Name: Alanson Ferris WOOD
RELA: 1st cousin 4x removed
Birth: 6 JAN 1829 in Peekskill, Westchester Co., NY
Death: 22 MAY 1906 in Union, Hardin Co., IA
Military service BET 1862 AND 1865 2d Lt., Co. F, 32d Iowa Inf.
Elected 1865 Sheriff, Hardin Co., IA
Elected 1885 Assessor of Union Twp., IA
1850 Federal Census of Carroll County, IL shows Alanson, age 20, living alone, but in the same general neighborhood as brothers Oscar, John, James, his mother Roxana, and the Hiserotes.
From "Roster and Record of Iowa Soliders in the War of the Rebellion:"
Alanson F. Wood; [Enlisted] Age: 33
Residence: Hardin County
Nativity: New York
Enlisted on Aug. 21, 1862 as 6th corporal
Mustered into 32nd IA Infantry Co. F on Sept 8, 1862
Promoted to 5th Sergeant on April 10, 1863
Promoted to 3rd Sergeant on July 11, 1863
Promoted to 2nd Sergeant on Dec 2, 1864
Promoted to Lieutenant on Feb 15, 1865 (estimated day, not mustered)
Discharged for disability on July 13, 1865 at Montgomery, AL
In addition to daughter Nellie G, Allanson was said to have eight other children.
From: Past and Present of Hardin County, Iowa
ed. by William J. Moir. Indianapolis: B. F. Bowen, 1911
Herein are briefly reviewed the lives and actions of a father and a son who have become well known in Hardin county on account of the active interest which they have always taken in the affairs of the community in which they lived, and whose service in behalf of the public welfare made them leaders of their neighbors. Adelbert D. Wood was born in Whiteside county, Illinois, on June 15, 1854, the son of Alanson F. Wood.
Alanson F. Wood was born in Cayuga county, New York, on January 6, 1829, the son of Elijah Wood, who was born in Westchester county, New York, on December 19, 1803, and Roxana (Bouchton) Wood, who was born on June 30, 1804. Elijah and Roxana Wood were the parents of five children, four sons and one daughter, and moved with their family to Carroll county, Illinois, where Mr. Wood died in 1844, and his wife also is deceased. Alanson F. Wood grew up on his father's farms, and on January 8, 1851, was married to Mary Wilcox, who was born in August, 1833, the daughter of Daniel Wilcox, a native of New York. To this union were born nine children: Mary J., the wife of A. J. Pelham, of Marshalltown, Iowa; Adelbert D.; Ellen, the wife of Melum Craig, of Armstrong, Iowa; Oscar E., the postmaster at Union, Iowa; James M., a farmer in Kansas; Nettie, the wife of George Peirce, a farmer southwest of Union, Iowa; Nellie, deceased; Charles W., a liveryman of Armstrong, Iowa; William W., a banker at Armstrong, Iowa.
In the spring of 1856 Alanson F. Wood came to Hardin county, Iowa, and for one year lived at Berlin. In 1859 he moved to a farm adjoining Union village on the north. In 1860 he took a trip to Pike's Peak, lured by the quest of gold, and was away from his home for a year. On his return he was elected captain of the Home Guards, who were to put down the Knights of the Golden Circle. In August, 1862, he enlisted in the Twenty-second Iowa Infantry, Company F, and participated in many engagements, among which were those of Cape Girardeau, Pleasant Hill, and all the others in which his regiment took part. In April, 1863, he was promoted to Sergeant; on August 23, 1865, he was commissioned as second lieutenant of his company. After the war he became active in his local Grand Army post.
In politics A. F. Wood was a Republican, and shortly after returning from the army, and in part because of his excellent war record, he was elected to be sheriff of Hardin county, which position he filled with credit to himself and to his county. Later he held many other offices of trust. He came to the county in the possession of very limited means, but by fair dealing and judicious management accumulated a large amount of property and erected for his residence a handsome house. His religious affiliations were with the Congregational church. Alanson F. Wood was a man with the unquestioned attributes of leadership, and was much respected and admired by those who knew him. As a man of public spirit, devoted to the good of the community, and at the same time a man who in his domestic relations was an example to those about him, his loss was keenly felt when he passed away.
From: History of Hardin County, Iowa
Springfield, Ill: Union Publishing Company, 1883.
A. F. Wood
A. F. Wood, one of the prominent farmers of Hardin county, was born in Cayuga county, New York, on the 6th day of January, 1829. He is a son of Elijah Wood, who was born in Westchester county, new York, December 19, 1803, and Roxana Bouchton, born June 30, 1804. They were the parents of five children, four sons and one daughter. In 1844 the family emigrated to Carroll county, Illinois, where Mr. Woods remained until his death, which occurred in 1848. Mrs. Woods is still living. The subject of this sketch was married January 8, 1851, in Carroll county, Illinois, to Miss Mary Wilcox, a daughter of Daniel Wilcox, of New York. She was born on the 31st day of August, 1833. By this union there are nine children, viz.: -- Mary J., wife of A. J. Pelham; Adelbert and Ellen, now Mrs. Melvin Craig; Oscar E., James M., Nettie, Nellie G., Charles W., William W. In the spring of 1856 Mr. Wood came to Hardin county, and being favorably impressed with the country, he concluded to bring his family. They located at Berlin, where they remained until the spring of 1859, when they removed to the present place, adjoining Union Village. In 1860 Mr. Wood took a trip to Pike's Peak, crossing the plains, remaining one year. In August, 1862 he enlisted in the 22d Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Company F, and participated in several engagements, among which were Cape Girardeau, Pleasant Hill, and in all the engagements of the regiment. In April, 1863, he was promoted to sergeant, and on the 23d day of August, 1865, received the commission of Second Lieutenant. After coming from the war he was nominated for Sheriff of Hardin county and elected. In politics he is republican and has held several offices of trust. Mr. Wood came to the county in limited circumstances, but by fair dealing and judicious management has accumulated a fine property and home. He has 342 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre -- 280 acres in Sherman township, valued at $16 per acre. Mr. and Mrs. Wood are members of the Congregational Church of Union.
From 1875 Atlas of Hardin County, Iowa--AF Wood owned 115 acres to the east of Union, an additional 37 acres immediately to the north of Union (adjacent to OD Wood's land) and an addition 95 acres less than a mile north of Union.
From Bouton-Boughton, by James Boughton, 1890:
"...moved to Union, Hardin Co., Ia, about 1856; 1862 enlisted in Co. F, 32nd Iowa Infrantry; was made second lieutenant August, 1865, and on returning from the war settled on the farm; but as thier health was very poor, since 1882 they were obliged to give up working on teh farm and so lived at Union, Iowa, 1885. He was elected sheriff of Hardin county in 1865 and asessor of Union township in 1885. They both united with the Congregational church at Union, in 1881, by whom he was chose on the directors."
Father: Elijah WOOD b: 19 DEC 1802 in Westchester, NY
Mother: Roxena BOUTON b: 20 JUN 1804 in Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT
Mary Etta WILCOX b: 31 AUG 1833 in Butler, Wayne Co., NY
8 JAN 1851
in Milledgeville, Carroll Co., IL
- Mary Jane WOOD b: 25 NOV 1851 in near Milledgeville, Wysox Twp., Carroll Co., IL
- Adelbert WOOD b: 15 JUN 1853 in Milledgeville, Carroll Co., IL
- Rosella WOOD b: 2 DEC 1855 in Milledgeville, Carroll Co., IL
- Oscar Elijah WOOD b: 5 JUL 1857 in Berlin, Hardin Co., IA
- James Mortimer WOOD b: 11 AUG 1861 in Union, Hardin Co., IA
- Nettie WOOD b: 8 AUG 1866 in Union, Hardin Co., IA
- Nellie Grant WOOD b: 11 FEB 1869 in Union, Hardin Co., IA
- Charles M. WOOD b: 24 JUL 1870 in Union, Hardin Co., IA
- William W. WOOD b: 2 DEC 1872 in Union, Hardin Co., IA
3 APR 1895
in Providence Twp., Hardin Co., IA