Thomas Wood (reverend)

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Reverend Thomas Wood

Thomas Wood (1711 14 December 1778) was a minister for the Church of England at St. Paul's Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia (175264). [1] After 1746, he served as a surgeon in Commander William Shirley's regiment during the occupation of Louisbourg. In August 1752, with Governor Edward Cornwallis's approval, Wood arrived in Halifax and became an assistant at St. Paul's. In July 1766, Wood gave a sermon in the Mi'kmaw language, where the service was attended by many Mi'kmaq people and other dignitaries. [2] In 1767, Wood married the son of a Mi'kmaw chief. [3] [4] In 1769, Wood wrote about his missionary work on the Saint John River and giving prayers in Mi'kmaq.

He died at Annapolis Royal and is buried at Garrison Cemetery (Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia). [5]

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  1. Thomas, C. E. (1979). "Wood, Thomas". In Halpenny, Francess G (ed.). Dictionary of Canadian Biography . IV (1771–1800) (online ed.). University of Toronto Press.
  2. pp.61-62
  3. pp.112-113
  4. p. 89
  5. List of burials at Garrison Cemetery

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