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Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington 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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George C. Woods, a successful tiller of the soil, is the son of Christopher and Lucy (Bryan) Woods, born in Kentucky in 1792, and Virginia in 1807, respectively. The father came to this county when a young man, and she when twelve years of age. After marriage they settled on the farm where George C. now lives, built a cabin and began to clear away the forest. Here they reared a family of eight children, seven of whom lived to be grown. The father lived to be seventy-one, and the mother still survives. He was a Whig in politics, was a soldier in the War of 1812, and his wife draws a pension. George C. was born in 1846, and was the youngest of the family. He grew up on the farm, and in 1877 married Miss Maud Corum, a native of Greenup County, Ky., who came here to live with her brother after the death of her parents. Two children were born to this union: Lula and Jessie A. During the war and at the age of eighteen he joined Capt. John A. Harris’ Company of Missouri State Militia, and was captured at the battle of Potosi and paroled. After marriage Mr. Woods located on the old homestead of 112 acres. He is a Mason, a Republican in politics, and he and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church. He has made this county his home all his life, and is accounted a good farmer and highly respected citizen.

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This family biography is one of 138 biographies included in The History of Washington County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Washington County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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