Melvin Shelton Wood

ID Number: T03210
Biographical Data
Basic Identification
Gender: male Ethnicity: Immigration: Attributed Race: white Free or Enslaved: free
Birth & Family
Birth Date: 1876/03/21 Birthplace: Nelson County, Virginia Mother: Laura (or Maggie?) Lighton Wood Father: William Massey Wood 1st Spouse: Maude Sarah Fisher Wood 2nd Spouse: none
Age Details
Age: 42 Age Group: adult (20-59)
Life Details
Occupation(s): moulder; shoemaker; shoe factory stamper Last Church: Military Service: Last Residence: Richmond, Virginia Last Address: Memorial Hospital
Death Date: 1918/10/21 Death Note: none Place of Death: Richmond, Virginia Cause of Death: influenza with pneumonia
Burial & Undertaking
Burial Date: 1918/11/03 Funeral Home: Diuguid AND H. W. Woody, Richmond, Virginia Diuguid ID Number: D1818306 Indigent?: private interment
Gravesite and Grave Marker Data
Grave Marker or Marker Fragment: yes Section: 303.L Confirmation Source for Location: gravemarker Grave Marker Erector(s): Confirmation Source for Interment: gravemarker
N.B. The Diuguid record indicates burial in Spring Hill Cemetery, but the tombstone is clearly in OCC.
Obituary and Biographical Detials

Married 29 November 1899, Campbell County, Virginia

1910 census: Forest Avenue (now Langhorne Road), Lynchburg, “shoe factory stamping”, wife Maude and four children

1910 LCD: employed at West End Factory, residence “Dearington”

1915 & 1916 LCDs: shoemaker, residence 515 McKinley Avenue (now Fort Avenue)

There is a “Melvin S. Wood” in the 1917 and 1918 Richmond city directories–could be same person.

According to WWI draft registration card, he lived in Richmond, Virginia, at 2318 Venable Street, and was a coremaker for the American Locomotive Co. in Richmond

Gravestone was provided by the Woodmen of the World

According to descendant Aubrey Booth, Melvin Wood was a charter member of Euclid Avenue Christian Church. He and his son William helped to dig the foundation for this church. He was a choir member and superintendent of the Sunday school.