Judge Freeman Wood

Judge Freeman Wood[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]

Male 1809 - 1891  (82 years)

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  • Name Freeman Wood 
    Prefix Judge 
    Born 4 Feb 1809  Woodport, Morris Co., New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 Aug 1891  Dover, Morris Co., New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Buried First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Rockaway, Morris Co., New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Person ID I1726  Robert Jackson
    Last Modified 11 Dec 2014 

    Father William Wood,   d. date unknown 
    Mother Susan Berry,   d. date unknown 
    Family ID F1054  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Burwell Jackson,   b. 3 Aug 1812, Rockaway, Morris Co., New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1899, Orange, Essex Co., New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)  [1
    Married 19 Oct 1831  Morris Co., New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 10
    Children 
     1. John Henry Wood,   b. 14 Jan 1834,   d. 11 Oct 1837  (Age 3 years)
     2. Major William Jackson Wood,   b. 28 Mar 1836, Rockaway, Morris Co., New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1885, Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
     3. Susan Louisa Wood,   b. Abt 1840, prob Rockaway, Morris Co., New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1897, Dover, Morris Co., New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years)
     4. Anna W. Wood,   b. 27 Dec 1841, Rockaway, Morris Co., New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1869  (Age 27 years)
     5. John Freeman Wood,   b. 1846, Rockaway, Morris Co., New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1905  (Age 59 years)
     6. Mary Florence Wood,   b. 3 Nov 1850, Rockaway Cemetery, Morris Co., New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1913, Orange, Essex Co., New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     7. Dr. Theodore Clement Wood,   b. Jul 1852, Rockaway Cemetery, Morris Co., New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1926, Haverstraw, Rockland Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years)
    Last Modified 5 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F1047  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • 1880 Census, District 131, Dover, Morris Co., New Jersey
      Wood, Freeman W M 70 head married Justice of the Peace NJ NJ NJ
      Wood, Mary B. W F 67 wife keeping house married NJ NJ NY
      Neff, Susan M. W F 40 daughter at home married NJ NJ NJ
      Neff, Stewart W M 14 grand-son at home single NJ OH NJ
      Sexton, Delia W F 19 Servant single NY Ireland Ireland

      That Freeman was a Judge was taken from a biography of Dr. John Darby Jackson, in his notes.

      The following was received Sept, 2009, from Anthony L. Troha, Ph.D. of the Canal Society of New Jersey:
      I tracked down Freeman Wood's obituary, which can be found at
      http://www.rtlibrary.org/iron_era/1891/1891-08-28.pdf , but it is quite long, so I transcribed the relevant sections for you:

      Obituary for Judge Freeman Wood
      from "The Iron Era" of Friday, August 28, 1891 (Volume XXI, Number 39, Page 3, Columns 3 and 4), published in Dover, Morris County, New Jersey

      [The details of his career and life are omitted for brevity---the full obituary occupies one whole column and continues into a second.]

      "AFTER AN EVENTFUL LIFE
      The Death of Judge Freeman Wood---A Long and Notable Career

      Judge Freeman Wood, whose industry, intelligence and capacity had made him a prominent citizen of Morris county for more than half a century, passed away from this life at his home in Dover on Monday afternoon [i.e. on Monday, August 24, 1891], at 2 o'clock, his death having been anticipated for some time by the nature of his illness.

      Freeman Wood was one of the three children of William and Susan Wood and was born at Woodport February 4th, 1809. His brother, William A. Wood, and his sister, Maria, the wife of John M. Losey, both died a number of years ago. His father, in whose honor Woodport was named, was one of the pioneers of the iron business of that section, and was a well known citizen of his time. His son Freeman developed in very early life the business faculties that afterward made him noted and when he entered manhood became a partner of Israel Losey, who then kept a store in Dover. Their store was a stone building on Blackwell street, near the post-office, on the site of the building now owned by L. D. Schwarz.

      While thus engaged he was married, at the age of 22 years, to Mary B. Jackson, the daughter of William and Susan D. Jackson, of Rockaway, who survives him. The wedding occurred October 19th, 1831, and had he lived but two months longer he would have celebrated with his wife the rare event of a 60th anniversary of wedded life---an event that but a short time ago he was looking forward to with a great deal of pleasure. It is a notable coincidence that Mrs. Wood's parents also enjoyed a remarkable union of 57 years." ... "To his family he was most kind and always solicitious [sic: "solicitous"] for their welfare.

      Seven children were born to him, of whom three have passed away. A son died in infancy [perhaps this refers to the John Henry Wood listed in Robbins' book] ; a daughter, Anna, lived to young womanhood, and his eldest son, Maj. William J. Wood, who was a prominent citizen of Hartford, Conn., died in 1885. The children who with his wife survive him are Mrs. Susan L. Neff, who resides at his home ; John F. Wood, of this place; Florence, the wife of Albridge C. Smith, of Brick Church, and Dr. T. Clement Wood, of Haverstraw, N.Y. His descendants also number seven grandchildren." ... "The pallbearers were his sons, John F. and Dr. T. Clement Wood, his grandsons, Stewart M. Neff and Willie Wood, and Albridge C. Smith and Fred. H. Beach."

      [Mr. Beach was from a prominent family in the area and was apparently not directly related to Judge Wood, but he could have been related to the Jackson Family of Rockaway through the mother of Susan Day Jackson née Halsey, Nancy Day Beach]."

  • Sources 
    1. [S5] Book: "History of the Jackson Family of Hempstead, Long Island", Oscar Burton Robbins, (1951, Loveland, Colorado), 18.

    2. [S231] Rootsweb chart of Kenneth Peters: Peters Halsey Holt Jackson etc., (http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=petersfam).

    3. [S1016] 1850 U.S. Census, (https://search.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=8054), 1850 Census, Rockaway, Morris Co., New Jersey.

    4. [S85] 1860 U.S. Census, (https://search.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=7667), 1860 Census, Rockaway, Morris Co., New Jersey.

    5. [S970] 1870 U.S. Census, (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7163), Frenchtown, Hunterdon Co., New Jersey.

    6. [S966] 1880 U.S. Census, (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6742), Dover, Morris Co., New Jersey.

    7. [S103] Obituary or Newspaper Death Notice.
      The obituary of Judge Freeman Wood is posted in his notes and was provided by Anthony Troha, Ph.D., of the Canal Society of NJ.

    8. [S1168] New Jersey, Morris, Dover newspaper "The Iron Era", (http://rtlibrary.org/iron_era/1899/1899-08-25.pdf), Volume XXIX, Number 40, Pg 4, Col 2.

    9. [S1738] Find A Grave Website, (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi), Memorial# 28859416.
      http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=28859416
      As of Dec 10, 2014 this page has the wrong birth date for Freeman Wood. The creator of that page has been sent his obituary and may change the page to show the correct birth date (4 Feb 1809) by the time you read this.

    10. [S230] Email from Cheryl (Chatfield) Thompson.



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