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Re: Woody Family

Posted: 1198776788000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Woody, Sutter, Small, Higgins, Young, Farmer, Harrison, Graves, Lemley, Gray, Kutch, McClain, Secris, Carter, Crow, Farmer, Young, Revere, Bush, Sprayberry,
Yes I would like to have the Willie Pearl Sprayberry and Sprayberry information and photos. I will include it with my Woody information.

I have collected this information for many years now. I don't know what I'am going to do with it a none of my (7) children seem to be interested and I know sadly there are mistakes in it.

I'am sending Willie Pearl Sprayberry Husband, William Loyd Woody ancestrial family as I know it and some family information and or stories.

I Hope you will enjoy.


1. Richard, Woody, B abt 1590 in Kent England D 12-7-1658 in Boston Suffolk Co. Massachusetts, Father unknown Mother unknown, Married; Ann maiden name unknown (possibly Mary Ann Dunn who die 4-6-4856 in Roxbury MA.). Born unknown Died 1956-58, Lived; Kent England to Roxbury Massachusetts about 1638-48 later in Boston, Ancestral Line; unknown. Richard and Ann had 4 children; Mary, Richard II, John, and Isaac.

1.4., Isaac, Woody, Born 1631 in England Died, Father Richard Woody Mother Ann (maiden name unknown), Married; Dorcas Harper on 3-20-1656 in Boston Massachusetts, Lived; Massachusetts, Ancestral Line; Richard. Isaac and Dorcas had 9 children; Mary, John, Isaac, Dorcas, Ann, Samuel, Martha, Thomas and Richard.

1.4.2., John I., Woody, B 9-18-1659 at Boston Suffolk MA., D 1692-95, Father & Mother; Isaac Woody - Dorcas Harper, Married; Mary (likely Winchester), Lived Mass, Ancestral Line; Isaac/Richard. Will Dated Feb 1692 and Probated 8-14-1695. John and Mary had at least 1 child; John.

See Resource # 45

Resource # 45. BIRTH: Appleton, Boston Births, Baptisms, Marriages and Deaths, 1630-1699.

MARRIAGE: Suffolk, Massachusetts, Probate - Vol. 13-14, 1688-1701, John II, Woody, B 1-23-1687/88 at Boston, MA., D unknown, Father & Mother; John I Woody - (name unknown), Married; Mary (maiden name unknown) B 1688, Lived; Mass., Ancestral Line; John I/ Isaac/ Richard.

(Note! the connection between John II Woody and John III Woody has not yet been proven), John III, Woody, B 1715 possibly Boston, Suffolk Co. MA., D 1762 Orange Co., NC. buried at Spring MM Cemetery near the town of Snow Camp.(now Alamance CO., Father & Mother; (not proven) John II Woody - (name unknown), Married; (possibly) 1st Mary Gowan. Married 2nd Mary Lindley B 9-4-1717 at New Garden MM London Grove Chester Co., PA. D 5-21-1795 (possibly) at Blount Co., TN. (Possibly) buried at Friendsville Cemetery. Married 12-27-1738 at St. George Parish, Baltimore Co., ( or Harford Co.) Maryland. Mary Lindley was disowned by Quakers for marrying out of unity and later reunited. Mary Lindley was dau of James Lindley who was B 4-16-1681, in Ballinaclash, Wicklow Co., Ireland; D 10-13-1726, London Grove twp, Chester Co., PA & his wife Eleanor Parke, B 1-2-1684 in County Carlow Ireland. Both buried at the New Garden MM Chester Co. PA., they were married in Kilconnor, Carlow Co., Ireland. Mary was a sister to Thomas Lindley B1706 D1781 founder of the Lindley family in Orange County, NC. Lived; Mass. (possibly) to Maryland about 1737 to Haw River in N.C. about 1750-55, Ancestral Line; (not proven)John II Woody/John I Woody/ Isaac Woody/Richard, Woody, John III built ferry on the Haw River NC. which was used during the American Revolution, John III changed the Woody name from Wooddy, Woodie, Woode, Woodee and other variations. According to a North Carolina relative some of the land John III took on the Haw River is still owned by members of the Woody family. John and Mary Lindley had 9 children; John IV, William, Robert, James, Samuel, Joshua, Joseph, Mary and Ruth. Possibly also a dau; Eleanor Woody , b.23 May 1739, St.George's Parish, Harford Co, MD., Joseph, Woody, B abt 1748 in Baltimore Co., MD., D 2- -1815 in Orange Co. NC. 5/3/02, Father & Mother; John III Woody Mary Lindley, Married; Sarah Thompson B 1750 D 1822 dau of Samuel Thompson & Sarah Roote married in 1766, Lived; NC., Ancestral Line; John III, John II, John I, Isaac, Richard I, Woody, Joseph and Sarah had 8 or 9 children; 1 Samuel, 2 Mary, 3 John, 4 Jane, 5 Joseph, 6 Robert, 7 Ruth and 8 Joshua and possibly Patsy., Robert, Woody, B 1781, D unknown in Wayne Co., IN., Father & Mother; Joseph Woody Sarah Thompson, Married; Rachel Rickets B 2-1-1784 in Orange Co., NC., Married on 2-18-1802 in Orange Co., NC., Lived; NC. & IN., Ancestral Line; Joseph, John III, John II, John I, Isaac, Richard I, Woody, Robert and Rachel had 3 children; Joseph, Robert and Jacob Levi. Resourse # 29.

Resourse # 29. Robert Woody and Rachel Ricketts and decendents by Zellah Anderson, Vancover, BC. Canada., Robert, Woody, B 1807 in NC., D unknown, Father & Mother; Robert Woody Rachel Rickets, Married; Sarah Elenor Rockard, Lived; IN., Ancestral Line; Robert/Joseph,John III, John II, John I, Isaac, Richard I, Woody,, John Thomas, Woody, B 10-26-1846 Died 5-23-1889, Father Robert Woody Mother Sarah Eleanor Rockard, Married; Lucinda Pryor born in 1847 in AR., Lived; possibly TN. & AR., Ancestral Line; Robert/Robert/Joseph,John III, (not proven) John II, John I, Isaac, Richard I. Woody. John and Lucinda had at least one child; Albert L., Albert L. Woody, B 1877-1878 at Mt. View Stone Co. AR. Died 1-17-1953 at Spokane WA., Father John Thomas Woody Mother Lucinda Pryor , Married; Josie Morrison born 11-16-1879 died 3-1-1915 at Bartlett Williamson Co. TX. married on 2-11-1900 at Bartlett Williamson Co. TX, Lived; TX., Ancestral Line; John Thomas/Robert/Robert/Joseph,John III, (not proven) John II, John I, Isaac, Richard I. Woody. Albert L. and Josie had at least one child; William Loyd., William Loyd, Woody, Born 7-8-1901 in Bartlett Williamson Co. TX. Died 8-29-1953 at Cameron Milam Co. TX., Father Albert L. Woody Mother Josie Morrison, Married; Willie Pearl Sprayberry born 5-16-1916 married on 2-7-1943 at Bartlett Williamson Co. TX. , Lived; likely TX., Ancestral Line; Albert L./John Thomas/Robert/Robert/Joseph,John III, (not proven) John II, John I, Isaac, Richard I. Woody. William and Willie Pearl had at least one child; Lois Ann.


Some interesting notes.

The grandmother of Paul Revere was a Woody.

The USA Pres. Bush had one of our Woodys as an ancestor.

The 1st white child born at Ft. Worth Texas mother was a Woody;, Susan, Farmer, B unknown 1st white child born at Ft. Worth TX. D unknown, Father George Preston Farmer Mother Jane Woody, Married; Thomas Young, Lived; Denton Co. TX., Ancestral Line; Jane/Hannah/JohnIV/John III Woody,/(not proven)John II Woody/John I Woody/ Isaac Woody/ Richard I Woody

An interesting story;

# 50a. Joseph Looney Woody served in Buck Berry’s Texas Frontier Calvary 1863-1865. Discharged at Ft. Belknap Tx. Texas Pension #24845

# 50b. Likely Joseph Looney Woody

The famous Salt Creek fight or massacre site is near Flint Creek, close to the old Murphy station in northern Young County. The battle occurred on Monday, May 16, 1869.

Capt. Ira Graves assumed command, and with him were:

William Crow
John Lemley
George Lemley
C.L. "Shap" Carter
Jason McClain
W.C. Kutch
J.W. Gray
Henry Harrison
Rube Secris
Joe Woody
Negro Dick, a cook

The cowboys were armed with cap and ball six-shooters and were attacked by 57 painted Indians. The cowboys took their stand in a depression that drained into one of the prongs of the Salt Creek. Their position was about five miles southeast of the present city of Olney, in Young County.

William Crow was instantly killed during the early stages of the battle. According to family records, a rifle ball penetrated his head; George Lemley was wounded in the face and before the fight was over, every man was wounded, except Joe Woody and Henry Harrison.

When the Indians retreated, William Crow had been dead for several hours. S.L. "Shap" Carter had a severe arrow wound and rifle ball wound. John Lemley was mortally wounded in the stomach with an arrow. J.W. Gray had been twice shot with rifle balls, oen in the body and one in the leg. W.C. Kutch had two arrow heads in his knee and one in his shoulder. Jason McClain had been shot twice with arrows. Rube Secris had his mouth badly torn and his knee shattered. George Lemley had his face badly torn and an arrow in his shoulder. Ira Graves and negro Dick were also wounded.

Henry Harrison was sent to the Harmonson ranch according to the Harmonson family, which was several miles away near present Newcastle, Young County, Texas.

The next morning a wagon appeared with A.C. Tackett, Bob Whitten, and Theodore Miller assisting the cowboys. Messengers were dispatched for doctors from Palo Pinto County and Fort Richardson. C.L. "Shap" Carter died the next day and his death was the third victim of the battle.

Another bit of interesting info;

Note # 51. Mrs. Jane (Woody) Farmer, widow of the late George P. Farmer, was the first white woman of Fort Worth, Texas, and her children were the first white children born here.
Mr. and Mrs. Farmer were married in 1844, and three years later, in 1847, emigrated from their native state (Tennessee) to Texas, first settling in Fannin County, where they remained two years and whence the came, in 1849, to Fort Worth. They reached here three weeks before the arrival of the soldiers. At that time a furrow had not been plowed nor had an ax or hoe been used in the vicinity. Nature was undisturbed, and not a sign of habitation was here. They camped on the present site of Fort Worth. After the arrival of the troops Mr. Farmer was employed by the government to attend the sutler's store, and he continued thus employed for four years. He then took a homestead claim of 320 acres and devoted his energies to the development of a farm, soon bringing a hundred acres of this tract under cultivation. He also engaged in the cattle business, which he carried on until the opening of the late war, when he sent his cattle west with one of his sons, who continued the business there. About 1862 Mr. Farmer sold his homestead, taking in payment therefor negroes and Confederate money, both of which proved worthless. Later he purchased the farm where his widow now lives. This tract comprises 240 acres, 135 of which are under cultivation, being rented on the shares, and wheat, oats, and corn being the chief products.
Although she endured many privations and hardships, Mrs. Farmer has many pleasant reminiscences of her pioneer life. At the time they settled here game of all kinds and honey and wild grapes were plentiful. Grapes, however, were the only fruit they had, and there were no vegetables here whatever. Ten years elapsed before she had a mess of Irish potatoes. Groceries and provisions of all kinds had to be hauled from Houston, and some times during the rainy season it took two to three months to make the trip.
Mr. Farmer was a man of many sterling qualities. In his makeup were found the elements of a true pioneer. He was a veteran of the Seminole war in Alabama an Florida, and his widow is a pensioner of that war. While he never aspired to official position, he took a laudable interest in public affairs, and was well known and highly respected all over the pioneer settlement, retaining the confidence and good will of all who knew him, up to the time of his death, which occurred January 14, 1892. He was especially notes for his hospitality, his good wife sharing with him in this. The latch-string of their cabin door always hung on the outside, both friend and stranger were given a hearty welcome, and the needy were never turned away empty handed. The name of "Press" Farmer is dear to all of the early settlers.
Mrs. Farmer was born and reared in east Tennessee, tha date of her birth being March 15, 1827. Her father, Samuel Woody, was among the first settlers of Parker County, Texas, He having come here a few years after the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Farmer, and he remained in the county until his death, about 1877. He was a farmer and blacksmith, and was prominent in his day.
This worthy pioneer couple were the parents of fourteen children, five of whom died in infancy. A record of the others is as follows: Susan is the wife of Thomas Young, a native of Virginia and a druggist of Lewisville, Denton County, Texas; Jacob is engaged in the cattle business in Montana; Molly is the wife of Eugene Small, of Velasco; Josephine is the wife of Dr. Higgins, of Cooke County, this state; Emma is a member of the home circle; Florence, wife of Alexander Henderson, resides on a farm in Tarrant county, Texas; Alexander died at the age of twenty-one years; William died and left a widow and eight children; and Hannah, wife of James Sutter, is deceased.
Mrs. Farmer was present at the organization of the Baptist Church of Fort Worth, and also at that of Enon. Of this church she has been a consistent member for many years.


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