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Benjamin Wood
  • Born: 30 Jul 1780, Tappan NY
  • Marriage (1): Catharine Cole on 18 Oct 1806 in New York City NY
  • Died: 9 Oct 1875, Brooklyn NY

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  Events in his life were:

  • Apprenticed on 18 Dec 1794-Jan 1799 to Jeronimus Alstyne in New York City NY 28
    In his autobiography, Wood recorded that he first approached Cary Dunn, who was preparing to retire and recommended Alstyne instead. Reluctantly accepted by Alstyne to serve a term until 1801, he left early after contracting yellow fever. He later described his old master as ". . . lacking energy, his father was wealthy, and his expectations high, he became indolent and neglected his business."
  • He worked in 1807-1819 as a silversmith in New York City NY initially, he rented tools and bench space in John Wolfe Forbe's shop, producing contract work for city retailers. In 1810, he opened his own shop at 47 Beaver Street. The next year he moved to a larger shop at 96 Reed Street. Following extended service during the War of 1812, he returned to his business and soon after moved to 265 Greenwich Street. After the financial panic of 1818-1819, he closed his business and returned to Reed Street, where he was listed at the same address as Ebenezer Cole. By 1820 he had abandoned the trade, turned over his shop to his apprentices Timothy Herbert and Benjamin Gurnee, and gave his tools to his nephew, Joseph Blauvelt. 4
  • Appointed in 1820-1821 as Inspector of Customs in New York City NY 4
  • He was a partner circa 1821-1830 with Ebenezer Cole in New York City NY as COLE & WOOD 4
  • He appeared on the 1850 census taken at New York City NY, listed as the city weigher.

Benjamin married Catharine Cole, daughter of Unknown and Unknown, on 18 Oct 1806 in New York City NY. (Catharine Cole was born on 26 Feb 1788 in New City NY, christened on 2 Mar 1788 in Clarkstown NY, died on 26 Dec 1850 in New York City NY and was buried in Piermont NY.)

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