In this blog we have a picture of my mother, Bessie Beatrice (Wood) Graham and her family. Her sister Flora and her brothers Olen Payne and Fletcher Pinckney were not in the picture for reasons unknown to me. Standing in the back is my mother, Bessie. Her father James Samuel Wood died about a year (1904) after this picture was taken. Her mother, Vernettie Jane (Anthony) Wood raised the family after his death with the bloody flux (whatever that was). She is holding Mayma Wood (in the white dress) Mayma had a twin Mary who died shortly after birth. James Oscar Wood is on your left and he received his PhD and taught for years at San Jose University in the Shakespeare Department. William Henry Wood is sitting in the front row.
James Samuel Wood was an itinerant preacher and they moved to Texas from Alabama because his health was not very good. His death came about after he was out in the pasture grubbing stumps out of the pasture. He is buried at Sand Springs Cemetery in Wood Count north of Mineola, Texas.