migration to Nebraska

Rev. Woodard’s brother.

The Bystander (Des Moines, Iowa), 5 December 1913.

We have met Rev. Franklin Brown Woodard, a native of Wilson County. Who was “his brother of Omaha”? Romulus L. Woodard, who migrated first to Omaha, Nebraska, and then to Saint Louis, Missouri.


In the 1880 census of Stantonsburg township, Wilson County: farmer Frank Woodard, 37; wife Appie, 32; and children Frank, 11, and Romulus, 9.

Per city directories, Romulus Woodard was in Omaha as early as 1904.

Omaha, Nebraska, City Directory (1910).

In the 1910 census of South Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska: barber Romulus L. Woodard, 43, and roomers James Johnson, 55, packing company laborer; John Boyston, 58, hod carrier; and Cap Harris, 58, janitor.

In the 1920 census of Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska: barber in own shop Romulus Woodard, 48, and roomers Milage Lambert, 50, and Fred Ilworth, 35, both packhouse laborers.

In December 1921, Romulus L. Woodard applied for a license to marry Mrs. Sarah F. Mitchell in Saint Louis, Missouri.

Saint Louis Dispatch, 15 December 1921.

In the 1930 census of Saint Louis, Saint Louis County, Missouri: at 4353 Cozens Avenue or Alley, dry goods store porter Romulus Woodard, 51, and wife Frankie, 45, hairdresser.

Per Findagrave.com, Romulus Woodard died 2 April 1938. He was buried in Washington Park Cemetery, Berkeley, Missouri, and his headstone noted his birthdate as 21 March 1887. [In fact, he was born about 1870.]