William R. Wood
b. circa 1837
- Father: Mathew Wood b. 4 July 1805, d. 15 January 1876
- Mother: Mourning Atkinson b. 28 November 1807, d. 29 June 1877
- William R. Wood was born circa 1837 in Alabama.
- Mathew Wood and Mourning Atkinson appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1850 in Talladega District, Talladega County, Alabama. Other members of the household included William R. Wood, Uriah Griffin Wood, Letitia Ann Wood, Abi Wood, Esther Wood, James Frank Wood, Willis H. Wood, Sarah Elizabeth Wood and Floyd C. Wood.
- Mathew Wood and Mourning Atkinson appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1860 in Tyler, Smith County, Texas. Other members of the household included William R. Wood, Sarah Elizabeth Wood and Floyd C. Wood.
- He was working on the farm, according to the 1860 census.
- Hezakiah Fleetwood Rice and Sarah Elizabeth Wood appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1870 in Etna, Smith County, South Carolina, living next door to Sallie, William and Easther's father.. Other members of the household included William R. Wood, Anagusta Rice, Esther Wood, George W. Longley and Johnnie Longley.
- He married Missouri Brooks, daughter of Aaron J. Brooks, circa 29 May 1872 in Smith County, Texas, by license issued the 29th, with J. W. Ashcroft, MG, officiating.
- William R. Wood and Missouri Brooks appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1880 in Anderson County, Texas. Other members of the household included Annah R. Wood, Mathew A. Wood, Plato Wood and Floyd C. Wood.
- He was a school teacher, according to the 1880 census.
- The following appeared in the Some Biographies of Old Settlers--Historical, Personal and Reminiscent (1900):
Matthew Wood and Family
Matthew Wood was born in Henry County, Georgia, July 5th, 1805. He moved to Bibb County, Alabama, with his father's family before the Indians had left that country.
He married Miss Mourning Adkinson, of Alabama; they had eleven children--M. R., J. W., U. G., L. A., Abi, Esther, W. R., J. F., W. H., S. E., and F. C.
M. R. married Rachel Goodgame; they had two children. J. W. married Jane Thompson; they had five children. U. G. married Kittie Farrington; they had seven children. L. A. married J. F. Baswell; they had one child. Abi married W. H. Chancellor. Ester married Isaac Longley; they had four children. W. R. married Missouri Brooks; they had three children. J. F. married Matilda Johnson they had six children, W. H. died at the age of 15. S. E. married H. F. Rice; they had nine children. Floyd never married.
Mathew Wood first settled in the Bascom neighborhood. He then settled three miles east of Tyler where he died.
He held the office of Justice of the Peace, and was mayor of Tyler at one time. He was an honest man--an honest official. He died since the Civil War leaving a good name behind him, a good heritage for his children.
The descendants of Mathew Wood are among our best people; intelligent and upright in their dealings with their fellow man.
- Last Edited: 28 Apr 2015