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Edward Woods

WOODS, Edward, who was for many years engaged in agricultural pursuits in McDonough County, Ill., and is now a highly respected resident of Macomb, where he is living in comfortable retirement, was born in New Salem Township, McDonough County, July 4, 1832. His parents, Salem and Cornelia (Grow) Woods, were natives of New York, the father having been born in Madison County, in that State, and the mother in Norwich, Chenango County. His grandparents on both sides, Samuel and Phoebe (Holton) Woods, and Jacob and Sarah (Mead) Grow, were all born in the State of New York.

Mr. Woods' father and mother came to McDonough County in the fall of 1831, and their son, Edward, here enjoyed the advantages of the public school. He was the youngest of five children, and remained with his parents until their death. His father died September 17, 1880, at the age of eighty years and four months, and his mother passed away in August, 1893, aged ninety-eight years and seven months. Mr. Woods inherited eighty acres of the home farm and purchased eighty acres more, which he subsequently sold, still retaining the eighty acres of the homestead. He retired from active business in the fall of 1892, and built a fine residence in Macomb, which he now occupies in ease and contentment, enjoying the confidence and esteem of all who know him.

Mr. Woods was married January 8, 1857, to Sarah A. Adcock, a native of Kentucky, where she received her early training in the public school. Three children have resulted from this union, namely: Manford; Lawrence, who died at the age of fourteen years; and Orel. In politics, Mr. Woods supports the Republican party. His religious faith is that of the Universalist Church.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, pages 1049-1050, extracted 26 Oct 2020 by Norma Hass.

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