Index of 150,000 Plus Courthouse Documents To Be Online

News from the Wood County Democrat newspaper from the last Wood County Commissioners Court meeting is that the county is planning to soon place online about 150,000 courthouse documents dating from 1919. They will be indexed and can be ordered online for a fee of $5.00 per document. This is in cooperation with the office of Count Clerk Kelley Price. The news report of the meeting with details is at this link: http://goo.gl/QYzVR.

Query: Hubbard’s Regiment

I am several chapters into writing a book about the 22nd Texas Infantry (aka Hubbard’s Regiment). Since Wood County provided many soldiers to the regiment, it is important to accurately document the families and the towns they called home.
If you have any suggestions regarding contacts or information to research Hubbard’s Regiment in your area, please let me know. If there is specific info you would like included, please let me know.
It is my intention to include information about all its soldiers AND direct descendants of such soldiers.
You may reach me at tpwardlaw@aol.com for additional information, text contributions, and photo contributions. Your help will be acknowledged in the book. The book should be ready by the end of this year.
Thank you,
Trevor P. Wardlaw
Waco, TX
254.776.5310

Portal to Texas History Contains Wood County Resources

Wood County references are available online at the Portal to Texas History at http://texashistory.unt.edu/. Billing itself as “a gateway to Texas history,” the portal is a project of the University of North Texas. A search at the portal main page (link above) for Wood County, Mineola, Quitman,and Winnsboro yields many digital pages of documents, publications, maps, etc. concerning people and places in the county ranging from the mid-1800s to the late 1900s.

New Wood County Research Resources

Three books of abstracts of Wood County records have been at to the society’s Genealogy Research Room at the Quitman Public Library.

Wood County Unclaimed Marriages 1890 to 1960s is a listing of marriage certificates at the Wood County Courthouse in Quitman which have never been picked up. The data of names and dates duplicates some in our bound books of county marriages also in the research room, but these are actual certificates housed at the courthouse in the basement (at the time of the research for the book published in 2008). The certificates are “gradually fading away due to age and climate conditions” according to Patsy Vinson, president of the Organization for the Preservation of Historical and Genealogical Records (OPHGR) which published all three of these new books.Proof of relationship to the persons on the certificate is required to pickup a copy at the courthouse.

Mechanic’s Liens of Wood County, Texas Volume A names individuals and businesses involved in buying and selling of items such as building materials for houses and equipment and the terms of loans to secure the transactions. The book is indexed. The information was compiled by Laverne Howard Wyatt and pubished in 2009.

Misdemeanor Guilty Pleas of Wood County, Texas -1892-1946 Volumes 1 to 4 lists names of those who so plead, fines, jail times, and the nature of the criminal offense. Jail times ranged from none to minutes to multiple days. Some of the crimes included assaults, gaming, abusive language, killing quail out of season, and killing fish. The book is also indexed. The author is Patsy Vinson, and the book was published in 2008.

Welcome to New Member

Welcome to new member Beverley Caddell Ferrell of Harlingen, Texas. She is researching Anderson, Mann, Ratliff, Hartsfield, Blackburn, Preddy, & Adams in the Wood County area. If you have any information on these surnames, you can contact her by email at jf1991@rgv.rr.com. Her mailing address is posted on the membership contact list on the members-only page which can be accessed at the link at the top right of this page.

Membership Location May 2011

May 2011 Membership: 55 memberships, 60 members
Residence of Memberships: In County 26, Out of County 29
Residence of Memberships: Wood and nearby - 33, Other Texas - 10, Out of State - 12

William C. Benton

No public official in Schleicher county is better liked or more highly respected than William C. Benton, the county and district clerk of Schleicher county, Texas, Mr. Benton is widely experienced in the kind of work upon which he is at present engaged and his service in this position has been highly satisfactory to the people of the county and district. Being now just in the prime of life his prospects for the future look very bright and he has the good wishes of hosts of friend.
William C. Benton was born in Wood county, Texas, on the 28th of August, 1871, a son of William F. Benton. His father was born in Alabama and came to Texas when he was only a child. He now lives in Schleicher county, and his occuption in life is farming. He married Miss Georgia G. Earhart, who was born in the state of Georgia. Their marriage took place in Texas. Mr. Benton is a member of the Democratic party, and he and his wife are members of the Baptist church.
Of the two children who were born to Mr. and Mrs. William F. Benton, William C. Benton is the eldest. His brother, Wilbur O. Benton, lives in Eldorado. William C. Benton has spent all his life, except when he was away at school, within the state of his nativity.
He received his early education in the public schools of Wood county, later attending the high school of Smith county, Texas. After completing his high school work he took a commercial course in the University of Kentucky, at Lexington, Kentucky. After this he returned to Texas and began life as a school teacher. For three years he taught in the public schools of Wood county and then he engaged in the mercantile business. He made quite a success of this business and remained a merchant until November, 1902, when he sold out his store to accept the position of district clerk of Wood county, to which he had been elected. He served in this office for four years and then for one year served as deputy county clerk. His next move brought him to Schleicher county, and he arrived in Eldorado on the 15th of July, 1907. Just one year after the coming of Mr. Benton to Eldorado he was elected county and district clerk and is now serving his third term in this office. Mr. Benton also conducts an abstract business and his the only set of transcribed abstracts in this county.
In politics Mr. Benton is a member of the Democratic party and he takes an active part in the affairs of his party both in national and state affairs as well as locally. In religious matters Mr. Benton leans toward the Baptist church for it was the church of his childhood, but he is a member of no denomination and gives his support to all of them. Mr. Benton is active in the fraternal world and is a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, of the Knights of Pythias and the Woodmen of the World. In the first mentioned order, Mr. Benton is a member of the Blue Lodge and Chapter, and he has been Master of his Blue Lodge in both Wood county and Schleicher county. Mr. Benton is a valuable citizen to Eldorado for he is tireless in his enthusiasm over the country and its future and is a convincing talker when setting forth the advantages of locating in the state of Texas.
Mr. Benton was married in Wood county, Texas, on the 16th of November, 1892, to Miss Sallie J. Raley, a daughter of Columbus and Margaret Raley, of Wood county. Mr. and Mrs. Benton have become the parents of four childrn, one daughter and three sons, as follows: Julius B., who is deceased; Olga L.; Offie C., and Harold Jarvis Benton.

Source: Google Book Search
A history of Texas and Texans, Volume 3, By Francis White Johnson, American Historical Society, 1914, page 1206.

Wood County, 1900

Map of Wood County, 1900

Wood County Places 1900

Rand McNally and Company, Chicago, 1900, Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division. LC Railroad maps, 304, DIGITAL ID
(recto) g4031p rr003040 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g4031p.rr003040

The Library of Congress is providing access to these materials for educational and research purposes and is not aware of any U.S. copyright protection (see Title 17 of the United States Code) or any other restrictions in the Map Collection materials.

Wood County, 1910

The following description of Wood County comes from the 1910 Texas Almanac found by a search of Google Books. It is among the “full view” books one can find online FOR FREE at that web service. You can search on places, surnames, etc. to see what is available. Some books allow no view, some just a snippet view.
WOOD COUNTY
Wood County lies In Northeast Texas It was organized from a part of Van Zandt County in 1850. Its estimated population Is about 25,000. Quitman the county seat has about 500, Mineola 3,500 Winnsboro 3,500 and Alba 500. Total assessment $7,666,415.

The Sabine River is one of its south boundary lines with a large tributary of the same running through the western portion of the county called Lake Fork. Mineola Is located on the Texas and Pacific Railroad 80 miles east of Dallas and 70 miles west of Marshall. Quitman, the county seat, is situated 10 miles north of Mineola. Winnsboro is situated in the northern part of the county about 16 miles from Quitman. It Is located on the Missouri Kansas and Texas Railroad. The Texas Southern Railroad also runs to Winnsboro from Marshall.

The county was named In honor of Gov. Wood, the second Governor of Texas.

The county seat was named In honor of Gen. Quitman. The county Is traversed by the following roads: Texas and Pacific 25.4 miles, Missouri Kansas and Texas 19.78 miles, Texas Southern 17 miles, International and Great Northern 4.3 miles, Texas Short Line 9 miles.

The surface of the county is generally level only broken by water courses. The soil Is varied but generally yellow loam though there Is some white and some red sandy land particularly adapted to orchards and truck growing. Timber is in vast varieties and large quantities such as swamp and yellow pine, post oak, white oak, red oak, black oak, and burr oak, walnut, hickory, gum, black and sweet mulberry, dogwood, blackjack elm, etc.

Important streams are Sabine River, Lake Fork, Big Caney, and Big Sandy with other smaller streams some that afford water power for Ginning cotton, grinding corn and wheat, making shingles, and other Industries. On these streams are numerous lakes fed by springs well stocked with fish.

Besides saw mills, and there are several, there Is a box factory at Mineola that runs on full time manufacturing all kinds of fruit and vegetable crates and boxes besides soap starch and cracker boxes.

The average price of raw land is $5 per acre, activated land $12.50 per acre. Cotton yields one fourth bale per acre, corn 17 bushels, sugar cane for syrup 600 gallons, Irish potatoes 50 bushels, sweet potatoes 60 bushels, tomatoes 60 bushels, and peanuts 25 bushels. About 150 car loads of potatoes are shipped annualy besides about 50 car loads of mixed vegetables. An average of 50 car loads of peaches has been shipped each season for several years.

Last year’s tax rolls disclosed the following live stock: 13,406 cattle, 662 horses and mules, 6,187 hogs, and a few sheep and goats.

There are 82 public free schools in the county employing 121 teachers.

The county Is underlaid with very valuable deposits of lignite pottery and brick clays. At Alba several lignite mines are In constant operation. The strata vary In thickness from 5 to 12 feet, and the fuel is of high quality.

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Texas almanac and state industrial guide
Publisher Belo & Co., 1910
Original from Harvard University
Digitized May 8, 2007
Page 282

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