David Wood the clockmaker

Started by Holly Brown on Friday, July 16, 2010


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7/16/2010 at 3:30 PM

I remember visiting relatives in Watertown/Waturbury? CT with mom and dad in the 70s and met some of mom's relatives. They showed us a clock with the name "David Wood" on it, and told us he was a relative, and a prestigious clockmaker.

I googled the name. I wonder if it is possible that clockmaker David Wood was the father of great-great-great grandfather David Wood? A clock made by this man recently sold for just shy of $100K US!


David Wood was born the son of John and Eunice Wood in Newburyport, Massachusetts on July 5, 1756. It is thought that he may have been apprenticed to either Daniel Balch Senior or one of the members Mullikan family. All of whom where prominent Clockmakers in this region. On June 13, 1792, David advertised that he had set up a shop in Market Square, near Reverend Andrews Meeting House, where he made and sold clocks. Three short years latter, he married Elizabeth Bird in 1795. It is becomes evident, that David Wood was also a Retailer. In 1806 he advertised that he had for sale “Willard's best Patent Timepieces, for as low as can be purchased in Roxbury.” In the year 1818 he and Abel Moulton, a local silversmith, moved into the shop formerly occupied by Thomas H. Balch. In 1824 he advertised that he had moved on the westerly side of Market Square opposite the Market House. After his wife's death in 1846, he moved to Lexington to live near is son David, who was a merchant in that town. It has become quite obvious to us that David Wood was a very successful Clockmaker and Retailer of Clocks. Over the last 40 plus years of being in the business of selling clocks, we have sold many examples of wall, shelf, and tall case clocks bearing this Maker’s signature on the dial.

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