Scott County Arkansas
Civil War Pension Application
Contributed by Joyce Hambleton Whitten

James E. Wood applied for a Confederate pension while living at Brawley, Scott Co., AR. In affidavit dated 20 Jun 1915 signed by Mrs. M. S. Loyd and J.L.H. Payne of Caldwell Co., KY they stated they had known James “ever since his birth.” He served in Co. B, 8th Regiment of Bedford Forest’s Division. He served from the latter part of 1862 until the close of the war. Dr. L.D. Duncan of Brawley stated that Wood had been shot at Harrisburg and Pontitoc (sic) battles in Jul 1863. The bullet struck his right elbow shattering the humorous, he was also shot in right shoulder just below the clavicle at Shiloh. He has a crippled shoulder, further he was injured in a fall from a scaffold in 1906. In another document he was discharged on or about 10 Jun 1865, and shot through shoulder at the Battle of Shilo (sic) Tenn. James E. Wood was allowed a pension of $75 on 28 Jul 1915. He died on 21 Aug 1915. His widow, identified only as Mrs. J.E. Wood was born 12 Mar 1859, she stated James died 9 Oct 1915. Her application was made 8 Jun 1916, as such she was granted a pension of $100.

James E. Wood married first, on 31 Dec 1869 in Caldwell Co., KY to Ellen Scott. They were living in Piney Fork Twp., Sharp co. AR in 1880 with a son Jesse born circa 1873 in KY. Jesse is last known living from an article published in the Sharp County Record on 21 Aug 1890 - Mr. Jesse Wood, a young man employed in McDowell's grocery was called to his home in White River Twp. [Independence Co.] yesterday afternoon by the death of a sister. There is no record of Ellen’s burial in Sharp Co.

By 26 Nov 1884 James has married Mrs. Sarah “Sallie” V. (Whitten) Mitchell. A son, Alexander Hopkins Wood was born to them on 1 Apr 1887. The family moved according to an article published in the Sharp County Record on 5 Apr 1888 - James Wood and family removed from this place to Batesville this week. Jim is a good carpenter and we hate to part with such good energetic citizens.

The 1900 census enumeration of Titus Co., TX enumerates James’ household with Sallie who has given birth to 3 children with only one living (possibly the sister to Jesse above), and son Alexander. In 1910 James and Sally are living in Curry Co. NM. They returned to AR prior to 1915. Sallie went to live with her son, Alexander in Fort Smith, Sebastian Co., AR where she is enumerated in 1920. She died on 19 Jan 1922 and is buried at the Oak cemetery there. Son, Alexander, his wife Nora and children, Zelma, Lela Virginia, James R. and George W. all born in AR removed to Fresno Co., CA by 1930. Alexander was named for his mother’s brother Alexander Whitten, and his middle name was for her father, William Hopkins Whitten.

James E. Wood, 16 April 1843 - 9 October 1915, has a tombstone at the Oliver Cemetery in Scott County, Arkansas.

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