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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania


REV. JOEL J. WOOD, farmer and stock-grower, Waynesburg, Penn.—The subject of this sketch is one of the few Methodist ministers who have been financially successful.  He owns over four hundred acres of land in Greene County, and also has land in the State of Iowa.  Mr. Wood, who is of English extraction, was born in Whitley Township, this county, in 1814, and is the third son of Edward Wood, also a native of Greene County.  Rev. Mr. Wood attended the old Greene Academy at Carmichaels, Penn., and obtained a good English education, together with a fair knowledge of the languages.  Early in life he made a profession of religion.  He taught school a few months, but subsequently accepted a circuit in the Pittsburg conference and was actively engaged as a minister over twenty-five years.  He was always faithful to his charge and allowed nothing to interfere with his appointments.  He has met with marked success in building church houses and has been to a great extent instrumental in building up the Methodist Protestant Church.  Since 1866 Mr. Wood has engaged in farming.  He has been twice married..  His present wife, whom he married in 1864, was Miss Maggie E. Boyd, of Washington County, Penn. He was first married at Fairmount, West Virginia, to Mary Ann, second daughter of Rev. A. A. Shinn, D. D., who was one of the organizers of the Methodist Protestant Church.  Mrs. Wood died in 1852.  They had two children, one now living—Asa R., a prominent business man of Washington, Penn.  By his second marriage Mr. Wood is the father of three children—Mary E., Phoebe A. and Harriet Frances.


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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania

Samuel P. Bates

Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago. 1888


Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles

The Greene County, Pennsylvania Biographies Project –

Date of Transcription: 14 May 2008

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