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Esq Zebedee Wood

Male 1745 - 1824  (79 years)


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  • Name Esq Zebedee Wood  [1
    Title Esq 
    Born 26 Feb 1745  Berkley, Bristol County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Buried 1824  Shiloh Methodist Church, Liberty Township, Randolph County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Died 11 Jul 1824  , Randolph, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Person ID I118  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 9 Feb 2014 

    Father John Wood, Jr.,   b. 23 May 1716, Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 May 1794, Guilford County (Randolph County), North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Sarah Clement,   b. 02 Mar 1721,   d. Aft 1747  (Age > 27 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married Abt 28 Apr 1738  Freetown, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Notes 
    • REF: "Old Southern Bible Records" by Memory Aldridge Lester page 340
      "John & Sarah m. in Taunton, Mass. 9 Nov 1737. Had 3 children b. in Mass. Reuben d. Aug 1812 intestate in Randolph Co., N.C. Will Book 4."
    Family ID F72  Group Sheet

    Family Mary Carson,   b. 31 Oct 1744,   d. 1831, , Randolph, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Children 
     1. Samuel Wood,   b. 22 Apr 1783, , Randolph, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Dec 1862, , Randolph, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     2. Zebedee Wood, Jr.,   b. 17 Dec 1767, , Randolph, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1840, Monroe, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     3. Joseph Wood,   b. 09 Mar 1770, , Randolph, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1852, Knox, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     4. Mary Wood,   b. 28 Apr 1772, , Randolph, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1837  (Age 64 years)
     5. John Wood,   b. 10 Apr 1774, , Randolph, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Robert Wood,   b. 13 Aug 1776, , Randolph, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Sarah Wood,   b. 09 Nov 1778, , Randolph, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1866, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     8. Nancy Wood,   b. 17 Apr 1781
     9. Isabel Wood,   b. 14 Jun 1786, , Randolph, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Clement Wood,   b. 25 Apr 1766,   d. 1824, , Guilford, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
    Family ID F76  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • REF: Nancy St. Julian Wood
      My grandfather was Clyde H. Wood from Randolph Co, NC. We have several Zebedee Wood ancestors. The most prominent, and I don't think he's the one you're looking for but I'll include the info was Zebedee Wood Esq. Zebedee was born on Feb 26th, 1745 in Massachusetts, but he died in Randolph Co on July 11th, 1824. Zebedee was a man of prominence in the county; his name shows up in local historical society papers as: Zebedee Wood, Esq. He was a local lawyer and a town commissioner. He served in the House of Commons for three terms, 1786,1788 and 1789. He served two terms in the NC senate: 1791 and 1792. I mention this because generations after him named some of their sons "Zebedee" Zebedee Married Mary Wood -- I do not have her maiden name or date of the marriage. They had several sons, one of whom they named Zebedee who was born on 12/17/1767. This Zebedee married Mary Low and they went to TN. The Zebedee who married Mary Low had a brother named Samuel --stay with me here-- Samuel married Valinda Smith. Samuel's dates are 4/22/1783-12/2/1862. Valinda Smith's dates are: 9/7/1785-7/21/1870. I have a fair amount of information on this Samuel and Verlinda/Valinda Smith. Samuel Wood and Valinda/Verlinda Smith Wood had several children, one of whom was named, Zebedee. All the information I have about this Zebedee,who would have been born in Randolph Co around the time you are looking for, is that he went west. The information I have --and more--can be found at the Randolph County Historical Society in Asheboro, NC. Their phone # is 336-318-6800. You want to ask for the "Randolph Room".

      Zebedee Wood, Esq.

      Zebedee Wood, Esq. was born February 26th, 1745 in Berkley, Bristol Co., Mass. He died on July 11th, 1824 in Randolph County, NC. He is buried at Shiloh Methodist Church in Randolph County, NC. He married Mary _ _ _ ? Mary was born October 31st, 1744 and she died on October 7th, 1831.

      Zebedee owned many acres of land in Randolph County NC on what was known as "Sandy Creek". His home stood high on a hill above the creek. One deed is on file in Guilford County, NC: "Stephen Jones to Zebedee Wood, 100 acres. This indenture made this 6th of April in the year of our Lord, one thousand, seven hundred and seventy four, between Stephen Jones of Guilford County and Province of North
      Carolina, farmer, of the one part & Zebedee Wood of the County & Province aforesaid, farmer. Witnesseth that the said Stephen Jones for and in consideration of the sum of eighty pounds Proclimation money, to him in hand paid by Zebedee Wood......" A certain tract & parcel of land situate & lying in the said County of Guilford on Sandy Creek, it being part of a tract of land granted from Earl Granville to Herman Husband on the 10th day of December 1762. Conveyence bearing date the nineteenth of October, 1768.....
      Signed, Sealed & Delivered

      In presence of us

      James Hunter his
      Stephen X. Jones (Seal)
      Samuel X Deviney }North Carolina mark
      mark Guilford County Agnes X. Jones
      (Seal)
      Elizabeth X Jones } May Court 1774
      mark

      ......Proved in Open Court by James Hunter.
      Tho's. Henderson, C. C.
      Zebedee also had several land grants.

      In 1784 Zebedee Wood Esq was one of three Commissioners who purchased five acres of land for the court house and other public buildings of the first county seat of Randolph County, NC, which was formed in 1779, and in 1788 was one of the first five town commissioners who named the town of Johnsonville
      (Johnstonville).

      In 1787 Zebedee was one of the four justices before whom Andrew Jackson qualified to practice law in Randolph County.

      Zebedee Wood served in the House of Commons three terms: 1786, 1788, 1789 and served two terms in the State Senate, 1791 and 1792.

      Zebedee was a Delegate from Randolph County to the Constitutional Convention at Hillsborough in 1788. After voting not to enter the Union, the Convention and State Legislature selected a place for a permanent Capitol and the Legislature of 1791-92 bought the land for the City of Raleigh. He was also a Delegate to the Convention at Fayetteville in 1789 when the Constitution was ratified on November 21st and twenty
      days later they passed the act to establish the University at Chapel Hill, NC.

      David Fanning and his band of Tories had at one time, a camp on Sandy Creek, near what is now Nixon's Mill in Randolph County. On March 17th, 1781 -- the day Zebedee and Mary's daughter Nancy was born -- (two days after the Battle of Guilford Court House) Fanning and his men came hunting Zebedee. They failed to find him but they raided the home and took everything of value.

      In addition to his political interests, Zebedee was known as a skilled carpenter and cabinetry maker. Several pieces of his making survive to the present day. Nancy Klepacki-Harding has in her possession a cherry-wood chest of drawers made by Zebedee somewhere between 1775 and 1790. Her mother, Lorene Wood-Klepacki has several loomed wool coverlets that are from the Zebedee Wood Esq. home.

      Zebedee Wood, Esq. and Mary Wood Children:

      Clement, born 4/25/1766. Death date unk.
      Zebedee Jr. born 12/17/1767. He married Mary Low and settled in Tennesee.
      Joseph. born in March of 1770.
      Mary, born 4/28/1772. Died 9/30/1837. She married Isaac Lane (ca 1820-26) Isaac Lane
      was Sheriff of Randolph County, NC
      John, born 4/10/1774
      Robert, born 8/13/1776
      Sarah, born 11/09/1778. She married Roger Kirkman
      Nancy, born 4/17/1781. She married Joseph Elliot
      Samuel, born 4/22/1783. Died 12/02/1862. He married Verlinda/Valinda Smith
      Isabel, born 6/14/1786. She married William Doak. Her death date is unk.

      REF: Will dated 2 June 1824, Rancolph County, NC.
      In the name of God, Amen, I, Zebedee Wood, of the County of Randolph, State of North Carolina, being weak of body, but of sound, perfect and disposing mind and memory, do make, ordain, publish, and declare this to be my last will and testament. In manner and form following that is to say, first, I give and commend my soul to God who gave it, and my body to the earth, to be decently intered by my executors, hereinafter named. And as to such earthly goods, as it hath pleased the Almighty to bless me with, my will is that it shall be disposed of in the following manner: First, I bequeath Mary Wood, my dear and beloved wife, all my estate both real and personal (excet such part of the property as she may think not necessary for her comfortable support) during the term of her natural life. And such property as she may not wish to keep, my will is that it may be sold by my executors. Second, my will is that after the death of my said wife, all my estate, both real and personal, shall be sold by my executors, and the proceeds thereof together with the proceeds of the sale of such other property as may not be kept by my said wife, also all monies that may come into their hands from debts due, shall be divided among my children now named, Zebedee Wood, Joseph Wood, Mary Lane, John Wood, Robert Wood, Nancy Elliott, Samuel Wood, Ibby Doake, and Sarah Kirkman---the other tenth part, my will is shall be disposed of in the following way. In consideration of the care and attention that Mary Lane has bestowed upon Clement Wood, my oldest son, who has been and yet is helpless and a cripple, my will is that the said Mary Lane shall receive out of the said tenth part (which would have been the said Clement's part upon an equal division) the sum of one hundred dollars per year for the time she has kept him and shall continue to keep him (should he continue to be as much afflicted as he is at present) until the whole of the tenth part shall be expended. My will further is that all my children account for advancements made to them, and that John Wood shall account for ninety-five dollars. Thirdly, should the said Clement Wood die before the whole amount of the said tenth part of my estate shall be expended, then the remaining part to be equally divided among my children. Lastly, I do hereby nominate, constitute, and appoint Samuel Wood and Roger Kirkman executors to this my last will and testament. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this 2nd day of June, A.D. 1824.

      Witnesses: John B. Troy, Jurat and John McMasters State of North Carolina, Randolph County, Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, August Term 1824. The Execution of the Will of Zebedee Wood was proven in Open Court by John B. Troy, one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be Recorded. Jesse Harper, C.C.

  • Sources 
    1. [S189] Old Southern Bible Records, Lester, Memory Aldridge, (Genealogical Publishing Company), 75-136456., p 339.
      Children of John and Sarah Clement Wood
      Zebedee b. 1745, d. 1824, m. Mary

    2. [S116] Randolph County Cemetery Records, Jocelyn Brabham Barrett, (Name: Compiled by the Randolph County Genealogical Society;), R NC 929.5 R Call # 96-70977., Volume IV, p 145, Shiloh Methodist Church Cemetery.
      Row 7
      No. 6
      Zebedee Wood, Esq. 26 Feb 1745 - 11 Jul 1824 in the 80th year

    3. [S116] Randolph County Cemetery Records, Jocelyn Brabham Barrett, (Name: Compiled by the Randolph County Genealogical Society;), R NC 929.5 R Call # 96-70977., Volume IV, p 145.

    4. [S189] Old Southern Bible Records, Lester, Memory Aldridge, (Genealogical Publishing Company), 75-136456., p 339.
      John Wood, son of John & Sarah Borden, b. 1716, d. 1794, m. 1st to Sarah Clement, m. 2nd to Sibbel Wilborn