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Bartholomew Wood – Patriot, Pioneer, Frontiersman, Farmer, Tavern Keeper

Anytime one hears the name ‘Pioneer’ cemetery it should be visited!  And the same can be said for the Pioneer Cemetery in Hopkinsville in Christian County.  A small park where many of the original citizens of Christian County are buried, it is nicely maintained and contains lots of history in one small area.  Today I would like to concentrate on Bartholomew and Martha Wood and their family.

This pioneer graveyard was used from 1812 to 1858.  Within this enclosure are buried 185 named persons, and many more unknown, all early settlers of Christian County.  The land for this cemetery was donated in 1812 by Bartholomew Wood, the first settler in Hopkinsvile.  He also donated land and timber for the first public buildings 1797.  He died in 1827 and was buried here.

Bartholomew Wood was the town founder – in 1796, frontiersman, a farmer, a tavern keeper in the town of Hopkinsville.  The Christian County Court House was built in 1797 upon land supplied by Bartholomew and with his lumber.  The town was originally known as Elizabeth in 1799, but was later changed to Hopkinsville in 1804.  Bartholomew Wood died here November 26, 1827.

A soldier in in the South Carolina Militia during the war, Bartholomew Wood was part of Colonel Robertson’s Regiment in 1779.

Martha Ann was the wife of Bartholomew Wood.  She was born in Virginia June 27, 1763, married in Jonesborough, North Carolina (now Tennessee) July 20, 1780, and died at Hopkinsville, Kentucky, November 9, 1846, outliving her husband by almost twenty years.

Children of Bartholomew and Martha Ann Wood were Elizabeth Wood Douglass, Mary (Polly) Wood Gist, Sarah (Sally) Wood Cornelius, Temperance (Tempy) Wood Roberts, Patsy Wood Millholland, Bartholomew T. Wood, Carter T. Wood, Curtis Davenport Wood, William J. Wood, Letitia Charlotte Wood and Hardin J. Wood.

Eugene Wood Obituary – Christian County

from The Hopkinsville Kentuckian, Christian County

Saturday, October 27, 1917

Eugene Wood Laid to Rest

Funeral Services Held Yesterday Afternoon at Christian Church

Was 65 Years of Age And Long a Prominent Citizen

Mr. Eugene Wood died very suddenly at his home on South Main Street at 11:20 o’clock Thursday morning.  Mr. Wood was partially incapacitated from a stroke of paralysis several years ago, that forced his retirement from active business.  He was up and about as usual and had been sitting on his porch but had gone into his bedroom when the attack came.

Mrs. Wood was down in town, but members of the household, and Miss Mollie Martin, a friend of the family who happened to be calling, summoned a physician and did all that could be done, but he expired in his chair before either the doctor or Mrs. Wood arrived.

Mr. Wood was born December 1, 1852, in Todd County, a son of the late Hardin J. Wood.  He received a liberal education and went into the milling business when he reached manhood and long operated the mill now known as Cate’s Mill, just east of town.  On December 26, 1877, he was married to Miss Inez Durrett, who survives him.  After disposing of his mill Mr. Wood engaged in the insurance business up to the time his health failed.

He was widely known and universally esteemed as a courteous, companionable gentleman.  He was a devoted christian, a lifelong member of the Christian Church and a man of unquestioned integrity and honesty in all his dealings.

Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Christian Church.

The interment was in Riverside Cemetery.