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 firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is David Hull, and I am affiliated with the Kirkpatrick Family Archive in Oklahoma City and associated with the Oklahoma Historical Society. My benefactor has recently inquired about creating a historical narrative related to his great-great grandmother, Mary Julia Siceluff. Her father, Samuel Siceluff was born in North Carolina possibly in 1832, the son of Andrew Siceluff (March 1808, possibly Lexington – August 1868, likely Missouri) and Sarah Johnson (?) (b. May 1804, Virginia, d. Nov. 1872, Missouri). Our problem is the inability to find much to associate Samuel Siceluff and Quitman, Texas. It has been suggested—possibly via family lore more than anything else—that he is, in fact, buried in Quitman near his son, Lewis (Lous?) who died very early in his childhood. I am curious about your suggestions in regards to research. We have employed Ancestry.com, but it would be remarkable if there were any information or accounts on record. Samuel’s wife was Sarah Elizabeth Ritchie (Ritchy, Ritchey) who remarried a Colonel H. C. Hedrick. Sarah, it is believed, died in Sherman, Texas.
I appreciate your time and thoughtful response to our inquiries. Any leads, direction, or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, David Hull, Kirkpatrick Family Archive ( email@example.com)
I am several chapters into writing a book about the 22nd Texas Infantry (aka Hubbard’s Regiment). Since Wood County provided many soldiers to the regiment, it is important to accurately document the families and the towns they called home.
If you have any suggestions regarding contacts or information to research Hubbard’s Regiment in your area, please let me know. If there is specific info you would like included, please let me know.
It is my intention to include information about all its soldiers AND direct descendants of such soldiers.
You may reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information, text contributions, and photo contributions. Your help will be acknowledged in the book. The book should be ready by the end of this year.
Trevor P. Wardlaw
Jeannie Waggoner called on Jan 8, 2013, asking for information for a friend she had known about 8 years. The friend’s name is Sandra Lee Mcdowell, a retired school teacher who doesn’t know when or where she was born. Her sister, Vicki Lynn Mcdowell, was born in Finley, Ohio and never married. “Sandy” thinks she may have been born in Michigan, but she doesn’t have a birth certificate. Also, Sandy doesn’t do computers. She apparently was married before, I don’t know if he died or they divorced, but she has 3 children, two daughters and one son. Sandra’s current husband was Michael Taylor and they married in Midland-Odessa. Jeannie never knew that Sandra had the son until Michael’s funeral in early December. One daughter used to live in Longview. The son’s name is David and lives on Oregon, Sandra went to college in Oregon. Sandra’s father was John Mcdowell and her mother was Mariam Gertrude Bennett. Someone was born Nov 4, 1941. With this information, I will attempt to find everything I can for Jeannie to help her friend. I asked if it was possible since Sandra was a retired schoolteacher that there should have been some kind of documents when she got her teacher’s degree. Jeannie (my friend) and I thought that not knowing any more about your early life is very unusual. I asked could it have been possible that she had had a stroke. I went to Ancestry and found an obituary on Michael from the Midland newspaper but my computer wouldn’t bring it up. I thought if nothing else it might have some names of survivors. We’ll see what we can find.
At the library and on Ancestry I found the obituary for Michael Taylor. The only survivors named were his wife, Sandra Taylor of Mineola, his mother Cleo Rae Taylor of Odessa, a son Ryan Taylor of Denver City, daughter, Myia Dale Scott of Odessa and 4 grandchildren. He had died on Nov. 29 in Mineola and this obit was published in the Odessa American on December 1, 2012.
Also on Ancestry I found Sandra Mcdowell in U.S. School Yearbooks along with a picture of her. According to this report her estimated birth year was about 1939, and she was age 20 when this picture was made. The school was Northern Pontiac High School in Pontiac, Michigan, and the year was 1959. The title of the yearbook was “Avalanche”. It’s possible that this picture is the Sandra Mcdowell we’re looking for and the approximate birth date is 1939. With that information, assuming she was born in Michigan, we can write the Michigan state capital and (maybe) get a birth certificate.
I also found a 1930 U.S. Census placing John D. Mcdowell in Michigan. He was single then, living with his father Thomas G. Mcdowell, who was born in Michigan, and his mother Katherine A. Mcdowell, who was born in Pennsylvania. His siblings named were Thomas M., Lucile , John D. (Sandra’s father), Donald M. , Dorothy M., and 2 others who may have been boarders or relatives living with the family. Their names were Helen J. Hamilton and Miles D. Hamilton.
I called Jeannie on Jan. 16 and told her what I had found. She said several people agreed that Sandra might have had a stroke but she didn’t want to do anything. I suggested she have it checked because it might just be the first and doctors can use blood thinners and other drugs to prevent them. I am sending Jeannie the information that I have found along with the picture and if this lady is the one in the picture she or one of us could contact the school or the state records department in Lansing, Michigan to get more information.
If this information is not correct, we can use any of these names to further our search.
Jeannie Waggoner’s email is email@example.com.
Submitted by Shirley Bates, Genealogy Research
A new society member, Sharon Swindler, has furnished us with the following query about her Wood family:
My mother was born in Quitman and was the daughter of Alonzo Church Wood, Jr. and Catherine McReynolds Wood. I think I may have met Miss Ona Wood when I was a child. I am interested in getting copies of her written history of the Wood family and ancestors. I would want to include the McReynolds and Gunstream families. This week I checked the Wood County Genealogical Society’s web page and found some of Miss Ona Wood’s writing about the family. Is that available to members.
Sharon Swindler, 2678 Imperial Ridge Drive, Loveland, CO 80537, firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Emily Stehr. I currently live in Rhineland, Germany. My husband works for the US Federal Government. I am researching a book on interesting place names. I am interested in the history of Coke and Little Hope in Wood County, TX. My book’s focus is on the stories behind place names. Any information you could provide on these place name births would be greatly appreciated. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who can assist me in my research.