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Modena Francis Woodcock

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Modena Francis Woodcock

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Classification: Biography
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Surnames: Woodcock, Langston
Modena Francis "Frank" Woodcock, son of Henry and Catherine "Kitty" (Simmons), was born November 2, 1830 in Sumner Co. Tennessee. In 1848 the Woodcock family moved west to Arkansas settling in Marion County. Henry purchased a farm on the Buffalo River in Marion County in 1850 where he built a one room log cabin. On September 29, 1858, Frank married Mary "Polly" L. Dorcas Langston at Calico Rock, Arkansas. Frank and Polly's first child, Atlas Franklin, was born about 1860. He did not live to adulthood. In late August 1860, Frank bought eighty acres of land on Piney Bayou in Izard Co. Arkansas. They were living on the farm along Piney Bayou when Frank joined the Confederate Army. On June 14, 1862, Frank swore an oath to the Confederacy and enlisted in Captain Thos. Morton's Company, Major Chas. H. Clifford's Battalion, Arkansas Mounted Infantry. His brothers William, Marcus, Andy and Joel also served with the unit, which later became Colonel Jas. R. Shaler's Regiment under command of General Jas. H. McBride of the Missouri State Guard. On July 30, 1862 the regiment was ordered to be dismounted at Camp Bragg, Arkansas and became the 1st Regiment, McBride's Brigade, Arkansas Infantry. While encamped near Pocahontas, Arkansas in October the regiment, by thenknown as the 27th Arkansas Infantry, joined the 22nd Arkansas and a Missouri unit in forming a brigade. Colonel Robert G. Shaver was put in command of the brigade. The regiment marched through northwest Arkansas recruiting along the way, and was later stationed near Ft. Smith during the Battle of Prairie Grove. The regiment was not engaged in the battle due to their lack of proper arms, but was in an artillery barrage at Dripping Springs near Van Buren, Arkansas. In January 1863 the regiment marched into Little Rock suffering "untold misery of cold and wet as well as from hunger". Frank was in a hospital in Little Rock when on January 20th he was released. He knew Polly was going to have a second child, Martin Luther, and with dissatisfied feelings of the 27th Arkansas, Frank went home to Izard County with his brothers, Andy and Joel. Frank's clothes had worn out during his service and Polly made new ones from homespun while he was home. Frank knew yankee men were looking for him in the area and hid out nearby. Afterthey found where he had been hiding they took him across the White River where they were camped. That night the yankee men began passing a bottle around , even to Frank. Frank did not believe in drinking alcohol, and only pretended to drink. During the middle of the night when the yankees were all drunk and passed out, he departed for home. Frank was crippled with rheumatism and other ailments received from the long marchesin the army. William, Andy and Joel rejoined the Confederate Army serving with Colonel John T. Coffee's regiment of Missouri cavalry in General Shelby's "Iron Brigade". After the War Frank's brothers, Smith, Nathan, and
William had gone to California and persuaded him to join them. In 1874, Frank, Polly and the children rode Capt. Matthews' freight wagons to Independence, Missouri where they boarded a train to California. They lived near Visalia and Mussel Slough Township for six years. On May 29, 1880, Frank died of war injuries complicated by pneumonia. He was five feet, eight inches in height and had dark hair. By now Polly was a widow with seven children, Luther, Joel, Adeline, Callie, Monroe, Samantha and Dena. Polly stayed one year after Frank's death, and then brought the family back to the farm at Pineville, Arkansas. They rode an immigrant train that went so slow over the Rocky Mountains that the children could jump off and play in the snow. Modena F. Woodcock is buried near Selma, California.
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