Query: Allison

We are searching for the family of our great grandfather, John R. Allison b. 1844 or 45 in PA by his account on the 1880 US census). John R. seems to have been consistent in the use of the middle initial R.
John R. probably came to Texas sometime after 1870. According to 1880 US census he’s living in Precinct 5 of Wood Co., Texas with wife Mary Catherine (Evans) and baby, Annie B. Allison. His occupation is “sawyer”. In the same year we find John R. in an agricultural census, same neighborhood.
According to the US Appointment of Postmasters he is postmaster in Hawkins, Wood County in 1892.We have found no record of him after this. His wife appears to have died in 1884 and his children are living with maternal aunts in Alvord, Wise Co. in 1900 (US census).
What we would like to find is confirmation of his life previous to this and to know who his parents were. We have found a John R. Allison with a matching birthdate in the 1850 and 1870 US censuses of Greencastle, Franklin, PA and some military records indicating he was at Big Wichita, Texas.
What we are wondering is if Wood County might hold some records that can help us flesh out his life and help us locate him and his family in Pennsylvania with some certainty. A big break through would be great and every little bit helps flesh out the picture.
Thanks so much,
Stella Allison <stellaallison@yahoo.com>

Query: Bradley

I am seeking a newspaper article that may give the circumstances and complete death date of William David Bradley, Sr. who was supposedly killed in a gun fight in May 1902 possibly around Mineola, TX. I know that his family was listed on the 1900 Van Zandt County, TX., census. I would appreciate any help or suggestions in solving this mystery.
Thanks so much,
Joyce R. Bradley <links2ms@hotmail.com>

Query: Rushing

I am trying to find a marriage record for a RUSHING, male first name unknown, to a HORN, NAOMA/NAOMI. This marriage would have been around 1921. Could you please tell me if the Wood County marriages are online anywhere?
Thank you,
Ruby Wallace <rg1935@vzinet.com>

Query: Hood

I am looking for cemetery info and confirmation of date death of William Berry Hood and both 1st (Sarah Ann Orr Hood) and 2nd wife Lillian Johnson Hood.
William Berry Hood born 1847 Georgia, died? 1922 Wood County
Sarah Ann Orr Hood, born Georgia, died? 1880 Wood County
Lillian Johnson Hood unknown, believed married William 1881 in Wood County.
William, Sarah and children in 1880 census living in Wood County, nothing after however.
Many family members buried at Maple Springs Cemetery outside Newsome however on recent trip could not find these folks.
Thank you for any help.
David Hicks <dbhicks777@tx.rr.com>

Query: Warren

I am trying so hard to find the burial place of an aunt (by marriage) (Annie Mae Warren) who supposedly died in either Mar. 15, 2000 or 2001.  She is said to have lived at Lake Holbrook when she died.  She was married at the time of her death, according to other relatives to a Mr. Willingham.  She had divorced our uncle, Charlie Hearon.  He is buried in Mineola but I doubt she would be buried near him.  I don’t even know if she is buried in Mineola.  Would you please be able to locate an obituary for her?  Thank you so very much.  Elaine Shelton,  sheltonx2@suddenlink.net

Query: Rochell

My grandfather orphaned by the Civil War left a poor area of northern Alabama and arrived in Wood County about 1881. His name: John Pinkney Rochell. A brother possibly settled there: Green Calvin Rochell. They took up farming near Winnsboro. Am interested in seeing the Last Will of J.P Rochelle ( or as he was sometime referred to as “Pink” or perhaps, “Pinkney“.) J.P. Rochell died April 1,1920 there in Wood County.He’s buried in Rockwall Memorial Cemetery. Rochell’s mineral interest at stake here. For details, contact: John R. Rochelle in Houma,LA at 985.872.0979. Cathy Rochelle  cathyroc@bellsouth.net

Query: Copeland

I have been researching my Copeland ancestors for some time and have found that my gggrandfather , Colson Copeland (b. 1801) was a blacksmith/farmer and lived for some time in Wood Cty Texas.  The family was last on the 1870 census.  My widowed gggrandmother is listed on the 1880 census living with her son in Arkansas.  Colson must have died sometime between 1870 and 1879 as he is not listed in the 1880 mortality index.  Is there a way to find out his date/cause of death in Wood County at that time?  Thank you in advance for any information. Debbie Sharrow  debsharrow@aol.com

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