An American Family History


John Wood

American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.
European and indiginous American fought fierce battles as the Europeans expanded their territory.

John Wood was born about 1730.

His wife was named Agnes.

John Wood (1752),
Winifred Wood (1754, married Walter Neal),
Miley Wood (1755),
Elizabeth Wood (married Michael Hyder),
Rachel Wood (1758, married James Scarborough),
Agnes Wood ( 1760),
Richard Wood (1766, married Rachel Cockram, Fannie Brammer, Elizabeth DeHart and Lucendia Via),
Elijah Wood (1769), and
Henry Wood (1772).

John Wood was in the Battle of Point Pleasant. He enlisted on October 10, 1774 from Bedford County, Virginia in Buford's Company.

In 1776, John Wood was on the Cherokee Expedition.

On May 5, 1778 Jacob Brown sold 673 acres to John Wood for 100£. The land was on the southside of the Nolichucky River near William Clark's line.

Michael Woods and John Woods were on the 1778 Washington County tax list. John's property was valued at 218£ 18 s 8 li.

The first court met February 23, 1778. In 1779 the Legislature of North Carolina laid off Jonesborough as the seat of justice for Washington County. John Woods, Jesse Walton, George Russell, James Stuart and Benjamin Clark were appointed commissioners to lay out and direct its buildings. 

John was killed by indigenous warriors around 1780 while making maple syrup in Washington County, Tennessee.

His will was written in Bedford County, Virginia on June 11, 1773. It was probated in Washington County, Tennessee in May, 1780.

In 1780:

Agnes Woods have leave of administration on the estate of John Woods. David Hughes and Peter McName her security.

The Nolichucky River flows through Western North Carolina and East Tennessee. It is a tributary of the French Broad River. During the 1770s, European Americans established the "Nolichucky settlements" in what is now Greene County, Tennessee.

The Village Messenger 
Fayetteville, Tennessee
06 Oct 1824, Wed  •  Page 2

The Battle of Point Pleasant (Battle of Kanawha) was on October 10, 1774. It was between the Virginia militia and the Shawnee and Mingo. The Shawnee unsuccesfully  attempted to halt the militia's advance into the Ohio Valley.








In the Name of God Amen.
...I devise and despose of the same in the following form and manner: to wit:

First of all it is my will and pleasure that all my just debts be paid.

Item: I give to my beloved wife Agness Wood all land plantation and purtenances where I now live with all and every other of my stock of every kind and hogs with all my plantation implements during her natural life always reserving to each of my children now living five shillings.

Item: I give and bequeath to my son John Wood after my beloved wife's death all the land and plantation where I now live to him his heirs and assign forever.

Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Winifred five shillings current money.

Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Miley five shillings current money.

I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth five shillings current money.

Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Reachel five shillings current money.

Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Agness five shillings current money.

Item: I give and bequeath to my son Richard five shillings current money.

Item: I give and bequeath to my son Elijah five shillings current money.

Likewise it is my will and pleasure that all my moveable estate that remains at my beloved wife's death be disposed of at the discetion among my children.

It is my will and pleasure that my survey and tract of land containg 180 acres lying on the waters of Sycamore Creek in Bedford be sold for the best price and the money arising therefrom to be applied to paying my just debts.

Likewise it is my will and pleasure that all my entries of land be sold and applied to the same uses -- and I hereby fully empower and appoint Robert Donald and William Armstrong or either of them to make good and sufficient rights and titles of the tract of land and entries to the said purchasers of such conveyances as may be necessary.

I give and bequeath to my son Henery five shillings current money.

Like wise it is further my will and leasure that all my four above named sons at proper age be bound to suitable trades at the discretion of their mother and my executors.

I hereby also constitute and appoint Robert Donald and William Armstrong executors of this my last will and testament, revoking, disanulling, and disallowing any and every will and testament by me here-to-fore made, done or advocated, rectifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and affix my seal this eleventh day of June one thousand seven hundred and seventy three.

Signed, sealed, acknowledged, declared and presented by said John Wood to be his last will and testament in the presence of us: Robert Ewing, Robert Irwin, Barbra Mayberry.



Deed of Warranty
14 September 1789
John Wood(s) of Sullivan Co. NC
to Mat(t)hias Cole of Sullivan Co. NC
35£ current money of NC
for 200 acres in Sullivan Co. NC
on Linvile Creek
Adj George Hynes
John Woods (seal)
Mary Woods (seal)

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