Name: Betsey Clark
Birth: 06 OCT 1799 in Plainfield, Sullivan, New Hampshire
Reference Number: 6110
Event: After marrying two brothers (Jacob and Constantine Wood) sisters, Betsey and Lucy, moved, together with their husbands, to Farmington, Michigan.
Moved 1826 Farmington, Oakland, Michigan (Territory)
Death: 29 JAN 1891 in Grand Ledge, Eaton, Michigan
Moved ABT 1818 Perrintori, N. Y.,
The Michigan Pioneer and Historical Collection published a memorial for Lucy Wixom and her sister Betsey Wood. (Volumn 18, page 271-272). The memorial states in part...
"The Oakland County Twins, Mrs. (Lucy) Wixom, of Commerce,and Mrs. Betsey Wood of Grand Ledge, have both passed over the river at the ripe age of ninety-one years....(they died within two days of each other!) It tells that they married two brothers (Jacob and Constantine Wood) in 1818, moving, together, to Farmington, Michigan in 1826.
Twin Sisters, Lucy H. Clark and Betsy Clark married brothers, Constantine Wood and Jacob Wood, respectively. Constantine died and Lucy married Abijah Wixom and moved to Commerce where she is buried in the Wixom Cemetery.
Jacob Wood and Betsy Clark lived in Clinton County, Michigan. Betsy died in Grand Ledge, Michigan. I am still researching their deaths and burials.
Source: Michigan Pioneer & Historical Collection (Volumes 1- 36), Volume 18
MRS. CONSTANTINE WIXOM MRS. BETSEY WOOD.
(Pontiac Gazette, May 18, 1891.)
The Oakland county twins, Mrs. Wixom, of Commerce, and Mrs. Betsey Wood, of Grand Ledge, have both passed over the river at the ripe age of ninety-one years. We publish from the Milford Times the
following history of the aged pair of sisters, whose vision took in all of the present century:
They were born in Plainfield, New Hampshire, in 1799. Their father was a Valley Forge veteran, and they well remembered his stories of the distresses of those days. Among other incidents of their early youth
they retained a vivid recollection of the terrors at that time of the total eclipse of the sun on the memorable dark day in June, 1806.
They married brothers by the names of Constantine and Jacob Wood, in 1818, removing to Perrintori, N. Y., from their early home, with only a few months' time intervening.
In 1826 they moved to Michigan, and settled in Farmington, Oakland county. Mrs. Constantine Wood was left a widow with three children a year later and her children and old time friends relate with
loving admiration the story of her brave struggle with the adverse circumstances of life in a new country with her little ones to support and care for. All her energies and practical wisdom were put to a severe test, for in addition to her misfortunes at this time her home and most of her furniture was destroyed by fire, but her undaunted courage and cheerful philosophy made her equal to all the demands made upon her.
Nine years from the time she was thus bereft she married Abijah Wixom and came to Commerce township, where she has since lived. In later years she has lived in the town bearing her husband's name,
and built upon the land formerly belonging to the old homestead.
For more than fifty years Mrs. Wixom has been closely related to the life of the town in which she died. Quiet and unassuming, but until extreme age debarred her from active work, ever foremost in good
works, and interested in all the social life of her friends and neighbors. Their loving appreciation of her life among them was testified to by the large gathering of friends to pay the last sad rites, and the eloquent and heartfelt address of her pastor, and also the brief touching remarks given by her eldest grandson, C. A. Crawford, whose full heart could not let go unrecorded in words that were impressive from the deep feeling that prompted speech the loving veneration of her children and grandchildren, and something of the influence she had had over their lives. It was a spontaneous tribute that could not be withheld.
Of Mrs. Wixom's children 'three survive her of a family of six: Mrs. 8. W. Crawford of Lansing, formerly for many years a resident of Milford; Reuben Wood, of Grand Ledge, and Willard Wixom, of Wixom,
in whose home she has lived all the last years of her life, honored and well beloved. Ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren hold in loving remembrance the thoughts of the full life just rounded so well
to its close.
Mrs. Wixom died January 27, 1891.
Mrs. Wood died January 29, 1891.
Father: ??? Clark
Jacob Wood b: 1795 in Plainfield, Sullivan, New Hampshire