Query: Hood

 I am wondering if you can help to direct me in my research for my grandfather’s family.  I have census records for 1920, 1930 and 1940 for Henry Lawrence Hood in Wood County.  But I cannot find them listed anywhere as yet in the 1910 census.  There should be Henry Lawrence Hood, Winnie Lee Hood, Milton Charley Hood (born 1907) and Juanita Geneva Hood (born 1909).  I have searched page by page throughout Wood County, Hopkins County, Camp County and parts of a couple of other surrounding counties.  I am under the impression that they had always been in Wood County but I expanded the search when I couldn’t find them there in 1910.  My grandparents were married in 1905, I believe in Wood county.  I have not been able to find him in any census before 1920.  I have genealogy history from another part of the Hood line who states that Henry’s father was Berry Hood (or William Berry Hood) but I haven’t been able to personally confirm that as yet.  I found W B Hood in the 1880 Wood County census as a widower with 3 children older than my grandfather who was not born until 1885.  I have been told that his mother was Berry’s second wife, Lillian Johnson, but I cannot find anything on that except a Texas marriage record (not a certificate, just a record) between W B Wood and Lilian or Lillian Johnson so I am not certain of this being accurate for my family.  My cousin believes that our grandfather was adopted, which could have been the case, I don’t know.  It is unfortunate also that we do not have the 1890 census, as that would have been the first one my grandfather would have appeared in as a 5 year old child.
All of this long explanation is to ask, what records are available through the Quitman Library that might help me in this search?  Would there be any chance of having adoption records?  Are there tax records, property records, school or church records, etc. that I can research?

I seem to have hit a brick wall on that part of my research.  Thanks for a reply.  adroptini@gt.rr.com

Query: Sams

Looking for obits for the following persons. Hope you can help.

CLYDE OTIS SAMS, died 28 Jan 1978, Mineola and his wife LUCIE SAMS, died 27 Jan 1986, Quitman. If there is a fee, let me know. Thanks very much for your help.

 Janet Cisek in Ohio  tmc1@aol.com

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)

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