Query: Obituary Search

Is there a member who can help this researcher?

Do you have area newspapers for the time period of January 1984 on microfilm in your library? If so, would someone be able to search for an obituary for me for a death which occurred on January 29, 1984 at Winnsboro? I will be happy to pay research, copying, and postage charges. If you do not have this source, can you please advise me which library in your area may have the Winnsboro or other county newspapers?

Thank you for your assistance.

Karen Stein Daniel, CG
Certified Genealogist
5213 Justin Drive NW
Albuquerque, NM 87114-4316
505-792-9696 Ph
505-792-9697 Fax

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Looking Back: Five Flags (Plus) Over Wood County

The land which would some day become Wood County, Texas, USA has been the scene of human habitation for thousands of years providing sustenace and dwelling for various peoples because of the bountiful water, forest, land and lifestyle resouces which still attract people here today.

Evidence indicates human presence here in native American Clovis cultures in prehistoric times. Historical evidence points to the arrival of the native Americans known as the Caddos as early as the first Century, A. D. Living in the forests of the Sabine River Valley and its tributaries (including the Lake Fork and Big Sandy Creeks and their water sheds), the Kadhadacho (as the Spanish called them) were in their early period mound builders and the westernmost people of the Missippian Mound Culture. They had abandoned these practices by the arrival of Europeans in the 1500′s. The Spanish and French noted them as they moved through the Sabine Valley area and traded with the loosely allied groups described as the Caddo Confederation. Hasinai Caddo tribes populated this area during historic times.

Indian artifacts have been found from North to South in the county. Examples include the Caddo Trace area at Winnsboro where Indian and Spanish relics possibly from trading have been found and the discovery of Indian villages and burials in the Quitman area. Also, Native American relics have been found south in the Mineola Nature Preserve area just north of the Sabine River.

This first “nation” having dominiion over the area which is now Wood County had no real flag as they are known by us today.

The first European nation to claim the area of Wood County was Spain,


and Texas north to the Red River was a part of the vast Empire of Spain from the 14th Century until 1821 as part of Spanish Colonial America.

Following the end of the successful rebellion against Spain by Mexico, Wood County was a part of the Mexican State of Coahuila and Texas


from 1821 until its own succesful rebellion against Mexico.

The Republic of Texas was born in 1836 and the area that would become Wood County was in the northermost area of the large orginal Nacogdoches County during the period of


the Republic. It was during this period that Martin Varner settled in Wood County. Varner is recognized as the first settler and also the person who cut the first road into the county (1840). Then, in 1846, Texas became a state of the United States.

That same year Texas became a part of the United States of America, larger counties were broken up, and Henderson County was formed. It included areas from Houston and Nacogdoches

United States of America

counties including the area of present-day Van Zandt and Wood Counties. Just two years later in 1848, Van Zandt County was created and it included the area that would become Wood County when it was created in 1850. (Creation timing was such that Wood County residents of 1850 are listed on the census of Van Zandt County.)

In 1861, Texas followed the actions of a number of Southern states and voted to withdraw from the United States of America and join the Confederate States of America. With the surrender of the Confederate government following four bloody years of warfare in 1865, Texas

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entered a period of military government by the United States. In 1866 a nullification of the secession vote was passed by a Texas constitutional convention, and in 1869 Texans were again authorized to vote for members state officers. In 1870, Texas’ elected representatives were allowed back into the United States Congress.

Query: Davis

The following query comes from Weylon McDougal:
I am searching for a family Bible belonging to Walter E. Davis and Sarah A. Baker Davis that was left in Ogburn(about 10 miles north of Winnsboro) in 1946 when he moved to Clute, TX. You may contact him at weylonmc@yahoo.com.

Query: Scott

A Scott surname researcher is looking for the maiden name of Elizabeth Betsy Scott (b. ca 1830) who lived at Winnsboro. You can see the details of the request at Rootsweb Scott Family message board at http://boards.rootsweb.com/localities.northam.usa.states.texas.counties.wood/595/mb.ashx.

Autumn Trails Days Business Expo Oct. 3

Look for the Wood County Genealogical Society table at the Autumn Trails Days Business Expo, Saturday, October 3. Our vice-president, Dorothy Harbin, arranged for our presence to publicize the society and offer genealogical information and help to interested expo visitors. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Winnsboro City Auditorium at the city park and rodeo grounds off Hwy. 11. Admission to the Expo is free, so come on by and say hello.

Query: Wade, Whittaker

This query was posted on the Coffee Klatch on GenealogyWise by Jammie Barker.
“looking for Wade and Whittakers lived in Scroggins and Winnsboro areas.” If you would like to reply, you can post a comment at http://www.genealogywise.com/group/woodcotxgencoffeeklatch.

Wild West Fun in Wood County in October

Wood County Genealogical Society (WCGS) Members who attended the meeting last spring to hear the Texas Pistalaros and Wood County’s Doc Davis will be interested to hear that the first East Texas Wildwest Fest will be held in Winnsboro during the Autumn Trails celebration on October 17, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Historic Depot Parking Lot. At this location will be wild west recreations (shootouts, etc), western costume contest, trick roper exhibitions, food and drink, and much more. For more details, go to the Pistalaros website at http://www.crossroadsvigilantes.com.


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