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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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Joel K. P. Wood, farmer, was born within a quarter of a mile of where he now resides, in 1845. He was reared on a farm, and received a very limited education in the old subscription schools. At the age of eighteen he enlisted in Company G, Forty-seventh Missouri Volunteer Infantry, United States Army, and served about six months. He was in the battle of Pilot Knob, and after the war returned to farming. In 1866 he married Mary Staff, a native of Switzerland County, Ind., and by her became the father of six children, five sons and one daughter. Mrs. Wood died in 1881, and the following year Mr. Wood married Malinda Campbell, who was born in Shannon County, Mo. She has borne him two sons. Mr. Wood is a Republican, and belongs to the G. A. R. He owns 100 acres of land, and is an industrious and thorough farmer. His parents were Gideon and Elizabeth (Gibson) Wood. Mrs. Wood is a member of the Baptist Church, as was also our subject’s first wife.

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