William Harvey Woods


Personal and Family Information

William was born on 17 JUL 1811 in Ohio, the son of Samuel Woods and Anna Purviance.

He died about 31 MAY 1883 in Benton County, Arkansas.

His wife was Mary Polly Dickson, who he married on 10 JAN 1832 in Bedford County, Tennessee. Their seven known children were Margarete E (1832-?), Robert Samuel (1835-1901), Mary A (1837-1886), America Jane (1839-1895), Martha J. (1843-?), John H. (1846-?) and Sarah Elizabeth (1848-?).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


William Harvey Woods


Samuel Woods


Samuel Woods


Margaret Holmes


John Holmes


Jennet Wilson


Anna Purviance


John Purviance


Mary Jane Wasson



Birth17 JUL 1811
Place: Ohio
DeathABT 31 MAY 1883
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Census12 NOV 1850
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Age: 39
Address: Osage dwelling, family 322 Wm H Woods 39 m farmer $1000, b Ohio, Mary D 39 f born Tenn, Margarete E 18 f, Robert S 15 m, Mary A 13 f , America J 11 f, Martha J 8 f, John H 4 m, Sarah E 2 f, all born Ark
Census12 JUN 1860
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Address: Osage Twp, Bentonville PO, Benton County, Arkansas fam 132 William Woods 48 m Ohio, Mary 48 Tenn, Martha 17f Ark, John 14 m Ark, Elizabeth 12 f Ark fam 133 James Woods 28 m Tenn, Mary 28 f Ark, Sarah 5 f Ark, John 1 m Ark fam 134 Robert Woods 25 m Ark, Jane 19 f Tenn fam 135 Samuel Woods, 50 m Ohio, Eliza 50 f Tenn, Robert 17 m Ark, Jane 14 f Ark, John 11 m Ark, Newton 9 m Ark
Census24 JUN 1870
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Address: Osage, dwelling 225 Woods, William 57 born Ohio, wm farmer —Mary, 57 fw keeping house born Tennessede __ Sarah 22 fw keeping house, born Arkansas Hutchenson, Jesse 17 mw farmer born Arkansas Woods, Robert, 35 wm farmer born Arkansas __ Martha 27 fw keeping house born Tennessee __ John 9 mw born Ark, __William 8 mw Ark __ Martha 6 fw ARk __ Robert 4 fw Ark __ Samuel 2 mw ARk __ Jackson, 2/12 mw Ark
Census9 JUN 1880
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Address: Osage, dwelling 134 Woods, William H age 68 born Ohio, wm widower, f & m born Ohio Conley, Geroge wm 38, son in law, married b Georgia f & m born Georgia “ Sarah wf 32 daughter, married, born Ark, f Ohio, mother Tenn “ Guy A, wm 3 grandchild, born Ark “ Nancy M wf 1 grandchild born Ar two others -cousin and servant
Will26 SEP 1837
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Address: Letter of Administration for Allen McCurdy, deceased. William H Woods and James McCurdy appointed Administrations. Jno B Dickson, Clerk


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Note 1

maybe brother of Samuel P Woods

Note 2


Name: Samuel Jr. WOODS Sex: M

Birth: 17 FEB 1776 in Rowan Co., NC Death: 4 DEC 1840 in Bentonville, Benton Co., Ark

Burial: Woods Cemetery, Little Flock, Benton Co., Ark.

Residence: BET. 1800 - 1806 Wilson Co., TN 1

Residence: BET. 1815 - 1816 Preble Co., OH 1

Residence: 1832 Benton Co., AR 1

Event: Land Grant 1820 TN 1

Samuel Woods, was born Feb, 17, 1776 in North Carolina and died Dec. 4, 1840 in Benton Co., AR. He is buried in the Woods Cemetery located three miles east of Bentonville (found out in 2001 it is in Little Flock, ARK)

Samuel was the son and seventh child of Captain Samuel Woods who came to this country from Ireland as a young child and settled in North Carolina, Captain Samuel served as a captain in McDougald's Corp and commanded a company at the Battle of King's Mountain during the Revolutionary War.

Samuel was married to Anna Purivance in 1796. They moved to Preble Co., Ohio, and then in 1815-1816 they sold their land in Ohio. In 1820 he received a grant of land from the state of TN., on the Obion River. In 1832, Samuel and his wife Anna accompanied by his sons, David, Samuel P., and William H., and other members of his family came to a location that became Benton Co., Ark., in 1836.
They lived in Rogers and Pea Ridge area.

Records show that many of the early Woods were farmers and teachers and that several were members of the Presbyterian church of which Samuel was an elder.
The children of Samuel and Anna were: John P., b. 2, Sep 1797; d. prior to 1847. Margaret, b. 11 Feb. 1799, d. unkown; Jane, b. 20 sep 1800, d. 21 Oct 1821; Mary, b. 11 May, 1802, d. 10 Mar 1832; Martha, b. 19 Jun 1804, d. 6 may 1861; David Milton, b. 24 Dec 1805, d. 20 Aug 1866. His death was due to injuried received during the Civil War when bushwackers beat him unconcious and burned the bottoms of his feet in an attempt to make him reveal where he had his money hidden. By the time this incident occured he had spent all his money on support of the families of two of his sons and three daughter. His two oldest sons and his three sons-in-law were with the Southern forces and their familes were living with David and his wife.; Nancy,b.1 Sep 1808 in Ohio, d. 4 Mar 1859 in Benton County, AR; Samuel Purviance, b. 26 dec 1809 in Ohio, d. 13 Oct 1882 and is buried in the Woods Cemetery in Benton Co., AR. He married Eliza Greaves Dickson in 1831.

The History of Benton County, ARK, (J. Dickson Black) page 19: the Woods settlement started when Samuel and William Woods settled three miles east of Bentonville in 1832. They both raised large families, who in time settled close by. His oldest son, John P. Woods, married and remained in Preble Co., OH.
1) Per writing of Laura Sophronia Cole, wife of Elbert P. Woods, he was born in the "Old North State." Christina Madros has Samuel born on February 6, 1776.
2) Mark Freeman markfreeman@home.com e-mailed me: Descendants of Anne "Anna" Purviance Family Report, July 8, 2001.
3) Emma Woods Galyeen
4) Drew's RootsWeb World Connect, DrewSpen@Imagin.Net; jul 2001