Stafford County, VA Brick Wall Query Board

Everyone has run into those "brick walls" with their genealogy research. Here is a page for those queries! You never know if a  visitor to this site will be looking for the same family you are, so post your brick wall query today! Remember, the more places you post, the better your chances of a connection! Good luck...

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Posted 06/09/2009


Porter, Philip B. 1750/1754 Pughtown, VA Frederick Co. Philip was also in Stafford Co. VA and so was the Brent Family.  ( I understand the county name changed often) Married Brent Nancy Ann d/o Charles Innes Brent and Anne Gunnell
abt 1786 in VA.  perhaps Frederick Co. VA. I am desperately looking for the parents of Philip Porter and his
siblings. Thanks so much for any help,
Dottie Porter Himes,


Posted 01/13/2009


I am searching for a birth record for Catherine/Katherine Calvin born in March of 1870 in Stafford County, Virginia. Her father is John Calvin. I am trying to find her mother's name. I found her in the census (her mother) but couldn't figure out her name. If possible, would a birth record on Catherine be around? I have been looking to find her mothers name since last summer and any information would be helpful. Thanking you in advance.....Doris Smith, (Note: this family is African American)

Posted 01/13/2009

Botts / Bridwell

I'm researching the Botts & Bridwell/Bredwell families in Stafford County. Especially Thomas Botts & Sabrina Bridwell. Any help would be appreciated, Robert Botts,

Posted 01/13/2009


Looking for my great great aunt, Elizabeth Curtis, daughter of William Henry Curtis and Elizabeth Unknown. Think she was born about 1868 in Stafford, but that year's births are missing. She's in the census with the family in 1870 and 1880. Any help will be appreciated, Donna O Nunan,


Posted 12/01/2008


Looking for more information on my Stafford Co. Shackelford line - Given names (working back) include: Coleman > Walker > Uriah (Uriel)> James? My family has used both spellings (el/le). Walker is my GG Grandfather. He died in c. 1909 in Stafford. His will is recorded at Stafford Courthouse. Walker's wife was Mary M. ? (possibly Patton). Their children were James, Hugh, Wilson Bunnell, Lizzie, and Coleman. Coleman is my G Grandfather. I would like to find graves of Walker, Mary, Uriah and his wife, Diadema. Other Stafford surnames I'm working on include:
Skidmore, Snellings, Rose, Huffman, Bryant, Armstrong, Wine, etc. Family was mainly situated in the areas of Rock Hill, Roseville and Hartwood. Thank you, B.S. Butler,


Posted 11/13/2008

Wallace Descendants

I am a direct descendant of Dr. Gustavus Brown of Port Tabacco, Charles County, MD.  His wife, Frances Fowke Brown, died at Dipple Plantation (1744), Stafford County, VA, and is buried in the cemetery that surrounds Aquia Chapel in Stafford County. My line of the Brown family eventually moved on to Breckinridge County, KY, then to Mayview, MO and then Lee's Summit, MO where I was born. I now live in Stafford County, VA. I have been able to find that the Family Bible is (was??) owned by another direct descendant, a Mrs. H. Wallace of Fredericksburg.  I am looking for any of Mrs. Wallace descendants. Rob Brown,

Posted 11/02/2008


I am doing some family history searching with my father and we came across your site. On Overwharton Parish Registry, a man named Henry Nelson is listed as having gotten married in 1742. He is believed to be my 8th grandfather. We would love any further information you may have or any known grave sites for him or any of his family members. Thanks for any help, Katie Bradshaw,

Posted 10/24/2008


I am researching William Bailey Cooper born between 1783 to 1790 in Stafford County, VA.  Married Elizabeth Betsy Tucker. His parents were from Ireland.  He is on the 1850 Census in Kentucky and served in the Virginia Militia enlisted 1814?  I have searched high and low but can't locate his parents.  Any ideas? Allison Lee Cooper,

Posted 09/22/2008


I am trying to locate any records pertaining to my 4xs great grandfather, Jarrett Bowling.  He is reported to have been born 18 Jan 1762 at St. Paul's Parish, Stafford, VA.  If anyone has records which will provide proof of this, or disprove same, as well as other records pertaining to Jarrett and his ancestors, please contact me.  I am trying to locate any records which will substantiate Jarrett Bowlings' history and ancestors, etc.  Thank you in advance for any assistance you are able to give me in this quest. William C. Boling
Atlanta, GA

Posted 07/28/2008


I am researching Thomas Clifton and Anne who had a son John born Feb 1758. Thomas is the son of Burdett Clifton and Frances Hill. I would like to get in touch with anyone who is researching this family!! Thanks, Kathy Clifton

Posted 07/28/2008

Williams / Corns / Polk

My G-grandfather, James Edward Williams came from Stafford Co. VA to Wood Co. (W)VA in 1841.
James Edward Williams (1821-1904)

Nathan Polk Williams m. Mary Corns

Pierson Williams m. Mary Polk (dau. of John Polk)

John William Williams (1750-1849) m. Mary ?

Daniel Williams (b. 1730) m. Barbara Ellen ?

George William Williams (1712-1801) m. Sarah ?

Joseph Williams (1691-1782) m.. Catherine ?

John Williams Jr. (b. 1650 Staffordshire England) m. Anna ?

John Williams Sr. (b. 1629) came to Norfolk in 1651 aboard the
Any help with these names greatly appreciated!
Sharon Fansler,


Posted 06/07/2008

Foley / Owens

I recently hit a brick wall looking for information on John Foley and Nancy Owens.  I have since seen an internet posting linking them to Henry Foley and Anne Courtney of Shenandoah County VA.  I now have documented John Foley who married Nancy Owens.  And I have undocumented material that shows John's parents to be Henry & Anne (Courtney) Foley. Henry's father to be Richard and Richard's parents to be Thomas and Martha (Bryant) Foley all from either Stafford or Shenandoah County Virginia.  Does
anyone have information on the line and if so, how is it documented?  Anyone with information on this family lineage, please contact Linda Foley Surrem,

Posted 06/04/2008


I am looking for Elizabeth & William Tungate. Elizabeth and her family went to Warren Co, OH, then Allen County, OH.  She died in 1850 at the supposed age of 105 and I don't have any reason to dispute that information.  I have every reason to believe her husband was William Tungate because when he disappears from the Stafford Co. census, then she appears.  What I don't know is her surname and when they might have married.  I believe she spent her life in Stafford Co until leaving for Ohio.  Since he must have had property, I will need to see if I can find property information and some kind of a deed, if it might still exist.  There should have been some kind of a will also or something transferring the property when they left for Ohio.  The last name is spelled quite a few different ways and that doesn't help when doing the research.  If you have any other information that might help me out, let me know. Thanks, Jannice Rasor Hubbard,

Posted 01/25/2008


I'm trying to locate information on James McLoed, born in Stafford in 1764.  James was married to Susan Lotspeich, and died 1811 in Bourbon, Kentucky.  I believe that James' father was John McCloud, born 1741 in Maryland.  John's Revolutionary War Pension information states that he served while living in Stafford, VA, then moved on to Bourbon, KY where he died after 1838.  James and Susan (Lotspeich) McLoed were the parents of at least five children:  William Lotspeich (1789-1876, married Sarah Stark), Elizabeth (1791-1870, married George Kleiser), Emily (married Thomas Armstrong), George (1793-1870, married Catherine Miller), and Susannah (1799-?, married Samuel Wasson). Thanks, Jeannie Osborn McLoed

Posted 01/25/2008

Foley / Folio

I have documented John Foley who married Nancy Owens.  I now have undocumented material that shows John;s parents to be John & Anne (Countney) Foley. John's father to be Richard and Richard's parents to be Thomas and Martha (Bryant) Foley all of either Stafford or Shenandoah County Virginia.  Anyone with information on this family lineage contact