Recently I was approached about my Wood family line. I’ve been so busy trying to find my biological father that I’ve forgotten, well maybe not forgotten, but, put this ancestral line on the back burner. And they play a pivotal part on my mother’s father’s side of the family.
I was stuck on my fourth great grandfather for quite some time, so I pushed it out of my mind and didn’t follow up. I knew Ebenezer was born in 1798 in New Jersey, according to all of the census reports, but I really couldn’t find anything past that.
This is where DNA comes in, again. Love DNA! I have a couple of matches on my Wood side and they were able to fill in the blanks. The matches are on Ancestry, although I am listed on Family Tree DNA and 23 and Me. And, I do need to get my paper trail all taken care of. Just to make sure I have all my information correct.
Here is a quick run down. Alexander Wood b. 1 Jun 1770 ? d. 9 May 1848 IL m. Mary Polly Dodd 1792 NJ. Their son Ebenezer b. 1798 NJ d. 1871 MN m. Rachael ?
Ebenezer and Rachael’s son Rufus H. b. abt 1841 NY d.? m. Eliza Barnes Stoddard 10 Mar 1873 MN.
Rufus H. Wood and Eliza daughter Ida Viola b. 16 May 1880 Dallas Co, IA d. 12 Jan 1918 Intl Falls, MN m. 1895 Guthrie Co., IA Charles Green b. 1873 KS, son of Nathaniel Green and Clarissa Barnes.
Eliza Barnes Stoddard and Clarissa Barnes are sisters, James Reuben Barnes and Mary Olive Bower.
Charles Green and Ida Wood Green’s son Clifford b. 1895 Yale, IA d. 31 Dec 1940 MN m. Bessie Valentine 31 Dec 1940 MN.
Clifford and Bessie’s daughter Annabelle Loretta Green is my mother. So you can see where the Barnes, Green, and Wood line are intersected. Makes life more interesting.
I’m still following up on more information about my biological father. It’s really getting interesting.