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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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Harry Wood, manager of the Harry Wood Mining Company, at Aurora, Mo., was born in Chautauqua, N. Y., January 11, 1850, and is a son of John W. and Sarah J. (Lake) Wood, who were born in Rhode Island and New York State, respectively. Mr. Wood’s ninth ancestor, removed, came from Yorkshire, England, to America, and settled in Rhode Island. Here the great-great-grandfather, Capt. Church, was the slayer of King Philip, the Indian Chief. The great-grandfather was a captain in the Revolutionary War. His name was George Wood, and he died in Rhode Island. The paternal grandfather, John Wood was in the State service of 1812, and died in New York, at the age of ninety-two years. The father of our subject was a farmer by occupation, and at the age of twelve years moved from Rhode Island to New York State, where he married, and reared a family of eight children. In 1868 he immigrated to Andrew County, Mo., where he still resides, being engaged in tilling the soil. His childrem are as follows: Julia C. (Gibbs), Susan (Street), Charles, Harry, Arthur, Horace, Cordelia (Haverleir) and Helen. Harry Wood resided on a farm in his native State until he was sixteen years old, when he started west to seek his fortune. He spent some time in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and several other of the Territories, and held various important mining offices. He was superintendent of several mines, and spent eighteen years in the West, his entire attention during that time being given to mining. He is a mining engineer of ability and experience, and is an expert ore tester, being a graduate of chemistry of minerals. In 1884 he located in Jasper County, Mo., where he prospected for about two years, and then came to Aurora and developed the mines of which he is manager, the minerals of which are silicate zinc, sulphide of zinc, and galena, or sulphide of lead. The mine has only been recently developed, but is having put up a large crusher and steam pigs, and when in full running order will employ about fifty men, and Mr. Wood will be the manager. He was married in September, 1886, to Mary Allison, of Ray County, Mo., by whom he has one child, Nellie. Mrs. Wood is a member of the Baptist Church.

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