Query: WEEMS

Judy “Newsome” SPEARS of Winnsboro left an information request regarding the WEEMS surname in Wood County.

Acia WEEMS of Georgia. She would like his dates. His son is Andrew J. WEEMS, b. 12/27/1849, d. 5/23/1930. He married Alice THOMAS b. 1854 or 1855, d. 1887. Laura Pearl WEEMS m. Hiram Scaraborough NEWSOME, Judy’s grandfather. Andrew is Laura’s dad. Her great grandfather Acia is Andrew’s dad and Laura’s grandfather Judy’s great grandfather. Judy “would appreciate any help you could give and find.” Her mailing address is 1618 SE CR 4340, Winnsboro, TX 75494 and telephone 903-860-3095.

An online family tree at http://beejay1.tripod.com/ has this information:

Asa WEEMS was born in Nov 1813 in Franklin County, Georgia. He died in Wood County, Texas. He married Elizabeth SMITH on 21 Feb 1849 in Franklin County, Georgia.

Elizabeth SMITH was born in 1828 in Georgia. She died before 1860. She married Asa Weems on 21 Feb 1849 in Franklin County, Georgia.

They had the following children:

F i Julia E. WEEMS was born in 1846 in Franklin County, Georgia. She died in 1902.
M ii George W. WEEMS
M iii John Q. WEEMS was born about 1849 in Georgia.
M iv Andrew J. WEEMS
M v S. F. WEEMS was born about 1853 in Franklin County, Georgia.
F vi Martha E. WEEMS was born about 1855 in Franklin County, Georgia.
M vii A. R. WEEMS was born about 1857 in Franklin County, Georgia.

There is a link there for more information on Andrew WEEMS. If you have additional information, we would also appreciate you both contacting Judy and posting here as a comment to this query.

Members Tour Wood County Historical Museum

A group of members who gathered for the July “eating meeting” followed up fellowship, fun, and planning for the WCGS booth at the Old Settlers Reunion August 4-7 in Quitman and finished the evening touring the Wood County Historical Museum in Quitman. Hosts were members Lou Mallory and Barbara Coleman, members of the Wood County Historical Commission. Lou is president of the historical commission.

WCGS members tour historical museum

From left, front row, Patsy McCall, Barbara Coleman, Dorothy Harbin, Nita Munoz, Lou Mallory, Lakoma Clanton, back row, John McCall, Ronnie Vance, Jean Davis, Gene Pilgrim, Karen Pilgrim, Sally Allcorn, Mary Beth Ramage. Inset, photographer Shirley Bates.

Welcome to New Member

Our newest member is David GILBREATH of Mesquite, Texas. His contact information is available on the latest member contact list on the member-only page which you can access from the link at the top right of this page.


101 Best Free Websites

Family Tree Magazine’s September edition has been mailed, and it features its yearly best websites article. This year it’s devoted to free websites.
You can see all the sites with click-on links by going to http://familytreemagazine.com/article/101-Best-Websites-2010. The sites are broken down into catgeories on that page. Clicking a link category there will take you to a description of the those sites and, finally, a link to the site itself.

Bockstruck to Highlight Area Seminar

Another area genealogical learning opportunity coming up this summer is at the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society’s Annual All-day Seminar Saturday, August 28, 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. in Canton.

The featured speaker is Lloyd Dewitt Bockstruck, nationally known genealogist and just recently retired head librarian for the genealogy department of the Dallas Public Library.

Topics include probate records, military records post-Civil War and WWI and WWII, transcontinental migrations 1849-1900, and Scots Irish church records.

Registration is $35 until August 15 and $40 after that. Make checks payable to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society society and mail to Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103. Registration includes continental breakfast and catered luncheon.

71 Members as of July 20, 2010

Seven new members have joined the WCGS since July 2009 bringing the membership total to 71. There are 63 memberships paid, but eight of those are family memberships in the name of two people in each of those families.

Changes in Society Resource Usage

Statistics for society resource usage in the last year indicates the continuing shift from traditional library visitors to electronic visitors to the Wood County Genealogical Society.

Booth Volunteers for Old Settlers Reunion

The following people have volunteered to man the Wood County Genealogical Society booth at the Old Settlers Reunion August 4-7.
Any and all other members and friends are invited to stop by and help or just visit. (It would be nice to demonstrate to the public what a good time we all have together.) Since we are supplying only four chairs for the booth, if you plan to stay a while, you might want to bring your own lawn chair.

Wed. 6-8 pm
Ronnie Vance
John McCall

Wed. 8-10 pm
Dorothy Harbin
Shirley Bates

Thur. 6-8 pm
Ronnie Vance
Gene & Karen Pilgrim

Thur. 8-10 pm
Dorothy Harbin
Shirley Bates

Fri. 6-8 pm
Ronnie Vance
Barbara Coleman

Fri. 8-10 pm
Dorothy Harbin
M. Ramage

Sat. 6-8 pm
Ronnie Vance
Gene & Karen Pilgrim

Sat. 8-10 pm
Barbara Coleman
S. Allcorn

Note: We might need some tearing down and carting off help at the end Saturday night.

Plans for Old Settlers Reunion

Plans for the Wood County Genealogical Society participation in the Old Settlers Reunion August 4-7 in Quitman were finalized over dinner July 19.

Members are invited to drop by and look at our exhibits and visit from 6-10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday of that week.

Here’s a summary of some of our volunteer helpers/items for the reunion exhibits:
Shirley Patrick
• 10×10 Canopy
• Personal Family Books
• Marriage Books
• Alba Books
Nita Munoz
• Her Display Books
Ronnie Vance
• Tables & Chairs
• His Cemetery & family books
Dorothy Harbin
• Banner
• T-shirts
• Help with First Day setup
Shirley Bates
• Exhibit Poster
• Table Covers
• Library Family History Scrapbooks
• Beginning Research Paper
• Help with first day setup
Deason Hunt
• 2 library easels
• library wire rack
• Big Maps from Library
• Sign with hours for Hist. Museum
• Pictures for Digital picture Frame
• Papers for Please take 1 rack
• Membership Applications
• Water
• Pens-Pencils
Sally Allcorn
• Digital Picture Frame
• Index to Pictorial History
John McCall
• Help with First Day setup
• Period dress
Who? I forgot
• Big Fan
Need a Volunteer
• Extension Cords
• Tarp in case of big blowing rain
If I forgot you or something
• Email me, bring it, or do it!

Free Workshop Opportunity in August

Our friends and fellow genealogists at the East Texas Genealogical Society in Tyler are having a series of free genealogy classes on Saturdays in August. These are open to the public and ETGS’s June Everhart who sent the first email added in a followup answering a question that “We would certainly welcome Wood County genealogists.” While these are “beginner sessions” a look at the course projections make me think these would be a good review and refresher course. Here’s the email from ETGS:

The East Texas Genealogical Society and the Tyler Library will sponsor a four week series of classes for beginner genealogist during the month of August. The classes will meet four consecutive Saturday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Taylor Auditorium at the Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College St., Tyler, TX. Classes will be free and open to the public. Preregistration is required. Contact Janet Cottle at janet883@aol.com or 903-849-5779. to register.

Larry Oliver of theETGS also emailed with this link for more information: http://www.etgs.org/meetings/classes/roots-101/roots-101.html.


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