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Prepared by Merritt D. Betts, May 8, 1985; Revised by E. Merle Watkins, April 17, 2003; Last Updated: June 2023
Inclusive Dates: 1841-1981
Extent: .50 cubic foot (1 half-size record storage box)
Physical Location: 11th floor
Biographical Note: Joshua Woodard (1779-1854) moved to Ohio after marrying Rebecca Wooden of Geneva, New York. They first settled in Ravenna Township, and then Kent. Their home at the top of the hill on Woodard Avenue is thought to have been a station in the Underground Railroad.
Joshua's son James (1810-1882) married Maria Hopkins, whose antecedents are included in genealogical materials in the Dick Dudley Donaghy Papers. James served two terms as Mayor of Kent and many years as Justice of the Peace. His Justice of the Peace docket for the years 1841-1844 is included in this collection. Of James and Maria's children, Frank (1842-1904) is the only one represented in this collection.
Frank and Flora (Clarke) Woodard's son, James C., worked at The Ohio Penitentiary in the early 1900s. Governor Martin Davey of Kent, Ohio, appointed him Warden in 1935, a post he held until 1939. James C. and Grace Apple Woodard's only child James C. Woodard, Jr., (1913-1981), grew up in the Deputy Warden's residence at the Penitentiary.
Scope and Content: Some records concern certain descendents of Joshua Woodard, an early settler in the Kent area, chiefly his son James Woodard, his grandson Frank, his great grandson James C. Woodard, including many photographs. The bulk of the collection is from the early nineteenth century. James C. Woodard married Grace Apple and some of the materials included here also pertain to the Apple family. Further information concerning the Woodard family can be found in the Dick Dudley Donaghy Papers and in the Apple Family Papers.
Processing Information: Originally processed under the archive identification D.7.7.1.
Acquistion Information: The materials in this collection were donated by Esther Getz Donaghy and Merritt Donaghy Betts of Kent, Ohio.