Society to Have Booth at Old Settlers Reunion

The society will set up and run an informational and help booth for those who would like more information about genealogy or help with starting their own research at the Old Settlers Reunion August 4-7 at Quitman.

Members are invited to participate and/or come by and visit with those at the booth Wednesday through Saturday nights from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. We are investigating setting up of displays and perhaps some audio-visual presentations.

Hope to see you there!

“SOUNDING” AT FORD-GREEN CEMETERY This Friday

Thanks to society member and Wood County Historical Commission Chair Person Lou Mallory for sending the following email which we are passing on to all members:

“Next Friday, May 21, a “sounding” will take place at the Ford-Green Cemetery.
“For your information, a “sounding” is a process where by using a metal detector or other means unknown graves may be found.
Ford-Green Cemetery, long abandoned and forgotten, was adopted by the Junior Historians and the Landmark Commission several years ago.
Today, it is a cemetery association with both State and Federal tax exemption, and organized and approved by the District Court in 2009.
The cemetery association now has ownership and has agreed with the Texas Funeral Commission to do the following:
1. Erect a new fence.
2. Locate unknown graves and mark same.
3. Provide needed maintenance and care.
Anyone who would like to observe the “sounding” is welcome to attend as well as anyone who might be interested in learning the procedure.
“The “sounding” will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Ford-Green Cemetery which is located at the intersection of Country Club Drive and Green Road (County Road 2205).

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

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.

Some Genealogical Education Opportunities

Here are some opportunities for study and workshops that have come in this week — one in March and one in the fall of this year.

***** The 10th Annual Family History Fair sponsored by the East Texas Genealogical Society and the Tyler Family History Center is Saturday, March 13 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 1617 Shiloh Road in Tyler.

Morning sessions will be presented by David Rencher, Chief Genealogical Officer of FamilySearch. One morning session will be on “What FamilySearch can do for you” and the other on “Effective Use of the Family History Library Catalog.” Both of these are free online resources.

Like the morning and afternoon sessions, the lunch provided at 11:30 a.m. is free. There will also be displays during lunch.

Breakout sessions after lunch include presentations on Newspaper Researching, Dating and Preserving Old Photos, Irish Research, Organizing Research, Deciphering Old Handwriting, Family History Center Tour, Displaying Your Family Tree, Artifacts of By-Gone eras, Cemetery Research, and Virtual World Researching.

Contact for more information: June Everhart at 903-877-4501 or 1stvp@etgs.org or TylerFamHist@aol.com.

This might make a fun group field trip for members living in East Texas near Tyler.

***** The annual meeting of the Texas Genealogical Society, our state-affiliated association, is November 4-6 in Waco. Start saving your loose change in your old Mason jar because this one is not free. It would make a cool group field trip, also.

Wild West Fun in Wood County in October

Wood County Genealogical Society (WCGS) Members who attended the meeting last spring to hear the Texas Pistalaros and Wood County’s Doc Davis will be interested to hear that the first East Texas Wildwest Fest will be held in Winnsboro during the Autumn Trails celebration on October 17, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Historic Depot Parking Lot. At this location will be wild west recreations (shootouts, etc), western costume contest, trick roper exhibitions, food and drink, and much more. For more details, go to the Pistalaros website at http://www.crossroadsvigilantes.com.

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