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Below is a family biography included in The History of Lawrence County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Prof. Daniel E. Woods is a son of John Blackburn and Martha (Pace) Woods, and was born in Lawrence County, Mo., March 9, 1846. He was educated in the common schools of his native county, and graduated from the Waynesburg College of Pennsylvania, and the National School of Oratory at Philadelphia, Penn., completing his college course in 1877. He was married July 4, 1876 to Miss Emily Laverell, of Philadelphia, and in the spring of 1878 returned to Lawrence County and settled on his farm of 200 acres. In the years of 1879-80 he was assistant in the college at Marionville, Mo., and then became principal of the public schools of Greenfield, when, in compliance with his father s wishes, he returned to his home in Lawrence County. In 1886 he erected suitable buildings on his farm and opened a select school, making a specialty of music, painting and elocution. He is ably assisted by his wife and her sister, Miss May Laverell, and offers excellent inducements to worthy young men who are unable to attend more expensive institutions of learning. He employs on his farm to enable them to pay their way through school. In 1888 he enlarged his school buildings to enable him to accommodate the needs of his school, and is thus ready to offer inducements unsurpassed by many of the older and more pretentious institutions of like character. His wife was born in Bucks County, Penn., in 1851, and was educated in the schools of her native State. She received her musical education from some of the best professors of music in the city of Philadelphia, and since coming to Mount Vernon has taught music in the town and surrounding country when not engaged in the school. Prof. Woods is an intelligent man and able instructor, and his school, although in its infancy, promises to be one of the best in Southwest Missouri. To him and wife were born the following children: Roland D., Joseph S., Bessie L., Lawrence H. and William W. The family worship in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and the Professor is a Republican in his political views.

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