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2. James WOOD Sr. was born about 1780.2 He died after 1831 at the age of 51 in Madison County, Kentucky.2

Please note that it is all over the Internet, particularly on WorldConnect and in the trees at, that this man was a son of a Michael Woods & Hannah Wallace of Albemarle, VA. He has been confabulated with a different James WOODS who lived in Madison Co KY and was married three times and never had a son named Dudley as cited in the following will. Not only is the research faulty - as good research does indicate that Michael & Hannah never even had a son named James, but Y-DNA has shown that this James WOODS who married Mary "Polly" Hampton and at least two other ladies, and also lived in Madison Co KY at the same as James WOOD cannot possibly have been a son of Michael Woods of Albemarle, Virginia.

[I have seen this man's full name as James Warren Wood, Sr. but I doubt that his middle name was "Warren". Few men of his generation had a middle name. More likely his son, James Warren Wood was occasionally called James Wood Jr. to distinguish him from his father and someone decided they both had the middle name.]

1810 Census. Printed p.237. Madison Co KY: James Wood: 1m under 10; 1m 26-45. 1f 10-16, 1f 16-26, 1f over 45.
in Clark Co: James Wood: 3m under 10, 1m 26-45. 1f under 10, 2f 10-16, 1f 26-45

1820 Madison Co KY
James Wood: 1m -10, 1m 16-26, 1m over 45. 2f 16-26, 1f over 45. No Slaves
in Clark Co: 2m -10, 2m 10-16, 1m 16-18, 1m 16-26 (could be same) 1m over 45. 3f 10-16 1f 25-45. 2 slaves.

A James Wood Senr in Madison Co, KY 1830:
1m 10-15, 1m 20-30, 1m 80-90. 2f 20-30, 1f 30-40, 1f 50-60.
No James Junr listed and this is not a good fit for this man - unless the tally mark was simply in the wrong column.

There were two men indexed as James Wood in Clark Co in 1830 - one, a single man, age 20-30, is I believe, James Mood, not James Wood. The other listed as James Wood, Esq.
2m 10-15, 2m 15-20, 1m 20-30, 1m 50-60. 1f 20-30, 1f 40-50.

In 1840 - there was still a James Wood in Clark Co, but apparently a younger man: 1m under 5, 1m 5-10, 1m 30-40. 1f 30-40. The age is close to that of James Warren Wood - but he would have a son and two daughters in his household in 1840.

Madison Co KY WB E, p.213, File Box 2
In the name of God, Amen. I, James Wood, of the County of Madison and State of Kentucky being very much pained in body but of a perfect sound mind thanks be to God for his mercies taking into consideration the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed unto all me once to die, do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament, that is to say first of all I recommend my soul to God that gave it and as touching such mortality properly as God has been pleased to bless me with in this life I give (and) devise and dispose of in the following manner, viz., I give unto my son, Dudley Wood, my farm on which I now reside to do everything that may seem best to him and anything that my son Dudley shall do shall be as binding as though I had done it myself. I also wish my son Dudley to take care of his mother during her life and after her death if my son Dudley sees proper to remain on the place. I desire him to remain unmolested by any and every person and whenever my son thinks proper to sell the land I desire for him to take the third part of what it brings and for him to dispose of it as he shall think fit and the balance of the money I want equally divided amongst all the rest of my children to do with as they shall think proper freely by them to be possessed and enjoyed. And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disavow all and every other testimonials, wills, legacies, bequeaths by me in any wise made before I do acknowledge in the presence of God this to be my last will and testament and no other. In witness whereof I have set my seal this __ day of __ one thousand eight hundred and thirty-one. James (his X mark) Wood Signed, sealed & delivered in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names this day and date above. Test. (Holly) M. Conn
Kentucky, Madison Co. I David Irvine, clerk of the Court for the County aforesaid, do hereby certify that this Instrument of writing was produced in open court on the 3rd day of October 1831...

James did not state his other children. Two daughters - Lucinda & Charlotte - were placed in his family but their marriage records in Madison Co, KY show that their father was Hezekiah "Hazzard" Wood and they were not daughters of James at all.

James WOOD Sr. was married.

James WOOD Sr. had the following children:



Dudley WOOD.



John WOOD3 was born about 1803 in Madison County, Kentucky.2

1850 Census, Schuyler Co MO, John, age 47 lives with his brother James Warren Jr. Listed as "Idiot". In 1860 he's in the household of his niece Hannah Wood Hensley in Lawrence Co. AR.

Strangely enough there is a Madison Co KY marriage for John Wood of Clark Co, to Pheby Skinner. Bond dated 12 Dec 1820, with Charles Bevins as bondsman. James Wood, father of the groom, and Joseph Skinner, father of the bride, gave their consent. Minister's return was dated 20 Dec 1820. The 1810 and 1820 censuses both have a James Wood living in Madison and Clark counties, so it is possible this is not this John Wood, but more likely of the Clark Co family.



James Warren WOOD.