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Below is a family biography included in The History of Benton County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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Levi Oliver Woods, a farmer residing two and a fourth miles east of Bentonville, Ark., is a native of the county, born in 1848. He is a son of Dysart and Sarah (Holmes) Woods, whose sketch appears in this work, and was reared on a farm. He made his home with his father until the latter’s death, and in 1877 was married to Miss Nora Bates, who was born in Dade County, Mo., in 1855, and a daughter of Owen and Millie (Reed) Bates. Mr. and Mrs. Woods became the parents of three children: Millie, Francis Dysart and William Harrison. Mr. Woods resided on the old home farm, which consists of 132 acres, until 1887, and then removed to the farm of sixty-seven acres where he now resides. He has erected himself a nice residence, and has a cozy and comfortable home. He has always made Benton County his home, and has never been out of the county more than three months during his life. He has ever supported the principles of the Democratic party, and he and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Mr. Woods’ brothers and sisters who are living are as follows: John R., Nancy (wife of James Woolsey), Mary E. (wife of J. V. Lee), Cynthia A. (wife of J. J. Jefferson), David H. and Sallie M.

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This family biography is one of 240 biographies included in The History of Benton County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Benton County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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