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November 24, 2002 from
COOK, COOKE, HOLYFIELD -
My father John Henry Cooke was born in Bluefield WV 7-8-01 son of James Samuel and Maggie Lee (Holyfield) Cooke. I am looking for any information about this family that might be in the Mercer County area such as other members of the family, dates and places born/died/buried, schooling, occupations, ancestors etc.. I have also heard references to Beckley WV but know nothing else about Beckley. There is a strong possibility that the Cooke's were also known as "Cook" as they appear in later Rockingham Co, NC census data from 1920. Luther Cooke, South Carolina

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November 7, 2002 from
DUNFORD, EILS -
Hi! My mother, Sarah Elizabeth Dunford, born in Fall River W. VA. date of birth Was sept. 6,1989. Her father's name was Chester Arthur Dunford, mother, Mary (Eils) maiden name. Trying to find records of her parents. Believe parents lived in Freeman, West Virginia, probably moved from Falls River. Please help me to find out how to locate records. Father born 1887, died 1936 29th of June. Mother born 1891 died 1952. Thanks for your help

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September 7, 2002 from
FOLEY, MEADOWS -
I am researching my mother's Mercer County relatives. My great- grandfather's name was Franklin 'Frank' Garfield Meadows and his mother's name was Victoria Ann Foley according to the records I found @ LDS site. All of his family were born, lived or died in Mercer County. Does anyone have any info on the FOLEY family in that area?

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August 23, 2002 from
BELL, HILL, PENNINGTON -
I am looking for any information that I can find on Pearl Mae HILL, b.7 Mar 1890 d.30 Dec 1961. Pearl married Arthur Edward PENNINGTON d. unknown in Mercer Co., WV. I am led to believe at this time that Pearl's parents were Aries HILL and Cosby Jane BELL. The only other information I have lists her being born in Princeton, WV. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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August 14, 2002 from
FLETCHER, GRASSI -
I am seeking information on the family of William Wesley Fletcher and Susie Bauffy Fletcher. They had a son, Bruffy E. Fletcher b. 11 Jun 1890. William Wesley Fletcher was born in Melrose, Mercer County, WV, from what the record of funeral for Bruffy E. Fletcher states that he married Mary Angela Grassi. Bruffy served with the 164th Depot Brigade from Kansas during WWI, and passed away 26 Jul 1940 at the Veteran's Hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He is buried in Pittsburg, Kansas. If anyone has information on William W. and/or wife, Susie Bauffy Fletcher, and their family, please contact me.

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July 16, 2002 from
CLARK, HARMON, HAWHEE -
I am looking for information on two men who came to Mercer, County from Indiana. They have supposedly died in Princeton. Sherman Hawhee and his brother Orville. I have no death date for Sherman but Orville died in the 1950's. I am told that Sherman left a family in Indiana and don't know if there is another family in Princeton or not. There also seems to be a nephew named George Harmon who was with a circus as a clown. He was a midget 36 inches tall and married to Opal Clark Harmon and had two children named Sam and Dixie Lee. George died in 1944. Can anyone direct me to where I can find some of this information from Mercer County. Were there particular circus's in West Virginia?

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June 20, 2002 from
CORNELIUS, TACKETT -
I am researching the background of my grandfather, Samuel Ephraim Tackett, and I believe his father was Alexander Tackett and mother was Caroline Cornelius Tackett (both from North Carolina). They were listed in the 1880 census for Mercer County and evidently Alexander was not in the 1890 census. I would like very much to know when Alexander died and where he was buried, but have had no success in researching. I would really appreciate any help or tips that you could provide. Thank you so much.

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June 15, 2002 from
COOK, HUFFMAN, SARTAN, SARVER -
Hello, I am looking for information on my grandfather Robert Scott Cook, born September 8, 1871. Possible first marriage to Bettie Ellen Huffman born 11/10/1875 dod 6/25/51 maybe buried at Woodlawn in Bluefield. Her parents were Estelle Sarver or Sartan Huffman. His Parents were possibly John and Margaret Cook of Wyoming County, WV. I am trying to prove or disprove that my Robert Cook is the same Robert Cook mentioned above. Any information that you may have on this family would be appreciated very much. Thanks,

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June 3, 2002 from
GOODMAN, SMOTHERS, STROUPE -
Searching for John Jasper Smothers b.1881 Va -- resided Beaver Pond District, Mercer Co, WV -- d.6 Dec 1935 Bluefield, Mercer Co, WV & bur Walnut Grove Cem. His wife was Lula Evelyn Stroupe. Their dau Mary Mattie Smothers mar Robert Goodman -- Mary d.3 May 1986 Bluefield, Mercer Co, WV & bur Woodlawn Cem --I believe that Mary and Robert Goodman may have had a dau named Helen Goodman who mar an Albert.

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May 11, 2002 from
BEARD, BIEGIEIL, CUNDIFF, LAREW, WRIGHT -
CUNDIFF, A.J. (possibly Albert) - I have a copy of his obituary, but the date was not included (probably 1920-1935). He died in Bluefield at the age of 56, leaving a wife, Rachel, brother Arthur (in Borderland), sister Miss Cundiff of Bluestone and the following children Mrs. Vernie Biegieil of Akron, Ohio; Mrs. Ann Larew of Charleston; Mrs. B.J. Beard of Wilcoe, Mrs. A.J. Wright of Johnson City (my husband's ggrandmother), James Earl, Edward, Juanita and Victory Cundiff. He was a conductor and worked on the Norfolk and Western Railroad for 39 years. Any further information would be greatly appreciated.

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May 11, 2002 from
PENDLETON, WHITTAKER -
Looking for a David B. Pendleton born July 9 1817 Buckingham county VI. wife Nancy Viginia Whittaker it is said that he was a Mercer county court justice for the December term. Tell me all you can find please.

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April 26, 2002 from
PENDLETON -
Looking for a Micajah Pendleton born 1790 in Buckingham died Oct 11 1872 in Oakvale Mercer Co. wife Susan, son David B. Pendleton. Do you have anything on him like mother father sister or son or brother anything

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March 24, 2002 from
ANDREWS, DAVIS, DUDLEY -
I am currently researching the history of my maternal grandmother's family. My great grandfather's name was William M. Dudley and I know that he was born on August 25, 1878 in Bluefield, West Virginia and after moving to Vandiver, Alabama married my great grandmother Lottie Francis Andrews. They later moved to Denver, Colorado with my grandmother and nine of her brothers and sisters. There were eleven children in all. Anyway, my great grandfather William died on May 24, 1960 and is buried here in Denver. I obtained his death certificate in order to see if I could find out about my great-great grandparents and any great-great aunts, uncles or cousins that I may have. Their names were Tobe Dudley and Jane Davis. I have already sent a letter to the vital records office in Charleston, West Virginia to try to find out their birth dates and death dates, but that was about three weeks ago and I am still waiting for and answer. Any help with my research will be greatly appreciated and I thank you in advance.

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March 19, 2002 from
RASNAKE, SMITH, THORNTON -
Looking for Parents, etc. of Thomas Theodore Smith (My greatgrandfather. His daughter Hattie Smith married my grandfather Auty Rasnake.) He was born March 4, 1868 & died March 17, 1929. He had a brother named William who may have been Sheriff on Mercer Co. once. Also had 2 half brothers - John & James. He lived at Kegley. Wife's name was Louisa Thornton. Think John had a son named Charles who ran a store at Kegley in the 40's. Got above from my Aunt, Dorothy Rasnake who still lives in Princeton.

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March 17, 2002 from
MANN, MYERS, TIFFANY, WRIGHT -
I have Alice Wright married to Israel Rouse Myers, son of John Melchior Myers, letter from Bramwell to (step? half?) brother Thomas Tiffany. Alice was from Mount Pleasant, Wayne, Pennsylvania. Daughter Verna married Milsaac Mann. I see that a Claudia Malverna "Vera" Myers married Isaac Thomas Mann and they had daughter Alice Wright Mann. I have feeling that Milsaac was Isaac, but no other information. Vera had a brother named Charles. Does anyone have information on Vera? Am looking for information on her mother or step? mother, and on Sallie - wife of A. Wright. Thanks,

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March 14, 2002 from
AKERS, CAMPBELL, ERNEST, HALL, HESTER, HUBBARD, KEFFER, MIDKIFF, SNOW, THOMPSON, VINES, WHITE -
Looking for information on Anthony SNOW and Lucinda Morrison (MIDKIFF) Their children were 1) William Oscar Snow born abt 1878 in Mercer Co.,WV., he first married Ida Josephine Campbell of Mercer Co WV second married Irene Keffer abt 1937 in Nicholas Co, Wv, 2) Nicodemus (Nick) Snow first married Mary Thompson had a son named Lee Andrew. Second married Ida Hubbard their children Parthene m. unknown Hall, Savanah m. unkown Vines, Mary m. Unknown Akers, Marie m. unknown White, Arlene m. unknown Hester, Annabelle m. unknown Ernest, Tyler of Matoaka and Samuel of Norfolk, Va. Nicodemus (Nick) Snow and Mary Thompson and Ida Hubbard are buried in Mercer Co., WV. Any information on these families would be most appreciated

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January 29, 2002 from
WALKER -
George Walker, Confederate soldier, 60th VA Inf., died 15 Oct 1862 from wounds received 30 Jun 1862 at Battle of Frazier's Farm (Richmond VA) area. His descendents cannot find his grave in Richmond area and think his body might have been shipped home to Mercer County. Any help appreciated.

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January 8, 2002 from
BAYNE, BOONE, GALLOWAY -
Dazey Ann (Galloway) Boone or Bayne b. May 1894, married to M. M. Boone (or Bayne) was living in Bluefield, WV in 1928. She was the daughter of Tyra B. and Sarah Jane Galloway of Transylvania Co., NC. Would like to have information on her, her spouse, and children. Will be happy to share.

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