Look for the Wood County Genealogical Society table at the Autumn Trails Days Business Expo, Saturday, October 3. Our vice-president, Dorothy Harbin, arranged for our presence to publicize the society and offer genealogical information and help to interested expo visitors. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Winnsboro City Auditorium at the city park and rodeo grounds off Hwy. 11. Admission to the Expo is free, so come on by and say hello.
The following description of Wood County comes from the 1910 Texas Almanac found by a search of Google Books. It is among the “full view” books one can find online FOR FREE at that web service. You can search on places, surnames, etc. to see what is available. Some books allow no view, some just a snippet view.
Wood County lies In Northeast Texas It was organized from a part of Van Zandt County in 1850. Its estimated population Is about 25,000. Quitman the county seat has about 500, Mineola 3,500 Winnsboro 3,500 and Alba 500. Total assessment $7,666,415.
The Sabine River is one of its south boundary lines with a large tributary of the same running through the western portion of the county called Lake Fork. Mineola Is located on the Texas and Pacific Railroad 80 miles east of Dallas and 70 miles west of Marshall. Quitman, the county seat, is situated 10 miles north of Mineola. Winnsboro is situated in the northern part of the county about 16 miles from Quitman. It Is located on the Missouri Kansas and Texas Railroad. The Texas Southern Railroad also runs to Winnsboro from Marshall.
The county was named In honor of Gov. Wood, the second Governor of Texas.
The county seat was named In honor of Gen. Quitman. The county Is traversed by the following roads: Texas and Pacific 25.4 miles, Missouri Kansas and Texas 19.78 miles, Texas Southern 17 miles, International and Great Northern 4.3 miles, Texas Short Line 9 miles.
The surface of the county is generally level only broken by water courses. The soil Is varied but generally yellow loam though there Is some white and some red sandy land particularly adapted to orchards and truck growing. Timber is in vast varieties and large quantities such as swamp and yellow pine, post oak, white oak, red oak, black oak, and burr oak, walnut, hickory, gum, black and sweet mulberry, dogwood, blackjack elm, etc.
Important streams are Sabine River, Lake Fork, Big Caney, and Big Sandy with other smaller streams some that afford water power for Ginning cotton, grinding corn and wheat, making shingles, and other Industries. On these streams are numerous lakes fed by springs well stocked with fish.
Besides saw mills, and there are several, there Is a box factory at Mineola that runs on full time manufacturing all kinds of fruit and vegetable crates and boxes besides soap starch and cracker boxes.
The average price of raw land is $5 per acre, activated land $12.50 per acre. Cotton yields one fourth bale per acre, corn 17 bushels, sugar cane for syrup 600 gallons, Irish potatoes 50 bushels, sweet potatoes 60 bushels, tomatoes 60 bushels, and peanuts 25 bushels. About 150 car loads of potatoes are shipped annualy besides about 50 car loads of mixed vegetables. An average of 50 car loads of peaches has been shipped each season for several years.
Last year’s tax rolls disclosed the following live stock: 13,406 cattle, 662 horses and mules, 6,187 hogs, and a few sheep and goats.
There are 82 public free schools in the county employing 121 teachers.
The county Is underlaid with very valuable deposits of lignite pottery and brick clays. At Alba several lignite mines are In constant operation. The strata vary In thickness from 5 to 12 feet, and the fuel is of high quality.
Texas almanac and state industrial guide
Publisher Belo & Co., 1910
Original from Harvard University
Digitized May 8, 2007
This query was posted on the Coffee Klatch on GenealogyWise by Jammie Barker.
“looking for Wade and Whittakers lived in Scroggins and Winnsboro areas.” If you would like to reply, you can post a comment at http://www.genealogywise.com/group/woodcotxgencoffeeklatch.
There is a strictly unofficial place I have set up for anyone interested to talk about Wood County genealogy over at GenealogyWise. It’s open to society members or anyone who wishes to pitch in or read. If you are interested, you can go there if you click here. The address is http://www.genealogywise.com/group/woodcotxgencoffeeklatch.
Hello! I am trying to locate the burial place of John H. McGahey (McGaha, McGahee) and Rebeca McGahey. His possible date of death is around 1890. I believe he was a Civil War veteran. Also, possibly buried near would be Samuel McGahey and wife Martha “Mattie” Flowers McGahey. I have lead that they could possibly be in Quitman cemetery.
If you have any knowledge of these folks I would be very grateful for any help.
thank you–Melinda Dennis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Member Lou Mallory‘s latest column, published regularly in the Hawkins-Holly Lake Gazette, features nine Wood County peace officers killed as the pursued their duties. You can read her column series new offerings in the Gazette every two weeks. Her previous columns are in the Gazette at its website: http://hlrgazette.com.
The Bulletin is officially up and running. Anyone who visited this site in the last 10 days probably found us in some state of tear down and rebuild. We’re not through yet, but we’ve started. Notice: The first post (which is below. Latest posts appear at the top of the page.) is about the September meeting next Monday, September 21 which, I will not be able to attend because we are taking a week off in the Ozarks. I’ll see you all in October at the meeting if not sooner. — Deason Hunt
Wood County Genealogical Society (WCGS) Members who attended the meeting last spring to hear the Texas Pistalaros and Wood County’s Doc Davis will be interested to hear that the first East Texas Wildwest Fest will be held in Winnsboro during the Autumn Trails celebration on October 17, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Historic Depot Parking Lot. At this location will be wild west recreations (shootouts, etc), western costume contest, trick roper exhibitions, food and drink, and much more. For more details, go to the Pistalaros website at http://www.crossroadsvigilantes.com.
The first meeting of the 2009-2010 society year will be September 21 at 7 p.m. at the Quitman Public Library at 202 E. Goode in Quitman. A few members gather before the meeting to visit and eat at 5:30 p.m. at Peralta’s Mexican Restaurant at 607 S. Main in Quitman. Members and guests are invited to join us.