Ira Wood was born August 25, 1834 to Betty and Issac Wood of Vermont. The 1900 US Census says Ira was born in New York, but the tombstone indicates Vermont. Ira was married to Louise Firman October 19, 1856. According to my notes they had 4 children, all born in Wisconsin, Anna Belle, Andrew, Geneva and Hannah. Anna Belle (Wood) Parker is my 2nd great grand mother.
I don't have a lot of details about Ira, but he was in the Civil War. According to Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, he was drafted November 25, 1863, and he served in the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry Regiment, Company F. He mustered out June 30, 1865. 15% of the 1st WI Cav Regiment did not return home from the war. There is a list of movements of the 1st WI Cav in A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer. It's public domain now, so I may analyze it and post an explanation later.
Ira Wood died September 29, 1909, most likely in Waushara County, Wisconsin.He was buried at Woodville Cemetery, Town of Deerfield, Waushara County, Wisconsin.
The connection to the Brassfield surname is that his 2nd great grand daughter married a Brassfield.
The tombstone reads:
PVT CO F 1 WIS CAV
Aug 25 1834 - Sep 29 1909