James B. Wood, son of Colonel Fleming Wood and Lucy Tompkins, was born near St. Margaret's Church in Caroline
county about 1850. His father and mother and his grandparents, both paternal and maternal, were active in the life
of St. Margaret's.
Mr. Wood's first public service was in the capacity of deputy Sheriff of Caroline county, under Sheriff T. D. Coghill.
He later removed to Richmond where he became prominent in the life of the city, serving on the Board of Alderman
for ten years. During this period Mr. Wood was Chairman of the Finance Committee and also President of the City
Council. He was connected with the Virginia State Penitentiary nearly twenty years, much of this time as Superintendent
of the institution. His son, Jesse F. Wood, is a prominent banker of Richmond.
A History of Caroline County, Virginia
By: Marshall Wingfield
Press of Trevvet Christoan & Co., Inc.
Richmond, VA. 1924
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