Thomas Wood was born 1816 in Packington, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom to William Wood (1790-1861) and Mary Pointon (1793-1874) and died 25 June 1895 Richmond, Victoria, Australia of unspecified causes. He married Margaret Garvy (c1810-1839) 16 January 1837 in Manchester, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom. He married Margaret Craton (c1809-1882) 10 February 1840 in Manchester, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom. He married Elizabeth Gelder (1831-1886) 22 December 1882 in Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia.

When Thomas Wood married Margaret Craton, the daughter of a soldier, in February 1840, he was a widower with a young son, William. Margaret Craton was a friend of his first wife and had been a witness at his first wedding. Thomas Wood, his first wife Margaret Garvy, and his second wife Margaret Craton were all illiterate.

Thomas Wood, brickmaker, had married Margaret Garvy who was about 6 years older than he was on 16 Jaunary 1837 at Manchester when he was 20 years old. Their son William was born at Ardwick, a suburb of Manchester, in the December quarter 1837. Margaret Garvy died in the June Quarter 1839 at Ardwick.

Thomas is shown at Manchester in the 1841 census with his second wife Margaret Craton, and his son William, 3. Thomas is recorded as an agricultural labourer which is incorrect. His wife Margaret is shown as being born in Ireland.

In 1843 Thomas's first children to survive from his second marriage were born. They were twin boys, Joseph and George. (George, unfortunatley was to die at the age of 8 years in 1852.) Little Mary was the next baby to be born in 1847 but she lived only a short time. Thomas's last child, James, was born in 1848.

Thomas immigrated with his wife and surviving children, William, Joseph and James, aboard the "Red Jacket". The clipper arrived in Melbourne from Liverpool on 9 February 1858. To get a cheaper fare Thomas said that his son Joseph was under 12 years old when he was in fact 14. Also aboard the ship was 23 year old Anna Wood. It is not known if she was an illegitimate daughter of Margaret Craton or is unrelated to Thomas and his family.

Thomas immigrated to Victoria to try his luck on the Victorian goldfields. He would have the help of his sons William 20, Joseph 14, and James 9.

Thomas was a brickmaker, and his sons William, Joseph and James are also known to have earned their livings as brickmakers.

Thomas was not the informant for the death of his wife Margaret on 4 November 1882.

Thomas remarried 7 weeks later on 22 December 1882.

The informant at Thomas's death was one of his step-sons, the son of his wife Elizabeth. Supplied were the details of his living children and that he had been married three times. His eldest son William and youngest son James were named, The informant was aware of his middle son Joseph, the only son not living in Victoria, but could not name him.


Offspring of Thomas Wood and Margaret Garvy (c1810-1839)
Name Birth Death Joined with
William Wood (1837-1901) December 1837 Ardwick, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom 1901 Sale, Victoria, Australia Margaret Ann Hyde (c1837-1912)

Offspring of Thomas Wood and Margaret Craton (c1809-1882)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Unnamed daughter one Wood (c1841-c1841)
Unnamed daughter two Wood (c1841-c1841)
Unnamed son Wood (c1842-c1842)
Joseph Wood (1843-1925) 1843 Packington, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom 2 February 1925 Ultimo, New South Wales, Australia Eliza Ingram (c1837-1903) Eliza Ingram (c1837-1903) Mary Donovan
George Wood (1843-1852) 1843 Packington, Leicestershire, England 1852 Ardwick, Lancashire, England
Mary Wood (1847-1847) January 1847 Ardwick, Lancashire, England March 1847 Ardwick, Lancashire, England
James Wood (1848-) 7 August 1848 Ardwick, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom Catherine Rosina Laura Middleton (c1861-1942)



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