1940 Wise County, Texas, Census

Home Names A-B
Below are the 20 Enumeration Districts for Wise County.
Transcriptions of select information is in tables-Click on ED in left column below 
Download PDF file of tables for each ED. Maps, tables, and an alphabetical index of names for that ED is at end of each PDF.
Click here for Alphabetical list of all names for the county
Maps of the county and some information are below this table

ED 249-
Table Links
Description # of Names Transcription by

Checked/(Additions) by

PDF to Download
Click Link Below

Each PDF has Maps of the ED, the Data Tables, and an Index of Names for that ED
(They are designed to print the odd pages on one side and the even on the back)

Links to Images of Handwritten Census Pages
01 Decatur Town

Pct.#1

2,582 Don Billington  dbillington@carolina.rr.com  LaDarla Keith LaDarlaK@aol.com 
&
Don Billington
&
Rosalie Gregg gregg@ntws.net 
ED 01
PDF

01A 01B 02A 02B 03A 03B 04A 04B 05A 05B 06A 06B 07A 07B 08A 08B 09A 09B 10A 10B
Tommy Miller tom012758@yahoo.com  11A 11B 12A 12B 13A 13B 14A 14B 15A 15B 16A 16B 17A 17B 18A 18B 19A 19B 20A 20B
Don Billington  dbillington@carolina.rr.com  21A 21B 22A 22B 23A 23B 24A 24B 25A 25B 26A 26B 27A 27B 28A 28B 29A 29B 30A 30B
31A 31B 32A 32B 33A 33B 34A 34B 35A  
02 N & E of Decatur

Pct.#1

1,225 Lynda Becker  beckerw@ix.netcom.com Douglas Harris douglas-harris@att.net 
& LaDarla Keith LaDarlaK@aol.com 
& Rosalie Gregg gregg@ntws.net 
ED 02
PDF
01A 01B 02A 02B 03A 03B 04A 04B 05A 05B 06A 06B 07A 07B 08A 08B 09A 09B 10A 10B
11A 11B 12A 12B 13A 13B 14A 14B 15A 15B 16A 16B  
03 NW of Decatur

Pct.#1

369 Lynda Becker  beckerw@ix.netcom.com Douglas Harris douglas-harris@att.net  ED 03
PDF
01A 01B 02A 02B 03A 03B 04A 04B 05A 05B 06A 06B  
04 SW of Decatur

Pct.#1

732 Richard Hollis richardhollis@sbcglobal.net  Richard Hollis 
& Sue Tackel Sue@WiseCountyTexas.info 
& Rosalie Gregg gregg@ntws.net 
ED 04
PDF
01A 01B 02A 02B 03A 03B 04A 04B 05A 05B 06A 06B 07A 07B 08A 08B 09A 09B 10A 10B
11A 11B  
05 Alvord Town

Pct.#2

820 Sue Tackel
Sue@WiseCountyTexas.info 
Sue Tackel
& Kerry Clower kerryclower@embarqmail.com 
ED 05
PDF
01A 01B 02A 02B 03A 03B 04A 04B 05A 05B 06A 06B 07A 07B 08A 08B 09A 09B 10A 10B
11A 11B 12A 12B 13A 13B  
06 N & E of Alvord

Pct.#2

924 Douglas Harris douglas-harris@att.net  Douglas Harris
& Kerry Clower
kerryclower@embarqmail.com 
ED 06
PDF
01A 01B 02A 02B 03A 03B 04A 04B 05A 05B 06A 06B 07A 07B 08A 08B 09A 09B 10A 10B
11A 11B 12A 12B  
07 W of Alvord

Pct.#2

376 Douglas Harris douglas-harris@att.net  Douglas Harris
& Kerry Clower
kerryclower@embarqmail.com
ED 07
PDF
01A 01B 02A 02B 03A 03B 04A 04B 05A 05B  
08 Park Springs & Area SE

Pct.#3

603 Lynda Becker  beckerw@ix.netcom.com Douglas Harris douglas-harris@att.net 
& Harold Watson
& Lois Watson Morrow
ED 08
PDF
01A 01B 02A 02B 03A 03B 04A 04B 05A 05B 06A 06B 07A 07B 08A 08B 09A 09B  
09 Crafton & Area

Pct.#3

Crafton
52
+

Area
630
Vernell Ward  vzwnet@yahoo.com  Vernell Ward  vzwnet@yahoo.com 
& Harold Watson
& Lois Watson Morrow
ED 09
PDF
01A 01B 02A 02B 03A 03B 04A 04B 05A 05B 06A 06B 07A 07B 08A 08B 09A 09B 10A 10B
10 Paradise & Area

Pct.#4

Paradise
234
+
Area
835
Douglas Harris douglas-harris@att.net  Douglas Harris
& Edna Wood
ednawood1@hotmail.com
& Emilie Tackel
& Allene Thompson
ED 10
PDF
01A 01B 02A 02B 03A 03B 04A 04B 05A 05B 06A 06B 07A 07B 08A 08B 09A 09B 10A 10B
11A 11B 12A 12B 13A 13B 14A 14B  
11 Cottondale, Keeter & Area

Pct.#4

967 Douglas Harris douglas-harris@att.net  Douglas Harris
& Edna Wood
ednawood1@hotmail.com
& Emilie Tackel
& Allene Thompson
ED 11
PDF
01A 01B 02A 02B 03A 03B 04A 04B 05A 05B 06A 06B 07A 07B 08A 08B 09A 09B 10A 10B
11A 11B 12A 12B 13A 13B  
12 Boyd Town

Pct.#5

497 Diana Shelburne
dianasinlv@embarqmail.com 
Diana Shelburne ED 12
PDF
01A 01B 02A 02B 03A 03B 04A 04B 05A 05B 06A 06B 07A 07B  
13 Rhome Town

Pct.#5

340 Diana Shelburne
dianasinlv@embarqmail.com

Douglas Harris douglas-harris@att.net  

Diana Shelburne 
&
Douglas Harris 
ED 13
PDF
01A 01B 02A 02B 03A 03B 04A 04B 05A 05B  
14 E&S of Rhome

Pct.#5

735 Diana Shelburne
dianasinlv@embarqmail.com 
Diana Shelburne ED 14
PDF
01A 01B 02A 02B 03A 03B 04A 04B 05A 05B 06A 06B 07A 07B 08A 08B 09A 09B 10A 10B
11A 11B  
15 Newark & Around Boyd

Pct.#5

Newark
102
+
Area
762
Pat Lefors Dawson plef3d@gmail.com  Pat Lefors Dawson ED 15
PDF
01A 01B 02A 02B 03A 03B 04A 04B 05A 05B 06A 06B 07A 07B 08A 08B 09A 09B 10A 10B
11A 11B 12A 12B 13A 13B  
16 Greenwood, Slidell, Sycamore & Area

Pct.#6

Slidell
194
+
Area
1,352
Don Billington  dbillington@carolina.rr.com Douglas Harris douglas-harris@att.net  ED 16
PDF
01A 01B 02A 02B 03A 03B 04A 04B 05A 05B 06A 06B 07A 07B 08A 08B 09A 09B 10A 10B
11A 11B 12A 12B 13A 13B 14A 14B 15A 15B 16A 16B 17A 17B 18A 18B 19A 19B 20A 20B
17 Bridgeport Town

Pct.#7

1,819 Bill Shoemaker 
wdspeedbump@msn.com 
Sue Tackel Sue@WiseCountyTexas.info  ED 17
PDF
01A 01B 02A 02B 03A 03B 04A 04B 05A 05B 06A 06B 07A 07B 08A 08B 09A 09B 10A 10B
11A 11B 12A 12B 13A 13B 14A 14B 15A 15B 16A 16B 17A 17B 18A 18B 19A 19B 20A 20B
21A 21B 22A 22B 23A 23B 24A 24B 25A 25B 26A  
18 Chico & Area E

Pct.#7

Chico
437
+
Area
930
LaDarla Keith LaDarlaK@aol.com  LaDarla Keith ED 18
PDF
01A 01B 02A 02B 03A 03B 04A 04B 05A 05B 06A 06B 07A 07B 08A 08B 09A 09B 10A 10B
11A 11B 12A 12B 13A 13B 14A 14B 15A 15B 16A 16B 17A 17B 18A 18B 19A 19B  
19 W of Chico & Bridgeport

Pct.#7

910 Bill Shoemaker 
wdspeedbump@msn.com
Sue Tackel Sue@WiseCountyTexas.info  ED 19
PDF
01A 01B 02A 02B 03A 03B 04A 04B 05A 05B 06A 06B 07A 07B 08A 08B 09A 09B 10A 10B
11A 11B 12A 12B 13A 13B  
20 Boonsville, Willow Point & Area

Pct.#8

Boonsville
73
+
Area
906

LaDarla Keith LaDarlaK@aol.com  LaDarla Keith ED 20
PDF
01A 01B 02A 02B 03A 03B 04A 04B 05A 05B 06A 06B 07A 07B 08A 08B 09A 09B 10A 10B
11A 11B 12A 12B 13A 13B 14A 14B 15A 15B  
20 ED's 8 Justice
Precincts
19,406
Population
11 Transcribers 15 Checkers 20 Finished 544 Pages

1940 Census Map of Wise County Showing the Enumeration District Lines
Precinct Numbers are in RED and ED (Enumeration District) Numbers are in GREEN
(Click on this map to make it VERY LARGE - Each House Can Be Seen as a Square !!)
1940 County Map with lines.jpg (17650329 bytes)

Official 1940 Census Maps of Wise County From the National Archives Web Page
NW, NE, SW & SE
Click on any of these images to make them VERY LARGE

Precinct Numbers are in RED and ED (Enumeration District) Numbers are in GREEN

1940 Census Map-NW 2000.jpg (2026479 bytes)   1940 Census Map-NE 2000.jpg (2028470 bytes)

1940 Census Map-SW 2000.jpg (2047310 bytes)   1940 Census Map-SE 2000.jpg (1972803 bytes)

About the 1940 Census

               The 1940 census was started on April 1, 1940. Census takers, enumerators, went to each house and recorded answers to a series of questions. The 1940 census reflects the economic tumult of the Great Depression and President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal recovery program of the 1930s.

            The National Archives released the 1940 census to the public on April 2, 2012 after a mandatory 72-year waiting period. The website (http://1940census.archives.gov/ ), designed and hosted by Archives.com, provides access to digital images of the census – more than 3.8 million pages. The images for Wise County Texas can be found there under Enumeration Districts (ED's) 249-01 through 249-20. There are also great 1940 official census maps online.

            For our conveniance we have also posted the Wise County census images under the links on page http://www.wisecountytexas.info/census/1940.htm  Our transcribed tables and index of names for Wise County also are links to these images.

              

Our Transcriptions

            The Wise County census has 544 handwritten pages. Shortly after the release of the census on April 2, 2012, volunteers started transcribing some of the information columns into Excel spreadsheets. Due to limited space, we transcribed only 8 of the 50 columns on the census pages. (See complete list of columns on page 7)

            Volunteers then compared each name with the 1930 Wise County census and other county records. In some cases we changed names to the spelling we found on headstones or in other records. We added the middle, maiden, and nick names that we could find in parenthesis or brackets.

            Our tables of information are by family and the location as the enumerator went from house to house. Some enumerators noted streets and roads, but most did not. Where known, our checkers, added locations in parenthesis.

            To find a name, first go to the alphabetical list of all names at the back of this book, note the ED and page number, and then go to the ‘table’ pages that are arranged in order of ED number.

  

Thanks to the 'Wise County Genealogy Email List' members ( txwise-L-request@rootsweb.com ), we were able to figure out some of the names in the census.

            We thought the last name to the left was 'Gengue' or 'Dengue'. We asked for help from 'the list' and several people knew the family as 'Teague'. Problem solved.

            People on 'the list' also knew the family below to be 'Zorns'.

        Some of this handwriting was hard to read! We know we have many errors!

Occupations - Wise County 1940

            In 1940 there are still a very large number of families making a living by farming. There are a number of people that worked in the sugar beet fields. Some of them followed the harvest to other areas. Lake Bridgeport was finished in the early 1930's and there are several 'fishermen' listed in that area.

            Take note of all the people that worked in some type of government works program. There were many road and construction projects and seamstresses in sewing rooms. You will see the following abbreviations:

CCC - Civilian Conservation Corps (1933-1942)

PWA - Public Works Administration (1933-1943)

WPA - Works Project Administration (1935-1943)

Volunteers in order of the number of pages transcribed or checked.

Transcribers

Douglas

Harris

douglas-harris@att.net

Houston TX

Don

Billington

dbillington@carolina.rr.com

Charlotte NC

Bill

Shoemaker

wdspeedbump@msn.com

Houston TX

LaDarla

Keith

ladarlak@aol.com

Bridgeport TX

Lynda

Becker

beckerw@ix.netcom.com

Albuquerque NM

Diana

Shelburne

dianasinlv@embarqmail.com

Las Vegas NV

Sue

Tackel

Sue@WiseCountyTexas.info

Bridgeport TX

Pat Lefors

Dawson

plef3d@gmail.com

Longview TX

Richard

Hollis

richardhollis@sbcglobal.net

Cypress TX

Tommy

Miller

tom012758@yahoo.com

Norman OK

Vernell

Ward

vzwnet@yahoo.com

Shawnee OK

Checkers - Looked for names in county records

Douglas

Harris

douglas-harris@att.net

Houston TX

LaDarla

Keith

ladarlak@aol.com

Bridgeport TX

Sue

Tackel

Sue@WiseCountyTexas.info

Bridgeport TX

Don

Billington

dbillington@carolina.rr.com

Charlotte NC

Kerry

Clower

kerryclower@embarqmail.com

Alvord TX

Diana

Shelburne

dianasinlv@embarqmail.com

Las Vegas NV

Pat Lefors

Dawson

plef3d@gmail.com

Longview TX

Richard

Hollis

richardhollis@sbcglobal.net

Cypress TX

Vernell

Ward

vzwnet@yahoo.com

Shawnee OK

Checkers - Looked for errors and made additions from personal knowledge

Rosalie

Gregg

gregg@ntws.net

Decatur TX

Kerry

Clower

kerryclower@embarqmail.com

Alvord TX

Edna

Wood

ednawood1@hotmail.com

Paradise TX

Emilie

Tackel

etackel@embarqmail.com

Paradise TX

Allene

Thompson

mathom2@embarqmail.com

Paradise TX

Harold

Watson

hdwatson@embarqmai.com

Bridgeport TX

Lois Watson

Morrow

 

Bridgeport TX

 

A special thanks to Douglas Harris, who transcribed and also checked the most pages. He checked the written entries with the 1930 census, and also the county birth, marriage, headstone, and funeral home records. He found many maiden names and put them in parenthesis and capital letters. It turned out that this checking was more time consuming that the transcribing.