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                 Robert Wilse Woodward  and Family                

                      

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See Photographs at the end of my article:

 

Lost and Found - Kings Point Cemetery

I was very interested in reading the article concerning the Woodward Tragedy when I first accessed Denis Graham's Web Site in June’ 98. I was born and went to school in the very neighborhood where this terrible accident took place, and never heard of the accident and was unaware of Kings Point cemetery. My wife and I were determined to locate the Woodward Family gravesites and document our discoveries for our family and friends.

Our first stop in July was a visit to the Chattanooga Public Library. I found a listing of the people buried at Kings Point and directions to the cemetery documented in 1941. I obtained a copy of the entire front page of the newspaper that reported this accident from the Tennessee Archives Library located in Nashville, TN. Also, We found information that confirmed the closing of the cemetery in 1938. With this information in our hands, my wife and I followed the directions and found that the general location of the cemetery was surrounded by government property, which was densely covered in woods. We knew that it would be very dangerous to try to find the graveyard in July because of the heavy population of snakes, poison ivy, sink holes, etc.

My wife made many calls to TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) to obtain permission and topographical maps of the area where we suspected the cemetery to be located. Most of the people we contacted had never heard of Kings Point Cemetery. Finally! A TVA represenitive called us and sent us a topographical map that was created in 1945, identifying the location of the cemetery and providing procedural instructions of obtaining permission to go on the government land.

We had done our homework and were ready to go!

We waited until the week of Thanksgiving to start our adventure of finding the location of these gravesites. We thought the cooler weather might reduce the chances of us finding a snake (at least that is what I told my wife) and the leaves fallen from the trees would provide better visibility. We knew we would need to hike approximately one mile in rough terrain. Therefore, we dressed appropriately for our adventure not knowing exactly what we would find. We parked our car by a very rough access road, doubled checked our camera, took another look at each other and the rough terrain and decided to do it now!

The small rough road became a very small trail. The small trail became a forest. We marched into that forest following our knowledge of the maps that we had accidentally left in Nashville. As we traveled up a steep hill that we thought was the location of the cemetery, I saw a shadow of something that looked like a tombstone. To our excitement, we found it!

It was hard for me to believe that over two hundred people were buried in the cemetery, which covered the hillside. Only a handful of tombstones could be seen in the rough terrain. My wife and I developed a plan to start searching for our family’s graves. I went one direction and she went another. I found some civil war graves that had been robbed. It made me sick to think that someone would do a thing like that. I was beginning to get discouraged as I move vines away from the few stones and not finding the Woodward gravesites. I heard my wife call my name. I very quickly went in the directions of her voice. She had found the gravesite of E.E Woodward (not a member of the tragedy). I have not been able to determine if he is one of our ancestors or not. If you have a record of this Woodward, Please let me know. We continued our search.

My wife started shouting my name. She had found the gravesites! I was searching for gravesites over the crest of the hill and could not hear her voice. I had the camera and it was getting late. Finally, I heard her excitement. I could not believe it. There were all of the Woodward Family’s tombstones in a row. Several of the tombstones were broken but in good shape in comparison to the others that we had located in the graveyard. We immediately started taking photographs after clearing some vines and documenting information located on the stones (see pictures). We paused for a moment of reverence and left the gravesites as we had found them reflecting the honor we were given to accomplish our task.

Mary and Jack D. Woodward

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Woodward Gravesites

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E. E. Woodward (not a member of the tragedy and located in a different area of the cemetery)

B: 10/6/1850

D:  6/10/1903

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Jocy Woodward

B: 3/18/1875

D: 2/24/1897

 

 

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Laura Woodward

B: 8/27/1859

D: 2/24/1897

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George T. Woodward

B: 1/25/1893

D: 2/24/1897

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Lizzie Montgomery and Infant

Son (two months old)

B:  (Could not read stone)

D: 2/24/1897

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Della Woodward

B: 3/12/1881

D: 2/24/1897

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Mary Woodward

B: (could not read month/29/1884)

D: 2/24/1897

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Daisy Woodward

B: 1/22/1886

D: 2/24/1897

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Ada Woodward

B: 5/22/1889

D: 2/24/1897

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Jack Woodward (Grey Hair, square jaw and all)

 

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Small clearing that marks the way to the trail

 

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Condition of Cemetery

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Condition of Cemetery

 

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