Rob's Genealogy

Featuring the Cobb-Reyes-Bauer-Woodson families and their relations.

Person Page 583

Marshall Scott Woodson1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10

born 17 June 1896, died 15 August 1980

Family 1: Emmie Osteen (born 1904, died 1969)

Family 2: Elizabeth Watt Chestnut (born 21 March 1914, died 11 July 1997)

Facts and Notes

  • Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian11
  • Birth: 17 June 1896; Monroe City, Andrew County, Missouri, USAB11,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
  • Residence: 4 June 1900; Fulton, Callaway County, Missouri, USAB; Age: 32; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Son12
  • Residence: 11 June 1900; Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USAB; Marital Status: Single; Relation to Head of House: Son1
  • Residence: 1 March 1905; Derby, Sedgwick County, Kansas, USAB; Age: 810
  • Residence: 1910; Manning, Clarendon County, South Carolina, USAB; Age: 13; Marital Status: Single; Relation to Head of House: Son13
  • Education: 1917; Presbyterian College, Clinton, Laurens County, South Carolina, USAB; As of 1917, he was a "doorkeeper," "corresponding secretary," and secretary of the Philomathean Literary Society. He was also class historian and vice president, participant in a Declaimers Contest, on the staff of the "PaC-SaC" college yearbook, member of the band and glee club, and assistant manager of the baseball team. He played varsity football and was a cheer leader.9
  • Marriage: 10 September 1924; Emmie Osteen11,2,7
  • Occupation: 1930; Thomasville, Thomas County, Georgia, USAB; Minister7
  • Residence: 1930; Thomasville, Thomas County, Georgia, USAB; Age: 32; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Head7
  • Residence: 1935; Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina, USAB8
  • Residence: 1 April 1940; Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, USAB; Age: 43; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Head8
  • Marriage: 7 June 1970; Elizabeth Watt Chestnut11
  • Residence: August 1980; Thomasville, Thomas County, Georgia, USAB; his last known residence.6,5
  • Death: 15 August 1980; Archbold Memorial Hospital, Thomasville, Thomas County, Georgia, USAB; Age: 845,6
  • Obituary: About 16 August 1980; See person note below11
  • Burial: 17 August 1980; Laurel Hill Cemetery, Thomasville, Thomas County, Georgia, USAB11
  • Note: The following is from Marshall Scott Woodson's obituary:

    Dr. Woodson, 84, Retired Pastor, Dies


    One of Thomasville's most distinguished senior citizens, Dr. Marshall Scott Woodson, retired pastor of First Presbyterian Church and an outstanding educator and civic leader, died Friday at Archbold Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 84.

    Interment will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Laurel Hill Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, where he twice held pastorates - from 1926-30 and 1946-50.

    In 1966 Dr. Woodson returned to Thomasville to retire. Instead, he took on an active new role in civic affairs - and, in 1969, was named "Thomas County's "Man of the Year" by the Chamber of Commerce.

    His life was one of service - and honors - in many churches and schools, from North Carolina to Texas. And one of his lesser-known careers was that of a varsity football player at Presbyterian College, Clinton, S.C., and the University of South Carolina.

    In 1978, he received an honorary doctor of divinity' degree from St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Laurinburg, N.C., in recognition of his contributions to its founding. St. Andrews was formed by the merger of [missing word] small colleges, including Flora MacDonald, Red Springs, N.C., which Dr. Woodson served as president after leaving his pastorate in Thomasville in 1950.

    He received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Davidson College in 1951, and in 1952 he was named Presbyterian College's outstanding alumnus. He served on the board of trustees of both colleges.

    Dr. Woodson also served as president of Lees-McRae College at Banner Elk, N.C. Thereafter, and for about five years before his retirement, he served on an interim basis as pastor of churches in Texas, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, including Cairo, Thomasville and Moultrie.

    He was pastor emeritus of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Albany, whose pastor, the Rev. Charles Donnell, will be an officiating minister at Dr. Woodson's funeral.

    A native of Monroe City, Mo., Dr. Woodson was married in 1924 to Emmie Osteen Woodson, Sumter, S.C., who died in Thomasville in 1969. They had two sons, Dr. Marshall S. Woodson Jr., Orlando, Fla., and Charles 0. Woodson, Columbus, Ga.

    On June 7, 1970, he was married to Elizabeth Watt Chesnut of Thomasville. They resided at 421 Edgewood Circle.

    A veteran of both world wars, Dr. Woodson served on a naval transport in World War I and as a Navy chaplain in World War II.

    In World War II, he was with the Mediterranean fleet that took part in the invasion of Southern France. He suffered a broken neck that resulted from an accident in North Africa. Upon discharge, he attained the rank of commander in the Naval Reserve Chaplains Corps.

    During World War I, assigned to the sick officers quarters at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Washington, D.C., he nursed such dignitaries as Josephus Daniels, secretary of the Navy, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, then assistant secretary of the Navy.

    When called to World War II duty as a Navy chaplain, he was serving as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Tampa, Fla. Other pastorates during his ministry included Oakhurst Presbyterian Church, Decatur, Ga., and First Presbyterian Church, Salisbury, N.C.

    His childhood was spent in Manning, S.C., where he was graduated from public schools.

    He received his bachelor of arts degree from Presbyterian College, Clinton, S.C., and his master's degree from the University of South Carolina. His bachelor of divinity degree was awarded by Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Ga., and his doctorate of divinity by Union Seminary, Richmond, Va.

    His advanced studies were at the University of Michigan; Union Seminary, New York; and New York Seminary, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. He also was graduated from the Dale Carnegie School in New York.

    Dr. Woodson considered one of his high moments the time when he and his son, Marshall Jr., were inducted simultaneously into the two top honor fraternities - Phi Delta Kappa and Kappa Delta Pi - at Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York.

    He served as president of the Church-Related Colleges of the South, in 1961, and as moderator of the Synod of North Carolina.

    He was a representative from the North American Area Council to the World Presbyterian Alliance at Frankfurt, Germany, in 1964.

    He was listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Education, World Biography, College Presidents and Deans in the U.S., and Men of Distinction in the Carolinas.

    Of all his achievements, Dr. Woodson was perhaps proudest of the special service he rendered to St. Andrews College.

    Specifically, this was in obtaining a grant from the Ford Foundation and then gathering a select group of educational experts and consultants at the University of North Carolina in 1958.

    There, the group drafted a curriculum for St. Andrews College that won national recognition. Later, the Danforth Foundation - in a study of church-related colleges - cited this curriculum, along with one from Notre Dame University, as worthy of special attention to educational institutions.


  1. [S407], 1900 United States Federal Census, Year: 1900; Census Place: Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana; Roll: 391; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0184; FHL microfilm: 1240391
  2. [S435] , Woodson, Robert S., Family Record
  3. [S436] , Woodson, Robert S., Brief Family History of Robert S. Woodson, Robert Woodson states that Middleton Singleton attended Missouri State University in 1847. However, he probably meant the University of Missouri, which was established at Columbia in Boone County in 1839; Missouri State wasn't established until 1905.
  4. [S454] , Woodson, Henry Morton, Historical Genealogy of the Woodsons and Their Connections, Page 604
  5. [S404], U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014, Number: 237-56-8780; Issue State: North Carolina; Issue Date: 1954, Record for Marshall Woodson
  6. [S686], Georgia, Death Index, 1919-1998, Certificate Number: 026037, Record for Marshall S Woodson
  7. [S447], 1930 United States Federal Census, Year: 1930; Census Place: Thomasville, Thomas, Georgia; Roll: 387; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 0001; Image: 169.0; FHL microfilm: 2340122, Record for Marshall S Woodson
  8. [S390], 1940 United States Federal Census, Year: 1940; Census Place: Tampa, Hillsborough, Florida; Roll: T627_633; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 70-23, Record for Marshals Woodson
  9. [S562], U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012, Record for Marshall Scott Woodson
  10. [S669], Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925, Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1905 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: ks1905_144; Line: 31, Record for A.R. Woodson
  11. [S127] , Possibly the Thomasville Times-Enterprise, Thomasville, Georgia (print edition), Obituary for Dr. Marshall Scott Woodson
  12. [S407], 1900 United States Federal Census, Year: 1900; Census Place: Fulton, Callaway, Missouri; Roll: 844; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 0027; FHL microfilm: 1240844, Record for Robert Woodson
  13. [S393], 1910 United States Federal Census, Year: 1910; Census Place: Manning, Clarendon, South Carolina; Roll: T624_1456; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 0095; FHL microfilm: 1375469, Record for Albert R Woodson