The History of Otsego County, New York


D. Hamilton Hurd

Published by Everts & Fariss, Philadelphia


WOOD, Alfred - Plainfield

This gentleman, one of the prominent farmers of the town of 
Plainfield, was born in the town of Virgil, Cortland Co., N.Y., Nov. 
30, 1825. He is the son of David and Mary WOOD, who were 
blessed with a family of nine children. At the age of six years his 
father removed with his family to the town of Winfield, Herikmer 
county, where he resided until he moved to Plainfield, in 1853. 
The early life of Mr. Wood was one of severe toil. When a mere 
lad he commenced to work by the month as a farmhand, which 
occupation he followed for many years. Upon his removal to 
Plainfield he purchased, in company with his father, the farm where 
he now resides, a view of which, in connection with portraits of 
himself and wife, can be seen on another page of this work, which 
is considered to be one of the best in the town. It is appropriately 
named the "Valley Farm," as it lies between two ranges of hills; it is 
well watered, has a productive soil, and is well adapted to grain-
raising or stock-growing. Mr. Wood is engaged in dairying and the 
breeding of Holstein cattle, which are considered to be very valuable 
for dairy purposes. In 1859, Mr. Wood was united in marriage to 
Miss Helen, daughter of Samuel MITCHELL and Rebecca REED, 
of the town of Exeter, where she was born in December, 1831. The 
Reeds are among the old and prominent families of Exeter. John 
Reed, her paternal grandfather, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, 
and emigrated from Connecticut in a very early day.
Mr. and Mrs. Wood have been blessed with a family of five 
children, - three boys and two girls. Mr. Wood is emphatically 
a self-made man, and in his chosen avocation has been eminently 
successful. He has attained success in every department of life, 
and is an exemplar of the capabilities of character and manhood.

Excerpt from History of Otsego Co., NY, page 296


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