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Alexander Wood
Birth: 1766
Virginia, USA
Death: Jan., 1830
Frederick County
Virginia, USA

A youthful veteran of our Revolutionary war.

3rd g,grandfather of William S. 'Bill' Boggess.

Regarding Alexander Wood, Sr. (1766-1830), Joe Baughman, descendant of Alexander Wood, Jr (1805-1887), has researched the Wood family with descendants Lee and Peggy Swift, descendants of John Wood (1808-1861) before they both passed away. They found much, including Alex's complete Revolutionary War records; muster, payroll, and bounty offer. To wit, as one of the very young youngsters who volunteered, Alex served as a Private in the 4th, 8th, and 12th Virginia Regiments of the Continental Line. His service spanned from March 1777 through July 1783. He stayed the cold winters at Valley Forge and Morristown with Washington as well as marching south to Charleston, Charleston county, South Carolina. For most of his military career, his commanding officer was Colonel James Wood (1747-1813) of the 12 Virginia Regiment, later governor of Virginia. son of immigrant founder of Winchester, Frederick county, Virginia (reportedly a community changing control 72 times during civil war). He mustered out in 1783 under the command of Colonel Thomas Posey (1750-1818).

Alex does not show up on tax records until 1800 in Frederick County, Virginia. From 1810 until 1828 (for eighteen or more years), was overseer of Warner Washington's old Audley plantation, later belonging to George Washington, who earlier served the area in the 1758 House of Burgessess, and where he would stay on his western trips, 3rd & last trip in September 1784, Audley history. Alex in Frederick county, Virginia (1810 census with 80 slaves), also was overseer of the Llewelyn plantation for Major Lawrence Lewis (1767-1839) and Eleanor "Nellie" Parke Custis' (1779-1852) of Woodlawn Plantation near Mount Vernon in Fairfax County, Virginia whose brother, G W Parke Custis (1781-1857), inherited and developed the 1,100 acre Arlington plantation, whose only adult daughter married Lt. Robert E. Lee in 1831, who then had the property until Civil War when the Union government confiscated it but not until after the family went back, but then they sold it for the Arlington National Cemetery with now over 310,000 graves as of January 2008.

Both plantations are located east-southeast of Berryville (before 1798; Battletown), about three miles apart. west of the Shenandoah river; Audley, originally granted from Thomas Lord Fairfax (1693-1781), grandson of Lord Culpepper arrived in this country in 1735 and to Frederick county about 1746, hired a 16 y/o George Washington to survey property (also later working for James Wood, immigrant from England). Thomas, Lord Fairfax to cousin William Fairfax, then a portion sold to Warner Washington, reportedly, in Washington family 138 years, a wedding gift from George Washington (1732-1799) to his sister Betty's son, Lawrence Lewis and bride Eleanor "Nellie" Parke Custis, granddaughter of Geo's wife Martha, and where "Nellie", following her husband's death moved to pass her remaining years, disappointed with life her daughter, Frances (Lewis) Butler, was living in New Orleans.

Eleanor Parke (Custis) Lewis passed away at Audley, where visitors claim that she still walks the hallways at night. Llewelyn is now a private residence and Audley is owned by a German horse racing conglomerate.

Historical writings indicate that Alexander Wood was held in high esteem by others as a plantation overseer and had on at least one occasion helped George Washington in resolving a problem. (source; David L Owings).

However, good as he may have been, contemporary legal documents have Alexander Wood, Sr. falling out with Major Lewis about 1828 ending in a court battle and his unemployment.

Alexander Wood in January 1830, reportedly, rode off on a rainy day to shop for daughters needs, later, his horse returning without him. His body was found a month later, about five miles down stream from where its believed he drown in the flooding Shenandoah River. Court papers say death was about January 1830 and he had died intestate. Court papers also reveal a legal battle between widow Elizabeth Kirk, with her sons Alexander, Jr. and John on her side against the rest of the family.

Some parties have Alexander Wood born in original West Augusta county, Virginia to a William Wood.

Said William Wood is noted on page 131 , Vol 1 of Chalkley's 1800 page book, from Bedford and a witness on 20 November 1766, however the relationship is not documented sufficiently to satisfy us.

Note:
So far as we can determine, Alexander is not related to General James Wood, Jr (1747-1813), governor (1796-1799) of Virginia nor his father, Colonel James Wood (1707-1759) an immigrant of Winchester, England, the recognized founder of Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia, now one of thirty-nine Independent Cities of Virginia since 1871, a town which reportedly changed control 72 times during civil war, 13 times in one day.

Death: from drowning in the Shenandoah River 1 JAN 1830 in Frederick County, Virginia (Clarke County created from eastern Frederick county after March 1836).

Burial: Tilt Hammer Hills Cemetery, Frederick County, Virginia (reportedly washed away by a flood), Alexander Wood, Sr was buried in the graveyard that is now a part of The Vineyards farm. He was buried in the same cemetery as Marquis Calmes and his wife, Winifred Calmes. Winifred Calmes was moved to the Old Chapel c. 1790.

Several Shenandoah River floods probably washed away both AW,sr and MQ.

A milling research team from Shenandoah University did a survey of the cemetery location in early 2000s. They found several depression that were most likely burial locations.
SOURCE: Joe Baughman, 6 OCT 2013.

Census: 1810 Federal, Frederick County, Virginia, household is made up of one male, age 26-44, one female 26-44, three males under 10 and three females under 10, and one female 10-15.

Marriage: Elizabeth Kirk b: ABT 1777
Married: 2 JUN 1796

Known Children

Rebecca Wood b: 7 SEP 1797 in Virginia

Mary Wood b: 7 SEP 1799 in Virginia

Elizabeth Wood b: 13 DEC 1801 in Morgan Spring, Berryville, Frederick, now Clarke county, Virginia

Janett Anne (twin) Wood b: 29 OCT 1805 in Frederick, now Clarke county, Virginia

Alexander (twin) Wood b: 29 OCT 1805 in Frederick, now Clarke county, Virginia

John Wood b: 2 FEB 1808 in Frederick, now Clarke county, Virginia

William Wood b: 27 MAR 1810 in Frederick county, now Clarke county, Virginia

Eleanor S. Wood b: 12 JAN 1812 in Frederick, now Clarke county, Virginia

Florenda A. Wood b: 12 JAN 1814 in Frederick, now Clarke county, Virginia

Lucy Frances Wood b: 22 DEC 1816 in Frederick, now Clarke county, Virginia

James Thomas Wood b: 8 SEP 1818 in Frederick, now Clarke county, Virginia

Sarah Wood b: 5 JUN 1820 in Frederick, now Clarke county county, Virginia.

Above prepared in part by Bill Boggess.
 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Elizabeth Kirk Wood (1777 - 1853)
 
 Children:
  Rebecca Wood Purcell (1797 - 1868)*
  Mary Ellen Wood Nisewander (1799 - ____)*
  Elizabeth Wood O'Conner (1801 - 1883)*
  Alexander Wood (1805 - 1887)*
  Janett Anne Wood Martin (1805 - ____)*
  John Wood (1808 - 1861)*
  William Wood (1810 - ____)*
  Eleanor Simms Wood Gourley (1812 - 1903)*
  Florinda A. Wood Martin (1814 - 1911)*
  Lucy Frances Wood Tapscott (1816 - 1888)*
  James Thomas Wood (1818 - 1879)*
  Sarah Wood (1820 - 1820)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Tilthammer Mill Cemetery
Millwood
Clarke County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Tilthammer Mill Cemetery at The Vinyards
 
Maintained by: Joe
Originally Created by: Bill
Record added: Dec 22, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45696525
Alexander Wood
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Alexander Wood
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To my Revolutionary War hero. Thank you for being there and fighting for the future generations who came after you.Your 4xgreat-grandson.Joe
- Joe Baughman
 Added: Aug. 11, 2015
I believe him to be my 4th Great Grandfather.
- Laura Chasty
 Added: Apr. 10, 2015

- SPratt
 Added: Jun. 17, 2013
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