Martha Melvinia Woods


Personal and Family Information

Martha was born on 13 AUG 1839 in Benton County, Arkansas, the daughter of David Milton Woods and Elizabeth Kelsey Copeland.

She died on 8 MAR 1877 in Benton County, Arkansas.

Her husband was John Russell Bowling, who she married on 16 DEC 1856 in Benton County, Arkansas. They had no known children.

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


Martha Melvinia Woods


David Milton Woods


Samuel "East" Woods


Samuel Woods


Margaret Holmes


Anna Purviance


John Purviance


Mary Jane Wasson


Elizabeth Kelsey Copeland



Birth13 AUG 1839
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Death8 MAR 1877
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Census12 NOV 1850
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Age: 11
Address: Osage Twp, dwelling 408 family 408 David Woods, 44 , . far,er $2,000, born Tenn Elizabeth K, 47 f ditto Samuel N age 17 m. born Ark David C age 15 m. born Ark Ann C. 11. f born Ark Martha M 11 f born Ark Alford Underwood 22 m teacher born NC dwelling 409 family 409 John M Wood, age 24 m farmer born Tenn JoAnna D age 20 female Tenn Manerva A age 1 female born Ark
Census9 JUN 1860
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Age: 20
Address: Osage Twp, dwelling 91 family 91 John Bowling, 25 m farmer $720, $1000, born Tenn Martha “ 20 f born Ark Margaret “ 1 month born Ark Mary Bowling age 62 f born Tenn
Census28 JUN 1870
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Age: 30
Address: Osage Twp, dwelling 270 family 266 page 41, image 44 Woods, Elizabeth age 67 fw born Tennessee __ John, age 44 mw born Tennessee page 42, image 41 : Bowlin, Martha age 30 fw keeping house $600 $125, born Ark __ Clementine age 10 fw Ark Woods, David age 35 mw farmer no real estate, $800 personal, born Ark __ Caroline age 31 fw, keeping house, born Missouri __ Emma age 9 fw born Ark __ Anna age 7 fw born Missouri __ John age 4 mw born Missouri __ Elizabeth age 2 fw born Missouri


Note 1

Children: John Milton Woods b: 5 JUN 1826 in TN. Nancy Matilda Woods b: 27 MAR 1828 in TN. Samuel Newton Woods b: 7 MAY 1833 in TN. David Calvin Woods b: 24 MAR 1835 in Benton Co., Ark. Anne Clementine Woods b: 13 AUG 1839 in Benton Co. AR. Martha Melvinia Woods b: 13 AUG 1839 in Benton Co., AR.

Military Service: Civil War. Burial: Pea Ridge Cemetery, Benton Co., AR

Note: David Milton Wood's death was due to injuries received during the Civil War when bushwhackers beat him unconscious and the bottoms of his feet burned, in an effort to make him reveal where his money was hidden. By the time this incident occurred he had spent all his money on support of the families of two of his sons and three daughters. His two eldest sons and three of his sons-in-law were with the Southern forces and their families were living with David and his wife.

+++ The youngest son who had married a Woods second cousin went to Missouri to his wife’s people and joined the Northern Army. One son, (Samuel Newton Woods) and one son in law (John R. Bowling) lost their lifes during the war.

David Woods was an invalid from the time of this mistreatment until his death a year or so later….Bates, Captain Samuel Woods…+++



  Samuel Woods (1776 - 1840)

  Anna Purviance Woods (1774 - 1858)



  Elizabeth Kelsey Copeland Woods (1803 - 1889)* record 798444



  Nancy Matilda Woods Gamble (1828 - 1883)*