Query: Hunter

Member Vernon Richard of Dallas writes: Do you know if there is any member of the society doing research on the Hunter surname. I am particular interested in a man named William H. Hunter from South Carolina that came to Hawkins, Texas (Wood County) in 1859. He had a daughter name Mary J. (Mollie) Hunter who married James H. Ray in 1866. William Hunter died in 1867 and is buried in the Ray Family Cemetery.

I know there is a short biography of the Hunter-Ray family relationship which was published in a book concerning the 50th anniversary of Wood County by the Historical Society. The article was very detailed about the Ray family, but I need to know if there is anyone who has or is doing research on the Hunter family. It was the Hunters who brought my family to Hawkins, Texas in 1859. It appears that the Hunters spent sometime in Alabama because their daughters were born there.

Any information you can provide will be appreciated.

Comments on Re: Shirey Query

Two new comments by V. Shirey on Re: Shirey Query at this link: http://woodtxgene.com/2010/02/15/606/

Query: McGee, Magee

A query for the surname McGee has been posted as part of the Rootsweb Wood County mailing list. The query is in two parts. The links here are to the Rootsweb list posting:

http://boards.rootsweb.com/localities.northam.usa.states.texas.counties.wood/607/mb.ashx

http://boards.rootsweb.com/localities.northam.usa.states.texas.counties.wood/608/mb.ashx

Query: McCreight (and response)

Member Mark Reid shared the following query he received and his response:

The query: I am trying to find the exact location of the grave of Matthew MCCREIGHT, listed with one other grave between Alba and Yantis, on Hwy. 154. I believe this to be the grave of my G-G-Grandfather, I don’t know who the other grave could be. If any body has a picture of the head stone, I would certainly appreciate a copy. If all this other fails, possibly the e-mail address of someone who could help me.

This grave should date from the late 1840’s to the 1850’s. My Great Grandfather Thomas Newton McCright is listed on the Wood County Tax rolls during the 1850’s paying taxes on 100 acres in Western Wood County. Matthew would be Thomas’s father. I expect Matthew is buried on the land that Thomas was farming.

Thank you very much;

John McCright
jemccright@aol.com

Mark’s Response: According to our cemetery book 4, pg 157, Matthew McCreight 10 August 1833 – 9 Feb 1902 and Winney Allen McCreight _____ – 2 August 1879 are buried in a family cemetery located as you describe. Apparently the researcher was unable to find the cemetery. Headstone information was obtained from a member of the family.
Highway 154 runs from Quitman to Yantis and the grave site is said to be close to the “Pleasant Divide” community.
If any family member can give a better description of the location, I will be glad to go there (assuming I can get permission to cross private property) and photograph whatever marker I can find.

If you have additional information share, you can contact John McCright at the email address above. Also, please post a copy of the response as a comment to this post.

Query: Whittiker

Need some help. Looking for grave of Mary Jane WEIR WHITTIKER. She was living in Quitman with granddaughter Sarah Jenetta LUMAN in 1920. She doesn’t show up again in any census, so I expect she died (she was 84 and getting a check from the county for being a poor).
Working full time and can’t get to the court house or list of cemeteries. Any help would be appreciated. You can respond to this query by posting a comment or by clicking this link at Genealogywise.
Jammie barker

Welcome to a New Member

Join us in welcoming our newest member, Jo Ann Dyson of Winnsboro. We met her at the public assistance period before the regular monthly meeting January 17. She has a number of surnames common to the county. We will be posting these at a later date. Jo Ann is now listed on our latest Member Contact list posted on the member-only web page.

January Meeting Notes

Notes from the January 17, 2011 regular monthly meeting of the society:

1. Prior to the meeting, 15 members met at Peralta’s Mexican Restaurant in Quitman to eat and talk. We had a great time.

2. During the pre-meeting help time from 6 to 7 p.m. at the library and later during the workshop portion of the regular meeting we were able to help one guest and two members with their research and one with getting some computer problems worked out.

3. Various reports were received in the business meeting. Some highlights:

a) About two-thirds of members have renewed from last year. Two members are deceased and four others have not decided to renew. Current bylaws give members until January 31 to renew. Others are expected before the end of the month. Also several new members have joined this year. A more detailed report will come in later meetings after the January 31 deadline.

b) The Constitution and bylaws revision committee appointed in November has met and come up with a preliminary document. It will be finalized and presented at the February meeting with plans to vote on any changes at the March meeting. Members will receive notification of any changes following the February meeting.

c) Treasurer Wayne McCluneyreported on several items. Chairs will not need to be purchased, and he reported some prices on book carts and got further details on our needs there. He will follow up on that. A method to more efficiently keep records of membership fees is under discussion and will be reported on at a later meeting. He is still looking into tax and non-profit status information. Also, it was proposed and adopted that we would go to a purchase order system to handle expenditures. That would be included in an bylaw revisions.

d) Membership’s Deason Hunt proposed a Focus of the Collection statement and Acquisitions policy for the society materials in our research center and archive at the library. It was adopted. Details will be published here in a later posting.

e) Treasurer McCluney also reported that it is in the works for us to solicit a statement from the City of Quitman that while our archives are housed at the library that they are in fact owned by the society and not the library or city. This would protect us in case of changes in librarians or city officials over the years.

f) The new society sign which hangs on the library sign pole at the edge of the street in front of the library is not displayed. Thanks to Vice-president Dorothy Harbin who came up with the idea and presented the design and secured someone to make the sign. Also Treasurer McCluney helped with the finalization of getting the sign. Librarian Delene Delarosa secured help from city workers to have the sign placed on the pole.

g) Members worked on processing latest obituaries for inclusion in our obituary books.

More details will be available when the minutes of the January meeting are submitted for approval.

The new society street sign

Vice-president Dorothy Harbin with our new sign outside the library

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