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Caroline Dunning Jones Woods
Photo Album and Biographical Sketch
Compiled and copyright by MJP Grundy, 2003



Caroline Dunning was the eldest child of James A. Dunning and his first wife, Louisa Turner. Caroline was born in Dover, Delaware on 3 October 1838 about 12 A.M. She was baptised by the Rev. E. Read. She died 20 June 1926 in Philadelphia. She married twice: Dr. Charles W. Jones and Cyrus Forbes Woods.

Lina was named for her mother’s sister. Caroline's mother died 15 January 1846, aged 26 years. Her father remarried 1 September 1847, so Margaret Ann (Stevenson) Dunning raised Lina and her siblings and half-brothers from the time Lina, the eldest, was about nine years old.[1]
Lt. Col. Charles 
W. Jones
Family tradition holds that Caroline, called Lina, and her younger sister Anna were the "belles of Dover". They were married in a double wedding on 26 January 1860 as the clouds of war thickened.

When the Civil War began, Lina's husband, Charles W. Jones, enlisted in the Union army. In a letter written toward the end of her life, Lina reminisced:
...he served all through the "Civil War": was first surgeon in charge of Hospitals in Baltimore, and then on the Atlanta Campaign as Medical Director of the 14th Army Corps. After the fall of Atlanta Dr. Jones was ordered back to Chattanooga as Superintendant and Medical Director of Hospitals at the Post, comprising 4 Hospitals in the valley and 3 on Lookout Mt. He remained on duty at this Post until the close of the War, when he was breveted Lieut. Col. for meritorious service and mustered out of the army. He practiced medicine & surgery in Wilmington Delaware until his death. [2]

Quarters of CW Jones, USA, Chattanooga, Tenn.
This cottage in Chattanooga, Tenn., was the residence of General Pillough (the handwriting is difficult, so this may not be spelled correctly), who went South during the Civil War and fought in the Confederate Army. The house was then occupied by Surgeon Charles W. Jones, USA while serving as Principal Director of the Post of Chattanooga and Superintendant of Hospitals in the valley and on Lookout Mountain from October 1864 to August 1865. This photograph was taken after breakfast and shows Surgeon Jones in his fatigue dress just before going to the Medical Director’s office while his wife stands at his side. The cook was "Old Sarah Bessie (a Georgia negress) in the white turban", and son Busy. They stand by "the man servant Wade Hampton holding “Nellie”, Mrs. Jones’ hackney who switched her tail and moved and spoiled her picture. She was a full blooded animal and a beauty."[3]
Lookout Mountain, Tenn.
Sometimes there would be time for little excursions. Here Dr. C. W. Jones and Mrs. Caroline Dunning Jones are on Lookout Mountain. The third person in the photograph is not named--nor is the photographer, who appears to have been hanging from a skyhook in order to take the picture.

After the war Lina and "Dr. Jones" (she never seemed to refer to him by his first name) lived in Wilmington, where he opened a medical practice.




Lina married for a second time Cyrus Forbes Woods on Enfield, Massachusetts. So Lina moved to Enfield. The town no longer exists, as it was flooded to make a reservoir. Therefore here are some photographs of the town as it was when Lina lived there. On the left is an undated view of Main Street. The postcard shows a somewhat later view with the cannon monument, while the Woods’ home is at the right with the awnings.
Main Street, Enfield, Mass.  postcard view of "The Cannon, Enfield, Mass." postcard by Cosmos, trademark

This undated photograph on the left shows the house with the retaining wall on the steep hillside behind the house. There doesn’t appear to be any cannon when this picture was taken. The photo on the right is a view to the right of the house giving a better view of the terraced hillside--part of what made Enfield the choice for creating a reservoir. The carriage sheds on the right of the picture belonged to the Congregational Church which is out of sight to the right.
Cyrus Forbes Woods' home in Enfield  Terraced gardens to the right of the Woods' house

Front view of the Woods’ house, nearly hidden by trees. Cyrus Wood is on the right with his dog. Of the two women on the left Lina is the figure in white. Lina’s sister Anna E. D. Cowgill is standing near the porch steps.
Cyrus F. Woods' house with Cyrus, Lina, Anna, and others

Snapshot of Lina and Cyrus and their dog on the porch of their home in Enfield. If we were invited inside their home, we would see this front hall with oriental carpet, tallcase clock, and chairs on the right in their dust covers.
Lina and Cyrus on their front porch  front hall of the Woods' house

Going into the hall and turning to the right one sees again the hall chairs in their dust covers, and into the front parlor. The front parlor had a painting on an eisle, a fringed lamp on the table, a whatnot stand, and the ubiquitous dust covers on the furniture.
looking from the hall into the front parlor  the front parlor of Cyrus F. Woods' home in Enfield

While guests would be entertained formally in the parlor, more intimate friends would be invited into the sitting room, pictured on the left. Plenty of art work on the walls and ornaments on the mantel piece. On the right is the middle bedroom. I do not know whether this was mainly for guests or family.
Sitting room of the Woods' home  the middle bedroom of the Woods' home in Enfield

Guests were welcome. Since travel was time consuming, if not difficult, they tended to come and stay a while. Entertainment consisted in a round of afternoon social calls, or a ride. Here is Cyrus with guest Mary Dunning and white-haired Lina in the back. There is a picture of Mary’s daughter Lucy sitting on the porch with Lina.
Cyrus Forbes Woods and his horse and rig

Cyrus was a member of the stock exchange, and owned a box factory in Enfield. This snapshot shows the factory, but it is hard to make out. On the right is an interior view of the box factory with Cyrus on the right.
Enfield with a view of the Woods' box factory  Interior of the Woods' box factory in Enfield

These are the employees of the box factory. Unfortunately they are not named, and the photograph is not dated.
employees of Cyrus Forbes Woods' box factory in Enfield

Lina and Lucy at 1328 N. 15th St., Philadelphia Family tradition relates that after the death of Cyrus his nephew defrauded Lina. In order to raise money she sold a few of her favorite things to her neice Mary (Dunning) Shoe. Lina moved to Philadelphia to the home of her half-brother Thomas S. Dunning. She always wore black, and was remembered by her brother's grandchildren as being rather elegant. Here is a snapshot of her with Mary (Dunning) Shoe’s daughter Lucy, taken at 1328 N. 15th Street.

Lina was a high church Episcopalian, and occasionally Lucy would accompany her on the trolley to services at St. James Church in Philadelphia.

Lina died 20 June 1926. At her request she was buried beside her first husband and true love in the Jones lot in the Wilmington and Brandywine cemetery in Wilmington, Delaware.

Lina's dress modelled by Mary E. D. Shoe, Sept. 5, 1950, Austin, TX A few of her things have come down in the family, such as this elegant dress modelled by Mary Dunning Shoe in 1950, and the small enamelled brooch.
enamelled brooch belonging to Lina










Notes and Sources


1. Information from the David Dunning/ James A. Dunning Bible, that includes family records from 1786 to 1926.


2. Holograph letter signed by Lina, dated 10 February 1922.


3. Holograph inscriptions on the back of two similar photographs.



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