Monday, September 1, 2008

Finding Distant Woods

clipped from www.old-picture.com
Fernando Wood
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My husband's cousin Larry has done a remarkable job researching the Wood family. One of the distant relatives he researched is Fernando Wood (above), a former mayor of NYC who was apparently corrupt and whose brother Benjamin owned the NY Daily News for a time. Fernando and Benjamin were outspoken opponents of the Civil War (Fernando suggested NYC secede).

Benjamin Wood's widow Ida had quite the story of her own--The Recluse of Herald Square, a woman of modest origins who reinvented herself to join high society and finally died with millions stuffed under the mattress. You never know who you'll find as you climb your family tree. To be continued.

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