Barbour County Queries 2005
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Thursday December 22, 2005
HEISLEY - WEAVER -
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!
Wednesday December 21, 2005
GOLDEN - SHINGLETON
Looking for any info on the SHINGLETONs or GOLDENs, just trying to track my history.
Brenda C. Andrews
Thursday December 15, 2005
McDONALD - TAYLOR
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.
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.
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
Saturday November 26, 2005
KITTLE - PHILLIPS
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.
Friday November 25, 2005
FITZWATER - JOHNSON - MINEAR - PHILLIPS -
SHERMAN - SHIREMAN
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
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
Jeffrey L. Hill
Tuesday November 22, 2005
HILL - RIGHT - WRIGHT
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
GERARD - GERARDI
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:
- Anthony born 1929;
- Boy born 1901 in Italy;
- Susie born 1903;
- John Dominic born 1907;
- Anna Maria born 1909;
- Frank born 1910;
- Rose Mary born 1915;
- Josephine born 1917;
- Salvatore (Sam) born 1918;
- Albert born 1920;
- Jimmy born 1922;
- Carmen Anthony born 1923;
- Maria Teresa born 1925.
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.
Thursday November 10, 2005
CHAPMAN - STEPHENS - STEWART -
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
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.
28790 Ellis Ave
Romoland, CA 92585-9707
Sunday November 6, 2005
NESTER - NESTOR - PRICE
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.
Tuesday November 1, 2005
CARR - DIGMAN - GODWIN - RAINES
I need information on an Ira DIGMAN who married Lona GODWIN.
Any help would be appreciated, Thanks, Tom Dean
Wednesday October 26, 2005
LANCE - STEVENS
I am searching for anyone who has a connection to John F. STEVENS married to Louisa
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.
- Lloyd B.,
- Ulysis and
Anyone connected to this line, Please email me. Thanks, Carol
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.
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.
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
Friday October 7 2005
AUVIL - GROSE - McDONALD - McDANIEL
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
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
Wednesday September 28 2005
BRANSON - SHINN
Need any and all information on Samuel SHINN - born 1737 in NJ - married Ann BRANSON in
--thank you, Rodger Shinn
Saturday September 24 2005
CARROLL - FLEMING
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
Jimmy R. Mascaro
Monday September 19 2005
HUDSON - HUMPHREYS - STONE
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
POST - ROBERTS - SIMMONS
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?
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
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
HENDERSON - MITCHELL - WINANS
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.
Wednesday August 10 2005
BOOTH - SIMPSON - SUTTON
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
Thursday July 21 2005
BOOTH - KELLER - MITCHELL - MCINTOSH
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..)
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
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
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
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!
4x Great Granddaughter of John and Lucinda MITCHELL KELLER
Saturday July 23 2005
DEMOSS - HADDIX - JOHNSON - LYNCH - MCDANIEL -
MINEAR - THORN
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
CANFIELD - CROSS - ISNER - PHILLIPS - PRICE - SHAHAN -
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
FREEMAN - POLING
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.
Saturday July 2 2005
ANNON - AUVIL - FREY - HALLER - HATFIELD -
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
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
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?
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
CORLEY - LATHAM - ROW
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.
Thursday June 2 2005
REXRODE - PUFFENBARGER - SWITZER
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
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
Thursday June 2 2005
GROSS - RUTTER
Currently looking for an obit on NOEL GROSS b. 12 Sep 1939 d. 19
Feb 2002 from (Belington, Barbour, WV)
Friday May 27 2005
DAUGHERTY - WORKMAN
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
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
Marilyn Teter Loveall
Saturday May 21 2005
HAYS - RIGHT - TETER - WARE - YOKE
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
Minnie Lee (my grandmother, married Winfield Scott TETER),
Friday May 20 2005
JONES - McCANN - QUEEN
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 -
Monday May 16 2005
BENNETT - BOYLES - REED - ZINN
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.
Saturday May 14 2005
Looking for a Jesse Cole born around 1815?
Leigh Price Gatewood
Tuesday May 3 2005
KOONTZ - POLING - PRICE - STONESTREET
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
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!
Thursday April 28 2005
BISHOP - SMITH
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.
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.
Monday April 18 2005
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.
Tuesday April 12 2005
SKIDMORE - TETER - VANCE
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
HOWE - LANTZ - WOODFORD
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
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.
Wednesday March 30 2005
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
Saturday March 26 2005
Would appreciate receiving any info you may have on Charles David GAINER born approx. 1888
Saturday March 26 2005
WEEKLEY - WOLVERTON
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
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
Saturday March 19 2005
Looking for any information on Joseph PHILLIPS, 1769-1838, Isaac Jr. 1804-1886. Thomas
Wednesday March 16 2005
MURPHY - POE
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.
Wednesday March 2 2005
BARTLETT - DAUGHERTY - NORRIS
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
JACKSON - THOMPSON
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
CORDER - MONAHAN - TURNER
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
BAILES - JOHNSON - NORMAN - SALISBURY -
Mainly I am looking for TURNER: Henry TURNER b July 1901 02 but others are
Andrew Jackson SALISBURY, Luanna JOHNSON, Edward Esmond NORMAN.
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
Tuesday February 8 2005
BOWER - BOWLING - BOWEN - GILL - STEVENS
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.
Emily Pritchard Cary
Monday February 7 2005
KELLEY - NESTOR - PHILLIPS - PRITCHARD
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.
Sat February 5 2005
CAPITO - TALBOTT - WILSON
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
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
Mon January 31 2005
MINEAR - SHERMAN - SHIREMAN
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
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 Search.com.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Thu November 25 2004
HEATHERLY - SWIGER - WILLIAMS
I am interested in the settlements on Hackers Creek in Barbour County. Any information would
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