The Unknown Team ~ Tully Woodard

unknownteamToday’s Featured Photograph stems from the mystery around what I have for some 15 years or more called The Unknown Team. This is a photograph that I dug out of a closet of my grandmother’s, Novaline Davidson Blackford. They’d belonged to her mother, Cleo Woodard Davidson.

I remember the day clearly, as it was a huge surprise to discover these old photographs and newspaper clippings in a cardboard box on the floor of a a random hall closet. It seemed my grandmother and great grandmother shared a penchant for saving odd little tidbits. In between horoscopes from the 1980s clipped from the local newspaper and myriad birthday cards from the 1950s and 60s were clippings of marriage notices and a huge pile of old photographs ranging from (I’m somewhat guessing) 1890-1930. Completely unorganized and wretchedly labeled for the most part. This one stood out, though, as America’s pastime and a glimpse at a man long passed.

William Tully Woodard was born in Giles County, Tennessee to William Thomas Woodard and Wynona Satoka Peebles on 10 September 1879. He married Amanda Elizabeth Houston, also of Giles County. They had children: Fred, Cleopatra Clema, Wilfred Noble, and daughter Tullie Lee.

Descendants of William Tully Woodard

Generation 1

  1. WILLIAM TULLY1 WOODARD was born on 10 Sep 1879 in Pulaski, Giles County, Tennessee. He died on 01 Jun 1905 in Frankewing, Giles County, Tennessee. He married AMANDA ELIZABETH HOUSTON on 19 Jul 1899 in Giles County, Tennessee, daughter of Fredrick Newton Houston and Sarah Elizabeth Abernathy. She was born on 24 May 1879 in Frankewing, Giles County, Tennessee. She died on 01 Sep 1950 in Haines City, Polk County, Florida.

William Tully Woodard and Amanda Elizabeth Houston had the following children:

  1. FRED2 WOODARD. He died about 1974.
  2. ii. CLEOPATRA CLEMA WOODARD was born on 08 May 1900 in Pulaski, Giles County, Tennessee. She died on 11 Nov 1989 in Auburndale, Polk County, Florida. She married THOMAS WALTON DAVIDSON on 14 Dec 1918 in Alabama, son of Stephen B. Davidson and Anna Gramma. He was born on 23 Apr 1900 in Minor Hill, Giles County, Tennessee. He died on 12 Apr 1991 in Auburndale, Polk County, Florida.
  3. WILLFRED NOBLE WOODARD was born in 1903 in Pulaski, Giles County, Tennessee. He died about 1973.
  4. TULLIE LEE WOODARD was born on 23 May 1905 in Pulaski, Giles County, Tennessee. She died on 19 May 1989 in Auburndale, Polk County, Florida. She married J. W. TACKETT.

Generation 2

  1. CLEOPATRA CLEMA2 WOODARD (William Tully1) was born on 08 May 1900 in Pulaski, Giles County, Tennessee. She died on 11 Nov 1989 in Auburndale, Polk County, Florida. She married THOMAS WALTON DAVIDSON on 14 Dec 1918 in Alabama, son of Stephen B. Davidson and Anna Gramma. He was born on 23 Apr 1900 in Minor Hill, Giles County, Tennessee. He died on 12 Apr 1991 in Auburndale, Polk County, Florida.

Thomas Walton Davidson and Cleopatra Clema Woodard had the following children:

  1. FLOYD3 DAVIDSON. He married JANE. She was born on 26 Feb 1924 in Winter Haven, Polk County, Florida. She died on 13 May 2000 in Winter Haven, Polk County, Florida.
  2. NOVALINE DAVIDSON was born on 08 Mar 1923 in Eagle Lake, Polk County, Florida. She died on 03 Nov 1998 in Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia. She married (1) ROBERT PIERSON MCKEMIE on 12 Aug 1944 in First Baptist Church, Winter Haven, Polk County, Florida, son of John James McKemie and Alice Roberta Whatley. He was born on 15 Nov 1904 in Ashford, Houston County, Alabama. He died on 15 Sep 1962 in Winter Haven, Polk County, Florida. She married (2) LOUIS BURNS BLACKFORD on 15 Dec 1972 in Winter Haven, Polk County, Florida, son of Neal Burns Blackford and Mabel Bear. He was born on 31 Jul 1919 in Elgin, Kane County, Illinois. He died on 02 Aug 1996 in Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia.
  3. GLENN DAVIDSON.
  4. CHARLES LINDEN DAVIDSON in Franklin, Mississippi. He married VIRGINIA STARNS.

Ancestors of William Tully Woodard

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Baseball Team with Tullie (sic) Woodard

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The Unknown Team, including Tully Woodard (1879-1905).

Written on back: ____ Woodard, Boonhill __n, man mark X, Father – past away 1905, Tullie Woodard, Cleo Davidson. (However, there are three men marked with X’s: the man in the front row, second from left, front row, first from right, back row, first man from right)

Do you recognize anyone on this team? If so, please leave a comment or contact me!

Happy Hunting,

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