|Birth: ||Feb. 19, 1831|
There is no existing grave marker for Elizabeth Bounds Floyd-Wood, however, the 1965 publication of the Rocky Mount Presbyterian Cemetery book by Rev. John Wilson shows her name listed as being buried in plot #1082 right between the unmarked Bounds graves 1080 & 1081 (believed to be her parents) and the graves of her sisters Becky Bounds Blackburn-Vestal & Liza Bounds Grubbs (1083 & 1084) See photo of the plot index detail from the book attached on this memorial.
Elizabeth Bounds was born in Alabama, the oldest child of William M. Bounds & Martha F. (Frances) Teat. She married her first husband, Theophilus Offie Floyd, Jr. on August 26, 1852 in Barbour Co. AL. There are several letters of courtship in existence written by Floyd right up to and including her letter of acceptance to his proposal of marriage.
In the 1860 US census, Barbour Co. Louisville, AL, Elizabeth age 28 & Theophilus age 28, are found with children: Benjamin N., Angelina, Wm. N. and boarder, James McKinney in their household. (Their youngest daughter, Julia Ann was born the following year, June 11, 1861). Many of Elizabeth's siblings were living nearby with their spouses and households as well as her parents with younger siblings still living in their home.
When the Civil War broke out, Theophilus Floyd along with Elizabeth's brothers and many of the other men in their families went to join the fight. Theophilus enlisted in the 39th Alabama Infantry, Co. H on May 8, 1862 out of his home town of Louisville near Clayton, Alabama. Many of his letters to his wife during the war describe the life he experienced while out in the field. In one of his letters, he expresses frustration at not being able to get furlough to come home after putting in for it a couple of times. He writes that he will put in for furlough a third time and if he still is denied, then he is "a coming home anyhow", for he expresses that he has got to go home to see her. That was his last letter dated Aug. 10, 1863. He never made it back home.
Theophilus Floyd died a little over a month later from wounds sustained when according to one account given years later by a surviving comrade, who said that one "Theodore Floyd" in the 39th, Co. H, was shot in the mouth at the Battle of Chickamauga Sept, 20, 1863. That marked the beginning of the long hard struggle of life for Elizabeth in rural post-war south as it was for many men and women of that day, but especially for women who lost their husbands to the war and were left with raising fatherless children. To help make ends meet, Elizabeth filed for Confederate Widow's pension on May 2, 1864, just 6 days short of almost exactly two years from her husband's' enlistment.
After the war Elizabeth and the rest of the family relations all made plans to leave Alabama and go west to Texas to make a new start. By the time they arrived in Bossier parish, Louisiana around 1868 - 1870, they decided instead to put down stakes there, acquire some land and start trying to farm.
1870 US census, Bossier, LA
E Floid 38
Benj V Floid 16
Victoria Floid 14
William T Floid 12
Julia Ann Floid 9
A little after arriving to Louisiana, Elizabeth married Mr. Abner Wood, who was also recently widowed. They married Oct. 28, 1871 and she and Abner stayed together until he died sometime around 1890-1900 at which point Elizabeth eventually moved in with her brother Stephen Henry Bounds who had also recently lost his wife, Narcissa Lott Bounds in March of 1892.
Elizabeth's children went on to marry and start families of their own with the exception of Angelina & William who both died in 1872. Julia Ann Floyd married Benjamin Franklin Britton of Panola Co. Texas. Benjamin Neal Floyd married Callie Matlock of Bossier parish, LA.
The exact date of Elizabeth's death is not known but it's believed she probably died sometime around 1915, the year that brother Stephen Henry Bounds also died.
William M. Bounds (1805 - 1880)
Martha F. Teat Bounds (1814 - 1881)
Theophilus Offie Floyd (1830 - 1863)
Benjamin Neal Floyd (1854 - ____)*
Angeline Victoria Floyd (1857 - 1872)*
William T. Floyd (1858 - 1872)*
Julia Ann Floyd Britton (1861 - 1951)*
Elizabeth Bounds Wood (1831 - 1915)
Stephen Henry Bounds (1833 - 1915)*
William Richard Bounds (1835 - 1912)*
Amanda Jane Bounds McKinney (1837 - 1919)*
Julia Ann Bounds Foster (1839 - 1913)*
Lucinda Bounds Lynn (1841 - ____)*
Rebecca A. Bounds Vestal (1844 - 1936)*
Osborn J. Bounds (1846 - 1865)*
John Wesley Bounds (1848 - 1858)*
Mary Ann Eliza Bounds Evans (1850 - 1916)*
Martha Caroline Bounds Watt (1853 - 1919)*
Rocky Mount Cemetery
Created by: KBounds
Record added: Jul 25, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55409743