Wood Family Genealogy

Jeremiah and John Wood

Jeremiah and John Wood were twin brothers. All records on this line appear to start with these two brothers. 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.

Jeremiah was a weaver, a yeoman, gentleman, as shown by his account books and papers. He was Constable and Collector, later Selectman, and for years, Treasurer of the town of Littleton. He was a member and supporter of the church in Littleton, and his estate, at the time of his death, was valued at almost a thousand pounds.

John Wood (Jeremiah's brother) 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. They later moved to Hopkinton, Massachusetts, which was later called the village of Woodville. He 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. John died five years before Jeremiah. He was known as Capt. John Wood, which was assumed to be a commission under the King of England. It is this line that I am concerned with.

SOURCE: 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.

DESCENDANTS OF THE TWIN BROTHERS JOHN AND BENJAMIN WOOD is available for download in a number of different formats from The American Library.

Samuel Wood

In the records the name is spelled both Wood and Woods. The latter spelling seems to have been more common in the early days while the former was  common in the family of Samuel and his descendants.

There were four families in the town {Barnard, VT} in the early days. Samuel and Darius Wood were sons of Samuel and Abigail Wood of Brookfield, Mass. {I believe Samuel was the grandson of the John Wood mentioned above but have not been able to prove it.} Paul and Dexter Woods were also here early.

Paul Woods, given as from Windsor, bought one right in the town on August 30, 1785, and probably came to town soon after for he was a resident of the town on November 16, 1787, when he bought lot No. 195 consisting of 100 acres. In the census of 1790 he is given a son of whom there is no record - perhaps died early. In 1800 he was living in No 9 school district on the upper creek or Chateauguay section of the town.

SOURCE: William Monroe Newton, THE HISTORY OF BARNARD VERMONT WITH FAMILY GENEALOGIES; 1761-1927; ; Vol 2, pp 439-440.