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James Wood

Birthdate: (52)
Birthplace: Winchester, Hampshire, England
Death: Died in Frederick, Virginia
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Husband of Mary Wood
Father of Elizabeth White; Gov. James Wood; Mary Harrison; John Wood, Dr and Robert Wood

Occupation: Builder of Winchester & first court clerk of Frederick Virginia
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About Col. 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.


The Backcountry Towns of Colonial Virginia By Christopher E. Hendricks, p. 95 James Wood founder of Winchester, VA discussed- good read!

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Col. James Wood's Timeline

Winchester, Hampshire, England
Age 32
January 28, 1741
Age 34
Winchester, Frederick, Virginia
Age 35
Age 36
July 27, 1747
Age 40
November 6, 1759
Age 52
Frederick, Virginia