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Monroe County Genealogic Information
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(MCHS = Monroe County Historical Society)
(2017-01-28 by Butch Willard email@example.com)
My 2nd great grandfather was Joseph Vincent Lively (1837 - 1910). He was born in Monroe County and the son of Jordan Lively and Cynthia Ballangee. Attached is a 1858 newspaper article asking law enforcement to arrest Joseph Lively for the shooting (with intent to kill) Henry Kipling. [Webmaster's note: We can't reproduce the article here. For access, please contact Butch at his email address above.] I'm anxious to learn more about this incident and outcome. I know he joined the CSA in June 1861 (Capt. Lowry's LIght Artillery). He was in the CSA for the entirety of the war. Like most soldiers of the CSA, he was pardoned and later married Elvira Cleo Webb (daughter of Warner Webb and Martha Rice Saunders. Joseph spent most of his life in WV and spent his later years with a daughter in IL where he is buried. Do you have any other info on this case? Maybe court records, etc. Thanks for all the good work you do.
(2017-01-07 by Don Scott firstname.lastname@example.org)
I am Don Scott and I have been studying the Scott line for many years. My earliest proven Scott ancestor was William Scott who lived and died in Bedford County. Va in 1794. I have recently tested my Y-Chromosome and was shocked to find that I have more Nix matches than Scotts. I am contacting you because I have recently learned that there might have been both Scotts and Nixs in Monroe county in the late 1700's or early 1800's. I would appreciate it if you have access to information regarding either or both of these families. Although I am retired in Florida I travel near Monroe county when visiting relatives and could come there this spring if needed. Thanks so much and please let me know if I can be of help 239-437-6446
(2016-10-26 by Lois Marshall email@example.com)
A number of years ago my third cousin, Clark Hines, told me there were four different Campbell families in Monroe County. His Grandmother and my great grandmother were sisters, who had grown up in the Campbell home at Gap Mils. It was originally the home of Alexander Campbell, born in 1798 and married to Margaret Honaker. She was daughter of Fredrick Honaker. The house was passed down to his son William Robert Campbell, my great great Grandfather. The last person I knew who owned the house was Francis Shaffer --- another third cousin. My question is this: are there any records that would lead me to the parents of Alexander Campbell ? I am also a descendent of Joseph Parker of (I believe it is) Pickaway. That is where his farm was. I believe there is a monument on the farm that tells of his history. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated. Sincere thanks. Lois G. Marshall.
(2016-09-30 by Donald C. Smith firstname.lastname@example.org)
My g?grand father James Fitzpatrick was born o/a 1740, married Mary Creed in 1776 whose father was Matthew Creed. Both families lived in the Indian Creek area and both James and Matthew signed and served in the Virginia Continental line o/a 1778. He may have had a land grant in Monroe or Greenbrier County after his service. He was also known to have been a spy for General Washington. James and his family left Monroe County in 1805 and went to Chillicothe, Ohio but left for Highland County, Ohio due to a plague. His original log cabin was used as a Methodist meeting house for his ministry for about 20 years. There is a stone DAR monument on that site in his honor with a stone grave marker on the hill adjoining. If possible I would like to obtain any information on the Fitzpatrick and Creed families, specifically the Continental units they joined during the Revolutionary War. Also, if you have any pension requests or other information on the individuals or their families. Thanks you, Donald C Smith, Brig. General USAF Retired, 483 Allegiance Drive, Lititz, PA 17543, cell 717-917-0014, E-mail email@example.com
(2016-09-29 by Byrne Bennett firstname.lastname@example.org)
Do you have any records that show that John William Mann served with the Confederacy during the Civil War?
(2016-09-29 by Anita Baker-Velez email@example.com)
Hello my name is Anita. I live here in Kansas. I have been doing genealogy on my dad's side for quite some time. I'm looking for my 9th great grandfather Frederick Baker born in Bingen, Germany 1765 and died in Monroe West Virginia 1830. His wife was Elizabeth Smith born 1769 and died 1846. I found on Ancestry.com a last will and testament for Frederick Baker. In it Frederick said he gives the house & plantation to his wife Elizabeth. So if he had a plantation, does that mean he had slaves? If anyone has any information to share, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
(2016-08-12 by Terri Perkins email@example.com)
I am trying to find out what Native American Tribes were in the Gap Mills and Potts Creek areas about 1835. My 3rd great grandmother was Native American, but we don't know anything about her heritage. Her name was Nancy Steele. She was raised by the Steele family near Gap Mills. Any info is appreciated.
(2016-08-07 by Nancy Brooks firstname.lastname@example.org)
I am looking for any information on my family. Mother: Anna Mae (maiden name Dixon). Born on September 28, 1937 in Sinks Grove, West Virginia. Daughter of: Robert Snoe Dixon and Vergie Alma (Hall) Dixon. Married Ronald Overton Thompson on January. 1, 1959 (divorced). Married Kenneth Owen Ward on September 12, 1968.
(2016-06-18 by email@example.com)
Jessee and Clara Green's graves are located on a farm near the mouth of Hans Creek near Greenville WV. They were found this past hunting season. Their grave markers were dated 1824 as the year of death. I was just wondering if someone wants to preserve or know where these were located.
(2016-06-21 by Victoria Campbell Collins firstname.lastname@example.org)
My name is Victoria Campbell Collins. My father, William Cammack Campbell, died two years ago and left many old papers. Among the papers are original land documents from Indian Creek and family research done by a long deceased relative, Walker Long (married Eloise Campbell). The documents in my possession contain the birth, marriage, and death records for the generations of Campbells beginning with Samuel Campbell, who the best we can guess arrived in Monroe County (then Greenbrier County) sometime around 1780. We know his son, Samuel, was born in 1784 in Indian Creek and that Samuel Sr. was married to Margaret Vance. It is thought that Samuel Sr was born in 1750 in Ireland. While we have most of the information beginning with Samuel Campbell Jr, we know little about when Samuel Sr. migrated to America, what he was doing before settling in Indian Creek, or how he made his living. We know that his son, Samuel, farmed and herded sheep. If helpful, we believe the names of Samuel Campbell's children were Samuel (1783), William, Isaac, Sarah, Mary, Gene???, and Rebecca. An interesting aside is that three of these children (Samuel, William, and Sarah) are listed as having married " Steeles", one of whom is my 5th great grandmother. If you have information about Samuel, please contact me at email@example.com or 443.799.7428.
(2016-05-13 by Steve LaFon firstname.lastname@example.org)
I would like to gather historical information about the Waiteville WV area from the 1840s to the 1940s. My gggrandfather settled there in the 1840s; moving from the Clover Hollow area of Giles Co, VA. His family remained in the Waiteville area until my grandfather, Lake LaFon, moved to Anawalt WV in the 1930s-1940s. Any informations or sources you could provide to inform me about the local history, reasons for migration from VA, any family info; etc would be helpful.
(2016-04-16 by Andrea Haynes email@example.com)
I am the 3x Great-Grandaughter of Thomas Dunsmore (1816-1910), an African American slave initially owned by James Dunsmore Sr. (1750-1838) of Sinks Grove, WV. Thomas and who I believe to be his mother "Sally", were mentioned in James Dunsmore, Sr.'s will; bequeathing them to his son, James Dunsmore, Jr. I am looking for photos of the homes belonging to both the Sr. and Jr. Dunsmore's. I found a photograph of "The Dunsmore Home" built in 1820 / Union WVA online but the photo is not very clear. I'm also not sure if this home belonged to the James Sr. or Junior. Any information would be greatly appreciated!
(Webmaster's note: The photo is on this web page, about 2/3 of the way down the page, with caption identifying it as the Dunsmore house.)
(2016-04-03 by Laura Coburn firstname.lastname@example.org)
I am seeking information regarding Fanny Broyles, mother of Sarah T. Broyles. Sarah was born 1836 in Monroe County, and married William Thomas Coburn in 1854 at Grey Sulphur Springs, Monroe County. Fanny Broyles is listed on the marriage record as the mother of Sarah, with no father's name listed. Fanny is shown in 1860 US Census living in household with her son George Broyles and his family. I'm wondering if you have a record of Fanny Broyles, such as her birthdate, parents, spouse, other children? Any help would be appreciated.
(2016-02-28 by email@example.com)
I'm trying to locate family members of my grandmother. Her married name was Maddie Davis. Her husband's name was Connie. I'm clearly native Indian. I was told from my grandmother's side she's from West Virginia had 7 children born in 1927.
(2015-09-28 by Frankie Broyles firstname.lastname@example.org)
I'm trying to find out if I had any ancestors who fought in the Civil War. My family was from West Virginia and Monroe County. My grandfather's name was Garnett J Bus Broyles. My great-grandfather was Samual Overton Broyles. Great-great-grandfather was John Preston Broyles and John Broyles. Any help would be great. Thanks, Frankie Broyles. [Webmaster's note: We have reproduced this inquiry as it was received, except for the insertion of reasonable capitalization and punctuation. Clarification would be welcomed. A reference to Memorial 119036080 on findagrave.com was appended.]
(2015-08-17 by Bob Camp email@example.com)
I am looking for information on Eliza Lowe, married to William A Camp in December 1844. My best information is she was born in Monroe County in 1818 and died in Roane County, WV in 1891. The History of Roane County shows William A Camp arriving in Roane County in 1859. If anyone has information on parents or any other information regarding Eliza please let me know. Thank you.
(2015-06-27 by Tina Miller firstname.lastname@example.org)
My great grandpa was George Hutchison Miller. He was a school teacher for 50 years and I'm trying to get this published so I can find out about the Miller family. My great grandma was Lydia Harvey. Any help would be gratefully appreciated. My whole family is from Monroe County.
(2015-05-12 by email@example.com)
Ron Davis is looking for information regarding my 4th Great Grandfather, William Davis (b 1756 and died in Monroe County 28 Feb 1815). It is believed William was born in Virginia somewhere.
His parents were killed in an Indian raid around 1763 (possibly the slaughter at Muddy Creek). William was taken by the Indians and raised as one of them. He had an uncle also taken by the Indians, but the uncle was tortured to death to make an example of what would happen if someone tried to escape.
Around 1776 William returned to town because he had an older brother named Richard. There were documents that he was taken to court because he was thought to be passing the knowledge of how to make gunpowder to the Indians. He married Molly Packwood around 1777 in Amherst.
Molly's brother was part of the cavalry unit that went out to rescue white settlers that had been kidnapped by the Indians. William requested in his will to have a Christian burial, but we have not been able to locate his grave. Nor have we been able to verify his parent's names. William was an historical figure in his day so we are hoping there may be some records in the local courthouse showing his parent's names or possibly something attached to his brother Richard.
We live in Oregon and would greatly appreciate any help regarding information on William Davis.
(2015-05-03 by Lilbabysis4@aol.com)
I am looking for any info on Neapolan B Brines, He married Lucrcia Pike in Missouri. His son James Thomas Brines was my first grand father. Any info would be appreciated. Thank you.
(2015-04-28 by Earl Parkins firstname.lastname@example.org)
I am a descendant of the Greenbrier Perkins line of Gallia Co., Ohio. Samuel Perkins/Parkins, my 2-g grandfather, located in Gallia Co. in about 1839. He was the son of James Perkins Jr. b. 1765. He was the eldest of 10 children born to James Perkins Sr. who died in 1825 (see will). Of the 10 children, James Jr. (also called Beniah by family & friends) was the only sibling of the ten children whose spouse has not been identified. I have reason to believe that the Susan Perkins b. about 1775 who appeared in the 1850 Greenbrier census, image # 4, dwelling # 20 as a resident with the Andrew Higginbotham household, may be my 3-g grandmother. My Greenbrier Perkins research has led me to believe that the family was residing in the former James Perkins' dwelling. Andrew Higginbotham, formerly of Monroe Co, (West) Virginia, was a grandson of Moses Higginbotham, also of Monroe Co. James Perkins named his eldest child, Moses, a given name never used in the Greenbrier Perkins line. Was this Susan Perkins a descendant of the Moses Higginbotham line and the "lost" spouse of James Perkins Jr., thus this writer's 3-g grandmother? I am 89 years of age and would welcome any information on my query. So far as I have been able to determine NO Perkins family historian or genealogist has addressed the 1850 Susan Perkins identity issue!
(2015-02-06 by Gail Itschner email@example.com)
I am looking for information on the Deboie family of Monroe County. Susan Belinda Deboie was born 11 Apr 1851 and married William Owen Powers in 1872 and moved to Missouri. I am looking for information on her parents - Alexander Deboie (Deboys) born in 1821, married to Sarah Davis, born 1828. They were married in Monroe Co. April 6, 1849. I have found an Alexander Deboie in the 166th Virginia militia, Confederate, but just in the form of a name on a list. I would love more information on that! I do not know where he came from or who his parents are. Sarah Davis' father is Guildford Davis and is listed on the 1860 census as "insane from fright". I would love to know what on earth scares someone so bad they get that notation on a census record! Sarah's mother was Hanna Roach (widowed), maiden name Keatley. I believe her father may have been Francis Keatley, a soldier in the Revolutionary war. I am a member of both the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Daughters of the American Revolution. If I could find more information on these men, I would be doing back flips. Thank you for any help you can offer!
(2015-02-03 by Tim Terry firstname.lastname@example.org)
My name is Tim Terry and after spending several days in your area I found a James Terry in the 1860 census in Peterstown at the age of 51. I am pretty sure he is my 4th great grandfather and my 3rd great grandfather James L. Terry who lives in the same household at age of 3. The page number looks like 119, 1860 census. I am stuck there without at least James Terry's fathers name. I have put all the findings in the Peterstown library at the school in a ringed binder. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Tim Terry, Conway,SC.
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(2014-12-31 by Bill Veselik email@example.com)
Looking for descendants of Robert D. Shanklin who was married to Margaret (Ballard) Keaton and who died about 1900 in Monroe County. He lived on Indian Creek. Does anyone know where he was buried and if any photos exist of him? Bill Veselik, firstname.lastname@example.org.
(2014-12-24 by Eve Olson email@example.com)
I'm trying to find one missing link in my family tree. Samuel Wiseman was born in Rockingham VA in 1792. He had his children in Monroe Co. I'm looking for a source for Joseph Washington Wiseman, b. 1824 for the DAR that he is the son of Samuel Wiseman. I have found his siblings but nothing for him. He died 1885 in Jackson Co., OH, married Elizabeth Foster.
(2014-12-07 by Gabe Thomas firstname.lastname@example.org)
I am looking for information on my grandmother's family. I have limited information to run on and have shared what I have below. If anyone can share any information to fill in the gaps that I have it would be greatly appreciated.
Grandmother: Geraldine Marie Eary, born 7/7/1926 in Monroe Co., married Richard Arlis Thomas 12/4/1957 in Lewisburg, died 4/5/2008 in Fairlea. Her parents were Arch (Archibald?) Eary and Minnie Humphries. Her parents are where I have hit a brick wall and do not have any information on them. My email is email@example.com. Thanks for your assistance.
(2014-11-10 by Tourism I-77 S Welcome Center firstname.lastname@example.org)
I am looking for information on the following families: Givens, Boyds, Hopkins, McDowell, Hutchinson, DeQuasie, and Raders. Could you let me know if you could suggest any books, websites, etc. for me to check. Thanks in advance, Helen
(2014-08-01 by Martha Mann Perkins email@example.com)
Hello, I am trying to find military records for my Mann-Miller family in Monroe County, West Virginia. Jacob Mann, Jr. and his brother, Adam Mann were early pioneers of Monroe County. I am a direct descendant of Jacob Mann, Jr. If you can provide direction or help in my obtaining a record of their military service I will be most grateful. Also, I have been researching my Mann-Miller ancestry for many years and I am very happy to share my information. I also have a Houchins, Halstead, Ballard, Kessinger, and Kissinger connection to name a few well-known names in Monroe, Summers, and Greenbrier Counties. Thank you so very much, Martha Mann Perkins.
(2014-07-21 by Terri Perkins firstname.lastname@example.org)
I am trying to find info on my GGG grandmother, Nancy Steele Cales. The story I've been told is she was Indian and ran away from home and was adopted by Samuel Steele and Edith Wiseman. Samuel was from the Thomas Steele family in Monroe Co. Nancy was born about 1835. Would there be any records of adoption? Thanks for any help.
(2014-05-17 by Lynn email@example.com)
I am researching the verbal history of a full-blooded Native American grandmother of Mariah Jane Ballard, daughter of Winslow Ballard and Sarah Sally Foster (Isaac Foster, Margaret Gullett). Mariah married Henry Jacob Smith (Lewis Smith, Nancy Pence) in 1867. I have a photo of Mariah and her children taken in Hinton. One of these children is my great grandfather Perry White Smith. There are online genealogies listing Margaret Gullett as a Gulledge from Anson, NC (dtr of Barsheba Watts) however there is a lack of information about how and when this B.Watts came to Va. She is of Cherokee descent. Does anyone have more information about this, or what tribe was active in Monroe County in the late 18th century? Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org
(2014-05-02 by Jon Mottesheard email@example.com)
I am traveling from Arizona to Roanoke, Va. next week and would like to visit some of my GGG grandfather Samuel Mottesheard and his brothers Daniel and Thomas who had a lumber mill around Mottesheard mountain near Waiteville, WV. Is there any map of this area and directions as how to get there? There are several different spellings of the name: Mothershead, Mottershed, This is around 1803 thru 1850, I believe there was a John Wesley Mottesheard born at Gap Creek, WV. who is a cousin of Samuel. If you have any info I can use,..... or any place I can go to research my family history around there. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(2014-01-17 by email@example.com)
The first son of Joseph and Elizabeth Gabbert Hisey was born in Monroe Co., in 1801, Jacob Gabbert Hisey. I am trying to find the name of Joseph's father. Joseph and Eliabeth were both born in VA, I think Augusta Co., Joseph between 1765 and 1774 and Elizabeth in 1777. Her parents were Jacob and Maria Barbara Gabbert, who owned land in Augusta Co., in the 1760's. Joseph and Elizabeth were married Sept. 29, 1798 and attended St. John's Reformed and Lutheran Church near Staunton. Elizabeth's brother, Jacob Gabbert, Jr., and his wife Elizabeth Handley lived I think in Frankford, VA where I understand they were landowners. They are both buried at Old Stone Church in Lewisburg, but I have been unable to find where Joseph was buried when he died in 1828. Elizabeth is shown on an 1830 census for Emphram, VA. That might have been where they lived when Joseph died. If you have any information that will help me find Joseph's father or parents, please let me know. Thank you.
(2013-12-09 by Shirley Keyes Shirley.firstname.lastname@example.org)
Looking for John Crawford, born 1802, in West Virginia, perhaps in Monroe County. Married Margery Ballentine on 25 May 1824 in New Castle, Monroe, WV. Had 6 children: Franklin, born 1832 in WV; Jane, born 1834 in WV; Thompson, born 1836 in WV; William, born 1839 in Ross, Greene, OH; John, born 1841 in Ross, Greene, OH; George W., born 1845 in Ross, Greene, OH.
(2013-11-17 by Christina Sullivan
I have a record of John and Harriet Sullivan residing in Sweet Springs, WV in 1880. My husband has heard from his family members that he had an ancestor that used to work at the old Sweet Springs Resort. John is from Ireland and I am having problems trying to find when he came into the United States. I can't find his parents information or death information either. My husband believes that John may be buried on the Sweet Springs property. Do you have any information that could help? I think John was born about 1814. One census says 1814, one says 1813. In 1900, Harriet and John moved to Boiling Springs, VA. Thank you for your time!
[We have some information. Our cemetery book's burial list for the Sweet Springs Cemetery includes John Sullivan d. 9 August 1901 age 95, MW30:28; Harriet Sullivan d. 4 June 1902 age 73. There is also a parenthesized note saying Mrs. Jno d. 1900 MW28:24. The "MW" presumably refer to obituaries in the Monroe Watchman. -- MCHS]
(2013-08-05 by Elliott Lewis email@example.com)
I've recently become interested in my family history as I just found out that ancestry.com is free through WVU. I've been able to trace my line back to a certain William J Lewis, buried in Monroe County. It dead-ends there, as I can't find any information on his father (supposedly Michael Lewis). I figured that you may be of help as the Monroe County Historical Society had a Lewis family history, though I'm not sure if it is my family or not. I'd like to eventually get back to before my family arrived in America, if possible. Thank you for your time and help!
(2013-08-01 by Charles Wilson CharlesWilson@howardhanna.com)
Margarette Strickler of Monroe County married William Wilson of Greenbrier County about 1824. They lived in Greenbrier Co. for a while. In the 1840s they lived in the Falls Creek area near Pendelton, IN. I am looking for more information about the Strickler family. Charlie Wilson
(2013-07-15 by Harry Atkins firstname.lastname@example.org)
I would like to contact genealogists who are interested in Matthias Meadows and his daughter Elizabeth. I have copies of the marriage permission for Elizabeth to marry William Adkesson (ADKINS) August 17/19 in Monroe. Permission for Elizabeth signed by Matthias. Witnessed by John Meadows.
(2013-05-20 by Karen Jennings email@example.com)
Looking for information on the Gideon Crawford family. Gideon was born in 1744 and died in Monroe County Feb 1831. His will states that his children were Jeremiah b 1777 [d 1870]; Hezekiah b 1778; Zachariah b 1779 [died 1867 in Mercer County]; Thomas b 1781 [d 1860]; Ardelia b 1783 and Violette b 1785 [d 1870]. Acccording to the index to Sims land grants, Gedion Gidion, (Gideon) got 450 Acres on Elk Lick in 1803. (bk 1, pg 56) and a Thomas Crawford Jr got 2 acres Blue Lick 1849 (bk2, p 332). The 1810 Union, Monroe, VA census show him and his family. 1820 and 1830 census show him with several slaves in the household. Any info about this family would be appreciated.
(2013-02-25 by Van Meadows Connolly firstname.lastname@example.org)
I am writing to you about my great grandfather and his family who lived in Peterstown, Bluefield and Athens West Virginia (in that order of residence). He was a lawyer in the Mercer and Monroe County area. I am looking for photos of him, and any other members of my family. I have been unable to locate any direct descendants of this Meadows line. The son William D Meadows 1878-1906 went to Concord College as did the daughters.
- William "Billy" Meadows - gg grandfather 1826 -1909
- Isabel Gregory Meadows - gg grandmother 1823-1910
- James Alexander Meadows -1851 - 1923 - moved from Bluefield WV to Athens in 1913 +/- and bought the home of Dr. David H. Thornton, at approx 320 State Street
- Perlexana Smith Meadows - 1858 - 1938 - buried in Athens (wife of James Alexander Meadows)
- 1st daughter - Eula Lee Meadows - 1877-1906 - married James Peek Campbell
- 2nd daughter - Mary Alberta Meadows 1878-1952 - married Robert E Shirey
- 1st son William D Meadows - 1881-1905 attorney at law, died in Texas 1905
- 2nd son Charles B Meadows - 1884-1928, died in California 1928 (my grandfather)
- 3rd daughter - Eva B Meadows - 1885-1961, married Harvey Black Perfater
- 4th daughter - Norma H Meadows - 1889-1929, married Norman J McCloud
- 5th daughter - Hattie V Meadows - 1891 - , married Chauncey B Thornton son of Dr David H Thornton
- 6th daughter - Pansy J Meadows - 1894 - , married Ernest P Adair
- 7th daughter - Lucille B Meadows - 1897 - 1977, married John M Watson
I am looking for any photos of the family of my great grandfather. He, my great grandmother and my grandfather Charles Bliss Meadows were buried in the cemetery not far from the family home at 320 S State Street in Athens, West Virginia.
- (2013-02-22 by Robert Merritt email@example.com) I am trying to learn anything I can about the family of William P. Campbell, of Monroe County, who graduated from the Medical College of Virginia (Richmond) in March of 1861. I have been unable to confirm whether or not he is the same William P. Campbell who died November 21, 1863, as a member of the CSA Monroe Artillery. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
- (2012-09-27 by Jesse Harvey firstname.lastname@example.org) I am looking for written documentation regarding the parents of Joshua Calvin Harvey Sr., my ggggrandfather, who was married to Sally Swope. Some sources say his father was Nicholas, while others say that they were brothers. If there is information that predates this, it would also be of interest. Thank you.
- (2012-09-18 by Missy Coyne email@example.com) I am trying to find out who B. H. Thompson, born October 8, 1840 died April 1862 is. This Thompson is buried on the property next to mine on Green Valley Rd in Peterstown, W. Va. The property owner next to mine is wanting to find out who it is and since I do genealogy he asked for my help. Wilson Mill Rd intersects just below the property and the Wilson McDonald Cemetary borders the other side of my property as a source of reference. I think there may have been at least 2 other stones but they appear to have broken off. If there wouldn't have been a design at the base of the one, I wouldn't have thought that there was someone else there. I have Thompson's in my line but haven't gone down that road yet. I'm researching Wood(s), McBride, Shrewsbury, and related lines in Monroe and the surrounding counties. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated,
- (2012-09-03 by Amber Harper firstname.lastname@example.org) My name is Amber Harper and we are buying the Culpepper Farm at Cooks Run Road (Rt1 Bx65a Cooks Run Rd.) We were told by someone local that it may have been an orphange at one time. We know it was built around 1890. If you can provide us with any information we would greatly appreciate it!
- (2012-08-03 by Tammy Eades Mills email@example.com) Hello, my name is Tammy Eades Mills and Peter was my 5th greatgrandfather and I will be coming to Union Friday, 8-10-12 and will be meeting a lady by the name Sandra White at the courthouse for any info and or help in finding out about my ancestors. If anyone there knows anything, please contact me by e-mail or call me at 304-255-6007. Thanks and I will be looking forward coming to Union on Friday.
- (2012-06-24 by William D. Wallace Jr. firstname.lastname@example.org) Looking for information on James K Crotty, Helen F Crotty and two sons Charles Crotty and Bene Crotty. On the Wallace side I found that William G Wallace had four boys; one was William K Wallace and one was Grover Wallace but that is as far as I have gotten. All help would be helpful. Thank you again.
- (2012-02-20 by David Ballard email@example.com) Looking for directions to the Cummings Cemetery near Greenville.
- (2012-01-29 by Kellie Moran Staats firstname.lastname@example.org) I'm looking for information about my family. My great grandfather's name was Czernie Moran (we believe it was actually spelt Czerna). His parents were William & Annie Bland Moran. Grandparents were Edward & Amanda Burwell Moran. And Edward's parents were Samuel C (Caleb) Moran (Moren), and he was married to a Jane, not sure what her maiden name was. We can't find any info on Samuel or Jane or about anyone else for that matter. They were very private and couldn't read or write. We did see that Annie was burned to death on December 25, 1927 in Monroe county. There was a rumor that Czernie had a sister who was mentally ill and burned the farm down. If that was true that could be how Annie died. Plus Czernie had a sister named Pearl that was put in Spencer State hospital around 1930. Any help would be great. We are desperately trying to find our family history. Thank you.
- (2012-01-26 by MCHS) Fred Ziegler has posted an article and genealogical information on T. A. McNeer and his wife, Ada Susan (Broyles) McNeer.
- (2011-11-24 by Jon Sneddon email@example.com) I wanted to find out if you have any information on the Sullivan family of Union [or Monroe County] (1780 to 1850) approx. My ancestors were James R. Sullivan and Susannah McDowell. I have found out a lot on the McDowell side, but not that much on Sullivans. I have heard through family that there is possibly a history. I would be more than happy to be pay for any information on this family. Thanks. Jon Sneddon
- (2011-11-08 by Jon Brines firstname.lastname@example.org) I am looking for information that may clear up a family mystery. We're trying to figure out who is the father of my 3rd Great-Grandfather Louisa Petry b: 27 Dec 1846 in Mercer Co., WV. Her death cert indicates her father was Jacob Petry but I think he was an adoptive father based on the 1860 Census that lists Louisa as a last name Tompson in his household. Her mother Elizabeth A. "Bessie" Thompson White was born in Monroe County 02 Jan 1824 but I can't find any other information about her. I even checked with Amherst Co. I'd like to know what White family Elizabeth was a part as well as who she married.
- (2011-11-04 by Richard L. Armstrong email@example.com) I am researching the Battle of Lewisburg, fought on May 23, 1862. I am looking for information about soldiers from Monroe who were in the battle. Thanks.
- (2011-09-04 by Janni Hill firstname.lastname@example.org) Seeking information on: John DeBoy died: 1832 Wolf Creek - descendants and where he came from. Having trouble separating DeBoy and DuBois information. Conrad Keller - unable to verify all information printed on this family.
- (2011-07-13 by Mark Orr email@example.com) I'm looking for any info about my ancestors Andrew Jackson Maddy and his wife Marzena Miller Maddy. My family has been led to believe (stories passed down) that Marzena Miller (daughter of Michael Miller) was a full blooded Native American. Do you have any info on either of these two families? Marzena was born in Monroe County, Indian Creek, Virginia June 30, 1810. I would love to clear up this family mystery.
- (2011-04-06 by Michael Wilhite firstname.lastname@example.org) My name is Michael Wilhite. I'm researching the Tincher and Vass families of Monroe County, WV. My grandpa was Ira Tincher who was killed in WWII. His parents were James D. Tincher and Rhoda Vass. I'm looking to connect with any family members still living in the area or out of the area too! Contact me by email at email@example.com. I'm also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/gonefishing2819. Contact me if you would like to compare notes or meet a family member you didn't know you had!
- (2011-03-30 by Jonathan M. Davis firstname.lastname@example.org) I am searching for information about the parents of Edward Leonard Davis, born October 26, 1882 in Monroe County WV. Family history suggests his birth in Greenville, and that his father's name was Leonard or Edward. Possible mother's name of Sarah. He moved to Hamilton County Ohio and became a Cincinnati police officer, listed as such in the 1910, 1920, and 1930 censuses. He married Anna Cluster White, and birthed one child with her, Louis Ivan Davis born 7-30-09. Any information on Edward's parents is much appreciated.
- (2011-02-12 by Fred Webb Jr email@example.com) I'm trying to find out if Wolf Creek Baptist Church has lists of members dating back to the late 1800s. My specific interest is in the Burdette and Jones families. Any help will be appreciated.
- (2010-12-30 by Tom Caulley firstname.lastname@example.org) Please let your members know about the book "All Her Children: The Descendants of Sally Finley: All of Whom Took the Surname Corley, or One of Its Many Variations". Many descendants lived in Monroe, Mercer and Kanawha Counties, WV. These branches used the surname Cawley. Those who are interested can contact me at email@example.com or 352-346-8496 (after Jan 15) or Tom Caulley, 6141 Applegate Dr., Spring Hill, FL 34606. The deadline for getting information to me for the book is Jan 20. I anticipate the book will be ready to ship in mid March. Check my genealogy web pages at: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~caulleyfamilyinfo/MAINGEN.HTML (Links to my family tree, and 12 descendants' charts.
- (2010-12-30 by Jane G. Volckmann firstname.lastname@example.org) Anyone researching the Wicklines should contact Jane G. Volckmann, Editor of "The Wick-Line", 512 Lindley Road, Greensboro, NC 27410-4933, phone 336-852-5467, email email@example.com.
- (2010-12-20 by Barbara Thomason BATGranny@aol.com) I came across a note by my mother where she said her grandfather, George Washington Curry, served as a private under Colonel Edgar and General Gordon. He was taken prisoner in battle at Lewisburg. While a prisoner he made coffins with his penknife. His home was at Second Creek. He is buried in the cemetery at Union. I would like to learn more about a possible battle or more details of his imprisonment. I do not know whether he served the Union or Confederate army.
(2010-11-26 by T.A. Swope firstname.lastname@example.org)
I descend directly from Hans Ulrich Schwab (Swope) that settled Wolf Creek about 1752. Son Joseph B. 1751 was my gg grandfather. In trying to piece together the probable 'journey' of Hans from his 'surfacing' in 1749 in Virginia, after arrival in America in 1720 with his parents, and establishing his home at Wolf Creek. I suspect he had hardly gotten settled in his new home and the French and Indian War began. Settlers were recalled from the frontier. No doubt he returned to Jackson River, his 'base' for all his exploration of the Wolf Creek Valley. (Perhaps more correct to say the Laurel Branch Valley.) Son Joseph was taken by the Shawnees from Jackson River in 1756. He was returned after treaty of 1765. Some historians give date of reopening of the frontier as 1769. If this was true and Hans didn't return earlier his home on Wolf Creek was no doubt in disrepair. By 1765 he had other children and would need a new and bigger house. I would asume that a new house was built after return to Wolf Creek, The date being only a guess.
When a small boy, I am now 86, I can remember stopping by a big house about the edge of dark and noted the side of the building was weather boarding. Dad mentioned that 'this is where I was born', Of course at the time I had no idea where we were. I had occasion to visit Wolf Creek in later years and was rather confused when told that the big two story house of common design for the period was the Swope home. I never had the chance to go inside the house but got pictures of the area and the homes. I was contacted by a distant cousin who visited the area often and was interested in genealogy and a descendant of Joseph also, when the marker was designed and installed. A few years ago she sent me a picture that she had taken on a quick visit. The big house had been taken down, was in fact only a shell built around the two log homes of Hans. Only the tops of the log houses are visible. All of this leads to my inquiry and question, 'were there any pictures taken of the log houses before they were dismantled'? Was the Society informed of the removal of the log houses? I understand the logs were saved and a building assembled from them at an unknown location. It was unfortunate that the cousin could not or did not make an effort to get in position to take more pictures. However she too is old and in very poor health.
I was pleased to see that my conclusions as to the probable activities of Hans after the close of the French and Indian War or the war with England. He evidently built a bigger house adjacent the original after or before return to Wolf Creek. It would be interesting to know when the shell was constructed over the houses to preserve them.
Any leads as to possible pictures after or during the removal of the 'shell' will be greatly appreciated.
- (2010-09-25 by Sylvia Cook email@example.com) I am looking for someone who may know Mary Susan Brown born about Aug. 1859 or so, and she married William Edward Vass in 1880. They had 4 children, one of which was my grandfather Charles Coleman Vass. I found the wedding paper, no birth record, or death record. Please help if you can.
- (2010-09-20 by Carol Haynes Chaynes704@aol.com) I am available to answer any queries about African American citizens of the area (and Greenbrier, Summers, and Pocahontas). My blog is firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to take a look at that. Jim Talbert of the Greenbrier H.S. could tell you that I've been helping folks free of charge for about 12 years. My research (Black Residents of Greenbrier, Monroe, Pocahontas, and Summers Counties) is at the GHS and also at the WV Division of Culture and History. Folks can contact me at this email address. My grandfather and greatgrandfather are buried at the Neff Orchard Road Cemetery. I was contacted by and spoke to the the Second Creek Survey Group.
- (2010-09-10 by Pam Weikle email@example.com) I am looking for any info on the family of Nellie M. Wilson born 1892 in Monroe County. She married Lewis Noah Stidom in Dec. 1913 and they lived in Friars Hill, Greenbrier County. I believed she died in 1927. I have no info on her parents, siblings, etc. Nellie was my great grandmother and any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you,
- (2010-09-10 by Tom Turse firstname.lastname@example.org) I am researching one Mathais Keen (Kean, Keane,Kuhn or Kyn). He was born in Phila., PA but allegedly died in 1797 at Wolf Creek, Greenbrier Co., WV, now Monroe CO., WV. I have checked most of the online data bases and links for these two counties to no avail. Does any one have any suggestions as to where I should go with research? Thanks in advance, Tom Turse, Cheyenne, WY.
- (2010-08-31 by cezimmerman email@example.com) I would appreciate information re James Monroe Smith and his father -Henry O. Smith and wife.
- (2010-08-23 by George Hall firstname.lastname@example.org) Greetings from Parkersburg, WV, I am looking for: 1. The Johnston family whose daughter married a Thomas Dennis from Lewisburg. The wedding would likely have been just after the Civil War. And related to it... 2. Is there a Samuel Johnston in that, or a close, Johnston Family? Would it be known who he married, perhaps someone named Wood? It is a distance from here to there, and I hope this is something easily known to you. This information is pertinent to a book I am doing that involves some local history in the area. Thanks, George Hall 304-422-2742
- (2010-06-06 by Dara Orkand Allen DaraAllen@comcast.net) Hello, my name is Dara Orkand Allen. I am married to Fred Allen, son of Homer and Eleanor Ayers Allen. Fred is great-great-grandson of Marvel and Susan (Sullivan) Allen. From various documents, such as birth and marriage certificates, we know that Marvel was born in Monroe County of what was then Virginia in 1806. But that's all we have. We don't know exactly when, nor do we have information on his birth family. It's been a long time road block to researching our family history. Do you have any information on anyone who might be willing to do some research in the courthouse for us? We will of course, pay. Any help or guidance you can provide is greatly appreciated.
- (2010-05-23 by Joyce Roberson WoChowsAnt@aol.com) I am trying to gain information about William Robeson/Robinson and his son William, residents of Monroe Co., who both drowned in the Greenbrier River in 1800. William's wife was Mary Caldwell/Colwell. The family remained in Monroe for some years, then moved to White Co., TN. Thank you in advance, Joyce Roberson in California.
- (2010-01-12 by Mike Jenkins Mike.Jenkins@nov.com) My Mom was born in Union. Her name is Louise A. Parker, Jenkins. I would like more about my family. My G,G Grandfather is Henry Arnot Sr.
- (2009-12-28 by David Burns email@example.com) Hello. I am searching for information about and/or descendants of two people: Leota Burns and Sylvester V. Winebrenner/Winebrimmer. Leota was my great grandmother and Sylvester *may* have been my great grandfather. Sylvester was born in Second Creek (1881) while I think Leota was born in Greenbrier around 1879. I would like to exchange research notes and potentially talk with distant cousins. If you are interested and/or can help, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks very much and best regards, David.
(2009-12-20 by MCHS)
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History has placed a large
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- (2009-12-05 by Terry Hurst email@example.com) Seeking Information on the parents of James Madison Brown born 1804 in Monroe Va. also James's son William Washington Brown lost a leg in the Civil War. Am seeking regimental and military information for him. He is buried off of Knobs Road in the Brown Cemetery near Union. Thank You, Terry Hurst.
- (2009-11-27 by Marianne Perry Marshall firstname.lastname@example.org) I am having trouble locating information/documents that link the generations of my grandfathers below: John Perry (Henry's father - my Rev. War patriot for DAR) B: 1758 (Augusta Co. VA) D: 1820 (Greenbrier Co. VA or Monroe Co. VA). Spouse/mother of Henry: Elizabeth McClung. Henry Perry B: abt 1786 (poss. Monroe Co. VA) D: 15 Mar. 1855, Linn Co. IA - Center Point Cemetery. Spouse/mother of John Wesley Perry (below): Jane Busby Perry 1830 census (Logan Co., WV); 1840 census with spouse, Elizabeth West Perry (Madison Co., IN); 1850 census with spouse, Elizabeth West Perry (Linn Co., IA). John Wesley Perry, M.D. (Henry & Jane Busby Perry's son that I descend from) B: 29 Nov. 1819 (poss. Monroe Co. VA) D: 18 June 1895 (Madison Co., IN)
- (2009-11-25 by D. Akers email@example.com) I am searching for information on the AKERS family that is buried near Ballard, Monroe County, WV. The primary ones are buried in the Orchard Cemetery. Any help would be appreciated. I went to the cemetery and J. Clay Akers, siblings and parents are buried there. Is anyone related to the Akers of Monroe County?
- (2009-06-27 by Nancy Hopkins firstname.lastname@example.org) Looking for 5-6-1779 birth/christening record of my ggg grandfather, William Riley Wiseman, youngest son of Rev War Isaac Wiseman of Monroe County. Also seeking William's 7-4-1802 death/burial record. Suspect he's buried at Rehoboth Church with his father and uncle Joseph Wiseman. I can be reached at email@example.com.
- (2009-05-25 by James Humphrey firstname.lastname@example.org) Looking for information on the "Humphrey, Humphreys, Humphries" line in Monroe county. Research shows line begins with a John Humphreys and Catherine Dickson then extends to a John Humphreys - Jane N. Robinson and then to John Humphreys - Sarah Boon. They family lived on Second Creek with large land holdings. They are also related to Alexander Robinson Humphreys who is buried in the Old Lebanon Cemetery. Please contact me at email@example.com. Any information would be appreciated.
- (2009-05-18 by Melanie Arthur firstname.lastname@example.org) I'm interested in where my great great grandparents, Stephen and Rachael Arthur lived. I'm not exact where but it was in Monroe County. Thank you Melanie Arthur
- (2009-04-28 by David Boyd email@example.com) My name is David Boyd and I'm trying to locate the last resting place of Patrick Boyd and Ann McDowell Boyd. I have a lot of information about him but we cannot locate where he was buried. I have been told and found information which states he was buried in Pickaway, but I've been informed that the Pickaway Cemetery is the Old Mount Lebanon Cemetery. The Cemetery book for Monroe County at the Cultural Center in Charleston does not have him on that list but I do have relatives at that cemetery. Would anyone you may know or records you may have list where he was laid to rest. On May the 30th there is suppose to be a work party to try to save the Old Mount Lebanon Cemetery and I am planning to attend, maybe if possible I can visit your library or meet with someone from your society. Any information you can share with me would greatly appreciated. Thank you.
- (2009-04-22 by Myrna Carlisle Misch firstname.lastname@example.org) I am doing research on Samuel Carlisle born Bath County, West [sic - ed.] Virginia in 1795. He died August 22, 1855 In Cove, Monroe County, West Virginia. He was married to Jane Reed Carlisle. I found the death record and scanned images of the original records on him from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. I would like to find a copy of his death cert. or any obits on him. I am trying to find the name of his parents and where they came from. Can you help or lead me in the right direction in finding out this information. Thank You.
- (2009-03-15 by Adam Coulter email@example.com) I am looking for information on Charles Egner and Sarah Morris who were married in Monroe County on December 22, 1852. They are my great great grandparents. Anyone with information on them please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
- (2009-03-02 by Robert Bottoms email@example.com) Looking for any information on Madison Smith . He was the Husband of Julia Neel, daughter of Owen Neel and Isabelle Maxwell. Thank You.
- (2009-02-26 by Harry McNeer firstname.lastname@example.org) Looking for information on a male by the surname of Pool. He is mentioned in the book of "Letters of John and Susan Morgan." I transcribed the letters from the originals and put them into a book which is available on Amazon.com and also available at the Monroe County Library there in Union. Would appreciate anyone's help here.
- (2009-02-17 by Sidney Mitchell email@example.com) Virgil Wiseman told me that Brady Crosier lived in the cabin (no longer in existence) on our property on Pyne Mountain (once called Wiseman's Mountain). I have been unable to trace him in local records. I'd be interested in any information or documentary reference that would help me learn about him and his birth and/or death dates.
- (2009-02-13 by MCHS) Fred and Barbara Ziegler's website for Cook's Old Mill has detailed information on the Cook family of Greenville.