Milton LeGrand Wood

b. 8 May 1855, d. 24 February 1924

Milton LeGrand Wood, 1854-1924

  • Milton LeGrand Wood was born on 8 May 1855 in Texas.
  • Evelina Wood wrote on 14 May 1855, to her daughter Lizzie Powell, undergoing treatment for cancer in Murfreesboro, Tennessee: ". . . Mary Jane has another son born the 8th of May she call him Milton Le Grand, he favors all the rest, will be very dark-skinned -- Rush & Solomon go to school, they are fond of it. Mary Jane is doing finely, Leah waited on her all last week. . . ." Letter in private collection of B. M. Henwood, descendant of Wm Wood Powell; original transcription by R. E. Reichardt.
  • Green Mark Wood and Mary Jane LeGrand appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1860 in Danville PO, Walker County, Texas. Other members of the household included Milton LeGrand Wood, Rush Brevard Wood, Solomon William Wood, Robert Cummings Wood, Martha Frances P. Wood and George Scovell Wood.
  • Green Mark Wood and Mary Jane LeGrand appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1870 in Huntsville, Walker County, Texas. Other members of the household included Milton LeGrand Wood, Rush Brevard Wood, Solomon William Wood, Robert Cummings Wood, Martha Frances P. Wood, George Scovell Wood, Campbell Clark Wood and Green Alexander Wood.
  • He was a farm hand, according to the 1870 census.
  • Milton LeGrand Wood appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1880 in Montgomery, Alabama, living with restaurant keeper W. W. Scott and druggist E. C. Andrews.
  • He was a doctor, according to the 1880 census.
  • He married Sallie Harrison Watkins, daughter of Washington Lafayette Watkins and Maria Sophia Hall, on 6 December 1881 in Petersburg, Virginia, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
  • The following appeared on 8 December 1881 in The Richmond Dispatch: (Petersburg, Dec. 6) The most fashionable marriage of the season took place at St. Paul's Episcopal church in this city this afternoon, the contracting parties being Miss Sallie Watkins, daughter of Mr. W. L. Watkins, a prominent lawyer of the city, and Dr. Wood, a physician of some prominence from Alabama. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Dr. Hains, pastor of the church, at 1 o'clock. The bride entered the church on the arm of her father, dressed in a handsome white silk, covered with the usual bridal veil. The bridesmaids had assembled in the vestry-room (eight in number), and marched by pairs on either outer aisle of the church, and meeting in the middle aisle, proceeded by twos to the altar, where they were joined by the groomsmen, and gathered on either side. The bride followed on the arm of her father, and was met at the altar by the groom, or his best man, who came from the vestry-room. The bridesmaids were dressed in white, with white hats; the groomsmen in business-suits, with colored gloves. The whole affair is said to have been intensely English. After the usual congratulations, the bridal party repaired to the residence of the bride's father, where an old Virginia reception was held until a late hour in the afternoon.
  • Evelina Wood wrote from Willis to her grandson Wood Powell in Christian County, Illinois on 12 April 1887, " . . . Your aunt Mary Jane is going to Montgomery soon & from there to North Carolina to see Mrs. Brevard, the lady by whom she was raised. Dr. Legrand wrote Mary Jane he would foot all of her expenses - a dear good brother. Milton Wood is building a brick house with seven rooms. He is making money & saves it - he has only one child. George Wood & wife will begin keeping house now very soon. Green Aleck will remain with his father & mother. . . ."
         Letter in private collection of B. M. Henwood, descendant of Wm Wood Powell; original transcription by R. E. Reichardt.
  • With all their children in town for Green Mark and Mary Jane's 50th wedding anniversary celebration in April 1896, it is likely that this was the occasion for the photograph of their five surviving sons, treasured more than a hundred years later by all of their descendants.
  • Milton LeGrand Wood and Sallie Harrison Watkins appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1900 in Montgomery, Alabama, at 311 Church Street enumerated next to Milton's first cousin Eloise LeGrand Smith and her family ( Eloise's father and Milton's mother, Milton Paul LeGrand and Mary Jane LeGrand, were brother and sister).. Other members of the household included Elizabeth Leigh Wood, Sallie Watkins Wood, Milton LeGrand Wood Jr. and George Mark Wood. Names an ages recorded for the household were wildly inaccurate.
  • A photographic portrait was made of Milton and Sallie Wood and their family about 1908.
  • Milton LeGrand Wood and Sallie Harrison Watkins appeared in the US federal census of 15 April 1910 in Montgomery, Alabama, at 301 Church Street and four lodgers.. Other members of the household included Sallie Watkins Wood, Milton LeGrand Wood Jr. and George Mark Wood.
  • Milton LeGrand Wood and Sallie Harrison Watkins appeared in the US federal census of 1 January 1920 in Montgomery, Alabama, at 301 Church Street and four roomers.. Other members of the household included Milton LeGrand Wood Jr., George Mark Wood and Elizabeth Leigh Wood.
  • He was a practicing physician, according to the 1920 census.
  • Milton LeGrand Wood became a widower at the 20 June 1921 death of his wife Sallie Harrison Watkins.
  • Milton LeGrand Wood died on 24 February 1924 at age 68 in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • He was buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • The following appeared in the May 1924 issue of the Southern Medical Journal: Dr. Milton LeGrand Wood, Montgomery, aged 69, died February 24 from heart disease.
  • Frederick Oviatt Hawkins and Jennie Lou Snodgrass appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1940 in Montgomery, Alabama, at 532 South McDonough Street. Other members of the household included Milton LeGrand Wood, Milton LeGrand Wood Jr. and Roberta Owen Hawkins.
  • Last Edited: 10 Oct 2016

Family: Sallie Harrison Watkins b. 7 August 1860, d. 20 June 1921