Query: Stewart

I am looking for information on John Newton Stewart (born 1847) who was married to Sarah Elizabeth Jane (Sally) Davis (born 1856, died 1946). They were married in Wood, TX on December 25, 1879. I am particularly interested in John’s specific birth date and date of death and information on his parents and/or siblings. Information on Sarah Davis is also appreciated.



William Bluford Davis Cemetery Marker

I AM SO VERY HAPPY TODAY!!! I had received a copy of my gr.grandfather and gr.grandmother’s cemetery markers but had never been able to find them in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, in Wood Co, TX. Well, today, I FOUND THEM.
W. B. Davis, was a CSA veteran, therefore, since I have found it, it won’t be necessary for me to request a replacement marker, however, there are no dates, any suggestions as to how I may get the dates attached to the marker.

Thanks, Dorothy Hays Harbin,

Note: Dorothy originally sent this email to us on May, 16, 2011. She shared this also with us at our monthly meeting on that evening so that we were all able to be excited for her then.

Members Tour Wood County Historical Museum

A group of members who gathered for the July “eating meeting” followed up fellowship, fun, and planning for the WCGS booth at the Old Settlers Reunion August 4-7 in Quitman and finished the evening touring the Wood County Historical Museum in Quitman. Hosts were members Lou Mallory and Barbara Coleman, members of the Wood County Historical Commission. Lou is president of the historical commission.

WCGS members tour historical museum

From left, front row, Patsy McCall, Barbara Coleman, Dorothy Harbin, Nita Munoz, Lou Mallory, Lakoma Clanton, back row, John McCall, Ronnie Vance, Jean Davis, Gene Pilgrim, Karen Pilgrim, Sally Allcorn, Mary Beth Ramage. Inset, photographer Shirley Bates.


Nina DAVIS writes that she is “looking for information on Catherine MCGEE (nee GARRETT), born abt 1858, died abt 1898.

“The only thing I know for sure regarding her death date is that she died after 1893. Her last child, Granville MCGEE, was born that year. She’s in the 1880 Census in Quitman married to Gus MCGEE.

“What I’m hoping to find/verify are her parents. They may have been Thomas and Hannah GARRETT but I’m not sure. Burial records (it’s early for standardized death records, but you never know), tax rolls, marriage certificates, etc. She had at least two siblings, Thomas and Caroline.

“Any other information on the family would be great as well. Family history says her mother was white and father black, so any racial designation may be of interest.

“More than willing to pay for any copies and postage, but if anyone can just point the way to records, I can schedule a trip down.”

Query: Davis

A post on the Wood County Rootsweb Message Board is looking for information on the marriage of L. H. Davis and wife Mary E. Kennedy. It references Davis as in Wood County on the 1880 census. He is also looking for parents of daughter Linnie Hoover Davis‘s husband Thomas Nathaniel White.

More details are on the message board at this link:
http://boards.rootsweb.com/localities.northam.usa.states.texas.counties.wood/596/mb.ashx where you can also respond and contact the person who is seeking the information.

Query: Davis

The following query comes from Weylon McDougal:
I am searching for a family Bible belonging to Walter E. Davis and Sarah A. Baker Davis that was left in Ogburn(about 10 miles north of Winnsboro) in 1946 when he moved to Clute, TX. You may contact him at weylonmc@yahoo.com.

Wild West Fun in Wood County in October

Wood County Genealogical Society (WCGS) Members who attended the meeting last spring to hear the Texas Pistalaros and Wood County’s Doc Davis will be interested to hear that the first East Texas Wildwest Fest will be held in Winnsboro during the Autumn Trails celebration on October 17, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Historic Depot Parking Lot. At this location will be wild west recreations (shootouts, etc), western costume contest, trick roper exhibitions, food and drink, and much more. For more details, go to the Pistalaros website at http://www.crossroadsvigilantes.com.