biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
HARRIET E. ATWOOD, of Adams Township, was born in Johnson County, Ind., Nov. 6, 1833, and came to Iowa with her parents in 1849. Her father, Rev. Alfred N. Atwood, was born in Virginia, Sept. 11, 1809, and her mother, Nancy (Kelly) Atwood, in Kentucky, Nov. 5, 1806. Her father was a Baptist minister, commencing his ministry before leaving Indiana, and continuing actively in the work until his death, which took place in this county, Dec. 24, 1867. He taught the first school in Adams Township. In 1864 he was a member of the County Board of Supervisors, and served with credit to himself and his constituents. The mother died Oct. 1, 1877. They were the parents of two children: Harriet E., the subject of this sketch, and Mary E., wife of Woodford Bass, of Monroe Township. Miss Atwood received her land from her father, who owned at the time of his death, 2,000 acres, which was equally divided between the girls. She at present owns 380 acres of excellent land in good cultivation, and well improved. She was reared in the belief of the Baptist Church. She possesses many excellent traits of character, prominent among which are her amiable disposition and kindness of heart, and is very highly esteemed by her extended circle of friends and acquaintances.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy