Query: Smith

Seeking info./connections re: Green Russell Smith b. 1844 GA, and his wife, Mollie E. (Brown) and family. They were in Mineola and Golden, Wood County, TX beginning about 1870. Green was a County Commissioner and lived in the Bellefonte Community. His daughters married into the Davenport, Wood, Russell, & Bullard families.

This query was originally posted on the Wood County (TX) Genealogy research page on Facebook. You can reply there or here as a comment below.

Query (2nd Request): Stout

I queried your gmail 11-09-11 seeking help finding my ggg grandfather and ggg grandmother from Wood County. How would I locate that thread so I can monitor any responses to my queries about them?

I am looking for my ggg grandfather and ggg gmother. Benjamin P. Stout or B.P. Stout born 1829 in Red River Settlement, Tejas, Mexico, Texas Indian Territory. Benjamin was the 2nd son of Texas Ranger Captain and early Pioneers of that region, Captain John Henry Stout and Sarah Mary Talbot of Arkansas. Captain Stout was the first Sheriff of the combined Counties of Wood and Van Zandt and one of the first State Representatives of those counties.

B.P. Stout can be found living with his divorced mother Sarah Mary Talbot in Hopkins County 1850 Census 1st wife of Captain John Henry Stout. B.P. Stout married Amanda P Stout “maiden name unknown”, in 1851 in Hopkins County or Wood County. He and new wife moved to Wood County sometime in 1851 where his first daughter was born in 1852 in Wood County. He lived on his fathers farm in Quitman, Wood County until his death after the Civil War on or before December of 1875.

B.P. Stout enlisted as a Sergeant in 1861 with Company E, Texas, 22nd Infantry Hubbard’s Regiment. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in 1852 in the Confederate Army in the 22nd. He was a Confederate POW being captured July 14, 1863 and kept at Fort DeRussey, 21 Ramport St. “wherever that was” until July 22 1864. Benjamin returned to Quitman after the Civil War in 1865 and lived in Wood County until his death in 1875. If he is buried in Wood County I sure would appreciate someone locating, photographing that plot, stone, or grave marker so my family can locate and honor he and Amanda properly. There is a Stout family cemetery in Hopkins County but he is not listed as being buried in the Pine Forest Cemetery but his father is.

Amanda P. Stout “maiden name unknown” born: 1833 in Alabama, both her parents are listed as being born in South Carolina but their names are unknown to us. She migrated to Wood Texas in the early 1850’s and married B.P. Stout possibly in Hopkins County or Wood County about 1851. Benjamin is still living with his mother at 21 y.o. in Hopkins County in the 1850 census. B.P. and Amanda’s first daughter Mary (Stout) was born in Wood County in 1852 thus the 1851 marriage date, and migration to Wood County.

Amanda is found in the 1860, 1870, and 1880 census in Wood County. She is listed in ancestry.com in the 1870 Censes as Henanda Stout because of a transcription error. She is living with B.P. and children in Wood in that 1870 census. She is widowed in the 1880 census in Wood County.

It is only assumed that Amanda may have either died in Wood County after 1880 or she may have remarried in Wood County sometime after the 1880 census. If she died in Wood County, is there any lists of persons buried in Wood County by the name Amanda P. Stout, Amanda Stout, or A.P. Stout? If she remarried are there any persons of the same name listed in any marriage records in Wood County for that period after 1880? If so, can someone contact me at my e-mail address with that information. I have looked at the Wood County Genealogical Society web page and cannot make heads or tails out of the site for research purposes, but that is not unusual for me.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated in locating these two family members if they are buried or have personal records in your county. The distance is long and the expense is great for me.

J.H. Russell

Wood County Genealogy News Digest

Several events of this and next week concerning genealogy in Wood County, Texas:
(1) The regular monthly meeting of the Wood County, Texas Genealogical Society next Monday (March 21) at 7 p.m. at the Quitman Public Library will feature voting on revisions of the Constitution and Bylaws. Those who might not have seen the previous notices of the voting may view the proposed revisions at this link: http://wcgs.posterous.com.
Prior to the 7 p.m. meetings our regular schedule is

  • 5 p.m. — Optional “eating-meeting” at Peralta’s Mexican Restaurant in Quitman.
  • 6 p.m. — Members and guests may come to the Quitman Public Library for assistance with beginning their genealogy research or with working on brick walls or research resources.

    (2) Our society played host to a group organizing a local historical organization this week at the library. Wood County residents including Busker Fannin and Rosalind Russell and others met with Larry Wade of Tyler who is organizing a Quitman/Wood County chapter of the African-American Historical Society. This group will be meeting every third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at a location to be announced. A portion of what they do in raising awareness of their cultural history in Wood County will include getting information from and about family members here and making that available to the public.

    (3) The Holly Lake Genealogy Club is collecting five-generation pedigree charts and will be sharing them with the public in our Genealogy Research Room at the Quitman Public Library and at the Hawkins and Holly Lake public libraries. A resource pointed out at their meeting this week was FREE downloadable genealogy forms from the Midwest Genealogy Center at this link: http://www.mymcpl.org/genealogy/resources-genealogy-family-history.
    (4) A new internet search engine that just looks at genealogy related sites came online this week at http://www.mocavo.com. You might want to give it a try. Member Ron Schell tried it and shared this remark: “I did a few quick searches and results looked impressive. I’m looking forward to checking this out a little more.”


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