Hardy County Queries 1999

Robert Shipe Wed Dec 22 1999

My grandfather was Soly SHIPE b. April 20,1889, Hardy Co. WV d. Feb 18, 1956 Montgomery Co. Md. , married Etta Catherine RIGGLEMAN b. November 13, 1891 d. Jan 27, 1973, Montgomery Co., Md.

I am searching for info on Soly SHIPE. His father's name was Lorenzo SHIPE, he may have been married to a Matilda CULLERS. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks, Robert Shipe, Jr., E-mail: RShipe1046@aol.com

Sue Beach Thu Dec 16 1999

I am seeking information on my husband's great-grandparents Joseph Markwood RHEUBLE and Louisa Virginia SHERMAN. I know little about Joseph except that he was born in Hardy Co., but I know that Louisa was born in Jan 1867 in Hardy Co. & that her parents were Phillip SHERMAN and Rebecca HULVER. Thank you for your help. Sue Beach, Muncie, IN E-mail: sbeach@bsu.edu

Joan Connick Tue Dec 14 1999

I'm looking for information on Abraham WARD b.1770 Moorefield, Hardy Co., Va. m.1790 ? JOHNSON d.1837 Allen Co., Ohio. All I have is ? JOHNSON b.1774 Moorefield, Hardy Co.,Va. Appreciate any help locating information on my direct lines. Joan, E-mail: jconnick@toledotel.com Greetings from Mt.St.Helen's

Daniel Woods Tue Dec 14 1999

I am trying to find information on an early 20th century religious publisher named D. W. GRIFFIN. In 1907 he published one of the first pentecostal periodicals. It was titled A Call to Faith. He published it in Martinsburg at first, but at some point between then and 1910, GRIFFIN moved his operation to Wardensville in Hardy County. No copies of A Call to Faith have survived in any archive that I can find, but I have recently found several of GRIFFIN's articles reprinted in an Atlanta paper called The Bridegrooms Messenger in 1910-1911. GRIFFIN also published religious tracts/booklets in Wardensville. One of these has survived in an archive in Missouri. Due to a debilitating illness, GRIFFIN ceased publications in December 1910. He died on 1/19/11. I have not been able to find an obituary.

I am trying to find any information on D. W. GRIFFIN. Of course, I would also like to uncover some of his publications. Thank you for your consideration of this query, Daniel Woods, E-mail: dwoods@neocomm.net

Michael R. Swigart Sat Dec 11 1999

Seeking information on ancestry and origins of Jacob YOUNG, born Hardy County, VA (W.VA) in 1773. Married Mary MASON, daughter of Martin MASON, in Fayette Co, Penn in 1795. Relocated to Columbiana County OH abt 1800. Settled in Ashland County OH in 1816. Need information on his parents and heritage. E-mail: swigart@intelligencia.com

Melissa Kitchens Wed Nov 24 1999

Seeking information on William McCULTY, b 1819, who moved to Hardy County from Pendelton Co. He married Ann Jemima (her maiden name was either COOPER or MOORE) ca 1842/43 in Hardy County, WV, and they were living in Hardy Co. on 1850 census, as well as William's brother, George Washington McCULTY, b. 1818, who md. Malinda JUDY. Ann Jemima was named as a COOPER in a family history, but her death record, in which facts were given by her son, listed her father as Dave MOORE. Would appreciate any information on these families. E-mail: gmkitch@dixie-net.com

Jeanie Brown Sun Nov 21 1999

Need help with James POWELL, b. Wales; to Clark Co., Va. 1765. Said to have m. Sallie (RANDEL/RANDOLPH??) dau of colonial governer. She inherited land near Potomac R. in Hardy Co. They had 2 sons:

  1. Joseph b. 13feb1784 - m. 3oct1804 to Sarah ALKIRE d/o Rev. John ALKIRE & wife, Susan NATION.
  2. Samuel b. 20oct1787 near the Potomac R. on their farm in Hardy Co. Moved to Fleminsburg, Ky. & m. Elizabeth ALKIRE, d/o Rev. John ALKIRE & his wife, Susan NATION. ( Elizabeth sister of Sarah who m. Jos. POWELL)

These folks moved on to Ohio and into Illinois. Have lots of data on their descendants but cannot document James POWELL & his wife, Sallie. Jeanie Brown; 7223 Walker Rd. Spring Lake, Mi.49456. E-mail: Geaniology@aol.com

Richard Howard Sat Nov 20 1999

Seeking any info. on Wm. BOLEY and family, who lived in Hardy Co. in 1830. Thanks, Richard Howard, E-mail: rchoward@wizzards.net

Jean French Sat Nov 20 1999

Sara Carrie FOSTER born 1871 Moorefield, WV. Died 23 April 1952 Buried at Howe Cemetery, Brownsville, PA. Married James LEVY of Pennsylvania.
That's all I know about her. Thank you, Jean French, E-mail: jefrench@gte.net

Barbara Barker Tue Nov 9 1999

Looking for information on:

They are on the 1850, 1860, and 1870 Hardy County Census

please e-mail me if anyone has any information.
Barbara Barker, E-mail: AKEWPIE@cs.com

William H Basore Mon Nov 1 1999

I am looking for the Basore Family in Basore Hardy Co or anyhing I can find about them. Thank You, William H Basore, E-mail: BASORECREEK@CS.COM

Lucy Weaver Sun Oct 24 1999

John SMITH, b. ca. 1781 VA, married 12 Nov. 1810 in Hardy Co. VA. Rebecca DAVIS, b. 1781 VA. In 1833 they moved to Crawford Co.,OH. Children were:

Need names of John SMITH'S and Rebecca DAVIS' parents. Lucy Weaver, Defiance, OH E-mail: north@defnet.com

Deb Kesner Chapman Sat Oct 23 1999

I just received some information on a Noah FITZWATER who was born in 1887 in Hardy County and died 1919 in Hardy County. The information I have is that he is buried at Baldwin Cemetery Hardy County WV. I need to find something to see if this is the Noah FITZWATER that was married to Anna Rebecca CAIN. If it is, their child Mattie Irene (FITZWATER) (COMBS) KESNER is my grandmother, who is still living in Hampshire County WV.

Any help in letting me know how I could get information from the cemetery or death records would be appreciated. Deb (Kesner) Chapman, E-mail: dendeb@ndak.net

Bobbi Tindle Sat Oct 23 1999

Daniel LANDAKER b.1803 d.1873 md. Elizabeth REED 1829 she was b.1809 d.1880.

Only 1 child known: Emanuel Ellsworth LANDACRE b.1853 d.1922 md. Leah Ann FRESHWATER 1879 she was b.1860 d.1940 and was d/o Benjamin FRESHWATER. Emanuel was born in Hardy Co but migrated to Delaware Co, Oh at some point and died in Warren Co, Oh. Other names include MCPEAK and FRAZIER. Looking for parental info on Daniel and Elizabeth along with sibs. Would like to correspond with others concerning this family. Bobbi Tindle (nt1227@aol.com)

Nancy C. Adkins Sat Oct 16 1999

Searching for anyone who is researching or has information on these PETERSON families, John Martin, John Jacob, Joseph (Michael), Jonas PETERSON. Many of them married HARPER'S. John Martin PETERSON b. 1769 in Hardy Co. W.VA. =m= Mary HARPER. I would appreciate any help. Thank you. Sincerely, Nancy C. Adkins, E-mail: kabaybruce@zoomnet.net

Joyce Althoff Tue Oct 12 1999

Trying to find a connection between a Robert WILSON and Elizabeth NEFF.

Elizabeth NEFF b. c.1787 in Hardy Co. WVA, d. after Nov. 1816 but before 1838, d/o George and Elizabeth ? NEFF, granddaughter of Hans Leonard and Elizabeth Magdalene (FEG) NEFF.

Possible son of Elizabeth NEFF and Robert WILSON:
Absalom Neff WILSON: b. 15 Nov. 1816 VA
d. 22 Nov. 1883 Madison Co. Ohio
md. 7 Mar 1844 Pickaway Co. Oh to
Elizabeth Templeton ALKIRE

Looking for any possible clue to connect Robert WILSON to Elizabeth NEFF.

Thanks, Joyce, E-mail: jalthoff@qn.net

F. L. Goodnite Sat Oct 9 1999

William GOODNIGHT born August 28,1828 Hardy County Va/WV to Jacob and Mrs. GOODNIGHT(GUTKNECHT) died November 18, 1917, in Clinton County, IN. Moved to Indiana as a small child and lived in Montgomery County moving to Clinton Co. at age 18. My husbands Gt.grandfather. Information on mother and father (from Pa. possible) needed. Thank you. E-mail: FLGOODNITE@aol.com

Mike Skidmore Sat Oct 9 1999

Hello my name is Mike Skidmore and I am trying to document the birth of James SKIDMORE b: Apr. 12, 1830 in Hardy Co. He was the son of Andrew and Elizabeth SKIDMORE and the grandson of Capt John SKIDMORE of Pendleton Co. WV. I have been searching for months and have found a lot of material on my family but nothing of James birth or his later move to the Franklin town area. Thank you Mike Skidmore, E-mail:MSKIDS001@aol.com

Marilyn Thu Oct 7 1999

I am looking for information on Eli BISHOP m. Nancy MOORE and went from Hardy Co., to Guernsey Co., Ohio. I believe that their son Jesse M. BISHOP is my gr-gr grandfather. He went from Ohio, to Marshall Co., IL, and then to Guthrie Co., IA. Jesse was born about 1822 but do not have exact date.

Does anybody have any information on the parents of Eli BISHOP or records of the birth of Jessie M. BISHOP.
Thank you, Marilyn in IL, E-mail: Marzim100@aol.com

Penelope A Thomas Sun Sep 26 1999

The name I'm searching for is Aaron HUFFMAN, he is the father of my great grandmother Eliza Jane HUFFMAN CRESWELL. She was born March 22, 1827 in Highland County, Ohio, died August 10, 1910 in Greene County, Ohio. Aaron also died in Greene County, March 17, 1865, born 1784 in Augusta County, Virginia, the mother of Eliza Jane died 1832 in Ross County, Ohio, Martha WHITE HUFFMAN.

According to records I have pieced together, Aaron's father was either a Peter or Aaron HUFFMAN, born in Hardy County, Virginia. He married a Betty HUME in Culpepper County, Virginia and moved the family to Ohio. a Peter HUFFMAN is said to have built the first log cabin in Ross Township, Greene County, Ohio. Have not proved any connections really, but am looking to try and do so. Penny Thomas, Columbus, Ohio, E-mail: past6@juno.com

Kathryn Ross Krzeczowski Wed Sep 22 1999

Searching for marriage record for Phillip ROSS b. about 1775. Lived Hardy Co., W. Va. prior to 1803. Married an Elizabeth ? Died Ross Co., Oh. 1813.
Kathryn Ross Krzeczowski, E-mail: momkrezip@aol.com

Joyce Althoff Mon Sep 20 1999

Looking for a marriage of a George NEFF to a Magdalene STUMP, probably around 1805-1807.

Also looking for any deeds that would include the names George NEFF and Magdalene STUMP (his wife).

Trying to proof a connection to these two as husband and wife. Magdalene died probably VA and George NEFF moved to Pickaway Co. Ohio c.1828 and married for a second time to Elizabeth (DOUGLAS) ALKIRE in 1829 in Madison Co. Ohio which borders Pickaway Co. OH.

George Neff's 1st marriage produced these children:

  1. Catherine:
    md 1st William Alkire in Pickaway Co. Ohio in 1829
    2nd md Samuel Creath in Madison Co. Ohio in 1860
  2. Elizabeth:
    md Henry Green Clay Alkire in Pickaway Co. Ohio in 1831
  3. George:
    md Elizabeth Ann Green in Pickaway Co. Ohio in 1835
  4. Malinda:
    md William McKinley (no License) recorded in Pickaway Co. Ohio
  5. Mary Ann:
    md maybe a Wilson?
George's 2nd marriage to Elizabeth (Douglas) Alkire produced:
  1. Huldah Jane:
    md Charles T. Green in Pickaway Co. Ohio in 1847
  2. Emma:
    md Richard Heath in Pickaway Co. Ohio in 1852
My main concern is trying to find 1st wife of George NEFF (b.c1786 Hardy Co. VA). Could it be Magdalene STUMP? Thanks, Joyce E-mail address: jalthoff@qn.net

Edye Ours West Tue Sep 21 1999

In response to Cathy L. Heideger's query of Aug. 15, 1999. I believe I can help you with your Sherman family questions. Robert L. Sherman was my Grandfather's brother. Tried to email you, keeps coming back as undeliverable. Please email me at mefwest@gateway.net ,Edye Ours West

Judy Kimble Tue Sep 14 1999

Researching Edith Francis COFFMAN daughter of Jacob and Christene (SITES) COFFMAN. She was the first wife of Ashby David MONGOLD s/o David H. and Magdalene (Margaret) FITZWATER MONGOLD of Hardy Co. She was born Nov 15, 1891 If you have any info, please e-mail me at: jckim@hardynet.com

Rich May Tue Sep 13 1999

I believe that my grandfather Harvey Clifford Howdyshell or Clifford Harvey Howdyshell was born in Hardy County on October 15, 1917. Also interested in any other Howdyshell information. Thanks, Rich May, E-mail: RMay142986@aol.com

Lyle Corder Thu Sep 9 1999

Looking for anyone researching the different spellings of this name in present day WV or VA. There are several Daniel RICHMONDs, RIGHMANs and RICHMONs in these areas in the 1800s. Need some help sorting them out. I do know that a Levi, Jesse and Daniel ended up in what is now Barbour Co, WV. Help....Thanks...Lyle Corder, E-mail:Wvlyle@aol.com

Lyle Corder Thu Sep 9 1999

Seeking info on a Daniel RICHMON b ca1822, probably in Hardy Co, now WV. He had brother Jesse and maybe Levi born about the same time. I don't have the 1850 census for Hardy, but, do have 1860 and 70. I see a Daniel RICHMAN age 60, wife Lydia age 59. These look like possible parents for Daniel and his brothers.

Am interested in finding the three sons in 1850 and learning more about this family.

Thanks...Lyle Corder, E-mail:Wvlyle@aol.com

Sue Poole Tue Sep 7 1999

Looking for parents of Ferguson CALDWELL b 2 Sept 1799 Hardy Co. WV; d 8 June 1845 Hardy Co. WV; m 16 Dec 1822, Lydia Angeline SHIREMAN b 6 Dec 1805 Hardy Co. WV; d 10 Mar 1861 Jonesboro, Washington Co. TN. Anyhelp is greatly appreciated. Sue, E-mail:EDWARDSUE@itlnet.net

Bill Lawrence Sun Sep 5 1999

I am seeking information concerning my ancestor Daniel LORANCE, who may have been the son of John LORENCE, Daniel was born 19 January 1783 in Hampshire (Hardy) County. He married Elizabeth HOLLENBACK of Hampshire (Mineral) County on 28 August 1817 in Mineral County. Would like to receive any information concerning the LORANCE (LAWRENCE) family. Also interested in the connections with the United Brethern in Christ connections to the family. E-mail: wvl222@cmn.net

Donna M. Wolf Sat Sep 4 1999

Looking for the full name of the wife (first name Barbara) of Lawrence DELAWDER. He died in Hardy County in January, 1837. Is there a published index to the probate court records available for this time period?

Any info appreciated. E-mail: Wolfdm35@prodigy.net

Rose McDaniel Fri Sep 3 1999

I have a Judy LEWIS who married Isaac CLIFFORD in 1796 in Hardy County. According to deed records, by 1830 Isaac CLIFFORD had built a sawmill on land he had received from John PARKER. Isaac died in 1831. At least one of his sons, Jacob CLIFFORD, remained for a while in Hardy County. My great-great grandfather, William Henry CLIFFORD, Sr. (1835 - 1881), worked at the MULLIN Hotel in Moorefield in 1850. He moved to OH by 1859. Some of Isaac CLIFFORD's other descendants moved to PA. His widow, Judy/Julia (LEWIS) CLIFFORD, lived to be over 100 years old. Rose, E-mail:rmcdaniel@erols.com

Pam Rooney Fri Sep 3 1999

I would like to share information with anyone that is working on any of the following names connected to Hardy County.

COIL/KILE (any and all connections).

DAVIS, Cinthia b. abt 1798 step daughter to Samuel COIL and dof Nancy GAMBLE COIL.

MORROW, Darcas b. 1807 m. Adam COIL, Hardy Co., 1827.

CONRAD, Pheobe b. 1799 and Frenah b. 1768 (both dof Jacob CONRAD Jr).

GRAHAM, Isaac and Barbara COIL (b 1798).

WILSON, Richard m. to Catherine COIL 1792.

Would love to share information with anyone that has information about names listed or any connection related to the COIL/KILE.

Pam, E-mail: pamrooney@prodigy.net

Peter K. Carrell Sun Aug 29 1999

MOORE, James. James MOORE and wife Elizabeth bought land on Hughes Run in Hardy County in 1769. He died 6 Feb 1801 leaving 10 children named in will: Benjamin, Thomas, John, James, Sary, Elizabeth, Mary, Catherine, Rebecca, and Margaret. Benjamin m. Sarah FRYE d. 1834 in Hampshire Co. They had Abraham.

Has anyone information on James or Elizabeth? Where born, parents?

Thanks for your help. Pete, E-mail: 74136.1061@compuserve.com

Richard Doll Mon Aug 23 1999

I believe I am a direct descendant of John DOLL. I have information that he bought land in 1786 in Hardy Co. VA. from Henry MAUK & wife. He then leased it to Henry WALDERT in 1792 and then bought land from Nickolas NOEL & wife 109A Lower Run of Patterson's Crk. His brother Jacob bought 216 A Waters of Patterson Crk. John sold his land 109A Lower Run & 30 A Lower Run to David ROTROCK in 1802. I believe that he then moved to Ohio.

This is where I need the connection to John DOLL - son of Jacob DOHLD who died in Hardy Co. VA. in 1798. I know that I am a direct descendant of John DOLL who lived in Ohio and married a Margaret GRAHAM in 1833 in Scioto Co., Ohio. Their son, Peter S. DOLL's death certificate indicated that his father was born in Ohio.

Margaret GRAHAM's father was Seth GRAHAM and her mother was Susannah NOEL who was born in Hampshire, VA. in the 1790s. I've probably indicated too much info; but, I know that I must be related to one of Jacob DOHLD's sons and John makes the most sense. If you can be of any help, I'd appreciate it very much. Sincerely, Richard Doll, E-mail:Dollrl@aol.com

Lane Stanton Sun Aug 22 1999

Charles and Elizabeth STINEHART (STEINHARDT) are listed in 1860 Census - non slaveholders VA - in Hardy Co, Luney's Creek PO with their children.
Charles age 40, b Baden, Germany, occ. "tinner"?
Elizabeth age 32, b ME
Theeden/Theodore age 8, b VA
Mary C age 4 b VA

Charles d in either Civil War - Southern cause- or burning building in Keyser, Mineral Co WV. No records found in Mineral Co. Following Charles' death Elizabeth & children moved from Moorefield, Hardy Co to Keyser,WV. Elizabeth married Philip ACKERMANN in 1868, Shenandoah. She spelled her name STEINHARDT and gave birth as 1833 VA. Both children subsequently m in Keyser, where Elizabeth d 1904. When, where & how did Charles die? (I believe it was E's 2nd husband who d in Keyser fire.) When/where was marriage?

In 1880 Theodore Stinehart's listed in Grant Co census with his wife Mary C BOCKES and son Stewart. (Grant Co formed from Hardy 1866). Was Stewart named for his MGF as suggested by family oral history or does anyone know her maiden name? Thanks! Lane Stanton, E-mail: harrl@infomagic.com

Jean Shumate Tue Aug 17 1999

I am trying to find out if a family named WEAVER comes from Hardy Co. Robert L. WEAVER b. abt 1840 (father named Albert WEAVER) m. to Margaret JOHNSON.

I have reason to believe they did but both these males were found to be in Amherst Co. census 1870.

RLW is believed to be the father of my Mom b. 1902 d. 1996. It seems he migrated to McDowell Co. WV to operate coke oven. and married Nancy Jane STOWERS, widow of Henry J. BELCHER.

This is really a brick wall. Jean in WV, E-mail: jshumate@citynet.net

Sharon Nelson Mon Aug 16 1999

I am a great great granddaughter of Jesse WHETZEL and Polly CULLERS married in Hardy County 24 April 1831. Is there any written histories or other info about either of these families living in Hardy County at that time? Sharon Nelson, E-mail: JPandSLNel@aol.com

Cathy L. Heideger Sun Aug 15 1999

SHANHOLTZ Kenneth, Helen Katherine SHANHOLTZ, Peggy Ann SHANHOLTZ, Agatha Pearl WOOD, Robert Lee SHERMAN, Ruth Mabel MACHNEER or McNEER, Lena BELL -- most of them are buried in one of the cemeteries in Moorefield I don't know the name of it . If you know which cemetery they are in please let me know. Thank you Cathy L. Heideger, E-mail

Susan Lathrum Sat Aug 14 1999

I am looking for information on David ANDERSON b. April 15, 1797 in CharlesTown, Jefferson County m. Mary HACKLEY before 1825 and moved to Hardy County where to my knowledge he lived the rest of his life. His son Robert Ferguson ANDERSON was born January 6, 1825 in Hardy County. David's father was John ANDERSON. I don't know what David did for a living but he was probably reasonably well-to-do and also well educated as he attended the old CharlesTown Academy in Jefferson County that was founded to provide an education in Latin and other academics for young men of good families. I would appreciate any help I can get as looking for information on this line of ANDERSONs in Virginia is turning out to be a real frustration. Susan, E-mail: Smlathrum@aol.com

Elizabeth Culhane Sat Aug 14 1999

Would you be able to help me locate any information about my great-grandfather, Thomas J. MATTINGLY (June 2, 1827-January 23, 1908) (I believe the "J" may stand for Joseph)...I just received an obit today from the Baltimore Sun stating that he was born in Moorefield, W. VA and moved to Washington, DC when he was 6 years old...would you possibly be able to help me or would you be so kind as to point me in the direction of someone who may be able to assist me? Elizabeth Culhane in Fairport, New York, E-mail: KCANDME103@aol.com

Vickie L. Reed Fri Aug 13 1999

Do you have an early list of churches and ministers from 1850-1860-1870-1880 for Hardy county, if so I would greatly appreciate the information thanks in advance. Vickie L. Crites Moats Reed, E-mail: vickierd98@aol.com

Rose McDaniel Tue Aug 10 1999

Subject: Free People of Color, Hardy County, VA/WV
According to the 1790 Census, Hardy County, VA (now WV) was the only county in VA where free people of color outnumbered slaves. There were 411 free people of color and only 369 slaves. The 1810 Tax Lists for Hardy County, VA included 32 households of "Mulattoes" or "Free Negroes". Among the families I have researched during the period 1790 - 1880 (CLIFFORD, LETT, KENT, PECK, REDMAN, SMITH), some descendants remained in VA, others moved north into PA or west into OH by 1850.

Many of the more current descendants of these families are unaware that their early roots were in Hardy County,VA. I am hoping to go back even further to learn where these families were prior to 1790. It is possible that they were part of a group that migrated from NJ and PA. The challenge of genealogical research is further complicated by the fact that within certain families, some members identify themselves as "Black" and others identify themselves as "White".

If you are interested in exchanging information or learning more about these families of "Free People of Color", some of whom were already in Hardy County by the late 1700s, you may reach me at: rmcdaniel@erols.com. Thank you.

Philip W. Hyatt Fri Aug 6 1999

My gggg grandfather, John HYATT, or possibly HIETT, born about 1765, in Maryland; married Sara RHODES/RHOADES; lived in the Moorefield area for a time and had at least one child, John HYATT born there before moving his family on to Ohio about 1807. Another son, William HYATT, born 1791, married Susannah PICKET, born 1792, who was possibly from Moorefield. Any help anyone can give me on early HYATT / HIETT / HIATT settlers of Hardy County and vicinity would be appreciated. Thanks. Phil Hyatt, E-mail: pwhyatt@usit.net

Larry Hamilton Wed Aug 4 1999

My name is Larry Hamilton. I am a teacher in Piqua, OH. In 1975, I was invited to take my class to a Black History program where it turned out that Alex Haley was the speaker. I excitedly made an audio tape with my grandmother on our oral history the next week and then afterwards put the tape in desk drawer where it stayed for 22 years. For the tape my grandmother had brought out the family Bible and cited the following:

Maggie or Margaret ROSS was my great grandmother. Her death certificate listed a John ROSS as her father and her mother's maiden name was listed as KENNEDY (Celia). According to my grandmother Esther Hannon Hamilton, Maggie was brought to Maineville, Warren Co. OH by some white people and worked on a dairy farm. The 1880 census confirms that she is just outside of that location which is just four miles away from our family residence in Loveland, OH.

I had assumed that she had been separated from her other family members but I recently discovered the family intact and located in Chilicothe, Ross Co., OH in the 1870 census. This was an unexpected discovery and raised more questions.

I have been to Ross Co. OH and there is a colored ROSS married woman listed without a given name as having died in 1867. This could be Celia and might indicate that the entire family came either during the Civil War or immediately thereafter.

The name of the farm superintendant for whom Maggie worked in 1880 was John A. TURNER He was listed as being born in PA.

There is another twist to my genealogical puzzle. We have a picture of "a cousin Andy JACKSON" (abt. 1930) in our family album. Older family members recall his visits to our hometown but do not know how he was related. In my research I found that his mother's name was Maggie WASHINGTON and that her father Archie WASHINGTON had married an Ann ROSS. I found that they had come from Grant Co. then later discovered that Grant County's parent county is Hardy Co. Aha! Now there are more and more questions.

I assume that the family has a slave background and would like help in documenting their experiences while living in Hardy County. Is there anyone able and willing to help? Thanking you in advance. Larry Hamilton, E-mail: newsorlose@wesnet.com

Tina Reynolds Sun Aug 1 1999

I am looking for information on the marriage of Jacob DIETRICK (DETRICK) and Elmira (Elmyra) KAHLE. They were married around 1858 in Hardy County, Virginia. Thanks so very much for any information anyone can give! Tina, E-mail:cer@bright.net

Mary Louise Gossum Sat Jul 31 1999

Jacob BAKER left a will in Hardy county probated 1821. Names wife Jemima; sons John, Aaron, Jacob, Levi, Cornelius, Abraham; daughters Rebecca ROW and Mary BAKER. I have not seen the entire will but an abstract indicates there were "others". Is anyone working on this family? I am particularly interested in Mary but am researching the other children as well. E-mail: mlgossum@apex.net

HD Sisney Sat Jul 31 1999

I am researching the WELTON family who lived near Moorefield and Petersburg in the 1700's. My WELTON ancestors, William and Jonathan (married to Margaret MILES) moved to Knox, Co., IN shortly before 1800. Please contact me at HDSisney@aol.com if you know anything of this family's history.

Gayle Tanninbum Tue Jul 27 1999

Hi....I am looking for information on Elizabeth KAISER (b. 9-17-1788 Hardy Co., d. 9-21-1851, Macoupin Co., ILL) who married Moses RUYLE on 5-19-1809, Sumner Co., TENN. I have Elizabeth's father as Philip KAISER (bc. 1770, Germany) His wife's name was possibly Charity. Any help with these people would be greatly appreciated. Thanks......Gayle, E-mail:Tanninbum@aol.com

Mary Chapman Mon Jul 26 1999

Looking for 2nd wife/children/descendants of James Moore DAVIS (1735/1736-1826). 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. Thanks! mary_chapman@peoplesoft.com

James F. Casey Mon Jul 26 1999

Hello. Could you add my name to the surname list. I've got some information on the Casey family in the 18th and early 19th C.

Also, I've tried to contact the researcher listed for the Casey surname in Hardy Co. - Jesse Rogers - at the email site: bjrogers@pacbell.net but twice now I've only received back a "user unknown" message. James Casey, E-mail:jfcasey@dmv.com

Linda Osborn Wed Jul 21 1999

I am looking for information on Jane CLAYPOOLE, born 17 February 1769, died 28 Jan 1835; married to John OSBORN who was born 21 Oct 1770 in Lost River, Hardy Co, WV.

Any information on the CLAYPOOLE Family would be appreciated.
Linda Osborn, E-mail: mosborn@zianet.com

Paula J. Mellor Mon Jul 12 1999

I am in search of my g g g g grandfather, Jonathan HUGHES' parents or siblings. I believe his parents to be Hugh and Susannah HUGHES. I believe Susannah died in Hardy County in the late 1700's. Jonathan was born in Hampshire County, Virginia, abt 1753. Any help on sibling info or death or burial of parents would be greatly appreciated. Paula, E-mail: paulajune@juno.com

Marsha Bartles Crawford Wed Jun 30 1999

Researching the surnames, RACEY and BOHON in the Hardy Co. The 1850 Census for Hardy Co., 23 District, shows Westley RACEY, 21 years, laborer, living in some sort of multi-person dwelling, probably a rooming house. Three lines below his name is Alcinda BOHON, 21 years. I have reason to believe that they married shortly after this time and may be my gg-grandparents. Thanks. Marsha Bartles Crawford E-mail: marshal2@airmail.net

Judy Kimble Mon Jun 28 1999

Searching for info on Nathaniel MONGOLD (b) ca. 1803 (d) aft. 1870. First wife Nancy BROWN and second wife Rebecca DOVE. Nathaniel and Rebecca had the following children: Sarah, Israel, Susan, Amanda, George, Elizabeth and David. If you have any info on this family please e-mail me at: jckim@HardyNet.Com Thanks in advance.

Ginny McSween Sun Jun 27 1999

I am looking for parents of David GOCHENOUR b.abt. 1805 in Va. d.6/1861 in Hardy Co. WV m. Anna PAINTER, 6 children. Thankyou, Ginny Heishman McSween. E-mail: ginnymc@dnet.net

Byron Schulten Sat Jun 26 1999

We're looking for anything on Jacob Washington BAKER, b. 05/18/1895 in Rio, WV. Father was Jacob V. BAKER, born c. 1846. Mother was Elizabeth STRAWDERMAN (sp ?). Sister was Virginia E. BAKER, b. 1893.

Jacob Washington BAKER married Florence BEAN in WV, not sure of location. Thanks, Byron Schulten, Cumberland, MD. E-mail: bschulten@mindspring.com

Helen Crossfield Sat Jun 26 1999

Jacob TEVEBAUGH and Mary M. WELTON m. in Hardy Co. Va. in 1796 and then moved to KY. I also have WELTON and STUMP ancestors. Does anyone still live in this county who would be my distant cousins? Any VAN METERS left in Hardy Co. WV? Smitty@dcr.net

Brad Tharp Fri Jun 18 1999

Seeking to share information about Zebulon and Jane THARP who lived south of Winchester, VA in the mid-to-late 1700s (near the intersection of Cooked Run and Stephens Run). Zebulon's will is on file in the Frederick County Courthouse (dated August 1, 1780). Zebulon's will names a son Andrew. The will indicates this Andrew had a daughter Elizabeth, who was to receive Andrew's bequeathed property upon Andrew's demise. Other sons named in Zebulon's will include Isaac, Joshua and John, Benjamin and Zebulon. Zebulon (who married Jane) was born in Middlesex County (Piscataway/Woodsbridge) NJ, son of Thomas Tharp (the 3rd generation Thomas), according to a very detailed family chart given to me by Joan Tharp of California.

My line of Tharps in Ohio begins with Isaac THARP, who married Magdelene SWISHER in Hardy County, VA (now WV), and moved to Licking County, Ohio in 1822. Isaac was son of John and Elizabeth THARP. Elizabeth's will is on file in Hampshire County, dated 6/24/1843 and probated 8-28-1863. Isaac had a brother named Solomon who married Hannah RUCKMAN, and lived at Horn Camp Run at present day Kirby, WV, and two sisters. Sister Ann married Caleb EVANS on 1-2-1826.

A handwritten family tree shows that John THARP's father was Andrew. Mike Tharp of Kansas City (who descends from Solomon, brother of my line Isaac), has original family documents, including a parchment paper that simply has the name Andrew Tharp, born the twelth day of March, 1727. Mike also has a document showing that Andrew pledged allegiance to the Common Wealth of Virginia on the 4th day of October, 1777. Land records show an Andrew bought 62 acres in Hardy County at Old Acres Run in 1790 and/or 1793.

So.....I am trying to either prove or disprove that my line Andrew THARP is son of Zebulon and Jane THARP of Frederick County, Virginia. Other area surnames connected with the THARPs are EVANS, BEEM, SWISHER, STOVER. E-mail: Bhtharp@aol.com

Amanda Shnayer Fri Jun 18 1999

I'm trying to locate information on my great-grandparents: John Adam(s) BACHMAN and Nora (nee JONES) BACHMAN. I don't have birthdates available for them but I do know that they lived in Martinsburg but I believe it was before West Virginia was made a state. They had a a son named Henry BACHMAN, b. 8/7/1894 and a daughter named Elizabeth Alice BACHMAN, b. 3/14/1896. If you know how I can obtain any type of records on these individuals, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you in advance. Amanda Shnayer, Reston, Virginia, E-mail: amshnayer@yahoo.com

Kurt Pickering Sat Jun 5 1999

Seeking Victoria ORNDORFF, daughter of Jesse and Eliza? She was three years old in the 1850 census of Hardy County, then Virginia.

That census actually lists her as "E Victoria" but I don't have a clue what the E stands for. She apparently never used her actual first name, for she appeared only as Victoria when she married Joseph PICKERING in 1869 and appeared with him in the 1870 census - both in Greene County, OH. After that, I lose track of her again. Of course, I'll be happy to share what I have. E-mail: KPICKERING@tnema.org

Barbara Gavin Wed Jun 2 1999

Searching for any info on RUDY, CHILCOTT, and KELLER families of Hardy Co. WV. Trying to find the parents of my great grandfather, Daniel RUDY, no dates known.

Daniel RUDY married Minnie D. Catherine KELLER. They had 2 children.
William (Bill) Olmer RUDY born 9 Mar 1901 in Wardensville, Hardy Co. WV, died 16 Sep 1972 in Winchester, Frederick Co. VA. William's 1st marriage was to Martha E. WHITLOCK, 2nd marriage to Beulah Chilcott MILLER.
Gertrude Alice RUDY born 18 May 1902 in Capon Springs, Hampshire Co. VA, died 06 Jun 1972 in Winchester, Frederick Co. VA. Gertrude went by the last name ORNDORFF, the family who she went to live with, and not by her birth name RUDY. She married Joshua ELLIOTT, born 9 Oct 1890 in Capon Springs, Hampshire Co. VA, died 02 Sept 1972 in Winchester, Frederick Co. VA.

If anyone has any info about these families, please contact me. E-mail: yankee5658@aol.com. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Barbara Gavin South Carolina

CJ Andes Tue Jun 1 1999

I am looking for information on the surname KIDNER. In the 1810 tax records there is a Catherine KIDNER in Hardy Co., but she does not show up in the 1820 census. In 1830 a George KIDNER, shows up in the census with wife. Any info on these KIDNER's or any other would be appreciated. Thanks in advance. CJ Andes cjandes@netzero.net

Deborah Shepard Fri May 21 1999

I am researching the family of Martha Elizabeth EMSWILLER, b. abt. January 25, 1870, in Milan(Peru), Hardy Co. WV. Martha, married Moses Washington KESNER, b. August 14, 1867, Kline, West Virginia. They had a son, Samuel Edgar KESNER, September 19, 1900, Mineral County,WV. Please use this e-address isamber@hotmail.com

Joseph Williams Tue May 18 1999

Abel DAVIS, b. VA, c. 1770. m. Katherine. Children were John, b. 1800; Isaac, b. 1804; Philip, b. 8 Feb 1808; Jacob, b. 9 Jun 1811 (all in Hardy County), Nancy, Mary, Lemuel, and Elisha. The family moved to Champaign Co., OH, c. 1818 and in 1835 moved to White County, IN. Any information on this family will be greatly appreciated. Jos. Williams, Helena, MT. E-mail: reedwilliams@earthlink.net

Christopher Densmore Thu May 13 1999

About January 12 or 13th, 1851, a slave known as "Harrison" about 19 years old escaped from a Dr. Nathaniel D. PARREN (or PARRON) of Hardy County, possibly with a group of other slaves. This query is part of a study of fugitive slave cases in Western New York, can you help with information?

View the entire query regarding Fugitive Slaves from Hardy County to Western New York.

Linda K. Elsea Thu May 13 1999

I was in Moorefield over a week ago and found my gggrandparents . . . William W. MULLIN and Milly MOORELAND . . . Milly being a mulatto . . . William is one of John MULLIN's sons the one who owned the Mullin Hotel in Moorefield, Hardy County, West Virginia . . . I want to find if Milly was indian or black . . . and her parents . . . can you help? or direct me. Linda K. Elsea, get me at JELSEA1636@AOL.COM, THANKS ... I WILL PAY FOR INFORMATION ... AND COPIES.

Gerald A. Harness Tue May 11 1999

Interested in HARNESS Family. Have database of 7300 names. Will share. Family traced to Annapolis 1659. Moved to what is Hardy Co. ca 1739. Unlinked info shows HARNESS' were friends of Charles Dickens.

Some interests; Burial site of Michael HARNESS (1700-1785)
Info about Col. (CSA) Wm. H. HARNESS
Appreciate any info: THANK YOU, Gerald Andrew Harness, Royal Oaks, CA E-mail:GHARMSTEIN@aol.com

E. Carroll Creitz Sat May 8 1999

Need help getting back beyond Michael CRITES b. 3 Feb 1808, PA, d. 7 Oct 1874, Ackley OH, m. Christianna TOBIAS, b. 3 Mar 1815, PA, d. 11 Nov 1875, Forreston, IL. In he was living in Pickaway, OH and went to Stark Co., OH to settle the estate of a Henry CRITES. Henry seems to have been completely transparent, left no real estate or other records. Thought I might try to locate him from the other side. Do you have a CRITES, CRITZ, CREUZ, etc., who had a son, Henry, born in PA.?

I have information on Michael's descendants if you are interested.

E. Carroll Creitz, Gaithersburg, MD E-mail:carrill242@aol.com

Deborah Shepard Wed May 5 1999

I am searching for the descendants of George C. SMITH who married a Mary Amzella COOK. Several of their children were born in Hardy County. The children of George C. SMITH and Mary Amzella COOK are listed first and the names of their spouses. Many of them married SMITHS, and I have no idea if they are related. The family lived in Old Fields, Flats and that general area.

Can anyone help me sort out some of these SMITHS and their descendants? Also would like to know the middle name of George C. Smith. Deborah, E-mail: isamber@hotmail.com

Greg Wilson Tue May 4 1999

I'm looking for WILSON ancestors who may have lived in Hardy County prior to moving to Berkeley or Jefferson Counties in 1820-1840. The names in question are: John W. WILSON, George W. WILSON, Ephraim STUMP, Lydia Sencindiver STUMP, Jemima Catherine STUMP WILSON, and Esau (Easom) MAYHEW. Any help would be greatly appreciated! E-mail:gwilson1@sdb.k12.wi.us

Betty L. Babcock Mon May 3 1999

My name is Betty Lee Babcock. I am trying to find out information about Sicha/Sycha LEE b 5 May 1772 Tearcoat Creek, Hampshire Co., VA. Had a son James LEE b 22 Aug 1818 Tearcoat Creek, Hampshire Co. VA. I would like to find out his fathers name. my e-mail is lomar@MT.net

Nora Tocus Sat Mar 24 1999
Returned Members of BADGLEY colony 1797 In 1797 Reverend David BADGLEY, a Baptist minister of Hardy CO, led a group of 154 settlers to Illinois. They arrived to find flood and epidemic and half of the colony perished. I have recently located a source stating that some who did not die got on the first boat and headed back home, having seen enough of the dangerous frontier. If you are aware of anyone in your ancestry having gone out to Illinois with Reverend Badgley and then returned to Hardy CO, please contact me direct at .

Sharon Linger Sat Apr 24 1999

I am trying to find any family members of Nancy LOWERY. She was married on Nov. 28, 1818 in Harrison Co., WV to Robert LOWTHER. Their daughter Nancy Lowther married my gr-gr-gr-grandfather Alexander REED on March 13, 1845, also in Harrison Co., WV.

I have been unable to locate any LOWERY's until I went to the Archives in Charleston. There I found numerous LOWERY's in Hardy County. Nancy LOWERY and Nancy LOWTHER were born in Fauquier County, VA. So I am hoping they came through Hardy County before going on the Harrison Co. Would appreciate any help I can receive from others to make some kind of connection and find this side of my family. Thank you, Sharon Linger, E-mail:slinger@msys.net

Cathy Barb Thu Apr 22 1999

I am trying to finish the WHETZEL lineage on my grandads family. (His name was William Charles Whetzel s/o Charles Pearson Whetzel and Mary HALTERMAN) Anna was his sister. All I know about her is her birth date which was 12-9-1874; and what I think was the wedding date of her and Seymore DOVE which was 3-7-1919. I am also searching for information on her sister Nora Bell WHETZEL Born: 12-28-1893 Died 4-1981 ?( she married a man by the name of Lester DELAWDER (s/o Carson DELAWDER & Lovilla FITZWATER) They moved from Hardy Co. W.Va to Ellicott City Md. (possibly the parents of 10 children; Ernest Carson, Katherine Lovelitt, Anna Lee, Marvin, Welton, Wilson, Lester, Ruth, Jean, & Mary).Thank you so much for your help. Cathy "Whetzel" Barb, E-mail: lcbarb@az.com

Mike Foreman Thu Apr 15 1999

Searching for 20 years on EVANS of Hardy County. Benjamin EVANS was located in Hardy County by 1830 from Hampshire County. He married Priscilla BOSLEY. They had a son Abraham and PROBABLY sons Jacon and Edward )Ned) and daughters Nancy and Elinor. On the 1850 census Benjamin stated he was born in PA around 1778. He died circa 1866 and is buried at Greenland Gap, present Grant County. Who were his parents. Was Caleb EVANS who was in Hampshire County by 1805 related to Benjamin? Mike Foreman...Winchester, VA, E-mail: vforeman@shentel.net

Debra Hunter Thu Apr 8 1999

Perhaps someone may have come across the GOINGS family who lived in Hardy Co. in the 1800's? I am looking for information on a George W. and Martha (REED) GOINGS who issued: Charles Wesley GOINGS 19 January 1852 in Hardy Co. Charles later moved to Van Wert, Ohio where he married Mary WILLIAMS. Debra (Chicago), E-mail: dhunter888@aol.com

Sheryl Kendrick Wed Apr 7 1999

Hi, My name is Sheryl Kendrick, I am researching Albert WATSON. I know that he was living in Hardy County in 1830, 1840, and 1850 from the census records that I have seen. I would like to see if anyone else is researching this WATSON family, if so please contact me.

This is what I have from the 1860 DeWitt County, IL and 1870 Jasper County, MO census records. Albert G. WATSON b. about 1805 in VA married Angeline b. about 1809 in VA. They had the following children with them on the census records:

All of the above born probably in Hardy County, VA/WV. Charles A. born ab Thank you for your time and help. Sincerely, Sheryl Kendrick, E-mail: raleigh3@dtx.net

Joanne Halterman Mon Apr 5 1999

Looking for parents of:

Descendants of George HALTERMAN

  1. George HALTERMAN b: Abt. 1819 in VA
    +Annie (BASHOR) BASORE b: 1825 in VA
  2. Mary HALTERMAN b: Abt. 1854
Joanne Halterman, E-mail:burner1943@verizon.net

V. Ingram Sun Apr 4 1999

BERRY, Henry - Born 10 Dec 1795 in Hardy County VA. Married Polly DAY, then Christina POWELL. Died Lyme Twp., Huron Co., OH. Children by Christina were Susan, Thomas, Cordelia, William, Strauder, Massa, Mary, Stephen, and Christina. Who were Henry's parents? E-mail:VIngram483@aol.com

Todd Sat Apr 3 1999

Still trying to find parents and marriage of Robert ORTON (wife, Mary ???) who died in Hardy by 1790. Their son Edward is my direct ancestor but I can get no further back than this deed. Any help appreciated. Thanks -- Toddgenie@aol.com

Mary Liller Mon Mar 29 1999

Hello, In the book Virginians in 1800: Counties of West Virginia by Steven A. Bridges there is a LILLER listed. Does anyone know the first name of this man?

George LILLER Jr. was born about 1818 to George Sr. and Martha (Unknown) in Hampshire County. He married Martha DAYTON there on 19 June 1845. Since I've been unable to find them in that county in the 1850 census or anytime since I am assuming they moved to a neighboring county and it would seem that Hardy County would be a logical place they might have gone. Any information about George would be much appreciated and I am also interested in learning who Martha's parents were. I have much information on the LILLER family and would be happy to share with anyone who is interested. Mary Liller, E-mail: Mliller900@aol.com

Les Stewart Wed Mar 31 1999

I am looking for information of Suzannah HARTER. Her maiden name was either HUFFMAN or COFFMAN (in the Cullers family bible Susannah's daughter put her mothers last name down as Coffman.) Susannah's daughter was orphaned?? at a very young age. Most of the articles that I have found have Susannah's maiden name as HUFFMAN. She was born in Hardy County then moved to Pendleton County. She was born on September 10, 1833 I believe to a Daniel Huffman? She married Peter HARTER on June 23, 1853. She is shown in the 1860 Pendleton Co. Census married to Peter Harter. Peter died at Gettysburg on July 2-3 1863 and then I have lost all traces of Susannah. In the 1870 Pendleton Co. census all of her four children show up living in different homes. In 1860 they lived in Sweedlin Valley just a few miles from Hardy County. If anyone can help with info it would be very helpful. E-mail: lrsnds@rica.net

Linda Elsea Sun Mar 28 1999

Hi, My name is Linda Elsea . . . I am looking to find John C.B. MULLIN's wife and children. John MULLIN was Captain of the Hardy Blues in the Civil War and his father was a farmer and they had the Mullin Hotel in Moorefield, Hardy County, WVA.

John C.B. was born about 1809 and died about 1881. Also need information on the MUMFORD family.

I am a descendent of Richard W. Scott MULLIN of Moorefield, Hardy County, West Va. I have been searching for RWS MULLIN's father and mother. I think it is John C. B. MULLIN who ran the Mullin Hotel In Moorefield. I am not sure, it could be Samuel or William, John C.B.'s brothers. Do you have any info on these people. I know there is a statute of JCB in the cemetery. I have census for 1900 which list RWS MULLIN with his wife and 3 boys, one of which is my grandfather George W. MULLIN. Let me know if you can help. Thanks get me at E-mail: jelsea1636@aol.com

Jean Hardman Sat Mar 27 1999

I am looking for ancestors of my gr-grandmother.
Laura A. (Alice or Ann) BOWMAN
b. 25 Apr 1860
d. 1931
married William Henry HUTTON

I have no dates. I have as Laura's father John E. Bowman and mother Elizabeth (maybe Whitman).

Will appreciate sharing. Jean

William Melvin Steele Wed Mar 24 1999

Margaret FRAZIER b abt 1817, married Isaac FOLEY abt 1837. They lived in Grant and Hardy counties. Seeking parents of Margaret. E-mail: steeles@qis.net

William Melvin Steele Wed Mar 24 1999

Charles HARSH b abt 1860 to Ann Eliza HARSH. Ann married Benjamin COSNER abt 1863. Benjamin raised Charles as a son. Seeking actual father of Charles. E-mail: steeles@qis.net

Lucy Weaver Thur Mar 11 1999

John SMITH, b. ca. 1781 VA married 12 Nov 1810 in Hardy Co., VA(WV) Rebecca DAVIS, b. Oct. 1781 VA. Seeking parents of John and Rebecca. they moved to Chatfield Twp., New Washington, Crawford Co., OH. abt. 1833, where they remained until their deaths, 1848 & 1854 , respectively. Hope someone can connect with this family. Thanks. Lucy Weaver in OH. E-mail: north@defnet.com

Linda Wall Wed Mar 10 1999

Searching for links to: Jeremiah VAN FLEET born 14 Sept 1793 in Hardy Co., Va (W.Va.) Married 6 March 1821 to Margaret ARMSTRONG, born 1 March 1796 in Va. Jeremiah VAN FLEET possibly son of Gerrit VAN FLEET born 1756 in Hunterdon Co., N.J. Would like to make contact with anyone working on this line. Thanks, Linda Wall of Wyoming, E-mail: stonewall_82939@yahoo.com

Frank Hershey Tue Mar 9 1999

I am a descendent of William HERSHEY of Patterson Creek. He was born around the mid 1700s. I believe he may have been the son of John HERSHA/HORSHA. I have found deed information which may place John in the Patterson Creek Mt. area around that time. (1) Isaac VANMETER asne. of Robert DAVIDSON asne. of John HERSHA, 100A in Patterson Cr. Mt. on HERSHA's Run. (2) William STINGLEY asne. of John HORSHA, 100A adj to Martin HAWK. The term "asne" means assignee. If any one has information on John or his family, I would be grateful. E-mail: fhershey@shentel.net

Norman L. Runyon Mon Mar 8 1999

Looking for descendants of Levi RUNION (b. ca, 1823) & Elizabeth E. AUBREY (b. ca. 1834). They were from the Brocks Gap area of northern Rockingham County, VA and moved to Hardy County ca. 1863.

They had 12 children that I know of:

I am compiling a RUNION, RUNYON, RUNYAN family genealogy book. Norman L. Runyon 207 Saint Joseph Street Sturgis, MI 490910-144, E-mail:nrunyon@voyager.net

Thomas Walters Sun Mar 7 1999

We are planning a trip to WV in May for genealogy of the family. The names we are looking for are Christopher/Hans Willheim STRADER who was in Hampshire County before 1745, Phoebe COBERLY who Married Caleb ORRIHUD. Gladly share any info available. E-mail: tjmlw@yourlink.net

Charles Thomas Sun Mar 7 1999

I'm looking for the parents of my gggggrandfather, Daniel HUFFMAN. He was born, according to his grave stone, in Hardy County, VA, 4 March 1778. He married Rosanna PETERSON c. 1800. Had sons, Solomon (22 Feb 1801), William (3 Feb 1803) and Daniel (26 Dec 1805). He left Hardy County and moved to Clinton County, Ohio, in 1822, and died there in 1848. According to a Clinton County history, Daniel's father had come to Virginia around 1750 from Germany. I would appreciate any information I could get. I have much information on the family in Ohio and would be more than happy to share it with anyone interested. Charles Thomas, Xenia, Ohio, E-mail: charlie627@aol.com

Dennis McNemar Sun Mar 7 1999

I am interested in information on a Charles MCNEMAR (around 1870 I believe was his birth) who would be my great grandfather he had a son born 1895 named Walter. I am trying to get a Birthdate on Charles and any info on siblings and who his parents were. They may be Joseph and Leslie McNemar but I am unable find a link. Any info would be helpful...dm, E-mail: d.mcnemar@worldnet.att.net

Karen E. Cresap Fri Mar 5 1999

I'm looking for any info on the following family that's listed on the 1880 Hardy Co. Census:

Peter Paul GREENWAULT (also spelled Greenwalt)
b. 1833 in VA
m. Henrietta BOLING (also spelled Bolin, Bohlen) (b 1843 Iowa) on Dec. 13, 1860 in Hampshire Co, VA

They lived in Moorefield, Hardy Co, WV and had the following children:

Any info or help is really appreciated. Karen E. Cresap, E-mail: 2online@prodigy.net

Vickie L. Reed Tue Mar 2 1999

I am looking for any information on the following surnames MOATS, CRITES , BOTKIN. They should be around Petersburg WV, Grant County or Pendleton County. Thankyou Vickie L. Crites Moats Reed, E-mail: VickieRD98@aol.com

Larry Haines Sun Feb 28 1999

Searching for the parents of George SHOEMAKER (1812-1857), married to Christina ? (1814). Lived in Hardy Co., with children: Mary Jane (1840), Issac (1844), Amos (1849), & Lucinda (1852).Will gladly share info... Contact Larry, E-mail: hytec@shentel.net

Bill Carrico Mon Feb 22 1999

Seeking information on Charles E. WATKINS, listed as a Ranger and buried in Moorefield Cemetery, Hardy Cty, WVA., in Roger Delauter's book "McNeill Rangers."

My great grandfather Charles WATKINS, Mineral Cty, WVA is reported to have been a member of Rangers.

Is there a survey of the Cemetery available? And, does the survey reveal any vital info about Charles WATKINS? With gratitude Thank You, Bill Carrico, E-mail:

Caroline Sims Coon Mon Feb 15 1999

Looking for any info on Benjamin WILLOUGHBY and wife, Susannah WYATT,d/o William WYATT and Winifred. They were in Hardy Co. in 1787. Werethere other family members with them? Thanks. Caroline Sims Coon, E-mail: wmccsc@worthlink.net

Nancy M. Sun Feb 14 1999

Am seeking information on my great-great grandmother's birth family. She was born Rachel Susan NEVILLE on 1 Jan 1860 in Moorefield, Hardy Co., WV. In June of 1863, she was adopted by Casper and Mary DEVILBISS in Harrisville, OH, and christened at that time as Minerva Lois DEVILBISS. Her adoptive parents moved to Shellsburg, Benton Co., IA, where Minerva married Dennis Ashbury LIVERMORE on 24 December 1883. Need her birth parents' full names and any other pertinent information. E-mail: Nancym86@aol.com

Pat White Sat Feb 13 1999
Fort Pleasant - BROYLES

Do you have any history on the Fort Pleasant that was a line of defense against the Shawnee Indians in May 1776 to Jan, 1777. My ancestor Michael Broyles, who lived near Madison, VA, was stationed at that fort for those 6 months. If there is any county brochure that I might write to request, I would love to do that. Thanks, Pat White E-mail: pwhite@afweb.com

Ann Hambre Sat Feb 13 1999

I am trying to locate information about a William Brooke BEALL who was born in Shepardstown, MD or VA, 12 Oct 1795. I realize that Shepardstown is in Jefferson Co. but there are some references to Bealls who also located in Cincinnati, OH who were from Hampshire Co., VA. Ann, E-mail:GHambre@aol.com

Douglas W. Peters Fri Feb 12 1999

Does anyone know anything about Amos PETERS, who was in Hardy Co. WV in the 1850 census? It says he was in the 23rd district. Does anyone know where the 23rd district is? Thank you, Doug Peters, E-mail: dwpeters@ucdavis.edu

Barbara Kratz Mon Feb 8 1999

Please add CHILDS to your Hardy County, West Virginia surname list. I am researching my maternal grandfather's family who had farms in Hardy County (Lost River and Baker's Run).

Nora Tocus Sat Feb 6 1999

STARR: Searching for John, Jacob, Jeremiah, James, Moses, or Catherine STARR---or any other STARR in Hardy County 1780-1800. Thanks, Nora, E-mail: ectocus@21stcentury.net

Nora Tocus Sat Feb 6 1999
Rev. BADGLEY's migrants to Illinois

In 1797 Reverend David BADGLEY, a Baptist minister from Hardy County, departed with 154 people for Illinois. They traveled on the Ohio River then went overland to their destination, the town of New Design, established in 1786 by Reverend James LEMEN, a friend of Thomas Jefferson, as a model frontier town in the anti-slavery Jeffersonian model. The trip was disastrous as the group encountered heavy flooding and an epidemic: half of them died. BADGLEY established the first Protestant church north of the Ohio River. Were your ancestors a of this group? Please contact direct at E-mail: ectocus@21stcentury.net Thanks, Nora

Caroline Sims Coon Tue Feb 2 1999

Looking for census info (1820-1830) for Ransome DAY. Also his marriage bond to Mary BROOKS, ca 1816. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Caroline Sims Coon, E-mail: wmccsc@worthlink.net

Emolene Lynch Tue Feb 2 1999

Looking for McCALL, McCAULEY, GANDY/GENDY,HOLDER, in Hardy,Co. Can't find them before 1810. Were they in HARDY,CO? Emolene Lynch, E-mail:nanny@eurekanet.com

Annette Rawls Fri Jan 29 1999

I am researching Jacob BAKER whose will is dated 10-16-1821 in Hardy County. His wife is listed as Jemima (her father was John ASHBROOK); John, Aaron, Jacob, Levi, Cornelius, Abraham, sons; Rebecca ROWE, Mary BAKER, daus; others. I am descended from Jacob through his son Cornelius and his second wife, Lydia (?).

Is there any other information available for Jacob BAKER...parents, siblings, birth or marriage date, military information? I found a Jacob BAKER on the Romney Rolls (Rom. 12), Capt. Joseph Bowman's Pay Roll in the book Virginia Soldiers of 1776, but was told that this was probably not my Jacob.

Also, I need marriage date for Cornelius and Lydia (?) who was his second wife. Her maiden name may have been RARNET, which is I cannot verify. This is all that I know about Lydia. Thanks, Annette Rawls, Rison, Arkansas 71665, E-mail: jabr3640@tds.net

Judy Kimble Tue Jan 26 1999

I am looking for any info on Edith Francis COFFMAN (b) 15 Nov 1891 (m) Ashby David MONGOLD of Hardy Co. Edith and Ashby married on Jan 1908. Edith's parents were Jacob and Christena (SITES) COFFMAN. Her siblings were: William, Mary, Solomon, Moses, Henry and Marvin. Please e-mail me if you know anything about this family. Judy Kimble E-mail: jckim@access.mountain.net

Dan Craycraft Sat Jan 23 1999

I am reseaching any instance of the surname CRACROFT or CRAYCRAFT, etc. in Hardy, Co. Specifically, I am looking for Joseph CRACROFT, b.1706 in Lincolnshire, England who appeared at one time in Hardy Co. Thanks Dan Craycraft, E-mail: danteonline@email.msn.com

Bill Fenimore Thu Jan 21 1999

I sent a query about Jacob COOPER on Sept. 19, 1998. Since then I have disproved his connection to my COOPER line. Now I am on the trail of Valentine COOPER, born 1720 England, came to PA with father Calvin in 1734, then to Westmoreland Co. VA around 1740, where he married and had at least one son, Spencer. Then Valentine moved to Hardy Co. VA before 1753 (with three brothers), and I have lost trace of him. There was a Valentine COOPER born 1759 in Hardy Co., and I would like to connect him to my Valentine COOPER. Any assistance will be appreciated greatly. Thanks for your time. Bill Fenimore, E-mail: bilfen@mesh.net

Linda Wed Jan 20 1999

I'm searching for SUTTON family of Hardy/Hampshire/Morgan Counties. Samuel SUTTON(? birth) married Margaret CRITTON January 24,1824. I'm interested in any SUTTON connections hoping to find roots for this family (my great-great- grandparents). Linda, E-mail: Lakes4@aol.com

Melinda Purkey Tue Jan 19 1999

I am looking for information on the SMITH's from Old Fields in Hardy Co. My great grandfather's name was Aaron Blaine SMITH b. 9/12/1884 d. 2/10/1965 he married Bessie Alma KESSEL in 1911 together they had 12 children born from the years 1913 - 1938. Aaron's fathers name was Hyder SMITH and his first wife's name is not known. This wife would also be Aaron's mother. Aaron had a full brother named Ernest and two sister named Edna and Mattie. Hyder's second wife's name is believed to be Mary HYDE they had 3 children named Thelma, Bunk and Bill. If anyone has information about this family please e-mail me at: mpurkey@erols.com

V. Howell Tue Jan 19 1999

Am searching for information associated with Jane Amelia MACHIR, born August 10, 1835, 2 miles from Moorefield, Hardy Co. [per family Bible], VA (now West VA). She married on June 30, 1863 James T. WRIGHT, b. August 2, 1824 in Ross County, OH. They had two children in Ross County, OH: Lida V. WRIGHT and Harold Edward or James Harold WRIGHT. Who were her parents, brothers or sisters, when did she die? I assume she died in Ross Co., OH but is that where she is buried? Is she any relation to a James MACHIR? Any help would be greatly appreciated. V. Howell, E-mail: JrHowl@aol.com

Dorothea Bedinger Clymer Sat Jan 16 1999

I am researching persons buried in a REYNOLDS/BEDINGER cemetery in Wardensville, Hardy, WV., especially family of Lorenzo and Sarah E. "Sallie" BAKER who "adopted" Susan E. CHRISMAN, enumerated as a 9-yr-old in the 1850 census of Lorenzo's household. They are listed as her parents on Susan's 1927 death certificate, but I believe Susan to have been the daughter of George and Elinor (BAKER) CHRISMAN. Lorenzo STEWART (1827-7 Aug 1899) is buried at W. Ville. Where is W. Ville? In 1868, Susan married 81-yr-old widower Joseph H. BEDINGER (1787-1871) and they had two sons, Henry Lot and Elbert Tilden BEDINGER. Lorenzo was the s/o Van and Elizabeth STEWART. Lorenzo's son, Isaac Benjamin STEWART; Benjamin's wife Sarah F.; Susan, Joseph and Henry BEDINGER, among others, are buried in the REYNOLDS/BEDINGER cemetery. Does anyone know ANYTHING about this family? Dorothea Bedinger Clymer, E-mail: jclymer@fullerton.edu

Leonard L. Strawderman Fri Jan 15 1999

My name is Leonard L. Strawderman. I am searching for the ancestors of Lorenzo D. STRAWDERMAN, born in Hardy County, WV, April 13, 1856. I believe his father was Leonard NF (Neff Washington) STRAWDERMAN. Leonard NF would be my GGGrandfather. Any information on this line will be greatly appreciated. Please contact me if you have something. Leonard L. Strawderman, 125 Wittwer Ct, Los Lunas, NM, USA 87031 or E-mail Strawdermn@aol.com.

Tom Tharp Thu Jan 14 1999

Am looking for any information on my GGgrandfather Hiram THARP born in Hardy County in 1825 married Chrystiann GROAH. His siblings were Isaac, Andrew Jackson married Catherine ?, Jonathan, George W. who married Elizabeth WEBSTER, Benjamin F. who married Mary E. FLETCHER, Susanah who married William GROAH, James, Lydia who married a WILLIAMS, and Adam who married Sarah ?. Would appreciate any info on any of these names. E-mail tharp@ovis.net.

Mary Hummell Wed Jan 13 1999

Hi ! I would like to exchange info with descendants of Jacob STOVER who was on the 1850 Hardy Co. Va. census . His dob abt 1804. Thank you. Mary Hummell, E-mail: mhummell@zoomnet.net

Sandy Wed Jan 13 1999

Would like to exchange information with anyone interested in the WILLIAMS family of Hardy County. Specifically Vincent WILLIAMS and his family. Sandy E-mail: HSHIDEAWAY@aol.com

Dorothea Bedinger Clymer Wed Jan 6 1999

I am searching for parents of Benjamin F. DETERICK, age 14; Mary E. DETERICK, age 12; and Sarah C. SIMMONS, age 1, who are enumerated in the household of John and Nancy BEDINGER, of Hardy Co., (W)VA in the 1850 census. Are they related to their caretakers? Orphans? Bound children? John BEDINGER (1814-1900) was born in Columbia Furnace or Union Forge area of Shenandoah Co., VA, came to Hardy Co. with parents, Joseph H. and Margaret (SHINGLE/SCHINDEL) BEDINGER in 1838. He lived on family property in Wardensville, Hardy Co. until his death. Was Nancy BEDINGER d. 1884 related to the DETERICKs or the SIMMONS child? John is buried in home graveyard in Wardensville, along with BRILL, REYNOLDS, SCROGGINS, STEWART. Was Nancy related to any of them? Dorothea Bedinger Clymer, E-mail:jclymer@fullerton.edu

Melinda Purkey Tue Jan 5 1999

Hi, my name is Melinda Purkey and I'm researching the following names: ARBOGAST, SMITH, KESSEL and SOMMERS. I believe they all lived in Hardy Co. around Old Fields. My grandparents are George William ARBOGAST, Sr. and Clarise Rhetha SMITH. George was born on 2/23/24. Clarise was born on 2/24/25 and died on 4/26/92 in MD. George's parents were William Blaine ARBOGAST and Madge Pearl SOMMERS. Clarise's parents were Aaron Blaine SMITH b. 1884 d. 1965 and Alma Bessie KESSEL b. 1890 d. 1967. I can't believe none of my relatives can give me any names that go back any further then this. Can you help me research the families or let me know where I need to go to get this information. My e-mail address is: mpurkey@erols.com Thank You, Melinda

Carol Fimiani Fri Jan 1 1999

John WESTFALL, Sr., my relative was born in 1720 and died in Hardy County in 1789. Can anyone help me locate his grave or records of his burial. Also, would like to know if anyone is tracing this particular branch of the WESTFALL family.

The information in my possession tells me that I am the descendant of said John Westfall, Sr. (born Johannes and baptized in Kingston in 1724. This John Sr. was married to Sarah VANNOY and had six sons - Abel, Cornelius, John Jr., Jacob, Isaac and Abraham.

John Sr.'s sons (at least five of them) moved to Knox Co. Indiana. Is anyone aware of any record of the marriage of any of the sons that were recorded in Hardy/Hampshire Co. prior to 1800. I am looking for records for Cornelius (b. 1756), Abel (b 1754), John Jr., (b. ca. 1757), Jacob or Isaac. Anything that someone has on any of these sons or John Sr. would be greatly appreciated.

Documents lead me to believe that John Jr. was my ggg-grandfather. These brothers were born sometime between the years 1754 - 1768. Only Jacob remained in W. Va. The rest traveled through Ohio, Abel founding the town of Westfall near Circleville, Ohio and eventually all settled in the Northwest Territory, specifically Knox County, Indiana. I have visited the grave sites of Abel and Cornelius who are buried in Bloomfield (Greene Co. Indiana). John Jr. and Abraham are buried in Indiana Presbyterian Cemetery in or near Vincennes, Indiana. My desire is to document the link between my gg-grandfather and John, Jr. and the records are rather poor after 1783 when John Jr. went to the Vincennes area. If I can locate birth and/or marriage records for him, it might help me. E-mail:CFimiani@aol.com

Joanne Halterman Wed Dec 30, 1998

I'm looking for Caroline V. COOPER b. Abt 1847 d/o Perry COOPER m. William Franklin SNYDER b. 1825 Hardy Co. 1) Ranson SNYDER b. 1883 2) Perry William SNYDER b. 1879 m. George Ward HALTERMAN Jr. Thanks for any help, Joanne HALTERMAN, E-mail:burner1943@verizon.net

Joe Lewis Wed Dec 30, 1998

Looking for parents of John Halbert McGILL born 1790, married Elizabeth BEAN, 1814 in Hardy Co., WV. children, William b/1815 Hardy Co. WV; Elijah b/1817 Athen Co., OH; Lavina b/1819 Athens Co. OH m/Ezekiel BURCH; Nancy 1821 OH; Mary Ann Susan, 1823 OH, m/James BEAN; Mary 1826 OH. He married second to Temperance MANDENHALL 1828 in Indiana. E-mail:lewisjl@occ-uky.campus.mci.net

Frank Hershey Tue Dec 29 1998

Looking for information on James HERSHEY and family. They lived near Williamsport. He married Catherine TRENTER in 1838. Children were Elizabeth, John Seymour, William, Sarah C., Ann, James, Isaac, Alice. Around 1860s, they disappeared from area, believed to have went west to Ohio. John Seymour and family with his brother Isaac was back in area around 1870. John Seymour married Sarah Jane KELLEY. James HERSHEY was son of William HERSHEY and Elizabeth WILLIAMS. Sarah Jane was daughter of Larkin KELLEY and Fannie ARNOLD. Any information on any of these line would be helpful. E-mail:fhershey@shentel.net

Melinda D. Purkey Sun Dec 27 1998

Hi, my name is Melinda D. Purkey and I am trying to trace part of my families history. My e-mail address is: mpurkey@erosl.com My great grandfathers name was Aaron Blaine SMITH he was married to Bessie KESSEL SMITH and they lived in Oldfields. This is as far as I can go with them and I want to learn more. I hope you can help me. Thank You.

Ray Moot Sun Dec 27 1998

My ancesters were in Hardy County from its foundation until around the Civil War when they moved west to Illinois and Missouri. My gr,gr,gr grandfather was James Strother MILES who was born in Hardy Co. on 3 Nov 1795 and died there 4 Mar 1855. He was married to Hanna Catherine FISHER on 21 Apr 1825. He operated a mill around Williamsport and owned land on Patterson Creek. Seeking information on the following families: MACE, MILES, FISHER, STROTHER. E-mail:mootrm@intertek.net

Actor Thu Dec 24 1998

I have a STEWART(D) family have spelling both ways don't know which is correct but believe it should be with a "T". Father James, died 1817 Hardy Co., (W) Virginia, his wife Chole ????. James had one known brother Joseph died 10 April 1810, in Hardy Co., (W) Virginia. Don't believe Joseph was married as he left everything to James and his children when he died. (Hardy County (W) Virgina Will book) James and Chloe had the following children: Jeremiah, Rezin, Charles, John (mar. Susanna HUGHS), James, Van, Nancy, Chloe (mar. ?? MULLEN), Priscilla, Lucy born 1773, (mar. Aaron HUGHS, 24 June 1794 in Frederick Co. Virginia), Sarah, and Nellie (mar. MUSGRAVE). Lucy and Aaron are my 4th great grandparent, James and Chloe the 5th. I have no other information about the this family. Some of these children may have followed Aaron and Lucy to what is now Noble Co., Ohio. My email is actor@gbso.net

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