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  1. Thomas Francis Woodward: Birth: 28 Aug 1881 in le Mont à l'abbé, St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands,United Kingdom. Death: 17 Jun 1882 in , Isle of Jersey, Channel Islands, United Kingdom

  2. Thomas Francis (Tom) Woodward: Birth: 9 Jun 1883 in , Devonport, Devon, England. Death: 12 Aug 1966 in , Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada

  3. Phillip Albert Woodward: Birth: 28 Feb 1885 in , Manitoba, Canada. Death: 30 Jul 1885 in , Manitoba, Canada

  4. Phillip (Phil) Woodward: Birth: 28 May 1888 in 12-14-10, Raeburn, Manitoba, Canada. Death: 5 Jan 1975 in , Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada

  5. Laura Woodward: Birth: 21 May 1889 in , Reaburn, Manitoba, Canada. Death: 8 Oct 1990 in Treherne Hospital, Treherne, Manitoba, Canada

  6. Charles (Charlie) Woodward: Birth: 21 Jul 1890 in , Reaburn, Manitoba, Canada. Death: 21 Feb 1965 in , Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada

  7. James Woodward: Birth: 1891 in , Reaburn, Manitoba, Canada. Death: 1891 in , Manitoba, Canada

  8. Matilda (Tillie) Woodward: Birth: 18 Apr 1892 in , Reaburn, Manitoba, Canada. Death: 3 May 1982 in , Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada

  9. Alice Woodward: Birth: 18 Mar 1894 in , Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Death: 24 Jul 1894 in , Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

1. Title:   The Woodwards, Rands, Jacksons, Irvines, Longdens, McElrevys, etc.
Note:   Garth Raymond Woodward was born on 14 January 1968 in Treherne, Manitoba, Canada. I was th
Publication:   computer printouts, photocopies, word-of-mouth stories
Author:   Woodward, Garth Raymond (born 1968)
Name:   Manitoba Genealogical Society
Givenname:   Manitoba Genealogical Society
RepositoryId:   REPO4
Address:   P. O. Box 2066 Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3R4 Canada
Phone:   204-783-9139
Note continued:   e youngest child of Clarence Albert Woodward (born 1921) and Lillian Jean Jackson (born 1928). My grandparents were Phillip Woodward (1888-1975), Gertrude Jane Rands (1890-1972), Alexander Irvine Jackson (1881-1963), and Gertrude E. Longdon/Longden (1885-1967). I moved from Treherne, Manitoba to Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1986 and I travelled to Britain and Europe in 1989 and 1991. My address for genealogy purposes is Garth Woodward, Box 2931, Winnipeg General Post Office, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 4B5, Canada. My e-mail is Telephone 204-452-3013 Parents are C. Albert and Lillian Woodward, Box 67, Treherne, Manitoba, R0G 2V0, Canada, 204-723-2778 My genealogy database is at
2. Title:   Tiger Hills to the Assiniboine, A History of Treherne and Surrounding District (Treherne, Manitoba,Canada)
Page:   Pages 51, 52, 76, 77, 185, 338, 339, 366, 369, 370
Publication:   Altona, Manitoba: D. W. Friesen & Sons Ltd., 1976, 382 pages.
Author:   Treherne Area History Committee
Name:   MacGregor and District Library and Archives
Givenname:   MacGregor and District Library and Archives
RepositoryId:   REPO5
Address:   Box 435 MacGregor, Manitoba R0H 0R0 Canada
Phone:   204-685-2796
3. Title:   Trails Old and New, MacGregor and District, 1872-1967 (MacGregor,Manitoba,Canada)
Page:   Page 88, photograph; Page 89, third paragraph
Publication:   Manitoba: The Public Press Limited, 1967, 119 pages.
Author:   Taylor, Rupert Leslie (editor)
Name:   Manitoba Genealogical Society
Givenname:   Manitoba Genealogical Society
RepositoryId:   REPO4
Address:   P. O. Box 2066 Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3R4 Canada
Phone:   204-783-9139
4. Title:   Family Records of Mrs. Myrtle Woodward, Lavenham (between MacGregor and Treherne), Manitoba
Publication:   family group sheets, photos, written stories, 1980s
Author:   Woodward, Mrs. Ernest Arthur (Myrtle May Smith) born 1933
Name:   Mrs. Ernest Woodward
Givenname:   Mrs. Ernest Woodward
RepositoryId:   REPO6
Address:   Box 495 MacGregor, Manitoba R0H 0R0 Canada
Phone:   723-2608 (in Treherne,MB)
5. Title:   Interviews with Mrs. Samuel Cyrus HENRY (Laura WOODWARD) in the 1980s
Publication:   part of the book "The Woodwards, Rands, Jacksons, etc."
Author:   Woodward, Garth Raymond (born 1968)
Name:   Manitoba Genealogical Society
Givenname:   Manitoba Genealogical Society
RepositoryId:   REPO4
Address:   P. O. Box 2066 Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3R4 Canada
Phone:   204-783-9139
6. Title:   Census 1901 of Thomas A. Woodward, Laura Hamel, and family
Publication:   Lavenham, Manitoba, Canada
7. Title:   Census 1891 of Thomas A. Woodward, Laura Hamel, and family
Publication:   Raeburn, Manitoba, Canada
8. Title:   Census 1861 of Robert Woodward, Mary Ann Strawson, and family
Publication:   Church St., Drypool, Sculcoates District, Hull, Yorkshire, England
9. Title:   Through Fields and Dreams: A History of the R.M. of North Norfolk and MacGregor
Publication:   Altona, Manitoba, Canada: Friesens Corporation, 1998, 2 volumes, 1181 pages
Author:   The History Book Committee of The North Norfolk-MacGregor Archives Inc.
Name:   Portage and District Regional Library
Givenname:   Portage and District Regional Library
RepositoryId:   REPO7
Address:   170 Saskatchewan Avenue West Portage la Prairie, Manitoba
Phone:   204-857-4271
10. Title:   Army Pay Book of Thomas Albert Woodward (1859-1922)
Note:   Next-of-Kin listed as: Mother - Mary Ann Woodward, Hull; Father - deceased; Sister - Mar
Publication:   lists wages, next-of-kin, birth and marriage details, etc.
Name:   Garth Raymond Woodward (born 1968)
Givenname:   Garth Raymond Woodward (born 1968)
RepositoryId:   REPO2
Address:   Box 2931 Box 2931, Station Main Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 4B5 Canada
Phone:   204-452-3013
Note continued:   y Matilda Woodward, Hull
11. Title:   .Research by Garth R. Woodward
Note:   Garth Raymond Woodward was born on 14 January 1968 in Treherne, Manitoba, Canada. I am the y
Publication:   Born 14 Jan 1968 in Treherne, Manitoba, Canada
Author:   Woodward, Garth Raymond
Name:   Garth Woodward
Givenname:   Garth Woodward
RepositoryId:   REPO8
Address:   Box 2931 Box 2931 Station Main Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 4B5, Canada
Phone:   204-452-3013
Note continued:   oungest child of Clarence Albert Woodward (1921-2012) and Lillian Jean Jackson (1928-2013). My grandparents were Phillip Woodward (1888-1975), Gertrude Jane Rands (1890-1972), Alexander Irvine Jackson (1881-1963), and Gertrude E. Longdon/Longden (1885-1967). I moved from Treherne, Manitoba to Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1986 and I travelled to Britain and Europe in 1989 and 1991. My address for genealogy purposes is Garth Woodward, Box 2931, Station Main, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 4B5, Canada. Telephone 204-452-3013 My genealogy database is at
12. Title:   Family Bible of Robert Woodward and Mary Ann Strawson
Publication:   photocopy held by Garth R. Woodward, born 1968
Author:   Woodward, Robert, born about 1828 (in his handwriting)
Name:   Horatio "Titch" Woodward (1919-1990) and wife Betty
Givenname:   Horatio "Titch" Woodward (1919-1990) and wife Betty
RepositoryId:   REPO1
Address:   55 Hanley Road Hull, North Humberside HU5 5ST England
13. Title:   Birth Certificate - Civil Registration of England and Wales
Publication:   certificate
Name:   Garth Raymond Woodward (born 1968)
Givenname:   Garth Raymond Woodward (born 1968)
RepositoryId:   REPO2
Address:   Box 2931 Box 2931, Station Main Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 4B5 Canada
Phone:   204-452-3013
14. Title:   Ancestor Chart in Mervin Albert Woodward's Baby Book, 1952
Publication:   handwritten in 1952 by Mrs. Lillian Woodward (born 1928)
Author:   Jackson, Gertrude E. (1885-1967) and Woodward, Gertrude J. (1892-1972)
Name:   Garth Raymond Woodward (born 1968)
Givenname:   Garth Raymond Woodward (born 1968)
RepositoryId:   REPO2
Address:   Box 2931 Box 2931, Station Main Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 4B5 Canada
Phone:   204-452-3013
15. Title:   Treherne Times
Publication:   published in Treherne, Manitoba, Canada
Name:   Legislative Library of Manitoba
Givenname:   Legislative Library of Manitoba
RepositoryId:   REPO3
Address:   200 Vaughan Street Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0P8 Canada
16. Title:   Funeral Announcement Card
Name:   Garth Raymond Woodward (born 1968)
Givenname:   Garth Raymond Woodward (born 1968)
RepositoryId:   REPO2
Address:   Box 2931 Box 2931, Station Main Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 4B5 Canada
Phone:   204-452-3013
17. Title:   Gravestone - Rossendale Cemetary
Publication:   Rossendale Cemetery is between Rossendale and Lavenham and lies in South Norfolk Municipality, Manitoba, Canada
18. Title:   Marriage Certificate - Isle of Jersey, Channel Islands, United Kingdom
Publication:   certificate
Author:   Superintendent Registrar, Isle of Jersey
Name:   Superintendent Registrar
Givenname:   Superintendent Registrar
RepositoryId:   REPO9
Address:   States' Offices Royal Square St. Helier, Isle of Jersey Channel Islands, United Kingdom
Phone:   0534 77111

a. Note:   !BIRTH: birth certificate; family bible held by Horatio Woodward of Hull, Yorkshire, 1989 !MARR: marriage certificate (Isle of Jersey, Channel Islands) !DEATH: family records, newspaper obituary !BUR: gravestone, Rossendale Cemetary CENSUS: 1861, 1871 census of Drypool, Hull, Yorkshire. 1881 census Thomas Woodward is at a military engineering school in Kent, England and his wife Laura is living at a military barracks in Hampshire, England. There were no children yet. 1891 census - at the farm near Lavenham, Manitoba, Canada 1901 census Thomas Woodward may possibly be on the census twice. Once in the City of Winnipeg, and maybe also at his farm near Lavenham. His wife and children appear at the farm near Lavenham, Mantioba. 1906 census of Western Canada line 1, page 7, sub-district 7, district 4 (MacDonald), Manitoba, Canada Thomas Woodward, 47, born in England, immigrated to Canada in 1884, farming at 14-9-10 1W, Lavenham, one horse, 2 milk cows, 8 beef cows, three pigs Laura, 50, born in England, immigrated to Canada in 1884 Thomas, 21, born in England, immigrated to Canada in 1884 Philip, 19, born in Manitoba Laura, 17, born in Manitoba Charles, 16, born in Manitoba Tillie, 14, born in Manitoba Death Registration says his mother was Mary Atkins. His mother was Mary Ann Strawson, whose father died young and then her mother married to George Ashton and had several children named Ashton. This is likely where the name "Atkins" comes in. =============== MILITARY SERVICE LIST =============== WAR OF 1812 - NORTH AMERICA probably William Woodward (died 1865 in Hull, Yorkshire) DEFENDING CANADA FROM THE FENIAN RAIDS (groups of Irish Americans attacking from the USA - about 1870s) William R. Raith (husband of Jane Christina McElrevy) ZULU WAR - 1879 in Africa (now part of South Africa) Thomas Albert Woodward EGYPT AND INDIA Mr. and Mrs. Barrett (nee Hamel) HONG KONG Horatio Woodward - navy - Hong Kong and elsewhere BOER WAR (South Africa - about 1899-1900) none known yet WORLD WAR I William Henry - died in France Nixon - died in Mesopotamia (Iraq) in 1920 Charles Woodward of Manitoba Rands of Manitoba Tom Dade Joe Gent WORLD WAR II Rands of Alberta - pilot killed Kivil Woodward - killed in Italy William Jackson, son of William Jackson - killed Horatio Woodward - civilian age 63?? - killed in aerial raids on Hull, Yorkshire, England Clarence Albert Woodward -- POW (prisoner of war) Hartley Woodward -- POW (prisoner of war) Stan Woodward Tommy Henry Willie Woodward - maybe Victor Woodward - air force mechanic Duncan Jackson - supply truck driver in France, etc Irvine McElrevy Jackson (son of Alec Jackson) Harold S. Brooking - air force mechanic ?? WW II - HOME GUARD (usually veterans of WW I) Charles Woodward Joe Gent COLD WAR Stan Woodward Ernest Woodward - air force mechanic ??? Rands ?? !MISC: grew up in Hull, Yorkshire; apprenticed in shipbuilding and carpentry; joined army and fought in the Zulu War in Africa in 1879; attained rank of sergeant; met wife and married her when stationed on the Isle of Jersey, Channel Islands; migrated to Canada in 1884; lived in Manitoba in Bird's Hill, Raeburn, and Winnipeg; moved to Ladysmith district near Lavenham, Manitoba in 1900 to farm; carpenter on Bird's Hill School, Ladysmith School, Treherne United Church, Harland's Ferry, and the MacIntyre Block in Winnipeg; Operated Harland's Ferry on the Assiniboine River for a while; visited England in 1908 and 1909; died from overexposure to the cold river water at Harland's Ferry in fall 1922. Religion: Church of England from birth to about 1879, Methodist from 1881 until death. Served briefly in the "Home Guard" in Canada during World War I. His regimental number was 2734044 and he was in the C.E.F. (Canadian Expeditionary Force). Death registration says his father was Robert Woodward and mother was a Miss Atkin (Atkin is very similar to Ashton) His mother's mother remarried to George Ashton after her first husband died, therefore his mother, Miss Mary Ann Strawson, was raised in an Ashton household. The informant for the death registration was his son, Thomas Francis Woodward. His first Homestead in Manitoba was near Bird's Hill. He applied for the Homestead in Winnipeg and was assigned a farm, sight unseen, as was common in those days. The Homestead turned out to have too much gravel and stones, so it was not good for farming. He left that farm after a few years and moved elsewhere. A hundred and twenty years later, that land would have been very valuable as a source of gravel for roads and concrete, but at that time, it had little value. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ THOMAS ALBERT WOODWARD (1859-1922) OF LAVENHAM, MANITOBA DRAFT COPY / THIS IS NOT THE FINAL VERSION by Garth Woodward, Box 67, Treherne, Manitoba, R0G 2V0, Canada EARLY LIFE Thomas Albert Woodward was born on March 7, 1859 to Robert Woodward and Mary Ann Strawson. He was born at their home on Great Union Street, Drypool, in the borough of Kingston-upon-Hull (also known as Hull), in the county of Yorkshire, England. His birth was reported to the government on April 19, 1859. His religion was the Church of England (now known as "Anglican" in Canada). His father died at sea and was buried at Gibralter in about 1868 to 1871. Thus, to help support his family Thomas was trained as a carpenter in a shipyard and worked there for 5 years. He was well educated for the time, had beautiful handwriting, and was a good swimmer. When he was about 14 he won a silver picture frame in a swimming race. This frame, now possessed by Laura Henry, holds an original picture of him and his wife at the time of their marriage. When his father died a ghost supposedly appeared to the family. This story is covered in the section on Robert and Mary Ann Woodward. THE ARMY He recieved his 3rd class certificate of education (only four classes existed) on February 10, 1879. (PB) On March 13, 1878 he enlisted for the 35th Brigade of the Infantry in London. He enlisted because he wanted to participate in the Zulu War. Because of a shortage of men after a Zulu massacre (delt with below) he was transfered to the 25th Brigade of the 24th Regiment. His regimental number was 1878, but in other instances he is given a number 1498. He was a carpenter living in Hull. He is described as having grey eyes, brown hair, tatoo marks on his left forearm, a fresh complexion, and being 5 feet 5 inches tall. He belonged to the Church of England (Anglican). At this time he was 19 years and 6 days old. (PB) He left England on March 14, 1879 and he was stationed in the state of Natal, Zululand, South Africa. He returned to England on Oct. 2, 1879. Most of the above information and some of the following information is from Thomas Woodward's army pay book. ZULU WAR The Zulu war began not long after Britain annexed the Transvaal (in South Africa). The Transvaal had previously belonged to the Boers, who were settlers of German and Dutch ancestory (this land had once been colonies of those countries). The Boers, whose land was being bit by bit taken by the British, later rebelled in the Boer War of 1899-1902. When the British gained the Transvaal they also aquired the old border dispute with the brave and fierce Zulu natives. In January 1879 the British invaded Zululand and headed towards Ulundi, the tribe's head village and royal krall. One of the three British columns of troops was attacked on the morning of January 22, near Islandhlwana, by nearly 10 000 Zulus. Almost every man on the British side was killed. The British casualties were 806 Europeans (almost half of which were of the 24th Regiment, the one Thomas Woodward later was part of) and 471 Africans. This massacre is the one shown in the early 1970s movie "Zulu" and it stands out in history as the greatest defeat ever inflicted upon a modern European army by primitive African tribesmen. After reinforcements had arrived, the British broke through Zulu resistance at Ulundi on July 4, 1879 and won, and the war was quickly over. It is likely Thomas Woodward took part in this second battle at Ulundi. The above information is mostly from the Encyclopedia Britannica (under Zululand). After the native soldiers and servants on the British side were killed their bodies were pilled up to form a high protective barrier (LH). While he was there Thomas made a very large and intricate quilt out of the uniforms of dead soldiers. Some of the designs on this quilt included several Union Jacks. After his wife died in 1958, the quilt was cut up into a number of pieces and was distributed among a number of his descendents. The Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature had even expressed an interest in obtaining a piece of this quilt. Pieces of this quilt are still in the family. One weapon used in combat with the Zulus was the knob kirri, which was a three foot stick with a three inch knob on the end. It was used to hit the Zulus on the shins. This weapon is also still in the family. Thomas remembered that when they marched from place to place the men would suck stones to quench their thirst. Once they passed a water hole and their superior said that if any of the men broke rank and tried to go to the water hole that they would be shot. However, all the men at once rushed to the water hole, so none were shot. However, the well was polluted with dead animals, so they didn't drink from it anyways. While they were marching one of their oxen became sick so it was shot and left along the side of the trail. When they marched back a few days later there was nothing left but a completely bare skeleton. Giant ants two to three inches long had devoured the entire thing. Queen Victoria once said that she wished the Zulu's were on England's side, since they were brave, honest, and did not smoke! Meanwhile she detested the Boers, because they were so cruel to the Africans. Later in 1879 Thomas received the South Africa Medal for his service in the Zulu War and this medal is still in the family. It has been said that when Thomas left Africa he tried to smuggle out some diamonds, since South Africa has many diamond mines. He filled the barrel of the gun with diamonds and put a cork in the end. While on the boat the cork fell out and the diamonds were lost, likely falling into the water. This story has circulated through the years, but Laura Henry does not know if it is true or not. There also was a time when Thomas was returning to England on a ship after the war was over, and while on board he was gambling and was on a winning streak. He won a large amount of money and/or plug tobacco. Then the boat began to sink and the men had to bail out. One man told Thomas he was crazy to try to swim to shore with all the coins and/or tobacco around his waist. But Thomas said that if the coins were too heavy he could always let them drop after he was in the water, and unfortunately that is what he had to do. The swim was through thick seaweed and they swam in triangle formation. Thomas made it to shore with the tobacco, but it was no good. Thomas was a very good swimmer, and out of a ship of about 300, only about 60 men survived and made it to shore. These few survivors were later congratulated and shook hands with Queen Victoria, or perhaps the Queen shook hands with all of the Zulu War veterans since it was a very small war. The knob kirri and other personnal possessions of Thomas's survived because they were on another ship. MARRIAGE After they returned from Africa Thomas was among the soldiers stationed on the Isle of Jersey in the Channel Islands. British military engineers and construction men were often stationed there in the summer to construct military docks and so forth, and in the winter they were sent to Devon. When he was there he first saw his future wife when she was going to town one day in a cart with her father, perhaps taking vegetables in to the market. On November 1, 1880 he married Laura Luisa Hamel at St. Hellier, Isle of Jersey, Channel Islands. In 1879 and 1880 Thomas was stationed at a place called gaspool??? After they married he and his wife Laura shared the same private quarters in the army barracks since his rank was high enough for this privilege. On October 31, 1881 he was promoted to corporal and his first child Thomas Francis was born on August 28, 1881 at Mount al Abbey. This child died June 17, 1882 and was buried on the Isle of Jersey. The undertakers's receipt still exists. In January of 1881 Thomas was measured: Head - 21.5 inches, Body - 15, and shoe size - 7. On December 15, 1882 he was promoted to Sargent. In 1881 and 1882 he was stationed at Aldershot. There is one story that has been heard and it is not certain if it is a bawdy British joke or if it really happened to Thomas. The story goes that when Thomas and Laura lived together in the same barracks in Aldershot, on the second floor, a rowdy drunk came out onto the street one night. And was singing and swearing and so forth and woke everybody up. And then Thomas opened the window and dumped the contents of the bedpan onto his head. Then Thomas yelled "Here's half mine and half the old lady's", which also refers to British "half and half" beer. (CAW). Then Thomas was stationed in Devonpool in 1883, where his second child Thomas Francis was born on June 9. Thomas is also described by his superiors as having a very good character and having received two Good Conduct Badges. (PB) He was transferrd to the army reserve at Pontefract on March 14, 1884. In 1884 he was posibly also stationed at Cord. (get info from tar stained papers) CANADA He retired form the army at about the middle of 1884. He then went to Canada while his wife Laura and his two sons, (the second Thomas Francis and Phillip Albert) followed him out about three months later because she was expecting a child when he first left. They came by boat to Montreal and then took a train to Winnipeg. It was said that the newly born child Phillip Albert Woodward died in Montreal, but Phillip Albert is listed as buried in the Brookside Cemetary in Winnipeg according to the Brookside Cemetary records . lumbering operation, and the Woodwards lived in a little shack nearby. Thomas advised his apprehensive wife Laura that the Indians were friendly. They visited regularly and sat near the doorway, indicating that they were hungry by pointing to their mouths. After they were given food, they would leave. Laura eventually lost her fear of the Indians. I have also heard something of hauling wood across land on the east side of the Red River to Winnipeg at a time when this land was all muskeg. Thomas filled for his first homestead at Raeburn, Manitoba in 1884. Thomas knew nothing about farming, and he learned it all from his wife, since her father was a farmer on the Isle of Jersey. He was not an enthusiastic farmer, and he preferred to be a carpenter or travel. Unfortunately, his land here was mostly gravel so he moved to Bird's Hill, Manitoba. Here he worked as a labourer on a cattle farm. While at Bird's Hill he built the community's first school. He was very concerned about giving has children a good education. He was also religious and had beautiful handwriting. The windows, blackboards, books, and other equipment for this log school were bought by a Daniel MacIntyre. This man later became a prominent Winnipeg businessman (a school in Winnipeg is now named after him) and his family tended to become doctors. Thomas's children went to school with his children and they were all very good friends. Most of the kids who went to this school were Indians. At Bird's Hill the Woodwards lived in a log house with a thatched roof and a dirt floor. Even though the roof was thatched, it never leaked, since it was made from grass and reeds from nearby swamps and ponds. There is also some story about a dam being built and a guy fell into the concrete while it was being poured and he was never removed. I am not sure which place came first, Bird's Hill or Raeburn. When the family moved from Bird's Hill to Winnipeg a loyal pet dog they had had to be abandoned. A number of days later the dog reappeared at their new home in Winnipeg. However, the dog was so sick it had to be shot soon afterwards. WINNIPEG In 1894 Thomas moved to the North-West corner of Salter and Jarvis Streets in Winnipeg. The house was 157 Jarvis Avenue. It faced south towards the CPR tracks. He traded his farm at Bird's Hill for this house in Winnipeg, which had previously been used as a store. This house was just a kitchen and sleeping quarters. Like most families, they had one cow at their house for fresh milk, which Mrs. Woodward usually milked. A picture of this house exists, showing the entire family in front and the swing that Thomas constructed. In the window there is a candlestick holder, which is still in the family. Every day some men would come and take all the local cows to some common pasture to graze, then at night the cows would be hearded home. Thomas always left some oats for his cow in the evening, so the cow had incentive to quickly return.Ô (   participate, but one of Laura's female neighbours in Winnipeg said that he might not return, so Laura threatened to leave him if he went. He already had a tendency to disappear for long periods without leaving word for his family. Their daughter Laura remembers swinging on their swing infront of the house (Thomas built it himself, along with the fence) and she was singing "Oh Lord Jesus, send us a hunk of gold" (LH) Their next door neighbours were the Cooper's who lived in a two story white house. While Thomas lived in Winnipeg he worked as a carpenter, and he worked on a number of business buildings downtown, and alos on building grain cars for the C.P.R.. When an earlier MacIntyre block burnt down (owned by the same man who helped pay for the school in Bird's Hill), Thomas worked on the woodwork (windowframes, doors, etc) ofthe new building, which was made of brick. There is a picture of this building on page 61 of "Winnipeg: An Illustrated History" by Allan Artibise (National Museums of Canada, Toronto, 1977). LADYSMITH On January 6, 1899 Thomas filled for the farm on the NW of 14-9-10W, just by the Assiniboine River. Because he had previously recieved a government land grant at Bird's Hill, he was not eligible to apply for a second grant of land. Therefore he applied for the land in his son's name, Thomas Francis. However, I have also seen legal documents in the name of a Thomas Francis Albert Woodward. This arrangement caused much confusion after he passed away. Thomas first lived at a neighbour's farm (who?) while he built a house on his own land. (VW) Then his wife and family came out from Winnipeg in 1900. They loaded all their posessions into a box car, along with a team of oxen. The children also rode in the box car because it was cheaper. They arrived at Treherne and loaded their goods onto a wagon, and they had to ford the river to get to the homestead. (THA) Since Thomas was a carpenter he had no trouble finding work. He helped build the Ladysmith School (1900) and the Treherne United Church 1907). (THA) In 1903 Thomas Woodward and 26 other settlers on the north side of the Assiniboine petitioned the municipal council for a ferry. The council couldn't afford to run two in one year, but they allowed Thomas Woodward, J.J.Stuart, John Osbourne, and W. J. Harland to construct and operate a ferry and levy a charge. The municipality was to supply the materials and cable. John Osbourne and Thomas Woodward were the most active in the construction of this ferry. The ferry was built at Harland's crossing in 1904 on the NE of 14-9-10. It operated privately for several years and it was eventually taken over by the municipality and an operator was hired. (THA) The ferry was 9.5 miles north of Treherne on the Matchetville Road. Some of the ferrymen over the years included: Harry Cooper, Thomas Woodward Sr., Thomas Woodward Jr., Mr. Ducharme, Roy Gibson, I.A. Cottam, Alan Woodward, Sam Henry, Frank English, Roderick McLeod, Carl Ainsworth, James Aitcheson, Archie Jackson, Simon Whalen, and Frank English. (THA) -------------------------------------------------- An article in the Treherne Times of January 27, 1905, on page 4, reports: Last Friday evening Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Woodward entertained the residents of Ladysmith to a bumper house party. About 50 guests were present and were given an excellent evening's enjoyment. Dancing was indulged in by the nimble footed ones until an early hour in the morning. --------------------------------------------------------- They bought a bike for Charlie in about 1905? (LH) Mrs. Woodward was always ready to give a helping hand when needed. She assisted Dr. T. J. Lamont in the delivery of new born babies and then stayed with the mother and baby until they could take care of themselves. (THA) The family had lots of good times. They spent time swimming in the river. Some of the community gatherings included skating on the river, picnics at the Elm Grove and and oyster suppers at the Ladysmith School. Mr. Woodward and Mrs. Tom Gourdie would provide entertainment by singing many songs. Games, races, baseball and tub races on the river were some of the entertainment in the early days. Many of the tubs were upside down before they reached the finish line. The water current propelled the tub as long as it was upside up. (THA) The Woodwards got their first telephone in about 1906, and telephone poles had to be put up accross their land to get to the house. The copies of the early Manitoba Telephone Directories in the Manitoba Archives confirm the Woodwards had a telephone this far back. TRIPS In 1908 Thomas disappeared from his home with no explanation, which was nothing terribly unusual. About a week later, to Laura's great surprise, someone asked her if Thomas was back from England yet, and she didn't even know he had left the country. (LH) On returning to Canada, Thomas bought a rocking chair as a gift for his wife.(LH) One day young Tommy and Laura were playing near the riverbank and a man with a beard appeared on the other side. This man called out and said "Tommy, get that small boat over there and cross over to this side of the river and bring me back to your side," and Tommy did this, and the bearded man got into the boat. On the way back to the other side Tommy asked him, "How did you know my name?" and the man replied "Now Tommy, you don't mean to tell me that you don't know your own father!" Their father had grown a beard while he was back in England, and when he returned the kids didn't even recognize him. Late in 1909 he again went to England along with his wife. These trips were partly because of his mother's poor health. She died sometime between his mother's second visit in late 1909 and Laura Woodward"s marriage to Sam Henry in October 1910. While he was there they also met other relatives. On the way over they were delayed in Montreal so by the time they got there they had just missed his brother Horatio, who still lived in Hong Kong. It seems that Thomas's Great Grandfather was at the Battle of Quebec in 1759 at the Plains of Abraham, when Britain conquered New France (Quebec) from France. It seems that this man recieved a grant of some land in Quebec. Thomas tried to find a copy of this deed, which had been kept in his mother's family bible, but it now could not be found and they suspected that one of his brothers had taken it. When he returned from one of these trips he brought back gifts hor his children, such as cufflinks for the boys and necklaces for the girls. One of these necklaces is now in the possession of Laura-Lynn Henry. In the original farmyard shown in some photographs from 1906, the yard consists of the following, from left to right: the two story house, a grainery, a garage (which is not in view), a hen house, and then the barn with a lean-to containing grain and some grain scales. (LH) In about 1927 there was a fire in the original farm yard that started in the barn (the barn shown in the 1906 photograph). Laura Henry's husband Sam rushed into the barn and let the horses out, and they ran into the fields. Then they realized that a brand new grain wagon was parked right beside the barn, but now the horses were gone and they had nothing to move the wagon with, so it was lost in the fire also. WORLD WAR I Thomas enlisted in World War I and so did his son Charles. His Regimental number was 2734044, he was a "sapper", and he was in the No. 10 Engineer's Depot, 2nd Field Troop, C.E.F.. (Canadian Expeditionary Force). He now had grey hair, blue eyes, a ruddy complexion, no distinguishing marks, and was 5 feet 5 inches tall. He was discharded on October 3, 1918 because he was "medically unfit." His adress at discharge was 327 Carlton Street, Winnipeg. During WW I Mrs. Woodwad recieved a governement letter saying that her son Charles bad been killed in action. Then there was a memorial service held in the Lavenham Church. A few months later, Mrs. Woodwqrd recieved a letter from Charlie. He had been badly wounded but was safe and in hospital in England. A few weeks later the government sent another letter, saying there had been a mistake. After the war Thomas lived in Winnipeg a while, and maybe he recieved a bit of a pension because of some disability?? which was supposedly acquired during the war. In 1921 he was planning to buy NE 15-9-10W from John Osbourne throught he Soldier Settlement Act. A 1923 letter to Laura from a lawyer is addressed to her at 133 Edmonton Street, Winnipeg. There was a gate. The old part of the house was made from lumber sawed in Hec Sturton's mill. A lean-to was built later on to pile firewood in, and it was not nearly as well made since it was not built by Thomas. There were lilac trees and a garden out back. (CAW) There was a shale and plastered ice house. Inside the ice house were ice cut from the river each winter and layers of sawdust from Hec Sturton's mill were between each layer of ice. They canned beef, among other things. There were also holes made in the ice for milk.(LH)Ô (   described as 24X24X9 with a 12X10X8 lean-to. Contents were insured for $100. In 1943 the barn is 28X32X12 and was insured for $350. The house (excluding contents) was insured for $465. Thomas started up a riverside park in the early 1920's when he was ferryman which lasted a cuople years. It often attracted huge crowds when it operated on Sundays. There was baseball, picnicing, swimming, nine swings, a boarded-in wading pool for the children, a slide into the water, and the whole river was open for adult swimming. On the first Sunday in August 1922, 75 cars were parked there. (THA) Thomas loved to play and have fun with the children. One of his grandchildren remembers that he would give them a piggyback ride on his back while he was in the water, and then he would crouch down in the water, dunking the child down under the water too.(DC) On the south? side of the ferry, Simon Whalen (a violin player) built an outdoor dance floor, or dances were held inside a barn there, and these dances were held there every weekend beginning when he ran the ferry. One weekend in September of 1922 Thomas caught a very large turtle (40 pounds) in the Assiniboine River and they kept it a while in the small fenced-off children's pool. Photos exist of Thomas holding this turtle. (THA) (look in old Treherne Times on microfilm for turtle story) In 1922? a Mr. Cooper, the ferry operator at the time, became sick and Thomas took on the job as ferry operator again temporarily until Mr. Cooper would get better. However, Cooper died, and Thomas remained at the job although he was getting old. Thomas Woodward's death was caused when he was waist deep in the cold Assiniboine River when he was fixing the ferry cables in October, 1922. He came back to the house frozen and he died the next day, on October 12, 1922, at the age of 63 years, 7 months, and 5 days. I also heard it was heart attack, since he had a bad heart and he already had had a heart attack earlier. He shouldn't have been out working so hard, especially in the cold river. (CAW) ---------------------------------------------------------- The Treherne Times, on October 13, 1922, page 1, reports: SUDDEN DEATH OF THOMAS WOODWARD The people of the town and community were shocked to hear Thursday of the sudden death of Mr. Thomas Albert Woodward, who had passed away at an early hour of the morning. He had been in vigourous health until this week. He was well known and much respected by all having lived for many years on his farm in the Lavenham district, and for the past season has been running Harland's ferry, where he endeared himself to the townspeople by his efforts to make an enjoyable picnic ground for them. He leaves a widow and several sons and daughters to mourn his loss. He was in his 64th year. --------------------------------------------------------- On October 20, 1922 the Treherne Times says: The community recieved a great shock when they heard of the sad death of Mr. Woodward our ferryman. He was held in high esteem by all who knew him, and his services this summer have been greatly appreciated by both young and old. We all extend our greatest sympathy to Mrs. Woodward and children. He was buried at the Rossendale Cemetary on October 14, 1922. In his will Thomas's estate was valued at $5765.93. It included some War Bonds. The lilac tree beside his grave was planted in 1923 by Sam Henry's mother, the same year the gravestone was put in place. (LH) After Thomas' death his wife Laura rented the farm (14-9-10) out to Samuel Henry (her son-in-law) from August 1, 1924 to August 1, 1929 while she remained in posession of the house and 3 acres around it. There still exists the very complex contract drawn up for this. This lease was probably renewed?? In 1923 Mrs. Laura Woodward was at 133 Edmonton St. in Winnipeg. In 1925 the stable, grainery, and pigpen burnt in a fire. (from insurance documents) and she did get the insurance money but the buildings weren't replaced immediately (or at all??) She nursed people for pay. In April 1929 Laura was at the Winnipeg General Hospital and had a bill of $100. In her later years she forgot how to speak French. Mrs. Laura Woodward did not know how to read or write. It was once said she had a saying for everything, such as "the stomach supports the back," This comes from Louis Matchett, who once worked at her farm and this is what she said one time when she ordered them to come in and eat. In her seventies she spent one summer housekeeping for a Mathew Milroy at Durbin, Manitoba ??? Her grandson Albert Woodward lived at her house in the mid and late 1930s, sometimes doing labour during spring and fall. He said she made him make his bed every morning exactly right. She kept herhome very tidy. In the summer of about 1937 her sister Mary Barret, by then a widow, moved in with her. Albert Woodward helped her move in to Laura's. She stayed with her and in March of their third summer together Mary became sick. She went to the General Hospital in Winnipeg and died three weeks later. Albert recalls Mary telling a story about their childhood that was a bit "dirty", and then Laura scolded her sister for saying it. Even in her nineties Laura, also now known as the grand old lady, still kept a garden and would walk all over the place unaided, and would go to her sons' farms up to a few miles away. She also still kept a garden at her house and she often walked to Lavenham to get groceries. In her last years she moved in with her daughter, Mrs. Sam Henry. On her 100th birthday she recieved congratulations from the Prime Minister and there was a large parties for her 100th and subsequent birthdays.Ô (   ----------------------------------------------------------------- Winnipeg Free Press, Jan 29, 1955. page 3 PIONEER WOMAN SETTLER MARKS 101st BIRTHDAY Mrs. Laura Woodward of Lavenham, Man., a pioneer settler in this province, Friday celebrated her 101st birthday at the home of her daughter Mrs. Sam Henry. Mrs. Woodward was born in the Channel islands and after her marriage in England came to Canada in 1881. From Winnipeg, Mrs. Woodward, her husband and eldest son Tom moved to the Raeburn district, where they farmed. From there they moved to Bird's Hill. Mr. Woodward used to haul cordwood to Winnipeg with a team of oxen over the ice on the Red River. In 1897 the family moved to where the Harland ferry stands on the Assiniboine river. The next year Mr. Woodward installed the first ferry on that location. Mrs. Woodward's son, Tom, runs the ferry in the summer. Her youngest son, Tom, still farms the old homestead, although no one lives there and the old house is vacant. Mrs. Woodward's husband Thomas, joined the British army and fought in the Zulu war after which he stayed on the reserve list. He was discharged from the army in 1884. He died in 1922. As the Lavenham district became more settled, Mrs. Woodward, known to many as "grandma," acted as doctor and midwife. She doesn't remember how many children she helped bring into the world. Except for . her hearing Mrs. Woodward's health is excellent. She is still able to attend Ladies' Aid meetings at various homes. At present she heads five generations. She has 32 grandchildren, 46 great grandchildren and two great- great grandchildren. She has a 98-year-old brother who lives at Biggar, Sask. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- "The Winnipeg Tribune," January 31, 1955, reports: 101-YEAR-OLD WOMAN CAME HERE IN 1881 PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE - Mrs. Laura Woodward, of Lavenham, celebrated her 101st birthday Friday. Á vitality considering her age, received wires from Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minster St. Laurent, and Premier D.L. Campbell. Á England where she married Thomas Woodward in 1877. Á Á Treherne and it was here that Mr. Woodward built the first ferry crossing the Assiniboine river. Á Á Sam Henry, and Mrs. Tillie Henry all residing in the Lavenham district. She also has 32 grandchildren, 46 great©grandchildren and two great©great©grandchildren. Á Hamel, of Biggar, Sask., is now 98 years old. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ "The Winnipeg Tribune," January 30, 1957, reports: GRANNY WOODWARD CUTS 103RD BIRTHDAY CAKE AMID CHEER, FELLOWSHIP OF FAMILY PARTY Á dining room table Monday at supper time and cut her 103rd birthday cake. Mrs. Laura Woodward, Grandma to all Lavenham district, was surrounded by four of her five children and about half of her 96 descendants. She may be Manitoba's oldest resident. Á cakes and gave the party. Her sons, Tom, Philip and Charles Woodward, who live nearby, came with their wives and children. The fifth member of the family, Mrs. William Henry © Laura and Tillie married brother, had been in Winnipeg General Hospital but she came home on the CNR train Monday night to make the immediate family circle complete. Á The Tribune by telephone, "and they kept on all afternoon. We're just sitting at the table now, laughing and chatting, tasting the cake Granny has just cut." It was just on 7 o'clock. Á isn't bad from No. 2 highway and Treherne. The wind from the north may cause some drifting. A nephew from St. Vital, Douglas Watson, is here. He expects to go back tonight." Á congratulatory telegrams from the Queen, the Prime Minister of Canada, the Premier of Manitoba. She still cherishes them. The watch and chain she brought from England in 1881, and of course her broad©band wedding ring, she wore at her birthday party to remind her of the long ago. Á Mrs. Thomas Woodward and their baby son Tom came from England. Á Mrs. Henry. Raeburn was their first farm home, then Bird's Hill, and for the past 60 years, Lavenham. When the Woodwards lived at Bird's Hill father used to haul spruce cordwood to Winnipeg with a team of oxen. By '97 they had horses, "so we packed up and took the old trail south west, now the No. 12 highway." They went due north from Treherne, crossed the Assiniboine River. It was Mr. Woodward who built the first ferry. The original capstans, or anchor posts, are still to be seen, and are still in use in summer time. Son Thomas runs the ferry; his son in turn farms the land north of the river. Son Charles and his sons farm the old homestead. Á Rossendale cemetery three miles east. She still shows visitors the discharge he received from the British Army in 1884. That didn't prevent him coming in to Winnipeg when the 1914 war broke out and trying to enlist once more. Sgt. Woodward fought the Zulus and wanted to fight against the Germans. Á Woodward was busy with babies. She was doctor and midwife to the whole district as settlers began to come in. People ask her how many babies she can account for, but Granny just shakes her head now and laughs. She just never kept count. Á vacant now. Á was of French descent. When she was 20 she went to England to work and there met her husband. They were married 80 years ago. Á news for Lavenham district published in The McGregor Herald, says, "She looks good for some years yet. She's in good health, enjoys her meals, dresses herself every morning. She loves having company at home, and in nice weather she still attends some of the ladies' aid meetings with her daughter."ÁHH' Á Sask. He died at 99. Á all her life was "go to bed early," reported her daughter. Ô ----------------------------------------------------------- The January 16, 1958 issue of the Treherne Times says: We are sorry to report that Grandma Woodward is doing very poorly and is under Doctor's care. -------------------------------------------------------------- Winnipeg Free Press January 28, 1958 One of the oldest inhabitants of Manitoba is Mrs. Laura Woodward who celebrates her 104th birthday today. Mrs. Woodward was born in the Channel Islands in 1854 and came to Canada as a bride in 1881. She was a pioneer resident of Raeburn, Birds Hill and Lavenham where she still resides. The venerable lady had five children, 32 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. She lives with her daughter, Mrs. Laura Henry. -------------------------------------------------------- "The Treherne Times" on January 30, 1958 reports: The following is a letter recieved by Lavenham's grand old lady Mrs. L. Woodward: Dear Mrs. Woodward, It is indeed a pleasure to be able to pay tribute and offer congratulations to you on the occassion of your 104th birthday on January 28th. As one of the most senior citizens of Manitoba and no doubt of the whole of Canada you merit the admiration and respect of all your fellow citizens. GOOD WISHES Douglas Campbell, Premier of Manitoba Congratulations are extended by the entire community and village to Grandma Woodward on reaching her 104 milestone. Lang may yer lum reek, Grannie! --------------------------------------- "The Treherne Times" on February 6, 1958 has this item: Here is part of a letter from Fanny Grogan of Vancouver, and the poem was wrote by her daughter Lena: Just what is it like my lady to be one hundred and four Full of memories of yesterday, all of the days of yore Do take us back with you to where your life began Back to the Channel Islands to Jersey's city strand We see a brown-eyed lassie with pinafore starched and prim Thats Laura milking the famous Jerseys, her pail full to the brim She's strong, these small islands can no longer hold her There's a call from Kent, a fond farewell, a sailing ship, none could be bolder. England. That invincible island, that gem in the ocean The stary eyed Laura amazed at the splendor: Ho, to work what fortune would send her In the course of time a soldier spied her I'm looking for her to go out beside me To Canada, To Canada, over 3000 miles of sea, To this the gritty Laura agreed And soon from London's fog was freed But landed on the wide open spaces Where the Assiniboine and Red River faces. Land that was fertile and treeless soon made A homestead where grass roots went down - and down deep So Laura stayed in this province From the time the roaming buffalo went by her door And the reserve Indians sat on her floor Up until a lot of water has passed under the ferry Now five generations of descendents make merry, Just what is it like my lady, to be one hundred and four One memory that is mine, I add For I went to school with your lassies and lads. None were more courteous and considerate than they. From he rise of the sun to the set of the day Honest and earnest at home and abroad A credit to you and benediction from God ------------------------------ The February 27, 1958 issue of the Treherne Times on page four: The Lavenham district has lost its grand old lady Laura (Grannie) Woodward February 18th at 104 years, 20 days old at Sam Henry's home. She had been in poor health for the last three months and her passing was not unexpected. She was highly known and highly respected. At the funeral there was a large congregation from all parts of the province. The church was filled beyond standing room and a large number were in the basement. The service was conducted by Rev. Wes Harland -- who Grannie once nursed as a child. Pallbearers were Victor, Albert, Allan, and Dale Woodward and Lorne and Phil Henry. The sympathy of the entire community is extended. is NOT responsible for the content of the GEDCOMs uploaded through the WorldConnect Program. 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