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The Wood family of Long Island

    Quoted from "The Footsteps of Wood," by Peter Wood.  "The march of time. In our veins runs the blood of the Aryans, Celts and Goths. We are part of the Germanic Race. We are Anglo-Saxons Jutes and Vikings. Two of the Wode family were killed at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Mattham was the Great grandfather of Jesus and his trade name was Wood. Saint Don Bosco (Wood) was born at Becchi near Turin. On the 14th of May 1607 Jamestown was founded and Captain Thomas Wode and the farmer Thomas Wood with his family were among the "FIRST Original Founding Fathers of America in Virginia, and the first representative assembly was held at Jamestown. The pilgrim fathers who in 1620 founded the Plymouth Colony were at first imprisoned in the Guildhall at Boston in England in 1607.The Surname of Wood is the Thirteenth most Popular in Great Britain,"Scotland's Finest Admiral Sir Andrew Wood" His Motto { TUTUS IN UNDIS }."

   For some additional information visit "The Footsteps Of Wood", (the family of Wode, Wood, Holz, Bosco, Bois and Madera of the World) . The page is presented by Peter Wood of the UK. He states, "his research is to aid those wishing to discover their former tribes and forefathers."


Information submitted by Rebecca  Walch  17 May 2005  <walchfamilyut@comcast.net> -  information for you regarding Peter Wood, the son of Samuel and Amy Brundage Wood.
 
Source:  The book "American Revolutionary History in North Castle" by Harry E. Sandford, Editor and Michael J. Kern, PhD., Associate Editor, published by The North Castle Bicentennial Committee in collaboration with The North Castle Historical Society of the Town of North Castle, New York, 1976.
 
Pages 10-11
One of the most remarkable of the Tory leaders in North Castle's West Patent was Samuel Wood.  His biography, so well told by Herbert Barber Howe in his book on the Wood family, supplies much information and background about the struggle between Patriots and Tories in northern Westchester County.
It is summarized here - Samuel Wood, son of James Wood Sr., was born about 1729.  As a young man he settled in the West Patent, about two miles from the mouth of the Croton River.  He was a cooper and prospered greatly at his trade.  Because his shop was strategically located near the Croton-Hudon River water route to New York City he had access to larger markets than those in nearby Sing Sing Landing or the localities of Chappaqua and North Castle.  He possess a fine house, barns, a shop for the manufacture of his barrels, orchards and farm animals, and a boat to carry his wares to market.  All went well for him until the Revolutionary War.
     Wood could not bring himself to take seriously the end of the regin of King George III over the colonies.  He was prosperous and satisfied with the status quo.  He refused to sign the Whig Articles of Association, or to attend their meeting and militia drills.  On the other hand, shrewd merchant that he was, he did not openly express his Tory sympathies until the British warship "Asia" anchored nearby in the North River.  Emboldened by the British presence, he declared his Tory sympathies and, throughout June of 1775, transported nearly one hundred to New York City to enlist in the British Army.  However, Wood did not reckon on the retaliation which would be taken upon him by his Patriot neighbors.  His boat was destroyed and he was forced into the hills form which he and a group of loyalist companions made raids on the rebels.  He eventually fled to Long Island, where he served in the Queen's Rangers under Colonel Robert Rogers.  He return ed to Westchester County in 1776, was captured by the rebels during a raid, and spent six months as a prisoner.  He petitioned for pardon, which was granted, and for a time pretended sympathy with the Patriot cause, while in fact he was engaged in espionage for the British.  He was again arrested and confined in the Poughkeepsie goal for seven months.  When he was paroled, he found his farm gone, his family turned off the place, and a Whig family living there.
     The loss of his property and the disruption of his family embittered Samuel Wood beyond all description.  He absorbed himself completely in the War.  He joined the Westchester Loyalists under Col. De Lancey and continued with them until the end of the War.  He then proceeded to plunder and ravage the Westchester countyside of his former neighbors.
     At the end of the War, Samuel was a man without a country, and embarked for the Canadian Maritime Provinces with his son Peter.  They settled in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia.  Interestingly, he was handsomely rewarded by the Crown, presumably for his superior espionage service during the War.  Nonetheless, he was a grim, bitter man engaged in his own thoughts, lamenting his thwarted ambitions.
     About six years later, Samuel returned briefly to North Castle to persuade his wife and younger children to return to Canada with him.  To his bitter disappointment, Amy Brundage Wood refused to go, and he was forced to return to Nova Scotia without her.  He died a broken man in 1816, and was buried near his home on the Maccan River.
     Peter Wood, the son of Samuel, was a sergeant in the Queen's Rangers throughout the War.  He accompanied his father to Canada and settled in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, where he developed a large farm and engaged in timbering.  He became a prosperous leading citizen, held many town offices, served an an official of the Baptist Church, and was well known locally as an outstanding horseman.  He married Mary Coates and fathered eleven children.  In appearance he was tall, erect, and had a military bearing; family tradition says he never repeated a command, and he never spoke a word about his service in the Queen's Rangers.  He died in 1835 and was buried beside his father.  Thus the loyal son rests beside his father, who was loyal to his sovereign.
 
Source:  The book "Loyalists in the Southern Campaign, Volume II" by Murtie June Clark, published 1981.
Page 420
Muster roll of Captain Robert McCrea's Company, Queen's Rangers, J. Graves Simcoe, Lieut. Colonel Commandant, from 25 August to 24 October 1779. Nr 24 - Private - Wood, Peter
 
Page 421
Muster roll of Captain Robert McCrea's Company, Queen's Rangers, J. Graves Simcoe, Esquire, Lieut Colonel Commandant, from 25 October 1779 to 24 December 1779 Nr 31 - Private - Wood, Peter - prisoner with rebels http://www.royalprovincial.com/military/musters/qarng/qarmccrea1.htm

(also in Clark's book)
Muster roll of Capt. Robert. McCrea's Company Queens Rangers J. Graves Simcoe Esqr. Lt. Colo. Commandant from 25th December 1779 to 23rd February 1780 Inclusive- Peter Wood - Return'd from the Rebels 1 Feby. 1780
 
     Several other men that I know were from North Castle are also on the muster rolls.  Peter Wood said in a statement that he "wnt over to Long Island (then in possession of the British)...in the Company of the aforesaid William Underhill...That all the said persons enlisted in Roger's Rangers..."
Robert Rogers was the first leader of the Rangers that became known as the Queen's Rangers.
     Just a fun historical note:  Robert McCrea's sister Jane was the Jane McCrea who was killed by Indians who were working for the British; caused a huge uproar that the British didn't avenge her murder.  Her fiance was a Loyalist.