Following the Civil War little was left for southern families to survive on. Southerners were looking for a new life in an area which could offer them virgin farmland and safety from the carpetbaggers and past. Word quickly spread that Upshur County, Texas offered dense virgin forests and land that could produce far more than the old states and this book is about the early settlers who came to Upshur County to build a new life and a new state. Hundreds of photographs vividly tell the story of the families who packed packed their ox-drawn wagons and made the long journey to the piney woods of East Texas. The lives of numerous Upshur County families are highlighted including their full family trees when known. Families highlighted include Bingham, Busby, Carroll, Knight, Langford, Love, Mathis, Petty, Salter, Sanders, Wade, and Williams. However there are hundreds of other families highlighted.
Ronald E. Wade was born in Gilmer, Upshur County, Texas, the son of Ellis W.Wade and Rosedyne Langford Wade. As a child Ron would sit at the feet of his grandparents and great-grandparents and listen to family history. At age 17 Ron wrote his first book, A Pioneer Southern Family Life published by the Texian Press of Waco, Texas recording all of the family lore he had meticulously recorded. He published a second book The Langford Legacy in 1983 also by the Texian Press. As the "family historian" members of the family gave Ron fascinating family correspondence, photographs, records and artifacts which he carefully preserved and donated in 2005 to the East Texas Research Center at Stephen F. Austin University. A lifetime in politics led to friendships with many U.S. Presidents including close relationships with both Presidents Bush. His wife Laura and their 2 children live in Longview, Texas where he has built an exact replica of the White House Oval Office at his home.
Enon Cemetery of Upshur County, Texas Published May 17, 2016
Grice Cemetery of Upshur County, Texas Published May 16, 2016
Little Mound Cemetery of Upshur County, Texas Published May 15, 2016
Hopewell Cemetery of Upshur County, Texas Published May 15, 2016
Photographs taken by Ronald Ellis Wade of the George Bush Family 1970-2015 Published January 11, 2016
Bush Political Collectibles Published December 31, 2015
A Pioneer Southern Family Life Published December 28, 2015
Building the Oval Office Published December 26, 2015