Biography of William Wood
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Wood, William, is a grandson of Joseph, who was born in Connecticut and died in Cherry Valley in 1826, aged seventy two. Ezra, father to William, was born in Danbury, Conn., in 1784, and settled in West Gaines in 1839, one and one half miles from Eagle Harbor, where he resided until 1861, when he removed to Knowlesville where he died in 1863. and where his son William now resides. Sylvia Tobey, mother of William, was born in Ballston, Saratoga county, March 25, 1791, and died in 1874. The children of Ezra and Sylvia Wood were as follows: Augeline, born in Cherry Valley, Otsego county. March 9, 1813, married Jesse Wetmore, and had two children, William C., of Buffalo, and Irvin, deceased. She died aged nineteen; and Calista, born in Cherry Valley March 8, 1815, who became the second wife of Jesse Wetmore, and died in Knowlesville in 1882. She had three children, all deceased; William, born March 7, 1817. Ezra Wood and wife were both members of the Baptist Church at Knowlesville. William, our subject, was educated in the common schools and academy of Cherry Valley and came to this county with his father when twenty one years of age. He has always followed farming as an occupation, his farm now consisting of ninety three acres. June 11, 1840, William Wood married Harriet S. Burch, whowas born in Cherry Valley October 18, 1818. The children of this marriage are as follows: Seth C., Jay, and Angeline. Seth C. was born in Gaines August 1, 1841, and married Sarah Haskell (deceased), by whom he had two children. Jessie M., born October 5, 1870, and Edward H., born November 28, 1872. Seth C. Wood works the farm and carries on a nursery of twenty acres, raising all kinds of trees, including ornamental shrubs. Jay Wood was born in Gaines in April; 1843, and married Louisa Stevens (deceased), by whom he had two children: Hattie, born in 1879, and Louise, born in 1886. Jay carries on quite extensive nurseries. Angeline was born January 21, 1848, and died in April, 1893. She married Elmer J. Smith, by whom she had four children: Willard, born in March, 1880; Seward, born in June, 1881; Ralph, born in January, 1885; Carl, born in November, 1890.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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