Samuel Woods


Personal and Family Information

Samuel was born on 12 FEB 1776 in Rowan County, North Carolina, the son of Samuel Woods and Margaret Holmes.

He died on 4 DEC 1840 in Benton County, Arkansas.

His wife was Anna Purviance, who he married on 1 SEP 1796 in Montgomery, Kentucky. Their eleven known children were John P (1797-<1847), Margaret (1799-?), Jane (1800-1821), Mary (1802-1832), Martha (1804-1861), David Milton (1805-1866), Nancy (1808-1859), Samuel Purviance (1809-1882), William Harvey (1811-c1883), J. Eleazer (1813-1875) and Anna P (c1816-1818).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


Samuel Woods


Samuel Woods


Margaret Holmes


John Holmes


Jennet Wilson



Birth12 FEB 1776
Place: Rowan County, North Carolina
Address: gravestone has Feb 12 1776
Death4 DEC 1840
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Age: 64
Address: Benton County, Osage Township, page 17 / 8—written in left margin in this order at bottom of page, S Woods age 40-50, J Jackson, SP Woods 1m age 30-40 1m 60-70 1F 60-70, WM Hammock, OW Maxwell, DP Maxwell next page has D Jackson, Jas Mckisick, D Woods,C Dickson, May Blair, P Holmes
Census-1840 Osage Twp, Benton County, Ark

Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Address: Woods Cemetery ,Little Flock, Benton County, Arkansas, links to father, children, & siblings. Find A Grave Memorial# 7442118


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Note 1

Name: Samuel Jr. WOODS Sex: M

Birth: 17 FEB 1776 in Rowan Co., NC Death: 4 DEC 1840 in Bentonville, Benton Co., Ark

Burial: Woods Cemetery, Little Flock, Benton Co., Ark.

Residence: BET. 1800 - 1806 Wilson Co., TN 1

Residence: BET. 1815 - 1816 Preble Co., OH 1

Residence: 1832 Benton Co., AR 1

Event: Land Grant 1820 TN 1

Samuel Woods, was born Feb, 17, 1776 in North Carolina and died Dec. 4, 1840 in Benton Co., AR. He is buried in the Woods Cemetery located three miles east of Bentonville (found out in 2001 it is in Little Flock, ARK)

Samuel was the son and seventh child of Captain Samuel Woods who came to this country from Ireland as a young child and settled in North Carolina, Captain Samuel served as a captain in McDougald's Corp and commanded a company at the Battle of King's Mountain during the Revolutionary War.

Samuel was married to Anna Purivance in 1796. They moved to Preble Co., Ohio, and then in 1815-1816 they sold their land in Ohio. In 1820 he received a grant of land from the state of TN., on the Obion River. In 1832, Samuel and his wife Anna accompanied by his sons, David, Samuel P., and William H., and other members of his family came to a location that became Benton Co., Ark., in 1836.
They lived in Rogers and Pea Ridge area.

Records show that many of the early Woods were farmers and teachers and that several were members of the Presbyterian church of which Samuel was an elder.
The children of Samuel and Anna were: John P., b. 2, Sep 1797; d. prior to 1847. Margaret, b. 11 Feb. 1799, d. unkown; Jane, b. 20 sep 1800, d. 21 Oct 1821; Mary, b. 11 May, 1802, d. 10 Mar 1832; Martha, b. 19 Jun 1804, d. 6 may 1861; David Milton, b. 24 Dec 1805, d. 20 Aug 1866. His death was due to injuried received during the Civil War when bushwackers beat him unconcious and burned the bottoms of his feet in an attempt to make him reveal where he had his money hidden. By the time this incident occured he had spent all his money on support of the families of two of his sons and three daughter. His two oldest sons and his three sons-in-law were with the Southern forces and their familes were living with David and his wife.; Nancy,b.1 Sep 1808 in Ohio, d. 4 Mar 1859 in Benton County, AR; Samuel Purviance, b. 26 dec 1809 in Ohio, d. 13 Oct 1882 and is buried in the Woods Cemetery in Benton Co., AR. He married Eliza Greaves Dickson in 1831.

The History of Benton County, ARK, (J. Dickson Black) page 19: the Woods settlement started when Samuel and William Woods settled three miles east of Bentonville in 1832. They both raised large families, who in time settled close by. His oldest son, John P. Woods, married and remained in Preble Co., OH.
1) Per writing of Laura Sophronia Cole, wife of Elbert P. Woods, he was born in the "Old North State." Christina Madros has Samuel born on February 6, 1776.
2) Mark Freeman e-mailed me: Descendants of Anne "Anna" Purviance Family Report, July 8, 2001.
3) Emma Woods Galyeen
4) Drew's RootsWeb World Connect, DrewSpen@Imagin.Net; jul 2001


  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