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Eliza Wiley Wood
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Birth: 1810
New York, USA
Death: Mar. 2, 1901
Decatur
Macon County
Illinois, USA

DECATUR HERALD 3/51901

MRS.ELIZA WOOD DIED AT 1 OCLOCK SATURDAY AT THE HOME OF HER SON, E. W. WOOD,526 W MACON STREET, AFTER AN ILLNESS OF SEVERAL WEEKS. THE DECEASED SUFFERED FROM NO PARTICULAR AFFLICTIONS BUT HER DEATH WAS SIMPLY THE RESULT OF OLD AGE, SHE BEING PAST 90 YEARS AT THE TIME OF HER DEATH.
MRS. WOOD WAS ONE OF THE OLDEST SETTLERS OF THE CITY,HAVING RESIDED HERE SINCE 1835. HER MAIDEN NAME WAS ELIZA WILLEY. SHE WAS BORN IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK IN 1810 AND LIVED THERE UNTIL 1832 WHEN SHE BECAME THE WIFE OF GEORGE WOOD OF BOSTON. TEY LIVED IN BOSTON FOR FOUR YEARS AND THEN MOVED TO SPRINGFIELD, IL. AT THAT THERE WERE NO RAILROADS IN THIS COUNTRY AND THE TRIP TO THIS STATE WAS MADE OVERLAND,THE TRAVELERS UNDERGOING ALL THE HARDSHIPS OF SUCH A LONG TRIP. THE TRIP FROM CHICAGO TO SPRINGFIELD WAS MADE IN THE RAINY SEASON AND MRS. WOOD HAS MANY TIMES TOLD OF THE AWFUL HARDSHIPS THEY HAD TO UNDERGO IN GETTING INTO THE MUDDY PRAIRIES OF THIS STATE.
THE FAMILY RESIDED IN SPRINGFIELD UNTIL 1855 WHEN THEY MOVED TO THIS CITY WHERE THEY HAVE RESIDED ALMOST CONTINOUSLY SINCE. MR. WOOD WHO WAS ENGAGED IN THE TAILORING BUSINESS DIED IN THIS CITY ABOUT NINE YEARS AGO.
MRS. WOOD BECAME A MEMBER OF THE BAPTIST CHURCH EARLY IN LIFE AND HAS BEEN A FAITHFUL AND CONSISIANT MEMBER OF THAT CHURCH DURING HER LONG LIFE. MRS. WOOD WAS A WOMAN OF REMARKABLE STRENGTH OF CHARACTER AND VIRTURE. AT THE TIME HER CHILDREN WERE YOUNG AND THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF THE COUNTY WERE NOT SUCH AS TO GIVE OUT THE BEST EDUCATION BUT SHE TAUGHT THEM AT HOME AND EVEN IN THE TIMES THEY COULD NOT GO TO SCHOOL. SHE SAW THAT THEY WERE SUPPLIED WITH THE GOOD BOOKS TO ENCOURAGE STUDY AND AS A RESULT THEY SECURED A BETTER EDUCATION THAN THE AVERAGE PUPIL IN THE SCHOOLS OF THAT DAY.
DURING MRS. WOODS RESIDENCE IN SPRINGFIELD SHE LIVED IN THE SAME BLOCK WITH ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND SHE WAS ACQUAINTED WITH THE MARTYR PRESIDENT. AT THE TIME BOTH SPRINGFIELD AND DECATUR WERE SMALL INLAND TOWNS WITH BUT LITTLE PROMISE OF BECOMING THE IMPORTANT CITIES THEY HAVE GROWN INTO. THE FAMILIES OF LINCOLN AND WOOD WERE WELL ACQUAINTED AND MRS. WOOD FREQUENTLY TOLD OF AN INCIDENT IN THE LIFE OF THE PRESIDENT THAT IS INTERESTING. A RELATIVE WAS ILL AND THE PHYSICIANS HAD PRESCRIPED OAK BARK AS THE REMEDY. MRS. WOOD VISITED THE NEIGHBORS IN THE HOPE OF SECURING SOME OAK BARK BUT WAS UNSUCESSFUL AND FINALLY WENT TO THE HOME OF THE LINCOLNS. MR. LINCOLN ACCCOMPANIED HER TO THE HOME OF AN OLD NEGRO ACROSS THE STREET WHERE WITH AN AXE HE SOON PEELED OFF MORE THAN ENOUGH OAK BARK.
MRS. WOODS HAS 31 GRANDCHILDREN AND 33 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN LIVING.
SHE IS THE MOTHER OF MRS. J. H. PUGH OF SPOKANE, WASH, MRS. H. W. TEASDALE OF THIS CITY, MRS. E. H. JAMESON OF DETROIT, MICH, GEORGE W. WOOD OF UNION MO. E. W. WOOD, B. M. WOOD, A. J. WOOD(AGED 11), H. A. WOOD ALL OF DECATUR.
AMONG THE GRANDCHILDEN THERE ARE H. A. JAMESON OF ST. LOUIS, G. E. TEASDALE OF NEWBURG, MO AND MRS. PURCELL OF DANVILLE AND C. A. POLLOCK.
MRS. WOOD HAD A WONDERFUL MEMORY AND RECALLED DISTINCTLY EVENTS THAT OCCURED IN HER YOUNGER DAYS.
SHE WAS WELL KNOWN TO ALL THE OLDER RESIDENTS OF DECATUR WHO HAVE ALWAYS HELD HER IN HIGHEST ESTEEM.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Sarah Coe Wiley (1774 - 1852)
 
 Spouse:
  George Wood (1808 - 1890)*
 
 Children:
  Sarah Wood Pollock (1834 - 1861)*
  Harriet Wiley Wood Teasdale (1836 - 1920)*
  Margaret Ann Wood Jameson (1838 - ____)*
  George Whitbread Wood (1840 - 1901)*
  Sophia Wood Pugh (1843 - 1920)*
  Edward Weldon Wood (1845 - 1928)*
  Howard Malcolm Wood (1848 - 1934)*
  Adoniram Judson Wood (1851 - 1932)*
  Henry Alexander Wood (1853 - 1937)*
 
 Siblings:
  Harriet Wiley (____ - 1880)*
  Sarah Wiley Watson (1802 - 1890)*
  Edmond R Wiley (1808 - 1864)*
  Eliza Wiley Wood (1810 - 1901)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
90y 6m 28d
 
Burial:
Greenwood Cemetery
Decatur
Macon County
Illinois, USA
 
Maintained by: janet donner
Originally Created by: kpet
Record added: Jan 20, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 46904009
Eliza <i>Wiley</i> Wood
Added by: Daniel Allen
 
Eliza <i>Wiley</i> Wood
Added by: janet donner
 
Eliza <i>Wiley</i> Wood
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