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.

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