Woods Genealogy

Descendants of ...Woods

Generation No. 1


Children of ...WOODS are:

2. i. JOSEPH2 WOODS, b. December 27, 1803/5, Virginia; d. January 2, 1856 Shambaugh (village), Page Co., IA.

ii. ISAAC WOODS, b. Abt. 1796, Virginia.

iii. MARY WOODS, m. ...KNIESLEY, Bef. 1825.

iv. DAVID WOODS, b. October 1800.

v. WILLIAM WOODS, b. Abt. 1804.

vi. JACOB WOODS, b. Abt. 1809.

vii. JULIA WOODS, b. April 03, 1811.


Generation No. 2

Pictured above are the Davis Cemetery in Page County in the southwestern tip of Iowa and the gravestone of Joseph Woods, born 1803, died January 2, 1856.

2. JOSEPH2 WOODS (...WOODS1) was born December 27, 1803 in Virginia, and died January 2, 1856 in Shambaugh (village), Page Co., IA. He married SARAH BARBARA FISHER September 25, 1823 in Highland Co., OH, daughter of JACOB FISHER and BARBARY/BARBARA ELLEN. She was born February 01/3, 1803/4, and died after 1880 in Page Co., IA.

The beautiful gravestone of Sarah Fisher Woods, 1803/4-1880, above left, is still standing in the Woods section, pictured right, in the Davis Cemetery, Page Co., Iowa.


info from Woods researcher April Kyle Bladh at Genealogy.com and RootWeb.com sites; also Marcia Buescher also at RootsWeb.com:

       Joseph and siblings David, Isaac, William, Jacob, Julia Ann, and Mary under guardianship of John Woods, bonded 1815, Highland Co., OH; John to give money to Joseph and siblings from the estate of John Knisley, dec'd (grandfather?);

       Joseph could be grandson of David Fisher-- will probated May 19, 1761, Lancaster Co., PA;

       may have had relatives James, 1806-1892, CW vet., buried in Blanchard Cemetery, Page Co., IA; and William W., 1800-1892, buried in Clarinda Cemetery, Page Co., IA;


Burial: Davis Cemetery, Page Co., IA

Fact 1: on 1830 & 1840 census records for Highland Co., OH;

Fact 2: on 1850 census for Coal Creek Dist., Montgomery Co., IN; Joe born in VA, Sarah born in OH; listed with 11 year old daughter Margaret;

Fact 3: died January 2, 1856, in Page Co., IA, with family;

Fact 4: "husband of Sarah" on gravestone;

Fact 5: on 1851 & 1854 early census/tax records for Page Co., IA; living near Nathan Stevens, son-in-law;

Fact 5: buried Davis Cemetery, Page Co., IA, with stone;

Sarah Fisher Woods' parents' burial location: Old Dutch Church Cemetery, Highland Co., Ohio


A general shot of the Old Dutch Church Cemetery in Highland Co., Ohio, is pictured above.  There rest Sarah Fisher Woods' parents Barbary/Barbara Ellen, left, born 1772 in Pennsylvania, died 1845 Ohio, and Jacob Fisher, right, born 1770 in Pennsylvania, died 1852 Brush Creek Township, Highland Co., Ohio.  Jacob may have had a brother Peter Fisher, a Revolutionary War veteran, who lived in Highland County near Jacob.


Burial: Davis Cemetery, Page Co., IA

Fact 1: parents of German heritage;

Fact 2: may have come through Cumberland Gap--family story;

Fact 3: "age 76 yrs." on tombstone; on 1880 federal census for East River Twp., Page Co., IA, age "76";

Fact 4: lived in Iowa near son Jacob and his wife Mary J.;

Fact 5: "Marriage Records of Highland Co., Ohio 1805-1880" 24 Sep 1823 - Joseph Woods married Sarah Sally Fisher in Highland County, Ohio;

Children of JOSEPH WOODS and SARAH FISHER are:

3. i. MARY ALICE3 WOODS, b. January 23, 1831, Highland Co., Ohio; d. 1906, Indiana.

4. ii. JACOB WOODS, b. November 24, 1833, Ohio or Indiana; d. February 22, 1907, Page Co., IA.

5. iii. MARGARET JANE WOODS, b. 1839, Ohio; d. Abt. 1902, Page Co., IA.

6. iv. ENOCH WOODS, b. Bet. 1828 - 1829, Ohio; d. 1891, Neosho Co., KS.

7. v. ELIZABETH WOODS, b. Ohio.

vi. JULIE ANN WOODS, b. 1827, Ohio; d. 1912, Fountain Co., IN; m. HENRY HUSHAW; b. 1812, Ohio.

vii. GEORGE WOODS, b. Abt. 1838.


Generation No. 3


3. MARY ALICE3 WOODS (JOSEPH2, ...WOODS1) was born January 23, 1831 in Highland Co., Ohio, and died 1906 in Indiana. She married NATHAN LESTER STEVENS February 15, 1850 in Montgomery , IN.  He was born December 20, 1826 in Ohio, and died October 02, 1915 in Deer Creek Twp., Carroll Co., IN.

Pictured right is the location of Highland Co., Ohio, where Mary Alice and most likely where her mother Sarah Barbara Fisher were born.  This is also the site of the Old Dutch Church Cemetery, the burial place for Mary Alice's maternal grandparents Barbara and Jacob Fisher.


family story: Mary had nephew Joshua Woods who was one of the first pony express riders (?).


Fact 1: grandparents may have been born in Germany;

Nathan Stevens and wife Mary Alice Woods Stevens are both buried at Crown Point Cemetery, Kokomo, Howard Co., IN.  At left, descendant John Summers stands with cemetery custodian at the site of Mary's grave in section 12 lot 119.  At right, John stands at the site of g-grandfather Nathan's grave in section 15 lot 1.


Family story relates that Nathan Lester took his immediate family and relatives on the Oregon Trail (1850s). While in Iowa, one of his children was born, another died, and two of his brothers died (frozen to death while drunk), and he said that they had "left better land than what they had traveled over" so they returned to Indiana.

According to 1880 census for Kokomo, Howard Co., IN, son John, living with parents, is twenty-two and born in Iowa.

Notes from Dot Allen: Nathan Lester Stevens had brother named Isaac born Oct. 16, 1777, and sisters named Martha born April 11, 1784, and Sarah born May 12, 1829; the range in birth dates supports family story that Nathan's father had two families from successive wives.


Burial: Deer Creek Twp., Carroll Co., IN

Fact 1: on 1880 census Kokomo, Howard Co., IN;

Fact 2: occupation: farm laborer;

Fact 3: on 1850 census for Richland Twp., Fountain Co., IN, with wife Mary;

Fact 4: death certificate states cause of death: senile dementia; Grimm and Sons if funeral home; age 88; cemetery not listed but address is Kokomo;

Fact 5: on 1851 census Page Co., IA, next to father-in-law Joseph Woods;

Fact 6: on 1854 census Page Co., IA, with father-in-law Joseph Woods and brother-in-law John Griffith;

Fact 7: on 1900 census for Ervin Twp., Howard Co., IN--father from VA, mother from MD; living with "Edith" Stevens, granddaughter;

Fact 8: on 1910 census Clay Twp., Carroll Co., IN, living with granddaughter Edith Stevens Trader, husband William Trader, son of Jacob--father from MD, mother from VA;

Fact 9: on 1860 census Page Co., IA, with Mary, daughter Frances Jane, son John William; next to mother-in-law Sarah Woods and her son George; also near John Griffith and Massa/Massey;

Fact 10: not found anywhere for 1870 census;

Children of MARY WOODS and NATHAN STEVENS are:

i. LILLIAN ANN4 STEVENS, b. May 28, 1867, Curtisville, Tipton Co., IN; d. June 20, 1955, Madison Co., IN; m. DAVID OLIVER DECKER, August 26, 1885, Tipton County, IN; b. July 12, 1854, Indiana; d. 1937, Elwood, IN.

Notes for LILLIAN ANN STEVENS: from Dot Allen's Memories, an unpublished manuscript by Dot Stephens Allen who was daughter of Mary Agnes Decker and John Stephens:

       "My Grandpa & Grandma Decker [David Oliver and Lillian Ann Stevens Decker] lived on a farm near Elwood, Indiana. I don't remember the first time I was there. About the first thing I do remember was the house. It was part log cabin. I has a very large living & dining room; one bedroom, and a tiny little kitchen. A huge rock fireplace with hooks that swing out to hold large kettles for cooking and boiling water. The dining room was at least 18 feet long, and a long table. In the middle covered with a cloth, was all kinds of jelly, jam butter, catsup, pickles, relish, mustard, oil, vinegar, pepper and salt. This stayed on the table; no refrigerator, no ice box. When we were ready to eat, Gramma would say "everybody...flies." Someone had gotten tree limbs, papers, and towels. One kid held the door open and everyone started in the living room swishing the flies toward the dining room. Someone in the kitchen swished to the dining room. The kid opened the door wide when the flies almost all were out. Then we ate. No spray, nothing. The kitchen was tiny, just big enough for a wood cook stove and a cabinet called a pie safe; it has windows on the doors and the sides were covered with screen to store pies, cakes, and other food away from flies, and to cool. We called this house Gobblers Knob. It set up on top of a hill. The large barn was also on top of a hill. It has a large corn crib, smokehouse, and out-house. The whole family would meet here very Sunday while we were growing up. I had aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, sisters, mother, father, grandpa & grandma on my mothers side.

       "...Aunt Cenia [Cenia Dell Decker] always made chicken & noodles and cakes. Grandma always made the pies, and killed the chickens. Mom [Mary Agnes Decker] would help her clean and cook. Lear [Lois Lear Decker] would help clean up (cause they had no sink, no icebox, no refrigerator, and an old wood stove). Just to wash clothes, you had to build a pit of rocks, then set a tub or broiler on top of the rocks. Then you had to carry water to pour from the well into the tub to heat up; next, you had to dip it out and into another tub where there was a washboard. The white clothes (don't remember if they had any) were always washed first and put in the clean water to rinse. Some things had to be boiled to get clean. The soap took the skin off your knuckles. One of the first things I remember was a large sugar pear tree at the corner of the house...

       "The Knob also had a smokehouse for curing hams, and bacon. They raised chickens and had 2 or 3 milk cows.

        "The farm my Grandpa farmed was maybe 200 acres. There was a lane leading to a stream (a small river). The lane from the house to the road went north from the barn about 2 city blocks, turned west about two more blocks to the road from Muck Sock or Dundee (they called both names) [Dundee was on SR 28, at a crossroads, 1--1 1/2 miles west of Orestes.] The Husker wagon came once a week. Granny would gather her eggs, butter, chickens, etc., and go through the field to the road and trade for flour, sugar, baking needs, coal oil, sewing notions, medicines, etc. Grandpa took aspiring then; it came in a little paper folded over (powder form). Aspirin had been around a long time...

       "A few more things about Gobblers Knob. My dear Granny Lilly Decker had all kinds of metaphors. When she'd see someone waste something, she would say "waste not, want not." When she'd find someone that wouldn't say anything, and they were quiet and silent, she would say "just remember that still water runs deep." ...

Woods granddaughter Lillian Ann Stevens with husband David Decker in doorway of Madison County, Indiana, home.  Children, left to right, are Cenia, Lois Lear, Paul, Mary, and Lucy.

       "Grandma made cottage cheese; they called it smear case then. Didn't have an icebox or refrigerator then. The milk would sour sooner. She'd heat the clabbered milk, maybe let it come to almost a boiling point, then pour it in a clean cloth bag and hang it on the clothes line and let all the whey drain out. Then she would pour on rich cream, salt and pepper it.

       "Aunt Lear would make hominy with white or yellow corn. Soak the corn, in lye water until the hulls came off, then wash & rinse in clear water several times. Then her kids Roberta, John & Peggy sold it.

      "Grandma always made mince meat for pies... Granny put chopped boiled beef, chopped apples, cinnamon, sugar, raisins, and chopped suet (the fatty tissues on the loins & kidneys or beef). Grandpa also raised sugar cane and had it made into sorghum. The canes' juices had to be extracted and the juice (saccharine) made into syrup. He also raised bees.

       "While at the Knob, over the years...I always got poison ivy. I had it so bad when I was four that my Grandma had to put Nightshade on me. She made me dozens of muslin panties. Each day, she put on a new poultice and threw the old messed-up panties away...

      "Grandma wore long calico dresses and knotted her hair at the back of her head. Grandpa had a long white beard and so did his brother (Uncle Nute [Newton J. Decker])...

       "The Knob had a creek approximately one mile from the house. They let us go down to the water but we could not go in past our ankles. Someone was always with us that knew how to swim. They were afraid we might hit a whirlpool or something; no one had taught us to swim...

       "Ironing clothes, all cotton or wools. No wash & wear. The first one Grandma had was all iron. Shaped like they are now except the handle was also iron. You put it on the stove to heat. Maybe three or four irons. When it got hot, you had a heavy pad to pick up by the handle. The next iron invented was much lighter in weight... Even in the hot summer, you had to have a fire in the cook stove. The first washer after the wash board (copper tub to boil the clothes, and rock fire to heat the water) was a round bowl-like tub on legs with wash-board-like-ribbing on the inside and bottom of the tub. Inside of the tub you have a cradle with a handle. You put the clothes in with P&G soap or Fels Naptha and add water. Set the cradle on top and work the handle back & forth forcing the clothes back & forth against the ribs in the tub...

      "Grandma and Grandpa Decker still lived at the Knob when I was almost eleven.

       "Over the years at Gobbler's Knob, we had lots of little brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts and uncles around. Mom [Mary Agnes Decker] had five kids smaller than I. Aunt Cenia had Harold who was four or five years older. Aunt Naomi was three years older... Aunt Lear and Uncle Carl [Summers] had Roberta, John, and Peggy and then later, Mark...

       "The Hukster Wagon came once a week. We would watch for him. He had a wagon that all the sides and back lifted up, and he had one or two of everything a person would need. He had stuff hanging from everywhere on the wagon. Coal oil for our lamps, wicks, globes, dress and shirt material...pots, pans and buckets hanging on the outside. Penny candy and gum, too. granny would walk down about one quarter of a mile down to the road with her eggs and butter and trade with him.

      "Grandpa always butchered pigs, and had a smokehouse outside of the house where we hung the hams and bacon. One night, he heard a noise and got up to see; taking his shotgun with him. He didn't see a thing. The next morning, though, a ham was missing but he found a twenty dollar gold piece on the floor.

       "When at the knob, Grandma would take Naomi and me to Elwood to Leison's store. It was long and narrow, but had counter space down one side with stools to sit on and everything was in the open with the smells of spice, coffee and pickles, etc. It always smelled so good; if you wanted calico0 or dress goods, they'd bring it to you. Hats, pants, lanterns, things they could hang on walls. It was great...With rice beans, coffee, that you ground yourself after you got home.

       "The Knob had a large living room with an extra large dining room. We had our feather ticks all-around the walls for us kids to sleep on. Only one bedroom, though, with two beds...

       "I think every kid should have a Knob to grow up with. It was only a mile or so from Dunndee; all of my brothers, sisters, aunts with uncles and their families came over every weekend. We played house and store, took care of the little kids and then later maybe would hit a tin can or play hide 'n seek. We made our own fun...

       "Every kid should have a Gobblers Knob, a Grandma & Grandpa..."


Burial: Franklin, K.O.O.P. Cemetery, IN

Fact 1: picture;

Fact 2: described in Dot Allen's Memoirs, unpublished manuscript; Dot is granddaughter;

Fact 3: a note says that she went to school in Clarenda, IA, in first grades;

Fact 4: moved in covered wagon;


Burial: Franklin, K. O.O.P. Cemetery, Madison Co., IN

Fact 1: lived on "Gobblers Knob," 75 acre farm between Frankton/Orestes, IN, as recorded by granddaughter Dorothy Allen in Dot Allen's Memories, an unpublished manuscript;

Fact 2: occupation: laborer; bee-keeper;

Fact 3: 1880 census shows David Decker living with sister Syntha A. and brother-in-law Addison Dwiggins in Windfall, Tipton County, IN;

Fact 4: cause of death: pneumonia;

ii. JOSEPH M. STEVENS, b. January 20, 1851.

iii. FRANCES JANE STEVENS, b. 1857; d. Kokomo, Howard Co., IN; m. ROBERT GRAY; d. Kokomo, Howard Co., IN.


Fact 1: had 12 children, many of them buried in Crown Point Cemetery;


Fact1: had twin sisters; one married a Hosier;

iv. FLOYD & LLOYD STEVENS, b. August 29, 1861.


Fact 1: Twins

v. DELPHENE STEVENS, b. March 21, 1855.



Fact1: died at 4 years;

vii. ENOCH ELSWORTH STEVENS, b. January 17, 1866.

viii. JOHN WILLIAM STEVENS, b. Bet. March 19, 1858 - 1859.


Fact1: born in Iowa while family was on Oregon Trail;

For a continuation of this Woods/Stevens/Decker family, go to Decker page, generation #7.

4. JACOB3 WOODS (JOSEPH2, ...WOODS1) was born November 24, 1833 in Ohio or Indiana, and died February 22, 1907 in Page Co., IA. He married MARY J.. She was born Bet. 1839 - 1840, and died September 17, 1869 in Page Co., IA.


Burial: Davis Cemetery, Page Co., IA

Fact 1: Jacob's first wife was Mary J. Martin; his second was Eliza Jane Case;

More About MARY J MARTIN.:

Burial: Davis Cemetery, Page Co., IA

Children of JACOB WOODS and MARY J. are:

i. CHARLES4 WOODS, d. October 08, 1869, Page Co., IA.


Burial: Davis Cemetery, Page Co., IA

Fact 1: "age 20 days";

ii. GEORGE E. M. WOODS, d. December 22, 1861, Page Co., IA.

More About GEORGE E. M. WOODS:

Burial: Davis Cemetery, Page Co., IA

Fact 1: "age 1 yr.";


5. MARGARET JANE3 WOODS (JOSEPH2, ...WOODS1) was born 1839 in Ohio, and died Abt. 1902 in Page Co., IA. She married JAMES MASSA/MASSEY.


i. OSCAR4 MASSA/MASSEY, b. Page Co., IA.


6. ENOCH3 WOODS (JOSEPH2, ...WOODS1) was born Bet. 1828 - 1829 in Ohio, and died 1891 in Neosho Co., KS. He married NANCY ANN WASHBURN 1853 in Franklin, IN. She was born Abt. 1833 in Indiana.


Fact 1: moved from Iowa to Indian Territory: Erie, Neosho Co., Kansas;

Fact 2: On 1880 census for Erie, Neosho Co., Kansas, with family;

Fact 3: Records parents' birthplace as PA;

Fact 4: Niece Olivia Griffith, age 24, born in IA, living with them;


i. ROWENA/ROENA4 WOODS, b. Abt. 1862, Illinois.

ii. GEORGE WOODS, b. Abt. 1864, Iowa.

iii. TAMER WOODS, b. Abt. 1869, Iowa.

iv. THOMAS WOODS, b. Abt. 1872, Kansas.

v. JULIA & ANNIE WOODS (TWINS), b. Abt. 1876, Kansas.

vi. LOUISE WOODS, b. Abt. 1877.


7. ELIZABETH3 WOODS (JOSEPH2, ...WOODS1) was born in Ohio. She married JOHN GRIFFITH.


Fact 1: "Elizabeth Wood's great-great-grandma born in Marleyn, PA," note from Dot Allen;

Fact 2: "John pulled all Eliz.'s hair out because she had a girl instead of a boy," note from Dot Allen;


Fact1: "moved west" (Iowa);


i. OLIVIA4 GRIFFITH, b. Abt. 1856, Iowa.


Fact 1: on 1880 census for Erie, Neosho, Kansas, at the home of Uncle Enoch Woods' house;



The watercolor used for the background of this Woods genealogy page was done by Woods descendant John Phillip Summers.

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