John Riley Woods


Personal and Family Information

John was born on 1 APR 1828 in Carroll County, Tennessee, the son of Dysart Woods and Sarah Holmes.

He died on 16 DEC 1900 in Rogers, Benton County, Arkansas.

He had two marriages/partners. His first wife was Margaret Ann Woods, who he married on 14 NOV 1849 in Benton County, Arkansas. Their fourteen known children were Alice D (1850-1871), Samuel D. (1851->1889), Samuel B (1855-1872), John Riley (1856-1936), Dewitt Clinton (1858-1930), Mary Emeline (1860-1861), William Phinney (1862-1912), Cephas David (1864-1919), Margaret Elizabeth (1866-1935), Sarah Greaves (1868-1944), Finis Holmes (1870-1959), Charles Richard (1872-1962), Annie (1874-1962) and Fannie (1876-1877).

His second wife was Jennie Ellis, who he married on 9 JAN 1884 in Benton County, Arkansas. Their only known child was Clyde (1886-?).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


John Riley Woods


Dysart Woods


John Woods


Samuel Woods


Margaret Holmes


Charity Dysart


John Bertrand Dysart


Martha Patton


Sarah Holmes


Phineas Holmes


James Holmes


Mary Filena Nail


Rachel Stewert



Birth1 APR 1828
Place: Carroll County, Tennessee
Death16 DEC 1900
Place: Rogers, Benton County, Arkansas
Census12 NOV 1850
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Address: Osage Township, family 294 John R Woods 21 m farmer born Tenn Margarett S 17 female born Tenn
Census5 JUN 1860
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Age: 32
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
Census24 JUN 1900
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Address: Osage Twp, dwelling 267 Woods, John R head wm, July 1829 age 70, married 17 yr, born Tenn, f&m Tenn, farmer __ Huldy J, wife wf Cec 1845 age54 married 17 yrs, mother of 1, 1 living , born Illinois, f&m Tenn __ Clyde, son wm Dec 1887 age 15? single, born Ark, f Tenn, m Ill __ William son wm feb 1862 age 38 single born Ark f &m Tenn __ Charley son wm July 1873, single born Ark f &m Tenn __ Sallie daughter wf Jun 1868 age 31, single born Ark f &m Tenn __ Annie daughter wf may 1875 age 25, single born Ark f &m Tenn
BurialDEC 1900
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Age: 75
Address: Woods Cemetery , Little Flock, Benton County, Arkansas Find A Grave Memorial# 7808204
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Age: 9
Other Event1852
Place: Sutter County, California
Type: Generic Event
Address: Cattle Drive from Benton County, Arkansas to Sutter County, California
Cattle Drive Letter


OccupationFROM 1858 TO 1862Benton County Sherrif and collector, circuit Clerk, recorder,


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Note 1

The Springdale News from The Rogers Democrat Springdale, AR December 28, 1900

John R. Wood died on Sunday afternoon at his home northwest of Rogers and was buried Monday at the Woods cemetery, Rev. Carnahan conducting the funeral. Mr. Wood was 75 years old and was one of the oldest settlers in the county. He was sheriff of the county before the Civil War and has since been county clerk and justice of the peace. He was a member of the Baptist Church. He leaves a wife and nine children.

Source: Obituaries of Washington County book, Volume 2, page 328.

Note: Great grandson of Captain Samuel Woods, a Revolutionary War hero. findagrave

JOHN RILEY WOODS - On last Sunday the 16th Inst., At 2 O'clock P.M., occurred the death of Esquire John R. Woods at his home about four miles east of this place. Me woods was one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of this county, and one who will be greatly missed, not only in his immediate neighborhood, but throughout this entire county, as he has always been a prominent figure in the history of Benton County, both past and present. The deceased was born in Carroll County, TN. on Aug. 1st, 1828-consequently was 72 years old on the 1st day of last August-and came with his parents to this county in 1837, where he has resided continuously ever since.

In 1858 Mr. Woods was elected Sheriff and Ex-Officio collector of this county and in 1860 was elected County and Ex-Officio Circuit Court Clerk and Ex-Officio Recorder, being re-elected to the latter office in 1862. For many years he has been one of the Justices of Peace for this (Osage) Township, and although he had never sought the position he has been re-elected with each successive election for years past, until the last election when his name was dropped from the ticket on account of his physical condition. He was ever a strong and popular Democrat.

The deceased was never a member of any church organization, but nevertheless was a very honest, upright, moral and useful citizen, and a better, kindlier neighbor than he could not be found anywhere. In fact his whole life is worthy the emulation of anyone, and the world is better and brighter for the many good deeds that he has done. The death of Mr. Woods was not unexpected. He had been almost helpless for about two years, but has borne his afflictions with remarkable fortitude. The immediate cause of his death, we understand, was due to paralysis of some of the vital organs. Notwithstanding, however that his death had been momentarily expected for some time past. The blow is a heavy one to the members of his family and the large circle of relatives and friends, to whom we extend sympathy. The funeral took place on last Monday afternoon, Reverand P. Carnahan officiating, and the remains were laid to rest in the Woods Cemetery near the home of the deceased, in the presence of one of the largest gatherings ever seen at an interment in this country. 

From the website of Carla Ammeter (World Connect Rootsweb) 

Peace to his ashes. Benton County Democrat 12-20-1900 Another Obituary: Died at his residence five miles east of Bentonville, December 16th, 1900. John R. Woods, age 72 years, five months and 16 days. The deceased was born in Carroll Co., Tenn., July 1st, 1828. He moved with his parents to Polk County, Mo. in 1836 and the following year to Benton County, Ark. He was 9 years of age when his parents located two miles east of Bentonville and with them he remained until about 22 years of age.

Nov. 14th, 1849 he was married to Margaret Ann Woods, a daughter of Samuel P. and Eliza G. (Dickson) Woods. To them were born 14 children, 9 of whom are living, all well and favorably known. On April 9th, 1882 his wife died and on Jan. 9th 1884 he was married to Jennie Ellis, daughter of David and Margaret Ellis. To them was born one child, an amiable and promising boy now living under the tender care and caresses of mother, brothers and sisters.

Mr. Woods had filled the Offices of Sheriff and Ex-Officio Collector and Ex-officio Circuit Clerk and Ex-Officio Recorder of Benton County, being elected twice to the last named office. For many years he has been one of the Justice of the Peace of Osage Township, his name being successfuly kept before the people as long as his health would permit. His whole official life and conduct gave general satisfaction. He was one of our most honorable and upright citizens, defending and supporting the right and condemning and opposing the wrong. He was not a member of the church yet he fully believed in the church, continually and materially supporting it. His reason for not uniting with the church as given by himself was that he was not good enough. His last moments were peaceful and his funeral escort was one of the largest that I ever witnessed in this country.

Peace to his ashes. P. Carnahan, Pastor 
Benton County Democrate 12/27/1900 


  1. Goodspeed’s History of Benton, Washington, Carrol, Madison, Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian Cos., Ark
    Source: Goodspeed’s History of Benton, Washington, Carrol, Madison, Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian Cos., Ark
    Date: 1889
    Publisher: The Goodspeed Publishing Co