Barbour County Families
Allen, Hand, Howell, McClaskey, Moore, Townsend & Others

Submitted by Nicholas Sturm
Many families of Barbour (and it's preceding counties) remained for only a short period and moved on to seek the wonderful land they heard of in the west. Many of these left little evidence of their presence except in the form of descendants of daughters or occasionally of a son who married and remained locally.

I have long sought the identity of Israel Coffman's wife Hester (Elsy?) Townsend (Tonsman). William McClaskey (McClusky), Sr.'s wife has been known as Rebecca Howell, the marriage having been confirmed in Shenandoah county, VA records. One authority gives John Ryan (who gave his birth place and early residence as Hampshire county, VA) with wife Sarah Talbot (this John Ryan is not the one who is reported as married to Sarah Crouch and left Randolph county before 1790).

Also notice the surname Hand in the Howell family. This surname has been given by some for a wife of an early Randolph county resident. Several early Randolph families had connections to New Jersey so this may be relevant in that search.

The accompanying reconstructed material gives clues to possible relatives of Hester, Rebecca, and perhaps, a sister for William McClaskey. Please do not assume that this proves any of those possible relationships. The information is given simply to suggest research pointers to locations where relevant data might be found to extend our knowledge of these lost (or almost lost) families of Barbour county.

Almost all data reorganized here is from FamilySearch Records (no attempt here to include all the names of the contributors; please search these names at LDS web site for that information). My appologies if you are lead to any wrong conclusions from this data.


9.1. Ezekial Townsend, b. c. 1747, Bath Co., Virginia, d. aft. 1772. [This appears more likely to be the father of the Solomon Townsend b. c. 1794 in Bath Co., VA]

8.1 James Townsend, b. 1754, Somerset Co., MD, d. 15 Jan 1840, Mt. Blanco, Meigs Co., OH, m. 20 Jan. 1784, Catherine Allen, b. 10 Oct. 1761, (unlikely) Elk Creek, Clarksb., (later) WV, d. 25 Oct. 1836, Mt. Blanco, Meigs Co., OH. [Somerset Co., Maryland is not an unlikely stop on the pathway to the Valley of Virginia and thus Bath or Highland county, VA.]

Another Solomon Townsend, b. c. 1794, Bath Co., VA or 27 Mar 1787, Highland Co., VA, m. 19 Oct. 1815, Harrison Co., VA, Margaret Hacher, b. c. 1796, Harrison Co., VA; (also) m. c. 1851, (later) Gilmer Co., VA, Nancy Conrad, b. c. 1820, (later) Gilmer Co., VA.


1.1 F. Howell, b. c. 1493,


10.1. David A. Moore, b. 1836, Brown Co., OH, d. 15 Aug. 1864, Andersonville Prison, GA, m. 6 Sept. 1855, Scipio, Meigs Co., OH, Mary Morris, b. 25 Dec. 1838, Wilksville, Vinton Co., OH, d. 3 April 1919, Nelson, Muckolls, NE, bur. 6 Apr 1919, Nelson, Muckolls, NE.


1.1. William Allen, b. 1702, Answell, Hunterdon Co., NJ, m. Sarah Smith, b. c. 1706

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