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"Miss Effie" Is Fondly Remembered"
(From the   The Quill Pen -PittsylvaniaHistorical Society by Robert C. Vaden, Jr, February 1986) Reference ismade to the Kirby, Davis, Oakes, Carter, Hodges, Hedricks, Ramsey, Cook, Mahan, Smith Families

 More than 100 years before the community that is now Museville became a post office, the land in the immediate vicinity had been settled by members of the Kirby family, 1746-48.

John, Francis and William Kirby held separate grants totaling some 1000 acres near the junction of Snow Creek and PiggRiver.  The original inhabitants, of course, were Indians, and legendhas it that a Kirby girl was scalped at the footbridge over Snow Creek. The original Kirby homestead, on a high bluff nearby overlooked the siteof the tragedy.

Guided by the owner of this property Mr. Algie Davis, I stood on the picturesque site of this early settlement. Nothing of it remains but a level expanse of ground, and back of it a cemeteryof some 50 graves marked only by field stones.

When Moses Kirby built what is now the oldest standing residence in the community about 1817, he is said to have removed portions of the original dwelling to the present site on the banks of Snow Creek below.

This house has been meticulously restored byMr. Davis, who inherited the property from his father Lee (Babe)Davis,who, in turn, had bought it from a member of the Oakes family in 1905

Elizabeth Hudson Kirby (1805-74) was a sister of the builder, Moses Kirby, and it was her dower when she married JoabOakes (1801-65), thereby uniting these two founding families.

The Kirby House is most interesting, one-and-a-half stories in three sections.  The center section is a bit higher thanthe other two, giving a simple and appealing balance to the exterior view.  The lofty paneled mantel in the central room, the wainscoting, the original H&L hinges on doors, the narrow but high windows speak of years goneby.

Mr. Davis said the house was built in the cove rather than on the hill because the lower location afforded easier access to the wagon loads of tobacco being brought in to nearby barns.  Thus the empty wagons were sent back up the hill.

This early tobacco was cured with charcoal,and the sites of these charcoal pits still may be seen where the chestnutwood was burned.

This and other neighborhood settlements witnessed some of the industries connected with the culture of tobacco.  Sucha one, at Woodpecker Level in Franklin County, was the beginning of theBrown and Williamson Tobacco Company.

Museville was the location of a tannery, where cowhides were processed for the manufacture of shoes.  A by-productof this operation, cow hair, also was used in making plaster.

The tobacco factory for making plug tobacco,owned and operated by Christopher Lawson Carter (1834-1901) was the principalindustry of the community.  Mr. Davis recalled that there had beena racetrack "beyond Piney Mountain" owned by Owen Adkins before the CivilWar.  He said that plug tobacco was hauled to Pennsylvania from thisarea, and the wagons returned loaded with salt.  The Davis familyhas been located here since 1790, and Col. Christopher Davis, great-uncleof Mr. Davis, was in the Civil War.

Museville was a post office from 1857 onward(Va. Magazine of History and Biography).  Before the name of Musevillewas used, the post office was called Oak Shop (1851-57).  This namemay have originated from the prominent Oakes family.

The name Museville obviously was adapted from the Muse family name.

Guides for this tour,Miss Carter and Mrs. Minter, pointed out the old sites during a drive through the village of Museville.  Here was the old field school taught by Miss Effie Carter, who later moved to Gretna with her sisters Miss Ida and Mrs. J.S. Adams.

"Miss Effie" left an indelible and endearingmemory with many hundreds there and in Gretna, where she taught many years.  And there was the site of the tobacco plug factory of Christopher LawsonCarter, their father, and grandfather.

Carter owned much property here and in thePenhook area.  It was said that when almost any parcel of land inthe area was mentioned "he owned it, had owned it or would own it." He was a successful merchant, manufacturer and real estate operator. A son of Jesse Carter of "Oakland" near Chatham, he was cousin of the Carterof "Shirley" on the James and of Gen. Robert E. Lee.  He married DorothyStarn Muse in 1862.

Museville is a picturesque location indeed.  Located on a plateau, it affords an unimpeded view of Turkey Cock Mountain and other foothills of the Blue Ridge.  Especially impressive as one drives across Pigg River are the giant rock foundations of the now vanished covered bridge.

At the village crossroads are two vacant oldstore buildings, the Smith and Davis stores.  Also within view aretwo historic residences known as the Joab Oakes (now the Clark Hodges)house, and the John Smith house.  Also in the area is the MusevilleChristian Church with its historic cemetery.

Joab Oakes' seven sons fought in the Confederate army.  Mrs. Doris Oakes Minter, who furnished the information on the Oakes family, is a descendant of Joab and Elizabeth Kirby Oakes. The many descendants of this pioneer couple erected handsome monumentsto them in the Museville churchyard.

Mrs. Clark A. Hodges Sr., present owner ofthe Joab Oakes house, showed the charming interior of this impressive L-shaped two-story house.  It is an interesting showplace of early 19th century Americana with its marbleized mantels and woodwork and staircase.

The kitchen. in particular, takes one backmany years with its spiciness and old fashioned accessories.  Thishome has been the lifelong home of three families--the Oakes who builtit, the Washington Hedrick family which came here from Pennsylvania andbought it, and the Hodges family which acquired it through Mrs. Hodges,who was Louise Hedrick, daughter of the pioneer from the Keystone State.

Mrs. Hodges recalled that the Hedricks hadfirst settled in Pennsylvania from Germany and the name had been originallyVon Hedric.  The old Hedrick Bible now is in a historical museum inthat state, having been brought over by the family from the church in Germany.

Washington Hedrick donated the land for thelocal church, which originally was shared by both the Episcopal and Disciplesof Christ denominations.

Mrs. Hodges pointed out the office at her residence where the late Dr. O.L.. Ramsey (1874-1953) beloved physician of Gretna,began the practice of his profession.  The Ramsey family was settlednear Museville prior to the Revolutionary War (memoir of A.F. Ramsey),the original settler being Thomas F. Ramsey, who came here from Pennsylvania.

Dr. Ramsey's father was Col. William Ramseyof the C.S.A.  Dr. R.T. Ramsey, another Gretna physician, also was a descendant of Thomas Ramsey, as was Rev. A.F. Ramsey.  The oldRamsey  home is a few miles from Museville on Tomahawk Creek.

Connected with the Ramsey and Mahan familiesare the many descendants of Harmon Cook.  He was a colonizer who settled thousands of acres on Tomahawk Creek and Pigg River toward the end of the 19th century.  The settlers which followed him used the well-traveled route from Pennsylvania down ;the Shenandoah Valley.

One of the settlers brought in with HarmonCook was Capt. Abram Rorer, ancestor of many area residents, includingthe Rorer James family of newspaper publishers in Danville.

The John Smith house at Museville, now unoccupied but owned by Mrs. Rob Reynolds, who was Smith's daughter, is quite impressive from the outside.,  It is a lofty two stories with old looking windows.  Smith, a prominent merchant, bought the house in the 1890's.

In years past Museville was a center of manyactivities.  There were bicycle races bowling matches, country dances,a saloon, horse races and of course a magistrate holding court.  Onesuch busy magistrate was "Squire" Davis.

Cook notes from "History of Pittsylvania County"-Maud Clement
p. 46 Harmon Cook who purchased large tractsof land on Tomahawk Creek and Pigg River, was a colonizer who brought inmany families from Pennsylvania in the latter part of the century. Cook petitioned the General Assembly of Virginia in 1788 for a town tobe established on his lands in Pittsylvania, "at the forks of the roadsleading from Houlston to Pennsylvania and Petersburg," stating that manytraders had already settled there.  Young Abram Rohrer, son of AbramRohrer, a native of Switzerland, followed Cook from Pennsylvania to Virginia,and marrying Cook's daughter, founded the Rorer family of the county.

The will of Harmon Cook was recorded May 21,1810.  He bequeathed his property to his three sons, John, Harmonand Abraham Cook; and to his daughters, Catherine Wright,  Mary Razor,and Nancy the wife of Abram Rorer.

As the line of settlement moved westward,it became necessary to divide the old counties and form new ones and inFebruary 1745 the General Assembly created Lunenburg County and on Maythe 5th Abraham Cooke among others took the oath of justice of the peace.
The will of Abraham Cooke is recorded in Lunenburg County in 1748 naming wife Sarah, and sons Charles and Benjamin.

p.99 John Cook was appointed captain of themilitia during the years 1767 to 1770

p 232 Dan River Danville Warehouse-A List ofTob. received from 22 Sept. 1795 Til 19th September 1796-
1 hhds of Tob. Shipped by George Cook

"The Early Homes of Chatham" by Maud CarterClement
A few miles south of Chatham on the Danvillehighway stands Oakland, a white frame house with four massive pillars supportingthe entrance porch.  A grove of lofty oaks still surrounds the house,from which it received its name.  In former days there strolled inthe grove those birds of gorgeous plumage, the pea fowls, with their brillianthues and raucous cries.  They were often seen on old plantation lawns,giving a touch of European splendor to the peaceful southern scene.

At the close of the Revolutionary War JesseCarter of Corotoman, Lancaster County, Virginia moved to Pittsylvania seekingto escape the malaria of Eastern Virginia.  He purchased of John Burton of Charlotte County, for 4,500 pounds, 1,300 acres lying on both sidesof Banister River, where he made his home on one of the main highways leading north and south.

Old homes, especially old country houses, have characters of their own and this is true of Oakland with its unusual design and welcoming atmosphere.  There are two very large reception roomsacross the front of the house, each with a fanlighted door opening ontothe front porch.  The large fireplaces of the two rooms have tallhandsome mantels of Adams influence.  In the dining room a bay ofwindows looks out over the grove, while the small study overlooks the gardento the rear.  There are two halls and two stairways leading to themany bedrooms above.  It is a good house in which to dream, when summer'sheat lies over the land ripening the tobaccos in the field.

Colonel Jesse C. Carter, best known of theearly owners, was a man of jovial genial nature, with a wide circle offriends.  He married Miss Lucy Neale, who was delicate without beingill, and shrank from facing life with its problems and responsibilities. So she took refuge in her bed, from which she ably directed her household.

Colonel Carter, like his neighbors, grew fine tobacco, for Oakland lay in a section which was famed for its fragrantsilky leaf.  These planters were grounded in their fertile soil, ahdmuch knowledge in tobacco growing, and were well versed in its varieties,qualities, and best methods of curing.

One autumn Colonel Carter returned, from looking after the sale of his tobacco in Lynchburg, with a complete new outfitof clothes.  When his wife remarked upon his purchases, he repliedwith teasing good humor, "Well, my dear, you are never very well. Since it is not good for a man to be alone, I decided to be prepared forany occasion."

"I'll have you to know, Colonel Carter," exclaimed his wife with some asperity. "I will out live You!"  And so she didfor many a year.

Three daughters were born to Colonel and Mrs. Carter.  Celeste, the oldest, married Dr. John Hutchings, a youngphysician of the neighborhood; Nilla, lovely and merry hearted, was herfather's constant companion; while Mary, the youngest, gentle and shy,was her mother's shadow.

When one of the deadly epidemics of diphtheria swept through the county, Nilla suffered a severe attack.  She seemingly made a safe recovery to the great joy of the family.  In his delight, her father brought from Lynchburg a lovely new dance frock for her to wear to a ball which was to be held in Chatham on July the 4th, 1851.

When the eventful evening arrived, Nilla finished dressing and sent the maid down to tell her father she would be down presently.  He was to be her proud escort, and the carriage waited at the door.  When she did not come, the maid was sent back for her; but though stillin front of her dressing table, Nilla was lying peacefully still, withher lovely head upon her outstretched arms.  It was thought that herheart had succumbed to the exertion of dressing.

The Coleman Family



 An express rider dashed from the headquarters
tent with vital orders to be delivered. The year
was 1780.


 He mounted his horse with the confidence born
of experience and sped through the trackless
forests of Pittsylvania County.
 Unusual? Well, yes. He was only 12 years of
The lad was Daniel Coleman and his destination
was the tent headquarters of the commandant of
Along some 50 miles of largely unmarked trails
and roads young Daniel urged his mount, while
in his saddle bags he bore orders for troops to
muster at Irvine’s Ferry and march to the relief of
General Greene.
With unerring accuracy the mission was
completed, and the relief column marched
without delay.
General Greene, relieved of the pressure of
Cornwallis’ men, then crossed the Dan in safety.
Had the youthful "express" faltered in his
dangerous mission, more American lives may
have been lost to the threatening Redcoats.
 It may be that this boy’s courageous action was
a contributing factor as Cornwallis wheeled
about and made his way deeper into North
 The records telling of Coleman’s early life are
very sparse, indeed. He is on record living in
Halifax Co. when the resident commandant
employed him as express rider.
Daniel was a son of Stephen Coleman of
Cumberland County. The elder Coleman had
moved prior to the start of the revolution into
Pittsylvania County and had taken up residence
near Java. Young Daniel, born in 1768, was the
eldest of nine children: Daniel, Stephen, Jr.,
Thompson, Annie, Elizabeth, Patsy, Lucy, Polly
and Judith.
Following his adventures in the Revolutionary
War, Daniel served as deputy sheriff, a role that
earned him universal respect because of his
integrity and kindness. His towering physique
may have served him well in the performance of
his duties.
Coleman was elected to the General Assembly in
1803 and was returned to that body a total of
seven times.
 He was commissioned a Justice of the Peace
and ultimately rose to the position of Presiding
Justice. He held this post for a number of years.
Such was the estimate of his services as a
magistrate, that the court commissioned a
portrait in oil to be made of the patriot which was
hung above the bench in the County court room.
His commission as Captain of Militia was dated
July, 1794. He served successively in the 101st
Pittylvania Regiment and in the 42nd Regiment.
Here he was elevated to the rank of Major and
then Colonel. He led this command prior to, and
during, theWar of 1812.
Colonel Coleman married, on November 21,
1798,Anne Payne Harrison, daughter of William
Harrison. Ten children were born to the union.
In appearance Colonel Coleman literally was a
head and shoulders taller than an average man,
according to his friend Benjamin W.S. Cabell.
 "In full dress, wither in the drawing room or in
the field—he was the ‘beau ideal’ of an officer, "
said Cabell.
 Today the stonemarking the final resting place
of this defender of an infant nation is standing in
a weedy plot near Riceville.

The Morris Family of Pittsylvania
Research is being done by Gayle Austin

(These are my notes on the Morris family thatI am compiling in my search for my own Morris ancestors. )

"There was one other grant of land in western Brunswick of like proportion to and William Maclin, John Willis, Henry Morris, William Twitty, Charles Lucas, FrancisWillis, JohnSmith and Robert Throckmorton in Halifax and Augusta  counties, tobe
surveyed by the surveyor of Halifax, "beginningat the head of the South Fork of Roanoke running thence to a river knownby the name of Dan, thence to the head of  NewRiver, supposed to be the Waters of the Mississippi River, and four years' timeallowed them to survey and pay Rights for same.  ---- In 1748 David Bell, Joseph Bell,Archibald Cary and Walter King were granted 60,000 acres along Peter'sCreek (Patrick County); Samuel Morris(Hanover), WilliamSims (Hanover) and
others were granted 40,000 acres along DoeCreek; Richard Lane, Sr., Thomas  Davenport James and Joseph Terry 20,000 acres on Turkey Cock Creek"   HistoryofPittsylvania County, Clement p. 36

Footprints from the Old Survey Books-Dodson

Henry Morris  3070 acres 24/25 Oct 1747 joint survey  75R (Halifax Co)

Henry Morris 400 acres on some small brs  28 Oct 1747  Survey 76L (Halifax

Henry Morris 400 acres on brs of Beaverpond br of Grassy Cr  31 Oct 1747
Survey 76L (Halifax Co.)

Henry Morris 386 acres on brs of Grassy Cr  27 Sep 1750 Survey  68R  (Halifax

George Morris 400 acres on brs Cow Cr & Childry Cr called the Middle Fk  27
Oct 1752 Survey  91R (Halifax Co)

Morris, George & Co. 1,700 acres on brs of Childry Cr  21 Mar 1754 Joint
Survey 127R (Halifax Co)

Joshua Morrais  69 acres on brs of Beards Cr  3 May 1768  S 195  (Pittsylvania

Inventory of estate of Arthur HOPKINS decd.By Thomas Black, Luddewick  TUGGLE, Elisha ESTES----"silver watch Wm. McFell London  No. 7109, ditto
Jno. Morries London No.1382" p.23
Account of Sales of Estate of Arthur HOPKINSDecd.
  November 14th and 15th 1776same as above. P. 24
The estate of John PANNILL decd.
In accot.With David Pannill one of the exors.

5 Oct 1796 - Robert Morriss p. 143  all from Pittsylvania County, Virginia
Inventories and Account Current 1770-1797by Lucille Payne

Deed Book 6, p. 49 Pittsylvania County, Virginia  1780 Oct 17  Nathaniel
Hughes  to Benjamin Morris for two thousand pounds current money of Virginia a tractof land of two hundred and sixty -nine acres in the County of Pittsylvania on the Branches of Burches Creek onThomas Hardy's line to John Hales with all houses, gardensand appurtenancres.  Signed Nathaniel Hughes  No witnesses.  Received of Benjamin Morrris 2000 pounds.  Signed Nathaniel Hughes. Recorded in Pittsylvania
, Virginia
Oct. 17, 1780


Deed Book 8, p. 44 Pittsylvania County, Virginia 1787 Apr. 16  Heath Gardner &Theodoric McDaniel of the county of Pittsylvania to BenjaminMorris of the the aforesaid County for forty-five pounds current money of Virginia  100 acresmore or less Beginning at Moors &Dodson's lines by Terry's to the old Meeting House up theside oth the Mill Pond with all houses & appurtenances.
Signed Heath Gardner    Theodoric McDaniel
Witnesses:  Godeon Ragland, Samuel (hismark) Morris and James   (his mark) Donelson. Recorded 16 April 1781

Samuel Morris with 7 white souls-1782 Heads of Family Pittsylvania Co.,

Samuel Morris with 8 white souls and 1 dwelling house-1785 Heads of FamilyPittsylvania Co.

Ambrose Morris with 9white souls-1 dwelling and 4 other houses-1785 Heads ofFamily Pittsylvania Co.

This Indenture made January 20, 1787 betweenHath Gardner and  Theodrick McDanielOf Pittsylvania County to Benjamin Morris of Pittsylvania County, Virginia  for 45 poundscurrent money of Virginia a certain tract or parcel of landcontaining onehundredacres more or less in PittsylvaniaCounty. Beginning at corner of Pointers of Moore's
line and where Dodson line meets it, thenceN to Moors Corner white oak on the old Road, thence South twenty five degrees East eighty poles to a red Oak South sixdegrees West to Hankefer(?)chestnut oak corner thence north Eighty degrees Easttothe Hankines Spring branch, thencedown the branch as it meanders to Terry's Order linenear Creels, thence with said line a Westerly course to a  red oakby the meetingHouse, thence Northto a dead red Oa, Thence East to a red Oak by the road,
thence North to a white oak on the bank ofthe Creek thence up the side of the Mill Pondas it meanders up to Creels line where it crosses the Mill Pond, thencewithsaid line to the beginning tohave and to hold all houses, buildings, orchards, ways, waters, watercourses, profits, commodities, --- and appurtenances acrosswhatsoever to the said premises hereby granted or any part thereof belonging or inany wise apporting and the-----------granted with the appurtenances unto thesaid
Benjamin Morris his Executors, Administratorsand Assigns to the only -- use and --ofthe said Benjamin Morris his heirs and assigns and the said Heath Gardnerand
Theodrick McDaniel etc
Signed/Heath Gardner and Theodrick McDaniel
Witnesses: Gideon Ragland, James (his mark)Donilson, Samuel(his mark) Morris
MEMORANDOM the day and year within writtenpeaceable and quiet possession  ofthe within granted land and premises was given and granted and made uhntothewithin named Benjamin Morris accordingto the -- form and -- of the within writtenDeed.
Signed/Heath Gardner and Theodrick McDaniel
Witnesses: Gideon Ragland, James (his mark)Donilson, James (his mark) Morris
Received of Benjamin Morris this twentiethday of January one thousand and seven hundred and eighty seven the sum of forty five pounds Current money of Virginiaitbeing the consideration within mentionedreceived by us.
Signed/Hath Gardner and Theodrick McDaniel
Gideon Ragland, James (his mark) Morris andSamuel (his mark) Morris
At a Court held for Pittsylvania County the16th day of April 1787 the within Indenture together with the Memoranum of delivery of  etc  ordered to berecorded.
Pittsylvania County, Virginia Will Book
Will of BENJAMIN MORRIS,written Dec 13, 1791, proved July 21, 1794. I giveto my Son Samuel Morris the Land and Plantation he now lives on beginning---Moses Hankins(?) corner to where my land joins John Creels land.  To daughterElizabeth Donelson the land and plantation on where she now lives beginning atStampes(?) line  to Raglands(?) line. To wife Mary Morris land on which we now live.  Ather death or remarriage stock and household furniture to be dividedbetweenMathew Creel and Mary Hedger and Benjamin Morris's children.  To
son John Morris the other half of my stock and household furniture and to my son WilliamMorris the land where I now live at my wife's death..

Ex: Son Samuel Morrisand his wife, Mary.
Witness: John Chelton, John Creel and MicajahCreel

12 Jun 1792 Samuel Morris and Vicey Chaney, Sur: Jas. Donilson by Rev. Lazarus Dodson,Pittsylvania County, Virginia marriage record

Pittsylvania Deeds 1791-1794  Page 440 Aug 25, 1792 from Tavernor Shelton of Pittsylvaniato William Beavers, for 30 #, 286 acres acres in Pittsylvania on thebranchesof Dan River and Sandy Creek, being a tract of land formerly Peter Clay's,andbounded by Daniel Clay, Eleazer Clay, Clay's Order line, Ann McDaniel.
Signed Tavenor Shelton.  Wit:  WilliamA. Morriss, Marday Price, Cutburd Price,
Edward Robertson.  Recorded Sep 16, 1793

Indenture made October 23, 1796, Abner Adkins of Pittsylvania County to WilliamMorris for 120 pounds lawful money of Virginia three hundred and forty acres lyingin Pittsylvania County, begining on east side of Strawberry Creek.
Witnessed by Randolph Smith, George Hill (hismark), Thomas Holly (his mark),
William Morris. Signed by Abner Adkins, Recorded December 19, 1796

Deed Book 11, p. 398 Pittsylvania County  1799 Jan. 21  Edward Adkins to SamuelMorris  Tract of land onthe East fork of Strawberry Creek in PittsylvaniaCountyof 376 acres for 50 pounds currect money of Virginia with allappurtenances.  Signed Edward Adkins  Probated 21 Jan 1799  No wittnesses.
Pittsylvania County, Va.
16 Nov 1799  William Morrice andSally Stoe  Sur: James Morrice

17 Dec 1799 Joel Stoe and Hannah Morrice  Sur: William Morris

18 Oct 1800 Absolom Dodson and AnnaMorris Sur:  Wm Morris by Rev. JohnJenkins

6 February 1802.  William Anderson MorrissandWinneyfret Quisenberry, dau. Of AaronQuisenberry.  Sur:  Roger Slaughter.  Wit: Thomas Tutson,OrangeCounty,Virginia

23 Mar 1804 Benjamin Morris and Nancy Barnes  Sur: Josiah Barnes (Pittsylvania County)

Orange County Will Book 4  pp.152-155 Will of Aaron Quisenberry..I give unto mydaughter, Winifred Morris, this 1st day of February 1805
Pittsylvania County
29 Mar 1805  William Morris and Nancy Inman  Sur: Jesse Inman  by Rev David Nowlin

04 Nov 1805 Benjamin Matherly and PolleyMorriss  Sur: Samual Maurice byRev. WilliamBlair

Deed Book 15, p. 6 Pittsylvania County  1806 Feb. 17  Nathaniel Harris of the townof Petersburg, state of Virginia to Samuel Morris of County of Pittsylvania, Va 101 acres of Fall Creek for $202 adj. Wilkinson & Charles Harris  Signed:
Nathaniel Harris by Alexander Brown-Agt.
Pittsylvania County
06 Feb 1807 Nathan Williams and MaryMorris  Sur:  William Morris
Pittsylvania County
02 Nov 1807 Reubin Morris andRhoda Matherley , Sur: Isreal Matherley by Rev
William Blair

Deed Book 16, p. 494 Pittsylvania County 1809Dec. 18  Samuel Morris and Elizabeth,his wife, of the County of Pittsylvania to Daniel Bryant of the same countyonehundred and one acres more or less on the waters of Fall Creek for 54 pounds,9shillings on Wilkinson's line to Wm. Nelson's line to Harris' line. Signed Samuel (his
mark) Morris  and  Elizabeth (hermark) Morris.  Wittnesses:  Augustine Thorn, JohnYeaman and MaryYeaman.  Acknowledged the 18 Dec. 1809
Pittsylvania County
07 Mar 1812 Coleman Morris and Onyx(?) Slate  Sur: William Tate by Rev. Elias Dodson,Bride signed own consent

Deed Book 18, p. 220 Pittsylvania County This indenture between John Morrisof the County of Pittsylvania of one part and Samuel Morris of the county aforesaidfor $100 a tract of land on Sandy Creek of 60 acres moreor less on Jones & Harrison's linesto Boazes line.
Signed: John (his mark) Morris.  In the presence of
Wm. Robertson.
Recorded 19 Apr. 1813.

Pittsylvania County
17 Oct 1815 Abel Price and Polly Morris   Sur: Hezekiah Hubbard by Rev. ThomasBoaz  Par. John Morris Wit: WmMorris, Sen and Wm. Morris Jr.

01 Nov 1815 Jesse Morris and Lidia Inman  Sur: Elijah Morris by Rev. Thomas Boaz Par: William Inman

04 Dec 1815 Faris Morris andAgnes Boaz  Sur: James Boaz by Rev. Thomas Boaz Par:  Lydia Boaz  Wit:  John Morris

03 Nov 1815 Charles E. Carter and NancyMorris  Sur: John Barnes by Rev. ThomasBoaz  Wit:  John Barnes

Pittsylvania County Deed Book 20 ,p. 106
This Indenture made this 12th day of Decemberin the year of our Lord 1815 betweenThomas Wilkinson  of the one part  and WilliamAnderson Morris both of theCounty of Pittsylvania and state of Virginia of the sum of ten dollarspaid by thesaid William A. Morrisone certain tract of land lying in the county of aforesaidcontainingfour hundred acres lying on both side on Caigels fork of the Fall Creek
and East of the Courthouse Road beginningon a pine near the court house Road sussposedfirst pointers on oraginally called Ayers Line  from his beginningon a postOak on Floods branch ….toThomas Wilkinson's line crossing Cagels Fork of Falls Creek.  Signed T.Wilkinson Jr  Wit: Allen C. Tanner, George More, Ayers Hodnett,
Creed Tanner Recorded 15th day of July 1816.
Pittsylvania County Deed Book 22,Page 282

This Indenture made this 12th day of Aprilin the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundredand nineteenth Between William A. Morris of the Countyof Pittsylvania of the one part andWilliam Beavers Sr.(?) of the county aforsaid of the other part .Witnesseth That the said William A. Morris in order to secure the payment of Fortyone pounds Eleven Shillings and nine pence Virginia Currency due to Robertson and
Beavers by two notes and in considerationof the sum of one dollar to him in hand paid by the said William Beavers the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged,Thesaid William A. Morris hath grantedbargained and sold and by trhese presents doth grant bargain and sell ujnto the said William Beavers Sr.(?) the following property, to wit, one mare, one -- two yearsold, two cows and calves, one heifer, three featherbedsand furniture all muy stock of hoggs, household and kitchen furniture ofevery
description and my plantation utensils. To have and to hold the aforesaid property untothe said William Beavers and His heirs, Executors, administrators and assignsforever. Upon trust nevertheless that the said Willian Beavers shall as -- asconviently-- after  having advertised the time and place of the sale of thebeforementioned property, proceedto sell the same to the highest bidder for the best pricethat can be obtainedin money and out of the monnies arising from the Sale  first to
satisfy and pay all reasonable charges attending such sale and then the debt above mentioned and the residue of the money to the use of the said William A. Morris hisheirs or assigns.  Now if the above named William A. Morris shall on orbefore the 25th day of Dec next payas above then and in that case this Indenture shall cease otherwisethe above named William Beavers shall proceed to sell as above.  InWitnesswhere of the above named William A. Morris and William Beavers hath
hereunto set their hands and seals the dateabove writtten.
Signed Wm A, Morris and W. Beavers
Pittsylvania County
17 Mar 1817 Samuel Morris and Susan Pierce  Sur:  Jeffrey Astin by Rev. JamesBeck

22 Jun 1817 Richard Morris andPatsy Tate, Sur: Holland Hedgpeth by Rev. GeorgeDodson, Wit: Coleman Hedgpeth,  Bride signed own consent

25 June 1817 Shadrack Inman and DorcasMorris  SurWilliam Morris by Rev.JamesBeck

02 Nov 1818 Elijah Morris and Jincey Haymore/Hayward Sur: William Inman by RevJames Beck

Will Book 1, p. 200 Pittsylvania County
In the name of God Amen and on the twentyseventh day of December in the year of
Our Lord 1819 I William Morris of PittsylvaniaCo & state of Virginia …… I give
and bequeath to my beloved daughter SarahMorris one bed and furniture, cow &
calf, I give to my beloved daughter RenthyMorris one featherbed furniture,cow
and calf.  Further I give to my belovedson John Morris one bed and furniture.
Further my will is that my beloved wife MaryMorris have all my whole estate both
personal and real during her natural lifeand the Gifts above mentioned.  And after the
death of my wife, my will is that son JohnMorris have all my land during his natural
life but my will is that personal propertybe equally divided between my children
further my will is that my friend WilliamBest or Beck & Samuel ? this my last will and
testament.  Signed William Morris Wit: Wm Holley,  E. Daniel(?) or Powel and John
Presented in court 21st day of February 1831(or21)
Deed Book 21, page 296  PittsylvaniaCounty

The sum of nine hundred dollars mentioned inthe deed of Trust  has been fully paid
and satisfied to Thomas Wilkinson.  WeCreed Tanner and Allen C. Tanner or
Turner Trustees do hereby release and foreverquit claim to all right and title which is
vested in us by said Deed as Witnesses ourhands and Seals this 15 day of January
Signed Creed Tanner and Allen C. Tanner orTurner
Witness: Danl Fourquineay(?) and Baxter Irby

January 16 1818 payment in full for the Deedof Trust for which the above writing --
Signed T. Wilkinson
In a court held for Pittsylvania County the19th day of January 1818 This release
from Allen C. Tanner and Creel Tanner to William A. Morris was presented in
court and acknowledged by the said Allen Cto be his oath and deed and ordered to
be recorded.
Pittsylvania County Deed Book 23, p.59
This Indenture made this twenty eighth Dayof December in the year of our Lord
Christ 1819 Between William Morris of theCounty of Pittsylvania and state of
Virginia of the one part  & JoelStow of the County & Commonwealth aforsaid of the
other part .  For thirty dollars a certaintract or parcel of land containing by estimation
four acres lying and being in the county ofPittsylvania on -- fork of Strawberry
Creek bounded by said Stows farmer line crossing creek to James Emmersons(?)
line.  Signed William Morris Wit: JaWilliams, Benjamin Thomas, John M.or W.
Powel, John Stain or Stow.
  RecordedJanuary 17, 1820.

At a meeting of the Overseers of the Poorfor Camden Parish for the county of
Pittsylvania at thre Courthouse on Monday,the 5th day of June 1820.  ----The
county is to the following claimants made
John Morris, Jr.    do               William Morris, Sr.  40.00
Vestry Book of Camden Parish 1767-1820
Pittsylvania County Deed Book 22 Page 405

This indenture made this 2nd day of Novemberin the year of our lord Christ 1820
Between Jamesion Corbin and Sarah his wifeof the county of Pittsylvania of the one
part and William A. Morris of the other part.  Witnesseth that the Said Jameson
Corbin and Sally his wife have for and inconsideration of thirteen dollars to them in
hand paid by the said William A. Morris thereceipt for  which is hereby
acknowledged have bargained and sold and bythose presents do bargain and sell
unto said Morris his heirs and assigns forever,one certain tract piece or parcel of
land lying in the county aforesaid containingby survey thirteen acres bre the same
more or less and bounded following; Beginning at said Morris corner R oak in
Denis(?) line thence with Dickeson Sneedsline S  E 60 poles crossing a branch to
Discies on Wilkensons corner stake in theold field on the road thence up the road as
it runs 90 poles to Morris corner pine thencealong with Morris line 35  120 p
crossing a branch to the beginning and thesaid Jameson Corbin and Sarah his wife
do warrant and forever defend  all therights title claims from themselves their hiers
forever unto him the said William Morris hisheirs and assigns forever .  In Witness
the said Jameson Corbin and Sarah his wifehave heeunto set their hands and affixed
their seals this the day and date above written.
Signed Sold and delivered in the Presenceof us:
Teste/William Bryant , Jas m. Williams, Jr.
Signed/J.Corbin and Sarah Corbin

At a court held for the county of Pittsylvania the 20th day of November 1820 This
Indenture from Jameson Corbin and Sarah hiswife to William A. Morris was
presented in Court and acknowledged by theSaid Jameson Corbin and Sarah his
wife be their acts and deed and was orderedto be recorded.

Pittsylvania County Deed Book 24, page 374

This Indenture made and intered unto this 16th day of February 1822 between
William Morris of the first part James D.Cattan of the second part and Robert and
John Ross of the third part all of the Countyof Pittsylvania.  Witnesseth that whereas
the said William A. Morris is justly indebtedto the said Robert and John Ross in the
sum of nine pounds and three pence with interest from the 18th day of February
1818, as by a bond bearing date the 18th February 1818 will fully appear and the
said William A. Morris being willing and desiress to secure the same.  Now this
Indenture Wittnesseth that for and in consideration of the promises and for -- further
consideration of the  sum of one dollarby the said James D. Patton in hand paid the
receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged thesaid William A. Morris hath bargain sold
--- and congfirm unto the said James D. Pattonthe following property viz one
nohomea cow and yearling, one red heifer onered and white heifer with the increase
of the same to him the said James D. Pattonhis exon, admins.  To have and to hold
the said hereby conveyed property to him thesaid James D. Patton his exeo
administrators forever upon trust neverthelessthat the said James D. Patton his exors
admin shall permit the said William A. Morrissto remain  in peaceable and quiet
possession of the said property until he hasmade default in the payment of the said
sum of money or any part thereof and then--this further trust thatr he the said James
D. Patton shall --thereafter he shall proseror trhe said Robert and John Ross request
after finding the time and place of sale andadvertising the same ten days

Henry Morris and Cathrine C. Troller marriedFebruary 12, 1825
Deed Book 36, Page 275 Pittsylvania County
This Indenture made this 17th day of May 1830(1) between William S. Morriss
and Pheneas Morriss of the first part, ThomasFlippin of the Second part and
Francis Williams of the third part all ofPittsylvania County Va.  Whereas the said
Wm. S. and Pheneas Morris is justly indebtedto the said Francis Williams ihn the
sum of Eighty five dollars to be paid on thetenth day of March 1835.  Now this
Indenture Witnesseth  that for and inconsideration of the promises and for the further
consideration of the sum of one dollar lawfulmoney of  to the said  William S.  and
Pheneas Morris in hand paid by the said ThomasFlippin  at and before the ensealing
and delivery of these present the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged they the
said William S. and Pheneas Morris have givengranted and sold and by these
presents do give grant bargain and sell unto  said Thomas Flippin one bay mare and
with white hind feet four years old this springand a sorrel mare with a blaze face two
years old this spring.  To have and tohold the said property hereby granted or
intended to be granted unto the said ThomasFlippin his heirs Executors admin and
assigns forever.  Upon trust Neverthelessthat the said Thomas Flippin his heirs
executors or administrators shall permit thesaid Wm S and Pheneas Morris to remain
in quiet and peaceful possession of the saidbay mare and sorrel mare until default be
made in the payment of the said sum of eightyfive dollars either in the whole or in
part .Then as soon as the said Francis Williamsor either the said William S. or
Pheneas Morris shall request it shall be lawfulfor the said Thomas Flippin to sell by
way of publick auction after having givenat least ten days prior by way of publish
advertisement at some publick place of thetime and place of such sale procede to
sell the aforsaid bay mare and sorrel mareconveyed in trust.  And out of the moneys
arising out of such sale after satisfyingthe charges of such sale and all other charges
attending the premises pay the said FrancisWilliams the sum  of eighty five and the
balance if any shall pay to the said Wm S.Morris and Pheneas Morris their
executors, administrators or assigns. But if the whole or the said sum of eighty five
dollars shall be fully paid off and dischargedto the said Fran Williams his executors,
on or before the tenth day of March 1835 whenthe same is payabele so that no
default of payment of the sum of eighty fivedollars be made then the indenture -----
Signed William S. Morris and Pheneas Morris
Pittsylvania County
William S. Morris and Elizabeth M. Lumpkinmarried January 19, 1831
Deed Book 24, p. 223 Pittsylvania County Samuel Morris of the county of
Pittsylvania, state of Virginia to Caleb Hundley 60 acres more or less on Sandy River
in county aforesaid for $100.  Signed:  Samuel (his mark) Morris  No witnesses

Deed Book 36 p. 275  Pittsylvania County
This indenture made this 7th day of May 1831 between William S. or L. Morris &
Pheneas Morris of the first part, Thomas Flippin of the Second part and Francis
Williams of the third part all of PittsylvaniaCo Va.  Whereas the said Wm. S. or
L. and Pheneas Morris is justly indebted to the said Francis Williams in the sum of
Eighty five dollars to be paid on the tenthday of March 1835.  Now this indenture
witnesseth that for and in consideration ofthe premices and for the further
consideration of the sum of one dollar lawfulmoney of  -- to the said William S. or L.
and Pheneas Morris in hand paid by the saidThomas Flippin

Deed Book 34, p. 8 Pittsylvania County 1831 Oct 5
I, Samuel Morris of Breckenridge County, Stateof Kentucky, who intermarried
with Susan Pierce, daughter of Lodoe Pierce,dec'd of Pittsylvania County, Va
entitled to money and perhaps property fromthe executors of the will of Lodoe
Pierce do appoint John Collier, Ju
nr. Of  Rockingham, North Carolina mytrue and lawful attorney to prosecute all
suits  ect to receive what is comingto me from the estate of Lodoe Pierce, dec'd.
Signed Samuel (his mark) Morris  Recordedin Pittsylvania County 20 August 1832
Pittsylvania County
Stephen Morris and Martha Nichols marriedJanuary 10, 1835

William S. Morris and Ann Earp married November 9, 1835

Morris, F.(Dr) and Sarah Shaon married December 27 1835
Pittsylvania County 1840 Census
Morris, Mary    Southern District   Page # 119
Morris, Mary A.  Southern District Page #131
Morris, Richard D.
  Southern DistrictPage #139

Morris, Stephen  107th Regiment Page079

Pittsylvania Co.,VA Index to Marriage Bonds,Book I, Page 101

       Micajah G. MORRIS to Lively SCOTT, 20 December 1832.  James Moore
Bondsman., Mother - Sally Scott signed permission as Lively was evidently
underage.  Married by Charles Calloway.

Archer Morris and Elizabeth Terry Married January 8, 1833

Sarah Morris and Abraham Frizzle married December 17, 1835.

Jane H. Morris and German H. Williams married February 27, 1843 Bond
Pheneas Morris.  Signer of Certificate:Winifred Morris

03 Feb 1845 Edward Atkinson and Louisa Morris  Bond: Thomas F. Keeling
Signer Winifred Morris, Mother  Marriedby Jno L. Pritchard

Sarah S. Morris and Moses Barker married  December 24, 1847

Nathan Morris and Mary J. Bryant married December 14, 1848

Sarah  (Sallie) D. Morris dau of Spicefield Morris and John C. Walters married
February 19, 1850
1850 Census Pittsylvania County:

165 165  John Morris  35
                 Rebecca Morris  33

379 379 Elizabeth Morris 50
               Mary Morris  25
               Porlina(? Can't read) Morris 20
               Elizabeth Morris 6/12

1270 1270  Nathan Morris  30 Milliner
                    Martha Morris  20

1788 1788  Phoenis Morris  43  Farmer
                    Winifred Morris   60
                     Mary Morris  44
                      Elizabeth Morris  30
                       Ann Watkins  25

1279 1279  William  L. Morris  45  Farmer
                    Ann Morris  35
                    Marion Morris  8  F
                    Thomas Morris  3

1308 1308  Richard Morris  88
                    Martha Morris    67

1309 1309  Nathan Morris  33 carpenter
                     Mary Morris   23
Pittsylvania County
July 1, 1852 Anne W. Morris and William M.Blankenship married in Pittsylvania

October 15, 1855 William M.  Blankenship, husband of Anne Morris died of
typhoid fever leaving two small children,one was  my great grandfather John

Mary Morris born October 1853 daughter of John and Elizabeth Morris

Morris, Mary M.  par. John M & Elizabeth  1853 Oct.  Pitt. Co., reported by
Morgan Morris, grandfather

Morris, Winifred  husb. Wm. A. deceased  1854 4 Dec in Pitts. Co.  born in
Orange City, Va.  of asthma reportedby son, Phineas,   age 71

1860 Census Pittsylvania County

1346 1346 Phineas Morris Farmer 47 or 61     200               150        Ringgtold
                    Ann W. Blankenship    35   F
                     Arelia      "                  7   F
                      John W.   "
                 5   M
                      Mary Morris  49          F
                       Elizabeth Morris 65
Pittsylvania County
, William C. par. Nathan T. & MaryJ.  1860 10 June in Pitts. Co of
pneumonia reported by father   age 3

Emma J. Morris born May 22 1861 daughter of  A. J. and Elizabeth Morris

Morris, Richard  1861 31 May  Pitts. Co of bowel disease reported by N.T.
Morris, son   age 99

1870 Census Pittsylvania County

530      Morris, William L.  66 M   W   Farmer   1750     125
                         Ann             60 F     W  Keeping House
531       Morris,George T     22  M  W   Farm Laborer     125
                           Mary S.       23   F  W   Keeping House
                            Mary M.       1   F    W
                             Henry E.(?)  1/12     F  W
532       Blankenship, Ann  46   F  W   Farmer                   100
                                    Ealine 17 F W   House Keeper
                                     John W.  15(?) M  W  At Home
             Morris, Elizabeth   56   F   W  Domestic servant


Charles W. Morris born June 18, 1877 son ofThomas F. and Sarah J. Morris

Bessie Morris born April 10, 1896 daughterof Charles and Bettie Morris.

Meador, Echols, Willis and FarmerFamilies

Joab MEADOR will probated 16 Mar 1818 Pittsylvania Co VA m Sarah
1  Samuel MEADOR b 1771 VA m 26 Sep 1810Nancy MAR(T)
2  Nancy MEADOR b @1785(2) PittsylvaniaCo VA(2) d 1813-1818(2) VA(2) m 18
Jan 1813 Samuel FLIPPIN
3  James MEADOR b @1789(2) m 8 Dec 1830Rhody INGRAM
4  Lydia MEADOR b @1768(2) d after 1840(2)m 31 Jan 1800 Benjamin DAVIS d
before Jul 1832(2)
5  Frances MEADOR b 1785 VA m 2 Nov 1790Joel WILLIS
6  Sarah MEADOR b @1778(2) d @1849(2)m 8 Jul 1797 Thomas DAVIS
7. Jonas M. MEADOWS?(2) m Lucy ECHOLS
8  William H. MEADOWS?(2)

51  Moses ECHOLSb 1738 VA m 1749 Elizabeth WYNNE b William WYNNE
511  John ECHOLS b 1750 d 28 May 1817Williamson Co TN m 14 Feb 1784
Halifax Co VA Frances FORMBY
512  Obidiah ECHOLS b VA d age 65 m 5Jul 1791 Pittsylvania Co VA Elizabeth
513  Moses ECHOLS b VA m 11 Feb 1797Pittsylvania Co VA Elizabeth TERRY
514  Evans ECHOLS b VA m 18 Jan 1799Pittsylvania Co VA Ann TERRY r 1850 VA
515  Rebecca ECHOLS m Edward AKIN
516  Priscilla(1) or Drucilla ECHOLSb VA m 2 Feb 1782 Halifax Co VA David
517  Betsy ECHOLS b VA d before 1823m 15 Sep 1788 Marlin FARMER.
518  Lucy ECHOLS b VA d 1837 m 6 Jan1792 Jonas MEADOWS.
519  Frances E. ECHOLS b VA m 1 Mar 1805Pittsylvani Co VA Levi SHELTON
51A  Tabitha ECHOLS b 14 Jan 1778(sic)(2)or 6 Sep 1764(3) Halifax Co VA(2)
d 1845(2) Troupe Co GA(3) m 23 Jan 1783(sic)2Nathan FROMBY r Walton Co GA
8 ch
SOURCE:  1-Mrs. Rex OUTLAW,,

William WILLIS d 1816Henry Co KY now Trimble Co KY 1m Elizabeth 2m
1  Joel WILLIS b 1768 VA d Jan 1853 m2 Sep 1790(2) Frances MEADOWS
2  Mary "Polly" WILLIS m 1 Dec 1780 JesseLAW r Jefferson Co IN
3  Elizabeth "Susanna" WILLIS m 9 Feb1782 Lawrence DUFF
4  John WILLIS m Letitia NANCY(3)
5  Nancy WILLIS m 10 Dec 1793 DanielMADDOX
6  Letticia WILLIS m 8 Oct 1798 ShelbyCo Ky Daniel MADDOX r Jennings Co IN
7  female m SPEAR
SOURCE:  2-Pittsylvania Co marriage records, 3-Jim DWINELL

131  Marlin FARMERm 15 Sep 1788 Pittsylvania Co VA Betsy ECHOLS b VA to
Moses ECHOLS and Elizabeth WYNNE d before1823
1311  Nancy FARMER b 1793 VA m 10 Dec1815 Allen WOODSON
1312  Mary "Polley" FARMER(2) b 18 Dec1794 Pittsylvania Co VA d 2 Dec 1845
m 16 Dec 1816 Samuel WILLIS.
1313  Rhoda FARMER b 1797 Va m 7 Mar1814 William WILLIS.  For descendants
1314  Sarah FARMER m 5 Aug 1817 WilliamC. IRBY r 1850 Pike Co MO
1315  Lucy FARMER m 19 Sep 1808 WilliamJENKINS
1316  James A. FARMER m 19 Sep 1825 Rebecca J. NOWLIN.  Rebecca r 1850
Pittsylvania Co VA
1317  John FARMER b 8 Jan(2) 1800 VAd 7 Jul(2) 1834 Pike Co MO m 18 Dec
1820 11 Jan 1821(2) Jane B.(2) WOODSON
1318  Moses E(2) FARMER b VA(2) d VA(2)
1319  William W.(2) FARMER m 19 Sep 1825Pittsylvania Co VA Martha WOODSON
r 1850 Pittsylvania Co VA
131A  Permelia Evans FARMER b 1812, 2Feb 1813(2) d 8 Nov(2) 1879 m 31 Aug
1831 Merriman MOORE
SOURCE:  2-Portrait and BiographicalSketch of Marion, Ralls and Pike Co MO
1895, 4-Alice JACKSON,
Contributed by maryjohnston <>

        Waltonfamily of  Pleasant Gap  Pittsylvania Co Va

Submitted by Danny Ricketts

I put this together recently for a lady in
Texas and thought you might like a copy.
Some of the Waltons say that Pleasant
Gap was named for the wife of Lt. Jesse
Walton (1739-1822) who was a soldier
during the Revolutionary War.  He is
buried somewhere on White Oak
Mountain in the Pleasant Gap area.  I am
going to search for the grave this fall.   I
found a clue on a deed.   Lt. Walton'swife
was Ann Pleasant (1749-1823).

My records have the children of Dr. John
Walton (who died during the Rev. War &
married Mary Sims) as:

George, John Jr., Newell, Simeon,
Frances, Robert and Lt. Jesse Walton
who married Ann Pleasant (1749-1873)
and moved to Pittsylvania County.

Lt. Jesse Walton (b 10 Nov 1739
Hanover Co Va d 30 Apr 1822
Pittsylvania Co Va) and his wife Ann
Pleasant (1749-1823) had the following
five children:

1. Pleasant Walton (1766-1824) moved to

2. Jesse Walton Jr (1787)

3. Mary Browder (1768)

4. Nancye Tanner (1774-1835)

5. Martha Gregg (1774-1811)

6. William Walton 1776-1865)

Children of William Walton who 1st
married Sally Turner and in 1832 married
Mary ? (William is listed in the 1850
census as age 75 with wife Mary age 58):

(1.) Robert N. Walton - born c1802;
married Frances Soyars (b 1804) moved
to Tennessee then back to Pittsylvania
. Children:

(1) Sarah J Walton (b c 1826 Tenn)

(2) Louisa Ann Walton (b c 1832 Tenn)
who married Cornelius Payne

(3) Virginia C. Walton ( b c1836)

(4) Martha N. Walton (b. c 1837) who
married James Thomas in Pittyslvania
County Va
on 24 Oct 1861.

(2.) Jesse Simeon Walton married Eliza G.
Lanier (died in Fayetteville, Arkansas) -
moved to Texas. Said to have married 4
times and had 24 children.

(3). Thomas Winfield Walton
(1806-1879) married 1st Nancy
Washington Shelton (1806-1867) on 10
Oct 1828 and married 2nd Rebecca
Hughes on 5 Mar 1868. Children:

(1) Sally Ann Walton (1829-1870)
married John T. Robertson

(2) Mary Louise (1831-1872) married
John W. Edwards

(3) Elizabeth William (1838-1860) married
James Lanier

(4) Emily (1844-1801)

(5) William Thomas (1848-1917) who
married Jo Anne Carter 1889 ( ). William
Thomas has two daughters Lucille and
Margaret who taught school and never
married (I had both of them in jr. high &
high school).

(4.) Pleasant William Walton (1816-1891)
and married Martha Ann Washington
Robertson (1821-1883) on 10 Oct 1828.
Pleasant is listed as a teacher inthe 1850
census. Children:

(1) Mary Ann Ward Walton (b 18 Oct
1837 d 24 Sep 1862) who married
George W. Giles on 8 Apr 1858

(2) William John Walton (b 23 Feb 1840
d 27 Dec 1930)

(3) Sarah Jane Washington Walton (b 8
Jul 1845 d 7 Jun 1871) who married
Charles V. Lewis in 1865

(4) Virginia Pocahontas Walton (b 31 Jan
1848) married John Hall on 5 Dec 1767

(5) Edward Simeon Walton (b 13
Apr1850 d 2 Aug 1855)

(6) Thomas Newell Walton who married
1st Julia S. Fulton on 5 Nov 187?, married
2nd Willie Walton on 6 Mar 1877, and
married 3rd Myra Aldridge. , Edward
George Walton (b 12 Nov 1855), Rufus
Wise Walton (b 17 Jun 1860).

(7) William Walton, Jr. who married Mary


Robert D. "Danny" Ricketts
102 Parrish Road
Danville Virginia 24540


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Descendants of John Waller
Submitted by LizKurtz

Generation No. 1



Generation No. 2


3. i. JONAS BRIDGEWATER3 WALLER, b. 1770-1772;d. 1814-1815, White Oak Mountain, Pittsylvania Co., VA.

Generation No. 3

3.  JONAS BRIDGEWATER3 WALLER (ZACHARIAH2,JOHN1) was born 1770-1772, and died 1814-1815 in White Oak Mountain, Pittsylvania Co., VA.  He married MARY MADDING February 02, 1793 in Pittsylvania Co., VA, daughter of WILLIAM MADDING.

Children of JONAS WALLER and MARY MADDING are:
 i. ABNER4 WALLER, b. 1795, White Oak Mountain, Pittsylvania Co., VA; m. SARAH HALL, January 24, 1875, Blair's District, Pittsylvania Co., VA.
 ii. FRANCES WALLER, b. 1797, White OakMountain, Pittsylvania Co., VA; m. JAMES MYERS, February 14, 1816,Blair's District, Pittsylvania Co., VA.
 iii. SUSAN LUCINDA WALLER, b. 1799-1801,White Oak Mountain, Pittsylvania Co., VA; m. THOMAS BOLTON, April20, 1830, Blair's District, Pittsylvania Co., VA.
4. iv. DAVID GEORGE WALLER, b. February 20, 1803,White Oak Mountain, Pittsylvania Co., VA; d. December 03, 1884, WesleyChapel, Houston, TX.
5. v. JONAS MEMORY WALLER, b. December 29, 1803,White Oak Mountain, Pittsylvania Co., VA; d. September 25, 1884, Old Millville, Rusk Co., TX.
 vi. WILLIAM D. WALLER, b. 1807, White OakMountain, Pittsylvania Co., VA; m. FRANCES.
 vii. SARAH G. WALLER, b. 1809.
 viii. TABITHA LEANOR WALLER, b. 1811, WhiteOak Mountain, Pittsylvania Co., VA; m. EPHRAIM JACKSON, August 07,1834, Blair's District, Pittsylvania Co., VA.

Generation No. 4

4.  DAVID GEORGE4 WALLER (JONAS BRIDGEWATER3, ZACHARIAH2, JOHN1) was born February 20, 1803 in White Oak Mountain, Pittsylvania Co., VA, and died December 03, 1884 in Wesley Chapel, Houston, TX. He married (1) MILDRED SLAYDON November 25, 1826 in Blair's District, Pittsylvania Co., VA, daughter of THOMAS SLAYDON and RACHEL SLAYDON.  He married (2) ELLENDER ELIZABETH BRASHEAR November 14, 1861 in Georgetown, Williamson Co., TX, daughter of ALFRED BRASHEAR and ELEANOR ROSS.

 i. TAVINOR5 WALLER, b. 1827-1828, WhiteOak Mountain, Pittsylvania Co., VA; d. Abt. 1857, Christian Co., IL; m.LUCINDA CINTHIA FORILLA RUTLEDGE, 1845.
 ii. INFANT WALLER, b. 1829.
 iii. WILLIAM THOMAS WALLER, b. October23, 1831, White Oak Mountain, Pittsylvania Co., VA; d. April 11, 1880,Wesley Chapel, Houston, TX; m. (1) MARY WILLEY; m. (2) MALISSA WILLEY,October 05, 1862, Charlotte, Dickson Co., TN; m. (3) AMANDA JANE JONESEDWARDS, April 19, 1870, Charlotte, Dickson Co., TN.
 iv. JAMES LEON WALLER, b. 1833, White OakMountain, Pittsylvania Co., VA.
 v. JOHN M. WALLER, b. September 15, 1838,Sylvia, Dickson Co., TN; d. March 13, 1916, San Angelo, Hico, TX; m. NANCYM. WHITE.
 vi. JOSEPH W. WALLER, b. December 29, 1840,Sylvia, Dickson Co., TN.
 vii. DAVID WILLIAM DENNIS WALLER, b. September 28, 1842, Sylvia, Dickson Co., TN; d. February 16, 1864, Confederate Army, Measles; m. AMANDA EMARINTHA BRASHEAR.
 viii. RACHEL EDNA WALLER, b. June 23, 1847,Sylvia, Dickson Co., TN; m. (1) YATES; m. (2) JAMES W. R. HUGHES, February17, 1869, Georgetown, Williamson Co., TX.
 ix. ANDREW JACKSON WALLER, b. September05, 1849, Sylvia, Dickson Co., TN; d. October 25, 1885, Wesley Chapel,Houston, TX; m. PARMELIA ELIZABETH PHILLIPS, February 25, 1869, Crockett,Houston Co., TX.

 xi. GEORGE MORGAN WALLER, b. October 15,1862, Houston Co., Crockett, TX; d. October 20, 1926, Trinity, TX; m. MALISSACALPUNIA RATLIFF, December 06, 1884, Montgomery Co., TX.

5.  JONAS MEMORY4 WALLER (JONAS BRIDGEWATER3, ZACHARIAH2, JOHN1) was born December 29, 1803 in White Oak Mountain, Pittsylvania Co., VA, and died September 25, 1884 in Old Millville, Rusk Co., TX.  He married MARTHA WASHINGTON EMMERSON December 16, 1833 in Blair's District, Pittsylvania Co., VA.

 ii. MARY L. WALLER, b. 1834, PittsylvaniaCo., VA; m. W. C. STANFORD.
 iv. TABITHA LEOANNA WALLER, b. 1838, Pittsylvania Co., VA.
 v. JONAS MEMORY WALLER, JR., b. 1840, Pittsylvania Co., VA; m. LUCY ELLEN PATTON.
 vi. SARAH J. WALLER, b. 1843, PittsylvaniaCo., VA; m. W.A.G. BILL KNIGHT.
 vii. MARTHA W. WALLER, b. 1845, PittsylvaniaCo., VA; m. (1) OSWELL E. BURT; m. (2) GEORGE W. ROBERTS.
 viii. JOHN BUREL WALLER, b. June 14, 1847,Tennessee; d. March 20, 1921; m. (1) MARY JANE VARNON; m. (2) NANCY ELIZABETHNIX.
 ix. WILLIAM HENRY WALLER, b. 1850, Tennessee; m. <UNNAMED>.
 x. VIRGINIA BEULAH WALLER, b. 1858, Millville, Rusk Co., TX; m. SAM WASHBURN.

Descendants of James Townes

         Attached you willfind an outline of my information on the Townes
  Some of it came from a Townes genealogist in SouthCarolina who
I had the opportunity to visit some time ago.  Other came fromvarious
county records which I personally checked at the various court houses.

    Maybe some of your other contributors or researchers can add or
correct the information which I am sending.  I have two e-mailaddresses
but would like others to contact me at

    I hope that my information can assist others intheir endeavors.



Generation No. 1

1.  JAMES1 TOWNES was born 1660.  He married (UNKNOWN)(UNKNOWN).

2. i. WILLIAM2 TOWNES, b. 1714.

Generation No. 2

2.  WILLIAM2 TOWNES (JAMES1) was born 1714.  He marriedANN CHILDERS.

 i. HENRY3 TOWNES, m. POLLY DAVIS, December 13, 1784, Mechlenburg County, VA.

Henry and Polly Townes moved to Kentucky and raised a large family.

3. ii. JOSEPH TOWNES, d. 1824, Mechlenburg County, VA.
 iv. NANCY (ANN) TOWNES, b. 1742; m. CHARLES JONES, September23, 1762, Amelia County, VA.
4. v. LUCRETIA TOWNES, b. 1748.
 vi. THOMAS TOWNES, b. 1752; m. SARA WADE.
 vii. ELIZABETH TOWNES, b. 1753; m. BLACKMAN LIGON, June 17,1782, Halifax, VA.

Blackman Ligon was a school teacher.

 viii. JOHN TOWNES, b. 1760.
 ix. MARY (MOLLY) TOWNES, b. 1761; m. WILLIAM PRIDE, August31, 1764, Amelia County, VA.
5. x. HALCOTT TOWNES, b. February 22, 1765, Amelia County, VA; d.July 18, 1790, Pittsylvania County, VA.

Generation No. 3

3.  JOSEPH3 TOWNES (WILLIAM2, JAMES1) died 1824 in Mechlenburg County, VA.  He married (1) (UNKNOWN) (UNKNOWN).  He married(2) ISABELLA HOPKINS WADE June 28, 1784 in Halifax, VA.  He married(3) SUSANNA CRALLE January 16, 1800 in Lunenburg County, VA.


Lived at Townesville, NC.

4.  LUCRETIA3 TOWNES (WILLIAM2, JAMES1) was born 1748. She married (1) JAS. FRANCIS (FRANK) ROBERTSON March 20, 1769 in AmeliaCounty, VA.  She married (2) TSCHARNER DE GRAFFENREID December 14,1780.

Lucretia Townes Robertson was Tscharner de Graffenreid's fourthwife.


8. vii. CATHERINE JENNER DE GRAFFENREID, b. Unknown; d. 1827.

5.  HALCOTT3 TOWNES (WILLIAM2, JAMES1) was born February 22,1765 in Amelia County, VA, and died July 18, 1790 in Pittsylvania County,VA.  He married (1) POLLY CHAMBERS.  He married (2) ANNE COLEMANJuly 19, 1790.

10. iii. GEORGE COLEMAN TOWNES, b. May 10, 1791, Danville, VA; d.August 19, 1861.
11. iv. STEPHEN COLEMAN TOWNES, b. August 04, 1796; d. 1876, Pittsylvania County, VA.

Generation No. 4


Wm. Wade Townes was of Occoneeche, Mechlenburg County, VA.

 ii. ELLEN TOWNES, m. EDWARD TOWNES, December 24, 1845.





Died unmarried.


Died unmarried.


Died unmarried.


Died unmarried.


There were no children of this union.




10.  GEORGE COLEMAN4 TOWNES (HALCOTT3, WILLIAM2, JAMES1) wasborn May 10, 1791 in Danville, VA, and died August 19, 1861.  He marriedELIZABETH BARKER TUNSTALL August 19, 1819.

 i. SARAH (SALLIE) ANN5 TOWNES, b. June 04, 1821, PittsylvaniaCounty, VA; d. Danville, VA; m. WILLLIAM RISON, July 15, 1844, PittsylvaniaCounty, VA.
 ii. EDWARD TOWNES, b. November 06, 1823; d. 1868.
 iii. ELIZA CAROLINETOWNES, b. December 12, 1824, December3, 1903; d. December 03, 1903; m. BENJAMIN RIVES, December 10, 1846.

Lived in Ray County, MO.  Served as a Colonel in the Confederateforces and was killed during the Civil War.

 iv. GEORGE TOWNES, b. October 31, 1827.

George Townes remained single.

 v. WILLIAM TUNSTALL TOWNES, b. April 15, 1829.

11.  STEPHEN COLEMAN4 TOWNES (HALCOTT3, WILLIAM2, JAMES1) wasborn August 04, 1796, and died 1876 in Pittsylvania County, VA.  Hemarried CATHERINE H. WILLIAMS January 31, 1815.


Supposedly moved to Texas.

 iii. SARAH COLEMAN TOWNES, d. July 31, 1912, PittsylvaniaCounty, Virginia; m. ROBERT WINN CARTER, April 11, 1850.

Moved to Tennessee.

 vi. WILLIAM TOWNES, b. 1818.

Possibly moved to Georgia or South Carolina.

 vii. GEORGE TOWNES, b. 1819.

Possibly moved to Georgia or South Carolina.

 viii. EDWARD TOWNES, b. January 01, 1820; d. 1886; m. HARRIET GRAVELY, 1848.
 ix. ROBERT TOWNES, b. 1833.

Supposedly moved to Texas.

 x. STEPHEN HALCOTT TOWNES, b. May 03, 1835; d. 1899; m. (1)NORMA MCCAIN; m. (2) MARY ANN PERLITIS WADDILL, June 27, 1860.
 xi. REBECCA S. TOWNES, b. March 05, 1835; m. JESSE L. CARTER,February 12, 1851.

Terry Family of Pittsylvania County
       Contributedby Margie Brown

    Benjamin Terry diedPittsy Co, Va 1771 wife Elizabeth among their
children was        Benjamin Terry Jr, died Pittsy Co 1817 wife Elizabeth
Parker one of his sons
            Nathaniel Terry d bef 1820 and wife Mary Stone died 1823 leaving
                Joshua S. Terry md Hester Jackson lived in Milam Co, TX
                Mary C. Terry md 1833 John Buckley
                Elizabeth Terry md 1834 Creed McHaney
                Nathaniel Terry md/1 ca 1835 Sarah Bennett md/2 1852 Mary Ann
        Keesee.  Nathaniel and Sally Bennett Terry had children:
                    William B. Terry in Smith Co, TN 1850 census
                    Mary E. Terry
                    Kitty A. Terry
                    Sarah G. Terry md 1870 in Pittsy Co Peyton Keesee
  I am writing a book on the Terry's ofHfx and
Pittsy and where they went.

. In the 1824
time period in Todd Co, KY Robert Jefferson Terry married Rebecca Keesee.
Robert was born 1800 the son of a former residentof Halifax Co, VA.
Nathaniel Terry and his wife Ann ThompsonTerry.
In 1852 Nathaniel Terry a widower returned toPittsy Co, from Smith Co., TN
and married Mary Ann Keesee.
In 1870 in Pittsy Co., Sally G. Terry marriedPeyton Keesee.  Sally was the
dau/ of the above named Nathaniel and Sarah Bennett Terry of Smith Co,
Tn........ In the 1880 census of Halifax Co,Nathaniel (a Beekeeper) is
living with Peyton and Sally Terry Keesee.
Nathaniel had 3 dau and a son by Sarah Bennett,I do not know of any children
of the second marriage. His son William G. Terrymay have stayed in TN.  The
Bennett family in Smith Co, TN, came from Southside Virginia. The dau
(because of their age) probaly returned withtheir father and married in
Pittsy or Hfx.
If anyone is interested and comes off of theselines, I can continue the
Terry lines further back.  Would be interested in decendants out of the above

regards, Margie Brown

Submitted by   "JanetFentress" <>

The Owen Family in Pittsylvania County, Virginia

Bassett genealogy library has been a wonderfulsource and a lot of help to me.  I thought you might be
interested in what little family history I havegathered on the Owen line in Pittsylvania County.  My
mother-in-law was a Owen before marrying andher father was born and raised just off what is now
Route 40 barely into Pittsylvania County, veryclose to Penhook.  The census records list the area
as"Pigg River District".  The house wherehe was raised is still there although now only used to store
tobacco, potatoes, and junk.  Across theroad we found the old family cemetary and I will list our
findings there.  It is quite overgrown andprobably no one knows it is there except for a very few.
Following is my findings so far on the family:
William T. Owen - b. June 2, 1821, d. May 13,1891. married Sarah E. Gilbert d/o John Gilbert August 21,
1848. (I think the "E" stands for "Elizabeth"but am not sure) Both are buried in the family cemetary.
They had 8 children of which 4 lived to maturity(1900 census):
    John - 1m. 1850 census
    E....  b. May 1851
    Julia Ann  - d. 1856aged 10 months
    William T. - b. Aug 1861,d. Nov. 1861
    Walter Jackson - b. Aug. 29,1865, d. January 16, 1934
    baby - b. Nov 28, 1866, d.Nov. 29, 1866
    Robert Lee - b. April(?) 28,1867, d. Sept. 29, 1943 (buried in family cemetary)
my information on the above is obviously fragmented

Walter Jackson Owen - b. August 29, 1865, d. Jan. 16, 1934. married Sallie Jane "Tommie" Davis July 4,
     They are both buriedin the family cemetary.  Sallie Jane was born Oct. 15, 1869 and diedNov. 25,
  Her parents are Thomas Franklin Davis- b. 10/25/1846, d. Aug. 1869 and Susan Davidson Davis -

b. Jan 22, 1846, d. Apr. 9, 1922. They are bothburied in the family cemetary.
children of Walter & Sallie:
Lola - b. Apr. 1890
Lena - b. Sept. 1891
Edith Mae - b. May 22, 1892, d. Oct. 14, 1963(buried in family cemetary)
William Frank - b. Aug 16, 1895, d. July21, 1984(my husband's grandfather, buried Roselawn,
Lillian - b. Feb 1899
Claude - b. 1901 or 1902, d. July 1962 (?)
I have more research to do on these children.I know Edith, Lillian and Claude all died in Pittsylvania

Naturally I have extensive information on William(we called him "Daddy Frank") but he lived his adult
life in Franklin County and later Henry County.

other headstones in the cemetary are as follows:
Sallie B. Owen b. 10/21/1859, d. 9/19/1889; wifeof J.A. Davis
John B. Quarles  Co.E  6 VA. Cav CSA
Mary B. wife of John B. Qualles (2 differentspellings), died with LaGrippe, b. 6/15/1824, d. 12/16/1891
Joseph C. Drury - b. March 27, 1863, d. June18, 1891 or 1894
There are also several stones with no writingon them.

I hope this information will be interest to you. I am quite a novice at all this so am probably not very
organized.  If you or anyone would liketo contact me about any of the above my e-mail address is  Eventually I planto spend a day in the courthouse as I just live in Martinsville.
REturn to Index

 by Mary Leigh Boisseau
Piedmont Lineages,
The Quarterly Journal of The VA-NC Piedmont Genealogical Society, Volume
XIII, February 1881, Number 1, pp. 14 & 15

A number of descendants of Samuel Harrisand Nancy Overton mistakenly
consider themselves descendants of the famousBaptist minister, Samuel Harris
and his wife Lucy Camp.  This erroneous limb of the minister's tree is
perpetuated in several family files in the society's research room and in a
number of publications.  A study of severalpertinent documents helps a
researcher delineate between two contemporarySamuel Harrises and prove that
Samuel who married Nancy is not the son of theminister. (d. 1799).

First this study examines the DOCUMENTED LIMBSof the minister's tree.
Pittsylvania County, VA. Order Book 9:213 on16 Dec 1799 shows a suit of JOHN
deceased. Thus, it lists the children of theminister and the husbands of his
daughters.  According to the county's marriage bonds, ELIZABETH married JOHN
PYROR PERKINS with consent of her fatherSAMUEL 25 June 1798; MARY married
JOHN BUCKLEY 24 Oct 1786; and  BENJAMIN married LUCY CONWAY 15 Dec 1794.  No
marriage is in the county's bonds or returnsfor NATHANIEL or SAMUEL.

SAMUEL HARRIS, son of the minister, diedaround 1816; and his will (D&W
11:423) and county marriage bonds give the researcher this family:

            Dau   MARGREATE (md.
            Dau   JEAN (md THOS.
16 Dec 1822)

            Dau   ELIZA P. (md BENTON BUMPASS 18 Jan 1825)
            Dau  SARANNA (md HENDERSON BUMPASS 30 May 1829)
        Widow    ELIZABETH HARRIS (md 2nd BEZABEL WEIR 1816 & they
        consentto her daus' weddings)

In Chancery Book 2: 127 & 232, a suit, after SAMUEL,JR's death, to divide
the minister's land give shares to the abovegrandchildren or their heirs,
proving that this family is that of the minister'sson SAMUEL and his wife

Meanwhile, in Charlotte Co., VA, 16 Nov 1791, ANOTHER SAMUEL HARRIS and NANCY
OVERTON, dau of WILLIAM  gota marriage bond and married 1 Dec.  Apparently,
the couple lived in Charlotte Co. until 1808.  Then, on 15 Oct 1808, JOHN
MURPHY, SR. and his wife CATY ofBedford Co. sold to SAMUEL HARRIS of
Charlotte Co., for $600, 110 acres on the SandyRiver in Pittsylvania Co.  He
recorded the deed 20 Feb 1809 (Pittsylvania Co.DB 16: 359)  Account Books of
Pittsylvania Co. show that SAMUEL (husband of NANCY OVERTON) had died by July
1811 (AB 4: 394).  His estate division amonghis heirs and accounts for his
orphans in 1819 and 1820-1822 respectively (AB6:245, 247, 417) show the
following legatees:

        ToWidow [NANCY per OB 15: 415] 1/3 value of 11 slaves
        Toseven legatees 2/3 share
            JAMES HARRIS
            OVERTON HARRIS
        JAMES LEWIS for his wife POLLY (md. 21 May 1812)
        SAMUEL HARRIS (md. 3 times; SEE BELOW)
            NANCY HARRIS (md. SOLOMON FULLER, 23 Nov 1825)
            MICAJAH HARRIS

The widow, NANCY (OVERTON) HARRIS, married JOHN INGE, SR. on 18 Jan 1819; and
on 25 Jan 1819, they recorded their marriagecontract in Pittsylvania Co. DB
22:182.  This contract specifies that saidNANCY is the widow of SAMUEL
HARRIS and that INGE will haveno control over the estate NANCY had prior to
their marriage.  Further, INGE willtake care of NANCY (JR) and MICAJAH, son
and daughter of said NANCY, without charging them board.

survives him, he will leave her 200 acres laidfrom the tract where he now
lives, agreeable to said NANCY and HIS children;but at her death, the land
reverts to his estate.

SAMUEL HARRIS, son of SAMUEL & NANCY (OVERTON), left a number of descendants
by his three wives, one of whom is H. F. HAYMORE (from * below), current
Clerk of Circuit Court of Pittsylvania Co. SAMUEL'S three families were (per
marriage records, Will Book 3:222, Death Reg.,& Birth Reg.):

    By MARTHA M. PRITCHETT (md.6 Dec 1824)
            ELIZA H. (md.

            ANN (md.JOEL W. TUCKER 24 Dec 1846-CONSENT)
            MARY (md BENJAMIN TOWLER 30 Dec 1846 - CONSENT)
            MARTHA (b. Apr 1843; d. 15 Aug 1553 - DEATH REG.)
            MARCELLUS (md. JAMES J. FOULKES 26 Jul 1854)

    By SARAH C.S. ELLIOTT(md 1 Apr 1851)
            SARAH E. (b 29 May 1855, md DANIEL BOAS 24 Dec 1872)
        JOHN E. (b. 14 Jan 1857)

        (md. 8 Aug 1861)
            STONEWALL JACKSON HARRIS (b. Oct 1862)
            EUFALDA HARRIS (b 28 May 1865)
            MARGARET R. (b. 28 Oct 1867)
· LELIA (LILLIAN) (b. 1872; md. J.S.STOWE 2 Jan 1890)
MYRTLE D. (b. 14 Apr 1875)

Thus through documentary study, the researchercan saw SAMUEL and NANCY
(OVERTON) HARRIS'S limb off the familytree of the noted Baptist minister
SAMUEL HARRIS and replace it with SAMUEL andELIZABETH (???) HARRIS'S limb.
Descendants of SAMUEL and NANCY (OVERTON)HARRIS need to search in a
Charlotte Co. forest for the tree upon whichto attach their limb.

The Witcher-Clement Case 1860

From "An Old Virginia Court" by Marshall Wingfield, D.D., Memphis, Tennessee, The West Tennessee Historical Society.

The killing of three Clement brothes---James,William and Ralph by Capt. Vincent Witcher, John A Smith, Vincent OliverSmith, Samuel Swanson and Addison Witcher.  Addison Witcher was theson of Vincent Witcher.  John and Vincent Oliver Smith were his grandsons. Samuel Swanson was his son-in-law.

James Clement married Victoria Smith on March13, 1858.  He was one of ten children of Dr George W Clement, born1786; married 1811; died 1867.  Dr Clement was educated at Hampton-SydneyCollege and the Medical Department of the University of Pennsylvania. His mother, Stella Smith, was the daughter of Major John Smith of LewisIsland.  Their Franklin County home was called "Mountain View".

Victoria Smith was the daughter of Albert G Smith and the granddaughter of Capt. Vincent Witcher.  She was born in 1837.  The Smith family regarded the Clement family as of inferior social station.  Dr Clement was very proud of the beauty and wit of his daughter-in-law,Victoria.  Two of her old sweethearts continued their attentions afterher marriage. (of innocent nature)  They were William P Gilbert andSamuel D Berger.  Her husband, James Clement, accused her of unfaithfulnessand humiliated her.  Fearing physical violence, Victoria Smith Clement,fled from her husband on the night of August 24, 1859, and found refugein the home of Sherwood Y Shelton, who lived a mile distant.  Sheleft behind her six month old baby, Leila Maud, born March 1, 1859, sogreat was her terror.,  In three weeks, the taking of depositionswas begun at Dickenson's Store, to be read as evidence in the suit thenpending between John A Smith, next fried of Victoria Smith Clement, plantiff,against James R Clement, defendant.  The taking of depositions continueduntil February 25, 1860, when the Clement brothers were killed.  Capt.Vincent Witcher objected to having Elizabeth W Bennett make part of herstatement on Saturday "and then being left in the hands of the oppositeparty to be picked until Monday."  He made the statement that shewas under control of the Clements.Ralph Clement said "that whoever saidthat was a damned lie."  Capt. Vincent Witcher drew a "five shooter" and started firing at Ralph Clement.  Addison Witcher conducted theexamination for the plantif.  (Robert Mitchell, Justice of the Peace,appeared to have forgotten everything that transpired).

The bodies of the Clements were riddled with bullets and gashed with knives.  William Clement was disembowled; James Clement's throat was slit from ear to ear. Ralph Clement lived three hours and made a dying declaration: I never attempted to draw an arm.  Addison Witcher caught and held me and told them to come shoot me.  A damned rasccal Robert W Powell stated in his deposition that Addison Witcher held RalphClements while Vincent Oliver Smith shot him.  George Finney statedin his deposition that John Anthony Smith shot and stabbed James Clement. Both James and William Clement were reclining on a bed in the CountingRoom when the firing began.  Some thought the early firing came fromthe bed.  The Pistols of both James and William Clement had been fireduntil empty, but Ralph had not drawn a gun.  The three bodies werecarried from Washington Dickinson's Counting room, in a farm wagon, andburied in a simplee grave near the shaded driveway to the old brick house,their boyhood home.

The defendants claimed self-defense and chargeswere dismissed, March 23, 1860.  In June 1860, the depositions werepublished in book form by Dr. G W Clement, Sr.

Vincent Witcher Lodge #87, chartered in 1852,made an investigation.  After 1860 no reference was made to VincentWitcher, something happened to him but it was not reported.  Therewere no returns from Lodge #87 from 1860-1866.  It finally lost itscharter..

Dr. George W Clement's mother, Stella, was thedaughter of John Smith of Lewis Island, son of Mr John Smith of "The Pocket".  1700
(Clement: History of Pittsylvania County)

The will of George w Clement is in Will Book 3,pg 2--Pittsylvania Co Clerk's Office, in which he names the children ofJames and Ralph Clement, deceased, and his other seven children by twowives.  It was written in 1863 and probated in 1867.

Research on the Clement Family of Pittsylvania County done by Madalene V. Fitzgerald, dec'd.

1778- Sept 20 C.O. 4, p. 154  Issac Clement applointed administrator of the estate of James Clement

1779-February Court C.O. 4, p 191 Regarding thedower of Martha, widow of James Clement.

1778-Aug 27 D.B. 5, p 10
Thomas Dillard and wife Martha and Isaac Clementand wife Ann of Pittsylvania Co to John Roberson 181 acres on SycamoreCr for 50 pounds current money

1779- July 30 D.B. 5, p 227
Thomas and Martha Dillard and Isaac and Anne(sic)Clement of Pittsylvania Countty sold 250 acres for 200 pounds to JamesCalloway of Bedford Co Tract on Sycamore Creek.

1780 April Court C.O. 4. p 302  Isaac Clement was appointed Executor of the Estate of  Benjamin Clement, appraisal ordered

1780 April Court C.O. 4, p 305
Inventory of the estate of James Clement, decd.
  Isaac Clement appointed guardian of the orphans of James Clement--namelyRachael Clement, Isham Clement, Webster Clement, Benjamin Clement, JamesClement, Marha Clement and Mary Clement.

1788 Nov 20  Isaac Clement appointed administrator of the estate of Susanna Clement  C.O. 6, p 195

1792 June 18 C.O.7, p 117 Isaac Clement appointed Overseer of the poor

1798 June 18 D.B. 11, p 317 Isaac Clement madea deed of gift to his sons: Stephen, Isaac & Hugh Clement (No mentionof a son Daniel. ( Daniel was 8 to 13, a guess of researcher)

1812 Philip Grasty against John Bruce & Daniel Clement Deft in debt

1813 Dec 23 D.B. 18, p 372-373  Daniel Clement certificate for importation of slaves,  1814 Jan 13 Sworn to slaves: Violet, a Negro woman age 42, Silvey a negro woman age 19 years, Amy age12 years, Joshua 3 years old.  (These slaves were named in Isaac'swill-some trading had been done between Daniel and Stephen.)

1819 Feb 15 D.B. 22, p 179 Daniel and wife Wilmouth Clement sold a tract of 170 acres on Sycamore Cr to Shadrach Mustain for425.

Notes on Daniel Clement

Daniel Clement, son of Isaac and Ann (Denham)Clement married Wilmouth Irby of Halifax County, Va in Pittsylvania Co,Va 14 May 1807.  Ch:  Nathan Glen Clement b. 22 April 1808, Elizabethb. 1810, Issac b. 1812, Aaron b. 1814 and Stephen b. 1816.

17 Dec 1810:  Daniel and Wilmouth Clementsold land on west side of Flyblow Creek to Jeremiah McCulloch.  Itbeing the land on which the said Clement now lives which was drawn by hiswife Wilmouth as her lot in her father's estate.  Adjoining landsbelonging to Wm Smith, Wm Turnstall, John Pannill's orphans, Jere McCullochand Frances Irby.  D.B. 17, pp 197-198

17 Dec 1810  Wilmouth Clement cannot convenientyl travel to sign conveyance to Jeremiah McCulloch, Joshura Stone, Sr, Nelson Tucker, and Wm Smith were appointed to go to her for certification thatWilmouth did freely and voluntarily without any threats or persuasionsof her said husband relinquishes her right of Dower and is willing thatthe same should be recorded.  16 April 1811 her certificate of theexecution was returned and recorded.  D.B 17, pp 264-265  (Elizabethb. 1810)

17 Dec 1810: RebeccaMarlow released to DanielClement a tract or parcel of land on both sides of Sycamore Creek , beingpart of the tract she purchased of Thomas Dalton and adjoining the landsof Thomas Dalton, Issac Coles, George Kemp(sic),--Camp, Rebecca Marlow,and James Calloway, decd.  D.B. 17 p 200-201  Daniel Clementpaid taxes on 170 acres on Sycamore Creek, 1811 through 1816 ( book isworn & almost illegible so perhaps last date was 1818.)

 Compiler has War of 1812 records for DanielClement but has been able to prove they are of this person.  Thereare five records, VA Militia, from Mar 1813 through June 1814.  Placveof enlistment is not shown.

23 Dec 1813  Daniel Clement imports slaves.  Names ofslaves are those in his father's will for Daniel and brother Stephen.  They exchanged one or two.  D.B 18, p 372  15 Jan 1814

Jan 1817  Daniel Clement inherits from father Isaac Clement, Pendleton Dist;, S.C (later Anderson County) Will signed30 Oct 1905, Proved and Recorded Jan 27, 1817 and Codicil dated May 18,1812.  W.B. A  pp 206-207.  (Slaves had already been givento Daniel)

Daniel received, in additon to 4 or 5 slaves,"all that part of the land I live on to the west of the main road withorchards, houses fenced &: C to him and the heirs of his body lawfullybegotten and to remain with them for ever.  Half of the griss(sic)mill and 150 yards square for the saw mill which will be laid off afterthis to remain with them for ever.  Said saw mill and the Land alottedis not to be sold out of my family my will and desire is that the landand mills be kept in my family.

27 Feb 1817  Daniel sold all of his inheritance to Stephen Butterworth, his brother-in-law, for $25.00 in hand.  D.B. O. pp270 and 271 State of South Carolina, Pendleton District.  Howlong it stayed in the family is not known.  The compiler has beenon this property, and it has not been in the family for many years.

4 Feb 1819 Daniel and Wilmoth (sic) Clelment ofPittsylvania Co, Va sell to Shadrack Mustain a tract or parcel of landlying on both sides of Sycamore Creek , containing by estimation 170 acres,for and in consideration of the sum of four hundred and twenty-five dollars. Land bounded on East by Edward Franklin's line, on North by George Camp'sline, on the West by Isaac Coles (decd) line, and on the South by ThomasDalton's line.  D.B. 22, p 179  Magistrates were Charles Clementsand Joel T Adams.

Feb 1819-- July 1822  Where was this family?
A Twelfth Surveyor;s District list includingHenry Co, Tn and what are now Carroll, Weakley and Benton Counties showsDaniel Clement received 2 deeds with total acrage of 2,834, in the early1800's.  Land owners were not allowed to move into the area untilafter the Jackson Purchase in 1818, and by that time some of the deedshad been sold to other settlers.  The deeds were under control ofthe University of N.C. and Cumberland College ( Article from Paris Post-Intelligencer,Paris, Tn July 24, 1981 by Charles D Robbins and Shelly Scott).

Was Daniel Clement in Ashville or Raleigh N.C.while waiting to enter Henry County which was not formed until 1821?

6 July 1822 "Records of Bonds and Wills 1822-1827", County Clerk's Office, Paris, Tennessee.  Thomas Gray, Jesse C Gainer and Daniel Clement of Henry County were bound unto William Carroll, Esquire, Governor, in the sum of $1677.75 when Thomas Gray was appointed Collector of public raxes.  Each signed, and a seal was affixed for each.

1830  Henry Co, Tn Census:  Daniel Clement has a wife, the 5 children who were born in Va and a young son and daughter.  In the 1850 census we found the latter two were Abraham b. Tn 1826, andRachel b Tn 1828.  An uncle recalled that "grandpa Nathan had a half-brother and a half-sister."

Retrospect:  What happened to Wilmoth (Irby) Clement between Feb 1819 and 1825?  Did she refuse to move from Vaor did she die?

Who was the mother of Abraham and Rachel Clement, b Tn 1826 and 1828 respectibely?

1840:  Daniel not found in Tn-had he movedinto another State?  When and where did Daniel Clement die? Did he leave a will?  His brother Stephen stayed in PittsaylvaniaCo, Va.  Perhaps an old record there will enlighten us.


Were Wilmoth (Irby) Clement and Frances Irby ofPittsylvania, Co children of Francis Irby whose Inventory was dated 1795? Wife was Jane Leprand.

In 1800 Nathan Glenn of Halifax Co, Va was guardian for orphans of Francis Irby, deceased.  Wilmoth Irby who married Daniel Clement in 1807 was one of those orphans.  Who left her land in Pittsylvania Co, Va?  How was she related to Rebecca (Irby) Marlow?

Descendants of Hugh Reynolds

Generation No. 1

1.  HUGH1 REYNOLDS died 1788 in Pittsylvania County, VA.  He married
MARY NEELY, daughter of WILLIAM NEELY. She was born Bet. 1735 - 1745,
and died Aft. 1788 in Pittsylvania County, VA.

[from Cheryl Nau Westmoreland 8.28.1999] "HughReynolds had lived in the
area of Pie Creek and Tomahawk Creek in Virginiasince at least 1766.
His requests for land patents [almost 1200 acres]are recorded in the
Land Entry Book, 1737-1770.  He may nothave received all of this land
but it proves he was living here in order torequest surveys for this
land  The deed books show that Hugh bought57 acres of land on the south
side of Tomahawk Creek from Wm. Neely on 4 Nov1774 and later purchased
105 adjoining acres from Killian Kreck.

Hugh Reynolds was exempted from levies in 1785,indicating his age or
infirmity; he was listed as not tithable on the1787 tax list.  He was
still alive in 1788 at the probate of Wm. Neeley'swill.  There is no
deed on record for the sale of Hugh's land; noris there a will a court
order requiring inventory and appraisal, or anaccount of probate for

Hugh is listed as giving non-military help during the American
Revolution.  He is also listed as takingthe Oath of Allegiance in 1777
in Pittsylvania County, VA."

Notes for MARY NEELY:
Both Mary and her husband were alive when herfather's will was probated
21 Jul 1788

Children of HUGH REYNOLDS and MARY NEELY are:
2. i. JOSEPH2 REYNOLDS, SR., b. Abt. 1760, HenryCounty, VA; d. Abt.
1840, Pittsylvania County, VA.

Generation No. 2

2.  JOSEPH2 REYNOLDS, SR. (HUGH1) was bornAbt. 1760 in Henry County,
VA, and died Abt. 1840 in Pittsylvania County,VA. He married (1)
MARGARET DEVIN August 21, 1780 in PittsylvaniaCounty, VA, daughter of
WILLIAM DEVIN and SARAH SMITH.  She wasborn Bet. 1761 - 1763 in
Pittsylvania County, VA, and died Abt. 1808 inPittsylvania County, VA.
He married (2) NANCY FORD July 26, 1803.

[from Cheryl Nau Westmoreland 8.28.1999] "Joseph Reynolds and his first
wife Margaret Devin were the parents of 9 children.  Margaret died about
1798.  His second wife was Nancy Ford whomhe married on 26 Jul 1803.
According to census records, they were the parentsof 7 or 8 children.
Joseph served in the military during the AmericanRevolution.  Evidently
two of Joseph's children by his second marriagewere James M. born in
1803 and John M. born in 1810."

Pittsylvania County, VA Marriage Bond Book 1,page 3 shows a marriage
bond for Joseph Reynolds and Margaret Devin on21 August 1780

3. i. HUGH3 REYNOLDS, b. 1781, Callands, Pittsylvania County, VA; d.
1832, Callands, Pittsylvania County, VA.
 ii. JOHN DEVIN REYNOLDS, b. February 22,1783; d. March 18, 1831; m.
SARAH ANN PHILPOTT, July 19, 1806.
 iii. SARAH REYNOLDS, b. 1785.
 iv. WILLIAM REYNOLDS, b. 1787; d. January27, 1816; m. NANCY BLAIR,
March 29, 1814.
4. vi. MARY REYNOLDS, b. March 18, 1791, Pittsylvania County, VA; d.
April 04, 1833, Pittsylvania County, VA.

 vii. JOSEPH D. REYNOLDS, b. 1793; m. MANERVACOLLINS, February 21,
1815, Pittsylvania County, VA.
 viii. ROBERT DEVIN REYNOLDS, b. 1795.
 ix. MARGARET REYNOLDS, b. 1797.

Pittsylvania County VA Chancery Records datedAugust 1805 shows Margaret
Reynolds as an heir [?daughter] of Joseph Reynolds.

 x. JAMES M.3 REYNOLDS, b. 1803.
 xi. JOHN M. REYNOLDS, b. 1810.
 xii. MATILDA REYNOLDS, b. Abt. 1804.
 xiii. BERRYMAN REYNOLDS, b. Abt. 1806.
 xv. DAMARIS REYNOLDS, b. Abt. 1810.
 xvi. ABRAHAM REYNOLDS, b. Abt. 1812.
 xvii. PERRY GREEN REYNOLDS, b. Abt. 1815.
 xviii. WILLIAMSON REYNOLDS, b. Abt. 1817.
 xix. NANCY BOOKER REYNOLDS, b. Abt. 1819.

Generation No. 3

3.  HUGH3 REYNOLDS (JOSEPH2, HUGH1) was born 1781 in Callands,
Pittsylvania County, VA, and died 1832 in Callands, Pittsylvania County,
  He married ELIZABETH MITCHELL September21, 1801 in Pittsylvania
, VA.
  She was born in Callands, Pittsylvania County, VA.

 iv. DABNEY REYNOLDS, b. 1810.
 vii. SERENA ELIZABETH REYNOLDS, b. 1818,Callands, Pittsylvania County,
VA; d. March 26, 1853; m. ARTHUR FULLER, October17, 1836; b. December
26, 1803, Pittsylvania County, VA; d. 1883, Pittsylvania County, VA.

Info on this child comes from NSDAR applicationof Annie Fuller Robinson

4.  MARY3 REYNOLDS (JOSEPH2, HUGH1) was born March 18, 1791 in
Pittsylvania County, VA, and died April 04, 1833in Pittsylvania County,
VA.  She married SAMUEL BRITTAIN BLAIR,SR. July 26, 1810 in
Pittsylvania County, VA, son of WILLIAM BLAIRand SARAH SUTTER.  He was
born April 11, 1789 in Pittsylvania County, VA,and died March 22, 1870
in Rondo, Pittsylvania County, VA.

Mary is possibly buried on the Samuel Blair homeplace [see his entry
for directions]  JWA has annotated a locationin the cemetery that is
possibly her burial site.

 i. MARGARET REYNOLDS4 BLAIR, b. April 24,1811, Pittsylvania County,
VA; d. November 07, 1876, Independence County,AR; m. ABIHU ARNN,
October 26, 1829, Pittsylvania County, VA; b.September 23, 1807,
Pittsylvania County, VA; d. February 24, 1893,Moss, Conway County, AR.

Marriage Notes for MARGARET BLAIR and ABIHU ARNN:
Their marriage bond was dated 2 Oct 1829 perLA - a copy  is not in his
book although it is mentioned.

 ii. JOANNA AMANDA BLAIR, b. February 28,1813, Pittsylvania County, VA;
d. March 12, 1863, Cave City, Sharp County, AR;m. BERRYMAN ARNN, SR.,
November 20, 1836, Pittsylvania County, VA; b.July 24, 1810,
Pittsylvania County, VA; d. 1901, Sidney, SharpCounty, AR.

 iii. JOSEPH BLAIR, b. February 15, 1815.

Died young, per JWA

 iv. ELIZABETH ELVIRA BLAIR, b. January 20, 1817; m. WILLIAM G.
REYNOLDS, August 25, 1838.
 v. JAMES H. BLAIR, b. June 03, 1819, Pittsylvania County, VA; d. April
24, 1858, Pittsylvania County, VA; m. AMERICAM. BLAIR, November 17,
1851; b. 1835, Pittsylvania County, VA; d. 1873,Pittsylvania County,

 vi. WILLIAM ADDISON YOUNG BLAIR, b. November18, 1821, Pittsylvania
County, VA; d. July 1879; m. ELIZABETH MAHAN,November 23, 1847; b. Abt.
1822, Pittsylvania County, VA.

Information on this lineage is from the DAR Application # 396815 [12 Sep
1950] of Ethel Louise Blair Johnson.

 vii. MARY SUTTER BLAIR, b. January 08, 1824.
 viii. JOHN FRANCIS MARION BLAIR, b. March03, 1826; d. 1885; m. MARY C.
MAHAN, December 24, 1856.
 ix. AMANDA VIRGINIA BLAIR, b. March 27,1828; d. March 11, 1861; m.
 x. EDNA E. B. BLAIR, b. November 26, 1830.

Contributed by  JudithKnight <
  Hugh Reynolds and Mary Neely are my 5ggrandparents.

 The Dury Owen family

Drury Owen I, son of John Owen & Mrs Elizabeth Owen was born (B) 24 Jun 1774 Albermarle,Parish,Surry,
Va. Died (D) 19 Jun 1817 (per Inventory Listingsin my possession);Married (M) 21 Jan 1793 Hedrick Mayhew,
daughter of Samuel Mayhew and Lydda Mayhew),Pittsylvania Co., Rev Matthew Bates B: c1780
D: 10 Aug 1862

Children of Drury I and Hedrick:
John Owen B c1796 Pittsylvania Co.,Va. D:1866Pittsylvania Co.,Va. M: 07 Jan 1813 Pittsylvania Co.,Va.
Salley Holder,daughter of Delaney Holder B: 1787.Married by Rev Griffith Dickinson.
James Owen B c1798 Pittsylvania Co.,Va. D: UnkM: 14 Sep 1818 Pittsylvania Co.,Va. Polly Holder.
Nancy Owen B: c1800 Pittsylvania Co.,Va. D: unkM: 02 Jul 1818 Pittsylvania Co.,Va. Henry Dalton.
Thomas Owen B: 1806 D: Unk M: Unk
William Anderson Owen B: 04 Feb 1806 PittsylvaniaCo.,Va. D: 10 Jun 1897 Pittsylvania Co.,M: 19 Nov 1835
Pittsylvania Co.,Va. Araminta "Mittie or Minta"F Young, daughter of Peyton Young and Elizabeth Ogelsby,
B: c1810-1812 D: 30 Sep 1895. Married by AbnerAnthony. (William was overseer for Walter Coles during
Civil War).
Elizabeth "Betsy" Owen B: c1810 PittsylvaniaCo.,Va. D: Unk M: 26 Dec 1831 Pittsylvania Co.,Va. Booker
Dalton,son of Bejamin Dalton and Catherine MayhewB: c1808 D: 10 Nov 1889 Pittsylvania Co.,Va.
Drury Owen II B: 05 Oct 1812 Pittsylvania Co.,Va.D: 10 Dec 1891 M: 01 Jun 1831 #1 Jane Mayhew,daughter
of Henry Mayhew and Sallie. B: 01 Jun 1815 D:15 Sep 1885 M: 29 Sep 1887 #2 Eddie Crawley (There may
have been a marriage #3 to Nancy Jordan).
Catherine Owen B: c1815 Pittsylvania Co.,Va.D: 06 May 1900 (?) M: 06 Dec 1834 Pittsylvania Co.,Va.
Richard Blanks,Sr. son of John Blanks and NancyEpperson B: 1810-1812 D: 06 May 1900 (?)(same date as
Catherine) Va.(Richard received pension for service as Private in Rev War with the VA troops under Col Lewis.
Richard volunteered in 1776 under Capt ThomasDillard. Marched to Gwinn's Island and assisted in driving off
Lord Dunsmore,the company was on the CherokeeExpedition in 1776 and returned before Christmas. Drafted
in 1780 under Capt Issac Clement to go south,fought in Battle of Camden where Americans were defeated.
In 1781,he volunteered under Capt Gabriel Sheltonwho got sick. Under Lt James Maid to NC to harass Tories
but not in the Battle of Guilford.
In August1781, drafted to go to the Siege of York. He was present at the

surrender of Cornwallis, detached to guard prisoners to Noland's Ferry.

Children of William Anderson and Araminta F Young:
Mary Catherine "Kate" Owen B: 1840 PittsylvaniaCo.,Va. M: 02 Mar 1861 Pittsylvania Co.,Va. George
Richard Bennett.
Nancy W "Nannie" Owen B: 1842 D: Unk M: 11 Oct1860 Pittsylvania Co.,Va. George H Thomas.
Annie Owen B: c1853 D: Unk M: 22 Jul 1873 Pittsylvania Co.,Va. John B. Dodd.
Lucy A "Sug" Owen B: c1854 Pittsylvania Co.,Va.D: Unk M: 14 Nov 1872 Pittsylvania Co.,Va. William
"Willis" J Yeatts.
Viola "Bye" Owen B: 5 Sep 1860 Stanton River,Pittsylvania Co.,Va. D: Unk M: 13 Dec 1876 C.L. Leftwich,
son of Valentine and Evaline Leftwich.
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Owen B: 1839 PittsylvaniaCo.,Va. D: Unk M: 13 Aug 1858 Pittsylvania Co.,Va. William
William "Billy" Owen B: 1840 D: Unk Missouri
Eliza Ann Owen B: c1847 Pittsylvania Co.,Va.D: Unk M: 07 Nov 1867 Charles W Myers.
Fanny Owen B: c1849-1850 Pittsylvania Co.,Va.D: Unk M: 10 Nov 1870 William S. Dodd, son of R.S. and
Nancy W Dodd
Peyton Cabel Owen,Sr. B: c1843 D: 3 Nov 1929Altavista,Campbell,Va. M: 16 Jan 1868 Pittsylvania Co.,Va.
or Franklin Co.,Va. Nannie B Quarles D: c1911-1912(Her Mother was a WITCHER who lived near Gretna,
Pittsylvania Co.,Va.) M: 12 Nov 1914 #2 LucyBrizendine, daughter of Frank and America McMinnis. Peyton
is buried at Greenhill Cemetery,Altavista,Campbell,Va. Peyton was a Civil War veteran in COB14 VA Infantry
C.S.A. (This was my Grandfather)

Children of Drury Owen II and Jane Mayhew:
Eliza "Elizabeth" Owen B: Unk D: Unk M: 16 Nov1854 #1 Pheneom or Phenis Owen by Rev John G.Hardwick,
son of William Owen M: 14 Oct 1873 #2 BookerBennett.
Martha Owen B: Unk D: Unk M: Date Unk NathanH Davis. M: 04 Jan 1853 #2 Richard Haynes
Sally Ann Owen B: 1837 Pittsylvania Co.,Va. D:10 Apr 1917 Pittsylvania Co.,Va. M: 16 Nov 1858 Pittsylvania
Co.,Va. Jehu Dalton,son of Nancy Mayhew and Bookeror Lewis Dalton B: c1832.
Drury Owen III B: Unk D: Unk M: Perninah JaneBrumfield
Morgan Owen B: Unk D: 09 Nov 1861
Letisha or Letitia Owen B: Mar 1850 D: 15 Aug1887 M: 24 May 1870 Pittsylvania Co.,Va. Henry Booker Dalton,
son of Nancy Mayhew and Booker D Dalton B: 09Mar 1850 Pittsylvania Co.,Va. D: 06 Mar or May 1916,
Pittsylvania Co.,Va.
Terry Owen B: D: Unk
Anderson C Owen B: 10 Mar 1845 Pittsylvania Co.,Va. D: 04 Mar 1924 Pittsylvania Co.,Va. M: 15 Apr 1866
Latitia "Lettie" Dalton, daughter of Elizabeth"Betsy" Owen and Booker Dalton, B: 22 Dec 1846 D: 18 Nov 1935,
Pittsylvania Co.,Va.
Phebe C Rebecca Owen B: 28 Dec 1847 D: 14 Apr1933 M: 02 Jan 1866 James B. Worley
Nancy J Owen B: 10 Mar 1853 D: 20 Mar 1862
Samul H Owen B: 19 Sep 1855 D: 15 Apr 1939 M:22 Nov 1874 H.A. Bennett
Octane Owen B: 22 Nov 1860 D: 01 Mar 1862
Contributed by DorisKelley <

'Little Switzerland' thrieves in eastern part of county-Article about Swiss families that moved to Pittsylvania County.


Magazine of Virginia Genealogy
Vol. 25 No. 1  Feb 87  Patent Bk 17
mag pg 56
James Mitchel, 150 a Brunswick Co, on Flatt Cr(p 265).  17 Mar 1736

Vol. 24 No. 4  Nov 86  Patent Bk 17
mag. pg 71
(p. 123) John Robertson, 150 a Brunswick Co,S. side of Roanoke R.,
bounded by James Matthew on the R & JamesMitchel.  20 Jul 1736

Pittsylvania Co. Deed Book, Grantor¹s Index:     for  James Mitchell
All records below were checked and they seemedto indicate that there
were two James Mitchells in 18th c. PittsylvaniaCo.  Furthermore, the
two James's did not seem to interact and hada totally different set of
acquaintances and family members:

7:297           to Harmon Cook          21June 1784                            - James who m. Agatha
8:126           to Jeremiah Ward                21 Jan 1788                     - James, m. Agatha
8:149           to John Wimbish         18 Feb1788                             - James, m. Agatha
8:267   (Bill of Sale of Attorney) to John Watson      21 July 1788                    James, m.
10: 249  Will     SarahMitchell & children             19 Oct 1795             -another family
10: 484 Wm. Mitchell to James Mitchell 17 Oct 1796                             -probably sons of
James & Agatha
14:377  James & Winifred (wf) to WmC. Mitchell         16 Sept 1805            -another
14:379  James to Thos. Lovelace 16 Sept1805                            -       another family
14:385  James & Winifred to NathanielLovelace  16 Sept 1805                    -another
        (noother Grantor deed for James after this date:  left Pitts Co?)

Deed Book - Grantee Index:              for James Mitchell

2: 258          from James Clements & wf       29 Aug 1771             -James, m. Agatha
2: 275          from James Clements & wf       29 Aug 1771             -James, m. Agatha
3: 402          from John Goad                  25 Nov 1773                      -James, m. Agatha
6: 13           from Joseph Collins             20 June 1780                      - another family
6: 73           from Daniel Baugh               19 Dec 1780                         - another family

A few of the deeds above:
Deed Book 8: 126
Deed:  James Mitchell to Jeremiah Ward,250 ac on both sides Potters
Creek, for £160, on 21 Jan 1788. Calls:  Beg on Brian Ward Nowlin¹s
lines by William Thompsons lines by Harmon Cookslines, and by a survey
made by Joshua Stone for the said Mitchell.
James Mitchell /s/   [no witnesses]

Memorandum:  peaceful possession made byJames Mitchell to Jeremiah Ward.
James Mitchell  /s/  [no witnesses]
Recorded:  21 Jan 1788, this is the actand deed of James Mitchell and
his wife Aggathy who was privily Examined asthe law directs,
relinquished her right of Dower.

Deed Book 8: 149-150
Deed of Trust:  James Mitchel to John Wimbish, for the sum of £36, on 24
Sept 1787.
Items sold:  3 feather beds of furniture,6 heads of cattle (one cow
branded the marked not remembered, also saidcow¹s yearling branded one,
on pied[?] Cow red & white, one red cow witha white back, and one pied
yearling red & white, the last aforementionedcattle marked with a
swallow fork in the right and a crop and slitin the left ear),  one
stone Colt two years old last Spring of a BlackColoured intermixed with
white hairs, branded on the near shoulder andoff Buttock with a Sw__le
Stireup Iron;  one Bay horse with a starin his forehead, some saddle
spots, branded on the near shoulder ³3²on the near Buttock ³R6²  & on
the off Buttock ³H I ³ and also allmy household & kitchen furniture of
every kind whatever all which property abovementioned I do warrant to
the said Jno. Wimbish....
James Mitchell  /s/
Wit:  Jno. Wimbish Jr, H. Goar

Deed Book 8: 267
Bill of Sale:  James Mitchel of PittsylvaniaCo. for £75, to John Watson
of said county have bargained and sold one NegroWench named Fanny and
her future increase.
Dated 29 Mar 1788
James Mitchell  /s/
Mary /m/ Wheat
Nancy Mitchell
James Mitchell agreed to a right of redemptionfor the sum of £24.17.03
up until 1 March 1790.

Deed Book 10: 484
Deed:  William Mitchell of PittsylvaniaCo. to James Mitchell of said
county,  100 ac on Potters Creek for £50, 16 Apr1796.  Calls:  Beg on
branch in Bryan Ward Nowlins line, up the branchto a fork, then up the
main right hand fork to the source, then by lineof blazed trees to a
path that leads from the sd. Wm. Mitchell¹sto Writer¹s [?] at a fork of
the same, then along Writer¹s line pathto Jacog Bergars line, then along
his line to Jacob Hedricks line, then along hisline to Bryan W. Nowlins
line, then along the sd Nowlins line to the Beg.
William Mitchell   /s/
Wit:    Adam Mitchell, TaliaferroHenslee, James Crowley.
Memorandum:  peaceable possession
Note in margin:  ³Delivered to SamlNowlin from James Calloway 16 Aug
Deed Book 6: 70
Deed:  Thomas Bennett of Montgomery Co.and Bryan Ward Nowlin of
Pittsylvania Co. to William Mitchell, 100 acon branches of Potters Creek
for £100, 25 Aug 1780.
Calls:  Beg at Brian W. Nowlin¹s corneroak, then along Daniel MKenzies
line S 36 E 53 p to a white oak, then new linesN 51 E 109 p crossing a
branch to a white oak;  N 41 W 73 p crossinga branch to a white oak near
a meadow;  N 20 W 125 p to a white oak; S 42-1/2 W 132 p to pointers in
Brian Ward Nowlin¹s line, then along hislines S 50 E 112 p to a shurb
white oak, S 45 W 43-1/2 p to the Beg.
Thomas ³T² /m/ Bennet
Bryan Ward Nowlin  /s/

James Mitchell
Robert Dalton
Solomon Dalton

Memorandum:  peaceable possession. Same signers & witnesses
Dower Rights:  relinquished 25 Aug 1780by Margaret /m/ Bennet;  same
Recorded:  21 Nov 1780
Contributed by  MelanieCrain

Here's a bio of folks born and raised in Pittsylvania County
but migrated to TX. Thought it might help some researchers
looking for them elsewhere.

Submitted by Judy Ryden proofread by Lora Tindall January
biographical sketches of the representative

public, and many early settled families.
Pub: F.A. Battey & Company, Chicago 1889

p. 294
George S. Fitzgerald was born in Stokes county,North
Carolina, November 10, 1824 and lived there tilltwelve
years old, then moved to Virginia.  He isa son of John
Fitzgerald, a farmer, who was born in Pittsylvaniacounty,
, and there lived and died.  Hiswife, who bore the

maiden name of Jane Sprattlen, was a native ofthe same
county, and died there also.  The greatgrandfather of
subject was exiled from his native country, Ireland, on
account of his adherence to the Protestant faith.  His son,
Matthew Fitzgerald, lived in Pittsylvania county,Virginia,
and reared seven children --John, father of subject, being
the youngest.
 George S. Fitzgerald is the eighth childin a family of
ten, was reared in Pittsylvania county, Virginia,and lived
there until 1857, when he came to Texas and settled in
Grayson county, and has been a continuous residentof the
county since.  On reaching this State hewas poor, but by
his industry and perseverance has made himselfa wealthy
man, ranks among farmers as the "sturdy oak amongforest
trees," and owns upward of 800 acres of fineland in Grayson
county, a portion of it lying in Red River bottom.  His farm
is well stocked, and lies three miles north ofBell's.
 In 1861 Mr. Fitzgerald joined the Confederate army as a
private in Company H of the Chickasaw battalion,but was
soon transferred to the ordnance department,and served
until the close of the war.
 December 12, 1849, he married Miss SarahB. Pritchett, a
daughter of Joshua and Eliza (Inge) Pritchett,of
Pittsylvania county, Virginia.  She borehim five children
--John A., born in Danville, Virginia; MollieI., Eliza M.,
Minnie R. and Sallie F.; Mollie, Eliza and Minniewere born
in Pittsylvania county, Virginia; Sallie F. wasborn in
Grayson county, Texas.  Mrs. Fitzgeraldwas born on February
7, 1829, in Pittsylvania county, Virginia, anddied December
10, 1859, in Grayson county Texas.  Thesecond marriage of
Mr. Fitzgerald took place November 10, 1861,to Miss Fannie
D., a sister of his first wife.  To thisunion no children
have been born.
 Of Mr. Fitzgerald's five children by hisfirst marriage,
John A. died November 11, 1875. Mollie marriedGeorge F.
Whiting, a farmer and stock raiser of Graysoncounty, and is
the mother of seven children--George W., Henry,John, Lora,
Bird, Dugan and William [an eighth child, Claude,was born
in 1892 after the publication of this biography].Eliza M.
married John W. Palmer, a merchant of Fannincounty, Texas
and has three children-- Pearl, John and SallieFannie.
Minnie R. married Amos P. Templeton, a farmerin Grayson
county, and also has three children--John, Claudeand
Clara.  Sallie F. married Charley Bryant,a farmer in Fannin
county, and has four children--Monroe, Albert,Berta and
 In 1880 Mr. Fitzgerald was elected countycommissioner, and
served to the great satisfaction of his constituents until
1884.  He is a staunch adherent to the Farmers' Alliance, is
a Free Mason, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal church

Contributed by JudyRyden


Stone House

From page 12 of the Star-Tribune, Chatham, Va,. Thurs. April 7, 1983

The Old Stone House is a County Landmark that Has Disappeared

The Old Stone House, a landmark of Northwest Pittsylvania for some 170 years
from about 1750 to around 1900. The old house was constructed by Thomas
Ramsey, who came by way of Pennsylvania from Scotland.

The rocks for the old house were hauled from a quarry on the farm by a blind
horse.  The blasting marks are still visible at the Old White Rock quarry.

Someone inadvertently threw a cherry seed out the door.  It sprouted at the
back of the house and grew into a tree.  Years later, it began to crack the
walls of the house.  The Ramseys moved out and the bats moved in.

Although the Old Stone House has disappeared, the site was the Guy Ramsey
farm located between Sandy Level and Museville, about a mile off Route 40.

A. D. Ramsey, Star-Tribune correspondent for Penhook, has written an
interesting background about the old landmark, and gives a sketch of the
Ramsey family that built the Old Stone House and the offsprings that followed.

In 1763, Thomas Ramsey purchased from John Richardson about 200 acres of land
on Rocke Creek in what was then Halifax County.  Although Mr. Ramsey  had
earlier purchased land on Reddis Creek and other places, he lived on this
land after this time.  During those years and until his death in 1790, he
raised 13 children.   He was one of the few people whose will named books,
pewter, and guns as valuables, so he was by those standards, a reasonably
wealthy man.

On this land he, with the help of neighbors such as William Young (also kin)
built the rock house.  Using native rock, the house was a work of art.

Some believe that John Richardson might have started the home earlier, and
this may be true as he was a blacksmith and wheelwright.   However, the house
stood for many years and served as home for Hailey S. Ramsey family also.

Hailey S. Ramsey was the son of Thomas Ramsey Jr. and a grandson of the first
Thomas.  Thomas Junior served his country during the Revolutionary War and in
writings, he left behind a very sad story of hardship and trouble during this

Thomas Junior lived most of his life in Franklin County, dying there in 1844.
 His son Hailey S. apparently came back to Pittsylvania County in 1813, when
he purchased the land from the Thomas Sr. estate.

Making the Rock House their home, this family of 12 children (ten lived to
adulthood) lived and grew within its walls.

The house that should still be standing was destroyed by a tree.  The tree
grew between the wall, splitting the wall and making the house unsafe.  The
family then built onto the kitchen that stood a a short distance away, and
the rock house was left to fate.

Over the years, as family members died, a graveyard on the hill from the
house grew.  Hailey S, Ramsey and his wife Esther Zeigler Ramsey both rest

It is believed that the first Thomas and his wife Frances are in unmarked
graves.  At least 30 unmarked graves are located within the area.

Over the years, Hailey A. Ramsey, son of Hailey S. Ramsey purchased the land
and when he and his wife Eliza Bennett Ramsey passed away, they were buried
in the family graveyard.

I about 1913, Walter Eugene Ramsey, son of Hailey A., and his two sons Guy
Bennett Ramsey and Adolphus David Ramsey, fenced in the graveyard area.  At
this time, Adolphus Ramsey was about 13 years old.

In 1927, Walter Eugene was laid to rest there, and in 1931 he was joined in
death by his wife Mollie Rebecca Buck Ramsey.  A son Roy Ramsey, already was
buried there, having died in 1885.

Other members of the Ramsey family with graves marked are Angeline Ramsey,
daughter of Hailey A. and Eliza.  (One interesting point, on her tombstone,
the spelling RamsAy was used.)  Armistead Fullove Ramsey has triplets buried

In an unmarked grave lies Hailey Bennett Ramsey and one of his children.
Also little Mittie Ramsey is believed there and many others.

Much Ramsey history lives within this area and all descendants from the first
Thomas Ramsey to the present families must feel pride in the known history.

There are “ghostâ€? tales also connected with the cemetery.  Bessie Ramsey
Divers, daughter of Walter and Mollie, was holding her small child, Juanita,
one night when a light appeared at the spring area below the house.  It
traveled to the window in front of the chair where Bessie rocked her sick
child.  It jung there for a few minutes and then travelled to the road and
followed the road to the graveyard hill.  It disappeared halfway up the hill.
 That night Juanita Divers died.  She too lies in the family graveyard on the

Fannie Woody of Museville is perhaps the only living person that ever saw the
house.  She described it to her son.


transcript of Thomas F. Ramsey Sr. stone house deed

Thomas F. Ramsey Sr. - Portions of  Deed for Stone House Land on Poplar
Branch near Stone Creek and Piggs River.  This is where he settled, built the
stone house, and raised his family.   (Original spelling, not mine!)

This indenture made the fifteen, day of July in the year of our Lord Christ
one thousand seven  hundred sixty three 1763 between John Richardson of
Bedford County Blacksmith of the one part and Thomas Ramsey planter of the
other part.  Witness that the said John Richardson for and in consideration
of ten pounds current money of Virginia to him in hand paid by the said
Thomas Ramsey the receipt wherefor he the said John Richardson doth hereby
exonerate and discharge the said Thomas Ramsey his heirs and asigns forever
one certain tract of parcel of land containing by estimation and two hundred
acres be the same more or less situate lying and being in the County of
Halifax aforesaid and on Rocke run bounded by ....  Viz beginning at the
dogwood north forty four degrees east forty six poles to a buchone the same
side thervon noth sixty five degrees east (?)
roping the r un one hundred and

eight poles to a whit oak north sixty four points to a Spanish Oak
northtwenty degrees east cropsing a branch eighty four points to a Whit oak
then by a dividing line west to the old line to a red oak thence with the old
line to the first station within these maintained lines two hundred acres of
land more or less, together with the woods ....... woods waways water courner
houses five fir ..... chine .. ofencing pasters and all veris ....

(Lots more you cannot read as copy was waterlogged at some time.)

Tract or parseel of land and priniser to have and to hold the said tract or
parcel of land maintained with the appsetanances onto the said Thomas Ramsey,
his heirs and asigns to the possession and behoof of him the said Thomas
Ramsey  his heirs and assigns forever and the said John Richardson his heirs
exon j Adm do by these presents warrant and maintain good lawfull right
forever unto the above maintained Thomas Ramsey his heirs EA Administrators
and asigns to the said persons and also the said Thomas Ramsey his heirs Exas
administration and assigns to the aid persons and also that the said Thomas
Ramsey his heirs ex and assigns shall and may at all times forever have and
hereafter peaceble and ...... have hold of enjoy all and singler the said
premses above maintained with appertainances without the least trouble
hindrance and interruption of him the said John Richardson his heirs and
asigns and of all and every other person or persons that whatsoever claiming
or to claime by from under him them or any of them in witness whereof the
said John Richardson hath to these present set his hand and seal the day and
year written.

signed, John Richardson

William Hale
Thomas Hale
William Mullins

Thomas F. Jr. Rev War Pension Request

Son of Thomas F. Sr. of the Stone House.  This request was filed in Franklin
but Pittsy connections are strong.  Not quite sure what county the

family lived in at this point.  Thomas Jr. lived most of his life in Pittsy
for sure (in the stone house most of his life).

The pension request was filed on behalf of his heirs (children and, in the
case of his eldest son already deceased, grandchildren).  It was filed in
Franklin County.  They lived in Penhook at the time, which is only about 5
miles from Sandy Level (Pittsy).  Not too sure the family moved very far --
think county designations just changed alot.


State of Virginia
    County of Franklin

On this 6th day of February in the year A. S. 1854, before the County Court
of the said County, now sitting, personally appeared Joseph Edds a resident
of said County, age ... years, w ho being first duty sworn recording to law
makes the following. Declaration on oath in order to obtain the benefit of
the provisions of the Act of Congress approved 7th June 1832.
That he is the Administrator of Thomas Ramsey, deceased, who was a
Revolutionary Soldier, and resident of said County. That he has been informed
that said Thomas Ramsey was engaged in the service of the United States or
Colonies in the war of the Revolution and served in the Virginia Militia in
said war for about two years and six months as follows -- That in the latter
part of the year 1778 or first part of the year 1779 when the British General
Mathews fleet, and army was expected to the Chesapeake and James River
Country, and the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Petersburg, and Richmond the
Militia were called out and he volunteered for a tour of months and marched
to the protection of the cities and country on tidewater, which was kept on a
constant State of alarm, by threats of invasion, by the British who has
uncontrolled command of the Cheasapeake and the navigable streams that enters
into it. General Mathews expedition did not reach the State as early as was
expected, but appeared in the Cheasapeake in the spring of the year, when he
established himself at Portsmouth, and from that point sent out his forces,
by land and water to sack the towns, murder and plunder the defenceless
inhabitants, and destroy with fire and sword, every article of property, that
he could not carry off. He has often heard Thomas Ramsey tell of his having
marched to Portsmouth with the Militia which was collected as speedily as
possible, and sent to drive Mathews from his position and of the calamitous
condition of such of the inhabitants, of the Tidewater country, as had not
been able to fly at his approach. He said the British plundered everything of
value - burnt their houses, with their contents and drove off their stock of
every kind, or shot them down, in their presence.   He said he had often wept
at witnessing the sufferings and destitution of women and children whose
houses had been burnt and they plundered of everything. The soldiers he said,
would strip the clothing of their own back, to cover the nakedness of those
poor creatures. He declares that he has often heard the deceased Thomas
Ramsey say that he then resided in the County of Pittsylvania, in the State
of Virginia, and when about the part of 1778 or 1st part of the year 1779 a
portion of the Militia was called to march to meet the invaders, he
volunteered his service, at the place of rendezvous called “the Widow
McDaniels�, in said county, for a period of not less than 9 months and that
he served for said term of 9 months as a private in the company commanded by
one Captain Roberts, of Pitts--- in a Battalion commanded by Colonel ...
That having faithfully performed this 9 months term as service he was
discharged and returned home in proof of which, he (the declarant) refers to
the Certificate of Captain Smith, here with annexed and to other proofs
herewith presents.
That from what he has heard the said Ramsey says on his life time, and from
the information of others, who had often conved with him he has heard and
only believes that he again entered the service and served as follows -- in
the year 1780 when the British Armies were envading the Southern States and
carrying on a barberous war in South & North Carolina and Georgia,
threatening the subjugation of the whole country -- soldiers were again
called for and very heavy draft made, at the rendezvous called “the Widow
McDaniels� from the Pittsylvania Militia early in that year (it is believed
in February) who were held in readings to join such force as it was with
understood and reported, would be marched from the North, under the command
of Captains William Dix and John Wilson and Perkins ... and Co ... under whom
they were marched to the lower country for the purpose of being armed and
prepared to join the Northern Army, whensoever it should arrive, on its march
South he joined those troops, being then under the command of Captain William
Dix and Col ... and Brigadiar General Stephens. He present in the unfortunate
action at Camden South Carolina, Major General Gates being commander in chief
with the Virginia Militia, harrassed by sickness (disentery) and worn down by
marching through the pestilential swamps of that country; and nearly famished
from the want of food, found themselves suddenly confronted by the British
Army led by Lord Cornwallis, and supplied with every necessary. They were
unable to withstand the shock of battle. They broke, and fled from the
fields. A portion of them were rallied and Thomas Ramsey was among them, and
were moved to a place, in Halifax, Va. where there was a company store and
Rendezvous for troops. That place was near Dan River, but its name is
forgotten. There they remained a considerable time, in the most miserable
condition, their clothing having nearly all dropped off of them; at length
they were ordered to march to a place then in Halifax, now in Pittsylvania,
called “Old Town�, and being on the ... they were overtaken at Banister
River, in Halifax, by an express Rider, sent by General Lafayette, by whose
orders they were discharged for that tour, about the last of Sept. or 1st
October, having then been service upwards of nine months. It is believed that
Thomas Ramsey, discharged the duties of Sergeant in this tour as he was often
spoke of under the appellation of “Sergeant Ramsey�.
That the said Thomas Ramsey, as he has very often heard him say when he was
living and as he verily believes to be true, also served a third tour of duty
with Captain William Dix a patriotic and gallant officer, who was commanded
to carry on the war, (after the defeat at Camden) in North Carolina when a
call was made for troops, to join General Green, who had been sent by General
Washington to take command of the Army, steped forth and volunteered, with a
company of about 80 men, who volunteered under him, and joined General Greens
army in the County of Halifax, Va., Thomas Ramsey volunteered under Cpt. Dix,
who marched with Genl. Green into North Carolina about the last of December
1780 or 1st January 1781 and was with him, and fought bravely  under the
command of Genl. Lawson, at the battle of Guildford on the 15th March 17..
That they saw Sergeant Ramsey continued with the Army.  until the 30th day of
the month, when he as discharged, (at a place called Ramsays Mills) in North
Carolina, where Genl. Green halted his army, and declined pursuing the
retreating army of Cornwallis any further.  This last tour could not have
been less than 3 months so that adding the three services together it is
evident the said Thomas Ramsey, served, as a Sergeant not less than the term
of 18 months, from 1st Sept. 1778 till 15th June 1779 as a volunteer as in
proved by the certificate of Capt. John Smith, hereto attached 2nd tour from
1st January 1780 till September 1780 9 months of which proof will be
furnished and presented herewith.  And also a sergeant 3rd tour from 1st
January 1781 till 30th March 1781 proved by his discharge here to annexed.
He (the aforesaid Joseph Edds) further declares that the said Thomas Ramsey
deceased died at his own home in the County of Franklin Va., on the 24th day
of October 1844 -- and that he  has often heard him speak of his
revolutionary services of his accidents and narrow escapes from death, by
starvation, and the British bullets.  He often expresses his intentions to
apply for a Pension and for Bounty Land, but he was getting old and infirm
and kept putting it off from time to time till death sealed his lips.  but he
put it off principally he believes because he was seperated from almost all
of his old comrades, and because the “Oath of Allegiance� and the two
certificates, of Capt. Smith and Capt. Dix were mislaid and  supposed to have
been lost.  But he declares that they were recently found, among some old
papers of his fathers by his son Theodric A. Ramsey, in whose possession they
were, and were delivered to him on the ___ day of March 1853.
He further declares that after the termination of the service above mentioned
Thomas Ramsey did reside in the following named Pittsylvania County, state of
Va and that he finally died in Franklin, 24th day of October in the year
1844, leaving no widow surviving him, but that he left the following named
children surviving him.  1st Healey Ramsey, now dead, leaving children in
Pittsylvania, 2nd Theoderic A. Ramsey of Franklin, 3rd Elizabeth Ramsey
married Salisbury Williams, and residing in State of Missouri, 4th Frances C.
Ramsey married Joseph Edds, the declarant, now residing in the county of
He further declares that the name of the said Thomas Ramsey is not on the
Pension List of any Agency whatever, that as his Administrator, he
relinquishes every other claim to Pension that this is the first and only
application ever made in his name and that his legal Administrator, he now
applies for whatever Pension may have been due to said Thomas Ramsey, from
4th March 1831 to 24th October 1844 for the benefit of his surviving children
above mentioned.

        Joseph Edds, Adm.
Other persons confirming this were Micheal Zigler and Charles L. Potter

Contributed by Dianne Ramsey


Mr. John Stewart         
Nottoway Parish Amelia County Virginia  
6th May 1774

Dear Father John Davis brought your letter today and I write to tell you how pleased I am to hear from you as well as to share a few lines about your family here in Pittsylvania.   Susanah as you know from brother John Kelly was very sickly and has been slow to mend.  She is a good and dutyful wife and I must confess my fear was that she might never be any better.  As for the children our Cely has taken to herself a husband since I wrote you Mr. Benjamin Ward.  They stay with his brother Daniel Ward but talk much of going to Carolina.   Jack tends to run wild much to the worry of his Mother and this does not help to better her poor state of health.  Dan now stands as tall as brother Berry and is a favorite with the ladys.  He is a fine son and in his conduct is much like brother Charles.  Our Mary is a great comfort.  Never was a girl more properly named for Mother being a most sensable girl and since
Susanahs illness has taken charge of her Mothers dutys.  It has been near five
years since our Jesse left us and never is the day we do not think of our
dear boy lost at such a tender age.  As for myself I am in perfect health.  I close
with our respects to you and Mother and all the family.  May God keep and bless you

Your son  
John Stewart
Pittsylvania County Virginia

Copied from a letter owned by Mr. Joseph Ward of Watauga County, North
(now deceased).

Original Letter 
Contributed by Betty Brown

Here is the story of the murder of George Craft by his brother Armisted, on August 10, 1833. The paper's date is August 17, 1833, and is called The Workingmen's Press.


"Horrid! - a second Cain. - Armistid Craft of the county of Pittsylvania, Va. on the 10th inst committed a most wanton and diabolical murder on the person of his brother George Craft, at the house of his father, Philip Craft, and immediately fled. The father immediately sent for his neighbors to whom he related the following facts. Armisted arose and fed his horse, and rode out that morning - returned to breakfast and fed his horse again. The family, composed of the father and two sons, set down to breakfast - when George remarked to Armisted that it was unnecessary to feed his horse so often, when corn was scarce, for which rebuke he received a slap on the mouth - George being a mild, orderly well disposed member of the baptist church, requested his brother not to repeat it, which he did by inflicting a severe blow with his clenched hand. A recontre ensued, which resulted in George's throwing Armisted on the bed. The father taking him away, Armisted took advantage of this circumstance, seized George and threw him on the floor - when the father again interposed and separated them - ran Armisted into the corner - hearing something fall behind him, exclaimed 'Sir, you have killed your brother' - raised him up - when the fatal dirk fell from the bosom of the expiring boy, having entered between two ribs, and penetrated deeply into the heart. Mr. Jones the coroner, held an inquest over the body when the jury found that the deceased had been feloniously willfully and maliciously murdered by Armisted Craft - Greensborough Patriot

Below is an article that I had my library order about the murder of George Craft, son of Philip and Nancy (Parker )Craft.  I got the copy out of Poulson's, but I see that is originally was in the LYNCHBURG VIRGINIAN.  Since it affects Pittsy I thought you might like a copy for the website.



A Murder foul! Most foul and horrid! A Brother’s hand imbrued in the blood of a Brother! - A friend in Pittsylvania furnishes us with the following narrative of a murder recently perpetrated in that county:

“We have read in Shakespeare of a second Daniel, but it was reserved for the present era of Murders to be presented with a second Cain, in the person of ARMISTEAD CRAFT, of the county of Pittsylvania, who on the 10th instant, committed a most wanton and diabolical murder on the person of his brother, George Craft, jr. at the house of his father, Philip Craft - and then immediately fled. His father, being suspected of aiding his escape, contrary to the act of Assembly, and thereby becoming an accessory after the fact, was arrested on the 13th instant, and , on the 15th was brought before S. Coleman, D. H. Clark, V. Dickenson, W. L. Pannill, and L. Dillard, Esqrs. Justices of the Peace, who, after a patient and impartial

Examination of a number of witnesses, pronounced that the testimony would not bear them out in pronouncing the prisoner guilty, and he was therefore discharged . A synopsis of the testimony may not prove uninteresting, viz: That, passing by the house, heard considerable noises - had curiosity to ascertain the cause - turned in direction of the house - saw Armistead Craft running at full speed across the field - reached the house, and understood from the father that Armistead had killed his brother George.

The father sent for his neighbors, a number of whom soon assembled - to whom he stated that on that morning Armistead arose, rode out, returned to breakfast, and fed his horse again. The family, composed of the father and two sons, sat down to breakfast - when George remarked to Armistead that it was unnecessary to feed his horse so often, when corn was scarce, for which rebuke he received a slap on the mouth - George, being a mild, orderly, well-disposed member of the Baptist Church, requested his brother not to repeat it - which he did, by inflicting a severe blow with his clenched hand. A rencounter ensued, which resulted in George’s throwing Armistead on the bed. The father taking him away. Armistead took advantage of this circumstance, seized George and threw him on the floor - when the father again interposed, and separated them - ran Armistead (the eldest of the two) into the corner - hearing something fall behind him, exclaimed, “Sir, you have killed your brother - raised him up, when the fatal dirk fell from the bosom of the expiring boy, having entered between two ribs, and penetrated deeply into the heart. Armistead asked his father’s forgiveness, who ordered him from his presence. The neighbors sat up with the corpse that night. After midnight, the father came downstairs with his overcoat on, and a bundle in his hand - went to the desk and took a bag therefrom, containing something weighty - went out, and remained several hours. Whether the bundle contained clothes, and the bag money, and whether the absent time was spent with the refugee, the witnesses could not tell. Mr. Jones, the Coroner, held an inquest over the body, when the jury found that the deceased had been feloniously, willfully, and maliciously, murdered, by Armistead Craft.”


Contributed by Sallie Hurt []

I am a descendent of the Motley/Gardner/Eddy line from Pittsylvania County.  I have a 4 page letter written by my great-great grandmother Lucy Ann Eddy Garder (1845-?), wife of Jacob Shelhorse Gardner (1846-?) to her daughter Nannie Jane Gardner Motley (1867-1939) and son-in-law Elijah Motley (1859-1905) from Bannister Virginia that I’d like to share with you for public genealogical use on the Pittsylvania GenWeb site if you would like to use it.

  <>It contains names of not only my ancestors, but also some of the neighbors of theirs at the time.  <>

I also have a one page sheet of paper written sometime in the 1930s by Nannie Jane Gardner where she lists her Gardner genealogy from her great grandparents down through her children and grandchildren although who she lists as her great grandparents is contrary to other supposed well-documented evidence.  I have tried to reconcile that difference but have not as yet been successful.

This letter is from Lucy Ann Eddy Gardner b. 9 Nov 1845, wife of Jacob Shelhorse Gardner b. 24 May 1846 to her daughter Nannie Jane Gardner Motley b. 4 Jan 1867Pittsylvania County.  My comments in here are written in italic text.  Glenn Clark 11/29/2006


Banister Va August 19th, 1892


Dear Nannie & Elija & Children


                                                                                                I will try to write you all a few lines this evening.  I have not wrote to you in so long that I do not know what to say this leaves us all well and guley  But me I have not been well in so long I have all most give up ever being well a gain.  I have tried so hard to get well and do what I had to do but I am far from it.  I received your letter last week and was truly glad to hear from you & I was so thankful to hear you was well.  I was so glad to get those letters that you sent me.  I think I will write to Mrs. Keesee now soon.  Nannie your uncle Tom (I believe this to be David Thomas Eddy b. abt 1841) was here.  Last Saturday was a week.  He is well.  I know you will be surprised to hear that Lucy Eddy and John Hunt is married.  Tom said nothing he could say would do any good.  Mat is down at Kates.  I read a letter from Mat to her Pa and one from Lucy Mot (I believe this to be Elijah’s sister Lucy Motley b abt. 1856) was at Mrs Murpheys when she wrote.  Kate expects to be confined some time in this month.  Nannie I have the fattest baby.  I believe he is the fattest baby we ever did have (I believe this to be Richard Dewitt Gardner b. 6 Jun 1892).  Minnie has another boy and so has Jennie Parrish.  They are all about the same age of my boy.  Minnie has been up here to see them all since her babe was born and her and Willie come down to see us.  We had a barn raising last Tuesday and they have covered it and are chinking it now.  Nannie we have had plenty of watermelon and muskmelon.  I wish you all could have some of them; there has been a protracted meeting at Swansonville this week and


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one at Trinity.  Jimmie went every night to Swansonville.  Last Friday  night he walked down there.  Tom and John went with him.  He said he never saw such a meeting.  14 or 15 was dunked and as many to be emersed.  John said he had to set up in the Stand.  Mr Clark sit on the floor whild Mr Medows preached.  There was many that had to stand.

Well this Sunday evening I will try and finish my letter.  They are all gone to Liberty but my self and little ones and have not returned yet.  I know you will be surprised to hear that they turned Mat Parrish out of the church yesterday.  Nannie I could not tell you if I would write all evening what it was for he has done so much and said so much.  But it all started from the way he done and talked about Bickey.  I wish I could see you and all.  I want to see Bessie (Nannie’s third child Bessie Celestial Motley b. Nov 1890) so much.  Lillie (Lucy’s youngest daughter Lillie Mae Harrison Gardner, b. 1888) talk so much about Besse.  She wants to name her little brother Bessie.  We have not named him yet.  You must send me a Litter name for him.  I never saw as quiet and good child in my life and as fat as a pig.  He has black hair and eyes.  His head looks just like your uncle Wills.

Well Nannie it is so warm this evening I can hardly write and no rain yet but we have had rain since you have unless you have had some since you wrote to us.  But we are needing rain now badly.  Mr Ed Gatewood lost one of his little boys not long ago.  His oldest one.  He was buried at Chatham.  There has been a good many deaths around here.  Joe Gibson is dead and old Miss Ann Breedlove and Jim Mays’ wife.  They was buried over


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here at this grave yard.  Jim Mays’ wife left 3 children.  Jim Mays’ wife was Mollie Easly; are you going to stay down there next year and let me know what was the cause of Sallie Shelton’s death.  I do not know yet whether we will stay here or not.  Jake said he would not stay unless he could rent the hold place where Mr Horkins live and this too Nannie.  Lelie Thompson has two tumors growing in her and she is going to Richmond this week to have an operation performed on her.  Mr and Mrs Goggins is going with her.  I do never expect to see her again.  I have not seen her.  Every one says she is a sight.  Nannie your Pa has come and says Willie Gardner is coming home with the children.  Her Bill Goggins her and uncle Tommy come to uncle Pleseys yesterday.  If I was well I would not mind it but you know how I have to do.  I am not well and I do not know what ails me.  I am just weak and my back hurts me so some times that I do not know what to do.  I hope Willie has not come to stay long.  You know Kate was here last summer and I was not well then and whild she was here there was always some one else.  I did not mind Lillian at all no more than one of my own. We got a letter from Sallie Wood (I believe this to be the same Sallie C Wood who married John Wood.  They lived in Bannister in 1880 according to the US Census and were in Newport News in 1900 Census living and had nephew William T Gardner living with them, therefore I believe it is possible that Sallie Wood was actually Sarah C. Gardner b. ab 1857, William T. Gardner’s father Jacob Shelhorse Gardner’s sisterb. ) last week.  She wanted to know what had become of you.  She said she had not heard from you since she left Danville.  I do not know whether Jimmie will stay at home next year or not.   If his Pa rents the hold place he will.

We get plenty milk and butter and snaps and tomatoes.


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I will have to close for this time.  I thought I would finish this sheet but I can think of so much I have to do tonight if it is Sunday.  Tell Elijha thanks to him for the Anti-Liquor.  I like it splendid.  You all must write soon.  We get daily mail now at Banister.  Get a load of paper every week.  Write me word how Davis (Nannie’s first son Beverly Davis Motley b.  3 Jun 1885) and Minnie (Nannie’s first daughter Minnie I Motley b. Dec 1887) performed at Children’s day.  I hope they did well.  You write soon and let me hear from you.  I thought you never was going to write to me again.  You must come this fall or winter to see us.  It looks like it would be too good to think you was coming a gain.  There it is 6 oclock and I must get up from here.  I do not know as you can read this or not.  I am so nerves I can’t half write.  Be sure to write soon.  Kiss the Children for me.  Remember me in your Prayers.  I remain as ever your Dear Mother.


                                                                                                L A Gardner

Descendants of William F. Gardner
    1      William F. Gardner    1820 - 1879
..        +Martha Jane Shelhorse    1828 -
........    2      John B. Gardner    1840 -
........    2      James R. Gardner    1842 -
........    2      Mary Gardner    1845 -
........    2      Jacob Shelhorse Gardner    1846 -
............        +Lucy Ann Eddy    1845 -
...................    3      Nannie Jane Gardner    1867 - 1939
.......................        +Elijah D. Motley    1859 - 1905
.............................    4      Beverly Davis Motley    1885 - 1960
.................................        +Annadelle Bernice Poole    1891 - 1966
........................................    5      Ellis Tyree Motley    1911 - 1959
............................................        +Phyllis Hildebrand    1909 - 1971
........................................    5      James Stuart Motley    1914 - 1914
........................................    5      Cecil Gilbert Motley    1921 - 1986
............................................        +Norma Unknown    1928 -
........................................    5      Howard Mercer Motley    1926 - 1982
.............................    4      Minnie I. Motley    1887 - 1982
.................................        +Robert James Adrian    1882 - 1982
.............................    4      Bessie Celestial Motley    1890 - 1982
.................................        +Emile E. Peterson    Unknown - Unknown
.............................    4      Beulah A. Motley    1894 - 1957
.................................        +Junius Smith Seal    1885 - 1957
.............................    4      Lucy A. Motley    1896 - 1982
.................................        +Harry Canford Hord    1893 -
.............................    4      Raymond W. Motley    1900 - 1970
.................................        +Mary Elizabeth Brummell    1900 - 1934
.............................    4      Paul G. Motley    1903 - 1919
.............................    4      Babygirl Motley   
.............................    4      Babygirltwo Motley   
.............................    4      Babyboy Motley   
...................    3      James Eddie Gardner    1869 -
.......................        +Ana Unknown   
...................    3      Charles Lee Gardner    1870 -
...................    3      Nora Alice Gardner    1874 -
...................    3      William Thomas Gardner    1876 -
.......................        +Minnie Lee Unknown    1878 -
...................    3      John Robert Gardner    1879 - 1956
.......................        +Virginia Cabell Hundley    1881 -
...................    3      Henry Garfield Gardner    1881 -
...................    3      Edgar Cleverland Gardner    1884 -
.......................        +Rose Unknown    1889 -
...................    3      Lilie Mae Harrison Gardner    1888 -
...................    3      Richard Dewitt Gardner    1892 -
.......................        +Annie Easley   
........    2      Anna Elizabeth Gardner    1847 -
............        +Robert W. Shorter    1841 -
...................    3      Loula C. Shorter    1868 -
...................    3      James William Shorter    1869 -
.......................        +Nellie K Unknown    1880 -
...................    3      Martha E. Shorter    1873 -
...................    3      John H. Shorter    1876 -
.......................        +Mary Lee Chowning   
...................    3      Clyde G. Shorter    1878 -
...................    3      Claude C. Shorter    1881 -
...................    3      Henry Wade Shorter    1884 -
...................    3      Jacob Finch Shorter    1886 - 1971
.......................        +Marie Unknown   
...................    3      Anna B. Shorter    1889 -
........    2      William H. Gardner    1851 -
........    2      Martha J. Gardner    1854 -
........    2      Sarah C. Gardner    1857 -

Contributed by Glenn []

  <>                                 HAMMACK/HAMMOCK  FAMILY OF VIRGINIA AND TENNESSEE


Richmond County, Virginia


1701 -William Hammack left a will there in 1701. Mentioned youngest son  William  daughter Elizabeth. both  minors.  Executor was Richard Hammack.


1740  documents - Robert,  Benedict and Ann Hammock. North Farnam Parisd  where Goads were in  ca 1665-1740.


Albemarle County


1755 - John , RW soldier, born, married Mary (Nancy ?) Maples.


1755 - John married Mary Martin         ????


CHECK THESE  . …………………………….                       


Lunenburg County


1752 tax list - John Hammack, George and John Phillips, Thomas Snow.


1769 - tax list - Hugh, William, John, Sr. and John,. Jr. listed near each other, Robert near.


1791 Mar 21 - Nancy married  Thomas Hanks.


1791 - William left a will naming son William and daughter Elizabeth.  Executor was Richard Hammack,  whose wife was Mary Ann, they had four sons who were in Madison County, Kentucky by 1820- (census). An internet posting says son William married  (1) Jane Long (2) Rosey Ann Hedrick in 1838.


Pittsylvania County, Virginia


1767 - Richard of the first tax list with Goads, both families from Richmond County, Virginias.


1768 Nov 11 - Will of John Sloan (wife Eleanor Dodson). witnessed by Richard and Mary Hammack and Daniel Witcher  (his wife Susannah Dalton).


1770  July 26 - William Atkinson sold land on the south side of the Pigg river to Richard Hammack, witnessed by William Witcher. 
(Franklin County ,  “Jomima“, daughter of Mary Hammack,  married Thomas Bolton. Her mother was a Witcher  - wife of Richard ?).


Internet message - Richard had sons Lewis and William. William married Jane Long and went to Montgomery Counyt, Va. ;  ”Several married  Boltons”.


1777 - Richard  swore the loyalty oath .  By  1785, his apparent widow, “Maryan“,  appeared with a family of  eight.   Four sons reportedly  went to Madison County, Kentucky (see below).


1784  May 1 -  John Hammack married Elizabeth Goad, daughter of William (born 1734).


1785 tax list - John  Hammack,  family of five  (John, Sr. . no doubt)


1788  Dec 18 -  Mary married James Smith.


1798  - James and John Hammack, near David and John Polley,  Daniel Witcher, Jr.


1802 Dec 29 - William Goad sold land on “Redish” (Ready’s) Creek  to John Hammack, his son-in-law. Witnesses were Spencer Hammack , Talia--ro Hammack (as signed), David and Jacob Vance, William Witcher, Jr.


Spencer Hammack born ca 1784, married 1810 Nancy “Mease” (Meece)  born 1791, daughter of  Philip and Catherine Meece.   Others sasy he married Sarah Meese which I think is correct. 


John  Meece married Catherine Goad. The latter went to Maury County, Tenn. ca 1804,  had five sons.  He  did not  return from the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.


Taliaferro (“Tolliver”) born ca 1785, , brother of Spencer, married 1810 Sarah Meece.   Meece married Goad and went together to Maury County, Tennessee ca 1804., Tolliver and Spencer, were sons f John and Elizabeth (Goad) Hammak.


Other children of John and Elizabeth (Goad) Hammack were
Coleman born 1794 in Pitt., died 1866 in Macon County, Tenn,  buried Hammock cemetery in Macon, married ca 1820 Frances Jacobs (1799-1895)
John T.  born 1785-1892 in Pitt, on 1820 Pitt census
Mildred married 1813 Pitt to Abraham “Meese”
Elizabeth born 1800-1801, probably in Pitt. married 1826 John Jacobs born 1799.  Jacobs also married Goads in ca 1800 Pitt.


June 1798 - John and James Hammack listed with Goad, Witcher, Young,. Meece, Ramsey, all related, many to Smith County, Tenn.


Catherine Clements married (1) William Hammack  (2) Robert Thompson.  She died in the early 1830s.  Had a son Robert Hammack. They lived in the part of Patrick County in 1794 that became Carroll County.  In 1794 they bought 300 acres on Back Creek from Stephen Senter. A son Nelson Thompson was born in Albemarle County in 1783 and was a resident of Amherst County in 1794.


1784 - Month of May -  Elizabeth “Gord” (Goad) married John Hammack  (probably John, Jr.),  she the daughter of William and Tabitha  Goad.


1830 census -  John Hammock , age 70-80, female 50/60 (the John who married Elizabeth Goad in 1784 ? Probably but the female is too young to be Elizabeth Goad/
Same census - Spencer Hammock  , age 40-50 or  50-60 ?,  six  listings from John Hammack,  John G. 30-40.


1839 - John Alfred Hammack, brother to Taliaferro, married Mary Hendrick.


1834 - Mary “Mease” born 1834 married Abraham Hammack,  she the daughter of Pendleton and Senia (Thompson) Mease .


1850 census - Coleman Hammock and wife Frances Jacobs had children born in 1821, and 1827, one a son named Taliaferro. Also Coleman, Jr. who married Adeline Vance. Some of these went to Macon County, Tenn.  Jacobs married Goad in ca 1800 Pitt.


Franklin County, Virginia


1788 Jan 26 - Peter Hammock married Nancy (Pritty ?), surety Micasjah Beck.
Montgomery County, Virginia -


1794 - Catherine Thompson of Patrick County  bought land from Stephen Sender She married (1) William Hammack (2) Robert Thompson, had five Thompson children, four slaves. She supposedly was from  Amherst/Albemarle County.


One William was a brother to “Toliver”,  sons of  Spencer.


West Virginia
Martin, RW soldier, brother to John of Grainger, also RW.


Grainger County, Tennessee -


John Hammack born 1755-1785,  married Nancy Maples. went to Grainger  as did the following siblings : James, Peter, Daniel, Jemima ( who married Thomas Bolton, Sr.).  John went from Pittsylvania to Greenbrier County, Va, then to Grainger. These are said to be children of John and Mary (Martin) Hammack.


1802 - Pleasant born.


1810 census -  John and Peter over age 44 ; William and Elizabeth  (not a couple) , age 26/44 ;  John 16/25.


Susannah Elizabeth Hammock married Edward or Edmund Maples. Their children born in the 1840s in Grainger.


1860 census - Edmond Maples, age 25. In his household was John Hammack, age 81 (born ca 1779).
A much older Edmund Maples born 1771 lived in Watauga and Jonesboro, Tenn. He reportedly had a sister who married John Hammack.


In 1782 Pittsylvania, William Maples paid a land tax along with many related families in the Pigg River area - Goad, Young,  Wade, Dalton, Clements.


Other Maples in Pitt  ……   ADD………………


Smith County, Tennessee, -


1820 census - - Daniel Hammack, same page as Goasd and Dillard.
1820 census  - Daniel Hammack on the same page as Goads.
1830 census - William, James D. and “Talafaro”.
1840 census - James D. age 30/40, , Mary  age 70/80. “Toliver”. At least in Virginia, Taliaferro was pronounced “Tolliver”.


Overton County. Tenn. Census -


William Hammack age 26/44  -    000010  --  00100,  two households from William Goad.


Anderson County, Tennessee, 1850 census - Ephraim Hammack., age 51, born in Virginia.


Four sons of Richard and Mary of Pittsylvania County, Virginia reportedly moved to Madison County, Kentucky.


Madison County, Ky.


1810 census - I find only three :  Daniel, William, Lewis, all in the 26/44 age bracket, hence born 1766-1784.  They were spelled “Hammack”.

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In 1777,  Capt. William Witcher was one who took loyalty oaths to the Continental cause from approximately 105 men over the age of sixteen. Many on the list were related. This is an attempt to show some of these relationships.


JAMES MITCHELL - Married 1767 to Agatha Dalton born ca 1750,  daughter of Robert Dalton, Sr. who married Mary Key, daughter of John and Martha Key. James probably moved to Greenville County, South Carolina.


JOHN WITCHER, JR.  died 1825, son of William and Polly.


RICHARD BENNETT -  Born 1733,  son of William and Mary (see next entry),  on 1780 Pitt tax list.


WILLIAM BENNETT born 1704,  married (1) Mary Humphreys  (2)  Hannah Goad born 1732, sister to Joanna Sevier. William may have died in Montgomery County.


ROBERT GOAD - My ancestor.  Son of Abraham Goad (1710-1779). Movred to Montgomery/Grayson County, Va. Died there 1835.  Wife Isabel.


ABRAHAM GOAD - Died 1779.  Wife Joanna.


WILLIAM GOAD - Probably son of John of  Bedford County , William born 1734.  Wife Tabitha.


CHARLES GOAD - born ca 1749.  Parentage uncertain,  wife was Rachel, possibly a Dalton.


JOHN DALTON - born 1732, wife was Patience  (or the John who married Christina Wadw  born 1769, died 1780.


SOLOMON DALTON - born  1760, son of Robert Dalton, Sr. , married Polly Terry, 1783, went to Greenville CountySouth Carolina, 1796.


WILLIAM DALTON = born ca 1750,  probably a son of Timothy who died 1775.  Wlliam went to Grayson County (now Carroll)  Virginia and left a huge progeny there including my mother.


THOMAS DALTON - born  before 1761, parents uncertain.


ROBERT DALTON (1715-1779), married Mary Key, daughter of John and Martha Key.- He left a will in Pittsylvania.
ROBERT DALTON, JR. -born before 1751,  son of Robert, Sr.  Lt. In the RW under Capt. William Witcher,  wife Mary  may have been a  Witcher .


DAVID DALTON. JR.  born  early 1750s, died 1796,    son of John Dalton, wife was Judith.


TIMOTHY DALTON  born ca 1758, son of  John, disappeared 1788.


SAMUEL DALTION - born  ca 1758,  probably son of Timothy who  died  1775.


TOBIAS PHILLIPS - a son of George Phillips whose parents were Tobias and    (ADD  ) Phillips of Richmond County, Virginia,  sister to Abraham Goad this list. Young Tobias went to Grasyson County, Virginia and died there.


DANIEL WITCHER - born  1744 ,  married Susannah Key Dalton born 1748, daughter of Robert Dalton, Sr. ,  died 1815 in Smith County, Tenn. Two daughter married Goads, two Youngs and one Ramsey.


JOHN WITCHER, SR. son of Cspt. William,  married           , went to Grainger County, Tennessee, died there 


REUBEN WITCHER -  (1750-1832),  son of Capt,. William,  married Jane Dalton      ….. daughter of ?????


PATRICK MORRISON  daughter Betsy married William Goad, son of John, Jr. ,  William and Patrick soon went to the Watauga settlements and fought at King’s Mt. under kinsman Col. John Sevier. See John Barnard below.


THOMAS RAMSEY, JR. -  1736-1780, son of  Thomas, Sr.,  married Frances Young, son of Capt. William Young, whose two sons married daughters of Daniel and Susannah (Dalton) Witcher. Thomas, Jr. lived and died in Franklin County, Va.


BENJAMIN TARRANT  - married  ca 1765  Martha  Dalton,  daughter of  of Robert, Sr. , went to Greenville County, South Carolina before 1800.
PEYTON WADE -  son of Edward, Sr.,  married in 1785 Mary Tarrant, daughter of Benjamin.


JAMES BENNETT  (1755-1826), son of William and Hannah, married Leticia Kerr.


STEPHEN BENNETT - born ca 1746,  son of William and Hannah , married Grissel Wade, daughter of Edward Wade, Sr. , in Anderson County, South Carolina in 1800.


“BERY” (Benjamin) BENNETT - born ca 1760,  son of William and  Hannah.


THOMAS BENNETT -  born  ca 1742 , son of William and Mary,  in Montgomery County militia in 1780, in Greenville County. South Carolina in 1800, died in Kentucky.


REUBEN BENNETT -  (1757-1847), son of Peter and  Frances and grandson of William and Mary,, went to Lancaster County, South Carolina.


RICHARD HAMMACK - wife was Mary, parents of  John Hammack who married  Elizabeth          Goad, daughter of William Goad, Sr,, brother to Joanna Sevier and Hannah Bennett.


BRIAN (Bryant/Bryan ?)  (Ward)  NOWLIN -  1740-1810,  married  (1) Mary “Lucy” Wade, daughter of Edward Wade, Sr.  (2)  Mildred Hutchings.  Bryant left a will in Pitt. In    (ADD)


JAMES NOWLIN - brother to above Bryant. One James married  Nancy Marlow in 1784 Pitt.


ROBERT SEVIER - brother of Col. John Sevier,  Robert a captain at King’s Mt., died of wounds on the way home. mother Joanna (Goad) Sevier, was an older sister of Hannah (Goad) Bennett.


JOHN TURLEY,   1750-1851  ??  ,  wife was Martha.


RANDAL (Randolph) BOBBITT - son of                        married  Fanny Walden (some say Rachel Phillips).


HENRY ATKINSON -  Henry, Jr.  on 1767 tax list,  died 1826, married Charity Ramsey, born 1762,  sister to Thomas Ramsey,  Jr.


HARMON COOK - married  Mary Agnes Turk.,  died in Shelby County, Tennessee, left a will there.


ABRAHAM RAZOR - son of Peter and Margaret,  born 1750s, married Elizabeth Witcher, likely daughter of Capt. William.  Another reference has Abraham as a son of  Paul, Sr. (two Abes ?).


PAUL RAZOR, SR. -  RW soldier, married Mary C. Cook, daughter of Harmon ,  Paul “Razar”  (Sr. or Jr.?) on property tax list in 1782 Montgomery County with Abraham “Razar”. went to Kenticky, died in Shelby County, Kentucky. as did Harmon Cook.  Both reportedly left  wills there.


PAUL RAZOR, JR. - Son of Paul, Sr.


JOHN BARNARD - son of Francis (male),  married (1) Anna Carr, went to Sullivan County, Tenn.  Descendants  married Daltons in Hawkins County, Tennessee,  daughter Mary married  James Morrison, son of the above Patrick.


JONATHAN JENNINGS - married Diannah Bobbitt, daughter of James who died in 1761 in Halifax County.  Jonathan was brother-in-law to Capt. William Bobbitt of Montgomery County, Va.  whose daughter Margaret married Tobias Phillips, son of George.


JOHN JUSTICE -  a  shoemaker and  constable. on 1767 Pitt. Tax list. One John  married  Elizabeth Young in 1798 Pitt.


JAMES  PHIPPS - John Phipps was a brother or father to Mrs. Ephraim Witcher.  James ?


DAVID POLLY -  Son of Edward,  David on 1767 tax list  with several Daltons, married Agnes Adkins (Atkinson), son of William and Lydia (Owens) Atkinson,  , had a son Joseph born 1757 who married Lavinia Midkiff in 1785.  One David (Jr. ?) married  Elizabeth Justice. One David Polly moved to Kanawha County, Va.  Some in that area used the name “Pauley”.


WILLIAM LAWSON -  Lunenburg tax lists 1748-1750  with Daltons and James Hensley,  1767 tax list in Pitt.,  1778-1780 tax lists in Henry County, two Williams  in 1780,  one listed as  ”Big Billy,  tax list in Montgomery, 1789. Same William ?  Son ? Robert Lawson married Sarah Goad in Montgomery ca 1790s., to Tennessee.


JNO. HENSLIE, SR - Taxed in 1752 Lunenburg as John Hensley with four other Henslrys, Benjamin David, William, James.


JOHN HENSLIE. JR.  - unmarried ass per 12782 and 1783 tax lists,  pehaps the John who married  Mary Wade, daughter of David Wade, in 1792.


JOHN PARTIN - born 1722 in Halifax County, North Carolina. John  and James Partin were on a tax list in 1787 Montgomery County; they missed militia muster the same year and a notation was that they had gone to North Carolina  John died there un 1802.  John and Charles on 1775 Pitt tax list.


THOMAS SHOCKLEY -  born 15 Sept 1755, son of Richard (1733-1800) and Lydia (Briggs)  Shockley from Goochland County.   Richard  and a Thomas were taxed in 1749  Lunenburg,  Thomas married Connie Salton/Sartor and  was in the  Montgomery County militia in     (YEAR???) . His mother was Elizabeth Adkins (ca 1741-1795).
Note : Adkins and Atkinson were  the same family.


WILLIAM WRIGHT -  on 1767 tax list. He and John Wright applied for compensation for losses sustained on the war.


ISAIAH WALDRUP  - no data but James Waldrup, Jr  was connected to the Goad family in three states.  James married  Mary Morrison, daughter of the above Patrick, served as an ensign in the Sullivan County, Tennessee militia ca 1790 , left a will in Georgia in 1836


JACOB and WILLIAM DYER -   George, Nathan and Agnes  married children of David Dalton in  1775-1788 .   Same Dyers   (CHECK)  to Grainger County, Tennessee. …………………….


GEORGE PHILLIPS  ?? -  Could be the George on this list whose surname was blurred,  his parents were Tobias and Hannah (Goad) Phillips and his son the Tobias on this list.  Assessed for army supplies, 1781.


DAVID WILLIS - witnessed will of Arthur Hopkins  in 1776 with John and Peyton Smith, Samuel Calland, John Smith, George Herndon, Leonard Tarrant were involved. John Willis was on the 1767 tax list,  John, William and Major on 1782 Pitt tax list,  a John on 1810 tax list.


ARTHUR FEARN - no data but Thomas Fearn  witnessed the will of Robert Payne in 1785,  executors were and  Robert Payne and William Harrison.  In 1790, Thomas Fearn witnessed the will of James Dixon,  Paynes again involved, Charles Payne, born 1758,  son of Col. Robert Payne  married Leanna Fearn.


GEORGE HENDERSON -- several Henderson had land entries  in Halifax in ca 1755 and in Pittsylvania in 1767 but none were George.


WILLIAM MOORE - lived on Frying Pan Creek in 1776.


JAMES JOHNSTON - 1775 Pitt tax list. In 1751 in Lunenburg, James Johnston and James Lawson jointly purchased land on Sandy Creek of Chestnut Creek  The name of James Johnston appears on Montgomery County militia rolls in 1781.  Another married there (then Botetourt County) in 1811.


ELIAS SMITH - 1775 tax list.  Many Smiths but I find no dasta for Elias.


The following appear on both the 1767 tax list and the oath list but about who I know nothing more :


Daniel Collings (Collins) and James Harrison


The following appear only on the oath list  among records I possess :


 Robert Romer, John Hunt, Sr., James Lidleton, James Garrison,   Simon Tashes (Toshes),  Nathan Hill, , Joseph Walker, Jonathan Phillips.

I have researched genealogy for over thirty years, I descend from Pitt. families Goad, Dalton, Jennings, others.


Being retired, just for fun I have been  preparing research "papers" (files) on many families that lived along the Pigg River 1766 (and earlier) up to ca 1820.  I have prepared about twenty such files and asm working on more.


 Ken Haas  
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Casualties of World War I from Pittsylvania County & Danville

305th Engineers Regimental History- 1918

The following is a transcription of papers handed down from my grandfather.  Richard Dewitt Gardner was born 1892 in Callands, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  His parents were Jacob Shelhorse Gardner and Lucy A. Eddy Gardner.  Jacob’s parents were William Finch Gardner and Martha Jane Shelhorse, all of Pittsylvania County.  Lucy Eddy’s parents were Thomas Eddy and Nancy Mason of Franklin County, Virginia.

This transcription is of documents in the possession of my father, Robert Gardner, and is related to Richard Gardner’s service in the Army during the First World War.  He was part of the 305th Engineer Regiment (Company B), 80th Division, 3rd Army.  He was injured during his service on two occaisions, both times a result of inhalation of mustard gas.  According to my grandfather, his first encounter with the gas was due to a faulty gas mask.  He was hospitalized for a short time, then was returned to his unit.  Due to his injury he was assigned as a messenger and driver.  He was driving down a road that was being shelled, so he stopped and jumped into a foxhole or bomb crater to wait out the shelling.  Unfortunately, the bottom of the hole was filled with gas, and as he was still recovering from the previous incident, this time the gas did major damage to his lungs.  He was in a hospital in France for a long time, and did not get home until many months after the War ended.  As a result of his injuries, his heart was badly damaged, which limited him in his activities.  He married Mary Anne Easley, daughter of Edward Thomas Easley and Virginia Belle Beck, of Callands, Pittsylvania County.  They moved to Ashland, Boyd County Kentucky and had four children, of which my father Robert R. Gardner was the youngest.  My grandfather died at the young age of 49, just days before Pearl Harbor in 1941, due to heart failure.  He is buried in Ashland, Ky.

The following papers consist of a roster of the members of Company B of the 305th Engineers, then a page showing the units’ movements after arriving in France in 1918.  The third piece is a 14-page document that was originally bound with two clips at the top of the pages.  I do not know if other copies of this booklet exist.  The pages are in fairly good condition, though one page has a large piece missing.  I attempted to transcribe the pages exactly as they appear, using the same sentence and page breaks, as well as the original spelling.  The last page is a copy of a history of the 80th Division with the source at the bottom.

I wanted to publish this in the Pittsylvania County website, as my grandfather was a native of that county.  The 305th Engineers and the 80th Division were formed at Camp Lee Virginia, and I figured that many of the members of this unit were from Virginia, and perhaps from Pittsylvania.  I hope this is of some use to anyone researching their family.  Any questions or comments may be sent to:



      France, December 1st, 1918

   December 1st, 1918

-  -  -  -  -  - -

Regimental Staff

Lieut. Colonel George W. Knight, Commanding Regiment
Captain Robert C. Levis, Regimental Adjutant
Captain Samuel H. Sherrerd, Personnel Adjutant
Captain William A. Smith, Supply Officer

Medical Detachment

Captain Ralph E. Stevens, Regimental Surgeon
Captain William F. Passer, Battalion Surgeon
Captain John W. Murphy, Dental Surgeon
1st Lieut. Luther W. Clark, Chaplain
2nd Lieut. Charles H. Doepel, Veterinary Surgeon

1st Battalion

Major Caleb S. Kenney, Commanding 1st Battalion
Captain Frank L. Weaver, Battalion Adjutant

Company “B”

Captain Charles L. Packard, Commanding
1st Lieut. Francis M. Tompkins
1st Lieut. Einard W. Lebeck
1st Lieut. Arthur N. Allcroft
2nd Lieut. John C. Watkins

1st Sergeant    Sergeants
Herr, Ralph.
    Noll, William E.
     Burns, Leo C.
Sergeants 1cl    Latavish, Mike.
Sisk, Martin J.    Conrad, Bernard G.
Dunchack, Andrew   Crape, Donald L.
Gwynn, David J.    McDonald, John E.
Moroney, Vincent E.   Peters, Theodore A.
Settle, Joseph    Rhodes, Scott A.
     Smith, Ahthur G.
Mess Sergeant
Lyons, Herbert P.
     Good, Howard W.
Stable Sergeant    Spencer, James A.
Voltz, Charles J.
    Anna, Henry M.

     Foster, John H.
Sergeants    Dey, Ralph H.
Bergeron, Francis E.   Eoval, Andrew J.
Parrish/ John L/    Davidson, James V.
Sherwin, Henry.    Romagna, Otto.
Benz, John P.    Gilroy, William H.
Williams, Clair B.   Miles, John M.

Company “B”  (contd)

Corporals    Privates 1cl.
Bostick, Garrette H.
   Audia, Guiseppe.
Carter, Earl C.    Baker, Joseph R.
Gray, William P.    Baxter, James B.
Walker, Willis A.    Bowyer, George D.
Deilt, Walter A.
    Bunn, George W.

Stitz, Michael J.    Buster, Odie F.
Bialkowski, Augustine G.
   Butler, Thomas J.

Gibel, John W.    Caves, Jesse J.
Heasley, Lawrence S.
   Clements, Thomas G.

Randolph, Richard S.   Crosetti, Cearar.
Wickenhouser, George A.   Cunningham, George W.
Gilday, John R.    Curtis, Robert E.
Mitchell, Michael W.   Dallas, Wilbur C.
Singleton, William R.   Davis, Jacob M.
Stoy, John G.    Deans, Cecil T.
White, Albert G.    Delozier, Peter G.
Tierney, John P.    Deppa, Bert W.
Wyland, Gilbert A.   Dillon, Oliver P.
     Demdrisky, Frank W.
Cooks     Dougherty, Daniel J.
     Edmiston, Samuel H.
Ball, Walter E.    Ehrman, Robert A.
GrAiner, John A.    Elger, Alphonse J.
Ratchford, Thomas F.   English, Charles O.
Vogel, George K.    Evans, Garlad E.
     Fitzgerald, Arthur G.
Horseshoer    Galbreath, John.
Werner, George C.   Gardner, Richard D.
     Gionard, Charles
Saddler     Gulish, Joseph P.
Witt, Samuel H.    Hawkins, George W.
     Hohan, Charles F.
Wagoners    Kraus, Lawrence J.
     Massie, Hume W.
Burke, Morgan S.    Mock, Ralph C.
Byrnes, Edward R.   Morone, Domenick.
Conrad, Raymond.   Morris, Henry.
Dodge, Wilson.    Murray, Edward T.
Reiger, John.    Paxton, Worthy, P.
Wallace, Raymond R.
   Pickett, Robert L.

Westover, Roy.    Porter, Donald W.
White, James C.    Rea, Harry J.
     Salvino, Antonio.
Buglers     Sharrow, George.
     Shirey, Charles J.
Edgein, Clair W.
    Smith, Charles P.

Lankford, Donnell P.   Smith, James H.

Company “B” (contd)

Privates 1cl.    Privates

Sneddon, John.    Ennis, Robie.
Sofia, Salvatoro.    Ercolani, Giuseppe.
Spelman, John.    Faretta, Michele.
Strang, Daniel G.    Fedorsack, William A.
Taylor, Robert E.    Fitzgerald, Haywood.
Tharp, George E.    Flaherty, John J.
Verodese, Guiseppe.   Fleming, Vernor M.
     Flowers, William O.
Privates     Fouch, Elkahah.
Ambrosotti, Raigero.   Fowler, Charles R.
Ayers, Marion.
    Fowler, Leonard H.
Barnett, James E.
    Foxio, Peter.

Bash, Charles R.    Frabinio, Gioseppe.
Beeler, Charles H.   Frick, Irwin H.
Bledsoe, Qunit.    Frye, Joseph H.
Born, Ferdinand.    Frye, William H.
Boulanger, Arthur.   Goode, Kemper G.
Bowers, Daniel C.   Harrell, Jessie C.
Boylan, Herbert C.   Hebb, Harry B.
Breeden, Curtis O.   Hirshbergor, Frank J.
Brooks, Walter G.   Johnson, Carl J.
Bryant, Gurney.    Jones, Arthur S.
Burns, James.    Kelly, John J.
Callahan, Will.    Kirk, Edward L.
Case, Lawrence L.
   Koop, Fred.

Christenson, Carl J.   Lee, Shlton L/
Cochran, Francis E.
   Liveris, Dany.

Cogsdale, Seth E.    Lorenzini, Giovanni
Contz_______[torn/missing]  Madigan, Charles P.
Crabt_______[torn/missing]  Martsolf, John M.
Crawford, Jacob C.   McCoy, Thomas.
Crossman, Leo M.   McCracken, Herman.
Coyle, Isaac M.    McNelly, August C.
Cutchin, Thomas H.
   Merredith, Hugh.

Dalton, Ernest.    Migliacci, Nicola.
Davis, Jack.    Morgan, Harry.
Demas, Lewis.    Motley, Wister B.
Desjardins, Joseph.   Null, John W.
Detweiler, William C.
   Nundy, Harold O.

Devlin, John J.    O’Harrow, William A.
Deyell, William E.   Oxman, Benjamin.
Dezern, Lewis A.    Parker, James D.
Digirolomo, Confrio.
   Simanuk, Philip.

Dolan, Philip S.    Smeltzer, Harry O.
Doucet, Philias.    Smith, Roland I.
Doughty, Cecil L.   Springer, Frank J.
Downey, Thomas H.
   Sullivan, Eugene J.

Duffield, Foster W.   Tarducci, Demenic.
Duncan, Harry.    Wylie, Charles F.
Dzwoskouski, Felix J.
Ecklund, Edward C.
Elick, Mike.
Elliott, William.
Enck, Samuel E.
Endline, John.
Englehart, Fred J.
Englehart, Robert H.




BREST    JUNE,8,1918   JUNE 15, 1918.
CALAIS   JUNE 13, 1918   JUNE 18, 1918.
SAMAR    JUNE 18, 1918   JUNE 19, 1918
WIDEHEM   JUNE 19, 1918   JUNE 21, 1918
BEZINGHEM   JUNE 21, 1918   JUNE 27, 1918
DEVRES   JUNE 21, 1918   JUNE 27, 1918
WIDEHEM   JUNE 27, 1918   JULY 4, 1918
SAMAR    JULY 4, 1918   JULY 4, 1918
BEAUVAL   JULY 6, 1918   JULY 15, 1918
WORLOY   JULY 15, 1918   JULY 26, 1918
SENLIS    JULY 26, 1918   AUG. 3, 1918
WORLOY   AUG. 3, 1918   AUG. 12, 1918
VARRENNES   AUG. 12, 1918   AUG. 18, 1918
BEAUVAL   AUG. 18, 1918   AUG. 19, 1918
PROUVILLE   AUG. 19, 1918   AUG. 22, 1918
POINCON   AUG. 24, 1918   AUG. 24, 1918
VANVEY   AUG. 24, 1918   AUG. 25, 1918
BURE-LES-TEMPLIERS  AUG. 25, 1918   AUG. 30, 1918
MAISEY-LES-DUC  AUG. 30, 1918   AUG. 31, 1918
POINCON   AUG. 31, 1918   Sept. 1, 1918
LIGNY    SEPT. 2, 1918   SEPT. 2, 1918
NANT-LE-PETIT  SEPT. 2, 1918   SEPT. 7, 1918
7, 1918   SEPT. 13, 1918

WILLERENCOURT  SEPT. 13, 1918   SEPT. 15, 1918
15,  1918   SEPT. 19, 1918
19, 1918   SEPT. 23, 1918

GERMONVILLE  SEPT. 23, 1918   SEPT. 26, 1918
26, 1918   SEPT. 29, 1918
29, 1918   OCT. 5, 1918

NANTILLOIS   Oct. 5, 1918   OCT. 6, 1918
MALANCOURT   OCT. 5, 1918   OCT. 9, 1918
SEPTSARGES   OCT. 9, 1918   OCT. 13, 1918
__UCOURT   OCT. 13, 1918   OCT. 14, 1918
_____EVILLE   OCT. 14, 1918   OCT. 15, 1918
______URT   OCT. 15, 1918   OCT. 16, 1918
_______OURT   OCT. 16, 1918   OCT. 24, 1918
________(CAMP MONHOVEN) OCT. 24, 1918   OCT. 27, 1918
_________   OCT. 27, 1918   NOV. 1, 1918
_________ES   NOV.
1, 1918   NOV. 2, 1918
_________   NOV.
2, 1918   NOV. 5, 1918
_________   NOV.
5, 1918   NOV. 11, 1918

_________ HOMMES  NOV. 11, 1918   NOV. 12, 1918
________ CHEHERY  NOV. 12, 1918   NOV. 13, 1918
________(CAMP MONHOVEN) NOV. 13, 1918   NOV. 18, 1918
_______NT   NOV.
18, 1918   NOV. 19, 1918
_______LES   NOV.
19, 1918   NOV. 20, 1918
_______ELLES   NOV.
20, 1918   NOV. 22, 1918

_______-EN-LIEU  NOV. 22, 1918   NOV. 23, 1918
________MTE   NOV.
23, 1918   NOV. 25, 1918
________R   NOV.
25, 1918   NOV. 26, 1918
________   NOV.
26, 1918   NOV. 27, 1918
_______NT   NOV.
27, 1918   NOV. 28, 1918
______-SEINE   NOV.
28, 1918   NOV. 29, 1918
______    NOV.
29, 1918   NOV. 30, 1918

_______ARMANCON  NOV. 30, 1918   DEC. 4, 1918
_______    DEC. 4, 1918

[end of page]
[my note:  The above page was in the worst shape of all the pages, and had a large piece missing, as denoted by the “__” underline that preceeds the last 24 lines.]


  Fulvy, France, February 9, 1919

           The 305th  Engineer Regiment, 80th Division, was first organized
at Camp Lee, Va., during the early days of September 1917.  The
officer personnel had been assembled and assignments to duty had been
made on August 27, 1917.  Colonel George R. Spalding was placed in
command.  The training of the regiment was started immediately, the
time being about equally divided between Infantry Drill and Military

           The authorized strength of an Engineer Regiment and Engineer
Train, including Medical, Ordnance and Veterinary Detachments (attached)
is 57 officers and 1782 men.  The organization consists of two Batta-
lions of three companies each, a Headquarters Detachment, an Engineer
Train, and a Medical Detachment.  A Band has been authorized since
August 1918, but most Engineer Regiments organized a Band from the
beginning, placing the members on special duty.  The officer personnel
includes a Colonel, Lieut. Colonel, three Majors, in command of the
two Battalions and the Medical Detachment.  Captains in command of the
companies and as Personnel Officer, Topographical Officer, supply
Officer, Adjutants and Medical Officers.  Lieutenants as company officers
and the Regimental Chaplain.
  The enlisted personnel consists of

Regimental Sergeant Majors, Master Engineers, Senior and Junior Grade,
Regimental Supply Sergeants, Battalion Sergeant Majors, First Sergeants,
Sergeants First Class, Sergeant Bugler, Color Sergeants, Mess Sergeants,
Stable Sergeants, Sergeants, Corporals, Cooks, Horseshoers, Mechanics,
Saddlers, Wagoners, Buglers, Privates First Class, and Privates.

           During the training period there were frequent changes in the
personnel including officers and non-commissioned officer appointments,
 and new increments of men from the Depot Brigade to take the place of
those transferred or lost on account of sickness.  A considerable
number of men entered the Regiment in this way in early December and
a still larger number, amounting to nearly 50% of the strength in
March and April, the latter increase being assigned to take the place
of men who had already been withdrawn from the Regiment for overseas

          Early in the Spring the Companies in rotation left camp for
periods of about a week, marching to Dutch Gap, Va., where instructions
was given in Engineer Drill.  They were also given instruction on
Pontoon Bridges, on the Appomattox River, about the same time.

         In May the rumors of departure for overseas duty, which had
started in March, become more persistent, the Engineer equipment was
packed and unpacked several times and finally on the 24th of May
orders to move were received.  An advance party, consisting of
Captain Thomas J. Powell and Sergeant Frederick C. James, had left
camp with the Division advance party a few days earlier, and had
preceeded to Brest.  Colonel Spalding had also left for France on
May 18th with the Commanding General of the 80th Division as Acting
Chief of Staff, so that the Regiment was under command of the Lieut.
Colonel until Colonel Spalding rejoined it at Samer, France.

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        The Regiment left Camp Lee at 2:00 A.M. on May 25th and marched
under heavy equipment to City Point (nine miles) where they boarded
two small steamers for Newport News.  After a rest during the day the
Regiment embarked on the U.S. Transport “Huron” formerly the “Frederick
der Grosse” of the Hamburg-American Line.  On May 26th at 4:00 P.M.
the steamer joined the other vessels of the convoy outside of port.

       The ship’s Commander was Commodore Doyle, U.S.N.  The total
convoy consisted of twelve armed transports.  The Cruiser “North Carolina
accompanied the “Huron”  to sea until other ships joined the convoy
after which a destroyer replaced her, crossing with the fleet.  Ten
more destroyers joined the fleet several days before port was reached.
The day before sighting land the convoy split and half the vessels
headed for Bordeaux while the other half, including the “Huron” made
for Brest.

       The trip across was without incident, as the weather was fair
and no submarines were encountered.  The quarters on the ship, however,
were very crowded and the food was not over-abundant, but very tempting
in quality.  Who will forget the remarks?  “Soldier, you can’t stand here”
just as one had selected a comfortable place on deck; or “Hot stuff,
coming through” when the mess cans were being carried about.

      At 4:00 P.M., June 8th the “Huron” anchored in Brest Roads, and
the regiment boarded a tender and went ashore.  The whole outfit then
marched up to “Pontanezen Barracks”, and remained there until June 12th.
During these four days no liberty was granted.

      Just before leaving the United States, Captain Maurice E. Gilmore
had been transferred out of the regiment.  First Lieut. Frank Weaver had
been promoted to Captain and assigned to 1st Battalion as Adjutant, in
place of Captain Samuel Sherrerd, who was made Personnel Officer.
Captain William R. Grunow was transferred from the command of “F”
Company to the command of “D” company, and First Lieutenant Fred G.
Rockwell was placed in command of “F” Company.  Captain J. Shlessinger
had been sick in hospital since March 27th and did not cross with the

        At 1:00 P.M. Wednesday June 12th the regiment left Pontanezen
Barracks and marched to the railroad station, where three days rations were issued
and the train was boarded.  Passenger coaches were provided,
but, as usual, there was no room to spare.  The trip lasted two days and
the destination proved to be Calais, which point was reached at 2:30 P.M.
June 14th

        The regiment marched to British Rest Camp No. 6, where the men were
quartered in bell tents, as many as fourteen or fifteen men to a tent.
The men were instructed to be on guard for air raids, one of which had
taken place two nights before, and if such occured to keep under cover
and to lie flat on the ground.  The same night there was an alarm, which
broke up several poker games rather suddenly; but it proved to be false.

        The next few days were spent in exchanging American for British
“Lee-Enfield” rifles; in getting equipped with gas masks and in drill
and instructions under British Sergeants and Officers.

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        On June 17th at 7:30 P.M. the regiment marched to an entraining point
near Calais, boarded box cars-thirty-five to forty men per car- and moved
to Samar (fifteen kilometers from Boulogne) arriving the same evening.

        Training under British direction was continued at Samar and in the
neighboring towns of Menty, Widehem, Devree and Halinghen.  Campaign
hats were turned in and exchanged for overseas caps.  On June 25th the
regiment was re-equipped with British transport, both horses and wagons?

       The weather towards the end of June became hot, so that the roads
were in good condition.  On one occaision several units of the regiment
marched to Etaples for a swim.

      Colonel Spalding had now rejoined the regiment and taken command.
Major J. Vinton Birch and First Lieutenants H.R.Haar and William Booth
were ordered to school, from which they were to go to the United States,
when the course was completed.  Lieutenants Booth and Haar were later
assigned to the 317th Engineers.  First Lieut. John T. Morgan was
relieved from command of the Engineer Train and appointed Acting
Regimental Adjutant, and Second Lieut. Herman Maier placed in command.
Captain George W. Knight became commander of the 2nd Battalion.

        On July 4th the regiment entrained for Candas from which point it
marched to Beauval, where Divisional and Regimental Headquarters were
established and remained for the next two months.  The Engineer Train,
which was now equipped with British-horsed transport, made the 100
kilometer trip over the roads.

        The regiment had now reached the front and was brigaded with the
British.  Training was continued in the neighborhood of Beauval and
included rifle and bayonet practice, barbed wiring and trench drill.
The entire organization was billeted in the town except the Train,
which occupied tents and constructed bivvies.

        It was soon found that Beauval was all right in the day time, but
not so agreeable after dark.  On practically every clear night there was
an air raid alarm, followed by the playing of search-lights and a bombard-
ment by anti-aircraft batteries.  The first serious raid on the town
itself during the stay of the regiment occurred on the night of July 18th
when seven bombs were dropped, demolishing a small dwelling house and
killing four civilians.  A baby, sleeping in a cradle in this house,
miraculously escaped injury, though the building about the cradle was
completely wrecked.  Captain Robert Luce, the Regimental Dental Surgeon,
had a narrow escape on this occasion, as did a number of others in the

         Several nights later a very large Boche plane was brought down near
Beauval.  The machine, which was flying quite low, was picked up by the
search-lights and was plainly visible to those standing in the streets
of the town.  After a brief bombardment from the anti-aircraft batteries,
the guns suddenly stopped firing and it was seen that a British plane was
up and was attacking the Boche.  After a short fight the German plane
caught on fire and fell rapidly.  The plane was destroyed and the crew
of nine men killed.  Upon striking the ground some bombs exploded and
also killed two Englishmen who came running up.  This huge bombing plane
measured 144 feet from wing tip to wing tip and was provided with five

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      On July 15th the 1st Battalion marched to Harponville where head-
quarters was
established.  Company “B” moved to Senlis and Companies “A”

and “C” to positions between Senlis and Varennes.  The Battalion was now
engaged on the construction and repair of the Front Line and reserve trench
system, barbed wire aprons, dugouts, pill boxes etc.  Reconnaissance and
night wiring parties went out into No Man’s Land and in general performed
the same duties as the British troops holding the sector.

     The 2nd Battalion marched from Beauval to Coigneaux on July 15th
establishing Headquarters at the latter point.  “E” and “F” companies were
camped between Coigneux and Souastre, and “D” Company at Bayencourt.
The Battalion performed the same type of trench work as the 1st Battalion.

      Men of the regiment were under fire daily, and the first casualty
occurred on July 31st when Sergeant Claypool of “B” Company was killed
by a high explosive shell while at work between Millencourt and Albert.
He was buried with Military Honors at Harponville.  Chaplain Luther Clark
of the regiment, conducting the service.
  Several days later Master Engineer

Charles E. Wilson was seriously wounded by a sharpnel [sp] burst in a trench
where he was working near Monchy.

     On August 1st, First Lieut. Robert C. Levis was appointed Adjutant
of the 2nd Battalion.  2nd Lieuts., Oscar C. Bohlin and James M. Howe
were assigned to the regiment from the 101st Engineers.  On August 8th
Captain Jacob Shlessinger returned to the regiment from hospital at Camp
Lee and was appointed Topographical Officer in place of Captain Thomas J.
Powell, who returned to the United States at this time, together with the
following officers:  Captain George F. Hobson, Captain William R. Grunov,
First Lieuts. C.J.Brady, J.T.Thompson and K.S. Abell.  First Lieutenant
William A. Smith was appointed Regimental Supply Officer from “B” Company.
First Lieut. William Robinson of “A” Company was placed in command of
Company “D”.  First Lieut. Charles W. Chesley was transferred from “E”
Company to Headquarters Company.  On August 17th Lieut. Colonel E.H.Ropes
left the regiment for assignment to duty in the United States.  On
August 26th First Lieut. Fred W. Wright was assigned to the regiment from
the 66th Engineers.

     On August 8th the 2nd Battalion marched to Baieuval from which point
details of men were assigned to British units for instruction.  The Regiment
at this time was working with the IV, V and VI British Corps.  The New
Zealanders and Australians in the neighborhood of Sonastre had a consider-
able number of men assigned to them from the 2nd Battalion.

    On August 18th the 1st Battalion moved to the woods outside of Beauval
and on the following day joined the Engineer Train and Headquarters Company
and marched to Prouville.  On the same day the 2nd Battalion moved from
Baieullval to Coigneux and at 3:A.M. the next morning started to march
for an entraining point.  The route led through Beauval to Bernaville and
the distance covered 37 kilometers, establishing a record for the Division.
The Battalion arrived at Bernaville at 6:00 P.M., having marched under
heavy equipment for twelve hours, exclusive of a two hours rest at noon.
Very few men fell out of the line of march.

     The regiment had already made many moves, generally under full
equipment, and its reputation for moving often and for long hikes was
sustained during later operations.

The regiment entrained from Prouville West and Bernaville in three
sections, on the evening of August 23rd.  Trains made up of box cars and
flat cars were provided.  After two nights and a day, via Amiens and Paris,
the training area of Chatillen-sur-Seine was reached.
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  The 1st Battalion and Headquarters Detachment detrained at Poincon and
marched to Vanvey where the night was spent.  The march was resumed next
morning and the town of Bure-les-Templiers was reached, where the troops
were billeted.  The 2nd Battalion detrained at Chattilion and marched to
Maisey-le-Duc where they rested and marched the night of August 24-25 and
reached the town of Colmier-le-Bas where the troops were billeted, except
“F” Company which continued the march to Chauger where they were billeted.
The Engineer Train detrained at Les Launus and moved to Bure-les Templiers.
Colonel Spalding marched at the head of the column the entire distance.

     The next few days were passed in fixing up billets and in starting a
regular training schedule.  On August 31st, orders were changed, however,
and the regiment prepared to march the next day.  The first night’s halt
was made at the old location at Maisey-le-Duc and the second at the
entraining point, Poincon.  The regiment boarded two trains of box and
flat cars and left Poincon in the evening of September 2nd., passing
fhrough Bar-le-Duc in the morning, the trains pulled up at Nancois-
Tronville at noon, where the regiment detrained and rested until evening.

     The orders issued drew especial attention to the necessity of
concealing the presence of all troops as much as possible, so that after
this time all marches were made at night.  During the daytime the troops
were ordered to stay under cover of buildings or woods and not to assemble
in groups or formations in the open.  These regulations proved onerous
at times, but were faithfully complied with by the majority of the troops
in the concentration which was now being effected, so that favorable
reports were rendered by our airplane observers whose duty it was to
watch out for infringements of the orders.  The only unfavorable comment
that was made was in connection with the smoke from fires in the woods.
The only fires allowed were those in the rolling kitchens, and as nothing
but green wood was obtainable it was sometimes necessary to put out even
the kitchen fires and serve a cold meal.

     On the evening of September 2nd the regiment marched from Tronville-
through Ligny, Headquarters of the 1st Army, to Nante-le-Petite.  On the
following day camp locations in the woods were selected and the regiment
moved out under canvas.  The next three days were rainy and all were
thoroughly uncomfortable in the small tents.  Everything was wet, no
lights were allowed at night and no fires except for cooking were permit-
ted at any time.

     On the evening of September 7th the regiment left Nante-le-Petit and
marched to Ligny-en-Barrois, arriving in the pitch darkness and rain at
1:00 A.M.  The rest of the night was spent in the open as it had been
determined to camp on a hill above the town.  On September 12th the
regiment moved to billets in Willeroncourt, which event was a welcome
relief from the wet conditions of tenting in the woods and bushes.
Our Division was now in Reserve for the St. Mihiel drive which was begun
that morning.  Several hundred Austrian prisoners captured in the St.
Mihiel Drive
passed through town September 12th and 13th.  On the evening

of September 14th the Transport moved out and the next day the men embussed
in French Camions at 7:40 P.M. 50 kilometers to St. Andre Woods,
arriving in the dark at 4:30 A.M.  The camp loc ation in the open woods
was better than at Ligny or Nante-le-Petite, but the weather continued
rather wet, so that living conditions were far from comfortable.  Although
every effort was made to conceal the presence of the men and Transport,
it was evident to all by this time that a huge concentration of troops
was being effected.  Every wood was full of men and at night the roads
were choked with Transport, while camouflaged dumps of supplies and
ammunition were to be seen at frequent intervals.
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     On September 19th orders were issued to move forward.  The column
was formed on the road about midnight and after waiting in line several
hours for other troops to pass, the road was clear and the regiment
marched until  8:00 A.M., when they reached the location in the woods
two kilometers from Lempire.  The frequent halts and long waiting
experienced on this march made it one of the hardest which the men had
been through.

     September 20th and 21st were spent in the woods resting and fixing
camp.  The weather became much colder so that improvised stoves in the
huts were put to full use.  Plans were now being worked out for the part
which the Engineers were to take in the big drive and several officers
made reconnaissance trips to the lines from this point.  This camp
location was about one kilometer from the Fort de Landrecourt, the most
western fort of the chain protecting Verdun.

     September 23-25th was spent in moving up into position for the
drive.  On the 25th the location of the units was as follows: Regimen-
tal Headquarters, Engineer Train, and Headquarters were at dugouts about
two kilometers north of Germonville; 1st Battalion had moved in the
evening from Fromereville to dugouts northwest of Germonville; D and E
Companies were located in the woods near the road south of Eau Claire;
C Company was stationed about two kilometers west of Chattancourt.

     The regiment had been assigned the duty of opening up the road
for the division from Esnes to Bethincourt to do which it was necessary
to construct a new road across the front line trenches and No Man’s Land
and to build a bridge across Forgos Brook into Bethincourt.  To this
end construction material had been hauled up as far as possible by
truck and wagon and then carried up farther by hand and camouflaged in
the trenches.  For two days previous to the attack every means of
transport was utilized to the upmost, and owing to the more or less
constant enemy shelling and the congestion of the roads a trip of but
a few kilometers often took from twelve to twenty-four hours.  Drivers
and horses had little opportunity to rest and food and forage were
difficult to obtain since any arrangements made in advance were sure
to fall down under the changed circumstances of the moment.  Nor was
the condition in the companies much better, for night marching, the
constant call for details, the uncomfortable and dangerous positions
in which the men found themselves, gave small chance for rest.

     The weather had been cloudy and overcast for a number of days
before the drive, which was favorable on the whole for the American
operations since it made enemy observation difficult, and permitted
more movement in the daytime than would otherwise have been adviseable.
By September 25th the ground had been dried up enough so that “sand
tracks” across the fields were possible to use, this relieving somewhat
the tremendously heavy traffic on the roads.

     Regimental Headquarters was situated in a bell tent at the top
of a hill, close to the main road.  At this point there was a large
dugout with a number of entrances, and with three underground galleries
on different levels, which afforded sleeping quarters for many of the
men; but it was so damp and crowded below ground that some men preferred
getting what rest they could sleeping in wagons or under the trees.
A battery of fourteen 155 millimeter guns was located ju st below the
dugout and so close that the blast from their muzzles made it rather
dangerous to go down into the dugout entrance when the cannon were in
operation.  Another battery of still larger calibre was located behind
some trees just across the road and when one of those pieces opened up
the concussion was so tremendous that it fairly took one’s breath away.
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     The traffic along the road was continuous and often became
blocked.  Whatever officers were on hand, in addition to their other
duties, did whatever they could towards directing and relieving traffic.
Colonel Spalding himself spent most of one night clearing up a bad
block at this point.  A free canteen was also opened up by the regiment
and a very large number of men who had not had anything to eat for a
long time were served with hot coffee and bread and syrup.
     At 11:35 on the evening of September 25th the great bombardment
opened up and continued all night.  The din was terriffic and the sky
was lit up far and wide with the flashes of the guns.  It was observed
that the German guns ceased firing almost immediately, which seemed to
indicate that our pieces were registering on their batteries.
     Early in the morning the Infantry went over the top, Companies
D and E of the Engineers advancing with them.  Companies B and F and
500 Pioneer Infantry under Captain Kenney started the construction of
the bridge across Forges Brook at 6:30 A.M. and completed it so that
the Artillery was able to cross at 9:30 A.M.  Machine-gunning from the
air as well as the ground, and more or less continuous enemy shelling
made these operations very difficult, but by good fortune the Boche
never managed to register a hit on the bridge.

     The Divisional Transport, as well as that of other Divisions and
a large amount of French Artillery, immediately started to move over
the road from Chattancourt through Esnes and down into Bethincourt.
This road was practically the only means of advance even for foot
soldiers as the ground all about was so torn up with shell holes and
demolished trenches that it was impassable.  It will be remembered
that the Division was advancing over a sector which had previous seen
some of the bitterest fighting of the war.  The famous “Dead Man’s Hill”
lay between Chattancourt and Bethincourt, the road running across a
spur of the hill.
  For the next forty-eight hours every effort was

turned towards keeping traffic moving from Esnes into Bethincourt.
Again and again blocks would occur, caused by trucks sticking in the
mud, or double banking or horses unable to pull a heavy gun or loaded
wagon out of the mud.  It was often necessary to overturn a truck
into the ditch or to order a wagon pulled off the road and discarded
so that the long line of vehicles behind it might move forward.
Showers on the morning of September 27th made the difficulties much
greater, but by good fortune the next few days were dry and the road
work progressed favorably.

     The town of Bethincourt was a heap of ruins with only a few
walls left standing.  One of the first tasks was to clear up the
streets and fill up the shell holes so that traffic could pass
through the town.   Although completely exhausted the men continued
to perform this work under the personal supervision of Colonel Spalding,
who himself had been constantly at work without sleep for almost three
days.  Regimental Headquarters were established in the Colonel’s car
near the bridge which had been built across Forges Brook.  The staff
slept in a small dugout under the ruins of a building.  The Regiment
was now located in and about Bethincourt and for the next few days
worked principally on the roads in the vicinity.  There was little
shelter available and there was constant menace from the enemy shelling
and from hostile aeroplanes.  During this period and for the next two
weeks there were very large concentrations of men and transport in and
about Bethincourt.  For the most part the men were exposed to the view
of enemy airplane observers, who frequently came across the lines, and
the fact that there were as few casualties as there were can only be
ascribed to the force of our attack and the thoroughness of the artillery
preparation which kept the enemy constantly looking out for himself.  As
it was, the losses in animals from machine gun fire were considerable.
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     On September 29th the Engineer Train moved into Bethincourt via
Malancourt, the direct road from Esnes having been ordered a one-way
route to the rear.  The location chosen by the Train proved to be a
bad one, for a number of shells came over in quick succession, wounding
one man, killing three horses, and wounding four others.  The Train
moved its Headquarters back to Esnes on the following day, but a number
of the wagons remained on duty forward.  On the same day the 2nd
Battalion moved to Cuisy.  Regimental Headquarters was established in
the deep dugouts between Bethincourt and Cuisy.  All companies were
put on road work.
     On October 2nd Colonel Spalding was relieved from command of the
Regiment and appointed Chief Engineer of the 1st Army.  Major Bright
was ordered to staff School and was relieved of command of the 1st
Battalion by Captain Kenney.   Captain Knight was promoted to Major
and became Acting Lieut. Colonel of the Regiment.  Captain Hoff was
appointed commander of the 2nd Battalion.  Lieut. Packard was assigned
the command of B Company and Lieut. Yereance the command of C Company.
Lieutenant Morgan was promoted to Captain.  Second Lieutenants Sinclair
and Maier were appointed First Lieutenants.  First Lieut. Stuart relieved
Lieut. Maier as commander of the Train.
     A great concentration of heavy artillery was taking place in
the valleys between Bethincourt and Cuisy.  These pieces were emplaced
in the open with little or no camouflage, and as there were enemy planes
“over” many times during the day, it was not surprising that a good deal
of hostile shelling took place all over this area.  The Colonel’s mess
had been established in the “upstairs” room of a large dugout, and on
one occasion at about this time a Jerry shell landed on the roof, just
as the Staff were sitting down to dinner.  The cooks and field range
outside the door were sprinkled with dirt, and their was a good deal of
commotion for a minute or two.  Finally it was deemed more prudent to
move farther down under ground.
     On October 4th, Colonel Harry Burgess was assigned to the regiment.
The first officer casualties occurred on this date.  First Lieutenant
Ward H. Ream, on duty at Nantillois, was instantly killed by the explosion
of a high explosive shell which hit his horse.  Lieut. F.W. Wright was severly
wounded and Lieut. Orbison was slightly wounded on the same day.  A few
days later Captain Kenney and Lieut. Moses H. Simmons were slightly wounded.
     The following men from the regiment having been commissioned 2nd
Lieutenants, were assigned to the different commands; Henry G. Buckingham,
Francis M. Tompkins, Henry L. Cannon, Edward A. Furrer, Edwin B. Hudson,
Frank M. Schultz, Frederick Sonand, Howard C. Spencer.  The following
officers reported for duty in the regiment: 2nd Lieutenants John C. Naylor,
Moses H. Simmons, John C. Watkins, Robert J. Cheatham, John T. Ellis and
Charles S. Rollings.
     The weather was clear for the first week of October and there was great
air activity.  A line of ten or more of our observation balloons
could often be seen at a time.  One of these captive balloons, which
was located within a short distance of Regimental Headquarters, was the
particular object of enemy plane attacks.. Six times in twenty-four
hours hostile fliers swooped down and attempted to set fire to the
balloon with incendiary bullets, but each time they were driven off by
a hail of machine gun bullets from the ground, and the balloon observer
descended in safety my means of his parachute.  The seventh enemy
attempt was more successful.  A single flier appeared suddenly from a
cloud just towards evening, and headed right for the balloon succeeded
in setting it on fire before he was even discovered.  The observer
jumped and had fallen half way to the ground when the envelope of the
balloon, now a mass of flames, appeared about to fall on top of his
parachute.  By good fortune, however, a gust of wind caught the flaming
balloon just in time and carried it clear of the man clinging to the parachute,
so that although the balloon was destroyed, the observer was saved.
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     On the day the Armistice with Bulgaria was signed newspapers
were dropped by our planes and were eagerly read by our boys.  About
this same time a very large fleet of American planes crossed the
lines on a bombing expedition.  The sky was literally darkened by
them and more than two hundred were counted at one time.

     By October 7th all companies except F had moved to Cuisy
from which point road work was carried on, parties were sent out on
front line wiring and our positions were consolidated.  Very little
shelter was obtainable for the men and there was constant danger
from enemy field artillery and from gas.  Several casualties
were suffered.  Lieut. Buckingham of E Company was gassed.  A shell
landed square on a tent where the three cooks of A Company were
sleeping, killing them instantly.  Private Williams of A Company
died on the following day.

     The American attack had been completely successful and the 80th
Division had not only succeeded in breaking through the Hindenburg
Line, but had advanced eight or ten kilometers over most difficult
terrain, gaining all its objectives.  An examination of the ground
passed over disclosed the presence of numberless dugouts, machine
gun nests, trenches, pill boxes, barbed wire entanglements and every
other form of obstacle that could be devised in several years of
occupation.  All these difficulties had been overcome so that when
the Division was relieved on October 12th there was a general feeling
that material progress had been made towards ending the war.

     On October 13th the companies forward left Septsargos in the
afternoon and the entire regiment marched through Esnes, Montzeville
and Dombasle to the Bois-de-Lanchamp in the Foret-de-Hesse.  Here the
Regiment spent the night and the entire next day resting in the woods.

     On October 15th the regiment marched to Ippecourt, spending the
night in barracks.  On October 16th the march was continued to
Foucaucourt, where the two battalions, minus F Company, remained for
the rest period.  Regimental Headquarters, Headquarters Detachment,
Engineer Train and F Company were located in the next town, Evres.
The following week was spent in washing up, re-outfitting, drill and
rest.  The Regimental Band now being authorized, was orgainized,
assembled and gave daily concerts.

     Major Knight was promoted to Lieut. Colonel of the regiment.
Captains Hoff and Kenney were appointed Majors.  2nd Lieuts. Bohlin,
Allcroft, Collier and Buckingham were promoted to 1st Lieutenants.
Lieut. Levis and Lieut. Robinson had been promoted to Captain some
days previously, and 2nd Lieuts. Lebeck, Shaw and Sydow had also been
advanced to First Lieutenants.

     On October 23rd orders were received to move and the companies
packed up, and ambussed the following morning.  French camions with
Cochin-Chinese drivers were provided.  Le Claon was reached at 11:00 A.M.,
at which point the regiment debussed and marched up the hill to Camp
.  This camp, in the high beech woods of the Argonne, was a

very agreeable spot.  It lay just beyond the zone of advance of the
great Verdun attack in 1916, so that there were no signs of destruct-
ion, but many huts and elaborate dugouts had been constructed by the
French during their occupancy, and these provided comfortable shelter
for the regiment.  The stay here, proved all too short, however, for
orders to move forward again were received on October 27th.  On October
28th the entire regiment except Regimental Headquarters marched from
Monhoven through Varennes and Apremont to locations south of Fleville.
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     The regiment was now back at the Front about thirty kilometers
West of the point at which it had left the lines.  The camp sites
selected were on the steep slopes of hills close to Fleville and Cornay.
Such temporary bivvies and dugouts as could be constructed in a short
time gave some shelter from hostile fire which was encountered during
this period.  The location of the Regiment was in the zone of the “Heavies”.

     An Engineer dump had been established on the top of the hill about
two kilometers south of Fleville and on October 29th the Engineer Train
moved to the same location.  Regimental Headquarters were established at
La Forge about a kilometer West of the Dump at the Chatel Chehery bridge-
head over the Aire River.  All necessary preparations for the attack on
November 1st were now being completed.

     There was much air activity, enemy planes appearing frequently
over our lines, and geing subjected to the fire of our anti-aircraft
batteries.  There was every indication of this being al [an] All-American
.  For the first time there were few French batteries in line and

it was with considerable satisfaction that the presence of a large
number of Holt Tractors and other American machines were seen.  There
were many German signs still up, showing that the territory occupied
had not long before been in enemy hands.  The smaller signs were eagerly
pounced upon by the truck drivers, who seized them as souvenirs and
fastened them on to the radiators of their machines.  Trucks which had seen
service at the front could be indentified for many weeks afterwards by these signs.

     The month of November opened with the attack of the first Army on a
front from the Argonne to and including both banks of the Meuse River.
The 305th Engineers had been in position south of Fleville and at La Forge
for several days in readiness to assist the Eightieth Division in its
projected advance on a sector two kilometers wide, west of Sommerance.
The attack started early in the morning of November first with a heavy
bombardment and barrage.  The day was clear but the roads wee muddy,
adding to the difficulties of transport.  All companies of the regiment
immediately moved forward, taking up their various assignments to duty.
Company “A” under command of Captain Donald S. MacBride, worked on roads,
keeping up with the advancing Infantry.  It was found by reconnaissance
that the German mining operations on the Bridge at Allipont had been
interrupted before the detonators had been placed in the charge so that
the two Platoons of the company assigned to the repair of the bridge
were put back on road work immediately behind the Infantry.  At this time
Captain MacBride was wounded in the heel by a machine-gun bullet and the
command of the company passed temporarily to Lieutenant Orbisen.
2nd Lieut. William C. Davis was wounded on the same day near Sommerance
being struck on the shoulder by a (dud) of fairly large caliber.  The shell
had evidently spent its force, , the Lieutenant described picking it up as
“still warm”.  Private first-class C.R.Frederick and Privates C.C. Goad
and Banks Wilson were also wounded by shell fire.  Corporal Lewis E. Plaiss
and Private G. Dicello and J.B. Davis were missing in action.

     Company “B”, Captain Charles L. Packard commanding, moved forward to
St. Georges and repaired the bridge found damaged there.  The company
cleared the streets of St. Georges which had been rendered impassable by
shell fire, and worked on the roads.  Corporal P.J.Natale and Private W.H.Frye
were struck by shell fragments, and Private T.R.Cutchin was gassed in this vicinity.
     Company “C”, under command of Captain Alexander W. Yereance, was
assigned to Divisional Artillery (157th Brigade) to assist in moving the
guns.  As the roads were in good condition little difficulty was experienced.
On this day Corporal A.J.Jennings and Private First Class Myers and
Private B.H.Carney were wounded by shell fire.  Private Bascome R. Durham
was reported missing and was never heard of again.
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     Company “D”, Captain William Robinson, had two platoons attached to
the attacking Infantry (160th Brigade), one Platoon repairing roads and one
Platoon attached to Light Artillery.  Men of the company were many times in
exposed positions and one officer and seven men were wounded by shell and
machine-gun fire as follows:  2nd Lieut. Frederick Sonand, Sergeant Charles
R. Blatt, Private First Class Andrew Hardish, Private Henry Abrams, Private
J.D.Brown, Private G.J.Presley, Private C.F.Priest and Private P.J.Vallely.

     Company “E”, under command of Captain Irl D. Brent, after breaking
camp east of Cornay at 2:30 A.M. joined the Infantry in the advance through
Sommerance.  The bridge east of St. Georges being found intact, the company
was put to work on the St. Georges – Imecourt Road.  The company transport
was subject to such severe fire that it was found necessary to unhitch the
horses and place them in a sunken trail for protection.  The company dug in
north-west of St. Georges for the night.  Severe casualties were suffered in
the course of the day.  Private First Class Thedford H. Fleenor was killed
by shell fire near St. Georges.  Sergeant First Class C.E. Myers, Sergeant
John A. Gordon, Corporal Alfred J. Hoffler, Privates First Class J.N. Crytzer,
J.A. Almon, F.L.Lowstetter, Giovanni Scopel, Joseph McDonough and Privates
E.R. Mockers, Leo Voltaire, William T. King, George E. Hunt, E.F. Allshouse,
S. Brocate, S.R. Butler, E.J.Gorren, M. Leonard, W.M.Randles, W.R. Porch,
and F.E. Wotter were wounded.

     Company “F”, Captain Fred G. Rockwell in command of Company, moved
forward from Fleville to St. Georges where they established a Dump, when
it was found that the bridges were intact.  A detail under Lieutenant
Menko was assigned to duty with the Infantry, destroying unexploded mines,
and rendered valuable service.  Sergeant Carthow of this detail was instantly
killed by machine-gun fire in an encounter with the Germans.  During the
course of the work on roads Corporal Smith was killed by sharpnel and
Corporal R.E.Fraker and Privates J.W. Burchill, V.A. Zanetto were wounded.
Private Hatfield was captured by the enemy, but later succeeded in making
his escape and returning to the company.  Private J.H. Webb was severely
wounded by a machine-gun bullet.  Master Engineer Jr/Gr. G.P.Donalds, Hq.
Det., Corporals H.G. Brigman and M. Fabina, Privates Malone A. Damlevski,
F.L.Clark and A.W.Molinare were also wounded.
     During the first day of the attack, all units of the regiment were subjected to
more or less severe shell and machine-gun fire.  The night was an uncomfortable
and trying experience for all the men.  The only shelter obtainable was in shell
holes or in hastily constructed dugouts.
     November 2nd found the Germans in retreat but offering stubborn rear-
guard resistance at many points.  A general advance of several kilometers
was made by the Division, and, as on the previous day, much work was done by
the regiment in repairing bridges and roads, filling shell craters and
in aiding transportation.
     As is generally the case on the 2nd day of an attack the exact position
and strength of the enemy was difficult to determine.  The weather though
clear in the morning, became rainy in the P.M., rendering aerial observation
difficult.  Shelling was less severe than on the previous day and the
casualties in the regiment were lighter.  Company “E” was billeted in Sivry
for the night.  The other companies dug in during the night in positions
in the neighborhood of Imecourt and St. Georges.  Regimental Headquarters
moved to Imecourt.  At four P.M. of the same day the Engineer Train, left
the location south of Fleville and moved forward during the night.  The
Dump detail, consisting chiefly of members of the Band, which had been
performing excellent service under Captain Shlessinger and Master Engineer
Carns, also moved from this location.
     First Lieut. Henry G. Buckingham of “E” Company, who had been gassed
in the drive of September 26th, was admitted to the hospital on this day.
Sergeant James C. McConahy of “A” Company and Private First Class Raymond
V. Murray of Medical Detachment were wounded.
                                                       - 12 -
     November 3rd was the day of rapid forward movement.  Regimental
Headquarters moved from Imecourt to Buzancy.  The Engineer Train after
remaining several hours at Imecourt pushed on through Buzancy to Bar.
Company “A” assisted the advancing Infantry in moving their Field Pieces.
Company “C” continued working with the Artillery.  Companies “B”,  “D”,
“E” and “F” continued work on roads and bridges.  A detail from Company “B”
also removed several hundred demolition charges from the railroad tracks
north of Buzancy.  During the construction of the bridge at S.E. entrance
to Buzancy, Private John Wojtkowick was killed, Sergeant G.A. Groves,
Corporal Albert Trent, and L.W. Sheasley all of “E” Company were wounded.
Sergeant First Class Jerome McLaughlin and Private First Class Joseph
Golzinia were wounded November 3rd.

     The regiment had now entirely passed through the zone covered by
the preliminary American Bombardment and Barrage and into a country
untouched by shell fire.  Of the towns passed through, St. George was
completely wrecked and the region about it so pitted with shell holes
that it was almost impossible to find a single spot of ground where a man
could have escaped destruction, while at Imecourt, though many of the
buildings were damaged, the greater number of them remained standing.
Most of the buildings in Buzancy were intact, but a block of houses in
central part of the town had been set on fire by the Germans and was still
blazing when the Engineer Headquarters moved into town on the evening of
the 3rd.  On entering the houses it was found that in most cases every
thing of value had been removed and that they were in a very dirty and
uncared for state.  Regimental Headquarters was located in a large building
next to the church, where it remained until November 7th.  Several of
the companies were billeted in Buzancy and work was continued in repairing
roads, aiding transportation and destroying unexploded mines.

     The period from November 4th to November 7th was occupied in the
general advance of the division over the territory abandoned by the enemy.
Companies “A”, “E” and “F” engaged on advance road work were subjected to
hostile fire on a number of occasions in the neighborhood of the towns of
Vaux-en-Dieulet, Sommauthe and Beaumont and there were a number of casual-
ties.  The rolling country with scattered clumps of bushes and groups of
trees north of Buzancy was particularly favorable for machine-gun and
light artillery defense.  Several days passed before it was certain that
the region was absolutely clear of the Germans.  Of “A” Company, Private
First Class Charles F. Bricker was killed, Private A.L.Aker died of wounds,
and Corporals Frank Allman and Oscar J. Schwenning were wounded.
Horseshoes Heragin Yuchnov, Wagner Dick Dishong, Private First Class
C.S. Suskey and Private A.W.Molinaro of “F” Company were wounded.

     On the night of November 4th at about 9:00 P.M. an enemy air raid was
made on Buzancy.  Several bombs were dropped near the railroad station on
the northern outskirts of the town, there was a brief interval and then one
bomb exploded in a building in the center of town, so near to Regimental
Headquarters that the crash of falling beams and plaster could be heard.
Four or five more bombs were dropped  somewhat further off and then the
raider departed.  The streets were crowded with transport at the time and many
men were billeted in the town, but it is not known that any casualties were caused.
On November 6th Colonel Burgess was relieved and transferred to the
16th Railroad Engineers.  Lieut. Colonel George W. Knight assumed command
of the regiment.  Captain John T. Morgan, Regimental Adjutant was ordered
to First Army and Captain Robert C. Levis was appointed Adjutant.  Lieut.
Stuart was relieved from command of the Engineer Train and appointed Acting
Adjutant of the 2nd Battalion.  First Lieut. Edward Sinclair was assigned
to command the Train.  On the same day the Regiment was transferred to the
5th Corps for duty and from November 6th to November 10th inclusive was
assigned to work on roads in the vicinity of Sommauthe.
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     The First Battalion was assigned the following circuit: Harricourt-
Sommauthe-St. Pierremont-Harricourt.  The 2nd Battalion was assigned to
work on Sommauthe-Beaumont Road, Sommauthe-Harricourt Road and Sommauthe
-La Besace Road.  The Sommauthe-Beaumont road wa in particularly bad
shape and the problem of keeping traffic moving over it was difficult.
Some assistance was finally obtained from artillery tractors however, and
by hard work day and night, conditions were gradually improved.
By November 7th the whole regiment had moved to the general location
of Sommauthe and was billeted in this town and in the neighboring village
of Vaux
.  Occasional enemy shelling was experienced in and about these

towns until November 9th.  During this period many French refugees from the
towns freed by the Americans arrived in Sommauthe.  Most of them were in
a miserable state having plodded through the mud for many hours with little
food and scanty clothing.  A relief headquarters was established in the
church and when as much had been done for the people as was possible under
the circumstances they were evacuated to the rear in such trucks and
ambulances as were available.

     On November 10th the regiment was reassigned to the 80th Division,
and on November 11th, left the lines and marched (18 kilo) to the village
of Le Morte Homme
where it remained for the night.  On arrival at Le Morte

Homme the rumor that the Armistice had been signed was confirmed and there
was general rejoicing and congratulation throughout the regiment.  An
impromptu concert was arranged for the afternoon, and in the evening there
was such a display of lights, bonfires and “very lights” as France had not
seen for over four years.

     On November 12th the regiment moved (16 kilo.) Chatel Cheherry and
on November 13th from Chatel Cheherry to the old location at Camp Monhoven
in the woods near Le Claon (20 kilo.)
   The weather continued clear and cool

and several companies slept in pup tents, but later found more comfortable
quarters in the French barracks.  Lieut. Allcroft of Company “B” returned
from the hospital on this day.

     Inspection and muster was held on November 15th.  1st Lieut. Murphy,
Regimental Dental Surgeon, left for the hospital.  1st Lieut. Chesley of
Headquarters Detachment received orders to return to the United States.
Sergeants Richards, Kelly, Scollon and Sergeant Major Winter returned from
the hospital.

     On November 16th leave passes were granted to officers and enlisted
men of the regiment and a detachment left for the Aix-les-Bains leave area.

     On November 18th the regiment broke camp at Monhoven and started the
long march to the Chatillon Area.  The first days march was to Passavant,
a distance of 17 kilos.  The march was taken up the next day and continued
according to the following schedule:
   November 19th, Passavant to Sommeilles, 16 kilometers.
   November 20th, Sommeilles to Sermaize-les-Bains and Alliancelles, 17 Kilos.
   November 21st, Rested.
   November 22nd, Sermaize to Villers-in-Lieu, 19 Kilometers.
   November 23rd, Villers-in Lieu to Voillecomte. 19 Kilometers.
   November 24th, Rested.
   November 25th, Voillecomte to Sommevoire, 18 Kilometers.
   November 26th, Sommevoire to Lavigny, 20 Kilometers.
   November 27th, Levigny to Nuisement, 20 Kilometers.
   November 28th, Nuisement to Gye-sur-Seine, 28 Kilometers.
   November 29th, Gye-sur-Seine to Rugny, 30 Kilometers.
   November 30th, Rugny to Aisy-sur-Armancon, 35 Kilometers.
   Total distance covered, Sommauthe to Aisy, 293 Kilometers.
                                                       - 14 -

     The regiment made an excellent showing on the march, good road
discipline being maintained and few men dropping out.  The rather
difficult problem of billeting the men each night in the small towns
through which the regiment passed was successfully accomplished by
Captain Samuel H. Sherrerd and Interpreter Ferdinand Gely.  Unusually
favorable weather for the season was experienced up to November 27th
when three days of rain added to the discomfort of the march.  Upon
arrival at Aisy arrangements for a permanent stay were begun.  The
detachment which had been on leave was awaiting the regiment at Aisy.
The 2nd Battalion was billeted in Etivey about 8 kilometers from
Aisy and the Engineer Train in Perrigny about 3 kilometers away.
The sojourn in this location was but short lived however for on
December 3rd orders were received to move without delay to another
location.  The march began at 9:00 A.M. December 4th and the night
of that same day the regiment was located as follows, where we
remained throughout the winter:

 Regimental Headquarters  )
 Headquarters Detachment )
 Band                                  )       Fulvy.
 1st Battalion                      )
 Engineer Train                  )

 2nd Battalion                    )       Chassignelles.

     The roads throughout the entire Divisional Area were put in charge
of the Engineers and work commenced the latter part of December to keep
them open under the heavy traffic.  The road work was our main job but
in spite of the extensive amount of roads to be maintained there were
many other engineering duties to be done and which were done well.

     On March 9th the 2nd Battalion moved to the Le Mans Area for
construction work – the 1st Battalion spreading out to handle the road
work which had been carried on by the 2nd Battalion.  On March 20th
the Division came under the Command of the C.G.,S.O.S., and we were
soldiers no longer.  The song which was heard throughout the division
was, “Mother take in your Service Flag your son’s in the S.O.S.”

     On March 29th the Division began its move to the Le Mans Area.
The movement being completed, with the exception of the Headquarters,
Train, and 1st Battalion of this regiment, and several detachments,
left behind to finish up the Engineering work throughout the area;
about April 4th.
     At present writing we are still located in Fulvy and expect
orders in the near future to rejoin our Division at the PORT.

[end of document]
- Transcribed by Bob Gardner, January 3, 2002

Eightieth Division (National Army)
Known as the "Blue Ridge Division."
Insignia, a shield outlined in white on a khaki background with three blue mountains superimposed. Organized August 27, 1917 at Camp Lee, Va. The majority of the officers were from New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia, and the enlisted men from Western Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. The division began leaving Camp Lee on May 17, 1918, and was embarked at Newport News for France. Its principal points of entry werre St. Nazaire, Bordeaux, and Brest. The assembly point of the division was Calais, from which place it departed early in June for the Samur training area, with the British. The artillery was not trained in this area but rejoined the division September 13th. The last units of the division arrived in France June 19, 1918.
Division left Samur training area on July 4th, for Third British Army sector, where it arrived July 5th. All units trained with the British in the Artois sector; while in this sector the troops were attached to the British and were on active duty. On August 18th the units of the division proceeded by rail to the forteenth training area. On Sept. 1st it moved to the Stainville and late to Tronville area as reserve during the St. Mihiel operation. During this time one infantry regiment and one machine gun battalion were serving with the French, taking part in active operations. Commencing Sept. 14th, the division moved into the Argonne and began its preparations for the offensive in that region. On September 16th, in conjunction with other American divisions, it attacked at Bethincourt, advancing a distance of nine kilometers in two days. On Sept. 29th it was relieved and assembled in the vicinity of Ouisy, where on Oct. 4th it again attacked, and over difficult ground attained a distance of four kilometers in nine days. On Oct. 12th the division was again relieved and proceeded by march and bus to the Thiaucourt area where it was re-equipped. On Oct. 29th, making preparations for the resumption of the Meuse-Argonne offensive. The division, on Oct. 29th, entered the line St. Georges-St. Juvin and on Nov. 1st made an attack on that line, penetrating in the next five days a distance of twenty-four kilometers, being relieved the morning of November 6th. Upon relief it proceeded by marching to the Buzancy and Champ Mahaut areas. On the 18th of Nov. The division proceeded by march to the fifteenth training area, completing the march Dec. 1st.
The 155th F.A. Brigade after its relief from duty with the 80th Division, remained in the Cunel sector, serving successively with American divisions in that sector. It was in actor for forty-eight consecutive fighting days. It proceeded by rail from Dun-sur-Meuse to the 15th training aarea, arriving Dec. 4th to 7th.
Battle deaths, 1,141; wounded 5,622; prisoners 101. Distinguished Service Crosses awarded 42.
Maj. Gen. Adelbert Cronkhite, U.S. Army, commanded the division from Sept. 9, 1917.
The following units composed the division: 159th and 160th Inf. Brigs., 317th, 318th, 319th, 320th Inf. Regts., 314th, 315th M.G. Bns., 155th Art. Brig., 313th, 314th, 315th Arty. Regts. 305th Trench Mortar Battery, 313 Div. Machine Gun Bn., 305th Engr. Regt and Train, 305th Fld Sig. Bn., 305th Train Hqs., and M.P., 305th Supply Train, 205th Amm. Train, 305th Sanitary Train (317th, 318th, 319th, 320th Amb. Cos. And Field Hospitals.)

Some of these capsule histories were taken from Richard J. Beamish and Francis A. March's America's Part in the World War, no publisher, no place, copyright 1919 (now expired).

PFC R.D. Gardener-1917
Contributed by  Bob Gardner

FILES for Families that lived in Pittsylvania County, ca 1766-1800.
Over the years, I have compiled files of various lengtjh on many families who lived on or near the Pigg River in northwest Pittsylvania County. I can forward files on the following families which carry many into Tennessee and Kentucky.
NOTE - You , must e-mail me your request.
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The following were mostly in Bedford County, Virginia.
Cundiff - Holley/Halley.
I descend from many of these families but mainly Goad and Dalton that married into many of the above. I have much data on Goad and Dalton.
    - Ken
Kenneth Haas []


Descendants of Capt. Elisha Keen


Generation No. 1


1.  CAPTAIN CAPT. ELISHA1 KEEN was born 30 Oct 1758 in Fairfax County, Virginia, and died 01 Sep 1817 in Franklin County, Virginia.  He married ELIZABETH NAPIER Abt. 1786 in Henry County, Virginia.  She was born Bet. 1760 - 1768 in Franklin County, Virginia, and died 1848 in Franklin County, Virginia.



-  Toke oath of allegiance in Henry County, Virginia

-  At the time of Elisha's death in 1817 his personal property, not including land, was valued at $3,030.25.



Military service: Captain in the Revolutionary War

Occupation: Tobacconist

Will: 01 Sep 1812, Willbook 2, page 9, division of Estate in same book page 168


Children of CAPT. KEEN and ELIZABETH NAPIER are:

                   i.    CHRISTINE2 KEEN, b. 07 Mar 1779, Franklin County, Virginia; m. JAMES GILBERT, 03 Dec 1803, Franklin County, Virginia; b. 07 Mar 1779, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 08 Aug 1851, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Baptism (LDS): 08 Sep 1989, WASHI  (Washington D.C.)

Endowment (LDS): 11 Nov 1989, WASHI  (Washington D.C.)


2.               ii.    ELIZABETH KEEN, b. 1786, Franklin County, Virginia; d. Aft. 1811, Sumner County, TN.

3.              iii.    CAPTAIN JOHN KEEN, b. Dec 1787, Franklin County, Virginia; d. 27 Nov 1876, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

4.              iv.    ASHFORD THOMAS KEEN, b. 30 Jul 1791, Franklin County, Virginia; d. 15 Nov 1876, Franklin County, Virginia.

                  v.    THOMAS KEEN, b. 1792, Franklin County, Virginia; m. ELIZABETH BROWN, 06 Jan 1818, Franklin County, Virginia.

5.              vi.    ELISHA KEEN, SR., b. Bet. 1794 - 1800, Franklin County, Virginia; d. 14 Jan 1844, Lynhcburg, Campbell County, Virginia.

6.             vii.    WILLIAM KEEN, b. 1795, Franklin County, Virginia; d. Feb 1825, Franklin County, Virginia.

7.            viii.    DAVID S. KEEN, b. 1800, Franklin County, Virginia.

                  ix.    FRANCES J. KEEN, b. Bet. 1800 - 1810, Franklin County, Virginia; d. Bef. 1820, Franklin County, Virginia; m. BELLE EDWARDS.

8.                x.    MARY ANN KEEN, b. Bet. 1804 - 1810, Franklin County, Virginia.



Generation No. 2


2.  ELIZABETH2 KEEN (CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 1786 in Franklin County, Virginia, and died Aft. 1811 in Sumner County, TN.  She married WILLIAM COWDEN III 12 Feb 1802 in Franklin County, Virginia.  He was born Bet. 1772 - 1781 in Franklin County, Virginia.



9.                i.    AMY3 COWDEN, b. 1803, Franklin County, Virginia; d. 1888, Wayne County, Missouri.



3.  CAPTAIN JOHN2 KEEN (CAPT. ELISHA1) was born Dec 1787 in Franklin County, Virginia, and died 27 Nov 1876 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He married (1) NANCY WITCHER 16 Feb 1807 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  She was born 15 Sep 1786 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 1835 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He married (2) SARAH SMITH 10 Apr 1844 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  She was born Abt. 1803 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Leader in the Whig Party in Pittsylvania County with a seat in the state Legislature.

-  Memeber of the House of Delegates from 1823-1829



Burial: Rt. 868 off of Rt. 41 (SilverCreek Road)

Military service: 1812, Was a Commander and Captain in the War of 1812.

Occupation: Tobacconist



Burial: Rt. 868 off of Rt. 41


Children of JOHN KEEN and NANCY WITCHER are:

10.              i.    CHARLES3 KEEN, b. Abt. 1808, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 1842, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

11.             ii.    CHRISTIAN KEEN, b. Bet. 1809 - 1810, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Aug 1861, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

12.            iii.    WILLIAM WITCHER KEEN, b. Bet. 1811 - 1812, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Abt. 1880, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

13.            iv.    MARY HUMPHRIES KEEN, b. 25 Dec 1813, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 12 Jun 1892, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

14.             v.    ELIZABETH ANN STAPLES KEEN, b. 06 Feb 1816, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 05 Sep 1854, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

15.            vi.    NANCY HARRIET KEEN, b. 24 Jul 1818, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 20 Feb 1906, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

16.           vii.    FRANCES ELISHA KEEN, b. 25 Apr 1820, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 19 Jul 1864, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

17.          viii.    EMILY AMERICUS KEEN, b. 1823, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

18.             ix.    ELISHA FOURD KEEN, b. 25 Jan 1825, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 08 Dec 1878, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                   x.    THOMAS KEEN, b. Abt. 1828, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. ARAMINTA ADAMS.



Children of JOHN KEEN and SARAH SMITH are:

19.             xi.    ISABELLA S.3 KEEN, b. Abt. 1845, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                 xii.    JOHN KEEN, b. Abt. 1845, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



4.  ASHFORD THOMAS2 KEEN (CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 30 Jul 1791 in Franklin County, Virginia, and died 15 Nov 1876 in Franklin County, Virginia.  He married (1) ELIZABETH EDWARDS 18 Aug 1817 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  She was born 1795 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He married (2) FRANCIS ELIZABETH GLASS 03 Sep 1836 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  She was born 1807 in Franklin County, Virginia, and died Aug 1897 in Franklin County, Virginia.



                   i.    MARY A.3 KEEN, b. Franklin County, Virginia; m. DR. A. HERNDON, 04 Mar 1850, Franklin Co., Virginia.

20.             ii.    GILLY COLEMAN KEEN, b. 24 Jan 1819, Franklin County, Virginia.

21.            iii.    DANIEL FRANKLIN KEEN, b. 18 Jun 1830, Franklin County, Virginia; d. 30 Aug 1909, Franklin County, Virginia.





                  v.    JULIA ANNIE KEEN, m. THOMAS RICHARD HANCOCK, 01 Dec 1869, Franklin Co., Virginia.

                 vi.    SALLY KEEN.

                vii.    DAVID KEEN, m. SALLY FULLER.

               viii.    CHARLES KEEN.

22.             ix.    JOHN KEEN.

                   x.    ELIZABETH ANN KEEN, m. JOHN O. M. HAYNES, 02 Mar 1840, Franklin Co., Virginia.



5.  ELISHA2 KEEN, SR. (CAPT. ELISHA1) was born Bet. 1794 - 1800 in Franklin County, Virginia, and died 14 Jan 1844 in Lynhcburg, Campbell County, Virginia.  He married ANN MARIA HARE 23 Mar 1834 in Bedford County, Virginia.  She was born 25 Sep 1813 in Maryland, and died 14 Jul 1897 in Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.


Notes for ELISHA KEEN, SR.:

Elisha and Ann sealed in Washington Temple.

-  Born at home in Franklin County, Virginia

-  Little is known about Elisha, he died when his children were very young leaving Ann to raise them all alone.  When Elisha first died Ann lived with her parents and through the progression of the Civil War ended up in Danville, the last capital of the confederacy.


More About ELISHA KEEN, SR.:

Baptism (LDS): 05 Nov 1975, WASHI  (Washington D.C.)

Burial: Jan 1844, Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia

Endowment (LDS): 05 Nov 1975, WASHI  (Washington D.C.)

Occupation: Tobacconist



In 1860 had Real Estate worth 8,000 and Personal Property worth 10,000

-  Ann died on Patton Street at the M.E. Payne Boarding House. 

-  Living in Lynchburg in August 1850 with Jesse, Mary and Elisha, Jr.

-  Living with daughter Mary and son-in-law John Millner in September 1860 with son Elisha.



Baptism (LDS): 05 Nov 1975, WASHI  (Washington D.C.)

Burial: Jul 1897, Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia

Endowment (LDS): 05 Nov 1975, WASHI  (Washington D.C.)


Children of ELISHA KEEN and ANN HARE are:

23.              i.    JESSE HARE3 KEEN, SR., b. 05 Apr 1835, Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia; d. 06 Mar 1906, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                  ii.    INFANT KEEN, b. 08 Apr 1838, Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia; d. 08 Apr 1838, Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia.



Burial: Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia


24.            iii.    MARY ELIZA KEEN, b. 17 Aug 1839, Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia; d. 14 May 1912, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                 iv.    LAURA KEEN, b. 02 Sep 1841, Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia; d. 02 Sep 1841, Lynchburg, Campbell County., Virginia.


More About LAURA KEEN:

Burial: Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia


25.             v.    ELISHA KEEN, b. Abt. 1842, Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia.



6.  WILLIAM2 KEEN (CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 1795 in Franklin County, Virginia, and died Feb 1825 in Franklin County, Virginia.  He married ANN NAPIER.  She was born Abt. 1800 in Franklin County, Virginia.



26.              i.    ELISHA3 KEEN, b. Abt. 1820, Franklin County, Virginia; d. North Carolina.



7.  DAVID S.2 KEEN (CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 1800 in Franklin County, Virginia.  He married (1) GILLEY EDWARDS.  She was born 1800 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 09 Apr 1825 in Franklin County, Virginia.  He married (2) JULIANA HOLLAND 17 Aug 1835 in Franklin County, Virginia.  She was born 08 Dec 1815 in Franklin County, Virginia.



27.              i.    GIDEON E.3 KEEN, b. 1822, Bedford County, Virginia; d. 1905, Brutus, Virginia.



8.  MARY ANN2 KEEN (CAPT. ELISHA1) was born Bet. 1804 - 1810 in Franklin County, Virginia.  She married JOHN CLAIBOURNE TYREE 10 Oct 1841 in Franklin County, Virginia.  He was born 12 Feb 1817 in Franklin County, Virginia.


Children of MARY KEEN and JOHN TYREE are:

                   i.    MARTHA3 TYREE, b. Franklin County, Virginia.

                  ii.    SUSAN TYREE, b. Franklin County, Virginia.

                 iii.    GEORGE TYREE, b. Franklin County, Virginia.

28.            iv.    HIRAM J. TYREE, b. 1844, Franklin County, Virginia; d. Jul 1930.

                  v.    JOSEPH PETER TYREE, b. 1845, Franklin County, Virginia.

29.            vi.    EDWARD TAYLOR TYREE, b. 16 Sep 1869, Franklin County, Virginia; d. Bet. 1910 - 1911, Franklin County, Virginia.



Generation No. 3


9.  AMY3 COWDEN (ELIZABETH2 KEEN, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 1803 in Franklin County, Virginia, and died 1888 in Wayne County, Missouri.  She married JOEL JOSEPH MEADOR Mar 1830.  He was born 1795 in Bedford County, Virginia, and died 1862 in Wayne County, Missouri.


Children of AMY COWDEN and JOEL MEADOR are:

30.              i.    JOB WILLIAM4 MEADOR, b. 1831, Sumner County, TN; d. 06 Mar 1918, Wayne County, Missouri.

                  ii.    MARY JANE MEADOR, b. 1833, Sumner County, TN; d. 1913, Wayne County, Missouri.

31.            iii.    MATILDA ADELINE MEADOR, b. 1836, Sumner County, TN; d. 1872, Wayne County, Missouri.

32.            iv.    JOEL ALEXANDER MEADOR, b. 03 Mar 1845, Patterson, Wayne County, Missouri; d. 28 Jun 1904, Fisher County, Louisanna.



10.  CHARLES3 KEEN (JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born Abt. 1808 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 1842 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He married MARY RUCKER MILLNER 08 Apr 1831 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  She was born 1815 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Mary is William Banks Millner's sister.


Children of CHARLES KEEN and MARY MILLNER are:

                   i.    JOHN R.4 KEEN, b. 1835, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. ANN T. HANNOK, 28 Oct 1857, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                  ii.    MARTHA CAROLINE KEEN, b. 1836, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. JESSE L. MILLNER, 15 Nov 1847, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                 iii.    E. T. KEEN, b. 1842, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



11.  CHRISTIAN3 KEEN (JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born Bet. 1809 - 1810 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died Aug 1861 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  She married JOHN FRANCIS BLAIR 13 Sep 1827 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He was born 01 Jan 1804 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died Oct 1860 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



-  Moved to Texas in 1858

-  Family lived in Stoney Mill


Children of CHRISTIAN KEEN and JOHN BLAIR are:

                   i.    JAMES KEEN4 BLAIR, b. Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. LUCY BARKSDALE RAGSDALE, 10 Dec 1849, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                  ii.    JOHN HENRY BLAIR, b. Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Oct 1860, Grayson County, Texas.

                 iii.    WESLEY WITCHER BLAIR, b. Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 1867, Grayson County, Texas; m. SALLY EVANS.

                 iv.    GEORGE WHITFIELD BLAIR, b. Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. FRANCES SHORTRIDGE.

                  v.    ELISHA EDGAR BLAIR, b. Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. SARAH THOMAS TURNER.

                 vi.    FRANCIS DICKINSON BLAIR, b. Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. MARY ELIZABETH MCKEE.

                vii.    THOMAS WELLINGTON BLAIR, b. Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

               viii.    ELIZA ANN BLAIR, b. 27 Jul 1828, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 12 Apr 1882, Grayson County, Texas; m. WILLIAM DAVID WILLIAMS, 18 Jun 1844, Virginia; b. 12 Dec 1818, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 11 Aug 1861, Grayson County, Texas.

                  ix.    CHARLES WILLIAM BLAIR, b. 1832, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. (1) MARTHA JANE P. GUEVIANT; m. (2) DORA DEGRAFFENREAD.



movedc back to Pittsylvania County in 1882


                   x.    EMMELINE FRANCES BLAIR, b. 08 Mar 1834, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 19 Mar 1910, Coleman County, Texas; m. PETER HARRY TURNER, 18 Dec 1850, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; b. 02 Sep 1822, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 11 Aug 1901, Coleman County, Texas.



12.  WILLIAM WITCHER3 KEEN (JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born Bet. 1811 - 1812 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died Abt. 1880 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He married ELIZABETH BALLARD FONTAINE 15 May 1837 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  She was born 1813 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 1888 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Burial: Green Hill Cemetery, Danville, Virginia



The parents listed for Elizabeth are possibly her grandparnets and not her parents.



Burial: Green Hill Cemetery, Danville, Virginia



33.              i.    NANCY WITCHER4 KEEN, b. 23 Jan 1840, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 06 Sep 1873, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

34.             ii.    MARY ANN KEEN, b. 1842, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 1881, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

35.            iii.    JOHN THOMAS KEEN, b. 22 Dec 1843, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 01 Nov 1880, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

36.            iv.    CHARLES BALLARD KEEN, b. 03 Feb 1846, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 09 Feb 1883, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                  v.    WILLIAM WITCHER KEEN, JR, b. 1848, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 1880, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                 vi.    FONTAIN P. KEEN, b. 27 Mar 1850, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 22 Feb 1874, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                vii.    ELISHA KEEN, b. 1852, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 1881, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



13.  MARY HUMPHRIES3 KEEN (JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 25 Dec 1813 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 12 Jun 1892 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  She married WILLIAM BANKS MILLNER, SR. 23 Dec 1830 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He was born 07 Nov 1807 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 25 Nov 1867 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Occupation: 01 Jul 1870, Hotel Proprietary



-  Personl property, not including land, was valued at $12,000 in 1850

-  William has 13 slaves listed in the 1850 slave schedule.

-  All 10 children are listed either in the 1850 or 1860 census



Burial: Greenhill Cem. on Lee Street in Danville, Virginia

Occupation: 1850, Tobacconist


Children of MARY KEEN and WILLIAM MILLNER are:

37.              i.    MARTHA A.4 MILLNER, b. Abt. 1832, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

38.             ii.    JOHN KEEN MILLNER, SR., b. 31 Mar 1834, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 12 Jan 1900, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                 iii.    NANCY W. MILLNER, b. Abt. 1836, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

39.            iv.    MARY ELIZABETH MILLNER, b. Abt. 1839, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Jan 1919, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

40.             v.    MALLISSA RICHARDSON MILLNER, b. 05 Mar 1841, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 12 Mar 1895, Davidson County, North Carolina.

                 vi.    HARRIET C. MILLNER, b. Abt. 1843, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                vii.    WILLIAM BANKS MILLNER, JR., b. Abt. 1847, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Abt. 1924, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Occupation: 01 Jul 1870, Hotel Clerk


               viii.    EMILY S. MILLNER, b. Abt. 1849, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 1859, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

41.             ix.    FRANCES ELLA MILLNER, b. Abt. 1852, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 1929, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                   x.    THOMAS RICHARD MILLNER, b. Abt. 1856, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



14.  ELIZABETH ANN STAPLES3 KEEN (JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 06 Feb 1816 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 05 Sep 1854 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  She married BARTLETT W. JONES 16 Jan 1837 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He was born 04 Jun 1813 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 11 Mar 1858 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



                   i.    ADOLPHUS4 JONES, b. 1838, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                  ii.    GUSTAVUS JONES, b. 1838, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

42.            iii.    KEEN JONES, b. 1840, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                 iv.    WITCHER JONES, b. 1842, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. ROSA BELVIN; b. 1852, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Lived at 903 Main St. in Danville, Built the home in 1875, later in 1884 moved out west to Utah.



Military service: Sevred in the Confederate Army


                  v.    BARTLETT JONES, JR, b. 1847, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

43.            vi.    ELISHA KEEN JONES, b. 18 Jan 1849, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 1922, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

44.           vii.    ANN MARIA JONES, b. 1851, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 1931, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

               viii.    JOHN JONES, b. 08 Aug 1854, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 08 Aug 1854, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.


Notes for JOHN JONES:

John was Thomas's twin.


                  ix.    THOMAS JONES, b. 08 Aug 1854, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 1907, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Burial: Green Hill Cemetery, Danville, Virginia



15.  NANCY HARRIET3 KEEN (JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 24 Jul 1818 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 20 Feb 1906 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  She married DECATUR JONES 25 Jan 1838 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He was born 29 Jan 1816 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 01 Sep 1889 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Burial: Green Hill Cemetery, Danville, Virginia



-  Decatur bought Bachelor's hall from the original two bachelor's who built it.



Burial: Green Hill Cemetery, Danville, Virginia


Children of NANCY KEEN and DECATUR JONES are:

45.              i.    ARAMINTA4 JONES, b. 27 Oct 1838, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                  ii.    MARIA LOUISA JONES, b. 1841, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. - HAYES.

46.            iii.    WILLIAM HENRY JONES, b. 23 Aug 1842, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 06 Aug 1920, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                 iv.    ELIZABETH A. JONES, b. 25 Sep 1844, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 27 Jan 1930, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. (1) - KING; m. (2) - CUNNINGHAM, 25 May 1869, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                  v.    NANCY WITCHER JONES, b. 1847, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. (1) - KING; m. (2) VICTOR CLAY MCADOO, 27 Jan 1867, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                 vi.    EMILY JONES JONES, b. 1849, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 1930, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Never married and lived with brother William at Bachelor's Hall.


                vii.    JOHN KEEN JONES, b. 13 Jul 1850, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 04 Apr 1917, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. MARY BLAIR WILKINSON.

               viii.    THOMAS DECATUR JONES, b. 1853, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Durham, North Carolina; m. - SOUTHGATE; d. Durham, North Carolina.

                  ix.    MAY CHRISTIAN JONES, b. 1855, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. JOSEPH MOTLEY MOREHEAD, 08 Nov 1883, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                   x.    CHARLES BIXLER JONES, b. 1856, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 1890, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

47.             xi.    D'ORSAY JONES, b. 1859, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 04 Apr 1932, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



16.  FRANCES ELISHA3 KEEN (JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 25 Apr 1820 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 19 Jul 1864 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  She married STOKELEY CARTER 18 Sep 1839 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He was born 23 Apr 1815 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 28 Sep 1873 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Most of the information below is from Pittsylvania’s Nineteenth-Century Grist Mills by Herman Melton, 1991.


The site of the Stony Mill was owned by Thomas Smith in 1772. His will is recorded in Pittsylvania Co. in 1781 or 1787 (D & W Book 11, p. 123) in which he leaves 100 acres on the Sandy River, north side, to his grandson Thomas, son of his son John. In 1824, grandson Thomas Smith set aside 10 acres for a grist mill. After grandson Thomas died, his son William inherited the mill site. He sold it in March (or May) 1837, and the transfer mentions that the earlier mill had burned down (Pittsylvania Co., VA, Deed Book 40, p. 100). The purchaser of the mill was Benjamin Watkins, who was known as a “wheeler dealer”. Average businessmen were seriously affected by the bank Panic of 1837, but Watkins could weather the storm.

Watkins took a partner, Peter Guerrant, and opened the grist mill and a sawmill in 1841. In 1845, the assessed property included a carriage shop, tobacco factory, sawmill, grist mill, and blacksmith shop. In 1852, Watkins and Guerrant sold the mill and surrounding land to Elisha Ford Keen and William Witcher Keen.

Records from 1850 show that the Keens had entered some sort of partnership with Watkins. The Inventory of Manufactures in 1850 lists Keen and Watkins as the owners of a grist mill and a tobacco factory.

On March 11, 1857, the Keens sold the 25-acres on which the mill and shops sat to W. J. Blair (Pittsylvania Co., Deed Book 60, p. 171). Elisha Ford Keen had decided to run for the Virginia General Assembly that year.

W. J. (Billy) Blair married Nancy Hutchings (Nannie) Carter on 31 Dec 1863 in Pittsylvania Co. Nancy was the niece of the Keen brothers who sold the mill; her mother Frances Elisha Keen married Stokeley Carter. Stokeley Carter bought the mill from Billy Blair, and Nannie and Billy headed to Augusta, GA.

Following the Civil War, Stokeley was declared bankrupt on May 9, 1868. The subsequent sale of the mill was to Charles Keen Carter, his eldest son, on 17 Sep 1869 (Deed Book 63, p. 338). Charles died in 1876, and left the mill to his sister Mary Frances (Mollie) Carter (Will Book 3, p. 195

On 01 Sep 1878, Mollie sold the mill to her sister Nannie, widow of Billy Blair (Pittsylvania Co., VA, Deed Book 74, p. 254). Nannie had moved back to Pittsylvania Co. after the death of her husband in 1876 in Augusta, GA.

Nannie Blair ran a profitable mill. At her death, she was the owner of Stony Mill. In a deed dated 31 Oct 1910, Nannie’s heirs agreed to sell Stony Mill to her son, their brother, Charles Blair. The mill burned in the early 1930’s, and J. D. Hawkins bought Stony Mill from Charles Blair on 15 Feb 1936 (Deed Book 226, p. 27).



                   i.    CHARLES KEEN4 CARTER, b. 1840, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 1876, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Never Married



Occupation: Clerk for the Railroad Bureau of the Quartermaster’s Dept. of the Confederate States of America


48.             ii.    NANCY HUTCHINGS CARTER, b. 14 Jan 1842, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 01 Jul 1910, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

49.            iii.    JOHN THOMAS CARTER, b. Bet. 1843 - 1844, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Aft. 1912, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

50.            iv.    ELISHA KEEN CARTER, b. Bet. 1845 - 1846, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Aft. Apr 1912, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                  v.    JAMES WITCHER CARTER, b. 1848, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 26 Apr 1912, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



die at age 64, never married



Occupation: bookkeeper and accountant in Danville, VA

Residence: Grove Street, Danville, Virginia


51.            vi.    LUCY PARKE CARTER, b. 1850, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Aft. Oct 1912, Phoenix, Arizona.

                vii.    EMILY A. CARTER, b. 02 Apr 1854, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 19 Sep 1854, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

52.          viii.    MARY FRANCES CARTER, b. 21 Oct 1855, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 08 Feb 1933, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                  ix.    STOKELEY CARTER, JR, b. 04 Mar 1858, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Aft. 1880, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



When he died, he was engaged and living in Georgia. His fiancee returned his engagement ring to his sister Mollie when she married someone else. Mollie passed it on to her daughter Lucy Carter Fulton, who passed it on to Laura Fulton Neal.



53.              x.    RUFUS CARTER, b. 21 May 1860, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



17.  EMILY AMERICUS3 KEEN (JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 1823 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  She married AMAZIAH ALVIS SMITH 19 Sep 1842 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He was born 1820 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 1862 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.


Children of EMILY KEEN and AMAZIAH SMITH are:

                   i.    CHARLES K.4 SMITH, b. Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. MARY BURTON.

54.             ii.    ALVIS SMITH, b. Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

55.            iii.    POLLY SMITH, b. Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

56.            iv.    MARY WIMBUSH SMITH, b. 1852.



18.  ELISHA FOURD3 KEEN (JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 25 Jan 1825 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 08 Dec 1878 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He married MARY ANN PERKINS 25 Oct 1844 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  She was born 1827 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 1885 in Cottage Hill, Virginia.



Elisha fought in 22 known battles on the side of the confederacy.



Burial: Cottage Hill, Pittsylvania County, Virginia

Military service: 1861, Major of the Virginia Keen's 57th Infantry Battalion



Burial: Cottage Hill, Pittsylvania County, Virginia


Children of ELISHA KEEN and MARY PERKINS are:

57.              i.    ELIZABETH FRANCES4 KEEN, b. 1846, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 1896, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

58.             ii.    NANCY WITCHER KEEN, b. 19 May 1848, Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 07 Oct 1903, Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia.

                 iii.    MARY EMMA KEEN, b. 20 Jun 1850, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 15 Jun 1872, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. JOHN HOWARD.



Burial: Cottage Hill



19.  ISABELLA S.3 KEEN (JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born Abt. 1845 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  She married ELISHA KEEN 23 Apr 1862 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, son of ELISHA KEEN and ANN HARE.  He was born Abt. 1842 in Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia.


Notes for ELISHA KEEN:

Listed as student in 1860 and Living with mother in sisters and brother-in-laws home.

In 1860 had Real Estate worth 4,000 and personal propert worth 500

Elisha was enlisted in the Civil War on May 10, 1861, on the side of the Confederacy.  He was discharged on May 10, 1861.



Military service: 10 May 1861, Private in the Confederacy

Occupation: Farmer


Children of ISABELLA KEEN and ELISHA KEEN are:

                   i.    BETTY4 KEEN, b. 1864, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.


Notes for BETTY KEEN:

Never Married


                  ii.    ROSA "ROSE" BELLE KEEN, b. 1865, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. JAMES B. PATTERSON, 08 Mar 1891, Patrick County, Virginia.

59.            iii.    JOHN KEEN, b. Bet. 1868 - 1870, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                 iv.    FLORENCE KEEN, b. 1872, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Never Married


                  v.    ASHFORD KEEN, b. 05 May 1874, Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

60.            vi.    WALTER HUGH KEEN, b. 05 Oct 1879, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

61.           vii.    OWEN ALLEN KEEN, b. 19 Dec 1884, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



20.  GILLY COLEMAN3 KEEN (ASHFORD THOMAS2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 24 Jan 1819 in Franklin County, Virginia.  She married THOMAS S. JAMES.  He was born 13 May 1815 in Franklin County, Virginia.



62.              i.    JOHN HENRY4 JAMES, b. 05 Jan 1840, Franklin County, Virginia; d. 25 Jan 1897, Prescott County, Arizona.



21.  DANIEL FRANKLIN3 KEEN (ASHFORD THOMAS2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 18 Jun 1830 in Franklin County, Virginia, and died 30 Aug 1909 in Franklin County, Virginia.  He married (1) MARY F. HERNDON 14 Oct 1858 in Franklin Co., Virginia.  She was born 22 Apr 1840 in Franklin County, Virginia, and died 07 Mar 1879 in Franklin County, Virginia.  He married (2) MARY JANE PEARSON 14 Oct 1880 in Franklin Co., Virginia.    He married (3) NANNIE HATCHETT 11 Dec 1884 in Franklin Co., Virginia. 



                   i.    ANNIE4 KEEN, b. 29 Sep 1865, Franklin County, Virginia; m. JOHNSON BEAUREGARD WALKER; b. 05 Apr 1860, Franklin County, Virginia.





Children of JOHN KEEN and DOLLIE D. are:

63.              i.    DR. ASHFORD T.4 KEEN, b. 1862, Franklin County, Virginia; d. Bef. 1922, Franklin County, Virginia.

                  ii.    JOHN ELISHA KEEN, b. 1870, Franklin County, Virginia; m. MARY FRANCES DIVERS, 23 Mar 1902, Franklin Co., Virginia.



23.  JESSE HARE3 KEEN, SR. (ELISHA2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 05 Apr 1835 in Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia, and died 06 Mar 1906 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He married FRANCES JANE BOOTH 14 Sep 1854 in Franklin County, Virginia.  She was born 08 Sep 1835 in Franklin County, Virginia, and died 23 Nov 1912 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Jesse was one of the first in Pittsylvania County to be Baptized in to the Church of Latter day Saints along with son Jesse.  Jesse and Frances were sealed November 6, 1975.


Grandfather Keen

  Written By:

Mary Jessie Keen Tuck, February 16, 1958

Recopied By:

Michael E. Barbour, May 11, 2006




If only I could leave for my children’s children a mind picture of my grandparents so plain they would immediately recognize them, I would be the great “I am”.  However, I am just me, although I would like to leave behind a few words of grace.  For grace was the foundation of which grandpa, Jesse Hare Keen, SR, stood.  He was as graceful as the apostles of old, faithful, patient, kind, honest, unselfish, thoughtful, loving and good to every human, beast or animal.

His family was the first concern and his religion next.  He loved hymns and held long conversations about Joseph Smith the Prophet.  The gospel was always his theme of conversation and he would walk miles in snow and storm to do a favor to help anyone.  In the early days he owned slaves and never once was he known to abuse, scold, or punish one.  When their freedom was granted he gave each a start in life of money, food, and homes.  Even after the freedom was granted many of the slaves pledged to stay with him, their “Master”.  Two of them lived near by and lived me to see me become eight years old and were both baptized into the LDS church.  I loved the good old souls.  The woman was Fannie Keen and was my father’s nurse maid, her husband was Abraham Graves.  The old Graves family was a good class of people who grandpa loved.  At their freedom they kept the Graves name.

Grandpa died when I was young but put his last dime in my little hand when he saw me last.  At the time of his death he could hardly walk.  He died a poor man but his riches went for the poor, the poor but pure in heart and in spirit.


I hope my grandsons will inherit all of his good points.  What a happy reunion it will be in the glory of our Heavenly Father.



Baptism (LDS): 21 Nov 1897

Burial: Mar 1906, Brutus Area, Telegraph Rd, Pittsylvania County, Virginia

Endowment (LDS): 30 Jan 1975, LANGE  (Los Angeles California)

Occupation: 19 Jul 1860, Tobacconist

Property: 19 Jul 1860, Value of personal estate: 9, 000

Sealed to parents (LDS): 06 Nov 1975, LANGE  (Los Angeles California)




Grandmother Keen

  Written By:

Mary Jessie Keen Tuck, 1958

Recopied By:

Michael E. Barbour, 2006


I only remember grandmother dimly.  We did not see her often.  She was pretty, fair, blue eyes, dark hair, tall, slim, and spoiled.  She had a lovely voice and sang well.  She was dignified and proud, but underneath her sweetness and dignity there was a mean and overbearing streak.  She was used to the very best of everything, and had her way, they were very wealthy.

In slavery days she was boss, mistress, lady, and queen.  She was a good mother and spoiled her children and grandchildren too much.  She was of Baptist Religion.  Grandpma made grandpa toe the mark, she was waited on hand and foot.  It is said that her abuse killed one little weakly slave, Joe, her errand boy.  She was a social fiend and a great dancer.  During the early years she had wines and strong drinks of the finest and highest quality and adapted to Paregoric and Laudanum in her last years.  Grandpa had the patience of Jobe, that is pure love.  After slavery freedom, she pitted herself and made the family wait on her.  I remember seeing my Aunt Annie nurse her and on her death bed she managed to hug me and say, “Be a good Girl”.  The next week she died.  Her corpse was so very beautiful and everybody cried so much.  There were so many friends, neighbors, and kin folks.  I wish I could remember them all.  The family loved and respected Mommie so very much.  Yes she had faults, don’t we all, but she was the finest character and from a noble family of English Decent.  She made a poor man of Grandpa with her extravagant tastes and social life.  However, she was good hearted and would give anything she had to those she loved and respected, poor and rich alike.


I feel she is resting peacefully and will accept the gospel now being taught in the spirit world.  I shall meet and know her some day and she will be proud of me.

I love her and the rest of my people.






I Fannie J. Keen make this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills and cotiscles thereto, to wit, I direct my executor hereinafter named to pay all my just debts.


It is my desire that my afflicted daughter Josephine Keen after my death shall be cared for by my daughter Annie M. Keen.  I give and bequeath unto P. L. Booth, one thousand dollars ($1000.00) to be held by him in trust and used for the purpose of supporting and careing for my said Daughter Josephine Keen during her life, and at her death if any part thereof, is left it is to be given to A. M. Keen whom cared for her.


As soon as possible after my death I direct my executor hereinafter named to partition my entire estate real personal and mixed equally among all of children namely, to wit, Mary E. Patton, Dr. E. C. Keen, A. M. Keen, J. H. Keen, Fannie J. Hagood, J. P. Keen, and Josephine Keen, I want all of my children to share equal in this third clause.  In witness I have hereunto set my hand this the 24th day of January 1911 signed and published by Fannie J. Keen as her last will and testimony, in our presence who together in her presence and in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witness.


(Witness) J. A. JacobsFannie J. Keen


(Witness) L. G. Jacobs


P.S. I nominate and appoint P. L. Booth of Danville, Virginia. as my executor.


Fannie J. Keen


Virginia: In the Clerks Office of the circuit court for the county of Pittsylvania at the Courthouse thereof on Friday the 29th day of August 1913.

The last will and testament of Fannie J. Keen late of Pittsylvania County deceased was this day proved by the oath of J. A. Jacobs one of the subscribing witnesses thereto that said will was signed and acknowledged by the Testatrix in the presence of himself and L. G. Jacobs the other subscribing witness thereto present at the same time that they the said witnesses subscribed that said will in the presence of the Testatrix and of each other, and therefore it is ordered that the said will be recorded as the true last will and testament of the said Fannie J. Keen deceased.



S. S. Keurt, Clerk



Baptism (LDS): 05 Nov 1975, WASHI  (Washington D.C.)

Burial: Nov 1912, Brutus Area, Telegraph Rd, Pittsylvania County, Virginia

Endowment (LDS): 05 Nov 1975, WASHI  (Washington D.C.)


Children of JESSE KEEN and FRANCES BOOTH are:

64.              i.    MARY ELIZABETH4 KEEN, b. 20 May 1855, Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia; d. 03 Dec 1937, Piney Grove, North Carolina.

                  ii.    THOMAS ASHFORD KEEN, b. 03 Jul 1856, Brutus, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 23 Dec 1858, Brutus, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Burial: Dec 1858, Brutus Area, Telegraph Rd, Pittsylvania County, Virginia

Sealed to parents (LDS): 06 Nov 1975, WASHI  (Washington D.C.)


65.            iii.    DR. ELISHA CHRISTOPHER KEEN, b. 16 Sep 1858, Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia; d. 12 Mar 1925, Basset, Henry County, Virginia.

66.            iv.    ANNIE MARIAH KEEN, b. 11 Dec 1860, Brutus, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 16 Feb 1932, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

67.             v.    JESSE HARE KEEN, JR., b. 08 May 1862, Hillgrove, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 21 Feb 1943, Sycamore, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                 vi.    CHRISTOPHER SILAS KEEN, b. 20 Dec 1865, Brutus, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 20 Dec 1869, Brutus, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Burial: Dec 1869, Brutus, Telegraph Rd, Pittsylvania County, Virginia

Sealed to parents (LDS): 06 Nov 1975, WASHI  (Washington D.C.)


68.           vii.    FANNIE JANE KEEN, b. 18 Aug 1869, Brutus, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 15 Aug 1951, Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

69.          viii.    JOHN PETER KEEN, b. 13 Apr 1872, Brutus, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 11 Dec 1955, Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                  ix.    JOSEPHINE KEEN, b. 30 Aug 1874, Brutus, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 20 Oct 1948, Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Baptism (LDS): 05 Nov 1975, Washington, DC

Burial: Oct 1948, Brutus Area, Telegraph Rd, Pittsylvania County, Virginia

Endowment (LDS): 05 Nov 1975, Washington, DC



24.  MARY ELIZA3 KEEN (ELISHA2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 17 Aug 1839 in Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia, and died 14 May 1912 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  She married JOHN KEEN MILLNER, SR. 27 Apr 1857 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, son of WILLIAM MILLNER and MARY KEEN.  He was born 31 Mar 1834 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 12 Jan 1900 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Burial: May 1912, Green Hill Cemetery, Danville, Pittsylvania, County, Virginia



Burial: Jan 1900, Green Hill Cemetery, Danville, Pittsylvania, County, Virginia

Occupation: Tobacconist


Children of MARY KEEN and JOHN MILLNER are:

70.              i.    ROWENA S.4 MILLNER, b. 30 Sep 1859, Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                  ii.    UNKNOWN MILLNER, b. Bet. 1860 - 1865, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Bef. 1870, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                 iii.    "CHILD" MILLNER, b. 27 Oct 1861, Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Bef. 1870, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                 iv.    ESTELLE MILLNER, b. 26 Nov 1866, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Never Married


                  v.    UNKNOWN MILLNER, b. Bet. 1867 - 1870, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Bef. 1880, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                 vi.    UNKNOWN MILLNER, b. Bet. 1867 - 1870, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Bef. 1880, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

71.           vii.    ANNIE BELLE MILLNER, b. Abt. 1872, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

               viii.    MARY ELIZABETH MILLNER, b. 19 Mar 1873, Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 06 Oct 1957, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Never Married


                  ix.    ALICE KEEN MILLNER, b. 1875, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 14 Nov 1946, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Never Married


                   x.    GERTRUDE R. MILLNER, b. 1877, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 1963, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. GROVER STEWART.

                  xi.    JOHN KEEN MILLNER, JR., b. Feb 1880, Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Never Married


                 xii.    NANNIE KATE "KATIE" MILLNER, b. 1882, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. BEN LOUKS.

72.           xiii.    CHARLIE BANKS MILLNER, b. 20 Oct 1885, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 14 Mar 1953, Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



25.  ELISHA3 KEEN (ELISHA2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born Abt. 1842 in Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia.  He married (1) ? WHITHEAD.    He married (2) ISABELLA S. KEEN 23 Apr 1862 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, daughter of JOHN KEEN and SARAH SMITH.  She was born Abt. 1845 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.


Notes for ELISHA KEEN:

Listed as student in 1860 and Living with mother in sisters and brother-in-laws home.

In 1860 had Real Estate worth 4,000 and personal propert worth 500

Elisha was enlisted in the Civil War on May 10, 1861, on the side of the Confederacy.  He was discharged on May 10, 1861.



Military service: 10 May 1861, Private in the Confederacy

Occupation: Farmer


Children are listed above under (19) Isabella S. Keen.


26.  ELISHA3 KEEN (WILLIAM2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born Abt. 1820 in Franklin County, Virginia, and died in North Carolina.  He married LUCINDA.  She was born Abt. 1830 in North Carolina, and died in North Carolina.


Child of ELISHA KEEN and LUCINDA is:

73.              i.    WILLIAM RILEY4 KEEN, b. 1846, Union County, North Carolina; d. 1908, Decatur County, Tennessee.



27.  GIDEON E.3 KEEN (DAVID S.2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 1822 in Bedford County, Virginia, and died 1905 in Brutus, Virginia.  He married (1) SARAH A. TAYLOR 07 Feb 1846 in Franklin Co., Virginia.  She was born 09 Aug 1825 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 15 Mar 1853 in Franklin County, Virginia.  He married (2) CATHERINE JACQULIN BERNARD 25 Apr 1854 in Franklin County, Virginia.  She was born 1834 in Bedford County, Virginia.


More About GIDEON E. KEEN:

Military service: Pvt, I Co., 21st Reg.

Occupation: Justice of the Peace



Cause of Death: pneumonia



                   i.    NANNIE BETH4 KEEN, b. Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Cause of Death: By fire as a child


                  ii.    - KEEN, b. Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

74.            iii.    GIDEON THOMAS KEEN, b. 1856, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 1913, Beckley, WVA.



28.  HIRAM J.3 TYREE (MARY ANN2 KEEN, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 1844 in Franklin County, Virginia, and died Jul 1930.  He married MARY LOUISA COX. 


Children of HIRAM TYREE and MARY COX are:

                   i.    WILLIAM THOMAS4 TYREE.

                  ii.    JAMES M. TYREE.

                 iii.    MILLIE TYREE.

                 iv.    SALLIE ANN TYREE.

                  v.    SUSAN E. TYREE.

                 vi.    ROBERT E. LEE TYREE.

                vii.    GEORGE WASHINGTON TYREE.

               viii.    ETTA TYREE.

                  ix.    ESTEL TYREE.

                   x.    LUBE TYREE.

                  xi.    ARA TYREE.

                 xii.    FLORA TYREE.

                xiii.    IDA TYREE.



29.  EDWARD TAYLOR3 TYREE (MARY ANN2 KEEN, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 16 Sep 1869 in Franklin County, Virginia, and died Bet. 1910 - 1911 in Franklin County, Virginia.  He married NANNIE DICKERSON STONE Abt. 1890 in Franklin Co., Virginia.  She was born Abt. 1870 in Franklin County, Virginia.


Children of EDWARD TYREE and NANNIE STONE are:

                   i.    MARY4 TYREE.

                  ii.    J.W. TYREE, b. 1892.

                 iii.    NANNIE TYREE, b. 1894.

                 iv.    ALVAH L. TYREE, b. 23 Aug 1903; d. 1904.

                  v.    HARRY STUART TYREE, b. 23 May 1911.



Generation No. 4


30.  JOB WILLIAM4 MEADOR (AMY3 COWDEN, ELIZABETH2 KEEN, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 1831 in Sumner County, TN, and died 06 Mar 1918 in Wayne County, Missouri.  He married DELILAH WOOD 1855 in Wayne County, Missouri.  She was born Bet. 1834 - 1835.


Children of JOB MEADOR and DELILAH WOOD are:

                   i.    JOEL BUCHANAN5 MEADOR, b. Bet. 1856 - 1857, Wayne County, Missouri.

                  ii.    ANNIE MEADOR, b. Bet. 1858 - 1859, Wayne County, Missouri.

75.            iii.    CALVIN ALEXANDER MEADOR, b. 16 Apr 1861, Wayne County, Missouri; d. 05 May 1942, Silva, Wayne County, Missouri.

76.            iv.    JOHNATHAN GRANT MEADOR, b. 30 Aug 1866, Wayne County, Missouri; d. 17 Aug 1936, Wayne County, Missouri.

                  v.    NELSON MEADOR, b. Bet. 1867 - 1868, Wayne County, Missouri.

                 vi.    JOESPH WILLIAM MEADOR, b. 1873, Wayne County, Missouri; d. 1946, Wayne County, Missouri.



31.  MATILDA ADELINE4 MEADOR (AMY3 COWDEN, ELIZABETH2 KEEN, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 1836 in Sumner County, TN, and died 1872 in Wayne County, Missouri.  She married BETHAVEN ATNIP 22 Jul 1852 in Wayne County, Missouri.  He was born Bet. 1828 - 1829 in Warren County, Tennessee, and died 26 Nov 1867 in Wayne County, Missouri.



                   i.    DELAN CATHERINE5 ATNIP.

                  ii.    JUDIA ATNIP.

                 iii.    JOHN ROBERT ATNIP.

                 iv.    AUSTIN ATNIP.

                  v.    AMY EVA ATNIP, b. 30 May 1864, Wayne County, Missouri; d. 07 Feb 1937, Wayne County, Missouri; m. GEORGE MURPHY WHITE, 13 Apr 1883, Wayne County, Missouri.



32.  JOEL ALEXANDER4 MEADOR (AMY3 COWDEN, ELIZABETH2 KEEN, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 03 Mar 1845 in Patterson, Wayne County, Missouri, and died 28 Jun 1904 in Fisher County, Louisanna.  He married MARY ANN TWIDWELL 25 May 1865 in Wayne County, Missouri.  She was born 15 Mar 1846 in Johnson County, Tennessee, and died 22 Jul 1924 in Fisher County, Louisanna.



Residence: 1880, Mill Spring, Wayne County, Missouri


Children of JOEL MEADOR and MARY TWIDWELL are:

                   i.    EMMA C.5 MEADOR, b. Bet. 1865 - 1866.

                  ii.    VERNETTA C. MEADOR, b. Bet. 1867 - 1868.

                 iii.    MARY L. MEADOR, b. Bet. 1870 - 1871.

77.            iv.    MATILDA ELIZABETH MEADOR, b. 25 Nov 1872, Wayne County, Missouri; d. 26 Nov 1917, St. Louis, Missouri.

                  v.    EVA J. MEADOR, b. Bet. 1873 - 1874.

                 vi.    SARAH A. MEADOR, b. Bet. 1878 - 1879.



33.  NANCY WITCHER4 KEEN (WILLIAM WITCHER3, JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 23 Jan 1840 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 06 Sep 1873 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  She married (1) JAMES CALLAND MOORMAN 20 Dec 1855 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He was born 13 Nov 1833 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 08 Nov 1863 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  She married (2) C. E. DOUGHTREY 29 Oct 1867 in Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He was born 1839 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 1928 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.


More About C. E. DOUGHTREY:

Burial: Green Hill Cemetery, Danville, Virginia


Children of NANCY KEEN and JAMES MOORMAN are:

78.              i.    WILLIAM ACHILLES5 MOORMAN, b. 1856, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

79.             ii.    SAMUEL J. MOORMAN, b. 16 Jun 1858, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 25 Jun 1925, Chatham, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                 iii.    JAMES CALLAND MOORMAN, b. 1859, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 1880, Chatham, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                 iv.    BETTY BALLARD MOORMAN, b. Jan 1861, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 05 Jul 1862, Chatham, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



34.  MARY ANN4 KEEN (WILLIAM WITCHER3, JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 1842 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 1881 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  She married (1) JOHN ANTHONY SMITH.  He was born 1835 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 1896 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  She married (2) ARTABANUS B. MILLNER. 


Children of MARY KEEN and JOHN SMITH are:

                   i.    JOHN ANTHONY5 SMITH, JR, b. Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                  ii.    WILLIAM ALBERT SMITH, b. 11 Sep 1861, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 03 Jul 1909, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

80.            iii.    ELIZABETH FONTAINE SMITH, b. 1863, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                 iv.    EDGAR WITCHER SMITH, b. 1865, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 1949, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. EMMA ARRINGTON.

                  v.    OLIVER PRESTON SMITH, b. 1876, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. (1) VIOLA GATTER; m. (2) MARIAN WATERMAN.

                 vi.    BALLARD FONTAINE SMITH, b. Bet. 1879 - 1916, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



35.  JOHN THOMAS4 KEEN (WILLIAM WITCHER3, JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 22 Dec 1843 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 01 Nov 1880 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He married MARY VIRGINIA DOE 15 Nov 1864 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  She was born 12 Mar 1843 in New York, New York, and died 14 Oct 1886 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.


Children of JOHN KEEN and MARY DOE are:

81.              i.    SALLIE ROSS5 KEEN, b. 1866, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                  ii.    WILLIAM WITCHER KEEN, b. 1870, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. DAISY WILSON.

                 iii.    THOMAS DOE KEEN, b. 21 Jun 1876, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 17 Mar 1896, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                 iv.    NANNIE F. KEEN, b. 1879, Tunstall, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



36.  CHARLES BALLARD4 KEEN (WILLIAM WITCHER3, JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 03 Feb 1846 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 09 Feb 1883 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He married MARY ALICE DICKENSON 20 May 1873 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  She was born 04 Apr 1861 in Callands, Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 24 Jul 1898 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



                   i.    ARCHIBALD DICKENSON5 KEEN, b. 23 Mar 1876, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 25 Apr 1938, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. DAISY SCHOOLFIELD; b. 1879, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 1964, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Burial: Green Hill Cemetery, Danville, Virginia



Burial: Green Hill Cemetery, Danville, Virginia


                  ii.    CHARLES BALLARD KEEN, JR, b. 08 May 1878, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 29 Jul 1944, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



37.  MARTHA A.4 MILLNER (MARY HUMPHRIES3 KEEN, JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born Abt. 1832 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  She married DANIEL PATRICK WITCHER. 



                   i.    MARY ALICE5 WITCHER, b. 25 Apr 1856, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. MATTHEW PATE JORDAN; b. Abt. 1850.



38.  JOHN KEEN4 MILLNER, SR. (MARY HUMPHRIES3 KEEN, JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 31 Mar 1834 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 12 Jan 1900 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He married MARY ELIZA KEEN 27 Apr 1857 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, daughter of ELISHA KEEN and ANN HARE.  She was born 17 Aug 1839 in Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia, and died 14 May 1912 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Burial: Jan 1900, Green Hill Cemetery, Danville, Pittsylvania, County, Virginia

Occupation: Tobacconist



Burial: May 1912, Green Hill Cemetery, Danville, Pittsylvania, County, Virginia


Children are listed above under (24) Mary Eliza Keen.


39.  MARY ELIZABETH4 MILLNER (MARY HUMPHRIES3 KEEN, JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born Abt. 1839 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died Jan 1919 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  She married (1) PETER TROTTER.    She married (2) WILLIAM FRANK PAYNE 18 Aug 1865 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He was born 1836 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



This is the M.E. Payne who ran the boarding house on Patton Street where Ann Maria Hare Keen died.



Occupation: 1897, Hotel Proprietary



Occupation: tobacconist



82.              i.    MARGARETTA MAY5 PAYNE, b. 29 Dec 1870, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 26 Oct 1959, Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



40.  MALLISSA RICHARDSON4 MILLNER (MARY HUMPHRIES3 KEEN, JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 05 Mar 1841 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 12 Mar 1895 in Davidson County, North Carolina.  She married JOHN JAMES HANKINS 28 Aug 1857 in Rockingham County, North Carolina.  He was born 23 Mar 1833 in Henry County, Virginia, and died 31 Jul 1913 in Lexington, Davidson County, North Carolina.



                   i.    MARY EMMA5 HANKINS, b. 21 Jun 1861, Caswell County, North Carolina; d. 1934.

                  ii.    JOHN KEEN HANKINS, b. 13 Aug 1863, Ruffin, Caswell County, North Carolina; d. 05 Dec 1934.



Burial: City Cemetery, Lexington, Davidson County, North Carolina


                 iii.    JAMES ROBERT HANKINS, b. 08 Dec 1866, Caswell County, North Carolina; d. 10 Jan 1953.

                 iv.    ELLA BANKS HANKINS, b. 02 Nov 1868, Caswell County, North Carolina; d. 26 Dec 1941.

                  v.    GEORGE FOSTER HANKINS, b. 23 Nov 1870, Ruffin, Caswell County, North Carolina; d. 11 Sep 1954.

                 vi.    WALTER WALLACE HANKINS, b. 01 Mar 1873, Caswell County, North Carolina.

                vii.    DANIEL BRUCE HANKINS, b. 11 Jan 1875, Caswell County, North Carolina; d. 25 Oct 1931.

               viii.    EDNA HOLMES HANKINS, b. 20 May 1877, Caswell County, North Carolina; d. 27 May 1959.

                  ix.    WILLIAM GARLAND HANKINS, SR, b. 27 Mar 1880, Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 09 May 1954, Bay Pines, Finellas County, Florida.



Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Kississimme, Florida


                   x.    REBECCA PEARL HANKINS, b. 01 Aug 1882, Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 18 Aug 1932.

                  xi.    BESSIE BURL HANKINS, b. 01 Aug 1882, Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                 xii.    PAUL MILNER HANKINS, b. 07 Oct 1885, Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 15 Feb 1909, Dawson, Georgia.



41.  FRANCES ELLA4 MILLNER (MARY HUMPHRIES3 KEEN, JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born Abt. 1852 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 1929 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  She married (1) C.E. DAUGHERTY 1878 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.    She married (2) C. E. DOUGHTREY 1878 in Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He was born 1839 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 1928 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Some sources have her name as Ella F.



Burial: Green Hill Cemetery, Danville, Virginia


More About C. E. DOUGHTREY:

Burial: Green Hill Cemetery, Danville, Virginia



                   i.    WILLIAM B.5 DOUGHTREY, b. 1879, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 1879, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



42.  KEEN4 JONES (ELIZABETH ANN STAPLES3 KEEN, JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 1840 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He married MARY WIMBUSH SMITH, daughter of AMAZIAH SMITH and EMILY KEEN.  She was born 1852.


Children of KEEN JONES and MARY SMITH are:

                   i.    GUS5 JONES, b. Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                  ii.    JOHN JONES, b. Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

83.            iii.    IDA JONES, b. Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                 iv.    CHARLIE JONES, b. Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                  v.    MARY EMMA JONES, b. Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. CHARLIE CALLAHAN.

                 vi.    HARRY JONES, b. Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                vii.    DICKENS JONES, b. 14 Nov 1875, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 11 Jan 1912.

               viii.    BEULAH JONES, b. 10 Jun 1882, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 20 Nov 1957.

                  ix.    KEEN JONES, b. 17 Feb 1884, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 04 Jan 1906.



43.  ELISHA KEEN4 JONES (ELIZABETH ANN STAPLES3 KEEN, JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 18 Jan 1849 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 1922 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He married ANNIE HUNT ROBINSON.  She was born 06 May 1859 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 09 Feb 1934 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



-  Was 5 years old when mother died, his Uncle Col. Elisha Ford Keen raised him.

-  Elisha and Annie lived at 1040 Patton Street in Danville, Virginia



                   i.    AGNES DILLARD5 JONES, b. 31 Jul 1883, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 22 Sep 1962, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. DANIEL PRICE WITHERS; b. 1879; d. 1927.



Couple lived in the Thomas B. Doe place on Patton Street after the death of her parents.


                  ii.    BARTLETT KYLE JONES, b. 01 Nov 1886, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 19 May 1929, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. THELMA SPEER; b. 1897; d. 1954.

                 iii.    GRACE STUART JONES, b. 17 Oct 1888, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 07 Feb 1962, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. H. SMITH RICHARDSON.

                 iv.    ELISHA KEEN JONES, JR, b. 03 Jan 1892, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 02 Oct 1925, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. ELIZABETH WILLIAMS; b. 1902, TN; d. 1926, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



44.  ANN MARIA4 JONES (ELIZABETH ANN STAPLES3 KEEN, JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 1851 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 1931 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  She married JOHN WILLIAM JAMES.  He was born 1851 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 1928 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Burial: Green Hill Cemetery, Danville, Virginia



Burial: Green Hill Cemetery, Danville, Virginia


Children of ANN JONES and JOHN JAMES are:

                   i.    ELIZABETH ANNE5 JAMES, b. 1876, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 1880, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                  ii.    JOHN PRESTON JAMES, b. 1878, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 1906, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                 iii.    HELEN JAMES, b. 10 Dec 1879, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 13 Aug 1966, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. RANDOLPH MEADE, 1902; b. 1871.



Burial: Green Hill Cemetery, Danville, Virginia



Burial: Green Hill Cemetery, Danville, Virginia


                 iv.    RUSSELL JAMES, b. 1883, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 1917, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                  v.    JULES JAMES, b. 1885, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 1957, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Military service: Vice Admiral in the Navy


                 vi.    HARRIET KEEN JAMES, b. 1887, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 1959, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                vii.    BARTLETT JAMES, b. 1893, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 1917, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



45.  ARAMINTA4 JONES (NANCY HARRIET3 KEEN, JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 27 Oct 1838 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  She married JOHN HENRY HOLCOMBE.  He was born 10 Sep 1835 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 1901 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



                   i.    CHARLES ANDERSON5 HOLCOMBE, b. 1859, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                  ii.    DECATUR JONES HOLCOMBE, b. 10 Sep 1860, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. ANNIE LILLIOTT HICKSON.

                 iii.    HUGH WYLLIE HOLCOMBE, b. 1864, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                 iv.    HARRIET KEEN HOLCOMBE, b. 1868, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



46.  WILLIAM HENRY4 JONES (NANCY HARRIET3 KEEN, JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 23 Aug 1842 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 06 Aug 1920 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He married ELIZABETH FRANCES KEEN 06 Dec 1863 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, daughter of ELISHA KEEN and MARY PERKINS.  She was born 1846 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 1896 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



                   i.    MAY5 JONES.



47.  D'ORSAY4 JONES (NANCY HARRIET3 KEEN, JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 1859 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 04 Apr 1932 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He married MARY GLENN.  She was born 16 Oct 1868 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 28 May 1935 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



                   i.    GLENN5 JONES, b. 29 Jun 1888, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 22 Dec 1932, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



48.  NANCY HUTCHINGS4 CARTER (FRANCES ELISHA3 KEEN, JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 14 Jan 1842 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 01 Jul 1910 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  She married WILLIAM JOHNSON BLAIR 31 Dec 1863 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He was born 19 Sep 1828 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 30 Dec 1876 in Augusta, GA.



Burial: Magnolia Cemetery, Augusta, GA



Burial: Magnolia Cemetery, Augusta, GA



                   i.    WILLIAM ADDISON5 BLAIR, b. Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Aft. 1910, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. EVELYN HARVEY.

                  ii.    WALTER D. BLAIR, b. Bet. 1864 - 1868, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Nov 1944, Halifax County, Virginia; m. SALLY TUNSTALL NOBLIN, 19 Apr 1893, Halifax County, Virginia; d. Halifax County, Virginia.

                 iii.    FRANK CARTER BLAIR, b. 07 Jan 1870, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 08 Apr 1871, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Burial: Magnolia Cemetery, Augusta, GA


84.            iv.    CHARLES JOSEPH BLAIR, b. 1872, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Aft. 1910, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

85.             v.    FRANCES BLAIR, b. 1874, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Aft. 1910, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



49.  JOHN THOMAS4 CARTER (FRANCES ELISHA3 KEEN, JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born Bet. 1843 - 1844 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died Aft. 1912 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He married (1) MARGARET ?.    He married (2) NANNIE SMITH 14 Aug 1867 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  She was born 1849 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Occupation: Tom ran J.T. Carter’s Foundry in Danville, VA


Children of JOHN CARTER and NANNIE SMITH are:

                   i.    ELIZABETH5 CARTER, b. 1864, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. PHILLIP LAUMAN.

                  ii.    WILLARD CARTER, b. 1870, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                 iii.    MARTHA CARTER, b. 1873, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 13 Jul 1875, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                 iv.    JOHN THOMAS CARTER, b. 07 Jan 1875, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 13 Jul 1875, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. MARGARET.

                  v.    CHARLES KEEN CARTER, b. 1879, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. ALICE NORMAN.



50.  ELISHA KEEN4 CARTER (FRANCES ELISHA3 KEEN, JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born Bet. 1845 - 1846 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died Aft. Apr 1912 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He married (1) - SMITH.    He married (2) IDA JONES, daughter of KEEN JONES and MARY SMITH.  She was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Occupation: Miller


Child of ELISHA CARTER and - SMITH is:

                   i.    FRANCES5 CARTER, b. 1862, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.




                  ii.    MARY FRANCES5 CARTER, b. Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



51.  LUCY PARKE4 CARTER (FRANCES ELISHA3 KEEN, JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 1850 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died Aft. Oct 1912 in Phoenix, Arizona.  She married (1) JOHN NELSON in Ireland.  He was born in Ireland, and died in Ireland.  She married (2) LINDSAY MCILWAINE Bet. Apr - May 1870.  He was born in Ireland, and died in Augusta, GA.



According to Mary Coleman Hylton, Lucy eloped to marry Lindsay McIlwaine in May/April 1870. She was living with her sister Nannie and her husband Billy Blair in Augusta, GA. Laura F. Neal has a letter written to Lucy’s brother Charles from his grandfather John Keen, dated 04 Apr 1870, in which grandfather Keen asks Charles to be more forgiving of Lucy for her marriage and to support her. If her marriage is as bad as Charles suspects, she will need his help.

Billy had forbidden Lucy to see Lindsay. Lucy packed her clothes in a basket, and told Nannie that she was going to the dressmaker. She either left a note behind, or later sent one, that stated “Ere you read this, I will be the wife of L.M.” Lindsay didn’t live long, and he asked Lucy to take the children and go to his people in Ireland, which she did.

Lindsay’s partner Mr. Nelson, who was also Irish, returned to Ireland with Lucy. They married in Ireland. When Mr. Nelson died, Lucy returned to the U.S. and lived in Phoenix, Arizona. Her son Elmer had bought a ranch in Arizona. Mary Hylton’s mother Olive Hutchings Fulton visited her aunt Lucy Nelson in Arizona at some point.

In a letter to her niece Lucy C. Fulton, dated 26 Oct 1912, Lucy Carter Nelson was living with her son Elmer, his wife Mont, and their daughter Ruth. She talks of delayed plans to join her son Lin in Washington State (he is not permanently settled yet). Lucy Nelson is buried in Phoenix; her obituary names her sons, but has no date of death.




Burial: Phoenix, Arizona



86.              i.    ELMER5 NELSON, b. Ireland.




                  ii.    JOHN S.5 MCILWAINE, b. Augusta, GA.

                 iii.    R. LINDSAY MCILWAINE, b. Augusta, GA.



52.  MARY FRANCES4 CARTER (FRANCES ELISHA3 KEEN, JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 21 Oct 1855 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 08 Feb 1933 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  She married JAMES SMITH FULTON 26 Sep 1878 in Stony Mills, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He was born 25 Aug 1844 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 28 Nov 1931 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Mollie was a Charter Member of St. John’s Methodist Church, which was built about 1896 on land that was donated by her sister, Nancy Hutchings Carter Blair. Mollie and Nancy selected the name for the church, naming it after one they had attended when they lived in Augusta, Georgia. The church is still an active Methodist church, on the Stony Mill Road.




Burial: Fulton Family Cemetery at 920 Silver Creek Road, near Danville, Virginia



Burial: Fulton Family Cemetery at 920 Silver Creek Road, near Danville, Virginia


Children of MARY CARTER and JAMES FULTON are:

                   i.    JAMES STOKELEY5 FULTON, b. 11 Aug 1879, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 25 Sep 1929, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Burial: Fulton Family Cemetery at 920 Silver Creek Road, near Danville, Virginia


87.             ii.    OLIVE HUTCHINGS FULTON, b. 05 Aug 1880, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 13 Mar 1962, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

88.            iii.    WILLIAM JOHNSON FULTON, b. 01 Oct 1881, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 16 Aug 1965, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                 iv.    LUCY CARTER FULTON, b. 04 Nov 1885, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 18 May 1979, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Although she had no children of her own, she was very active as a babysitter for the children of her many relatives in the area. She also was very accomplished in her tatting, making lace with her sterling silver tatting shuttle.



Burial: Fulton Family Cemetery at 920 Silver Creek Road, near Danville, Virginia


89.             v.    LAURA MARTHA FULTON, b. 06 Jun 1888, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 13 Jun 1980, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                 vi.    CHARLES FRANCIS FULTON, b. 15 May 1890, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 15 Mar 1891, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



died young



Burial: Fulton Family Cemetery at 920 Silver Creek Road, near Danville, Virginia



53.  RUFUS4 CARTER (FRANCES ELISHA3 KEEN, JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 21 May 1860 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He married ELIZABETH FONTAINE SMITH, daughter of JOHN SMITH and MARY KEEN.  She was born 1863 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



                   i.    ETHEL5 CARTER, b. Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 1929, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. ISAAC H. WATSON, Bef. Mar 1919, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 04 Feb 1968, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

90.             ii.    MARY ANTHONY CARTER, b. 26 Sep 1885, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 10 Mar 1919, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                 iii.    NANCY BALLARD CARTER, b. 25 Oct 1887, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 31 May 1963, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

                 iv.    RUFUS CARTER, JR, b. 1891, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Aft. 1932; m. LELIA.



Residence: Chicago


                  v.    ELIZABETH FONTAIN CARTER, b. 06 Feb 1897, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 13 Jul 1988, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. ISAAC H. WATSON, 10 Jan 1934, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 04 Feb 1968, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Burial: Highland Burial Park, Danville, Virginia


                 vi.    ALBERT CARTER, b. 06 Feb 1897, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Aft. 1932, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



Burial: Arlington National Cemetery



54.  ALVIS4 SMITH (EMILY AMERICUS3 KEEN, JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He married LIZZIE TOLER. 


Children of ALVIS SMITH and LIZZIE TOLER are:

                   i.    BALLARD5 SMITH, m. BELLE DIXON.

                  ii.    CHARLES SMITH, m. RUTH DIXON.

                 iii.    KATE SMITH, m. - HINES.

                 iv.    EMMIE SMITH, m. TOM HAYDEN.

                  v.    GEORGE SMITH, m. - MITCHELL.

                 vi.    EVA ALVA SMITH, m. GILBERT SCEARCE.



55.  POLLY4 SMITH (EMILY AMERICUS3 KEEN, JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  She married - BARKER. 


Children of POLLY SMITH and - BARKER are:

                   i.    LULA5 BARKER.

                  ii.    LESSIE BARKER.

                 iii.    ALBERT BARKER.



56.  MARY WIMBUSH4 SMITH (EMILY AMERICUS3 KEEN, JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 1852.  She married KEEN JONES, son of BARTLETT JONES and ELIZABETH KEEN.  He was born 1840 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.


Children are listed above under (42) Keen Jones.


57.  ELIZABETH FRANCES4 KEEN (ELISHA FOURD3, JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 1846 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 1896 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  She married WILLIAM HENRY JONES 06 Dec 1863 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, son of DECATUR JONES and NANCY KEEN.  He was born 23 Aug 1842 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 06 Aug 1920 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.


Child is listed above under (46) William Henry Jones.


58.  NANCY WITCHER4 KEEN (ELISHA FOURD3, JOHN2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 19 May 1848 in Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 07 Oct 1903 in Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia.  She married CHISWELL DABNEY LANGHORNE 20 Dec 1864 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He was born 04 Nov 1843 in Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia, and died 14 Feb 1918 in Richmond, Virginia.



Nancy and Chiswell had at least three children that died very young, within the first few years of life.



Burial: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia



Burial: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia

Military service: the 11th Virginia Infantry Military BET 1861 AND 1863 CSA



91.              i.    ELIZABETH5 LANGHORNE, b. 18 Mar 1867, Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 09 Apr 1914, Richmond, Virginia.

                  ii.    ELISHA KEENE LANGHORNE, b. 1868, Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 1916, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; m. SADDIE REYNOLDS, Abt. 1904; b. 1882, KY.

92.            iii.    IRENE LANGHORNE, b. 05 Jun 1873, Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 21 Apr 1956, New York, New York.

                 iv.    HARRY LANGHORNE, b. Oct 1874, Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 1907, Richmond, Virginia; m. GENEVIEVE PEYTON.



Burial: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia


93.             v.    NANCY WITCHER LANGHORNE, b. 19 May 1878, Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 02 May 1964, Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire, England.

94.            vi.    PHYLLIS LANGHORNE, b. Nov 1881, Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 20 Jan 1937, Virginia.

95.           vii.    WILLIAM HENRY LANGHORNE, b. 04 Nov 1882, Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 09 Jun 1938, Virginia.

96.          viii.    NORA LANGHORNE, b. Oct 1888, Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 16 Jul 1955.



59.  JOHN4 KEEN (ELISHA3, ELISHA2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born Bet. 1868 - 1870 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He married MARTHA LAVINIA ARRINGTON 25 Aug 1895 in Patrick County, Virginia. 



                   i.    RAYMOND ELLIS5 KEEN.

                  ii.    EDNA KEEN.



60.  WALTER HUGH4 KEEN (ELISHA3, ELISHA2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 05 Oct 1879 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He married EMMA JANE DONIPHANT. 



97.              i.    WALTER HUGH5 KEEN, JR, b. Duval, Ortega County, FL.

                  ii.    NANCY KEEN, b. Duval, Ortega County, FL; m. MICHAEL NORMAN.



61.  OWEN ALLEN4 KEEN (ELISHA3, ELISHA2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 19 Dec 1884 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He married NELL WILSON. 



Occupation: Assistant Postmaster-General in the Roosevelt administration


Child of OWEN KEEN and NELL WILSON is:

98.              i.    OWEN ALLEN5 KEEN, JR, b. 02 Feb 1918, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. 26 Oct 1999, Falls Church, Fairfax, Virginia.



62.  JOHN HENRY4 JAMES (GILLY COLEMAN3 KEEN, ASHFORD THOMAS2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 05 Jan 1840 in Franklin County, Virginia, and died 25 Jan 1897 in Prescott County, Arizona.  She married OPHELIA CATHERINE BLAKELY.  He was born 15 May 1848 in South Carolina.



99.              i.    ANNIE COLEMAN5 BLAKELY, b. 20 Jun 1873, Salisbury County, North  Carolina; d. 05 Dec 1975, North Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arizona.



63.  DR. ASHFORD T.4 KEEN (JOHN3, ASHFORD THOMAS2, CAPT. ELISHA1) was born 1862 in Franklin County, Virginia, and died Bef. 1922 in Franklin County, Virginia.  He married MOLLIE C. ADAMS 27 Feb 1889 in Franklin Co., Virginia.  She was born 1870 in Franklin County, Virginia.


Child of DR. KEEN and MOLLIE ADAMS is:

                   i.    BILLIE5 KEEN, b. 1902, Franklin County, Virginia; m. BERTHA ARRINGTON, 01 Jan 1922, Franklin Co., Virginia.