Abraham J. Wood

Abraham J. WoodAbraham Wood died in New Springville, Staten Island, on September 20th, 1796. His eldest son, Abraham Wood, the second, was born on January 29th, 1812. He was raised in Hudson County, New Jersey. When Abraham turned five years old, his family and he moved to Staten Island. In his early years on Staten Island, he received a minimum education at a school in Tottenville.

When Wood turned sixteen years old, he participated in the Oyster Trade; Tottenville was built on the oyster business, being that Raritan Bay was filled with oyster beds. However, in 1925, the closing of the Raritan Bay oyster beds was closed due to water pollution, marking the end of this business that built the town of Tottenville.

At the age of 24 years old, Wood focused mainly on farming and butchering for a short amount of time. He resided on his farm, which was in Prince's Bay.

On May 24th, 1834, he was married to Catherine, who was the daughter of James La Forge. Their children names were Abraham, Catherine, Frances, and James.

In the year 1860, Abraham opened a store in Prince's Bay. Being a businessman and now an owner of a store, it had led him to success! In political views, he was a democrat and found the principals of the Republican Party to go along with his point of views. He was a delegate to state conventions to serve justice of the peace held for six terms in the office as a supervisor. Abraham J. Wood House By being a supervisor he focused and served his township, county, and state. For all his responsibilities he had won respect as a conscientious public officer.

There is a landmark known as Abraham J. Wood House, which was located at 5910 Amboy Road. The house itself is a simple Greek Revival frame house that is situated on low grass. The roads that led to this house was laid out in 1709 and is known as the oldest roads on the island. The establishment itself is composed of three clapboard sections with a central portion projecting above flanking wings. There is a porch at the center, which has four-square paneled columns.

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