Trist Wood papers, 1808-1952.

Creator: Wood, Trist, d. 1952.
Collection number: 800
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Abstract: Trist Wood (d. 1952) of New Orleans, La., artist and genealogist, who compiled extensive records on his own and related families and on Zachary Taylor, from whom he was descended. Originals and copies of wills, deeds, inventories, letters, and other papers related to families of several states, from colonial times to the 20th century, and extensive compilations of family histories gathered by Trist Wood of New Orleans. Papers are chiefly of families united in the Wood family of Louisiana, and include the Wood and Crooke families of Rhode Island, the Dabney and Jennings families of Virginia, the Taylor and Trist families of Virginia and Louisiana, and others. Also included are papers of the Bringier family of Ascension Parish and New Orleans, 1808-1852, including many items relating to the buying and selling of slaves; the diary of Robert Crooke Wood (1799-1869) of Rhode Island, while an army surgeon during the Mexican War, 1846-1847; letters from H.B. Trist (1802-1856), Louisiana sugar planter, to his family, particularly to his children at school, 1852-1856; recollections of Trist Wood’s father, Robert Crooke Wood (1832-1900), New Orleans businessman, city councilman, and active Confederate veteran, including letters to his family while traveling in the U.S. in the 1870s and in Mexico and Colombia in the 1880s; and letters from Trist Wood while he worked as an artist and editor for a monthly magazine, The Quartier Latin, in Paris and London, 1893-1905. There are also collected papers and photographs relating to Zachary Taylor (1784-1850), and a scrapbook, compiled in 1898, of clippings and a poem concerning Aubrey Beardsley.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: The collection includes papers of the Bringier family of Ascension Parish and New Orleans, Louisiana, which consist mainly of slave lists and items related to the sale of slaves between 1808-1852 (Folders 1-3).