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January 30, 1999 from (Brett F. Woods)
Looking for information on the children of Samuel Woods (1738-1826) and Mary (Robinson?) his wife. Samuel is the son of Michael Woods, Jr and the grandson of Michael Woods and Mary Campbell. Samuel is included in the 1794 Botetourt County, Virginia Personal Property Tax List. Thanks. Brett F. Woods, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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January 29, 1999 from (Jim Hagarty)
If you are descended from a Peter Hegarty (Hagarty), who was born in County Cork, Ireland, in the 1820s and who emigrated to Virginia in the 1840s, possibly to Botetourt County, I would be very interested in talking to you. I am publishing a book this spring on the Hegarty family (he had five brothers and two sisters, most of whom settled in Canada), their origins in Ireland (I have found their farm and house they lived in) and the lives the eight children carved out in North America. Peter's younger brother Michael joined him in Virginia and spent his life there, dying in an accident at Richmond in 1879. I have next to no information about Peter and I really want to include him in this book. He may have married a Foley, but I don't know. If you can help, please e-mail me. If not, thanks for your time and sorry for the intrusion. P.S. If you're descended from any of Peter's brothers, Michael, Cornelius, Timothy, John or Daniel, or sisters Ellen and Bridget, I'd also be happy to hear from you. Thanks again,

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January 29, 1999 from (Nancy Scott)
I am looking for information on a Lorenzo D. SCOTT who married Harriet DEW in 1848-49 in Alleghany Co. VA. Harriet is the daughter of William and Mary FLORA DEW. Lorenzo and Harriet had the following children; Mary A. J. born in 1850 and married Jacob Deisher of Botetourt county; Rebecca L. born in 1852 and married William M. Mayo; Isaac C. born in 1854; Lorenzo Dillard born in 1854 and married Fannie B. Riddlesbarger; and Wade Woodson SCOTT born Aug. 1860 and married Leanna Francis Bowyer. Any information on any of these family members would be greatly appreciated.

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January 27, 1999 from (Richard Forbes)
I am looking for information on Quincy Forbes. Although he was listed in the Augusta County Virginia 1850 Census, he died in Botetourt County Virginia. His wife was Elizabeth. I am a direct descendent, and would like any information regarding Quincy, children, parents, or Brother/Sister lines.

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January 27, 1999 from (Jim Meggs )
A friend of mine (Irene Poage Richmond) is trying to qualify for membership in the DAR. Her ancestors come from Botetourt County, Virginia. She needs proof that her ancestor, Robert Poage, born in 1777, was the son of John Poage and Martha Jean Mitchell. John was born February 27, 1737/38 and died there in Virginia in December 1790. Robert fought in the War of 1812 and then moved on to Missouri and married Elizabeth Groom. He died there on February 6, 1856. Any help on proving that Robert was John's son would be appreciated. Sincerely,

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January 24, 1999 from (Phyllis)
I am looking for parents and siblings of Lewis McCoy. He married Mary Caul in Greenbrier WVA in 1800. He was born in 1776 which was just before Greenbrier was formed so he may have been born in Botetourt, VA instead of Greenbrier which is what I have been told. Thanks for any help.

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January 23, 1999 from CHRED@IGLOU.COM ()
Griffith Dickerson married Mary Huff in Botetourt Co on Apr 4, 1793. Looking for any info.

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January 22, 1999 from ()
Patrick CRAGUN (1748 Ireland) who married Hannah ELSY/ ELSEY/ ELZEY (1752-53 VA or TN). They lived in this area 1770-1810, had 11 children. Specifically want to find Hannah. Botetourt County area changed county names, so it is hard to pin down exact place. I am backtracking the counties to see if someone recognises the names. Thank you.

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January 19, 1999 from ()
I am looking for my mother's birth father by the name of Charlie Fields. What little I know is that he worked for the railroad in Salem, Va. at the roundhouse in or around 1906. My mother would like to know of any family he may have had as would I. He may have been from Carroll Co. Va. but not definite. Any information would be appreciated.

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January 18, 1999 from ()
Family records indicate Issac Johnson was born 20 March 1820 in Virginia. We believe from other records that it must have been either Franklin or Botetourt County. Issac married Hannah Little who was born December 11, 1802 in Franklin County. We would like to verify their marriage date and location. Also parents of each are unknown. Any information about specific sites or organizations to contact for this information would certainly be appreciated.

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January 15, 1999 from (Cathy Joynt Labath)
Looking for more information on James JOYNT/ JOINT who appeared on the 1870 census in Buchanan township.

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January 13, 1999 from (Ed Starr)
My great grandfather was Col. Jacob Gish SPERRY, born ca. 1845 in Botetourt County, Virginia, died 26 Jan 1891 in Cloverdale, Botetourt, Virginia, married before 1880 to Catherine C. Langhorne. He had a son, James Langhorne Sperry, born 21 March 1880 in Danville, Pittsylvania, Virginia. I am seeking any information available about his life (including his military record), his parents or his siblings. The only candidates I have for his parents are Jacob G. Sperry and Cassy VINYARD who were married 25 May 1841 in Botetourt County, Virginia, but I have no information to support that theory. Possible candidates for his great grandparents are David SPERRY and Catherine GISH who were married 29 July 1819 in Botetourt County. I would appreciate any help that could be provided on these matters or on the SPERRY and GISH families in Virginia.

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January 10, 1999 from Hargreaves@CITCOM.NET (Cathie)
Prior to the Revolutionary War, James HARBISON migrated from Chester Co., PA to Botetourt Co., VA with his wife Rachel PORTER and a large family of children - Thomas, John, Eleanor "Nellie", James, Elizabeth, Jane, Rachel, Margaret "Peggy", Leah, Esther, Ann Porter, and Arthur. By 1776 they had moved on into what became KY. I'm interested in any Harbison and Porter information available in Botetourt Co. and would like to correspond with Harbison researchers.

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January 8, 1999 from (Freddy Brown)
Edith BROWN first appears on tax lists for Bedford County from 1789 through 1794 as the head of the house with no titheables over 21. She is listed on the tax rolls after Joseph, Zachariah and Jesse BROWN. Although I don't know who they are, I am assuming that there was some relation to them as they were listed together and all lived in the Beaverdam Creek area of the county. Edith was not listed after 1794 since on July 19, 1794 (bond dated for marriage) she married John GRANT, formerly of Botetourt County. They were married July 22 by Rev. John AYERS, a Methodist minister.
This is a list of known children of Edith and her husband _______ BROWN:
1. George Thomas b. 1768;
2. Henry (possible) mar. Susanna HIX in Bedford Co. on Nov 5, 1793, dau. of Patrick & Caty HIX;
3. Elizabeth (possible) mar. John HICKS in Bedford Co. on Aug 6, 1789 (possible brother of Nathaniel & Claibourn);
4. Daniel "Dance" b. 1776 mar. Keziah GRANT (dau. of the above John GRANT);
5. Frederick R. (possible) b. 1779/80 mar. Mary ROBERTSON, dau. of Jesse ROBERTSON & Susannah JONES of Princ. Edw. Co.;
6. Sarah b. 1787 mar. Hardy CALDWELL Nov 20, 1803 probably in Montgomery Co., VA.
7. Rahab b. 1789 mar. James CALDWELL probably in Montgomery Co., Va.
This is a list of known children of John GRANT and his wife Lydia/Violet _______:
1. son b. abt 1767
2. Ruth b. abt 1774 mar. James PHELPS in Bedford Co. 15 June, 1794
3. Martha Edith b. abt 1779 mar. David Alsup abt. 1800 - son of John ALSUP & Jurya POTTER
4. Lydia Keziah b. 1780 Maryland mar. Nov 2, 1799 Montgomery Co., Va. to Dance BROWN (above).
Here is chronology of John GRANT's information that I have:
1783-John GRANT living with Joseph BALDWIN, Sr., Joseph BALDWIN, Jr., and Frances BALDWIN in Loudoun Co., Va. according to the property tax information.
1784-John GRANT left Loudoun Co., Va. along with others around that time.
There were 2 John Grants in Loudon personal tax lists of 1782. One was gone in 1783 and one still there in 1790. Mine left.
Samuel HARRIS had sons:
CHILD 1. William HARRIS who was in Bedford Co. children: (a). Samuel m. Margaret HOLMES. (b). William m. Eliz. HOLMES (sister). When Wm. died, Eliz. married Sam'l. OLIPHANT. (note: Jesse BROWN & Dice sold land in Bedford Co. to Sam'l OLIPHANT on Beaver Dam Branch. Also Joseph BLANKENSHIP sold to Joseph BROWN in 1795 land on Bedford Co.'s Beaverdam Branch. Also Anthony PATE sold to Jesse BROWN south of Beaverdam Branch adjacent to Joseph PAYNE.)
CHILD 2. Samuel HARRIS Jr. m. Mary ______ in Botetourt also had children: William and Samuel. When Samuel Jr. died, Mary (widowed) in same tax area as her sons Wm. and Samuel and also John GRANT. By 1784, they left Loudoun Co. for Botetourt County.
1787-John GRANT of Botetourt Co., Va. bought 100 acres from Joshua HUCKABY of Bedford Co., Va. on Enoches? Creek. Witnesses- John RAY, Lemuel HUDDLESTON, and Daniel HUDDLESTON.
1787-There is a William HARRIS in same dictrict as John GRANT - also a Samuel BALDWIN. These BALDWIN and HARRIS families lived in the same area in Loudoun as Richard BROWN family.
1788-Bedford Co., Va. tax list (2-tithables over 21 thus must have had a son who would have been born before 1767).
1791-Sept, - Bedford Co., Va. Court Order book Vol. 8, page 112: Ordered that James MCDANIEL, son of Mary BURGESS be bound by the overseers to John GRANT according to law.
1792-June 25, John GRANT and wife Lydia (signed Violet on the bottom of deed along with Wayman and Mary (WATTS) SINCLAIR sold 192 acres to George SIMMONS in Bedford County, Va. The land was on the north branch of the north fork of Enoch's Creek - corner of SIMMONS and Thomas WRIGHT also adj. to Wm. SCOTT, then along the south fork of Enock's creek, then by where the branch empties into Ed (Edward) WATT'S pond, then with NEWLINE'S line. Why did they sell this land with John GRANT and Lydia, unless Lydia was a WATTS and sister to Mary and both daughters of Edward & Eliz. WATTS
1792-July 16, John GRANT of Bedford Co., Va. bought 100 acres from Julius SANDERS of Bedford Co. Wit. David HUGHES, George MOODY, and William MARTIN.
1792-July 16, John GRANT witnessed sale of 24 acres in Bedford Co., Va. of John WOODY and Lockey his wife, to Julius SANDERS all of Bedford, Co. Other witnesses - David HUGHES and George MOODY.
1794-June 15, his daughter, Ruth, married James PHELPS in Bedford Co., Va. The surety by Richard THURMAN.
1794-July 19, Eady BROWN marriage to John GRANT. Solemnized by John AYERS, JP in Bedford Co., Va.
1796-Sep 24 John & Edy GRANT sold 50 acres to Julius SANDERS in Bedford Co., Va.
1796-Sep 24, John & Edy GRANT of Bedford Co., Va. sold 69 acres to John MOODY of Bedford Co. on Merriman's Run. 1800 (approx) -In Bedford County Farley HATCHER, administrator of Benjamin HATCHER'S estate - bounds John GRANT's line.
1801-John GRANT enters treasury warrant No. 2407 for 52 acres together with 118 acres on warrant No. 17395 issued 26th June, 1783, the 118 acres of which is assigned to him by Ben STEVENS agent for John A. HAMILEN, assignee of George STUBBLEFIELD, on the Bearspring which is adjacent to John ALSUP. This is currently located in Giles Co., Va. just north of present day Montgomery Co.
1803-May 3, Seth & Eliz. CALDWELL sold to John GRANT (all of Montgomery Co. Va.) 65 acres for $20. This land located on waters of Bear Spring on the South side of Buckeye Mountain, which is again in present day southern Giles Co., Va. Also this was adjacent to the ALSUP family.
1804-Feb 3, Ralph & Eliz. BOGEL of Wythe Co., Va. sold to Edward MORGAN of Montgomery Co., Va. 80 acres for 75 lbs. of Va. money. This land was located in then Montgomery Co. (present day Giles Co.?) on the Bear Spring and adjacent to John ALSUP. Witnesses were John GRANT, Danel BROWN, and James CALDWELL..
1804-Feb 6, John GRANT and Edith his wife sold 130 acres in Montgomery Co. to Edward MORGAN (they all being of Montgomery Co.) This land being on the Bear Spring.
1804-Feb 7, John & Edith GRANT sold 65 acres to Edward MORGAN in Montgomery Co., Va. This land being on the South side of Buckeye Mountain and on the waters of Bear Spring.
1806-Oct. court order book (1799-1808) p. 568 ordered that the indentures between John JESSEE binding to him Polly HINDS be cancelled and given up and that the overseers of the poor or any one of them bind the same Polly HINDS to John GRANT according to law.
1806-Nov. Russell Co. court order book (1799-1808) p. 571 indenture of bargain & sale of land from Charles CAZEE (KEEZEE?) and Mary his wife to John GRANT in Russell Co., acknowledged in court by the said Charled and ordered to be recorded.
1806 - 130 acres value 50 Russell Co.
1807 - 130 acres value 50 Russell Co.
1807 - John GRANT bought 97 acres in Russell Co. from Charles KIZER.
1808 - Sept. 5, John & Eady sold 97 acres in Russell Co. to John CANDLER. It is stated on the deed that it is on his mill creek, apparently meaning that he, John GRANT, ran a mill. On Sept. 6, 1808 pg 727 of the Russell Co. court order book (1799-1808) records this sale.
Also Henry KIRK and Mary his wife sold to John CANDLER land located on Sinking Creek, parte of John BUSTER'S original patent.
1808 - no tax rolls in Russell Co.
1809 - no John GRANT listed in Russell lists (nor a Daniel BROWN).
1809 - 130 acres no location listed
1810 - 130 acres no location listed
1811 - 130 acres no location listed
1812 - 130 acres no location listed
1813 - 130 acres no location listed residence unknown
1814 - 130 acres no location listed residence unknown
1816 - Giles Co. Edward MORGAN showed to the satisfaction of the court that he purchased from John Grant 130 acres of land and paid the purchase money therefore in the year of 1812, and that although the taxes thereon were in arrears prior to that time (means that they were not paid) for the period of 1806 to 1815, he has paid part of those taxes and presented to the court a receipt therefore and he was given credit for the amount for which he was paid. Same certified to the auditor.
Any information on the above families is appreciated.

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January 8, 1999 from (Byron Smith)
Looking for info on Absalom Smith who lived in Botetourt Co Va around 1780-90. Hoping to find names of his children.

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January 6, 1999 from (R. N. Dunagan)
Seeking information about Mary DUNCAN Wright who married my ancestor, Daniel Dunagan (Donnekin on Marriage Bond), in January 1802 in Greene Co. TN, but who probably came from Virginia's Amherst, Augusta or Botetourt Counties. I believe Duncan was Mary's maiden name. Reportedly, her father was Jeremiah DUNCAN born in 1750 and Rebecca/ Rebekah was her mother's name. They supposedly lived in Botetourt Co. VA in 1794 moving to Greene Co. TN in 1797. (I was told this information is contained in "Some Duncan Families of East Tennessee before 1800" by Mary Ann Dobson of Placeville, CA -- wish I had her email address if any.) Children of Jeremiah and Rebekah reportedly were: George, Mary, Rebekah, Amos, Mary, Benjamin?, Joseph, Jeremiah. I think Mary Duncan Wright had a son William Wright born in October 1791 and a son Isaac born in 1798-99. I'm more confident she had a daughter, Rebekah, born in October 1792. I think Mary was first married to William Wright in Virginia. There may have been a daughter "Polly" who was married in November 1800 to William Poage. See Chalkley Chronicles at 342-343. Under this scenario, Polly would be marrying in her early teens and Mary would be having children from about 1785 to 1815. I realize this is a 30 year span, but I think it is possible. Does anyone have anything on such a William (Sr.), William (Jr.), Isaac, Rebekah or Polly? Any connection to Peter Wright? Need Mark D. Wright's current email address if any, as <> is no longer valid. Any help you may give me would be appreciated. rnd in Pensacola, FL (850) 484-9914

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January 4, 1999 from (LV Reynolds)
Researching Willaim GISH b. Apr 6 1810 Botetourt County, wife Julia Ann HOWE b. Jun 1870 Rock Creek, KS. Children: Alexander; John R. b. 1837, Botetourt, wife Kate A. (?); Amanda; Abraham b. Aug 1843, Botetourt, wife Mary E. (?) m. abt 1864; Peter N. b. Jul 7 1847 Botetourt, wife Susan NININGER m. 1866; Sarah; and Samuel GISH b. May 1854 Indiana, wife Annie (?) m. 1876. Abraham & Mary had a son Samuel Allen GISH b. Dec 1869 KS; Abraham's daughter Althea P. GISH m. Chester P. WAY 1920. Any info will be appreciated. Thanks.

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January 4, 1999 from (Tim Mattingly)
William I. ADAMS born in Armaga, Antrim Co., Ireland about 1717, came to America with his father, Robert. William married Mary WALKER in Botetourt Co., in 1744 and all 7 of their children were born in Botetourt Co. I have the names and spouses of the 7 children and any help on names or dates would help. Their one daughter Mary, (born 1765/66) married Thomas WILSON on Mar.24, 1784 in Henry Co., VA. Mary and Thomas, with most all the ADAMSes family, moved to the Mercer Co., KY area.

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January 2, 1999 from (Dee)
Searching for ancestors of Gilbert Lewis Smith, b. 8 Sep 1889 in Lithia, Botetourt Co., d. 13 Jul 1933 in Lithia, Botetourt Co., m. Minnie Elizabeth Smith (dau. of Melvin C. Smith and Zettie Lemon Smith). Believe Gilbert served in World War I and that his mother's name is Ardelia. Thanks for any help,

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January 2, 1999 from (Dale O'Connor)
My ggrandmother was Susan Ann COMPTON who was born in Botetourt County. She was also married there to my ggrandfather Samuel C. DOWNEY on 24 Sept 1861. The marriage record shows her parents simply: COMPTON/ CUMPTON. Do any of your readers have any knowledge of Susan or her parents? Thank you,

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January 2, 1999 from (Steve Davidson)
I am pretty sure that Thomas DAVIDSON died in Botetourt County. He married Dolly INGART (ENGART) on October 18, 1827. One of his sons was Rutherford Houston DAVIDSON, b. in 1837(38) - Buckhannon.

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