Mr Oscar Scott Woody

Oscar Scott Woody

Mr Oscar Scott Woody was born in Roxboro, North Carolina on 15 April 1871 1.

He was the son of John Frank Woody (b. 1844), a farmer and merchant, and Nancy Cole (b. 1846), both natives of North Carolina 2. His known siblings were: Pattie (b. 1873), Rosa (b. 1876) Ninnie (b. 1879) and James M. (1882-1951).

He first appears on the 1880 census living with his family in Holloways, Person County, North Carolina. By the early 1890s he was working for the US postal service, serving the railways between Greensboro, North Carolina and Washington, DC. He was listed on the 1900 census living as a boarder in the latter city and was described as an unmarried postal clerk. He was from the office of the Third division of the Railway Mail Service in Washington but left that city to reside in New York around 1909 when he was put in the marine service.

A Freemason, Woody was later married in Washington on 5 October 1910 to Leila M. Bullard (b. 1877), a native of Dallas, Texas and niece of the Central Mail Office Detective Harry Warren. The couple remained childless and maintained a holiday home in Clifton, Virginia where they spent extended periods when Mr Woody was not at work.

He travelled to Europe aboard Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse, arriving in Plymouth and was instructed to join Titanic on her maiden voyage. He joined Titanic on 10 April 1912 as part of the postal group and whilst aboard was due to celebrate his 41st birthday on 15 April.

On the night of the sinking, Woody and his fellow postal clerks, assisted by several other crewmen, struggled to bring some 200 sacks of mail up to a higher deck from the flooding mail rooms.

Mr Woody died in the sinking. His body was recovered (#167) and buried at sea.

NO. 167. - MALE - ESTIMATED AGE, 38. - VERY FAIR HAIR

CLOTHING - Grey striped suit.

EFFECTS - Watch; fob; chain and clip; 2 fountain pens; letters; knife; cuff links; 1 gold ring; keys and chain; $10.02.

NAME - O.S.WOODY
U.S. Mail Clerk

His widow Leila, who had been staying at their holiday home in Virginia, hastened to stay with her uncle Harry Warren to await news of her husband. She apparently never remarried and was living in Washington, DC by the time of the 1930 and 1940 census records. What became of her thereafter is unknown.

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Gavin Bell, UK
Chris Dohany, USA
Hermann Söldner, Germany

Notes
  1. Many sources give a birth date of 15 April 1868. Census records confirm that he was born in 1871.
  2. The 1880 census states his mother was born in North Carolina. The 1900 census states otherwise, saying she was from Virginia
     
References and Sources
John Eaton & Charles Haas (1992) Titanic: Destination Disaster, Patrick Stevens Ltd. ISBN 1 85260 534 0
Marriages, births, deaths and injuries that have occurred on board during the voyage (PRO London, BT 100/259-260)
White Star Line (1912.) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett" Including Bodies Buried at Sea and Bodies Delivered at Morgue in Halifax, N.S. Details compiled from records of the "Mackay-Bennett". Public Archives of Nova Scotia, Halifax, N.S., Manuscript Group 100, Vol. 229, No. 3d, Accession 1976-191

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Articles and Stories

JOHN S. MARCH ONE OF THE HEROES

Newark Evening News  (1912) 

JOHN S. MARCH ONE OF THE HEROES

 
MAIL CLERKS DIED BRAVELY

Rutherford Republican  (1912) 

MAIL CLERKS DIED BRAVELY

 
PENSION FAMILIES OF LOST CLERKS

Asbury Park Evening Press  (1912) 

PENSION FAMILIES OF LOST CLERKS

 
GAVE LIVES FOR THE MAILS

New York Times  (1912) 

GAVE LIVES FOR THE MAILS

 
Special Day For Oscar Scott Woody

(2004) 

SPECIAL DAY FOR OSCAR SCOTT WOODY

 
Mail Clerk O. S. Woody Was Loyal to the Last

Evening Star  (1912) 

MAIL CLERK O. S. WOODY WAS LOYAL TO THE LAST

 
FAMILY OF J. S. MARCH MAY RECEIVE $10,000

Newark Evening News  (1912) 

FAMILY OF J. S. MARCH MAY RECEIVE $10,000

 
Titanic Mail Clerk's Wife Anxiously Waits For News About Him

Washington Times  (1912) 

TITANIC MAIL CLERK'S WIFE ANXIOUSLY WAITS FOR NEWS ABOUT HIM

 
Washington Man Mail Clerk on the Ill-Fated Steamer

Washington Times  (1912) 

WASHINGTON MAN MAIL CLERK ON THE ILL-FATED STEAMER

 
W L Gwyn, Former Brooklyn Mail Clerk, May Have Been Lost

Brooklyn Daily Times  (1912) 

W L GWYN, FORMER BROOKLYN MAIL CLERK, MAY HAVE BEEN LOST

 

External Links

Posted Aboard R.M.S. Titanic (National Postal Museum, Washington, D.C.) POSTED ABOARD R.M.S. TITANIC (NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM, WASHINGTON, D.C.)  
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