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Descendants of Peter Wood (unknown)
and Janet "Jessie" Cleghorn (19th Apr 1805 - after 1880)

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 First immigranT Generation                 

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 Second immigranT Generation            

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 Third immigranT Generation               

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DESCENDANTS OF PETER WOOD (UNKNOWN)
AND JANET "JESSIE" CLEGHORN (19TH APR 1805 - AFTER 1880)

First Immigrant Generation

1. Peter Wood

Born Approx 1796 in Scotland. Died Before 1851 in Scotland. Occupation Mason.

   

Peter died in Scotland before his family came to New Brunswick.  His son Peter was born in Scotland in 1829, and from IGI records, Peter (the father) married Jessie Cleghorn in July 1833.
     

He married Janet "Jessie" Cleghorn, daughter of George Cleghorn & Jane Dickson, 28 Jul 1833 in Eckford, Roxburgh, Scotland. Born 19 Apr 1805 in Roxburghshire, Scotland. Christen 19 May 1805 in Eckford, Roxburghshire, Scotland. Died After 1880.


From parochial registers of Eckford in Roxburghshire:  "1805 George Cleghorn Labourer in Waterfoot & Jane Dickson his wife their Child born the 19th April 1805 & Baptized the 19th May 1805 named Janet."

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Jessie and her son George are listed in the 1861 Census for Manners Sutton, York Co., NB.  Jessie was widowed, head of family, 55 years of age, Scotch, farmer, Presbyterian; and George, son, 22, Scotch. 


Jessie and her son George are not listed in the 1851 Census, so it is assumed that they entered NB between 1851 and 1861.


Jessie, age 75 years,  was living with her son Alexander H. Wood in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts in the 1880 United States Census.  (Family History Library Film 1254561, NA Film # T9-0561, Page #38D.) 


Jessie possibly died in Boston.


They had the following children:

2 i. Peter Wood
3 ii. Alexander H. Wood Sr.
4 iii. George Wood

Peter Wood

DESCENDANTS OF PETER WOOD (UNKNOWN)AND JANET "JESSIE" CLEGHORN (19TH APR 1805 - AFTER 1880)

Second Immigrant Generation

2. Peter Wood

Son of Peter Wood & Janet "Jessie" Cleghorn. Born 13 Jul 1829 in Roxburghshire, Scotland. Christen 13 Sep 1829 in Eckford, Roxburghshire. Died 15 Oct 1897 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer and Land Surveyor.

   

From parochial registers of Eckford in Roxburghshire (Researched by Bruce Elliott, 2004): "Peter Wood Mason in Kirk Cottage & Janet Cleghorn Waterfoot both unmarried persons their child born the 13th July 1829 & Baptized the 13th of Septr 1829 named Peter."
  

(Birth, marriage and death dates copied from Wood family Bible, by Shirley McGee, August 1995.)  

Peter died 15 Oct 1897, age 68 yrs. 2 mo. 15 days.

Surname has various spellings,  Moffat, Moffit and Moffitt.  Some of the older records has Moffat.  More recent spelling is Moffitt.

Mary died 19 May 1904, age 74 yrs. 9 mo. 24 days.


They had the following children:
5 i. Peter Wood
6 ii. Janet "Jeanette" Wood
7 iii. John Wood
8 iv. Jessie Cleghorn Wood
9 v. Mary Wood
10 vi. Julia Ann Cecilia Wood
11 vii. George Thomas Wood
12 viii. Elizabeth Scott Wood

Supplemental Material

Last will and testament of Peter Wood, son of Peter Wood & Janet "Jessie" Cleghorn (b 13 Jul 1829 in Roxburghshire, Scotland. d 15 Oct 1897, Harvey).

A transcription of the will for the site would be greatly appreciated.

Source: Norman DeMerchant, Fredericton. 27 Mar 2009.

DESCENDANTS OF PETER WOOD (UNKNOWN)AND JANET "JESSIE" CLEGHORN (19TH APR 1805 - AFTER 1880)

Second Immigrant Generation

3. Alexander H. Wood Sr

Son of Peter Wood & Janet "Jessie" Cleghorn. Born 19 Jul 1835 in Kelso, Scotland. Died June 1899 in Boston, MA. Occupation Wholesale Liquor Dealer.
  

From IGI, Alexander Wood was born 19 Jul 1835.


Alexander is not listed in any of the early Census for the Harvey area, York Co., New Brunswick.  Unknown when he came from Scotland, but probably came with his mother Jessie and brother George.

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4269. Undated photograph of unidentified male subject.

J Swan Hall commented (31 May 2009): "Could this perhaps be an older version of Alexander H. Wood #4292".

Source: Ross Wood, Tweedside, Harvey, York Co., N.B. Rephotographed, by Tim Patterson, 7 Aug 2008.

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2959a. Undated photograph of Alexander H. Wood Sr. Photographer: J. Notham.

Source: Ross Wood, Tweedside, Harvey Station.

Rephotographed by Tim Patterson. 7 Aug 2008.

From the grantor/grantee index for York County, NB (Norman DeMerchant, Fredericton, 6 Mar 2009):  In 1858 Alexander H. Wood purchased land in Manners Sutton (Parish) and lived in Manners Sutton.  In 1861 "purchased land in Manners Sutton but lived in Saint John".  A deed from  12 Nov 1885 registered in the York County Registry Office (NB) lists Alexander H. Wood of Boston and wife Antoinette.  In the early 1890's he sold the land to his brother Peter Wood of Manners Sutton.  He and his wife Antoinette C., both of Boston executed the document.

Alexander "Sandy" moved to Saint John NB at some point prior to 1870 and was good friends with several chaps from that city.  The most important was William F. Bunting who kept journals of his day to day life in Saint John.  Bunting and Wood were avid fishermen and purchased salmon fishing waters from the NB & NS Land Company in 1873 on the SW Miramichi River in the Parish of Stanley.

Sandy removed to Boston from Saint John in 1867 (William Franklin Buntings manuscript diaries (Vol. 4) held at the NB Museum in Saint John--N. DeMerchant, 6 Mar 2009.). In partnership with Marshall S. Pollard he established a liquor distribution firm and and a cigar and grocery business both operating under the Wood Pollard & Co banner. According to the 1872 Directory of Boston the Wood, Pollard, & Co. Cigar and Grocery store was located at 204 Washington while the Wood, Pollard, & Co. liquor firm was located at 100 & 102 Broad.

According to an 1892 listing of companies supplied by warehouses of the Mayfield distillery (RD #229, 5th District of KY) the Wood, Pollard & Co. Liquor businesssat the corner of Friend and Causeway sold liquor under the following brand names: "Cordova V. O. Rye", "Elmwood", "Kit Carson", "Lexington A A A", "Lexington A Rye", "Nectar Gin", "New Life Malt", "Old Haynor", "Oxford Rye", "Snowdrop Gin", "The Oxford", "Very Old Cabinet 1873", "W. P. & Co. Special Reserve Rye", and "White Wheat Whiskey."