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[This information is from Vol. IV, pp. 1580-1581 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

William Wood was born in England in 1582. He emigrated to America from Mattock, Derbyshire, England, in 1638, with his wife Margaret, and settled at Concord, Massachusetts, where he filled some of the important offices of the town and died May 14, 1671. His wife died September 1, 1659. Children: Michael and Ruth.

(II) Michael, son of William and Margaret Wood, was born in England and came to America with his parents in 1638. He was a farmer and said to have had an interest in the Concord Iron Works. His wife's name was Mary. He died suddenly, May 13, 1674. Children, born in Concord: Abigail, April 10, 1642; John, Nathaniel, Mary, Thomson, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob.

(III) Jacob, youngest child of Michael and Mary Wood, was born in Concord, March 3, 1662, died October 6, 1723. He married, April 15, 1697, Mary, born in Concord, September 15, 1673, daughter of John and Sarah (Larkin) Wheeler. Children, born in Concord: Jacob, Mary, Ephraim, of further mention; Dorcas, Hannah.

(IV) Ephraim, son of Jacob and Mary (Wheeler) Wood, was born in Concord, February 4, 1702, died March 20, 1789. He lived upon the farm occupied by father and grandfather before him. He was selectman in 1749, and is called "Captain" on the Concord records. He married Mary Bass, who died September 11, 1781. Children, born in Concord: Oliver, Ephraim, Amos, Peter, Mary, Rebecca.

(V) Ephraim (2), son of Ephraim (1) and Mary (Bass) Wood, was born in Concord, August 1, 1733, died April 8, 1814. He was a shoemaker by trade, and was town clerk, selectman, assessor, overseer of the poor and re-elected twenty-seven years. He was one of the first justices appointed by the council after the war of independence and held the office until his death. He was also one of the judges of the court of common pleas. "As a Christian he was humble and devout, sincere and ardent." He married (first) October 24, 1758, Mary, born March 23, 1737, died July 13, 1807, daughter of Amos and Elizabeth (Billings) Heald.

(VI) William, son of Ephraim (2) and Mary (Heald) Wood, was born at Concord, January 10, 1775. He removed to Charlestown, New Hampshire, where he died August 24, 1841. He married (first) Nancy Myrick, born in Charlestown, May 3, 1780, died August 22, 1844. He married (second) Mary Pillsbury, born April 1, 1780, died November 27, 1852. Children, eight by first wife: William (2), of further mention; Daniel, Ann, Mary, Edward Myrick, Martha M., Caroline, Alexander.

(VII) William (2), eldest son of William (1) and Nancy (Myrick) Wood, was born in Charlestown, September 23, 1801. He removed to Springfield, Vermont, where he settled on a farm. He married Frances (Glazier) White, widow of Luther White, by whom she had sons Calvin and Henry. The Glazier family were from Massachusetts where many of the name are shown on revolutionary war records. Her Grandfather Glazier fought at the battle of Lexington and brought away as a trophy the red coat of a British soldier. Children of William and Frances Wood: Elizabeth, died at the age of twelve years, Ann, Harriet, Ellen, Willis, Charles Frank.

(VIII) Charles Frank, son of William (2) and Frances (Glazier) (White) Wood, was born at Springfield, Vermont, March 28, 1843. He was adopted by James Madison Aldrich, of Weathersfield, Vermont, and his wife Mary (Atwood) Aldrich. Charles [James?] Madison Aldrich was a prominent citizen and a member of the Vermont legislature. The adoption was legal and Charles Frank ever after bore the name of Aldrich. He married Abbie Louise Spaulding, born at Cornish, New Hampshire, November 3, 1847, and had issue.

(IX) Charles Spaulding, son of Charles Frank and Abbie Louise (Spaulding) Aldrich, was born at Weathersfield Center, Vermont, April 1, 1871. He prepared for college at Vermont Academy, Saxton's River, Vermont, where he was graduated, class of 1890. He then entered Brown University, whence he was graduated A.B., class of 1894. During 1895 and 1896 he took post graduate work at Wesleyan University where he was also an instructor. In 1896 Wesleyan conferred upon him the degree of A.M. Deciding upon the profession of law he prepared in the offices of Shaw, Bailey & Murphy, at Troy, New York; was admitted to the bar in 1898 and has since been engaged in legal practice in Troy. He pays especial attention to corporation, probate and real estate law, confining his practice to these special lines. He is director and vice-president of the Illium Realty Company; treasurer of the Stockwell Purser Realty Company; treasurer of the International Land and Development Company; secretary and treasurer of the Collar City Land Company; and director of the Union National Bank. He served a term of enlistment in the Troy Citizen's Corps, and while at Brown University in the Rhode Island National Guard. While usually acting with the Republican party he is thoroughly independent in politics. In religious faith Mr. Aldrich is a member and trustee of the First Particular Baptist Church of Troy. He married, September 9, 1897, Helen Parker, born at Manchester, New Hampshire, April 8, 1871, daughter of Frank James and Harriet Charlotte (Eaton) Drake, of Manchester, New Hampshire, who were married June 7, 1869. Frank James Drake was born in Pittsfield, New Hampshire, November 3, 1842, died August 20, 1891. He was a son of James Drake, born June 29, 1805, at Pittsfield, New Hampshire, died April 7, 1870, and Betsey (Seavey) Drake, born October 14, 1811, died September 28, 1865; they were married August 13, 1834. James Drake was a son of James Drake, born November 14, 1775, at Pittsfield, New Hampshire, died February 26, 1834, and Hannah (Ward) Drake, born October 31, 1763, died December 17, 1848; they were married December 17, 1781.

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