T. Vernon Anderson

T. Vernon Anderson

When I first became interested in genealogy in 1975, my mother and I visited Grace Dexter Yoho Minor Taylor, the sister of Sullivan Blair Yoho. She had the Yoho family history written down in a cash book. She said she sat with her father, Godfrey Wiley Blair Yoho, and her maternal aunt, Olive Alice Yoho Gatts, night after night, writing down what they knew about all of the Yohos in this area. The record was fairly accurate and listed my mother and had her line back to Peter Yoho and Margaret Baker. Grace didn't have dates or place names, and some of the names were misspelled, but everyone was listed in the book. This family history was written at the urging of Sullivan Yoho. That visit with Grace was all it took to get me hooked on this hobby.

Later that same year, my brother, Tim, and I decided to visit the Yoho Cemeteries. At each cemetery we copied down all the Yohos with their dates and took pictures of the tombstones. We first visited the Peter Yoho Cemetery, on Fish Creek Road. Then we went out Rine's Ridge to the Henry Yoho Cemetery. Next we visited Antioch Cem. We found the tombstone for George Yoho face down and sunken in the ground. We spent quite a bit of time digging and working to be able to lift the stone. We didn't have any tools. When we were finally able to lift the stone, it was in excellent shape, in constrast to the stone for his wife, Rachel, which had been upright. I believe Rachel's stone was broken in half. Since that time someone has reset George's stone in a base.

After I felt I had found most of the Yohos in my direct line I moved on to do the research on some other lines. I have been fortunate to have the help of so many good people, who were willing to share everything they had with me. And I now feel that I have an excellent forum, with the Marshall County page, to share what I have with everyone else.

Along the way, I have taken some breaks from this hobby, but not for very long. I spent five years as the President of the Union at work. I also went to night school at West Virginia Northern Community College for five years. Later came a temporary assignment at AEP's Tidd PFBC Demonstration Project, which lasted about six years. During the first year of that project I worked 800 hours of overtime. By the way, I work at AEP's Mitchell Power Plant as a Control Technician, Sr.

But I always seemed to find the time to do genealogical research. In 1988 I purchased my first computer and started to enter all the information I had gathered. That was a big step for me and in 1990 I purchased my second computer and had to re-enter all the information as I started to use a new program called Family Origins. By 1995 I was using my third computer and had connected to the internet. Another milestone and still using Family Origins for Windows.

In the summer of 1996 Richard Henthorn contacted me via e-mail. He had just returned from the Yoho family reunion. He thought it would be a good idea if all the Yoho researchers worked together to compile a history on the family of Henry Yoho & Annabelle Buchanan. We worked on this family for one solid year. As a result of this we were able to produce a 388 page history of the descendants of Henry Yoho & Annabelle Buchanan. This history was auctioned at the 1997 Yoho reunion, where Richard and I met, in person, for the first time. We had not even talked on the telephone, doing all our work via e-mail.

Soon after the 1997 reunion, Sullivan Yoho contacted me and said he wanted to let me copy what he had on the Yoho family. Richard and I took Sullivan's information and entered it info our computers. Sullivan's info added 2000 new descendants of Henry Yoho & Annabelle Buchanan that we did not have. As a result of this and further work by Richard Henthorn, a new Henry Yoho & Annabelle Buchanan document was produced for the 1998 Yoho reunion. This document had grown to 544 pages. Copies were given to Denver Yoho, Sullivan Yoho, and Clarice Stanley for their contributions to Yoho research over the years.

I am now using my fourth desktop computer and Family Origins for Windows, version 7. In 1998 I also purchased a laptop computer. The laptop computer has taken my research to a new level, just like my first computer and the internet connection did.

Along the way I have claimed 3 West Virginia Civil War Medals, found 19 ancestors who served in the American Revolution, and also found an ancestor who was the Colonial Governor of Conn. This ancestor, Captain Robert Treat, was also the Great-Grandfather of Robert Treat Paine, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Vernon Anderson


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