DAVID P WOOD
David P. Wood, an old and influential citizen of Franklin County, Mo., was born in Amherst County, Va., February 3, 1818, a son of Thomas and
Louisa J. (Gooch) Wood, who were natives of Louisa County, Va. The father
died in Franklin County, August 21, 1851, and the mother in the same county
eight years later. This family came to Franklin County, Mo., in the fall of
1831, and settled on the farm on which our subject is now residing. The father
was a farmer all his life, and was a soldier in the War of 1812. They were for
many years members of the Baptist Church, he joining that denomination
before coming to Missouri and she immediately after. Nine children were born
to this union, five sons and four daughters, only five of whom are now living.
David P. received his education in Virginia and Missouri, and a few years after
gaining his majority acted as overseer for his uncles. At the age of twenty-one,
was appointed deputy sheriff and served as such under his brother, S. W. Wood,
for four years. He then engaged in farming, which he continued until 1850,
when Judge G. B. Wade was elected sheriff, and he again acted. as deputy.
Since then be has turned his attention exclusively to agricultural pursuits.
December 38, 1842, Mr. Wood married Miss Mary E. Ming, a native of Camp-
bell County, Va. born August 13, 1833, and the daughter of W. and D. Ming.
She died in Franklin County, October 89, 1887. She was the sister of Hon.
James M. Ming, whose sketch appears elsewhere in these pages. To Mr. Wood
and wife were born nine children, six now living, viz.: Mrs. Agnes Jones, the
wife of Charles Jones, Jr., now living in St. Louis; James L. Wood, now living
in Montana, a stock raiser and dealer and miner; Leslie E., ex-recorder of
Franklin County, and now living at Labaddie; John W., now a resident of-
Kansas City. in the insurance business; Charles B., a resident of Boles, and
Mortimer, at home. Those deceased are: Doratha V. Riggin, aged twenty-six,
and the wife of Eugene Riggin, at St. Louis; Louisa J, aged twenty-two and
Albert W., aged twenty-three. Mr. Wood is a Democrat in his political views.
History of Franklin County p 847