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Putnam County West Virginia

Putnam County, WV Archived Queries: July - December 2002


Submitter: Jennifer Moore (
Date: 03 Jul 2002
Looking for relatives/ancestors of Helen Louise Larabee Fewell or Thomas Jackson Fewell (married). Both were born and spent their lives in Winfield, WV.

Submitter: Pat Abbott (
Date: 05 Jul 2002
THE marriage of Ernie Riffee, and Jonah Thornton

Submitter: Evelyn Drake (
Date: 08 Jul 2002
Search for family of John P. Lett and Malinda Thomas Lett. Said to have been in Putnam County in l850's. They would have had a young child in their home by the name of Malinda Thomas who was the daughter of Hiram Thomas and Elizabeth Lett Thomas. Any information on this family would be appreciated. Malinda Thomas was my grandmother's half sister.

Submitter: Allen Dale Garton (
Date: 14 Jul 2002
Can someone help me with information on the Old Antioch Church and Cemetery of Putnam County WV? would like to know if there is a record from the church for early burials, marriages and is it still active. Surnames from the area are Garton, Priddy, Dodson, Higginbotham and Craig.

Submitter: Joyce (
Date: 19 Jul 2002
I would very much appreciate an obit lookup for either of the following who died in Poca, Putnam County: Audis Bishop died September 25, 1987 or Olive Moore Bishop died June 30, 1989. I prefer Olive's as it is the Moore family I'm researching, and her siblings might also be listed in hers.

Submitter: George B Scott (
Date: 21 Jul 2002
I'm looking for any information on the following people, most all of whom where located in Putnam Co, many in the Buffalo area. I'm related through the Moses Columbus Scott/Minerva Jane Smith line. Descendants of William S. Scott 1 William S. Scott b: Apr 01, 1818 in Ireland, Scottish Isles d: in WV, Putnam Co, Buffalo .. +Sarah Gwinn b: Mar 21, 1822 m: Nov 14, 1839 in WV, Monroe Co. d: May 18, 1888 in WV, Putnam Co., Buffalo ......... 2 Andrew G. Scott b: 1842 in VA ............. +Mary b: 1846 in OH ......... 2 Moses Columbus Scott b: Jul 21, 1843 in VA, Monroe Co d: Mar 16, 1898 in WV, Putnam, Buffalo ............. +Minerva Jane Smith b: Aug 11, 1849 in VA m: Oct 17, 1867 in WV, Mason Co. (residence of SC Smith) d: Mar 15, 1922 in WV ......... 2 Thomas H. Scott b: 1846 ............. +Lyda Ripley ......... 2 William H. Scott b: 1852 d: Jul 04, 1882 in WV, Monroe Co, Buffalo ............. +Mary Hard ......... 2 John R. Scott b: 1855 ............. +Grace Hamm ......... 2 Elizabeth L. Scott b: 1857 ............. +John Brown ......... 2 Sallie Anne Scott b: 1859 in WV d: Oct 13, 1907 in WV, Point Pleasant ......... 2 Roseland E. Scott b: Dec 12, 1861 d: Oct 06, 1938 in WV, Harrison Co, Clarksburg, 206 Virginia Ave ............. +Louis Arnold Carr b: 1852 in VA m: May 21, 1880 in WV, Putnam Co, Buffalo d: 1880 in WV, Putnam Co, Buffalo

Submitter: Carter Elliott (
Date: 13 Aug 2002
My grandmother, Leanna Moriah Martin, was born in Poca in 1849. Father William (I think) was preacher. She married Lewis Van Buren Carter in Poca and they moved to Indiana. She had a brother named Squire and a sister Alice (I think; we called her Aunt Al) We stopped by there last week and looked in the old cemetary behind the elementary school but could find no Martins. Carter Elliott, Blacksburg, VA

Submitter: Margaret Teagarden (
Date: 15 Aug 2002
Lookking for any information on the following; Wesley Sayre b.1857 married 1st to hattie hughes then 2nd to Ida Newberry, he had with Ida, Margaret M.,Mabel O.,Cleon,Harry,Hollie. their were step-children too. Where Ida newbery and Wesley might of lived? Then Anderson, Catherine who Married Abel Sayre Jr. Her father was William.He married 1st Mary Hyde? they had catherine then he married Charity Shinn? Wesley had childen with Hattie,Effie E. b.1885,my great grandmother. Edgar M. b1887, Dortha b.1893 and Anna b.1901. Wesley moved after Hattie died in Mar.1903.Would like to know were he went?

Submitter: Clarence Lee (
Date: 18 Aug 2002
Does anyone have a copy of the estate papers of Malcolm McCown ca 1851? I would like to know who the Mccallister children are that signed, if any.

Submitter: Selma Bonewald (
Date: 08 Sep 2002
Looking for the burial grounds for Joseph and Abigail (Searls) Entsminger. They died in Buffalo in the 1880's. I don't know if that was a town or the township in Putnam. She was a member of the United Brethren church. Can someone tell me where the UB churchs are located in this area and if there is a UB cemetery near one of them? Looking also for their descendants, Abigail is a gg-aunt of mine and I am researching the Searls family.

Submitter: Curtis Roberts (
Date: 09 Sep 2002
Im looking for birth and death records of either Freeman F Roberts Sr.,my grandfather. and my great grandfather Walter Lee Roberts, who supposedly was an illegitimate child. My grandfather"Freeman" married a Eleanor Longerbean.

Surnames: PUTNAM
Submitter: Colleen McCellan (
Date: 11 Sep 2002
I am seeking to find the Putnams. My birth name was Colleen L. Putnam born in 1968. My father is Jackie E. Putnam. I am searching for information related to ethnicity of our early ancestors and family tree information in general. I do not know my family beyond my father.


Submitter: miriam racer (
Date: 17 Sep 2002
searching for info on jacob mynes and mary frances hodges parents of martha sarah mynes born 18 feb 1851 putnam co virginia. any info appreciated

Submitter: Phyllis Owen (
Date: 18 Sep 2002
Looking for info or suggestions as to how to get info on William Frank Keesaer 1906-1930, William C. Keesaer 1866-1961 and wife, Virginia Harbour Keesaer 1875-1952, all buried at Valley View Memorial Park in Hurricane.

Submitter: christine hayes (
Date: 18 Sep 2002
I am looking for information about our great grandparents who were married in Putnam Co, WV. Joseph S. Arthur .21..of Kanawha Co md Percilla HOFFMAN 22 of Bedford co., Va md 1-01-1882 in PUTNAM CO., WV. Does anyone have any information about them or their parents? Thank you. christine hayes

Submitter: Noel Wallace Hall (
Date: 25 Sep 2002
I would like to know how to obtain a copy of "History of Putnam County Volume 2 by the Upper Vandal Historical Society." By William Dwintz. It has a coyright of 2001. Also would appreciate information on how to obtain Hardesty's West Virginia Counties: Monroe, Putnam, Tyler. This book was by Jim Comstock of Richwood, WVA.

Submitter: Brenda Mussmann (
Date: 08 Oct 2002
I am looking for a branch of my mother's family, in particular to prove a Cherokee ancestor. My mother was a Harris, her parents Chester Arthur Harris (dropped the Chester legally) and Daisy Ethel Chapman. Arthur had 7 siblings: John David, Rose, Jasper H., Florence, Mary, Richard, and Amy. Arthur's parents were Rufus Harris and Martha Ellen Marshall. I have found that Martha Ellen Marshall, and 3 of her children John David, Arthur, and Jasper Harris have all been buried at Mt Vernon Cemetery in Putnam County West Virginia. ANY help to trace this family any futher back would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Brenda

Submitter: Ray Tryall (
Date: 14 Oct 2002
Looking for information on ELijah Thornton and Verna Dartt. He is listed on the 1880 census as being 10 years old, his father was G. Thornton and mother was Margret. I do not know what the G stands for or any information on his mother. He is my great grandfather. My grandmother was Mary Alice Thornton Beller. ANy help is greatly appreciated....Ray Tryall (

Submitter: Nancy Sullivan (
Date: 14 Oct 2002
I need your help. I am trying to locate the CARUTHERS family of Poca. I have some old pictures of this family that are unlabled. This family would be the family of my deceased stepmother, Minnie Frances Shearman Phillips. I do not know the name of her father. I have her mother's name as E. ( Estella) Beatrice SHEARMAN. Beatrice was born 22 Sept. 1892 and died November 30, 1970. The following is her obit from the Columbus, Ohio newspaper. " E. Beatrice SHEARMAN, age 78, formerly of 2599 Glen Echo Dr., Tuesday. Member of FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH , POCA W. VA. Survived by daughter Mrs. William (Frances) Phillips, Worthington; brother, FRANK CARUTHERS, POCA W. VA". Beatrice Shearman's maiden name was CARUTHERS. I do not know who her parents and brothers and sisters were. I would greatly appreciate help with finding any decendants of this family. I would like more information and help with identifying the pictures. I am willing to make copies and send the originals to the family. Thank you very much for your help. Nancy Sullivan

Submitter: Charlie Crook (
Date: 15 Oct 2002
Looking for descendants of Wootson MELTON and wife Lutitia LANHAM Melton in Putnam and Mason counties Wootson Melton b: September 09, 1824 in Ashland, West Virginia d: November 19, 1892 in Hannan District, Mason County, West Virginia .. +Lutitia Lanham b: 1824 in Poca, Putnam County, West Virginia m: Abt. 1849 in Putnam County, West Virginia (?) d: July 13, 1913 in Mason County, West Virginia

Date: 21 Oct 2002

Submitter: Lois Spaeks (
Date: 22 Oct 2002
Seeking inormation on John Chancey and Mary Chancey, who both died very young. There paents were John M. Chancey and Mary Sharp Chancey. There grandparents were William Riley Chancey and Almeda Shriverdaker. Any information would be appreciated.

Submitter: John Wilson (
Date: 27 Oct 2002
John C. Bowyer, b. 26 Apr 1794 & d. 28 Dec 1798 is supposed to be buried in Putnam County. I am trying to determine what the cemetery name is. Also would like to find burial and parents for his wife, Permelia Brown b. 16 Dec 1806 & d. 31 May 1857. Permelia was married to a Crawford. I would like to know his given name.

Submitter: Constance Frazier (
Date: 01 Nov 2002
I am looking for the burial place of Allen Frazier, Sr. died Putnam County, WV 1861 and his wife, Hannah McCallister Frazier died ca 1845. My father, James A. Frazier, remembers that the graves were covered with limestone crypt protectors raised up above ground level. I do not believe that this cemetery has not been cataloged yet. It is a little distance off the road, perhaps in a wooded area. It may be located between Eleanor and Poca, all the people who visited it regularly in the 50s and 60s are gone.

Submitter: Robert Lorick (
Date: 11 Nov 2002
I am searching for the parents of James Edward Graham who enlisted in the Union Army at Frankfort, Kentucky, and served both in Kentucky and Tennessee. When he left the Union Army, he walked back to West Virginia in the dead of winter. He when bought or stole a horse and rode to New York, where he enlisted in the Navy in January 1861. There was controversy about him being a army deserter, but he was not a deserter. He was a river man and not a foot soldier. His honorable discharge was signed by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in about 1865. His widow received $13.00 dollars a month pension after his death. He served aboard a two wheel (240ft. long) river boat named "The Gramples". In 1965, no one had been to his grave site for 25 years because it is so hard to find. At that time, it was in a cow pasture. His house was on a road leading to Hurricane, West Virginia - 2 miles from Mt. Vernon. The original house burned and was rebuilt. The old barn was still there in 1965. James Edward an! d his wife, Annie Elizabeth Boyce-Graham, are buried on top of the mountain near the old home place. Annie Elizabeth Boyce-Graham grave the land for the grave site. James Edward Graham was born in Buffalo, New York, in 1840 and died in 1884. I am also searching for the parents of Annie Elizabeth Boyce-Graham. She was born in Virginia in 1840 and died in 1921 and is buried in the Old Haggin Cemetery, Winfield, Putnam County, VA. Someone in this area of West Virginia may know something about my ancestors. Any help would be appreciated!

Surnames: SPENCER
Submitter: Jay Russell (
Date: 15 Nov 2002
Seeking information on Frances F. SPENCER who is listed in the 1880 Putnam Co census as residing in "Union". He is listed as being born in 1813 in NY and is widowed. Trying to find out if the actual census record says NJ instead of NY. Also need to know if he died in Putnam Co., when, and where he is buried. Also looking for any family members who may have moved to Putnam Co. from Meigs Co., OH with him. Jay Russell

Submitter: Nancy Sullivan (
Date: 20 Nov 2002
CARUTHERS - MORRIS - NICHOLS Searching for anyone researching the family of James A. CARUTHERS b. abt. 1866 and married Minnie MORRIS b abt. 1865. Had children: James H. b. ab.t 1891 - Estella Beatrice b. abt. 1893 and John Frank b. abt. 1903. Lived in Poca District. Estella Beatrice b. abt. 1893 m Chester A. Nichols. Father of James A. Caruthers ( b. abt. 1866 ) was Henry T. Caruthers. Father of Minnie Morris ( b. abt. 1865 was Joshua S. Morris lived in Winfield, Hutton Twsp in 1870. I may have some old pictures that relate to these families, but they are unlabled. Nancy Sullivan

Surnames: LEAGUE
Submitter: Leslie League (
Date: 24 Nov 2002
I am seeking information on Eliza Frances League or her children. She would be my grandmother on my fathers side. My father, Leslie Liton League, was an orphan at the Sisterville Orphanage(?). He had two brothers (James Edward and Paul) and two sisters (Genevive and Flo). He was born in 1922.

Surnames: DODSON
Submitter: Truman Dodson (
Date: 28 Nov 2002
I'm looking for information on a James Dodson, and his wife, Anna Clift Dodson, who, according to family hx, died while in Putnam Co., from Franklin co., Va. I have a record of the deaths from the report his father made to Franklin co., but want to find their burial place. Thanks for any information. Truman Dodson

Surnames: CARTMELL
Submitter: Edith Reynolds (
Date: 21 Dec 2002
Putnam Co. has two Cartmells on the 1850 census, David and James. I am looking for any information about the Cartmell families, am trying to track a George Cartmell, who may have been from Putnam Co. originally.

Surnames: DAVIS
Submitter: Brenda (
Date: 21 Dec 2002
I am looking for possibly first name of Mara last name Davis. Gave birth to baby girl on November 18, 1962. Lived in putnam county. Friend of Nolan Withrow (now deceased).


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