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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Purdy, Helen M.
Mrs. John H. Kenzie,   pp. 95-97 PDF (589.7 KB)

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

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    All this and many other experiences of the true
pioneer life were hers, which she tells of in after years
when surrounded by the comforts of her Chicago home.
    Mrs. Kenzie was married in 1827, came west with
her husband in 1830, returned to Chicago in 1834 where
they took up their permanent residence. It was at Chi-
cago that she wrote Wau-Bun, her early history, not
realizing at that time what a prominent part it would
have in after years, in the history of the massacre of Fort
Dearborn in 1812. Her mother-in-law, from a boat, was
an eye witness to part of the massacre.
    Mrs. Kenzie died in Chicago in 1870 after a long,
eventful life.
    I trust she may find a place among the pioneer wo-
men as she surely was a wonderful woman.
-            MRS. LEWIS N. WOOD
       Contributed by the John Bell Chapter, D. A. R.  -
    Naomi Dunn Davis, born in Shiloh, New Jersey,
September 8, 1800, was married to Lewis N. Wood of
Cumberland County, New Jersey, in 1821. They went
to Madison County, New York where they lived until
1824, moving to Waterville, Oneida County in 1832. Here
Mr. Wood conducted the Academy and studied medicine,
graduating from the Geneva Medical College in 1837.
His wife, a beautiful and intelligent woman, was a most
efficient helpmeet and the wise mother of the eight child-
ren born to them. Upon completing his course in medi-
cine, Dr. Wood went at once to Chicago. His wife and
children went to New Jersey to visit their relatives be-
fore taking the journey to that far distant town which
then contained about three thousand inhabitants, on the

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