Barbour County Queries 2007
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19 December 2007
I'm looking for information on the parents of Asa Thompson. He lived from September 9, 1853,
to October 15, 1943. Asa, his wife Nancy Jane McBee, and son George are buried in the Mount
Vernon Church cemetery in Barbour County. Children were Monzell, Lenora, George A., Ivy,
Ethel, and Lula. Nancy Jane and the children and spouses were connected to the Elk City -
Overfield area of the county so the family possible lived there.
29 November 2007
I am researching Frances Read, born 1812, who I think is the twin
of Francis H. Read. I have a lot of info on the brother, who moved to
Iowa. The last I can find on Frances is the census of Barbour County,
1850. She is living with her mother, Ara Read, and is 38 years old. If
she ever married it is after that time. I have a reference to the name
'Perrell' but that is not a verified spouse. Any assistance you can give
me would be greatly appreciated, and I will take it to the next step.
Thank You, Gale Read
27 November 2007
AUVIL - SHAFFER
I am looking for information on Mary Margaret Auvil b.1852 in Valley Furnace d. 1931 married
to William Henry Harrison Shaffer b.24 Sep 1846 d. 28 Aug 1901.
They would be my paternal great grandparents.
Thank you. Ann Sligar
Cathy S. Phillips
19 November 2007
PHILLIPS - POLING - RAMSEY
I have a Elmina Poling born 1851 who married Lewis Clark
Phillips. Elmina's parents are Martin Poling and Jane (I have from one
source she was a Kittle. However, I believe she may be Jane Mariah
Phillips, daughter of Absalom Phillips and Susannah Kittle Phillips. Can
anyone help me with this? Thank you, Cathy
19 November 2007
BRILL - GODLOVE - McKEEVER - ORNDORF -
I'm descended from Angus and Daisy (her father was Tilbury Orndorf) Walker who seem to be
descended from the Brills, Godloves and McKeevers (Hugh, I believe). Could you give me any
clues as to how I can find out more info? I know where Tilbury and Daisy are buried,
(Wardensville Cemetary) but prior to them I seem to hit a dead end.
Sincere thanks, Sherry Osman
15 November 2007
I would like to locate the Bennett cemetery where my great father, Elam Bennett
is buried. The cemetery was owned by La Ju Cross in 1979.
8 November 2007
Henry and Zaharia Talbott were from Barbour County West Virginia. They had a son named
Gideon, who was born on March 18, 1853 in Barbour County West Virginia. Gideon
also had a brother J.B. Talbott and sister Dora (Channel) Talbott who lived in West Virgina at the
time of his death, April 24, 1934. Zaharia (Martin) Talbott could have been called Sarah.
The family moved to Kewanna, Indiana when Gideon was in his teens......Looking for more
8 October 2007
MIDDLETON - SMITH
I am researching my g,g,g, grandfather, Middleton SMITH of
Hampshire Co. VA. He was married to Leah WILLIAMS, in Hampshire Co.
on 13 Dec 1808. Leah Williams was the daughter fo Thomas S. Williams,
a Revolutionary War ancestor.
Middleton and Leah (Williams) Smith with their nine children moved to
Bond County, Illinois in 1831 or !832. They traveled from VA to Illinois with
several other families, the Keyes (Keys), Striders, Halls, and Foucke. and
Stubblefields, who were from the Hampshire co. area. These families were
all related by marriage to the Smith's children later.
I am looking for a connection of Middleton Smith to the sale of property,
which he inherited from his parent, William Smith, or the sale of property
from his grandparent, William Middleton. I need a copy of any land transaction
deed, or will that connects these men.
The records show that Middleton and Leah's children
These births were all recorded in Bond County, Illinois Biographical History.
I am looking for some land record, deed, transfer of estate of William Smith
to Middleton Smith in the 1830 -1831 time period.
- William S. Smith, b. 15 Aug 1810, in Hampshire Co. VA, married
Amanda M. Hall in VA.
- Thomas W. Smith, b. 31 Aug 1812, in Hampshire Co. VA, married
- John A. Smith, b.12 Dec 1813, in Hampshire Co. VA, married
Sarah Jane Stubblefield
- Jane M. Smith, b. 11 Oct 1815, in Morgan Co. VA, married John
- Samuel Smith, b. about 1817, in Morgan Co. VA.
- Isaac Milton Smith, 11 Nov 1818, in Morgan Co. Va, married Ellen
- Mary Ann Smith, b.24 June 1820 in Morgan Co. VA married Su;vester
- Ellen L. smith, b. 1822, in Morgan Co. VA.
- Joshua Middleton Smith, b. 1824 in Morgan Co. VA.
William Middleton is a grandfather to William Smith on his mother's
side. If you find any information on William Middleton in a land deed, record,
or other bibical record, please send this too.
Please if you are able to find this information please send to me at:
Thank you for your help, and send the cost of copies and research to
me at the e-mail address above. Mary
James E. Thornhill
6 October 2007
Do you have any idea who would have posted an inquiry, or how I might contact
the person posting an inquiry about John Steuart, friend of George Washington
and about Piedmont Plantation on Ancestry Message Boards [ Steuart ] in
July. I posted a request on the board for the person to email me, about 36 hours
after the inquiry and have had no response.
I am aware that grand children or g grand children of William STEUART of Highland Co.
VA who descended from William by as many as three lines were in Barbour Co. at
Sheri Krumenacker and I are probably best qualified to answer the inquirer.
Thank you for any assistance you may be able to give in finding an email address
for the inquirer.
Regards, James E. Thornhill ( Ed ), Lynchburg VA email@example.com
Donald A. Dale
30 September 2007
ENGLAND - JONES - POLING - THOMPSON
Looking for info on Joseph THOMPSON married to Sarah Jones BOLTON abt. 1841. Sarah
had been married to James BOLTON and had 2 known children: Richard, born about 1834 and
James M., born about 1837. She had 2 known children with Joseph: Andrew Jackson
THOMPSON, born Nov 1, 1841 and Clarissa THOMPSON born abt. 1843.
Joseph died between 1843 and 1850 as he isn't with them in the 1850 census. She later married
John Black POLING and had a son, Josiah.
Andrew Jackson THOMPSON married Ocie ENGLAND and had abt. 9 children. Clarissa
married David KELLEY and had abt. 9 children. Any info would be appreciated.
F. Susan Leader
5 September 2007
I am attempting to find birth records for a Roger Donald SIMMONS dob:27 May 1953 - Elkins,
Also any informantion on his grandfather: Edward H. SIMMONS dob:(approx) March 1874
Gilmer County, WV dod:(approx.) July 1928 - Mill Creek, Randolph County,WV. He was
married twice. First wife, Monnie MARTENEY and second wife, Russie.
I have reached a dead-end for both of these relatives. Anything you might be able to find would
be a god-send.
Thank you so much,
F. Susan Leader, Winter Springs, Florida
26 August 2007
PROUDFOOT - SIMPSON
Barbara Gillispie must have changed email address, as the
following message bounced:
Hi Barbara, saw your query at Rootsweb. Although I too am researching Simpson
ancestors, I don't yet have the answers you seek. But can you tell me
when Charles Simpson married Lona L. Proudfoot, and when each of them
Need a current e-mail address for Barbara Gillispie, can anyone help?
24 July 2007
Was Randolph County in the Old Augusta County VA?
Bonnie R. Barlow
17 July 2007
I am looking for the cemetery where Anthony James & Harriett
Pitzer SMITH are buried. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
6 July 2007
I am looking for information on Evelyn Virginia FREY, born January 24, 1923 in Barbour
County. Father was Hugh M. FREY. Any information you can provide will be greatly
appreciated. Thank you, Linda
Nita Drummond Cragg
3 July 2007
Searching for information about Willis J. DRUMMOND who
represented Barbour county in the state senate in 1868-69. His name shows
up online in the POLITICAL GRAVEYARD with no other information. I want to
know if he is the same Willis J. DRUMMOND born January 14,1832 in Fauquier
county, Virginia; moved with his family to Harrison county, Virginia
(WV)in 1848; and died February 16,1932, place unknown.
25 June 2007
I was just wondering if anyone knows where I could find old photos of the Point Pleasant School
House or what used to be a little old mining town called Knobtown, it's located out Point
Pleasant Road behind the Barbour County Fairgrounds.
19 May 2007
My Henry THOMPSON is listed in the 1820 census in Harrison County.
There are records of him acquiring land in Harrison County which may have
become Barbour County after that county was formed. It is believed that
he was born around 1770. One of his sons, Henry died in Barbour County
and I would like to acquire his death certificate as well as his father's
if it is available. The son, Henry's death is recorded and one record
lists his occupation as a priest and the census never indicated that.
U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules Index Record
- Surname:HENRY THOMPSON
- County:BOURBON CO.
- Month of Death:MAY
- State of Birth:VA
- Occupation:CLERGYMAN, PRIEST
- Cause of Death:PARALYSIS
My aim is to find evidence of the origin of this branch of the
Thompson family and they seem many as well as from England, Scotland or
Any help appreciated.
18 May 2007
I am working on my family tree. My great grandfather, William H. BEAM, was a marble and
stone mason who worked in the construction of the Barbour Co. Courthouse.
We have no pictures of William H. BEAM and wonder if you would have access to photos of
the workmen working on the courthouse. Even a group picture would be fine as my 90 yr. old
great uncle could readily identify his father.
Appreciate any help in this search. Elizabeth Marshall
29 April 2007
BRAKE - REGER - SIMON - SIMONS
Seeking info on Celia REGER, daughter of Abram REGER, who married George SIMON(S) in
1837. They later moved on to Missouri. Celia's mother was Leah Ann BRAKE REGER. Have
traced George and Celia to 1870 in Linn Co, MO, then they vanished, most likely passed on . . .
but where buried???
F. Philip Right
23 April 2007
RIGHT - ROSENBERGER
I am looking for any information on Arnold RIGHT, b 1830 who married Elizabeth HAYES.
Together they had 12 children, one of which, William Warren was my g-grandfather. Arnold was
possibly born out of wedlock.
Mary Ellen Pearce
16 April 2007
I'm interested in finding Dianna F. COFF who died some time after 1910,
would like to find a death on her family. Mary E.
27 March 2007
ANDERSON - KELLER - PHILLIPS
I am looking for information on Naomi KELLER, born in 1884, daughter of Asa KELLER and
Edith PHILLIPS. Looking for information on her death and where she is buried. She was
married to Thomas ISNER.
Also any information on James Thomas ANDERSON who was married to Ivy Myrtle KELLER
and the first wife of Asa KELLER who is Sarah KELLER. They were married on 23 Dec 1875,
two daughters were born, Martha and Flora, can find no info on Flora. Sarah died shortly after
the last daughter was born.
21 March 2007
DAMON - MORRISON
* WHO: Lilace DAMON, Squire MORRISON
* WHAT: Looking for marriage record confirming marriage date. Also
looking to see if record contains names of Lilace Damon's parents and
Lilace Damon's birthplace.
* WHEN: May 17, 1881
* WHERE: Barbour County
* WHY, HOW: Squire's father was William McKendra MORRISON,
decendant of Alexander and Archibald Morrison family.
11 March 2007
BOLEY - CROWE - WARD
Looking for Benjamin F. BOLEY b. Virginia c.1840; Served in 7th Cavalry W.V. Ashby's
Regiment under Capt. Sheetz Co. F (Confederate). Later reassigned to 12th W. V. Cavalry
(Confederate). Found him on 1870 Census but nothing after that. Does anyone know this man
and where he went. Also, any relation to a Pinkney WARD, or the CROWE family. Does anyone
have any pictures of him that I might see? Thanks!
Robert Walton Wilson, Jr.
26 February 2007
I am looking for William Blake WILSON who was born on June 8, 1811 somewhere in Virginia
or West Virginia, depending upon the region was split up into the two different states.
His family moved to Kentucky when William was young (5 years old or so is my guess). His
mother and father passed away in Kentucky and William went to Indiana where he was raised to
manhood by his grandparents.
If this story sounds familiar, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
25 February 2007
In an Internet search for F. C. Frymier, I found a 1999 "Barbour County Queries" post from
Diane Huyer. If she can be located after all these years, I have a relevant Frymier genealogy and
old photos that I'd be happy to forward.
Thanks, Larry Bartlett, Parkersburg
23 February 2007
I'm looking for any descendants of James and Mary ENGLE HEATHERLY. I descend through
their daughter Sarah Amanda HEATHERLY who married Charles BARNES in Woods
County, VA in 1870. She is sometimes listed with an M. as a middle
21 February 2007
Hi, I am looking for the burial site of my gg grandfather, Philip HOFFMAN.
He died at home, in Barbour Co., WV Jan 9, 1879. I do not know that he was buried in Barbour
Co, but that seems to be a starting point. His parents were Baptists; I have no idea about Philip's
religion, or place of worship. He was married twice, the first wife died; he is not buried beside
her. He left a widow and they are not buried together.
Thanks, Joyce Hoffman (Lyons) Heigel
21 February 2007
I'm looking for information on Edward PRITCHARD and his family
who lived in the Bellington/Clarksburg area in the 1800's. My great
grandfather was the son of Edward PRITCHARD, Jr. His name was Watson
Janet Poling Toth
10 February 2007
Mt Vernon Cemetery
I need an address for Mt. Vernon Cemetery (custodian?) or someone to whom a veteran's marker
may be shipped for placement on my father's grave, Wm.Obed Poling. The form for ordering
this marker will not accept a P.O. Box address. The form asks for the SIGNATURE of the
person who will receive this marker at the address of the "business." www.cem.va.gov
Stanton Barbour Bullock
6 February 2007
My grandfather was William Stanton BARBOUR. I believe his grandfather was Robert Kennedy
BARBOUR. I am wondering if we are related to the Barbours of Barbour County
29 January 2007
WHO: William L. MITCHELL
WHAT: More birth/location information needed as well as who his parents were if possible.
WHEN: (b abt 1798 Barbour County as per the "History of Ritchie County" book by Minnie
Lowther), Marriage to Margaret LOWTHER in 1820 in Harrison County
WHERE: Barbour County, Ritchie County, Harrison County, W VA
WHY, HOW: I have located only records stating the marriage of William L. MITCHELL to
Margaret LOWTHER. No other information on him, only Margaret. Also that they had 8
children: William, Virginia, Mary, Madison, Robert, Lafayette, Margaret and Cyrus (my great
Does anyone have any further information? thanks!
24 January 2007
Philip ? COONTZ b.1762? d.1856? m. Barbara BARNHOUSE or Barbara ? RHYMER
David ? COONTZ b.1800? VA d.1868? TN m.1830 Sarah McCLANNAHN b.1806 TN d.1855
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