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Biography: Dr. Milton LeGrand Wood born May 8, 1855

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Dr. Milton Le Grande Wood, of Montgomery, Alabama was born May 8, 1855, in Walker County, Texas He was the son of Green Mark and Mary Jane (Le Grande) Wood. Green M. Wood was born in the State of Georgia, but moved early to Montgomery, Alabama where he lived for forty years until 1848, when he moved to Walker County, Texas and engaged in agricultural pursuits; he was a son of Green Wood and Evalina Wood, who lived in Montgomery, Alabama.

Mary Jane (Le Grande) Wood, the mother of Dr. M. L. Wood, was the daughter of William C. and Mary Jane (Paul) Le Grande; William C. Le Grande was a son of Pierre Le Grande, who was a Huguenot refugee and came to this country with his wife and five children in 1700, settling on lands granted to these refugees at Manikin Town, five miles from Richmond, Virginia; Mary Jane Paul, who became the wife of William C. Le Grande, was a native of Virginia. They, too, moved to North Carolina, settling on the Peedee river, and from there moved to Tuskegee, Alabama, where they passed the remainder of their lives.

Dr. Milton L. Wood’s early education was obtained in the common schools of the county in which he was born. He later took up the study of medicine in Bellevue Hospital Medical College, New York City, from which he graduated in 1877. Practicing for one year in the Colored Home hospital in New York City, he went to Montgomery and was in continuous practice and enjoyed a large business in his chosen profession.

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He was a county and city physician, surgeon for the Plant system of railways, and of the Seaboard Air Line, and was consulting surgeon for the Atlantic Coast Line. He was a member of the Montgomery Medical society, State Medical Association, and the American Association. Dr. Wood was a member of the Episcopal church, of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, National Union, Woodmen of the World and Red Men.

In politics, he was a Democrat. On the 5th of October, 1882, he married Sallie Harrison Watkins, daughter of W. LaFayette and Maria (Hall) Watkins, of Petersburg, Virginia; she is descended from Bartholomew and Susanne (Laillon) Dupuy, who came to America in 1700, settling on the James river, above Richmond, Va., in King William’s parish, on lands granted Huguenot refugees; their second child was John Bartholomew Dupuy, who married Miss Lagarronde and settled in Virginia; in turn their second child was Peter Dupuy, of Powhattan county, Virginia; in 1818 he moved to Richmond, and on the 14th of November, 1789, he married Margaret Martin; their seventh child was Sarah Holmoan (Dupuy), born June 26, 1800, who married Stephen Dupuy Watkins on the 21st of November, 1816; their deaths occurred Aug. 14, 1864, and July 13, 1862, respectively, the husband being a few months over seventy-four years of age. His birth occurred Jan. 27, 1788. Their third child was Washington LaFayette, born Jan. 10, 1824; he was twice married, his first wife being Maria Sophia Hall, whose fifth child was Sallie Harrison Watkins, born Aug. 7, 1860.

Dr. and Mrs. Wood had four children:

  1. Lizzie Lee Wood, born Sept. 27, 1883, the wife of Dr. Reuben Fletcher Monett, a prominent physician of Greensboro, Alabama and 2nd Rev. Mr. John Caller James of Wetumpka
  2. Sallie Watkins Wood married Churchill Marks, Montgomery, Alabama
  3. Milton Le Grande Wood, Jr. married Roberta Hawkins
  4. George Mark Wood married Martha Maxwell Pegues

 Dr. Milton LeGrand Wood died Feb. 24, 192e and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Montgomery, Alabama along with his wife, Sallie who died Jun 20, 1921


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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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One comment

  1. Hello, Donna ~
    We would very much appreciate the opportunity to correct some spelling & typographical in your Biography: Dr. Milton LeGrand Wood born 1855
    – particularly “LeGrand” (rather than “Le Grande”)
    – and also EvElina Alexander Barnes Wood (rather than EvAlina Wood)
    – William Chambers LeGrand was not a son of Pierre LeGrand, but of John LeGrand (c1770-1816) and Margaret Chambers
    – Milton LeGrand Wood’s death needs to be corrected to 1924 (from 192e)
    – And the url you have for Green Wood’s page at our website (Source# 2) should be (not

    Thanks so much for spreading the word about our Alabama ancestors! I haven’t checked all of the dates, &c, but if it is possible to make corrections, I’ll do a more thorough job . . . ~ Elsa

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