Hardy County Queries 2009

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Brian Everett 29 December 2009

Please help ! My name is Brian Everett, I am trying to find my ancesters. My grandfather was Page Everett my great grandfather was Jacob Wade Everett his wife Catherine Sions and my great, great grandfather Richard Everett and wife Polly Jones. My grandfather was born in 1908 in Moorefield WV. and died in 1989 in Fremont Ohio. My great grandfather was born in Hardy county WV. in 1877 and died in 1943 in Fremont Ohio. Catherine Sions was born in 1880 in Hardy county WV. and died here in Fremont in 1963. Her father and mother were Jobe and Sadie Sions. I know my family was from Moorefield/Oldfields, Hardy, West Virgina. Page and Jacob are buried here in Fremont, Ohio. I really want to know where Richard is buried at and if I still have family there. And also to trace my family (Everett) back farther. Any guidance or help would be greatly appreciated.                                       Thank You,
                                                     Brian Everett

Pat Davis 13 October 2009

I'm wondering if you know of any Hardy Co. DAVIS reunions.

I'm tracking a Thomas & Anne Davis, from Wales, who ended up in the Moorefield area, I think. One of their daughters, Martha, m. John McNeel (Cumberland, MD records) and settled in Little Levels, today's Pocahontas Co. WV. The old DAVIS family Welsh Bible is on display there, at the co. museum in Marlinton. There is a good segment abt them and desc. in the 1801 Pocahontas Co. history.

I see a Thomas DAVIS in the 1800 Hardy Co. p.p. tax list. And, as a witness in Robert BEAN's will, 1790-91. And, John & Daniel McNEEL in the So. Br. Manor lands list. And, Thomas DAVIS in the 1782 tax list (Hampshire Co.), 2 of them, on nr. Capon Bridge, and one nr. Moorefield. In 1784, both were near Moorefield. One might have been a son Thomas. I don't know. If so, there might be more DAVIS fam around there.

In the Bible births pages is also an Elijah DAVIS, b. 1753. I have an Elijah DAVIS, b. 1753, d. 1813, bur. Racey Cem., Hampshire Co. WV. Below Capon Bridge. One of his daughers, Ann, m. Charles Simmons in Capon Bridge and is bur. Capon Chapel. We found Elijah's will at the Romney courthouse. Luckily. Saw it in Sage & Jones' book. Listed all 10 ch.

Elijah Davis' land was on Lonum Branch, off the Gr. Cacapon R. There is an old "Davis Ford" on the river nr. the mouth of Lonum branch. It's spelled Lonum or Loman, usually. Most of Elijah's kids migrated on to OH, some ca. 1815 and the two youngest boys, ca. 1830ish. We have a big patch here in OH, w/ lots of folks from Hampshire Co. fams early.

We are trying to pin down where Thomas & Anne DAVIS fr Wales are buried. Looking for more family. They had more children, incl. daughters Mary, Anne, and Sarah (in Bible). I don't know abt these daughters' marriage. Thomas & Anne started having children in the early 1740s, so would have been b. ca. 1720, probably. One Rootsweb posting says Anne was b. 1721.

One of my distant cuzs has found Welsh records for Thomas & Anne, incl. births of some children. Mormons' data, I think.

Thank you, Pat Davis
Cambridge, OH

Deloris Wiley 15 August 2009
Burlington Milling Company

I found a receipt dated November 13, 1902

Burlington Milling Co dealer in High Grade Roller Four, Feed, etc B. G. Clower and C. W. Smith

Where was this mill located and is any part of it still standing today?
  Thank you, Deloris

Deloris Wiley 15 August 2009
High Knob

Do you have any information on High Knob? Or do you know where I can find some information? I have some information pertaining to the orchards and buildings. Would like to know who owned them, who ran them, what year they were started and when it stopped. Deloris

Jackie Pillsworth 10 August 2009

Is it possible to obtain a copy of a Land Record from Hardy County?

The original Deed for a tract of land 258A dtd 1817(In Hampshire, Hardy, Grant Counties, VA) It is based on a deed of land owned by John Champe, in Allegheny County, VA which was sold in 1817 (After John' death) to Isaac Kuykendall in which "seven owners" are named.

Phebe Champe, widow of sergeant Major John Champe is mentioned as an owner. Does the original deed include her children's names?

I am trying to determine the age of Sergeant Major John Champe's daughter Mary in my application for the DAR.

I have Sargeant Major John Champe's pension records from the National Archives. He is a DAR Patriot and I'm the first to apply for membership through his daughter Mary Champe Keys. Therefore, my interest lies with facts about Mary Champe, which are hard to find.

Mary Champe Keys born about 1798 VA - died abt.1837 Pine Township, Warren Co., IN. Married to Samuel Keys January 17, 1820 Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio. Five known children. Samuel Keys was born abt.1790- 1797 VA. Died November, 1845 buried in Pine Township, Warren Co. Indiana.
Jacqueline Pillsworth
Glenmont, NY

Zelda Capehart 20 June 2009

Looking for information on Funkhouser Old Toll House Cemetery, down from Olivet Cemetery. Mary Hickey b. 1794 & died 1805 is buried there. Are there any legible stones, etc?

Frances C. Spidel 9 June 2009

I have been researching this family of Alexander McKinley who married Mary Wilson in 1796 in Hardy Co. At our local Family History Center I found this marriage information on microfilm. They had 5 children: Jane, John, Alexander, William and Samuel. All born between 1796 and 1805 in Hardy Co. I am especially interested in son, William, who married Melinda Neff. The father Alexander McKinley died young, age 55, in 1819. In the Wills Index Bk. 2 there is a Affidavit on pg 29 and Bill of sale page 30 in Jun and Aug 1819. Need copies of these documents. Please advise which office I should contact to also find the birth records of children mentioned. May have been Guardianship records that would list children of (and mention the parents' names).
Thank you for any assistance in this matter.
Frances S. in Arizona.

Betty Wimer Van Fossen 28 May 2009

I need the will of Daniel Ketterman, 1780, verifying that George F. Ketterman was a son. Also, confirmation on George's birth - I have 1767. Believe both served in Rev. War.

Sarecia Powers 20 May 2009
Hardy County Cemeteries

Have you seen, heard of or found reference to: Cain, Newhouse or Asbury cemeteries near Moorefield WV?

Sarecia Powers 20 May 2009

I am looking for an obituary for my great grandfather George William Hose, Jr., born January 12, 1889 and died on September 18, 1971. Is there someone who could look this up for me as I live out of state hours away from Moorefield WV? I was in the area and went to the Fitzwater Cemetery where he is said to be buried per family oral traditions and found several other Hose relatives but no marker for him. Many that did have markers were only the temporary Fraley Funeral Home markers in this private unkept cemetery off of corridor H in Moorefield.

My goal in getting the obituary is to confirm his burial there and pursue a headstone. The cemetery is on the Fitwater family chicken farm which was split by Corridor H and has no records of burials. Any assistance or directions you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Fraley Funeral Home would not give me the information.

Janet K. Simons 17 May 2009

Looking for Elizabeth Stump, b. 1786, who married Benjamin Simon in 1805 according to my sources. Anyone have anything on her?
Janet K. Simons (Washer)
Centennial, CO

Linda Surrett 15 May 2009

I am researching surnames of Thomas, Rollins, Bacorn (Beckhorn), and maybe others if I find information on these. I emailed Melissa Ireland, but the mails were returned. Is there a current email address for her, or is there another contact now for these surnames?
Thanks in advance,
Linda Surrett

Anita Moyer 10 May 2009

Researching the Moyer / Moyers family. I have sent email to all addresses under the surnames Moyer/Moyers and they have all been returned for wrong address. Are there new emails I can use to find info on Moyer/Moyers.  Thank you, Anita Moyer

Carol Westfall 1 May 2009

Could you please tell me where to find information on a woolen mill that was in the Cove in Mathias, Hardy Co. sometime about 1850? It was owned by Conrad Sager then he sold it to his son-in-law, Benjamin Basore who then sold it to his son John? John was murdered there by a man who was hired to kill Joe Mathias and killed him mistakenly. I am trying to gather information for Heritage Weekend. Cove Chapel United Methodist Church is hosting a history of the Church and Basore Crossings.
Thank you

Jennie Hott 22 April 2009

I'm trying to get a copy of the will of Henry Judy, Sr. found in Hardy County. Will Book 3, page 278.  The will was probated June 8, 1924.  If anyone has a copy, please get in touch with me.
Jennie J. Hott
Franklin, WV 

Sharon Bradford Klay 19 April 2009

Looking for documentation of the birth Joseph Bradford on March 31,1779 in Hampshire county,VA and marriage of Joseph Bradford and Elizabeth Dixon in Hardy County,Va

Looking for documentation of the childrens births of John Bradford and Hannah Shrout

Thanks, Sharon

Betty Lancaster Pickett 22 March 2009

I found the marriage of my gggrandfather Henry Thompson and Mercy Parrill listed in the Hardy County Marriage records in 1825. They lived and had their children in Barbour County but I have never found any information about Mercy's parents and thought maybe they had lived in Hardy. Any suggestion for acquiring information would be appreciated.
Betty Lancaster Pickett

Susan Nix 22 March 2009

Edward R. Parker, my great grandfather was born in Moorefield, W. Va. on 12/25/1884. I found this out from his draft card. I would like information about his parents, and can find nothing. I thought if I could find his birth record, that might point me in the right diretion. He eventually married Nora G. Shaffer and they lived in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

I would really appreciate any help you can give me. Thank you so much.

Frank Merriman Jr. 12 March 2009

Searching for parents of Valentine Campbell b. 1803 probably in Hardy Co. or maybe in Rockingham Co., VA.  He married Charlotta Corbin about 1824.  The Hardy Co. tax list for 1800 lists a William Campbell and also a James "Cammel".  This William may be the father of Valentine and was likely born in Scotland.  Valentine migrated to Franklin Co., OH and later Brown Co., IN where he died in 1870s. 6 to 8 children: Joseph, Reuben, Rebecca A., Elizabeth, James V. and Edward McDonald Campbell.  

Craig Landis 11 March 2009

Yesterday I tried to contact Monique regarding the "Landes" surname but my message was bounced back.  It appears that her email address is either incorrect or no longer in use.  Could someone please verify this for me, and/or provide a current email contact.

The earliest I can find my ancestors in Hardy/Hampshire counties is around 1781, and this was Jacob Landes.  The surnames of interest for me are Landis, Landes, Landess, Lander, Landers, Landus and Landice and possibily other variations.  At this point I've compiled quite a bit of information regarding their presence in Hampshire and Hardy counties which I'm willing to share with other interested researchers.  Of course I would also like to connect with others seeking the same information to fill in some gaps.

The following information was provided for me by family members:

Jacob was born in Pennsylvania, probably close to 1755, but I've found references indicating that his birth might have been as early as 1740.  Jacob died in Hardy county, WVa in 1811.  His wife was "Fanny", maiden name unknown.  They had 16 children and I am descended from Samuel.  Fanny remarried 29 July, 1819 to Peter Pettleyou.  In the 1820's Fanny and several of her children can be found in Indiana.

Jacob was granted 51 acres of land by the Commonwealth of Virginia, land office treasury warrant #9023, 16 Nov. 1781.  On 25 June, 1783 he was granteed 113 acres, warrant #17310.  In 1785 that part of Hampshire Country became Hardy County, VA.  In 1866 that part of of Hardy County became Grant County, West Virginia.  Grant County, West Virginia, had a post office, "Landes", which was discontinued on 2 July 1980.  There is a Landes Hollow located in the Monongahela National Forest.

Samuel was born in Hardy County in 1791 or 1792.  He married Elizabeth Stretch and can be located in Wayne County, Indiana in 1826 and Union County, Indiana in 1830.  He was one of the pioneers of Whiteside County, Illinois where he died in 1856.

Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
Craig Landis
Winchester, California

Judy Vincent 10 March 2009

Hi I am looking for info on my grandmother her name was Dorothy Lucille Cator born around 1920-25 in Hardy County she had a sister named Adelle and her parents were im pretty sure Ralph Cator and Helen McCarty. also looking for info on Helen McCarty born around 1900-06.

I do have Dorothy's death certificate and it says she was born in Hardy County to a Ralph Cator of Washington D.C. and Helen McCarty. Helen McCarty I believe was born in Jefferson County, West Virginia to William or Billington McCarty and Lula Campbell thats the only family info I have.

Thank you if you can help.
sarasota, fl

Bill Little 27 February 2009

I am looking for information on a Henry Hineman Knapp 1823-1873 or his wife Margaret Markley 1834-1864.  The name of the person who is listed on your website as researching that name (Julia Sterrett) does not work when I click on it.  Any help would be great.  Thanks so much.

Bill Little
Mt Vernon Community Church
2200 Buena Vista Rd
McKeesport PA 15135

Steve Wilson 11 February 2009

I am looking for any info on the family of Henry B. Frye and Amelia Wilson. She was also know as Pamelia Wilson, daughter of David Wilson. They were married Sept. 9th 1860. Pamelia had a son Thomas aged about 9. Thanks again Steve Wilson sjw429@sbcglobal.net

Larry Mongole 11 February 2009

My name is William C Mongole (I go by Larry) my father was Clarence Price Mongole, my grandfather was William C. Mongole. He was born in 1888 in Moorefield, I believe that my great grandfather was Solomon Welton Mongole. I am looking for any information that may be available. Could you suggest anything that may help me get more information on our family in Hardy County. Thanks, Larry Mongole

Scott Lary 2 February 2009

Looking for Dennis Lary (Lairy) born 1773 in Hardy County VA.

Sue Lupton 27 January 2009

Aaron Dean married Maria Cheshire and their daughter Sarah Catherine Dean married Joseph Jasper Boone, my great grandfather. On the WV Archives I found they were married on 2-28-1868 and his parents were listed as William and Mary Dean and that he lived in Hardy Co. I've searched and cannot found anything on William and Mary Dean. Does anyone know this family or have any info I could use. Thank you very much.

Margaret Kerr Beckwith 22 January 2009

This is a copy of the email I sent to the couple who used to have the Elsey Family Association for 18 years (until 2002). If anyone reading this has any stories that have been handed down through the family or any other information with regard to how Edward & Sarah met their demise, I would really appreciate your sharing it with me!

One story that has been told to me by an Elza cousin, Roger Elza (a minister & Civil War reenactor), has really piqued my curiosity!

There is no one, living or dead, in my Elsey/Elza lineage that has ever been able to explain how Edward Elsey and Sarah Thompson died. I know you are aware that the only record we have that would cast any light on the time of death of either Edward or Sarah is the legal guardianship of their youngest child, Thompson. We know by that record that by December 1821 Edward was deceased (no mention of Sarah at all) and that Levi Coberly was named the legal guardian of Thompson Elza.

Roger Elza relates to me that the story handed down in his particular line of the Elsey/Elza family is that both Edward & Sarah were killed by Indians during an attack! I have done a lot of reading about the Indians fighting in this part of West Virginia and beyond but have never come across anything about any Elseys in these publications/stories.

This family story would seem plausible as the demise of Edward and Sarah is not documented in any other way besides the aforementioned court record in regard to Edward & Thompson.

Did you ever hear any stories of any kind during the time you all had the Elsey Family Association? I will continue to search but am really intrigued by this story of Edward & Sarah's deaths.
Margaret Kerr Beckwith
Elkins, West Virginia

Keith W. Johnson 21 January 2009

Philip Adam Shearman, born:1755/65 in the Shenandoah region, married Mary Keller, Daughter of Dr. George Keller. Adam and Mary's son, John and his son Israel, moved to Hardy Co. WV. , where they were coopers. I am seeking information to verify this. kwj

Debbie Ripple 1 January 2009

I am looking for verifiable info on Barbara Foltz Mathias. She was the mother of my Great Grandfather James William Mathias. I was told that Garrett Mathias was his father (Barbara's cousin). And at first I was told that Barbara had married a Foltz. After being unable to obtain a marriage record for Barbara Mathias and a Foltz, I learned that it was possible she had taken her father's name. I have her birth record and of course no father is listed.

Barbara was born 27 Jun 1868 and died 10 Feb 1902/3. She is listed on her birth record as Barba Mathias.

Susan Mathias is listed as her mother and father is listed as not known. The info on her birth record was given by Susan's brother John. Anyway Susan was unmarried at the time.

Susan (Barbara's mother) is the daughter of John and Susanna Mathias. Susan was born Aug 1846 and died 1920 in Hardy Co., WV. She married William H. Harter on 11 Aug 1880.

I was sent a family picture including her mother Susan (Mathias) and her husband William Harter and their 3 children. Also included in the picture is a younger Barbara with a man standing next to her and James as a young boy.

So my questions are, if Barbara did not marry a Foltz and that was her father's name, then what was his first name? And again if she did not marry, then who is the young man in the pic with her? Also I was not able to get a copy of her death record, even though I was told she was buried in Mathias, WV. I will appreciate any info you have that will put this Barbara mystery to rest. Thanks, Debbie

Note: See a copy of the family picture in the Hardy County Album

Dee D'Errico 1 January 2009

Does anyone know where I might find a muster roll for the company of Captain George Bell of the Virginia Militia during the American Revolutionary War? I have tried Library of Virginia; but they tell me that the militia records of this time period in VA are very sparse. This company fought under Lt. Col. Joseph Neville, Brigadeer General George Weedon, George Washington, and was present at the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown.

I am trying to prove the service of my GGGG Grandfather, Peter Shields, who first fought for the British, then deserted and fought for the American side. His children claimed that he was present at the surrender of Cornwallis. He is not listed as a member of either the Continental Line or the Regular Army of VA.

He had several grandchildren named after VA militia personages of the Rev. War, Weeden Shields, for instance. He also obtained 70 acres in Hardy County by a grant, and for which he did not appear to pay any money. The land was originally bought by Lt. Col. Joseph Neville on a treasury warrant #15204 in April of 1783. I have the copies of the warrant, the grant, and the survey for this land.

The survey lists the assignees. It says that Peter SHIELDS was the assignee of George Harness, who was the assignee of Ebenezer Wood, who was the assignee of William Broughton, who was the assignee of Joseph Neville. I would also like to know if this chain represents the hands which the land and/or the grant passed through before finally settling upon Peter SHIELDS. The 70 acres was a part of an original 500 acres of land purchased by Joseph Neville on the above mentioned Treasury Warrant for 800 pounds. On that document it shows that this land was split up between the following eight men:
     Peter Shields           George Cateman
     Jacob Peterson          Christ. Armantrout
     Charles Windling        Garret Boot
     Michael Alt             David Hosely
The land was situated on North Mill Creek and was once a part of Lord Fairfax's land according to the Library of Virginia. Capt. Geo. Bell's Company was from Hampshire County, part of which later became Hardy County. General George Weedon was from Frederick County and owned a tavern there. George Bell's service originally started there in Frederick County.....but, this company was raised of men from Hampshire County. The land that Peter got was a part of Hampshire County in 1783, which became Hardy County in 1786. He lived there until his children were adult and moved to Braxton County and 382 acres in 1807, selling the Hardy County 70 acres in 1811 to Jacob Judy. I am awaiting a copy of that deed. For his own ownership of the 70 acres, there did not appear to be a deed, only this "grant" which does not mention any money what-so-ever changing hands.

I appreciate any comments or suggestions....
Sincerely, Dee

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