|Birth: ||Jan. 16, 1835|
Marysville (Union County)
|Death: ||May 4, 1924|
Civil War Officer/Judge and Indiana Lawyer/Political Figure.
Andrew Gerow Wood was born in Marysville, Ohio to Dr. Ira and Margaret (Hawley) Wood. He was named in honor of his father's friend, Dr. Andrew Gerow.
His father Ira died when he was around four years old and he was raised by his mother and paternal Uncle Gregory who was recorded as his guardian, according to Union County, Ohio Court Records. Andrew attended the county schools around Marysville and moved on to attend and graduate from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. In 1855 Andrew married Miss Rose A. Reed at Milford Center, Ohio. 4 daughters would be born to this family over the years.
Due to difficult Wood family finances, Andrew paid his way through college, working in mercantile at Milford Center, Ohio and for a time Waterloo, Iowa. He also worked on the farms owned by his Hawley Uncles at various times in his younger years. After returning to Marysville, he began to read the law with P.B. Cole and was admitted to the bar at Union County, Ohio in late 1861.
By 1862 Andrew had relocated to Lawrenceburg, Indiana where he formed a law firm, with Richard Gregg. It was from this locale that he joined a volunteer corps, Company H, 123rd Indiana Infantry, formed at Greensburg, Indiana, at which time he was elected First Lieutenant. During the war he was involved in the Atlanta Campaign and fought at Boonesboro and then in Alabama at Columbia, Franklin, Northville and Kingston. Towards the end of the War Wood was promoted to Captain and served as a Judge Advocate of the western department on North Carolina at Salisbury.
In the post war years Andrew relocated to Warsaw, Indiana, where he spent the rest of his years. At Warsaw he established a law firm, first with a Mr. Brubaker, whom his daughter married a son, Francis K. Bowser (later a Indiana Circuit Court Judge and memorial #50827509) and Mr. Merle L. Gochenour in his later years. Mr. Wood served as the Kosciusko County Attorney for a number of years and was the Dean of the Kosciusko Bar as well as County Democratic Party Chairman for over 30 years. For a time Capt. Wood served as the Editor of a Warsaw Democratic newspaper, "The Warsaw Union" and for a number of months was the Postmaster of Warsaw, appointed by President Andrew Johnson.
Mr. Wood holds the distinction of being the first ever Democratic Mayor of Warsaw, Indiana, which he served from 1904 to 1906. He also served as a town councilman for a number of years. In addition to these offices, Andrew was active in local organizations such as the IOOF, the GAR (Post Commander) and the Loyal Order of the Moose. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and served as a junior warden.
Captain Wood lived a long and very eventful life, one that should not be forgotten. Two excellent biographies of him can be found in the "Standard History of Kosciusko County, Indiana" by Royse (1919) and "Progressive Men and Women of Kosciusko County, Indiana" (published by Bowen, 1909). These items, as well as vital records and family stories are the basis of this short biography.
Ira Wood (1799 - 1839)
Margaret Hawley Wood Fleck (1807 - 1881)
Rose A. Reed Wood (1838 - 1916)*
Cynthia Lutrella Wood Brubaker (1856 - 1906)*
Jennie Wood Eversole (1858 - 1944)*
Synthia Wood Power (1825 - 1861)*
Isabel Wood (1827 - 1832)*
Uriah G Wood (1831 - 1836)*
John Hawley Wood (1832 - 1914)*
Andrew Gerow Wood (1835 - 1924)
Hylas Wood (1837 - 1915)*
Harvey Scribner Wood (1839 - 1883)*
Plot: Section 20, Lot 42
GPS (lat/lon): 41.24633, -85.83987
Maintained by: Scott Hawley
Originally Created by: Eric Lowman
Record added: Mar 29, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35310818