Nancy Matilda Woods


Personal and Family Information

Nancy was born on 27 MAR 1828 in Tennessee, the daughter of David Milton Woods and Elizabeth Kelsey Copeland.

She died on 14 SEP 1883 in Benton County, Arkansas.

Her husband was Alexander Gillespie Gamble, who she married on 1 NOV 1842 in Benton County, Arkansas. Their ten known children were William David (1844-1864), George Samuel (1847-1927), Elizabeth Jane (1850-1915), infant daughter (1853-1853), James Pulaski (1854-1941), Milton Woods (1857-1906), Luther Reed (1860-1887), John Russell (1864-1933), Mary Clementine (1867-1890) and Calvin Newton (1869-1935).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


Nancy Matilda Woods


David Milton Woods


Samuel "East" Woods


Samuel Woods


Margaret Holmes


Anna Purviance


John Purviance


Mary Jane Wasson


Elizabeth Kelsey Copeland



Birth27 MAR 1828
Place: Tennessee
Death14 SEP 1883
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Census12 NOV 1850
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Age: 22
Address: Osage Twp, dwelling 462 family 462 AG Gamble age 30 m farmer born Tenn Matilda “ age 23 f Tenn Wm D “ age 6 m Ark George J age 2 m Ark Elizabeth J age 1m f Ark
Census26 JUN 1880
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Address: Osage Twp dwelling 319 family 319 David Hammack 59, Artmi age 62, James32 and family Dwelling 381 family 381 Gamble Alexander , wm age 60 marrier farmer born Tenn f7m Tenn “ Nancy, wf age 52 wife, married housekeeper born Tenn, f&m Tenn next page 381/381 Gamble, Luther wm 19 son single farmer, born Ark f &m Tenn “ Mary wf 13 daughter single, born Ark f &m Tenn “ Ca;vom wm age 10 single at school born Ark, f&m Tenn Woods, Elizabeth wf 77 mother in law, widow, with her daughter born Tenn, f NC m Tenn 382/382 Gamble James 26, Mary 24 wife and 2 daughters 383/383 Gamble George 32, Sary 30 wife and 4 children 385/383 Gamble Milton 22, Francis 20 wife and infant daughter 386/386 Woods James 49, Margaret 46 wife and 5 children
BurialSEP 1883
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Age: 55
Address: Centerton, Gamble Cemetery findagrave MEMORIAL ID 7809692


Note 1

Obituary: GAMBLE, Alex G. - Alex G. Gamble was born in Meigs, afterward Ray county, Tenn., Dec. 8th, 1819.

He came to this country in 1840 with his step father, Jerry Bowling, and settled near White Rock Prairie, Mo. November 1842; he was married to Nancy M. Woods. To them were born eleven children, six of whom, one daughter and five sons - are living, and five of whom - two sons and three daughters - are dead. Sept. 1883 Mrs. Gamble, the devoted Christian wife and mother, also died.

At a camp meeting on Pea Ridge, known as Sugar Creek Camp Ground, he professed faith in Christ as his personal Savior and soon after joined the Sugar Creek (now Mt. Vernon) congregation of the C.P. Church. Sept. 18, 1846 he was elected and ordained a Ruling Elder of Sugar Creek congregation. Some years after this he moved within the bounds of Osage Prairie (now Bentonville) congregation of the C.P. Church and was elected a Ruling Elder in the congregation, there remaining and laboring in his earnest, quiet and faithful way until about thirteen years ago when he again moved within the bounds of Mt. Vernon congregation and was again elected as a Ruling Elder of that congregation, which office he held and faithfully performed the duties thereof until affliction and death removed him from his labors on earth to his reward in heaven.

April 1895 he was married to Mrs. Artie Hardy. This relation was a happy one and to him especially most blessed. For four long years, the last of his life, he was a great sufferer and physically helpless; yet during all of these trying years, in the tenderest love and with unremitting care, the devoted wife and her noble sons watched over and provided for him in a manner commanding the admiration of the whole community. Sept. 1881 he was elected to the office of Assessor of Benton county and again in 1883. Brother Gamble was a quiet and meek man. Every day, everywhere, he was the same true, honest, untiring, unyielding advocate of the good and defender of the right. He leaves a devoted companion, five honored and respected sons, a most amiable and loving Christian daughter and a great host of kindred and friends to mourn their loss. P. Carnahan, Pastor. [Benton County Democrat 10/13/98]

Occupation: Bet. 1881 - 1885, Assessor of Benton Co., Arkansas

with photo of gravestone and person

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  1. Captain Samuel Woods of King’s Mountain
    Source: Captain Samuel Woods of King’s Mountain
    Authors: Lucile Womack Bates 3810 Bedford Ave, Nashville, Tennesse 37215
    Date: 1965
    Publisher: The Benton County Pioneer newsletter of The Benton County Historical Society Rogers, Arkansas