William Alwood, a prominent citizen of Manchester, Tennessee, was born September 22, 1850, in Fulton County, Ohio. He is the son of Levi S. and Delilah (McQuillin) Alwood – the former of Scotch descent, born in Ohio October 9, 1826, the latter of Irish descent and born June 22, 1830, in Ohio. The elder Alwood was married in 1848; engaged in farming and he came to Tennessee in 1873, his permanent home. He is a republican and in sympathy with the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which his wife is a member.
After completing his academic studies he was employed on his father’s farm. In 1873 he married Ella Higgins, born September 27, 1853, in Ashtabula County, Ohio, the daughter of Harris Higgins. Our subject immediately moved to Coffee County near Manchester and continued farming several years exclusively, but in 1886 he came to Manchester and added lumbering, also for one year the livery business with J. H. Burger. A careful man, he now owns 550 acres in Coffee County, a Manchester improved lot and a half-interest in the livery values at $3,600. He has four children and is a republican.