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.

Query: Jones

Crwatson1@tds.net in an email to member Mark Reid dated December 6, 2010 wrote:

Can you tell me if it is possible to find a marriage record in wood co. either in 1892 or 1894??
George Benjamin Jones Born 1871 MO.
Minnie White Born 1876 Probably Smith Co. Texas?
I am desperately trying to find the county/town that George was born in so that we can further our family tree. Will the marriage record have this information??
Thank you so much,
Carol in Arizona

Mark responded: Our Marriage records do not include a George Jones married to a Minnie White, nor do they include a Benjamin Jones, nor any combination of G. B. or whatever. I can only conclude that the marriage was probably in another county. I also checked a couple of handy indexes without success. I think possibly you might try Smith County next. Feel free to try us again if you find another clue to Wood County origins.
Mark

If you have any information about these individuals, please click on the comment link below and post your response. You may also contact Carol at this email address: crwatson1@tds.net.

Query: McBride

Member Mark Reid received the following query from Connie Davis (N8ivtexan@msn.com) in September. His response is below.

At 11:16 AM 9/30/2010, you (refers to Connie Davis) wrote:
I am looking for a birth record for James Madison McBride, 4-30-1910 and John William McBride, 5-27-1912 or 1913. The death record I am trying to find is for Martha Emaline McBride, DOD 6-1-1908 in Winnsboro.

Mark’s Response: Martha Emaline (mother) McBride is buried in Winnsboro City Cemetery. The stone reads: 29 June 1831 – 1 June 1908
Her husband, James Monroe (father) McBride is adjacent. His stone reads: 7 Sep 1819 – 18 Oct 1903

Here is a quick find. Maybe more later.
Birth records are more difficult for us, but we will keep looking for additional information for you.

Mark

If you have additional information, please comment to this post at the comment link below. You may also contact Connie at her email address above.

My apologies to both Connie and Mark. This message was forwarded to me by Mark a long time ago. It just fell between the cracks in my email checking system. dh

Life In The Piney Woods – Chapter One

We have begun the serial publication of Life In The Piney Woods by Ona WOOD. It is available to members on the members-only page which you can access at the top right column of this page. It will also appear in the second quarter (June, 2010) newsletter.

The foreword (by Mrs. Ona Wood) was previously published here. If you would like to read it again before going to Chapter one, click here.

Thanks to member Mark Reid who digitized the first chapters of Mrs. Wood’s book.

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Life In The Piney Woods – Chapter One

A YOUNG SWEDE COMES TO AMERICA

The day dawned beautiful. The sun projected its rays across the waters of the northern seas in an effort, it seemed, to hold in check the restless beating of the waves.

On the deck of a ship lying at anchor in Baltic waters in the harbor of Copenhagen, Denmark stood a young man, well groomed and handsome.
The long locks of his light wavy hair sweeping loosely around his neck were tousled by the wind; the tangy sea breeze upon his face, caused his eyes to turn occasionally from their far-distant gaze; within their depths, like a mirror to his soul; shone a spirit of courage and strength, supported by an abiding peace.

Inside the iron-bound chest, bearing the name of P. M. Gunstream, that had just been placed on board were many tools that were to be used to ply his trade in a new world. To read the remainder of Chapter One, go to the member-only page.

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