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Description: Mary Wood Dies, Aged 82 Crossed Plains in 1859, Later Locating in Wallowa County

Date: January 22 1909

Newspaper published in: Portland, OR

Page/Column: 5

Mary Wood Dies, Aged 82 Crossed Plains in 1859, Later Locating in Wallowa County

Enterprise, Ore., Jan 21. Mary E. Wood who died at Lostine, Wallowa County, January 13, and whose maiden name was Mary E. Francis, was born in Pittsylvania County, Va., April 11, 1827. Early in life she removed with her parents to Missouri, and on June 26, 1852, was married to George W. Boatman. By the death of her husband in 1855, she was left with two small children, John B. and Marshall K. Boatman, and in 1859, in company with her two sons and her brother, S. K. Francis, she crossed the plains and mountains by the ox team route, riding most of the way on horseback and assisting in driving the stock which the company brought along, and settled in Alsea Valley in what is now Benton County, Ore. On November 13, 1859, she was married to William H. Wood, who survives her at the age of 85 years. To this union one son was born, George D. Wood, residing at Lostine, Ore.

Accompanied by her husband and her two sons, she came to Wallowa County, Ore., in October 1881, locating near the town of Lostine. She is survived by her husband, William H. Wood of Lostine; her brothers, S. K. Francis of Enterprise, Ore., and John Francis of Missouri; her sister, Louise Pace of Prairie Creek, Ore., and two sons, Marshall K. Boatman of Enterprise, Ore., and George D. Wood of Lostine, Ore.

Submitted: 06/19/14

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