Historical Rosters Database
Martin Birney or Bird WoodRoster ID 3076
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|Middle Name:||Birney or Bird|
|Affiliation:||Class of 1867|
|Biography & Genealogy:||Martin Birney/Bird Wood, Class of 1867. New Market Cadet (not in battle, on guard duty at VMI): Genealogy: There are conflicting records concerning the middle name. Born- ca. Dec. 1845 or Jan. 1846. He was 17 years and 8 months old when he entered VMI in 1863. Father- James O. Wood; Mother- Ann Elizabeth Godsey. Pat. Grandfather- Henry Wood; Pat. Grandmother- Sally Lawson. Mat. Grandfather- John Godsey; Mat. Grandmother- Julia Jett. Married- 1st- Kate Mildred Dinwiddie, daughter of Joel Dinwiddie and Jane Smithson who's great uncle was William Smithson founder of the Smithsonian Institute at Washington; 2nd- Mrs. Mary A. Williamson Benton, daughter of Thomas Farish Williamson. Children- (From 1st marriage) 1- Mrs. C.D. Caldwell (maiden name unknown); 2- Mrs. Horner Kinsey (maiden name unknown); Henry Clinton Wood, II; 4- (From 2nd marriage) Mary Wood (who died at the age of 2) VMI Record: Entered VMI- Sept. 8, 1863; remained one year; made Honorary Graduate in 1869 Military Record: Private in Co. D of 37th Va. Infantry C.S.A; Wounded in action at Antietam and discharged May 3, 1863 as permanently disabled; He was a member of Co. D of the VMI Corps of Cadets who fought in the Battle of New Market, but was left with guard detail at the Institute because of his old leg wound. Careers: Lawyer, Judge of county court of Scott Co. Died- Nov. 17, 1908 at Bristol, VA.|