Mary Augusta WOOD


First Child Born in

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Mary Augusta WOOD Allen



The first white child born in Delta, and it may be the first in York township, was to George Wood and wife, in 1841. The infant then ushered into the world was Mary Augusta Wood, who afterwards became widely known in the literary world, being a writer of considerable note. The first marriage was a social event of considerable importance, and was doubtless largely attended by the pioneer families in that section.


Mrs. Mary Wood-Allen, M.D. (1841-1908) was the National Superintendent of the Purity department, Woman's Christian Temperance Union. She occupied a prominent and influential position in the women's social movement during the late nineteenth century. She published a series of books entitled Self and Sex with titles including What a Young Girl Ought to Know (1897) and What a Young Woman Ought to Know (1899). Her other works include: Almost a Man (1895), Marvels of Our Bodily Dwelling (1899), Child Confidence Rewarded (1903), Teaching Truth (1907) and Almost a Woman (1907).

More about Mary Wood-Allen and her family

1840 United States Federal Census

Showing Mary's father already here in Swan Creek, Township then part of Lucas County.

Name: George Wood
Home in 1840 (Twsp, County, State):

                   Swan Creek, Lucas, Ohio
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 1
Persons Employed in Manufacture and Trade: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 3
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 5
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 5


1850 United States Federal Census
Name: George Wood
Age: 36
Birth Year: abt 1814
Birthplace: England
Home in 1850: Waynesfield, Lucas, Ohio
Gender: Male
Family Number: 320

Household Members: Name Age
George Wood 36
Sarah Wood 31
Mary Wood 8

1860 United States Federal Census
Name: Geo Wood
Age in 1860: 45
Birth Year: abt 1815
Birthplace: England
Home in 1860: Delta, Fulton, Ohio
Gender: Male
Post Office: Delta

Household Members: Name Age
Geo Wood 45
Sarah Wood 40
Mary A Wood 18
Chas F Wood 8
Elizebeth Johns 16
Soloman Altman 24


Marriage of Mary Wood

Mary Wood married Chilion Brown Allen 15 APR 1863, Chilion Brown Allen was born 29 MAR 1836 in Stockholm, Sussex County, New Jersey, the son of James Madison Allen b: 28 JUL 1810 and Harriet Brown b: 9 MAR 1816.
In 1880 Mary is found living back with her father in Toledo along with a son "Mario" Chilion and daughter Rosa
shown next.



Federal Census Records for Mary Wood-Allen and her family


1880 United States Federal Census
Name: George Wood
Age: 66
Birth Year: abt 1814
Birthplace: England
Home in 1880: Toledo, Lucas, Ohio
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Widower
Father's Birthplace: England
Mother's Birthplace: England
Occupation: Builder

Household Members:
Name Age
George Wood 66 head
Mary Allen 38 daughter, Occupation: MD

                     -says married but was either separated or divorced
Chalion Mario Allen 10 grandson born NY
Rosa Allen 5 granddaughter born OH


Mary found living in Ann Arbor Michigan in 1900

1900 United States Federal Census
Name: Mary Wood-Allen
Age: 58
Birth Date: Oct 1841
Birthplace: Ohio
Home in 1900: Ann Arbor Ward 6, Washtenaw, Michigan
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Widowed (not-really-as-he-died-1922)
Father's Birthplace: England
Mother: number of living children: 2
Mother: How many children: 3
Occupation: Doctor

Household Members: Name Age
Mary Wood-Allen 58
Mario C Wood-Allen 29
Rose M Wood-Allen 24
Richard D Clippinger 29
Don M Norris 23


Mary died in 1908 in District of Columbia

buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, Ann Arbor, Michigan

name: Mary Augusta Wood-Allen
gender: Female
burial date: 23 Jan 1908
burial place: Forest Hill Cemetery, Ann Arbor, Michigan
death date: 21 Jan 1908
death place: District Of Columbia
age: 66
birth date: 1842
birthplace: Delta, Ohio
occupation: Physician And Editor
race: White
marital status: Death Certificate says Widowed

(but was either divorced or separted as husband death was not till 1922)
spouse's name: non-listed
father's name: George Wood
father's birthplace: England
mother's name:  Sarah
mother's birthplace: Michigan

indexing project (batch) number: B03182-9
system origin: District of Columbia-EASy
source film number: 2115325
reference number: cn 177946

Source Citation

"District of Columbia Deaths and Burials, 1840-1964," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 13 Sep 2012),

Mary Augusta Wood-Allen, 21 Jan 1908.



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