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William WOOD & Ann BAX, Charleston, SC & Frederica, GA 1740-1743

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William WOOD & Ann BAX, Charleston, SC & Frederica, GA 1740-1743

Posted: 5 May 2013 1:05PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: WOOD, BAX, McDONNALD, WATTS, UMBLE, BREZ
I have no relation to these people, but thought this was interesting. If anyone knows how these 2 ended up, please post.

South Carolina Deed Abstracts 1719-1772,
Vol II
1740-1755, Books V – P-P
Abstracted by Clara A. Langley
Copyright 1984
Southern Historical Press, Inc.
Easley, South Carolina

Page 63
Book Y, p. 275
25 Aug. 1740
Bond
WILLIAM WOOD, merchant, in Frederica, Colony of Georgia, promises before God to make his dear & well-beloved friend ANN BAX, widow, his true & lawful wife, & no other woman. Should he not marry ANN he binds himself to pay to ANN on the marriage date £500 sterling British. He also promises to make over to ANN by bond before marriage & by will after marriage “all that is & may be mine after my death if she doth a wife’s part by me, at her disposal forever”. Witnesses: ARCHIBALD SINCLAIR, ISOBALL McNEAL (?) SINEATH (?). JAMES HOME, Register.

Page 63
Book Y, p. 276
18 Nov. 1740
Obligation
WILLIAM WOOD, of Town of Frederica, Colony of Georgia, promises to make over to his well-beloved friend ANN BAX, after she becomes his wife, his worldly estate after his death, under penalty of £1000 sterling of England to be paid her if she lives with him as a wife ought to live with a husband; he also makes over to her £100 sterling with all her clothes & wearing apparel “that she has at present at her own disposal & all that may be hers in England to dispose of as she pleases”. Witnesses: WILLIAM ABBOTT, ARCHIBALD SINCLAIR, JAMES HOME, Register.

Page 65
Book Y, p. 327
19 Apr. 1743
Affidavit
CATHARINE (her mark) UMBLE, testifies to the good character & behavior of ANNE WOOD, wife of WILLIAM WOOD; having known ANNE for 5 years & having been her constant companion on their passage from Frederica, Georgia, into SC; & that there was no familiarity, no light or indecent behavior between ANNE WOOD & ADAM McDONNALD or any other man whatever. Before THOMAS DALE, J.P. JAMES HOME, Register.

Page 65
Book Y, p. 328
19 Apr. 1743
Affidavit
JAMES WATTS testifies he has been employed almost 2 years by WILLIAM WOOD as patrone of the pettiagua called the WILLIAM & ANNE, & before that of a long-boat named the Priscilla, & he generally went in these boats to Fredarica, Georgia, & back again with goods & merchandise, & that ANNE WOOD, wife of WILLIAM WOOD, most commonly went with him, this patrone, to Frederica, a-trading, & he never did see any familiarity or indecent behavior pass between ANNE WOOD & ADAM McDONNALD, or any other man whatever but always demeaned herself as became a prudent & vertuous woman. Before THOMAS DALE, J.P. JAMES HOME, Register.

Page 65
Book Y, p. 329
19 Apr. 1743
Affidavit
JANE (her mark) BREZ testified she was a passenger in same pettiagua with ADAM McDONNALD & ANNE WOOD from Frederica to Charleston & never saw any familiarity or light & wanton behavior pass between said ADAM & ANNE but they demeaned themselves with utmost prudence & civility. Before THOMAS DALE, J.P. JAMES HOME, Register.

Pages 65-66
Book Y, p. 329
20 Apr. 1743
Affidavit
JAMES WATTS testified that some time in Dec. last as he was going from the pettiagua of which he was patrone to the house of WILLIAM WOOD, his employer, he found MRS. ANNE WOOD, wife of WILLIAM, standing near the house in the dark & rain & asking why she stood there she replied that her husband had turned her out of doors. Deponant fetched a candle & lantern & ANNE went with him to the pettiague. Sometime after, ADAM McDONNALD came on board & finding MRS. WOOD there immediately sent his boy to tell CAPT. WOOD his wife was safe on board. WOOD shortly after came on board with a naked sword under his night gown. Lying down on the gangway with 1 hand, with the other he made a pass by deponant’s breast at his wife as she lay in the cabin so that the sword went through her clothes & in all probability would have killed her had not McDONALD struck his arm back. WOOD afterwards went into the cabin to his wife. WATTS & CAPT. MCDONALD retired & walker the deck, unwilling to interrupt or interfere in conversation between husband & wife. ANNE soon after cried out “murder”. Deponant returned to cabin, found ANNE’S mouth bloody, lips much swelled. Going ashore next day with a message from MR. GRANT & CAPT. McDONNALD to WOOD, advising him to come in a canoe & receive his wife as became a husband. WOOD replied to deponent he would have nothing to say to her. Before THOMAS DALE, J.P.

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