Mary M. Woodward


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Judge Richard Henry Rawls

Mary M. Woodward

  • Born: 3 Jun 1859, Suffolk, Nansemond Co, VA
  • Marriage: Judge Richard Henry Rawls on 7 Jan 1880 in Nansemond Co, VA
  • Died: 26 Aug 1943, Suffolk City, [Nansemond Co., ] VA at age 84
  • Buried: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suffolk, VA

bullet   Cause of her death was Diabetes.


bullet  General Notes:

The notes below are from:
Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography
Lewis Historical Publishing, New York
Volume IV
Pages 299 & 300
They are included here because they name Mary M. Woodward as wife of Judge Richard H. Rawls and because they describe in part the activities of the 13th Cavalry CSA ...
James Woodward, son of Richard and Jemima Woodward, was born September 19, 1791, and died May 24, 1845. He married, December 10, 1817, Mary, a daughter of James and Elizabeth (Cowling) Vaughn. They had children: 1. Richard Lafayette, born October 2, 1824; died August 13, 1864. He married, December 27, 1854, Missouri, daughter of Miles Lassiter, and had children: Henry B. [census records indicate his name as Hersey Woodward]; Mary M., who married Judge R. H. Rawles, of Suffolk, Virginia; and Richard L. 2. James, of further mention. 3. Thomas C. 4. William B. 5. Ann Eliza. 6. Elmo. 7. Martha Virginia.
James Woodward, son of James and Mary (Vaughn) Woodward, was born in Suffolk, Virginia, in 1826, and died in Portsmouth, Virginia, in 1876. He was educated in private schools and Suffolk Academy, and was engaged in farming until the outbreak of the civil war, when he enlisted in the Confederate army. He was a member of the Thirteenth Regiment, Virginia Cavalry, being assigned to Chalmer's Brigade, and later under General J. E. B. Stuart, the dashing cavalry leader, participated in all the battles fought by the Stuart brigade. He shirked no duty, was always at his post, serving three years and four months. He was miraculously preserved from death in battle, once being shot through the crown of his hat, and again struck by a minie ball in the breast, an old daguerreotype of the family which he carried with him, preventing the ball from entering his body. His military service continued until the surrender at Appomattox, although the last week of his service was spent as a prisoner of war. He was on the march, but he and a few of his comrades stopped to prepare a simple meal of hoe cakes, when they were surrounded by the Federals, taken prisoners and taken to Point Lookout Prison. His experiences as a cavalryman were varied and most thrilling; he bore a charmed life, but while escaping the bullets of his enemies, he did not escape the effects of privation and exposure, and he returned to his family broken in health, and he did not recover sufficiently to enter business life until four years later. He then engaged in the retail grocery business in Portsmouth, Virginia, for a short time, when ill health compelled his retirement a few years prior to his death. He was devoted to his home and family, and had no interest in societies, clubs or in political life. He was an attendant at the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. Woodward married, December 29, 1852, Maria P. Harrell, born July 27, 1835, died May 1, 1900.

bullet  Medical Notes:

Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014
Name: Mary Woodward Rawk (sic - written in script on the death certificate the correct surname "Rawls" actually looks like "Rawk") [Mary Woodward] (widow)
Residence: 114 Bank Street, Suffolk, VA
Occupation: retired Housewife
Gender: Female
Race: White
Age at Death: 84
Birth Date: 3 Jun 1859 in Suffolk, VA
Death Date: 26 Aug 1943
Death Place: Suffolk, Virginia
Burial: Aug 27, 1943 at Cedar Hill, Suffolk, VA
Registration Date: 27 Aug 1943
Father: Richard Lafayette Woodward born Suffolk, VA
Mother: Missouri Lasseter Woodward born Nansemond Co., VA
Spouse: Judge Richard Henry Rawk (sic)
Informant: Marmaduke Woodward of 233 N. Main Street, Suffolk, VA
Note: Marmaduke Epps Woodward (the informant above) is the son of Mary's brother, Hersey Woodward and wife Augusta Woodward ... see general notes on Mary's husband, Judge Richard Henry Rawls for census facts.


Mary married Judge Richard Henry Rawls, son of Henry Andrew Rawls and Nancy Ann Eley, on 7 Jan 1880 in Nansemond Co, VA. (Judge Richard Henry Rawls was born on 15 Sep 1850 in Nansemond Co, VA, died on 26 Sep 1919 in Suffolk, VA and was buried on 28 Sep 1919 in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suffolk, VA.) The cause of his death was Carcinoma of Cameous? Duct.

bullet  Marriage Notes:

Virginia, Select Marriages, 1785-1940
Name: Richard H . Rawls
Gender: Male
Age: 29
Birth Date: 1851
Marriage Date: 7 Jan 1880
Marriage Place: Suffolk County, Virginia
Father: Henry Rawls
Mother: Ann Rawls
Spouse: Mary Woodward
Gender: Female
Age: 21
Birth Date: 1859
Father: Richard L. Woodward
Mother: Missouri Woodward
FHL Film Number: 2048463
Reference ID: 245

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