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La Darla Walker Keith JAN. 11, 1999

Researching Samuel H. Walker and wife Emma, who came to Texas from Chickasaw County, Mississippi in 1846. First settled in Upshur County, then Parker, Jack, and Wise County. Many descendants in Wise county. Will exchange information. Especially seeking Emma's maiden name.
See also web page at http://www.rootsweb.com/~txwise/wise2.htm
for much family information.
Thanks, La Darla

(Sallie R. Frazee) Dec 14, 1997

I am trying to locate the parents of Lawrence Lafayette WARD (b. Feb. 29, 1829, Elbert County, GA, and was married to Lucy Ann MARSHALL in 1850 in Alabama).

Their children included: Henry L. WARD (held various county positions); J. Lawrence WARD (President of Decatur Baptist College for may years); as well as a daughter who was married to Marcus Taylor OATES. L.L. Ward and his wife, Lucy, entered Deep Creek Community, Wise County, Texas in early 1850's. In later life, they lived in Aurora and Rhome, Wise County, Texas.

The sons, J. Frank WARD (my great-grandfather), William (Billy) E. WARD, Henry L. WARD, and J. Lawrence WARD set up a mercantile business by name of Ward Bros. Mercantile. L.L.; his wife, Lucy; and most of their sons, are buried in Deep Creek Cemetery, as well as Lucy's 2 sisters, Mary A. Boyd (married to Richard BOYD) and Martha WALKER (married to Madison WALKER). Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Sallie R. Frazee



Searching for family of J. M. (John) GERREN / GEARING, b. abt 1815? possibly TN and Mary ALLEN, b. abt 1835. They moved with their children from TN to Wise Co., TX in 1875. Their children were: Thomas, b. abt 1852; John F., b. abt 1855; George, b. abt 1858; Mary, b. abt 1859 Meigs Co., TN; Poney, b. abt 1862.

Mary GERREN, b. Oct 10, 1857/59 in Meigs Co., TN, marr. Andrew Jackson FARMER, Aug 17, 1876 Decatur, Wise Co., TX. They later moved to Denton/Clay Co's, TX. A. J. FARMER was b. Nov 11, 1849 Knox/Anderson Co., TN. His parents were Henry FARMER, b. May 05, 1824 TN & Syntha/Cynthia A. JACKSON, b. abt 1827

Mary ALLEN's maiden name may have been WALKER, as Mary Gerren's obit mentions a "Grandpa Walker" who was Pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Newport, Clay Co., TX.

Would love to hear from anyone with an interest in, or knowledge of these families.
Thank you!

Carol L. Franklin


Looking for rosters and info on Roe School around 1916-1920. My Grandmother, Flora Lumsden-Wallace-Montgomery was supposed to have been a teacher there around that time.


Looking for the grave of Robert H. Wallace. I think he is at Sand Hill Cemetery -- cemetery-- 331021N -- 0973320W-- Decatur.
Does anyone know?

Carla Womack--1-9-99

I searching for any information on Amanda Wright, Charlie Wright, and Rebecca Reed. Amanda m. ? Lagrone, then Samuel Carson Murrell. Charlie m. Myrtle ?, and we think possibly Rebecca Reed could have been their sister. I researching on the Shelton, Coffman, Cearley,Wright LaGrone, Murrell, Ward Families. Most of them came from the Tn, Ky. Va. area.
Would appreciate any help
Thanks in Advance
Carla Womack
4590 S. FM 51
Decatur, Texas

Janalee Garn---7/3/03

WARD, William W. was b. 1820, Pike Co., IL, d. 17 Oct 1862, Wise Co., TX.   In 1844 he married Luticia Jane GIBSON in Pike Co., IL.  Shortly after 1855 he took his wife and children and moved to Texas with some other IL relatives and neighbors.  They settled in Wise Co., near Prairie Point.  I have not been able to find him on the 1860 Census even though I know he was living there at the time.  His brother-in-law is enumerated on page 332.  During the Civil War William W. Ward  and his brother-in-law, Ira BURDICK, along with many others were accused of being Northern sympathizers and plotting against the confederacy.  The Great Gainseville Hanging, where 55 men were hung for similar "crimes", spread to nearby Prairie Point (now Rhome) in Wise Co.  A large number were tried, but 5 were found guilty.  William W. WARD and Ira BURDICK were among those five.  William and Ira were forced to sit upon their coffins in wagons and were transported to the hanging tree at the edge of town. Ropes were placed around their necks and the wagons were pulled from under them. A sad note.. Wm's wife, Lutitia was expecting their 8th child when William died.  She named him William, born 13 May 1863.  With all that said, would anyone know where those 5 men were buried?  Would the Historical Commission have any information on these individuals, specifically William WARD? Any help would be appreciated.

Janalee Garn   jjgarn@cableone.net

Shawna Smith--10-23-98

I am looking for information on the WATSON's in the Bridgeport area. My great-grandmother was Lorene Watson (Smith), and she was born in Bridgeport in 1902. I believe her father's name was Lewis.
Any information about this family would be appreciated.
Shawna Smith


I am looking for any information on my grandparents, ggrandparents and gggrandparents.
Andrew Jackson WATTS & Mary Elizabeth MOURY (no information on either) had son William Henry WATTS b26 Jan 1871 Hamilton county TN d20 Oct 1940 Alvord TX m7 June 1894 Mary Callie Jones b25 Nov 1873 Fayette county AL d12 Feb 1965 Alvord TX daughter of Andrew Jackson JONES & Martha Elizabeth YERBY.
The only information I have is on Andrew Jackson JONES. I was told that Jonestown in Travis county was named after him but I have no records on this. In 1883 he deeded four acres of land to be used for a church and cemetery. This is the Mount Zion Baptist Church and Jonestown Cemetery in Alvord. The Texas Historical Commission has placed a marker at this site.
My grandmother Hattie Belle WATTS b7 Sept 1910 Alvord d13 Mar 1946 Alvord; is buried there. She was married 19 Sept 1926 to George Leslie HOWELL b27 July 1906 Scurry county, TX dUNKNOWN. He later changed his name to Leslie E. HOWELL also nicknamed DOC.
I would appreciate any information on my family that anybody has.
Thank You
Johnny L. Johnson

Mike Scobee--3-22-1999


Looking for the parents of Sarah Addie (Adda) Shelton. Sarah was born in Missouri, 8-14-1855, and died in Young County, Texas, 4-26-1953. Her parents might have been from Tennessee. Sarah married Benjamin Franklin SCOBEE, 12-21-1884 in Wise Co. After B.F. Scobee's death in 1890, Sarah married a John DENNIS. After the death of John Dennis in the 1890's, Sarah moved to Young County where she married a Charles WEBB in 1904.
Thanks for any help with information.
Mike Scobee

Oliver Wesley--7-31-99

Looking for the families of Counts,Gossett and Wesley in the Wise county
area. My g-grandfather William Jasper Counts married Nancy Caledonia
Gossett in Denton county and then moved to the Audubon area. Grandmother
married Hilary Herbert Wesley at Utopia, Uvalde county. They visited
many times by wagon.

Janet Hubbard--12-7-98

I am looking for descendants of Clarence WHARTON, whom I understand was at one time the president of the Decatur Baptist College. Can anyone tell me where the records for officials of the college went once it was disbanded? And when did that happen?

My interest is in the RAY and WHARTON families who lived in Wise County in about 1880 until the late 1800's. I believe the WHARTON family lived there even longer. Clarence's brother-in-law was Joseph Worth RAY, my paternal greatgrandfather.

Thanks for any and all help.

Beverly Pasternak--2-27-1999


Rachel Harriet Hopkins Wheelis died Feb 1909 in Wise County, Texas. She was born 19 May 1831. She m. William Wheelis 8 June 1848. I believe her father was George Hopkins and mother Mary Fugua from Tennessee.
Does anyone have any information yo share on this for me?



Seeking information on my wife's Grandfather Roy Earnest Whetsell
Dob: December 19,1900 His parents were Moses and Georgia (Loveless) Whetsell. We believe he was born in or around Boyd,Texas

Thanks for any help.

Tanya Autry Becker--9-27-98
Looking for descendants of Rufus M. COLEMAN & Mary Jane WHITLEY. Moved to just east of Paradise, Wise County, Texas after the Civil War ended. They were from McNairy County, Tennesse and were married on December 25, 1867 in McNairy County. Children were James A. Coleman b. 23 June 1876, William M. C