Thomas B Wood

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• Thomas B. Wood

• From "Stephen Hamlin, Immigrant, and Descendants" compiled by Mary Poor Hoffer, 1987.
"THOMAS B. WOOD was born in Sussex County, Virginia, the 7th of May, 1783. He had three brothers and two sisters. Thomas was a conscientious, upright, and honest person. He disliked the slavery that was rampant in Virginia. In the spring of 1807, he joined several other families, mostly of the Quaker faith, who were moving to the vast wilderness of Ohio. At that time, Ohio was inhabited by Indians. Thomas died the 1st of June, 1850, in Stark County, Ohio. He had married on the 3rd of February, 1803, in Sussex County, Virginia, CHERRY JONES....Thomas and Cherry had ten children"
From "The Hazen Family", compiled from family records by Dorothy Freshley Davis and Mary Helen Freshley Hagan, 1976.
"In the Spring of 1807, Thomas B. Wood and his family consisting of wife and two children - Polly and Robert, and one slave, together with six other families - mostly of the Quaker faith, consisting of Jesse Feltz with four, Charles Hamlin with six, John Hamlin with seven, Jordan Jones with four, William Hamlin with seven and Joseph Sebrell with nine, in all forty one whites with a few slaves, concluded to leave the land of their nativity in search of a land of freedom".
From "The Martin and Shively and Allied Families" by Stephanie D. Martin, 20 08-10-29 on RootsWeb:
" Martin's The Wood Family specifies that Thomas and his family, along with those six above mentioned families, mostly of the Quaker faith, left Sussex County, Virginia for Ohio on 22 April 1807. Family tradition states that Thomas' main reason for leaving Virginia was his dislike of slavery. There has been no record found, however, of Thomas among Quaker records.

"Tradition also states that Thomas had received, as his only inheritance, one slave and one dollar. He brought the slave along to Ohio and freed him when they settled in Salem. Thomas "was against slavery and was outspoken about his beliefs. This caused unpleasantry with his neighbors [in Virginia] therefore he planned to move to a country where all men were free{Ohio]."

"These seven families packed their belongings in carts for their journey. The woman and children rode in the carts and the men walked. They crossed the Ohio River at Steubenville and arrived in Salem, Columbiana County, Ohio in June 1807.

"Thomas stayed in the Salem area. He farmed and, during the winter months, worked at his trade as a hatter.

"In a few years, around 1810 or 1811, he moved to Lexington, Stark County. At that time, Lexington was a village on the Mahoning River. Some of Thomas' friends from the Virginia trip had settled there.

"Thomas first bought land a little west of Lexington, on the old diagonal road which ran from Deerfield to Lexington to Harrisburg and further. There he built a log cabin and opened an inn called "The Traveller's Rest". He stayed there a few years, sold out, and bought land a little south of Lexington Township. There Thomas and his wife stayed on that land the rest of their lives.

"During the War of 1812, two of Thomas' brothers enlisted and served under Captain Isaac Hull, Commander of the frigate, Constitution, also known as "Old Ironsides". Thomas, too, chose to enlist and started for Captain Hull's headquarters, but, before he arrived, peace was declared.

"In 1819, the enthusiasm resulting from a camp meeting held in Deerfield resulted in the organization of the first Methodist Society in Stark County. It was formed under the leadership of Thomas Wood, with six other members. Services were held in private homes until 1827 when a log church was built, becoming the first Methodist church in the area. When the Methodists began to tolerate slavery, Thomas joined the Wesleyan Church.

"On 27 April 1823, Thomas was elected as Justice of the Peace for Lexington Township. He was re-elected to this position in 1827, 1831, and 1835, serving a total of 12 years in this capacity.

"Both Thomas and his wife, Cherry, are buried in a small private cemetery on the former Jacob Hoover farm across from the Lexington Grade School on Atwater Avenue, east of the Atwater-Snode Road intersection, Lexington Township, Stark County. This farm was owned by Thomas at one time. The original deed was signed by President John Quincy Adams. There is a tombstone for Thomas and Cherry in section G of the Alliance City cemetery. No record of their reinterrment there exists, however, and therefore it is believed that the stone was stolen from the original graves and, when it was found, was apparently placed in the Alliance City Cemetery."

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