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 William Woodall  Family markers  at Mt Harmony Cemetery Garber,Iowa

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William G Woodall JR.

By Helen Jennings

I find no Civil War records for Mr Woodall. But there is a marker at the cemetery for him.

The reason I could not find him in Civil War he was in the Mexican War .His folks were married in 1829 and came to America in 1831. Two children were born to this union. Richard George who died in England and William G the father died in Pittsburg, Pa on April 15,1840 and was buried there. but in 1882 his remains were removed to Clayton County Mt Harmony Cemetery.William Jr. was reared in the city of Pittsburg,Pa and there learned the blacksmith's trade. which he followed for several years. Now there is a foot marker for George at Mt Harmony. So was his right name Richard GeorgeWoodall.and did he die in England?

He enlisted in te Ordinanace Corps in 1848 in the Mexican War, and was engaged in making cartridges and arms for the troops for five years. In 1856 he came to Clayton Co. and settled on section 5.Elk Township and in 1882 was still living there. He owned 280 acres of fine land and engaged in farming and stock-raising. He was a member of the Episcopal church and in politics was a Republican. He visited the land of his parent's nativity "England "in 1873 and returned to America after an enjoyable so journ of four months. This is from the Clayton County History Book 1882.


William George Woodall was born Dec 15,1831 in New York and died in 1918 in Iowa . He was the son of  William George Woodall born 1809-1840 in Shropshire, England and Martha Poole born Sept 1805-1889 in Shropshire,England. Had a brother George 1835-1895. All are buried at Mt Harmony Cemetery Garber,Ia. He married Rachel McCormick White-eldest child of Sarah McCormick and George White, born at Sligo, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Penn., 8 July 1830--died Louisville, Ks., 20 Oct. 1929. Her mother died when she was 3 years old. She lived with an uncle, Judge Lowry of Allegheny City Penn. She married to William G. Woodall on 14 Oct 1856 and went with him to a farm near "Elkport, Iowa." To this union was born: Caroline White Woodall . Rachel and William were later divorced. and she went back to Pittsburgh,Pa and had Caroline White Woodall . In the 1880 census Caroline was living with her father and G mother In Elk Township.One of their neighbors was John Beatty.

Caroline married Frederick T Pilkington 15 March 1881 in Clayton Co. He was born 26 May 1858 in Peoria,Illinois. and died 1925. Caroline died 1943 and both buried at Edgewood Cemetery (IA).

They were the parents of Grace born Jan 1883 in Cox Creek, Clayton, Ia, and died 12 Apr 1962 in Malvern, Montgomery, Pa , George was born Jan 1884 in Cox Creek, Clayton, Ia, and died 1967. He married Rhoda A Shaw 29 Jul 1913 in Edgewood, Clayton, Ia, daughter of William S. Shaw and Christian A. Ross. She was born 21 Aug 1891 in Pairie, Delaware, Ia, and died 1931, Mae was born 7 Nov 1893 in Littleport, Clayton, Ia, and died 1969 and Hazel. was born 1898 in Honey Creek, Delaware, Ia, and died 1968

The picture is of their big tombstone and the 4 footstones