Mary A. Demarest's story

St. Gabriel Church in Plaquemine, LA, where Jane Ann Wood was baptized in 1847
How did hubby's great-grandma Mary Amanda Demarest (1831-1897) get from her birthplace of New York City to Plaquemine, Louisiana, where she married Thomas Haskell Wood (1809-1890) at the tender age of 14 (when he was 36)? This remarkable woman had a total of 17 children between 1846 and 1875!

Cousin Larry, the family genealogist, has spent decades (really) researching Mary Amanda. Although there's no verifiable evidence of exactly who her parents were, Larry has a very good educated guess about her lineage. He believes she was the daughter of Henry E. Demarest (b. 1800), a mason in New York City, and Catherine Nitchie (or Nisky). Catherine's parents were probably John Nitchie and Margaret Evertson Nitchie.

Children of Mary Amanda Demarest Wood and Thomas Haskell Wood:
Jane Ann Wood, Thomas Jefferson Isaiah Haskell Wood, John Marshall Tabor Wood, Lucy Maria Kize Wood, William Henry White Wood, Alfred Olando Wood, Francis Ellery Wood, Lavatia Allen Wood, Joe Elemuel (Lavatia's twin), Charles Augustus Wood, Rachel Ellen (Nellie) Wood, George Howard Wood, Marion Elton Wood, Mary Emma Wood, James Edgar Wood, Robert Orrin Wood, Leander Elkanah Wood

Mary and Thomas lived in Plaquemine, Iberville Parish, at the time of the 1850 Census...but nothing in the records (including marriage info) indicates the name of her parents. They were married on May 14, 1845, when she was two weeks short of her 14th birthday, by a Baptist preacher. By the time of the 1860 Census, they were in Cabell County, Virginia (now part of West Virginia). In 1870, they were in Toledo, where their last 8 children were born and they died.

Here are my posts about Mary Amanda Demarest and Thomas Haskell Wood, 2008-2013:
  • Plaquemine, Lousiana, where Mary Amanda Demarest married Thomas Haskell Wood and their early children where born and baptized.
  • Demarest babies born ex prohibito concubitu (meaning the parents weren't allowed to marry, perhaps because their family relationship was too close). I found these in the records of the Reformed Dutch Church of Greenwich, New York City, but I'm fairly sure that these Demarests aren't related to great-grandma Mary Amanda Demarest.
  • Demarest family adoptions (by Mary Van Orden Demarest, as listed in records of Reformed Dutch Church of Greenwich, New York City--not necessarily related to Mary Amanda but interesting because the adoptions took place in 1843-4-5).
  • Wood family of Ohio (with birth/death dates of all children of Mary Demarest and Thomas Haskell Wood) 
  • Photo of some Wood children and recap of children of Mary and Thomas Wood.

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