Roana D. Woodward

Gravestone Inscription: Roana D. Woodward, wife of G. W. Woodward, died May 4, 1849, aged 24 years. Roana Woodward is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Lamont, Michigan

Oceana County, Oceana Pioneers and Businessmen of Today, by Hartwick and Tuller, 1890

George Warren Woodward was born in Ellery, Chautauqua County, New York, the son of Daniel and Margaret Woodward. He came to Michigan in 1843 and in 1845 moved to Ottawa County where he remained until 1872. In 1845 he was married to Roana Nowlen who died soon afterward. (May 4, 1849) In 1852 he married Martha Bullen, his present wife. He now has three children living, one son and two daughters. His daughter, Ida, has been known in the county as a earnest and effective temperance worker.

Military Records--On October 21, 1861, George Woodward enlisted at Grand Rapids in Co. D, 1st Michigan Engineers. He mustered out June 18, 1862, at Nashville. He enlisted at Grand Haven on August 8, 1862, and he was commissioned an officer in Company G, 21st Michigan Infantry, as 2nd Lieutenant, promoted to Full 1st Lieutenant, promoted to Captain and promoted to Brevet Major. He mustered out January 8, 1865, at Washington D. C.

He has been honored with many offices in civil life, having been elected and held offices in Ottawa, Kent and Oceana counties. (George was the first postmaster of Marne, Ottawa, MI.)

George W. Woodward died July 17, 1901, in Shelby, Oceana, Michigan.

Transcribed and Photo: Joan Van Spronsen
Created: 22 Jan 2013