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One of the first
white men to settle permanently in Wood County was Martin Varner,
who lived southeast of the site of present Hainesville by 1824.
Webster, the first real communityin the area, was established by
1845. In 1850 Wood County was demarked from Van Zandt County and
organized. Quitman was established to serve as the county seat. The
county was named for George T. Wood, governor of Texas from 1847to
1849. In 1861 the county voted in favor of
secession by a majority of 70 percent, yet the two men elected by
the county to serve as its delegates to the Secession Convention,
John D. Rains and A. P. Shuford,both voted against the secession
ordinance. Emory Rains, state senator from Wood County, was one of
the signers of the public address asking the citizens of Texas to
vote against secession. Wood County remained during the years 1870
to 1920 as it was during the antebellum years, overwhelmingly
agricultural and rural. During these fifty years both the population
and the number of farms grew-from 6,894 and 756, respectively, to
all-time highs of 27,707 and 4,333. During those years corn and
cottonwere the main crops. In 1920 the county produced 1,033,231
bushels of corn, an all-time high. The valuation ofcounty farms
stood at almost $19 million. [Excerpts from: David W. Gilbreath, "WOOD COUNTY," Handbook of Texas
Online; Published by the Texas State Historical
Courthouse and all
county records were destroyed by fire in December 1878
Cities and Towns
in Rains County) * Hawkins * Mineola
* Quitman (county seat) *
Winnsboro (partly in Franklin
County)* Yantis * Crow
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- Website Updates:
- August 2014: Obit: CATE - Transcribed
by Barbara Ziegenmeyer
- July 2014: Obit: MITCHELL -
Transcribed by Bobby Dobbins Title
- June 2014: Bio: HIGGINS - Transcribed
by Linda McDonald; Bio: LIPSCOMB - Transcribed by
Richard Ramos; Obit: COFIELD - Transcribed by Kristine
Mar 2014: obit and bio for GILES;
bios for HAINES, STAFFORD
Feb 2014: COX
Jan 2014: 1890 Veterans
Census, 1883 Pensioners list, Gile, Stafford, Haines
Biographies, History of Mineola & Wood
County, Early Pioneers, Tax Records 1887,
accident news, community news.
Wood History, Mineola
History, Biographies early pioneers; Mineola Business Directory 1903; Crime News;
Community News; Birth Records,Marriage Records, News: Sad Affair, Gin
Burned, Injured in Explosion, Reported Killng ,
Cooley- McAlister Marriage Notice, Thomas death
notice, added Smyrna Cemetery,
- Nov. 2013:
MOORE obit; bios for BUCHANAN, HALL, HARRIS,
HART, HEARD, HOGG, LANDERS, LANKFORD; obits for
ANDERSON, COCHRANE; Killed by Train
DOUGLASS, MORRIS; Marriage Announcements for
LILLARD-HOLLAND; CATE-EDWARDS; HICKS-SMITH;
ROSE-PURNELL; "Letter from Texas" in Community
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