Jefferson County, NY Pioneers



1. WILSON J. PADDOCK, son of NATHAN PADDOCK and RACHEL ALLEN was born in 1836. He enlisted 30 August 1864 at Watertown, New York in the 10th N.Y. Volunteer Heavy Artillery. At the time of enlistment, he was 28 years old (agrees with 1836 birth year in other family records.), 5'10" tall, of dark complexion and gray eyes. He was a private in Co. K, and sustained an injury September 1864. An affidavit of a William Wood was included. He actually never fought, but was thrown about 8 feet down the hatchway on a troop ship when it was tossed about in a gale, and suffered a spinal cord injury of which he died after suffering for several years. William Wood claimed he was a former pupil of Wilson Paddock, enlisted with him, and witnessed the accident.

WILSON PADDOCK was discharged for disability 21 April 1865 from U.S.A. General Hospital, York, PA and died: 25 August 1877, Philadelphia, Jefferson County, New York.

He married 4 March 1862 by Rev. James Gregg, "a Congregationalist clergyman (Now deceased)" Philadelphia, Jefferson County, New York. Neither were previously married. The witnesses to the wedding (affidavit) were Aseneth's parents. The affidavit listed their names as Silas Wood, aged 76, occupation farmer, and Almina Wood. The signature of Mrs. Wood is smudged and written over, but appears to be "Elnore Wood." Witnesses to the signatures of Mr. and Mrs. SILAS WOOD are Clara Wood and Sally Wood.

ASENATH WOOD, daughter of SILAS V. & ALMINA WOOD. Her age in 1882 was 39 which makes her estimated birth in 1843. This agrees with other family records. She filed for a widow's pension, pension claim no. 269889. Her husband, Wilson J. Paddock had died due to injuries suffered during his Civil War service.


Births of the first three children were witnessed by neighbors Elizabeth Whiting and Julia A. Cook. Births of the last two children were witnessed by attending physician John H. Miller.

ASENATH (WOOD) PADDOCK later remarried. Her 2nd husband was Niles E. Osborn.

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