Robert Hood

Robert  HOOD, a resident of Cache Township, Johnson County, was born in Lauderdale County, Ala., September 12, 1823. He is a son of James 
and Mary (Boey) Hood, the former of whom was born in South Carolina March 14, 1801, and the latter in North Caiolina in 1803. James Hood was 
a son of Matthew and Mary Hood, the latter of whom was born in Maryland. James Hood left his native State at the age of seventeen and removed to Alabama, where he purchased land and remained for several years, then, selling out, removed to Tennessee. He lived in Hardeman County, that State, 
for seventeen years, until the breaking out of the war, and then as his political principles were not the same as those of the people among whom he had 
been living so long, he was compelled to sell out and leave the State. He there fore came to Illinois in 1862, settling in Johnson County, where he died 
July 20, 1883.

Robert Hood remained at home until he was twenty-four years of age. He married and settled down on a farm in Tennessee, but like his father, he did 
not believe in secession, and was compelled to leave the State because of his opposition to the war. However he did not leave before being drafted into 
the Confederate army, and in order to avoid going to the war, he hired a substitute. He had left his land in Tennessee, and the next morning, after sending 
his substitute to the army, left his native State and started for the North and liberty. He arrived in Illinois January 15, 1863, having come through with his ox-team, being beset by guerrillas and bushwhackers, and having many thrilling adventures on the way. He purchased one hundred and sixtyfive acres of
land on section 6, Cache Township, where he now resides. This is a first-class farm, on which is a pleasant home, he having erected most of the buildings 
upon it himself.

Our subject was married July 31, 1849, to Amanda A. Ferguson, who was born in East Tennessee April 10, 1824. Her parents were natives of Tennessee, and her grandparents were born in North Carolina. Mr. and Mrs. Hood have reared four children: Anna E., Frank R., Mary and John J. Mr. Hood is 
liberal in his religious views, and always votes the Republican ticket.

transcribed by Nan Starjak

The Biographical Review of  Johnson, Massac, Pope and Hardin Counties
Biographical Publishing Co., 1893
pp 488 - 189


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