Governor George Thomas Wood
GOVERNOR GEORGE THOMAS WOOD
LOUELLA STYLES VINCENT
Through fire and other uncontrollable vicissitudes the Wood
family records have been destroyed so that most that is known of
the Governor is in the recollection of his only living child, Mrs.
Albea, who was fifteen years of age at the time of her father's
death. For ten years she has been talking to this writer in fainil-
iar friendliness and from time to time has given the facts here set
forth. On September 7, 1916, Mrs. Albea carefully scanned these
data and pronounced them accurate to her best knowledge and
George Thomas Wood was born in Georgia. His father, whose
name is not recalled, died when the son was five years of age.
His mother was Elizabeth Burris Wood. He was in the Creek
War and bore indelible scars from Indian arrows. His commis-
sary was Captain Byrd M. Grace, who also moved to Texas. Mr.
Wood was in business in Cuthbert, Georgia, and is supposed to-
have been in the Georgia legislature when he met Mrs. Martha
Evans Gindrat, whom he married at her home in Milledgeville,.
September 18, 1837.
In 1839, the family decided to move to Texas, and to that end
took boat down the Chattahoochee to Apalachicola, Florida, where
Mr. Wood chartered a sloop. and set sail for the West. Fortu-
nately this charter has survived the years, and is reproduced in
full herewith. The script is precise and exquisite like copper
This Charter party, intended and made between John Steib
mariner and master of the sloop called the Marshall, now in the
port of Apalachicola, of the burthen of Sixty Tons or thereabouts
of the One part, And George T. Wod of the other part, Witnesseth
that the said John Steib, for the consideration hereinafter men-
tioned, hath granted and to freight letten, and by these presents
doth grant and to freight let, unto the said George T. Wood, his
Executors, Administrators, and assigns, the whole tonnage of the
hold, Skow, sheets, and half deck. And Cabin of the said sloop
called the Marshall, from the port of Apalachicola to Galveston in
Texas in a voyage to be made by the said John Steib with the said
sloop in manner hereinafter mentioned (that is to say) to sail
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101070/. Accessed April 29, 2016.