Monday, July 22, 2013

Are you a descendant of Percy Emmons Woodward?

Over the weekend I received an interesting email from a wedding planner named Ann Bergin.  She has a hobby of collecting antique wedding invitations.  Ann is now downsizing, and looking for descendants for some of these wedding invitations.  She must have used Google or another search engine, because she ended up at my blog when looking for a descendant of Percy Emmons WOODWARD, who was married in 1904 to Grace Kinney.

I have him at my blog because he was the author of a WOODWARD genealogy in 1940.  My Woodwards daughtered out in the 1700s, so he is not a very close relative to me.  If you are a descendant, Ann would like to give you the wedding invitation.

Here is some information:

Percy Emmons Woodward was the author of Some Descendants of Nathaniel Woodward, Mathematician, Concord, New Hampshire: Rumford Press, 1940.   

He is a descendant of Nathaniel Woodward who was born in England about 1590 and died 11 May 1685 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Percy Emmons Woodward was married first to Grace Kinney in 1904.  This is the wedding invitation Ann Bergin would like to return to a family member.  They had no descendants and Graced died within a decade.  All the descendants would come from Percy’s second marriage to Marguerite Mosman.
Here is an obituary for Percy’s daughter-in-law, Joanne.  She was the wife of his son, Burton.

My dearly beloved mother, Joanne F. Woodward, wife of the late Dr. Burton M. Woodward, died peacefully at Spring Lake Village in Santa Rosa, CA on September 24, 2008. She was born on January 2, 1921 in Washington, OK and grew up in Jacksonville, FL. She married Burton M. Woodward of Newtonville, MA in 1940. Together they returned to Florida in 1947, living in Micanopy for 12 years before moving to Gainesville. They maintained homes in Highlands, NC and Gainesville, FL until they moved to Spring Lake Village, in Santa Rosa, California to be near their younger daughter. Mrs. Woodward was very active in community activities while in Florida, belonging to the Junior League of Gainesville, Gainesville Women's Club, Gainesville Garden Club, League of Women Voters, Gainesville Golf and Country Club, Gainesville Public Library and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. In Micanopy, she was instrumental in having a building erected for public use to encourage reading. She loved flowers and created beauty wherever she lived. A loving mother, she had two daughters, Gaye and Joanne (Sissy). Her elder daughter, the late Gaye Woodward Watson, had two children who are now grown with children of their own. Ashley Watson Rogale, her granddaughter, lives in Tampa, FL with her husband, Joe, and two daughters, Ansley and Andrea. Her grandson, Todd Woodward Watson, lives in Orlando, FL with his wife, Lisa, and their two children, Kate and Matthew. Her surviving daughter, Joanne Woodward Dufficy lives in San Rafael, CA with her husband, Dan, and son, Ryan. An Episcopal memorial service will be held in the chapel at Spring Lake Village on Saturday, October 4th, at 2:30 p.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 100 NE 1st Street, Gainesville, FL 32601.
Published in the Press Democrat from October 2 to October 3, 2008

Ann would like to reunite the 1904 wedding invitation with a family member.
Any descendants of Percy Emmons Woodward can email Ann Bergin at


  1. Wow, i hope that invitation gets into family hands, and i hope you will share some photos of that invitation too, i would like to see how does it look like.

  2. I'm very late in answering this, but not being a genealogist.... I am Percy Emmons Woodward's granddaughter, the daughter of Priscilla Pratt Woodward Morris. There is another granddaughter, Joanne Woodward Dufficy, the daughter of Burton M. Woodward, who wrote the above obituary of her mother. We would be very interested in seeing the invitation! If it hasn't already fallen prey to the downsizing project, that is.

    1. Dear ColoHarpare, I hope you contact Ann Bergin at Good luck!