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Biography of N. W. Wood

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N. W. WOOD. This successful agriculturist is a native of the county in which he now lives and was born November 4, 1844, a son of William and Margaret (Roy) Wood, the former of whom was born in Kentucky, a son of Abraham Wood, also of that State. The latter removed first to Tennessee and from there to Marion County, Arkansas, and here William Wood settled on the farm on Crooked Creek on which the subject of this sketch is now residing, which place he greatly improved and tilled in such an intelligent manner that he became noted as an agriculturist and accumulated a competency. He was something of a hunter in an early day but gave the most of his time to farming and stock raising, and after a useful and well-spent life was called to that “bourne whence no traveler returns” in 1879. His father, Abraham Wood, also died in this section not long after coming here. Margaret (Roy) Wood was born in Tennessee, a daughter of Joseph Roy, who became a resident of Searcy County, Arkansas, at an early day, and in this State she was married to Mr. Wood and by him became the mother of fourteen children: Marian, who died after her marriage with Buck Treet; Polly A., who died young; Nancy, widow of James Phillips, of this county; A. L., who is a farmer of this county; Abra-ham, who died young; Joseph, a farmer of this county; John, also of this section; N. W.; C. D., of Texas; Minerva, who died young; Ellen, also died early; Lucinda is the widow of John Code; Matilda is the wife of James Holland, of this county; Rachel died in childhood. The mother of these children is a resident of this county and is now in her seventy-fourth year.

N.W. Wood became familiar with farming in his youth and secured a fair education in the common schools. At the age of twenty he began farming for himself on the old home place, a portion of which he purchased, and as a tiller of the soil and a stock raiser he has been successful and is now in independent financial circumstances. He has resided in his present home for the past eleven years, his estate comprising 360 acres, of which 150 acres lie along Crooked Creek, being very rich bottom land. He was married in 1871 to Miss Mollie Weast, a daughter of Adam Weast, who came to this section from her native State of North Carolina at an early day. She and Mr. Wood have six children: Charles D., who is married and engaged in farming; Eden, Maggie, Lee, Alice and William. Mr. and Mrs. Wood are members of the Missionary Baptist Church and are highly regarded in the section in which they live.


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