Floyd County Books
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on Floyd County.
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Make your requests for lookup limited in scope.
"Tell me everything about the Smiths" is probably too broad. J
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but some ... - forget).
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they deserve our thanks for saving us a similarly precious item - our
[After doing genealogy for over forty-five years, I am keenly aware of
just how precious time is to all of us. We only have a small amount
of it here to do our work. The stories and lives of our ancestors
prove that. - Ron Dailey]
My Special Thanks goes to these Look-up Volunteers. They
are the soul of a website like ours. Their offer to do look-ups,
sometimes to perfect strangers, breathes life into what otherwise would
be nothing more than a inert bulletin board.
Will do look ups in 1840 Floyd County, VA Census. Barb
Will do look ups in 1850 Floyd County, VA Census.
Will do look ups in 1870 Floyd County, VA Census. Barb
Will do look ups in 1880 Floyd County, VA Census. Barb
Will do look ups in 1890 Floyd County, VA Census editor Marjorie
Fluor Moore, 1990. Teri Pettit(see
Will do look ups in 1900 Floyd County, VA Census. Barb
Will do look ups in 1853-1872 Birth & Death Records, Floyd Co
VA editors Marjorie Fluor & Marguerite Tise, 1981. Teri
Will do look ups in Cemeteries Floyd County, VA, Indian Valley District
by Elza B. Cox & Phyllis G. Phillips, 1980. Teri
Will do look ups in Blue Ridge Heritage: Burnett, Branscome, Hylton,
Cox, Slaughter & related families by Dorothy Burnett Peterson,
1987. Teri Pettit
Will do look ups in Floyd County - A History of Its People and Places
by Dr. Amos D. Wood, 1981. Braxton
A Note Concerning the 1890 Census:
Many researchers are not aware that in some counties, the census takers
or county clerks made copies of the census before sending the originals
in to Washington. [I'm not sure if this was legal, but they did it.]
Since these local copies were not ever Census Bureau property, they were
not microfilmed by the National Archives, and are NOT listed in indexes
of surviving schedules.
In the Family History Center Catalog, they are typically listed under
the heading for the county (unlike the official censuses, which are listed
under U.S., Census.)
And lucky for us, one of the counties for which a local copy survives
happens to be Floyd County, Virginia! In this county, the 1890 census
was copied and stored in the county courthouse. It was transcribed
and published in 1990 by Marjorie Flour Moore.
ONLY NAMES AND AGES were copied, the rest of the data columns were not.
Most critically for genealogy, the relationships, family numbers, and the
breakdown into households was not indicated.
Also, the copy is partially alphabetized. The clerk copying it
made a section for each letter of the alphabet within each district, and
then went through the original census, copying each line into the section
for its initial letter. The line order is strictly preserved within
each letter, but this organization makes it impossible to tell which family
an orphaned child was living with if they were living with a grandparent
or other relative whose surname starts with a different letter of the alphabet.
This problem also makes it difficult to detect "in-laws" living with a
married child or sibling.
In a section of consecutive entries with the same surname, the breaks
between households can usually be inferred by a jump from a list of children
in decreasing age to an adult. However, this strategy may occasionally
lump together separate households. E.g., a male and female
of the same generation and the same surname might be single or widowed
adults living in nearby households, but be incorrectly assumed to be husband
and wife. There might even be dozens of families living between them,
who were listed in a different alphabetical section.
When answering lookup requests from this book, I will therefore include
surrounding entries of the same surname, and mention whether I had to infer
the division into families. It would also be helpful when making
lookup requests if you could mention as much as you know about the ages,
names of family members, etc., to help me identify the correct family.
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April 3, 2006
"Slow Road Home"
....a personal discovery and celebration of belonging in the
Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia
by Fred Light
From the back cover of the book...
With a naturalist's curiosity, a photographer's eye, and the heart
of one who knows that he is living at last where he belongs, Fred First,
in Slow Road Home, invites the reader to join him on a field trip through
time and place.
Following the sudden realization at fifty-four that his working life
had left him unfulfilled in those needs that mattered most, First leaves
that world behind. Tracking the quiet turns of solitude's seasons, these
short essays capture the daily miracles of an extraordinary time in a beautiful
First finds himself home at last in the Blue Ridge Mountains of
southwest Virginia, and most especially, in one narrow valley along Goose
Creek in Floyd County. Why, he wonders do some places call to us so strongly
that we cannot ignore their pull?
What does belonging to place mean? Can it be felt fully apart from
a reverence for and deep connection with the ordinary just outside the
It is that connection you will find in the particulars here, in a book
best read the way it was lived: slowly, a day, a moment at a time.
How to Order
Posted Dec. 26, 2005
"Christiansburg, Virginia: Small Town America at Its
Author – Roy W. Kanode
Christiansburg is rich in history – from the early pioneers who
struggled against great hardships to make this town a better place – to
our community leaders just a few years ago. These men and women worked
together in harmony and developed close relationships with friends and
family. We will always be proud of their accomplishments, and the power
of their stories is compelling. This large coffee table style book (8.5
x 11 inches) contains 350 pages, over 400 photographs and more than 70
old newspaper clippings. Early maps date back to 1826.
The place to find new, used, out of print and just plain hard to find
"Quesenberry Families with Roots in Southwest
posted Nov. 28, 2005
My book "Quesenberry Families with Roots in Southwest Virginia" has
been printed. It has 1066 pages, soft cover, spiral bound, and will
cost $59.95, book rate postage included. The book covers various
spellings of the name.
Betty Jo Quesenberry McDaniels
2566 Va. Beach Blvd.
Va. Beach, VA 23452
Floyd County Tidbits CD
posted May 30, 2005
The "Floyd County Tidbits" CD
Released on June 25, 2005
Cemeteries by Margarette Tynan & Rena Worthen, Vol. 1
Various other cemeteries
Birth Records 1853-1896
SSDI births 1897 - 1912 (with some notes)
"The Recipe" by "Ole Paul"
Obits (lots of them)
Genealogy forms used in my class
Some school information
A list of Floyd County sheriffs by Gino Williams
Personal history by Wilma Padgett
A "Southern Language Lesson" by the VAFLOYD Mail list members
Tribute to Clyde Maxey
This CD is over 900 pages of Floyd County information
$35.00 includes postage and handling
Check or money order should be sent to:
P O B 1002
Buchanan, VA 24066
"Eliza Jane Bowles Furrow Family of Montgomery
This is a small book but full of valuable genealogical information.
There is no index but a good table of contents.
The price of this book is $15.00 plus $2.00 shipping and handling.
Sylvia Gearheart Albert
719 Deerfield Road
Troutville, VA 24175
Cemeteries Floyd (Montgomery) County, VA
Burks Fork District
Compiled by Phyllis Goad Phillips & Genevieve Cochran Starkey
A few of the names include
Alderman, Bolt, Dickerson, Harman/Harmon, Harris, Hylton, Keith, Pratt,
Sutphin, Vaughn, Weddle & Weeks.
More than 100 cemeteries, including Topeco.
Genevieve C. Starkey,
1668 Barberry Road,
Floyd, VA 24091-4155
some descendants are wanting me to update my last Underwood book,
THOMAS UNDERWOOD, 1650 IMMIGRANT(his descendants & their royal
lines), but in order to do that the printer insist I have
a minimum of
If you want this last Underwood book , please send a $20.deposit
to me now. If by chance, I do not get 35 orders, which seems unlikely,
I shall refund your deposit. The book will be $40.00 plus $2.00 postage.
As you can see I pay part of the postage. I am not making a profit but
trying to get my publishing costs covered.
The book is 81/2 X 11, dark blue with gold title on front and
spine, documented at end of each chapter, indexed, includes photos, wills,
deeds, and marriage records when found . Each allied family ( family
of an Underwood grandmother by marriage) has a chapter devoted to
it as does each Underwood ancestor. Written with interesting material,
such as info on some of the Underwood accomplishments > >the frigate USS
Underwood, Aunt Jemima ad, Underwood meatspread; it is not a book with
just names and dates. This book will be the last edition made even
though I have said that before. I am 81 years old and have other
families that I want to continue researching.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hezekiah Sumner Book
A book entitled: The Descendants of Hezekiah Sumner of Montgomery
and Floyd Counties, Virginia by Peggy (Burton) Rich, Irene S. Underwood,
and Betty Sumner Barrett.
Irene Underwood and Betty Sumner Barrett have completed Peggy Rich's
book on The Descendants of Hezekiah Sumner of Montgomery and Floyd
Counties, Virginia. It is 434 pages, indexed, documented,
current to March 2001 (if current information was made available) with
74 photographs, maps, wills, and articles about Floyd County, hardbound
navy blue, with gold lettering stamped on the cover and spine.
Over 5,400 people, including births, deaths and marriages. Sources
There are only 20 copies of the book remaining.
At this time, there are no plans for additional publication
The price of $41 includes shipping and handling
For more info, or to purchase, contact:
Irene S. Underwood,
1624 Tradd Court,
Chesterfield, MO 63017.
Genealogical Publishing Company, 1001 North Calvert St, Baltimore, MD 21202-3897
Postage is $3.50 for the first book and $1.25 for each additional book.
Maryland residents add 5% tax, and Michigan residents add 4%
Visit their site at http://www.genealogybookshop.com
Over the Mountain Men, Their Early Court Records in Southwest Virginia.
By Anne Lowry Worrell. (1934), repr. Balto., 1991. Low in stock! $6.00
contains some information of Floyd Co. wills
Heritage Books, Inc., 1540-E Pointer Ridge Place, Bowie MD 20716
Postage is $3.00, regardless of the number of books
Check out their site at http://www.heritagebooks.com
The Virginia Genealogist - John Frederick Dorman, ed. Vol.
10, 1966, reprint, $21.00
Highlights include: A Guide to the Counties of VA: ... Floyd, ...;
Iberian Publishing Company, 548 Cedar Creek Drive, Athens, GA 30605
Postage is $3.00, and $1.00 for each additional volume
Check out their site at http://www.iberian.com
Atlas of County Boundary Changes in Virginia 1634-1895 -
Michael F. Dornan, 1987, $24.95
Since Floyd County only came into existence in 1831, this book is invaluable!
Mountain Press, P.O. Box 400, Signal Mountain, TN 37377-0400
Postage is $3.50 for the first volume, and $1.00 for each additional volume
Visit their site at http://www.mountainpress.com
1850 Census $25.00
Floyd County VA Marriages 1840-1863, Marvin U. Neighbors,
Duncan/Young Families in SW VA. (2 vol. set )
Descendents of John Duncan and Elizabeth Holtzclaw - $35.00
plus $3.50 postage
Descendents of Nathaniel Young and Hannah Day - $35.00 plus
both books for $59.95 plus $5.00 postage
Louise Akers (of Christiansburg) and Betty Jo Q. McDaniels have just finished
this 2 vol. set on a Duncan/Young genealogy of their families in SW VA.
They have used the marriage records of Floyd, Carroll, and Montgomery,
plus the census records, etc. in putting these families together.
Also, they have used personal family genealogies from other Duncan/Young
For more info, or to purchase, contact: Betty
Jo Q. McDaniels, 2566 Va. Beach Blvd., Va. Beach, VA 23452
Rigney Family in Floyd, Montgomery, and Carroll Counties, Virginia.
A new book entitled: Our Rigney Story by Marjorie Fluor Moore
and Jean W. Thurman - $33.95, which includes shipping and handling.
It includes photos, family group sheets and documents from Floyd, Montgomery,
and Carroll Counties, Virginia. The book has 70 pages of descendency
charts and a total of 228 pages with family stories, pictures, cemetery
It begins with Isam and Nancy Rigney, moves to Greenville and Isaac Lewis
For more info, or to purchase, contact: Jean
W. Thurman, 9210 Hardy Road, Vinton, VA 24719-5647.
NOTE: This book is now available in Floyd, Virginia
at the Farmer's Supply General Hardware at 101 East Main Street.
Mr. Lawson graciously accepted copies on consignment and stated that interested
parties should ask because they would be kept in the back room with the
Floyd County Maps.
The Hatcher Families:
A Compilation of American Records & Documentation,
1600s - 1900s
Compiled and edited by Nel Hatcher.
This CD contains over 19,000 Hatcher records including the following:
Over 2,000 non-Hatcher surnames
Bibles - 14 Hatcher families
Biographies - 64 families covering 17 states
Birth records - covers 9 states
Cemetery records - found in 35 states
Census records - many counties within 43 states
Deeds - found in 9 states
Land Grants - found in 24 states
Marriages - many counties within 31 states Military records - Revolutionary,
War of 1812, Civil War, WWI
Obituaries - found in 25 states
Pensions - from 7 states
Quaker records - 3 states and 12 Meeting Houses
Tax Lists - found in 5 states
Wills - found in 12 states
Miscellaneous records from a variety of sources
Fully indexed utilizing two search methods.
a sampling of the CD. If you are using a Netscape version earlier
than 4.7 or have your resolution set higher than 800x600, you may have
problems viewing the sample.
Cost of this CD is $35 including shipping.
TO ORDER: Please send name, mailing address, your email address and
check or money order to:
Hill City, SD 57745
Shipment will be upon receipt of payment.
Visit the Hatcher
Families Resource Center.
DESCENDANTS OF JOHANN DIEL BOHNE 1711-1764
By Mary Frances Conner Williams, June 2000
JOHANN DIEL BOHNE (pronounced Boone) emigrated from the Palatinate region
of Germany in 1741 and settled in Frizellburg, now Carroll County, Maryland.
Two of his sons, John and Jacob, moved to Franklin County, VA.
John's son, Jacob Boon, married Rachel Kessler. Their 10th and last
child, Andrew William Boone, married (1) Lucy Ann Crook/Fralin and had
six children. After Lucy's death at age 40, Andrew then moved to
Floyd County and married Margaret Clementine Mason from Roanoke, VA and
had eight children.
This book contains information about Johann's nine children for three generations,
then concentrates on John's descendants. This section of the book
has 546 pages with the more numerous names being: Akers, Boone, Bowman,
Brubaker, Hall, Hoss (Haas?), Jamison, King, Lawrence, Miller, Sisson,
Sullivan, Weddle and Whitenack.
The next 128 pages cover some of the family of Margaret Clementine Mason,
whose mother Lydia Garst married (1) Samuel Coon and married (2) Samuel
Mason. The more numerous names in this section are: Boone, Lucas,
Poff and Sisson.
This book is spiral bound with a soft cover.
The price is $50.00 (shipping included).
Mail Check or Money Order to:
Mary Frances Conner Williams
120 Virginia Court
Pulaski, VA 24301-2518
Any questions can be addressed to: Mary
Frances Conner Williams
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