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Obediah Woodall (1837-1924) — Obediah’s Second Wife

Obediah Woodall married a second time on 8 January 1862 in Mason County, Virginia. He married Mary Jefferys, the daughter of William Elias and Catharine (Grimm) Jeffreys. Mary was born on 18 January 1835 in Mason County, Virginia.

Obediah lived in Union, Mason County, West Virginia with Mary through 1910. In the 1910 census, Obediah was listed as 72 years old and a farmer. Mary was listed as 75 years old and their daughter, Susan, who was 30 years old was also living with them.

Obediah and Mary (Jefferys) Woodall

Mary died on 30 January 1917 of apoplexy in Ripley, Jackson County, West Virginia. She was buried in the Long Hollow Cemetery in Jackson County, West Virginia.

Obediah Woodall moved to Vinton County, Ohio and was living with his son, Andrew O. Woodall at the time of the 1920 census. He was listed as 83 years old and widowed. Obediah died of a cerebral hemorrhage on 17 September 1924 in Wilkesville, Vinton, Ohio at the age of 86. He was buried with Mary in the Long Hollow Cemetery in Jackson County, West Virginia.

Obadiah Woodall and Mary Jefferys had the following children:

  • Elizabeth Jane Woodall was born 30 November 1862 in Mason County, West Virginia. She married Daniel Alfred Hysell on 18 January 1885 in Mason County, West Virginia. She died 9 September 1931 in Lorain County, Ohio. She is buried in the Ridgelawn Cemetery in Elyria, Lorain, Ohio.
  • Mary Ellen Woodall born April 1864 and died of measles on 26 April 1864 in Mason County, West Virginia.
  • William Richard Woodall was born on 13 December 1864 in West Virginia. He married first Willie Evaline French on 31 December 1885. He married second Donna B. French on 3 April 1921. William died on 4 December 1955 in Leon, Mason, West Virginia. He was buried in the Leon Cemetery in Leon, Mason, West Virginia.
  • James Boyd Woodall was born on 26 November 1866 in Mason County, West Virginia. He married Viva Norris on 24 December 1896 in Jackson County, West Virginia. He died 20 January 1953 in Chillicothe, Ross, Ohio. He was buried in the Grandview Cemetery in Chillicothe.
  • Benjamin Franklin Woodall was born 5 April 1869 in Point Pleasant, Mason, West Virginia. He married Luella J. Griffith about 1907. He died 2 March 1960 in Carlton County, Minnesota. He was buried in the Itasca Calvary Cemetery in Grand Rapids, Itasca, Minnesota.
  • Susan Alice Woodall was born 22 September 1871 in Mason County, West Virginia. She died 5 January 1931 in Wilkesville, Vinton, Ohio. She was buried in the Long Hollow Cemetery in Jackson County, West Virginia. Susan never married.
  • Cora Belle Woodall was born on 6 November 1873 in Ripley, Jackson, West Virginia. She married William L. Kessell on 24 May 1896 in Mason County, West Virginia. She died on 5 February 1953 in Evans, Jackson, West Virginia at the age of 79. She was buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Parchment Valley, Jackson, West Virginia.
  • Andrew Obadiah Woodall was born 12 February 1875 in Jackson County, West Virginia. He married Verna Norris on 21 December 1901 in Jackson County, West Virginia. He died 20 January 1960 in Vinton County, Ohio. He was buried in the Vinton Memorial Cemetery in Vinton, Gallia, Ohio.

Notes and Sources:

West Virginia Marriages, database and images online. West Virginia Division of Culture and History (http://wvculture.org). Obediah Woodall/Mary Jeffres marriage, FHL film #567,389.

West Virginia Deaths, database and images online. West Virginia Division of Culture and History (http://wvculture.org). Mary Woodall death certificate, certificate number 7571.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1850; Location: District 46, Putnam, Virginia; p. 282B.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1870; Location: Union, Mason, West Virginia; p. 35A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1880; Location: Union, Mason, West Virginia; e.d. 098, p. 362A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1900; Location: Union, Mason, West Virginia; e.d. 0062, p. 8A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1910; Location: Union, Mason, West Virginia; e.d. 0114; p. 3A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1920; Location: Wilkesville, Vinton, Ohio; e.d. 157, p. 4A.

Mary J. Jefferies Woodall, Memorial #5130884, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com (http://www.findagrave.com).
Obadiah Woodall, Memorial #5130830, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com (http://www.findagrave.com).

Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953, database and images online. FamilySearch.org. (https://familysearch.org). Obadiah Woodall, 17 September 1924, FHL film #1,992,604, reference number 52210.

 

Obediah Woodall (1837-1924) – Obediah’s First Wife

A few months ago I was researching Obediah Woodall and his family in Virginia/West Virginia. Recently, I found some new information that I’d like to add to his family record.

Obediah was born on 9 November 1837 in Buckingham County, Virginia to James and Mary Jane (McCormick) Woodall. James was listed in the 1840 census in the Southern District of Buckingham County. However, by the 1850 census, James and his family were living in Putnam County, Virginia. Obediah was listed as the oldest son and 13 years old. He had an older sister, Martha, and two younger brothers and two younger sisters.

In the 1860 census, Obidah [Obediah] Woodall was listed in District 1 of Mason County, Virginia, living with Mary, both of them were 22 years old. This “Mary” was unlikely to be the Mary Jefferies that Obediah married on 8 January 1862. So who was the first Mary? I was unable to find a marriage or any other records that mentioned her.

Obediah Woodall, 1860 U.S. federal census

I’ve been adding spouses and children to Obediah’s siblings in the last few weeks. As I was working on Mary Ann, Obediah’s sister, I found that she had married a Norris Jordan. Discovering information about the Jordan family is challenging as the name is spelled variously as; Jorden, Jordan, Jordin, Jordon, and Jourden. Norris, also listed in documents as Morris, was born about 1832 in Virginia. He was in the 1850 and 1860 censuses with his parents, Stanley and Mahala (Jeffers) Jordan. Interestingly, Norris had a sister, Mary Jane, that was born about 1841.

Mary Jane had a death record in the West Virginia archives.[1] She died on 22 January 1861 in Mason County, West Virginia at 20 years old. Her spouse was Obediah Woodall. Her mother was Mahala Jordan and her father was Stanly Jordan. So my missing Mary was found. But she was not the only one. Mary Ellen Woodall was born 17 January 1861 in Mason County, Virginia to Obediah Woodall and Margaret Jane Woodall.[2]

Mary Jane Woodall, Death Record

There was not a death record for Mary Ellen Woodall, but I did not find any further records for her. Obediah later named his second daughter with Mary Jeffries born in April 1864, Mary Ellen Woodall. This Mary Ellen died of measles 15 days after she was born.

After I had Mary Jane Jordan’s name, I was able to locate an entry for her marriage to Obediah. It was on 13 December 1859 in Mason County, Virginia.


Notes and Sources:

[1] One of the reasons that Mary Jane’s death was difficult to find was that she was indexed as Mary Jane Wadall.

[2] This was probably just a clerical error as Mary Jane had an older sister named Margaret.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1840; Location: Southern District, Buckingham, Virginia; p. 372.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1850; Location: District 46, Putnam, Virginia; p. 284B.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1860; Location: District 1, Mason, Virginia; p. 786.

West Virginia Archives, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, database and images online. (http://wvculture.org).

Mason County, West Virginia. Marriages, 1851-1865, Wills, Inventories, 1832-1882. (Charleston, West Virginia: County Clerk, 19–) FHL film 464960. Woodall/Jorden marriage, p. 68.

Zachariah Petty (~1761-~1835) – Part 3 – Quaker?

Were Zachariah Petty and his wife, Nancy Dodson, Quakers? So far I have not been able to find any direct evidence one way or the other. Below are the “For” and “Against” references that I have been able to find.

For

  • There is a family story that Zachariah and Nancy were Quakers descended from immigrants from England that can be found on the Petty Genealogy website (see note #6).[1]
  • Zachariah and Nancy lived in an area of North Carolina that had a large population of Quakers. They lived near New Garden in Guilford County. New Garden was established by Quakers who came primarily from Nantucket in the 1750s.
  • Some of Zachariah and Nancy’s children married Quakers.

Against

  • William W. Hinshaw compiled Quaker records from North Carolina and some other Eastern States in his Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Vol. I-VI, 1607-1940.[2] He covered the North Carolina Friends groups quite thoroughly. Many neighbors of the Petty family were named and some of Zachariah’s children or their spouses were identified as Quakers. But there was no listing for Zachariah or his wife. The Quakers kept very good records of their meetings and members and to be a member and not listed somewhere in their records was uncommon.
  • The discussion mentioned above on the Petty Genealogy website (see note #7) says that Zachariah and Nancy were listed as members of the Petty Meeting House or the Flat Rock Baptist Church, which is now in Yadkin County. Zachariah’s father, William, was the founder of this branch of the Baptist Church and later Zachariah’s brother, William Eli, was the minister there. To date, I haven’t seen these records, but I hope to find copies so that I can verify the information.

Looking at the “For” and “Against” notes, I do not think that Zachariah and Nancy were Quakers mainly because there was no written record of them being Quakers. However, if anyone has additional information, I would appreciate hearing of it.

Quaker Connections within the Zachariah Petty Family

  • Zachariah’s daughter, Lucinda “Lucy” Petty married Reuben Macy, who was a Quaker. His parents were members of the Center Monthly Meeting[3] and his family was a part of the group that came from Nantucket before he was born. As an adult, he was a member of the Deep River Monthly Meeting. On 2 December 1809, he was dismissed. The Encyclopedia does not give a reason, but it may have been because he married a woman who was not a Quaker. About 1813, Reuben and Lucy left North Carolina and moved to Wayne County, Indiana.
  • Zachariah’s second daughter, Letitia “Lettice” Petty married Joseph R. Worth. Joseph was the son of Daniel W. and Eunice (Hussey) Worth, who were Quakers.[4] Lettice and Joseph were married on 14 February 1804 and then Joseph died in April 1812. Lettice married a second time on 11 Oct 1816 to Gayer Coggeshall who was also a Quaker. I have not found any dismissals for Joseph Worth or Gayer Coggeshall, so it is possible that Lettice joined the Quakers.
  • William Dodson Petty, Zachariah’s son, married Gayer Coggeshall’s sister, Mary. Mary was disowned by the Quakers on 28 November 1812, a month after her marriage, for marrying out of unity.[5] William and Mary lived in North Carolina until about 1826 and then they moved to Miami County, Indiana.
  • Elizabeth Petty, another daughter of Zachariah’s, married Richard Jones who was a Quaker. They married on 26 January 1807 and Richard was disowned for marrying out of unity on 5 March 1808. [6]
  • Watson Petty, Zachariah’s son, married Lydia Macy, a Quaker. Her brother, William Gayer Macy, married Rachel Worth, daughter of Joseph and Lettice (Petty) Worth, mentioned above. Lydia was condemned for marrying out of unity from the Deep Creek Monthly Meeting on 3 April [7] However, she was mentioned several times in the records over the next 30 years. I haven’t found a record stating that Watson was accepted by the Quakers, but he and Lydia were both buried in the Back Creek Friends Meeting Cemetery in Asheboro, Randolph County, North Carolina.

There may be other connections that I haven’t verified yet, but these are the main connections that I have found between Zachariah’s family and the Quakers.


Sources and Notes:

[1] There is a discussion about Zachariah and Quakers in the source material on the Petty Genealogy website at http://www.pettygenealogy.com/HMTL%20files/aqwc203.htm. See the Notes for Zachariah, #6 and #7.

[2] William Wade Hinshaw, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy (Ann Arbor, Michigan: Edwards Brothers, Inc., 1936).

[3] Encyclopedia, Center Meeting Minutes, vol. 1, pg 661.

[4] Encyclopedia, Center Meeting Minutes, vol. 1, pg 671.

[5] Encyclopedia, New Garden Meeting Minutes, vol. 1, pg 567.

[6] Encyclopedia, Deep Creek Meeting Minutes, vol. 1, pg. 990.

[7] Encyclopedia, Deep Creek Meeting Minutes, vol. 1, pg. 995.