We Need Some Help With Queries

We seem to be getting a higher place in search engines for Wood County, Texas genealogy. That means we are seeing more and more queries from people who live too far away to drive or fly to Wood County to research.

This also means those who have subscribed to our website auto email feature are receiving lots of emails. Sorry about that, but it seems to be the price of success.

What we need is more members both living in Wood County and those who live far away who can provide information to queries to start responding to these requests. In the best of all worlds, if we do this for others, we can hope someone will also help us when we are too far away to drive to an area for our own research.

Also, if you contact the person directly when the person provides an email address, please also send a copy (cc or bcc to wcgstx@gmail.com) so that we can share what you have found here for other researchers who might have an interest. A lot of us doing a little share means we can be of more service to more people.

Wood County Tax Rolls Free and Online

FamilySearch has posted images of Texas tax rolls on its site at http://familysearch.org. These are free to search, save, or print and include Wood County tax rolls from 1850 to 1894 at this page: https://familysearch.org/search/image/show#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/waypoint/10990465.The rolls are not indexed yet, but you can browse through them year-by-year and page-by-page. The good news is that when you browse, you will find the rolls were written down alphabetically.

1850 Wood County Tax Roll, Page 1

Top of page two of the 1850 Wood County Tax Roll. Page one is always the title page of that roll with no tax data or names.

Ancestries in Quitman, Texas

Ancestries in Quitman City, Texas

United States Or American: 23.4%
Other Groups: 20.8%
Irish: 15.0%
English: 13.7%
German: 8.7%
French (except Basque): 3.4%
Scottish: 2.5%
Scotch-irish: 2.3%
Italian: 2.1%
Dutch: 2.0%

Source: http://www.citymelt.com/city/Texas/Quitman+City-TX.html
Submitted by: Delene H. Allen, Director, Quitman Public Library

More John T. Potter Family Members

From Member Vi Shirey through an email to member Mark Reid: John T. Potter had four children: Della Potter Tolbert; Alice Donie Ragsdale; Eliza Jane Jarred; and William Albert Potter; all of whom lived in Wood County.

John Potter of Wood County

We have received the following email from member Violet Shirey:

John T. Potter was in the Civil War and is buried at Shady Grove, Winnsboro.

His tombstone does not show he was in the war. Is there any way we can get a medalion or whatever it is they put on tombstones? Will appreciate your help.

I am mailing your information on the Decendants of John T. Potter and information about his millitary record. (Note: We will publish this in the online bulletin and then the newsletter upon receipt. dh)

He was my daughter’s (Linda S. Shirey’s) g g g grandfather.


Response to Hamrick Query

Member Barbara Nichols shared the following response to the request for information about Hamrick:

Social Security Death Index
Name: Joe Hamrick
SSN: 458-42-4858
Last Residence: 75494 Winnsboro, Wood, Texas, United States of America
Born: 9 May 1913
Died: Dec 1987
State (Year) SSN issued: Texas (Before 1951)

U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
Name: Joe L Hamrick
Birth Year: 1914
Race: White, Citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: Texas
State of Residence: Texas
County or City: Hunt

Enlistment Date: 25 Nov 1940
Enlistment State: Texas
Enlistment City: Winnsboro
Branch: Infantry
Branch Code: Infantry
Grade: Sergeant
Grade Code: Sergeant
Component: National Guard (Officers, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men)
Source: National Guard

Education: Post-graduate
Civil Occupation: Teachers and instructors, n.e.c.
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Height: 72
Weight: 180

On Findagrave.com many Hamrick in Wood Co.,

Thomas J Hamrick
Birth: Aug. 20, 1847
Death: Mar. 27, 1918
Myrtle Springs Cemetery
Wood County
Texas, USA
Created by: Ronnie Vance
Record added: Oct 17, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30639906
1910 United States Federal Census
Name: Newton Hamrick
[Neuton Hamrick]
Age in 1910: 21
Estimated Birth Year: 1889
Birthplace: Alabama
Relation to Head of House: Brother
Father’s Birth Place: Alabama
Mother’s Birth Place: Alabama
Home in 1910: Justice Precinct 4, Wood, Texas
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Male
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Frank Hamrick 25
Dollie Hamrick 22
Bytidis Hamrick 2
Lula Hamrick 3/12
John Hamrick 28
Newton Hamrick 21

1920 United States Federal Census
Name: Joe Hamrick
Home in 1920: Winnsboro, Wood, Texas
Age: 6
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1914
Birthplace: Texas
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father’s Name: Newton F Hamrick
Father’s Birth Place: Alabama
Mother’s Name: Dolly Hamrick
Mother’s Birth Place: Texas
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Sex: Male
Household Members: Name Age
Newton F Hamrick 35
Dolly Hamrick 32
Berdie Hamrick 12
Allene Hamrick 10
Joe Hamrick 6
Samson Hamrick 2
[2 8/12]
Frank Hamrick 65- brother

Gladis Darden 15 – boarder
Newton Hamrick 32 – brother
John A Hamrick 38 – brother
Name: Ezra Newton Hamrick
Death Date: 10 Aug 1965
Death Place: Mason, Mason, Texas
Gender: Male
Race: White
Death Age: 77 years
Estimated Birth Date:
Birth Date: 29 Dec 1887
Birthplace: Cleburne Co., Alabama
Marital Status: Single
Spouse’s Name:
Father’s Name: Henry N. Hamrick
Father’s Birthplace:
Mother’s Name: Perdidia Lamanack
Mother’s Birthplace:
Occupation: Farmer & Carpenter
Place of Residence: Mason, Mason, Texas
Cemetery: Lee Cemetery
Burial Place: Winnsboro, Texas
Burial Date: 11 Aug 1965
Additional Relatives: X
Film Number: 2117831
Digital Film Number: 4028734
Image Number: 2642
Reference Number: cn 52410
Collection: Texas Deaths, 1890-1976
Texas Death Index, 1903-2000
Name: Noah Frank Hamrick
Death Date: 19 Dec 1961
Death County: Dallas
Certificate: 70010
Name: Noah Frank Hamrick
Death Date: 19 Dec 1961
Death Place: Cockrell Hill, Dallas Co., Texas
Gender: Male
Race: White
Death Age: 77 years
Estimated Birth Date:
Birth Date: 21 Jun 1884
Birthplace: Alabama
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name:
Father’s Name: H. N. Hamrick
Father’s Birthplace:
Mother’s Name: Byrdie Laminack
Mother’s Birthplace:
Occupation: Ret. Carpenter
Place of Residence: Cockrell Hill, Dallas Co., Texas
Cemetery: Laurel Land
Burial Place: Dallas, Texas
Burial Date: 20 Dec 1961
Additional Relatives: X
Film Number: 2116858
Digital Film Number: 4166719
Image Number: 2294
Reference Number: v X cn 70010


Name: Warren D. Hamrick
Gender: Male
Burial Date: 18 Aug 1951
Burial Place: Hopkins Co., Texas
Death Date: 17 Aug 1951
Death Place: Winnsboro, Wood, Texas
Age: 71
Birth Date: 30 Jun 1880
Birthplace: Ala
Occupation: Saw Filer
Race: White
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name:
Father’s Name: Henry N. Hamrick
Father’s Birthplace: Ga
Mother’s Name: Perdia Laminack
Mother’s Birthplace: Ala.
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: B00013-1
System Origin: Texas-EASy
Source Film Number: 1769502
Reference Number: 4237
Collection: Texas Deaths and Burials, 1903-1973

William C. Benton

No public official in Schleicher county is better liked or more highly respected than William C. Benton, the county and district clerk of Schleicher county, Texas, Mr. Benton is widely experienced in the kind of work upon which he is at present engaged and his service in this position has been highly satisfactory to the people of the county and district. Being now just in the prime of life his prospects for the future look very bright and he has the good wishes of hosts of friend.
William C. Benton was born in Wood county, Texas, on the 28th of August, 1871, a son of William F. Benton. His father was born in Alabama and came to Texas when he was only a child. He now lives in Schleicher county, and his occuption in life is farming. He married Miss Georgia G. Earhart, who was born in the state of Georgia. Their marriage took place in Texas. Mr. Benton is a member of the Democratic party, and he and his wife are members of the Baptist church.
Of the two children who were born to Mr. and Mrs. William F. Benton, William C. Benton is the eldest. His brother, Wilbur O. Benton, lives in Eldorado. William C. Benton has spent all his life, except when he was away at school, within the state of his nativity.
He received his early education in the public schools of Wood county, later attending the high school of Smith county, Texas. After completing his high school work he took a commercial course in the University of Kentucky, at Lexington, Kentucky. After this he returned to Texas and began life as a school teacher. For three years he taught in the public schools of Wood county and then he engaged in the mercantile business. He made quite a success of this business and remained a merchant until November, 1902, when he sold out his store to accept the position of district clerk of Wood county, to which he had been elected. He served in this office for four years and then for one year served as deputy county clerk. His next move brought him to Schleicher county, and he arrived in Eldorado on the 15th of July, 1907. Just one year after the coming of Mr. Benton to Eldorado he was elected county and district clerk and is now serving his third term in this office. Mr. Benton also conducts an abstract business and his the only set of transcribed abstracts in this county.
In politics Mr. Benton is a member of the Democratic party and he takes an active part in the affairs of his party both in national and state affairs as well as locally. In religious matters Mr. Benton leans toward the Baptist church for it was the church of his childhood, but he is a member of no denomination and gives his support to all of them. Mr. Benton is active in the fraternal world and is a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, of the Knights of Pythias and the Woodmen of the World. In the first mentioned order, Mr. Benton is a member of the Blue Lodge and Chapter, and he has been Master of his Blue Lodge in both Wood county and Schleicher county. Mr. Benton is a valuable citizen to Eldorado for he is tireless in his enthusiasm over the country and its future and is a convincing talker when setting forth the advantages of locating in the state of Texas.
Mr. Benton was married in Wood county, Texas, on the 16th of November, 1892, to Miss Sallie J. Raley, a daughter of Columbus and Margaret Raley, of Wood county. Mr. and Mrs. Benton have become the parents of four childrn, one daughter and three sons, as follows: Julius B., who is deceased; Olga L.; Offie C., and Harold Jarvis Benton.

Source: Google Book Search
A history of Texas and Texans, Volume 3, By Francis White Johnson, American Historical Society, 1914, page 1206.


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