The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 260
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GOVERNOR GEORGE THOMAS WOOD
S. IT. GERMAN
A short review of the official and military career of Governor
George T. Wood, in connection with certain facts of his personal
life, will no doubt be of interest to the readers of Texas history.
Especially is this true when we consider the meager information
given in the histories of Texas concerning his life and services
to the State. Until a few years ago the grave of Governor Wood
was unkept and unmarked, save by the towering pine trees that
had grown thereon, and the place of his burial was practically un-
known, except by a few people in the community where his ashes
mingle with the dust. The history now being taught in the pub-
lic schools of the State gives only a, paragraph concerning Gov-
ernor Wood, and concludes by stating that he died in 1850. An-
other history states that he was buried in Panola county. The
Thirty-second Legislature made an appropriation for the purpose
of erecting a suitable monument at the grave of Governor Wood,
near Point Blank, San Jacinto county, and his last resting place
is now appropriately marked by a granite shaft.
Based mostly on interviews with men who knew Governor Wood
well, and particularly from information given by David S. Gin-
drat,1 a stepson of Governor Wood, the writer has been able to
gather some interesting data with reference to Governor Wood
that it is worth while to preserve. Mr. James N. Patrick, who is
still living in San Jacinto county, also knew Wood well and is
familiar with his life while living in what is now San Jacinto
George T. Wood was born at Cuthbert, Randolph county,
Georgia, March 12, 1795. He did not have the advantage of a
finished education, but acquired a good practical education from
the common schools of his day. When about nineteen years of
age, what is known as the Creek War broke out in Southern Ala-
bama, and young Wood organized a company of men and partici-
'The information given by David S. Gindrat has been preserved in a
small pamphlet, entitled George Tyler Wood: Unpublished history of a
noted man, who was second Governor of Texas. By Jesse L. Dixon. San
Jacinto News Print, Oakhurst, Texas. Published about 1901.
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