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Rev. David Wood

Male 1811 - 1901  (89 years)


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  • Name David Wood 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 28 Jul 1811  Grafton, Grafton, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 May 1901  Brooklyn, Dane, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Buried Brooklyn, Dane, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2  Schuerman-Wood-Worden
    Last Modified 4 May 2015 

    Father Benjamin Wood,   b. 16 Mar 1785, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Betsey Duston,   b. 15 Oct 1789, Claremont, Sullivan, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 22 Nov 1810  Grafton, Grafton, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    _STAT MARRIED 
    Family ID F3  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Naomi Worden,   b. 23 Aug 1818, Sheldon, Genesee, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1908, Watertown, Codington, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 13 May 1835  Plymouth, Wayne, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    _STAT MARRIED 
    Children 
     1. Betsey Ann Wood,   b. 30 Jun 1836, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1850, Probably, Howard, Winnebago, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 13 years)
     2. Dewitt Clinton Wood,   b. 27 Dec 1837, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1903, Independence, Buchanan, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     3. Lucene (Teulina) Wood,   b. 20 Jul 1840, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Emma Wood,   b. 9 Jul 1842, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Olive Wood,   b. 7 Jul 1845, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Jennette Wood,   b. 3 Feb 1851, Howard, Winnebago, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1931, , Dane, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     7. Rose (Rosalia) Wood,   b. 10 Mar 1853, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. David Deloss Wood,   b. 1 May 1855, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1922  (Age 66 years)
     9. Lillian J. Wood,   b. 31 Jan 1863, Carimona, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1951, Denver, Denver, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    Photos
    David Wood and Naomi (Worden) Wood
    David Wood and Naomi (Worden) Wood
    Last Modified 22 May 2017 21:59:30 
    Family ID F2  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Jul 1811 - Grafton, Grafton, New Hampshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 13 May 1835 - Plymouth, Wayne, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 May 1901 - Brooklyn, Dane, Wisconsin Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Brooklyn, Dane, Wisconsin Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Documents
    Letters of the Wood family
    Letters of the Wood family
    with a letter from Rebecca Worden to one of her children.

  • Notes 
    • United Brethern Minister, harnassmaker, and farmer.

      David Wood was born in 1811 in Grafton, New Hampshire. He was married to Naomi Worden in 1835 in Plymouth, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. Naomi was born in 1818 in Sheldon, upstate New York. It is not known how either one of them got to the Detroit region. They had nine children, the oldest of whom, Betsey, died at the age of 13. I have not traced some of the other children.

      Naomi and David moved a great deal in their long lives. David's obituary says that he "drove the first stage from Michigan to Chicago," but if that is true, he returned to Michigan by 1835. Their whereabouts after their marriage are reasonably well known, through the censuses and other records. They were in Plymouth during the 1840 census, which appears to show their three youngest children, Betsy, DeWitt, and Lucene. In 1850 they were in Winnebago County, Illinois, where he is shown as a farmer. In 1860 they were in Fillimore County, in southern Minnesota, where the youngest child, Lillian was born in 1863. At that census, David was also shown as a farmer. In 1870 and 1880 they were in Richland County, Wisconsin, where David is shown as a harnassmaker. (His notation in his Bible indicates he was in Sextonville, Wisconsin in 1878.) By 1880, apparently all of the children had left home, as David and Naomi are listed alone. Around 1890 (1890 census records have been destroyed) they moved to Watertown, South Dakota and the next year were in Kampseka, South Dakota. In 1900, probably when both of them were growing frail, they moved to Brooklyn, Wisconsin, near Oregon, to live with their daughter, Jennette and her family. They died there, he in 1901 and she in 1908. The obituary says that both sons served in the Civil War. We have records of Dewitt's service, but not of Deloss's, who would have been quite young at the time of the war. At the time of Dewitt's enlistment in 1862, he is shown as coming from Orion, Wisconsin, so he may have preceded his parents in moving to Wisconsin.

      The character of David's ministry is not entirely clear. He apparently did not make a living at it and perhaps did not practice it extensively until later in life. His and his wife's obituaries are the main source of information and they are slightly at variance. His obituary says that "he entered the ministry of the U.B. church" "in early life" and that he "held charges" in Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The obituary also says he preached his last sermon in Rutland (WI) in 1886. Naomi's obituary says that "she was the means of her husband's conversion, who later entered the ministy of the United Breathern church. For nearly thirty years they labored to build up God's kingdom in their chosen sphere, mostly in Southern Minnesota."

      Documentation:

      In the late 1950s Gladys Schuerman gave to me (John Schuerman) a number of documents and Bibles of the Schuerman and Wood families. Gladys Schuerman was my aunt, daughter of Lillian Schuerman. She lived with Lillian during Lillian's old age. A Mrs. Reyer did some research into the Wood family in the 1950s, corresponding with Gladys. She is referenced below.

      An old piece of paper given by Gladys Schuerman to John Schuerman has the following:

      "Betsey Ann Wood was born June the 30 1836 died April the 13 1850
      Dewitt Clinton Wood was born December the 27th 1837
      Teulina Wood was born July 29th 1840
      Emma Elza Wood was born July 9th 1842
      Olive Wood was born July 7, 1845
      Janette Wood was born Feb. 3th 1851
      Rosalia was born March 10th 1853
      David Deloss D. was born May 1st in the morning in the year 1855
      Lillie Wood January 31, 1863"

      On the side of the paper are the following:
      "David Wood was married to Naoma Werdin May 13th 1835"
      "Naoma was born August 23, 1818"
      "David Wood was born July 28, 1811"

      Also given by Gladys Schuerman to John Schuerman was a lock of hair wrapped in a paper on which is written:
      "David Wood
      Born July 27, 1811
      in New Hampshire Grafton, Grafton Co.
      Died at the home of his daughter Nettie in Oregon Twp.
      Dane Co Wiscon
      May 15 1901
      aged nearly 90 years
      Funeral Text
      2nd Timothy 4:7-8"

      2nd Timothy 4:7-8: "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; Henceforth, there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."

      Death notification, filed with Register of Deeds, Dane Co., WI--Deaths, v. 2, p. 489 shows David Wood, white male, minister, died at 89 years, 9 mos, 16 days. Died May 15, 1901, born Aug 23, 1818 (note that this date of birth does not correspond to the age shown here nor to the date of birth on his tombstone). Father, Benjamin Wood, born in N. H., mother Betsy Dustin, b. N.H. David Wood born in N.H., wife Ruth Naoma Wood. Cause of death, primary: senility, secondary: cardiac insufficiency. Died at residence Oregon, Wis. Burial permit 85 issued May 16, 1901, buried June 1, 1901 Brooklyn, Wis.

      Oregon Observer, May 23, 1901, (microfilm in Oregon Public Library) under "Brooklyn News":

      David Wood was born in 1811 in New Hampshire; he was of English parentage and the noted Mrs. Dustin, whose portrait is in Washington, and whom history speaks of as a brave noble woman, was a near relative. He left his native state and came to Michigan, where, at Plymouth he was married May 13th 1835. Mr. Wood learned the harness makers trade which be followed the greater part of his life and at the time of his sudden death as mentioned last week, he was at work on a fine set of harness. In early life he entered the ministry of the U. B. church and had held charges in Michigan, Minnesota, So. Dak. and this state. He was a revivalist and devoted much of his time to that line of work. He had a strong spiritual character and possessed a great emotional ability. His last sermon was preached in Rutland in 1886 from the text, "Grow In Grace".
      Mr. Wood came from Watertown, So. Dak. where he resided about 10 years, and he and his good wife have been making their home with a daughter Mrs. Henry S. Smith about a year; whenever he was able he was always at the service of the Lord and always had a good word to say. A greater part of his life he was a pioneer. In 1833 he drove the first stage from Michigan into Chicago. Our readers can see how prominent his life was and how much could be written upon such a life which was full of adventure, noble deeds. Five daughters and 2 sons were born to the deceased and together with the wife all survive him. 3 daughters married ministers and one son is a minister; both sons were in the civil war. Only 4 daughters were able to be present at the funeral, which was held at the home of H. S. Smith Friday afternoon. Dr. Murray preached the sermon. Mrs. Murray sang. Two grandsons, Glenn and Floyd Smith, 2 grandsons by law, Geo. Sholts and Duane Glidden, Geo. Smith and Ralph Sholts were the pall bearers. The remains were placed in Mt. Hope cemetery. Father Wood's mission on earth is ended but his good works endureth as long as eternity lasts.

      Mt. Hope cemetery at Church and Cemetery Road in Brooklyn, WI, visited by J. Schuerman on July 29, 2000. There is a large stone marking the plot, reading "Wood" on one side, "Smith" on the other. On the Wood side of the plot marker there are two small stones, one reading "Grandpa David Wood" with dates of birth and death as shown here, the other reading "Grandma Naoma Wood" with dates of birth and death as shown here. On the Smith side of the plot marker there are three somewhat larger stones, one reading "Ethel V. Smith, wife of C.A. Geist, 1882-1911," the second "Mother, Jeannette S. Smith, 1851-1931," and the third "Father, Henry S. Smith, 1847-1927." All of the stones appear to be relatively new. The Jeanette S. Smith is one of David's daughters.

      Brooklyn is in the Northeast corner of Green County, next to Dane, and close to Oregon. However, death records show that he died in Dane County. Perhaps at that time Brooklyn was in Dane County.

      Censuses:
      1840 Plymouth, Wayne, Michigan, p. 314 (very hard to read):
      David Wood 1M<5, 1M20-30, 2F<5, 1F20-30 [David 29, Naomi 22, DeWitt 3, Lucene < 1, Betsy 4]

      1850: Howard Township, Winnebago Co, IL, p. 29 of Winnebago 1850 Census taken 21 Sept. 1850.:
      David Wood Age 40, M, born in N.H., Farmer
      Naomi Age 32, F, NY
      Dewitt 13, M, Mich
      Lucene 10, F, Mich
      Emma 8, F, Mich
      Olive 5, F, Ill
      [Betsey died in April of 1850]

      1860: Carimona Twp, Fillmore Co., Minnesota, p. 52 of Carimona (note that pagination is within townships)
      Dwelling 431, David Wood, 49, M, W, Farmer, Value of real estate: $500, value of personal estate: $500
      Naomi 45 [this should be 42]
      Olive 14
      Jenett 11 [should be 9]
      Rosalie 9 [should be 7]
      Delos 5
      [Children who had left the family by 1860: Dewitt 23, Lucene 20, Emma 18]

      1870: Ithaca Twp, Richland Co., WI (reel 1734, p. 644)
      David Wood age 58, harnessmaker, born in NH value of real estate $860, value of personal estate $300
      Naomi age 57 NY [this should be 52]
      Rosa 17 IL
      Delos 15 IL
      Lilly 7 Minn
      [Jennette, 19, had apparently left by then]

      1880: Ithaca Twp., Richland Co., WI (Reel 1445, p. 94b)
      D. Wood age 69 Harnessmaker, born in NH
      Father born in NH
      Mother born in NH
      R.M. Wood age 62 wife keeps house born in NY
      Mother born in VT
      Father born in VT
      [Evidently Lilly had left home by then, she would have been 17, she married 5 years later]

      1900: Oregon, Dane, Wisconsin: David and Naomi Wood listed right after their daughter Jennette and her family.

      J.S. has a letter from Naomi Wood to Lillian (see Naomi Worden), dated August 26, 1891, from Kampseka, SD. It is evident that Naomi and David were living there at the time, perhaps with her daughter Rose.

      Wisconsin Civil War records: Dewitt C. Wood, 25th Inf., Co. B, Residence Orion, Date Aug. 7, '62, M.O. June 7, '65.

      Bible given to John Schuerman in August 1957, printed in 1861: front endpaper: "David Wood Sextonville, Wis." In the back endpapers: "Commenced to read this Book through the Oct 3th 1878 D.W.
      I finished the old testament November the 2th 1879 Finished reading this Book through April 6th 1880. D. Wood"

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Death Notification filed in Dane County Recorder of Deeds.

    2. [S4] Oregon [WI] Observer, May 23, 1901.

    3. [S154] Marriage record at Grafton.

    4. [S1] Family Bible.