John Wood

M, #3872, b. 8 August 1864, d. 27 December 1915
     John Wood "Johns" was born on 8 August 1864 at Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.1 He was the son of John Wood and Jessie Mair. His family was known by the tee-name of "Johns".
He was listed as head of household's son in the 1871 census at 57 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: John Wood "John", head; Jessie Wood, wife; John Wood, son; William G Wood, son; David Wood, son.2
John Wood was a fisherman.
He was listed as head of household's son in the 1881 census at 75 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: John Wood, head; Jessie Wood, wife; John Wood, son; William G Wood, son; David Wood, son; Ann Wood, daughter; Jessie E Wood, daughter; Margaret Bruce, aunt.3
He married Helen Donaldson at Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 2 May 1890.4
He was listed as head of household in the 1891 census at East Street, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: John Wood "John", head; Helen Donaldson Wood, wife.5
He was the informant for Jane Wood's birth at 84 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 23 August 1900.6
He was listed as head of household in the 1901 census at 84 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: John Wood, head; Helen Wood, wife; John Wood, son; Jessie H Wood, daughter; James Wood, son; Jane Wood, daughter.7
From 1914, John Wood and William George Wood owned the steam drifter 'Ladysmith' BF 1528.8 John died on 27 December 1915 at sea near Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales, at age 51. He drowned with the loss of HM Drifter 'Ladysmith' BF 1528 in a gale whilst on war service at the mouth of Milford Haven. The entire crew was lost.9,10

Children of John Wood and Helen Donaldson

Citations

  1. [S3077] LDS Church, International Genealogical Index, "John Wood, male. Birth: 08 AUG 1864 Seafield, Banff, Scotland. Father: John Wood. Mother: Jessie Mair."
  2. [S5538] 1871, Scottish Census, "John Wood, son, male, age 6, born in Portknockie, Banffshire, scholar, resident at 57 Portknockie."
  3. [S5539] 1881, Scottish Census, "John Wood, son, unmarried, male, age 16, born in Portknockie, Banffshire, fisherman, resident at 75 Portknockie."
  4. [S3764] John Wood to Helen Donaldson, Marriage entry, "1890 on the Second day of May at Portknockie. After Banns, According to the Forms of the Free Church of Scotland. John Wood, Fisherman (Bachelor), age 25, usual residence Portknockie, parents John Wood "John" Fisherman and Jessie Wood M.S. Mair. Ellen (sic) Donaldson, Fisherman's Daughter (Spinster), age 24, usual residence Portknockie, parents James Donaldson Fisherman and Helen Donaldson M.S. Wood "Royal". Peter Brown, Free Church Minister. William Wood Witness. George Donaldson Witness. Registered 1890 May 5th at Manse of Seafield, James McIntyre Registrar."
  5. [S5482] 1891, Scottish Census, "John Wood "John", head, married, male, age 26, fisherman, resident at East Street, Portknockie."
  6. [S3757] Jane Wood, Register of Births in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "Jane Wood, 1900, August Twenty Third 10h 30m P.M. at 84 Portknockie, Seafield (Rathven), Female. Father: John Wood "Johns", Fisherman. Mother: Helen Wood M. S. Donaldson, married 1890 May 2nd in Seafield. Informant: John Wood Johns, Father. Registered: 1900, September 8th at Seafield Manse, James McIntyre, Registrar."
  7. [S5483] 1901, Scottish Census, "John Wood, head, married, male, age 36, born in Portknockie, Banffshire, fisherman, resident at 84 Portknockie."
  8. [S431] David Mair, Joseph Reid, James Campbell Smith & David E Williamson Alexander S Buchan, Steam Drifters Recalled, Portgordon to Portsoy, "BF 1528 LADYSMITH
    Built 1904 of steel by J. Duthie, Torry Shipbuilding Company of Torry. (Yard Number 266) for J. Smith, Portessie, Buckie & others and registered in Banff (BF 1528).
    Dimensions:- 89 GRT. Length 81.50 ft., Breadth 18.10 ft., Depth 8.80 ft.
    16 inch compound engine by Lidgerwood of Coatbridge. 30 hp.
    1914 Sold to J., & W.G. Wood, Portknockie, Banffshire.
    Requisitioned for war service June 1915 (Pennant Number 2180) as an anti submarine net vessel.
    27 December 1915 Whilst on war service lost with all hands in a gale off Milford Haven."
  9. [S7657] Debt of Honour Register and certificate, Casualty No 3034263, "In Memory of Skipper JOHN WOOD, H.M. Drifter "Ladysmith", Royal Naval Reserve who died on 27 December 1915 age 51. Husband of Helen Donaldson Wood, of 21 Reidhaven St., Portknockie, Banffshire. Remembered with honour. Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Commemorated in perpetuity by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission."
  10. [S772] Robert Mair, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Robert Mair of Durham, England.