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 Almena Hamm “Alomina” <I>Hurd</I> Woodward

Almena Hamm “Alomina” Hurd Woodward

Birth
Caton, Steuben County, New York, USA
Death 21 May 1922 (aged 86)
Elmira, Chemung County, New York, USA
Burial Roulette, Potter County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Lot R 01-L3 and 4
Memorial ID 63748588 · View Source
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The obituary below was taken from the Potter County Enterprise newspaper, dated Thursday June 1, 1922.

Mrs. Alomina Woodward of Roulette died Sunday evening, May 21st, at Elmira, N.Y., where she had been visiting her daughter, Mrs. Carrie Brown. The body was brought to Roulette Wednesday, and services were held from the Baptist Church, Rev. Brown officiating, and interment was made in the Lyman Cemetery.
Mrs. Woodward was born in Western New York and passed her childhood at Steuben County, N.Y. In 1857 she married Phineas B. Hurd and removed to La Crosse, Wis. where they remained about two years and removed to Nicollet County, Minn., with the intention of settling near St. Peter, but finally joined the emigration still westward and settled at the north end of Lake Shetek in Murray County, Minn. On June 2, 1862 her husband left home on a trip to Dakota, leaving her at home with their two children and a Mr. Voight who had charge of the farm. On August 20th following, twenty Indians rode up to the farm, having with them horses that had been taken away by Mr. Hurd. They shot Mr. Voight, looted the house, but let Mrs. Hurd go with her two children, but without food and but little clothing, for the children had been in bed at the time the Indians arrived. She took the youngest child in her arms and led her three-year-old son, William Hurd, now of Port Allegany, by the hand. It was from 60 to 70 miles to the nearest settlement, and they wandered for about a week with very little food through heavy rains. William, becoming a very sick child from the exposure, and all of them suffering greatly from lack of food before they reached shelter and friends. Many of their neighbors and friends had been massacred by the Indians, including Mr. Hurd.
Mrs. Woodward later married E.G. Woodward and they made their home in Roulette for many years where Mr. Woodward conducted a hotel for some time. Mrs. Woodward is survived by the following children: Mrs. Carrie Brown of Elmira, N.Y., William Hurd of Port Allegany, Frank Hurd of Hicks Run, Bert Woodward of Curwensville, Seneca Woodward of Texas, Fred Woodward of Roulette, and an adopted daughter, Alice, of Wichita, Kans.

Note: Her given name was Alomina Hamm. However, by the time she moved to Roulette, PA, she was called Almena, and this spelling of her first name is used in the census and cemetery records, and on her gravestone. Following the Indian attack at Lake Shetek, Alomina and her children went to LaCrosse, WI, and then to her old home in New York. Here she met Elbridge G. Woodward, and the two were married on August 11, 1864 in Corning, NY. The couple eventually had eleven children. They lived in Caton, NY, and, in 1883, moved to Roulette, Potter County, PA, where they operated a boarding house/hotel, and had a farm. Mr. Woodward died on March 4, 1905.


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  • Created by: Bill Cox
  • Added: 5 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 63748588
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Almena Hamm “Alomina” Hurd Woodward (19 Sep 1835–21 May 1922), Find A Grave Memorial no. 63748588, citing John Lyman Cemetery, Roulette, Potter County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Bill Cox (contributor 47178385) .