Query: Hyde

I am searching for John William Hyde and Rosanna Morgan Hyde. They are listed on the 1880 US Federal Census in Wood County, TX. Their children were all born there. My Grandfather, Jefferson Davis Hyde and son of John William Hyde and Rosanna Morgan was the youngest child. I have been told that John William Hyde died before he was born and that his mother, Rosanna Morgan Hyde died when he and his sister Margaret were little.

I’m pretty sure that they lived in Quitman as that is what I have always heard but also have heard Rock Hill or Yantis. If he died before my Grandfather, Jefferson Davis Hyde was born that would have been in 1883 as Jefferson Davis Hyde was born January 21, 1884. Rosanna Morgan Hyde sometime after that.

John William Hyde B. abt 1842 in Missouri
Rosanna Morgan B. abot 1847 in Georgia
McDonnel Hyde B. abt 1867 Wood Co,TX
James Bulger Hyde B. abt 1871 Wood Co, TX
Pheobia Hyde B. abt 1875 Wood Co, TX
John Louis Hyde B. abt 1876 Wood Co, TX, D.in Nolan Co, TX
William Hyde B. abt 1879 Wood Co, TX
Margaret Hyde B. 1881 Wood Co, TX D. October 31, 1920 – buried in Rockhill
Cemetery, Yantis, TX
Jefferson Davis Hyde B. January 21, 1884 D. Sweetwater, Nolan Co, TX
December, 1955 – Buried Slaters Chapel – Nolan, TX

I have searched all the records I know how to including the cemeteries that are online to no avail. I am hoping you can shed some light on this.

I am also searching for Ruth P. Hyde, first born of Jefferson Davis Hyde. She was born October 31, 1906 in Wood Co, TX She died in 1913. I have heard that she was buried in the cemetery in Yantis.

Thanking you in advance for your help.

Aundrea (Hyde) Saunders

You might be from Quitman, Texas if you remember when

Another reason to be surfing on Facebook is the page: You might be from Quitman, Texas if you remember when (https://www.facebook.com/groups/244596198905170/).

It is rich with information about people and events which have happened in Quitman. I wish that someone would start separate pages like this for all the towns and communities in the county. Thanks to Jane Herring‘s work with this page and to all the others who have shared memories there.

Query: Stout

Benjamin Franklin Stout b: TX 1829 and Amanda P. Stout b: 1833 Alabama

I am looking for my ggg grandfather Benjamin P. Stout or known to my family as B.P. Stout. He was the son of Texas Ranger Captain and Sheriff John Henry Stout first State Representative and first Sheriff of Wood and Van Zandt Counties. Benjamin was a Confederate Civil War POW veteran and 1st Lieutenant of Company E, 22 Hubbard Texas Infantry Regiment. He was born in 1829 in Red River Settlement, Tejas, Mexico, lived in Texas and died on or about November or before December 25, 1875 in Wood County.

Benjamin can be found in Hopkins County living with his divorced mother Sarah Stout i.e. “Sarah Mary Talbot Stout” in 1850 census. He married Amanda P. maiden name unknown and place of marriage unknown in 1851. He can be found in Wood County in 1860 census, 1870 census, and Amanda can be found widowed in Wood County in the 1880 census. She is also listed (transcription error as Henanda Stout along with B.P. Stout in 1870 Wood County census).

1st Lieutenant B.P. Stout joined the Civil War effort in 1861 as a Sergeant of Co E 22 Texas Infantry Regiment, he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in 1862, he returned to Wood County sometime after his POW status, (he was captured on July 22, 1864 and was kept in Fort De Russey sp?), wherever that is. He lived next to Henry Stout, his father in Quitman in 1870 with wife Amanda and children.

What I am looking for is;

Where are Benjamin and/or Amanda buried? I assume that the Confederate Soldiers Society may know if he is buried in Wood county if they place flags on Confederate grave sites or if anyone takes photos of graves in that area from your society, they may have run across their burial site. I just do not know how to get started on that road or get in touch with those folks.

What is the name of the burial Cemetery of B.P. Stout and Amanda? If you can find that out, that would be helpful since B.P. died in Wood County! His father John Henry Stout was buried in the Pine Forest cemetery in Hopkins County although he lived in Wood county most of his late adult life 1840 – 1892.

Does Wood County or Hopkins County have records relating to B.P.’s and Amanda’s marriage in about 1851? Benjamin was living with his mother in 1850 in Hopkins Co., and their first daughter was born in 1852 in Wood County, hence the 1851 date.

Is there any way to find out what Amanda’s maiden name was? My family says that she and her children are listed somewhere as Full Blood Indian or Indian by Blood. I’ve been told Cherokee or Chickasaw sp?. Without knowing Amanda’s maiden name, I have no way to research that tidbit of oral history.

Did Amanda remain in Wood county after 1880? Maybe there are tax records available to you in Wood County since there is no 1890 census. If she re-married after 1880, I would have no way to know that information. If you have any marriage records of an Amanda P. Stout in Wood county after 1880 if she married someone else, re-marrage would be helpful to track her travels down.

I can say that her daughter Martha “Mattie” H. Stout born in Wood County, married John W. Fore of Hood and Van Zandt County and that marriage took place in Oklahoma.

Any help your society could give would be greatly helpful and appreciated.


Query: Quitman Cemetery

I’m trying to find the name of the cemetery that Gary Allen Brown is buried. All his family knows is that his DOB was 7/24/1958 and his DOD was 3/25/2003. They know he was buried at Quitman, TX, but do not know the name of the cemetery. I have checked all possible names through “Findagrave”, but he is not listed.Can you help me with the name of the cemetery in Quitman where he is buried?

Shelby Johnson
Decatur, AL
Tel: 256-353-7989
email: sjohnson305@charter.net

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Free Search of Historic American Newspapers

What can you learn at the Library of Congress’ FREE Chronicling America Historic American Newspapers site? (link: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/)
As an example I searched on Quitman in Texas newspapers and came up with these two of many hits. You might find your own ancestors’ names there either in Texas or other states.

Prisoner returned to Quitman
From the Palestine Texas Daily Herald, Jan. 05, 1906, Image 5

Winnsboro hosts Educational Conference
From the Jefferson, Texas Jimplecute, Nov. 5, 1904, Image 5

Thanks to Randy Seaver for calling this site to my attention today in his daily tips.

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

Workshop Features Basics, Strategies, A Look Ahead

Morgan presents Slide

Over 50 attendees were challenged, informed, and delighted at the genealogy workshop presented by George Morgan of Aha Seminars today at the Quitman, Texas Public Library. George presented basic research strategies for beginners and as a refresher for experienced researchers in such areas as evidence, documentation, use of maps in research, preparing research pictures of ancestors, the use of HeritageQuest, and innovations in genealogy research.

The day-long workshop was sponsored by the Northeast Texas Library System (NETLS) and the Quitman Public Library and co-hosted by the Wood County Genealogical Society and the library.

Historic Burning of Court House

The loss of many records of the early years of Wood County, Texas resulted from the burning twice of the County Courthouse in Quitman. The following act of the Wood County Commissioner’s Court is an official reference to the first of these fires in 1878.

“Whereas in the burning of the Court House on the 11th day of December A. D. 1878, all the books and records of the County Treasurer’s office, and all other books showing the financial condition of the County, having been destroyed; it is therefore, for the purpose of enabling this Court to make out a statement of the financial condition of the County as required by law, ordered by the Court that all claims or warrants issued upon the County Treasurer of Wood County, by competent authority, prior to said 11th day of December 1878, be presented to the clerk of the County Court of Wood County, on or before the 1st day of November next, and that said claims be registered by said clerk as presented to him, in the Minutes of this Court, showing the date of each claim, the amount of the claim, upon what fund drawn to whom issued and the registered number of them Treasurer where such claims have been registered. It is further ordered that notice hereof be given as required by
Sec. 9 of “An Act to organize Commissioners’ Court, and to define their jurisdiction and duties, and provide for vacancies therein”, approved July 22, 1876.”

– Copied from the May 2011 “Window to the Past”
Newsletter of the Organization for the Preservation of Historical and Genealogical Records (OPHGR) of Canton, Van Zandt County, Texas, Patsy Vinson & Betty Miller, editors.

Regarding the Wood County Courthouse Fire December 11, 1878:
From Volume 1, Page 1, of the Civil Minutes of the District Court of Wood County, Texas: January 27, 1879
“This is the first Minute Books used after the fire which occurred in the morning of the 11th of December, A. D. 1878, at about 2 o’clock in the night, and which resulted in Destruction of the Courthouse and all the papers and records contained therein, said house is supposed to have been set on fire by some incendiary, but no one has been able to trace it to the purpertrator (sic) up to this date. Great was the loss in said fire to both private individuals and the officers of this county. District Court was in session at the time.” (This was from a newsletter entry labeled “Miscellaneous Tidbits from the Late Ona Wood’s Notes”, 1994 Volume, July Issue, Newsletter No. 35, page 50.)

Database of Wood County Names

Member Mark Reid shared with us his response to an email from another member, Vi Shirey, asking if her John T. Potter was on the CD of 17,000 Wood County, Texas surnames.

No. John T. Potter does not exist on this database. I see a John L Potter b. 1843 from GA.
The CD has been given to both the Quitman and Mineola libraries. I have up-dated the database somewhat since the creation of those CDs but I have not updated the CDs. You are welcome to the database just by asking. You must use Personal Ancestry File (PAF) to read it. That program is free from the LDS web site.

Mark’s reference to the database of names being free for the asking is a repeat of an offer he made in October 2009 and which is still available.

Mark wrote this in a comment (in part) on the Wood County Genealogical Society Coffee Klatch at Genealogywise:

For several years, I have been compiling a database of Wood County people.
A couple of years (maybe more) ago I put a CD in the Quitman and Mineola libraries containing this database, at that time a bit over 17000 people.
The Society also offered the CD for sale, but with zero response.
I keep putting people in the database and I am now up to a bit over 18,700 people. I want other people to have access to this material although I must
retain the ability to keep plugging away at additions, etc.
One possible thing to do: I would be willing to email a compacted data file to any member/researcher. Just ask at woodco@suddenlink.net.

This is a valuable resource for any researcher of Wood County. If you are interested, please contact Mark at woodco@suddenlink.net.


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