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About Jean Wood
Jean (Moncure) Wood, in her sphere, was quite as distinguished as was her husband.
"Her manners were peculiarly dignified and graceful, her politeness was genuine and unaffected. She possessed uncommon fluency, had a ready and brilliant wit, and a rich imagination. These qualities fitted her to shine in the most brilliant circles, and made her society attractive to both the aged and the young."
She was gifted with poetic and musical talents. Some of her poems are preserved in "The Southern Literary Messenger", and she left in manuscript, a volume of unpublished poems and sketches. She founded, and, until her death, was president of a society for the assistance of widows and children - "The Female Humane Society of Richmond", incorporated by the Legislature, 1811. Her grave is in the Robinson Cemetery in Byrd Park, Richmond, VA.
Her only child died young.
- Library of Southern Literature: Biographical dictionary of authors By Edwin Anderson Alderman, Joel Chandler Harris, Charles William Kent. Page 481. "WOOD, JEAN MONCURE, Mrs. Poet. She was born in Virginia, her father being the Rev. John Moncure. She enjoyed fair educational advantages and married General James Wood, who distinguished himself in the Revolution and was governor of Virginia from 1796 to 1799. On account of her Scotch parentage, she wrote with ease and charm in the Highland dialect. She died in 1832, leaving a volume of poems in manuscript, which was favorably reviewed by the Southern Literary Messenger, and afterward published by John Lewis in 'Flowers and Weeds of the Old Dominion' (Frankfort, Ky., 1857)."