• Family Genealogy Research,  Wood

    Hugh Wood Letter to His Mother, Isabella Wood 12 July 1857

    Background Hugh Wood, son of James and Isabella, was born in Scotland in 1834.  He is maybe one of the more tragic figures in our family.  His letters are filled with a longing for home and he tends to be pretty hard on himself…talking about his failures and trials.  I am still working on what happened to him and will let you all know when I have the answer. The Letter Paducah, Ky 12 July 1857 My Dear Mother, I take this opportunity of writing you a few lines to let you know where and how I am after the failure of our expedition to Nicaragua.  I felt ashamed to…

  • Family Genealogy Research,  Ferguson,  Frazier,  Patterson,  Ward,  Wood

    Jane Patterson 1910 “Early Reminiscences” Hillsboro Mirror

    Background Jane Wood Frazier Patterson was interviewed in the spring of 1910, and gave her memories of her life.  There are some errors in the letter.  A few include the story about the family in Leon County.  I refer you to the letter written by Isabella Riddell Wood about their journey to  Ft. Graham.  This articles also states that brother Hugh left for the Gold Fields of California was never heard from since.  We have letters from Hugh so…I don’t know about the “never hearing from him again” unless he went to California almost a decade after the Gold Rush.  Our letters stop before the start of the Civil War. …

  • Family Genealogy Research,  Wood

    Hugh Wood’s Letter to his Mother, Isabella Wood 13 May 1857 New Orleans, LA

    Background Hugh was the oldest of the Wood’s son and was the first to leave home in search of his fortune.  Hugh’s letters show that he was desperately trying to find a place for himself.  There was an economic disaster in the United States during this time period and that may account for why he had so much trouble finding work.  He talks about his desire to come home in almost every letter and also of his love of his family.  I keep wondering why he left in the first place and why he didn’t come home when he had the opportunities to do so. While reading the letters of…

  • Family Genealogy Research,  Wood

    John Wood Letter to His Mother, Isabella Wood, 21 March (no year given)

    Background John Wood was born in 1841 in Scotland.  He joined the CSA and wrote back to his family until his death.  This letter is incomplete and the year date is missing.   The Letter March the 21   Dear Mother, I received your letter the other day.  I was very glad to hear from home and to hear that you was well. We have got to___________________________ (Junebluff?) now and will be ordered away before long.  I don’t now where too.  I got in here yesterday.  There was a man shot for deserting.  I went out and saw him.  It was a dreadful sight.  Had to kneel down in front…

  • Family Genealogy Research,  Wood

    John Wood Letter to his Mother, Isabella Wood 8 September 1863

    Background John Wood was born in Scotland in 1841 and was about 10 years old when they emigrated to Texas.  He joined the Confederate forces with his brothers-in-law in Hill County, Texas and went off to war. The Letter September the 8th, 1863   Dear Mother, I take the present opportunity of writing you a few lines to let you know how I’m getting along.  I’m well now but have been sick.  There is a great deal of sickness in our regiment now.  Out of 800 there is not more than one hundred able for duty.  Mem Murphy & Bob Frazier is in the country sick.  I’ve got nothing new…

  • The Art of Beautiful Living

    The Ugliest Kitchen in the World: How We Turned This Room Around

    Good Bones When we bought this sweet rancher, we thought that it had “good bones”.  We loved the backyard and the location was perfect. The house had undergone a fire-induced renovation back in the 1980s, but this little gem was in need of some updating.  Updating is a lot easier than making significant structural changes like knocking out walls or building an addition. We weren’t ready to take on anything quiet that large, but we were ready to do a few basic projects in order to move the rooms in the right direction. In the photo below, we had already updated the linoleum flooring with new tile.  That helped a…

  • Family Genealogy Research,  Park,  Patterson,  Wood

    Crossing the Atlantic: What Happened to the Ships John Ganon and Olympus?

    Emigration by Sea When James and Isabella Wood emigrated to Texas in 1851, they set sail from Liverpool, England bound for New Orleans, Louisiana.  They traveled on the John Ganon, ship’s captain was Hamilton.  This information is found on the Louisiana Secretary of State’s website.  I found a great account of emigration from Scotland to the United States that was written by members of the Church of Latter Day Saints.  Their first hand descriptions make me thankful that I didn’t cross the Atlantic by ship back in the 1800s. The Mormon saints traveling to Texas were on board the ship Olympus.  There is a rendering of that ship in the…

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    A. Y. Kirkpatrick Book “The Early Settlers Life in Texas”

    This book is an absolute gem!  A.Y. Kirkpatrick came to what is now Hill County with his father and siblings in the late 1840s.  In the book, he mentions E.S.Wyman (builder of the homestead), James and Isabella Wood, James Ransom Davis, Charles Davis, several Fraziers and many events that happened in the early years. The digital book is searchable.  You are welcome! A.Y.Kirkpatrick THE EARLY SETTLERS LIFE IN TEXAS 

  • 1846 Homestead Renovation

    Laying the Ground Work for the Addition

    A Solid Foundation Before we got to the point of pouring the slab, we had dirt work done, and were were still wondering if there would be a step up or a step down between the addition and the old house.  We decided on a slab foundation.  It is a “floating” slab, which made no sense to me.  The premise is that 30+ holes would be drilled down to bedrock, rebar inserted and then the holes would be filled with concrete.  On top of all that, the slab would float.  Okay. There was a steady stream of cement trucks arriving on 21 June to deliver the concrete needed for the…