Father: David Woodcock
- Sex: M
- Born: 7 DEC 1816 in Oak Bay, St. David, Charlotte County, New Brunswick
- Died: 12 FEB 1896 in Mulvane, Sumner, Kansas
Note: 1850 census Calais Series: M432 Roll: 273 Page: 165 Occupation shown as Teamster.
Joseph arrived in Topsfield, Maine in 1859. Tax records show assets of " 1 cow, 3 sheep" in April of that year. They also show 7 children. In April of 1860 the taxable assest were "1 cow, 1 sheep" and there were only 6 children (Margaret Ann died Jan. 1860). In April of 1861 the assets were "138 1/2 acres of land, 2 horses, 1 colt, 2 cows, and 3 sheep". The Woodcock Farm was established in 1861. (Topsfield Town Records - Tax Rolls)
In April of 1869 the tax rolls indicate that Joseph possessed much of the same as above, and there are listings of separate assets for Adam and Stillman (one horse each). Also, there is a assesment for a business partnership with "Wm. Stewart" in Topsfield. Wm. Stewart owned a store there in that time period. In April of 1870 there are assesments for the farm but the name is listed as 'Unknown". It is concluded that the family left Topsfield in late 1869 or early 1870, headed for the west. (Topsfie ld Town Records - Tax Rolls)
Tax records indicate that the family paid taxes equivalent to 2.7% of valueation in 1859, 3.9% of valuation in 1863, and 7.1% of valuation in 1869 . It is quite possible that the increase (double) from 1863 to 1869 was caused by the burden of Civil War bounties, and that this was a major reason for the flight out of Maine to Missouri/Kansas.
1870 census records for Stewartsville PO, Missouri, include the Woodcock family(s) as well as Dakin and Trickey.
The location of the Maine Woodcock Homestead is at he extreme end of a dirt road known, locally, as the " Snigdom Road " in Topsfield, Maine. The mouth of this road is located 8/10's of a mile west of the U.S. Route 1 /ME Route 6 intersection on the North side of Route 6. The Snigdom Road terminates ( and has for a century ) at the, so called, Pel Noyes Place . Pel Noyes' small, white cape-cod style house still stands there, slightly off to the right. A walk further North ( as though the road continued ) to the high ground, places one squarely on what always was, and still is, known as " The Woodcock Place ". There is also a nearby " Woodcock Brook " that flows a few hundred yards west into beautiful Farrar Lake.
( Wayne Bean Email to CLW - 06 Jul 99 )
Joseph is buried in the El Paso Cemetery, 700 East Kay, Derby, Kansas 670 37 - Woodcock Plot.
- Record Updated: 16 FEB 2006
, b. 23 OCT 1771 in Attleboro, Massachusetts
Mother: Aphia Peabody
, b. 1775 in (Gorham) Union, Maine
Family 1: Mary Merrill
, b. 3 OCT 1822 in Oak Bay, St. David, Charlotte County, New Brunswick
- Married: 24 MAY 1840 in Oak Bay, St. David Parish, Charlotte County, New Brunswick
- Stillman Smith Woodcock, b. 27 FEB 1841 in Oak Bay, St. David, Charlotte County, New Brunswick
- Aphia Woodcock, b. 31 AUG 1842 in Oak Bay, St. David, Charlotte County, New Brunswick
- Mary Belinda Woodcock, b. 23 APR 1844 in Oak Bay, St. David, Charlotte County, New Brunswick
- Margaret Ann Woodcock, b. 21 JUN 1845 in St. James, New Bruswick
- Hannah Smith Woodcock, b. 12 JAN 1847 in St. James, New Bruswick
- Adam Merrill Woodcock, b. 1 FEB 1848 in St. James, New Bruswick
- Emeline Merrill Woodcock, b. 5 JAN 1850 in Calais, Maine
- Josephus Woodcock, b. 25 APR 1852 in Calais, Maine
- George A Woodcock, b. 23 APR 1855 in Calais, Maine
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