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).
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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
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
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
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