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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Putnam County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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T. N. Wood was born in 1847 in Putnam county (then Dodge), Mo., where he was reared and received a common-school education, which he has since improved by reading and observation. He owns a splendidly improved farm upon which he resides of 600 acres, all well stocked and equipped in every way for farming and stock raising. He also owns land in other tracts in Putnam and Sullivan Counties. He inherited some of his property from his father, but the greater part is the result of his own energy and practical business ability. September 17, 1868, he married Miss Jerusha Harris, daughter of A. W. and Gabriella (Nelson) Harris, natives of Missouri and South Carolina, respectively The mother’s maiden name was Simmons, Mr. Harris is a prominent and wealthy citizen, and although he began life poor, by steady perseverance united with business ability has become the owner of property amounting in the aggregate to about $150,000. He served his county very efficiently many years as county judge, and is a respected and highly esteemed gentleman. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Wood two children have been born: Elizabeth Augusta (deceased) and Winnie Ollie. Mr. Wood is a Democrat in politics; he is the oldest of seven children of Joseph and Elizabeth (Johnson) Wood, and is one of the enterprising citizens of Putnam County.

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This family biography is one of 139 biographies included in the Putnam County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Putnam County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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