Some Vital Stats from Court House Now in Research Room

Information just received from Requisitions and Acquisitions co-chair Dorothy Harbin is that we now have a new research and lookup resource from the Wood County Courthouse in the Wood County Genealogical Society research room.
Vital statistics lists now housed there:
1. Marriage Records – Husband – 1878 – 2009
2. Marriage Records – Wife – 1878 – 2009
3. Birth Records – 1879 – 1934
4. Death Records – 1879 – 1984.

They will be in binders on the Wood County shelves.

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: 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.

Activities & Plans Discussed at First Meeting of Year

Introductions of officers, program plans for Fall 2011, an activity for Old Settler’s Reunion week, and a possible fundraiser project were among the activities at the Pot Luck dinner kicking off the 2011-2012 Wood County, Texas Genealogical Society year September 19 at the Shamburger room at the Quitman Public Library.

A luncheon honoring those who have volunteered time and effort in support of the society activities will be held Monday, October 3 at noon at the Texas Tea Room. We will treat our invited guests to lunch, but the luncheon will be Dutch treat for members attending. It is important that local members who do not have schedule conflicts attend to show support for these folks.

The October 17 regular meeting of the society will be an obituary workshop. All members who have clippings of obituaries or who have been working on our newspapers collected for obituary searching are asked to bring all their papers and clippings to the 7:00 p.m. regular meeting that night. The usual social gathering at Peralta’s Mexican Restaurant will be at 5 p.m., and the Shamburger room at the library will be open at 6 p.m. to help members or the general public with genealogy research questions. Materials also will be made available for beginners to family tree research at the same time.

The society will be responsible for the display case in the library lobby during October in recognition of National Family History month. If you have family history items to display, ideas for the display or would like to help, contact Requisitions and Acquisitions Co-chairs Shirley Bates and Dorothy Harbin next week before the end of September.

Plans were made to provide exhibits at the library during Old Settlers’ Reunion week next year which carry the theme of early families in Wood County. Also, planned was for the society to participate in a fund raiser during the Annual Highway 37 Garage Sale.

A committee consisting of President Ronnie Vance and Requisitions and Acquisitions Co-chair Shirley Bates will work on adoption of criteria for a Distinguished Service Award for deserving members of the society.

Funding a Quitman Public Library subscription to Ancestry.com for use of the general public and members was discussed at the meeting. The biggest question about such a project revolved around funding and how to accomplish that. No motions were made, and further investigation is expected.

Officers and committee chairs were introduced. They are President Ronnie Vance, Vice-President Deason Hunt, Secretary Shirley Patrick, Treasurer Wayne McCluney, and these chairpersons: Ways and Means Ronnie Vance, Editorial Deason Hunt, Membership Shirley Patrick, Budget and Finance Wayne McCluney, Requisition and Acquisition Shirley Bates (co) and Dorothy Harbin (co), Publicity Kathy Lutonsky, Obituary Mary Ann Niswanger, and Hospitality and Gift Sally Allcorn.

President Ronnie Vance thanked all members who helped with the George Morgan workshop and Old Settlers’ Reunion Display

This Year’s Society Business — Dues Can Be Paid Now

Two important notices about the 2011-2012 Wood County (TX) Genelogical Society year beginning in September and the September 19 (at 6 p.m.) kick-off meeting and potluck dinner at the library:

1. Dues ($15 for individual members and $20 for family membership) are payable in September. You can bring them to the meeting or mail them starting now and through September to Treasurer, Wood County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 832, Quitman, Texas 75783. It is important to get them in as soon as possible so that we can start funding 2011-2012 society activities.

2. Officers and chairpersons for the year:
President – Ronnie Vance
Vice-President – Deason Hunt
Secretary – Shirley Patrick
Treasurer – Wayne McCluney

Chairpersons
Ways and Means – Ronnie Vance
Editorial – Deason Hunt
Membership – Shirley Patrick
Budget and Finance – Wayne McCluney
Requisition and Acquisition-Shirley Bates (co)
-Dorothy Harbin (co)
Publicity – Kathy Lutonsky
Obituary – Mary Ann Niswanger
Hospitality and Gift – Sally Allcorn

A number of members indicated they would like to work with the various committees. Now is a great time to contact the chairpersons and let them know what you are ready and willing to do in those areas.

William Bluford Davis Cemetery Marker

I AM SO VERY HAPPY TODAY!!! I had received a copy of my gr.grandfather and gr.grandmother’s cemetery markers but had never been able to find them in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, in Wood Co, TX. Well, today, I FOUND THEM.
W. B. Davis, was a CSA veteran, therefore, since I have found it, it won’t be necessary for me to request a replacement marker, however, there are no dates, any suggestions as to how I may get the dates attached to the marker.

Thanks, Dorothy Hays Harbin,

Note: Dorothy originally sent this email to us on May, 16, 2011. She shared this also with us at our monthly meeting on that evening so that we were all able to be excited for her then.

Some Handy Research Links

New FREE research links were brought to the group at the April meeting by Vice-president Dorothy Harbin.

At the GLO link, land records and homesteading grants are displayed with information about location and individual for those in land grant states.
http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/

Dorothy also shared a link in which she was able to download a copy of separation papers for an individual. While unable to find that exact link at WWW.archives.gov, you can find others such as enlistment papers whose search page is at this link: http://aad.archives.gov/aad/fielded-search.jsp?dt=893&tf=F&cat=TS13&bc=,sl

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