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Rockingham County History Queries

E-mail your query to me I will index and load to the Rockingham County History Query Page. IMPORTANT!! Please put "Rockingham County History" on your subject line.


We are trying to find out the names of the 10 women who died in the July 29th, 1947 Beauty Parlor fire in Harrisonburg. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. Email ~ April Craven at: pmcswife@yahoo.com Thanks!!!!


I am trying to find information on the origins of the name Seventy Buck Lick Run and Clay Lick in the Fulks Run area of Rockingham County. Any information on the origin of names of hollows or mountains in the Bergton/Criders area of Rockingham County would be helpful. Thanks. Buck Kline Email: klinee@ns.gemlink.com
 


My husband is into Civil War History in this area and would appericate any
stories or information of ancestors of local people in the Fulks Run / Broadway area. Any help would be greatly appericated and can be emailed to ctshumaker@aol.com


I am looking for any information on the Simmers Valley (or Simmers Hollow) in Lacey Spring. If anyone could help, I would appreciate anything at all. Sept. 24, 2000. Thanks in advance. Patty, e-mail me at mepat99@juno.com


Recently purchased "Widow Pence Farm" at Cross Keys, Va. to preserve the battlefield there.  Am trying to collect stories, pictures, articles,
anything relating to the history around there (Mill Creek, Goods Mill, Port
Republic, etc.,.) during the time of the Civil War, before and after.  Want
to put copies in house that is on property for people to enjoy.  Would
especially love family stories of relatives!  I am new at this, so any
information is appreciated!  E-mail .. n134h@aol.com or write to Nancy Hill
Hess, 6601 New Haven Road, Port Republic, Va.  24471.  Thanks!


SEEKING INFORMATION ABOUT A JOHN LEARY/LARY/LAREY WHO AT ONE TIME EITHER OWNED OR OPERATED THE LOWER MILL, IN DAYTON, ROCKINGHAM CO., VA.  LOOKING FOR ANY HISTORY ABOUT THE MILL FROM 1760, WHICH IS THE TIME PERIOD THAT JOHN WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE OWNED OR OPERATED THE MILL.  I AM WONDERING HOW JOHN ENDED UP WITH THE MILL AND WAS IT BY ANY CHANCE ORIGINALLY THE MILL BELONGING TO DANIEL HARRISON?  HE WAS LOCATED VERY NEAR THIS LOWER MILL.  JOHN LARY/LEARY/LAREY WAS KNOWN TO HAVE TAKEN HIS FAMILY TO DANIEL HARRISON’S FORT FOR PROTECTION WHEN THE INDIANS WOULD RAID THE AREA. My new e-mail address is glwalls@frontiernet.net.


MASSANUTTEN CAVERNS - Looking for information about Massanutten Caverns.   D. Tompkins Tompkins_D@msn.com


MILITIA COMPANY # 11. CA 1779-1787
Looking for any information on Militia Company # 11. Believe this was in Rockingham Co., Our Ancestors appear on a regrouping of Taxpayers by Militia Company. When and where did these companies start? Did they engage in the Revolutionary War? One record from 1779 we have states that Daniel Helfry can not testify, as he has to "leave for the wilderness". Could this have been in conjuction with the Militia? Any information will be greatly appreciated.
Dee Stamper; Allegan, Michigan the1mother@allegan.net


Rollin, Virginia: Was there ever a Rollin, Va.? An 1895 map shows a "Ryland" Va. north of Culpepper, but modern maps show nothing of Rollin or Ryland. A March 1794 marriage of J. G. Kaylor, who lived near the Peaked Mountain church and Catherine "Haulin"(or Holland) was supposedly performed at Rollin, Va. Phillip M. Roseberry philmr@indy.net


SPH Miller & Co. - 1873 -
Does anyone have information on the above company? When it was in operation, what it did, who were the owners and operators? I know it was in business in 1873 but don't know when it started or closed. Were any of the Millers involved in this company from Pennsylvania?
Cindy May e-mail me at arthurjh@direcpc.com Thank you.


Mission Schools: Looking for folks who attended any of the mission schools, clothing bureaus, clinics, churches in the mountains--especially the Episcopal schools (1890-1940): Simmons Gap, Pine Grove, Tanner's Ridge, Blackwell Hollow, Blue Ridge, Mission Home, St. Anne's Preventorium, Pocosan (Upper, Lower, and the one on South River near McMullen), St. John the Baptist, St. Paul's, Church of the Good Shepherd at Snicker's Gap, many others. Any remembrances of the missions are welcome! and missionaries: Rev. Neve, Rev. Robb White, Evelyn Carey, Angeline Fitzhugh, Florence Towles Meadows, Arthur Meadows, Rev. Dennis Whittles, Carrie Makely, Sue Jones, Elizabeth Winegar, Susan Preston, H.H. Williams, Josiah Ellis, Margaret Proffe, George Mayo, many others. July 20, 1997 Dave Nealon Denealon@aol.com


I am looking for information on Henry Millers Iron Works? Who opened it and children he had. How long did it remain open? Also on the Brethern (Dunkard) churches of the area? Where were they located? I am planning a trip to the area in September and would like to know if this would be a good place to start? Thank you very much. August 21, 1997 Robin Brooks..Asheville, NC TOMBIRD6@aol.com


I am looking for information on Fridley Gap and Fridley Run. I think they are in the Massanutten Range or George Washington National Park. Early records I have found indicate that my family went to Peaked Mountain Church. My Ancester was Ludwig Friedli, Fridley. Also mentioned is Little Calf Pasture, any information will be greatly appreciated. A.W. Fridley , Aug. 26 1997, Leesburg, AFrid31892@aol.com Thanks


Does anyone have a source for the church history of the Brethern Church which was located in the Linville Creek area of Rockingham County. October 15, 1997 Tracy Hunter TH3978@aol.com


I'm interested in the history of the towns of Broadway and Fulks Run. My husband's family is from there, and I'm interested in the pre-history as well. I was trained as an archaeologist and I'd like to get back to it. Thanks for any help you can give me! October 28, 1997 Nancy Kupec email: kupecnl@jmu.edu Rt2., Box 212 Linville, Va. 22834


Seeking information on Woodson's Cavalry, C.S.A., which spent the winter of 1864 garrisoned in Harrisonburg, Rockingham County. The unit was the only Missouri unit to serve in the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War. The unit encamped on the property of an Edward T.H. Warren, and members developed a warm relationship with local residents.  After the Battle of New Market, residents had the bodies of the unit's dead removed to Harrisonburg for burial. Benjamin Caldwell of Rockingham Co., joined Woodson's Cavalry, and other men from the county may have as well.  Thanks for any help I might receive.  January 2, 1998 Tom Curran  currantf@slu.edu


Army of Harrisonburg-Revolutionary War.  I am searching for records of members of the Army of Harrisonburg.  In particular for the name Wiant Panebecker or Pannabaker.  There are many possible variations of the given and surname spelling.  According to family legend he went to the Great Valley of Virginia from Upper Hanover Township (now Montgomery Co, PA) prior to 1783 and enlisted in the Army of Harrisonburg while a teenager.   He was awarded a Kentucky land grant in 1787 by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  He was my 3rd great-grandfather.  Thanks for any help. January 29, 1998 Paul E. Pennebaker pepbaker@COMMUNIQUE.NET


I am helping a friend seek others who attended or worked at the Stoutamyre School near Bridgewater in the 1960s. Any information at all would be most helpful. She is anxious to locate staff or other residents. Please contact me, Adair Renning at arenning@aol.com Thanks in advance.


Last updated August 02, 2006