In the photo, past chapter and North Carolina Color Guard Commander Jim Tatum leads the NCSSAR Color Guard during the large grave marking ceremony at Centre Presbyterian Church in Mooresville, NC, November 2018.
Public grave markings and events, with our flags, period uniforms and muskets, are our most visible elements in helping people remember the people and events of the Revolutionary War, especially around Mecklenburg County and the Carolinas.
revolutionary war patriot profile
Rev. Henry Wood
Born December 16, 1756 in Butte (now Warren) County North Carolina
Died June 12, 1843 in Spartanburg County South Carolina
Married Susan Elizabeth Mayfield July 1777
Married Nancy Burns
He served in the North Carolina Militia under General Thomas Eaton and Captain Henry Sullivan Guinn and Colonel Herbert Haynes.
He was called to serve on March 1, 1781 and with his unit marched to High Rock Ford on the Haw River. Here Henry requested permission to joint the Light Infantry commanded by Captain White, with whom he had served under in a previous tour.
With this infantry unit, he marched to Guilford Courthouse and was in this engagement. Henry Wood was in the first line of defense at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse.
Following the Revolutionary War, he moved to South Carolina where he started a Methodist Meeting House which today is known as Woods Chapel United Methodist Church in Greer, SC.
At his death in 1843, the Greenville Mountain Times noted in his obituary “Rev. Henry Wood espoused the cause of liberty, was a local preacher of the Methodist Church for the last 50 years and left a large circle of relatives and friends.” He is buried in the front lawn of the church that carried his name.
Mecklenburg chapter members may add small profiles of their ancestors by emailing them to Bryant Trombly at [email protected].