Decade of Paid Memberships

The chart below replaces one briefly posted yesterday with more data found after the first chart was composed.
Chart showing memberships paid from 2002 to 2011

2002-03 — 101
2003-04 — 55
2004-05 — 42
2005-06 — 42
2006-07 — 53
2007-08 — 49
2008-09 — 58
2009-10 — 59
2010-11 — 57

Nominating, Budget Committees Appointed

The Nominating Committee to recommend officers for the 2011-2012 society year was appointed at the March regular meeting. The committee will present its report of recommendations at the May regular meeting at which time officers will be elected. Nominating Committee members are Barbara Coleman, Kathy Lutonsky, and Mary Ann Niswanger.

The four offices to be filled are president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. Because of constitutional limitation on the number of consecutive terms officers can serve, presently serving president, vice-president, and secretary must be replaced.

Anyone willing to be considered for serving in any of the officer positions or anyone wishing to suggest members for any of the positions can contact Kathy at lutonsky5@co.wood.tx.us.

The Budget Committee will submit for approval a proposed budget for the 2011-2012 society year at the regular May meeting. Members of that committee are Treasurer Wayne McCluney, Deason Hunt, and Ethel Kelley. Anyone wishing to submit budget proposals to the committee may contact Wayne at fwaynemc@peoplescom.net.

To contact Kathy or Wayne by postal mail, you may write them at Nominating Committee (or Budget Committee) P. O. Box 832, Quitman, TX 75783.

Wood County Feels the Tug of War

Life in the Piney Woods
By Ona Wood
Chapter 3
Wood County Feels the Tug of War

The everyday affairs of life went on as usual in the deep eastern section of Wood County.

Mary and Peter Gunstream and their neighbors always arose long before the dawn and prepared breakfast. They ate by the light of candles which they had molded with their own hands from the tallow dried from the fat of the beeves that they had butchered on their own range.
Their breakfast was no meager affair; even if they did live in the woods of a sparsely settled country, food was in abundance: quail fried to a golden brown, ham from their smokehouse, sausage, red gravy and hominy, hot corn pone and butter.

As soon as the first rays of the sunlight dispelled the rosy tinted dawn, Peter went to the fields or to the mill. Everything seemed peaceful in the deep forest.

Far off in the distance a turtle dove cooed to its mate… Continued on the Member’s Only pages accessible from the link at the top right of this page.

Constitution, Bylaws Revised

Members present and voting and constituting a quorum under the then existing Constitution approved changes to the Constitution and Bylaws of the Wood County, TX. Genealogical Society at the meeting on March 21, 2011. Notice had been posted and made available to members prior to the meeting in accordance with the then existing Constitution. These changes have been posted to the Member Only pages which members can access from the link at the top right of this page.

Donation in Honor of Gertrude Banks

The society recently received a $20.00 donation in honor of Gertrude Banks from the Elizabeth Denton Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Ms. Banks was the speaker at the March meeting of that DAR chapter and asked that her speaker fee be donated to our genealogical society.

Thanks both to Ms. Banks and to the Elizabeth Denton Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Forever Young Genealogy Program

Member Sally Allcorn recently presented a scrapbooking and genealogy program to the Forever Young Activity Center in Quitman. Following the meeting, Sally met with some of the participants of that meeting in our Genealogy Research Room and helped them get started with their family history searches.

McCreight Query Reply #2

The following reply was sent from Vice-president Dorothy Harbin to a McCreight query first posted here as a response to an inquiry by member Mark Reid. Reference post from January 2011: Query: McCreight (and response)

… Since you stated that the Matthew ( wife – Winney Allen) is not the one, but the Charity was his wife. We have to deduct that there was another Matthew McCright (above) BUT, I found your Matthew (Charity) whose father was Quinton McCreight ( no wife given.
Here’s the line up:
Quinton McCreight ( no wife)
Matthew ” (wife – Charity) Bn `1785- 1841– Matthew
Thomas Newton McCright – (wife – Mary “Pop” Mann) Bn 1825-1863
marr. 12 Nov. 1850
Dd- 7 Apr. 1863- Chicago, Ill.
Quinton A. McCright – Born & Died, 18 Sept. 1852 (Infant)

Thomas Newton had a brother – Quinton A McCright – born 1831 – Ga. – Dd – ? – Texas
There was a Thomas V. McCreight born 1815-died 2 Oct.1861, – Wood Co. TX.

Your great grandmother may have gone with her brother-in-law to where you stated, but it was not her son, as he was an infant and died same day.

******** According to LDS records, is where I found this info, there was a contributor and her name is MARY FEAR – E-MAIL address – mfear4@yahoo.com

About the grave covered in water, there should not be any as graves and church were moved to make way for the lake. …

Query: Bailey

James Edwards of De Leon, TX. is searching for information on his great grandfather, Thomas Emmett Bailey, born in Wood County, TX., 13 November, 1884. “I have found that Thomas had at least 1 sister, Sally Annie Bailey born 1876 in Texas, not sure where. I know that Thomas lived in Anderson Co., Precinct 1 and was a foreman at the Palestine Cole mine according to the 1930 census. I am wondering if Wood County has birth records back to this date. I was wondering if you might be able to point me in the right direction as where to look or who to contact for help.”

Any member who thinks they can help James, please reply below to this posting and to James at jamese@cctc.net.

Wood County Genealogy News Digest

Several events of this and next week concerning genealogy in Wood County, Texas:
(1) The regular monthly meeting of the Wood County, Texas Genealogical Society next Monday (March 21) at 7 p.m. at the Quitman Public Library will feature voting on revisions of the Constitution and Bylaws. Those who might not have seen the previous notices of the voting may view the proposed revisions at this link: http://wcgs.posterous.com.
Prior to the 7 p.m. meetings our regular schedule is

  • 5 p.m. — Optional “eating-meeting” at Peralta’s Mexican Restaurant in Quitman.
  • 6 p.m. — Members and guests may come to the Quitman Public Library for assistance with beginning their genealogy research or with working on brick walls or research resources.

    (2) Our society played host to a group organizing a local historical organization this week at the library. Wood County residents including Busker Fannin and Rosalind Russell and others met with Larry Wade of Tyler who is organizing a Quitman/Wood County chapter of the African-American Historical Society. This group will be meeting every third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at a location to be announced. A portion of what they do in raising awareness of their cultural history in Wood County will include getting information from and about family members here and making that available to the public.

    (3) The Holly Lake Genealogy Club is collecting five-generation pedigree charts and will be sharing them with the public in our Genealogy Research Room at the Quitman Public Library and at the Hawkins and Holly Lake public libraries. A resource pointed out at their meeting this week was FREE downloadable genealogy forms from the Midwest Genealogy Center at this link: http://www.mymcpl.org/genealogy/resources-genealogy-family-history.
    (4) A new internet search engine that just looks at genealogy related sites came online this week at http://www.mocavo.com. You might want to give it a try. Member Ron Schell tried it and shared this remark: “I did a few quick searches and results looked impressive. I’m looking forward to checking this out a little more.”

    William C. Benton

    No public official in Schleicher county is better liked or more highly respected than William C. Benton, the county and district clerk of Schleicher county, Texas, Mr. Benton is widely experienced in the kind of work upon which he is at present engaged and his service in this position has been highly satisfactory to the people of the county and district. Being now just in the prime of life his prospects for the future look very bright and he has the good wishes of hosts of friend.
    William C. Benton was born in Wood county, Texas, on the 28th of August, 1871, a son of William F. Benton. His father was born in Alabama and came to Texas when he was only a child. He now lives in Schleicher county, and his occuption in life is farming. He married Miss Georgia G. Earhart, who was born in the state of Georgia. Their marriage took place in Texas. Mr. Benton is a member of the Democratic party, and he and his wife are members of the Baptist church.
    Of the two children who were born to Mr. and Mrs. William F. Benton, William C. Benton is the eldest. His brother, Wilbur O. Benton, lives in Eldorado. William C. Benton has spent all his life, except when he was away at school, within the state of his nativity.
    He received his early education in the public schools of Wood county, later attending the high school of Smith county, Texas. After completing his high school work he took a commercial course in the University of Kentucky, at Lexington, Kentucky. After this he returned to Texas and began life as a school teacher. For three years he taught in the public schools of Wood county and then he engaged in the mercantile business. He made quite a success of this business and remained a merchant until November, 1902, when he sold out his store to accept the position of district clerk of Wood county, to which he had been elected. He served in this office for four years and then for one year served as deputy county clerk. His next move brought him to Schleicher county, and he arrived in Eldorado on the 15th of July, 1907. Just one year after the coming of Mr. Benton to Eldorado he was elected county and district clerk and is now serving his third term in this office. Mr. Benton also conducts an abstract business and his the only set of transcribed abstracts in this county.
    In politics Mr. Benton is a member of the Democratic party and he takes an active part in the affairs of his party both in national and state affairs as well as locally. In religious matters Mr. Benton leans toward the Baptist church for it was the church of his childhood, but he is a member of no denomination and gives his support to all of them. Mr. Benton is active in the fraternal world and is a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, of the Knights of Pythias and the Woodmen of the World. In the first mentioned order, Mr. Benton is a member of the Blue Lodge and Chapter, and he has been Master of his Blue Lodge in both Wood county and Schleicher county. Mr. Benton is a valuable citizen to Eldorado for he is tireless in his enthusiasm over the country and its future and is a convincing talker when setting forth the advantages of locating in the state of Texas.
    Mr. Benton was married in Wood county, Texas, on the 16th of November, 1892, to Miss Sallie J. Raley, a daughter of Columbus and Margaret Raley, of Wood county. Mr. and Mrs. Benton have become the parents of four childrn, one daughter and three sons, as follows: Julius B., who is deceased; Olga L.; Offie C., and Harold Jarvis Benton.

    Source: Google Book Search
    A history of Texas and Texans, Volume 3, By Francis White Johnson, American Historical Society, 1914, page 1206.

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