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

5 Brick Wall Solutions For Hard to Find Family

Author: Kitty Cooper

Well, you’ve got worked nearly a year or additional on your family history and now you think that you are at a complete loss and can’t proceed any further. You have hit that famous ‘Brick Wall” in genealogy. That brick wall might be in reference to at least one individual or a full branch for which you have no documented information. But, by using the following five ideas; you may very presumably have a significant breakthrough in that ‘wall’.

First issue is to prepare what information you’ve got whether or not you have done that every one along. Many times simply going over names, dates, locations, stories and photos again while you categorize them into notebooks or on a family tree database can flip on a light-weight bulb of a affiliation or a tie-in to another relative you haven’t thought-about earlier.

Second, consider researching siblings inside that difficult branch. Your great grandfather could have had a rather common given name like John, but his brother could have had an uncommon given name, like Rufus. Additionally the siblings could are a lot of accomplished or noteworthy, so possibly easier to locate. In addition, by checking nice grandfather’s cousins if known and his in-laws might offer further clues.

Third, be certain there’s accurate info on the individual and that it comes from as several numerous sources as possible. For instance, you believe an ancestor was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Did every census record you find confirm that? On their death certificate and obituary was the same birth location written? Were any youngsters born in the same location or a place nearby?
If the ancestor’s oldsters immigrated to the United States, where did they first settle? Was it close to where you thought your ancestor was born? Located that parent’s naturalization papers, it will list any children and where they were born. Acquire a copy of the ancestor’s social security application (form SS-five), if they lived when 1936, and compare the birth place. By verifying just one item sort of a birth place may lead you on the right ancestral path.

Fourth, one of the largest hindrances will be the varied spellings for surnames and given names. Especially the additional back in time you analysis the less seemingly an ancestor was literate, so the spelling of a reputation would are based mostly on how a clerk thought the name ought to have been written. But, even our ancestors chose to spell and / or pronounce their name differently over the years. Using the Soundex for surnames will be very helpful.
The Soundex is an index of sound codes for names, initial utilized in the 1930s. The index groups a reputation with similar sounds. Each code is a series of a letter then three numbers with the letter representing the start letter of the surname (example: K620). The 3 numbers signify the consonants within the name, never the vowels or ‘H’, and ‘W’. Most databases will permit you to mark if you wish the Soundex used when trying for a surname. Conjointly mess around with the spelling of a reputation, might there are 2 ‘f’s’ in the spelling, or was the ending ‘sen’ instead of ‘son’?

Fifth idea, be flexible in your date search. Generally you’ve got the concept that your grandmother was born in Might 1898 and you merely sought for records with that month and year. Remember, as your grandmother got a very little older she may have simply given a completely different birth month and year, particularly on census records.
If her parents had married in February 1898, she might not need it referred to as the primary child, she was born only 3 months later. Not simply the women, men have modified their ages conjointly, particularly on marriage applications, making themselves younger or older. So invariably move that scale of a birth year several years either manner when researching an ancestor. Plus the birth month could are altered for legitimacy purposes, therefore also regulate the search of months.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/genealogy-articles/5-brick-wall-solutions-for-hard-to-find-family-3537462.html

About the Author

Kitty Cooper been writing articles online for nearly 2 years now. Not only does this author specialize in genealogy family trees ,you can also check out his latest website about: Delonghi Heaters For Sale Which reviews and lists the best delonghi portable heaters

Society Meeting Schedule Tomorrow (Jan. 17)

Wood County (Tx) Genealogical Society Calendar
Monday, January 17

5:00pm — Eating meeting at Peralta’s Mexican Restaurant in Quitman
6:00pm — Pre-meeting helping with genealogy research at the Quitman Public Library
7:00pm — Regular monthly meeting at the Quitman Public Library

County Native Learned It Here

Quitman and Wood County’s Sissy Spacek “says she learned all the truths that are most important to her before she left that little town in Texas,” according to an article in USA Today. The story is about the book which she has written which is to be published in Spring 2012. It will include “non-fiction short stories” about events in her life including those during her early years in Quitman.

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