New Jersey Obituaries - 1899 - Joseph Wood

Joseph Wood Died Yesterday After a Short Sickness

Joseph Wood of Red Bank died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wm. J. Sickles of Monmouth street yesterday. He was 88 years old. He had been in failing health for a long time and death was caused by a general breaking down. His wife died about three weeks ago and this affected him greatly. He took to his bed last Saturday and sank rapidly. The funeral will be held on Friday afternoon at two o'clock at the First Methodist church. The services will be conducted by Rev. E. C. Hancock and the body will be buried at Evergreen cemetery at Little Silver.

Mr. Wood was born at Bordentown in 1811. He was fireman on the John Bull, the first railroad engine used in this country. The engine was brought here from England in 1830, and had its first trial near Mr. Wood's home at Bordentown. This was the beginning of Mr. Wood's railroad career, and all the rest of his life he was connected with railroad interests. He invented several appliances of value to railroads, among them being an improved frog and a steam whistle. Mr. Wood was engineer on the first engine that ran over the New Jersey Southern road when it was built about forty years ago.

Mr. Wood was married three times. His first wife was Miss Elizabeth Trough of Bordentown. She died ten years after marrying Mr. Wood. Four children were the result of this union, three of whom are now living. They are Mrs. William J. Sickles of Red Bank, John Wood of New York and James Wood of Jersey City. Charles Wood, another son, died about twenty years ago. Charles Wood married Miss Mary Geddes of Red Bank and she and three children are still living. About forty years ago Mr. Wood moved to Red Bank. A few years later he married his housekeeper, and she died five years after their marriage. Seven years later he married Miss Sophia Fields Allaire, daughter of Seaman Allaire of New York. He leaves no children by either his second or his third wife.

Mr. Wood leaves a considerable estate. His wife's will, in which she left him a life interest in certain property, was probated a few days ago.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, October 18, 1899