Wood Cemetery


Photo by Charley Elder, 2009.



Photos Oct 2007 by Gerald E. Bills; edited and presented by Linda Fluharty.

Read and submitted by Gerald E. Bills.

Located in Washington District, Pleasants County, WV. From St. Marys, go south on State Route 2 1.8 miles from the end of the Ohio River Bridge. Make a left turn into the drive way and you can see the cemetery ahead on the right atop a small knoll-about 100 yards off of Route 2. - GPS: N39° 23.121' W81° 14.555'

This cemetery was a family plot for the families of James Wood and his daughter Narcissa Wood Paul. There are 6 stones that are no longer on grave sites. There are some base stones which mark grave sites. The stones are badly broken.

1. James Wood - A Native of Prince William County VA - Died (unreadable)

(The Pleasants County Death Register : DOD-1855, POD-Ohio River, Cause of Death-Old Age, Age-78 yrs 8mos 20ds, Parents-Mary & Elijah Wood, POB-Prince William County, Wife-Mary Wood, Informant-Nacissa Paul Daughter). See the attached will of James Wood. The land willed to Narcissa is the same land where the cemetery is located. You will find James Wood with wife Mary in the 1850 Wood County Census.

2. Mary E., Dau of Sam T. & Narcissa Paul - Died Mar. 2, 1860 - Aged 16yrs 2mos 22ds

3. UNREADABLE---- James Wood - Daughter of E. S. and (unreadable) Ware - Born in Giles Co VA - Died Feb. 16, 18--- - Aged 50yrs 6mos 2ds

4. Catharine - Dau of S. & N. Paul - Died Sept 25, 1856 - Aged 3yrs 1m 7ds

5. --------Paul - Died Sept 9, 18--- - Aged 10yrs 6mos 4days

Narcissa Wood Paul married Samuel Pickens Feb. 18, 1857.

6. UNKNOWN died "May -- Aged 22 yrs 8 mos -- das"


 James Wood last will and Testament

 In the name of God, Amen.
I James Wood of the county of Pleasants and State of Virginia
considering the uncertainty of this life and being of sound mind
and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament
and form following vis:
 I give and bequeath to Ann Wood my Brother Francis' daughter one
hundred dollars. I give and bequeath to my daughter Narcissa one
hundred and seventy-five Acres of land in the Henderson Survey,
beginning on the bank of the Ohio River at the line between the
lands of A. H. Creel and my farm on which I now reside and
meandering said River so far down as by running a straight line
back to the said Henderson back line will give the above mentioned
one hundred and seventy-five acres. Also, I give and bequeath to
my Daughter Narcissa one Brass Clock, one desk&bookcase, one setter,
six Winsor Chairs and one Bureau. The residue of my land I give and
bequeath to my sons Francis Wood and James Wood and my Daughters Martha
Cooke and Mary Green to be equally divided between them according to
quantity and quality, my son Joseph Wood  having received this two
islands as his proportion of my real estate. I give and bequeath the
residue of my personal property to my six children namely, Francis Wood,
Joseph Wood, James Wood, Narcissa, Martha Cook and Mary Green to be
equally divided between them after adjusting their accounts of what
they have from time to time heretofore received; said  accounts having
been kept by me; and it is my wish and desire that all the lands and
property herein bequeathed to my said daughters shall be for the special
use of them and their children and to the benefit of no body else; and
I hereby appoint and ordain my sons Joseph Wood and James Wood my
Executors to carry out this my last will and testament.
                                                          /s/ James Wood  (Seal) 
Signed, Sealed, Published and declared by the above name James
Wood to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who
at his request and in his presence have subscribed our names as
witnesses thereto.
/s/    Austin Berkley  (Seal)
Marsh 2, 1854                           /s/   Daniel Haymond  (Seal)
                                        /s/   Milton G. Cooke (Seal)
                                        /s/   Francis G. Wood (Seal)

Pleasant County Court June Term 1855

      This last will and Testament of James Wood dec'd was presented
in Court and proven by the oaths of Austin Berkley, Daniel Haymond, Milton
G. Cooke and Francis G. Wood subscribing witnesses thereto and hereupon
the said will was ordered to be recorded.

Teste /s/ R. Hickman Clerk