NORRIS C. HOOD, a prominent pioneer settler of Jasper county, whose memory is worthy of being cherished by later
generations, was born in South Carolina, on the 14th of March, 1811, the son of Thomas and Martha Hood. Some years
after his birth the family removed to Tennessee. Norris received a good education for the opportunities offered
in the south in his early days. He was raised on a farm and for the most part followed farming throughout his life.
On the 15th of January, 1833, he married Melinda Bond, in Monroe county, Tennessee, and continued a resident of
that state until he moved with his wife and children to Jasper county, Missouri, in October, 1852, and settled
a good farm on Center Creek three miles west of Sarcoxie.
In the fall of 1856 Mr. Hood was elected sheriff of Jasper county and was reelected to the same office in 1858,
serving until the beginning of 1861. While serving as sheriff he removed his family to Carthage, building a residence
on lots fronting the public square, along the west side, on what is now the location of the Regan block.
Notwithstanding his South Carolina birth and southern raising, at the breaking out of the Civil war Norris C. Hood
took his position on the side of maintaining the Union and used all his influence to strengthening the sentiment
in favor of the Union in Jasper county. He and his family were in Carthage when the battle of Carthage was fought,
and after Stanfield Ross, the then clerk of the circuit and county courts, had removed the records of the county
to Neosho, Mr. Hood, on learning that they had been abandoned by Mr. Ross at that place, took his wagon and went
to Neosho after them. Soon after this, for safety, he removed his family and the county records to Fort Scott,
Kansas, where he remained in charge of the records until after peace had returned; and when the county was reorganized
he returned them to Mr. Bulgin, the newly appointed clerk.
His wife died May 10, 1862, leaving a family of nine children. Of these David C., Joel L. and Mrs. Mary E. Spence
have died. Joel L. Hood died in the service of his country, having been shot at Stockton, Cedar county, Missouri,
in October, 1864, while acting as a Union scout. The living children of the Hood family are Stephen M., who lives
on the old home farm near Sarcoaie; Mrs. Martha R. Freeman, residing in the Indian Territory; Thomas C., who lives
at Joplin; Amanda, living at Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Mrs. Lucy Cunningham and Mrs. Esther Dinsmore, who
both live in Carthage.
In the spring of 1866 Mr. Hood built him a new house at the corner of, Third and Maple streets in Carthage, to
which he brought his family from Fort Scott, the former family residence having been destroyed during the war.
Early in 1867 he was appointed treasurer of Jasper county and held that office until. after the election in 1868.
Mr. Hood was an earnest Christian and a faithful, exemplary member of the Baptist church and took a great interest
in his church and in Christian work generally. He was largely instrumental in establishing a Baptist church in
Carthage after the war and in erecting its present church edifice. He made his house a temporary home at all times
for the preacher of the gospel. He was prominent also as a member of the Masonic fraternity and for a number of
years was treasurer of Carthage Lodge. He died at his home in Carthage on the 23d day of February, 1870.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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