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.

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