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Capt. Henry Lewis WOOD
Husband:  Henry Lewis WOOD
Birth:  23 Feb 1832, Ryefields, Yorkshire, England
Death:  8 Feb 1890, Dexter, Penobscot Co., ME
Occupation:  merchant in the woolen business; postmaster
Military Service:  Civil War:  Capt., Co. E., 22nd Maine Rgmt.; Capt., Co. H, 12th Maine Rgmt.
Fraternal:  Commander, H.F. Safford Post, G.A.R.
Religion:  Episcopalian
Politics:  Republican
Parents:  born in England
Marriage:  1852, England
Migration:  1852, to America
Wife:  Mary BUCKLEY
Birth:  1833/4, of Uppermill, England
Occupation:  homemaker
Parents:  born in England
born in MA:
1.  Elizabeth Isabel WOOD, b. 1853/4; m. Oliver CROSBY; of St. Paul, Ramsey Co., MN

born in Dexter, Penobscot Co., ME:
2.  Mary Louise WOOD, b. Nov 1859; m. David MUDGETT; lived Dexter, Penobscot Co., ME
3.  Imogene Mills WOOD, b. 1866/7; m. Mr. WEYMOUTH; lived Dexter, Penobscot Co., ME
4.  Henry Stanley WOOD, b. 26 Nov 1869


1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1860 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #24 of 60):  Dexter P.O., Town of Dexter, Penobscot Co., ME, Roll 447 (Book 1), p. 408, PN 24, 185/185, enumerated 22 Jun 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Henry L Wood 27 M   Cloth Finisher   255 England
Mary       " 26 F         "
Elizabeth I "  6 F         Mass
Mary L      " 6/12 F         Maine

3.  1870 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #15 of 74):  Dexter P.O., Dexter, Penobscot Co., ME, Roll 553 (Book 1), p. 422A, PN 15, 124/130, enumerated 7 Jun 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Wood Henry L 38 M W Dealer ???? 2500 200 England  
____ Mary 37 F W Keeping House     England  
____ Elizabeth I 16 F W Clerk in Post Office     Massachusetts  
____ Mary L 10 F W Attending School     Maine  
____ Imogene M  2 F W At home     Maine  
____ Henry S 6/12 M W At home     Maine Nov

4.  1880 Census (indexed at FamilySearch.org; page image online at Ancestry.com, Image #12 of 52):  Dexter, Penobscot Co., ME, Roll , p. 523D, PN 12, SD 2, ED 13, enumerated 5 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 11 13 15 21 24 25 26
130 151 Wood Henry L W M 48     /   Post Master     Eng Eng Eng
    ____ Mary W F 46 Wife   /   Keeping House     Eng Eng Eng
    ____ Lois M W F 20 Dau /           ME Eng Eng
    ____ Imogen M W F 12 Dau /     at school   / ME Eng Eng
    ____ Henry S W M 10 Son /     at school measles   ME Eng Eng
    Barson Betsy W F 68       / Keeping house     ME ME ME

5.  Anon.  13 Jan 1944. "Obituary: Captain Henry L. Wood." The Eastern Gazette (online at the Abbot Memorial Library web site):
1832 - 1890
Henry Lewis Wood was born at "Ryefields" in the County of Yorkshire, England, February 23rd, 1832.  In 1852, he married Mary Buckley of 'Uppermill and later in the same year came to America, first living in Brookdale, Mass., later in Amesbury, in both places interested in the woolen business.  In 1858 the family came to Dexter and for a few years he served as overseer of the finishing department for the Dexter Mills, which then comprised the Stone Mill (now the Dumbarton), the White Mill, and the Brick Mill (now the George Park Mfg. Co.).  At the outburst of the Civil War, he threw himself into the fight with enthusiastic vigor and formed a company of soldiers from Dexter and surrounding towns. This company was incorporated with others, forming the 22nd Maine Regiment and he was appointed Captain of Company E.  This Regiment was in the Department of the Gulf and participated in many important engagements.  Capt. Wood was one of several officers and enlisted men who answered a call for volunteers in a final attempt to take Port Hudson-the attack was successful and the regiment was quartered for a time inside the works.  There was at one time a movement on foot for Congressional Medals to be awarded to these volunteers, for their bravery in this attack and it was a matter of great regret the measure failed to go through.  At the close of this enlistment, he again enlisted, in 1864, and became Captain of Co. H. of the 12th Maine, serving until March 1866.  After the close of the war, he remained for a time in the South, engaged in reconstruction duty in Georgia.  His army record is well worthy of admiration, for he fought and endured with patriotic zeal.  Soon after his return to Dexter he was commissioned Postmaster and served in that capacity for twenty years.  He was highly popular as a public official through his long term of service.  He was instrumental in forming the H. F. Safford Post, G. A. R. and was first commander.  In religion he was an Episcopalian.  In politics he was a staunch Republican always foremost in work for his party.  His death took place Feb. 8th, 1890 after a few days' illness with pneumonia.  He was the father of seven children, four of whom were living at the time his death.
Elizabeth Isabel (Mrs. Oliver Crosby, St. Paul, Minn.)
Mary Louise (Mrs. David Mudgett, Dexter)
Imogene Mills, Dexter.
Henry Stanley, St. Paul, Minn.
This sketch was submitted,  March 1937 by Imogene Mills Wood Weymouth.

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