Biography of William Woods
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WILLIAM WOODS was born March 20, 1820, in Wayne County, Ind., and is the second of ten children born to Benjamin and Mecca (Boon) Woods, natives of Kentucky, and of Irish and English descent. Benjamin Woods was reared on a farm near Waynesville, Ohio, and upon reaching manhood, removed to Wayne County, Ind., where he was married in April, 1819. In 1848, he came to Howard County, locating on the "Big Spring Farm," one and a half miles east of Greentown. He purchased 160 acres, on which there was a log cabin. He improved this farm and made a good home for his family. His house was used by the Baptists as a place of worship for twelve years. Mr. Woods was first a Whig, and later a Republican; he and wife were prominent members of the Baptist Church. June 29, 1877, Mr. Wood died, having survived his wife only four months. William Woods was reared on a farm and received a common school education. At the age of nineteen, he began teaching school. Later he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1844, but soon returned to farming and teaching. In 1850, he came to Howard County, locating on the farm where he now lives. He started in a log cabin, but now has 204 acres of fine land, with good, comfortable frame buildings. which he has accumulated through labor and economy. Mr. Woods is one of the leading citizens; has held the office of Township Trustee, and has served as County Commissioner for a number of years, making an efficient officer. He was married, August 7, 1845. to Miss Mahala Burgoyne, born February, 1821, and the daughter of James and Mary (Minor) Burgoyne, of Dutch descent. Five children blessed. this union, three of whom are living; Allie, Willard and Arthur. Mrs. Woods died March 3, 1859, and Mr. Woods was again married, February 24, 1860, to Miss Matilda Burgoyne, a sister to his first wife. They had five children, three now living; Ellsworth, Willie and Oscar. Mrs. Woods died March 1, 1872, and Mr. Woods married his present wife February 27, 1873, Mrs. Nancy A. Morris, of Howard County.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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