- George Mercer Salter (1859-1920) Navarro Co., Tx. (139 KB)
In 1887 Emma Maud Salter was born to George Mercer Salter & Lucy Love Salter and as a child remembers when the family went to West Texas to farm and lived in a soddy.Sod is, literally, dirt cheap and generally available. It is warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Sod is fire-proof, allowing families on the great plains to huddle in their soddys as prairie fires swept their farms. Sod was so ideal for building that photos taken in the latter nineteenth century, when the railroads had made wood available on the prairie, show families build barns and other outbuildings from wood while still living in their soddys.
- The Home of Pender P. Langford, Upshur Co., Texas (33 KB)
Home of Pender P. and Lela Alice Williams Langford located west of Latch, Upshur County, Texas.Painting is by the son of P.P. Langford, the Rev. O. F. Langford.
- Lucy Love (1866-1972)of Corsicana, Navarro, Tx. (233 KB)
Lucy Love, born Aug. 04, 1866 in Franklin County, Texas to James Thompson Love & Almeda C. Traylor and married George Mercer Salter Jan. 12 1886.
- Moses J. Petty (1855-1899) (82 KB)
Son of Henry Petty
- Mirah Elizabeth Knight Wade (1855-1885) Upshur Tx. (15 KB)
Mirah Elizabeth Knight was born on Oct. 10, 1855 in the Enon Community of Western Upshur County, Texas, the daughter of Thomas Jefferson & Martha Ann Knight.When Mirah, sometimes called Miriam, died she was married to Whitfield A. Wade and left behind 5 small children.Whitfield then married her sister, Area Addie Knight Geer (her husband had died a short time before also) and she raised her own 2 Geer children, her sister Mirah's 5 children and had 7 more children when Whitfield in the Rosewood, Upshur County, Texas community.
- George Blair Langford, Co. E , 59th Alabama, CSA (13 KB)
Private George Blair Langford, son of Abner F. Langford and grandson of James & Winifred Brady Langford.(1848-1927)
- Harvey S Wade as a child 1889, Upshur, Tx. (154 KB)
Harvey Surestus Wade was five years old in this photo taken in Rosewood, Western Upshur County, Texas, the son of Whitfield A. & Mirah Wade.Born Jan. 2, 1884 and died at age 96 in Gilmer, Texas.
- Harvey Surestus Wade 1884-1980 (49 KB)
H.S. Wade was the son of Whitfield A. Wade and Mirah Knight Wade.Shown building fence he made by hand.Harvey Wade was a lay minister, music teacher and singer.He made his living as a farmer.
- Ron & Laura Wade in the White House Green Room (80 KB)
Shown in the Green Room of the White House 2006 Christmas Party
- Harvey Wade, college student in 1st class of 1899 (158 KB)
Harvey S. Wade was a charter student at Jacksonville Baptist College in Jacksonville, Texas.He attended classes in this newly constructed 3-story building.
- Harvey Surestus Wade 1884-1980 Plowing Field (73 KB)
H.S. Wade, plowing his field in the early 1900's in Upshur County, Texas.
- Ron & Laura Wade in the White House Blue Room 2006 (63 KB)
Shown with the official 2006 White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room.
- A young J.C. (Cliff) Langford on bicycle (273 KB)
An early photo of James Clifton Langford on bicycle.
- James Clifton Langford and cow barn, Gilmer, Texas (17 KB)
James Clifton Langford, born Aug. 11, 1897, the son of P. P. and Lela Williams Langford, is shown leaving his cow barn at his farm, 2 1/2 miles south of Gilmer, Texas.He had just finished milking the cows and feeding the other animals in the barn shown in the mid 1960's.
- Original Log Cabin of Thomas Jefferson Knight (74 KB)
First home of Thomas Jefferson Knight (1827-1892) in western Upshur County, Texas in the Grice Community.The old log cabin was torn down a few years later for a driveway to a home. Photo taken around 1977.
- Joseph & Sarah Wade of Dahlonega, Georgia (75 KB)
This large photo of Joseph Berry & Sarah Odell Wade was found by Ron Wade in the home of Cullis Wade, grandson of Joseph & Sarah in 1967 near Gilmer.
- Thomas Jefferson & Viola Mathis Petty Family (83 KB)
Left to right are Lester C. Petty and daughter Jeannie, Evelyn Petty, Vida & Cliff Langford, Viola Petty, James Langford & Thomas Jefferson Petty Sr.In left background is Phyllis and T. J. Petty Jr.Photo taken in 1950's in front of the home of T.J. Petty Sr. which was also a little general store in Latch, Western Upshur County, Texas where he sold most items necessary for the community.
- Rosewood, Texas Cotton Gin Late 1800's (144 KB)
Located in western Upshur County, Texas.The third man from left is Whitfield A. Wade bringing his cotton to gin.
- Harvey S. & Chester Wade 1904, Rosewood, Texas (115 KB)
Chester Wade (1886-1906), age 17 on right and Harvey S. Wade (1884-1980), age 20 in this photo taken in 1904 in Rosewood, Upshur County, Texas.The sons of Whitfield A. Wade and grandsons of Joseph Berry & Sarah Odell Wade.
- Thomas Jefferson Knight (1827-1892) & Family (126 KB)
Thomas Jefferson Knight with sons and grandsons.T.J. Knight, a Civil War veteran, is shown with sons and grandsons.Ronald Ellis Wade, his great-great grandson and originator of this website owns an original letter he wrote his wife Martha in the Civil War as well as his valuables pouch used in the war.
- Ellis Whitfield Wade & Wife, Rosedyne at Home (65 KB)
Photo of Ellis & Rosedyne Wade in their home, 2 1/2 miles south of Gilmer, Upshur Co., Texas and of Ellis Wade in his Wade Seat Upholstery Shop working behind his sewing machine.
- The Bible of Joseph Berry Wade & Sarah Odell Wade (261 KB)
Copies of the family recordings inside the old Bible of Joseph Berry and Sarah Odell Wade.Written in the 1800's these pages are remnants of the original Bible and are inside the Bible of the Joseph Henry Bell and Emily Adaline Wade (daughter of Joseph and Sarah) and until the late 1960's the Bible was in the home of Mrs. Delia Poole of Gilmer, Texas.After that time it was inherited by family and location now is not known.
- Rosewood, Upshur County School Class Early 1900's (82 KB)
Charlie and Lillie Wade, children of Whitfield A. Wade, are shown in this early school class picture.
- Dirt Frisno seen in photo of H. S. Wade Farm 1941 (72 KB)
A dirt-turning frisno described in Ellis Wade's journal below is shown in one of his illustrations which also shows the home of Harvey S. Wade.He is shown with his son, Truman Wade.
- Confederate Cartridge Box of Thomas J. Knight (206 KB)
Confederate Cartridge Box is 3 inches deep by 9 inches longby 5 inches tall and carried minnie balls, powder as well as the valuables of Thomas Jefferson Knight throughout the Civil War. The bottom photograph shows where he carved his named into the inner lid of the case. On the inner lid it shows the case was made in Missouri. This was given to me (Ronald Ellis Wade) by my Uncle Burchell Wade, the son of Whitfield Anthony Wade and grandson of Thomas Jefferson Knight along with all the other papers belonging to T. J. Knight and Whit and Joseph Berry Wade. Inside this little bag were the photographs I have of Thomas Jefferson Knight with his wife Martha Ann Sanders Knight as well as the June 13, 1863 letter he wrote to Martha while serving in Company G, 17th Cavalry, Moore's Regiment in the war. Other valuables inside included original deeds to him and his wife from Simeon Knight, Richard Sanders and many others as well as a proposition signed by every living child of Knight. The Confederate infantryman carried forty rounds of longarm ammunition in a similar cartridge box. Many of those who received Enfield rifled muskets received copies of British army cartridge boxes. The rest received cartridge boxes that were copies of the Union army black box, which had straps on the back so that it could be carried either on a strap from the left shoulder to the right hip or on a waist belt at the centre of the back. The Union army model held forty of the paper-wrapped cartridges in two 20-round tin containers. The box had a small picket beneath the flap, which held musket tools and cleaning equipment. That is probably what model this is.
- Early Photo of Children of Whitfield A. Wade (26 KB)
- John W. Busby & Matilda Stinson Busby Family 1883 (158 KB)
#1 John W. Busby (1831-1907)#2 Matilda Stinson Busby (1831-1903)#3 Texanna Busby Petty (1861-1918)#4 Moses J. Petty (1855-1899)#5 Cora Petty (1880-1898 daughter of Moses and Texanna Busby Petty)#6 Thomas Jefferson Petty Sr. in highchair (1882-1959 son of Moses J. and Texanna Busby Petty)#7 Francis Busby Brown (born 1854)#8 Mary L. Busby (1857-1883)#9 Lee F. Lafayette Busby (1872-1901)#10 Docea Busby (born 1873)#11 Idalia Busby (born 1879)#12 Unknown Child
- Children of Whitfield A. Wade in Later Photograph (64 KB)
Back Row: Joe Wade, Harvey S. Wade,
- Stephen Glynn Carroll and wife Susan Bullard (20 KB)
Stephen Glynn Carroll (5 Aug 1841-1897) and wife, Susan Celia Bullard (1844-1904).Stephen was the son of John Wesley Carroll & Hulda Hearne Carroll and Susan the daughter of Allen Eusbon Bullard and Louisa Matilda Redwine.Stephen and Susan were married Chatham, Jackson Co., Louisiana in 1860 and are buried in Hopewell Cemetery, Upshur County, Texas
- Wade-Langford 1800-2007 Family Tree-12 Generations (165 KB)
Photographic Family Tree showing photos of 12 generations of the families of Wade, Langford, Petty, Mathis, Busby, Stinson, Williams, Knight, Salter, Carroll and other families.
- Addie Knight (1863-1929) & brother Henry Knight (34 KB)
Addie Knight became the wife of Whitfield A. Wade after the death of his first wife, the sister of Addie, Mirah Elizabeth Knight Wade (1855-1885).Addie was beloved by all of her children, grandchildren and those by Mirah.They were the children of Thomas Jefferson & Martha Sanders Knight of Upshur Co.Photo was at the home of Whitfield A. & Addie Wade in Rosewood, Western Upshur County, Texas.
- Whitfield A. Wade and wife Addie Knight Wade (94 KB)
Whit Wade and wife Addie shown in early 1900's outside their home in Rosewood, Upshur County, Texas.
- Whitfield A. Wade & wife Addie Knight Wade #2 (63 KB)
Whit and Addie Knight Wade outside their home in Western Upshur County, Texas in Rosewood Community.Dr. R. A. Hinson later built his home on this homesite.
- Plowing Cradle Illustration for Ellis Wade Journal (60 KB)
Ellis Wade used this "found" photo of an old-time cradle to illustrate in his story describing it in detail.
- Joseph Berry Wade (1815-1877) (201 KB)
Joseph Berry Wade, son of Telitha Wade, born in South Carolina and died in Upshur County, Texas.
- Rosewood, Texas Home of Whitfield A. Wade 1910 (95 KB)
The home in West Upshur County, Texas of Civil War Veteran Whitfield A. Wade and Addie Knight Wade.
- Early Photo of Chester and Charley Wade (27 KB)
Children of Whitfield A. Wade, Chester and Charley Wade.
- Sarah Malinda Odell Wade (1822-1908) (365 KB)
Sarah Odell married Joseph B. Wade on March 6, 1839 in Auraria, Lumpkin County, Georgia.
- 1900 Log Home of George & Emma Langford Nichols (91 KB)
The George & Emma Langford Nichols family about 1900.Top row: Clara, Miles, Ruthie & Willie.Lower row:Edd, George, Nola, Emma, Alice, Lula and Vickie Nichols.Note the old "cat tail" mud chimey, the log kitchen detached in the background, the chicken house on far left, the old buggy on right and the prized musical instruments and guns held by family members.Ron Wade donated the original photograph to the East Texas History Center at Stephen F. Austin also.It is very instructive of the way of life in Upshur County at the time.
- Sue Ann Gray and Husband Bob Gray (26 KB)
Susan and Bob Gray of Rosewood Community.She was the daughter of Joseph B. Wade and Bob had a drug store.Sarah Wade, her mother, lived with them until her death in Kaufman County, Texas
- Moses J. Petty (on right) with brother, William H. (38 KB)
Moses J. Petty, (on the right of photo) born Dec. 21, 1855 with brother William H. T. Petty, born 1859, sons of Henry Petty (1832-1911).
- Francis Franklin Langford (1836-1927) Family 1900 (75 KB)
Frank, Tennessee and daughter Edna Langford, Shady Grove Community, western Upshur County, Texas around 1900.Frank served with brother Y.M. and nephews in the Civil War and was crippled from frostbite the remainder of his life.
- Lucy Walker Traylor & Tillman Traylor (21 KB)
Lucy Walker Traylor and Tillman Traylor were the parents of Almeda (Mollie) Traylor Love.They were born in Oglethorpe County, Georgia and moved to Titus County, Texas where they lived and died with other family members.
- Whitfield A. Wade and Baby in Early Photo (23 KB)
This old tintype shows Whitfield Anthony Wade and one of his children.
- Texie Ann Busby Petty (1861-1919) with Zula 1898 (31 KB)
Texie Ann Busby, born June 29, 1861, the daughter of John W. Busby and Matilda Stinson Busby, married Moses J. Petty July 8, 1878 in Upshur County, Texas.
- Ronald Ellis Wade & 7 United States Presidents (65 KB)
Ronald Wade has been a friend of and worked with seven United States Presidents--Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Sr., and George W. Bush--all shown in photos with Wade
- George Mercer Salter and Family Home 1898 (1190 KB)
From Left: Almeda Traylor Love (1837-1921, mother of Lucy Love Salter), Emma Maud Salter, Lois Helene Salter, Lucy Love Salter, Ruby Salter (the baby) George Mercer Salter holding George Salter, Dick Salter, Conway Salter and Roger Q. (Bud) Salter at their home.Location Kerens, Navarro County, Texas
- Cullis & Charley Wade at home of Whitfield A. Wade (58 KB)
The old home of Whitfield A. Wade was located in western Upshur County, Texas in the Rosewood Community.Children of Whit, Cullis & Charley shown later in years.
- Vida Lee Petty (Langford) 1901-1988 as girl (38 KB)
Vida Lee Petty, born Aug. 20, 1901 in Latch, Upshur Co., Texas, daughter of Thomas Jefferson Petty Sr. and Viola Mathis Petty, married J. C. (Cliff) Langford January 09, 1916
- Laurence Qewellin Paschal Wade (25 KB)
Laurence Q. P. Wade, son of Joseph B. & Sarah Odell Wade, was named for the Paschal family in Auraria, Georgia. He lived in Kaufman County, Texas near his mother Sarah and established a dairy there for several years.After returning to Upshur County he married Ann Schrum and worked as a farmer and owned a general store in Rosewood, West Upshur County, until his death in 1920.
- John W. Busby born Oct. 20, 1831 Lexington, SC (130 KB)
John W. Busby (b. 20 Oct 1831, d. 19 Aug 1907)
- Rosedyne Langford (Wade) F. R. & Curtis Jinx Petty (41 KB)
Rosedyne Langford (Wade) born Dec. 29, 1927, daughter of James Clifton & Vida Petty Langford with her two best friends as a child, F. R. and Jinx Petty, sons of Finnis & Thelma Petty.They were Rosedyne's cousins.
- Historic Auraria, Georgia Hotel (97 KB)
Auraria, Georgia hotel whereEmily Adeline Wade Bell, daughter of Joseph B. Wade, livedduring the Civil War whileher husband was at war.Shown in photos is Ellis Whitfield Wade,great-great grandson of JosephB. Wade
- Matilda Stinson Busby (113 KB)
Matilda Stinson married John W. Busby September 13, 1855.She previously was married to John W. Browning on March 2, 1848 and he died June 20, 1853.The Busby's lived their final years in Upshur County, Texas
- Ellis Whitfield Wade as a Baby 1920 (141 KB)
Ellis Whitfield Wade was born November 7, 1919, the son of Harvey S. and Emma Maud Salter Wade in Latch, Upshur County, Texas.Named for his grandfather, Whitfield A. Wade.
- Joseph B. Wade & son Whitfield A. Wade Tombstones (52 KB)
Located in Grice Cemetary in western Upshur County are the burial places for Joseph and Whitfield Wade with their Confederate States of America service tombstones.The tombstones were placed in the 1980's by Ronald Ellis Wade and his father Ellis Whitfield Wade.
- Harvey S. Wade and Wife Emma Maud Salter Wade (71 KB)
Harvey S. Wade and Emma Maud Salter were married on March 15, 1918 in Chatfield, Texas, north of Corsicana, Texas in Navarro County.
- Civil War Items Used By Henry Petty in Civil War (104 KB)
These are items used by Henry Petty (1832-1911)in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.
- Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Ellis Wade at the White House (78 KB)
Ronald Ellis Wade and his wife, Laura Elena Wade with President and Mrs. George W. Bush at the 2006 White House Christmas Party.Shown in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Ron and Laura spent 3 hours of entertainment and roaming from room to room on two floors of the White House.
- Ron & Laura Wade in the White House Red Room 2006 (26 KB)
Shown in the Red Room of the White House at the 2006 White House Christmas Party hosted by President and Mrs. George W. Bush