James Wood (c.1707 - 1759) MP

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Birthplace: Winchester, Hampshire, England
Death: Died in Frederick, Virginia
Occupation: Builder of Winchester & first court clerk of Frederick Virginia
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About James Wood

James Wood, Sr. (1707?-1759) was born, according to a grandson, in Winchester, Hampshire, England. He attended Oxford University, was a lieutenant in the Royal Navy, and came to Virginia with one of the colonial governors. Around 1735, he acquired a tract of land "on the branches of the Opequon" from which, in 1744, a large part of Winchester was formed in accordance with his stipulations to the Justices of Frederick County. Wood was elected the first Clerk of the Frederick County Magistrate and Court and served in that position until his death. He was also a Colonel in the Frederick County militia and served with his friend Col. George Washington in the 1754 campaign against the French. In 1758, he was proxy for Washington in the latter’s candidacy for Burgess from Frederick County and wielded considerable political influence.

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Col. James Wood's Timeline

1707
1707
Winchester, Hampshire, England
1738
1738
Age 31
Winchester , Virginia
1739
1739
Age 32
1741
January 28, 1741
Age 34
Winchester, Frederick, Virginia
1742
1742
Age 35
1743
1743
Age 36
1747
July 27, 1747
Age 40
1759
November 6, 1759
Age 52
Frederick, Virginia