Alexander Wood, Sr (1766 - 1830)

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About Alexander Wood, Sr

A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA with the rank of Private. DAR Ancestor # A127713

Birth: 1766

Death: Jan., 1830

A youthful veteran of our Revolutionary war.

Regarding Alexander Wood, Sr. (1766-1830), Joe Baughman, descendant of Alexander Wood, Jr. (1805-1887), has researched the Wood family with Lee and Peggy Swift, descendents of John Wood (1808-1861) before they both passed away. They found much, including Alex's complete Revolutionary War records; muster, payroll, and bounty offer. To wit, as one of the very young youngsters who volunteered, Alex served as a Private in the 4th, 8th, and 12th Virginia Regiments of the Continental Line. His service spanned from March 1777 through July 1783. He stayed the cold winters at Valley Forge and Morristown with Washington as well as marching south to Charleston, Charleston county, South Carolina. For most of his military career, his commanding officer was Colonel James Wood (abt 1750-1813) once governor of Virginia and son of the founder of Winchester, Frederick county, Virginia. He mustered out in 1783 under the command of Colonel Thomas Posey (1750-1818).

Alex does not show up on tax records until 1800 in Frederick County, Virginia. From 1810 until 1828 (for eighteen or more years), was overseer of Warner Washington's old Audley plantation, www.audleyfarm.com/history.html , in Frederick county, Virginia (1810 census with 80 slaves), as well as the Llewelyn plantation for Major Lawrence Lewis (1767-1839) and Eleanor "Nellie" Parke Custis' (1779-1852) of Woodlawn Plantation near Mount Vernon in Fairfax County, Virginia whose brother, G W Parke Custis (1781-1857), inherited and developed the 1,100 acre Arlington plantation, whose only adult daughter marring Lt. Robert E. Lee in 1831, who then had the property until Civil War when the union government confiscated it, now Arlington National Cemetery with over 310,000 graves as of January 2008.

Both plantations are located east and southeast of Berryville (before 1798; Battletown), about three miles apart. west of the Shenandoah river; Audley, originally granted from Thomas, Lord Fairfax (1693-1781), grandson of Lord Culpepper, hired a 16 y/o George Washington to survey property. www.historichampshire.org/fairfax.htm to cousin William Fairfax, then a portion sold to Warner Washington, reportedly, in Washington family 138 years, a wedding gift from George Washington (1732-1799) to his sister Betty's son, Lawrence Lewis and bride Eleanor "Nellie" Parke Custis, granddaughter of Geo's wife Martha, and where "Nellie", following her husband's death moved to pass her remaining years, disappointed with life her daughter, Frances (Lewis) Butler, was living in New Orleans.

Eleanor Parke (Custis) Lewis passed away at Audley, where visitors claim that she still walks the hallways at night. Llewelyn is now a private residence and Audley is owned by a German horse racing conglomerate.

Historical writings indicate that Alexander Wood was held in high esteem by others as a plantation overseer and had on at least one occassion helped George Washington in resolving a problem. (source; David L Owings).

However, good as he may have been, contemporary legal documents have Alexander Wood, Sr. falling out with Major Lewis about 1828 ending in a court battle and his unemployment.

Alexander Wood in January 1830, reportedly, rode off on a rainy day to shop for daughters needs, later, his horse returning without him. His body was found a month later, about five miles further down stream from where its believed he drowned in flooding Shenandoah River. Court papers say death was about January 1830 and he had died intestate. Court papers also reveal a legal battle between widow Elizabeth Kirk, with her sons Alexander, Jr. and John on one side against the rest of the family.

One party has Alexander Wood born in original Augusta county, Virginia (www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vaaugust/augusta2.html) to a William Wood.

Said William Wood is noted on page 131 , Vol 1 of Chalkley's 1800 page book, from Bedford and a witness on 20 November 1766

Note:

As far as we can determine, Alexander is not related to General James Wood, Jr (1747-1813), tenth governor of Virginia nor his father, Colonel James Wood (1707-1759), the recognized founder of Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia.

Death: from drowning in the Shenandoah River 1 JAN 1830 in Frederick County, Virginia (Clarke County created from eastern Federick county after March 1836).

Burial: Tilt Hammer Hills Cemetery, Frederick County, Virginia

Census: 1810 Federal, Frederick County, Virginia, household is made up of one male, age 26-44, one female 26-44, three males under 10 and three females under 10, and one female 10-15.

Marriage: Elizabeth Kirk b: ABT 1777

Married: 2 JUN 1796

Known Children

Rebecca Wood b: 7 SEP 1797 in Virginia

Mary Wood b: 7 SEP 1799

Elizabeth Wood b: 13 DEC 1801 in Morgan Spring, Berryville, Clarke County, Virginia

Janett Anne (twin) Wood b: 29 OCT 1805 in Frederick County, Virginia

Alexander (twin) Wood b: 29 OCT 1805

John Wood b: 2 FEB 1808 in Virginia

William Wood b: 27 MAR 1810 in Frederick County, Virginia

Eleanor S. Wood b: 12 JAN 1812 in Frederick County, Virginia

Florenda A. Wood b: 12 JAN 1814 in Frederick County, Virginia

Lucy Frances Wood b: 22 DEC 1816 in

Frederick County, Virginia

James Thomas Wood b: 8 SEP 1818 in Frederick County, Virginia

Sarah Wood b: 5 JUN 1820 in Frederick County, Virginia



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Children:
 Rebecca Wood Purcell (1797 - 1868)*
 Mary Wood Nesnanger (1799 - ____)*
 Elizabeth Wood O'Connor (1801 - 1883)*
 Janett Anne Wood Martin (1805 - ____)*
 Alexander Wood (1805 - 1887)*
 John Wood (1808 - 1861)*
 William Wood (1810 - ____)*
 Eleanor S Wood Gourley (1812 - ____)*
 Florenda/Florinda A Wood Martin (1814 - 1911)*
 Lucy Frances Wood Tapscott (1816 - 1888)*
 Lucy Frances Wood Tapscott (1816 - ____)*
 James Thomas Wood (1818 - ____)*
 Sarah Wood (1820 - 1820)*

Spouse:
 Elizabeth Kirk Wood (1777 - 1853) 

Name: Alexander Wood

Given Name: Alexander

Surname: Wood

Suffix: Sr.

Sex: M

Change Date: 27 Sep 2009

Note:

Regarding Alexander Wood, Sr. (1766-1830), Joe Baughman, descendant of Alexander Wood, Jr. (1805-1887)), has researched the Wood family with Lee and Peggy Swift, descendents of John Wood (1808-1861) before they both passed away. They found much, including Alex's complete Revolutionary War records; muster, payroll, and bounty offer. To wit, as one of the very young youngsters who volunteered, Alex served as a Private in the 4th, 8th, and 12th Virginia Regiments of the Continental Line. His service spanned from March 1777 through July 1783. He stayed the cold winters at Valley Forge and Morristown with Washington as well as marching south to Charleston, Charleston county, South Carolina. For most of his military career, his commanding officer was Colonel James Wood (abt 1750-1813) once governor of Virginia and son of the founder of Winchester, Frederick county, Virginia. He mustered out in 1783 under the command of Colonel Thomas Posey (1750-1818).

Alex does not show up on tax records until 1800 in Frederick County, Virginia. From 1810 until 1828 (for eighteen or more years), was overseer of Warner Washington's old Audley plantation, www.audleyfarm.com/history.html , in Frederick county, Virginia (1810 census with 80 slaves), as well as the Llewelyn plantation for Major Lawrence Lewis (1767-1839) and Eleanor "Nellie" Parke Custis' (1779-1852) of Woodlawn Plantation near Mount Vernon in Fairfax County, Virginia whose brother, G W Parke Custis (1781-1857), inherited and developed the 1,100 acre Arlington plantation, whose only adult daughter marring Lt. Robert E. Lee in 1831, who then had the property until Civil War when the union government confiscated it, now Arlington National Cemetery with over 310,000 graves as of January 2008.

Both plantations are located east and southeast of Berryville (before 1798; Battletown), about three miles apart. west of the Shenandoah river; Audley, originally granted from Thomas, Lord Fairfax (1693-1781) www.historichampshire.org/fairfax.htm to cousin William Fairfax, then a portion sold to Warner Washington, reportedly, in Washington family 138 years, a wedding gift from George Washington (1732-1799) to his sister Betty's son, Lawrence Lewis and bride Eleanor "Nellie" Parke Custis, granddaughter of Geo's wife Martha, and where "Nellie", following her husband's death moved to pass her remaining years, disappointed with life her daughter, Frances (Lewis) Butler, was living in New Orleans. Eleanor Parke (Custis) Lewis passed away at Audley, where visitors claim that she still walks the hallways at night. Llewelyn is now a private residence and Audley is owned by a German horse racing conglomerate. Historical writings indicate that Alexander Wood was held in high esteem by others as a plantation overseer and had on at least one occasion helped George Washington to resolve a problem. (source; David L Owings). However, good as he may have been, contemporary legal documents have Alexander Wood, Sr. falling out with Major Lewis about 1828 ending in a court battle and his unemployment.

Alexander Wood in January 1830 reportedly rode off on a rainy day, later, his horse returning without him. His body was found a month later, about five miles further down stream from where its believed he drowned in the flooding Shenandoah River. Court papers say death was about January 1830 and he had died intestate. Court papers also reveal a legal battle between widow Elizabeth Kirk, with her sons Alexander, Jr. and John on one side against the rest of the family.

One party has Alexander Wood born in Augusta county, Virginia (ww.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vaaugust/augusta2.html) to a William Wood. William Wood is noted on page 131 , Vol 1 of Chalkley's 1800 page book, from Bedford and a witness on 20 November 1766.

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Birth: 1766 in Virginia

Note:

As far as can be determined, Alexander is not related to General James Wood, Jr (1747-1813), tenth governor of Virginia nor his father, Colonel James Wood (1707-1759), the recognized founder of Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia.

Death: of from drowning in the Shenandoah River 1 JAN 1830 in Clarke County, Virginia

Note: Frederick County prior to 1836. 2

Burial: Tilthammer Hills Cemetery, Clarke County, Virginia 2

Census: 1810 Frederick County, Virginia

Note:

On the 1810 census, the household is made up of one male, age 26-44, one female 26-44, three males under 10 and three females under 10, and one female10-15.

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Event: Alt. Birth North Carolina

Event: Alt. Birth South Carolina

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Alexander Wood, Sr's Timeline

1766
1766
1797
December 7, 1797
Age 31
1799
September 7, 1799
Age 33
1801
December 13, 1801
Age 35
1805
October 29, 1805
Age 39
October 29, 1805
Age 39
1808
January 2, 1808
Age 42
1810
March 27, 1810
Age 44
1812
January 12, 1812
Age 46
Frederick, VA, USA
1814
January 15, 1814
Age 48