Query: Malone

I am trying to figure out some family history and my grandfather claimed to be born in Quitman, Texas. The date that he claims is Jan 5th, 1889, and his name is Charles Franklyn Malone. If you would be willing to look this information up and let me know any related information myself and my family would greatly appreciate it.
Jason Malone (jrmalone@wisc.edu)

Query: Siceluff

My name is David Hull, and I am affiliated with the Kirkpatrick Family Archive in Oklahoma City and associated with the Oklahoma Historical Society. My benefactor has recently inquired about creating a historical narrative related to his great-great grandmother, Mary Julia Siceluff. Her father, Samuel Siceluff was born in North Carolina possibly in 1832, the son of Andrew Siceluff (March 1808, possibly Lexington – August 1868, likely Missouri) and Sarah Johnson (?) (b. May 1804, Virginia, d. Nov. 1872, Missouri). Our problem is the inability to find much to associate Samuel Siceluff and Quitman, Texas. It has been suggested—possibly via family lore more than anything else—that he is, in fact, buried in Quitman near his son, Lewis (Lous?) who died very early in his childhood. I am curious about your suggestions in regards to research. We have employed Ancestry.com, but it would be remarkable if there were any information or accounts on record. Samuel’s wife was Sarah Elizabeth Ritchie (Ritchy, Ritchey) who remarried a Colonel H. C. Hedrick. Sarah, it is believed, died in Sherman, Texas.
I appreciate your time and thoughtful response to our inquiries. Any leads, direction, or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, David Hull, Kirkpatrick Family Archive  ( david@kirkpatrickfamilyarchive.com)

WCGS to Host FREE Genealogy Help County-wide Workshops

The Wood County Texas Genealogical Society will be hosting free workshops at the libraries throughout Wood County this spring. The workshops will provide an opportunity to use available computers to aid in genealogical research. Researchers will be able to access Heritage Quest and Ancestry.com. Included in the workshop will be a short session on getting started with one’s research.

The first workshop will be on Thursday, February 21 at the Mineola Library from 10 a.m. until noon. The second workshop will be on Tuesday, March 5 at the Winnsboro Library from 2 until 4 p.m. The next workshop will be on March 26 at the Hawkins Library beginning at 2 p.m. and ending at 4 p.m. The fourth workshop will be on March 28 at the Alba Library from 10 a.m. until noon. The final session will be a night meeting at the Quitman Library on April 2. This workshop will be in the Shamburger Room beginning at 6 p.m. There is no pre-registration. Just show up and be ready to work.

If you have any pictures of old Wood County families, buildings, or events, the Society would love to be able to scan these into our collection.

 The society meets every third Monday in the Quitman Library and help is always available at 6 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Query: Warn

I’m trying to find the name of the cemetery that Mathilda (Martllie) Warn and/ or Charles Lee Warn is buried. All the family knows is that  Mathilda Rebecca Pankey born March 26, 1894 in Pritchett to Leroy and Mary Pankey, married Albert Warn in 1913.

They owned A. Warn Meat Market Produce and Grocery in Hawkins in August 1918. A fire broke out and destroyed the building owned by Mrs. Minnie Cobb and having no insurance, they apparently never reopened (newspaper said “the A.Warn restaurant)

They had three children: Helen Louise, Fawn Jeanette and Charles Lee Warn. Charles died in November 1919 and Martillie died Dec 10, 1918 in Hawkins. The kids were taken from Albert and were raised by relatives.

I have tried to find graves/obits for them. Family believes they were buried in Quitman for some reason, (Helen was born there in 1914.)

Can you help me with the name of the cemetery in Quitman where they are buried (or any other info)?

Melinda  (cssi_adm@swbell.net)

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.

Online Obituary Links

Here are websites for our two local funeral homes with Obituaries page:

    I have a page on other funeral homes located within 25 miles of Quitman, TX. with their addresses and telephone numbers.  If any questions, please contact me or write a query on the WCGSTX website.
Dorothy Harbin (Reddot77@aol.com)

Wood County 1878

WOOD COUNTY.  This county is west of Upshur county and north of Smith county between the 18th and 19th degrees of longitude west from Washington its northern boundary being the 33d parallel of latitude. Its area is 418 square miles and population about 8,000. It is splendidly watered by numerous streams creeks and springs, and the soil products and climate are similar to those of Smith county. The Sabine river divides it from the last named county. The surface of the county is generally level and well timbered. The products consist of wheat and the smaller grains, cotton, vegetables, and fruits. The prices of unimproved lands range from $2 to $5 per acre while good farms are commanding as high as $12 and $15 per acre. Mineola is now an important town with a population of 1,200 and is the terminus of the northern branch of the International & Gt Northern Railway and the junction formed with the Texas & Pacific road. The last named road extends from east to west through the northern section of the county and its transportation facilities can hardly be excelled. Hawkins is a small town on the line of the Texas & Pacific Railway and has a trade of considerable importance. Fourteen miles north of Mineola is the county town of Quitman with a population of about 900. It has all of the industrious thrift of a busy town. Good schools and churches are scattered throughout Wood county and are well sustained. The people are good people and they are kind and generous one to another. It is a fine county for immigrants to settle in. The mean temperature is about 60 degrees, the rain fall plentiful, the climate genial and the general health good. Mr T. J. Worthy is the county clerk.

Source: James L. Rock and W.I. Smith, Southern and Western Texas Guide For 1878, A.H. Granger Publisher, St. Louis, Mo, 1878, page 133. (Digitized version accessed from Google Book Search May 7, 2012)

Wood County Late 19th Century

WOOD COUNTY TEXAS.  This is the most westerly of the counties along the line of the Texas & Pacific Railway having extensive forests of pine timber. All of the county is heavily wooded but the eastern half contains the great pineries from which the supplies for the large number of saw mills are drawn. In the western half the forests partake more of the characteristics of the timber of the black land counties, further west. The general surface is more level than in the other woodland counties, though there is little material variation as to soils, climate, temperature, rainfall, or yield of crops per acre. A larger part of the area, which comprises 702 square miles, can, however, be profitably cultivated. There are about 50,000 acres, in 1,400 farms, under cultivation, producing annually a value about $600,000. The harvest generally consists of 10,000 to 11,000 bales of cotton, 400,000 bushels of corn, 50,000 bushels of oats, 30,000 bushels of sweet potatoes, 35,000 to 40,000 gallons of molasses, 6,000 tons of cotton seed, and orchard and garden products to the value of $35,000 $40,000. As in all of the woodland counties, the raising of live stock is part ordinary farming operations. The live stock in the county, in 1897, was valued at $220,301 and consisted of 5,744 horses and mules, 9,607 head of cattle, 1,211 head of sheep and goats, and 12,465 head of hogs.

The county was organized in 1850 and has 14,000 inhabitants, 3,000 of whom are residents of Mineola, the junction the Texas & Pacific Railway, the International & Great Northern Railway and the Missouri Kansas & Texas Railway; 500 of Quitman, the county seat; 400 of Winnsboro, and 250 of Hawkins, smaller trading points in the county. The assessed values of taxable property, in 1897, amounted to $2,695,113, of which $1,619,538 was assessed against real estate, $499,465 against railways, which have 49 23/100 miles of tracks in the county. The school census reports 3,870 children of school age, for whose education 61 houses are maintained and teachers are employed.

The industrial pursuits run mainly in the manufacture of lumber, railroad ties, shingles, etc., there being about 17 sawmills at work . The other enterprises, principally located at Mineola, consist of 81 mercantile establishments, 1 bank, 1 flour mill, 2 fire brick and tile factories, 1 cannery, 1 furniture factory, and the repair shops of the railways.  Improved lands range in price from $5 to $25 per acre; unimproved $2 to $10 per acre.

Source: Along the line of the Texas & Pacific Ry.,  published by the Passenger Department of the Texas & Pacific Railway, Dallas Texas, corrected to and reissued November 1909, pages 35-36. (Digitized version accessed from Google Book Search May 7, 2012)

Billy Goat Hill

Does anyone associated with this website have information about a place called Billy Goat Hill near Quitman? I was told William G. Sawyer was buried there but cannot find any evidence of it. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Debbie
deb7953@yahoo.com

Portal to Texas History Contains Wood County Resources

Wood County references are available online at the Portal to Texas History at http://texashistory.unt.edu/. Billing itself as “a gateway to Texas history,” the portal is a project of the University of North Texas. A search at the portal main page (link above) for Wood County, Mineola, Quitman,and Winnsboro yields many digital pages of documents, publications, maps, etc. concerning people and places in the county ranging from the mid-1800s to the late 1900s.

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