Query: Wood County Convict Camp 1880

A post on the Rootsweb Wood County Message board inquires about a convict camp in Wood County in 1880. If you have information or an interest in this, you can read the message board post at this link: http://boards.rootsweb.com/localities.northam.usa.states.texas.counties.wood/624/mb.ashx.

Query: Hearon

I am currently working on my family tree on the name of Hearon.

I am particularly trying to locate descendants of Charlie Hearon and Annie Warren Hearon. I am at a standstill trying to locate the cemetery where Annie Hearon was buried and when. I have found Charlie, Sr. already. My daddy, E. L. Hearon and Charlie Hearon were first cousins – their daddies were brothers. Anyone who could help me locate these descendants please contact me at sheltonx2@suddenllink.net or 903-839-4788. I would appreciate it so much. The last information that I have is maybe two sons and maybe one daughter are still living somewhere in the Mineola area.

Query: Champion

I am researching my husband’s family genealogy. (I am fairly new at this and would appreciate any tips or information you can share.)
I am trying to locate two of his ancestors: Joseph H Champion and Adison M Champion.
I have found both on the 1920 Census. They were residing in Hawkins, Wood Co TX. They were living with Jasper N Champion who was the head of household. This is the last piece of accurate information that I have on them. Joseph was my husbands’ great grandfather and Adison was his grand uncle. Joseph left Alabama amidst a family scandal and was never heard from again. My quest is to see where he passed and bring this closure to the family line. (The accusation that caused him to leave his family in Alabama was later recanted). Two of his sons, came
to TX hoping to find him and bring him back home to Alabama. Unfortunately, they were unable to locate him and returned to Alabama empty handed. If you have any information to help me on this quest; it would be appreciated.
Please contact me via: sboyett@gmail.com
Thank you for your assistance,
Susan Boyett


I am doing a family tree on the name Tomlin
I understand Blair Denton Brown’s mother was Velma Mayebelle Tomlin.
Velma Mayebelle Tomlin was my grandmother’s sister. I would like to share info. I could use some help from her descendants, if you know any of her descendants please have them contact me at the following:

Thank for your help,
Ray Shackelford

Query: Hyde

I am searching for John William Hyde and Rosanna Morgan Hyde. They are listed on the 1880 US Federal Census in Wood County, TX. Their children were all born there. My Grandfather, Jefferson Davis Hyde and son of John William Hyde and Rosanna Morgan was the youngest child. I have been told that John William Hyde died before he was born and that his mother, Rosanna Morgan Hyde died when he and his sister Margaret were little.

I’m pretty sure that they lived in Quitman as that is what I have always heard but also have heard Rock Hill or Yantis. If he died before my Grandfather, Jefferson Davis Hyde was born that would have been in 1883 as Jefferson Davis Hyde was born January 21, 1884. Rosanna Morgan Hyde sometime after that.

John William Hyde B. abt 1842 in Missouri
Rosanna Morgan B. abot 1847 in Georgia
McDonnel Hyde B. abt 1867 Wood Co,TX
James Bulger Hyde B. abt 1871 Wood Co, TX
Pheobia Hyde B. abt 1875 Wood Co, TX
John Louis Hyde B. abt 1876 Wood Co, TX, D.in Nolan Co, TX
William Hyde B. abt 1879 Wood Co, TX
Margaret Hyde B. 1881 Wood Co, TX D. October 31, 1920 – buried in Rockhill
Cemetery, Yantis, TX
Jefferson Davis Hyde B. January 21, 1884 D. Sweetwater, Nolan Co, TX
December, 1955 – Buried Slaters Chapel – Nolan, TX

I have searched all the records I know how to including the cemeteries that are online to no avail. I am hoping you can shed some light on this.

I am also searching for Ruth P. Hyde, first born of Jefferson Davis Hyde. She was born October 31, 1906 in Wood Co, TX She died in 1913. I have heard that she was buried in the cemetery in Yantis.

Thanking you in advance for your help.

Aundrea (Hyde) Saunders

Query: Smith

Seeking info./connections re: Green Russell Smith b. 1844 GA, and his wife, Mollie E. (Brown) and family. They were in Mineola and Golden, Wood County, TX beginning about 1870. Green was a County Commissioner and lived in the Bellefonte Community. His daughters married into the Davenport, Wood, Russell, & Bullard families.

This query was originally posted on the Wood County (TX) Genealogy research page on Facebook. You can reply there or here as a comment below.

Query: Butler

John Butler, age 77, born in NC was listed in the 1860 Wood Co. TX mortality census. My 5th great-grandfather was a John Butler, born in 1782 in Sampson Co. NC. He moved with his wife & children to Dooly Co., GA where I last found him in the 1850 census. I found three of “my” John Butler’s sons in Wood Co. on the 1860 census, Adam, Robert, and Phillip R. so I am pretty sure of the connection. I would like to know where John is buried and if his wife Lucy is buried there also. I did not find a listing for her in the 1860 census.
Thanks again for the help.

Kathy Cornett
2555 Stone Creek Circle
Zanesville, OH 43701

I do volunteer work at the Muskingum OH Genealogy Society so if anyone there needs research in OH, especially in eastern OH. I would be happy to return the favor.

Query: Sellers

Requisitions and Acquisitions Co-chair Dorothy Harbin shared the following email and gave us permission to post it here as a query. You can contact Dorothy for Sharon’s email address or post a response as a comment below to this.

Sharon, I just received this today. Will try to help ASAP. We have mutual ancestors – Sellers family.
My mother was a Sellers before she married my dad, Leonard Hays. I was not raised by her after he died in 1941, too many kids, pre-war days. My cousin and wife took me to raise. My name is Dorothy Hays Harbin, and I believe, we are distant cousins. We have several cousins in common.

Also, your Smithwick family was neighbors to my husband’s family (Harbin) in 1920, Wood Co. Weird, huh?

Do you work? I will try to call you on Thursday, sometime. Where is Highland, TX. around Houston? I am still recovering from wrist and hand surgery, got to get off the computer and exercise it. TTYL Dorothy

P.S. Deason, you can list it in the newsletter, maybe someone else, can help with the Smithwick family.

Query: Thomas

I am looking for any information on the Thomas Family of Wood County. My great grandmother was Maybelle Young and she was married to J. W. Thomas. J. W. ‘s father was William Edward Thomas and he was married to Louisa Dyess. I have a lot on the Dyess side but very little on the Thomas side. William Edward Thomas died in Wood County on November 14, 1917. His father was Joseph Thomas who was born in Tennessee, I think.

Chuck Brown
Educational Technology Services
The University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75799
P: (903) 566-5817 F: (903) 565-5997
Email: chuck_brown@uttyler.edu
Web: http://www.uttyler.edu/ets

Query: Cave

The following is from an email from Acquisitions Co-chair Dorothy Harbin:

Person inquiring: Patrick Cave = Minnesota

Needs WILL AND/ OR Death Records to join the Sons of Confederate, also, sister to join DAR.

WILL of John (Jack) H. Cave, dod (@( 1908-1910-) Married to Mary Callie ? Death Record for JH- JackCave

Death Certificate for Percy Marion Cave- dod 29 May(Mar)? 1911, wife Daisy Eliza Ramey, note- DOD -
Burial – see below but not wife

Birth Certificate for Marion Edward ( or Alexander) Cave – dob 6 Feb. 1903, note” DOB- birth
DON’T need wives info

Book #3 Wood County cemetery= QUITMAN CITY – graves not found

#253 P.M. Cave- WOW Cedar Hill Camp #2325, 10 Jan 1879, 29 Mar?1911
#254-255 Tonie & Esty Mea= son & daughter of P.M. Cave ( date 1905 and 1911 & 1912)

#252 Robert B Caves (brother to John or Jack Cave) No Dates
#251 Mrs. R.B.Cave – ( Daisy E (A)? Cave ( date 1843 and 1887)

I knew of some Cave or Caves from Golden/Alba area.

If you have some information which might help, you can post a comment here, send an email to Dorothy, or to wcgstx@gmail.com.


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