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Phebe Cornell Wood
Birth: Sep. 6, 1816
Windmill Farm
Westchester County
New York, USA
Death: Jun. 30, 1891
Albion
Calhoun County
Michigan, USA

American Folk Figure. She has the distinction of being the first woman telegraph operator in the United States. She was able to claim this distinction due to the fact that her brother, Ezra Cornell, helped telegraph inventor Samuel Morse develop his invention, and founded Western Union Telegraph Company in 1855, and Cornell University in 1865. Phebe was married to Martin B. Wood, ho was in charge of laying telegraph lines across the midwest. In 1846, Ezra Cornell founded the Erie and Michigan Telegraph Company. He asked his sister Phebe to run the Albion telegraph office. It opened in 1848. She accepted the position and ran the office from her home on North Superior Street. She managed of the local telegraph office for eight years until 1856 when Western Union took over. (bio by: Frank Passic, Albion Historian) 
 
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 Parents:
  Elijah Cornell (1771 - 1862)
  Eunice Coleman Barnard Cornell (1788 - 1857)
 
 Spouse:
  Martin Benjamin Wood (1807 - 1881)
 
 Siblings:
  Benjamin Cornell (____ - 1842)*
  Ezra Cornell (1807 - 1874)*
  Elijah B Cornell (1808 - 1889)*
  Daniel B. Cornell (1811 - 1881)*
  Jesse Cornell (1811 - 1891)*
  Lucretia Cornell Chace (1813 - 1845)*
  Phebe Cornell Wood (1816 - 1891)
  Mary Cornell Robertson (1818 - 1897)*
  Deborah Cornell Wood (1820 - 1909)*
  Jane Cornell Finch (1831 - 1892)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Riverside Cemetery
Albion
Calhoun County
Michigan, USA
Plot: Block 4, Lot 1
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Frank Passic, Albion His...
Record added: Feb 15, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7188013
Phebe <i>Cornell</i> Wood
Added by: Frank Passic, Albion Historian
 
Phebe <i>Cornell</i> Wood
Added by: Frank Passic, Albion Historian
 
Phebe <i>Cornell</i> Wood
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Added by: Frank Passic, Albion Historian
 
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