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.
Laura Victoria, President Bush - And my Journey from Colombia to Texas Published May 22, 2015
Our Three Days with President & Mrs. George H. W. Bush Published August 20, 2014
Confirmation & First Eucharist of Laura Victoria Published February 26, 2012
Laura & Ronald Wade Oval Office Wedding Published July 09, 2010
Wade Family Visit with Presidents Bush #41 & #43 Published February 11, 2010
Confirmation & First Eucharist of Valentina Soto 25 October 2009 Published December 02, 2009
Wade Family Visit with President George W. Bush Published November 05, 2009