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Genealogy - Online 1999

Online: 1999


1/7/99- Edward James Willis -- I am seeking information on the person so named who was a Virginian who became the first judge of Sacramento County, California in the Gold Rush days. He later returned to Virginia, and as I understand it, founded either a girl's school or a parochial school. He was a preacher and teacher as well as judge.

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1/14/99- I'm interested in information regarding the Lawrence family and their arrival in Floyd County in the 1800s.

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1/14/99- I am looking for any information on the Sexton family from Lee and Scott Counties, VA. William M. Sexton m. Nancy Moore in 1823 Scott Co., Va were my g. g. grandparents. Their son Clark Sexton was my g. grandfather. Any information will be greatly appreciated.

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1/20/99- Martha Ayers, my great grandmother was from Albemarle Co, VA. She married my great grandfather, J.C. Toney. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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Betty Gene Toney McGee


1/22/99- I am looking for any info on my grandmothers family. Her name was Armedia Meadows Bailey Blankenship. Her mom was Phalista and dad was William H. Meadows. She had 3 brothers, Wyatt, Adam, and George. This was in the 1875's or earlier. Her sisters were Gracie Meadows, Rosabelle and Rosalee Meadows, twins.

We do know George migrated to the Knox Creek, Buchannon County, Va. area and married a Lydia Justus. They were murdered and beheaded by a robber in 1915 or later. My dad, Elice Bailey and his half brother, Oliver Blankenship are the last of his family. They reside in McDowell counties in a small rural town. They have little info to help me complete this family tree, any help would be greatly appreciated.

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1/28/99- I'm new at Genealogy and need help finding ancestors. My Grandfather Thomas Mac Jones, was son of John Jones Sr and his wife Elizabeth McDaniel Jones who were from the Roanoke and Lynchburg area. They settled in Gallia Co Ohio where my grandfather Thomas, John Jr and Jayhu were among the children they raised. After Civil War John Jr settled in Missouri where Thomas joined him, there he met and married Sarah Davidson in 1889. I'm told family served in American Revolution but John Sr is as far as I've gotten. In 1941 an Aunt was in contact with a nephew who was to show her the graves and houses where they had lived. But WWII ended travel and she never got to go. Now anyone who knew the name of the relatives in Va are gone. Thomas was born in 1864. It is the Virginia connections that I'm looking for.

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2/1/99- I am looking for any people who a Anthony Martin born in the late 1950's in Laurel county or any family members who know of him. I am his daughter.

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2/8/99- I am seaching for Thomas JACKSON, who in 1802, owned a shot tower in Wythe Co., VA with his relatives, RAPER's. Tom's sister Ann was married to John Raper in England. Ann RAPER left Wythe Co., VA to Wayne Co., Indiana with her family. Is there any thing about the JACKSON family in England?

Myrna Raper Peters, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
733 Van Wyck RD.
Bellingham, WA 98226


2/11/99- Hi, I'm looking for any information on my grandmother and any relatives that may be living. Her name was Missouri Jones from Franklin County, VA and she married my grandfather Samuel H. Hale in Franklin County in 1895. She died about 1905. Her father's name was James Jones and she had two brothers, Lawrence and John. Any information would be most appreciated.

Wayne Hale, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


2/15/99- Am looking for information on the mother of JOHN DRAPER HUEY, born in Wytheville, VA in 1811. Several siblings were born from 1807 on including, Ellinor, Jane, Joseph, Samuel and Robert. Mother's name RHODA DRAPER. Also since I will visit area in the spring to look for information, can anyone tell me which newspapers were around back then and where I might find old copies on microfilm?

Thank you for any help.

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2/23/99- I am looking any information on Zackery Combs. From Tazwell Virginia. He married Mattie Lou Nickalson or different spellings. They moved to West Jefferson N.C in the 1800s. They had 4 children names Stella, Ethel, Robert, & Avery Combs. My mother was Ethel Combs born July 12, 1912. my grand mother died in1950 in Hickory N.C. You can reach me at--- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thanks Ann


2/23/99- Genealogy search for ancestors in Lynchburg and Roanoke, old Virginia. GR-Grandparents John and Elizabeth Jones , married 1845. Elizabeth was daughter of Caleb McDaniel who fought in War of 1812. John's father also named. John. McDaniels lived near the Lincoln and Bryan families. Drummond is another family name. Looking for mothers and additional family of John and Elizabeth.

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2/23/99- My Grandfather was David Monroe Blevins. He was buried at Haw Orchard on Mt. Rogers. If anyone has any info on the family I would appreciate it.

Thanks so much, Jeanne Blevins Brooks, phone: 804-796-400 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


3/9/99- I am looking for information concerning Wiley Bailey of Boardtown, Georgia. Thanks for any help. There would be probably grand children or descendants of Wiley Bailey who lived on Boardtown Road from the 1920's till at least the 30's.

Vaya Con Dios, (go with god), Mavis Vines, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


3/9/99- I am looking for information about my father's grandmother, LAURA BURNETT ANGLE. I know she was born in Floyd Co., Va to Jeremiah and Emmalyne Burnett. I believe she died in either 1966 or 1967 in Eden, NC. She married Charles Hugh Angle. I know the names of 2 of her siblings, there may be more. She had a brother named Joe, whose son is Joe Burnett, Jr., and her brother Green Burnett, whose wife was Noah Maude. I have no more specific dates, except that my father's father, Charles Ralph Angle, was born Sept. 20, 1906 on Buffalo Mtn. in Floyd Co., VA. I would greatly appreciate any help on this line of my family!

Thanks, Kathy (Angle) Hall, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


3/11/99- Searching for information from Greenbrier Memorial Park regarding my grandmother's aunts, Sarah Jane (Jenny) Bercot and Emma Alcott, both died app. 1940. Also information on William Alcott of Pence Springs who ran a successful timber business in the area. He was a member of the local Masonic Lodge and the Ascension Episcopal Church of Pence Springs. All three were from England, born in the 1850s.

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3/19/99- I would like any information at all of Leonard Altick Sink married Sarah Jane Saul. Leonard died about 1900 and Sarah Jane "Sally" died about 1921. Lived at Bonbrook, Franklin Co Va.....Any help would be appreciated...

Thank you. Doris and Harold Sink, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


3/23/99- My grandfather was born in Norton, Virginia. He also died in Virginia. His name is Charles Jett Creech. Born in 1871 and died in 1946. Although he lived his married life in Tennessee. Through my research some of Charles' children lived in Appalachia, Virginia. If anyone can help it will be appreciated. Currently this is where my search ends. Contact me directly at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wanda O'Brien


3/23/99- I'm researching the following surnames: BOBBITT, COCK, COCHRAN, DALTON, DURNEL, ESKUE, GOAD, JENNINGS, LARGEN, NESTER, OGLE, THOMAS, SEMONES, WORRELL and related lines. Carroll Co. Va is where my ancestors were, with siblings going to nearby counties. Would love to swap information with others researching these.

Sharon Minton Hill, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


3/23/99- Looking for family members from WV, VA, KY, and TN. Surnames: FANNON, ALIFF, KINCAID, WHITE, ALBERTY, MELTON. Specifically searching for info on JAMES WILLIAM FANNON son of JESSE FANNON who was from Coburn, VA. James died in Pemberton WV in late 1950's or early 1960's. Married MARY BLANCHE ALIFF, daughter of MIRIAM KINCAID, and ? ALIFF. Mary Blanche died in Beckley WV in 1971 or 72 and is buried at Blue Ridge Memorial Cemetery. Also searching for info on VIRGINIA FRANCES WHITE and JOHN JOSEPH MELTON from Raleigh CO. WVA. All info would be appreciated! Hard to search these areas from Texas!

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3/25/99- Am looking for information regarding Paul Martin who has one surviving son, Joseph Paul Martin.

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3/29/99- I am seeking information on my ancestry - Thomas Markham (Marcum) born July 15, 1757, uncle of James B. E. Marcum born about 1790. Ruth Marcum Sumner. Other family names are Daniel, Barnes, Johnson, Tipton, Finney, Beard, Short, Parker, Shipley, King, Puckett, Sumner, Beals (Bales), Clayton, Edwards, Ogburn, and Davis.

Richard E. Sumner

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4/5/99- I am in search of the names of the owners of the Martha Washington Candy Company reportedly in Virgina or West Virginia. They are the people who raised my grandmother, Mildred Fitzhugh Gardner (approx. 1915). They may also have a clue as to whom my great grandfather was as well as to where he was born. Any clues are greatly appreciated.

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4/27/99- Mabry - Mayberry - I read a story in The Mountain Laurel that mentioned my great grandfather. I would like to find out more about Preacher Matt Mayberry and his son Richard Edward Mabry, who was my grandfather. I think my grandfather had 6 or 7 brothers and sisters. Thank you.

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4/28/99- Martha McGhee- (my great grandmother) b. 5-4-1870 d. 2-12-1950 m. George W. Light & had nine children. Her parents: William & J.A. McGhee (Julia A.Compton) shows J.A. on the marriage cerificate. Martha came to Mayberry, Va. as a teenager and never looked back. She spoke very rare of her past or that side of the family. She is buried along side George in Meadows of Dan, Va.

Anyone with info- please write or email me, as follows: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or W.Moran, P.O. Box 331, Lockport, IL 60441

Your help would be so appreciated.


4/28/99- O Cio; everyone; I am looking for any information about my great grandmother who was Kitty Coon. She married James Wilson. Kitty was born on a res. 5/9/1865. James Wilson was born 1/12/1856. The other side of my family was Nevel Tucker, no information known.

I have found that my mothers mother was Indian from the Duke family. Also there seems to be Indian Blood from Emma Duke and Buchannon family. I don't know if I spelled the name right or not.

Seems that I am looking for three names in my family tree. The first name is Tucker,the second Wilson, and the third is Duke. They are all of Indian blood. I would appreachate all the help I can get.

Wado; for your help. Walking Bear; MARVIN TUCKER This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


5/3/99- I am looking for info James Albert Edwards and his parents Henry and Harriett Edwards James married Mary A Bevil. They are from Fancy Gap Mountain, Carroll Co., Va. James had a son name William Lee Edwards. He is my Grandfather. James b. 1875 d. 1930 also related to Rigney, Combs, Allen, Johnson, Bevil, Jenkins, Quesenberry, Hodge, Lawson.

Thanks Roger L. Edwards, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


5/3/99- Thank you so much for your help. Need information on the "Beaver Dam Settlement." In geneological notes mostly from families, Beaver Dam is identified as a settlement on drained land identified by John Finley (son of Archibald and Indian trader/scout from Carlisle, PA 1700s ). John was scouting land for the location of the Forbes Military Highway. He located land, a beaverdam, near the mouth of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which when drained could provide good farm land for produce which could be sold to the military personnel at Ft. Pitt. nearby. John expressed his find when he returned to Carlisle and many Finley/ Findley famillies, friends and other related families crossed the Allegheny Mts (ca1769-1770) to settle the land. The settlement was called Beaver Dam.

My line, John Findley who immigrated in 1761 (married to Mary Boyd and father to Able Sr who was married to Rebecca Coutney), and his four brothers were a part of this Settlement. John Finley, the trapper/scout was a cousin of John Findley's father William Findley. William 1715 immigrated in 1773. One of his other sons' was the Honorable William Findley associated with the Whiskey Rebellion. They and John, the trapper/scout were also cousins to the Rev. James and Samuel Finley. They all were Scotch-Irish Presbyterians and early settlers in Pa., Carlisle and Westmoreland. All fought in the Revolutionary War. My line floated down the Ohio River in the early 1800. to settle in Indiana and eventually in Iowa. I suppose that the settlement was either renamed or destoyed in a flood. perhaps before records were kept and before history was written anywhere but in a Bible or a mind. It is, however, quite fascinating to visualize the Findleys plowing the ground of Three River Stadium. It has caused me to become a Steeler Fan by default.

Thanks again Elizabeth Findley Fabritius.E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


5/10/99- MYERS, COULSON -Looking for info.on Robert Soward MYERS & Sarah Jane COULSON. We believe he or they came from N.C. to Tennessee about 1820. They had 12 children one of which is my ggrandfather, William Elliott "BUCK" MYERS. I also think that Robert Soward had a brother that went to Ark. I need help. Thanks in advance for any info.

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5/12/99- I have been told my grandmother was kin to Daniel Boone. Her name Deally Boone.

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5/24/99- Searching for info on my ggrandparents William Riggins born Wythe Co. about 1811. Buried in Cripple Creek, Va. Wife Malinda Bell born about 1840 Wythe Co. Buried Cripple Creek, Va. Any help welcome.

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5/24/99- Looking for information on my grandfather JOHN CLINE GWALTNEY, DOB: 12/10/1892, Botetourt County. Went to work at Virginia Iron and Coal one day in 1928 and never returned home. I'm desperately seeking information to fill my father's void. If anyone could provide me with ANY information, I would greatly appreciate it. I'm still trying to find his place of death. My grandmom passed in 1994 maintaining her silence about my grandfather. I know my grandfather and grandmother lived on a farm called the "Barrons" with William and Mary Gwaltney and their 10 children. My dad must have some cousins! He's always been an only child with no blood relatives till he married. I'm not real good on the computer, but you can mail any info to me at Debbie Robson, 434 Seashore Road, Cape May, NJ 08204. Been to Roanoke area numerous times doing research. Love the mountains!!!! Love the scenery!!! You can also e-mail my dad at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. THANKS TO ALL WHO CAN HELP!!

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5/24/99- I am searching for information on my family, NOSLER-NOZLER-NAUSLER. Boston NOSLER lived in Montgomery, Giles, and Greenbrier Counties. He was married to Sophia ? and they had at least 9 children, all born in Augusta County. Boston had land on Sinking Creek and Tom's Creek in Giles and Montgomery County. He died about 1813 or 1814. His children were Boston Jr. who married Rosanna SMITH-2nd Sarah KIRK; John who married 1.Mary WILE or WylIe (a widow of George Wile or Wild or Wylie) 2. Martha SNAVELL; Eva Nosler married John KIRK; Cathnerine Nosler m. Michael SURFACE, Mary Elizabeth Nosler m. Gaspar LINK; Jane Nosler m. Jacob WYSONG, Conrad Nosler m. Sarah PAINS or PINES, James Nosler m. Rachel ? . I am willing to share information.

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5/24/99- I am looking for Information on Jeremiah and Nancy Meadow. I would like to know who was Jeremiah's father. I am trying to get a family tree put together. I would appreciate any and all help. I am their great great great great granddaughter.

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5/24/99- REED: looking for a Thomas Reed b 1814 "Blue Ridge Mts of VA". He was a Methodist circuit rider and named children after outstanding methodists. Could have had a sister Eliz. (she married (1)Creed (2) Mann. Any info about Reed families in this area would be appreciated. He ended up in southern IL via Tn, AR. Thanks. MLR

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5/26/99- Seeking any information on my g-Grandfather James Lee ALLEN b. July 12, 1876 Wytheville, VA (parents not known yet) and d. January 8, 1959 in WV. He married Leuemma "Emma" A. HERNDON b. Oct. 28, 1874 near Christiansburg, Montgomery Co. VA. (parents John Stadler HERNDON and Jane Ann ROBINSON). Children of James & Emma (not in birth order) Virginia, Lula, Jesse & Pebble. James & Emma moved to Princeton, WV. James was an inspector in the mines. James & Emma are buried in Monte Vista Cemetery in Bluefield, WV.

Lila White, E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


6/7/99- I am trying to find info on GOOLSBY, KESSINGER, MILLMAN from North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and any other areas.

Thanks, Les Millman, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


6/7/99- I am researching some of my ancestors from the Blue Ridge Mountains. I don't know the exact town they lived in but it was Franklin County. My first Clingenpeel on American soil was Joseph Clingenpeel (born Josef Klingelbiel) who was a Hessian mercenary soldier during the American Revolution. He deserted his troops in 1778 and stayed in Berks County, PA. He married in 1780 and they had their first few children in PA (John, George and Jacob, I believe) and by about 1785, he had purchased a farm in Franklin County and set up residence there. He and his wife went on to have several more children (Nathaniel, Jonathan, Sophia, Elizabeth, Daniel, Peter and Susanna...for a total of 11, to the best of my knowledge). Some of them stayed in Franklin County although others migrated to Ohio (Preble, Miami and Darke Counties) so there must be information somewhere in Virginia repositories.

Some of the Franklin County families that married into the Clingenpeel line were Kilkenny, Hambrick, Kennedy, Betz, Brower, Sink, Fisher, Goode and Stripe (Strode?). Due to a handicap, it is very difficult for me to get to research facilities and I live in California. Might anyone have suggestions of online records repositories or other information about the Clingenpeel family?

Many thanks...

Allison Cozzi, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


6/8/99- I am looking for information on the mother and father of my G-G-Grandfather,William W. Johnson b.1824 Grayson/Carroll Co, VA area. There were other siblings. Wm's father was killed in a mining accident cal. 1834,WM cal. 10 yrs old at the time. Mother then moved with children to OH/IN area. Scottish/Irish and Indian blood-line.

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6/26/99- I am researching my grandmother's family. She was born Mary E. Rigney in 1872 in, I believe, Wythe County, VA. Her mother was Margaret Elizabeth Shupe born Jan 17 1854. Margaret Elizabeth married Elijah Rigney on Apr 24 1871. Trying to find siblings of my grandmother. Anyone having knowledge of Elijah Rigney. Also, Elijah's parents. Any info. would be appreciated.

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7/12/99- Crowder and Frazier Family. I am looking for information about these families of Carroll and Wythe County Virginia and from North Carolina. My Grandfather was Hubert Crowder from Carroll County, Virginia whose Parents were Gilbert and Lena Crowder (Frazier). Gilbert's Parents where James Matthew Crowder and Jency Crowder (Frazier) of Carroll County (I believe) James Matthew Crowder's Parents where Matthew and Frances Crowder (Bratten) said to be from North Carolina. Matthew is said to have made shot at a shot tower in Wythe County for the Confederate Army. Could have possibly been Grandfather on other side. The families related are Crowder, Frazier, and Bratten. If anyone has any info I would appreciate it.

Thanks, Brian Crowder, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


7/12/99- I am searching the AKERS family of Franklin, Floyd and Montgomery Counties. Am just starting out and would welcome any help.

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Thank you, Kathleen Dooley Akers


7/12/99- Looking for any info on my g grandmother, Ellen Weddle b 12-03-1851. She married William Blanton Newton in 1872 in Sullivan Co. TN. That's all I know about her. Anything will be most appreciated.

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7/12/99- I am seeking any information on James L. SIMPSON born 1831 in Montgomery Co., VA and on his wife, Mary Jane WOODS born 1827 in Botecourt Co., Va. They were married on March 24, 1851 in Fincastle. Very interested in any information on their parentage or any other information. Thanks!

Lisa Simpson. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


7/12/99- I am looking for any information concerning my family history. My Father is Woodrow W. Wright, born in Speedwell, Virginia. My Grandfather was Walter K. Wright. His first wife (my grandmother) was Frances Wright, maiden name Anderson. Both were born in Speedwell, Virginia and are buried in the cemetary at Speedwell Methodist Church. Walter K. Wright died in Wytheville and Frances Wright died in Marion. His father was Robert Clark and his mother was Dale Wright, neither of them married, and both from Speedwell. That is the extent of my knowledge of the family. Any information at all would be greatly appreciated.

My email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Thanks, Bill Wright.


7/12/99- I'm searching for the parents of my Great Grandfather John Jones of Roanoke and Lyncburg , he was neighbors with the McDaniels, Drummonds and lived near the Lincoln and Bryan families during the Revolutionary War Era. His son, also named John, married Elizabeth McDaniel, daughter of Caleb McDaniel and Martha Williams in 1845. I'm looking for the wife and parents of the elder John Jones, also any information about Martha Williams. Caleb's parents were Henry and Hannah, nee Bryan, McDaniel. Henry's father was also a Henry married to Maryann Porter. Hannah's parents were" unknown" Bryan and Lydia Lincoln. Any information concerning the families listed greatly appreciated.

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7/13/99- I am looking for any info at all on the Quesinberry family from VA, and PA.

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7/16/99- Searching for info on my ancestors in Loudoun and Clarke Counties: Starkey, Waters, Hummer, Furr - from 1700"s to present. Thanks.

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7/23/99- I am looking for information on the Newberry's of Floyd County - Thomas Newberry, Levi Newberry, & the William Boyd Family. Thank you for any info.

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7/23/99- I am seeking information regarding the James Yancy Young family. All I know is that he is from Gainsville GA. and he moved to Blount County, TN. He is my grandfather and I would like to find out more information about my ancestors. My grandmother was his second wife - her name was Lonie Helton. He had 7 boys and 4 girls by his first wife in Gainsville, GA and then 7 girls and 4 boys with my grandmother in Tennessee.

James Newman, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


8/9/99- Seeking info on the Burnett's of the Blue Ridge Mtn's.

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8/9/99- I am searching for information on a Morgan family who owned an Estate in Lynchburg during the mid-1800s. I do not know Mr. Morgan's name. He died prior to 1848. His widow, Caroline, remarried in 1848. Her second husband was my great-great uncle, Dr. William Perry Robert Allison. Theirs was a volitive union and they were divorced in 1855. Mr. Morgan and Caroline had 2 - possibly 3 - children. One was a son, Alexander. They also had a home in Mississippi - probably in the Coffeeville area. I know what happened to Dr. Allison after the divorce...but what happened to Caroline? Did she remarry? Where is she buried?

I have many papers handwritten by Dr. Allison describing their marriage and their trips to Bath Alum and Rockbridge Alum. Does anyone have any information on Caroline Morgan Allison or her descendants?

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8/18/99- I am looking for all information on Alice Elkins, John Henry Elkins and his wife Julie, Ernest and John Henry Elkins Jr. Mary and Quillen Harris. In or around a place called Valley Holler. Any information will be greatly appreciated. They lived in/around Big Stone Gap, Virgina but some of the family moved to Harlan, Kentucky.

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8/20/99- I'm seeking information about my father's family. The last name is Trump. My dad and grandfather had the same name—Marshall Clarence Trump. My dad died when I was young so I know very little about his family. My grandfather worked for the railroad during the depression and I was told his family came from the Ada, Va. area. Any help on locating this branch of the family would be greatly appreciated.

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8/25/99 - COBURN DOVE PETTERY FAMILY - I have just started my search for these families. If any one knows anything, please e-mail me. Thank you, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


8/26/99- Hello,

I am trying to find any parental information on Charles Louis (Deacon) Phillippe who lived in Rural Retreat, Wythe County, Virginia and was born May 23, 1872 and died in 1952. His wife's name was Belle M. Phillippe who died in Avalon, Pennsylvania. He played for the Pittsburgh Pirates for 11 years from 1900 to 1911. There are PHILLIPPE's in my lineage but I cannot make a connection to this famous baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates. If you can connect this gentleman's lineage or know the parents of Charles Louis Phillippe, would you please let me know. Thanks!

Deacon Phillippe (See Southwest Virginia Enterprise article)

Years as a Buc: 1900-1911; Pitcher

Total ML seasons: 13 seasons; his first year was in Louisville, and then he moved along with several other great players to Pittsburgh in 1900. He spent the rest of his career as a Pirate.

Career Highlights: He was 186-108 lifetime with a 2.88 ERA. He had five seasons with 20 or more wins. He completed 242 of the 288 games he started over his career, while striking out 929. He had his best ERA year in 1902 when he posted a 2.05 mark and a 20-9 record. Over a 4 year period (1900-1903), he pitched 1136.1 innings. He is near the top of the team's All-Time pitching list in Innings Pitched, Wins, Strikeouts, Shutouts, and Complete Games.

Best Year: In 1903, he was 24-7 with a 2.43 ERA. He struck-out 123, only walked 29, and gave up just 265 hits in 289.1 innings. Fan Remembrances: Phillippe started 5 games in the 9-game 1903 World Series.

He completed all 5 of the games and posted a 3-2 record in the Fall Classic. In 44 innings, he gave up only 38 hits, walked 3, and struck-out 20. He pitched in the first World Series in 1903 against Cy Young.

Thank you! Dean Phillippi, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


8/31/99- Looking for information of the marriage of Caleb Hardesty to Susannah Maratta. Caleb was b in 1766 and left Penn. in the year of 1785 and went to Ky. also it is belived that Caleb and Susannah were married when they went to Ky.

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8/31/99- I am searching for Information on Goldie Lavinia Newlin the wife of James Arlington Patterson, they were farm hands picking apples at a orchard in Opequon or Winchester,Virginia in 1916 - 1918. Any information would be appreciated.

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9/7/99- Dunn Family - I know that my G.G. Grandfather was named W. Sherman Dunn b-2-20-1862 d 5-07-1949 he married Phoebe J. ??? b-6-16-1861 d 1-12-1951.

They are both buried in the Sulpher Springs cemetary in Saltville, VA My grandfather, William Dunn married Virginia Gertrude Rhudy. They lived in Ward, WV. They are both buried in the Ward cemetary. My father Charles W. Dunn married Naomi J. Fizer, they had 6 children.

My father is also buried in the Ward, cemetary Ward. WV. Thank you. Any info would help.

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9/13/99- I am looking for any information on William Tipton Payne, born in Virginia abt. 1874. His parents were John Payne and Margaret Clark. He married Sally Bush and after she died, married Haney Adams. I am a descendent of Tip and Sally's marriage. I need information on his parents and their families. I will share what I have.

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9/13/99 - I am looking for published or family history for the following people:
Ira C. Barnett, b.1824
Sara J. ?, b.1846, m.1846 to Ira Barnett
Jacob Myers, b.1821
Barbara Stout, b.1819 m.? to Jacob Myers

I appreciate your time on this project. These were my grandmother's grandparents. I would like to find out as much as I can about them to pass the stories on to my children.

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9/15/99- I am seeking information on Richard & Tempy Perry, & their daughter Catherine (Kate) Perry who married Arch King. I believe Arch to be the son of Enos & Nancy Angel King. These lines are from Whitley & Pulaski Co. Kentucky. Any information greatly appreciated!

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9/16/99- Researching the ancestry of one Abram Dutton (Derting). Scott Co., Virginia. circa 1800.

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9/24/99- Im looking for any info. on my g-g-grandparents who lived and are buried in Saltville, VA. G-G-Grandfather W. Sherman Dunn m Phoebe ? I don't know what her last name was. Their son (my grandfather) William Dunn m Virginia Gertrude Rhudy and their son (my father) m Naomi Fizer of WV. They were from Saltville VA. until moving to Ward, WV.

My grandparents are buried in Sulpher Springs Cemetary. in VA. Any info.would help.

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10-5-99- Where did those Tates in Cana, Virginia come from?

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10-21-99- Boyd, Patrick came to colonies in early 1700's. Ship - Lent (need information) Gardiner, Nathan-settled in West Virginia-need info. Tigrett married a Taylor- Laughorn, Elias-settled in West Virginia - or Virginia Woods, Etta Jane-grandmother-need information. Grafton National Cem. records-need.

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10-21-99 - My name is Robert Henderson. I am looking for relatives of my grandmother Martha (Mattie) Brown from Coal Creek, Tenn. She married my grandfather Richard Henderson in Anderson county Tenn. on Feb.24,1904. Her son, Henry Cecil Henderson was my father. If you have any information please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


10-21-99-My wife's ancestors were from Max Meadows. I am trying to locate additional information regarding families in the area, marriage records, etc. The family name was Sexton. Any help?

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10-21-99- Grandfather was born there in 1853, would like to know of records avaible. Austin Elbert Miller (born May 9 1853) Wythe County at Rural Retreat. Any help would be appreciated.

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10-21-99- Looking for the name of the father of Caleb Hardesty b 1766 m Susannah Maratta, I think Susannah came from Penn. and Caleb came from Maryland.

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10-25-99- I am looking for any of the "Earl Bare family" Earl was my great grandfather. We have very little info on him. Know that he was born/from White Sulpher Springs, WV. He had 2 sons, Carl (my grandfather- died in 1954, Connersville, IN ) My dad was a young boy when his parents died. So he has very little knowledge of the Bare family.

Thanks for your time, Lesa J Bare

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10-25-99- I need information on the Martin-Davis families of Amherst Co., VA in the early 1800's.

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10-25-99- I am looking for any information on the Surname Vincil of Blue Ridge Mtns of Va and WVa. Any information will be helpful and greatly appreciated.

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11-2-99- Maybe someone can help me with a little problem I have encountered. My GGGrandfather, William Humphreys, b.1782 in Henry Co. VA., son of Morris Humphreys (Wales?) emigrated to Gallia, Ohio and there married Clarissa Lotz, G Granddaughter of the Melchior Brumbach and Mary Elizabeth Fischbach of the 1714 colony of Germanna. We know that William's brother, Morris Jr. served along with him and Abraham Lotz in the War of 1812 from Ohio. My question, maybe unanswerable, is, did William and Morris Jr. travel alone, to be some of the earlier settlers of Ohio? Are there any siblings and family that stayed in VA. and live there still. Would appreciate siblings names etc. I didn't meet my Humphreys side until 1992, due to a divorce and though I had been given some information, my half-brother and the cousin that were giving me my paternal family died before everything was told to me. I just found out about the Germanna connection last week via the internet, so that has been interesting. So, I guess I am looking for HUMPHREYS, LOTZ'S, WOLF'S etc in Henry Co., Shenandoah Co. and Frederick Co. Thank you.

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11-12-99- I am looking for links to a KEEBLE FINCH, married KATHERINE THURMAN 1836. Children are William Ellis, Mary J., Elizabeth, Matilda, and George. Any information would be appreciated. Next known loction is Maury Co. Tn, then to Stone Co. AR.

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11-19-99- I am looking for information on Tilghman Redmon born 1832 in Faquier County, VA. He is my great grandfather and worked on the Dulaney farm and married Mary Catherine Utterback.

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11-23-99- HI - I am looking for my husbands Carico and Adkins family Tillo Carico m Mollie Adkins. They came from VA. don't know what Co. They moved to Eaton, Preble Co. OH. in the early 1900s. They are buried in Preble Co. This is my husband's grandfather and grandmother. Would like to know where they were born, their father and mother and any siblings.

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11-28-99- I am descended from John and Hannah Liggett, who lived on John's Creek, Wythe Co., Va. John came to the area sometime between 1740 and 1780. In 1790 he was appointed on of the Overseer of Roads. He ran a gristmill on John's Creek. His brother William lived on adjoining land, but went to Mason Co., Ky about 1800. John's will written Sept 10, 1805 and was witnessed by William Goodpasture, James Lockhart James Crow Jr. and James Crow Sr. , was probated 1806, Testator was John P Matthews. His family stayed in Wythe Co., until about 1815, and tried to form a town "Liggettsville." I would like to know where John's Creek is. If I were to be able to travel there how would I find it. Does anyone know who Hannah's family might have been, and Where John and William came from before Wythe Co., Va. I appreciate any kind of help.

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11-28-99- I am looking for information on the Surname Hufstetler, may be spelled Huffstetler, Huffstutter, Huffstetter, You get the drift. Any help would be appreciated.

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11-29-99- I am looking for information on a Thomas Yates born in Virginia in 1785. Where do I look to find birth records, immigration records, property taxes, etc. that might reveal who his parents were? Any Ideas?

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11-30-99- Would love to know if you might have any information on Norman, Schwald or Duncan last names. My e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thanks, Carol Haenisch


12-3-99- I am looking for the children of George Washington Thompson & Damie Henry. George was born Oct 29 and died Sept.1945, Damie was born Oct 25, 1846 and died March 9,1898. They both were born in Bath County, Ky. If you can help me get started it would greatly be appreciated.

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12-6-99- I am looking for information on George Washington Mitchell, Senior, b.1805 in NC, d. 1870 in Montgomery County, Va. He married Martha ?? and resided in and around Stewart, Va. I have hit a wall with him, he went by Washington Mitchell. He bought land and ran a timber mill as well as farming. His son George Washington Jr. continued with the mill and farming. On this same land in the mid 1920s' to early 30s' a story was probably told of how my father lost his arm at the mill. It was wrung off...Anyone with any info please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

There is a Mitchell family reunion held the last Sunday of June every year and the following weekend the Overby reunion is held in Collinsville, Va.


12-7-99- I am looking for records of a James Spence born in Bedford County, VA in about 1738 and married in 1762. Any information is appreciated. I would like to find the names of his wife and children. I understand that his father was Alexander Spence.

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12-14-99- HELLO.I'M LOOKING FOR ANY INFORMATION ON THE AUSTIN'S OF ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY,VA.

I WANT TO TRACE MY FAMILY TREE BACK AS FAR AS I CAN, BUT THE ONLY INFORMATION THAT I HAVE RIGHT NOW IS THAT MY GRANDFATHER WAS PAUL DAVID AUSTIN AND HE DIED IN 1969. ANY INFO. THAT ANYONE OUT THERE WOULD HAVE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.

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12-15-99- I am researching the Freeman, Dotson, Salyer, Beverly, Powers, Hollingsworth, Kennedy, Gilliam families of southwestern Virginia. Especially trying to find the ancestors of Joseph T. Freeman born circa 1833 who married Sarah Jane Powers, daughter of Jeremiah Powers of Russell County, Virginia.

Any information on any of these families would be greatly appreciated.

Joseph T. Freeman appeared out of nowhere to a part of either Russell County or Scott County, Virginia, circa 1850, that became Wise County. One census says he was born in 1833 in North Carolina, a later census says he was born in Missouri.

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12/20/99- I am searching for information on Abram, Abner, Alexander, or A A Brady (all the same person) whose wife's name was Mary. Abram is listed in the 1850 census as age 51 with the occupation of a miller in Surry County, N C. He is listed with his wife (age 45) and children, John (age 19 a blacksmith who married Malinda Ayers and settled around Pulaski County, Va), Elizabeth (age 16 who married Minzy Walls in 1851 and lived for a while in Carroll Co, Va), Mary Ann (age 14 who had two children Daniel Washington who was my grandfather and James F), Eliza J (age 13), Emily (age 10 who had a son named Charles), Nathan (age 8 who married Nancy Dobbins around 1870 in Surry County), Martha (age 5 who married a Joseph Marshall and lived in Carroll Co, Va apparently all her adult life), and Lydia (age 2).In addition there was an older daughter Tabitha who by 1850 had married a Kinchen Walls.

Abner died in 1858 as the result of falling into a well. It is my guess that he, his wife, Mary Ann, Emily, Martha, and Lydia had moved from Surry Co, NC to Carroll Co, Va about this time and perhaps he was working on a well and accidentally fell in. I don't know where Nathan was in 1850. I found a Nathan Brady born in Pulaski Co, Va in 1842 which would be the correct age, but I don't think this is the same Nathan, because in 1870 I found a Nathan Brady in Pulaski at the right age but with a different family. I am not able to find any record of this family prior to 1850. I have read the book about the Bradys of Moore and Chatham Counties. A lot of the information contained in the book seems to relate to this family of Bradys but I just can't seem to make the right connections. For instance, Abner was a miller by trade...Bradley Brady in Moore county had a grist mill. My grandfather and my uncle had grist mills in Carroll Co, Va.

The Bradys in Moore county were musically talented... Bradley played a fiddle I think. I am not sure about Abner, but my grandfather played a fiddle; he gave the fiddle to my cousin Eugene when he learned to play. There is a Tabitha Brady mentioned as the wife or mother of an Owen Brady in Moore Co. Abner and Mary's oldest daughter was named Tabitha. I have been told my Brady heritage thru marriage relates back to the Cherokee Indians. The Moore Bradys seemed to have married to some of the Cherokee. All this seems to fit into my puzzle but the right piece is still missing. I have also found several Nathan Bradys who could be related to the Abner I am looking for but I can't quite make the connection. Does anyone have any record of an Abner, Abram, Alexander or A A Brady born around 1798-1800 who seems to have disappeared from the family tree? The Abners, Abrams, and Alexanders I have found just don't fit.

If anyone has information, I would most happy to fill in the Abner Brady family information that I have.

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12/27/99- My name is Marianne Lester and I am looking for information on my family. On my mother's side we have the names Armentrout and Dorsey, My mother is Elizabeth Louise Armentrout and her mother's maiden name was Dorsey, on my father's side, we have the names Lester, Shelton, and Dowdy, My dad is James Daniel Lester, his mom was Ruth Elizabeth Dowdy, her mother was a Johnson, and Shelton is in there somewhere, dad's dad was James Henry Lester, he and Ruth were divorced when my dad was little, and she remarried Thomas Bowen Murray. Dad has a sister Ruby Loise Lester / Comer, and a half brother David Mckinley Murray and Blanche Sue Murray. Any information you could provide would be most welcome...

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12/27/99- I am looking for information on my ancestors. They lived in Virginia mostly Wythe Co, and Carroll Co. They also lived in North Carolina and West Virginia. Their names are: Daniel W. Akers married to Mary J. ?; Andrew Z. Phillips married Rebecca Norman; Andrew Jackson Graham married LeEmma Dean; Robert Calliway Browder married Matilda Hawks.

I am also looking for my huabands ancestors .............. John Archiebal Thomas married Mary Dunford; Cloyde Martin married Sarah Ellen Bowman; John Monroe Rose married Dorthula Williams.

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12/28/99- Looking for Information on my Great Great Grandfather John Whitt (wife Betty Flecher) and His Daughter my Great Grandmother Hannah Alice Whitt who married John Evans in the 1880/90s, I believe in or around Logan County, WV. Any Information would be greatly appreciated.

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12/30/99- I'm looking for information on John Prill or Knighten, Knighton, Bell, Knighting. He married Martha Ann Bell or Knighten. Their children were; John William Knighten b June 23,1881, Ulysses L. Knighten b.January25,1878, Bessie Jane Bell b. July 20,1883, William F. Bell b. Feb. 20,1885, Richard R. Bell b. March 30, 1889, Hattie Lee Bell b. Oct. 17, 1899, Wesley Bell b. June 20.1901, John Henry Gorden Bell b.Nov.27,1903, Claude F. Bell b. May 20, 1914

John William Knighten married Bettie Ann Eaton on Aug 14, 1904 and they were my grand parents.

Any help would be great. I keep coming up with a dead end.

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