Dallas Public Library New Hours

For those planning a research trip to the Dallas Public Library Genealogy Section, you should note that the library has new hours.

Monday the library is closed.
Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday & Thursday hours are noon to 6 p.m.
Sunday hours are 1 to 5 p.m.

The Dallas Public Library’s website is at http://dallaslibrary.org. The Genealogy Section telephone number is 214-670-1433.

Martin Varner Book by Don Raney

A recent posting at genqueries.com was for Don Raney’s book on his ancestor and the first settler in Wood County, Martin Varner.

Don is a friend of the society and has presented programs here for us. He is a genealogist who teaches genealogy classes at a local college where he lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

His book is available for $25.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling by mail to Don Raney, 1506 Comanche Trail, Garland, TX 75043. Make checks to Don Raney.

Varner was an early settler of Indian Territory, Spanish Texas, a member of Austin Colony’s “Old 300,” a soldier at the Battle of San Jacinto, and, as noted, the first settler in the area that is now Wood County. He died a tragic death after an altercation in an argument over debt with Simon Gonzales of Wood County. Gonzales shot Varner and Varner’s son Stephen Austin Varner. The son died instantly and Varner, the elder, a few days later. Varner, with the help of a slave managed to kill Gonzales.

Don Raney’s book, 432 hard-bound pages with 27 pages of maps and photographs, is titled: “Martin Varner, Texas Pioneer: 1785-1844 (Brazoria, Lamar, and Wood Co., Texas).

Query: Browning

A recent TXWOOD Mailing list post inquired about the family of Wylie Jackson Browning, 1891-1964, died Wood County, Texas. Names mentioned included children Lula Reeves Browning, Arless Browning, E. Aubrey “Dick” Browning, T. C. Browning, Wylie Jackson Browning, Jr. Contact email: ellenATairmail.net (Note: substitute the “@” symbol for the “AT” in the email address.)

Water Beetle Cherokee Program Nov. 16

Kathy Lynn and Joe Copeland will present a second program on “Cherokee Culture, Artifacts and Traditional Stories” at the regular monthly meeting Monday, November 16th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Quitman Public Library, 202 E. Goode St. in Quitman, Texas.

Members and the general public which is always invited to our meetings should feel free to bring friends and acquaintances.

Kathy is a Texas Touring Artist and was recently funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Kathy’s husband Joe Copeland is now a big part of the presentation, and he has things to show of interest to everyone, also.

For display, they will be bringing their Pyramid Tent, the artifact exhibit, as well as the living history exhibit for life in the 1750’s-1800’s for the Cherokee. The latter does include household items, foods, medicinal herbs, etc, such as clothing, toys and games and more.
Kathy will be telling Traditional Cherokee Stories with her Story Table.

She will have a short PowerPoint presentation on culture and history. This PowerPoint presentation covers a brief history of the Cherokee before Joe and Kathy “shows and tells” about numerous artifacts that she brings along. Kathy then tells stories that delight all ages. She will have books she has written on the Cherokee Indians and will have Native American and Custom made Jewelry for sale after the meeting.

Prior to the meeting on the 16th, there will be Jewelry Party, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the library.
Some of the jewelry will be Genuine Turquoise and other natural stones unless otherwise identified. This party will not only include the ladies but the gentlemen are invited, too. There will be games, Prizes, Snacks, and Laughter. Fun will be had by all attending. You won’t want to miss it.
A portion of the sales will be donated to benefit the Wood County Genealogical Society.

For more information, you may call Dorothy Harbin, 903-967-2458, and leave a message.

New Page of Links Added

As requested by several members of the society, a page of general research links has been added to the Bulletin website. Additional suggestions are solicited. When you have one, you can send it in an email to netexas@gmail.com.

Help a distant researcher

If you can help a distant researcher with a look-up in vertical files, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post below on vertical files and click on the comments (1 comment at the time of this writing).

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