Born: 1793 Pennsylvania
Flourished: Gallatin County, Illinois
Wood served in the Black Hawk War in 1832, as a 2nd lieutenant. In 1835, he was elected as a director of the State Bank of Illinois. He was elected into the Illinois House of Representatives in 1834, representing Gallatin County for four terms, 1834-1842. During his time in office, Wood married his wife, Elizabeth Hargrave, in 1841. In 1860, he owned $20,000 in real estate, with a personal estate of $7,000.
U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Gallatin County, IL, 1; Gravestone, Equality Village Cemetery, Gallatin County, IL; Handbook of Old Gallatin County (Marion, IL: Illinois History, 2002), 170; History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin and Williamson Counties (Chicago: Goodspeed, 1887), 101; John Clayton, comp., The Illinois Fact Book and Historical Almanac, 1673-1968 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970), 204, 206, 208-209; John V. Murphy, Gallatin County Marriages (Carrier Mills, IL: John V. Murphy, 1985), 27.