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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
([1924?] )

Mrs. Lewis N. Wood,   pp. 97-99 PDF (614.7 KB)


Mrs. John B. Crawford,   pp. 99-100 PDF (427.0 KB)


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consin, who had been a partner of Dr. Wood's son, J. W.
Wood in California, whither the young men had gone in
1849, with thousands of others who went in search of the
Eldorado. Mrs. Wood lost her daughter, Naomi, to Mr.
Crawford, when he came to Walworth to visit his former
partner on their return from California in 1852.
    The family of Dr. and Mrs. Wood scattered as all
families have a way of doing and after living for so long
the strenuous life of a "Doctor of the Old School", the
Doctor's health began to fail and he retired from practice.
They moved to Baraboo, where their daughter, Naomi
was living and there passed their remaining years. Dr.
Wood died in 1868, aged 69 years, and Mrs. Wood lived
fourteen years without the companion of her youth and
active life.
    Though deprived of her husband's society so long
she was brave, beautiful and interesting to the last. She
was one of the pioneer women of Wisconsin who helped
materially and spiritually in making Wisconsin the won-
derful community that it was for so many years. She
was a descendant of the original Sharpless family that
settled in Philadelphia and Chester County, Pennsylvania
and went with her daughter, Naomi D. Crawford to at-
tend the two hundreth anniversary of their settlement in
America, celebrated in Chester County, Pennsylvania in
1882. Naomi Davis Wood was a queenly woman fitted
by nature to fill any position of whatever responsibility
or prominence.
           MRS. JOHN B. CRAWFORD
       Contributed by the John Bell Chapter, D. A. R.
    Naomi Davis Wood, with her husband, John B.
Crawford, established their home in Baraboo, Wisconsin,
in 1853, and became influential citizens, contributing
muchly to the high character of that town. John B. Craw-
ford's mother, Hannah Barnes, was the daughter of John
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