Wood Family Papers


The Woods were a prominent family in nineteenth century Wilmington, North Carolina. Dr. Thomas Fanning Wood was born in Wilmington in 1841, and studied botany. By the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, Dr. Wood joined the Wilmington Rifle Guards, which later became the 18th Regiment of the North Carolina Infantry. In the infantry, Dr. Wood served as a surgeon's assistant. In 1863 he became certified as a surgeon, and he served in this capacity until the end of the war. After the war, Dr. Wood became an influential local physician; he published the Monthly Journal of Medicine and Surgery, printed in Wilmington, and started the city's Board of Health. He died in 1892 at the age of 51.


Other prominent members of the Wood family include John Coffin Wood, born in 1809, and Robert Barclay Wood, born in 1815. They were two brothers and architects who were some of Wilmington's leading builders in the nineteenth century. The brothers built several churches, including St. James Episcopal Church, St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, and Front Street Methodist Church; five Italiante style houses: the Edward Savage House, the Donald McRae House, the Duncan K. McRae House, the H.B. Eilers House, and the Zebulon Latimer House. The Wood brothers also constructed the New Hanover County Jail and Wilmington's city hall and opera house, Thalian Hall. John Coffin Wood died in 1873, and Robert Barclay Wood constructed the Grace Street Methodist Church four years before his death in 1890.


The material in this collection was donated by descendants of Thomas Fanning Wood. The collection consists of personal letters, diaries, books, photographs, family genealogies, and news clippings. Most of the  material in this collection is original.


The Collection has been designated Accession Number 172 of the Manuscripts Collection, Special Collections Department, William Madison Randall Library, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 601 South College Road, Wilmington, North Carolina 28403-3297.

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Processed by Colleen Griffiths

Special Collections Staff
Manuscript Collection
William Madison Randall Library
The University of North Carolina Wilmington
March 2010






Extracts From The Diary of Mrs. Kezia Fanning From January 1, 1775 to 1818
Leather-bound copy - Typed by Margaret H. Wood.  Copy labeled and dated - 201 Chestnut Street, Wilmington, North Carolina, July 20, 1938.

Contents:  Extracts from the Diary.

                Notes from the Dairies of Mrs. Kezia Fanning.

                Nantucket Letters to and from Thomas Fanning Wood & Margaret H. Wood.

                Copy of three original pages of the Diary stolen by Jane D. Wood.



Some Descendants of Kezia Folger Coffin
Typed manuscript by Margaret H. Wood. No date.  Rough shape.



Extracts from the Diary of Mrs. Kezia Fanning (of Nantucket, Mass.)

From January 1, 1775 to 1818 (typed copy)

** NOTE:  This is probably the copy done by Thomas Fanning Wood in about 1877)



Extracts from the Diary of Mrs. Kezia Fanning (of Nantucket, Mass.)

From January 1, 1775 to 1818 (handwritten copy) and Notes From the Diaries of Mrs. Kezia Fanning January 1st 1775 to 1818



Genealogical Narrative of the Woods and Fannings and Coffins

By John Coffin Wood, Esq.

Records compiled about 1869.



Genealogical Narrative of the Woods and Fannings and Coffins

By John Coffin Wood, Esq.,

Copied (by hand) from original records, Dec. 1, 1934.



Wood & Wilber family line

by Margaret H. Wood - February 23, 1943, 7pgs.



Fanning Family Line



Notes on the Wood Family -- Swansea Records - January 6, 1940

with genealogical notations - probably by Margaret Wood.  

(in very poor condition) 4pgs.



Lines of Elizabeth Wood McCoy (to William Bunker)



Proceedings of the Nantucket Historical Association-July 18, 1906 - Bio of John Howland, 13th signer of Mayflower Compact.



Proceedings of the Nantucket Historical Association-July 27, 1921 - ref. Diary of Kezia Coffin.



Proceedings of the Nantucket Historical Association-July 22, 1925 - ref. Painting of Kezia Coffin.



Proceedings of the Nantucket Historical Association-July 31, 1934 - Starbuck Family in North Carolina.



Proceedings of the Nantucket Historical Association-July 26, 1939 - Some descendants of Kezia Coffin.



Proceedings of the Nantucket Historical Association-July 27, 1943 - Discoverers of Nantucket.



Description of the Benjamin Franklin letter - This is a typed copy of the letter and a description of the typed note, written by Thomas Fanning Wood, in the frame with the above letter - dated: May 4th, 1887.  (two copies of the same typewritten manuscript)


Single typed copy of the Franklin Letter, on 8 1/2” x 3” piece of paper.


Letter to Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, August 26, 1950.  To Mr. Arthur W. Henn, Editor and Librarian from T.F. Wood.  Describes the Franklin letter and its condition.  He wishes to send the letter to his son in Chicago.  He asks Mr. Henn to advise him of its value from a collector’s point of view, for insurance purposes.  Encloses copy of Dr. TFW’s note about the letter, may 4th 1887.

(carbon copies)


Letter from Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, September 7, 1950.  To Mr. Thomas F. Wood from Arthur W. Henn, Editor and Librarian.  He sent TFW’s letter to Dr. William E. Lingelbach, Librarian of the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia - which probably has the largest collection of “Frankliniana” in existence.  He states that the sales value may vary according to the timing and dependent upon both its authenticity and condition of preservation.  He passes the value issue to Dr. Lingelbach.  Handwritten p.s. - “Dr. Lingelbach is a gentleman nearly 80 years old but presumably still active.  If after due time you have not received a reply and want one, I suggest that you write to the Executive Officer, American Philosophical Society.”  (original plus envelope)


Letter from The American Philosophical Society, September 12, 1950.  To Thomas F. Wood from Dr. William E. Lingelbach.  He has received a letter from Mr. Henn of the Carnegie Museum regarding the Franklin letter.  He says that without knowledge of the contents it is very difficult to appraise though insurance up to $600 would probably be reasonable.  He urges that the letter be microfilmed as a precaution against loss and offers to handle it without charge.  He will insure it, return the original with a copy of the film provided he can keep a copy for their archives, subject to TFW’s control of its publication.  (original plus envelope)


Letter to Dr. William E. Linglebach, October 26, 1950.  From Thomas F. Wood.  Thanks him for his letter of September 12.  He states his intention of sending the Franklin Letter to Dr. Lindelbach so it can be microfilmed.  He describes the condition of the frame and its broken glass, which he recently taped together.  He sends a copy of the letter with a copy of his father’s note.  He states that his son asks if Dr. Lingelbach knows of any other letters from Franklin to Keziah Folger Coffin.  (Carbon copy)


Letter from The American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, November 1, 1950.  From William E. Lingelbach, Librarian to Mr. Thomas F. Wood.  He mentions that they would be happy to microfilm the letter if he would send it to them.  He states that they have a letter of August 6, 1768 from Keziah Coffin to Jane Mecom, Benjamin Franklin’s favorite sister and one dated June 28, 1779 from Alex Coffin of Boston to Benjamin Franklin.  (Original plus carbon).


Letter to N.C. Department of Archives and History, July 10, 1961.  To Dr. Christopher Crittenden, Director, from T.F. Wood.  He describes the Franklin letter, how it is stored and its condition.  He mentions that one of the pieces of glass holding the letter became cracked years before, when it was on display, and it is still cracked.  TFW is afraid to remove the letter for fear of damage.  Mr. Louis T. Moore suggested that he write to Dr. Crittenden because he thought there might be a document preservative that should be applied to the letter.  TFW encloses a typed copy of the letter and the descriptive memo written by Dr. TFW.  (Two carbons, the memo and a hand written - pencil - copy of the letter).


Letter from the State of North Carolina Department of Archives and History, July 14, 1961.

From H.G. Jones, State Archivist, to Mr. T.F. Wood.  He states that the only method of preserving such documents is lamination and offers to have it done and that only recently they had laminated a George Washington letter.  He encloses a memorandum on the lamination of paper records. (original plus envelope)



Mr. Frank B. Howard, Poughkeepsie, NY from Margaret Wood, Wilmington, NC

January 31, 1938

RE: Volumes of Fanning Family by W.F. Brooks that he was searching for.

Oil Portrait of Kezia Coffin


Mr. Howard from Margaret Wood

March 25, 1938

RE: Photo of painting of Kezia Coffin belonging to Mr. Howard.

She is sending photo of her picture of painting of Kezia Coffin with discussion of the differences.     (two drafts of the same letter)


Mrs. Adams (no address or identification) from Margaret Wood

April 18, 1938

RE:  Finding of box of Kezia Fannings notes of diaries.

Discussion of Thomas Fanning Wood’s letter to Alexander Starbuck and loss of diaries.

Discussion of daguerreotype of Kezia Coffin Fanning.


Mr. Howard from Margaret Wood

June 14, 1938

RE:  Narrative of John Coffin Wood.

Copying of notes & extracts of diaries of Kezia Coffin Fanning.


Mr. Howard from Margaret Wood

July 26, 1938

RE:  Book of notes & extracts are finished being copied.

Margaret’s trips to Nantucket and Boston. More discussion of the Starbuck letter. Her portion of the diary that Jeanie had hidden. Request not to publish anything because sister Jeanie intended to publish herself.


Mr. Howard from Margaret Wood

September 1, 1938

RE:  Howard making three copies of book of notes & extracts.

Asked him to keep one copy for himself for his lifetime but will back to her.

Another request not to publish because her Nephew was using for doctorial paper.

Review of diary’s unusual career.   (two drafts)


Mr. Howard from Margaret Wood

October 8, 1938

RE:  Receipt of her pen-written book of diaries and two typewritten transcripts in leather binders -- her expression of appreciation. Note from sister Jeanie about his wrapping them in N.Y. Herald Tribune --compliments on his reading material.   (two drafts)


Letter to Margaret Wood from “Ada” (Ada Schenck) -- Saluda, N.C.

** No Date - probably in 1936**

RE:  Ada’s father giving the diaries to brother-in-law, Mr. Baker. Genealogy of the Coffins & Coffin Family Crest or Ensign. Coffins during the reign of Edward III. Sir Richard Coffin - High Sheriff of Devon 1088 - 1099. Pencil drawing and description of Coffin Ensign - 1220.



Letter to Mr. Alexander Starbuck from Dr. Thomas Fanning Wood

April 7, 1877 (drafts sent by Nancy S. Adams, Nantucket Historical Association to Margaret Wood in 1938)

RE:  All of the Coffin diaries in TFW’s possession and his efforts to copy them. His request for secrecy.



Letter to Caroline Frances Wood (R.B.W.’s sister) c/o TFW - from William Schenck Cooper - Brooklyn, N.Y.  May 1, 1892

RE:  Nantucket and questions about the Wood & Fanning families.


Letter to Dr. Thomas F. Wood from William Schenck Cooper - Brooklyn, N.Y.

July 27, 1892

RE:  His trip to Nantucket and his recent letter to Caroline Frances Wood.



Letter to Miss Maggie Wood from Aunt Kizzie (Kezia Fanning Conoley - daughter of Kezia Fanning Wood (daughter of Robert Barkley Wood) and John J. Conoley)

April 17, 1940


Letter to Miss J.D. Wood & Miss M.H. Wood from Mary Vincent (Daughter of Agnes Fanning Wood -- daughter of Robert Barkley Wood -- and Nathaniel Vincent) - St. Peters Hosp., Charlotte.  October 2, 1935

RE:  Kezia Coffin & the Fannings.



Letter to Thomas Fanning Wood, Jr. from Margaret H. Wood - Nantucket

July 11, 1936

RE:  Coffin History.

Photos enclosed:  “The Woodbox” built 1707

                          Kezia Coffin Fanning’s tombstone

                           Kezia Coffin Fanning’s portrait

                           Kezia Coffin Fanning’s portrait




Improvement and Industrial Association, Nantucket, (No date) Circular.  The history of Nantucket -- and news about the formation of the Association.  Signed by the President, Daniel Round (no actual signature).


Tristram and Dionis, From the Nantucket and Mirror, August 21st, 1880.  Announcement of the Coffin reunion to be held on August 15, 16 and 17, 1881.  The executive committee met with other descendants of the earliest known Coffins in America to discuss the reunion.  There is a list of those present and comments from some of them.


Clan Coffin, Memorial Reunion program, August 16th, 17th, and 18th, 1881.  The Executive Committee announces the official reunion.  There is a description of each of the festivities.  The Grand Clambake on the first day, The procession and cornerstone ceremonies, Oration by Prof. Seldon J. Coffin of Lafayette College, Literary and musical exercises, and the establishment of a memorial fund to build statues.  A full list of the Officers and Executive Committee.


The Tristram Coffin Reunion Association, September 1, 1881.  A review of the accomplishments

of the Coffin Reunion held on August 16 - 18, 1881.  The appointment of a committee on the history and genealogy of the Coffin family, the establishment of a monument committee and fund, and the creation of the Tristram Coffin Association with annual dues of fifty cents.  The balance sheet for the reunion -- expenses: $2,599.78 and credits: $2,599.78.  Paid subscriptions to the Monument Fund: $1,120.40 plus property valued at $288.66 plus cash on hand: $406.93. 


The Life of Trystram Coffyn, advertisement for the book of the life of Tristram Coffin - single sheet of the title page or cover.  “Reminiscences and anecdotes of some of his numerous descendants, and some historical information concerning the ancient families of the name of Coffin.  By Allen Coffin, LL.B.  Handsomely Bound, Price: $1.00 in paper covers: 62 CTS.” Comments from various Coffins and publications on the back.



Southern Medicine and Surgery - Tribute Edition -- (2 copies)

“The Woods -- Doctors”

December 1928


Southern Medicine and Surgery - Tribute Edition)

“The Woods -- Doctors”

October 1938


The Woods - Father and Son

Eight Memorials by George M. Cooper, MD, Thomas E. Anderson, MD, Charles T. Nesbitt, MD, Wilmington, Ernest S. Bullock, MD, Wilmington, Ralph B. McNight, Charlotte.

From The Southern Medicine and Surgery, December, 1928





The Recognition of Tropical Sprue in the United States

Reprinted from the Journal of the American Medical Association, July 19, 1919


Clinical Manifestations of Tropical Sprue

Reprinted from U.S. Naval Medical Bulletin, Vol. 13, No. 3, 1919


Pernicious Anemia in its Relationship to Sprue

From The American Journal of the Medical Sciences, January, 1925


Sprue in North Carolina

From Southern Medicine and Surgery (no date)


The Occurrence of Sprue in the United States

From The American Journal of the Medical Sciences, November, 1915


Sprue in America

Reprinted from The Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, August 16, 1920

The Relation of Sprue and Pernicious Anemia to Each Other

Reprint from The Southern Medical Journal, March, 1925




The Relation of Sprue and Pernicious Anemia to Each Other and to the Monilia Psilosis.

14 pages


The Relation of Sprue and Pernicious Anemia and to Moniliasis

Edward J. Wood, M.D., D.T.M. (England), 21 pages


The Isolation of a Yeast Occurring in Sprue and Addison’s Anemia, Edward J. Wood, M.D.,

With a note on the preparation of a Vaccine, 1925, 9 pages



Guy’s Hospital, Edward J. Wood, M.D., Carbon Copy 69 pages



The Medical Difficulties and Possibilities in Wilmington, Edward J. Wood, M.D., Carbon Copy. 16 pages, 1921



Address of Welcome - North Carolina Medical Society, Edward J. Wood, M.D., Two Original Versions. 7 pages & 4 pages, 1925



Some Recollections of Sir William Osler, Edward J. Wood, M.D., Original, Only first page incomplete. With newspaper clipping on Dr. Osler.



Tribute to E.J. Wood presented to the Tri-State Medical Association of the Carolinas & Virginia - Meeting at Charlotte, N.C. - February 18th - 20th (no year).  By James Asa Shield,  M.D. Associate in Neuropsychiatry, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Va. 

Brief bio on Dr. Wood relating to his work on Pellagra and Spru.  “Dr. Wood gave to us, who interest ourselves especially in the diseases of the nervous system, a valuable and accurate aid, the vibratory test.  When in London Dr. Wood wrote Dr. Beverly R. Tucker telling him of the work he was doing and sent Dr. Tucker charts and a tuning fork in order that he might try out the test.  Thus our clinic has been using this test since its inception.  The vibratory test is now accepted and used in most neurological clinics.”  Typed page with note in pen at the bottom:  “Sent to Mr. W.H. Sprunt by Dr. D.H. Sprunt June 27, 1938.”





The Diagnosis of Pellagra, Edward J. Wood, M.D.,

Extracted from The Archives of Diagnosis, New York, April, 1917


Acrodynia: Its Place in Medicine and its Relation to Pellagra, Edward J. Wood, M.D.,

From The American Journal of Tropical Medicine, September 1921


Some Problems in the Etiology of Pellagra, Edward J. Wood, M.D.,

Reprint from The Interstate Medical Journal, 1913


The Pellagra Problem in North Carolina, Edward J. Wood, M.D.,

From Public Health and Sanitation


Report of a Case of Metastatic Endotheliona, Edward J. Wood, M.D.,

From The American Journal of Medical Science, October, 1905


Medical Organization in North Carolina - Its Possibilities, Edward J. Wood, M.D.,

The President’s Annual Address, North Carolina Medical Society, 1910


The Earlier Recognition of Tabes Dorsalis, Edward J. Wood, M.D.,

From The Southern Medicine and Surgery, August, 1921


Pellagra, Edward J. Wood, M.D.,

Reprint from The Edinburgh Medical Journal, December, 1920

(Lecture to graduates at The Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, August 9, 1920)


Vitamin Solution of the Pellagra Problem, Edward J. Wood, M.D.,

From The Journal of the AMA, May 6, 1916


Sir Patrick Manson: The Father of Tropical Medicine, Edward J. Wood, M.D.,

From The American Journal of Tropical Medicine, July, 1922


The Occurrence of Yaws in the United States, Edward J. Wood, M.D.,

From The American Journal of Tropical Diseases and Preventive Medicine, January, 1915


The Passive Function of the Patient, Edward J. Wood, M.D.,

Reprinted from Southern Medicine and Surgery, August, 1925



Bibliography of Edward Jenner Wood’s Published Works -- Original list



The Medical Examiner, Vol. III, No. 22 May 30, 1840

Note on the first page in pencil” “Found in the attic of the Bellamy Mansion, 5th & Market St., Wilmington, N.C.



Memorial to Dr. Edward Jenner Wood -- Original manuscript


Newspaper Obituary for Dr. Edward Jenner Wood


Newspaper clipping -- Southern Medical Journal -- “A Wood Memorial”


Newspaper Tribute to Dr. E.J. Wood


Raleigh News & Observer, Nov. 3, 1963   2 copies

“Thanks to Pioneer Medicos - Tropical Diseases Newly Eradicated” Tribute to E.J. Wood, M.D.





U.S. Navy Department -- Permission to leave the United States

To: Lt. Commander Edward J. Wood, USNRF Medical Corps

September 11, 1919


U.S. Navy Department -- Bureau of Navigation -- To: Edward Jenner Wood, MD

Provisional assignment as Surgeon, Rank of Lieutenant Commander in U.S. Naval Reserve

November 7, 1918, Washington, D.C.


To: Lieut. Commander Edward J. Wood, M.C., USNRF

Permission to leave the U.S. -- Acknowledgement of request - signed by Surgeon General, U.S. Navy.   September 15, 1919


The American Society of Tropical Medicine

Proposal for membership in American Society of Tropical Medicine for Dr. Joseph Sailer

(note at bottom: “Submitted as proof of membership” signed “Edward J. Wood”

February 22, 1918


State of North Carolina - Executive Department

Membership Certificate - Board of Visiting & Consulting Physicians for State Hospital, Raleigh

Signed by the Governor - May 19, 1921


Royal College of Physicians of London and The Royal College of Surgeons in England -- Examining Board --- Examination Regulations – February 12,1920

(E.J. Wood signature at the top)


Royal Society of Medicine, Nov. 15, 1919.  Letter to E.J. Wood from J.Y.W. MacAlister offering the society’s offices as E.J.W.’s professional headquarters.


State of North Carolina, Secretary of State - J. Bryan Grimes

To Dr. Edward J. Wood - London, England

Providing information about a Dr. Brickell (1730).  Grimes requests information concerning Dr. Patrick Maule who came to U.S. in 1711 - son of Earl of Panmure.

February 6, 1920


Letter from Dr. John Wesley Long - Greensboro, N.C. to Dr. Edw J. Wood - London

Congratulations on accomplishments in England -- sends list of N.C. physicians who studied in Edinburgh.

May 22, 1920


London School of Tropical Medicine Examination, 62nd session, Monday, April 19, 1920





Fisher’s Imperial Hotel, St. Andrews

Edward Jenner Wood

Bill for 7 days stay -- ƒ13.10

September 11, 1919


Royal College of Physicians of London

Receipt for nine Guineas fee for admission to the Examination for the Diploma in the Diseases and Hygiene of the Tropics.

April 21, 1920

Steven & Company Tailors

Suit & Extra Trousers -- ƒ11

November 26, 1919


The Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Receipt for one Guinea -- subscription for year 1919.

November 15, 1919


Prescription note

From Dr. E. J. Wood

(no date)



Newspaper Clipping - “Wilmington’s City Hall Was Built For $35,786” - Wilmington, N.C., Tuesday, January 31, 1939.  Article about City Hall being built by I.C. and R.B. Wood, with the contract awarded on September 20, 1855.



Lab Reports of Cape Fear River Water 1884-1885


To J.C. Chase from W.B. Phillips, Ph.D. December 6, 1884


To J.C. Chase from W.B. Phillips, Ph.D. March 28, 1885


To J.C. Chase from W.B. Phillips, Ph.D. January 30, 1885 (No. 6 p.s.)


To J.C. Chase from W.B. Phillips, Ph.D. October 28, 1884


To J.C. Chase from W.B. Phillips, Ph.D. December 2, 1884


To J.C. Chase from W.B. Phillips, Ph.D. November 25, 1884


To J.C. Chase from W.B. Phillips, Ph.D. January 10, 1885


To J.C. Chase from W.B. Phillips, Ph.D. January 30, 1885 (No. 7 p.s.)


To J.C. Chase from W.B. Phillips, Ph.D. January 30, 1885 (No. 8 p.s.)



Miscellaneous Papers


Ticket admitting Dr. Edward Jenner Wood to the Reading Room of the British Museum


Post card of Bullet Hole House, Concord, Mass.


Post card of Louisa May Alcott’s Home, Concord, Mass.


Post card of Minute Man Statue and Old North Bridge, Concord, Mass.


Post card of The Wadsworth-Longfellow House, Portland, Maine


Post card of The Old State House


Post card of Munroe Tavern, Lexington, Mass.


Brochure, Fall schedule of Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority (September 13, 1965—October 25, 1965), 3 copies


Advertisement card for Charles Donaldson’s—21 Bell Street, St. Andrews


Copy of the poem “The Waiting Time” by Alice E. Chase


Telegram from Mallock to Wood regarding a funeral


Letter to Captain Atkinson thanking him for his cheque for 6 guineas


Newspaper clipping, November 9, 1961, “Looking Back”


Newspaper clipping, Medical society thanking Dr. R.H. Lewis for his services, January 1913


Newspaper clipping, June 25, 1913, “An Appreciation”


Newspaper clipping, January 25, 1913, “Wake Doctors Give Honor to Dr. R.H. Lewis”


Order of service for the funeral of Major-General William Crawford Gorgas, July 9, 1920


Ticket for Major-General Gorgas funeral at St. Paul’s Cathedral


Obituary “Death of Gen. Gorgas”


Photograph of Gen. Gorgas casket arriving at St. Paul’s Cathedral


Newspaper clipping, July 5, 1920, “Surgeon-General Gorgas”


Newspaper article recapping Gen. Gorgas funeral



Calling card of Dr. Edward Jenner Wood


Wilmington Morning Star article “Museum to open medical exhibition”, May 25, 1979, 2 copies



Personal Letters


Letter from Sir William Osler, 13 Norham Gardens, Oxford, to E.J. Wood

Disappointment at not being able to meet them on arrival.  Offer to provide introductions to the proper professional men.

November 14, 1919


Calling card of Joseph Sprague Maxwell, MD

(written on in ink) “Dear Millen - Introducing Dr. E.J. Wood of Naval Reserve - Lt. Com of Naval Station Hospital #25 - now here in the School of Tropical Medicine - treat him rough for me.  (signed -- no date)


Letter from Pension Galilee in Paris to Edward J. Wood, Esq.

Reply to his letter & agreeing to accommodate Dr. Wood & Family in hotel -- 110 Francs per day for rooms & meals.

February 12, 1920


Letter from Sir William Osler, Grand Hotel Brun, Bologna, to “Dear Wood”

He is sending a recent paper on Pellagra with slides

(no date)


Letter from E.A. Manson, Yolcarn, Wembley Park, London, to “Dear Wood” (E.J. Wood, Jr.)

Hopes to come to Edinburgh to see Wood.  Talks about Greenwood and brother exploring a tunnel.  Offers to lend Edward comic books to read.

July 30, 1920


Letter from D.P. Harvey Cushing - The Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston

To “My Dear Wood” - Thanking E.J.W. for letter & talks about how Wood is just the kind of fellow the “book” was written for.  Asks him to visit.

May 20, 1985


Telegram from Sprunt Berkhamsted

“Dr. Edward Wood passenger S.S. Baltic White Star Line LP COL = Best wishes for pleasant voyage.  September 22, 1930.


Letter from Foster F. Burnett, M.D., addressed “Dear Doctor” August 31, 1920


Letter from John Ryle, July 30, 1920


Letter from “Louis” to Dr. Wood, October 21, 1919


Letter from E.H. Dove to Dr. Wood, September 18, 1920



2 photos of Thomas Fanning Wood, MD - May 1890



Wilmington Flora - Plants Growing About Wilmington North Carolina, with Date of Flowering.  By Thomas F. Wood and Gerald McCarthy, Edwards, Broughton & Co., Raleigh, 1886.

First Edition Book with Dr. Wood’s hand-written notes and corrections throughout.  Original photographs, of plants, glued to some blank pages.  Enclosed in the book: Newspaper Review, Maj. Ino. D. Cameron, Ashville Citizen, 1887.  Newspaper article about “Heather” found in New York.  March 8, 1887.  Letter from William McCauly, Wilmington, Deleware, September 19, 1889, about various species of plants that Dr. Wood sent to him.  Letter from a Mr. Watson (Signature difficult to read), Herbarium of Harvard University, Botanic Garden, Cambridge, Mass., also thanks for sending specimens of plants to him for study and identification.  Newspaper article entitled Rich Botanical Field, by H.E.F. (obviously written just prior to WWII - reference articles on the back about German U-Boats), the article talks about Dr. Wood’s book and states that Dr. Wood “catalogued 1,202 species of plants growing within a radius of ten miles of Wilmington.”  Finally, the book contains a detailed map of New Hanover County, 1886.



List of Sprunt Family Line - Listed at the top “In Memory of Rev. James M. Sprunt D.D. Born at Perth, Scotland Jan. 14th 1818, Died at Kenansville N.C. Dec. 6th 1884.

In a letter sent to Mrs. Thomas F. Wood Sr. from William H. Sprunt.



North Carolina Public Health Association Newsletter, July 1991.  Tribute to Thomas Fanning Wood by E. Daniel Singleton.  Dedication of Library.


North Carolina State Archives - Guide to Private Collections.

Dr. Thomas Fanning Wood (d. 1892) Papers 1861 - 1823.


Wilmington Morning Star, July 2, 1992.

Tribute to Thomas Fanning Wood, M.D.  Photo of ceremony at Oakdale Cemetery.


Wilmington Morning Star, Dec. 31, 1972.

“Chronicle of N.C. Medicine - A Gold Mine” Tribute to Thomas Fanning Wood.


North Carolina Board of Health - Bulletin, July 9, 1903 (copy)

Tribute to Thomas F. Wood, M.D., LL.D.


“For The Record” The Newsletter of the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society, no date


Announcement of Exhibit “Medical History of the Lower Cape Fear” Picture on front of doctors performing a medical procedure





Original Letter to “My Dear Nephew” (Thomas Fanning Wood) - First page of a long letter but no signature.  Dated: Nantucket, March 12th, 1888.  Written on lined paper.

Concerns the problems growing corn on the farm and the results from the first visit to North Carolina and that the writer believes firmly that roots and clover can be grown and fed profitably to the milk cows.


Letter to Margaret H. Wood “Dear Maggie” - From “Aunt Kizzie” (TFW’s sister) - 915 Union Street, Brunswick, Georgia.

(no date)  Kezia Fanning Conoley (she married John J. Conoley)


Letter to “My Dear Cousin” - Thomas Fanning Wood - From Alfred Wood (must be Alfred Carpenter Wood - son of Robert Barkley Wood II).  March 8, 1880 - 363 West 28th Street, New York.

Sends best wishes for health and happiness and thanks Thomas for continuing to send him his “highly appreciated” medical journals.  General news of New York.


Letter to “Dear Nephew and Hearer - Thomas Fanning Wood - From Uncle David?

Nantucket, March 28, 1880.

Regrets at having returned home from a six week visit to Wilmington.  Very emotional letter about how kind everyone was to him in Wilmington.


Letter to “Dear Cousin” - Thomas Fanning Wood - From Lydia M. Folger.

Nantucket, July 18, 1880

Thanks to TFW for information concerning a flower - Heather.  Regrets that it may be too late to send specimens.  Her concerns about the health of the family and her wish that Cousin Mary could have some of the “Nantucket Air.”


Letter to “Dear Cousin” - Thomas Fanning Wood - From L.M. Folger

Nantucket - July 30, 1880.

About the box of flowers that she sent to him and the discovery of “Esica Cinerea.”  Also about the surprise visit by a Mr. Moore “Southerner.”


Letter to Thomas Fanning Wood - From Lydia

Nantucket - July 8, 1881

Comments about the “great honor” from the Medical Society and how proud she is of him.  Expresses concern about news of Kizzie’s sickness.  Kizzie and Aunt Mary should come to Nantucket to get well.  Talks about her relief that the attempted assassination of the President (James A. Garfield) was not laid on the South and that so many letters of sympathy had come from the South.  (Garfield was shot on July 2, 1881 and died on September 19)


Letter to Thomas Fanning Wood - From Hattie S. Lima

Nantucket - December 12, 1887

Concern for his “condition” and advice not to “readily yield to recumbent quiet as a cure.”


Letter to “My Very Dear Cousin, Thomas” - From Hattie S. Lima

Nantucket - May 21, 1887

Relief that he is improving and hopes that he will soon be off the sick bed.


Letter to “Very Dear Cousin” - Thomas Fanning Wood - From Cousin Walter

Nantucket - June 22, 1887

Trying to find the books TFW requested - “Village Photographs” and “King Solomon’s Mines.”


Letter to “My Dear Thomas” - From Aunt Eliza Wood (Eliza Mackey, wife of Captain Thomas Fanning Wood, Sr.) Boston, June 4, 1892.  c/o Mrs. A.H. Lloyd.  She asks for Miss Caroline’s (?) address.  Note in pen at the bottom: “This is an aunt husband of my namesake, Capt. Th. F. Wood, & daughter of Mr. Mackey once of Halifax.  I have never seen her & don’t know the object of her inquiry.  T.F.W.”


Letter to “My Dear Cousin” - from H.S. Harris, Savannah, Georgia, March 17, 1890.

This is a sympathy note in answer to TFW’s telegram announcing his Father’s death.  (March 15, 1890)


Letter to “Dear Cousin Thomas” - From Lydia, Nantucket, February 6, 1891.

She thanks him for the beautiful photographs (obviously of Wilmington plants and flowers) he sent, especially the fly-trap photo.  “How often I long to get into your buggy and go the rounds with you and then take a drive over the Causeway, to the Hospital or some other of the charmed spots that were so helpful in making me what I am now.”   She talks about the drastic changes in the weather in Nantucket during the Winter and can hardly wait until Spring when they can “get out.”  She has some Violet roots from TFW’s mother’s garden that produced flowers when they have a mild turn and some Yellow Jessamine.  She asks if he ever goes to Newbern and if he does to please look up the Cutter “Winona” and its First Lieutenant, John Morissey.  He married their Cousin Lizzie Myer.


Three page letter to “Dear Tommie” - From “Your Affec. Sister Kezzie” Brunswick, Ga. April 29, 1889. (His sister Kezia Fanning Wood, 33 years old at the time of this letter) 

She apologizes for waiting so long to write but has has several sick days since he was there.  Her baby is also sick.   She talks of her “condition” and mentions that a New York doctor, who had

seen her, said that he had three years experience with her disease.  She doesn’t quite trust him and asks Tom for his opinion.  She describes an ointment or bath that he had her mix up to soak in but it causes her great pain and caused a shedding of skin from the inside of the womb.  The Dr. said that was a normal reaction.


Letter to “Dear Tommie” - From R.B.W. (must be his brother Robert Barkley Wood, Jr.), Brunswick, Ga., October 11, 1890.

He states his opposition to the “terms of the sale proposed by your man” and fears that it would not take him more than six months to take all the “cream” from the land and then where is their security.  He wants the first payment, at least, to be cash.  He sent TFW’s letter to A.V. (probably their brother Alfred Vincent Wood) who agreed.  He says that he would not sell for less than 1/3 cash and the balance in 6 to 12 months.  He believes that if they don’t get cash up front, the buyer would have “every stick of timber of the land and would have skipped out.”  He mentions that he would like to read “The Defense of Charleston Harbor” because it mentions his old friend Charles Banks who is living near there on a farm.  He reports that Mary (?)  has a fever today.


Letter to T.F. Wood, “Dear Sir”- Nantucket, June 11, 1880


Letter to T.F. Wood, “Dear Doctor”- Nantucket, February 17, 1881


Letter to “My Dear Thomas”- Nantucket, February 7, 1881


Letter to “Dear Nephew”- Nantucket, June 13, 1881



Map of New Hanover County, North Carolina



Biography of Thomas Fanning Wood, MD. - Biography of Eminent American Physicians and Surgeons - Invitation to Dr. Wood to be included.  Dated February 29, 1892.  Enclosed is a Biography sheet that has been filled in with significant detail by Dr. Wood in his own hand.  This is the most detailed biography of his life, including his service during the Civil War.  He ends the

biography “The University of North Carolina conferred upon him in 1888, the Honorary Degree of L.L.D.”  It is the original hand-written version, and the application is not completed, so he must have decided not to send it in.

The envelope is deteriorating but reads: Carlon & Hollenbeck, Publishers of Biography of Eminent American Physicians and Surgeons, 23 North Meridian St., Indianapolis, Ind  and is addressed to Thomas F. Wood M.D., Editor of “North Carolina Medical Journal”, 201 Chestnut St., Wilmington, North Carolina.


Biography of Thomas Fanning Wood, M.D., typed by Margaret Wood (from the Carlon & Hollenbeck biography) for Edward Jenner Wood, M.D. just before his death in 1928.



Information and correspondence concerning the book “The National History of Carolina, Florida; and the Bahama Islands” (1731) 



Photos of a Sampler made by Jane Dalziel (Sprunt) in her ninth year - In the upper right hand corner is sewed the name Margaret Tannahill and under her name are her parents’ initials T.T (Thomas Tannahill) & M.W. (Mary Wright).  In the upper left hand corner is the name John Dalziel and under his name the initials of his parents - W.D. (William Dalziel) & E. McM. (Eliza McMillan).  John Dalziel is the father of Jane Dalziel who was the mother of Mary Kennedy Sprunt who married Thomas Fanning Wood.  Sewed into the sampler are the Dalziel children’s names:  Mary Dalziel, Eliza Dalziel, Margaret Dalziel, William Dalziel, Thomas Dalziel, Ann Dalziel and Jane Dalziel.  The center of the sampler reads: 

“Jane Dalziel sewed this sampler in the ninth year of her age. 

Teach me to live that I may dread

The grave as little as my bed

teach me to die that so I may

triumphing rise at the last day.

Hamilton Place


This sampler was last in the possession of Susan Eliza Hall, Wilmington, N.C.


Wood Photos


Photo Postcard of Margaret H. Wood

“A souvenir of Atlantic City - September 18, 1920 - taken just off the Boardwalk.”

Signed:  MH Wood


Photo—Mary Sprunt Wood 1883, Yates and Alderman, Wilmington, NC


Photo—Mrs. Wood (Mary Sprunt Wood), wife of Dr. Thomas Fanning Wood



Family of Jane Dalziel Sprunt and Alexander Sprunt - Family tree - single page.



List of Wood Family papers that were to be photocopied - 5/10/81 - With pencil notes concerning the importance of some documents.



Final Will and Testament of Mary S. Wood - 10 November, 1924. 

Giving house at intersection of Chestnut & Second Streets to Daughters Jane D. Wood and Margaret H. Wood.  Executer: Dr. Edward J. Wood

Includes attached codicil appointing Jane D. Wood as Executrix without bond.



Registrum Magni Sigilli Regum Scotorum - three copies.

Charter endowing land to John Sprunt -- Name on cover: Miss Jane D. Wood, North British Hotel, Edinburgh



Small Herald Square Memorandum Book -

No date or name - written in pencil

Notes about St. James Church & Parish.

Construction Dates - principal people - payments - etc.

* Could have belonged to Robert Barkley Wood



“The Woods-Doctors”



Bulletin of the North Carolina State Board of Health, June 1913.  Vol. XXVIII No. 3.

Photo of Thomas Fanning Wood, M.D., “First Secretary of the North carolina State Board of Health, 1877 - 1892” on the inside cover.


Bulletin of the North Carolina State Board of Health, March 1892.   Vol. VI.  No. 12.

Thomas F. Wood, M.D., Secretary and Treasurer.  Summary reports from County Superintendents, review of diseases for Feb., 1892, condition of jails and poor houses for Feb. 1892 and mortuary reports.


The Health Bulletin of the North Carolina State Board of Health, June 1939.  Cover of the Bulletin has a photograph of TFW’s home at 201 Chestnut Street in Wilmington.  Caption reads “The above photo of the home of Dr. Wood was taken about 1886.  The house still stands with only slight remodeling, at the corner of Chestnut and second Streets, Wilmington.  In this building Dr. Wood lived with his family and carried on the work of the State Board of Health from soon after its creation February 12, 1877, until his death August 22, 1892.  Here was issued the first copy of the Health Bulletin, April 1886.  In this group are shown Dr. and Mrs. Wood with their three small children, Misses Jane D. and margaret Wood, still living here and Edward Jenner.  The latter became a distinguished physician and scientist until his untimely death in 1928.”  The lead article is about Dr. Wood and the creation of the Bulletin.



Stationary for Thomas Fanning Wood, Secretary, North Carolina Board of Health, 18__.  With official seal of the Department.


Letter from Alex Kennedy to Mrs. Thomas Fanning Wood, Feb. 4, 1884, Newcastle.  Is sending his Aunt Mary’s watch to her as part of his aunt’s will.  He thanks her for her sympathy after his aunt’s death.  He sends his regrets that her father is so poorly (dyspepsia).  He sends his best to her husband.  (original)



Notes taken during voyage from Trinidad to England by Thomas Dalziel, April 1, 1844.  25 pages typewritten.  Probably copied in the early 1900’s.


Family lines of Woods, Wilbers, Coffins, Folgers, Fannings, Dalziels, Tannerhills, Wrights, MacMillans, Sprunts, MacDonalds, Menzies, Hutchisons, Assembled by Margaret H. Wood after many years of personal research in Boston, Nantucket, Washington, D.C., Kenansville, N.C. and Hallsville, N.C.



A Short Biography and Some Tributes to the Memory of Sir William Osler, January 3, 1920.  Reprinted from The British Medical Journal.   He was Regius Professor of Medicine at the University of Oxford.  This is a small booklet about the life of William Osler (A mentor of Dr. Edward Jenner Wood at The Royal Academy in London) and tributes by some of his collegues.


A note from William Osler to Edward Jenner Wood, June 3rd, 1908.  13 Norham Gardens, Oxford.  He is very interested to hear that there is Pellegre in North Carolina.  He encourages EJW to prepare a careful report for the Medical Journal.  He suggests getting the Government department interested.  Sorry to have missed EJW in England last year.  He always felt that EJW was a first class student and capable of doing first class work. (original letter)



Newspaper article with reference to Dr. Thomas Fanning Wood, Feb. 2, 1913 (date written in ink at the bottom of the article -- no publication name) The article is entitled “GIVES CREDIT TO ANOTHER” and is written by Richard H. Lewis.  He is reacting to a resolution from the Raleigh Academy of Medicine commending his work in public health.  He succeeded Dr. Wood as Secretary of the North Carolina Board of Public Health. He says: “I was not the pioneer of this work.  The first medical license law was enacted in 1859 and the State Board of Health was born in the brain and nourished in the warm, generous heart of the late Dr. Thomas Fanning Wood, of blessed memory.”


Newspaper article about discovery of Pernicious anaemia by Dr. Edward Jenner Wood, (no date, no publication name - but obviously from Wilmington paper) Headline & Sub-head read: “IMPORTANT DISCOVERY BY WILMINGTON DOCTOR.  Dr. E.J. Wood, in Paper Read Tuesday Before State Medical Society, Raleigh, Finds Cause of Pernicious Anaemia - That Sprue and Pernicious Anaemia Are One Disease - Presages Greatest Medical Research Accomplish in Half Century.”


Wilmington Morning Star, with major article on Robert Barclay Wood, Jan. 13, 1990.  Article: “WHO BUILT WILMINGTON?” 



Newspaper article about the life of Col David Fanning, the great N.C. Tory, This is an article written for the Carthage (NC) Blade by H.F.S.  A very interesting article about this British Officer during the Revolutionary War.


Newspaper article announcing the death of Kezzia Fanning Conoley, Oct 19, 1947.  This is the complete issue of The Coastal Georgian newspaper and the article and tribute is on page 7.  There is a picture of Mrs. Conoley and the caption reads: “PIONEER BRUNSWICKIAN PASSES - With the passing of Mrs. Kezzia Fanning Conoley on last Monday at the age of 91, Brunswick lost one of its oldest and most beloved citizens.  Widow of the late John J. Conoley, and sister of the late Alfred V. Wood, Sr., and the late Robert B. Wood , Mrs. Conoley belonged to that hardy race of pioneers that gave the best in their lives towards the building of Brunswick from a mere village in the wilderness to the prosperous city that it is today.  Such a life should be an inspiration to all who work for the good of this community.”  This is followed by a tribute from a friend.



Wilmington newspaper article about R.B. Wood and the building of City Hall, Star News, Aug. 6, 1956.  Talks about the original cost of $35,786 for the construction and R.B. Wood’s design fee of $40.


Newspaper article about John D. Wood’s enlistment in Naval Aviation, Atlanta, Ga. May 27.


Newspaper article about Jane D. Wood’s scrapbook and service to Wilmington, This is an article written by Dr. B. Frank Hall after her death (no date).  It is a memoral to her leadership in so many community enterprises and her special scrapbook which records the story of the National Special Aid Society during World War I -- from 1917 to 1920.  Title; “PENNY DAYS EXEMPLIFIED PATRIOTISM.”



Original Deed for 201 Chestnut Street, Wilmington, N.C., April 14th, 1882.  Between Thomas F. Wood and William L. Smith, Jr. for $2,250 with payments of $750 Quarterly at a rate of 6% per annum.  The deed was registered in Book R.R.R in the records of New Hanover County, pages 551-552 and 553.


Promisary Note to W.L. Smith for rent of 201 Chestnut Street, Sept. 9, 1879.  Promise to pay Smith $300 for the rent of the house from Oct. 1, 1880 to Oct. 1, 1881 in monthly installments of $25.  Signed by Robert B. Wood. 


Promisory note to Dr. A.J. DeRosset for $350, mar. 25th, 1889.  Signed by Robert B. Wood.  Written across note: “paid in full July 6, 1892.”


Promisary Note from Thomas Fanning Wood to William L. Smith, April 14, 1882.  Promise to pay Smith $750, two years after the date of the note, with interest at the rate of 6% per annum, for part of the purchase price for the house & lot.  Negotiable and payable at The Bank of New Hanover.  Signed Thomas F. Wood.  Three original notes with dates of payments and signatures on the back of each.  He paid (on first note) $400 on May 19, 1883, $100 on May 3, 1884, $100 on May 23, 1884, $75 plus interest on June 1, 1884.  (second note) $270 on Jan. 6, 1885, $30 on April 11, 1885, $300 on June 9, 1885, $157 on Aug. 3, 1885.  (third note) $100 on Oct. 14, 1885, $250 Mar. 11, 1886, $444.61 on June 12, 1886.


Collection records of Wm. L. Smith, on stationary marked “Wm. L. Smith, Jr., 8 Sept., 1882.  These are obviously dated collections on the three notes to Thomas F. Wood for the house.  Each entry is dated and signed. (original)


Ledger sheet for money owed to Alex Sprunt & Son, Dated from June 12, 1886.  Shows itemized account of Thomas F. Wood, totalling $1,429.38 and marked settled in full July 5, 1892.


City Engineers Certificate of Survey for 201 Chestnut Street, Jan. 17th, 1911. Shows the lot in corner of Block No. 192 and the lot size 133’ x 66’.  Surveyed by J.L. Becton, Deputy City Engineer. 


Letter from Hunter to Tom Wood, October 2, 1919.  On Alexander Sprunt & Son, 82 Beaver Street, New York, stationary.  Hunter received the check for $7600 to be applied against stocks which Hunter bought for Mother.  The only way he could arrange it so that she would not have to pay a state tax was to have it issued in his name.  He will endorse the certificates and send them to Tom. 


Deposit slip from The Peoples Savings Bank, Wilmington, N.C., Oct. 5, 1919.  Deposit of $95.13 by Mrs. M.D. Wood.  Note written on slip in pen: “Dear Tom, this is balance due Mother from the 7600 check you sent.


Two letters between Thomas F. Wood and J.H. (Hunter) Wood, 1920. 

Letter to Hunter, dated Aug. 21, 1920.  Sending the Temporary Firestone Certificate #THY 861 for 25 shares preferred stock for exchange to permanent certificate.  It has taken him so long to get it because jennie is away and maggie has been unable to get downtown. 

Letter to Tom dated August 23, 1920.  He acknowledges receipt of firestone certificate and says he will send stock back as soon as possible.


Last Will and Testament of Mary Sprunt Wood, March 19, 1932. 

She gives to Jane & Margaret all ready money, including bank deposits and the house at 201 Chestnut Street with all improvements and furnishings and her personal effects.  She gives the rest of her estate, including securities and investments to all four living children and to the children of her deceased son Edward Jenner Wood.  Certified and signed by A.L. Mayland, Clerk Superior Court, Feb. 10, 1944, after her death.


Letter to Misses Jane and Margaret Wood from J.C. Wessell, Jr., Attorney at Law, May 26, 1943.

John Wessell has examined the title to the Princess Street house that they wish to purchase from Clayton Bellamy and that it is free and clear of any and all leins and encumberances but subject to a few restrictions:  1. No liquor or ardent spirits shall ever be sold upon the premises. 2.  No dwelling shall be erected costing less than $1500. 3.  There shall be no rental, sale or other disposal to negroes or persons of African descent. 4. No dwelling shall be erected whose front porch is closer than twenty (20) feet to Princess Street.


Letter to Misses Jane and Margaret Wood from J.C. Wessell, Jr., Attorney at Law, June 15, 1943.

This is a letter notifying them of the warrenty deed from Clayton G. Bellamy and wife Beverly N. Bellamy for the house at 201 Chestnut and discusses the tax discounts for the rental of the property.


Warrenty Deed for Princess Street House, June 15, 1943.  Between Clayton G. Bellamy and Wife, Beverly N. Bellamy and Jane D. Wood and Margaret H. Wood.  Special note: “This conveyance is further subject to an unrecorded lease executed to D. B. Koonce, which lease expires October 1, 1943.  (original signed by J.A. Wessell, Jr.)



Recollections from Cousin Tomina (Dalziel Fisher) 

About her Great grandfather Thomas Tannahill and his descendants.  The Sprunt line -- John Dalziel, Alexander Sprunt, etc.


Lines of Dominic Fanning and John Wickham, Family tree.


Names and Dates for Holmes Family, Joseph Austin Holmes, Jane Isabella Sprunt Holmes, Margaret Catherine Holmes, Joseph Austin Holmes, Jr., Jean Dalziel Holmes Stanton, James Sprunt Holmes, Helen Whitwell, James Dalziel Holmes.



Letter from John J. Coddington, Genealogist, Swathmore, Pa., June 16, 1958.  To Mr. A.J. (Jarvis) Wood, Jr.  He is responding to Jarvis’ letter and inquiry into the background of the Wood family line.  He confirms that the Wilmington Woods are descended from every one of the First Families of Nantucket.  He traces the line of John Wood of Dorking, Surrey, England 1538 to Mary Wood Hussey. He describes the entire Wood - Hussey line. (Original)


Letter from A.J. Wood, 8 August 1961. To Margaret Wood.  Apologizes for being so late in writing her.  Is sending her the John Coddington genealogy letter about the Wood - Hussey line.


Letter from Major George H. McGrath, Crafton, Pa. to Margaret Wood, 12 March 1947.  Responding to her letter about the connection between his family - McGraths, Marmions, Gardiners and the Woods.


Brief Bio’s of key Coffin family members.  Gives bio’s of John Coffin, Samuel Coffin, Tristram Coffin, Peter Coffin, Nicholas Coffin, Phineas Fanning, James Fanning, Thomas Fanning, Edmond Fanning -- giving dates, locations, details, etc.  Enclosed in letter from George McGrath to Maggie Wood in 1947.



Letter from Louis Moore to Miss Jane D. Wood, February 5, 1955.  Telling her of a letter he has sent to Laurence Sprunt about a paragraph from the archives of the St. John’s Lodge of Masons concerning his Father’s (James Sprunt) serious accident in 1881. He also mentions a reference to Mr. Phineas W. (Wines) Fanning.  (Carbon)


Letter from Louis Moore to Laurence Sprunt, February 5, 1955.  Is sending him a paragraph from the archives of the St. John’s Lodge of Masons, September 29, 1881, concerning his Father’s accident. He fell from his horse on the Masonborough Sound road and had to have his leg amputated.  He was attended by Dr. Thomas Fanning Wood.  (Original)



Letter from James Sprunt to Mr. Tom Wood, February 27, 1963.  He is sending a copy of the Sprunt Family chart which Tom helped him develop and explains how to read it.  (Original)


The Sprunt Family Line (Descendants of Alexander & Jane Dalziel Sprunt), Dec. 1962.

This is the full Sprunt line going back to David Sprunt (Scotland) and Jane Hutcheson up through 1962 with all dates and special information.



Letter to Mrs. T.F. Wood from “Margaret”, June 6, 1933.  Description of the Smith Family line back to Thomas McNeil in Ireland in 1760.  (Original)


The line of John Foster Smith & first wife, Ellen Eliza Cadwallader & second wife, Margaret MacDonald.


Recollections by James F. Smith, October 30, 1894.  Typed copy of his recollections of the Smith family.  Five pages.


Letter from Mrs. Thomas Fanning Wood to The Royal College of Heraldry, August 28th, 1933.  She is inquiring about information concerning Jane Stuart, born on County Down, Ireland, 1760 who married Thomas McNeil in 1775.  She moved to the U.S. after her husband’s death and married Thomas Foster in Carlisle, Pa.  Jane Stuart claimed to be the daughter of a Stuart Duke.  (an original hand-written version and two typed copies)



Original map of the Battle of Chancellorsville - Made on the ground, (in pencil) May 6, 1863, by Thomas Fanning Wood, Assistant Surgeon.  The map shows locations of Confederate and Union troops on the third day and the route of Jackson’s flanking march on the second day.  It also shows the locations of Confederate and Union field hospitals.  Below the map, he has written:  “After leaving Fredericksville we took our way along the Plank Road.  Leaving this to the right we took the Neighborhood Road and coming down right in front of the enemy’s line, being protected by a heavy forest of whiteoaks, and making a circuit of this position, came down on their flank again on the Plank Road.  Our line of battle was formed at right angles to the road, and advanced our right wing through the open field on our left (of which our Division was part) formed the left.  The Yankees were surprised and completely routed.  The works marked “Yankee Lines Saturday” is the front at which they made a bold stand.  Retreating on Sunday they fell back on the works marked “Yankee Lines on Monday”.  We then changed our position and came down on them so obstinately that they retreated across the river.  This map was folded and sealed with a straight pin and found in a copy of Life and Letters of Stonewall Jackson, by his wife, 1892.  On the front of the letter is written:  Sketch of Chancellorsville Battlefield made on the ground by T.F.W.



“An Assistant Surgeon’s Recollections of the Gettysburg Campaign, By Thomas F. Wood, Asst. Surgeon late 3rd N.C. Infantry”, This is a 22 page hand-written document, done sometime after the war (no date), that was probably used for a speech.  Original document in perfect condition. 



Appointment as Surgeon in the North Carolina Troops - April 1st 1862.  (Original) Executive Department N.C., Adjutant General’s Office. Signed by Henry W. Clark, Governor ex-officio. 

Orders to report for duty to Col. Rogers, 47th Regiment.



Faded Photo of Thomas Fanning Wood - in uniform, 1864.  The photograph is signed at the bottom:  “Sincerely your friend Thomas F. Wood”


Officers of the Third Regiment - Photo page (proof) from book Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions From North Carolina, by Walter Clark, 1892, with photo of Thomas F. Wood, Assistant Surgeon.



“Wilmington in the Great Struggle from 1861 to 1865”.  By Thomas F. Wood.  A detailed discussion of the situation in Wilmington during the Civil War.  He talks about location, population, shipping, social events, the negro, etc.  Written on a Sermon tablet, obviously after the War.  9 pages. (Original)



Civil War Notes - Hand-written, in pencil, by Thomas Fanning Wood in 1861.  (Original) Blair’s Old Beach writing tablet.  Numbered “Book 2”.  He was evidently the Secretary for the “Committee of Safety” of Wilmington and this is a daily Journal that was kept for that organization.  Some topics include:  “Wilmington in the Great Struggle -- Journal, March 13, 1861, Confederate Commissioners waiting at Washington, D.C.”  “Convention was defeated -- meetings called in Eastern Counties, March 15, 1861.”  “Meeting of the Southern Rights Party in the Court House after failure of Convention.”  “Recruits called for Southern Army, March 23, 1861.”  “Confederate Treasury Notes issued, April 5, 1861.”  “News form Charleston - Maj. Anderson supplies cut off, April, 7, 1861.” “Details of the assault and surrender of Sumter.”  “Committee of Safety organized.”  “Proclamation issued by Jefferson Davis, President C.S., calling Congress in extra session, 29 April, 1861.”  “Wilmington banks offer $100,000 for public defense, April 20, 1861.”  “Death of Governor Thomas W. Ellis, July 7, 1861, succeeded by Henry W. Clark.”  “Henry Risley committed to jail for incendiary language against the South, July 23, 1861.”



Dr. Thomas Fanning Wood -- Journal - “Some Recollections of My Life Written for My Children During My Confinement With Aneurysm Beginning 25th April, 1886.”  Typed copy by Margaret H. Wood, 18 August, 1914.



Civil War Notes, “The Committee of Safety - 1861. (Original) Sermon writing tablet for “Ministers, Lecturers and Authors Generally.”  These are notes about the daily activities of The Committee of Safety and the beginnings of the war.  He talks about the justification for the Committee, and the failure of the Peace Commission.  10 Pages.



“The Population Analysed”.  By Thomas F. Wood.  A discussion of the general population along the Atlantic Coast prior to the Civil War.  He talks about backgrounds, trades, religions, political parties and races - and how they influenced each other.  Written on a Sermon tablet.  21 pages.  (Original)



Letter to Thomas Fanning Wood from Dr. B. Rush Senseney - August 2nd, 1878. This letter was written on the back of a sales flyer for the “Pennsylvania Vaccine Farm” which Dr. Senseney was the Proprietor.  He obviously did a good bit of business with Dr. Wood because he is sending 12 large double points of virus vaccine.  The main purpose of the letter, however, is to congratulate Dr. Wood on the birth of his son Edward Jenner.  A typed version of the letter was done by Donald B. Koonce, on April 29, 1997 and is enclosed with the original.



Checkbook from The Murchison National Bank 1929.  Receipts from Oct. 19, 1929 to “Ruth’s College (must be Ruth Smith) $265.63 and Oct. 21, 1929 for “ticket to NY” $158.85.



Colton’s Map of North Carolina, 1876.  Folded into a pocket notebook.  Inside is printed, “Board of Health of North Carolina. Thomas F. Wood, M.D. Sec’y, Wilmington, N.C.”  He has marked various counties in colored pencil.



Jane Sprunt’s Journal during her stay in Glasgow, 1870 to 1873, 22 pages in a stitch-bound, lined notebook -- in pencil.  Original. Handwriting very difficult to read



Recollections of Jane Dalziel Wood, March 1953.  Written in a spiral stenographer’s notebook -- in ink.  The title reads “Recollections of Jane Dalziel Wood while a heart patient at home 1704 Princess St.”  There are six pages about their family’s home at 201 Chestnut Street in Wilmington.  Original.



Pocket Diary for the Year 1855 (small black leather book)



The Book of Common Prayer, printed by Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, Name & date on first page (signature): Thomas F. Wood, April 12th 1884.  (cover in bad shape - coming apart)



In Memoriam book - to Thomas Fanning Wood, M.D. L.L.D, Born Feb. 23, 1841, Died Aug. 22, 1892.  This book sponsored by the Committee of Revision and Publication of the pharmacopia of the United States of America, 1890 - 1900.  Resolutions concerning the life & death of Dr. Wood.  List of the name of the committee



“Some Recollections of My Life Written for My Children During My Confinement With Aneurysm Beginning 25th April, 1886, Book One.  Thomas Fanning Wood. Original Journal, written by hand, in ink, in a hard cover composition book.  Inside the cover: “First Book.  Wilmington, North Carolina, May 11, 1886”.  House N.E. Cor. of 2nd Chestnut St.  Written on the inside first page: “Note: I commenced to write on the right hand page before I learned to write on both sides, and so there will be some confusion in getting the continuous narrative without looking at the notices on each page.”  The first book covers his early childhood in Wilmington through his duty at Fort Fisher.  The first book ends with his regiment being ordered from Fort Fisher to Coosawhatchie, S.C., December, 1861.



Some Recollections of My Life Written for My Children During My Confinement With Aneurysm, Book Two. Original Journal.  Inside front cover: “Wilmington, North Carolina, November 8, 1886.  Residence Cor. Chestnut & 2nd St.  Second Book.  Some recollections of my life, written for my Children.”  Signed: Thomas F. Wood.  This book begins with the headline: “As a member of the 18th Regt. N.C. Troops, I go to Coosawhatchie in S.C.”  This book ends during the battle of the Wilderness - May 4, 1864.



Some Recollections of My Life Written for My Children During My Confinement With Aneurysm, Book Three. Original Journal.  Page one: “Some Recollections of my Life written for my children.  Book 3.  Wilmington, N.C.  June 30, 1887.”  Signed: Thomas F. Wood.  The book opens in 1864 with the Battle of the Wilderness and ends, in the middle of the composition book, during General Early’s Campaign to Washington.  He begins to tell of the battle of Fisher’s Hill, in the Valley of the Massonutton Mountains, September 20, 1864, and suddenly ends.



Family photo album. This album contains photographs of many of the different families that connect to the Woods, including the Sprunts, Dalziels, Woods, Fishers, Hedderwicks, Holmes', Jacksons, and Smiths. Also includes photos of a sampler made by Jane Dalziel in 1832; china belonging to Jane Dalziel Sprunt, 1875; work box belonging to Margaret Tannahill Dalziel; snuffers used by Mary Kennedy Sprunt Wood; MacDonald family crest; needlework done by Mary Kennedy Sprunt, 1873; breakfast stand belonging to Mary Kennedy Sprunt Wood; wedding china belonging to Margaret Tannahill Dalziel; and the Tannahill family crest.



Family photo album. This album contains photographs of may of the different families, places, and things that connect to the Woods, including the Wilber family coat of arms; photographs of the Wood family; John Coffin's coat of arms; a painting of Kelzia Folger Coffin; a plate belonging to Thomas Fanning Wood bearing the Coffin coat of arms; newspaper articles on the Fanning family; the Health Bulletin, The Woods; and a newspaper article about the construction of Thalian Hall.



Family photo album. This album contains photographs, genealogies, newspaper articles, obituaries, and other publications pertaining to the Woods family. Some family members in the album include: Thomas Fanning Wood, Mary Kennedy Sprunt Wood, Edward Jenner Wood, John Hunter Wood, Robert Barclay Wood, Jane Dalziel Wood, Margaret Hall Wood, Kezia Coffin, Carolina Matilda Fanning Wood, and Lillis Wood.



Family photo album. This album contains photographs, newspaper articles, biographies, and the personal memoirs of the Wood family. Other families included in the album (relatives of the Wood family) include the Sprunts, Dalziels, Jacksons, Coffins, Folgers, Munds, Ross, and McDonalds.


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