Saturday, January 26, 2019

Trouble for Harley Dailey - Part 2

In Part 2 of my blog posts about Harley Dailey and his troubles, let's continue to learn his fate.  Imagine my surprise when I pulled up the first article and the headline said, "Brother, Sister Shooting Victims"! I kept pulling up more articles and more scandalous headlines.  Here is a transcription of one of the articles that explains the situation. 

DOUBLE KILLING ENDS QUARREL. Paoli News, 13 December 1939.
"A quarrel between brother and sister over who should stay at the family home and care for the mother led to a fatal shooting in which two were killed.  The tragedy took place place on the Dailey farm near Valeene and seven miles southeast of Paoli.  

Mrs. Edna Landrus, 42, of Paoli, and her brother, Harley Dailey, 48, patient in Hillcrest Tuberculosis Sanatorium at Vincennes, were shot fatally. Dailey was home on a vacation.

Deputy Sheriff Floyd Morris of Orange County related that the woman's son, Jewell Dailey, 21, of Paoli, said his uncle shot his mother. Then young Dailey killed the uncle."

Ok, what the what?  Read that again and again and again.  Seriously.  Brother shoots sister, nephew shoots uncle!  Need more details?  Keep reading.

"The brother and sister had quarreled, the deputy sheriff quoted the young man as saying, over which should live with their 76-year old mother, Mrs. Josephine Dailey, on her farm, where the shooting took place. 

The deputy sheriff said young Dailey gave this account of the shooting.

Mrs. Landrus and her son had been staying on the farm the last three weeks. Her brother drove there Sunday from Vincennes.  

He went rabbit hunting. Back at the farm house he parked his automobile, got out and stood holding a shotgun.

A quarrel followed. All four on the farm took part. Mrs. Landrus ran up to her brother and he struck her.  His mother then ran up and he hit her too.  Young Dailey went into the house and obtained a pistol.  

When he came out his uncle had shot his mother once in the back and killed her.  He emptied five chambers of the pistol into his uncle's body. 

The young man was jailed here on an open charge while Sheriff Noble Ellis and Coroner George Dillinger investigated.  

Funeral services were held for Mrs. Landrus from the Ellis Funeral Chapel, Tuesday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. D.M. Boyd and burial made in the Community cemetery.  

Mr Dailey will be buried this afternoon (Wednesday) at Concord with funeral services at the Ellis Chapel with Rev. Boyd conducting."

How can this be?  Can you imagine this poor mother witnessing and seeing two children killed in front of her in her own front yard?  This just makes me so sad.

In reading a few more articles, a few more details emerge.  The Logansport Pharos Tribune claimed that Harley died instantly and Edna died en route to the hospital.  In addition, Edna was a defendant in a divorce suit filed in English by her husband, Jerry Landrus.  The Monroe Morning World, stated Edna was on her second marriage and her son, Jewell, had adopted his mother's maiden name.  While the Manitowac Wisconsin Herald stated that Harley was killed by a .38-caliber revolver while Edna was murdered by a .410 gauge shotgun. Another article in the Paoli Republican said that Jewell fired his shots at his uncle through the window and three of the pistol bullets struck Harley.  

Now you may be wondering about Jewell and if he escaped punishment for the murder of his uncle.  Remember what Grandma Leona said when I asked her if the persons responsible went to jail, and she said, "No, not back then. It was justified. They didn't have to go to jail."  Well, let's find out exactly what happened.  

Apparently Jewell was held in the Orange County Jail immediately following the killings and a special session of the grand jury met to decide his charges.  He was indicted and faced the charge of voluntary manslaughter for the killing of his uncle. Bond was set for $2500, and his trial was set for February 26, 1940.  I also learned his full name in the court news of the paper, Charles Jewell York Dailey.  However, another article put "Jack" by his name as well.  

At the court hearing in February, it didn't take long to acquit Jewell for the charges.  The trial lasted for two days and the jury gave the non-guilty verdict with only fifteen minutes of deliberation.  Mrs. Josephine Dailey testified in the courtroom on the first day of the trial and stated, "Harley came to her home, seven miles south of Paoli, the day he was slain to visit her and go rabbit hunting. After hunting a while he came back to the house and told her he was going back to Paoli on business."

Sheriff Noble Ellis testified as well and stated, "Harley and a man he identified as Roy Gerkins came to him that morning and asked if there was some way to make Mrs. Landrus and Jewell leave his mother's house because they were living there on her pension money."  The sheriff told him there was nothing he could do.  

Josephine also stated, "They came back and said a heated argument was engaged in by Edna, Harley and Jewell during which the aged woman said she was knocked to the ground and when she regained her senses she found Harley lying on the ground near her and Edna lying on the ground a few feet from Harley.  She said Jewell asked her to help him get Mrs. Landrus, his mother, to a doctor since he did not believe she was dead and they met a doctor about a half mile up the road who pronounced Edna dead and they brought he back home."

The courtroom was said to be packed for the two day trial with standing room only, and when the ordeal ended, the courtroom erupted in what was described as a "joyous uproar" and "compared by some spectators to that of a close basketball game" when Jewell's acquittal was read.   

Seeing the Indiana Death Certificates for both Edna and Harley solidify this awful fateful day where two siblings were killed by members of their own families.  So you see, Grandma Leona's story was correct.  She would have been about 21 years of age at the time this tragedy happened in her family.  It made an impression on her just as it has made an impression on mine while I have been learning about our family history.  In closing, let's learn to love one another, folks!    

Newspaper Article, Paoli News, Paoli, Indiana, 13 Dec 1939, Page 1, Column 3 and 4, Double Killing Ends Quarrel.

Newspaper Article, Logansport Pharos Tribune, Logansport, Indiana, 12 Dec 1939, Page 5, Column 3, Youth Held for Murder.

Newspaper Article, Monroe Morning World, Monroe, Louisiana, 11 Dec 1939, Page 4, Column 5, Two Killed, Son of One Arrested.

Newspaper Article, Manitowoc Herald Tribune, Manitowoc , Wisconsin, 11 Dec 1939, Page 7, Column 3, Family Quarrel End in Shooting; 2 Dead.

Newspaper Article, Paoli News, Paoli, Indiana, 14 Dec 1939, Page 1, Column 6, Jury To Meet for Sifting Of Dailey Deaths.

Court News, Paoli News, Paoli, Indiana, 27 Dec 1939, Page 1, Column 1, Court Adjourns Until February.

Newspaper Article, Paoli News, Paoli, Indiana, 28 Dec 1940, Page 1, Column 1 and 2, Jewell Dailey Acquitted Tuesday on the First Ballot. 

Newspaper Article, Paoli Republican, Paoli, Indiana, 29 Dec 1940, Page 1, Column 5, Packed Courtroom Applauds Dailey Manslaughter Acquittal. Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Indiana State Board of Health. Death Certificates, 1900–2011. Microfilm. Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Trouble for Harley Dailey - Part 1

When sitting with Grandma Leona Dailey Collins over ten years ago, she told me a story about people being shot in the front yard of a family member's house in Valeene, Indiana in the 1930's or 1940's. I was skeptical.  She couldn't give me a lot of details but she kept saying, "It's true, I tell you. They were dead in the front yard."  I asked her if the persons responsible went to jail, and she said, "No, not back then. It was justified. They didn't have to go to jail."  

This story kept rumbling around in my head, and I kept coming back to it in my notes. I decided it was time to find the real story.  I spent some time online searching for a murder that happened in Orange County around this time period with "Dailey" in the article.  Well, it didn't take long to find the details of the story.  In fact, I found it first in a newspaper in Utah, and then one in Ohio, and then Wisconsin, and then Louisiana.  This story went nation-wide because of the premise around what happened. 

My two times great grandfather, Jeremiah McCullough Dailey, had a brother named, Mort. Mort had a son named, Harley, and a daughter named, Edna.  The sensational murder story involves these siblings around  December of 1939, but first let's learn more about Harley. 

Harley had a history of being a nuisance and had run ins with the law starting at 18 years of age, and it seemed to continue throughout his life. At 18 years of age, there was a rather lengthy article in the Salem Democrat about him and a friend running around with two young girls and the father was extremely angry with them. 

Newspaper Article, Salem Democrat, 7 Oct 1907

He also had troubles with a farmer in 1915 and was taken to court for attempted murder at the age of 25. It appears Harley was shot at by a Jot Lamb, but Jot claimed it was self defense because Harley shot at him first with a revolver.

Court Announcement, Paoli Republican, 28 Jul 1915

To my surprise, I learned that Harley was also sentenced to Michigan State Prison on 22 Sept 1921 for the crime of "accessory after the fact to grand larceny".  According to, this type of crime involves, "An accessory after the fact for someone who shelters, relieves, or assists a felon after a crime has already been committed (such as the driver of a getaway car). Assistance can take the form of financial, material, or even emotional support of the principal actor." In addition, grand larceny is defined as theft of something of larger value.

I found a few small Court docket records in the Paoli newspaper regarding this crime.  I could not find the details of exactly what happened, but it must have been serious enough for a prison sentence. I will add this to my list to research further the next time I am in Orange County. 

Here is the last entry in the Paoli newspaper for his sentencing and an entry about an escort to Michigan City Prison. 

State vs. Harley Dailey, Paoli Republican, 28 Sep 1921

Court News, Paoli Republican, 12 Oct 1921

One of my very favorite genealogy finds to-date is Harley's mug shot from Michigan City State Prison that I found at the Indiana State Archives!  It appears, from his mug shot, we can learn a few things about him.  He's 5 feet 11 inches tall and 173 1/2 pounds.  On a side note, apparently they take lots of other measurements when you go to the slammer, including the head length, cheek length, left foot and left forearm length, among other measurements.  Reading the back of his card, you can see he loved getting tattoos!  He had lots of them!  A woman's head, a snake, clasped hands, Indian head, broken dagger and the word, Mother, just to name a few. He also had a razor and shears tattoo, which I am speculating represented his occupation, which is stated as, barber.   

As I am wrapping up this blog past, I just found that Harley might have been dishonorably discharged from the military. Oh, boy, there's another tangent!  We haven't even gotten to the murder, and now there is another thing to research!  At the age of 49 and in 1939, Harley will be involved in the ultimate murder case.  More to come in the next post. 

Court Announcement, Paoli Republican, 28 Sept 1921, Page 4, Column 1, State vs. Harley Dailey.

Court Announcement, Paoli Republican, 12 Oct 1921, Page 4, Column 1, Charles Breeden.

DAILEY, HARLEY. Sentenced 1921/09/22 to the State Prison at Michigan City., 22 September 1921, DOC, Prisons, Mugshots, Corrections, ; Indiana State Archives, Indianapolis, Indiana; , Photo Box: 28, Photo Location: A 4043, Table #:6466.

Newspaper Article, Salem Democrat, 7 Oct 1907, Page 4, Column 1&2, Wages of Sin.

Court Announcement, Paoli Republican, 28 Jul 1915, Page 5, Column 4, Judge Baggerly.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Let's Get Started with the Dailey Family

I have been on this genealogy journey for the last few years and focusing on my married name of Woods.  I decided it was time to start digging into my Collins and Dailey roots!  I'll admit, it scared me a little bit to get started. I think that's why it took me so long to start.  With such common names as Collins and Dailey, I thought, "This is going to be soooooo hard!"  But then I thought, "When have I ever skirted from a challenge? Um, NEVER!" 

So here goes....I will do my best to start gathering some good stories for us and sharing what I learn.

I'm going to start with posting a look at our Dailey family tree for reference.  It appears we may have roots in Virginia, and our Dailey ancestor (George Washington Dailey) migrated to Indiana sometime around 1857. 

Before my grandmother, Leona Dailey Collins, died, I spent some time with her over several visits and gathered some family history.  Oh, how I wished I had asked more questions!  Don't we always wish that as genealogists?  If you are reading this and are thinking of speaking with a relative about your family history, seize the day! 

Grandma had some old pictures and a little booklet entitled, History of the Dailey Family, and quite honestly, this is probably the reason I got the genealogy bug!   I was mesmerized by the old picture of George Washington Dailey and his second wife, Mary Ann Bridgewater, and all their children.  The little booklet was also intriguing because I was thinking someone actually took some time and researched MY family. 

The booklet appears to have been compiled in 1966 by Bert E. and Norah J. Marshall.  This has been my starting point for the Dailey family history I have been gathering.  When someone published and compiles a family history, one should view it as hints to the truth and not gospel, unless they have well documented sources and you have verified those sources.  This booklet does not have any sources documented, so I have been dissecting it and thoroughly enjoying it! 

The first page starts out with some interesting news.  My four times great grandfather and grandmother were from Frederick County, Virginia.  I have been working on proving this fact and it is more difficult as I'd hoped, as there are multiple James Daileys in Frederick County, Virginia around this 1800-1850 time period. 
However, if I go back to the first paragraph of this blog, I am up the challenge and see if I can sort out the James Dailey mess over the course of the next few months. 
While I sort out this mess, I may have to digress and tell you some interesting stories I have found already and more current than 1850.  The first one involves MURDER!  Yes, I said murder, and in this little Dailey family and in the little county of Orange, Indiana.  Stay tuned folks! 

Bert E. and Norah J. Marshall, Published Stout's Print Shop, Paoli, Indiana, History of the Dailey Family; supplied by Leona Ethel Dailey Collins, Orleans, Indiana, United States, History Published in 1966, Collected and Written in 1964 and 1965; Small 16 page booklet photocopied and stapled. Given to Deidre Collins Woods by Leona Ethel Dailey Collins (her grandmother) in 2008.

George Washington Dailey Family pictured are: George Dailey, Mary Ann Bridgewater Dailey, John Dailey, Daniel Dailey, Jeremiah McCullough Dailey, Ulysses Morton Dailey, ; digital image, ; privately held by Deidre Woods, Greenfield, IN 46140, 2019. Photograph copy given to Deidre Collins Woods by her grandmother, Leona Dailey Collins.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Misfortune - Week 10

This week's post is for the 2018 challenge called, 52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks, by Amy Johnson Crow.  Theme for this week: Misfortune

After reading about the four grown grandchildren having died in a period less than eight months in Sarah Amanda Woods' obituary last time, my interest was piqued.  The obituary states that each of the four brothers lost one child. Let's see if we can dig into this misfortune of the Wood family. 

The children of Nathan and Sarah Amanda were:

  • Charles Edgar Wood (1859-1929)
  • William Estil Wood (1867-1950)
  • Dora Belle Wood (1864-1948)
  • Ezra Emmett Wood (1867-1952)
  • Louella Wood (1873-1960)
  • Otis Thomas Wood (1876-1969)
  • Mary Florence Wood (1890-1947)
  • Unknown 

I have bolded the males in the list to help us focus on them. Sarah Amanda's obituary also stated there was an eighth child that died when they were four years old.  I haven't found any details for that child yet in anything I have found to date, so I put Unknown at the bottom of the list.  

The year is 1919 and World War I had just ended.  Also in 1919, Woodrow Wilson is the President, Prohibition goes into effect in the United States, dial telephones are introduced by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, and four Wood family grandchildren died this year.

The first grandchild who passed away in 1919 was Ruby Frances Wood. She was the daughter of Estil and Martha Franklin Wood.  Ruby died on Feb 3, 1919 of tuberculosis. She was only 18 years old, and the family was living in Bloomington, Indiana.  Looking at her death certificate, she must have suffered for a few months with the illness before she passed.  

Tuberculosis was common in this time period.  It was a contagious disease that was referred to as a "death sentence" if contracted.  According to this website, "During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, tuberculosis (TB) was the leading cause of death in the United States, and one of the most feared diseases in the world.  Formerly called “consumption,” tuberculosis is characterized externally by fatigue, night sweats, and a general “wasting away” of the victim. Typically but not exclusively a disease of the lungs, TB is also marked by a persistent coughing-up of thick white phlegm, sometimes blood." 

Ruby was so young, and it must have been devastating for the family.  Her parents were later buried beside her at Rose Hill Cemetery in Bloomington, Indiana.  

Ruby Wood, Obituary, Bloomington Evening World, 4 Feb 1919

Ruby Wood, Death Certificate, Monroe County, Indiana

Ruby Wood, Headstone, Rose Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, Indiana

On the second anniversary of her death, this was published in the Bloomington Evening World Newspaper on Feb 3, 1921.  

Ruby Wood, Obituary, Bloomington Evening World, 3 Feb 1921

The next grandchild to pass away was Effie Wood Porter who died on April 29, 1919. She was the daughter of Charles and Gabra Ella Wood.  She married John Porter on July 16, 1904 when she was 18 years old and he was 42.  Married for 12 years, she and John has seven children.  Her husband John passed away on February 14, 1917 with heart issues, at the age of 54.  Also, very sadly, Effie died only two years later of tuberculosis.  Leaving all those children must have been so hard on all the family!  

Effie Wood Porter, Death Certificate, Owen County, Indiana
Effie Wood Porter, Obituary, Spencer Owen County Democrat, 8 May 1919
John and Effie Porter, Heddings Road Chapel Cemetery, Owen County, Indiana

The fist male grandchild to pass away in 1919 was Raymond Wood, and he was the son of Ezra Emmett and Malinda (Coffer) Wood. Raymond was 17, and he tragically passed away in an automobile accident on July 20, 1919 in Redfield, Iwoa.  There was a lengthy newspaper article which explained what happened in the Owen County Democrat.   Raymond had gone out on a drive with his younger brother, Woodrow, who was only six years old.   His car stalled while going up a large hill and rolled backwards off of a cliff landing in water.  Raymond was thrown from the car as it flipped, and his little brother miraculously survived.  Raymond worked with his father and older brothers in the family's garage called, Redfield Garage.  In the Iowa, Deaths and Burials, 1850-1990, his occupation was listed as Machinist Automobile.  This just makes me very sad. So young and to die in a car accident must have been devastating for the family. 

Raymond Wood Tragic Death, Spencer Owen County Democrat, 31 Jul 1919

His father later sued Dallas County for damages of $27,700 because of the dangerous area of the road not having a guard rail.  In today's money, it would equate to over $400K. The case was moved to Warren County and was retried at least two times.  I searched but could not find out the outcome of the trials.

E.E. Wood Law Suite, Washington Evening Journal, 27 Sept 1919

E.E. Wood Law Suit Continued, Perry Daily Chief, 22 Jul 1921

The last child I found information about was Harry Ephraius Wood, son of Thomas Otis and Mary Etta (Tipton) Wood.  The obituary found in the Owen County Democrat on November 20, 1919 states that he died of diphtheria on October 26, 1919 and was 19 years old.  He died in Owen County and is buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Spencer, Indiana.  Another death by a disease that is almost nonexistent in the United States today thanks to vaccines.  

Harry Wood Death, Spencer Owen County Democrat, 20 Nov 1919

Harry Wood, Death Certificate, Owen County, Indiana

The Wood family buried four young people in a matter of months in 1919.   I would like to think they leaned on each other through this very difficult year.  


Obituary/Death Announcement, Bloomington Evening World, Bloomington, Indiana, United States, 4 Feb 1919, Page 4, Column 4. Death Announcement for Ruby Frances Wood.

Death Anniversary Announcement, Bloomington Evening World, Bloomington, Indiana, United States, 21 Feb 1921, Page 4, Column 2. Death Anniversary Announcement for Ruby Frances Wood. Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015.

Obituary/Death Announcement, Spencer Owen County Democrat, Spencer, Indiana, United States, 8 May 1919, Death Announcement for Effie Wood Porter.

Raymond Wood Accident, Spencer Owen County Democrat, Spencer, Indiana, United States, 31 Jul 1919, Raymond Wood. Iowa, Deaths and Burials, 1850-1990 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc, 2014.

Court Announcement, The Evening Journal, Washington, Iowa, United States, 27 Sept 1919, Page 4, Column 2. Begin New Suit for $27,700..

Court Announcement, Perry Daily Chief, Perry, Iowa, United States, 22 Jul 1921, Page 1, Column 2. Hays Sets Aside Wood Verdict.

Obituary/Death Announcement, Spencer Owen County Democrat, Spencer, Indiana, United States, 20 Nov 1919, Death Announcement for Harry Wood.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Strong Woman - Week 9

This week's post is for the 2018 challenge called, 52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks, by Amy Johnson Crow.  Theme for this week: Strong Woman

The strong woman I want to highlight in my blog post this week is Sarah Amanda May Wood.  Sarah was born on April 16, 1839 to Charles G May and Mary Broy May in Monroe County, Indiana.  Sarah's father, Charles, was a school teacher in rural Owen County.  

She married Nathan Wood, our Civil War veteran, on July 19, 1860.  In the pension application file at the National Archives, Sarah states in an affidavit dated, July 1, 1890, that they were married at the house of William Mills in Clay Township, Owen County, Indiana.  Mills was listed as a farmer on the 1860 census.  The Mills family and the May family are only a few pages from each other in the census, so I did a little research and discovered that William W. Mills was married to Sarah's sister, Margaret.  

Marriage Record, Owen County, Indiana

Marriage License from Civil War Pension File

Sarah Wood stating where she and Nathan were married
The reason I chose to write about Sarah Wood as my strong woman was because I reread her obituary recently.  

Reading older obituaries in the newspaper can give us so much insight into a person's life.  The sketch shown here was published in the Owen County Democrat on June 30, 1921.  Pay special attention to the highlighted text in pink.  

I transcribed the entire obituary so you can read it here:

The subject of this sketch, Sarah Amanda Wood, was born in Monroe County, Indiana, April 16, 1839 and died June 14, 1921 age 82 years, 1 month and 28 days, at the home of her son, Otis, in Owen County, Indiana.

She was the daughter of Charles and Polly May and with her parents, at the age of eleven years, moved to Owen County, near Spencer, Ind., where she spent her remaining years of her life.

She was united in marriage to Nathan Wood July 19, 1863 and to this union were born 8 children, one dying at the age of 4 years, 7 remaining to mourn the loss of a true and devoted mother.  

When the Civil War broke out in 1861 her husband volunteered and joining Co. D ’39 reg. went to the front leaving the care of home and two small children to the wife which task she nobly filled until the return of her husband. The father only remained at the front a short time when he was sent home on account of failing health. He never regained his health again and on July 1, 1886 he died leaving the cares of the family of children to her alone. With hard work and honest toll, oftentimes having many trying and difficult tasks to endure, provided the necessary things of life for her family.  The boys and girls grew to manhood and womanhood, marrying and going out to make homes of their own all except Otis who married and remained with his mother in his house.  She has spent the remaining days of her life where there was always welcome and willing hands to care for her and try to make life’s last days her most enjoyable ones.  She was taken sick on February 16 of infirmities of old age and as the days of suffering and comfort and cheer her in her hour of suffering could not stay the hand of death and after nearly four months and intense suffering, just at dawn of day she entered in sweet rest, there to await the coming of her Savior. 

Grandma Wood, as she was known by her friends and neighbors, was a loyal and true Christian woman having been converted and united with the M.E. church at Heddings Chapel at an early age, remaining until death, although nor permitted to attend church for a number of years on account of her health and hearing. She never lost faith in her Savior and when spoken to about getting well always answered, “if it is the Lord’s will and if not, all was well.” Grandma Wood was a kind neighbor and a true friend always upholding the right and despising the wrong, always trying to set a good example before all with who she became associated with.  She will be sadly missed in the community and the home where she lived and was most tenderly cared for in her last days.  There is left to mourn their loss, one sister living at Worthington, 4 sons and 3 daughters. Charles near Pottersville, Ind., Dora of near Arney, Ind., Emmett, of Redfield, Iowa. Estel and Mollie of Bloomington, Ind., Lula, of Danville, Ill., and Otis of near Spencer, Ind.; and forty-five grandchildren, also forty-one great grandchildren, 11 grandchildren having preceded her in death. Four grown grandchildren having died in a period less than eight months, each of the four brothers loosing one child.  A host of relatives and friends also remain.  

A place within our home is vacant; a shadow o’er our life is cast; dearest mother thou art gone from the earthy home, And left us here all alone to weep and mourn; But if we love and trust the God she loved so well; We shall meet her in that heavenly home, Where no farewells are said, And with Mother live forever.  

Sarah and Nathan Wood Gravestones, Adel Cemetery, Owen County, Indiana

Sarah Wood Gravestone, Adel Cemetery, Owen County, Indiana
Sarah was a testament to a woman of strength.  We know from previous posts about Nathan and his troubles after arriving home after the Civil War.  When he returned back to Owen County, they went on to have seven children before he died; however, it sounds as though she carried a large burden with the family because of his sickness.  

Now that you read the obituary, don't you wish you could have met Grandma Wood? Also, did you catch the one line that said, "Four grown grandchildren having died in a period less than eight months, each of the four brothers loosing one child."  Well, I guess I need to dig up some research on these grandchildren.  How sad! :(

Sarah Amanda May Wood sounds like a strong, sweet and lovable grandma.  Someday..."We shall meet her in that heavenly home, Where no farewells are said, And with Grandma Wood live forever."  

Nathan Wood and Sarah Amanda May, (19 July 1860), Owen County, Indiana, Marriage Record, Book D, 1854-1863: 450; Owen County Courthouse, 60 S Main St, Spencer, Indiana.

"Civil War Pension Application File,'" Affidavit Dated July 1, 1890, Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Soldiers Who Served in Both the Mexican War and the Civil War, ca. 1847 - ca. 1888, Record Group 15, Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs,National Archives,Washington, D.C., United States.Certificate Included with Original Invalid Claim,15 May 1865,Application No. 439.771,Certificate No. 345.827. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: 1860 U.S. census, population schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

Obituary, The Owen County Democrat, Spencer, Indiana, United States, 30 June 1921, Page 5, Column 1 and 2. Obituary sketch for Sarah Amanda May Wood.