Wood County Taylor Genealogy

New member Jan Droptini of Beaumont has shared her Taylor lineage with the society.

“My father, Ardoth Wayne Taylor, and my mother, Letha Hazel Hood Taylor, were born and raised in Wood County, Texas. Grandparents are Arch Thomas Taylor, Bonnie Faye Attaway Taylor, Henry Lawrence Hood, and Winnie Lee Farmer Hood. I knew all these people personally so I am confident of the relationship. I am relatively certain of the generations of my great-grandparents due to census records and other recollections. They are James Laurence Taylor, Lucinda Jane Robinson Taylor, Elias Franklin Attaway, Emma Francis Glen Attaway, William Berry Hood, Lillian Johnson Hood, Milton Wiley Farmer, and Lucretia “Creasy” Goolsby Farmer.


Tree of Richard Reed and Nancy Catherine Sanders Reed

Daniel Norton shared his public tree of Richard Green Reed and Nancy Catherine (Sanders) Reed who have many descendants in Wood County, TX and northeast Texas today on the Wood County (TX) Genealogy Research Community at https://www.facebook.com/groups/woocotx/.

White Oak School and Church

Lester Coker celebrated his 100th birthday in February of this year. He attended White Oak school. On his birthday he and I drove to the area where the school was located and took photographs of him at the site of his first school, walking the road that he had traveled in his youth to attend the school etc. He related many stories of the school and the church to me at that time. He asked me to try to find a photograph of the school and church for him. Do you know if there is one in existence?

He is very mentally acute and would love to discuss this history with anyone who would like to document it. He lives in the Alba area.

Jeri McAree Humphrey

Correction on Surname: Ratliff not Ratcliff

Member Beverley Caddell Ferrell is researching Ratliff not Ratcliff as posted in her new member notice here recently. (When the fingers do the walking, sometimes they make a misstep. 🙂 …the ed.)

More John T. Potter Family Members

From Member Vi Shirey through an email to member Mark Reid: John T. Potter had four children: Della Potter Tolbert; Alice Donie Ragsdale; Eliza Jane Jarred; and William Albert Potter; all of whom lived in Wood County.

John Potter of Wood County

We have received the following email from member Violet Shirey:

John T. Potter was in the Civil War and is buried at Shady Grove, Winnsboro.

His tombstone does not show he was in the war. Is there any way we can get a medalion or whatever it is they put on tombstones? Will appreciate your help.

I am mailing your information on the Decendants of John T. Potter and information about his millitary record. (Note: We will publish this in the online bulletin and then the newsletter upon receipt. dh)

He was my daughter’s (Linda S. Shirey’s) g g g grandfather.


Researching Mills, Messimer, Russom, and Nixon/Nixson

Our sincere apologies to member Linda Mills Roycroft of Longview who sent in much earlier the following surnames she is researching: Mills, Messimer, Russom, and Nixon/Nixson. Linda’s contact information is on the member-only pages which you can acces at the link at the upper right of this page.