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Christian County Illinois

Named after Christian County in Kentucky through the influence of emigrants from that county.

Established February 15, 1839 as Dane County (Laws, 1839, p. 104). Name changed to Christian County in 1840.

Portrait and biographical record of Christian County, Illinois : containing biographical sketches of prominent and   representative citizens, together with biographies of all the Governors of the state, and of the Presidents of the United States.  Chicago, Ill. : Lake City Pub. Co., 1893.  Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards, 2007.
DUTTON WOOD, a retired lumber dealer of Pana, has been prominent in business circles, and is recognized as one of the valued citizens of the community in which he makes his home. He was born in Bangor, Me., on the 17th of January, 1821, and is a son of Henry and Mary (Radicker) Wood, the former a native of Massachusetts, and the latter of New Brunswick. Our subject comes from one of the old families of the Bay State. His paternal grandfather was a native of Concord, Mass., and spent his entire life in his native State. He reared a family of fourteen children.

The father of our subject was a painter by trade, and followed that business for many years. Removing to Bangor, he there spent the remainder of his life, and was called to his final rest at the age of fifty. His wife, who survived him five years, passed away at the age of forty-five. They had a family of six children, four sons and two daughters, of whom four are yet living, as follows: Calista, wife of Gilbert Emerson, of Bangor, Me.; Dutton, of this sketch; Peleg, of Pasadena, Cal.; and Henry, of Van Buren County, Ark.

We now take up the personal history of the gentleman whose name heads this sketch, knowing that it will prove of interest to many of our readers, for he is widely and favorably known in this locality.

The days of his boyhood and youth were passed in the Pine Tree State. His parents died when he was quite young, and after his mother's death he left Bangor and went into the country. When he became a man he began operating a sawmill, and in some way or other has been connected with the lumber business since that time. His education was acquired in the common district schools, and through experience and observation he has become a well-informed man.

On the 1st of October, 1850, Mr. Wood was united in marriage to Miss Rosanna, daughter of Timothy and Laura (Twitchell) Adams, of Massachusetts. Seven children graced the union, but Ellen, Osborn, Clarence D. and Othello are now deceased. Flora A. is the widow of Charles Dawdy, by whom she had two children, Eugene and Lora. Charles married Miss Nellie Kennedy, and with their two children, Lottie and . Dutton, they reside in Vera, Ill. Eva completes the family.

In 1855, Mr. Wood came from Massachusetts to Illinois, and located twenty miles north of Cairo, where he carried on a sawmill. After a residence of ten years he came to Christian County, where he has since made his home. He now owns two hundred and seventy acres of land in Fayette County, Ill., besides his comfortable home in Pana, and his sawmill on his farm.

In politics, he is a supporter of Republican men and measures. His business career has been one of prosperity. By careful attention to all the details of his business, by industry, enterprise and upright dealing, he has met with a high degree of success as the result of his labors.

For twenty-seven years he has lived in Pana, and during all this time as been found in the front ranks in support of every enterprise calculated to benefit the community and promote the general welfare. It is with pleasure that we present this record of his life to our readers.



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