Woodard

Snaps, no. 86: the William and Zilphia Woodard family.

Seated, William “Bill” Woodard and Zilphia May Adams Woodard. Standing, Eva Woodard, Wesley Woodard, Elvin Woodard and Lena Woodard, who were among their children.

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William Woodard was the grandson of London Woodard, the famous preacher and founder of London’s Primitive Baptist Church, and his first wife, Venus.

In the 1870 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: farm laborer Elvin Woodard, 47; wife Deber, 48; and children William, 21, Sylvia, 18, and Amanda, 16.

In the 1880 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: farmer William Woodard, 35; wife Zilpha, 27; and children Elvin, 8, James, 5, and Minnie, 2.

In the 1900 census of Taylor township, Wilson County: farmer William Woodard, 52; wife Zelpha, 44; children James, 22, sawmill laborer, Minnia, 20, Wesley, 17, Eaver, 14, Lenar, 11; and boarders Irvin Eatman, 18, and Art Edwards, 20.

In the 1910 census of Taylor township, Wilson County: farmer William Woodard, 64; wife Zilfa, 60; children Eva, 23, and Lena, 20; and grandchildren Bettie Williams, 6, and Arthur Woodard, 3 months. Next door: Westley Woodard, 27; wife Easter, 30; stepson Richard Poole, 10; mother-in-law Gracie Poole, 40; and sister-in-law Minnie Poole, 11.

In the 1920 census of Taylor township, Wilson County: William Woodard, 70; wife Zilfie, 75; and daughter Lena Barnes, 27.

James Woodard died 1 May 1927 in Wilson township, Wilson County. Per his death certificate, he was 51 years old; was born in Wilson County to William Woodard and Zilphia Moye; was married to Mary Woodard; and was a tenant farmer for Bunyan Boyette

Zilphia Woodard died 22 April 1934 in Wilson township. Per her death certificate, she was 85 years old; worked in farming until two days before her death; was born in Wilson County to David Moye and Harriett Daniel; and was a widow. Minnie Williams was informant.

Elvin Woodard died 30 March 1941 in Wilson township, Wilson County. Per his death certificate, he was born 8 February 1879 in Wilson County to William Woodard and Zilphia Moore; was a laborer; was the widower of Frances Woodard; and was buried in Ellis cemetery. Westley Woodard was informant.

Minnie Williams died 21 May 1941 in Taylor township, Wilson County. Per her death certificate, she was born in Wilson County in 1887 to William Woodard and Zelphia Adams; was a widow; and had been engaged in farming. Mamie Melton was informant.

Eva Thorne died 7 May 1948 in Elm City, Toisnot township, Wilson County. Per her death certificate, she was born 5 October 1894 in Wilson County to William Woodard and Zilpha Adams; was a farmer; and was married to Bill Thorne. Informant was Gladys Hoskins.

 Thanks to LeRoy Barnes for sharing this family photo.

Joshua Woodard dies suddenly.

Wilson Daily Times, 1 October 1935.

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In the 1900 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: in the household of Wiley Corbett, 45, servant Julus Hagans, 35, day laborer; servant Annie Deans, 19; and servant Joshaway Woodard, 19, day laborer.

In the 1908 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Woodard Joshua lab h 512 S Lodge

In 1918, Josh Woodard registered for the World War I draft in Wilson County. Per his registration card, he was born 15 September 1881; lived at 512 Lodge, Wilson; worked as a laborer for Imperial Tobacco Company; and his nearest relative was sister Clory Woodard.

Joshua Woodard, 38, of Wilson, married Mary Battle, 27, of Wilson, on 10 September 1919 in Wilson. 

In the 1920 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 511 Green Street, Josh Woodard, 38, laborer; wife Mary W., 27; widowed mother-in-law Dorothy Battle, 65; and sister-in-law Lenora Battle, 19, cook.

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: Joshua Woodard, 48, “chofer” for C.M. Fleming, and wife Mary Woodard, 34.

Josh Woodard died 29 September 1935 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born about 1887 in Wilson County to Marriman [Merriman] Woodard and Jane Mills; was married to Mary Woodard; lived at 410 East Banks Street; and worked as a laborer. Bessie Baldwin, 412 Jones Street, was informant. His sudden death was attributed to an abscess of the lungs caused by pulmonary tuberculosis.

The obituary of Serena Savage.

Wilson Daily Times, 1 October 1935.

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Frank Savage, 21, of Wilson, son of George and Harriet Savage, married Rena Woodard, 18, of Wilson, daughter of Fannie Woodard, in Wilson on 28 January 1907.

In the 1910 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: on Viola Street, odd jobs laborer Frank Savage, 25; wife Serina, 22, cook; and daughters Marthy, 3, and Eva, 10 months.

In the 1925 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Savage Rena (c) dom h 211 Manchester

In the 1928 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Savage Rena (c) cook h 609 Viola

Eva Gray Savage died 17 March 1928 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was 18 years old; was born in Wilson to Frank Savage of Edgecombe County and Serena Woodard of Wilson County; was a student; and was buried in Rountree cemetery. Serena Savage, 621 Viola Street, was informant.

In the 1930 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Savage Rena (c) cook h 1203 Washington. Also, Savage Hallie (c) student h 1203 Washington; Savage Mollie (c) student h 1203 Washington; and Savage Vedford (c) sch tchr h 1203 Washington

Elias Lucas, 22, of Toisnot, son of Haywood and Cora Lucas, married [Martha] Bedford Savage, 23, of Wilson, daughter of Frank Savage of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Serina Savage of Wilson, on 6 July 1930 at the bride’s residence in Wilson. Presbyterian minister J.T. Douglas performed the ceremony in the presence of Cora Lucas, Serina Savage and Mellie O. Savage.

Serena Savage died 29 September 1935 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was 49 years old; was married to Frank Savage; was born in Wilson County to Matthew Barnes and Fannie Woodard; lived at 1203 Washington Street; and was buried in Wilson.

Snaps, no. 74: Fred Woodard.

Fred Woodard (1861-1935).

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In the 1870 census of Black Creek township, Wilson County: farm laborer Benj’n Woodard, 32, wife Harriet, 31, and children Edna, 13, Frederick, 9, and Venah, 6.

In the 1880 census of Black Creek township, Wilson County: farmer Benjamin Woodard, 42, wife Harriet, 39, children Frederick, 18, Maggie, 15, and Ruth, 10, plus a servant with neuralgia named Merrit Joyner, 23.

On 4 January 1888, Fred Woodard, 25, son of Benj’n and Mary Woodard, married Mary Oneal, 20, daughter of Scott Oneal, in Black Creek township, Wilson County.

In the 1900 census of Black Creek township, Wilson County: farmer Fred Woodard, 40; wife Mary L., 32, school teacher; and son Linwood, 2.

In the 1910 census of Black Creek township, Wilson County: farmer Fred Woodard, 43; wife Mary L., 36; and children Linwood, 12, Nathanael, 10, Sylvester, 7, Stephen, 5, and Nebraska, 3.

Linwood Woodard registered for the World War I draft in 1918. Per his registration card, he was born 9 September 1898; lived at Route 5, Wilson; farmed for Walter Woodard; and his nearest relative was Fred Woodard.

Fred Woodard died 12 October 1935 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was 73 years old; was born in Wilson County to Ben Woodard and Harriet Dawson; was the widower of Mary L. Woodard; was a farmer; and lived at 406 Banks Street, Wilson. Linwood Woodard, Greenville, N.C., was informant.

Photo courtesy of Ancestry.com user kelliwoodard21.

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.

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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.]

Rev. Franklin Brown Woodard.

Portraits of Rev. Franklin B. Woodard are posted on the blog of Legacy Museum of African-American History in Lynchburg, Virginia. The text of the post: “Rev. Frank B. Woodard was born and raised in Wilson County, North Carolina. He studied at Virginia Seminary and graduated in 1904. Woodard led churches in Michigan and Iowa and served as the President of the Iowa–Nebraska Convention. He died in 1919.”

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In the 1870 census of Stantonsburg township, Wilson County: farm laborer Frank Woodard, 25; wife Appie, 23; son Frank Jr., 1; and Samuel, 20, farm laborer.

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

On 29 August 1906, in Lynchburg, Virginia, Franklin Brown Woodard, 38, born in Wilson County, North Carolina, to Frank and Apsilla Woodard, married Margaret C. Minnis, 27, born in Bedford County, Virginia, to Henry L. and Mamie Minnis.

In the 1910 census of Bluff Creek township, Monroe County, Iowa: Frank B. Woodard, 41, born N.C.; wife Margurite C., 31, born Virginia; and children Thelma K., 2, born Michigan, and Virginia L., 1, born Iowa. 

On 2 June 1915, Franklin Brown Woodard, 46, widowed, born in Wilson County, N.C., to Frank and A. Woodard, married Rosa Mildred Jones, 36, born in Buxton, Iowa, to Lewis and M. Jones, in Lynchburg, Virginia. 

The Bystander (Des Moines, Iowa), 7 June 1918.

Rev. Frank B. Woodard died 5 September 1919 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The Bystander (Des Moines, Iowa), 12 September 1919.

Rev. Woodard’s body was returned to Lynchburg for burial.

Woodard’s wife Rosa was appointed guardian to her step-daughters Thelma and Virginia. Though certified to teach, Rosa Woodard was in poor health, and year after year applied to the Linn County, Iowa, District Court to draw money from Frank Woodard’s estate to provide for the girls.

Petition for letters of guardianship.

Rosa Woodard’s first application for funds. She stated that it was too late in the year to get a teaching job.

Another petition for funds, in which Rosa Woodard revealed that she had been ill for months and had spent several weeks at Freedmen’s Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Virginia Lavurn Woodard, born in Buxton, Iowa, to Frank Brown Woodard and Margaret Celeste Minnis, married John Henry Hughes Jr., born in Bedford County, Virginia, to John Henry Hughes and Lucretia Ann Griffin, on 1 March 1931 in Lynchburg, Virginia. 

Rosa Jones Woodard

Rosa Jones Woodard died 1 August 1957 at her home at 904 Eighth Street, Lynchburg, Virginia. Per her death certificate, she was born 27 February 1885 in Lynchburg to Louis Jones and Margaret Taylor; was a widow of Frank B. Woodard; and had worked as a teacher and school matron. Informant was Virginia Hughes, Lynchburg.

Photos of Frank and Rosa Woodard courtesy of Legacy Museum; photo of Woodard headstone courtesy of findagrave.com; Iowa Wills and Probate Records, 1758-1997, http://www.ancestry.com.