William H. Wood


WILLIAM H. WOOD, was born August 25, 1848, in the vicinity of Smithfield, Jefferson county, Ohio and has always kept his residence in this community. His father, Nathan R., was born May 13, 1818, the place of his nativity also being in Jefferson county. The father received an average education, and became a miller. He married Rachel A., daughter of William and Sarah (Kimberland) Scott, November 3, 1847. Mrs. Wood was born April 26, 1828. The issue of this marriage was eleven children, all of whom are living except one, Nathan W. Those living are: William H., Stanton G., Addison F., John A. B., George R., Emma J., Samuel L., Joel F., Edwin I. and Martin A. William H.'s paternal grandfather was Pusey Wood, who was born in Maryland, July 4, 1789, and coming to Ohio in 1814, he located on section I, of Wayne township, where he resided until about 1855, when he moved to Flushing, Belmont Co., Ohio. Living a retired life, he died there in September 1875. His wife was Rachel Redd, whom he married in 1815; by her he had nine children, only one of whom is dead: Nathan R., Greenbury, Isaiah; Ann B., wife of John Hoge; Mrs. Rachel Doudna, Pusey, Charity (Hampton), Mrs. Mary Vickers, and Granvil, deceased. William Scott, who was his maternal grandfather, was born about 1794, in Virginia, and died in May 1843. His wife, Sarah Kimberland, was born in March 1800, in Jefferson county, Ohio. They were the parents of eleven children: Henry, Jessie, Hester, afterward Mrs. Street, Amos, and Mrs Jane Welch are dead. Those living are: John, Mrs. Rachel Wood, Margaret, afterward Mrs. Parks, Walter, Henrietta (Perviance) and Mrs. Amanda Lyons. The subject of this sketch was given an opportunity of gaining a good education, attending the public schools of Smithfield until he completed their course, at which he became a teacher and continued in this vocation for ten years, with the exception of a year and a half of study at the university at Athens, Ohio. Taking a regular course in medicine at the Ohio Medical college of Cincinnati, he graduated with honor March 8, 1883. Since that time he has been engaged in the practice of medicine at Smithfield, Ohio, having met with the most gratifying success. Doctor Wood is one of the most skillful and prominent physicians in Jefferson county, and is honored and esteemed as a citizen, both for his integrity and culture. Mrs. Wood was Charlotte Higging, of Athens, Athens Co., Ohio. She was born June 13,1852. Her father, Joseph, was born June 30, 1828 and her mother Hannah (Hibbard) Higging was born May 16, 1827. They are the parents of ten children: Mrs. Charlotte E. Wood, Joseph W., Cyrus, Daniel, Mary E., John, Charles H., Lizzie, Anetta and Emma, who is now dead. Mr. and Mrs. Wood have one child, Estella A. Dr. Wood is a member of Masonic lodge, No. 182, of Smithfield, and the entire family is much thought of and respected, being one of the oldest in that section of the state. The subject of this sketch was married March 13, 1878 to Emma C., daughter of James and Elizabeth Roberts. She died February 3, 1880. The present Mrs. Wood was married March 13, 1883.

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