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Micheal J. MeyerMon, 29 Dec 1997
I am looking for information on Henry J Burkett (born 1861/62 in Smyth Co, VA) and his wife (married 22 Apr 1891 in Smyth Co, VA) Margaret (Maggie) Bell Hatfield (born 1872 in Smyth Co, VA). I have a copy of their marrage license which gave me the above information. I am a great great granchild of theirs and would appreciate any additional information, thanks!

Debbie McGinnisFri, 26 Dec 1997
I am looking for information on James Abraham PENNINGTON born ca. 1852 married to Celia Jane HAGER/HAGY. They were on the 1910 Smyth County, Virginia census in ST. Claire's District. They had the following children: 1. Andrew B. 2. William 3. Lewis B. (my great-grandfather) 4. Richard 5. Treely V. 6. Lonnie M. According to his obituary, Lewis B. was buried in Chillihowie, Virginia beside his mother. Thanks

Bill and Barbara Kelley Wed, 24 Dec 1997
Looking for descendants of Wiley Thomas or Thomas Wiley KELLEY/KELLY born 1869 Ashe Co., NC married Margaget Jane BILLING. Children: Bessie May; Bertha B.; William H.; Hattie Ellen; Betsy Ann; Claud; James Harry; Anne Pearl; M. Helen; Pauline. In the 1920 census they were in Rich Valley, Saltville, Smyth Co., VA. Parents of Wiley Thomas KELLEY were Christopher Columbus & Elizabeth "Betsy" [MERRIMAN] KELLEY. Any information will be appreciated. Will share information. Bill & Barbara Kelley in St. Petersburg, FL

Debbie McCarthySun, 21 Dec 1997
I am looking for the place of birth and marriage of Rachel Melissa Copenhaver b. 30 Jan 1877 d. 2 Apr 1935 in Palo Pinto Co., Tx. Place of birth likely Smyth Co. Va. Married Robert Harvey Kennedy Dixon ? date/place. Rachel is in Smyth Co 1880 Census. Thank You.

Ruby ColemanSat, 20 Dec 1997
Seeking information on John B. MAYS, born about 1855 in Washington Co., VA, son of Fleming MAYS and Mary WILSON. He married Mary R. THOMAS in Johnson Co., TN on 10 May 1883. By 1900 they were living in Smyth Co., VA and had James W., Mattie B., Carrie G., Edgar or Edward H., Barkley or William Barkley, George, Susie and Goldie. Any information on this family would be appreciated. Ruby Coleman

Julia Williams Kodak Fri, 5 Dec 1997
Looking for someone doing COPENHAVER research to resolve a question of truth or rumor. Does anyone know if it is true that Harvey Nathaniel WILLIAMS b 1829 and married Christina Emmerline Jones 9/25/1850 in Marion, Smyth Co., Va., divorced Christina and married a "Duck" Copenhaver and lived in the Scratch Gravel area of Marion. Harvey & Christina's last child was born about 1876-80? so I would think it would have been after this time. Any information on this would be appreciated.

Bill J. Profitt Date: Wed, 26 Nov 1997
I am looking for information on Samuel and Sarah Endicott. We believe that Samuel and Sarah had: Betsy b 1794 VA, d Floyd Co KY, md Francis Fluty Joseph J b abt 1796 VA d bef 1870 Howell Co MO Gabriel Jones b 1800 VA d 1873 KS Samuel b 1801 VA d unknown, m Ester Alley Johnson Sarah b 1803 VA, md Andrew Johnson Joshua b 1805 VA, d unknown, md Hannah James 1834 Lawrence Co KY Also that they stopped in Smyth County to have the children. They probably came from New Jersey via NC. Thank You

Barbara Boyce Thu Oct 16 23:11:53 1997
Looking for any information for the Hobbs family; John Henry Hobbs m ? Honaker around 1860's children: George, Ishmael, Samuel ,Liza, Lula Bell, Rosie George Hobbs married Martha Bayes: Lincoln Co. George was born around 1865- 1870 we know George was born in Russell Co. Va /per son's birth certificate. I believe John Henry and ancestors were from Lee County. Can't make a connection. Russell county doesn't have good records. anyone researching HOBBS FAMILY from Lee, Russell, Buchanan counties, please share with me.

Subjects: FOLDEN * DOBBS
Teresa King Date: Sun, 23 Nov 1997
Am looking for info on James William FOLDEN (b) Mar 25, 1838 (d) May 14, 1914 (m) Mary M DOBBS (Polly) on Oct 31, 1859 in Marion, VA. Family must have moved to Pulaski because their two children I have listed Charles Henderson & William Alanson were born there. Any help would be appreciated. Need parents of James & Mary & if either had siblings. Teresa KING

June Collier Date: Fri, 21 Nov 1997
I am searching for information on Walter Buchanan (1847-1901). Walter married Jane Moore of Virginia and came to Kentucky from Smyth Co., Virginia. They lived and died in Wolfe, Co. Ky. Any information on this couple will be greatly appreciated.

Julia Williams KodakWed, 12 Nov 1997
I am from Smyth County Virginia and am attempting to research my family. The eldest Williams I know of is Harvey Nathaniel b l829 and whose father may have been named Thomas. Harvey was married to Christina Emmerline JONES b Apr 1830 in Smyth Co. Harvey and Christina had the following children: Mary, John Lewis(my line), Thomas, James, William, David, Nathaniel, Francis, Etta, Matthew.

I am also looking for the grandparents of my grandmother, Lillie Geneve Anderson who married George Sprinkle WILLIAMS b 15 Apr 1879 in Smyth Co. Lillie's parents were Enoch Franklin ANDERSON and Mary Jane ADAMS. Lillie may have been born in Grayson Co., Virginia. My SUITS line ends with Robert Lee SUITS b 1856 and married to Missouri ROLAND b l861. The only child that I know of was my g-grandfather, George Washington Suits b 15 Feb 1884 who married Hattie Gollehon. I would appreciate any information anyone might have on any of these families. Sincerely, Julia Williams Kodak

Frances YoungTue, 4 Nov 1997
My ancestor P. F. RUSSELL (Patterson Francis) died in Marion in March of 1910. He was the son of John Russell and Mary GORMAN. He married Mary Susan Elizabeth CURRIN, daughter of Hugh CURRIN. Does anyone know anything about this John Russell, where he came from, etc. We know nothing except the above. Have heard that he may have come from Mass.

Carol L. FranklinSat Oct 25, 1997
William was born in Giles Bo., Smyth Co., VA Dec 02, 1830 - d. 1898. He married Martha Ann Cousby SPRATT, (supposedly dau of William's sister, Martha Buchanan Spratt?). Married Jan 01, 1851, Taylor Co., KY. Children of William & Martha: i. Laura Ann, b. Sep 19, 1855 ii. Caledona, b. Oct 26, 1857 iii. Martha Elizabeth, b. Mar 09, 1860 iv. William Jackson (or John), b. Sep 09, 1864 v. Braxton King, b. Mar 09, 1853. All children born in KY. William's parents: Robert BUCHANAN, b. 1773-1774, Giles Bo., Smyth Co., VA, m. an Indian squaw? Children: i. Martha Cousby ii. William Madison iii. Patton iv. Polly v. Susan vi. Manervia vii. Robert's 2nd marriage: m. Widow Taylor, children: i. E. L. ii. T. H. I am interested in hearing from anyone who knows of this family, particularly William's son's family: William J. BUCHANAN, m. Lucinda SHOFNER in Taylor Co., KY, Nov 09, 1882. Carol L. Franklin

Diane Williams Fri Oct 3 12:53:51 1997
I'm researching the following names in Smyth Co., Va and would like to hear from anyone researching the same. DEBORD, HUBBLE, BISHOP, ROWLAND, RAMEY, STEWART, PHILLIPS.

Donnie R. Shiflett Sat Oct 4 11:35:17 1997
I am looking for information concerning my grandmother, Leslie Nelson CALDWELL CRAIGHEAD SHIFLETT, born January 1902. She met my grandfather JOHN LAWRENCE SHIFLETT while he attended VPI/SU around 1920 or so. She evidently was married previous to that for I have an uncle William Craighead, born in 1919. She worked in the laundry at VPI/SU. Her and my Grandfather had the following children (all Shifletts): Leroy, John (both born in Smyth County),Paul, Elmer, Cornelius,Ralph, James,Eugene, Douglas, and Danny (born in Augusta County, I assume).

June Tuck Sat Oct 4 20:08:28 1997

Need information on the father of James PARKS who's will was probated in 1806. He was married to a lady named Hannah. They had a son named, ANDREW PARKS, born c1795, who married Nancy ANDERSON the daughter of John ANDERSON, who I think wife's name was Mary. Andrew and Nancy PARKS and a son, Nelson who married Mary Ellen HALL. Would like to exchange information with anyone related to this family.

Betty Shaw Sun Oct 5 16:44:25 1997
Subjects: PUCKETT
Need help. Am trying to build a family tree and having difficultiy with PUCKETT's. My husband's ggrandfather, Richard Hastings Puckett was born Nov 26, 1860 in Smyth Co, Va, and died Dec 26,1936 in Mobile, AL. His father, Richard A. Puckett was born abt 1833, also in Smyth Co, VA, his wife Matilda was born abt 1836 in VA (county unknown). They were married in 1854. We have made trips to VA in an effort to make a breakthrough, without success. Would be most appreciative of any information that could be provided.

Wilma J Kelly Mon Oct 6 14:43:51 1997
Subjects: HARRIS * BYARS
I have the descendants of Nathaniel HARRIS (born 20 Jan 1763) in Louisa Co., VA ?) He served 14 mo. in the army. He died in Smyth Co., VA 25 Apr. 1854. He was married to Martha BYARS (she is descended from James Henry BYARS) she was born 17 May 1766 and Married 29 May 1788. I am looking for more info about said Nathaniel. He was inlisted in Louisa Co., VA. Martha's family is well documented in Louisa Co. I have the descent from Nathaniel to present but I would like to find out his parents and so on.

Dan Carter Mon Oct 6 17:23:13 1997
Subjects: CARTER * BABER
Searching for ancestors of: CARTER, solomon, b.1821, m. Lucinda R. Baber in Smyth Co VA, 8/28/1843. Solomon died in Ky 10/1854 and his widow and son Kennedy Gordon Carter returned to Smyth Co VA 8/28/1843. Children

Nancy Lehto Sat Oct 11 09:01:28 1997
I am looking for parents and siblings of William HARPER b abt 1810 MD, m 17 July 1845 Wythe Co, VA, Elizabeth Beatrice "Beatie" Repass. Their children were: Margaret Ann HARPER b 18 Apr 1859, m Simon Higginbotham Isaac Thompson; Mary Ellen HARPER m Floyd BRACKEN; Susan HARPER m Hiram Dodgion;Frances "Fanny" HARPER m W.A. "Bill" PICKETT; Chris HARPER. Margaret Ann's obituary says she moved to Wytheville when she was 7 years old, about 1865. I am willing to share.

Michael LaFountain Thu Sep 25 15:56:47 1997
Subjects: HIGGINS * BADGER I'm looking for a Howard Higgins, last known address somewhere in the Roanoke , Virginia area int the late 70's. I am also looking for his wife, Donna, maiden name Badger. These two are my birth parents. I was born in Marion, Virginia on October 25,1978 I have a sister named Elizabeth who was born on Decemeber 6,1979. We were adopted in 1984 and currently live in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Please contact me at the Following address on the screen for any information about my parents.

Marlene Avery Sat Sep 27 15:42:16 1997
Looking for info. on C. D. MORRIS b. 1834 Edgefield Co. S.C. Died 1917 Chilhowie, Smyth Co. Va. Married 1 - P.A. EDWARDS in Rutherford Co. N.C. - married 2 - Rachel COPENHAVER - Smyth Co. VA. Children from both marriages.

BarbarraThu, 11 Sep 1997
Subject: ROARK
My interest is William H. Roark who lived in Smyth Co. born approx. 1853. Died appro 1920. He married Amanda Suzanne Roark, born approx 1880, and lived in Washington Co. Would appreciate any info you can find. Barbarra

Dugan Sat Sep 13 13:53:53 1997
Subjects: THOMAS ** HOBACK
I need ANY info on generations of Joseph Thomas (176(?)) and his descendants of Russell or Lee County, Virginia. Other Josephs, Catharine Ingle(s?), George Slater Thomas. The last know of this 5 generation (presumed) family is Rebecca Hoback married September of 1876 to one of the George Slater Thomas men born 1848(?). Rebecca's father, David, mother, Mary Ann.

John B. Rochelle Fri Sep 5 09:48:41 1997
Searching for any/all descendants of Alfred Musgrave HAMMONDS, s/o Isaac HAMMONDS and Mary MUSGRAVE (d/o John MUSGRAVE & Elizabeth SHOUN). Alfred b. abt 1815 TN (prob Johnson Co TN), m. (1) Mary F. DUNN, m. (2) Nancy FERGUSON, m. (3) Lucinda M. CLAPP. Alfred had a total of 25+children. 1850 Washington Co VA census, later moved to Smyth Co VA.

Lisa L. Altizer Sun Sep 7 08:46:12 1997
Subjects: SEXTON ** HOLT
I am interested in finding information on Birdie Ellen PIPPIN SEXTON, specifically anything on her parents, whose names I don't know. I do know that her mother's maiden name was HOLT, and that that family was from Poor Valley, VA., Information may come from Smyth or Washington Counties. Birdie Ellen PIPPIN SEXTON's first child was born in 1908, so I estimate her birth to have been around 1885-1890. My family says that Birdie was 3/4 Cherokee; I have no proof of this, but it may help in identifying information. She was married to Frank SEXTON, and had 6 children--Carl Hagy PIPPIN, Andrew.D. SEXTON, Louis SEXTON, Landon SEXTON, Nathaniel SEXTON, Earnest SEXTON, and Leola SEXTON. I have found a record for a son, P.K. HOLT, born in 1853, to Bird and Lela HOLT. Any information as to whether this is a relation would be appreciated. I work 8:30 to 5:00 M-F, and so it is hard for me to get to courthouses to check records.

Brady Eanes Sun Sep 7 13:00:04 1997
Subjects: EANES ** CATRON
Seeking information from anyone who knew or knew of my grandparents, James and Molly Kirby Eanes, or their children, especially my father, Joe Eanes. Joe was born in Camp, Va. in Jan. of 1900. James died in 1942 and Molly in 1957 at her daughter's home, Mattie Catron of Comer's Rock.

Donna Smith Vaughn Sat Aug 30 00:58:33 1997
SMITH, Abraham, m: Sarah LINTECUM on 27 Apr.1844 at Smyth Co. Believe this may be father of Cyrus SMITH,b:1841, Pocahontas Co. (now WV) whose parents are named as Abraham and Sally on his marriage certificate. Need information on family of Abraham SMITH and Sarah LINTECUM SMITH. Donna Smith Vaughn.Riverside,CA.USA

Lorna Jones Mon Aug 25 11:13:08 1997
I am looking for Mary and Hanner or Hannah Collins people. Their father's name was Vardy Collins, he started the first school for the Melungeon people. Hanner or Hannah as she was called married Tom TUTTLE. I am a decendent of theirs. I do not know the name of Vardys wife or if they had any other children. They are from Tenn and Virginia. Any info would be appreciated as this is all I have. Mary and Tom had a child named Bill TUTTLE but Tom TUTTLE was married to Mary's sister Hanner when Bill was born and supposedly Mary died not long after giving birth to Bill and Tom and Hanner raised him as theirs.

Linda Hunnell Johnston Sat Aug 23 06:20:05 1997
Subjects: CREWY / CRUEY * HUNNELL * INDMAN * BISE of Smyth and Tazewell Counties
Looking for information and researchers for CRUEY surname . Christopher Cruey and Ruth Hunnell had the following children who were born in / and or lived in Smyth and Tazewell counties . Charles CRUEY b 1829 m Elizabeth INDMAN ; William King CRUEY b 1814 m Ann Elizabeth BISE ; Thomas CRUEY b 1816 ; Jackson CRUEY; Hamilton CRUEY b 1824 m Harriet WOOD ; Nancy CRUEY ; Ellen CRUEY ; and Daniel or David CRUEY b 1833 . I have some data on these families that I will be glad to share . Thanks . Linda in Tampa

Louise Semones Sat Aug 9 13:35:39 1997
Andrew J WILLIAMS b.1806/bef.1880 Smyth m)Rebecca JOPLIN Smyth Co. He is ? s/o Thomas b.1785 Wythe/1860 Smyth & Susan(HARVEY. William Banham WILLIANS b.1819/1863 Smyth m)Christina HANSHEW Wythe Wm is s/o Richard David or David Richard & Jane STALEY. Jane d/o Valentin & Susan BUSTER. Justus HUBBLE b.1820/1902 Smyth m) Rachel McCLELLAND Smyth d/o William M. Mariah Rachel HUBBLE m)William CASSELL 1821/1862. Justus & Mariah are issues of Wm HUBBLE & his 1st wife Matilda. Any searches of these families please email THANKS Louise

Linda Doty Fri Aug 8 09:49:11 1997
Subjects: WYNN * PIKE
Jacob WYNN was born in Smyth Co. in May of 1839, son of Champion and Mary/Margaret WYNN. Brothers include Josiah, John, Henry, and William J. On 2 Jan 1867 Jacob WYNN married Lucinda PIKE, daughter of Thomas and Nancy (LOVE) PIKE. Any information appreciated.
Linda Doty alternate email: (I travel, especially in winter)

Donald Shelton Tue Aug 5 15:51:09 1997
Searching for information on JOSEPH SURBER, his wife MARY ROUSE, and also on JUSTICE HUBBLE, and their families. Did Joseph Surber move from Smyth County? He is next door to his son PALSER SURBER and also near his father-in-law PALSER ROUSE in the 1850 census, but doesn't show up in 1860. Also seeking information on the 23rd Virginia Infantry Battalion (esp. Co. A) - Palser Surber served, and so did WILLIAM SURBER, but some confusion as to whether William is Palser's brother or son. Also interested in any information on the 143rd Virginia Militia, the militia for Smyth Co. - Donald Shelton, 110 Apple Grove Dr., Nicholasville, KY 40356

Linda Akers Sat Aug 2 19:07:00 1997
I'm searching for relatives of Ben HALL from Duhring, WV. My aunt remembers HALL relatives from Pulaski, County coming to WV to visit; she said that he was a sheriff. I would be most interested in talking and sharing information with any one who has additional information on this family. Possible connections to AKERS, FRAZIER and ADKINS/ATKINS families who moved from Virginia to WV in late 1890 or early 1900's.

Donna Jean Ford Fri, 1 Aug 1997
Subjects: CLINE * ORR * CATRON
Who are parents of John CLINE b. 1798 possibly in England? and d. in Smyth Co, VA 12 Feb 1896, Smyth Co, VA. John m. 17 Feb 1836, Wythe Co, VA to Sophia Etta CATTRON/CATRON. Sophia b. 1798, Wythe Co, VA. Her parents: Michael KETTENRING & Margaret WENRICH. John & Sophia lived in Rich Valley, Smyth Co, VA. Their children: Barbara; Bettie; Mahala Love b. 18 Jan 1840, Smyth Co, VA, d. 25 Jan 1917, Walthil, Thurston Co, NE, & m. 15 Mar 1866, Smyth Co, VA to Moses Carson ORR, b. 10 Mar 1838, Smyth Co, VA, d. 29 Dec 1924, Fremont, Dodge Co, NE; Margaret; "Pop"; Lucinda Jane b. 14 Feb 1846, d. 23 Dec 1941, Wisner, NE; Orr; "Lizzie"; Harold; Burkette; Charity m. Newton BURKETTE; George Washington m. 1. Martha GILLESPIE & 2. Margaret Elizabeth PARIGEN; Pelina Sarah m. William Green EVANS; Caldony m. George W. MATHEWS; Mathess; Evans.

Louise Semones 30 July 1997
William Madison 1842/1911 m)Matilda Jane Hubble--he is s/o Andrew J 1806/aft 1860 m)Rebecca Joplin -- he is s/o THOMAS 1785/1860 & SUSAN ======Yes--No William Bonham 1819/1863 m)Christina Hanshew he is s/o Richard David or David Richard m)Jane W Staley he is s/o Maj.Saml. 1779/1840 m) Sarah Buster he is s/o Jenkin 1750c./1829 m) Uriah Marks s/o Richard & Margaret Jones Eaton Have so many names==need someone to help me square them away & put them in the families they belong---------would like to swap data------------THANKS

Linda Akers Tue, 15 Jul 1997
I am looking for information on Isibelle Sims from Smyth County, VA. She lived around the Marion area. Isibelle married Will Ferguson and I know of one child Bradley born in the 1930's. Any help you give concerning these individiuals or their families would be most appreciated. Thanks! Linda Akers

Katherine Wells Tue Jul 8 19:28:27 1997
Elisha FRANKLIN b cir 1807, Smyth Co., VA need parents and siblings, any information.

Sharon Sustar Mon, 7 Jul 1997 09:24:15 -0400 (EDT)
Seek information regarding Audrey/Andrew SIPHERS/SCIEFER's estate that was in litigation as of 4 Nov 1886 in Smyth County, VA. He owned a saltmine in Saltville area. Had daughter, Malinda SIPHERS b. 1814 in Smyth Co, VA md John A. BISHOP @1836. Malinda & John BISHOP lived Washington Co-1840, and Russell Co-1850. Issue: Mary J. BISHOP b. 1836, George W. BISHOP b. 1838, Robert L. BISHOP b. 1843, Henry N. BISHOP b. 8 sep 1847, Harvey BISHOP b. July 1850. Malinda and all children except Henry were to have died in fever epidemic 1850-1860.

V. Mike Barnes Thu Jul 3 06:03:51 1997
My queries are as follows: grandfather, Walter Jackson Jarrett born in Seven Mile Ford, Va., Smyth Co. in 1876. I'm searching for information concerning his father, James Howard Jarrett, born 1851(wife, Mary Lavanna Cullop). I have also sent a letter to a Carroll Co., Va. genealogy club concerning my grandmother, born 1882 in Hillsville,Va., Mallie Malesia Midkiff Jarrett as to info on her parents, whose father was John Henry Midkiff Jr. and mother Mary Ann Robinson (part cherokee). Also, and this is vague, a Confederate officer, Capt. George Midkiff, maybe Smyth, Wythe or Carroll counties Va. If you can contribute to my search, it will be very much appreciated.

Hallie P. Garner Tue, 01 Jul 1997 23:12:00 EDT
I am interested in contacting any descendant of Zachariah Blankenbeckler of Wythe County, VA. He lived in that part of Wythe County that became Smyth County--that is on the South Fork of the Holston. He had sons George, Jesse, John, and Aaron. I am descended from Aaron. His daughters were Betsy who married Thomas Quillen, Leah who married John Griffitts, Sallie who married Samuel Cloud, Polly who married one of the many Jacob Ketterings, and Nancy who married Robert Johnson in 1808 and predeceased her father. Many of his descendants live in Wythe, Grayson, Smyth, Tazewell, and Giles Counties in VA. They also went to Tennessee and Kentucky. Sometimes the name was shortened to Blanken and Beckler, and even Blank. I am anxious to communicate with anyone in order to add to the extensive database that I have on this family. I will exchange information.
Hallie Garner 8923 Woodshore Drive, Dallas, TX 75243

Judy Tillison Wright Sat Jun 28 20:44:40 1997
New Email address for Jan. 28 query : WICKLIFF/TAYLOR families.Washington, Wythe, Smythe Co. Va.

Judy B. Anderson Sun Jun 29 07:10:17 1997
I am looking for biographical information concerning Dr. Ephraim WARD, son of William WARD and Jane WATSON of Wythe Co., VA. He married Nancy DAVIS, daughter of James DAVIS and Louisa HARMAN. He was born in Wythe County, VA, but died in Smyth County near Chatham Hill, Virginia Jan.25, 1868. Nancy died in 1858. I lose the family after the 1850 Census. In the death register of Smyth County, his consort is listed as SALLY Ward. Does anyone know of a second marriage?

Judy B. Anderson Sun Jun 29 07:17:09 1997
I am looking for a copy of the manuscript James Davis and Davis Fancy. Can anyone help me?

Linda Hunnell Johnston Sun Jun 22 20:18:49 1997
Looking for decendants of Luther? HARRIS m Virgie Hunnell Apr 10 1918 at Broadford in Smyth Co. Married by S C Bland. Parents of Luther b cir 1895 were Charles and Rebecca HARRIS of Smyth Co. Seeking any and all information I can get on this family . Contact Thanks, Linda

Joan Duffield Mon Jun 23 12:30:41 1997
Looking for information on Scott, Scyphers, Mitchell, Keller, Price, Aker and Fedell families from Washington Co., VA and or surrounding counties.

Rev Douglas P Nowlin Wed Jun 18 12:15:04 1997
My name is Douglas Nowlin of Rochester, NY. I'm an Afro- American. My Family came to New York State in the 1940's from Marion, Saltville, and the Glade Spring, Va. area . My Great Grand father was William Armstead Nowlin, born September 18, 1871 to Joseph and Rebbeca Nowlin, in Washington Co. He raised his family in Saltville which is in Smyth Co. William had a sister her name was Stella Nowlin who also had a son which she named William Nowlin. It is said the father of Stella's son was a white man. Also looking for Sarah Jane and James K. Polk Russell of Smyth county. She is my gggrandmother and he my gggrandfather. She is the child of James Sanders and likely Hannah. He is the child of Thomas and Ailsey (Elsie) Russell. She was born June 1880 and he Dec. 1839. Her marriage license says that she was b. in Tenn. But all else says that she was b. in Va. He was born in Wythe Co., quite likely in Wytheville. He had a brother Philip, Jr. whose wife was Margaret. Other brothers were David, Benjamin and Edward David m. Polly Smith and Nelly Madison. He lived in Pulaski. Benj. m. Eleanor Wright. They too lived in Pulaski and in Smyth county James and Jane's other children were George Volden, Luther Gwinn, Charity, Susan (m. Hayes Richardson), Mary C., Laurah, Lacey (m. Annie and had a son Lacey, also), Daisy (m. Edwain Mills), Bessie (m. Randall Montgomery).. They had fourteen children altogether and it is said that some died in a fire. Also looking for Henrietta nee Nowlin, dau. of William Armstead and Mary McClanahan Nowlin. She was b. in 1895 and moved to Bluefield, W. Virginia.

Robert Crabtree Thu Jun 19 09:28:06 1997
I am researching information on my gg grandfather, David COLLINS b. 1816 d. 1905. m Catherine L. (?) b.1824 d. 1903. They lived in and around Draper and Cripple Creek, Wythe Co., VA. Children were Charles William COLLINS, Albert Wesley COLLINS, Lorenzo Daw COLLINS and my g grandfather James Melvin COLLINS, b.1851 d. 1904. His children, Luceretia Belle, Henry Clayton, Leora C. FISHER, Edgar T., my grandfather, Royal David b. 1887 d. 1950. Any information will be appreciated. Robert Crabtree (formerly of Tazewell Co. VA) 315f6 Portsmouth Dr Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Sam Frye Thu, 12 Jun 1997
Subject: FRYE
Looking for info on the Frye family of Virginia/Tennessee. My father's name is Samuel M. Frye, born 1889. Thank you in advance if you can help me.

Bobby Talbert Thu Jun 12 15:54:30 1997
Subject: JONES
Seeking any and all family info on Annie Jones of Smyth County, Va. She was the famous Bearded lady that was with the Barnum and Bailey Circus--She was born in 1865 in Smyth County, Va--married 2 times: 1) Mr. Elliott, and 2) Mr. Donovan. She was known as the Enfant Esau of Smyth County, grew up and became Lady Esau--It is believed that her Mother's maiden name was Robinson--any and all info is greatly appreciated--Thank you--Bobby.

Linda Hunnell Johnston Tue Jun 3 13:01:12 1997
Looking for info regarding Lawrence S. HUNNELL b 1894-95 in Smyth Co. Parents were Wm. & Dona ? HUNNEL. Interested in maiden name of Dona and parents of Wm and Dona. Would anyone volunteer to look up the birth record for Lawrence at the county courthouse ? Will reimburse you for expenses. Any info will be appreciated.

Cynthia Steeley Sun Jun 1, 1997
Subject: PARISH
Looking for any information on the PARISH family. A Luna Parish was born in Marion, Va in 1881. His father was William. I do not know his mother's name. Need that information or any other you can find. He had a brother Lewis and a sister Etta? Cindy Steeley

Linda Krug Thu May 29,1997
Looking for information on a Lemuel RICE m a Dicey Jane SUTTON b. Mary 14, 1798 and died March 19, 1882. They had 6 children: James Joseph RICE b. Jan 12, 1837 in Smythe Co, VA died 1913 in Jonesborough, TN. James married a Letitia Jane Lytz in Washington Co. VA Elizabeth C. RICE b. April 24, 1817, Jepe(or Jesse) C. RICE b. Feb. 3, 1820, Sarah A. RICE b. June 30, 1825, Thomas L. RICE b. April 2, 1827, and John W. RICE b. Sept. 1, 1839. I am also interested in the children of the James Joseph RICE/Letitia Jane Lytz marriage. There were 8 children: 1. William H. Rice b. March 15, 1851 and died in North Carolina. 2. James D. Rice b. June 17, 1863 and d. May 21, 1900 in Jonesborough, TN. married a Sherfey 3. Sarah E. Rice b. April 6, 1866 4. Mary Ellen Rice b. Jan 11, 1869 married a Arthur Alexander Campbell, in Jonesborough Tn., d. 1956 5. Dicey Elizabeth Rice b. May 29, 1873 married a Huffman 6. Cynthie A. Rice b. March 1, 1874 7. Samuel M. Rice b. October 24, 1876 in Jonesborough, TN. d. March 10, 1963 in Hazleton, Ind. 8. John Wesley Rice b. July 28, 1880 in Jonesborough, TN. died March 10, 1942 in Hazleton, Ind.
If anyone has any information, please e-mail me. I am willing to share. Linda Krug.

Linda Krug Sat May 31,1997
Subjects: RICE * SUTTON * LYTZ
Looking for information on a Lemuel RICE b.?prob. abt.1785-1795 in Smythe/Virginia Co. maybe Wythe d. about 1830. m abt. 1816 to Dicey SUTTON by Bonham, minister. He died at an early age, was a school teacher before enlisting in the War of 1812 for 6 months starting June 1814. He died in Washington Co., VA or Smyth Co., VA as it was about the time Smyth Co. was cut off from Washington Co. The family continued to live in that vicinity after his death until 1861 when they moved to SULLIVAN Co., TN. and then in 1862 moved to WASHINGTON Co, TN. I have listed the following children of Lemuel Rice and Dicey Sutton: 1. Elizabeth C. RICE b. April 24, 1817
2. Jesse C. RICE b. February 3, 1817
3. Sarah A. RICE b. June 30, 1825
4. Thomas L. RICE b. April 2, 1827
5. James Joseph RICE b. Jan. 12, 1837 d. 1913 Jonesborough, TN. m. March 29, 1860 to Letitia Jane Lytz (my g-grandparents)
6. John W. RICE b. Sept. 1, 1839
Dicey Sutton RICE is buried in Jonesborough, TN. along with James Joseph Rice and his wife Letitia Jane Lytz Rice.
Willing to share info. Linda Krug

Phyllis Harvey Mon May 26, 1997
Subjects: RYAN * SHEETS
RYAN, James Madison (10/12/1836-7/15/1911) Blacksmith by trade SHEETS, Mary Margaret (11/15/1834-2/13/1923) The couple married 12/31/1857 They lived in Smyth County, then moved to Campbell County, do not know the dates. Would appreciate any and all information anyone can give me concerning Mary and James. Also, I just learned that James Madison Ryan served in the 48th VA Infantry during the Civil War. Other Ryans who were in this regiment were Daniel C, John M., John W., and Joseph M. Would appreciate any information anyone has about the time they spent in the war.

Linda Akers Thu May 22, 1997
Would very much like to commmunicate with anyone having information on the Aker/Akers family of Smyth County. Names I am currently researching are Philip Acker (Aker), he was a farmer owning about 1300 acres of land had 13 children.

Frances Roberts Sat May 17, 1997
Subject: POTEET
Believe that David Poteet was in Smythe County from about 1796- 1800. Not much info is known about him. Were there any POTEET's in this county through about 1850? Lookups will be appreciated. Will appreciate any info that can be furnished. Thanks. Frances L. Roberts e-mail

Bobby Talbert Sat May 17, 1997
Seeking info on the family of Annie Robinson--Born on June 20, 1874 and died on August 14, 1923 in Radford, Va. She was born at Seven Mile Ford in Smyth County--would deeply appreciate any and all info --thank you----e-mail or

Billie Zutaut Sun May 11 03:01:36 1997
Searching for the parents of Jane Miller Poston. She was born 1800 in Wash. Co., VA and died 13 Apr 1860 in Smyth Co., VA. On 13 Dec 1836 she married Isaac Poston in Smyth Co. Her first child (my ancestor) was Pauline Bessie MILLER, b. 14 Oct 1824 in Wash. Co., m. John S. Call 2 Jun 1842 in Smyth Co. Other children of Jane: Eveline POSTON, Isabelle POSTON m. Albert Grogan, William H. POSTON, Jeremiah T. POSTON, Richard POSTON, Rachael POSTON, Martha POSTON, Isaac Harrison POSTON and Hamilton POSTON. Will be happy to share data on thid family.

Diane Stober Fri May 2, 1997
Subjects: COPENBARGER * TIBBS(Smyth and Wythe Counties)
William and Jacob Copenbarger (probably brothers - married SNAVELY sisters late 1700's early 1800's. Williams daughter, Phoebe married Edmund Tibbs in 1832. Seeking any information on the above mentioned names.

Chris Knoble Wed Apr 30, 1997
My grandmother's family originated from Washington County (Abington area, I believe) and the adjacent Tenn Counties. Her birth name was Anna Laurie ORNDUFF (b. 1900); her parents were James W. ORNDUFF (b. 1865, Wallace, VA) and Lydia Pearl FORD (b. 1877, Greene County Tenn (?)); Her siblings were Cleo, Julie, James, Howard, and Novella; James' (1865) parents were James ORNDUFF (b. 1828/9, 63rd VA Infantry in Civil War) and Barbara HILT or HEATH (b. abt 1835); James' (1865) siblings were Isaac, Henry, William, Susan, Catherine, Rebecca, Ellen, Elizabeth, Sarah C., John W., Fannie, and Anna; Lydia's parents were George W. FORD (b. abt 1845, N. Carolina) and Mary E. Curtis (b. abt 1846, Tenn). Looking for any information on above families, especially ancestors and descendents of James ORNDUFF. Thank You.

Janet Talbert Wed, 30 Apr 1997
I am looking for my great grandparents Moore and Catherine Robinson, both born early 1800's in Smyth County. Thank you for any help you can give me. Janet Talbert.

E. Marie (Akens) Graichen Sun Apr 27, 1997
Subject: SMITH
Searching for information on my ggrandmother, Rebecca Smith . Her family is rumored to have came to Sullivan County, Tennessee from Smyth County, VA.

Ron Dawson Sun, 27 Apr 1997
My name is Ron Dawson and I am looking for any information on my grandfather and his family. He was George Thomas Coleman and he was born in Chatham, Pittsylvania County on Dec 4,1863. He later moved to Smyth County(Saltville) where his five children (Gerthel C, Sarah Elizabeth,Willie Mae, John Thomas and Roy Taylor) were born. He then settled in Washington County until his death in 1950. I am also interested in data on his wife Ollie Taylor Coleman and her family. She was born in Smyth County on June 8, 1876 to Thomas C. and Sarah Taylor. Any assistance will be appreciated and I will provide my data for your use if it is helpful. Thank you, Ron Dawson

Burrus Johnson Sun Apr 20, 1997
Looking for the ancestors of Soloman Wesley DAY b. 1821 Tazewell Co., VA m. Virginia BILLUPS 1840 Tazewell Co. Virginia who was dau. of Richard James BILLUPS and Nancy WRIGHT. (Our oral history is that Virginia's mother first m. a DOCKERY and had Virginia, Carr (Kiah?) and Matty. She then m. a BILLUPS and had Gus and Wes.) If anyone has information on Soloman's or Virginia's ancestors, give me an email. I will be glad to share what I have with anyone working these lines.

Stephen A. Taylor Mon Apr 21 17:31:54 1997
Trying to find information on Taylor's of Russell County in particular Thomas born about 1793 and wife Mary Elizabeth Owens Taylor born 1799. Also Charles W. Taylor son of Thomas born 1822 married in Russell County to Mary E (Eliza) Harper. Thomas and Charles moved with families to Smyth County. Charles died 1864 while serving in 63rd Virginia Infantry. Thomas died around 1868 and Wife moved back to Russell County with daughter Martha Ann Taylor Sweeney(Swiney)wife of William R. (or B.) Sweeney. Looking for marriage information, property ownership etc. Thomas may have been the son of Nimrod Taylor but not sure.

Jeffery Yule Mon, 10 Mar 1997
I am searching for any information you may have on my grandparents, John S. Cress and Elizabeth Cress of Chilhowie. Thank you for any assistance You can provide me.

Brian C. Hutton Thu Apr 17, 1997
Subject: HUTTON
Looking for info on A. J. Hutton, and his sons George (my grandfather), Charles, Jack, Otto, Jerry and Robert. George was born April 4, 1889 in Marion, Va. Thanks.

Douglas Nowlin Sat Apr 19, 1997
Subject: NOWLIN
My name is Douglas Nowlin of Rochester, NY. I'm an Afro- American. My Family came to New York State in the 1940's from Marion, Saltville, and the Glade Spring, Va. area . My Great Grand father was William Armstead Nowlin, born September 18, 1871 to Joseph and Rebbeca Nowlin, in Washington Co. He raised his family in Marion which is in Smyth Co. William had a sister her name was Stella Nowlin who also had a son which she named William Nowlin. It is said the father of Stella's son was a white man.
Douglas Nowlin

Anne Aker 17 Apr 1997
I am researching several families for my husband in Smyth County. His great, great grandfather was Daniel Aker, d-1899 and his wife Lizzie Killinger, d-13 Nov 1904. I am also looking for information on David Washington Goodpasture, son of W. Goodpasture and Margaret E ?. David was married to Florence Caldonia Kegley. Her parents were David Kegley and Mary Totten. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Anne Aker, Roanoke, VA

K.L.Thompson Thu Apr 17, 1997
Seeking anyone with informationon on a RICHARD THOMPSON (TOMSON), born about 1745 in ? and died in Lawrence Co. Ky. 1829. He married a MARGARETT__?__. Their children were (1) John, b.abt.1775, married ELIZABETH KIRBY. They lived in Cabell Co. Va., now Wayne Co. WV. (2) WILLIAM, b.abt. 1776, married SALLY FRASHER in 1798 Va., Lived in Cabell Co. Va., now Wayne Co. WVa., (3) SAMUEL, b.1778 in NC and died in Lawrence Co. Ky. 1855. He married in Floyd Co. Ky. 1808 ELIZABETH KIRBY.(4)JAMES, b.abt.1779 and died in Lawrence Co. Ky. 1827. He married NANCY__?__. Following his death most of this family moved to Missouri by 1848. (5)ANDREW,b.abt1782 and died in Lawrence Co. Ky. abt 1868, he married Katherine__?__. (6) A Dau. who married ISAAC PHARIS (FARIS). ISAAC is on the 1810 tax list for Russell Co. Va.but not on the 1812. They lived in Jefferson Co. Indiana in 1830. (7)RICHARD, was living in Russell Co. Va. in 1830.(8)George, b.abt 1788. Was living in Lawrence Co. in 1820 & 1830, by 1838 was in Greenup Co. Ky., can not locate him after this. (9)NANCY,b.abt 1791, married WILLIAM MOORE. They lived and died in Lawrence Co. Ky.. (10)REBECCA b.abt 1793, married JOHN BERRY. They Lived in Lawrence Co Ky.. (11)MARGARETT b.abt1798, she married JUBEL BERRY, a brother to John, thet lived in Lawrence Co. Ky.. I would be happy to exchange information on any of the above people with anyone.
K.L.Thompson, P.O.Box 468, Louisa, Ky. 41230 or email me at

Ron Dawson Sat Apr 12, 1997
Subject: COLEMAN
Seeking info on George Thomas Coleman and Ollie Taylor Coleman who lived in Washington County from the 1930's to the 1960's. Lived in Smyth County during the late 1800's.George born 1863, Ollie born 1876.

Robert Crabtree Sat Apr 12, 1997
I am looking for any information and links to my Grandfather Harold Crabtree born in Smyth County in 1857. His father may have been named David. He married Mary Maragret Martin Harris of Russell County.

Nina Mack Thu Apr 10, 1997
Seeking information about James Harvey KEYES, b 1813-1829 Washington Co., VA d Sept 1866 at Staley's Creek, VA m. after July 1850 to Fatama OVERBY b 1829-1831 Stokes Co., NC d aft 1880 Smythe Co., VA. 7 children all born Smythe Co. John L., Sarah Ann, Louisa, Wm. Simon, James Harvey, George W., Nancy J., Benjamin Franklin.

Nina Mack Thu Apr 10, 1997
"P. J." Phillip John GREGORY, John b 1821 Augusta Co., VA d 1900 Smyth Co, VA m. by 1842 Rhoda Manty/Menty WILSON b 1828 Prince Edward Co., VA d 1885 Smythe Co., VA Children: Johanna F., Rachel J., Wacker/Walter, Columbus W., Cora Ann, James W., Rhoda J., Elizabeth L., Laura Menty, Sarah The last two born Smyth Co., VA and first 2 or 3 born Augusta Co., VA.. Need help to complete and further info.

Norm Sechrest Sun Apr 6, 1997
Seeking MARRIAGE info on Andrew Seechrist/SECHRIST/etc. b. 1793 Lutheran Minister in Marion, Ebenezer Church, to Mary WAMPLER, B 1800

Brook ShaddeauSat, 05 Apr 1997
Searching for any information on following couples parents and children: CALHOUN/John T. m. FEAZELL/Rachel M. 2-6-1873 by Rev. J.J. Schever-all of Smyth Co., VA. They had one son known of William Aaron who m. Florence Etta PENNINGTON-they had 4 girls and 1 boy, cannot list any but my grandfather, because they are still alive-Joseph Franklin CALHOUN m. Ruth COX. (ANY INFO. ON COX' SIDE WOULD ALSO BE GREATLY APPRECIATED)Her parents were Arizona HOUSEMAN and James D. COX m. 1907-I only have James' parents and would like info. on other 2 wives, siblings and grandparents. His parents were George C. COX and Martha GIBBS, Thank you so very much! Good luck to everyone!
Send to Brook

Cynthia Jane Parish Tue Apr 1, 1997
Looking for any information on a William Parish and wife Sarah Haggie, both born in Virginia, dates unknown. William was the father of Luna Parish born Feb. 22, 1881, died Mar. 21, 1936.

Wayne Thomas Mon, 31 Mar 1997
Subject: THOMAS
I am seeking info. on my father Ernest Edward Thomas's parents burial location. My father passed away last March without leaving a clear picture as to where his parents were laid to rest. I am relatively sure they are somewhere in the same cemetery as he (Mt Olivette in Friendship Community of Washington Co Va ). If you or someone you know could shed some light on this subject matter I would greatly appreciate it! Thank You! Wayne Thomas, Chilhowie VA wt65@

Tim Lessley Fri Mar 28, 1997
Any information on a John Lessley Died 1831 owned land at Blue Spring the Head of Cripple Creek, Branch of New River Wythe. Children James Lessley, John Lessley, Andrew Lessley, Nancy, Polly Giear wife of Isaac Giear.

MICHELLE BERNS Mon 24 Mar 1997
Subject: NEFF * WINN/ WYNN
I am searching for any information on a Champion WYNN wife Mary/Margret------. They are in the Smyth County census 1840 to 1870. He's been listed as being a shoemaker and a farmer. There daughter Francis WYNN married Addison NEFF in 1850, both were age 20., who later moved to Morgan County Kentucky by 1860. I have a copy of Addison & Francis's marriage record. I was in the Smyth Co. Court house, the marriage record was all i found. Any information to another lead would be appreciated. I have no information on Addison NEFF at all.

Crystal Surber Fri Mar 21, 1997
I am looking for information on the SURBER family. I have found an Adam & Barsheba Surber (misspelled Suber) with a son Madison (age 16) in the 1850 Washington County, VA census. Did this Madison Surber move to Smyth County, VA and marry Mary -?- and have a son named Andrew Jackson Surber who married Amasda Cordelia Landreth (my great-grandparents)? Who are Adam and Barsheba's parents?

Larry Gene Bevins Tue Mar 11 22:36:52 1997
Would like any information on the Edwards of Wythe County. My Edwards line was John Edwards born abt 1794 England & Sarah Nelson born abt 1805 Wythe County, Va. I found a John Edwards living in Wythe Co., Va in 1818 helping to work on the new court house that was being built. Sarah Nelson was born in Wythe County. Her parents were David & Nancy Nelson. Would love to find any information on my Edwards & Nelson line when they were living in Wythe County, Va. They were listed in Smyth Co., Va on the 1830, 1840, & 1850 census but late moved to Lawrence County, Ky. Any help would be appreciated.

Don E. Robinson Sat Mar 8, 1997
Looking for information on my ancestor, Moore Robinson who married a Catherine Robinson. One of their mothers may have been a St. John. Moore Robinson b Oct. 14, 1797. Catherine Robinson b. Dec. 20, 1805 The census of 1830 lists Moore Robinson in Washington Co., VA, but the 1840 census lists a Moore Robinson in Smyth Co. as well as Washington Co.. Several sources suggest he may have lived in Smyth Co., listing Smyth Co. as birthplace of some of his children. His children were: Virginia b.1826, Elisabeth b.1828, Margaret b. 1830, Catharine b. 1832, James R. b.1834, Nancy b.1837 Rebecca b.1839, Sarah b. 1841, George W. b.1844, John A. b. 1847 (my great grandfather), and Samuel b.1849. It is unclear who Moore Robinson's father was. It has been suggested that it may have been James Robinson who died January 31, 1835 in Smyth Co.

Bettye Cooper Lowry Sat March 08, 1997
I am researching the HOUNDSHELL OR HOUNSHEL family. There is some indication that they may be related to the HOUNDSHELLS in Wythe or Smythe Counties . His name is S. FRANKLIN HOUNSHELL. FRANKLIN was listed in the Estill County, Ky. census in 1870 and the Lee County, Ky. census in 1880. He had two children, HENRY listed as 3 years old and SIMEON OR SAMUEL age 1. His wife was listed as JUDA. FRANKLIN says he was born in VA. His wife's maiden name was SLOAN. She was born in KY. Any info on this family would be appreciated. Thanks.

David Ledford Sat Mar 08, 1997
Subject: PATRICK
Searching for info about Charles E. PATRICK who lived in Chatham Hill area of Smyth Co. VA in 1870. Wife is either Elizabeth Marie or Marie Elizabeth (conflict in records). They are parents of several children including Edward H. Patrick born 24 Apr 1860 in Smyth Co. Any info about any other PATRICK families in Smyth Co. is appreciated! Thank you.

William E Harrold Thu Mar 06, 1997
Has anyone found a connection between the McMillians of Patrick County, VA with the McMillan/McMullen families of Wythe and Smyth Counties, VA? Dudley McMillian of Patrick Coounty had a son, Henry, whose wife was Frances. Could this be the same couple living inWythe County, VA in the 1840's?

Margaret Dolinger Sowder Tue, 4 Mar 1997
I have been gathering Rouse families for some time and I would like to hear from others doing the same. My line is through Paulser Sr's son Philip and many of Paulser Jr's family were from Smyth Co. I'm interested in all lines and willing to share.
Margaret Dolinger Sowder

Wanda Nance Sun Mar 2, 1997
Looking for anyone researching the following Smyth County,Virginia names: Sara C.Wolf, Jacob Snider, Rhoda Marsee, Rachel Debord, William Snider Jr., Jacob Wolf Sr., Reuben Debord, Sarah Hubbell, Justus Hubbell, Waitstill Bishop, George Debord, John Debord. Please contact me!!! Wanda Nance

Gregory Leedy Sat Feb 22 21:23:36 1997
I'm searching for information on the Leedy, and Grubb Family's of Wythe Co. My Greatfather was Albert josiah Leedy I believe he lived in the community of Groseclose, and Crockett. He was married twice first to great grandmother Sarah Caroline Umbarger-Leedy.Their children are as follows, Neda May Leedy-married Frank Johnson:Walter William Leedy- married Ruth Catron: Effie Ethlyn Leedy-married William Ruch: George Addison Leedy-married Josie Dix:James Cloyd Leedy- married Della ?: Jesse May Leedy-married Luther Hedricks; Lawrence Kelly Leedy-married Nannie belle Grubb.
My grandfather was Lawrence Leedy who married Nannie Grubb. I'm searching For her family also I think her dad was carnro Grubb, and her mother was Rebbeca Grubb. their children were Nannine B. Grubb-Leedy,Charlie Grubb,Rome Grubb,Leona Grubb-Earhart,Vonnie Grubb-Earhart, Carnro Franklin Grubb. Many of my relations have moved to Maryland. I'm also willing to share any information that I have.

Mrs. Betty J. McDaniels Fri, 21 Feb 1997 20:03:05
Subjects: FRY * YONCE
Would like to know more about the family of Andrew Fry b1808 Wythe Co. , Va., s/o Valentine Fry and Mary Catherine Yonce. Andrew Fry married Sarah ?? b1809 NC - I have not located marriage record-not in Wythe or Smyth. The family was in the 1850C Smyth Co., Va. with the following children: George V 1830, Mary J 1835, Caroline 1837, Margaret A 1839, Sarah E 1844, John W 1846, William P 1849, Lacressa J 1853. Would like to fill in all the blanks on this family group sheet. Help appreciated. Betty Jo McDaniels, 2566 Va. Beach Blvd., Va. Beach, Va. 23452

Helen J Wilson Thu Feb 20 15:10:25 1997
Seeking additional information on Samuel Wilson MCCORMICK, bc 1825 (possibly in Washington County to Micajah MCCORMICK Jr.) married c. 1854 to Bettie AYERS (bc. 1834 Saltville, Smythe, VA). Samuel died in Denton County Texas soon after June 1880. He had been in Texas approx. 6 months. Bettie moved to Williamson County, died c. 1884. Their 11TH child Rachel MCCORMICK was my grandmother and never remembered her parents. A possible nephew or other relative was Bettie, the widow and her childrens for relocation: William Henry MCCORMICK, b. 19 Sept 1835, d.3 June 1890, Hutto, Williamson, TX. He was in the census in Samuel's household in the 1850 census of Smythe VA.

Gail Young Tue Feb 18 16:49:30 1997
Andrew Williams Tuell b. 20 Feb. 1870, Troutdale, Va. married Synthia Ellen Slemp in Chilhowie on 6 January, 1892. He died Wallace, Va., 14 March, 1957, she died Bristol, Va on 31 March, 1967. Need parents for both pls. Also looking for parents of Sarah Evaline Kegley. b. 28 Dec, 1867 in Comers Rock, Va., died in Chilhowie on 7 Dec., 1930. Looking for any information on her parents, David F. Kegley and Charlotte Clark

John Rice Montgomery Tue Feb 18 20:15:58 1997
I'm searching Rice, White, Montgomery and Grogan lines, all in the Mendota and Meadowview area. Specifically I am looking for information on my ggrandfather, William H. Montgomery of Meadowview. Thank you.

Phil Coltrane Wed Feb 19, 1997
I am interested in the decendents of both sets of my grand parents from Pulaski Co. Robert Joseph Hall d. Nov 1971, his wife, Bessie Folden Hall d.@ May 1979. My paternal grandparents were Lawrence Morgan Coltrane d.@1949 and his wife Bessie Midkiff??Midcalf??Coltrane. Any information would be greatly appreciated and thanks.

Debby McArtorWed Feb 19, 1997
I am researching Gillespies in Tazewell County, Va. My father was William Thomas Gillespie, son of Buford Preston Gillespie. Any info on Buford's father, grandfather, great grandfather would be appreciated.

Allie Wilson Oldham Wed Feb 19, 1997
Searching for the parents of Calvin Hamilton, b 1815-1820, VA., Harvey C., b 1820, VA and Campbell H., b 1823, VA. Have found their last name spelled Atha or Athay or Atley. Calvin md Susan Tate Rock and Harvey md Mary Mariann Rock in 1841,Wythe Co., Va. Susan and Mary were daughters of Samuel and Susannah (Tate) Rock of Botetourt and Wythe Counties, VA.

Zandra Walker Sun Feb 16 07:02:30 1997
Subject: SEXTON
Looking for the parents of Pryor Sexton born abt 1764, he and four brothers John and Elizabeth, Archibald, Pryor, and William settled on Rock Creek now in Grayson Co.,after the Am. Rev.Archibald, John, and William were in the war they signed up in Augusta Co., Va. Any help appreciated.

Nina Mack Mon Feb 17 17:17:27 1997
Overby, Peter born in Washington Co, VA about 1790's wife: Pulliam, Sarah born 1790's place unknown 8 ch: some born in Stokes, NC and some in VA. Overby, Fatama date unknown about 1829-1831? husband: Keyes,James Harvey, born 1813-1829 Washington Co.? Their children all born in Smythe County,John L,Overby/Keyes 1850 Sarah Ann 1852, Louisa 1855, William Simon "Sim" 1857, James Harvey, Jr. 1858, George W. 1860, Nancy J. 1862, Benjamin Franklin b October 29, 1863 (Staley's Creek) Gregory,Phillip "P.J." born about 1821 VA, wife: Rhoda Manty/Menty Wilson,they lived at 7 Mile Ford. She may have been 2nd or 3rd wife. He had 10 children all born in VA. The last two were born in Smyth County, and maybe others were also. He enlisted at Camp Radford in 1863, and was said to have head injuries from the war. Some of his children were said to have been raised in the Masonic Home thought to be in Richmond, VA. Want marriage, death, birth or anything to fill in the gaps or help to further the research. Would appriciate any help or people related.)

Mel Bedford Mon Feb 17, 1997
Subject: CALL
Searching for more info on B F CALL b. 1865 m. America ? He died 4 Jul 1922. son Marion Watson Call b. 3 Aug 1887 d.. 6 Jul 1964 m. Susie Alice 18 Dec 1912.
Mel Bedford

Lona Ward GibsonMon Feb 17, 1997
I am looking for the parents of Druriah Ward who was in the Sullivan Co.1850 census.In 1860 he is in Scott Co. Va. being called Dewey.His name was Druriah,Drewery,Drury.Hwe was married to Elizabeth,but dont know her maiden name.The children of Druriah were Simon Peter,who is my Great Grandfather.He married Amanda Elizabeth Shipley Davis of Sullivan Co. Tenn.Stephen who married Mary around 1860.He lived on moccasion creek in Scott Co. Va. after 1860 I lose hima nd Mary.Who were the parents of Mary,and who were their children?William married Susan,dont know her maiden name or who her parents were,also where did they marry.In 1860 census of Scott Co. Va.they have two children____Adaline and Martha,or Margaret.William was killed in Culpepper Co. Va. in 1862,according to his brother Stephen. In 1860 census of Scott Co. Va. there is an elderely lady by the name of Margaret Prater living with Druriah and Elizabeth.Is this Elizabeths mother??? Cyrus supposed to have married Amanda?????Dont know where they got marrroed or who her parents were.They went to St. Clair,Ill.and are there in the 1880 and 1900 census.What happened to Cyrus and Amanda after that???.Did Susan remarry after William died,and to whom?Simom Peter Ward was my great grandfather who married Amanda Elizabeth Shiple Davis of Sullivan Co. Tenn.He was also in the Civil War.Mary Ward,who did she marry and what happened to her.What happened to Elbert,and in 1860 census of Scott Co. Va. there is a Melvina Ward in the home.Was she a daughter,or daughter_inlaw?

Tony England Mon Feb 17, 1997
Searching for information on Nathan and Mary Tyree Bloomer both born in 1838. Also searching for information Hirman England and Sussie Tomlinson. All these people resided in the Fairview section of Scott County. Thank you for your help.

John Carter Mon Feb 17, 1997
I am researching the BUCHANAN family of Lincoln County Tennessee who cam from Washington County, Virginia after the Revolutionary War. They descended from Samuel Buchanan of Pennsylvania. Matthew Buchanan and his son, Andrew, started the line in Lincoln County. I am looking for birth/death/and marriage dates for these lines. I have some information I can share on these families. Mr gr-gr-grandfather, William Cowan McClellan, had a sister, Catherine McClellan, who married Felix Grundy Buchanan of Fayetteville, Tennessee in 1874.

Cindy Helbert Sat Feb 8 17:28:58 1997
Looking for information on the surname Helbert,expecially with links to William Beverly Helbert,born 1886,son of William and Mary Moore Helbert.Any information on the Helbert family would be appriciated.

Pam Wood Kirchner Fri Feb 7 17:32:57 1997
Subject: WOOD(S)
Seeking info about Grandison Wood(s) born approx. 1812 in VA. Moved to west TN prior to 1860. Any info would be appreciated. Any ties to deeding of 400 ac. on Cedar Creek in Washington Co, known as Wood Tract?


Gracie Stover Thu Feb 13 22:11:01 1997
I am looking for information about my g-grandmother, Martha Ann CALDWELL, born abt 1857. She and her family (6 sisters) were from around the Saltville area, which could be Smyth or Washington Counties. Martha Ann married Elias STILLWELL (born abt 1847) I believe from Tazewll Co, but not sure. They were married in VA, Saltville abt 1873 and moved to Greenup Co, KY, where my grandfather, Shirley STILLWELL was born. Anyone having any information about their families I would appreciate hearing from. Thank you, Gracie E. Stover

Bettye Cooper Lowry Sun Feb 9 13:22:22 1997
I am researching the HOUNDSHELL OR HOUNSHEL family. There is some indication that they may be related to the HOUNDSHELLS in Wythe or Smythe Counties . His name is S.FRANKLIN HOUNSHELL. FRANKLIN was listed in the Estill County, Ky. census in 1870 and the Lee County, Ky. census in 1880. He had two children, HENRY listed as 3 years old and SIMEON OR SAMUEL age 1. His wife was listed as JUDA. FRANKLIN says he was born in VA. His wife's maiden name was SLOAN. She was born in KY. Any info on this family would be appreciated. Thanks.

Violet Shelton Carter Sun, 02 Feb 1997 18:21:23 -0800
I am looking for the family of Sarah DeBord (Phipps) who was born on 24 March 1837 in Smyth county. Her father was Reuben DeBord and her mother was Elizabeth Groseclose. Can someone please tell me who all of the children of Reuben and Elizabeth were and also who their parents were.
Thanks! Violet Shelton Carter

Jerry A. Penley Mon Feb 3 11:57:33 1997
Subjects: GOSE * PEERY * DENNY
DAVID GOSE married ELIZABETH PEERY in 1830. David was from Tazewell County and Elizabeth was from Wythe County. They were married before Smyth and Bland counties split off from Wythe County, Virginia. I have David's ancestry but WHO was Elizabeth's parents. My wife and I were at the Tazewell Library the other day and found the book "Pioneers of The Bluegrass," but we could not find the parents of Elizabeth Peery. Could you please help on this problem? David's and Elizabeth's daughter, SOPHIA GOSE, married DAVID DENNY. Sophia died sometime in the 1860s. David Denny then married NANCY PEERY. David Denny and Nancy Peery are buried in the Taylor Cemetery near Broadford, Va. My wife is a descendant of the David Denny/Sophia Gose marriage. Jerry Penley

Elizabeth M. Chambers Wed, 29 Jan 1997 22:06:32 -0800
Subjects: CAMPBELL, William * HENRY, Elizabeth
I am in need of information concerning Col William Campbell of Aspenville. He was involved in the King's Mountain Battle during the Revolutionary War. He was married to Elizabeth Henry (Patrick Henry's sister). I need any information regarding this couple. Thank You
E.M. Chambers

Martha Ballard Tue Jan 28 22:20:43 1997
I'm still looking for information on GGrandparents-- I don't know my GGrandfather's given name. My GGrandmother's name was Lizzie Smith. Not sure as to whether 'Lizzie' was a nick name or not. My Grandparents names are: Samuel Davidson-b: May 1859 in Saltville, Va. d: Sept. 5, 1930 in Saltville, Va.
Annie Bell Posten-b: Feb. 22, 1872 in Smyth Co., Va. d: Feb. 22, 1920 in Saltville, Va.
I don't know their marriage date. Samuel married again after my grandmother died--to a Biddie ? Any help would be appreciated. Please e-mail me at:

Jack Johnson Tue Jan 28 17:28:26 1997
Am interested in information regarding my grandfather, George Franklin Johnson, whose father was Lawton (lawson?) Johnson. George Franklin Johnson was born in Washington County around 1890. He married Sara Leedy from Crocket,and they then moved to Nebraska in 1908. George has a brother Charles who live in and about seven mile ford all of his life. Any information would be appreciated.

Howard P. Boothe Sat Jan 25 09:20:01 1997
John Boothe married Mary W. Alley on November 27, 1868, and moved to Russell County. He lived in Smyth County, VA for most of his life, but moved to Russell after his first wife died. . He died on August 17, 1877 and was buried in Russell County. Can anyone give me any information about where he might be buried, and any information about any children or any further information about his wife? The William Booth who married Margaret Musselwhite in Smyth county was the oldest son of the John Boothe for whom I am looking. If anyone else is researching this line of the Boothe/Booth family, I have a list of over 900 descendents of John Boothe, and would be glad to discuss it with anyone interested. .

Michael A. Dye Sat Jan 25 08:02:28 1997
I am researching the Dye family. Abraham or William Abraham Dye & Letticia Coleston Dye moved their family from the Caswell Co. N.C. area. to Russell Co. Va. abt 1808-1810. Before that they were in Halifax Co. Va. They had 6 known sons & 1 daughter. Sons names were: Robert, John, Pryor, George, Fountain & Branson. The daughter, Nancy, married William Little. The Littles had also come from Caswell Co. Members of the Dye family later migrated to the surrounding counties of Washington, Tazwell, Buchanan, Dickenson & Smyth. Most of the Dyes in Southwest Virginia descend from this family. I am collecting information on as many of their decendants as possible & hope to eventuallyhave it published. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who is a Dye descendant, & would be glad to trade info. Also if anyone has info on who Abrahams parents, gr. parents etc. are I would sure appreciate that. It is poss. that his father was Jacob Dye but I haven't been able to confirm this.

Pete Mink Tue, 28 Jan 1997 14:10:32 -0700
I am trying to locate my Birth Father, and any help or leads on how I can locate him would be appreciated. His name is Samuel Farmer. My last contact with him was in late 1965 when he was working as an orderly in a Baltimore area hospital. He was a Cook in the United States Army, and stationed in Wiebelsbach, Germany in 1946. I do have his army serial number and outfit that he served with which are as follows: #336-59-772, Btry D 62AAA GN BN, APO 758. He also had a sister named Emmia Farmer who lived in Chatham Hill, VA during 1965.
Again, if anyone can help me in locating him/her, or give me some ideas were I might turn to find information it would be very much appreciated.
Pete Mink 8191 San Juan Range Rd Littleton, Co 80127 (H) 303-972-2379 (W) 303-966-5141 E-Mail: PETE.MINK@RFETS.GOV

Billie Wilburn Duncan Sat Jan 25 13:37:27 1997
Looking for the parents of Benjamin L. Wilburn b-ca1820 in Virginia Benjamin married Margaret Staley, Aug 12, 1839 in Wythe County Va. Moved to Smyth County between 1840 and 1850. Following children were born in 7 Mile Ford in Smyth County, Virginia:
Elizabeth I. Wilburn b-1840 who m-James L. Barker in Smythe Co.
James H. Wilburn b-1842 in Co.D 4th Va Infantry, d-Oct 16,1862 at Kearneysville, W.Va.
Abraham S. Wilburn b-1844
Charles T. Wilburn b-March 26, 1846
John A. Wilburn b-1848
Benjamin F. Wilburn 1852
Nancy E. Wilburn b- Aug 3, 1853
Walter A. Wilburn b-Sept 15, 1855
Margaret Ellender Wilburn b-1858
Benjamin was a shoemake in Seven Mile Ford
Any help would be appreciated.

Billie Wilburn Duncan Sat Jan 25 13:58:08 1997
Looking for parents of both, William K. Rector b-17Sept.1823 in VA.
m-Margaret B. Goodpaster b-16 Dec 1815 in Washington CO? Va
They married May 19,1842 in Symth Co. Va and had the following Children:
Susanna J. C. Rector b-Feb 24, 1843
Sarah Elizabeth Rector b-Jan 5, 1845 Symth Co.
Mary Rector b-1846
Martha Rector b-1848
Nancy Rector b-1850 Claiborne Co. Tn
George Rector 1853 Claiborne Co. Tn
James Rector 1859 Claiborne Co. Tn
Any infor on this family would be appreciated. Thanks

Bonnie Umbarger Sat Jan 25 15:36:09 1997
Looking for information on Dewey (or Dewy) Otis Umbarger and his ancestors. He was born in Smyth county Virginia around 1899 in Marion VA. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you

Jeffrey D. Kemp Fri Jan 24 22:41:46 1997
Subjects: MATHENA, MARRS, GROSECLOSE, TICKLE Looking for anyone researching the following Smyth County surnames: Mathena, Marrs, Groseclose, Tickle. Please contact me!!!

Linda Krug Tue Jan 21 06:14:38 1997
Subjects: RICE * SUTTON
I am interested in any information about a James Joseph RICE who was born September 1, 1839 in Smythe County, Virginia. Also in his father Lemuel RICE or his mother Dicey Jane SUTTON. Supposedly, James Joseph RICE was a Methodist minister. I have no dates for Lemuel Rice or Dicey Jane Sutton.

Linda Threadgill Wed 22 Jan 1997
Subject: William McKENZIE
I'm seeking info on WILLIAM MCKENZIE b. 1855. Married EVALINE MCCALEB. Her death certificate listed their son ALONZO McKENZIE as living in Dry Fork, VA in 1920. I'm not sure if it was this county or not. Any info received on this family would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you very much, Linda

Barbara Wyatt Rio Thu Jan 16 19:46:08 1997
Subject: WYATT
Wish information on siblings (and their descendents) of my grandfather, David Dent WYATT, b. 4 Sep 1889, Smyth Co., Va.; d. 22 Feb 1924, Princeton, Wyoming Co., WV; bur. Laurel Springs Methodist Church Cem., Marion, Va. Family of 7 listed in 1900 U. S. Census Smyth Co., Va.: parents A.Mathew & Memphis WYATT & children: Charles, James L., David D., Fannie B., and George V. Two siblings buried same cemetery, Marion: Willie & Annie.May also be two more children subsequent: Walter & Mary. Snail Mail: Barbara W. Rio 7552 Hyde Ct. Manassas, Va. 20109-3334

Zandra S. Walker Fri, 17 Jan 1997 11:27:53
I am interested in any information on John Michael COKER born abt 1720. His daughter Catherine married Pryor SEXTON in 1784. John was of German decent because his will was signed in German. Thanks, Zandra

Martha(Davidson)Ballard Sun Jan 12 00:41:56 1997
I'm looking for any information about my grandfather's parents, siblings, children, etc. His name was Samuel DAVIDSON Born May 1859 in Saltville, Va. He was a farmer. He Died Sept. 5, 1930 in Saltville, Va. His mother's name was Lizzie SMITH. My grandmother's name was Annie Bell POSTEN Born: Feb. 22, 1872 in Smyth Co., Va. She died Feb. 22, 1920 in Saltville, Va. Any information on her would be appreciated. My grandfather was suppose to have remarried to a Biddie ?. Don't have any other information about her. There were other children but I don't know their names. One I knew as Kansas. Samuel & Annie Bell Posten's children were: Beulah Kate Davidson Born: Dec. 28, 1900 in Saltville, Va. Died: January 25, 1981 in Richlands, Va. She married James Bishop Hays Edward Frederick Davidson Born: Feb. 8, 1902/04 in Richvalley or Saltville, Va. Died: June 15, 1983--Big Stone Gap, Va. He married Ruth Vaughan Any help would be appreciated! Martha B.

Juanita Schmitz Fri Jan 10 13:24:00 1997
Subject: SEXTON
I am attempting to research my family tree. My primary interest is in the Sexton family. I know that the Sextons have been in Wythe County since at least the mid-to-late 1700s. The first reference I've found was to Joseph and Phoebe Sexton (Evansham) 177(0). Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

Larry Gene Bevins Sat Jan 11 00:06:50 1997
Would like any information on my EDWARDS line. I found JOHN & SARAH NELSON EDWARDS living in Smyth Co W Va 1850 census. Their son JOSEPH or JOEL GREEN EDWARDS was my 3rd ggfather. He was b June 30, 1842 Smyth Co VA and marr Martha "Patty" Deboard (Debord) July 26, 1861 Lawrence Co KY. JOEL GREEN & MARTHA "PATTY" DEBOARD EDWARDS lived their lives out in Lawrence Co KY and are buried there. The 1850 census of Smyth Co states that JOHN EDWARDS was b 1800 in Maine? & SARAH NELSON b 1805 in Tennessee? I was told Sarah Nelson's parents were David & Nancy Nelson, but not sure. JOHN & SARAH NELSON EDWARDS' children were Nancy, Sarah Ann who marr February 14, 1849 Smyth Co VA to George Turner, Hannah, David, Rebecca, John J., and Joseph or Joel Green Edwards. George Turner's parents were William & Phebe Turner. Any help would be appreciated.

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