Camp Ford turns back the clock this weekend

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Scenes above from Camp Ford Reenactment 2005  (photos by Deason & Martha Hunt)

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Thanks to Scott Fitzgerald who posted the following about the Camp Ford Reenactment this next weekend in Tyler to the Rootsweb East Texas Genealogical Society (ETGS) mailing list. It is reproduced here with his permission.

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You are invited to join us:

Camp Ford Reenactment Weekend

Located at the northeast corner of highway 271 (Memorial Camp Ford Parkway) and the Loop 323 extension; there is a Whataburger directly across the street from the entrance.

Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28

This annual event is fun and educational for all ages that want to learn more about the Civil War in Texas.

Scheduled exhibits included are a period blacksmith, medical hospital, cavalry camp with horses, and a campaign camp with pup tents.   There are also displays of women’s and children’s clothing, toys, household items and period flags.  Floyd "Muddy" Waters will bring many different types of period armory for viewing as well. 

Over the weekend two cannons will be fired periodically and several infantry men will be walking around the grounds, but you want to keep your eyes peeled for any prisoners that might start a skirmish by trying to escape!  Anyone in the possession of a Confederacy of Texas flag that is due for retirement is welcome to
bring it for the ceremony held on Sunday.

Thank you so much for your continued support of Smith County Historical Society and we look forward to seeing you there!

Smith County Historical Society
125 South College
Tyler, Texas 75702
(903) 592-5993
http://www.smithcountyhistoricalsociety.org
info@smithcountyhistoricalsociety.org

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Many of the “soldiers” etc. sleep overnight at the camp and are up with camp fires early for this day-long event. It’s on a come and go basis with exhibits available all day and almost all events repeated during the day. — dh

Query: Davis

The following query comes from Weylon McDougal:
I am searching for a family Bible belonging to Walter E. Davis and Sarah A. Baker Davis that was left in Ogburn(about 10 miles north of Winnsboro) in 1946 when he moved to Clute, TX. You may contact him at weylonmc@yahoo.com.

Query: Scott

A Scott surname researcher is looking for the maiden name of Elizabeth Betsy Scott (b. ca 1830) who lived at Winnsboro. You can see the details of the request at Rootsweb Scott Family message board at http://boards.rootsweb.com/localities.northam.usa.states.texas.counties.wood/595/mb.ashx.

Wofford, Amos

More information on Deputy Sheriff Amos Wofford:

1. A killing occurred at Winnsboro Saturday evening in which Dick Milam was shot and killed his son W A Milam seriously wounded and both John and Amos Wofford fatally
shot and dying later. — The Jefferson Jimplecute, February 08, 1907

(Source: IMAGE 3 of 5. Image provided by: University of North Texas; Denton, TX.
Persistent Link http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86089978/1907-02-08/ed-1/seq-3/)

2. Deputy Sheriff Amos R. Wofford
Wood County Sheriff’s Department
Texas
End of Watch: Monday, February 4, 1907

Biographical Info
Age: 35
Tour of Duty: 10 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Monday, February 4, 1907
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Both shot and killed

Deputy Wofford and his brother, Constable John Wofford of the Wood County Constable’s Office – Precinct 3, were shot and killed while they attempted to arrest a father and son for liquor violations. One of the suspects produced a handgun and opened fire, fatally wounding both lawmen. Both suspects were also shot and killed by return fire in the incident.
Deputy Wofford had been with the agency for ten years and was survived by his wife and three children.

Related Line of Duty Deaths
    Constable John S. Wofford
Wood County Constable’s Office – Precin…, TX
EOW: Monday, February 4, 1907
Cause of Death: Gunfire

(Source: The Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc.
http://www.odmp.org/officer/16004-deputy-sheriff-amos-r.-wofford)

3. Union Springs Cemetery, Hopkins County, Texas:
    Wofford, Amos R., 9/5/1871 – 2/4/1907, husband of Emma Hyde Wofford
    Wofford, Emma Hyde, 5/5/1869 – 10/7/1899, 1st wife of Amos R. Wofford
    Wofford, Sallie Dea Trammel, 5/29/1879 – 12/30/1928, 2nd wife of  Amos R.    
         Wofford & after his death 2nd w/o William A. Funderburk
    Wofford, Clara, 1902 – 1903, daughter of Amos and Sallie Wofford

(Source: Union Cemetery, Sulphur Springs, Hopkins County, Texas, Cemeteries of Texas, Submitted by Sheila Funderburk, http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Hopkins/cemetery/union.htm

Also see Dorothy Harbin’s comment on the original query post for Wofford on March 19.

New Poll Question

A new poll has been posted on the bulletin at woodtxgene.com. Help us out by going over and sharing your response. Remember, your responses are anonymous.

Wood County Court House 1883-1925

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The first brick courthouse in Wood County at the county seat of Quitman was finished in late 1883 and used until it burned in1925. – Photo from the June Preston Collection of photographs donated by June to the Wood County Genealogical Society.

Query: Wofford

Mike Koch of Oklahoma dropped by the Quitman Public Library today looking for information on Amos Wofford, a Wood County Deputy Sheriff who was shot and killed Feb. 4, 1907 along with his brother who was a Wood County Constable. Amos is buried in the Union Cemetery in the county.

If you have any information on the incident or Amos Wofford, please contact Mike at packers52@valornet.com. You may also post the information on the Bulletin as a comment to this posting since Mike will check this page for any responses.

New address for Wood County book

Thanks to member Lou Mallory who brought us up to date on the site for address for buying “Wood County 1850-1890″. It has been corrected on the Publications Page of this website. FYI: Lou Mallory, P. O. Box 255, Mineola, Texas 75773. Lou’s email is gmallory@suddenlink.net. The book costs $15.00 plus $4.00 postage. Lou is Wood County Historical Commission chairman.

Query: Wood County 1850-1900

A comment at this link: Looking to purchase inquires about where the person can buy a copy of the history “Wood County 1850-1900.” If you can help, follow the link above and post a response.

Life in the Pineywoods

First installment

Mrs. Ona Wood, a Wood County family history researcher and historian, wrote a history of the county in the 1950’s through the story of some early pioneer families here. She is a descendant of Wood County pioneer Peter Gunstream among others.

We are beginning the serial printing of the book in installments for the Wood County Genealogical Society Bulletin starting in the March 2010 newsletter. Part one is the foreword to the book.

LIFE IN THE PINEY WOODS: A History through the story of some early settlers Of Wood County Texas
by Ona Wood
Quitman, Texas

FOREWORD

“A people which takes no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors will never achieve anything worthy to be remembered with pride by remote descendants.” – Lord McCauley

This book has been written in reverence and in profound respect to those people whose names appear upon its pages.
I have written of my own people , not because of selfish reasons, but because I know their joys and sorrows; their hardships and achievements.

My people, I think, are typical of most of the pioneers of any part of East Texas; they were not wealthy as wealth is valued in money; they had their good years and bad ones; they worked hard to keep – as they said – “body and soul together.”

I love and respect my people and give honor where honor lies; for what they were, I am.

The blood of our ancestry courses through the veins of their progenitors, and the ancestry was of many nationalities, English, French, Swede, Irish, Scotch, and probably pure American.

The same thst is true of my family holds true for their neighbors.
I like to walk along their paths, if not in reality, then in dreaming, and look for their tracks wherever they may wend, and stand along beside them into the dawn of a new era. Their tracks will never be obliterated, not by time or elements.

Their names have never been written into history books, and many of their names were never found in newspapers beyond the confines of their own county. They are not listed in the scrolls with the great, but they made history.

The pioneers seemed stern and severe, and so they were; but, beneath the veneer which the wilderness provoked, was to be found a compassionate spirit.

And, as most of them – your forefathers and mine – sleep in the age-old burying grounds, near and far, may we in humbleness, bless the day when they set foot on East Texas soil.

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