Theron Royal Woodward
Compiler of the 1904 Tristram Dodge Genealogy
Theron Royal Woodward was the son of Mary Dodge and John Perkins Woodward. He was very interested in genealogy. In the "Dodge Genealogy, Descendent's of Tristram Dodge", starting on page 163, Theron gives the pedigree of his mother, which according to Theron, goes all the way back to William the Conqueror. This, of course, is not the Tristram Dodge ancestry. We wish that we could say exactly who Tristram Dodge's ancestors were.|
The Dodge ancestry of Theron's mother, Mary, was (Joel, Joel, Rev. Jordan, John, John, Israel, Tristram)
Theron moved with his father and mother from Rutland, Vermont, to Kingston, Wisconsin, in April of 1855. In 1869, Theron entered the transportation business in Chicago, Illinois and remained in it until 1883, when he became connected with the Kansas City Daily Times. He was a correspondent for the New York Clipper, and from 1881 to 1886, the Kansas City correspondent of the New York Dramatic News He returned to Chicago in 1886 and was the Chicago representative of the Kansas City Times. New Orleans Delta, Memphis Avalanche, and Washington News.In 1886 he became secretary and treasurer of Lanward Publishing Company of Chicago, and in 1902 it's sole owner.
Theron was a member of the Art Club and Sons of Vermont (in Chicago). He also held lifetime memberships in the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston Massachusetts and Old Colony Historical Society, Taunton, Massachusetts. He held charter memberships in Illinois Society Sons of the American Revolution and Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Illinois. He was treasurer of Order of the Old Guard, historian of Illinois Society of Mayflower Descendants and held memberships in Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Illinois, New England Society of Chicago, Press Club of Chicago, Citizen's Association, Trade Press Association, and Kenwood Club. He belonged to the Masons and several other fraternal orders.
He was an extensive traveler in his own country, and in 1900 he made a European tour.
He prepared a work on the descendants of Nathaniel Woodward of Boston, and contributed the early generations of that family to the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, April 1897.
He built on the Tristram Genealogy by Robert Dodge that was published in the late 1800s, doing more intensive research, correcting many errors, and adding many names, and finally publishing his Tristram Genealogy in 1904.
Theron married Anna Elizabeth Stevens, and they had two children: Harriet Valentine Woodward, and Mortimer Stevens Woodward. Anna died in 1883 and Theron married a widow, Mrs. Estelle Clark King, and they had three children: Najah Estelle Woodward, Theron Royal Woodward (he died just before he turned 1 yr. old), and Emory Clark Woodward.