910

Marriage Notes for WILLIAM WOODWARD and ALICE MARTIN: 1900 census gives them married 18 years (about 1882), 3 children born, 2 living

Children of WILLIAM WOODWARD and ALICE MARTIN are: i. INA R.10 WOODWARD, b. 4/1891, South Dakota.

Notes for INA R. WOODWARD: She is I. Rae in the 1910 census

ii. CASSIE M. WOODWARD, b. 3/1895, South Dakota.

3. MATILDA A.9 WOODWARD (SAMUEL M.8, SAMUEL S.7, WILLIAM6, ABRAHAM5, WILLIAM4, RICHARD3, RICHARD2, EDWARD1) was born 10/19/1856 in Iowa12, and died 3/18/1925 in South Dakota. She married MILES F. PIERCE in South Dakota. He was born Abt. 1852 in New York.

Notes for MATILDA A. WOODWARD: gives both parents born Indiana - since she was raised by Emma born In, not surprising

Notes for MILES F. PIERCE: father born Pa, mother born Vt, rent, general farming in 1920 in Civil Bend Twp, Union County, South Dakota

More About MILES PIERCE and MATILDA WOODWARD: Marriage: South Dakota

Children of MATILDA WOODWARD and MILES PIERCE are:
9. i. FRANK10 PIERCE, b. Abt. 1875, South Dakota.
ii. CLARENCE PIERCE, b. Abt. 1882, South Dakota.

Notes for CLARENCE PIERCE: at home, single in 1920 general farming with father

iii. EFFIE PIERCE, b. Abt. 1888, Soth Dakota.

Notes for EFFIE PIERCE: at home single in 1920

4. JOSEPH WARREN9 WOODWARD (SAMUEL M.8, SAMUEL S.7, WILLIAM6, ABRAHAM5, WILLIAM4, RICHARD3, RICHARD2, EDWARD1) was born 8/12/1859 in Iowa12. He married KATE MAY SMELKER Abt. 1889 in Probably South Dakota. She was born Abt. 1871 in Wisconsin13.

Notes for JOSEPH WARREN WOODWARD: (See photos at bottom of the page - courtesy Loring Wells-Murray) A granddaughter of Joseph Warren Woodward furnished the information on the Samuel S. Woodward family to Pat Engebretson - information purports to be from Hinshaw and from Quaker records.

Guardianship papers give his name as Joseph William Woodward.

farmer in Pleasant Township, Lincoln County, South Dakota in 1920 and 1930

Notes for KATE MAY SMELKER: father (Theodore Smelker) born Pennsylvania, mother (Adaline M. Young Smelker) born Ohio. Descendant Loring Murray was of great help on this family)

Marriage Notes for JOSEPH WOODWARD and KATE SMELKER: estimated as 1889 from the 1930 census where Kate says married at age 18 and Joseph says at age 29.

Children of JOSEPH WOODWARD and KATE SMELKER are:
10. i. WALLACE10 WOODWARD, b. Abt. 1890; d. 1918, South Dakota.
ii. HAROLD JOSEPH WOODWARD, b. Abt. 1892, South Dakota; m. VERA UNKNOWN; b. Abt. 1892, South Dakota.

Notes for VERA UNKNOWN: father born Ohio, mother born Minnesota - working as a dental assistant in 1920, widow, living with Joseph and Kate

iii. NELLIE WOODWARD, b. Abt. 1897, South Dakota.

Notes for NELLIE WOODWARD: public school teacher - at home in 1920 - incorrectly given as Molly Nellie, age 13 in 1910 census in Beresford

iv. HELEN KATHARINE WOODWARD, b. Abt. 1901, South Dakota.

Notes for HELEN KATHARINE WOODWARD: Loring Wells-Murray is granddaughter of Helen Katherine who went by Kate or Kick

v. ADA WOODWARD, b. Abt. 1904, South Dakota.

5. FANNIE9 WOODWARD (SAMUEL M.8, SAMUEL S.7, WILLIAM6, ABRAHAM5, WILLIAM4, RICHARD3, RICHARD2, EDWARD1) was born 1/27/1867 in Iowa, and died 1/09/1929 in Aurora County, South Dakota. She married WILL PARK 8/05/1889. He was born in Indiana, and died Bef. 1900 in Probably South Dakota.

Notes for FANNIE WOODWARD: Step Sister Lillian Rubottom is head of household in Lake Township, Aurora South Dakota in 1900. Mother Emma Woodward is with them. Fannie is a school teacher as is Fannie's sister. She was with Emma in the 1910 census.

More About FANNIE WOODWARD: Burial: 1929 Occupation: 1900, School Teacher

More About WILL PARK and FANNIE WOODWARD: Marriage: 8/05/1889

Children of FANNIE WOODWARD and WILL PARK are:
i. RONALD R.10 PARK, b. 9/1890, South Dakota14.
ii. VIDA JO PARK, b. 2/1892, South Dakota.
iii. ROLAND D. PARK, b. 8/1894.

6. LAURA9 WOODWARD (SAMUEL M.8, SAMUEL S.7, WILLIAM6, ABRAHAM5, WILLIAM4, RICHARD3, RICHARD2, EDWARD1) was born 3/06/1873 in Iowa, and died 7/04/1928. She married ALBERT DAVIS 4/08/1900 in South Dakota.

Notes for ALBERT DAVIS: father of son Arthur born US only in 1920 census - too many in Washington to ID and none in South Dakota - could not find Laura either. They may have been deceased since Arthur was living with his aunt.

More About ALBERT DAVIS and LAURA WOODWARD: Marriage: 4/08/1900, South Dakota

Child of LAURA WOODWARD and ALBERT DAVIS is: i. ARTHUR10 DAVIS, b. Abt. 1909, Washington.

Notes for ARTHUR DAVIS: living with aunt Mathilda Woodward Pierce in 1920 in Civil Bend Township, Union County, South Dakota and listed as nephew

7. LOUIS CLARK9 WOODWARD (SAMUEL M.8, SAMUEL S.7, WILLIAM6, ABRAHAM5, WILLIAM4, RICHARD3, RICHARD2, EDWARD1)15 was born 9/03/1876 in Union, Hardin County, Iowa16, and died 1/13/1948 in Pierre, Hughes, South Dakota. He married (1) LAURA SHAFFER 4/10/1902 in South Dakota. She was born Abt. 1878 in Iowa, and died Bet. 1910 - 1916 in South Dakota. He married (2) EDNA JEAN MCWHIRTER 11/30/1916 in Sturgis, Meade, South Dakota, daughter of DAVID MCWHIRTER and SARAH WILSON. She was born 1/25/1885 in Iowa, and died 3/15/1925 in Vivian, Lyman, South Dakota.

Notes for LOUIS CLARK WOODWARD: Pat Engebretson's ancestor

Living with stepsister Lillian Rubottom, mother Emma and assorted brothers and sisters in Aurora South Dakota in 1900.

According to Pat Engebretson - they came to Dakota Territory, lost everything, went back to Iowa, then to Dakota where they are listed on the 1880 census and then stayed (this was a typical pattern for many families of the time)

1920 in Vivian Township, Lyman County, South Dakota, 42, born Ia, parents born US, mason, house

Notes for LAURA SHAFFER: Father born Wisconsin, mother born Canada - in 1910 census

Marriage Notes for LOUIS WOODWARD and LAURA SHAFFER: date of marriage is from Pat Engebretson - matches 1910 census which says married 8 years

More About LOUIS WOODWARD and LAURA SHAFFER: Marriage: 4/10/1902, South Dakota

Notes for EDNA JEAN MCWHIRTER: father born Scotland, mother born Iowa per 1920 census At home with parents in 1910 census but says she is married

More About EDNA JEAN MCWHIRTER: Burial: Vivian, Lyman, South Dakota Occupation: Teacher

More About LOUIS WOODWARD and EDNA MCWHIRTER: Marriage: 11/30/1916, Sturgis, Meade, South Dakota

Children of LOUIS WOODWARD and LAURA SHAFFER are: i. LOUIS C.10 WOODWARD, b. Abt. 1903, South Dakota.

Notes for LOUIS C. WOODWARD: age 17, working as a chauffeur, school hack in 1920 and living at home with Louis and Edna

ii. VERA ADELINE WOODWARD, b. Abt. 1909.

Notes for VERA ADELINE WOODWARD: Living with Lewis in village of Vivian in Lyman County in 1930 Adeline V. daughter 21, born SD 1 4/12 in 1910 census

Child of LOUIS WOODWARD and EDNA MCWHIRTER is: iii. BERYL JEAN10 WOODWARD, b. 11/20/1923, Vivian, Lyman, South Dakota.

8. LENONA9 WOODWARD (SAMUEL M.8, SAMUEL S.7, WILLIAM6, ABRAHAM5, WILLIAM4, RICHARD3, RICHARD2, EDWARD1) was born 5/18/1879 in Iowa. She married WALTER DODDS 11/26/1901 in South Dakota. He was born Abt. 1879 in Illinois.

Notes for LENONA WOODWARD: Nona in the 1920 census

Notes for WALTER DODDS: parents born Ill - operating a dray line in White Lake, Aurora, SD in 1920

More About WALTER DODDS and LENONA WOODWARD: Marriage: 11/26/1901, South Dakota

Child of LENONA WOODWARD and WALTER DODDS is: i. RUSSELL10 DODDS, b. Abt. 1904, South Dakota.

Notes for RUSSELL DODDS: only child in 1920

Generation No. 3

9. FRANK10 PIERCE (MATILDA A.9 WOODWARD, SAMUEL M.8, SAMUEL S.7, WILLIAM6, ABRAHAM5, WILLIAM4, RICHARD3, RICHARD2, EDWARD1) was born Abt. 1875 in South Dakota. He married LAVADA UNKNOWN. She was born Abt. 1884 in Iowa.

Notes for FRANK PIERCE: Living next to father in 1920, rent, home farm,

Child of FRANK PIERCE and LAVADA UNKNOWN is: i. GLADYS11 PIERCE, b. Abt. 1919.

Notes for GLADYS PIERCE: Gladice Pierce 1 1/12 in 1920 census

10. WALLACE10 WOODWARD (JOSEPH WARREN9, SAMUEL M.8, SAMUEL S.7, WILLIAM6, ABRAHAM5, WILLIAM4, RICHARD3, RICHARD2, EDWARD1) was born Abt. 1890, and died 1918 in South Dakota. He married VERA UNKNOWN. She was born Abt. 1892 in South Dakota.

Notes for WALLACE WOODWARD: died of scarlet fever in 1918 per Loring Murray. he was eldest son.

At home in Beresford, South Dakota, in 1910, age 20, dry goods salesman

Notes for VERA UNKNOWN: father born Ohio, mother born Minnesota - working as a dental assistant in 1920, widow, living with Joseph and Kate. She later married Harold J. Woodward, Wallace's brother.

Children of WALLACE WOODWARD and VERA UNKNOWN are:
i. EULA11 WOODWARD, b. Abt. 1913.
ii. LAVON WOODWARD, b. Abt. 1918.

Endnotes

1. Private communication, Pat Engebretson, "Electronic."
2. Private communication, Pat Engebretson, "Electronic," FGS 1.
3. Private communication, Pat Engebretson, "Electronic," 1-28-99.
4. Private communication, Pat Engebretson, "Electronic."
5. Private communication, Pat Engebretson, "Electronic," 1-28-99.
6. Private communication, Pat Engebretson, "Electronic," Wedding certificate.
7. Private communication, Pat Engebretson, "Electronic," FGS 1.
8. Hardin County, Iowa, Probate Records, (Original handwritten ledger books), A-75.
9. Private communication, Pat Engebretson, "Electronic," Wedding certificate.
10. Private communication, Pat Engebretson, "Electronic."
11. Hardin County, Iowa, Probate Records, (Original handwritten ledger books), Book A, page 125, S. M. Woodward appointed Guardian.
12. Private communication, Pat Engebretson, "Electronic."
13. 1920 U. S. Census, Lincoln County, South Dakota, Pleasant Township.
14. 1900 U. S. Census, Aurora County, South Dakota.
15. Private communication, Pat Engebretson, "Electronic," 1-28-99.
16. Private communication, Pat Engebretson, "Electronic.
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Woodward House in Indiana

Katie May Smelker Woodward, Nell, Katharine (center), and baby Ada 1904-05 Wallace, Harold and Baby Nell

Joseph Warren Woodward age 25-30 Ada, Katharine, Nell, Harold 1952

Helen Katharine Woodward - Age 18

Joseph & Katie 1930's Bereford, S. D.

NOTE: Photos are missing for now! 1





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