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    Bob Moore
    I'm looking for anything I can find out about William D. POSTON. I know that his funeral was in 1887 at the M. E. Church in Kingwood. My Grandmother was adopted and I think William was her father, so I'm hoping to find a Baptism record in a Methodist Church archive in the area.

    Pam Brumbaugh Johnstone
    I have just begun research on the BRUMBAUGH family. They resided in Belington until just recently when my uncle Ross BRUMBAUGH passed away. I believe they moved to Belington from Reedsville during WWII. My grandfather was Thomas Martin BRUMBAUGH b.1889 d.1967 and married to Beatrice McCULLOUGH b.1899 d.1985 in 1915. Beatrice and Thomas had seven children Lelia Alice b.1916 d.1916, Houston ROSS b.1918 d.1997, Harold Thomas b.1921 d.1976, Joseph William b.1924 d.1984, John Zane b.1927, Frederick b.?, and James b.1938. My father was Joseph. I am looking for information about the parent of both Thomas and Beatrice. Thomas' parent were Joseph Wilber BRUMBAUGH and Anna MOONEY. Beatrice's parents were Ross McCULLOUGH (killed in a mining accident he was a mining engineer) and Della KITTLE. I would love to find out anything and everything I can. Please e-mail me if you have any information. Thank you.

    Lorin Snyder
    Looking for information on the RIDEN(H)OUR family of Preston County, particularly Martin and Jacob.

    Keith Fuller
    Reserching my maternal side - WORTHINGTON - resided Preston, Terra Alta, (s.p) Charles, Eugene, Forrest, 1900's My maternal great grandfather was Eugene WORTHINGTON. Born 7 Sep 1846 in Frederick, MD, and died 16 Jul 1928. He died in Fairmont and was buired in Terra Alta. I am trying to find out any information I can on him, his parents, or other WORTHINGTONs. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    J. M. Smith
    Looking for info on William and Phoebe JOHNSON who lived in Preston County in 1823 and deeded land in Shelby County, IN. Abigail married to Thomas GADD, John JOHNSON and Uzal JOHNSON, all sons and daughter and each 160 acres. I have John Jonson, trying to prove his parents and siblings willing to share information from John to present. Thanks!

    Beverly Wesling
    I am interested in exchanging information on Johann Gerd WESLING and wife Anna Margaretha Gertrud HACKMANN who are buried in St. Joseph Cemetery in Howesville, WV.
    My great grandfather, George Calmese SHAY was born in Morganton, WV about 1836. He married M. SNODDY. I don't know where or when he married. He was a devout Catholic.He left home at an early age to fight in the Indian Wars. He settled in AR until his son finished school then went to OK where he stayed until his death in 1917. His first wife gave him one son Orlando who became an Indian Missionary in OK. I would like to know who George's parents were, and if he head brothers and sisters.

    Dee S.
    I am doing research for the following Preston County familes: BORN, ZINN, TAYLOR, GANDY. I have alot of information but always looking for more. I am willing to share what I have. Thanks!

    Walker Smith
    I am searching for any information concerning Isaac Newton SMITH of Terra Alta, WV who married Emily BURCH. They had a son, Henry Ray SMITH (b. 1885) and a daughter, Flora SMITH who,I believe, married a Walker MENEFEE. I. N. SMITH owned a saw mill in Terra Alta. The family moved to Frederick County, MD about 1900 - 1905.

    David King
    Looking for any information about a Lillie HUMBERT that was born in Bruceton Mills in the early 1800s. She married a Benjamin HICKLE, b. 1803 and had at least one son, Joseph, who was born in 1825 in Springhill, PA.

    Jerry McClure
    John and Agnes (HENRY) RIGGINS came from Ayrshire, Scotland, to Preston County in 1854. James RIGGINS (probably a brother of John), his wife Margaret and family also came to the county at or about the same time. John and Agnes had 15 children: Robert, James, John C., George, Matthew, William, Janet, Elizabeth, Isabelle, Hendrie, John G., Ann H., Ann C., Matthew H. and another infant son. They lived in the Reno district. Robert died in a Tyconnel mine explosion in 1887 and George died in the Mountainbrook Shaft mine explosion at Newburg in 1886. Following John's death in 1878, Agnes and the children left at home moved to KS. I would like to exchange information with any who are researching or interested in the RIGGINS family.

    Sue B.
    Searching for info on Joseph MOSSER and wife Harriett JENKINS MOSSER both born in Preston County, WV. Three children born were Benton,Curtis and Zelinda MOSSER. My g-grandmother Zelinda was born in Dawson, Fayette County, PA in 1853. Any information appreciated. Thanks!

    Bruce Stemple
    STEMPLE Seeking information on Philo STEMPLE born 3/12/1859 in Aurora who married Mary Elizabeth WEEKLEY. Jacob STEMPLE born 6/8/1823 in WV married C(S)yrene WOTRING. John David STEMPLE born 1/17/1796 married Catherine SPESSERT. David STEMPLE, Sr. born about 1757 married Eve Catherine RINEHART.

    D. Bonafield
    I was just browing the web and saw this address as the coordinator for Preston County. My aol address tells you exactly who I am. I grew up in Kingwood, graduated from KHS in 1956 and have only returned to visit family. However, we do now have a summer home in Preston County which my husband staffs in the summer months. I live in Dover, DE and have a great interest in Preston County History. Some family names which I have a primary interest in are SNYDER, HARDEN, BONAFIELD, BOLYARD, COPEMAN, ROYSE, SCHAEFFER, WHETSELL, ERVIN, SHAHAN, SIGLEY, FEATHER, etc.

    Denise Crawford
    I am trying to find information on a Jonathan and Rebecca HARRIS and their family who lived on Sandy Creek in Monongalia County, VA (now Preston County, WV) Thier children are Abraham m. Martha, William m. Charlotte, John m. Mary Justice, Elizabeth m. Reuben Askins, and Rachel m. Samuel Barr. They lived in the Sandy Creek area from about 1795 - 1815 then moved on to Knox County, OH. Any information on the above families would be appreciated.

    Charlotte Black
    Looking for information on William JEFFERS, born 28 Feb 1818, Preston County, WV. Married first in 1842 in Lee County, IA to Melinda PITZER. Married second in 1847 in Lee County, IA to Matilda Catharine NICKUM. Also looking for Catharine JEFFERS, born 1827, Preston County, WV. Married 1850 in Lee County, IA to Benjamin GRAHAM. Are they siblings? Who are their parents? Would they be children of Benjamin JEFFERS?

    Jane Bereon
    Hello, I'm wanting any information on a William DeBERRY (his son was Edgar Stuck DeBERRY) They lived in Masontown, WV. Any information on this family? John SISLER, Samuel Blaine SISLER, Andrew Franklin SISLER. They also lived in Preston County. Any information would be nice. Who they married. Dates of anything. Also a Margaret J. SCOTT who married Eugenius MAYFIELD. I would like to get her birthdate, marriage date and who her and his parents were.
    I tried to get information on the HAWKINS of Preston County. My fathers name was George William (1915-1971), his father was Curtis William and was something with the Board of Education, and his father was Elijah. Its not much but maybe enough for you to furnish me with another lead. Thank you for your help.

    E. Ranson
    Looking for FREY family . Tunnelton, Preston County around 1933. Information on Jennings R. FREY, born 2 Jul 1933 Tunnelton, WV.

    Doug Garman
    I am looking for the death date of Thomas HASKINS, born 1800, was living with daughter Elizabeth HASKINS HARVEY in Barbour County in 1880.

    Ashley Carder
    I am seeking the parents of Oliver CARDER, born 1819, died 1906, lived all his life in Taylor County. He had a brother, French (1822-1888), who moved in 1855 to Missouri, and two sisters, Mattie (Martha), who was single and lived with him in 1880, and Cassie (1816-1864), who married Elijah B. SMITH and moved to Preston County. I believe that these were the only children in this family. Other researchers have placed these children in the family of Isaac CARDER (1790-1865), which I believe to be incorrect. Isaac's will does not name any of these children. Also, Oliver's probate record names his only heirs as the children of his brother French and the children of his sister Cassie. French's son Luther gave a deposition that his father French had only one brother, Oliver, and a sister Mattie. Also, Isaac already has a daughter Martha and would not name two children the same name.

    Keith Fuller
    GROSSCUP or some spelling close to. My grandmother's (maternal) maiden name was Cedar Vickery GROSSCUP born on or around Terra Alta 1885-1890. Her dad, I believe, was James Henderson GROSSCUP, with brothers John, Edward. Looking for any information census etc.

    K. J. Green
    I am looking for information on Eugenus Clark SHAHAN, 1871-1949, Allen C. SHAHAN, 1845-1920, Joshua S. SHAHAN 1817- 1898, all are buried in Mt. Israel Cemetery, Fellowsville, Preston County. Also searching for information on Marcellus KNOTTS, Thomas KNOTTS, 1805- 1879, Charles G. KNOTTS and his wife Olive F. CARRICO buried at Edam.

    Donald V. Porter
    Collecting information on descendants of George ZINN (1742-1826) who settled near Arthurdale in Preston County about 1790. George was the immigrant ancestor of the ZINNS of Barbour, Monongalia, Preston and Ritchie Counties. I will exchange information.

    Kim Policastro
    Looking for any informaton on Henry T GUY and wife Alice Mullen HENRY states that he was born in PA to a Scottish father and a Welsh mother. His son Earl H GUY married Elsie Blanche PAULL 13 Nov 1922. They lived in Preston County as coal miners. Two out of the three children born to them were born in Reedsville, Preston County. Other children of Henry and Alice were Francis, Elizabeth, John Davis, Harry and Annie. Help greatly appreciated!

    Laura Gilbert
    Looking for any historical facts about the NESTOR/NESTER family found in northeastern WV, Tucker County, Barbour County. Some moved to OH also.

    Lolita Guthrie
    Seeking anyone of the surname GUTHRIE in Preston County.

    LuAnn Sturms
    Looking for any information on SETLER family who moved to Taylor County in early 1900s from Preston County. It is believed they settled in Preston County from Rappahannock County, VA. I am willing to share what I have.
    Joseph Nye MILLER lived in Preston County from the 1830s to until his death in 1903. He brought the first printing press to Preston County and published two periodicals, one on silk worms and one political. I am searching for information about his family. His mother was Emily NYE of Tulpehocken Township, Berks County, PA, and his father was Henry MILLER who apparently died in Berks County. His mother relocated to Somerset County, PA along with a sister and young Joseph. I am attempting to find her history, who was her father? Which of the NEU (Nye, Ney, Nei) brothers was her father? Thankl you for your help.

    Rick Simpson
    I am looking for any information on the SIMPSON family of Tunnelton, Preston County, WV. John Calvin SIMPSON, his wife Mary Catherine CROSS, and their children Howard Edward, John W, Ethel, Harris V, Fannie C, and James Russell moved to Tunnelton from Bloomington, MD around 1900. John Calvin's brother also moved to Tunnelton. His name was Samuel SIMPSON.

    Vince Turner
    I am in need of information, or sources from which to cull some information, pertaining to Union troops raised or mustered into service during the Civil War in Preston County and other nearby areas where residents of Preston County may have been involved.

    Bob Moore
    I'm looking for anything I can find out about William D. POSTON. I know that his funeral was in 1887 at the M. E. Church in Kingwood. My Grandmother was adopted and I think William was her father, so I'm hoping to find a Baptism record in a Methodist Church archive in the area.

    Judith B. Glad
    My g-g-grandfather, Enos KING married Phoebe PUGH in Monongalia County in 1816. They lived in the part of the county that became Preson County. Enos moved to OH in 1825 (I don't know if Phoebe was still alive then), but some of their children may have stayed in WV. I am seeking both descendents and ancestors of Enos KING.

    Susan Cannon-Ryan
    I have several families that were in Preston County at one time or another. They are: CANNON, BOYLAN, DeMOSS, LEASE, POLING, PHILES, JENKINS, HEILMAN, MADDEN, and RYAN. Most of these families were associated with the railroad and some are later found in Doddridge and Taylor Counties. Any information appreciated.

    Terry Ervin, 5170 East 65th Street, Indianapolis IN 46220
    I would appreciate any information available on Isaac MARGUESS listed in 1860 census Preston County, Evansville dist. page 289. Name also spelled MARQUESS. Sarah and Maria listed pages 288 and 290. If right Isaac, I have information on some descendants willing to provide if helpful. Any help greatly appreciated.

    Susan Cannon-Ryan
    Seeking information on Patrick CANNON and his wife Flonora. He was working on the RR in 1860 in Preston County. Children include: Patrick (also working on RR); Anthony, b in Tunnelton 1848; Jane and Mathilda.

    Susan Cannon-Ryan
    Seeking info on George Washington BOYLAN. May have worked at the station in Rowlesburg in 1850. Was later running a service train out of Newburg. Believed that he died after an accident on the train where his foot was severed. This was about 1870. He may have been from PA. Believed to have m Mary MAY(S) and to be the father of Elora BOYLAN and later, twin boys George Washington BOYLAN and William BOYLAN, b Newburg 1870. William died at a young age. George Washington, the son, m Tacy Belle POLING GRIMES and lived in Newburg. Many children of this family. Any information appreciated.

    William Clinton Casteel
    I am researching the surname CASTEEL, mostly in Preston County and Garrett County, MD. I have information on my family line from the present to 1842. I need additional information. All that I have is available for the asking.

    Betty Ralph
    Seeking information about Daniel SEVERNS b @ 1738 Bucks County, PA, settled on Sandy Creek, Preston Co, WV, d 1823 OH. May have m Elizabeth RUE and/or Mary ALLEN. Children: Joseph, Absolom, Daniel, Sarah, Mary, Abigail, Elizabeth, Rebecca. Also John CONNER b @ 1721 d 1796 Preston Co, WV. Children: John b 1747, James b 1749, Elizabeth b 1752, Grace b 1754, Sarah b 1756, Robert b 1762, William b 1765. Thank you.

    Dawn Vogel Tue 17 Sep 1996 18:26:09
    Looking for information on the following women - all married members of the JENKINS family. Mary HARRIS b. circa 1750s-60s, married John Jenkins. Esther GRAHAM b. 25 Dec 1786, married Jonathan Jenkins. Rachel FORMAN b. 3 Dec 1802, married James Sterling Jenkins. Mary Catherine FALKENSTINE b. 20 May 1837, married Silas Salatheil JENKINS. All of these individuals are believed to have spent at least a part of their lives in Preston County, WV. Any information (particularly on the parents of these women) is appreciated.

    Judith B. Glad
    Seeking information about Enos KING, born 1792. He was in Preston County in 1820 Census. Apparently he was married first to Phoebe PUGH, then to Elizabeth SANDERS, both before 1823. He moved to Gallia County, OH about 1823-1825. Some of his children may have remained in/returned to Preston County.

    Lorin A. Snyder
    I am searching for any records on the MESSENGER family of Monongalia/Preston County, WV. My 3-great grandfather, Hira "John" MESSENGER left from Preston County, VA to go to PA in the late 1840's. He had daughters Eliza, Sarah, and Mary, and son Quinter. I am still searching for the identity of his wife, but they married somewhere in the late 1830's, most likely, give or take a few years. Hira's wife died between 1846 and 1850, but I'm not sure if it was in VA, PA, or en route. Hira was a circuit rider of the Brethren denomination. I found Hira in the 1840 Preston County Census index living amongst a number of Messengers, surely his family. The only other VA census index I have access to is 1810, where there is only one MESSENGER living in all of VA - Abraham MESSENGER. He is probably the progenitor of the family, and either Hira's father or grandfather.

    Dianne E. Janis
    Is anyone researching the WILEY line, originally from Greene County, PA, and then from Monongalia County, West Virginia? Have extensive info to share, and would love to hear from others with similar interests.

    John Gocke Mon 9 Sep 1996 14:32:42
    I am researching the GOCKE family lineage who came from Grafton, Faimont, and Howesville, WV. I have discovered that a number of my ancestors were baptised, married and/or burried in St. Joseph's Church/Cemetary in Howesville. Any information anyone may have on the GOCKE's from the above area's and/or info on St. Joseph's Church in Howesville would be greatly appreciated.

    Ray Beaty
    Looking for descendants of the following: James CARROLL married Susan BEATTY (Susan born 30 Oct 1825) near Kingwood; William JACKSON married Sarah E. BEATTY (Sarah born 20 Jun 1836) Susan and Sarah were daughters of John BEATTY and Rachel BISCHOFF married 13 Jan 1818, Monongalia County, VA. Rachel was the daughter of John and Susan LANTZ BISCHOFF. Rachel died 3 Aug 1869 and was buried in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery in the Salt Lick area. (She was visiting son Thomas in the Salt Lick area when she died and instead of returning her body over the mountain to the Whetsell neighborhood near Kingwood they buried her at Wesley). John BEATTY was the son of Robert Beatty, one of the pioneers of Monongalia County making a settement in 1774 near now Kingwood---deed dated 1784 for 400 acres on Buffalow Run. He was married to Mary Polly HOKE and/or Sarah ROSS. We have both names in undocumented family files. Any information on the above will be deeply appreciated.

    Joy Gilchrist
    I have recently learned that the middle name of Brown's Mill pioneer and Revolutionary soldier Thomas BROWN was SQUIRES. The BROWNS came from Loudon County, VA, as did the Nehemiah SQUIRES family who lived not more than a mile from the BROWN family behind the present-day new cemetery for the Bethlehem Church. This leads me to believe that there was a close connection between the SQUIRES family and the BROWN family since Nehemiah SQUIRES (ca 1766/67 - drowned 1727/28) was the s/o Thomas and Nancy Anne (TOLLE) SQUIRES of Loudon County. Thomas SQUIRES (???? - Jan 1780/Loudon Co, VA) was twice married. 1/m Mary ??? (d. bef 1767); 2/m Nancy Anne TOLLE. After Thomas' death, "Anne" married John PILES/PYLES. Anne and John removed to present-day Preston County, then called Monongalia County, circa 1800. Have a lot of information on the SQUIRES and allied families. Willing to share.

    John Otis Rowe Sat 7 Sep 1996 18:26:54
    My father was Ernest B. ROWE, born 1 Dec 1897, died 12 Jan 1991. His father was Adam Pullins ROWE, born 16 Mar 1855, married Lucy R. KOONTZ. To my knowledge, his father was George ROUGH Jr., and his father George ROUGH Sr.. Is it possible to find birth and death dates, places of birth, marriage, and children information for George ROUGH Jr. and Sr.? Note name change from ROUGH to ROWE. Any information you can send will be much appreciated. Thanks

    Lorene Bell Dodrill Thu 5 Sep 1996 13:01:35
    Information about James BELL, b.1777 d.1832. Came from PA to Preston County by 1812 and settled near Newburg. Married twice. Name of first wife unknown. Married in 1814 (2) Mary Jane SNIDER d/o Henry and Mary BROWNING SNIDER.

    Mary Clarkson Buchholz Sat 24 Aug 1996 20:15:49
    I am searching for any information I can find on my father's family William Johnson CLARKSON b.1837 m. Maria Mason b. 1842 d.1899. William had eleven children, most of who remained in Preston County. Four of his children came to SD, where they remain today. Maria is the daughter of William Mason and Jane Thayer. (Although I found her listed at the FHC as Thare married 3 Jan 1832 in Allegany, MD. Mason was from Grafton, according to Thayer History. I would love to know more about William's parents.

    Tom Severns Thu 15 Aug 1996 19:12:22
    Looking for information on the parents of John SEVERNS (or SOVERNS), who was born in what is now Preston County in 1812. His mother was Mary WALLER SEVERNS, daughter of William WALLER. Following his mother's (and possibly father's) death, John was raised by his grandparents (WALLERS) in Guernsey County, OH. I'm looking for the name of John's father and siblings, parents' marriage information, and the circumstances of his going to live with grandparents.

    Rick Draper Mon 5 Aug 1996 05:17:16
    University of Akron, 1545 Cove Street NW, Uniontown, OH 44685
    (330) 972-5246 or 877-1253

    Looking for location of DRAPER RUN, a stream which did exist in the early 1800's but I cannot find it on current maps. Thanks. In particular, looking for Thomas Draper (b. 179?), son William (b. 1810), and his sons, Isaac and Joseph (b.1835,36, VA)

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