A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas Page: 898
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IILS(TORI OF N. V.1RRZO,
was Seigeanlt Major of his regitnent in tile
war of 1812. Mr. Wood married M aria,
a daugliter of Colonel IHarry Walker, an
Irish nobleman, an old Indian tighter, and
a soldier in the Florida war. 1Iis father
was Major Walker, wlio earned the soubriquet
of " Walka Chlllo " or " Birg Bull1
fromll the Indian.s. Our sublje(t's grandfather
was one of Ogletlorpe's colony, of
which lie was probably surgeon. lie mnarried
a Miss Mcnlllohll, a native of Wales,
and they had eight children, all now deceased.
Mr. and Mrs. John Wood were
the parents of the following children:
Williami, a resident of Arkansas; G us, deceased;
John S., a minister of Arkansas;
James B., deceased; Ashley, who died at
Gettysburg; E. R., S. B., A. J, and A. F.
The subject of this sketch secured an
academic education at Lineville Academy,
Alabama, and at the age of sixteen years
he enlisted in the Fourteenth Alabama Infantry,
under Colonel T. J. Judge, later
Circuit Judge of Alabama, in Wilcox's
brigade. The command saw its hardest
service in the Virginia campaign, beginning
at the siege of Yorktown, and participating
in the battle of Seven Pines, second
Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Wilderness, and
many smaller engagements. Mr. Wood
was captured at Hanover Junction by being
cut off from his command while out on a
reconnoiter, was taken to Point Lookout,
Maryland, and thence to Elmira, New
York, being imprisoned altogether thirteen
months and nineteen days. He moved to
Texas soon after the close of the war, locating
near Dresden, Navarro county,
where he taught school fifteen years. In
1880 he came to Corsicana and engaged in
merchandising; in 1880 received the appointment
of Postmaster of this city,
which he retained until removed by President
Harrison; in 1890 was placed before
the people as a candidate for Tax Assessor,
and was elected.
In 1865 Mr. Wood. married Mlary, a
daughter of J. S. Lana, a Methodist minister
of Alabama. He was connected for
a number of years with the Southwestern
University of Alabama, being its locator.
Our subject and wife have had three children:
Sterling, who was educated at Baylor
University; Walker L., studying for the
law at Roanoke, Virginia; and Anna. Mrs.
Wood is a graduate of Centenary College
at Summerfield, Alabama. The family are
members of the Baptist Church, and Mr.
Wood was baptized in that faith by his father
W. KERLEY, one of the pioneers of
Limestone county, was born in South
Carolina, a son of Arthur Kerley,
who was born in that State in 1770. He
was a moderate farmer, and died in Mississippi
about 1835. He married Sarah Barrett,
and they had the following children:
Caroline, deceased, was the wife of John
Collins; J. W., deceased; Elizabeth, deceased,
was the wife of Nelson Lindsey;
J. W., our subject; Sarah, widow of W.
W. Wells; Margaret, wife of a Mr. Foye;
and Matilda, wife of John Lindsey.
J. W. Kerley began life for himself after
attaining his majority, without pecuniary
aid. He was engaged in agricultural
pursuits in Lauderdale county, Mississippi,
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Lewis Publishing Company. A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas, book, 1893; Chicago, Illinois. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth46827/m1/912/: accessed June 16, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Palestine Public Library.