Daily Archive: January 19, 2014

Jan 19

52 Ancestors: #4 Daniel R. Woodward

There are some things you don’t publish until certain family members have passed on. There is no need to spoil the image of their grandfather who they considered a hero of the Civil War because we was wounded and eventually discharged prior the surrender of General Robert E. Lee to General U.S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, April 9, 1865. The truth is Daniel R. Woodward received his injuries when he fell over a stump in Camp.

Daniel’s federal Civil War Invalid pension application provides a great deal of information about his enlistment.[1] We learn that

Daniel R Woodward served under Col. James Pike, Company E, 16th New Hampshire Infantry. When Daniel enlisted at Franklin, New Hampshire on 12 September 1862 for 9 months he was described as a thirty-nine year old man who stood five feet nine and on-half inches tall, had a light complexion, blue eyes, and dark hair. He was a stonecutter by trade. Daniel was mustered into service as a private, 23 October 1862 at Concord, New Hampshire. Muster rolls for the unit indicate that he was present in January and February, 1863; present, March and April 1863; and sick in hospital at New Orleans since March 6th. The muster our roll dated 20 August 1863 reports him discharged at Charity Hospital in New Orleans and he was given a certificate of disability.

While on night guard duty at Camp Parapet near Carrollton, Louisiana, Daniel sustained injuries to a knee and ankle when he fell over a stump in camp about the 25th of January 1863. He was discharged, 3 May 1863 at Charity Hospital, New Orleans. Daniel also claimed that subsequent to the fall he had suffered chronic diarrhea and rheumatism. In an affidavit dated 26 April 1881, Daniel listed of, no less than, twenty-six times that he had been incapacitated for a period of five to thirty or more days in succession when he was sick.

Daniel Russell Woodward was born 10 April 1833 in Salisbury, Merrimack County, New Hampshire,[2] son of Daniel S and Dorcas (Adams) Woodward.[3]

I’ve just found a copy of the History of the Sixteenth Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers.[4] I’m looking forward to reading it. Hopefully, I’ll learn how the 16th NH traveled from New Hampshire to Louisiana.

A copy of a delayed marriage record is located within Daniel’s pension record. The delayed record was recorded in Concord, New Hampshire and stated that the marriage was conducted in Lowell, Massachusetts. For years I sought, to no avail, for that marriage record in Lowell (and nearby communities), and the Massachusetts state vital records. I searched every variant spelling of Woodward, but I never searched the indexes for the bride, Laura Davis until late August of 2005. I remember that day well, because while I was going over my lecture notes on the Lowell Mill Girls for a presentation later in the day at the FGS annual conference in Boston, I took a break. I think Laura was sending me a message telling me to forget Daniel and search for her. Eureka!  The surname of Daniel and his father were recorded as “Woodbury” and not Woodward. I originally located the record at NewEnglandAncestors.com

Daniel Woodward and Laura Davis were married in Lowell, Massachusetts, 30 January 1854, by Baptist clergyman, Rev. Howe. Laura, a resident of Franklin, New Hampshire, was the daughter of Lewis and Nancy [Glines] Davis. [5] Family tradition indicates that Daniel and Laura were working at the mills in Lowell, Massachusetts, when they wed. This is probably so, since “operative” appears as an occupation on the Lowell marriage register.

Laura and Daniel had eight children. In an affidavit on 6 July 1896, Daniel listed the seven still living with their birth dates.[6]

  1.  Emma Jane Woodward, born 28 September 1854.
  2.   Frank Daniel Woodward, born 12 May 1868.
  3.   Annie Laura Woodward, born 2 June 1865.
  4.   Wellington Russell Woodward, born 14 December 1866.
  5.   Grace Gertrude Woodward, born 12 august 1869.
  6.   Agnes Mabel Woodward, born 2 May 1874.
  7.   Florence (Flossie) Maud Woodward, born 28 June 1877, and died 21 December 1893.[7]
  8.   Oscar Herman Woodward, born 18 January 1880.

Prior to the Civil War, Daniel was occupied as a stonecutter or marble worker,[8] a trade he learned from his father Daniel S. Woodward

Family papers contain several obituaries from unidentified newspaper clippings. I’m including images of an obit of Flossie and one for Daniel R. who died 6 January 1910.


 Obituary of Daniel R. Woodward

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[1] Union Pension File of Daniel R. Woodward, File Number: #WC-711-973, Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs (RG 15); National Archives, Washington, D.C. Hereinafter stated as Union Pension file of Daniel R. Woodward.

[2] Union Pension file of Daniel R. Woodward.

[3] Salisbury Town Records, 1749–1845, page 278, Town Clerk’s Office, Salisbury, New Hampshire; Family History Library microfilm #0,015,305.

[4] L.T. Townsend, History of the Sixteenth Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers (Washington, D.C.: Henry L Johnson and Luther T. Townsend, 1897).

[5] Woodbury-Davis marriage, Massachusetts, Marriages, 1841-1915 index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N4M5-PPT : accessed 10 July 2012); and Massachusetts, marriage records database viewed at NewEnglandAncestors.com

[6] Union Pension file of Daniel R. Woodward.

[7] Obituary of Florence Woodward, The Journal Transcript, Franklin, New Hampshire, 29 December 1893.

[8] 1850 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Boscawen, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 258B, dwelling 110, family 112, line 11; National Archives microfilm M432, reel 436; and 1860 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Franklin, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 20, dwelling 729, family 728, line 27; National Archives microfilm M653, reel 677.

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