Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Mary Whaley: A favorite picture

My great-grandmother Shaw was Minnie Zipora Wood, a twin of Maudie Lenora Wood, and the daughter of Nathan Robert Wood and Mary E. Whaley Wood. I have other pictures of Nathan and Mary but this week my second cousin Annette Winningham has forwarded me two wonderful photos of Nathan and Mary I'd like to share with my family and friends. Click on each picture if you'd like to see it in a higher resolution.

The first is one of my favorite family pictures. I suspect this was taken in Porterdale, Georgia.
If any one knows for sure, please let me know.
My great-great-grandmother and her cow:

Mary E. Whaley Wood and her cow.

Mary's husband, Nathan, had enrolled in the First Georgia Cavalry, if I remember correctly, at the age of 16, during the War Between the States. Here he is much later, again probably in Porterdale GA:

Nathan Robert Wood

If you are a descendant of Nathan's son-in-law, Columbus Turner Shaw, I hope you will consider a donation toward the cleaning and renovation of the little Shaw Family Cemetery near Lithonia, Ga. It is in terrible condition. Call or e-mail me and I will put you in touch with our two cousins who have taken charge of the clean-up.

This posted way too fast. I'll correct any errors when I find them.


  1. Anonymous11:40 AM

    Hi Mr. Shaw,

    I guess we're cousins. I too descend from Nathan and Mary Wood and am curious about their lives. Is everything you know about them published here? I've been able to see his pension application on the Secretary of State's website, along with a couple of pictures posted to, but I want to know more. I'm curious. It's really amazing that I've even seen their pictures at all, as prior to the age of computers I surely wouldn't have been so lucky, but now I've been spoiled and long for more!

    Thank you for any information that you are able to provide.


    A Grateful Wood Cousin

  2. So good to hear from you. I used to love to sit with my grandmother Lillian Shaw and look through her photo albums as she talked about the folks in them. She knew both Mary and Nathan and told me a little about them, though what I have here is most of what I remember. My e-mail address is terrellshaw (at) me (dot) com. "Friend" me on Facebook or send an e-mail. I'll try to find more to share.

    Terrell Shaw