Hardy County Queries 2013
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Margaret Lew, Page Manager.
9 December 2013
Hi, would anyone know the identity of a "Thomas Wilson"? He is 9 years old in the 1860 census. He is living with the
Hopewell family. Also 2 possible relatives: Judy Wilson and Pamelina Wilson. Thanks for any help and suggestions.
12 November 2013
I believe there are two Brown cemeteries in Hardy County, Virginia. I am looking at the Brown Family Cemetery in Bean Settlement Hardy County, West Virginia. I have a relative buried there Thomas Marshall born in 1758 and died in 1850. According to findagave, it is fully photographed and there are only 10 graves there. Thay are mostly Marshalls and a few Browns which we think was a Marshall married to a Brown.
Could you tell me, is that accurate that there are only 10 gaves there? Do you know anyone who might know the history or any
of the genealogy for the people buried there. Any help is appreciated.
Thanks, Mike Stevenson
8 September 2013
My Clabaughs were in Hardy County from about 1782-1807. Specifically,
Frederick, Nicholas, John and Henry. Can you provide me the names of
researchers who might help me research and identify the relationship of
these four men.
Thanks much, Carroll Clabaugh
Hugh A. Shanahan
31 July 2013
Do you have knowledge of published or available via re-print on line (Abe Books for
instance) concerning the "South Valley" families or family histories of the
early residents. My family main line is Jackson but also several other
associated families as well. I am related to Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson
but at a distance. Any local history records would be of great help to me
should they exist. Thank you in advance for any advice or assistance. I greatly appreciate what
you (all) are doing.
30 July 2013
LINDSEY - MOODY
Looking for info on James Lindsey and wife Mildred Elizabeth
Moody. . .around 1770's 1800's. . .thank you
26 July 2013
BAKER - WISE
I am still trying researching †Mary Ann Wise and Abraham Baker who were maried 4 Feb 1819.†
Abraham was born 1795, VA died 1830 Typhoid fever.†Mary Ann then married Abraham's cousin, William Baker 17 Jan 1833. †Who were Williams' parents????
I have spent years trying to figure out who William's parents were as Mary Ann and William had Sarah 16, Benjamin 14, Warren 12, Marcellus 9, Commodore Perry 8, †All members of this family were born in VA †This year was 1850 Notes #455 †#462 † Do not know what this means.
Warren is my Great Grandfather who married Eliza Baker 11 Apr 1826 the†daughter of Jessee and Rachel Marshall Baker. In the Hampshire, Hanging Rock District,1850 Census, Jesse and Rachel with the following children:
Jacob, Eliza, Martha, Samuel, John, Caroline, Burzelus. †Living Eastern Dist Hanging Rock 1860.
Where is Hanging Rock Eastern District, as my cousin Doug knows Hampshire and Hardy by heart and I want to tell him where they lived. †Doug remembers his Grandmother pointing to a home and telling him about her grandmother's home??? †Maybe†one and the same. †Thank you so very very much for any help you can give me.
I know where Warren and Eliza home is located as my Mother and Aunts took me over there years ago and at the same time we visited a little family cemetery where Abraham, Mary Ann William †and many family members are buried.
This William situation as been a real brick wall and I would love to figure this one out! †The father of my Great grandfather. †
My sincere thanks. Annette Ambler
21 July 2013
SEARS - SHOOK
Do you know of a good source for researching old churches in Hardy County?
My linage of Shooks and Sears departed Hardy County about 1786
Elizabeth Snider Conner
7 July 2013
BOWMAN - SNIDER
I'm hoping you can suggest research avenues for me to learn more about my
ancestor, Capt. Martin Bowman. I found a copy of his will in Hardy County
in 1816, but I'm trying to learn more about what brought him to Virginia
and his descendants. The previous last record I'd found of Martin was a tax
record in 1781 in Pennsylvania. I'm specifically trying to find details
about his daughter Elizabeth, who married Harmon Snider in Pennsylvania in
Thank you for your assistance!
Elizabeth Snider Conner
23 June 2013
I noticed the Keckley surname is not listed. Our relatives are from Wardensville. Let me know if I can be of help.
24 May 2013
DAVIS - MOORE
Do you know how Moorefield got its name? Do you know of James Moore Davis?? And, is there or was there a place named Loudon in Hardy County? I know there is an early Loudoun County, VA, east of the Blue Ridge. The Rootsweb posting below has a story about the naming of Moorefield.
Thank you, Pat Davis in OH.
Entries: 5944 Updated: 2007-11-06 20:46:19 UTC (Tue) Contact: John Whitaker,
Supposedly, he was asked to name the new Hardy County Courthouse. He named it Moorefield in deference to his deceased mother,Jane Moore DAVIS. I believe his 2nd wife, with whom he had 7 sons, was from Hardy County. He moved back to his native Charles County, MD when the AmRev heated up. When he returned to MD after the war (c1781), his wife was dead and his children were in Hardy County with their maternal grandparents. - firstname.lastname@example.org
16 May 2013
LILLER - SHOCKEY
I am trying to obtain a formal record, i.e., death information for my great grandfather, Sebastian Shockey. I believe he died
abt 1900, but the 1900 Hardy County, census shows my grandmother, Nancy May (sp) Shockey living with her mother, Sarah
Elizabeth, but no Sebastian. Sebastian would have been born abt 1849 in Virginia. His parents were, I believe, Samuel V. Shockey
and Mary Jane Liller.
Thanks in advance for your help. Harry
30 April 2013
HINKLE - HENKLE - HENCKEL
I am looking for proof of Barbara Teter (1734-1814 Hardy Co ) marriage to Jacob Henkle (1753).
They have a daughter, Elizabeth who marries Jacob Crites (dies 25 August 1837 in Hardy Co).
I am taking my 90 yo mother to Charleston in two weeks for the last time (I'm the one who is not well). She knows nothing of
her past beyond her Grandfathers. I plan to share with those who are left over a pancake breakfast! We used to come to
Canaan all the time. Now, I know what drew the Aunts and Mom there. They didn't even have a clue. Her Great Grandfather
Leonard Fisher married Barbara Crites Oct 1858. Her parents were John Crites and Clora/Celia (Pfost) married in 1807 John
Crites (1783-1847) was the son of Jacob Crites and Elizabeth Hinkle. Elizabeth was the daughter of Jacob Henckel/Hinkle and
Barbara Teter. I am a novice at Genealogy. I've learned you need some kind of dated proof. Court records, marriage, birth,
death. So, if you can direct me for any of these people, I would appreciate it. Amelia Packard
15 April 2013
Hello, has anyone done research on Henry Wilson, born ca. 1760, his
sons John, Thomas, Cranmore and David, as well as their decendents?
I believe that they came from Hardy Co.
Thank you, Steve
6 April 2013
Looking for any information on William, Samuel or Sarah Shaw, who moved from Peru in Hardy County to Preston County around 1790.
Eric Allen Talla
4 April 2013
FINK - MONGOLD
My grandmother was Edna Mongold, born in KS; her father was John Mongold and mother, Jane Stahl. John was born in
OH (some say IN); his parents were Hiram and Katherine Fink Mongold,
Hardy Co, WV (VA)
Oral history from my mother, who was a Hollowell, said her Mongold heritage was "Pennsylvania Dutch"
which leads me to believe they may have followed so many other from PA. south and
with my wifeís tree. She is Judith Gossett Talla, and her heritage is
primarily in Berkeley County, WV. Altogether, even though we donít have email contacts listed, we may have
many other probable connections in Hardy County, including, on my side including
Brooks, Moore, Switzer, Wolfe; and on my wifeís side would include Wright,
Chaney, Craycraft, Dean, George, Littler, Starr.
I live in Tulsa, OK area, and am going with wife on genealogical trip to KY and WV in May (2013) for a month.
Would like to land in the proximity of Hardy Co for research, but don't know if I would find much
there. Do you have any thoughts or direction that you could share?
Eric Allen Talla
28 March 2013
CASSADY - CASSIDY - RAVENSCROFT
my GreatGreatGreatGrandfather was Benoni Cassaday born
about 1776 in then Hardy County VA. He married Sarah Ravenscroft. I have run
into a stone wall finding out any information as to his parents. There is a
fair amount on his wife's ancestry but he just seems to appear. Any
suggestion as to how to proceed would be appreciated. My father was
Florian W. Cassady, his father Virgil Cassidy, both from Petersburg,
WVA. I live in California so it is not feasible to visit places to try
to track him down.
Take Care, Mike
6 February 2013
My 2nd cousin is descendant of Wilkins.† We are coming to Hardy this spring to courthouse and library and particularly are interested in the Wilkins cemetery at Lost river.
We need a detailed county road map to help us plan and get around.
I would be very happy to reimburse you for purchase cost and mailing.
†† Twyman Andes, Fauquier County, VA
16 December 2012
Was Jacob Smith br. ca 1813 that lived in Howards Lick area of Hardy Co. WV in 1860 the man who served as substitute in
Confederate army for Pharoah Wilkens and died in Harrisonburg, VA?
What happened to his wife and children?
Seeking his & her parents, wedding info, etc.
16 December 2012
EXLINE - OECHSLEN - OXLEIN
Looking for the death date of Maria Catharine Kraus Exline b.1736 PA who
married George Exline. George was murdered 1801 in Moorefield, Hardy Co,
VA. Name also used "Jurg Oxlein".
Trying to discover if Maria was his spouse at his time of death or if he
had remarried and had other children.
My direct line has Elizabeth Exline b. 1792 in Hardy Co. who was raised by
John Harness and used the Harness name. She went to live with the Harness
family about the time of George's death. Have also heard that she had a
sister Alida (but not verified).
Not sure if George is her father (or grandfather) or possibly Barkley
Exline of whom there seems no information but who lived in Hardy Co.
10 December 2012
BADGLEY - STARR - STOHR
Trying to establish parents of a Daniel Starr b.1770 married
Rachael Badgley about 1799 traveled to Illinois with the Rev.
Badgley group of about 154 individuals.
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