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February 28, 1999 from ()
I am looking for any information on Jim Taw Hodges married to Sally June. Jim's birth would have been around 1880 in Franklin County. One of their sons was Sam Thomas Hodges, b. 1/12/12 d.3/86, married to Daisy Blanch Hodges Hodges, my grandparents.

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February 23, 1999 from ()
I need information on the descendents of John Jamison, born 9/3/1783, died 10/5/1864 in Franklin County. Married Catherine Boone in 1806. Children: Elizabeth, Nancy, Samuel, Mary, Isaac, Catherine, Barbara, Henry, Joseph, John, Jane, and Jacob. I am descended from Jacob who married Lavinia Fralin. I also want info on the Fralin descendents. Lavinia's father was John Fralin who married Elizabeth Showalter. Thanks.

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February 21, 1999 from ()
Looking for name of parents of Nathaniel Law b. about 1752 in Lunenburg Co, Va and d. May, 1823 in Franklin Co, VA. Married Rachel (?). Rachel d. October 24, 1837 also in Franklin Co. VA.

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February 21, 1999 from (Darryl A. Godfrey)
William James Atwood was born c. 1831 in Franklin Co., VA. He is shown in the 1860 Winn Parish, LA, census with wife Elizabeth (born in MS c. 1838) and sons Charles W. (born in LA July 18, 1857) and John W. (born in LA in 1860). William served in the 28th LA Infantry in the Civil War. William and Elizabeth are not shown in LA census indexes for 1870, but their sons are shown in the home of Joseph Atwood (born c. 1830 in MS). I am seeking any information about the parents and siblings of William James Atwood. Thanks for any help.

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February 21, 1999 from (Charles Miller)
Looking for information on a Rev. War Soldier Wm. Henry Kesler a.k.a. Henry Keisler. Just found earlier this morning other KESLAR/ KESLERs from Franklin Co VA and this is the area from which my Henry Keisler would have been a soldier. Henry Kesler was a messenger for Colonel William Preston, the famous head of all VA Rev. Militia in the area of Augusta, Montgomery, Franklin and Botetourt counties. I have a copy of a message he carried during the war. Does anyone know the origin of this Henry or Wm. Henry Kesler [spell it anyway except with 2 esses] who was born about 1750 +/- about 10 years in this area? Will share info on his descendants but have nothing on his Ancestors, please help.

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February 21, 1999 from (Patricia Finney Scibilia)
My brother and sister have done a good bit of genealogical research thru the years and know the names and dates of our 8 great grandparents, 10 of our 16 great great grandparents and 6 of our 32 great great great parents. (It's confusing, as sometimes the names are spelled incorrectly or there is slightly conflicting data). Right now we are looking for the name(s) of the parents of John Riley Finney and want to know if his father or grandfather fought in the Revolutionary War. John Riley Finney was born about 1765 or 1770 in Va. (probably Botetourt county). He married Ellender Sloan/ Slone Mar 28, 1793 in Franklin Co, Va. Sept 10, 1794 he was appointed surveyor of the highway, and Dec 8, 1795 he was appointed constable. (A distant relative found these last two facts in the Annals of SW Va.) He enlisted in the military in Botetourt Co to fight in the War of 1812. After the war he migrated from Botetourt Co to Tn. around 1815 and died in Lawerence Co. in Nov of that year. We believe his father (who may have been named Timothy) or his grandfather fought in the Rev War. It was passed down in the family by word of mouth that our first Finney ancestor in this country was a British sea captain who came to Va. about 1740 and owned a tobacco farm there (not far from Natural Bridge on the upper stretches of the James River). We would like to find out as much as possible about these ancestors (names, dates of births, marriages and death). Also we would like any inf on his wife Ellender Sloan, who was born about 1770 in Va. and died in 1880 in Lawerence Co., Tn. (That would be 110- could that be true?). Her father was William Alexander Sloan and her mother was Jane Stevenson. Any info of that side of the family would also be appreciated. I would like to find documented data to be able to join the DAR. Evidently Ellender Sloan Finney (referred to by my father's grandfather as "Pretty Grandma") was quite a brave woman, as about 1815 or so (as a widow) rode horseback alone from south Tn back to Va. to sell the family farm and return to Tn. with the money in her saddlebags. She evaded indians and highway robbers during her trip, raised her family alone and lived to be an old woman. Thank you so much for any info on these ancestors you can find for me or any direction you can provide to further our research.

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February 19, 1999 from ()
I am researching my ancestery and would like any information on Gabriel Jessee born in Franklin County, VA in 1804. His parents were Rachel Minex and Philip Jessee (Rachel born in 1780 and Phillip in 1742) Phillip died in 1858 at the age of 116 of old age in Russell County, VA. I would especially like informaiton pertaining to Gabriel's birth and on his mother. I would appreicate any information that could be supplied. Thanks

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February 13, 1999 from (Karen Worley)
Looking for info re Wilson MOORE b abt 1815 m Eliz SHUE in Franklin Co 1834. Also Mary MOORE b 1827 m Giles Graham in 1849. 1850 Floyd Co census says she was from Franklin Co. Also Martha MOORE b 1812 m Edmund or Edward WHORLEY in 1833 in Franklin Co. The 3 Moores may have been siblings. father may be named William. Also need any info regarding Edmund/Edward. Martha and Edmund had children named Isaiah, Samuel, Mariah, Lavina, others. Any info would be appreciated.

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February 13, 1999 from (Janice)
Looking for the family of John CAYLOR/ KAYLOR and (1) Magdalena BARNHART (d. aft 1785) and (2) Sarah Salome KINSEY (d. 1835) John and his families lived in Botetort County and Franklin County, VA from late 1760s to about 1801. John (then Johannes Kohler) came to PA from Germany about 1763. Several children were married in Franklin County, VA. Thanks for any help you can give, Janice in Michigan

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February 6, 1999 from (Lois)
I am researching the GRIFFITHs of Bedford & Franklin County, VA. George GRIFFITH had land and died there. One of his son's Benjamin GRIFFITH married Catherine ???? maybe Ferguson? They lived in Franklin County, VA I think on land that had been Bedford County. I have Benjamin's Will in Franklin Cty., Rebecca GRIFFITH married William DODD and Isaac GRIFFITH married A Frances ???? I know of 2 children Meshack & Margaret. Meshack is my direct ancestor. I need more info on any of the GRIFFITHs, Would like to know rest of Isaac's children. Know there were some since on 1820 census there was around 7. I would appreciate anything On these families. Lois in Alabama. I will share what I have.

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