Ancestors and Halloween

On my soap box: I was kind of put off today by a story in the Dallas Morning News that they are preparing for the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy. Somehow commemorating his assassination is unseemly to me. His birth, okay. His WWII exploit, okay. His election, okay. His role in civil rights, okay. His murder, nope.
That coincides with my idea that we need to stop commemorating the death of people we love, honor, or miss and commemorate something else in their lives: birth, some achievement, some remarkable good life event.
The link is Halloween. I have gone from seeing Halloween as a child as a dress-up, make believe, candy getting time to a time to remember those ancestors and friends who past on before that particular Halloween date.
I remember in my family my sister, LaNell, my Dad, Deason Sr., and my mother, Ozie Mae or Koko to her grandkids, who lived until age 96 and died last November. And, should I add the two grandparents I knew, the two who died before I was born, and generations of their ancestors known to me by names, places, and a few life events.
It seems that we in genealogy are missing something on this the scariest night of the year which I think we could make into one of the most poignant nights of the year.

32 Memberships Renewed So Far

Thirty-two of 60 members have renewed their membership dues for the 2011-2012 Wood County, Texas Genealogical Society year so far. Seven have included extra donations for the operating fund with their renewal ranging from $5.00 to $35.00. It’s not too late to send in your renewal now to Treasurer, Wood County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 832, Quitman, Texas 75783.

The society treasurer’s report covering the period July to October 17, 2011 is posted at the member only site which you canbreach at the link at the top right of the page at

Query: Spears Obits

The following was posted on the Wood County Genealogy Research page at Facebook by member and Quitman Public Library Director Delene Allen. If you can help with a look up on the microfilm at the library, please do so as soon as possible. Let us know if you decide to try to help the people making this query.

From: Delene H Allen
I received this query and am forwarding it to the society since you are scheduled to update obits at your Monday meeting:

Our patron is looking for obituaries of three individuals who died in your area. They were all interned at Mt Pisgah. We hope that you have your local newspaper on microfilm and maybe you could send us those obituaries. Please let us know if it is possible or, if not, please advise, who will be the right person/agency to ask fro your local history research.

Ada Florence Shields (Spears)
Born 10/20/1871
Death 6/14/1955
Death Certificate States Lived at Pine Mills Rd, Hawkins, TX. 10 minutes from County Seat (Quitman, Wood Co. Tx)
Martha J Spears (Doss)
Born 4/13/1840
Death 4/19/1919
Death Certificate States Lived at Pine Mills, TX. 10 minutes from County Seat (Quitman, Wood Co. Tx)
John I Spears
Born 1841
Death 6/26/1920
No death certificate

Thank you in advance
Beata Obydzinski
System Reference Supervising Librarian
Monterey County Free Libraries
Seaside Branch Library
550 Harcourt Ave.
Seaside, CA 93955
T. 831-899-2055
F. 831-899-2735

Confederate Veterans Buried at Shady Grove Cemetery

Pvt. Thomas Browning
Company E, 22nd Texas Infantry (Hubbard’s Regiment)
Pvt. F. M. Crone
Company E, 22nd Texas Infantry (Hubbard’s Regiment)
Cpl. James Jarred
Company E, 22nd Texas Infantry (Hubbard’s Regiment)
Pvt. D. A. Crumpler
Company B, 10th Texas Cavalry (Locke’s Regiment)
Pvt. John Jared
Company K, 10th Texas Cavalry (Locke’s Regiment)
Pvt. (?) D.C. Elledge
Company E, Wells’ Regiment, Texas Cavalry
Pvt. Joseph A. Coston
Company K, 29th Regiment, Alabama Infantry
Pvt. James H. Harrell
Company B, 50th Virginia Infantry
Pvt. William J. Highnote
Company E, 29th Battalion, Georgia Cavalry
Pvt. John T. Potter
Hurt’s Battery, Alabama Light Artillery
Pvt. 0. F. Swinney
Company K, 41st Regiment, Georgia Infantry
Cpl. Theodore F. Teddlie
Company C, 12th Louisiana Infantry
Thanks to Vi Shirey for providing this list.
Note: Don’t forget the dedication for John T. Potter’s grave marker, Oct. 22 at 10 a.m.

Obituary Documentation

When citing an obituary for your research or when fulfilling a research request from another person, the source and date lends credibility to the obituary or information from it which you present. It is particularly important to note the name of the publication and the date of publication. When preparing obituaries to go into a collection such as the one in the Wood County Texas Genealogical Society research room, it is important to add the publication name and date to the clipping.

Query: McNulty

A Minnesota researcher is trying to locate a printed obituary of a family member who died in 2004 in Wood County, Texas. The deceased is Ila Ann Bair McNulty, born 1938/09/27 and died 2004/03/24. If you can help her by providing a copy of the obituary you can contact her at Lisa Croner, 170 N. Ruth St. Apt. 106, Saint Paul, MN 55119. Please let us know if you are able to help this researcher.

Why Genealogy Has Changed

For now and the future, this video shows why genealogy has changed and why methods must change to bring younger generations into the fold. Deason Hunt


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