Defending Judge Atwood,
Elijah Francis Atwood spent his lifetime conducting genealogical research and I for one appreciate the great contributions he made. Were it not for his efforts much of my own family history may have been lost. During the twilight of his life, with eyesight failing, he hand-typed and hand-bound several volumes of Henry Wood of Middleborough, Mass., and sent the book to the Library of Congress.
To call Ye Atte Wode Annals a "Hoax" gives the wrong impression that Judge Atwood knowingly misrepresented the facts. Judge Atwood knew very well the Rules of Evidence, and when he included an undocumented claim in one of his books he provided opinion. If anyone has any evidence proving Judge Atwood knowingly perpetrated a “hoax” then by all means post your evidence.
Larry Richard Wood