|Birth: ||Jan., 1821|
|Death: ||Nov. 26, 1889|
Aged 59 Yrs.
John B. Wood II was born in 1830 in Adams County, IL. He was the son of John B. Wood I & Anna Marie Wood. His father was the founder of Quincy, IL & Governor of Illinois during 1860-1861. John B. Wood II married Josephine Skinner on September 21, 1853 in Adams County, and they had at least two children, Lucy & John B. Wood III.
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Quincy Daily Herald, November 24, 1889, Page 3 - A LIFE’S SAD END
John Wood, Son of Gov. Wood, and Himself One of Quincy’s Oldest Native Citizens,
We chronicle one of the most sad and startling cases of suicide that has ever occurred in Quincy.
John Wood, one of the best-known and well-liked men in Quincy, son of Gov. Wood, our city’s pioneer settler, was found about 1 o’clock yesterday lying dead in Woodland cemetery close by the grave of his first wife, shot through the right temple, evidently by his own hand---- the pistol lying by his side. He had evidently premeditated this act, from some preparations which he had made. He was on the streets greeting his friends, and put his place of business in usual apparent spirits and health during the forenoon, which made his sudden taking-off a surprise and shock to everyone--- most to his own family, who had little premonition that such an event would happen.
He was of a gentle, genial nature and would have been suspected of an intention to take his own life. For many years, however, almost from boyhood, he had been at times a severe sufferer from dyspepsia or indigestion, which sometimes overbalanced his reason and finally led to this fatal shot. When he left his home in the morning he took with him, which was unusual, his pistol, that he was not in the habit of carrying, and left at home his purse and money. He attended to his morning marketing and other matters as usual and about noon walked out to the cemetery and was soon found dead, as above described. There were no immediate witness to his death.
No financial or business troubles, except such as he may have imagined from the effects of his chronic disease, called for this destruction. He was happy in home, family and friends.
Mr. Wood was the third child, the second son of the late Governor Wood. He was in the 69th year of his age, having been born in Quincy in January, 1821 and was one of the oldest native born citizens of the place. He perhaps had more personal acquaintances in the city than any other man from his early boyhood associations and popular bearings. His education was at the home schools. In 1849, with his father and brother, he went to California by the Isthmus route, remained there about a year, and shortly after his return entered into mercantile business with Mr. W. S. M. Anderson.
A few years later he, in connection with the late Mr. Bagby and George W. Burns, started the Castle mills, one of the largest and most successful mills of this city. Retiring from this, in later years he has been engaged up to the time of his death in a grain commission and brokerage business. At the breaking out of the war he enlisted with the first troops from this city, was appointed lieutenant and then captain in the 10th Illinois Infantry and later made major in the 5th Illinois Calvary. He held no civil offices though often pressed to accept them. Mr. Wood was twice married in 1884 to Miss Josephine Skinner, by whom he had three children, two of whom, a son, John Wood Jr. and a daughter, Mrs. George Mills, are living. After his first wife’s death he married in 1885, her sister, Miss Mary Skinner, who lives to mourn her sad loss and sorrow.
Mr. Wood was a gentleman of unquestioned integrity and upright character; faithful to his family and friends, and an unassuming but sincere and consistent christian. His departure has grieved many hearts.
John B. Wood (1798 - 1880)
Anna Maria Streeter Wood (1801 - 1863)
Josephine Wood (1832 - 1883)*
Emma Wood (1854 - 1878)*
Lucy Wood Mills (1857 - 1916)*
John B Wood (1865 - 1921)*
John B. Wood (1821 - 1889)
Daniel C. Wood (1829 - 1922)**
Emily Wood (1833 - 1835)*
Ada J. Wood (1835 - 1844)*
Joshua S. Wood (1837 - 1910)**
Henry C. Wood (1839 - 1842)*
James T. Wood (1842 - 1850)*
Created by: Amelia (Crombie) Christy
Record added: Jul 23, 2010
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