Barbour County Queries 2005

Send your queries to be posted here. Use either the New Query Form or send them to me in e-mail. Margaret Lew, Page Manager.
New Query Form

Ron Kuzemchak Thursday December 22, 2005

John HEISLEY WEAVER - philadelphia businessman - supposedly had several coal mines in Barbour and Preston counties (1890-1930). One mine / town was supposedly called 'HEISLEYWOOD'- anyone know of its location? JHW was also a 'president' of the West Virginia Northern Railroad at some point!

Philip Shingleton Wednesday December 21, 2005

Looking for any info on the SHINGLETONs or GOLDENs, just trying to track my history. Thanks..

Brenda C. Andrews Thursday December 15, 2005

I am looking for Benjamin F. McDONALD b. abt. 1895 in WV. m. Mary E. TAYLOR b. abt. 1896 in Va.

I appreciate help. I have to go to each county. I hve been searching for 11 years and I have gotten wrong info and must start over.

Bill Joseph Saturday December 10, 2005

I am doing a sesarch for my 3rd great grandfather and believe he lived near what is now Tygart Lake near where Barbour County and Taylor county come together. Of course this was Randolph County then. The 1810 Census shows a Joseph JOSEPH and his son John JOSEPH living in that area. The 1820 census shows Joseph JOSEPH still there - but his son and family are gone and I think they came to Ohio (Greene or Brown Counties). I have more info that can follow. But, not sure how all this works. Would like to hear from you and thanks.
Bill Joseph
103 Red Bay Dr
Longwood, Fl 32779

Scott A. Smith Saturday December 3, 2005

I need any information available on Lucy Ann RUSSELL. Born either 02 July 1837 or 27 October 1837 Barbour County VA. Married to James Henry MORRISON 17 October 1837 Son of Isaac MORRISON and Harriett ENGLAND. Married ?? 12 November 1856 Barbour County. Looking for record of birth parents, or any information available. Also known as Lillie RUSSELL or Lillie MORRISON.

Cheryl Haught Saturday November 26, 2005

I am looking for the burial place of my husband's ancestors, Isaac PHILLIPS and his wife Elizabeth KITTLE. Isaac was born 19 Jan 1769 in Randolph County and died May 1843 in Barbour County. Can anyone tell me which cemetery this couple is buried in and if they have markers on their graves? Any help appreciated.
Cheryl Haught

Linda Rabbett Friday November 25, 2005

Seeking information regarding Barbour Co., WV families, i.e., John SHERMAN/SHIREMAN married Sarah FITZWATER and were the parents of Martin Van Buren SHERMAN (SHIREMAN). The SHERMAN (SHIREMAN) family migrated to Barbour County from the Hardy County area. Martin SHERMAN (SHIREMAN) married Engaby JOHNSON in Barbour County in 1867.

Samuel MINEAR married to Catherine PHILLIPS. Trying to find the parents and siblings of Samuel MINEAR. Samuel born in the Tucker County area. He was born approx. 1824 - 1825. Do not find him after the 1860 Barbour County Census.

Catherine PHILLIPS married to Samuel MINEAR; don't know where. Trying to find her parents and siblings. Catherine PHILLIPS born approx. 1818 -1819. May have been daughter of Rachel and John H. PHILLIPS per suggestion of Don Norman. I don't find her after the 1860 Barbour County Census.
Thanks. Linda

Jeffrey L. Hill Tuesday November 22, 2005

I am searching for any info on the other HILL family, not the Edward Hill family. My father's name was Harold Lee HILL. His father Lee HILL was married to a daughter of Arnold RIGHT (I confirmed all of this through census records from 1880 - 1910). Please if anyone can give me additional info I would deeply appreciate it. From the census records it indicates that both families lived in the Grant District.

One of my father's brothers died while crossing one of the covered bridges in Barbour county around 1905 - 1915. If you could also help me there I would be so thankful. From my grandfather (Lee Hill or William Lee HILL) back is like a black hole. I can't find anything on the HILL line. Thanks...Jeff Hill

Linda Lee Mueller Gerard Monday November 21, 2005

Looking for information on GERARD's who lived in Phillipi. Sebastian immigrated from Italy, arriving in NY Feb 22, 1901. Sebastiano (or West) worked for Waddell Fuel Co. in the coal mines. His wife Maria Guzzi came over on June 28, 1906 (!) the Ellis Island records her going to see her husband, Sebastiano Veraldo (sp? unclear) in Moulesburg, PA. However, I know that the family moved to Brownsville, PA at some point and ended up in Galloway, WV after living in Simpson, Grafton, and Phillipi.

There were about 13 children:

Sebastian's brother, Sam (Salvatore) also lived in WV and I have found census info on his family. His great-grandchildren still live in WV.

I am trying to locate the descendants of another brother, Vincent (Vincenzo) who came to America, made his fortune and returned to Italy, reported to be a rich man. (so the story goes) My final goal would be to visit Italy, meet the cousins and see where these people came from. It was almost a spiritual experience learning about my own family and I want to preserve the Italian heritage for my husband and our children.

Before my father-in-law passed away, I saw a copy of his birth certificate which listed him as Frank Gerardi, born Oct 19, 1910, but I have not been able to obtain a copy of it from the WV vital records. Most of his brothers and sisters eventually moved to Baltimore, MD for work and their descendants still live in that area.
Sincerely, Linda Lee Mueller Gerard
P. O. Box 154
Jarrettsville, MD 21084
PS - please feel free to pass on my e-mail and P. O. Box addresses to anyone who may be researching the Gerard clan.

Paul Pettit Thursday November 10, 2005

Researching Valentine CHAPMAN and wife Ruth STEPHENS removed to Harrison County about 1804. Probably lived elsewhere for a couple of years possibly West Milford or Weston area - he purchased a place on Elk Creek from George ARNOLD. He probably moved there in the 1810's.

There appears to be another CHAPMAN line that establishes in the same area in the 1860's. Looking for a connection and origin on this line.

Also looking for history of families in the area of Chapman's settlement. Also researching history of land transfers and historical cemeteries from split in rd from 57/20 to 119.

Does anyone have info on George STEPHENS of Harrison County and Stephens Run off Cr 20 a branch of Elk Creek??

Also interested in DNA project involving the STUART/STEWARTs and other branches.
Paul Pettit
28790 Ellis Ave
Romoland, CA 92585-9707

Diane Lemmon Sunday November 6, 2005

I used to be in touch by enail with a Katheryn (Katy) Myers of Munroe Falls, Ohio. She was working on the PRICE line and gave me much info. I cannot locate her. If anyone knows how I can get in touch with her or her family I would appreciate it. I am very interested in going to W. VA and see what I can find there. My grandfather, Marion NESTER was born and raised there, he being a direct descendant of Jacob NESTOR and Mary Magdalena DURR. Diane Lemmon

Tom Dean Tuesday November 1, 2005

I need information on an Ira DIGMAN who married Lona GODWIN. Any help would be appreciated, Thanks, Tom Dean

Carol Miller Wednesday October 26, 2005

I am searching for anyone who has a connection to John F. STEVENS married to Louisa LANCE. Children: In 1900 census Upshur Co., I find Louisa living with son Lawson and a granddaughter Niva. I don't believe Niva is the daughter of Lawson, but I could be wrong.

Anyone connected to this line, Please email me. Thanks, Carol

Russell Miller Friday October 14, 2005

I am looking for record of a death of a John Miller who was in Barbour in 1850, born in 1766. Any information you have on him and his family t/u. Russell Miller

Carol Miller Tuesday October 11, 2005

I am searching for anyone who may know where the graves of Keziah STEPHENS and husband Edward STEPHENS are located. They are most likely not together. I know that Keziah died before Edward. They are recorded in Harrison Co. records and Barbour Co. Records. (Land) records. I believe they lived near Hackers Creek, but I am not positive on the location. A connection to the Banister STEVENS line is connected to the Edward STEPHENS and I need to find someone who has a connection to either of these lines. Any help please.

Carol Miller

Joyce Eggleton Sunday October 9 2005

Do you know where I could purchase a copy of the Kessel book that was written? I visited not too many years ago and attended church at Oak Grove Methodist but it was a Sunday and everything was closed. We were treated royally and spoke to many folks at the church. Since it was just a weekend jaunt and we had to return to work on Monday, we couldn't stay over and investigate too much. My g-g-g-g-g grandfather moved through that area on his way to Mason County, WV but I'm still curious as to who could have been related to him there.

Thanks for any help you may give me. Joyce Kessell Eggleton

Owen McCoy Friday October 7 2005

We are researching my wife's Great grandfather, Benjamin Franklin McDONALD. He was born 1861, died in 1915, in Richwood, Nicholas County; His remains were shipped to Parsons, in Tucker County, to his son Raymond's home. He is buried in the Pifer Mountain Cemetary off state highway 38. He was married to Amelia Mille AUVIL on 18 December 1884 in Barbour County. We have only a bible handwritten note that BF's father was named Henry McDONALD. BF's Mother was Margaret Anne GROSE, born 25 Dec 1844, daughter of Peyton H. and Margaret (Peg) GROSE, maiden name unknown.

We have traced Amelia's ancestry back to Germany, but cannot find anything to authenticate Henry McDONALD's existance, census wise or otherwise. We believe that Henry and Margaret GROSE had the following children, (according to family notes written prior to 1958): Florence, Mary, Rose ( who married a Metz), Margaret (who married a Nestor), Joseph Peyton, John, James, and of course Benjamin Franklin.

Also, with very little substantiation, are listed Henry's siblings: Bill, Ann (who married a Hessard), and what looks like a Bilerz. There is an arrow pointing to the point where Henry is shown with the words " Barbour-Shilo"

Any thing you could locate to help us locate BF's ancestors woulod be vary much appreciated.

Owen and Patricia (McDonald) McCoy

Crystal Arthur Thursday October 6 2005

I am searching for some information on my ggggrandpa William PRICE and his family. If anyone has any information on them I would really appreciate it if you would share it with me. Thank You

Rodger Shinn Wednesday September 28 2005

Need any and all information on Samuel SHINN - born 1737 in NJ - married Ann BRANSON in 1762 --thank you, Rodger Shinn Saturday September 24 2005

Looking for info on Edward FLEMING b. abt 1810 VA/WV, m. Indianna CARROLL in 1835 in Harrison Co. VA/WV. He buys 100 acres on Pleasant Creek (recorded in Harrison Co.) in 1842 from James ROBINSON. Sells this land (then recorded in Barbour Co.) in 1845 to Enos SWINK. Edward and Indianna are in Ohio by 1850. Which FLEMING family does Edward belong to? Email me at _futeykm@aol.com_

Jimmy R. Mascaro Monday September 19 2005

I am looking for information (birth location and parents) for Emanuel STONE, born about March, 1838. He married Elizabeth Jane HUMPHREYS, born about May, 1836. They were married in Barbour County. Their oldest son, Garnett Davis STONE. was born about 1861-1862 in West Virginia. Emanuel and Elizabeth both died between 1920-1930 in Kansas. Her parents were Thomas S. HUMPHREYS and Matilda HUDSON. It is possible that Emanuel also was known as Edmund, as has been reported in his Civil War records. He enlisted 5-14-1861 in the 31st Infantry Regiment of Virginia (Confederacy) and was wounded July 3, 1863 at the battle of Gettysburg. Monday September 12 2005

I don't know if you can help, but here is my quest. I am looking for Abraham SIMMONS born 1808 in Lewis Co. He married Jemima ROBERTS (parents Elijah and Permelia SIMONS), I also need info on them, but don't know where to look. Their daughter is Permelia SIMONS, born 8-25-1838, who married Nicholas POST in Barbour Co. on 11-8-1858. Can you help?

Guy Mayes Friday September 2 2005

We will be publishing a book on the CAIN family descending from Walter born ca 1725 and Mary Ann CAIN born ca 1731, of Hunterdon County New Jersey. Their children are: Margaret ca 1746, Richard ca 1747, Samuel ca 1749, Patience ca 1750, Daniel ca 1752, Mary ca 1753, Joseph ca 1754, Walter ca 1756, Rachel ca 1757 and Gershon ca 1758. If you would like your genealogy included in the book, please sent it to us. We would also like stories about the family and any pictures you would share.

Dianna & Guy Mayes
6089 Sandgate Road
Columbus, Ohio 43229

Diane Paulson Thursday September 1 2005

I have a John LOWE who died in Baltimore County Md in 1816. At that time he owned 620 acres on Teter Creek in the state of Virginia. He gave the land to his children equally. Would anyone know to what source I should go to find the land records where his children sell the land? Virginia, or one of the original Counties? Thanks

Betty J. Winans Thursday August 11 2005

Looking for information with respect to John WINANS (b. 30 March 1827) and Rebecca Mitchell WINANS. They were married 1 March 1855. Also information on Francis WINANS (b. Aug. 1860) and Martha Henderson WINANS (b. Sept. 1867). They were all from Barbour County. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.


Gwen Keith Wednesday August 10 2005

Looking for any info. on the families of Mattie Bell SIMPSON (b. 1883 in Calhoun, Barbour, WV) who was married to Isaac Monroe BOOTH ("Monroe" or "Roe", b. 1877 in Belington, Barbour, WV). Both widowed, Mattie and Monroe were married 3/5/1921 in Barbour County. Mattie's first husband was Charles Edward SUTTON, and she had 5+ children with him. Monroe's first wife was Frances WEICE (or WEESE), and he had many children with her.

I am the daughter of Monroe BOOTH, Jr., who was the only child of the marriage of Mattie and MONROE.

Jenny Thursday July 21 2005

Sarah KELLER and aunt Sarah 'Sally' KELLER MITCHELL
Hello BOOTH, MITCHELL, KELLER, MCINTOSH cousins! I have been corresponding with a cousin about this and thought to pass it on for all the KELLER / MITCHELL researchers out there.

2 page photocopy sent to me 20 May 2005 by
Clerk, Barbour County Commission
Barbour County Courthouse
8 North Main St.
Philippi, WV 26416

Barbour Co. Death Register, Vol 1
pages 8-9 (both pages read together as one..)

Line 35:
Name: Wm. R. MITCHEL
Date of Death: Nov 5 1855
Place of Death: Barbour Co.
Cause of Death: Typhoid Fever

Cont on Page 9:
Parents: Robert & S. MITCHEL
County of Birth: Harrison
Consort of or Unmarried: Unmarried
Notifier: Robert MITCHEL
Relationship of Notifier: Father


Line 36:
Name: Sally MITCHEL
Date of Death: Dec 23 1855
Place of Death: Barbour Co.
Cause of Death: Typhoid Fever

Cont on Page 9:
Parents: Isaac BOOTH & S. KELLER
County of Birth: Preston Co.
Consort of or Unmarried: Robt MITCHEL
Notifier: Robert MITCHEL
Relationship of Notifier: Husband


Line 37:
Name: Sarah KELLER
Date of Death: Dec 11 1855
Place of Death: Barbour Co.
Cause of Death: Typhoid Fever

When I first spoke to a clerk in May 2005, she said Sally KELLER MITCHELL and niece Sarah KELLER died on the same day, then had a question and sent me the photocopy (not the usual but she was a bit confused by the nearly identical names and same dates). I am very thankful to be able to clear up a discrepancy for many researching this family.

I now can see the photocopy that the "two sets" of tallies in the Death Date column are actually for the month *only* and the *date* was the 11th, with 11 looking like tallies. The other handwritten entries confirm this. I assumed from first glance it was two tallies, reflecting the previous entry but it is indeed Dec 11th. I have recently amended my tree to reflect the correct date of the 11th...It's one of those you have to see the actual record to realize the fallacy.

Cont on Page 9:
Parents: John & L. KELLER
County of Birth: Harrison Co.
Consort of or Unmarried: unmarried
Notifier: John KELLER
Relationship of Notifier: Father

Feel free to email me about these families if you would like to share goodies. *grin* THANK YOU!

Vancouver, WA
4x Great Granddaughter of John and Lucinda MITCHELL KELLER Ted Weaver Saturday July 23 2005

James Edward LYNCH was married to Margaret A. JOHNSON. They are listed on the 1850 census. He age 26, painter and her age 20 living in Philippi. Children: Theodore, Hugh. On the 1860 census he is a mechanic, and add children Anna J. (my great, great grandmother) and Poll. After that I can find nothing on James or Margaret. Does anyone know what happened to them, or who there parents were?

Also, a William HADDIX b ca. 1758 married a Mary or Mary Katherine and apparently had a daughter Mary HADDIX who married Aaron McDANIEL. Can anyone demonstrate that the Mary "Katherine" who married William HADDIX was the daughter of John MINEAR who was killed by the indians in 1781?

Gatha M. Isner Tuesday July 12 2005

I'm looking for a John N. PHILLIPS who married Ellender "Nellie" SMITH. I'm trying to find the parents of John N. PHILLIPS and Ellender "Nellie" SMITH. I think I've hit a brick wall but hoping I can find them. John and Ellender SMITH PHILLIPS were married in Randolph County VA/WV on December 17, 1835.

Kevin D. Poling Saturday July 5 2005

Looking to share files and research with any descendants of:

Nathaniel POLING (1832-1897), son of James POLING, gr-son of Martin D. POLING, g-gr-son of Peter POLING, lived in Barbour County most of his life; LT/CPL in the 31st VA IN (CSA).

Jonathan Alexander FREEMAN (1826-1908), son of James D. FREEMAN, Sr. Lived in northern Barbour County and southern Preston County along the county line. Had 15 children, one of which was Jonothan Monroe FREEMAN, late of Parsons, WV in Tucker County.

Freda Windle Saturday July 2 2005

England Cemetery and Annon Cemetery
Hi, my name is Freda Windle and I am searching info on these 2 cemeteries. I have ancestors in the England and was told there are some in the Annon also. I really would like a list and directions to each if possible. I need directions to Moatsville and its cemetery. My ggggrandmother Sarah FREY ANNON is buried there with other relatives. Any help is appreciated.

My surnames are Haller, Annon, Frey, Nestor, Hatfield, Auvil, and Shahan. Any help will be most appreciated. I live in Indiana but have visited Barbour county several times. I have never been able to find Moatsville but know I've been in the area of it. I stayed in Philippi and in Junior with the Blakes. I am willing to pay for the information. Thanks again Freda Windle, P. O. Box 2209, Richmond, Indiana 47375

Nancy Latimer Monday June 13 2005

William B. BENNETT was married to Melinda and had a small daughter in the 1870 census. [not Malinda] By 1910 he was remarried to Mary and had a daughter Autie. His grand-daughter (Rose A. GLENN) was also living with him. I would like to know if there is any record of Florence BENNETT who later married Victor E. GLENN and was living in Parsons, WV in 1900 with their 4 y/o daughter Rose Annis GLENN. Melinda and Florence have been difficult to trace and remain missing. Can you help?

Edwin L. Morrison Saturday June 11 2005

My ancestor, William PEPPER, served in the Revolutionary War. He was born in 1761 in Sussex County, Delaware and died in 1841 in Barbour County. I found a book entitled "Burials of Revolutionary War Soldiers" which said that William PEPPER was buried in Barbour County. Can anyone tell me what cemetery he is buried in?

Mark Dorth Friday June 10 2005

UPDATED: Looking for family information. My grandfather (possibly Charles L. DORTH) was born in Barbour County June 6, 1885. Not sure of his parents -- possibly his mother was "Annie O'DAY", but not sure of the spelling. Could be Fannie or Fanny. Could be ODEA. Possibly had two siblings (James and Blanche?) "Blanche" was the youngest. His mother and "Blanche" left the boys to be raised by their maternal grandmother. The siblings may have ended up in West Virginia, Maryland, or Pennsylvania and had families there.

My grandfather may have been forced to run away from home around or before the turn of the century. May have later had employment with the Jones Laughlin Steel Company. Sent to Spottsville, Kentucky (on a train) to build a tipple for a coal mine there. This was either in 1907 or a couple of years earlier.

Does any of this ring a bell? Is there a history of the DORTH name in the area? Not sure where to look. If any one has information, I can help with the other side (his wife's family in Kentucky and Indiana) of the family. Thanks

C. Smith Hill Thursday June 2 2005

Looking for Mark E. Lukosavich - Please contact me for more info. on these families. My gg-grandparents were Hezekiah and Sedora CORLEY. Their daughter Cora Virginia CORLEY was my great grandmother. I am intersted in the pictures you have and would like more info.

Geraldine Rasmussen Thursday June 2 2005

Last year you graciously responded to my request about Anthony Q. SWITZER (husband of Martha Bersheba REXRODE, saying that perhaps Barbour County held some information. We have been documenting this lineage, and believe that Martha is the daughter of Daniel REXROAD (REXRODE) and his wife Esther PUFFENBARGER. (Most likely of Pendleton County).

Gil Kaufman of Palatines to America did some research for me recently, and GEDCOM gave the above information. My question today is where can I find documentation that Martha is their daughter? She was born in 1828 by my records (one source states that all of Daniel and Esther's children were born "about 1832" (Daniel and Esther were married about 1830 accordng to GEDCOM's source.)

I need documentation, and have tried to find it in Wills, but none exist in Pendleton County for either Daniel or his father Leonard; could they be in Hardy or Ritchie County where author Minnie Lowthar states that Daniel REXRODE was a merchant there at one time? (History of Ritchie County, VA/WV by Minnie Lowthar. (Pub. in 1911).

I look forward to your reply, Thank you, Geraldine Rasmussen

Jerry Gross Thursday June 2 2005

Currently looking for an obit on NOEL GROSS b. 12 Sep 1939 d. 19 Feb 2002 from (Belington, Barbour, WV)

Missy Daugherty Friday May 27 2005

Hi all I'm looking for information on Jane WORKMAN DAUGHERTY. She was my Great grandmother, the third wife of Jacob A. DAUGHERTY. She was in my ggrandfathers home on the 1880 census listed as a servant, age 22. She had 5 children with him. They were married in 1890. I can't find a birth date nor death date for her, and am having problems finding her parents. She and Jacob lived in Phillippi, Barbour Co. W Va. Any and all help or leads would be greatly appreciated. Thank You Melissa Daugherty Harris

Jim Bowman Monday May 23 2005

Hi , I am looking for information about Kasson . Was there a newspaper in Kasson in 1919? I am looking for an obituary for a Benjamin BOWMAN whose death was 4 August 1919. Thank you Jim Bowman

Marilyn Teter Loveall Saturday May 21 2005

Looking for any information on parents of Arnold RIGHT, b. 1830, VA. who married Elizabeth HAYS, b. 1934.
Also their son John C. RIGHT, b. 1851, married Rebecca YOKE, b. 1851, both in VA. and their children:
Minnie Lee (my grandmother, married Winfield Scott TETER),
William, Jr.,

Evan Jones Friday May 20 2005

Hello; I am looking for my ggggrandfather Richard JONES b: 1810 MD, m: Margaret McCANN July 1829 in WV, and went missing. Also, they had a son Samuel JONES b: 1837, Meigs, OH, m: 1860 Meigs, OH, Lovinia Hannah QUEEN b: 1842, ? OH. Any help or just pass this on - Evan, Michigan

Connie Lamar Monday May 16 2005

Looking for family of Michael J. BENNETT whose wife was Carolyn BOYLES who had four children. their names were Elda, Esta, Troy and Claude. Could you give me some tips on finding any info. I am also looking for a, Floyd REED whose wife was Ora Blonde ZINN and their children were Herman, Chesley and Edward. Any info would be great. Thank you so much.

Judy Fox Saturday May 14 2005

Looking for a Jesse Cole born around 1815?

Leigh Price Gatewood Tuesday May 3 2005

I am researching the family of Wm. PRICE father of Isaac (no arms) PRICE. Wm was also the father of Rachel, Angeline, Albert, John, Jane Amanda, James, Catherine, Silas and Wm. GW PRICE.

I have recently been in contact with the line of Albert PRICE . Harrison Jackson PRICE son of Albert, lived with his grandfather Wm and later became a Brigadier General. In paperwork discussing entrance into the SAR he states his Great Grandfather was Wm PRICE of Prince Edward Co., VA. He also states this Wm's father was Charles PRICE (b. abt 1754) also of Prince Edward. Co., VA.

If anyone has ever heard this theory of Wm. PRICE of Barbour Co. and wants a copy of this documentation I will email you it. I am also very interested in doing more research on this lineage and proving this is the right line for Wm of Barbour Co. HAPPY HUNTING!

Letha Chunn-Mendivil Thursday April 28 2005

Stephen BISHOP (son of Thomas BISHOP and Margaret Unknown) and his wife Naomi SMITH (daughter of Samuel SMITH and Naomi WHITACRE) bought land located on Little Hackers near Philippi, Barbour County, WV, from Samuel and Naomi SMITH between 1794-1805. Has this area ever been considered the Shenandoah Valley? Several of Stephen and Naomi's children claim to have been born there. Their children include Thomas, Samuel, John, Stephen Jr., Mary, Margaret, and two other girls possibly named Sarah and Naomi. Other residences for this family include Baltimore (now Harford) County, MD; East Bethlehem Twp., Washington Co., PA; Richland County, OH. I'm looking for information about and descendants of this family. Thanks.

Barbara Bell Saturday April 23 2005

Jimeson HILL, William HILL: I think these two men lived in Barbour County in 1850 and earlier. Does anyone have any information on either of these men. Jimeson Hill, was born around 1833, and William, who I think was his father, born around 1803.

Robert Bonar Monday April 18 2005
High Schools

I am looking for information regarding a black high school once operated in Philippi. The only thing I know about the school is that it was in operation during the 1939-40 school year, when it was listed as "Colored High School" in the state educational directory. I would appreciate any information (dates of operation, name of school, mascot and school colors). I would also like to hear from someone who knows the histories of Belington, Kasson, and Philippi high schools and may have pictures of them.

Fritz Knapp Tuesday April 12 2005

Looking for the family of Abraham SKIDMORE (1774-1856) and Elizabeth VANCE (1785-1865). They are said to have had several children, and lived in and around Zeb's Creek? - Junior, Barbour Co, WV, where Abraham died in 1856. Specifically I am trying to ascertain whether they had a daughter, Sarah who married Isaac TETER, of Belington, Barbour Co., WV.

Marsha K. Humphreys Friday April 8 2005

Many of my genealogical roots lie in Barbour County, VA, but it is difficult for me to research because I live in Florence, SC. I believe that my great-great-grandparents were George Eurid LANTZ and Mary Frances WOODFORD. I think that Mary's parents may have been William WOODFORD and Frances HOWE. However, I cannot prove that.

I read in Maxwell's The history of Barbour County, West Virginia: from its Earliest Exploration and Settlement to the Present Time about a William WOODFORD who settled in Barbour County. Do you have access to any records which would give a more detailed history of the Woodfords in Barbour County or any of the people I listed above?

Thanks for any help you can give.
Marsha K. Humphreys

Josh Jenkins Friday April 1 2005

Researching Rafaelo Quattro AKA Ralph Quattro, born 21 July 1892 in Sulmona, Italy. He arrived in NY in 1909 and soon after moved to Allegheny County, Maryland. By 1920 he was in Tucker County WV, then in 1930 he was in Barbour County WV.

Barbara Stenberg Wednesday March 30 2005
Taylor's Drain Cemetery

Does anyone know who has responsibility to maintain Taylor's Drain Cemetery? Also are there any old cemetery records exisiting or were they destroyed in the tornado of 1944? If anyone has a diagram of the cemetery that could be e-mailed to me I would be most appreciative. I have a list of who is buried there but was interested in some actual records. Thank you, Barbara in AZ

John Stevens Saturday March 26 2005

Would appreciate receiving any info you may have on Charles David GAINER born approx. 1888 Barbour W.V.

Georgiana Eggers Saturday March 26 2005

Hello! my name is Georgiana Eggers I'm from Indiana and I'm looking for my grandparents that were born in West Virgina but I have no ideal what county. Could you please help me? Here is all the information that I have to go on. Name: Hallie WOLVERTON WEEKLEY. Birth date: Aug. 18, 1897 and Mothers name: Mary Elizabeth. If you can find my family please let me know? thank you for your time. If you can't help me please let me know who can. Thanks again Georgiana Eggers

Howard Moore Sunday March 20 2005

I have information that Eli MOORE, and others of his family, are buried in Ellison Cemetery, Barbour Co., WV. I can't locate this cemetery. The list of cemeteries (of Barbour County) on the Internet does not show this cemetery. Does any one know where it is? Perhaps it is in Harrison or Randolph. Thanks, Ike

J. VanNocker Saturday March 19 2005

Looking for any information on Joseph PHILLIPS, 1769-1838, Isaac Jr. 1804-1886. Thomas Fretwell 1745-1810

Shirley Jacobs Wednesday March 16 2005

I am looking for the location of Mt Contention school. My grandmother, Lettie MURPHY POE, attended this school. She was born 1874. It was near Arden and Clemtown. I am told the school burned. Any information will be appreciated. Thank You Shirley

Paula Roediger Wednesday March 2 2005

Help. I am looking for Mary Elizabeth NORRIS born 1850 in or around Pruntytown, WV. She married WC DAUGHERTY and they had a son Charles in 1872. Charles married Etta BARTLETT. They died in 1911 and 1910 respectively and are buried in Enterprise, WV.

We have no other family information about Mary Elizabeth NORRIS. We are eager for information on her family line. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

Richard Blackmore Thompson Sunday February 27 2005

My ancestor John THOMPSON, and his wife Martha (nee JACKSON), are listed in the census of 1850 for Barbour County. I am interested in finding any forebears, if possible his parents. Since I know he spent part of his life in Farquar County Virginia, they may have been located there, but I have come up dry on computer resources. Could you give me any suggestions? I will be deeply grateful if you can, and in any case thank you for attending to this email. Richard Blackmore Thompson
N1860 Snow Drop Court
Greenville WI 54942

Nancy Sidwell (Norman) Wednesday February 23 2005

Evelyn Leona CORDER married 1st Odel MONAHAN; 2nd Henry TURNER b July 1901. Any information would be of help.

Nancy Sidwell (Norman) Monday February 21 2005

Mainly I am looking for TURNER: Henry TURNER b July 1901 02 but others are Andrew Jackson SALISBURY, Luanna JOHNSON, Edward Esmond NORMAN.

Sam Crabb Thursday February 10 2005

Looking for information on a John KELLER. Born 03 Jan 1808 in Harrison Co., Virginia; d. 1887 in West Virginia. Anyone know what cemetery he was buried in? Info on his father and mother would be appreciated. Thanks

Carol Miller Tuesday February 8 2005

Lucinda was the daughter of Banister STEVENS. He died in 1863. His will a portion of land goes to his children from first marriage. Lucinda was one of the daughters. I can locate all the children except her. The deed of partition dated 1887 by John GILL lists her name as Lucinda BOWLING. Earlier records list her as BOWERS/BOWENS. I would like to know if someone can check the deeds of Barbour Co. to see if there was a sale of this portion of land after 1887 to see if Lucinda and her husband William may be living out of the area. I find the siblings in Harrison and surrounding counties. I thank you for any help that I may get. Carol Miller

Emily Pritchard Cary Monday February 7 2005

I am writing a book about my grandmother's experiences as the wife of a West Virginia minister and am eager to know what churches existed in Nestorville at the time of her marriage to Rev. Millard Fillmore PRITCHARD in October 1887 and if they are still in use. My grandfather later transferred to the West Virginia Methodist Conference, but I believe that his Nestorville charge was a United Brethren Church. His first wife, Margaret (Maggie) Cerilda KELLEY, died in childbirth January 12, 1887 at age 22, leaving two children. Incidentally, I see that his initials are incorrectly listed as N. E. Pritchard in the records of Nestorville Cemetery, Barbour County, no doubt because they had become indistinct on her gravestone by the time it was enumerated. He was named for U.S. President Millard Fillmore; thus, his initials were M. F. Pritchard. He married my grandmother, Rosa Bell NESTOR, a member of his church, within the year and they had three children of their own, one being my father, Ernest Markwood Pritchard.

I seek the parents of Scott PHILLIPS and Hannah Kelley PHILLIPS. Upon the death of Margaret (Maggie) Cerilda Kelley Pritchard, Hannah and Scott temporarily took the new baby, Amelia Gay PRITCHARD (b. December 22, 1886). My grandfather expected her to be returned when he married (2) Rosa Bell NESTOR, my grandmother. Instead, Hannah and Scott moved to Oregon, taking Amelia Gay with them. Consequently, the Pritchards never again saw her, although they corresponded for many years through several generations.

One family letter says that Hannah KELLEY was a niece of Margaret's father, Garrett KELLEY (b. April 18, 1840; m. Amelia NESTOR, b. 1843, daughter of Jacob NESTOR and Nancy HUFFMAN). Therefore, Hannah must have been the daughter of one of Garrett's siblings: Isaac Kelley, b. August 09, 1821; Elias Kelley, b. January 08, 1833; Oscar Kelley, b. January 13, 1835; Solomon Kelley, b. January 13, 1835; Cymon Kelley,b. April 18, 1840 (twin of Garrett); Elam Kelley, b. February 25, 1842; or James Lewis Burbridge Kelley, b. May 04, 1847.

In addition to identifying the parents of Hannah KELLEY, I seek also the parents of Scott PHILLIPS. Although the surname PHILLIPS appears frequently in the NESTOR line, I can find none who qualify as the parents of Scott. Unfortunately, Amelia Gay's descendants did not inherit a record of her "adoptive" parents.

Marissa Sat February 5 2005

My grandmother was Dorothy Wade TALBOTT. Her father & mother were Maronee CAPITO and Georgia Wilson TALBOTT. My great, great grandfather was Dr. Elam Dowden TALBOTT of Philippi, WV. (His parents were Richard & Margaret Dowden TALBOTT.)

I am looking for any information regarding this family. I know they lived in Philippi for quite some time. Perhaps some of their friends or family are still living??? They used to live in a house called "Greystone," which is now the residence of the college president.

If you have ANY info regarding these TALBOTTs, please let me know. I would be very interested to know why they sold their ancestral home, why they moved to Florida, how my great grandmother Georgia Clark WILSON died, and anything else people can tell me.

Thank you! Marissa

Linda Rabbett Mon January 31 2005

I am conducting family research and there are ties to Barbour County.

I am attempting to trace my mother's side. My mother: Edna Virginia SHERMAN, born in Barbour Co, approx. 8/31/1912; she was referred to as Virginia.

Her parents: Walter W. SHERMAN and Ocie MINEAR. Walter, my grandfather, was born in 1879. He was referred to as Squire SHERMAN; she died at approx. 40 yrs of cancer; my mother was about 17; her sister, Dorothy was approx. 6 and the third sister, Mary Alice was approx. 4 yrs. old.

Walter's parents: Martin Van Buren SHERMAN and Engaby JOHNSON; married in approx. 1867 in Barbour Co. Martin was born in approx. 1843 -1845.

Martin's father: John SHERMAN, Shenandoah, VA, born approx. 1796. That's all the info. I have. John SHERMAN's wife: Sarah FITZWATER, born approx. 1810, Frederick, Hardy, VA .... per Family

At times, there is a variation on the surname: SHIREMAN on the 1860 Barbour Co. census. Martin was listed as 15 yrs. of age.

Ocie's parents: John MINEAR and Virginia PHILLIPS; married in approx. 1879. John was born approx. 1855; Virginia in approx. 1858. I don't believe that MINEAR is a very common name.

I have no info. on John's parentage or if he was born in Barbour Co. Any help would be much appreciated.

Virginia's father may have been named, "Blackmon or Blackman PHILLIPS."

Thank you. Linda Rabbett, Rocky River, OH

Dana G. Phillips Wed January 12 2005

I am trying to find out information on the earliest PHILLIPS family in the county.

Ken Korte Fri January 7 2005

I have traced my great grandparents to Barbour County and and your genealogy website. I saw an email from Spank Carlson dated 2002 inquiring about my family. He asks the same questions I would be interested in acquiring information about or any other for that matter. I saw your name as the contact person for information about Winfield and Caroline HADDIX and am hoping you can help me out. I would really appreciate any help you could send my way. Ken Korte
NOTE: This is Spank Carlson's query from Dec 12, 2002.
I'm looking for information on Winfield Scott HADDIX and his wife Caroline C.(?) WATKINS. The information given me indicates that both were born in Barbour County (WSH May 22, 1855 - CCW Mar 12, 1856), married there (Jan 20, 1873), then left for Nebraska around 1877.

They had 13 children, but I think only Calvin, Sam, Ross and Newton could have been born before they moved west. Any info on any of these folks and/or the lineage of Winfield or Caroline would be greatly appreciated.

Clarinda Rollins Thu January 6 2005

My grandfather was Charles HYMES born Jan 10, 1881 Would you be able to send info from his birth certificate? I am just starting research, my second day actually and I'm just learning how.
Thank you, Clarinda Jean (Hymes) Rollins

Susan Crites Thu December 30 2004
Notable West Virginians in the Civil War

I am writing abook about Notable West Virginians in the Civil War and wondered who were the most notable Union and most notable Confederate in the Civil War. Any help would be much appreciated.

Cynthia Banner Sun December 26 2004

Looking for Clarence Ralph CHANNEL born 8 July 1906 Pleasant Creek, Barbour, West Virginia. He married Louise NARCISE in Hawaii and had at least 3 children, on of them my adopted brother Jimmy. I have been looking for some time for his father. He might have died in Pickens, Randolph, WVirgina in 1979. I am looking for his family in Virginia.
Any help would be appreciated.

Gloria Jean Ramsey Cannavino Sat December 25 2004

My Grandfather was James L. RAMSEY from Belington and my father was Strother. My Mother was Velva MOORE RAMSEY HEATHERLY. Any info would be appreciated

Sue LaVallee Mon December 20 2004

Doctor John B MARTIN was born in Harrison Co VA about 1802-1805. Possible parents Jon and Suzannah. Dr. John was in New Madrid MO around 1820 married Caroline LaVALLEE. Any clues will be appreciated. Thanks, Sue

Christy Heatherly Thu November 25 2004

I am interested in the settlements on Hackers Creek in Barbour County. Any information would be appreciated.

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