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Zadock Woods

Birthdate: (68)
Birthplace: Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Death: September 16, 1842 (68)
Salado Creek, Bexar, Texas, USA (Wounded at the Battle of Salado and Dawson Massacre while trying to save his wounded son Norman)
Place of Burial: La Grange, Fayette, Texas, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Jonathan Woods and Keziah Woods
Husband of Minerva Woods
Father of Minerva Woods; Montraville Woods; Norman B Woods; Henry Gonzalvo Woods; Ardelia Woods and 1 other

Occupation: Oldest Voolunteer at the Battle of Salada and Dawson Massacre; Austin County Colonist who was one of the Original 300 settlers of Texas
Managed by: Geoffrey David Trowbridge
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About Zadock Woods

Zadock Woods was one of the Old Three Hundred who were the 297 grantees, made up of families and some partnerships of unmarried men, who purchased 307 parcels of land from Stephen Fuller Austin and established a colony that encompassed an area that ran from the Gulf of Mexico on the south to near present-day Jones Creek, Brazoria county, Texas, Brenham in Washington County, Texas, Navasota in Grimes County, and La Grange in Fayette county. Moses Austin was the original empresario of the Old Three Hundred and was succeeded by his son, Stephen F. Austin, after his untimely death. The following information is from Find A

Zadock Woods, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred, was born in Brookfield Township, Massachusetts. In 1797 he married Minerva Cottle, who bore six children. The Woods family moved to Missouri about 1802 and established a "fort" in Woodville near Troy, Missouri. During the War of 1812, Lt. Zachary Taylor garrisoned at Woods Fort and Woods himself served with Andrew Jackson at New Orleans.

Financially ruined as a result of a business venture with Moses Austin, Woods decided to join Austin's Texas Colony in 1824. Settling first in Matagorda County, he later moved his family north on the Colorado River to Fayette County. There his home near West Point, called Woods Fort (or Woods Prairie) became a traveler's safe haven from Indian raids.

In 1842 Woods and two of his sons, Norman and Henry, joined a force of men from Fayette County recruited by Capt. Nicholas M. Dawson to fight with Matthew Caldwell's command against Mexican forces at Salado Creek. On September 18, 1842, Zadock Woods was killed in a skirmish that later became known as Dawson Massacre. His son Henry managed a daring escape, but Norman, severely wounded in the battle, was captured and imprisoned in Perote Prison, Mexico. Zadock Woods was buried in a mass grave by Salado Creek but his body was reinterred six years later at Monument Hill in La Grange.

Information from book: Texas Cemeteries by Bill Harvey


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Zadock Woods's Timeline

September 18, 1773
Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Age 24
October 13, 1805
Age 32
Troy, Missouri, USA
November 17, 1806
Age 33
Troy, Lincoln County, Missouri, United States
February 18, 1816
Age 42
Troy, Lincoln, Missouri, USA
September 16, 1842
Age 68
Salado Creek, Bexar, Texas, USA
La Grange, Fayette, Texas, USA