Biographical / Historical
Edith Maria Bailey, a Gurneyite Friend, was born on January 17, 1877, in Litchfield, Maine, and later moved to New York, Massachusetts, and Iowa. She was the daughter of Mary Nichols Bailey and William Haskell Bailey, and she was active in her Quaker meetings.
On June 12, 1901, Edith Bailey married Herbert Wilbur Wood, son of Edward George Wood and Olive Edna Sherbondy. Herbert was born on June 26, 1881. About 1917, they moved to Athens, Maine (a town in Somerset County) with their three children: Edith Viola Wood, Vernice B. Wood, and Myrtle V. Wood. In June 1918, they transferred to Unadilla Monthly Meeting, New York, where their eldest daughter Viola soon died. Herbert was Pastor of the Friends Church. About 1922 they moved to South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, to pastor the Friends Meeting there. In 1923, the family transferred to Iowa Falls Monthly Meeting, Iowa, and the following year, they moved to New Sharon MM where Herbert served as pastor 1924-1927 and about 1929-1939. He then pastored at Rubio Friends until near his death in 1945.