My paternal grandmother's maiden name was Dixie Beryl WOODERSON (1884-1954; b., m., and d. in MO).Dixie was the 5th child of 6 (4th daughter of 4) of Richard WOODERSON (b. 2 Mar 1841, Jackson Twp., Daviess Co., MO; d. 9 Mar 1906, Cushing, Payne Co., OK; bur. Clinton, Henry Co., MO), who married 27 Jan 1865 in Clinton, Henry Co., MO, Susan Jacob "Jakee" SALLEE (b. 21 Jul 1848, Calhoun, Henry Co., MO; d. 25 Nov 1936, Okmulgee, OK; bur. Clinton, Henry Co., MO).
My great-grandfather Richard WOODERSON was a Union soldier (a Private in Co. B of the 1st MO Cavalry, from 1 May 1862-10 May 1865), who eloped with the then-16-year-old Jakee just 3-1/2 months before his army discharge date.He worked as a line supervisor in railroad construction after the war, following the lines from Henry Co. to Polk Co., MO, and from there on to OK.
My great-grandmother Jakie SALLEE was a true "Southern belle", the 5th child of 7 (5th daughter of 6), of the Southern sympathizers, Thomas Moseley SALLEE (b. 6 Nov 1813, Montgomery Co., KY, d. 6 May 1892, Henry Co., MO) and Rachel Eliza (Margaret?) "Lida" GAMES (b. 6 Apr 1817, Woodford Co., KY, d. 11 Nov 1859, Henry Co., MO), of Clinton, Henry Co., MO, at the time of Jakie's marriage.Jakie and Richard believed their elopement was necessary, since they knew how strongly her father would disapprove of her marriage to a Union man -- and their marriage only lasted 41 years:-)!!!Jakie collected Richard's Union Army pension from his death in 1906 until her own death in 1936.In her last few years she dictated stories about pre-Civil War life in MO, for my then-10-year-old father to type up for her.
But "my" Richard WOODERSON is neither the Richard WOODERSON Sr. nor the Richard WOODERSON Jr. of 19th-century Daviess Co., nor is he a descendant, either, of the David Jennings WOODERSON/Elizabeth OFFICER line, all of whom are referred to elsewhere in these postings.
Rather, census records show that "my" Richard is the eldest child/eldest son of William M.K. (McKinley?) WOODERSON and his wife, Elizabeth "Bettie" WOOLARD/WOLLARD.(One LDS file erroneously shows William M.K. WOODERSON's first name as "Woolard", but this incorrect first name was actually his wife's maiden surname.)
My g-g-grandfather William M.K. WOODERSON and Mrs. M.K. WOODERSON (Wm. M.K.'s widowed mother, which would make her my g-g-g-grandmother?) are listed with separate households in the 1840 census of Ray Co., MO (where Wm. M.K. had married Elizabeth "Bettie" WOOLARD/WOLLARD on 13 Dec 1838).
William M.K. WOODERSON, age 30/31, is listed in the 1850 census of Daviess Co., MO., with an OH birthplace. His wife Elizabeth ("Bettie" WOOLARD/WOLLARD), is shown as age 28, birthplace unknown.Their 3 children are "my" Richard (age 10) and his 2 sisters, Elizabeth (8) and Jane (6); all of the children were born in MO.
In the 1860 Daviess Co., MO, census, William M.K. and Elizabeth ("Bettie" WOOLARD/WOLLARD) are again listed.But this time his age is given as 48, and his birthplace as PA; her age is given as 36, with a birthplace of MO."My" Richard and 8 of his 9 siblings are also listed, all of them born in MO.His eldest sister Elizabeth (who would have been 17 or 18 by then) has either married or died by this time, and is not shown with this family.
Although I have a death date of 5 Jun 1889 (Jackson Twp., Daviess Co., MO) for Elizabeth "Bettie" WOOLARD/WOLLARD, I only know that William M.K. WOODERSON did not show up in the 1870 census of Daviess Co., MO, so as of now I presume he died there, sometime between 1860 and 1870; I don't know if his death was Civil War-related.
So here are my questions, for anyone out there who might be able to help:
1.Does anyone know whether or not Richard WOODERSON, Sr., William M.K. WOODERSON, and David Jennings WOODERSON, who ALL lived in Daviess Co., MO, in the mid-19th century, and whose respective birthdates seem to have occurred in about a 20-year range (c. 1800-1820), were in fact related to each other?
2.Were they brothers? Were they all sons of the M.K. (McKinley?) WOODERSON who is implied as being Wm. M.K.'s deceased father, in that 1840 Ray Co. census listing I described above?
3.If not brothers, were they instead cousins?If so, in what way, and through which common ancestor, were they related to each other?
4.Does anyone know in what counties of OH and/or PA I should continue my search farther back for William M.K.'s family?So far I've had no real luck in either state. I've located some WOODERSON families in Chester Co., PA, but have been unable, to date, to connect them with my William M.K. WOODERSON.
5.What, if any, other spellings of this name should I be looking for, besides the ones I'm already trying:WOODERSON, WOODISON, WOODISSON, WOODASON, WOODSON?
Sorry this is so long, but this is one of only 2 of my 16 great-grandparents' lines, on which I seem to be perpetually stuck in the 19th century -- it's been so frustrating!I'd really appreciate whatever assistance any of you might be able to give me, to boost my research farther back on my WOODERSON line.And I'd be happy, of course, to share any data I have that might be of interest to other researchers (e.g., I have a great deal of info on "my" Richard WOODERSON's and Jakie SALLEE's descendants; and I have SALLEE family info going back to the pre-Huguenot-exodus period of 15th-century France).Thanks to one and all!