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Neil Erastus Wood
1853 - 1937

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Neal Erastus Wood, a twin, was born on 15 Dec. 1853 in South Newbury, Ohio to Erastus Austin Wood and Lucyette Lucretia Bradley. At the age of four he moved with his parents to Richland Center, Wisconsin. At the age of 14,in 1867, he moved to Crawford County, Kansas settling on a farm not far from the new town of Girard. He was home schooled and later attending the first school in Girard. After his mother’s death on 16 Jan. 1874, his father went to California to try his luck in gold mining. Two days after arriving in Placerville, California, Erastus Austin Wood was bitten by a tarantula and died on 21 Oct. 1875. It was at this time that Neal quit farming and began teaching in Girard for a salary of $25 a month. He taught for 4 terms. In 1877 he began working for W. G. Seabury as a clerk in his mercantile store. With Wood’s help, W. G. Seabury built the first store in Pittsburg on the southeast corner of 4th and Broadway. Their first transaction was with a girl who exchanged a basket of eggs for some calico material. He stayed with Seabury for two years until 1878 when he went into the real estate, loan and insurance business with Augustus Jerome Georgia, his future father-in-law, opening Georgia & Wood. Neal married Georgia’s only daughter, Edith May on 17 June 1878 in Girard, KS. They later built a two story wood frame house at 409 N. Walnut next door to his in-laws who had a house at 411 N. Walnut. Neal was elected city assessor and city clerk of Pittsburg in 1883. He retained this post for many years. He was also active in the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows and the Ancient Order of United Workmen. His wife, Edith May, died of a cancerous tumor on 5 June 1904 and was buried in the Mt. Olive Cemetery in Pittsburg. He remarried on 13 Nov. 1905, Mrs. Julia McCarthy. Neil remained in Pittsburg until about 1920 when he closed the doors of Georgia & Wood and moved to Chanute, KS becoming a traveling salesman for Scott & Dillon Tobacco Company of Detroit. In 1930, he moved to Los Angeles to live with his daughter Alfa (Wood) Anderson who was the supervisor of music for the LA Public Schools. Neal Erastus Wood died on 3 July 1937 in LA and was buried in the Mt. Olive Cemetery next to his first wife, Edith.

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Father: Erastus Austin Wood born 19 Dec. 1829 at Austinburg, Ohio; married 16 June 1852; died 21 Oct. 1875 at Placerville, CA. Parents: Samuel Wood Jr. and Amy Welton
Mother: Lucyette Lucretia Bradley born 30 Jan 1834 at South Newbury, Ohio; died 16 Jan. 1874 at Girard, Crawford Co., KS. Parents: Moses Bradley III and Celia Parks.

Children of Erastus Austin Wood and Lucyette L. Bradley:
1. Neal Erastus (twin) (see above)
2. Pearl Oresus (twin) born 15 Dec 1853 and died 1 May 1931 at Girard, Crawford Co., KS. He married 21 June 1877 at Beloit, Kansas, Corlesta Jane Scott. He married second 21 June 1919 at Erie, Neosho, Co., Kansas, Mrs. Josephing Titus Foster. He married third 11 Nov 1926 at Girard, Crawford Co., Kansas, Mrs. Ida Thrift Swearingin. Pearl and Corlesta had one son, Harry Scott.
3. Frank F. born 22 Aug 1856 and died 15 Aug 1919 at Denver, Colorado. Married 19 Jan 1891 at Howard, Kansas, Margaret Eleanor Barnes. They had one child, Frankie Evelyn.
4. Arthur Lee born 15 Nov 1958 and died 20 Mar 1930 at Winfield, Kansas. He never married.
5. Harriet Lucretia born 6 Sept 1864 and died 28 May 1947 near Girard, Crawford Co., Kansas on the family farm. She married 27 Sept 1885 at Sigourney, Iowa Allison Wilber Long. They had the following children: Ray Erastus, William Arthur, Ester May and Ada Claire.
6. Harry Samuel born 19 April 1867 and died 10 May 1909 at Sigourney, Iowa. He married 23 April 1890, Mary Christiana Wagner. They had the following children: Seldon, Leatha and Amy

Children of Neal Erastus Wood and Edith May Georgia:
1. Alfa May born in June 1877 in Pittsburg, Crawford Co., Kansas and died 29 November 1937 in Los Angeles, California. She married in 1899 Frank J. Anderson. They had no children.
2. Ethel Edith born20 March 1883 and died 22 November 1888 in Pittsburg, Crawford Co., Kansas.
3. Georgia Neal born 16 December 1885 at Pittsburg, Crawford Co., Kansas and died 2 February 1940 in Topeka, Shawnee Co., Kansas at hospital when he was being treated for throat cancer. He changed his name George before entering college. He married 20 Jan 1909 at Columbus, Cherokee Co., Kansas, Anna Ruth Fisher. They had 3 daughters, Dorothy Edith, Addie Virginia and Ruth Charlotte.

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Wood Family Stone
Mt. Olive Cemetery - Pittsburg, KS

Neil Erastus Wood Marker
Mt. Olive Cemetery - Pittsburg, KS

Edith May (Georgia) Wood
Wife of Neil E. Wood
Mt. Olive Cemetery - Pittsburg, KS

Georgia "George" Neal Wood
Son of Neil E. & Edith M. (Georgia) Wood

Mt. Olive Cemetery - Pittsburg, Crawford Co., KS