Query: Rosenbaum

The 1880 census lists my great-grandmother, Elka Rosenbaum, as living in
Wood with her several children. Her husband, Simon, died in NY in 1874. The
youngest child was in utero. We have never been able to identify the
“boarders” and assume a mistake was made identifying them. My ggm died in
1884 and is buried in NY. Some time after that the older brothers opened a
store in Hillsboro and they all moved there. My greatuncle, Isaac, always
claimed he was born in “Lickskillet, Panola County, TX”. My grandmother,
Ella, was born in 1872. Thank you for your help.

Paula Zieselman, NYC
paulaz@ix.netcom.com

Query: Sanders

I am looking for information on my great grandfather Curtis C Sanders and his twin Lester Sanders. Any help would be great.

John Thomas Sanders (atx.johnsanders@gmail.com)

Minerva E. Wilburn Osborn Ellison OBIT

Re: Minerva E. Wilburn Osborn Ellison

I received your request while at the library, Tuesday. I looked hurredily thru the Sept. 1928 newspaper but did not find an Obit. Sorry, however, I did find a listing for her, in our cemetery books for the Sharp Cemetery near Quitman which is a little ways from Yantis, Also, found on www.findagrave.com for the Sharp Cemetery, Yantis, in Wood County, TX., a page giving info on her. They had spelled her name as Manervia.
We have Ancestry.com free thru our library and society and I looked her up there first, it listed children born to Russell Osborn and Manervia. Didn’t find him listed buried with her, tho. They have her death date as Sept. 5th, and her name was listed as Ellison. Also, I did look her up on our Death Records Book (from the Wood Co. Courthouse) and did not find a listing for her but I might have overlooked it. If she was listed, then they would have a Death Certificate which you might order, which I will look again to try to locate.
Do you have ancestry .com? if not, send me your address and I can send you what I have and also, I can look again, at the library as time permits, for the Obit in our newspaper. Please reply ASAP.

Thanks, Dororthy.

Query: Grogan, Quitman Hotel

I am looking for the obituary of John R Grogan. He was the owner of Quitman Hotel. He died Dec 25, 1898.

Any suggestions??

Linda Winterhoff (lindawinterhoff@hotmail.com)

Query: Holland Cemetery, Possible School, Church

I am trying to research the history of the land and people who lived
here before us. There are rumors that maybe a school and a church
were once located next to Holland Cemetery, but I have not been able
to verify that. I know who the original land grants went to, but not
sure about land ownership from then until the Gibsons owned it. I
know that George Matthews came here from Georgia in the early 1800s
and apparently owned part of our land and Francis Holland apparently
owned the north end of the subdivision. We know that Francis and Sarah
Holland are buried in Holland Cemetery and some of the Matthews
relatives are also. Can you direct me to where I might find more
information on land ownership, the families who lived here and the
possibility of a school/church and sawmill all being here at one time?

Thank you,
Steve Chick (steveterrichick@gmail.com)

Online Obituary Links

Here are websites for our two local funeral homes with Obituaries page:

    I have a page on other funeral homes located within 25 miles of Quitman, TX. with their addresses and telephone numbers.  If any questions, please contact me or write a query on the WCGSTX website.
Dorothy Harbin (Reddot77@aol.com)

Query: Jones

My name is Michael Carroll of Houston, Texas. I am searching for any information that anyone may know about my grandmother Florene Limabelle Jones. She was born March 12, 1927 and told me that she was from Quitman. She passed away September 20, 2000 and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Irving, Texas. From what I understand, she was referred to a “Belle” to her friends and family. She lived in Irving, Texas most of her life, and worked for Texas Instruments for over 35 years. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You,

Michael Carroll
mikeyscarroll@yahoo.com

Query: Old French Fort in Wood County

According to rumor there is an old french fort until about 1830 near Winnsboro.I am told it is on or near the old Billy Jack Attaway land.  Near where the spring branch meets the Sabine.  Fort La Dout but I’m not sure of the spelling.  How do I find more on the fort and do you know anyone I can contact.

Georgia McLain (mclainga@yahoo.com)

Billy Goat Hill

Does anyone associated with this website have information about a place called Billy Goat Hill near Quitman? I was told William G. Sawyer was buried there but cannot find any evidence of it. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Debbie
deb7953@yahoo.com

Help For A Non-resident of Texas

Requisitions and Acquisitions Co-chair Shirley Bates recently demonstrated the helpfulness of society members on a help request from an Illinois resident which was called into the Quitman Public Library. It turns out that the information was actually needed from Ector County, Texas. Here’s Shirley’s description of what she was able to do for the long-distance researcher:

Rose Miltimore from Illinois called asking help in finding information about her daughter, Linda Styden, who  had died March 24, 2012.  She and the daughter were not on speaking terms but she wanted to get an obit or a death record or something.  The daughter died in Odessa and Rose said it was probably her heart and she was probably cremated. …I called the long distance operator and was told that Midland was the county seat of Ector County and I was given the phone number of the County Clerk’s office.  The lady I talked to said Ms. Miltimore needed to send a letter stating the full name of the deceased, the full name of the mother with maiden name, the full name of the father, the date of death, a picture identification of the person requesting this (Ms. Miltimore) and a money order for $21.00 to Vitals, P.O. Box 707, Odessa, Texas 79760.I think a lot of people would like to know that contacting the county clerk’s office might get more info than they know…”.  
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