|Mary Elizabeth Lyon
with first husband
|John Henry and Alice
|Richard L. and Ginevra M.
Children: Alice and Sam
Alice Johnson Wood
Lt. and Rt.
|Sam Houston Wood
|John D. and Martha
E. Myers Wood
|Pete Wood & Family
|Will Wood & Family
|John D. Wood's sons and daughters:
Top Row: Lt. to Rt. - Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie", Nancy Victoria "Nan", Adelia Elizabeth
"Delia" Craig (Uncle Tom's girl), and Christopher Columbus "Uncle Lum".
Bottom Row: Peter T., Hugh, Joseph "Uncle Joe" Whitfield, and John Henry.
Standing with crutches: James Thomas "Uncle Tom"
|Mary Warren Wood
|Sisters: Mary Elizabeth
Wood Pope, Elsie Isabelle
"Belle" Wood Wallace and
Nancy Victoria Wood Field
|Adelia Wood Lyon
|Elizabeth Jane Sloan
Wood Baker and
John Winston Baker
|The first member of the Wood family to locate in San Saba County, Texas, was James Thomas Wood who was born in Laurens County,
South Carolina, July 3, 1800. Prior to 1625, his forebears lived in Northern France. Driven from France by the Catholics, they fled to
England and changed their surname from Dubolse to Wood, as the meaning of the word implies. The Wood patriarch in England was
William who was a wool comber by trade. He was from Leicestershire (now Leicester). He had five sons; William, Thomas, John, Samuel
and Abraham. Four came to America and participated in the American Revolution against their homeland. John, Thomas, and Samuel
migrated to South Carolina
This is what we know about James Thomas Wood.
The Wood family came to Texas together with the Morris family as part of the Tennessee-Texas Land Company on February 20, 1831.
James T. and William Riley Wood, son, came from Tennessee to participate in the Texas Revolution. They were granted land in current
Lavaca County on Rocky Creek. J. T. Wood was one of the petitioners for DeWitt County as a judicial district, he signed the petition to
create Caldwell County and was one of the county's commissioners. He was also instrumental in forming San Saba County and served as
a commissioner there until his death in 1862. He was a member of the first Texas Rangers.
This is what we do not know about James Thomas Wood:
DNA results on the Lipscomb side of the family have complicated what the family has always felt to be correct about James Thomas'
parents. Those results came through the maternal side of the family (The Lipscombs), therefore, more research is necessary in order to
put that conclusion to rest, that is, James Thomas does not descend from the Wood/Lipscomb family line. We will continue to search all
links to his family. We are asking for your help.
|John D. and Mary
William Riley Wood
above and rt.
|Joe Pete and
|Sonny and Jane Wood, Fred Wood, and Annie and Amnon
|OUR HOME-THE RANCHES
White Sands - San Andreas Mountains
World War II came around in the 40's, and the Army decided it
needed two million acres in Southern New Mexico to be used for
weapons testing. About 120 ranch families were forced to leave their
homes and their land, and had to sign a 20 year lease. After the 20
years, the land was to be returned. The lease period expired, and the
ranches were not returned to the ranchers.
The Wood, Tucker, Gililland, Smith families, and others, had their
homes and their livelihood taken away
from them, never to return again, not even after the
war was over.
Occasionally the families were allowed to
visit their ranches, escorted of course. One tour
was in 1992 and another 2006. These were joyful times,
remembering, picnicking, and listening to some of our wonderful
family musicians. The sad thing was having to leave. Wondering
what could have been. Home is a place where you grow up wanting
to leave, and grow old wanting live there, not just visit.
|Dollie Wood Taft
|John Henry Wood Jr.