The following data is extracted from Biographical Sketches, Coles County, Illinois - Humbolt Township.
James Hood, farming and stock; P. O. Arcola; the subject of this sketch was born in West Union, Adams Co., Ohio, Oct. 29, 1834. He married Miss Sarah E. Willson Jan. 1, 1861; she was born in Adams Co., Ohio; they have seven children, viz., John E., Mary S., Sarah B., James W., Annie E., Robert B. and Clara Dell. His father was engaged in general merchandise, and he assisted in the business until he was about 26 years of age; he then came West and herded cattle in this neighborhood for one year; he then went back to Ohio and engaged in the milling business, renting his father's grist-mill; he followed the business one year; he then came West and improved a farm in this township, remaining here one year; he again went back to Ohio, and engaged as assistant manager of the Etna Furnace, at Ironton, Ohio, and followed the business three years, when for the third time he came West, and finished the improvements on his farm, and lived there until 1877, when he came to his present place. He is no office-seeker, and has held no office except connected with the schools. He owns 500 acres in this county.
Source: Biographical Sketches, Coles County, Illinois - Humbolt Township