Hon. Levi S. Woods, circuit judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, was born in Carroll County, Tenn., November 17, 1848, a son of Levi S. and Arantha Jane (Dinwiddie) Woods. The father was a native of Madison County, Tennessee. His father, John Woods, was a Virginian, and in 1782, with a party of men from his native State, set out to seek a new home in Kentucky. Daniel Boone was one of their number on their way they were suddenly attacked by Indians. Sixty of the Virginians were killed. The remainder of the party continued their journey and settled in the West. About 1800 John immigrated to Williamson County, Tenn., and in 1819 came to Henderson County, being one of the very first white men who located in the county. Levi B., Sr., settled in Carroll County, where he was married; he was an agriculturist, an honored and esteemed man and departed this life in 1857. His wife was born in Virginia in 1811, a descendant of Robert Dinwiddie, who was governor of Virginia in 1758. Mrs. Woods was the mother of thirteen children; her death occurred in 1853. Our subject was the twelfth child; his academic education was received at Trenton and Jackson; at the age of twenty he began to study law under instructions of Hon. L. M. Jones and Judge Cathel, of Trenton. He attended the law department of the Cumberland University at Lebanon, Tenn., in 1869 and 1870, and in the latter year located in Lexington, entering upon the practice of his profession, displaying at once his superior qualities, end being soon in the front ranks of the Lexington bar. He is an eloquent orator, a clear and logical speaker. In 1873 was elected by the county court as superintendent of the county schools and served three years. During Judge Bateman's term Mr. Woods was several times appointed special judge. August, 1880. he was elected to his present position by a majority of more than 1,500 his opponent being the able Judge T. C. Muse, of Jackson. Judge Woods is a Council Mason; also belongs to I. O. O. F., Encampment Lodge. November 3, 1873, he was married to (Mollie) a daughter of W. C. and Louisa McHaney. Mrs. Woods was born in Henderson County in 1849; bas been the mother of four children, only one is now living, Georgia A. Two died in infancy, and Myrtle at the interesting age of four years.
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