Query: Evidence of Confederate Service by Blacks

A Stephen F. Austin University student and historian Noris White Jr., is searching for primary documents and related evidence of slaves and free black men or women who may have served in the Confederate armies as combat infantrymen, wagoneers, servants, and in other capacities either by choice or otherwise for a book he is researching. If you have old letters, official documents, pension applications, etc. which would identify anyone of this nature, White requests you contact him at  nowhite@embarqmail.com.

Query: Wright

Alonzo George Wright 1873-1907
My name is Mary Pauline Edwards-Compton and my parents reside in Quitman, Texas on what was referred as Billy Goat Hill many years ago. I am trying to gather some research on my Great-Grand Father, Alonzo George Wright. He was married to Sarah Olga Wright. I cannot find much information about his family, for example of the names of his parents or any siblings. I would appreciate anything that could be of help. I live out of state, so it is hard for me to stop in at the library.
Mary P Compton (marypcompton@yahoo.com)

Re: A. P. Shuford

Member Mark Reid shared the following from his files concerning a query posted here: A. P. (Poindexter) SHUFORD was a delegate from Wood County to the Texas Secession Convention at Austin Texas in 1861 and cast a vote against secession. He went to the Confederate army as a second lieutenant in Company E, 22nd Texas Infantry. After the war, he was Attorney General of Texas. He was born in North Carolina in 1837 and the son of Eli R. Shuford (1803 – 1874) of Mineola, Wood County, Texas. Before the war he was a lawyer in Quitman. He died in 1874 or 1875 in Quitman, Texas. His brother, Pinkney, was a postmaster in Quitman.

Query: Warn

I’m trying to find the name of the cemetery that Mathilda (Martllie) Warn and/ or Charles Lee Warn is buried. All the family knows is that  Mathilda Rebecca Pankey born March 26, 1894 in Pritchett to Leroy and Mary Pankey, married Albert Warn in 1913.

They owned A. Warn Meat Market Produce and Grocery in Hawkins in August 1918. A fire broke out and destroyed the building owned by Mrs. Minnie Cobb and having no insurance, they apparently never reopened (newspaper said “the A.Warn restaurant)

They had three children: Helen Louise, Fawn Jeanette and Charles Lee Warn. Charles died in November 1919 and Martillie died Dec 10, 1918 in Hawkins. The kids were taken from Albert and were raised by relatives.

I have tried to find graves/obits for them. Family believes they were buried in Quitman for some reason, (Helen was born there in 1914.)

Can you help me with the name of the cemetery in Quitman where they are buried (or any other info)?

Melinda  (cssi_adm@swbell.net)

Re: Filed Deeds after Courthouse Burned

Re-filed Deeds after Courthouse Burned
Is there an index to these?I am trying to locate one for William B. Lindley.


Ricky D. Lindley
Mapping / Information Supervisor
1520 K Avenue, 2nd Floor
Suite 250, Plano, Texas 75074
T 972.941.5200
F 972.941.7397

Query: Shuford

Does anyone have a detailed bio on A. Poindexter “Deck” Shuford, whose father was Eli?
Shuford was a Quitman attorney, apparently married, and died there ca. 1874.
Skipper Steely
Paris, Texas

Query: Hood

 I am wondering if you can help to direct me in my research for my grandfather’s family.  I have census records for 1920, 1930 and 1940 for Henry Lawrence Hood in Wood County.  But I cannot find them listed anywhere as yet in the 1910 census.  There should be Henry Lawrence Hood, Winnie Lee Hood, Milton Charley Hood (born 1907) and Juanita Geneva Hood (born 1909).  I have searched page by page throughout Wood County, Hopkins County, Camp County and parts of a couple of other surrounding counties.  I am under the impression that they had always been in Wood County but I expanded the search when I couldn’t find them there in 1910.  My grandparents were married in 1905, I believe in Wood county.  I have not been able to find him in any census before 1920.  I have genealogy history from another part of the Hood line who states that Henry’s father was Berry Hood (or William Berry Hood) but I haven’t been able to personally confirm that as yet.  I found W B Hood in the 1880 Wood County census as a widower with 3 children older than my grandfather who was not born until 1885.  I have been told that his mother was Berry’s second wife, Lillian Johnson, but I cannot find anything on that except a Texas marriage record (not a certificate, just a record) between W B Wood and Lilian or Lillian Johnson so I am not certain of this being accurate for my family.  My cousin believes that our grandfather was adopted, which could have been the case, I don’t know.  It is unfortunate also that we do not have the 1890 census, as that would have been the first one my grandfather would have appeared in as a 5 year old child.
All of this long explanation is to ask, what records are available through the Quitman Library that might help me in this search?  Would there be any chance of having adoption records?  Are there tax records, property records, school or church records, etc. that I can research?

I seem to have hit a brick wall on that part of my research.  Thanks for a reply.  adroptini@gt.rr.com


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