John Potter Dedication in August

Through the efforts of member Violet Shirey of Rockport, there will be a commemoration of the Civil War service of veteran John T. Potter August 14 at the Shady Grove Cemetery at Winnsboro. Violet has written with several requests for assistance concerning John Potter and family.
1) She is wondering if there is any member has “any ideas what a memorial program would contain.”
2) “I am looking for Kathryn Browning. She is a g granddaughter of John T. Potter. I don’t know what her married name is, but the last I knew of her she lived in Quitman. Her parents were Ambrose and Sis Browning. They are buried in the cemetery just North of Mineola. Is there any way to locate her?”
3) “Also is there a map in your possesion that would show where John T. Potter lived? He lived in Pct 4, Wood Co.”

If you can offer any observations, ideas, or help for her, you can send an email to her at v.shirey@sbcglobal.net. Also, please consider sharing your response as a comment here on our web page. Violet’s mailing address is available on the member contact list on the Members Only Pages which you can access with the link at the top right of this page.

John Potter of Wood County

We have received the following email from member Violet Shirey:

John T. Potter was in the Civil War and is buried at Shady Grove, Winnsboro.

His tombstone does not show he was in the war. Is there any way we can get a medalion or whatever it is they put on tombstones? Will appreciate your help.

I am mailing your information on the Decendants of John T. Potter and information about his millitary record. (Note: We will publish this in the online bulletin and then the newsletter upon receipt. dh)

He was my daughter’s (Linda S. Shirey’s) g g g grandfather.

v.shirey@sbcglobal.net

Query: Hamrick

I’d like to correspond with anyone from you society who is searching the Hamrick Line or would help me in that area. Years ago I wrote to Joe L. Hamrick at an Winnsboro address. My last letters were returned. My mother’s maiden name was Hamrick (Dora Murl Hamrick Leverton). At the time Joe and I could not connect our lines, but felt we were related.

Juanita Leverton Calvin
1329 Johnson Street, Apt. D
Fairmont, MN 56031-4521
Researching Leverton, Hamrick, Brown, Stice, Farley, Eubank.

Mrs. Calvin included the following information about the Hamrick line of Joe L. Hamrick, a resident in the 1980’s of Winnsboro, TX.:

Joe L. Hamrick
(Living 1980’s Winnsboro, TX.)
|
son of Noah Franklin Hamrick
(had 2 sons)
|
son of Henry Newton Hamrick
(b. 1854, had 2 sons, brought
family to Texas from Alabama
about 1892)
|
son of Warren Dekalb Hamrick
(b. 1831, GA, d. 8/22/1862, KY,
in Confederate service. Married
Mary C. M. Wright, 11/29/1850
in Carroll Co, GA. She died soon
after husband, She mostly of
Cherokee blood)
|
son of Robert Signor? Hamrick Sr.
(b. 1800, GA, d. 1865 Cleburne
Co., AL, married Margaret
Elizabeth Smith
, 6/27/1821 in
Jasper Co, GA. She born 1801-04,
GA, d. 1894, Cleburne Co., AL)
|
son of Maybe Thomas Jefferson
Hamrick
or Jeremiah Hamrick

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.

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

CG and Certified Genealogist are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation, and the board name is registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office

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,

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

Mexico

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

Texas

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

Confederate States of America

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.

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