Wood
   "Wood" is Scottish and/or English in origin. Spelling variations include: Wood, Woods, Wode, Would, Woid, Voud, Vould and others. It's mainly a topographic name for someone who lived in or by a wood, or an occupational name for a woodcutter or forester, from Middle English term wode (‘wood’—Old English wudu). But it was also a nickname for a mad, eccentric, or violent person, from the Middle English term wod (‘mad’, ‘frenzied’—from the Old English term wad), as in Adam le Wode, of Worcestershire, in 1221.
   The Wood family traces their ancestral roots back to a Norman origin, before the year 1100. The family name was first recorded in Dumfriesshire, England, where they held a family seat from about 1150, after losing their previously held lands in Thorpe Arnold in Leicestershire under the Earl of Leicester. From here they branched and migrated, gaining prosperity as a notable family of England and, later, other countries. The coat of arms at left features an Oak tree, fructed on a silver shield. The tree is a symbol of antiquity and strength. Trees symbolize home or property in heraldry, and they are also generally considered a symbol of life and strength.The Family Motto is "Defend"
which sounds a lot better than "mad and frenzied."
   Our modern line of the Hause family descends from two lines of Wood families. They converged and eventually gave us MARTHA WOOD, wife of WILLIAM HAUSE, on May 4, 1753, in Rockland County, New York. Martha's Genealogy can be traced back to EDMUND WOOD, on her father's side (and possibly her mother's too). The Wood family was from the St. John the Baptist parish of Halifax, Yorkshire, England. Edmund may have been the son of RICHARD WOOD of Sowerby (about 4 miles west-southwest of Halifax), baptized there on 4 Feb 1549.


Halifax Parish Church. Alternatively called St. John the Baptist, this building was erected in Norman times about 1120, the present building dates from the mid 1400's.

   The parish of Halifax is the largest in Yorkshire. There were only thirteen houses there in 1453. But 120 years later, when Edmund lived there, the number had increased to 520. Halifax was the center of England's woollen manufacture from the 15th century onward, originally dealing through the Halifax Piece Hall. The oldest written mentions of the parish have the spelling as Haliflax, apparently meaning "holy flax" (hair), the second "l" having been subsequently lost by dissimilation. Local legend has it that the head of John the Baptist was buried here after his execution. The legend is almost certainly medieval rather than ancient, though the town's coat of arms still carries an image of the saint. Halifax was notorious for the Halifax Gibbet, an early form of guillotine used to execute criminals by decapitation, last used in 1650. Punishment in Halifax was notoriously harsh, as remembered in the Beggar's Litany by John Taylor (1580 - 1654), a prayer whose text included "From Hull, from Halifax, from Hell, 'tis thus, From all these three, Good Lord deliver us." This was because of the "Gibbet Law," by which all criminals found guilty of theft, to the value of thirteen pence half penny, were to suffer death.

Marriage Record
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Name: Edmonde Woode
Place: Halifax, Yorkshire, England
Date: 04 May 1573

Spouse:

Janet Hurst

Parish:

St John The Baptist, Yorkshire, England
Marriage Record
Burial Information
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Name: Edmond Woode
Place: Halifax, Yorkshire, England
Date: 21 Jul 1615

Parish:

St John The Baptist, Yorkshire, England
Burial Record
SOURCE INFORMATION: Yorkshire: Halifax - Registers of Marriages and Burials, 1538-1593; Yorkshire Parish Records. Leeds, England: West Yorkshire Archive Service.


Hurst
   Edmund resided for a time in North Owran, in Halifax parish. Then on September 15, 1572, he married ALYCE EDWARDS (1550 - 15 Sep 1572). Alyce died at age 22, but then on May 4, 1573, he married JANET HURST of Northorem, Yorkshire, on 04 May 1573 (Source: Yorkshire: Halifax - Registers of Marriages and Burials, 1538-1593. Text: "Edmonde Woode et Jenet Hurst 04 May 1573"). Edmund had several children with Janet, but then Janet died in 1586.
   Being married to Edmund Wood was apparently a death-defying endeavor. But Edmund didn't give up easily, though, and obviously liked being married, which he did at least one more time, to Margret Heard (b. 1561) on 13 Oct 1583 in Halifax at St. John the Baptist (SOURCE: West Yorkshire Archive Service; Wakefield, Yorkshire, England; Yorkshire Parish Records; Old Reference Number: D53/1/2; New Reference Number: WDP53/1/1/2). He had more children with Margret, but we are descended from his namesake, who was the child of Janet:

CHILDREN OF EDMUND WOOD AND JANET HURST

  • EDMUND WOOD II was born in Halifax, Yorkshire, Eng. He married MARTHA LUM or LOME on 21 May 1611 in Halifax, York Co. Eng. (Click on image, at right). Their children were William (1605-1705), Mary (b. 1608), Jonas (1609-1689), Martha (1612-1667), Edmund (b. 1618), Jeremiah (1619-1686), Timothy (1622-1659), Susan (1624-1688), and Mary Wood (b. 1629). See his signature here, taken from the Springfield, MA, Articles of Agreement on May 14, 1636 (co-signed by brother-in-law Matthew Mitchell). They traveled to the New World in 1635, and Edmund II passed away on 7 Jul 1663 in Huntington, Queens, New Netherlands.
  • GRACE WOOD was born on 9 Sep 1581 in Halifax, and baptised on 9 Dec 1581 in Halifax, at St John The Baptist, Yorkshire, England (Source: West Yorkshire Archive Service; Wakefield, Yorkshire, England; Yorkshire Parish Records; Old Reference Number: D53/1/2; New Reference Number: WDP53/1/1/2.)
  • JOHN WOOD was baptised on 22 Mar 1583 at St John The Baptist, Yorkshire, England (Source: West Yorkshire, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1512-1812); He married Dorothy Moakson on 30 Dec 1609 at St John The Baptist; John died on 27 May 1618 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England. (SOURCE: Yorkshire Parish Records. West Yorkshire Archive Service; Wakefield, Yorkshire, England; Old Reference Number: D53/1/2; New Reference Number: WDP53/1/1/2)
  • THOMAS WOOD was baptised on 29 Jan 1586 at St John The Baptist, Halifax, Yorkshire, England (Source: West Yorkshire Archive Service; Wakefield, Yorkshire, England; Yorkshire Parish Records; Old Reference Number: D53/1/3; New Reference Number: WDP53/1/1/3).
  • CHILDREN OF EDMUND WOOD AND MARGRET HEARD

  • SUSAN WOOD was born in 1590 in West Riding, Yorkshire, England; On 8 Mar 1612 she was married to (1) Thomas Butterfield in Halifax, Yorkshire, England. In 1616, she then married (2) Matthew Mitchell at St John the Baptist in Halifax (See image at right. Source: West Yorkshire Archive Service; Wakefield, Yorkshire, England; Yorkshire Parish Records; Old Reference Number: D53/1/4; New Reference Number: WDP53/1/1/4), and they traveled to the New World with her half-brother, EDMUND WOOD II. Matthew died in 1645; Susan died in 1646 in Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut.
  • JONAS WOOD was born in 1599 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England. Jonas died in 1660.
  • Book Information
    Book Image
    Name: The Wood family of Shelf, Halifax Parish, Yorkshire, England, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Long Island, N.Y., and Canada.
    Author: Wood, Casey A.
    Publisher: Unknown; Chicago, IL
    Year: 1920
    Pages: 36
    Wood
    View book (.PDF)
    A book tracing a line of descendants from Edmund Wood (b. 1574) to Samuel Casey Wood III (b. 7 Oct 1911), a period of 346 years.

       EDMUND WOOD, JR., was born between 1578-80 (nobody has found any record of his baptism). He became a resident of Shelff in Yorkshire, and a Church Warden for Halifax in 1604-5 where a son, WILLIAM, was baptized in Halifax, at St John the Baptist on 18 Aug 1605. (SOURCE: West Yorkshire Archive Service; Wakefield, Yorkshire, England; Yorkshire Parish Records; Old Reference Number: D53/1/4; New Reference Number: WDP53/1/1/4.) The mother is unknown.
       Edward was a Puritan, a movement of English Reformers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries who were frustrated by the slow progress of the Reformation in the Anglican Church, after 277 Christian leaders had been burned at the stake during the reign of Queen "Bloody" Mary, from 1553 to 1558.
       It was during the reign of Queen Elizabeth (1558-1603) that the Puritan movement was born. They were called Puritans at first because they sought to purify the National Church of England, but in later times they were called that because of the purity of life that they sought. They believed that the Bible was God's true law, and set out to conform the Church of England to the Word of God in government, worship and practice. The Puritans had no objection to the connection of the Church with the State, or to some control of it by the civil authorities. They submitted to those regulations which they approved, but, whether consistently or inconsistently, they resisted those which appeared to be contrary to the interests of Protestant truth, which caused problems with the English government.
       Queen Elizabeth was head of the national Church, and she opposed and blocked any and all reformation. When James I (who reigned from 1603 to 1625) came to the throne there was hope that reform would progress. Instead the struggle intensified.


    Lum
       During this time, Edmund Jr. married MARTHA LUM in Halifax, York County, England, on the 21st of May in 1611 (see the church record here). He struggled to make a home for his family, just as the Puritan Church struggled to hold on in England. But the Puritan Church and its people were both running out of options, and out of room to grow.
       Edmond, the former church-warden of the State Church, and his family were attracted by and probably became adherents of the Independents through the preaching of a non-conformist minister, the Reverend Denton. When the latter was forced to leave Halifax, give up his church (chapel) and flee the country, the more outspoken, adventurous and liberty-loving of his flock followed him into the wilderness of the New World. The Wood family was among these, and decided that there was no future under the repressive government in England, and that the Church of England was beyond reform. Besides, there was no sense in risking the return of Halifax Gibbet. In order to escape persecution from church leadership and the King, the Wood family became part of the Puritan emigration to the American Colonies.

    CHILDREN OF EDMUND WOOD, JR., AND MARTHA LUM

  • MARTHA WOOD was christened on 8 Apr 1612 Yorkshire, England (See image at right. SOURCE: West Yorkshire Archive Service; Wakefield, Yorkshire, England; Yorkshire Parish Records; Old Reference Number: D53/1/4; New Reference Number: WDP53/1/1/4). She married a man named THURSTON ROYRN in 1650 in New England (SOURCE: Torry, Clarence A. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004).
  • JONAS WOOD was born in Shelf, West Yorkshire, and christened on 18 Sep 1614 at St John the Baptist in Halifax, Yorkshire, England (SOURCE: West Yorkshire Archive Service; Wakefield, Yorkshire, England; Yorkshire Parish Records; Old Reference Number: D53/1/4; New Reference Number: WDP53/1/1/4). He married Elizabeth Strickland in 1636 in New England. They lived in Stamford, CT, and Huntington, Queens, New Netherlands. (SOURCE: Torry, Clarence A. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004.) He died in 1689.
  • SUSAN WOOD was christened on 23 Mar 1616 Yorkshire, England (SOURCE: West Yorkshire Archive Service; Wakefield, Yorkshire, England; Yorkshire Parish Records; Old Reference Number: D53/1/5; New Reference Number: WDP53/1/1/5). She married SAMUEL CLARK of New York around 1640 and had the following children: Samuel II (1640-1699), Hannah (1650-1687), and Samuel Clark (1650-1708). Susan died on 24 Feb 1674 in Southampton, Suffolk, New York.
  • JEREMIAH WOOD was baptized on 6 Jan 1619 at Halifax, St John the Baptist parish in Yorkshire, England. (SOURCE: Yorkshire Parish Records. Leeds, England: West Yorkshire Archive Service.) He married ELIZABETH GILDERSLEEVE (1620-1664) in Hempstead, Nassau, New York, between 1642-1644 and had the following children: Jeremiah (1641-1710), Mary (1644-1684), Joseph (1645-1684), Phebe (1646-1692), Jonas (1648-1725) and Elizabeth Wood (1654-1684). His Will was written on 3 Jun 1686 in Huntington, Suffolk, New York, and proved March 15, 1687. (SOURCE: Suffolk County Court Records, 1670-87, p.247) He died on 1686 28 Dec 1686 in Huntington, Long Island, New York.
  • TIMOTHY WOOD was christened on 14 Jul 1622. (SOURCE: West Yorkshire Archive Service; Wakefield, Yorkshire, England; Yorkshire Parish Records; Old Reference Number: D53/1/5; New Reference Number: WDP53/1/1/5.) He married Johanna "Hannah" Strickland (b. 1630) in Southampton, Long Island (SOURCE: Torry, Clarence A. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004) and they had the following children: John (1654-1691), Martha (1656), Jonathan (1658-1729), and Sarah Wood (1658-1738). Timothy died about 1659 in Jamaica, Queens, New York.
  • Gildersleeve
       JEREMIAH WOOD had been born into this political and religious landscape in Yorkshire, on the 6th of January, 1620, in Hamlet Of Shelf, Halifax Parish, Yorkshire, England. (He was christened at St. John the Baptist on the 6th of June, 1620.)
       There was little or no improvement in religious government under Charles I (1625-1649), and in 1629 most of the members of the Edmond Wood family decided to emigrate to America. Edmond Wood of Shelf, his 10-year-old son Jerimiah, his brother Jonas Wood of Halifax and several others of the family sailed from Yarmouth on March 23rd 1630 in one or more ships of Governor Winthrop's fleet (the "Arabella Jewel", the "Talbot" and the "Ambrose"). They arrived at Salem, Massachusetts, on June 12th 1630. Records show that Edmond and Jeremiah then moved to and lived in Stamford, Connecticut, and, indeed, in other villages of Hew England, but finally joined a band of farmers who bought land in the newly settled (Dutch) colony of Long Island (village of Hempstead) in 1644. It would become the family base for the next Century, although parish and other Long Island (at first a part of Connecticut) records show them to have acquired land and perhaps to have lived not only at Hempstead, Long Island, but at Southampton, Smithtown and Huntingdon.
       Meanwhile, Jeremiah had married a woman named ELIZABETH GILDERSLEEVE (b. @1620). Jeremiah's father was a close associate of the Gildersleeves in many activities.
       Jeremiah and Elizabeth Wood settled in in Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, and was listed as a property holder in 1647. Jeremiah was elected townsman at Hempstead on February 3, 1662, in company with brother-in-laws John Smith and Richard Gildersleeve, Jr.
       Once Jeremiah and Elizabeth settled in Hempstead, they remained there for forty years. Hempstead records show that "Jeremy Wood" was listed among "persons that are to fense and Inclose Rockoway w'th ye Nomb'r of their gates donn at A full town-meeting the 17th of Aprill 1659." (SOURCE: Benjamin D. Hicks, Records of the Towns of North and South Hempstead Long Island N.Y., Vol. 1, 1896. P 81) Then, on 24 May 1682, Jeremy Wood J[unior] and S[enior] were on a list of people who agreed to live under the ministry of Jeremy Hubard and to pay [taxes] in "corn or cattell." (SOURCE: Hicks, pps 380-81)
       Edmund Wood died in Huntingdon, New York, probably about 1660. The records speak of him as having purchased lands in Smithtown (1650) and at Huntingdon in 1555. Then Jeremiah died on December 28, 1686 in Huntington, New York (today, Huntington is located today about 20 miles from Hempstead). He left a will, dated June 3rd, 1686, and proved March 15, 1687.¹ It names the following children:

    CHILDREN OF JEREMIAH AND ELIZABETH WOOD

  • JEREMIAH WOOD, JR. married a woman named SUSANAH. In 1679, "Jeremiah Wood Juner" was on a list of names above the words: "Att A Generall Towne Meetting helld att hempsted y'e 24 of June : 1679 itt was Voatted and Agreed apon tthatt those persons above named shall have libertty." (Benjamin D. Hicks, Records of the Towns of North and South Hempstead Long Island N.Y., Vol. 1, 1896. P. 324, of 324-25) He was given some land by his grandfather Gildersleeve, to be his after Mr. Gildersleeve's decease. Jeremiah Jr. died in October of 1710.
  • JOSEPH WOOD was born in 1645 in Huntington, Suffolk, New York. He married EUNICE JARVIS (b: about 1662/1663) on 15 Dec 1681: "Joseph Wood, husbandman, was married to Eunice Jarves the 15th day of December 1681." (SOURCE: Huntington Town Records: Including Babylon, Long Island, New York; Court Records, p. 350.) They had the following children: Joseph (b. 1680), Caleb (1681-1736), Amos (b. 1687), Hannah (b. 1692) and John Wood (1700-1764). Joseph died in 1684 in Huntington, Suffolk, New York. (SOURCE: Huntington Town Records, Including Babylon, Long Island, NY: 1653-1688; Huntington (N.Y.) "Long Islander", 1887. Pages 63, 204, 205, 232, 233, 236, 249, 250, 296, 297, 328, 361, 391, 501, 502, 506, 520, 521.)
  • ELIZABETH WOOD was named in Jeremiah's will in 1886, and listed as deceased; she may have married a man who was named Thurstone (a grandchild is named in Jeremiah's will by that surname). She died before 1684, leaving children.
  • JONAS WOOD was born about 1657 and lived in Huntington, NY. He married LYDIA SMITH (and possibly ELIZABETH DURHAM in @ 1680). A deed recorded in Hempstead Records, Vol 2, p. 172, County Clerk's office, recites that Jonas "resigns his interest in lands that belonged to his grandfather, Edmond Wood." (SOURCE: Huntington Town Records, Including Babylon, Long Island, NY: 1653-1688; Huntington (N.Y.) "Long Islander", 1887. Page 63.)
  • PHEBE WOOD was named in Jeremiah's will in 1886. No further information.
  • MARY WOOD was named in Jeremiah's will in 1886. No further information.
  • Jarvis
       JOSEPH WOOD, the first American-born Wood in our line, married EUNICE JARVIS of Huntington, Long Island County, New York, on the 15th of December in 1681. He's in the Names of Inhabitants of the Town of Hempstead, in a 1673 census (Source: The Documentary History of the State of New York: Albany, NY:, 1849. Volume 1; Page 658; Family Number: 88). Joseph teamed with brothers Jeremiah and Jonas on March 7, 1687, to divide their father's lands that weren't bequeathed in the will. Jeremiah and Jonas signed their names to the document—Joseph only left his mark.
       Joseph and Eunice had a son named JOSEPH WOOD, JR., in Hempstead in the early 1680's. As Joseph and Eunice's family grew, their need for land grew with it. So on 26 Jul 1687 he exchanged land with Nathaniel Foster, Sr., (SOURCE: Huntington Town Records, Including Babylon, Long Island, NY: 1653-1688; Huntington (N.Y.) "Long Islander", 1887. Page 501). Then on 20 Oct 1677, he bought a farm from Benjamin Jones (SOURCE: Ibid, p. 232). Then on the 4th of April in 1688, Joseph and his father-in-law STEPHEN JARVIS bought "about twelve acers more or less," on the East Neck, Long Island, from Edward Higby and his wife, Abigail. Finally on 6 Oct 1679 "Coper" Joseph Wood purchased a frame house from Daniel Phillips to raise his family, which included:

    CHILDREN OF JOSEPH WOOD AND EUNICE JARVIS

  • JOSEPH WOOD II was born in 1680. He appeared in the 1698 Hempstead Census; After 1720, he lived in Kakiat, in Orange Co., New York, working as a blacksmith (SOURCE: The History of Rockland County, by Frank Bertangue Green, M.D. Published by A.S. Barnes & Co., New York: 1886; Page 134). He married MARGARET WOOD, from a different line in England that came over with the Winthrop Fleet.
  • CALEB WOOD was born on 15 Dec 1681 in New York. He died in 1736 in Long Island City, Queens, New York. Page 122: "The last Will and Testament of CALEB WOOD, of Huntington, in Suffolk Co.," September 4, 1736. I leave to my wife Mary the use of my estate during widowhood. After her decease I leave all my estate to my son Caleb Wood. My son Jacob shall have £100 when he is of age, to be paid by my son Caleb, and he is also to pay to my two daughters (not named) £20 each, when they are 18 years of age. I make my wife and my brother, John Wood, and my cousin, Thomas Powell, executors. Witnesses, Joseph Dow, John Alberson, Esther Cleator. Proved, November 10, 1736. (SOURCE: Abstracts of Wills on File in the Surrogate's Office: City of New York, Volume 27, New York. Surrogate's Court (New York County), William Smith Pelletreau Society, 1895, p. 232, at right.)
  • AMOS WOOD was born in 1687 in Huntington, Suffolk, New York.
  • HANNAH WOOD was born in 1692 in Huntington, Suffolk, New York.
  • JOHN WOOD was born in 1700 in New York. He married Elisabeth Albertson (1705-1756) and lived at Sampawum's Neck (now Babylon), SouthShore, Huntingdon LI. They had the following children: James (see an SAR application by his descendant, at right), Uriah (1724-1790), John (b. 1730), Abel (1740-1820), and Jesse Wood (1742-1806). The will of John Albertson, dated 1720, proved Aug. 3, 1750, of Islip; Executors, "Brother John Wood" and Richard Willets. His will is dated 1750, but was probated in 1768—probably waiting for his children to reach their majority (legal age).
  •    And now here's where our Wood lineage REALLY gets confusing:
       Joseph Jr. married MARGRIET (MARGARET) WOOD, from Jamaica, Long Island, Queens County, New York, at the close of the 1600's (this is not confirmed). She was the daughter of JONATHAN WOOD, who was born about 1658 to WILLIAM WOOD (b. 1638 in Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island). William's relation to our aforementioned line of Woods is unknown, but they don't seem to be closely related. And on the plus side, Margriet didn't have to change her name on any of the stationary or towels that she owned.
       Joseph Jr. was a blacksmith by trade, and in high demand, so he was granted 100 acres of prime farmland the Kakiat grant in Haverstraw in exchange for his services:


    The History of Rockland County, by Frank Bertangue Green, M.D. Published by A.S. Barnes & Co., New York: 1886; Page 134.

       The Woods settled in Kakiat (or Hackyackawet, West New Hempstead), located in the present town of Ramapo, Rockland County, New York. and raised the following family:

    CHILDREN OF JOSEPH WOOD, JR., AND MARGARET WOOD

  • JONATHAN WOOD was born on 29 Aug 1720 in Hempstead, Nassau Co., New York. In 1748, he married JOHANNA CROMPTON (b. 06 Oct 1725).² They had the following children: Joseph (1748-1835), Mary (b. 1749), Elizabeth (b. 1750), Jonathan (1752-1795), Martha (1753-1822), Susanna (1757-1833), Samuel (b. 1760), Eleanor (b. 1762), Jonas (b. 1764), John (b. 1766) and Sarah Wood (b. 1769). The SAR has declared him a veteran of the Revolution (Membership #28935), but it may have been his son, Jonathan. They're listed in Haverstraw, Orange, New York, in the 1790 Federal Census.
  • REBECCA WOOD, b: 10 Jul 1710, in New York. On 19 Nov 1738 she married Zophar Platt (1705-1792). They had a son, Pvt Ebenezer Platt (b. 1754), who was elected to Assembly 1784-85; appointed first judge of Suffolk County in 1794. Rebecca died on 5 Apr 1782 in Huntington. Inscription: "The amiable and pious consort of Doctor Zophar Platt who died the 5th of April 1782, aged 67. She opened her mouth with wisdom on her tongue was the law of kindness; Many daughters have done virtuouth but thou excelledh them all." Burial: Old Burying Hill Cemetery, Huntington, Suffolk County.
  • JOSEPH WOOD III was born on 26 Mar 1712, in Tappan, Rockland Co., New York. On 16 Mar 1743/4, Joseph Wood, Jr. of Orange County, NY married Leah VanSail in Bergen, New Jersey (New Jersey Archives Book W Part 1, 1737-1765: 31). Image at right: New Jersey, Marriage Records, 1683-1802. New Jersey State Archives. New Jersey, Published Archives Series, First Series. Trenton, New Jersey: John L Murphy Publishing Company, page 423.
  • JONAS WOOD was born on 12 Jan 1713. He married NELTJE ERROLS (Nellie Earls) and they had a son, Jonas Jr., who married Sarah Osborne: "Jonas and Sarah with their children and accompanied by his parents (Jonas Wood the elder and his wife Nelle Errels Wood) with one brother whose name we do not know, joined a group which moved westward across the Ramapo Mountains to the village of Warwick in the precinct of Orange County. The official records of Warwick were destroyed, so we know nothing about the Wood family during their stay at that place." (See 1790 census, at right.) Jonas Jr. was a United Empire Loyalist during the Revolution, who was nearly hanged for the murders of Joseph Westphal and Philip Swartout Jr., but escaped and fled to Canada. (From Jonas Wood UEL, written by Elizabeth Hoople and the Wood Research Team, 1984. Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, Ont. 33 pages.)
  • MARGARET WOOD, b: 17 Nov 1716 in New York.
  • WILJAM (WILLIAM) WOOD, b: 18 Jun 1718 in New York.
  • MARTHA WOOD was born in 1721 in Orange, New York.
  • INNETJE (JANE) WOOD was born on 22 Jan 1723 in Tappan, Rockland Co., New York.
  • MARIE/MARY WOOD, b: 5 Jun 1726 in Tappan, Rockland Co., New York.
  • SARAH WOOD, b: 3 Sep 1727 in Tappan, Rockland Co., New York.
  • ELIZABETH WOOD, b: 20 Apr 1729 in Tappan, Rockland Co., New York.
  • JAN (JOHN) WOOD b: 10 May 1732 in Tappan, Rockland Co., New York.

  • Crompton
       While Joseph Jr. and Margriet were still in Hempstead, they had a son named JONATHAN WOOD (b. 29 Aug 1720). Jonathan grew up on the Kakiat Patent, near the New York/New Jersey border, near Haverstraw and Ramapo in Rockland County. The area was then part of Orange County. Haverstraw had been separated from Orangetown in 1719 (and would become a town in 1788); it included the present-day Clarkstown, Ramapo and Stony Point. (Clarkstown and Ramapo became towns in 1791, and Rockland County was split from Orange County in 1798.)
       This area was a melting pot unlike anywhere previously on Earth, filled with the English, French, German, Dutch, slaves from Africa, and Native American Indians. People were moving to the NEW WORLD from everywhere to escape political and religious persecution (or in the case of slavery, to be kidnapped into political persecution). They were intermingling and inter-marrying, creating a new culture with no allegiance to any unseen government from overseas. It truly was a New World, and a key spot in the American Revolution.
       Jonathan married JOHANNA CROMPTON (b. 06 Oct 1725) in 1746.² The Cromptons had moved to Warwick from Connecticut, with a group of Baptists, seeking religious tolerance.
       Jonathan and Johanna had (at least) eleven kids:

    CHILDREN OF JONATHAN WOOD AND JOHANNA CROMPTON

  • JOSEPH WOOD was born on 20 Jun 1748 in Tappan, Rockland, New York ("Joseph, a son, born June 20, 1748" in Jthe "Bible Record of Jonathan Wood of Rockland County, New York"²). He fought in the Revolutionary War under Col. Ann Hawkes Hay with Jonathan and brothers-in-law William Conklin and William Hause; He first married ESTHER CONKLIN (10 Nov 1758 - 1791) in 1776 and they had the following children: Mary (b. 1777), Joanna (b. 1778), Jonathan (b. 1778), Sarah (b. 1781), Nelly (b. 1783), Martha (1785-1857), and John (b. 1788). Esther died in 1791 and Joseph then married married SARAH SECOR (b. 6 Jun 1771) and they had two sons: Jonas S. (b: 20 Jan 1801) and Jacob (b: 16 Feb 1803). Joseph died in 1835 in Ladentown, Rockland, New York.²
  • MARY WOOD was born on 20 Jun 1748 in Tappan, Rockland, New York. She was a twin of Joseph. ("Mary, a daughter, June 20, 1748" in the "Bible Record of Jonathan Wood of Rockland County, New York"²) No further information.
  • ELIZABETH WOOD was born on 15 May 1750 in Rockland County, New York. ("Elizabeth ye daughter born May 15, 1750" in "Bible Record of Jonathan Wood of Rockland County, New York"²) No further information.
  • JONATHAN WOOD, JR. was born on 10 Aug 1752 in Orange, New York ("Jonathan, Jr., a son, born August 10, 1752" in the "Bible Record of Jonathan Wood of Rockland County, New York"²). He married Jane Wilson (1763-1834) and they had the following children: Elizabeth (1789-1863), Israel Rickey (1791-1868), John (1792-1838) and Deborah Wood (1795-1876). Johnathan died on 11 Jun 1795 in Goshen, Orange, New York. (NOTE: The SAR file at left is for Jonathan, Sr., but as he was nearing 60 at the time, the soldier may have actually been Jonathan, Jr.)
  • MARTHA WOOD was born on 4 May 1753 in Tappan, Rockland Co., New York ("Maratha (SIC) ye daughter born May 22, 1755" in the "Bible Record of Jonathan Wood of Rockland County, New York"²). She married WILLIAM HAUSE (1750-1818) and lived in the Ramapo area between Warwick and Haverstraw in Orange County, where William fought in the Revolutionary War. Their children are listed below. After 1800, William and Martha sold their land in Ramapo (now Tuxedo) to their daughter, Johanna, and moved across the state, to Wayne, Steuben County (now Dundee, Yates County), where they are buried today. Click on the image at right to see her grave on Hause Hill.
  • SUSANNA WOOD was born on 15 Jan 1757 ("Sußanah [written into text: "Susanna"] ye daughter born January 15, 1757. [Written into text: "MARRIED W. CONKLIN SR. BORN JULY 18 1754"]" in the "Bible Record of Jonathan Wood of Rockland County, New York"²). She married WILLIAM CONKLIN, SR. (1752-1816), brother of Esther Conklin-Wood, and fought alongside Jonathan and brothers-in-law Joseph Wood and William Hause in the 2nd Regiment of the New York Militia, out of Haverstraw. They had the following children: Joshua (1776-1845), Mary (b. 1778), Johannah (b. 1780), William (1781-1843), Jonathan (1783-1815), Sarah (b. 1785), Susannah (1787-1834), Martha (b. 1788), Esther (1792-1872), Joseph (b. 1794), Edmond (b. 1797), and Smith Conklin (1799-1866). She died on 2 Feb 1833. See a Genetic Match from Ancestry.com here. At right is a page from the Family Bible of her grandson, Elias Conklin Pratt (1833-1898).³
  • SAMUEL WOOD was born on 29 Apr 1760 in Tappen, Orange County, New York ("Samuel ye son born April 27, 1760" in the "Bible Record of Jonathan Wood of Rockland County, New York"²). On 15 May 1784 a Samuel Wood registered to marry in Kakkiat, and on 31 May 1784 he married Vrowitje De Morest in Schraalenburgh, Bergen, New Jersey. (SOURCE: New Jersey State Archives. New Jersey, Published Archives Series, First Series. Trenton, New Jersey: John L Murphy Publishing Company, and Dutch Reformed Church Records from New York and New Jersey. Holland Society of New York, New York)
  • ELEANOR (ELANDOR) WOOD was born on 11 Mar 1762. ("Mielander ye daughter born March 21, 1762" in the "Bible Record of Jonathan Wood of Rockland County, New York"²) No further information.
  • JONAS or JONAH WOOD was born on 1 Jul 1764. ("Jonah ye son born born July 1, 1764" in the "Bible Record of Jonathan Wood of Rockland County, New York"²) No further information.
  • JOHN WOOD was born on 11 Aug 1766. ("John ye son born August 11, 1766" in the "Bible Record of Jonathan Wood of Rockland County, New York"²) No further information.
  • SARAH WOOD was born on 26 Jan 1769. ("Sarah ye daughter born January 26, 1769" in the "Bible Record of Jonathan Wood of Rockland County, New York"²) No further information.
  • Personal Information
    Census Image
    Name:   Jonathan Wood
    Township:   Haverstraw
    County:   Orange
    State:   New York
    Year:   1790
    Roll:   M637_6
    Page:   404

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    SOURCE INFORMATION: First Census of the United States in the Year 1790.
       Jonathan was named a constable of Haverstraw in 1753-1755,⁴ then fought in the Revolution, in the 2nd Regiment, as written in his SAR membership here.⁵
       Jonathan and Johanna's daughter, MARTHA WOOD, had married another soldier from that regiment, a young farmer named WILLIAM HAUSE. Wiliam and Martha lived on his father's land in Ramapo (now Tuxedo), between Haverstraw and Warwick. William was a yeoman farmer and a highwayman on the stae road during the revolution. They were poor, but that would all change with the Revolution, as old class distinctions, social structures, and governmental limits fell away.
       William and Martha apparently got over the money troubles and the language and cultural barriers and had a very successful marriage, birthing the following children:

    CHILDREN OF WILLIAM E. HAUSE AND MARTHA WOOD

  • JOHN HAUSE was born on 15 September 1773 in Rockland County, New York. On 6 Nov 1796, John married ESTHER KETCHAM (b. September 5, 1779) and they resided at Hause Point on the western shore of Cayuga Lake, Seneca County, New York. They had the following children: Delebar (1797-1868), Charles (1799-1885), Electa Ann (1801-1869), Augustus (1804-1875), Azubah (1806-1821), Belinda (1808-1873), Alanson (1810-1880), John II (1812-1881), Caroline (1814-1816), Loisa (1816-1816), Fannie Jane (1817-1838), Louisa M. (1819-1902) and Caroline Louise Hause (1821-1905). He died on 17 Jan 1844 and is buried at the Hause Point Cemetery (Canoga Cemetery) in Seneca Falls, Seneca County, New York (Section 5 Plot 72).
  • JOHNATHAN HAUSE was born on 8 April 1775 in Orange County, New York. He never married, and died in 1802 in Jamaica, Long Island, New York.
  • JOHANNA "HANNAH" HAUSE was born on 17 February 1776. She married Michael Weymer (b. 1771 in Ramapo) around 1800 (a Weymer family tree lists her as "Hannah House"), and they purchased her father's land in Ramapo (click on image at right to read the deed), as William and the rest of the Hause family moved to western New York. They may have had at least two sons (unidentified), then Michael probably died before 1810, as only his "heirs" are mentioned in his father's 1810 will, and Hannah is head of the household in that year's Federal Census, in Monroe, Orange, New York. She may then have married Samuel Clark on 8 Dec 1811 in Kakiat, Rockland, New York (SOURCE: Dutch Reformed Church Records from New York and New Jersey. Holland Society of New York, New York, New York).
  • SARAH J. HAUSE was born on 7 September 1777 in Orange County, New York. Sarah married (1) Samuel Johnson (b. 1774) then (2) William E. Harris (1758 - 1836). He was a private in the New Jersey Militia, and received an annual pension roll allowance of $80.00, starting 21 Sep 1833. They had: Isaac Monroe Harris (birthdate unknown), Nelson (b. 22 Dec 1817) and William Decatur Harris (20 Apr 1820 - 15 Nov 1847). William Sr.'s will also mentions children Sarah Runyon, Polly Boice, and son Elijah. William has a DAR plaque in the Hause Hill cemetery, beside Sarah, who died in 1847. (Research by Wilma Perry.)
  • SIMON HAUSE was born on 27 November 1779 in Orange County, New York. Simon married three times, to Mathia Demand, Zilpha Decker and Elizabeth West. He lived next to William Sr. & Jr. in the 1810 census. An Indenture dated 1818 names Simon and his wife Zilpha, as heirs to William Hause who died at Wayne Twp., Steuben County, NY. 1818—Wayne Twp., New York; 1840—Big Flats Twp., Chemung Couny—NY. His occupation was Tavern Keeper, and he had a stage coach stop and tavern on Fred Storch Rd., Big Flats; 1850—Clover Twp., Jefferson County, PA. In Simon's will of 1851 he names his wife and two of his children. One line is traced here. (PDF file). Died in Clover, Jefferson Co., PA., listed as "Simon Hayes."
  • WILLIAM HAUSE, JR., was born on 22 November 1781 in Warwick, Orange County, New York. He married Esther Sanford on 7 Apr 1804. Esther was born on 22 September 1785 in Warwick, Orange County, New York, to Ezra Sanford and Ann Hopper. William died on 2 Jan 1825 in Tyrone Township, Steuben County, New York and was buried in Hause Hill, Barrett Cemetery, Steuben County, New York. Esther followed her children west and died on 16 August 1850 Michigan, and is buried at North Reading Cemetery, Reading, Hillsdale County, Michigan (Plot: Row 1). For another family history of his descendants, click here; For another, click here. For another, click here.
  • JONAS HAUSE was born on 26 September 1783 in Orange County, New York. He died in November of 1869. Jonas married Rebecca Demand. Wills of Schuyler county: HAUSE Jonas ae 80 3 Apr 1862 - 2 Jan 1866 Hector Schuyler co. - s Aaron, s Dellaber, s Mahlon, my widow Rebecca (sounded like more children but none named) exec friend Henry D Barto, sons Mathias D Hause & Dellaber Hause - wit Sam Burlew & C C Pearce, Ulyses. Rebecca died several months before him, on 27 Mar 1869, and they are buried in Hector, at the Valois Cemetery, in Schuyler Co., New York (Seneca Union Cemetery, Valois, Schuyler County, New York; Plot: Center-019). His descendants spell their name "Hawes."
  • ALLEN HAUSE was born on 6 August 1785 in Orange County, New York. He died as a teenager in 1804 in Seneca County, New York.
  • JOSEPH HAUSE was born on 8 August 1787 in Orange County, New York. "Joseph Hause ... was one of the pioneers of Seneca Country, and helped to clear up the virgin forests around Farmer. He and an Irishman (ex-Senator Francis Kernan's father) went across Seneca Lake and settled in Tyrone, to which point they presently removed their families." Joseph married Eunice Rogers on September 5, 1811, and the ran an inn on Hause Hill: "A resting place for man and beast." He was made the collector for the town of Wayne in 1818; The first election for town officers of Tyrone at his house, with brothers William Jr. and Morris taking positions in the early government. Joseph's son, Alvin Chase, was a member of the New York state assembly from Schuyler County, in 1862. Joseph died on 3 December 1838 and is buried with Eunice in the Tyrone Union Cemetery, as is Alvin.
  • MARY HAUSE was born on 6 July 1790 in Orange County, New York. Mary married Daniel Burr, and they are mentioned in the sale of her father's property after his death, to her brother Samuel. In the 1810 Federal Census, they live in Wayne, Steuben, New York with a son and daughter, both under 10 years of age; In 1840 their residence has changed to Tyrone, Steuben, New York and they live with a son and two daughters, all under five.
  • MATTHEW HAUSE (or HAWES, according to his will) was born on 23 Apr 1792 in Warwick, Orange County, New York. He moved to Verona, Dane County, Wisconsin, with his wife and three children on 7 Mar 1843 (click on image at right for a full account by his son, J.T., in Madison, Dane County and Surrounding Towns: Being a History and Guide to Places of Scenic Beauty and Historical Note, published by W. J. Park & Company, 1877). Matthew married (1) Anna Marie (last name unknown, date unknown) and (2) Johanna Wood on 2 Nov 1831 in Verona, Dane County, Wisconsin. He died on 4 May 1873.
  • SAMUEL HAUSE was born on 12 May 1794 in Warwick, Orange County, New York, and married Catherine Howard. They had a daughter, Lucy Ann (1826-1876), who married David Richardson. From Biographical Review of Dane County, WI. Chicago: Biographical Review Pub. Co. 1893, Vol II, pp 617-619: "Lucy A. Hawes... was born near Seneca lake, NY, Sept. 15, 1827, and died on the old farm in Wisconsin, May 10, 1876. She was a daughter of Samuel and Catherine Hawes, natives respectively of New York and New Jersey. They came West in about 1849 or 1850, and the mother died in 1850, and the father is still living." Catherine died on 13 Nov 1852 in Dane County, Wisconsin.
  • HANNA HAUSE was born on 23 Nov 1796 in Warwick, Orange County, New York. On 9 Nov 1818, Hannah married Lemuel Knowlen or Nolen (b. 1794 in Mass.), in Painted Post, Steuben, New York, and they are mentioned in the sale of her father's property after his death, to her brother Samuel. In the 1840 census they lived in Tyrone with three children, including Asenath C "Zenith" (27 Jul 1819 - 8 Jan 1901) and Martha (1827 - 11 Apr 1904). In 1850, they lived in Hornby, Steuben Co., New York, with Martha. By the 1870 census, Hannah is gone, and Lemuel has moved to Marion, Sanilac, Michigan, with daughter Asenath (a nurse in the Civil War) and her family.
  • MORRIS FANT HAWES "was born at Warwick, Orange Co., N. Y., Nov. 12, 1797, and in early childhood removed with his parents, William and Martha (Wood) Hawes, to Steuben Co., where he remained until about 21 years of age, and during which time he served as a volunteer (though but a boy) in the war of 1812. His father, also a native of New York, participated in the war of the Revolution... When chosen to serve as a member of the Constitutional Convention, on arriving at Madison, and before qualifying, he was called home by the serious and subsequently fatal illness of his wife... He died at Whitewater Jan. 13, 1868." He is buried at Hillside Cemetery Whitewater Walworth County Wisconsin; Plot: Blk 9 Lot 580 Gr. 6. Read full account of his life, followed by an account of his journey to Wisconsin, by clicking on the image at right.
  •    Martha and William had a long, prosperous marriage, and a lot of children. But children at that time died before they were 16 almost 50% of the time. Not only did Martha have to raise those children, she had to cook, clean, spin and make clothing, milk the cows, carry the water, make soap, butcher livestock, smoke and preserve meat, and act as the family doctor. She cooked over a large open fireplace, while the children had to keep the fire lit day and night. Large pots, up to forty pounds when full, were used to boil liquids, render fat, simmer stews, and cure meat. Frying was done in large, long-handled, three-legged, cast-iron frying pans placed directly over the coals. Maneuvering these heavy utensils with boiling liquids and hot foods was dangerous. Thousands of women were severely burned or even killed in cooking accidents, especially when long dresses, petticoats, or aprons caught fire. And if that wasn't dangerous enough, she had to protect the family from Indians, outlaws and British forces while William was away, fighting in the militia! What small comforts and luxuries that she enjoyed disappeared during the war. Because of taxation and the Boston Tea Party, she had to give up her beloved imported British tea and make her own from native plant substitutes, like sage, currant, strawberry, loosestrife, or plaintain leaves, which was called "Liberty Tea."
       Martha died on 08 Sep 1822 in Tyrone, Schuyler County, New York, and is buried next to her husband, a Revolutionary War hero, in the Hause Hill Cemetery.

    GENEALOGY

    EDMUND WOOD (1554 - ?) married JANET HURST (1556 - 1593) and begat...

    EDMUND WOOD, JR. (Bef. 1580 - 1669), who married MARTHA LUM on 21 May 1611 and begat...

    JEREMIAH WOOD (1620 - ) who married ELIZABETH GILDERSLEEVE (1620 - ?) and begat...

    JOSEPH WOOD who married EUNICE JARVIS in 1680 and begat...

    JOSEPH WOOD, JR. (1680 - ?) who married MARGRIET (MARGARET) WOOD and begat...

    JONATHAN WOOD (1720 - ?) who married JOHANNA CROMPTON (1725 - ?) and begat...

    MARTHA WOOD (1753 - 1822) who married WILLIAM HAUSE (1750 - 1818) and begat...

    JOHN HAUSE (1773 - 1844) who married ESTHER KETCHAM (1779 - 1853) and begat...

    AUGUSTUS HAUSE (1804 - 1875) who married JANE JONES (1802 - 1850) and begat...

    LABAN HAUSE (1831 - 1906) who married MELISSA SANDERSON (1839 - 1921) and begat...

    FRANK HAUSE (1867 - 1951) who married FLADELLA RAYMOND (1869 - 1961) and begat...

    CARLISLE HAUSE (1891 - 1972) who married MARJORIE MARCHANT (1892 - 1939) who begat...

    CARLETON MARCHANT HAUSE, SR. (1917 - 1983) who married JEANNE BRUNNER (1918 - 2000) and begat...

    CARLETON MARCHANT HAUSE, JR. (b. 1939) who married MARTHA WENK (b. 1940) and begat...

    JEFF (who married LORI ANN DOTSON), KATHY (who married HAL LARSEN), ERIC (who married MARY MOONSAMMY), and MICHELE HAUSE (who married JOHN SCOTT HOUSTON).

    NOTES ON THIS PAGE:

    ¹—Suffolk County Court Records, 1670-87, p.247: "Jeremiah wood of hemsted In new yorkshire, in north Rideing on Long Island—to my son Jerimiah wood my house & home Lott in which he lives In, In hempsted towne—to my son Jonas Wood my house at Marracock—to my Dau Phebee—to my gr Child Joseph williams my East levell Lott—to my son Joseph wood part of meadowat merracock neck—to my gr child william thirston—my six Ch'n Jerimiah Joseph Jonas Elisabeth Mary and Phebee: Elisabeth being dead, her part to her Ch'n"

    ²—"Bible Record of Jonathan Wood of Rockland County, New York," by Wood, Albert J. and Frey, Karol Nannette, 8 p. Includes photocopy of "Record of the Wood family from 1720 to date" by Albert J. Wood compiled ca. 1936. Donated to the Family History Library by Karol Nannette Frey, 1031 Zanotto Lane, Montague, CA 96064. Salt Lake City, Utah; Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2000. Located at the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT 84150. FHL US/CAN Film 1425178, Item 11: "BIBLE RECORD OF JONATHAN WOOD OF ROCKLAND COUNTY, NEW YORK: This record was copied from the original family bible, it's where abouts now unknown, by Albert J Wood, a descendant. Some added research was performed by Raymond Arthur Johnson and Albert J. Wood together. The copies of this record were handed out to descendants at a family reunion in July 1937. I, the submitter, would like to amend the statement at the beginning of this old record, by stating that my research has shown that Jonathan Wood was not the first born in this country, but a child of Joseph and Margaret Wood who migrated to Rockland County about 1710, he becoming the local blacksmith of the Hempstead Haverstraw area. For reference to this, see 'History of Rockland County, New York by David Cole, D.D.—Karol Nannette (Jones) Frey, fourth great great grand daughter of Jonathan and Johanna (Crompton) Wood; Daughter of James Eldridge and Catherine Wood (Lawler) Jones, 1031 Zanotto lane, Montague, CA 96064. May 21, 1998."

    RECORD OF THE WOOD FAMILY
    FROM 1720 TO DATE
    As of 1936
    BY
    ALBERT J. WOOD

       Record of the Wood family copied by Albert J. Wood from the family records of Jonathan Wood who was the first one of the family born in this country. He was of English parentage where the family was a very old one.
       This record will give the births and deaths of the family from 1720 up to date. Jonathan Wood was born August 3, 1720. Johanah (written into text: "Crompton"), his wife whose maiden name we do not know (text crossed out), was born October 6, 1725. The following are the children of Jonathan and Johana (text written in: "Crompton") who were married in 1746:

      1. Joseph, a son, born June 20, 1748.
      2. Mary, a daughter, June 20, 1748.
      3. Elizabeth ye daughter born May 15, 1750.
      4. Jonathan, Jr., a son, born August 10, 1752.
      5. Maratha (SIC) ye daughter born May 22, 1755.
      6. Sußanah (written into text: "Susanna") ye daughter born January 15, 1757. (Written into text: "MARRIED W. CONKLIN SR. BORN JULY 18 1754")
      7. Samuel ye son born April 27, 1760.
      8. Mielander ("Eleanore") ye daughter born March 21, 1762.
      9. Jonah ye son born born July 1, 1764.
      10. John ye son born August 11, 1766.
      11. Sarah ye daughter born January 26, 1769.

    ³—This family history page is from the Bible of Elias Conklin Pratt, born on 12 Jan 1833 in Groton City, Tompkins, New York, and died on 16 Sep 1898 in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas. Here is a transcription:

    FAMILY RECORD
    BIRTHS
    BIRTHS
    Elias Pratt (grandfather)—1744
    Lydia Hill
    Lydia Pratt (aunt) Apr 8, 1768
    Jerusha Pratt " Sept 18, 1769
    Lydia & Ruth Pratt " Sept 25, 1771
    Elias & Elijah Pratt (uncles) Mar 4, 1773
    Ladoch Pratt " Nov 17 1775
    Jeremiah Pratt (FATHER) Sept 20 1779
    Amasa Pratt (uncle) May 7 1787
    Sylvanus Pratt " Aug 20 1781


    William Conklin (grandfather) July 18th 1752
    Susannah Wood Jan 15 1759
    Joshua Conklin (uncle) Feb 11, 1776
    Mary Conklin (aunt) June 30 1778
    Johemimah Conklin " Mar 23 1780
    William Conklin (uncle) Sept 24, 1781
    Jonathan Conklin " Nov 12 1783
    Sarah Conklin (aunt) Oct 24 1785
    Susannah Conklin " Sept 19 1787
    Martha Conklin " Oct 17 1789
    Esther Conklin MOTHER Mar 13, 1792
    Joseph Conklin (uncle) Apr 26 1794
    Edmund Conklin " May 15 1797
    Smith Conklin " Oct 24 1799


    Charles Bancroft (wife's grandfather)
    Benevolence Bancroft
    Maria Blanchard (aunt)
    Charles Blanchard WIFE's FATHER

    Reuben S Blanchard (wife's brother)
    Emma W Blanchard (wife) see X
    Charles O Blanchard (wife's brother)
    Helen M Blanchard (" sister)
    Phebe J Blanchard (" sister)



    Reuben Sherman (wife's grandfather)
    Charity Mosher
    Edith Sherman (wife's aunt)
    Abram Sherman (" uncle)
    Charity Sherman (aunt)
    David Sherman (uncle)
    Reuben Sherman
    Jisah Sherman
    Phebe Sherman MOTHER.
    (llegible)
    (llegible)

    The owner of this bible, Elias Conklin Pratt (1833-1898) was the son of Jeremiah Pratt (1779-1865) and Esther Conklin (1792-1872). He married Emma Wade Blanchard (1834-1905) and they had the following children: Pascal Fitz Pratt (b. 1852), Fred Elias (1855-1946), Minnie Mae Pratt Stone (1858-1904) and Serena K Pratt Bean (1875-1940). Elias and Emma are buried at Topeka Cemetery in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas. Click on the photo to enlarge.

    ⁴—Records of the Precinct of Haverstraw, New York: April, 1752 to April, 1791, copied by George H. Budke, 1922. New York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division. pp. 117-119: Town Meetings for 3 Apr 1753, 2 Apr 1754 and 1 Apr 1755. Jonathan was named Constable with Henery (SIC) Osborn (1753), John Crum (1754) and Peter DeGrote (1755).

    ⁵—Despite the SAR membership, Jonathan would have been in his late-50's to early 60's during the war, so I suspect the militia man was actually his son, Jonathan, Jr.

    SOURCES/LITERATURE ON THE WOOD FAMILY:

  • "Yorkshire Parish Records." West Yorkshire Archive Service; Wakefield, Yorkshire, England: Both the British government and the church had an interest in record keeping, and a 1538 act of Parliament required ministers in the Church of England to record baptisms, marriages, and burials. Children were usually baptized within a few days or weeks of birth. Early records generally listed only the name of the infant, the father's and/or mother's name, the date of baptism, and whether the child was illegitimate; Couples were usually married in the bride's parish. Early records generally listed only the names of the bride and groom and their marriage date; Burials took place within a few days of the deceased's death. Early records generally listed only the name of the deceased and the burial date. However, sometimes other family members were listed as part of the deceased's name; for example, "Mary wife of John Smith" or "Matthew son of William Clark." In early records it was not uncommon for women to simply be referred to as "wife of [husband's name]." Ancestry.com. West Yorkshire, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1512-1812 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • "English Origins of the Mitchell, Wood, Lum, and Holstead Families" by Matthew Wood, Pub. in New York Genealogy Historial Society
  • "Ancestry of Thomas Jefferson Wood; 1843-1894; Descendant from Edmund Wood of Yorkshire, England," by Gardner, Charles Carroll. City of Publication: Newark, N.J. Publisher: E.L. Wood. 1940. 88 pages.
  • "Bible Record of Jonathan Wood of Rockland County, New York," by Wood, Albert J. and Frey, Karol Nannette, 8 p. Includes photocopy of "Record of the Wood family from 1720 to date" by Albert J. Wood compiled ca. 1936. Donated to the Family History Library by Karol Nannette Frey, 1031 Zanotto Lane, Montague, CA 96064. Salt Lake City, Utah; Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2000. Located at the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT 84150. FHL US/CAN Film 1425178, Item 11. Unsourced newspaper article, enclosed:
  • WOODS HOLD REUNION
    Ancestors of 200 Year Pioneer In Family Gathering at Garnerville Sunday With 75 Descendants

       The Jacob and Nancy Wood Family Association held its fourth annual reunion at the Garnerville Recreation Park Sunday with 75 or more members in attendance. The members came from Orange, Bergen, and Rockland Counties, Long Island and other parts.
       The reunion was the first held in Rockland County and a few miles from the Wood ancestral home. The Wood family was originally from England. Jonathan Wood was the first one of the family born in this country. On arriving here the Wood family settled near Thiells, and this section was known as Wood Town.
       At the annual election of officers, Albert J. Wood of Middletown was elected president, succeeding Lewis J. Davey of Rutherford, N. J., who has held the post since the organization was formed. Irving Wood of Middletown was elected vice president, and Mrs. Fannie Lawler of Yonkers was elected secretary, succeeding Mrs. William Lyons of Garnerville who held the post for three years. Albert J. Wood was elected historian.
       The Wood family history in Rockland County dates back to 1720 when Jonathan Wood was born. Jacob and Nancy Wood, for whom this association was named, were married October 21, 1830 and had twelve children. Jacob Wood, the only surviving son of the couple was ill at his home in Middletown and unable to attend the reunion.
       The youngest member of the family was present, being Shirley Ann Riker, ten weeks old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Randolph Riker of Garnerville.
       A dinner was served and a number of games were played during the afternoon.
       The late Theodore Stalter Sr. married Caroline Wood on February 13, 1868. Their children were Bruce, Theodore, Ernest, Everett, Bertha, Charles, all deceased, and Iva, who is Mrs. William Lyons. All were born in Garnerville
       Harriet Wood married Joseph Conklin on June 18, 1873. Their children were Eltha, deceased, Joseph, May, Ross and Hattie, of Garnerville. The above mentioned are only a small portion of the Wood family, the rest being scattered through several states."

    1937

  • "Thomas Sanford, the Emigrant to New England; Ancestry, Life, and Descendants, 1632-4. Sketches of Four Other Pioneer Sanfords and some of their Descendants," Volume: 1, by Carlton Elisha Sanford and Charles A Hoppin. Publisher: Rutland, Vt., The Tuttle Company, 1911; p. 158, 222, 223 (William Hause, Jr., and Esther Sanford), 371-2 (Jessie J Hause).
  • "The Davis-Wood Family of Gadsden County, Florida and Their Forebears," by Fenton Garnett Davis Avant.
  • "Descendants of John Wood, A Mariner, Who died in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, in 1655," by Dorothy Wood Ewers.
  • "The Michael Woods-Mary Campbell Family in America," by Patsy Young Woods
  • "History of Rockland Co., N.Y." by David Cole, published in 1884
  • "John Wood of Rhode Island: And His Early Descendants on the Mainland" by Bertha W. Clark ; edited and index added by Dorothy Wood Evers, 1966. 113 pages.
  • "Jonas Wood UEL," by Hoople, Elizabeth (Glengarry Historical Society), Wood Research Team, 1984. Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, Ont. 33 pages. Jonas lived in Warwick, and was a cousin of Jonathan's children. This story truly illustrates how this war was "brother vs. brother," or at least "cousin vs. cousin." Here's an excerpt from this amazing story:

       "Eventually Jonas found the property he wanted in a newly opened section of New York known as the Great Hardenburgh Patent, about forty miles northwest of Warwick. This he was able to procure at a nominal rent of five pounds a year, so in 1775 he and Sarah with their seven children left his parents and his brother in Warwick and moved to their new home.
       "Their property was a fifty acre holding on the south bank of the East Branch of the Delaware River, about half way between the present villages of Margaretville and Downsville. The site is not visible today because the river at that point has since been dammed to form the Pepacton Reservoir. It must have been very beautiful there with the sparkling blue river flowing past in front and the dark hemlock-clad Catskill Mountains rising behind to heights of three or four thou-sand feet. Jonas and Sarah were not alone there either, as twenty-six other families settled near them, forming the community known as Pepacton.
       "At that time their eldest son, Jonas Junior was fifteen and his brothers not much younger. All of them must have worked hard helping their father to raise his log house, a barn and stable, to clear thirty acres for crops of wheat, rye, oats, and Indian corn and to care for their numerous animals, as well as cattle. Jonas had nine horses, thirty sheep and ten hogs. Sarah too, must have slaved filling every spare second with spinning and carding wool and weaving it into material for clothes and blankets on her homemade loom.
       "Jonas was so satisfied with this progress that he arranged to procure a hundred more acres. No doubt he and Sarah looked out with pride upon the farm which they hoped would become their permanent home. Little dreaming of the disaster that lay ahead of them."
       "The American Revolutionary War, also known as The American War of Independence began in 1776. At first Jonas Wood paid little attention to it. But then since [he] was a King's man (or Tory) and to show his loyalty to George III he sacrific-ed his cattle, driving them through the forest to Colonel John Butler to help feed the British troops. He himself stayed home and kept on farming.
       "Now it happened that the trail used by Joseph Brant and his Indians, which led from his encampment at Oquaga (near present day Deposit) to the Rebel (or Patriot) settlements along the Hudson, lay right through Pepacton. At intervals Brant with a hundred or so Indians and a smaller group of Tory Volunteers came down this trail on their way to burn and plunder the Patriot settlements.
       "Before long Jonas Junior, caught up in the excitement of the times, joined Brant's Volunteers and went down the trail with him while his brother Benjamin traveled westward to enlist in Colonel Butler's Rangers at Fort Niagara. (Possibly this was how Jonas managed to "drive his cattle to Col. Butler").
       "In 1777 the Patriot settlers from the harassed villages on the Hudson exploded in vengeful fury, came back up the trail and laid Pepacton in ruins. Only a few who were known to be Patriots were spared. Jonas Wood's buildings were burned, his livestock and crops stolen. Only by a miracle did he and his family escape unharmed into the forest. The next time Brant went down the trail, Jonas Wood went with him.
       "In the Revolutionary War, both sides encouraged marauding parties, known as 'raids' or 'scouts'. They were officially approved and instructed to bring home as much provender as they could carry and to destroy the rest in order to pre-vent the enemy from using it to feed his troops. In New York State, the Tory raiding parties were often carried out in conjunction with the Indians, and so a Tory came to be considered a devil in human shape in the eyes of the Patriots. If a Tory killed an enemy during one of these raids he was labeled by the Patriots as a murderer, tried for murder and, if convicted, hung for murder. If on the other hand a Patriot killed a Tory in similar circumstances nothing was said about it. This one-sided idea of justice is hard to understand. In describing it, a contemporary newspaper made this remark: 'The Rebels in their accounts of these excursions speak of the Tories as Thieves, Robbers and Murderers while they represent their own people, when concerned in the same kind of transaction as brave Warriors, Heroes and Demi-gods.'
       "The raid on which Jonas Wood went, took place in July 1778. It moved rapidly inland and southward to a spot near the New Jersey border where the Neversink River empties into the Delaware. There on July 13 a Patriot named Philip Swartout and two of his sons were killed. The Swartouts knew that the enemy was nearby and they were armed. Later when Jonas was captured and accused of killing one of them he denied it. He was thrown into prison nearby in Sussex, N.J. Then he was moved to another prison at Goschen and finally to the one at Esopus on the Hudson. Altogether he spent two and a half years in prison. He was indicted for the murder of Philip Swartout Jr. This is reported in the Ulster County Records for 1779-1785 as follows: 'Jonas Wood on 7 July was indicted for the murder of Joseph Westfall. He pleaded not guilty. Because, however, the bill of indict-ment was found to be defective, the jury was discharged. On the same day he was indicted for grand larceny of the goods and chattels of Benjamin de Puy Esq. He was also indicted for the murder of Philip Swartout Jr. to which indictment he pleaded not guilty. Witnesses for the people were Bazaleel Tyier, Joseph Showers and Increase Miller. Wood was found guilty of the felony and the murder and on 8 July was sentenced to be hanged in the Precinct of Newburgh.'
       "The day before he was to be hung, Jonas, by some super-human effort managed to escape from prison and (so one record says) with others set off across 300 miles of unbroken forest to safety in the British stronghold of Niagara. In his own words he was "Four weeks in distress in the bush". From Fort Niagara he was sent by boat down Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence to Mon-treal were he arrived in 1780.
       "Meantime, Sarah with the rest of her family took shelter with a friendly neighbour named Nathaniel Parks. Soon two more of the Wood boys, William and John, went off to fight, enlisting in Sir John Johnson's Corp, the King's Royal Regiment of New York (sometimes called the Royal Yorkers). She then had with her, only the four youngest, Roger aged thirteen, Nathaniel nine, Sarah about six and Stephen still a baby."