Booth Volunteers for Old Settlers Reunion

The following people have volunteered to man the Wood County Genealogical Society booth at the Old Settlers Reunion August 4-7.
Any and all other members and friends are invited to stop by and help or just visit. (It would be nice to demonstrate to the public what a good time we all have together.) Since we are supplying only four chairs for the booth, if you plan to stay a while, you might want to bring your own lawn chair.

Wed. 6-8 pm
Ronnie Vance
John McCall

Wed. 8-10 pm
Dorothy Harbin
Shirley Bates

Thur. 6-8 pm
Ronnie Vance
Gene & Karen Pilgrim

Thur. 8-10 pm
Dorothy Harbin
Shirley Bates

Fri. 6-8 pm
Ronnie Vance
Barbara Coleman

Fri. 8-10 pm
Dorothy Harbin
M. Ramage

Sat. 6-8 pm
Ronnie Vance
Gene & Karen Pilgrim

Sat. 8-10 pm
Barbara Coleman
S. Allcorn

Note: We might need some tearing down and carting off help at the end Saturday night.

Plans for Old Settlers Reunion

Plans for the Wood County Genealogical Society participation in the Old Settlers Reunion August 4-7 in Quitman were finalized over dinner July 19.

Members are invited to drop by and look at our exhibits and visit from 6-10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday of that week.

Here’s a summary of some of our volunteer helpers/items for the reunion exhibits:
Shirley Patrick
• 10×10 Canopy
• Personal Family Books
• Marriage Books
• Alba Books
Nita Munoz
• Her Display Books
Ronnie Vance
• Tables & Chairs
• His Cemetery & family books
Dorothy Harbin
• Banner
• T-shirts
• Help with First Day setup
Shirley Bates
• Exhibit Poster
• Table Covers
• Library Family History Scrapbooks
• Beginning Research Paper
• Help with first day setup
Deason Hunt
• 2 library easels
• library wire rack
• Big Maps from Library
• Sign with hours for Hist. Museum
• Pictures for Digital picture Frame
• Papers for Please take 1 rack
• Membership Applications
• Water
• Pens-Pencils
Sally Allcorn
• Digital Picture Frame
• Index to Pictorial History
John McCall
• Help with First Day setup
• Period dress
Who? I forgot
• Big Fan
Need a Volunteer
• Extension Cords
• Tarp in case of big blowing rain
If I forgot you or something
• Email me, bring it, or do it!

Two Members Recognized for Contributions

Two members were recognized for their contribution this spring.

Shirley BATES, long-time newsletter editor, keeper of genealogical research center and acquisitions manager, membership chairman, and many other jobs was presented with an honorary lifetime membership by the society at the March society meeting.

Treasurer Sally ALLCORN was recognized for her three-term service as treasurer at the May society meeting. She has also served on committees and has done research and organization work in the library among her many contributions.

Thanks to both of these ladies and friends who have given “above and beyond” to the society and the cause of Wood County genealogy in general.

Bates&Harbin lifetime award

Shirley Bates, left, receives her Lifetime Member plaque from Vice-president Dorothy Harbin.

Allcorn Service Award

Sally Allcorn, right, receives copy of a Wood County history book in recognition of her service as a three-term treasurer.

Minutes of April Society Meeting

Here are the minutes of the April Wood County Genealogical Society meeting which will be presented at the May meeting tomorrow, May 17, at 7 p.m. at the Quitman Public Library meeting room.

WOOD COUNTY GENEALOGY SOCIETY
Monthly Meeting
Quitman Public Library
April 19, 2010

The meeting was called to order by President Shirley Patrick at 7:00 pm with 16 members and 10 guests. President Shirley Patrick welcomed everyone and thanked them for coming.

Our guest speaker for the evening was Don Raney. Mr. Raney is a sixth generation Texan who has been an active genealogist for over 30 years. He published a book, “Marin Varner, Texas Pioneer; 1785-1844 in September 2009. This book describes the life and adventures of his Great, Great, Great, Grandfather, Martin Varner, in Colonial Texas. He also had copies of this book for sale.

After the program the business meeting began at 8:35 pm. The minutes stood approved as presented.

Treasurer Sally Allcorn presented the following financial report:
Last Bank Statement Dated: March 1, 2010
Starting Balance Shown (03/01/10): $1,243.19
Deposits:
2 Single Memberships 30.00
Money from copier 5.00
Total Deposits: $ 35.00

Expenses:
Hometown Trophy (award for Shirley Bates) 32.16
Total Expenses: 32.16

Ending Balance Shown (03/31/10): $1,246.03

Outstanding checks: None

Total Deposits not shown: None

Current Balance: $1,246.03

The financial report stood approved as read.

Old Business:
A motion was made by Dorothy Harbin, seconded by Shirley Bates to pay Don Raney $50.00 for speaking to the society. Motion passed.

President Shirley Patrick reported next month will be elections of new officers. She appointed Mary Beth Ramage, Sally Allcorn, and herself to the budget committee. She also told those present to think about volunteering to serve on committees or in an officer position. Anyone who is interested in serving should call Deason Hunt or Shirley Patrick and let them know.

Mark Reid would like for someone to take over doing the name tags for the new members. Willie Kay Paredez suggested getting permanent name tags that the members purchase and keep up with. She showed two different examples of name tags from clubs that she is a member of.

New Business:
John McCall reported he is working on a project that helps to get markers for Confederate Graves that do not have one. Let him know if anyone needs one or finds a grave that might need one.

Mary Beth Ramage suggested two fund raising ideas one would be publishing an obit book for the society to sell with some of the information that we have in the genealogy room and the other was a 1st Families certificate which we could sell. The first families would have to fill out a form and the society would have to verify information that is on the form before giving out the certificate. Tyler does this and sells them for $25.00 each.

Mr. Raney left a case of ten books to sell with the society receiving a commission. Anyone who wants to purchase one needs to contact Dorothy Harbin.

The meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm.

Minutes were taken by recording/corresponding secretary Kathy Lutonsky.

Family Histories In Genealogy Research Room

The listing of Family Histories available in the Genealogy Research Center at the Quitman Public Library has been uploaded. They are found on the Quitman – Family Histories page. Follow the link there from this post or in the pages listing in the left hand column of this Bulletin page.

Thanks to many who have donated family histories over the years and those who have made lists of our holdings. Member Sally Allcorn provided the latest and up-to-date list which she worked on last year while volunteering in the Genealogy Research Center.

Letter from Confederate Soldier in Archives

Among items in the Wood County Genealogical Research Center archives is a letter from a Confederate soldier prisoner of war in 1864.

Lt. James G. Blackmon of Company B, 2nd Infantry Battalion of Waul’s Texas Legion, C.S.A. was from Hempstead, Texas. He was captured at Yazoo City, Mississippi in July 1863. He was in three different prisons including the last at Fort Delaware where he died of pneumonia on January 1, 1865.

The letter was written from the Officers Barracks at Fort Delaware, December 11, 1864 less than a month before his death. It was addressed to Cousin Beckie.

The following transcription is by society member Sally Allcorn who came across the letter while working in the research center archives.

Officers Barracks
Fort Delaware December 11th 1864
My dear Cousin Beckie
Your very kind and affectionate letter of the 3rd inst came to hand several days ago and would have been answered ere this but cos have been awaiting a reply from the commanding officer here as we had sent out a petition asking to be allowed to receive a box of eatables for Christmas. Which request I am sorry to say was refused and I suppose we will have to be content with our usual daily allowance which consists of a small piece of buffalo bacon and bread. Coffee, tea and sugar we get for greenbacks at the rate of one dollar per pound for ground coffee and sixty cents per pound for sugar. That is almost equal to the starving confederacy is it not. My dear cousin I did not apply for a permit for the blanket from the fact that an officer of my division made a similar request only a few days ago and was refused. I often ask myself this question, why we are this punished. I shall endeavor to obtain permission to receive some stationary and the cough mixture, my health I am rejoiced to say is much better and I hope to be entirely well soon and if you will only write often I will assure you that your dear letter shall lack nothing in interest on that score. So write often. My kindest regards to Cousin Annie. Ever your Cousin,
James G. Blackmon

A copy of the original is available in the members only area at http://wcgs.posterous.com/my-first-blog-post-22939.

Native American Lifestyles

Kathy Lynn Copeland and husband Joe brought and explained artifacts which gave us insight into the lifestyles of members of the Cherokee nations in the 18th and 19th Century at the November society meeting. Mixed in was history of the Cherokees from arrival in the Americas to their southeastern United States lives and then their forced removal to the Indian Territory.


Especially interesting were the stories passed down from their ancestors including how the coyote, blue birds, and red birds got their colors. Also, Kathy related the tale of how the poor old rabbit lost its long, beautiful tail.

Minutes and the Treasurer’s Report of the November 16, 2009 meeting are posted in the File Archive in the right column.

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