WOOD, DAVID, a prominent farmer of Morgan County, Ill., residing on Section 10, Township 14, Range 9, was born April 4, 1837, on his father's farm within three miles of his present home, the son of Samuel and Martha (Moore) Wood. His paternal grandfather was a native of Virginia, was reared on the James River, and married his first wife in that State. Leaving Virginia, he located in Hart County, Ky., and after living there twelve years moved to Madison County, Ill., where his wife, Celia Gregory (nee Wood), died. He there married as his second wife Hessie Conlee, and later leaving Madison County, removed to Morgan County, Ill, and settled down to farming on the Mauvaisterre. Where he entered 100 acres of land which, in after years, he sold to his son Samuel. He died in June, 1865, in his eighty-seventh year, his wife, Hessie, having preceded him five years.
Samuel Wood, son of the preceding, was a successful farmer and business man, in 1874 was elected a Representative in the State Legislature from Morgan County, and also served one term as Associate Judge of the County Commissioner's Court. He became one of the most extensive cattle-growers and dealers in the county, grazing from 1,000 to 1,500 head of cattle annually, and at the time of his death left an estate of 3,000 acres of land and $75,000 in cash, accumulated by his own enterprise and business ability without capital to start with. On January 5, 1832, he married a widow lady, Mrs. Martha Smith (nee Moore), who was a native of Kentucky and a daughter of a pioneer settler of that State. She had two children by her first marriage, viz.: Grandison and William H. Smith. By this marriage Mr. Wood had eight children born to him: James, of Jacksonville; Elizabeth, who died aged about nine years; David, the subject of this sketch; Milton, who died in Springfield, Ill., in April, 1903; Iven; George; Julia A., the wife of James Beekman, residing near Pisgah, Morgan County; and Richard S., who died near Jacksonville, Ill. Mr. Samuel Wood was en enterprising, public spirited citizen and consistent member of the United Baptist Church, which was organized in 1830, and which he joined in 1850. He died August 27, 1888, his wife having died in June, 1887.
David Wood was reared to farming, and after attending a subscription school, at the age of nineteen began farming on his own account on a quarter-section of land given him by his father, and which constitutes a part of his present farm of 287 ½ acres. It is a well improved farm possessing all modern improvements - a good residence, outbuildings, shade and fruit trees and well cultivated fields. Mr. Wood was married November 1, 1855, to Eliza E. Godbey, whose father was a native of Virginia and moved to Illinois in September, 1830, settling near Petersburg, Menard County, where he engaged in farming. Mrs. David Wood died June 5, 1896, leaving four children: Ballard H., Samuel, Richard R. and Martha S. In January, 1901, Mr. Wood took for his second wife Mrs. Burrilla Sample (nee Boyer), who has one son, John W. Sample. Mr. Wood has served his district on the School Board a number of years, for four years has been Justice of the Peace, and is a member of the Primitive Baptist Church. In Politics he is a Democrat and attends the County Conventions of his party.