BIOGRAPHY OF W. ELLIOT WOODWARD
On April 30, 1825, Captain Caleb Woodward, age 35, tanner, shoemaker, and veteran of the War of 1812, married his second wife, Hannah Cary, age 29. Six months later, on Oct. 29, she bore him a son, William Elliot Woodward.
The family lived in Oxford, a town in Oxford County, Maine, on the south side of King Street near the covered bridge that crossed the Androscoggin River. W. Elliot had a stepbrother six years his senior, Henry Augustus, and a sister nine years older, Eliza Ann. On the west side of the river, their father operated a sawmill, where they and the other children of Oxford often played.
The father Caleb was born in Washington, N.H., and had spent about four years in Brookline and Dedham, Massachusetts before coming to Oxford in 1820 with his first wife and three children, one of whom died in 1822. In early 1826, his brother, Elliot, also came from Washington, traveled about 150 miles, and settled about six miles north of Caleb, in the town of Hebron, with his wife Rebecca, and daughters Olive, age 2, and Nancy, age 1. Olive died on August 21, 1826, soon after arriving in Hebron. On August 23, Elliot and Rebecca had a son, whom they also named William Elliot Woodward. Nothing more is known at this time about this second William Elliot Woodward. All further references to “W. Elliot” refer to the son of Caleb and Hannah.
On August 20, 1829, when W. Elliot was nearly four, his brother Caleb Leighton Woodward was born.
Four days later, Uncle Elliot’s daughter Nancy, nearly five years old, died in Hebron.
On Feb. 3, 1831, five-year-old W. Elliot gained a sister, Mary Eleanor Woodward. She was buried just one year later, on Feb. 10, 1832.
His youngest brother, Caleb Leighton, died one year later, on Feb. 24, 1832, age two. W. Elliot was six at the time.
On August 20 or 22, 1833, when W. Elliot was nearly eight, his brother Charles Lowell Woodward was born. He was apparently named after his aunt Sarah’s husband, Charles Lowell. Charles would later marry Mary Clark, and move to New York City where, in 1903, he owned the Antiquarian Bookstore at 78 Nassau St. His collection of rare American books was said to be second to none in the country. Surely, he and W. Elliot must have been very close. I need more information on Charles’ life
In Feb. 1834, W. Elliot’s grandmother Martha (Brock) Cary died in Buckfield, about twelve miles to the north, and his grandfather Ebenezer Cary quickly married Mrs. Hannah Davis in Minot, Maine “after a tedious courtship of one hour” according to The Democrat, a Paris Maine newspaper.
Grandfather Ebenezer Cary died in 1837 or ’38, aged about 72.
In 1846, when W. Elliot was 21, his father Caleb, then 56, sold his sawmill to the Hayesville Cotton Manufacturing Co. W. Elliot, as a young man, started out as a lecturer on mnemonics and met with remarkable success.
Caleb had probably spoken fondly of his years in Brookline and Dedham, for W. Elliot’s brother Henry had moved close to these towns, in Roxbury, Mass. Roxbury was the hometown of his Woodward ancestors from about 1717 until 1762. He had lived with Colonel King, and was considered a member of the family. He worked as a foreman at the Dennison Card Co. factory. Who was this Col. King? Was he, and was Dennison Card Co., in Roxbury, or back in Maine? On Feb. 22, 1846, he married Mary N. Ford, and a year or two later, had a daughter, Mary E. Woodward.
In 1848, W. Elliot followed his half-brother’s lead, leaving home and parents in Oxford, and travelling about 140 miles to Roxbury, first staying briefly in Waltham, Mass. He opened an apothecary shop at 258-260 Dudley St., at the corner of Dearborn. This was at the northern edge of a community known as Mount Pleasant, and his place was called the Mount Pleasant Apothecary Shop.
Roxbury was a fast-growing town of over 18,000 in 1850, and about 22,000 in 1853. It was described in 1854 as a beautiful city of Norfolk county, Massachusetts, 3 miles S. from Boston, with which it was connected by “Boston Neck.” Leading over this neck were three broad avenues, which were traversed by numerous lines of stages plying between the two cities. Much of the site had originally been rocky and very irregular, but by 1854 it had been greatly improved. Portions of it are quite elevated, and afforded fine views of Boston and the surrounding scenery. It would perhaps be difficult to find concentrated in any city of equal extent such a diversity of surface, or so many elements of the picturesque. The private edifices, all of which were neat, and some very elegant, were, for the most part, enclosed by spacious grounds adorned with flower gardens and a profusion of shrubbery; indeed, few places had been more improved by the horticulturist. For several years past the city had been very flourishing, owing in part to its having become a favorite place of residence to persons doing business in Boston. Its wealth and interests were closely connected with that city, and it might with propriety, perhaps, be regarded as a suburb of the metropolis. It had, however, considerable trade of its own, and is also extensively engaged in manufacturing. The most important articles produced were steam engines, steam boilers, fire engines, iron castings, chemical preparations, carpeting, various kinds of fringe, tassels, cordage, leather, &c. It had 2 banks, with a circulation of $160,000, and 20,000 of specie; a savings’ institution, and 2 insurance companies. Three newspapers were published there. A beautiful burial place, called the Forest Hills Cemetery, had recently been laid out on the Dedham turnpike, a short distance back of the city. It comprises an area of about 70 acres, diversified with nearly every variety of surface, and variously adorned with winding pathways, plants, shrubbery, &c. The entrance to the grounds is by a fine Egyptian gateway. Roxbury was chartered as a city in 1846, the same year that W. Elliot’s brother, Henry, moved there.
W. Elliot’s near neighbor to the south was the Hon. John S. Sleeper, who lived there since 1843. A seafaring man in his youth, he became the editor and publisher of the “Boston Journal.”
To W. Elliot’s north was a large brick house that had been built by Dr. Thomas Williams. This was the first brick mansion in the town.
The same year that he moved to Roxbury, he married Clarissa Eliza Roys in Norfolk, Conn. Why was he in Norfolk CT? How did he meet Clarissa? Both of their fathers were in the tanning business. Rev. Joseph Eldredge performed the ceremony.
On April 12, 1851, W. Elliot and Clarissa had a son, Harlow Elliot Woodward. He was born “at the old stand of his father.” He was named after Clarissa’s brother, Harlow Roys.
In 1851 or ’52, brother Henry had his first child, George H.[enry?]
In September 1856, W. Elliot and Clarissa had their second child, Clarence Elliot Woodward.
On February 3, 1858, W. Elliot Woodward became a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. With apparently no higher education, and being from humble roots, what inspired both W. Elliot and his brother Charles Lowell to pursue such scholarly vocations or avocations? Did he immediately blend in with the Brahmin members of the NEHGS?
About 1859, W. Elliot and Clarissa had a daughter, Claribel.
In 1860, brother Henry owned $3000 worth of real estate, and had $800 personal estate.
On July 22, 1861, W. Elliot’s daughter Claribel was buried on Arathusa Path in Forest Hills Cemetery.
In the fall of 1862, W. Elliot Woodward had his first of what would become semi-annual auctions of coins. This statement seems likely, as the auction of Oct. 1864 was billed as the “Fifth semi-annual”
In the summer of 1863, twenty-seven Oak and Pine Tree coins were unearthed in Roxbury. These came into the possession of J.N.T. Levick, and would appear at W. Elliot’s auction the following year.
W. Elliott Woodward had purchased several fine collections of coins and medals including the celebrated Greek, Roman, and English collection of Jeremiah Colburn, esq. A 160 page auction catalog was printed by L.B. & O.E. Weston, of Roxbury. From Tuesday through Saturday, Oct. 20 through 24, 1863, these collections were sold at auction by Messrs. Bangs, Merwin & Co., Irving Buildings, 594 & 596 Broadway, New York, commencing each day precisely at five o’clock.
In 1864, Records of Salem witchcraft, copied from the original documents, in two volumes, was privately printed for W. E. Woodward. It contained the following dedication:
ONE OF THE
“WITCHES OF NEW-ENGLAND,”
WHO BEWITCHED ME IN MY YOUTH,
AND WHO HAS SINCE BEEN
MY HEART’S SUNLIGHT,
AND THE ANGEL OF MY HOME;
TO OUR BOYS, HARLOW AND CLARENCE,
AND THE LITTLE CLARIBEL,
WHO HAVING GONE BEFORE WE MAY NOT SEE, BUT WHO,
WE HOPE, STILL LOOKS UPON US WITH LOVING EYES,
BY THE HUSBAND AND FATHER,
WHOSE NAME MAY NEVER APPEAR UPON ANOTHER
THESE VOLUMES ARE
On the list of subscribers are several names that are prominent in W. Elliot Woodward’s life. There were fifteen large paper copies, and 200 small print copies. One large and eleven small print copies went to W. Elliot himself. One large and one small print copy went to his wife’s brother, Harlow Roys, of New York City. Harlow Roys, who had kept a country store in Norfolk, CT, later resided in Brooklyn, NY. Might he have collaborated with W. Elliot’s brother, Charles Lowell Woodward, and might it have been through him that W. Elliot met Clarissa? One large print and 25 small print copies went to William H. Piper, of Boston. He and his family share the same cemetery lot with W.E.’s family. Who was he?
Also in 1864, W. Elliot issued a “Catalogue of a choice collection of American and English books,” 72 pages published in Boston by J. E. Farwell & co.
In the spring of that same year, W. Elliot purchased the coin collection of John R. McCoy, of Pittsburgh. This collection included the famous 1787 Brasher Doubloon. J. E. Cooley, Auctioneers issued a “Catalogue of the Entire Collection of American Coins, Medals, &c. made by John F. McCoy…and now owned by W. Elliot Woodward…together with a few Fine Foreign Coins and Medals, and the whole of Mr. Woodward’s Private Collection of Coin Catalogues, American and English, and Other Papers and Pamphlets Relating to American Coins and Coinage. Bound with a few other coin auction catalogues of the same year.” In October, he sold the doubloon to Colin Lightbody for $400. This amount far exceeded the average person’s annual income at the time.
From Oct. 18 to 22, 1864, Tuesday through Saturday, another auction was held at 498 Broadway, New York. The auctioneer was George A. Leavitt. The 155-page catalog was entitled ” Priced catalogue of American coins, medals, &c., from the cabinets of Messrs. J.N.T. Levick, J. Osborn Emery, F.I. Ilsley, and L.H. Abbey, all of which have recently been purchased by the present owner, W. Elliot Woodward, of Roxbury, Mass.: also, a fine selection of foreign coins and medals, both ancient and modern, sold at auction by J.E. Cooley.” This sale was billed as “The Fifth semi-annual sale of W. Elliot Woodward’s collection of American and foreign coins and medals. In his forward to the sale, W. Elliot Woodward wrote, “In the use of terms, some latitude must be allowed on account of the lack of words to express the shades of meaning, and the same expression may sometimes be differently construed according to circumstances; for instance, a piece coined a hundred years ago may be a brilliant proof, and still not up to the standard of a brilliant proof of 1864an unimportant token may, if extra fine, be called proof, where a valuable coin in the same condition would only admit of the descriptive word uncirculated perhaps, or very fine.”
The following year, Lightbody asked Woodward to sell the Brasher Doubloon for him, and it was included in Woodward’s March 20, 1865 sale. George F. Seavey paid $400 for it, the same amount that Lightbody paid for it the previous year.
In 1865, W. Elliot had printed two volumes by Franklin Benjamin Hough (1822-1885). One was “Washingtoniana or, Memorials of the death of George Washington, giving an account of the funeral honors paid to his memory, with a list of tracts and volumes printed upon the occasion, and a catalogue of medals commemorating the event.” The other was “Bibliographical list of books and pamphlets, containing eulogies, orations, poems or other papers, relating to the death of General Washington, or to the honors paid to his memory.”
Also in 1865, he had published works edited by Samuel Gardner Drake (1798-1875). One was “Annals of Witchcraft in New England and Elsewhere in the United States, From Their First Settlement.” Another was “The History of the Indian Wars in New England from the First Settlement to the Termination of the War with King Philip, in 1677.”From the Original Work, by the Rev. William Hubbard, Carefully revisited, and accompanied with an historical preface, life and pedigree of the author, and extensive notes.”
The following year, W. Elliot published another work compiled by Samuel Drake, “The witchcraft delusion in New England; its rise, progress, and termination, as exhibited by Dr. Cotton Mather in The wonders of the invisible world, and by Mr. Robert Calef in his More wonders of the invisible world.” He also published this year, “Memoir upon the Late War in North America, Between the French and English, 1755-60″ by Pierre Pouchot.”
At an auction of Feb. 27 to March 1, 1866, he offered a “Catalogue of American coins, medals, &c., being the collection of Robert B. Chambers, Esq., of Providence, R.I., together with a few foreign coins, &c., to be sold at auction, in New York City.” George A. Leavitt was the auctioneer. The Press of J.M. Bradstreet & Son printed the 71-page catalog.
Another auction catalog was dated April 24, 1866.
W. Elliot paid Joseph Mickley $10,000 for what remained of his collection after thieves broke in and stole approximately $16,000 worth of coins in early 1867. John Adams proclaimed this “perhaps the greatest U.S. collection”, and judged it “best all around”. It was offered in W. Elliot’s “tenth catalog” of October 28, 1867, “Priced Catalogue of the Numismatic Collection Formed by Joseph Mickley, Esq. of Philadelphia Sold for the Account of W. Elliot Woodward of Roxbury, Mass. Leavitt, Strebeigh & Co., Oct. 1867.” W. Elliot wrote, “…not one piece of any description has been added…wishing to offer a catalogue of the Mickley collection only, I have refrained from any changes.” The last pages list catalogues which also were auctioned & some miscellaneous bits of furniture. In all, 3349 articles are listed in a 196-page catalog, all priced excepts a few artifacts.
January 6th, 1868, Roxbury became part of Boston. W. Elliot Woodward was for two years a member of the Common Council.
The year 1869 saw the publication by L. B. Weston of W. Elliot’s 668-page “Bibliotheca Americana. Catalogue of the library of W. Elliot Woodward of Boston Highlands, Mass. In the preface, he writes, “Had I lived in New York, where I could have submitted the manuscript to competent bibliographers, I should without a doubt have been spared the mortification of falling into numerous errors; but residing in a rural district, this advantage was denied me.” This statement seems peculiar, as Roxbury was the fourth largest city in Massachusetts, and just three miles from the “center of the universe,” Boston.
Also this year, his 18-year-old son Harlow had his first published work, the 21-page “Epitaphs from the old burying ground in Dorchester, Massachusetts.”
In 1870, W. Elliot published Henry Phillips’ (1838-1895) “Historical sketches of the paper currency of the American colonies prior to the adoption of the Federal Constitution ; first series.” The “second series” was published in 1909.
The census of June 6, 1870 listed W. Elliot living as owning $300,000 worth of real estate, and a $30,000 personal estate. Clarissa E., his wife was a housekeeper, Harlow E., 19 at the time, was living at home, and Clarence E., 13, was attending school. Also living with them was Fairfield Gilbert, a 30-year-old apothecary clerk from Maine. He owned $1200 real & $500 personal estate, Clarissa’s sister, Lucy Maria Roys, married a James Gilbert, but this was a Connecticut family. and Agnes Miller, 19, a domestic servant from Nova Scotia.
For several months in 1871, Harlow published The Old Curiosity Shop, a Monthly Magazine of Entertaining and Instructive Reading. Indeed, with W. Elliot’s collections of books, coins, and sundry artifacts, the shop at 258 Dudley, where the magazine was published, must have been quite an Old Curiosity Shop. W. Elliot had an add in the back-matter which read:
W. ELLIOT WOODWARD,
REAL ESTATE DEALER,
258 DUDLEY ST, BOSTON HIGHLANDS.
1,000,000 feet of building land for sale, and 50 houses to let. Buys, Sells and Exchanges for his own account only.
TO BROKERS. — On sales, one per cent, and on leases two per cent, for approval, tenants will be promptly paid.
Harlow’s obituary stated that this magazine, published successfully, was later acquired from him by Mr. Curtis, and became the basis of the present Ladies’ Home Journal.
November 9th, 1872 was the Great Fire in Boston. W. Elliot Woodward would serve on the committee that had charge of the street changes in the burnt district.
On June 2, 1873, Harlow Elliot Woodward, 22, editor, was married to Susan E. Howard, 21, in Boston, by the Rev. A. J. Patterson. The following month, their son Clarence Elliot Woodward was born. This scandalous date is based on the 1900 census listing showing month and year. It is further backed up by his age in the 1880 census. However, his age in the 1910 census indicates he may have been born in 1875. The family lived for a few months with Harlow’s parents at the apothecary shop, but in 1874, they moved a short distance away to 50 Clarence St., one block from Woodward Avenue. Given these two names, I would guess that they were quickly developed from W. Elliot’s vast real estate holdings, but I have no other evidence. Harlow pursued a career in medicines, and was “regarded as one of the leaders in popularizing the druggist business in Boston by original and modern methods.” Following in his father’s footsteps, he was also a publisher, and an authority on coins and stamps. His obituary stated he was a man of much literary knowledge and taste, of original ideas and faculty for expressing them.
W. Elliot’s real estate holdings about this time included the old brick mansion of Dr. Thomas Williams, just north of his home, as well as the mansion of Governor Eustis, a short distance from Harlow’s new home, and that of Colonel Swan.
In February, 1876, W. Elliot’s brother, Charles Lowell Woodward, compiled and published in New York the 41-page “Inventory of a few old books and pamphlets … [historical, biographical and genealogical, relating mainly to America] A collection of C.L.W.’s catalogues.”
In April, 1876, W. Elliot issued a 184-page, partly priced “Catalogue of a library of … books and pamphlets especially Americana … sold at auction … April … 1876, by Bangs, Merwin & Co.”
On the third of this month, his membership in New England Historic Genealogical Society ended.
In August, 1876, Harlow and Susan had a daughter, Florence C. Woodward.
On April 3, 1878, W. Elliot’s brother Henry, who came to Roxbury two years before him, died. His widow Mary went to live with her daughter, Mrs. W. H. L. Bartlett, in Newburyport.
Two very similar auction catalogs were issued by W. Elliot in 1879, a 104-page “Catalogue of coins, medals and tokens, mostly American.,” and an 88-page “Catalogue of coins, medals and tokens, American and foreign, in gold, silver and copper.” Boston’s T.R. MARVIN & son printed both.
Harlow and his brother Clarence were partners in “Woodward Bros.,” a perfume business at 468 Washington St. Harlow’s wife, Susan, assisted. Family members have said that Harlow’s partner at one time made off with all the company funds. I have no idea if this is true, or if it was Clarence of whom they spoke.
W. Elliot’s brother Charles Lowell Woodward, issued in 1879 John Wingate Thornton’s (1818-1878) 15-page “Index of persons and places mentioned in Hutchinson’s Massachusetts Hutchinson, Thomas, — 1711-1780. — History of Massachusetts.
On January 19, 1880, one of Charles’ collections was offered at auction. The 50-page catalog was entitled, “Bibliothica [sic] scallawagiana : catalogue of a matchless collection of books, pamphlets, autographs, pictures, &c. relating to Mormonism and the Mormons : the 10 years’ gatherings of Charles L. Woodward … to be sold at vendue, Monday, January 19, 1880 … by Messrs. Bangs & Co. …”
A hoard of 100 or so uncirculated Flowing Hair half dimes dated 1794 was discovered around 1880 by W. Elliot Woodward.
W. Elliot’s 31st sale was held Sept. 1, 2, and 3, 1880. The 1694 items are described in the 66 page “Catalogue of coins, medals and tokens, fractional currency, books, coin sale catalogues, etc. Being the entire American collection of Wm. J. Jenks … To be sold by auction, by Messrs. Bangs & co.”
In December 1880, Harlow and Susan had their third child, Howard Harlow Woodward.
In 1881, W. Elliot issued a 59 page “Catalogue of Mr. William Clagston’s collection of reminders of the war of 1861-65.” And also a 24 page “Catalogue of the archaeological cabinet of O[riel] A[ustin] Jenison [(1823-1895)], of Lansing, Michigan : comprising stone implements and objects in great variety … the whole forming without doubt the best existing collection illustrating the stone age in Michigan … also a small collection of fine coins ; the whole to be sold by auction … Bangs & Co.” Of the latter sale, W. Elliot wrote that “On the eve that sale, one Talbot, who does business at Sioux City, Iowa, telegraphed me to buy from the Jenison Collection one hundred and fifty dollars’ worth of the finest objects in the sale. I executed his order to the best of my ability, but found the amount of the purchase to be about $215.00. The goods were at once sent to the purchaser, with the request that he would select $150 worth and return the remainder. They were forwarded in June. July 9th, Mr. Talbot wrote, promising to pay for them on their arrival. On learning from the auctioneers that they had not been paid for at the end of July, I wrote to Mr. Talbot and continued to write to him at short intervals, but received no response from him till October 9th. At the date named he wrote, requiring a statement as to the finding place of each object. As stated in the catalogue, all were from Michigan, and of most of them, found many years ago [and] no particulars were recorded. This fact I explained, and Mr. Talbot then decided to return the goods, which he did on the 21st of November.
“Some time in December, long after I had paid the owner for them, they reached me, placed in the box in the most careless manner, with no adequate protection from injury, and with a bill for transportation added to their cost. After I had written on the subject some five or more letters, Mr. Talbot wrote me, ‘I have repeatedly written you,’ etc. Mr. Talbot keeps a clerk, and divides his business into departments which he letters from A to X, reminding one of the water-tight compartments of a Cunard Steamer; the compartments in the Cunarder it is understood are intended to prevent the craft from sinking when it is partially waterlogged. Mr. T. requests his correspondents to address their letters, according to the nature of their business, to the different letters. As no one of the departments is mentioned as specially devoted to the payment of bills, my letters probably failed to receive attention for want of a special department.”
On December 15, 1881, W. Elliot’s son, Clarence Elliot Woodward and Marietta C. Ames were married.
W. Elliot had another auction on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 27th and 28th, 1882. The 59-page catalog was “Pre-historic man; Catalogue of the collection of the late Prof. J[ames] Grier Ralston [(1816?-1880)], illustrating the stone age in America and Europe, to be sold by auction, by Messieurs Bangs and Co, 739 & 741 Broadway, New York City.” In this catalog, W. Elliot recounts the above story of Mr. Talbot in explaining why Jenison sale items reappear in this catalog, and states that he can best illustrate his feelings by telling a story:
“Once upon a time, a colored preacher held forth to a large congregation, and at the end of the services the hat was passed around for a contribution. It came back empty; the preacher turned it bottom upwards over the desk, to show that it contained nothing, and raising his eyes heavenward, reverently exclaimed, ‘I bress de Lord dat I got my hat back from dis congregation.’
“This story reminds me of another. A stranger called at a wayside store and ordered three cents’ worth of crackers and herrings. They were placed before him; he said, ‘I have changed my mind; I wish you would take them back and give me three cents’ worth of rum instead.’ The rum disappeared at a gulp; the stranger about to depart, was asked to pay for the rum; he replied, ‘I have paid for it, I gave you the crackers and herrings.’ ‘But,’ said the merchant, ‘you did not pay for them.’ ‘True,’ said the stranger, ‘but I gave them back, you would not have me pay for them and give them back too, would you?’ whereupon he went his way; the trader scratched his head, and after a moment’s thought remarked to a by-stander, ‘It may be all right, but I’ll be –blanked– if I want any more such custom.’ These stories have no moral, but their application to my case is obvious.”
W. Elliot’s son Clarence and his wife Marietta had a daughter in 1883, Ethel Ames Woodward,
On January 21st, 1884, Harlow and Susan had another son, Roys Elliot Woodward at their new home at 29 Bainbridge St., in Charlestown. Harlow and Clarence’s firm of Woodward Bros., shown as dealing in “fancy goods,” relocated to 40 Bromfield, in the heart of Boston.
On March 25th, 1884, 1-year-old Ethel Ames Woodward was buried in the family plot at Forest Hills Cemetery.
An auction of W. Elliot’s collection of coins and medals began October 13, 1884, and continued for five following days. A 251-page catalog was printed proclaiming “All the kingdoms of the world” at the head of the title.
In February 1885, Clarence and Marietta had a son, Ernest A. Woodward.
Another auction was held February 26th and 27th, 1885, with a 55-page catalog entitled “The old way. Catalogue of prehistoric objects, mostly American, and principally in stone, comprising a large collection and several important consignments. To be sold by auction by Messieurs, Bangs & Co.”
This same year, W. Elliot issued a catalog of a collection of William Braddock Clark (1841-1927), “Here, there, and everywhere. Earliest American pattern coin.”
On May 1st and 2nd came an auction with the 62-page catalog “The Viking and the red man : catalogue of a collection of prehistoric stone objects, and the pottery of the mound builders ; also a variety of other curious objects : to be sold by auction by Messrs. Bangs & Co”
Three days after this auction, on May 5th, 1885, W. Elliot’s wife Clarissa was buried in the family plot. She was 56. Apparently, sometime within the next year, W. Elliot married Alice B., who was also buried in the family plot on July 4th, 1886. The existence and identity of this woman is in question. The only evidence of her relationship is the cemetery record..
W. Elliot’s 83rd sale in 1886 had the 67-page “Catalogue of J. S. Twining’s collection of gold, silver and copper American coins, with a little collection of bric-a-brac, Washington pitchers and Japanese curios.”
In December 1886, Harlow and Susan had a son, Arthur Chester Woodward, and Clarence and Marietta had a daughter, Mary A. Woodward.
In 1888, W. Elliot issued a “Catalogue of a collection of coins and medals selected from a large cabinet collected at Vicksburg, Miss. … especially rich in the great crowns and their multiples, of Germany and Europe, and almost equally rich in the American series of Colonial and Washington coins, and the regular issues of the U.S. Mint.” The 153-page catalog was published by T.R. Marvin., and was W. Elliot’s 95th sale.
Meanwhile, this same year, his brother, Charles Lowell, issued a “Catalogue of a large and interesting collection of books, pamphlets, etc., relating to persons, families and names…”
On Christmas Day, 1888, Harlow and Susan had their fifth child, Edith Victoria Woodward.
From December 27th through 29th, 1888, W. Elliot had his 103rd sale, 1708 lots in an 84 page catalog, “The Norman Spang Collection: ARCHAEOLOGY or The Stone Age in America and Europe: Amulets, Banner Stones, Pipes, Axes, Spear and Arrow Points”
More of Norman Spang’s collection was auctioned on January 17th, 1890. W. Elliot issued the 30-page “Catalogue of specimens in archaeology including amulets, banner stones, discoidal stones, pipes, axes, celts, spear heads, arrow points, etc., etc., being the remainder of the collection of Mr. Norman Spang … : this collection will be sold by auction by Messrs. Bangs & Co.”
On January 3rd, 1892, W. Elliot contracted pneumonia. It plagued him for two days until culminating in cerebral paralysis. He died in the afternoon of January 5th, at his residence at 38 Harlow St, one block away from Woodward Park Street. His obituary stated that he was the best known coin dealer in the country and his series of coin catalogues is to be found in every large public library.
He was buried in the family plot at Lot 1543 Arathusa Path, Forest Hills Cemetery. In the same location was buried the mysterious Alice B. Woodward. Next to him would be buried daughter-in-law Marietta C. Woodward (Nov.19, 1909), along with granddaughter Ethel Ames Woodward. Next to them would be buried his son Clarence E. Woodward (May 24, 1918), along with granddaughter Mary A. Woodward (Feb. 18, 1963).
In a second row, closest to W. Elliot is the grave of his wife Clarissa E. Woodward. Next to her is daughter Claribel. Next in line is son Harlow E. Woodward (Jan. 15, 1911), and lastly Susan E. Woodward (July 26, 1909).