When Mary Ann Salina Woody was born on 2 January 1859, in Dahlonega, Cherokee, Georgia, United States, her father, John Wesley Woody Jr, was 38 and her mother, Axey Elizabeth Seabolt, was 38. She married Benjamin Columbus McDonald on 19 February 1876, in Lumpkin, Georgia, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Georgia, United States in 1870 and District 999, Lumpkin, Georgia, United States in 1880. She died on 20 September 1897, in Barnard, Lincoln, Kansas, United States, at the age of 38, and was buried in Milo Cemetery, Barnard, Lincoln, Kansas, United States.
from Middle English wode ‘wood’ + heie ‘enclosure’ (Old English wudu + (ge)hæg). The surname may be topographic, for someone who lived by an enclosure in a wood, or habitational, for a person from a place so named, such as Woodhey Green in Faddiley (Cheshire). Also possibly from East Woodhay (Hampshire) and West Woodhay (Berkshire), apparently named with Old English wīd ‘wide, broad’ as the initial element, confused with early Old English widu ‘wood’, and so too with Old English wudu.
nickname from Middle English wodi or some other derivative of Middle English wode ‘frenzied, wild’ (Old English wōd), perhaps formed on the analogy of, for example, Middle English mody (see Moody ). Compare Wood 2.
As a nonprofit, we offer free help to those looking to learn the details of their family story.