Margaret Sharon Wood

South Carolina, USA
Death 19 Oct 1801 (aged 55)
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 171812880 · View Source
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James WOOD, father of James Noble WOOD, was b. of Scotch parentage [in Virginia]. No record as to date of birth is at hand [b. June 14, 1746]. He m. Margaret SHARON, half sister to Capt. Robert GEORGE, of Arlington Springs, Virginia [d. of Moses SHARON and Mildred ROGERS, Mildred the sister of Ann ROGERS, mother to George Rogers CLARK]. The tradition of the family is that James WOOD during the Revolutionary War was located 60 m. from Charleston, SC. He kept a country store, cooper shop & blacksmith shop, being a blacksmith by trade. He organized a company of 30 men favorable to the colonial cause a home guard, the American general commanding the military district ordered WOOD to report to headquarters, which he did. The general (probably Gen. Francis MARION) offered WOOD a commission, provided he would be mustered into the service, and also bring as many men as possible. WOOD failed to accept. Immediately following the battle of Eutaw Springs (in which Americans were sorely defeated) two British cavalrymen on jaded mounts stopped at the blacksmith shop to have horse shoeing done. They told of the battle; of the British victory and American defeat, and said that soon there would not be a rebel in SC. One horse was shod; his rider mounted and rode away. Later, WOOD struck the remaining soldier with his blacksmith hammer, the result of the blow is not known. In less than an hour, WOOD, with his wife & children, a bed and covering, a few pots and pans and some food, were in an ox wagon, driving northward. He drove all night and all of the next day, when he stopped for the night the oxen and wagon were always headed southward, in order to deceive pursuers. He reached Virginia, remaining there until the close of the war. He then returned home & sold both personal and realty, and prepared to move to the Falls of the Ohio.
About 1786, WOOD reached the Falls of the Ohio [Louisville], bought land and cultivated it. It was located between Shippingsport and Portland. He later sold this land and moved near Utica. His bones lie about the center of Jefferson street and about half way in the square between 11th and 12th St. [the projects], Louisville, Kentucky, the street having been cut through the cemetery. He d. Sept. 24, 1816. His wife, Margaret SHARON, d. Oct. 19, 1801, and is buried beside him.

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Gravesite Details Jefferson Street Cemetery #1, in which many of Louisville's first families were buried, is a shameful chapter in Louisville's history. By 1820, the cemetery was abandoned. Stones destroyed in bulk. Surrounded by poverty.


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  • Find a Grave Memorial 171812880
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Margaret Sharon Wood (8 Mar 1746–19 Oct 1801), Find a Grave Memorial no. 171812880, citing Jefferson Street Cemetery #1 Upper, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by woodtracer (contributor 48024099) .