Martha J. Woods


Personal and Family Information

Martha was born in 1843 in Benton County, Arkansas, the daughter of William Harvey Woods and Mary Greaves Dickson.

She died in SEP 1895 in Benton County, Arkansas.

Her husband was Austin Kimsey Etris, who she married on 15 SEP 1867 in Benton County, Arkansas. Their six known children were Edward T (1869-1954), James H (1870-1946), Mary Elizabeth (1875-1903), Laura J. (1879-1958), Nettie (c1882-1901) and William Henry (c1886-1894).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


Martha J. Woods


William Harvey Woods


Samuel "East" Woods


Samuel Woods


Margaret Holmes


Anna Purviance


John Purviance


Mary Jane Wasson


Mary Greaves Dickson


Robert Dickson


Joseph Dickson


Margaret Isabell McEwen


Esther Moore


John Moore


Margaret Steele



Place: Benton County, Arkansas
DeathSEP 1895
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Address: obit of daughter Nettie states Martha died 5 yrs prior
Census12 NOV 1850
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Age: 6 to 7
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
Age: 16 to 17
Address: Osage Twp, Bentonville P.O. dwelling 132 William Woods 48 m born Ohio, Mary 48 Tenn, Martha 17 Ark, John 14 Ark, Elizabeth 12 Ark Dwelling 133 James Woods 28 born Tenn, Mary 28 Ark, Sarah 5 Ark, John 1 Ark Dwelling 134 Robert Wood 25 born Ark, Jane 19 Tenn Dwelling 135 Samuel Woods 50 born Ohio, Eliza 50 Tenn, Robert 17 ARk, Jane 14 Ark, JOhn 11 Ark, Newton 9 Ark
Census11 JUN 1870
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Address: Osage Twp dwelling 37 family37 Etria, Austin age 34 mw , blacksmith born Georgia __ Martha age 29, fw keeping house born Ark __ Edward age 1, mw born Ark __ James, age 4 months mw born Ark dwelling 36 family 36, Maxwell Oziah, age 35 mw blacksmith born Tenn __ Mary age 33 fw keeeping hous born Ark ( this is sister of Martha J, daughters of WH Woods) Elizabeth 11, Andrew 8, America 6, samuel 2
Census14 JUN 1880
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Address: Brightwater Twp, dwelling 194 family 194 Etris, A.K., wm age 45 married, farmer born Ga, f&m Ga __ Martha wf age 39 wife, married keeping house born Ark, f&m Tenn __ Edward wm 11 son born Ark f Ga m Ark __ James, wm age 10 son born Ark f Ga m Ark __ Mary E wf age 5 daughter born Ark f Ga m Ark __ Laura J wf age 9 months born Sept, daughter born Ark f Ga m Ark
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Address: Etris Cemetery, Martha Woods Etris, wife of AK 1836-1915 findagrave MEMORIAL ID 21374671
See Note 3


Note 1

Etris, Nettie - Miss Nettie Etris died on Wednesday of last week at her home 4 miles east of town after an illness of about three months. The deceased was 19 years old and the daughter of Capt A. K. Etris.

The death of his daughter falls quite heavily upon Capt. Etris, he having lost his wife some five years ago, and this daughter being left as his mainstay and chief comforter during his declining years, and now the idol of his life is taken from him. We extend sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

Benton County Democrat 7/25/1901

Note 2

ETRIS, Martha WOODS - Mrs Martha Etris, wife of Capt. A.K. Etris, died last Sunday at her home about four miles east of town. The deceased was a daughter of Wm.H. Woods, better known as “Uncle Billy” Woods, on of the pioneer settlers of Benton county, who died about twelve years ago. Mr Etris was about 50 years of age, born and raised near where she died, was a loving wife and fond mother and a devout member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church from childhood to the time of her death.

A year ago last winter her youngest child, a boy oabout six years of age, died with hydrophobia, having been bitten by a rabid dog about six weeks before his death, which was such a blow to the mother that she never quit grieving over it and no doubt went down to death pining over the sad fate of her dear boy. She leaves a husband and several children most of whom are grown and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her.

Capt Etris is also very sick and at last accounts his recovery was doubtful. The sympathies of the community goes out to the bereaved family.

Benton County democrat 9/9/1895

Note 3

In 1871 Capt. Austin Kimsey Etris purchased 40 acres of land (NW1/4 of SE1/4 of Section 30, Township 20N, Range 29W) located about three miles north of Rogers by way of the Old Wire Road, and one-half mile west of the Pleasant Hill Church.

After Mr. Etris acquired the above land, he established a cemetery in the southwest corner of the 40 acres. It became a beautiful spot with iris and flowering shrubs around the graves. There were about twenty-five graves, some marked with tombs and others with just brown sandstones. Most of the graves were of the Etris family, but he did permit some of his neighbors to make burials there.

After Mr. Etris died in 1915, the family sold the farm to another family - I have been told to a Mr. Degree. In 1929, my family came here from Oklahoma and purchased this land; and for the forty years my family owned this land, the Etris family came many times to visit the cemetery, usually on Memorial Day.

My family sold this forty acres to the City of Rogers for the Rogers Municipal Airport, the last parcel being sold in 1973. The Cemetery no longer exists since it was bulldozed out when the airport was built. The stones cannot be found for reading, but in our effort to preserve all the cemetery records of Benton County, we can furnish the following:

This information was secured from several sources: Mrs. Sadie Etris Hayes, Donald Etris, Bryant Funeral Home Records of Rogers, other Benton County and historical records, my parents, R.W. and Jessie M. (Fimple) Davis, and my own personal memory.

/S/ Mavis (Davis) Carden

Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society

findagrave MEMORIAL ID 21374671