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William and Martha (Turner) Woods

William Woods was born about 1824 in Kentucky.  It is unknow who his parents were, but the Woods' family was very prominent in the Mercer County area, where their daughter Mary Jane was reportedly born, dating back to at least to the 1780s.  He married Martha Turner presumably in the early 1840s.  Matha's parents are also unknown, but she was born around 1825 in North Carolina.  She is listed as being born in Kentucky in the 1850 census, however, Mary Jane lists her mother's place of birth as NC in both the 1880 and 1900 census.  They would start their family in Mercer County, where William was a farmer.  During the 1850s, they made their way west to Illinois.  At this time, it is unknown where they settled, but it is likely that they were in Warren or Henderson County, as Mary Jane would marry Richard Wilcox in 1861 when she was only 16 years old. 

William and Martha, along with children James and Ida, moved to El Dorado, Kansas, a small town 30 miles northeast of Wichita, some time in the late 1860s.  Daughter Martha and her family joined them around 1874.  Mary Jane remained in Warren County, and I'm unsure of where Elizabeth ended up.  In 1875, the family is found in Rosalia, just east of El Dorado.  Throughout the census data, William is listed as a farmer, until 1885 where at the age 72 he was working as a carpenter.  

William died in 1894.  Martha lived another 6 years.  Both are buried in the Blankenship Cemetery south of Rosalia.


WILLIAM WOODS

Birth: 1813 in Kentucky          Death: 1894

Burial: Blankenship Cemetery, Butler, Kansas

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Mother:

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MARTHA ANN TURNER

Birth: 1821 in North Carolina          Death: 1900

Burial: Blankenship Cemetery, Butler, Kansas

Father:

Mother: SUSAN CRAFT

Children:

1. MARY JANE WOODS

Birth: 24 Mar 1844 in Mercer Co., Kentucky          Death: 20 Dec 1917 in Warren, Illinois

Burial: 23 Dec 1917 in Salem Cemetery, Ellison, Warren, Illinois

Marriage: 21 Feb 1861 in Warren, IL  to RICHARD WILCOX

2. MARTHA ELLEN WOODS

Birth: 1849 in Kentucky          Death: 1922

Burial: Blankenship Cemetery, Butler, Kansas

Marriage: 11 Sep 1864 in Warren, Illinois to JAMES CARROLL 

3. ELIZABETH WOODS

Birth: Abt. 1846 in Kentucky

Marriage: to "unk" WILES

4. JAMES M WOODS

Birth: 1851 in Kentucky          Death: 1899

Burial: Blankenship Cemetery, Butler, Kansas

5. IDA LOUISE WOODS

Birth: 14 Oct 1862 in Illiniois          Death: 01 Feb 1920 in Lingle, Goshen, Wyoming

Marriage: Abt. 1881 to CYRUS LEANDER STORY

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