son of Abraham Woodward
Eli Woodward, oldest child of Abraham and Hannah Thornbrough Woodward was born 5th Month 17th Day 1761. No marriage record is found for Eli in North Carolina. This is not too surprising since it is estimated that only about 1/3 of North Carolina marriage records are accesible to researchers if it was a civil ceremony. At this estate sale some items were sold to a Bethia Woodward and some items were sold to the widow: they may have been one and the same. Eli would have been only 24 years old when he died and since there was no will he probably died of an accident. His inventory was extensive for one so young. Note that a loom was sold while the widow bought back the spinning wheel. Eli Woodward was then probably the weaver in the family. However, i mulberry handbags n Abraham Woodward’s will he leaves one dollar to be given “to my son Eli’s daughter Mary.” She stayed close to the family as her uncle, John Woodward (Eli’s brother), was bondsman when Mary Woodward married John Sutherland July 22, 1812, in Jefferson mulberry handbags County, Tennessee.
John and Mary Woodward Sutherland are found in Wayne County, Indiana, where John Sutherland witnessed John Woodward’s will in 1821. It is quite likely that John and Mary Sutherland accompanied John Woodward and family to Indiana in 1813.
A John Sutherland is found in the 1820 census in Wayne County, on page 168 with Kibbey as a neighbor. John’s household is males 1 0 9, 1 26 45, females 1 0 9, 1 26 45. There was a John Sutherland married Jane Brown in Wayne County in 1814. He is likely this one and is found in Centre Marion Co In in 1850. Our John Sutherland was witness to John Woodward’s will in Wayne County in 1821 as was Charles Stanley. Charles Stanley is found in the 1820 census in Wayne County with 1 male 0 9, 1 26 45, 1 female 0 9 and 1 16 18, page 172, with another John Sutherland: males 2 0 9, 1 26 44, females 2 0 9, 1 26 44. This is probably John and Mary Woodward Sutherland.
The 1830 census shows John Sutherland living near Rachel Woodward (John’s widow): 1 male 30 40, 1 male 15 20, 1 10 15, 3 5 10, females 2 30 40, 1 10 15, 3 under 5. Another female and children appear to be living with the family which further complicates the identification of the children belonging to John and Mary Woodward Sutherland. Mary Woodward Sutherland probably died in Wayne County about 1821 at the birth of their son Jacob Sutherland.
John Sutherland’s Second Marriage
John Sutherland married second, Rosanna Imboten on 12/13/1832 in Wayne County. Rosetta and John are found in Germantown in Jackson Township in Wayne County, Indiana in the 1850 census. John is a laborer born about 1796 in Tennessee, Rosanna was born about 1808 in Pennsylvania. There is a Samuel Klingman family next door where the wife Susanna was born about 1810 in Pennsylvania and we suspect this mulberry handbags was Rosanna’s sister. John Rosanna Imboten Sutherland are shown with children Jacob age 19, Eliza age 16 (no doubt named for her cousin Eliza Woodward), Margaret age 14, and Catharine age 2, all born Indiana. The Klingman’s oldest daughter, age 19, is named Catharine which also connects the two families. Jacob is obviously a son of Mary. (A word of caution: this is the only birth year information we have for John Sutherland and it is not credible for a marriage to Mary in 1812 and would also have made him at least ten years younger than her. Not impossible, just not real credible!)
Speculation on More Children of John and Mary Woodward Sutherland
John Mary Woodward Sutherland no doubt had children older than Jacob, possibly several, according to the 1820 and 1830 census records. The problem of identifying John Mary’s children is that there was another John Sutherland (unrelated) who married in Wayne County in 1814 and produced children that would have been about the same age as John Mary’s. We cannot even speculate on the number of children that John Mary had as there appeared to be another female with children who was living with John and Mary at the time the 1830 census was taken. It is thus impossible to determine how many children each family had.
In the 1840 ce mulberry handbags nsus a Wiley Sutherland is living next to John Woodward, Jr. and we speculate he might have been a son of John and Mary. Wiley married Caroline Black in 1848 in Wayne County, Indiana and they had a son James born about 1849.
Another possible son is Woodard Sutherland who married Elenor Dorcas Heifner in Shelby County, Indiana 6/25/1841. (Thanks to the kindness of descendant Kay Fakhar who ordered the original Shelby County, Indiana marriage certificate and shared it with us.) Woodward Ellen are shown with children Tilson, William M., John B., and Silven N., in the 1850 census in Shelby County.
We would be very interested in locating more Sutherland descendants of this family! We would also like clues to the identity of Bethia Woodward who may have been the widow. Email Web Master Nadine Holder on the About Us Page.