Biography - THOMAS T. WOODS

One of the most successful farmers in Edwards county, was born April 16th, 1822. His parents, John and Elizabeth, were both English by birth. His father located in Edwards county in 1819, hence was among the old pioneer settlers. Here he kept hotel, or as it was termed public house, several years. In 1827, he moved to Shawneetown where he died in 1829. His widow returned with the family to Albion, and again took charge of the hotel, which she kept aided by her family until 1838. Thomas T. Woods remained with his mother until 1845. He was united in marriage with Georgiana W. Spangler, daughter of Emanuel and Jane Spangler, September 8th, 1843. The Spanglers were from York, Pennsylvania, and were of Irish and German descent. To Mr. and Mrs. Woods have been born ten children, eight of whom Maurice, Charles, Alfred, Harry, Edgar, Spangler, Elmer and Katie are living, and Mary Jane and Lewis are dead. All the children are residents of the county, and all are agriculturists save Edgar, a shoemaker by trade. Mr. Woods' first venture in his own behalf was the purchase of a tract of one hundred and sixty acres in 1845, on which he yet lives, and to which he has added over forty acres. The original cost of the tract was $600. Year by year by constant toil he has made it one of the best farms in the county. He takes an active interest in everything calculated to enhance the prosperity of his county. He is a member of the Episcopal Church. An excellent citizen, an obliging neighbor, a man of fine judgment, he possesses the esteem and love of a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

Extracted 12 Aug 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 A Combined History of Edwards, Lawrence, and Wabash Counties, Illinois, pages 227-228.

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