Wood Family Genealogy

Capt. John Wood

Generation 1

1. JOHN WOOD, Capt., born 1674 in Framingham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, died 21 Aug 1725 in Hopkinton, Middlesex, Massachusetts. John had a brother, Jeremiah Wood, who was born about May 1678, and died 15 July 1730 in Littleton,  Massachusetts. Some information on that line may be found at William Taber's WorldConnect Site. According to Mr. Taber, all records start with them; so we have no knowledge of their ancestors or where they were born. It is assumed that they were born of Puritan settlers in New England, and of English descent.

John Wood married 3 Mar 1705 in Framingham, Middlesex, Massachusetts Elizabeth Buckminister, born 1687 in Framingham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, died aft. 1747.

Seven of their eight children were born in Framingham. The family later moved to Hopkinton, Massachusetts. John Wood was one of the original members of the church in Hopkinton, which was organized 2 Sept 1724. He was elected one of the selectman. At his death, his estate was valued at nine hundred pounds.

After the death of her husband, Elizabeth married again to Josiah Rice of Framingham. Josiah died in 1745.

John and Elizabeth Wood had the following children:

i. John Wood, born 24 Jul 1707 in Framingham, Middlesex, Massachusetts. He married 13 Apr 1727 in Hopkinton, Middlesex, Massachusetts Mary Howe. No children listed.
ii. Mary Wood, born 4 Aug 1709 in Framingham, Middlesex, Massachusetts. She married 11 May 1726 in Hopkinton, Middlesex, Massachusetts Daniel Stone. Additional information can be found at Richard Hodges Site.
iii. Elizabeth Wood, born 3 Mar 1711 in Framingham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, died 13 Apr 1714 in Framingham, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
iv. Benjamin Wood, born 15 Apr 1714 in Framingham, Middlesex, Massachusetts. He married 4 Aug 1737 in Hopkinton, Middlesex, Massachusetts Martha Chamberlain.
v. Elizabeth Wood, born 4 Aug 1716 in Framingham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, died 25 Feb 1775. She married Thomas Mellen. Additional information can be found at Andrew Smith's Site.
vi. Thomas Wood, born 9 Sep 1719 in Framingham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, died 17 Jul 1811 in East Alstead, Cheshire, New Hampshire, buried in East Alstead, Cheshire, New Hampshire.
vii. Joseph Wood, born 3 Aug 1722 in Framingham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, died Sep 1785 in Hopkinton, Middlesex, Massachusetts. He married 21 Sep 1742 in Hopkinton, Middlesex, Massachusetts Martha Gibson , born abt. 1721, died 1754 in Hopkinton, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
viii. Samuel Wood, died 7 Feb 1724/1725 in Hopkinton, Middlesex, Massachusetts. No additional information.


Generation 2

2. THOMAS WOOD, born 9 Sep 1719 in Framingham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, died 17 Jul 1811 in East Alstead, Cheshire, New Hampshire, at the age of 92. He is buried in East Alstead, Cheshire, New Hampshire.

He married 4 Jun 1740 in Hopkinton, Middlesex, Massachusetts Mary Taylor, born abt. 1720, died bef. Mar 1780.

After their marriage, they moved to Hopkinton. He was living in Brookfield, Massachusetts when he marched to the alarm call of 19 April, 1775. He is supposed to have taken part in the battles at Bunker Hill and White Plains before he moved to New Hampshire.

In March 1780, he moved with his sons, John and Benjamin, to East Alstead, New Hampshire, where they purchased a large tract of land comprising two farms, upon which they settled and brought up large families of children. Thomas and Samuel remained in Massachusetts.

Children:

i. Thomas Wood, Jr., born 2 Apr 1743 in Hopkinton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, died 11 Feb 1807 in Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, buried in Brookfield Cmtry, Brookfield, Massachusetts. He married 6 Dec 1770 in Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts Abigail Banister, died Aug 1836 in Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts.
ii. Samuel Wood, born 21 Dec 1746 in Hopkinton, Middlesex, Massachusetts. I believe this could be the Samuel Wood who died in Brookfield 5 Mar 1829. However I do not have concrete proof.
iii. Elizabeth Wood, born 11 Dec 1748 in Hopkinton, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
iv. John Wood, born 30 Apr 1751 in Hopkinton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, died 28 Dec 1830 in East Alstead, Cheshire, New Hampshire.
v. Benjamin Wood, born 30 Apr 1751 in Hopkinton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, died 4 Apr 1833 in East Alstead, Cheshire, New Hampshire.

According to the James Wood book, "The twin brothers, John and Benjamin, resembled each other very much. Their parents could hardly tell them apart when they were a short distance away, and to make sure of the right one used to call on them, John-Ben."

Both John and Benjamin responded to the Lexington alarm call of April 1775.

Line of descent for Capt John Wood.

SOURCES:

James A. Wood, DESCENDANTS OF THE TWIN BROTHERS JOHN AND BENJAMIN WOOD; ; Concord NH, The Rumford Press, 1902; pp10-33; photocopy of listed pages in the possession of Pat Geary, Harrisonburg, VA. NOTE: Book is available for download in various formats.

William S. Wood, DESCENDANTS OF THE BROTHERS JEREMIAH AND JOHN WOOD; ; 1885, William S. Wood, Worcester, Mass; ; Lib of Cong Microfilm #85/5290.
Book is available from Google Books.

VITAL RECORDS OF HOPKINTON MASS TO THE YEAR 1850; ;Boston MA, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1911; p 392; Library of Congress Film #OCLC07452272. (pgs 204-209 births; 390-395 marriages; 460-461 deaths). These pages are available for
download in rtf format.
download in pdf format

The entire book is available for download in various formats from Open Library

Franklin P. Rice, VITAL RECORDS OF BROOKFIELD MASS TO THE END OF THE YEAR 1849; -1849; 1909; (pgs 238-241 births; 442-443 marriages; 547-548 deaths). These pages are available for download in rtf format.

VITAL RECORDS FOR FRAMINGHAM MASSACHUSETTS TO THE END OF THE YEAR 1850; (pgs 211 births; 401- 402 marriages; 474 deaths). These pages are available for
download in rtf format.
download in pdf format

The entire book is available for download on Google Books.


Author: Wood, William S. (William Smith) , 1832- Title: Descendants of the brothers Jeremiah and John Wood [microform] / compiled and published by William S. Wood. Published: Worcester, Mass. : C. Hamilton, 1885. Description: 292 p., [13] leaves of plates : ports. ; 24 cm. This book can be found in both the Library of Congress and Family History Library. However I have NOT seen it.