John Riley Woods


Personal and Family Information

John was born on 24 SEP 1856 in Benton County, Arkansas, the son of John Riley Woods and Margaret Ann Woods.

He died on 21 FEB 1936 in Anderson, McDonald County, Missouri.

His wife was Mary Elizabeth Maxwell, who he married on 10 FEB 1887 in Benton County, Arkansas. Their three known children were Riley M (1888-1962), Cecil Eugene (1889-1972) and Jewel D. (1897-1983).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


John Riley Woods


John Riley Woods


Dysart Woods


John Woods


Charity Dysart


Sarah Holmes


Phineas Holmes


Rachel Stewert


Margaret Ann Woods


Samuel Purviance Woods


Samuel "East" Woods


Anna Purviance


Elizabeth Greaves Dickson


Robert Dickson


Esther Moore



Birth24 SEP 1856
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Death21 FEB 1936
Place: Anderson, McDonald County, Missouri
Census5 JUN 1860
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Address: Osage Twp, Bentonville PO family 28 John Woods 32 m farmer 1800, 500 Tenn, Margaret 28 f Tenn, Allis 10 f Ark, Samuel 8 m Ark Solon 6 m Ark, John 4 m Ark, Dewit 2 m Ark, Mary 1 mo, f, Ark
Census25 JUN 1870
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Address: Osage Twp, Bentonville PO, dwelling 239 family 237 Woods, John 42, mw farmer $500, $600 born Tenn Margaret 27 fw keeping house, born Ark Alice 19 fw at home, Ark Samuel 18, at home Ark John 16 mw Ark Clinton 12 mw Ark William 9 mw Ark Celphas 7 mw Ark Margaret 4 fw Ark Sarah 2 fw Ark Twins 3/12 mw Ark
Census21 JUN 1900
Place: McDonald County, Missouri
Address: Anderson Twp, dwe;;ing 239 family 244 Woods, John R, head wm born Sept 1856 age 43 married 13 yrs born Ark, f&m Tenn, farmer. __ Mary E wife wf born Aug 1862 age 37 married 13 yrs mother of 4, 3 lving, b Ark f Tenn, m Ark __ Riley M, son wm June 1888 age 12 single, born Ark, f&m Ark farm labor __ Cecil E, son wm Aug 1889 age 10 single, born Ark, f Ark m Ark __ Jewel D, son wm, Jan 1897 age 3 single, born Missouri, f & m Ark
Census19 APR 1910
Place: Crook County, Oregon
Address: Redmond, dwelling 11, family 11 Woods, John R, head mw age 53, m1 23 yrs born Ark, f Tenn m Tenn, farmer __ Mary E, wife fw age 47, marreid 1, 23 yrs mother of 4, 3 living, born Ark, f Tenn, m Ark __ Riley M, son mw age 21 single born Ark, f&m Ark, carpenter, house __ Cecil E son mw age 20 single born Ark f&m Ark __ Jewel D , son mw age 13 single, born MIssouri, f&m Ark
Census8 JAN 1920
Place: Weld County, Colorado
Address: Greeley city, Fifth street house 1013 dwelling 130 family 211 Woods, Riley m, head owns home with morgage, mw age 31 married born Ark f &m Ark, laborer at sugar factory __ Alice E wife, age 25 married , born Missouri f&m Missouri __ Gordon, son, mw age 1 month, single born Ark, f Ark mMissouri __ J.R. father, mw age 67 married, born Ark, f Tenn m Ark, carpenter __ Lizzie, mother, age 57 married born Ark f Tenn m Ark __ Jule D, brother mw age 22 single born Missouri, f Ark m Ark, operator for telegraph
Census2 APR 1930
Place: McDonald County, Missouri
Address: Anderson Twp, dwelling 2 family 2 Woods, Cecil E head, rents home mw age 40 married age 26 born Ark, f&m Ark, barber __ Ethel D. wife, fw age 39 married age 25, born Missouri, f&m Missouri __ Jas E son mw age 13 single born Missouri, f Ark, m Missouri __ Orville Q, son mw age 11 single, born Idaho, f Ark, m Missouri __ John R son mw age 9 single born Missouri, f Ark m Missouri dwelling 8, family 8 Woods, John R head, owns home $6000, mw age 74 married age 30 born Ark f Tenn m Ark __ Mary E wife fw age 68 born Ark f Tenn, mArk
BurialFEB 1936
Place: McDonald County, Missouri
Age: 79y 4m 27d
Address: Anderson Cemetery, Anderson Find A Grave Memorial# 44690167


Note 1

The Benton County Democrat , Bentonville, AR, Thursday, February 27, 1936, Page 8 Column 1 & 2


Funeral services for John Riley (Jack) Woods, aged 79 years, four months, and 27 days, native of Benton County, Arkansas and member of some of the oldest pioneer families of Bentonville and this vicinity who died at his home at Anderson, Mo., at 9:00 o'clock Friday morning, Feb. 21st, 1936, were held at 2:30 o' clock Saturday afternoon at the Anderson Baptist Church, of which he had been a member for a great many years, conducted by the pastor. Due to the invalidism of his wife and the serious illness of a son, a short service was held at the home before that at the church. Burial was in the Anderson cemetery.

A few months ago Mr. Woods told a relative here that he remembered well standing on the Bentonville square, as a small boy, and watching the fire as the Benton County courthouse and county records were burned by Federal soldiers during the War Between the States. His father, the late John R. Woods, was sheriff of Benton County, and also county clerk, during the earlier days of this county. His wife, who before her marriage was Miss Lizzie Maxwell, is a native of this county, as was her mother. His wife's father, the late M.B. Maxwell, was county surveyor here for 20 years.

Mr. Woods had lived at Anderson, Mo., for around 40 years, going there from this vicinity. R.L. (Bob) Lee and Miss Sallie Lee of Bentonville are his first cousins, and there are other of his more distant relatives living here. He was the oldest surviving member of his branch of the Woods family.

The following was handed the Democrat by one who has known Mr. Woods since she was a child.


John Riley Woods was born in Bentonville, Ark., Sept. 24th, 1856; departed this life Feb. 21st, 1936, at his home at Anderson, Mo.

Jack (as he was known to all his friends) was the son of John R. and Margaret Ann Woods, and the grandson of Dysart Woods on his father's side and Samuel P. Woods on his mother's side, thus being an own cousin to both families of Woodses.

Jack was married to Miss Lizzie Maxwell Feb. 10th, 1887. To this union were born four children. The one little daughter died in early childhood and of the three sons, Riley and Cecil live at Anderson and Jewell at Stockton, Calif.

Several years ago this writer heard the Reverend Peter Carnahan say that was the seventy-second funeral. He had conducted for members of this "Old Pioneer Family" and each one had left the assurance of having lived and died in the blessed faith of our Lord Jesus.

Jack not only left us that assurance, but he went with the comforting knowledge that his wife, his three sons and his five grandsons were all Christians and members of the church he loved and supported.

"Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord!"