I am also a family member. I'm an internist in Hurricane, WV. I recieved your email on 2-25-03 about my relatives John Wood b. 1795 and Lydia Bryant Wood b. 1811, and daug. of Ambrose Bryant. I have quite a bit of information on on Richard "Dickey" Wood and his ancestors and descendants. If you will give me your address, I will mail you all I have. I'm not sure I can successfully email it, so it would be better if I mail it.
I would love to have a copy of the newspaper article you spoke about and a photo of him if one is available.
I'm having trouble discovering the connection between Richard "Dickey" and John Wood married to Lydia Bryant Wood. I know they are related, I just can't figure out exactly how. I can tell you that Richard
"Dickey's" son by Rachael Cochram was Henry Wood. Henry and John Wood and their wives allegedly moved to Indiana about 1840 or there abouts. I can also tell you that Richard "Dickey's" son by another wife, Elizabeth Betsey Dehart, was Andrew Jackson "Jack" Wood. Jack married John & Lydia Wood's daughter, Ellytha Wood. Family tradition says that John Wood may have died in Indiana or on the way back to Virginia, but Henry Wood & his wife Nancy Bryant Wood (Lydia Bryant Wood's sister) stayed in Indiana.
John's wife Lydia moved back to VA & stayed with family in Patrick Co. Her children later moved to WV with their wives. About 1860 the kids sent to VA for their mother and she moved to WV. She died in 1895 and is buried in Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Putnam Co., WV.
Just out of interest, John & Lydia Wood had 6 children. Their son Joel Wood, had John Henry Wood, who had Lewis Samuel "Sam" Wood, who had Icley Wood Sloan, my mother.
Well, I hope you can see from the above connections why I believe John and Richard are somehow related. If their is anything you can do to help me solve this riddle, I would be so greatly indebted to you. The only other thing I can tell you about John is that from a Montgomery Co. deed I found that he was "John Jr., born 1895, and son of John Sr." Also, both John & Lydia lived in the part of Montgomery Co., VA that became Floyd Co. in 1831. It appears to me that this area is very close to Wood's Gap.