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Jonah Woods, farmer, P.O. La Fayette. The subject of this sketch was born December 26, 1838, in Madison County, Ohio. His parents were Jacob and Mary Woods, who were early settlers of Madison County; they both died when Jonah was a mere boy, and thus left him to shift for himself. From his youth up, he enjoyed the quietude of farm life, and recieved but a limited education. On September 24, 1861, he enlisted in Company A, Fortieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Army of the Cumberland. He participated in the battles of Chickamauga, Misson Ridge, Kenesaw Mountain, and numerous other important engagements. He received an honorable discharge in October, 1864. He has thus enrolled his name with the thousands of others, who so bravely volunteered in defense of their country, whose flag was about to be trampled under the iron heel of a most formidable enemy. On February 15, 1870, he married Miss Isabella Bennett, by whom he had four children, three now living — Lenora A., Winnie G. and Sylvia C. Mr. Woods has served as Trustee of Monroe Township; he is a member of the F. & A. M. Lodge at Plain City, and the owner of 230 acres of land.


From HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY - W. H. Beers [Chicago, 1883]