Many relatives of the southern Marks family know of a book written by Marion Dewoody Pettigrew titled "Marks-Barnett Families and Their Kin" published in 1939. A combined version was published in 1981 with a second section of more recent information by my cousin, Newton Edward Brightwell, Jr.
Those of you familiar with the Arkansas Marks and Marks Cemetery may also know of the Dewoody family that has joined with the Marks.
Cousin Newt Brightwell researched and created a book about the Dewoodys titled "Dewoody Records" published in 1989. He published this at a cost to the immediate family and still has 168 left from that effort. These are for sale at the same price as when first published $45.00.
In Newt's introduction lies the following: "The earliest Dewoody is the legendary John. Dimly perceived, is he real or myth? According to modern family lore, John married Martha Cunningham in County Antrim, Ireland, and came to Pennsylvania with wife and children either before or after the Revolution. If he existed, no record has been found to show that he left his native Ireland. He does not appear in the tax lists or the first census, that of 1790. No records have been found to show that he owned property, incurred debt, or left a will. Though John is familiar to family researchers today, he is not encountered in any discovered document older than the previously mentioned letter that John M. Dewoody wrote on 2 May 1867, in which he states: "Great grandfather's name was John, his wife's maiden name was Martha Cunningham.... My grandfather was John Dewoody and his wife was Annis McCullough..." Unfortunately for myth, John M. DeWoody was partly mistaken-- his great grandfather was George -- and partly right -- his great grandmother was Martha [Cunningham?] and his grandparents were John and Annis McCullough Dewoody. How did John M. come to make such a mistake? Perhaps because his great grandfather had been dead 60 years and Martha had been 40 years in her grave when he wrote that letter in 1867. How many people do you know who can name all eight of their great grandparents?"
These books are hardback bound with a red cover. They are well bound. If you are interested, send me an email and I will strive to answer all questions I can. If you remain interested, I can give you my cousin's address and phone. He is not interested in computers, although if he found a site like this, he would be in hog heaven!
Best regards to all, Sorrells Dewoody
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