from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, 1887, Pp. 255-56
WILLIAM W. WOOD
William W. WOOD, a leading farmer of Washington Township, is a native of Michigan, born in Hillsdale County,
November 24, 1837, a son of Elkanah and Abigail (JACKSON) WOOD, natives of New York, where they were married, and
in 1832 they moved to Michigan and made that State their home until their death. They were the parents of nine children,
seven of whom lived till maturity, our subject being next to the youngest. He remained in his native county until
eighteen years of age. He received a good education, attending the common schools, and later the Michigan Central
College. After leaving schoolhe began teaching, which he continued several years. He then engaged in farming and in
the mercantile business in Warrend County, Illinois, where he spent thirteen years, and from there moved to Jasper
County, Iowa, and for two years lived on a farm near Prairie City. Selling his farm he moved to Montgomery County,
where he lived until 1882. He owned a farm of 320 acres near Red Oak, and engaged extensively in raising corn and hogs,
being one of the most successful in this enterprise in the county. In 1882 he went to Madison County, Nebraska, where he
lived two and a half years, when he returned to Iowa and bought the farm where he now lives, on section 8, Washington
Township. His farm contains 240 acres, fifty acres of which is pasture and timber land, and he also owns 1,280 acres
in Nebraska. He makes a specilty of stock-raising, having some of the finest breeds of cattle and hogs, and although
he has been a resident of Ringgold County so short a time, is ranked with her most enterprising and prosperous
citizens, and is now serving as trustee of Washington Township. Mr. WOOD was married in 1864 to Annie R. WAGGONER,
daughter of Henry and Ester (SHERMAN) WAGGONER, of Warren County, Illinois. They have three children - Alice J.,
wife of Solomon LAYTON, Leon E., and Lila A. Mr. and Mrs. WOOD are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.
NOTE: William W. WOOD died on May 30, 1912. Anna R. WOOD was born July 13, 1841, and
died October 16, 1920. William and Anna were interred at Diagonal Cemetery, Ringgold County, Iowa.
Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa, Pp. 255-56, 1887.
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Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, January of 2009
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