An American Family History

Wood Families in Leeds County, Ontario


Robert Wood born about 1807 in Scotland.

He married Ann White on July 18, 1846 in Yonge Township, Leeds County, Ontaro.


Leeds County, Ontario, Canada was first surveyed in 1792 in preparation for the United Empire Loyalists settlers. In 1850, Leeds County merged with Grenville to create the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.

Captain John Wood was born on October 28, 1739 in New York.

John married Rebecca Cain on  March 26, 1789 in Claverack, Columbia County, New York

Mallorytown, County of Leeds in the Province of Ontario, Canada
David Cain and John Cain personally before me and being duly sworn solemnly swear they knew Capt. John Wood being our brother-in-law came to Canada November seventeen hundred and ninety-four lived joining farm and was not out of the County of Leeds during the remainder of his life he Capt. John Wood died April twenty-eight eighteen hundred and six.......Ira Mallory, J.P.

John and Rebecca's children probably included:

William Wood,
Elizabeth Wood Andress,
Chistiana Wood Watson,
Isaiah Wood,
Hannah Wood Andress (married Thomas Andress).

John was captain of a company of Orange County, New York militia during the American Revoluton. For his service he received land in Cayuga County, New York.

In the year 1779, the Captain was captured by the British at Quebec, put in a dungeon four years and ten days. During the captivity his wife and children came over to Canada, and in 1791, he went in search of them, and finding them settled in Caintown in the township of Yonge, County of Leeds, Province of Upper Canada,

John and Rebecca moved from New York to Leeds County in the 1790s.

April 18, 1806 - Death of Capt. John Wood (age 67) of black measles [Rocky Mountain spotted fever]-- buried at Junetown, Yonge Twp. 

The body of Captain John Wood was disinterred (in Canada) by his grandson George Wood Armstrong, and reburied in the Lewis Corners Cemetery, Granby Township, New York.

The first European settlements in Ontario were after the American Revolution when 5,000 loyalists left the new United States.


from Brockville Recorder & Times
August 15, 1905

Going away back to the time of the religious strife between Catholics and Protestants in Germany, in the year 1530, a family from thence named William, James and Elizabeth Wood came to New York. William married an English lady, by whom he had a son John, who became a baker by trade. This John, the baker, also married, and among his sons was one John, who became proprietor.

The hotelman reared a family, one of whom was John Wood, who was a U.S. pioneer and later became Capt. John Wood in the Continental army in New York. He married there and had a son and daughter, William and Betsey. She afterwards was Mrs. Ebenezer Moore.

In the year 1779, the Captain was captured by the British at Quebec, put in a dungeon four years and ten days. During the captivity his wife and children came over to Canada, and in 1791, he went in search of them, and finding them settled in Caintown in the township of Yonge, County of Leeds, Province of Upper Canada,

he never returned to live in the States but became subject to Great Britain, and being of a somewhat jovial turn of mind, often said he would flog a son of his who would refuse to become a British subject.

His children are William, Betsey, Isaiah, David, Mary, Hafey and George.

Mary married John H. Armstrong whose son George W. began about 18 years ago to search for evidence in the case of his grandfather, Captain John Wood, regarding Governmental bounty for his services in the U.S. revolutionary war, and for which he had never received remuneration. He had been very successful in obtaining important evidence, and is hopeful of securing a sum from the funds of Uncle Sam. The military commissioners at Washington, D.C. have acknowledged this much.


A Wood family came to Ontario, Canada as "late Loyalists" about 1806. The brothers may have been the son of a Joseph, a surveyor and British sympathizer. Joseph's father may have been Frederick Wood born in Scotland.

Amasa Wood (1775)
Alfred Wood (married Miss Neachey)
Soloman Wood (1781, married Anna Lakins)
Anthony Wood (1788, married Laura Bennett)


Amasa Wood was born about 1775 in New York.

Philo Wood (1797 married Elizabeth Lawrence),
Harriet Wood (married Levi Fowler)
Elizabeth Wood (married James McQueen),
Vashti Wood (married Thomas Drake)
Emma Wood (married Phineas Drake)
Amasa Wood (married Elizabeth Fowler)


Solomon Wood was born about 1781.

He married Anna Lakins.

Amasa Wood (married Luretta Nettleton),
Joseph Wood (married Permilia Heale),
Solomon Wood, Jr. (married Roxy Ann Kilborn),
William Wood (1813, married Catherine Rose),
John L. Wood (1817, married Elizabeth Howard),
Charles Wood married Sarah Burlingham),
Sarah Wood (1820, married William Van Camp),
Mary Wood (married John Godred),
Marinda Wood ( married Samuel Francis) and
Vashtia Wood (1827, died age 17).


Anthony Wood was born about 1788.

He married Laura Bennett.

Sophronia Wood
Chloe Wood (married James Holden);
Lucy Wood
Sarah Wood
Eben Wood
Philo Wood
Philander Wood

[May 6, 1835] that Anthony Wood died at his residence in Augusta (Twp.) on 
Feb 24th...in the 47th year of his age.

He was born at scharrie (sic), NY. About thirty years ago his father's family emigrated into this province and settled in the town of Augusta. He was licenced a Local Preacher in the Methodist church in July 1831. He leaves a widow and seven children.



Thomas Wood was born about 1775. He married Dorcas Elliott.

Elizabethtown 1797 census:

Thomas, Dorchus, Thomas, Jr. and Mary

Elizabethtown, Ontario 1801 census:

Thomas Wood, Jr.
Stephen Wood
Mary Wood
Amasa Wood
Rachel Wood
Pamelia Wood


from A Record of Marriages Solemnized by William Smart

1817 Oct. 23rd.-Abel Page and Dorcas Wood, both of Yonge, banns,
witnesses Thomas Page, Isaac Cain.


Alfred Wood

Anthony Wood (married Polly Earl),
Charles Wood (married Anna Andrews),
William Wood (married Catherine Wright),
Polly Wood (married Aaron Derrick),
Charlotte Wood (married Joseph Gibson).


from History of Leeds Grenville

Frederick Wood emigrated from Scotland a short time before the breaking out of the American Revolution, and settled in the vicinity of New Albany, U. S.

His family consisted of four sons and four daughters. Joseph, one of the sons, received an excellent education, and afterwards became a surveyor. During the Revolution Joseph was an officer in the army; when the struggle closed, he removed to Augusta and settled there. During the War of 1812, all the male members of the family fought under the British flag. When the war was over they all went west, with the exception of Alfred, Solomon, and Anthony.

Alfred settled on Lot 26, in the 5th Concession of Augusta; Solomon settled on Lot 25 ; Anthony settled on Lot 24. Solomon married Anna Lakins, and raised a large family. The sons were : Amasa, Joseph, Solomon, Jr., William, John L., and Charles; the daughters were : Sarah, Mary, Marinda, and Vashtia.

Amasa married Luretta Nettleton; Joseph married Permelia, daughter of the late Rev. Ezra Healey; Solomon married Roxy Ann Kilborn; William married Catherine Rose; John L. married Elizabeth Howard, daughter of the late James Howard; Charles married Sarah Burlingham. Sarah married William Van Camp; Mary married John Godred ; Marinda married Samuel Francis. Alfred married Miss Neachey, and had a family of four sons and three daughters, of whom Anthony married Polly Earl ; Charles married Anna Andress; William married Catherine Wright; Polly married Aaron Derrick ; Charlotte married Joseph Gibson.

Anthony Wood, son of Joseph, married Laura Bennett, by whom he had the following sons: Arnold, Eben, Philo, and Philande ; and also four daughters.

Amasa, son of Joseph, removed from Augusta after the War of 1812, and settled at Fingal. Two of his sons, Amasa and Philo, are leading citizens of that section.

John L., son of Solomon Wood, settled on Lot 23, in the 2nd Concession of Augusta, where he now resides. He has six sons and two daughters.









John Wood married Hannah Maloney

William Wood (1789, married Mary Woocock)
Betsey Wood (1791, married Ebenezer Moore)
Christina Wood (1794, married James Watson)
Isaiah Wood (1795, married Huldah Mallory daughter of Enoch Mallory)
Mary Wood (1795, married John W. Armstong)
Dorcas Wood (married Abel Page),
David Wood (1802, married Emma Jane) and
George C. Wood (1809, married Elizabeth Churchill).

The family moved to Canada about 1793.
On October 19, 1801 Petition of John Wood of Yonge Twp., Leeds Co., Johnstown District dated at York -- desirous of improving the reserve lot No. 12 - 3rd concession of Yonge on the terms of leasing offered by Government, and prays a lease may be made in his name.(Source - Archives of Ont. U.C. Land Petitions - RG 1 L3 - Yonge 1801, Leases & Licenses of Occupation/142 - Vol. 556) 

1802 Census

1 man - John
1 woman - Rebecca
2 male -William & Isaiah
4 female children - Betsey, Christina, Dorcas & Mary

In 1804 the household included two sons and five daughters.

In 1808 the John Wood, household had five males and seven females.

In 1811 the household had sons and four daughters.

George and John were assessed in Yonge Township in 1805.

Mary Wood married John Armstrong on January 22, 1815 in Yonge Township.

Dorcas Wood married Abel Page October 23, 1817 in Yonge Township. The witnesses were Thomas Page and Isaac Cain.

The Leeds County militia records for 1828 - 29 include Isaiah, 34, David, 26, and George Wood, 19.

George C. and George, David, John, and Isaiah were in Yonge in the 1840s.

Not to be lacking in any modern development, Carthage has her own centenarian, Mr. Isaiah Wood was born in 1794, and his 100th birthday was commemorated at the residence of his son, July 21, 1894, by kindly visits from many appreciative friends.

Mr. Wood came of good old Scotch parentage, and seems to have inherited the sturdy characteristics of that race.

His parents removed from Albany county shortly before his birth to Canetuck (Caintown), Canada, 12 miles above Brockville, where his boyhood was spent. Returning to this county with his parents, they settled in St. Lawrence county, and there he grew to man's estate and married.

He lived in the vicinity of Hammond and Morristown until 1857, when he moved to Michigan After four years he came to Deer River, to reside near his son, Mr. John B. Wood, now of Carthage, who from that time has made him the recipient of the most constant care. His health is fair, though sight and hearing are much impaired. His mind is yet bright and active.








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