Re: Queries Allison & Rushing & Hood

Member Mark Reid shared this research on three recent queries:

Query: Allison
A J. B. Allison m. Juanita L. Harris 6 Nov 1933.
Query: Rushing
No Horn female married to a male Rushing in our marriage records.
Query: Hood
No appropriately named HOOD persons in our cemetery books.
All I could find quickly.
Mark Reid

Thanks for Road Show Help

Thanks for the help at the Mineola Memorial Library stop on the 2013 Wood County, Texas Genealogy Road Show to the following society members who braved the weather to be present: Mark Reid, Shirley Bates, Angela Low, Mary Ann Neiswanger, Shirley Patrick, and Deason Hunt.

Re: A. P. Shuford

Member Mark Reid shared the following from his files concerning a query posted here: A. P. (Poindexter) SHUFORD was a delegate from Wood County to the Texas Secession Convention at Austin Texas in 1861 and cast a vote against secession. He went to the Confederate army as a second lieutenant in Company E, 22nd Texas Infantry. After the war, he was Attorney General of Texas. He was born in North Carolina in 1837 and the son of Eli R. Shuford (1803 – 1874) of Mineola, Wood County, Texas. Before the war he was a lawyer in Quitman. He died in 1874 or 1875 in Quitman, Texas. His brother, Pinkney, was a postmaster in Quitman.

Recognition of Service, Plans for 2012-13

Three goals for the 2012-13 year and the unveiling of plaques to honor lifetime members and distinguished members of the Wood County Texas Genealogical Society were announced at a special June meeting this week.

Goals announced by President Ronnie Vance are  (1) more programs on county history including but not limited to community histories and member presentations on their families from those areas, (2) more service to researchers using resources of the Genealogical Research Room at the Quitman Public Library and to help community members with their genealogical research, and (3) involving more members in those help activities including how to help researchers and resources available in the local library including some staffing possibilities with volunteer members.

Three members present receiving awards for service at the June meeting were Dorothy Harbin, Deason Hunt, and Mark Reid

President Vance displayed plaques to members and recognized new honorees. The award for Lifetime Member was made to Mark Reid, past president and vice-president as well as webmaster, researcher, and author of articles for society publications. Other lifetime members previously announced are Miriam Dougherty and Shirley Bates.

President Ronnie Vance unveiled the permanent plaques honoring members for service. They will be displayed in the Genealogy Research Room at the Quitman Public Library.

Distinguished Service honorees among current membership recognized were Dorothy Harbin, past president and vice-president and currently Requisitions and Acquisitions Co-chairperson; Deason Hunt, past treasurer and currently newsletter editor and webmaster and Editorial Committee Chairperson, and Nita Munoz, past vice-president and secretary. Former members receiving the Distinguished Service recognition are Lyrline Avery, Faye Boucher, Lahoma Clanton, Edith Tedder, Ida Marie Turner, and Adele Vickery.

Shirley Bates, Dorothy Harbin, Wayne McCluney, Kathy Lutonsky, and Sally Allcorn go through the line for refreshments at the June meeting.

Members in attendance at the meeting enjoyed a light, finger foods meal, social and visiting time, and an informal discussion of items of interest and importance to the society.

 

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.

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.

Thanks to Our Volunteers

Thanks to all of you who volunteer time and money (memberships and donations and books, and supplies, etc.) to keep our society going. Right now we have officers and committees doing things we can’t see to help us accomplish our group goals. Every bit helps whether its a short-time or long-range thing that you do.

For instance just recently we had members answering queries, meeting with visitor researchers in the library and over the telephone, sending suggestions and ideas for our organization and for resources for our members. Mark Reid, Barbara Nichols, and Vice-president Dorothy Harbin have recently been helping with researchers. Dorothy and Mary Ann Niswanger recently spent time working on organizing books and recording usage of books in our library. Shirley Bates is working on getting some publications out and ready for sale. The currently operating Nominations Committee (Barbara Coleman, Secretary Kathy Lutonsky, and Mary Ann Niswanger) and budget committees (Treasurer Wayne McCluney, Deason Hunt, and Ethel Kelley) are working behind the scenes to be ready for the May meeting. President Shirley Patrick looks for ideas for online resource links and examples of what other societies are doing and forwards them to the newsletter. And, recently webpage participants such as Bill Lukenbill, Doug McCreight, and Paula Randolph have joined in helping answer others’ queries. I know that I am leaving people out because we have just had a lot of work by groups like the Constitution Revision Committee (Ronnie Vance, Shirley Bates, and Wayne McCluney) and other service such as the help Sally Allcorn gave to Forever Young recently. We appreciate also people who move chairs and tables at meetings, who show up for our programs and business discussions and, not least, join us for eating at Peralta’s and helping other with research before regular meetings. Everybody who participates helps us be more successful.

We welcome suggestions, help, etc., and if you see something that needs doing, just jump in. We appreciate all your time and efforts. We’ll be suggesting things that people can do over the next few months to help out. If you see something you would like to do, let us know.

Query: Price Cemetery

Member Mark Reid received the following email request for help.

Hello, my name is Norman Davis and my mom’s side of the family is Price, and doing our genealogy I have found that there is actually a “Price family Cemetery” located either in or near Quitman, do you have any information that you could email me or a picture of the gates of the cemetary, I plan on taking a trip within the year there so that I can get some pics of all of my relatives that are interred there to put on my family web site. All info as to where it is actually located and if possible a pic of the gates would be greatly appreciated.
Norman Davis
5550 Texas Ave. # 615
Abilene, Texas 79605
nordav01@yahoo.com

Mark’s reply to the email:

Sorry to be so long in getting the pics. Finally got out there today. Pics attached. The cemetery is located 5 miles north of Quitman on Farm Road 2966, at the intersection with the “Lake Quitman” Road. On the southwest corner of that intersection. Hope these help out.

One of the pictures Mark furnished:

Picture of gate at Price Cemetery, Wood County, Texas

Price Cemetery, Wood County, Texas, 2011

McCreight Query Reply #2

The following reply was sent from Vice-president Dorothy Harbin to a McCreight query first posted here as a response to an inquiry by member Mark Reid. Reference post from January 2011: Query: McCreight (and response)

… Since you stated that the Matthew ( wife – Winney Allen) is not the one, but the Charity was his wife. We have to deduct that there was another Matthew McCright (above) BUT, I found your Matthew (Charity) whose father was Quinton McCreight ( no wife given.
Here’s the line up:
Quinton McCreight ( no wife)
Matthew ” (wife – Charity) Bn `1785- 1841– Matthew
Thomas Newton McCright – (wife – Mary “Pop” Mann) Bn 1825-1863
marr. 12 Nov. 1850
Dd- 7 Apr. 1863- Chicago, Ill.
Quinton A. McCright – Born & Died, 18 Sept. 1852 (Infant)

Thomas Newton had a brother – Quinton A McCright – born 1831 – Ga. – Dd – ? – Texas
There was a Thomas V. McCreight born 1815-died 2 Oct.1861, – Wood Co. TX.

Your great grandmother may have gone with her brother-in-law to where you stated, but it was not her son, as he was an infant and died same day.

******** According to LDS records, is where I found this info, there was a contributor and her name is MARY FEAR – E-MAIL address – mfear4@yahoo.com

About the grave covered in water, there should not be any as graves and church were moved to make way for the lake. …

Query: McCreight (and response)

Member Mark Reid shared the following query he received and his response:

The query: I am trying to find the exact location of the grave of Matthew MCCREIGHT, listed with one other grave between Alba and Yantis, on Hwy. 154. I believe this to be the grave of my G-G-Grandfather, I don’t know who the other grave could be. If any body has a picture of the head stone, I would certainly appreciate a copy. If all this other fails, possibly the e-mail address of someone who could help me.

This grave should date from the late 1840′s to the 1850′s. My Great Grandfather Thomas Newton McCright is listed on the Wood County Tax rolls during the 1850′s paying taxes on 100 acres in Western Wood County. Matthew would be Thomas’s father. I expect Matthew is buried on the land that Thomas was farming.

Thank you very much;

John McCright
jemccright@aol.com

Mark’s Response: According to our cemetery book 4, pg 157, Matthew McCreight 10 August 1833 – 9 Feb 1902 and Winney Allen McCreight _____ – 2 August 1879 are buried in a family cemetery located as you describe. Apparently the researcher was unable to find the cemetery. Headstone information was obtained from a member of the family.
Highway 154 runs from Quitman to Yantis and the grave site is said to be close to the “Pleasant Divide” community.
If any family member can give a better description of the location, I will be glad to go there (assuming I can get permission to cross private property) and photograph whatever marker I can find.

If you have additional information share, you can contact John McCright at the email address above. Also, please post a copy of the response as a comment to this post.

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