WOOD

From the files of Stephen M. Lawson


Richard Wood and Hopestill Hathaway

Richard Wood and Rebecca

Sarah Wood and Thomas Highsmith

Martha Elizabeth Highsmith and Asa Kerby

Elizabeth Kerby and John Joseph Sears

Chesley Sears and Elizabeth C. McClanahan

Malinda Margaret Sears and Scott Cyrus Freeman

Lucy Jane Freeman and James Martin Lawson

Donald VanHoosier Lawson and Iva Melvina Freeman

Stephen Martin Lawson

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Richard and Hopestill (Hathaway) Wood

Richard WOOD - b. about 1690; d. before Aug. 6, 1743, Morristown, NJ. Estate inventoried Aug. 6, 1743, Morris Co., NJ. Richard and Hopestill are mentioned in the will of Isaac HATHAWAY, brother of Hopestill. Resided at Dighton, Bristol Co., MA in 1712 where 4 children were born 1721-1731, and at Berkeley, MA in 1735. Married in MA, probably about 1720.

Hopestill HATHAWAY - b. about 1694, probably in Bristol Co., MA. Daughter of Isaac HATHAWAY and Mary PITTS.


Children of Richard and Hopestill Wood

  1. Abigail - b. May 20, 1721, Dighton, Bristol Co., MA. Intentions to marry Abraham HATHAWAY published Oct. 11, 1735, Morristown, NJ. But all the children of Abraham (b. Jan. 28, 1718, Dighton, MA; d. by 1787, Washington Co., PA) are recorded to Abraham and Sarah.
  2. Richard - b. Apr. 29, 1723, Dighton, Bristol Co., MA; d. between Aug. 15 and Sep. 19, 1756, Morristown, NJ.
  3. Hopestill - b. Aug. 2, 1725, Dighton, Bristol Co., MA.
  4. Christopher - d. Apr. 26, 1731, Dighton, Bristol Co., MA.


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Richard and Rebecca Wood

Richard WOOD - b. Apr. 29, 1723, Dighton, Bristol Co., MA; d. between Aug. 15 and Sep. 19, 1756, Morristown, NJ. Son of Richard Wood and Hopestill Hathaway. Benjamin HATHAWAY, first cousin of Richard's mother, was at Morristown during the same period (refer to HATHAWAY line). Richard, a blacksmith, renewed the covenant at First Presbyterian Church of Morristown Mar. 20, 1748. His first wife, Sarah (b. about 1727; d. Jan. 16, 1749, Morristown, NJ), was mother of Hopestill, Ahijah, and Samuel. Sarah had been baptized and renewed the covenant on Feb. 24, 1744. Richard married second about 1749 at Morristown, NJ.

Rebecca - d. after Sep. 19, 1756 (the date she renewed the covenant at the First Presbyterian Church of Morristown, NJ, as a widow).


Children of Richard and Sarah Wood

  1. Hopestill - bap. Feb. 24, 1745, First Presbyterian Church, Morristown, NJ. Daughter of Richard and Sarah.
  2. Ahijah - b. about 1744, probably at Morristown, NJ; d. Apr. 11, 1828, Manwood farm, Keene, Jessamine Co., KY. Son of Richard and Sarah. Removed to Fayette Co., KY by 1770. Built Fort Bryant near current site of Lexington, KY. Married about 1763 Mary Jane MORESON (or MORRISON) (b. about 1747; d. Sep. 21, 1834, Keene, KY). Children: Samuel married Polly HIGHSMITH; Jonathan married Margaret INMAN; Abijah married Sarah LANDCASTER; Sarah married Mr. HUDSPATH; Elizabeth married Mr. VAN CLEAVE; Catherine married James HIGHSMITH; Mary married Mr. FROST; Richard married Esther RICE; Martha; and possibly Christopher.
  3. Samuel - bap. Mar. 20, 1748, First Presbyterian Church, Morristown, NJ.

Children of Richard and Rebecca Wood

  1. Sarah - bap. Apr. 21, 1751, First Presbyterian Church, Morristown, NJ; d. 1820-30, Crawford Co., IL. Married Thomas HIGHSMITH.
  2. Richard - bap. Jan. 14, 1753, First Presbyterian Church, Morristown, NJ.
  3. Hannah - bap. Nov. 17, 1754, First Presbyterian Church, Morristown, NJ.
  4. Phebe - bap. Sep. 19, 1756, First Presbyterian Church, Morristown, NJ. Phebe was born after the death of her father.


Torrey, in New England Marriages Prior to 1700, records the following Taunton, MA WOOD marriages.


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