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Queries posted 1996

JENKINS, SWANN - Looking for parents of Thomas Rezin SWANN b. 1777 Amherst Co., VA, d. 1855 in Cabell Co., (W)VA, brother was Levin Covington SWANN b. 1765, married 1791 in Amherst County to Elizabeth JENKINS. Any help would be appreciated with JENKINS or SWANN.

William J. Swann
25648 Rancho Adobe Road
Valencia, CA 91355-2225

December 3, 1996 from (William J. Swann)


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STAPLES - Henry Staples and brothers were all born in the 1800-1810 decade in Virginia. In the 1810 VA census, William of Amherst and William of King George were the only Staples with 3 males under 10. Other information eliminates William of King George as their father. Would appreciate any info confirming Roland as a son of William Staples of Amherst.

Dec 16, 1996 - 21:57 - From: - Leroy Anderson

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GRAY - I am looking for information on a James Gray born in Amherst County in 1763, who moved to Surry/Wilkes County NC some time in the 1770s. His father was probably also named James Gray. Deed records aren't much help. I'm hoping for an old bible record or something of the sort. Thanks.

Dec 20, 1996 - 15:00 - From: - Karl Knapp

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BARTHELOW, JOSEPH - I am looking for any info on my g-g-grandfather's family from about 1800. Don't know if it was this county but the surname I am looking for is Barthelow.

Dec 24, 1996 - 21:46 - From: - Ernestine Grace

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MAYS, REPPETO - Need additional info on Joseph MAYS and his wife, Sarah. Joseph was born abt 1732, d. bef 18 Jun 1798 in Amherst county. I'm also trying to prove that they are the parents of John MAYS b. 1768 and married Millie REPPETO 3 Aug 1840 in Amherst county

Dec 26, 1996 - 14:02 - From: - linda Allen

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HILL, GILLAND, LYON, CREASY, SHUCK - Seek descendants of Maderson Hill, Judith Hill, and William Davis Hill.(I already know many descendants of Reuben D. Hill, Richard John Hill, Elvira Barbara Madison Hill, and Edmond J. Hill. I am particularly interested in descendants of Elizabeth Hill Creasy, William N.F. Hill, Ajah G.A. Hill, Juliet Amanda Hill, and Nancy Camilla Hill.Will share info. Elizabeth Hobbs, 1789 Gloucester Road, Gloucester Point,

Dec 27, 1996 - 23:33 - From: - Elizabeth R. Hobbs



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WALLER - The following marriages took place in Amherst Co, VA May 01 1839 Eliza M Waller married Alex Duvall Feb 05 1835 Lucy Ann Waller married Archibald Govan Sep 14 1824 William M Waller married Sarah A Garland Any help would be appreciated. Waller descendants are invited to visit the "Waller Family" website at

Dec 27, 1996 - 23:34 - From: - George Waller

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HILL, DAY, LYON - Seeking descendants of Susannah Hill, daughter of Maderson Hill son Hill and his wife Polly Day; Susannah Lyon, daughter of Alexander r of Alexander Lyon and his wife Judith Hill. Maderson Hill owned land in Amherst in 1780's to 1807.

Dec 28, 1996 - 22:27 - From: - Elizabeth R. Hobbs



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CRUMPTON - Thank you Carol, and may 1997 be a joyful and healthy year for you. Sincerely, Dan Crumpton, Olypmic Torchbearer

Dec 29, 1996 - 09:11 - From: - Dan Crumpton

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WOODSON, BARGER, PETTIGREW, RIPLEY - These are the ancestors I am trying to find more information on: My 2nd great-grandfather, Samuel Woodson (b. 1809? in unk, d. 1851 in Botetourt Co., VA) m. Martha A. Barger (b. Jan 31, 1821 in unk, d. Apr 6, 1886 in Botetourt Co., VA). Both Samuel and Martha A. are buried in a Presbyterian Church near I-81 in Botetourt VA. It is believed that Samuel Woodson was from Amherst Co. VA before moving to Botetourt Co., VA. I do not know his father's name or any background. Samuel and Martha A. had two children, Jacob Preston Woodson (b. 1848?, d. unk) and Mattie S. Woodson (b. Mar 25, 1852, d. Feb 4, 1890). Mattie S. m. William J. Pettigrew on Jan 25, 1882 in Roaring Run, Botetourt Co., VA) After the death of Samuel Woodson, Martha married a John Ripley (b. unk, d. May 2, 1898 in Botetourt Co., VA). Martha father's name was George Barger. I do not have any further information on these men.

Dec 31, 1996 - 09:35 - From: - David S. Woodson, III




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CLIFTON, WOOD - Researching Austin CLIFTON. Austin is found in the 1860 census records of Lee County, Va. saying he was born abt 1795 in Amherst County, Va. Austins' father was Jonthan "John" CLIFTON b:abt 1765. Austins' mother was Ursley WOOD. Well gladly share information with others.

November 24, 1996 from (Dean Clifton)


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MORRIS, PRYOR, RAY, RHEA, THOMPSON, WRAY - I am looking for any information concerning Ezekiel RHEA/WRAY or RAY who was in Botetourt Co., VA., in 1788. He received a land grant of 136 acres on the Rush Fork the waters of the west fork of Little River. By 1797, he seems to have been in Warren Co., KY. He died about 1811 in White Co., TN. I have been told that his wife was Elizabeth PRYOR, daughter of Richard PRYOR and Mourning THOMPSON, but have no proof of this. I also think that he is son of Moses RHEA/WRAY/RAY who left his will in Franklin Co., VA., dated 9 Apr 1802. Can anyone verify this? Ezekiel's mother must have been Elizabeth MORRIS, daughter of Daniel and Tabitha MORRIS. Tabitha MORRIS leaves her will in Bedford Co., VA., and mentions daughter, Betty RAY. I would also like to know if Ezekiel's grandfather is the Moses RAY/WRAY/RHEA who left his will in Amherst Co., VA., dated 22 May 1766 and mentions a son, Moses RAY.

November 10, 1996 from (Johnita P. Malon)


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EADS - I am beginning my research into the EADS surname. I have a rather extensive family history of the EADS family in Virginia, beginning with Charles Hamilton EADS b. 1755 in Amherst Co. I have information up to present, but am interested in the English ancestry of the name. I do have some anecdotal evidence that the EADS people came from Yorkshire, England.

November 2, 1996 from (David M. Ead)

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KEY - My name is Gene KEY of Dallas, Texas. I have done extensive research on the KEY Family of Old Amherst County, Virginia. My ancestor was Henry KEY who lived close to the Fairmount Baptist Church. I will be delighted to share information with others and would be delighted to add their family history info to my extensive data bank.

October 29, 1996 from (Gene Key)

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SNEAD - Would like some help to find the ancestors of both William Pleasants SNEAD born circa 1842 and his wife Judith (Juda) MORRIS. They had issue of: John, Ada, Willie, Sith, Frances Elizabeth Edward and Ashley. All children were born in Amherst county, I believe in a community called Naola, and some moved to Bedford Co, after their marriages. William Pleasants SNEAD had at least one sister named Elizabeth. Would like to hear from anyone related to or know about this part of my family. Hugh Snead and his wife Ann E. ?? may have been William Pleasant's Parents.

October 28, 1996 from Frank Thomas GrayHawk Davis

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GUFFEY, PEYTON - I am looking for information as to when Yelverton and Anna (GUFFEY) PEYTON left Amherst County for Madison County, KY? Thanks,

October 21, 1996 from (Ron Riley)

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EAGLE, EAGLES - Robert Anderson EAGLE(S) - wife Susannah - married in Buckingham Co but record burned Enlisted 1861 42nd VA Inf Co I Campbell Guards....Named first son Frederick S. EAGLES... first daughter Emiline... He is my g-g-great grandfather...his daughter Sarah A. never married was my gggrandmother... I have him paying taxes in Amherst Co. until his death about gr.uncle says he died of a bee sting... He must be buried in that area somewhere...I have familytrees on many EAGLES in that area, but don't know which are uncles, etc. Found an F.S. EAGLES buried in Ohio with mother Emiline T. ...

October 19, 1996 from (C. Eagle-Romain)

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BOOTHE, BURNETT, McALEXANDER, McDANIEL - Seek info on the McALEXANDER family of early Albemarle County. James McALEXANDER was born in Londenberry, Ireland in 1715 and came to Albemarle County by 1756. He settled in the area that became Amherst County and eventually Nelson County. Children included James Jr. m. Patience McDANIEL, John m. Nancy BURNETT, Samuel, William m(2) Tamer BOOTHE, and Alexander m. Martha BURNETT. Send snail mail to

Ralph Hayes
413 Reclining Acres
Corrales, NM 87048

October 17, 1996 from (Ralph Hayes)

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DAVIDSON, ELLIS, PENDLETON - Hi, I am in need of information on the Giles DAVIDSON family of Amherst. Giles DAVIDSON died in Amherst in 1848. He was married to Mina PENDLETON. Their son Joseph Pendleton DAVIDSON was born in this county in 1810. He married Margaret ELLIS. I am in need of some documentation on this family. Thank you

Carol Pridgen Martoccia
903 E. 5th Street
Greenville, NC 27858

October 14, 1996 from (Carol Pridgen Martoccia)

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BRYANT, GUIN, QUINN - Littleberry BRYANT married Elizabeth QUINN (GUINN) March 4, 1819 in Amherst County. In 1834 Littleberry deeded land on the James to Jordan Stewart QUINN (and three BRYANTs) with "love for them as his children." I am searching for information about the parents of Jordan S. QUINN. Uncertain whether Elizabeth QUINN was his widowed mother or his sister. I am also searching for information about Littleberry BRYANT and about the origins of the name "Littleberry," which seems to have been very popular in 18th century Amherst. Thanks, Jane Smith.

October 13, 1996 from (Jane Smith)

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SKELTON - I am trying to find out the identity and location for the father of William and John SKELTON, born 1762 and 1765 in Caroline County, Va. William and John with their mother Ann SKELTON moved to Amherst County, Va. around 1780, from Caroline. Both John and William removed to Hawkins County, Tennessee in 1800. Any help is appreciated.

October 12, 1996 from (Mark Rounsavall)

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BURKS, HARRIS, PHILLIPS, POINDEXTER, SHELTON - I am researching Samuel BURKS d. 1784 Amherst Co, VA, wife Elizabeth (?). Richard BURKS b. ca 1775, their son, married Mary 'Polly' HARRIS b. ca 1775 (married Nov. 30, 1836 Amherst Co, VA. Mary 'Polly' HARRIS' parents were Lee Harris d. ca 1792 Amherst Co, and Winnie PHILLIPS d. 1813 Amherst Co, VA. Also researching John SHELTON b. Nov. 19, 1758 d. 1853 Amherst Co, VA and his wife Anne POINDEXTER b. Feb 13 1764 D Feb 1, 1824 Amherst Co, VA. I would like to correspond with anyone researching these surnames, anytime or anywhere.

October 12, 1996 from (Betty Casey)




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CLAY, CLAYTON, DAVIES, FILMER, GREEN, MAYO, TABB, TREVILLIAN, TREVILLION, WATKINS - If anyone out there is researching the following surnames in Virginia, please contact me and I am willing to exchange information. Henry FILMER; Thomas GREEN "The Sea Gull" married Martha (Eliz?) FILMER b. ca 1640 Rev. Charles Green CLAY b. 24 Dec 1745 in ?Powhatan, VA, married Editha Landon DAVIES (b. 17 Apr 1777 in VA, d. 03 Jul 1838 in Forest, Bedford, VA; daughter of Henry Landon DAVIES and Ann CLAYTON) Paulus Aurelius CLAY b. 11 Oct 1807, died 18 Sep 1880 ? (perhaps in Amherst Co., VA or Lynchburg, VA) Married Mary Louise WATKINS 01 Dec 1837 in Presqu'isle, Chesterfield, VA. Edward Osbourne WATKINS born 1800/01 in Chesterfield, VA, died ?1865 in Va.; married 21 Sep 1820 in Johnson's Spring, VA to Harriet Tabb TREVILLION b. 15 Feb 1801 in VA, died 15 Nov 1858 at Presqu'isle, Chesterfield, VA. Col. John TREVILLIAN of Goochland, VA d. pre 1820, married Mary MAYO, daughter of Joseph MAYO and Martha TABB of ?Fine Creek, Cumberland, VA.

October 10, 1996 from (June Shaputis)

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TAYLOR, TINSLEY - Edward TINSLEY moved to Amherst Co in 1766 with a large family. I am researching all of his children and would like to share information with other researchers. Edward was married to Margaret TAYLOR, and he died 1782 in Amherst.

September 29, 1996 FROM (Downing, Joe)



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CARTER - Seeking information on Peter Sandridge CARTER and Elizabeth (Betsy) CARTER who was born in Amherst co. on 18 April 1808. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Bill Douglas

September 27, 1996 from (William H. Douglas)


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BAILEY, FITZPATRICK, McCLAINE, SMITH, WILIAMS, WORTHAN - Re: Philip BAILEY born 1749 in Goochland County VA married Mary SMITH 27 May 1769 Goochland Co. VA. Moved to Amherst county 1779- then to Bedford Co 1791 then to Campbell County and Back to Bedford where he died in 1839. Known children: Sally who spouse was James MCLAINE; Charles his spouse Jane FITZPATRICK; Michael BAILEY his spouse Rose WORTHAN; David his spouse Martha R. BAILEY and Mary her spouse Lewis WILIAMS. Seeking the location of any of the above children after they left Amherst and Bedford Area.

September 22, 1996 from (Myrna Crapo)



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HILL, PHILLIPS - Jefferson Lee HILL m; Frances W. PHILLIPS 1 12 1829 in Amherst co. Va. Frances was the daughter of Moses PHILLIPS, Who was the parents of Jefferson Lee HILL b; ca 1807 in Giles Co. Va.? Thanks, Annette

September 22, 1996 from (Annette Damron)



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BEBIL, BEVEL, HILL - Fransisia HILL m; Josiah BEBIL (BEVEL)? 1 Apr. 1824 in Wythe Co. Va. Moved to Livingston C. Mo. In 1852 Frances appointed James W. HILL to handle all matters on her behalf from the estate of William HILL of Amherst Co. Can anyone help me connect Frances , James W. and William HILL? Thanks, Annette

September 22, 1996 from (Annette Damron)


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JONES, RAY - Albemarle and Amherst Co VA 1700's. I am searching for information on the RAY and JONES family, specifically: Nathaniel JONES married Nancy RAY, 17 Nov 1794 Amherst Co VA, William RAY Surety. Ambrose RAY, and William RAY, found on tax lists 1783 Amherst Co VA. Moses RAY, Wm RAY also mentioned in Amherst Co Deed Bk D, page 128, William CABELL entry. Any information will be appreciated. I also would like to here from anyone who believes that their Native American or Melungeon families were residing here between 1730-1780. (Mary Goodyear)


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BYERS, DAVIS, RODGERS, TOMLIN - Irene TOMLIN was born in Amherst Co VA and died in 1935. She married Edward DAVIS of Amherst Co VA, who was a farmer and died in 1946. Their daughter, Ada Estelle DAVIS (b. 30 Oct. 1900 - 23 Jan. 1977) who married Henry Tolliver BYERS who was born in Amherst Co VA in 1899 and died in Rockbridge Co VA in 1980.

Henry Tolliver BYERS was the son of Mary Jane RODGERS ( Amherst Co VA and died in Lewisburg WV in 1948) and Palestine "Pal" BYERS (b.Amherst Co VA) who was a farmer. Henry Tolliver BYERS and his wife Ada Estelle DAVIS had a daughter named Lilliam BYERS who was b. in Amherst Co VA in 1919 and resides in Rockbridge Co VA now.

Have some info. to share on these and any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

September 10, 1996 from (Vera Hailey)


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ATWELL, TURNER - Looking for information on Robert TURNER Sr. married Mary?- son Robert TURNER, Jr. born February 22, 1766 in Amherst County Virginia, died 1846 in Christian County, KY. Married Elizebeth ATWELL in 1791. Any information on Robert TURNERs or Elizebeth ATWELL would be appriciated...Thank you

September 10, 1996 from Tami Ramsey

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NAIL, NEAL, SWAGGERY, WILLIAMSON - Would like to exchange and share information on NEAL or NAIL. Nicholas NAIL d. 1756 Albemarle, wife Ann__ had following children: 1. Capt. Joseph NAIL, wife Mary __, 2. Julian NAIL, wife Mary__, 3. Matthew NAIL, b. 24 May 1755 Amherst Co, VA d. 10 Jan 1835 AL m Catherine SWAGGERY in NC reside GA, TN, AL. 4. Nicholas NAIL b 1756 Albemarle and 5. Aquilla NAIL d. 1797 m Priceilla. Nicholas, son of Julian NAIL and Mary, m. Sarah WILLIAMSON. Most of the descendants of Nicholas and Ann moved to GA, NC, TN, AL, MS.

Flo Neal Dickey
6655 N. Canyon Crest Dr. #5124
Tucson, Az 85750

September 10, 1996 from (Flo Neal Dickey)

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BURRUS, CARTER, ELLIOTT, PAYNE - Seeking info on John (Jack) ELLIOTT, son of Betsey (BURRUS?) Elliott and stepson of John S. CARTER of Amherst Co. Jack moved to Campbell Co. in 1836, married Ann M. PAYNE of "White Hall". They had 8 sons, John William, Robert A., Hugh Nelson, Thomas (Henry?), Ossian, Homer Edward, Walter, and George Washington (Beauregard). Also seeking wherabouts of any other descendents of these brothers. Robert A.'s granddaughters married TUGGLE, HARVEY, OAKES, and MURRELL.

September 9, 1996 from Larry Elliott


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DEHART, DENNIS, SCOTT - I am looking for information on the DeHART family that resided in Amhurst Co. prior to 1799. Specifically, Aaron DeHART, Malinda or Lalenda DENNIS, John DeHART, Elias DeHART, James DeHART, Gabriel DeHART.
Also searching for information concerning family of Elander (or Ellander) SCOTT m. John DeHART before 1799.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.

August 19, 1996 from Debra Hamlett Clear

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