WOODS (VETERAN CSA), THOMAS ALLEN - Benton County, Arkansas | THOMAS ALLEN WOODS (VETERAN CSA) - Arkansas Gravestone Photos

Thomas Allen WOODS (VETERAN CSA)

Centerton Cemetery
Benton County,
Arkansas

Civil War Confederate
May 2, 1836 - August 20, 1922

*Obituary (as written)
Benton County Record
Friday, August 26, 1921

WOODS, Thomas Allen - Allen Woods, one of Benton county's first settlers, passed away at the family home three miles west of Bentonville last Saturday at the age of 85 years. The funeral services were held Sunday and were conducted by his old time friend, Rev. Peter Carnahan and Rev. W.C. Wheat, pastor of the Presbyterian church. There was a large attendance of sorrowing friends who came to pay their last respects to one they had known so long and so well. Interment was made in the cemetery at Centerton where the Daughters of Confederacy placed a wreath of flowers on the last resting place of Uncle Allen Woods. Thomas Allen Woods was born in 1836 in Eastern Tennessee from which section so many of our pioneers came. He came to this county with his parents in 1840 after a long and difficult journey. His father, Samuel Woods, found a desirable place to live west of the little log store that was the only building where Bentonville now is. Here he selected about 600 acres of very desirable land and built him a home. James Jackson, who came here in 1831, was his nearest neighbor who entered upon 800 acres of land. John E. Davidson was another neighbor who located on what is now known as the Troutt farm. Other settlers were few and far between. The woods then were full of deer and turkey and an occasional bear was killed. The early settlers raised nearly everything they needed and the women folks spun and wove the cloth for their clothing. Little was bought for everything was very high. Their nearest trading post was Van Buren, where everything was brought up the Arkansas river by boat. At the death of his father, Allen Woods succeeded to the estate. In 1859 he married Miss Mary Troutt. When the war broke out he joined the side he thought was right and entered the Confederate regiment that was organized at McKissick spring. The old home was burned during the war and the present one built. Mr. Woods lived continually on the old homestead for 81 years. He was the last surviving member of a large family. Besides his widow he is survived by four nephews: Dwight Dickson of this city, John Woods of Pea Ridge, Jas. Woods of Centerton and Wm. Woods, who lives in Texas, and one niece, Miss Margaret Woods.

*Obituary
Benton County Record
Friday, August 26, 1921

With the passing of Allen Woods last week, only two survivors of the old Confederate regiment that was formed by the settlers around McKissick spring and Bentonville remain. These two are Andrew Callis, who lives on Route 3, and John Fields of Centerton. McKissick spring may not be a familiar name to everyone in Benton county so we will state that the big spring at Centerton was so called before the town was laid out and the railroad came. It was a famous spring in early days and many came from a distance to visit it. It was thought at one time to have some medicinal qualities.

Contributed on 11/13/08 by wfields55
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Submitted: 11/13/08 • Approved: 3/16/12 • Last Updated: 9/24/14 • R100590-G0-S3

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