The gravestone of Eliza Woodbury reads: "Separated from her earthly house. Eliza, wife of Thomas B. Woodbury died February 10, 1844, age 32 years and 9 months. Her last woods were 'Goodby, Thomas, until we meet again.''' Eliza Woodbury is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Lamont, Michigan.
T. B. Woodbury came to the Landing during the spring of 1835 and took up the land west of the Quarter Line to the Town Line and from the river to the Section Line. He built the second log house and a pretty frame house west of the second store built by Luther and Hinsdale. Mr. Woodbury also built a large grist mill west of his house on the river and then later moved into another house overlooking the river. Here he lived until the grist mill burned, leaving him destitute. He moved to Fruitport where I hear he passed away.
Mr. Woodbury was a man of taste, a gentleman and a scholar. He ran through the village a wide Avenue, which is as I can see, still a well traveled street and beauty spot, with its beautiful dogwood gracing a well-kept boulevard. Lamont on the Grand 1835-1960 by the Lamont Civic Association.
According to research by Loekie Boersma, Thomas Woodbury was a man of considerable wealth. Thomas had a road made from his house on the Grand River up to the public highway (River Road) at his expense in November 1842. He invested all his money in a grist mill and when it burned down, Thomas was destitute.
Thomas married Martha and according to divorce records of Ottawa County was divorced from Martha on January 1, 1855.
According to the 1860 U. S. Federal Census of Tallmadge Township, Thomas, age 52, is listed with a new wife, Delphinia, age 41, born in New York, Also living in the home was Sarah Jane Woodbury, age 18, daughter of Thomas and Eliza.
According to the 1870 U. S. Federal Census of Vergennes Township, Kent County, Thomas is living with his fourth wife, Mary and his daughter Sarah.
Coopersville Observer, March 30, 1888, Lamont--Thomas B. Woodbury, one of the first settlers of this place, died in the Muskegon poor house last Thursday. Obituaries of the Coopersville Observer by Boersma.
Michigan Death Certificate, Family Search--Thomas B . Woodbury died 23 March, 1888, Muskegon Twp., Muskegon, Michigan, age 79, occupation- grist maker, widowed.
Transcribed and Photo: Joan Van Spronsen
Created: 22 Jan 2013