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J. B. Woods

WOODS, J. B., a prosperous and substantial farmer of New Salem Township, McDonough County, Ill., was born at Pennington's Point, New Salem Township, March 19, 1850. His father, Daniel D. Woods, was a native of New York State, and his mother, Jemima (Hammer) Woods, was born in McDonough County, Ill. The paternal grandparents, Salem and Cornelia (Grow) Woods, were natives of the State of New York. The grandparents on the maternal side were J. E. D. Hammer and Nancy (Pennington) Hammer, of whom the former was born in Kentucky. Daniel D. Woods lived with the subject of this sketch from 1899 until March 2, 1902, when he died, his wife having passed away April 3, 1897.

J. B. Woods is the second of a family of five children, three of whom were girls. He remained with his parents until he was twenty-one years old, when he began farming where he now lives. At the age of twenty-five years he bought forty acres of land to which he has added until he now owns 315 acres in Sections 8 and 9, where he moved at the time of his marriage. He carries on general farming, raises horses and hogs, and feeds other stock.

In December, 1878, Mr. Woods was married to Luella Seaburn, who was born in New Salem Township, and in her youth attended the public and high schools. Two children are the offspring of this union, namely: Dovie Irene (Mrs. James Rexroat), born February 23, 1881; and Guy R., born October 2, 1883. Politically, Mr. Woods is a Republican, and fraternally, is a member of the K. of P. and the M. W. A.

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

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