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February 27, 1999 from (Virginia Roberts)
Want parents of Margaret BLACK born 25 May 1785 married Richard BUTT 29 Apr 1803. Botetourt, died 8 Feb 1838 Botetourt Co. Also want Richard's parents. He was b 22 Nov 1775, do not know where, died 28 Jan. 1837 Botetourt Co.

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February 25, 1999 from (Tim Heath)
Researching the family of Casper Sarver of Botetourt Co., Virginia. He died there in 1782. Also Jeremial Bell who married Elizabeth Sarver in the 1790s, and Jacob Trout who lived close to the Sarvers and Bells on the Craigs Creek in 1782. Will exchange any info. Thanks,

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February 24, 1999 from (Debi Remer)
I'm looking for information about Edwin Reuben CLARK, born 1827 in Botetourt Co, married Mary Ann SESSLER, b. 1833 also in Botetourt. Both moved to Knoxville. Thank you

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February 23, 1999 from (Bob)
I am seeking ancestral, family and descendant information for two early Botetourt Co. settlers - Jacob and Joseph WYMAND/ WIMOND. They were apparently allied families with the Walkers and Shavers (Schaeffers?) of this county and likely did not reside here for very long. In fact, it is very likely that both had left the Botetourt Co. area by the year 1800 with no present leads as to where they may have re-settled. Unfortunately, no one, to date, has been able to provide any information on this family which has made the research for this family line even more difficult and frustrating. In any event, our earliest known Wyman/ Wymand ancestor was an Elizabeth "Wimond", who married John Hypes, Sr. of Botetourt Co., VA in August of 1796. At this time, Elizabeth is thought to be the daughter of either the aforementioned Jacob or Joseph Wymand, and was likely born between 1775 and 1777, probably in VA. Shortly after her marriage, she and her husband (John Hypes, Sr.) moved on to present-day Craig Co., where they had several children, including sons named Jacob and Joseph. Any ancestral/ family/ descendant info on the aforementioned people would be very much appreciated. Thanks very much,

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February 22, 1999 from (Marilyn)
Looking for descendants of James & Susannah [YOUNG] GILLILAND. Need First wife of their son, John GILLILAND (my direct ancestor); John's second wife was Margaret "Polly" [Barclay] Paxton (md. 30 Sep 1797 in Botetourt Co). Also descendants of Frederick & Mary [SEA] LEMMON. Any descendants of George & May Agnes Elizabeth [YOUNG] LEMMON/ LEMON.

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February 21, 1999 from (James C. Sutherland)
I'm seeking info on James "Jamie the Scotchman" SUTHERLAND (ca 1760 - 1825) and wife Sarah BUCHANAN (ca 1760 - 1822). Arrived in Botetourt County about 1799 from "... Beaverdam Creek in Bedford County ..." Believe they settled on "... Catawba Creek, a branch of the James River." Migrated from there to Carbo area of Russell County in late 1807. At least three of their children married in Botetourt County; one to a YATES, and two to LAFORCE. Have absolutely no info on parents or siblings of James SUTHERLAND. Believe Sarah BUCHANAN may have been related to Theodore BUCKHANAN and Jack BUCKHANAN, who are referenced in deeds on file in Botetourt County (DB 9-350, 9-351, and 9-352), and who were in Botetourt County in 1810 or earlier. Would appreciate any info at all on any of these ancestors.

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February 21, 1999 from (Bill Terry)
Looking for William and Rachel TERRY of Botetourt VA. William born about 1720 at PA or NJ; Rachel Manson born UNK died Botetourt VA 1803

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February 21, 1999 from (Patricia Finney Scibilia)
My brother and sister have done a good bit of genealogical research thru the years and know the names and dates of our 8 great grandparents, 10 of our 16 great great grandparents and 6 of our 32 great great great parents. (It's confusing, as sometimes the names are spelled incorrectly or there is slightly conflicting data). Right now we are looking for the name(s) of the parents of John Riley Finney and want to know if his father or grandfather fought in the Revolutionary War. John Riley Finney was born about 1765 or 1770 in Va. (probably Botetourt county). He married Ellender Sloan/ Slone Mar 28, 1793 in Franklin Co, Va. Sept 10, 1794 he was appointed surveyor of the highway, and Dec 8, 1795 he was appointed constable. (A distant relative found these last two facts in the Annals of SW Va.) He enlisted in the military in Botetourt Co to fight in the War of 1812. After the war he migrated from Botetourt Co to Tn. around 1815 and died in Lawerence Co. in Nov of that year. We believe his father (who may have been named Timothy) or his grandfather fought in the Rev War. It was passed down in the family by word of mouth that our first Finney ancestor in this country was a British sea captain who came to Va. about 1740 and owned a tobacco farm there (not far from Natural Bridge on the upper stretches of the James River). We would like to find out as much as possible about these ancestors (names, dates of births, marriages and death). Also we would like any inf on his wife Ellender Sloan, who was born about 1770 in Va. and died in 1880 in Lawerence Co., Tn. (That would be 110- could that be true?). Her father was William Alexander Sloan and her mother was Jane Stevenson. Any info of that side of the family would also be appreciated. I would like to find documented data to be able to join the DAR. Evidently Ellender Sloan Finney (referred to by my father's grandfather as "Pretty Grandma") was quite a brave woman, as about 1815 or so (as a widow) rode horseback alone from south Tn back to Va. to sell the family farm and return to Tn. with the money in her saddlebags. She evaded indians and highway robbers during her trip, raised her family alone and lived to be an old woman. Thank you so much for any info on these ancestors you can find for me or any direction you can provide to further our research.

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February 19, 1999 from ()
I am searching for family of Margaret BANE/ BLANE. She married my ancestor Lawrence CONNER. In Botetourt Co. in 1783. I have reports that she was part Cherokee Indian. They lived in Botetourt Co until sometime in the 1790s. Lawrence CONNER served in the 8th Va. Regt. in the Rev. War. He fought in five major battles. and was at Valley Forge. He also served under Capt. Arbuckle In the Shawnee indian wars in 1774. from Botetourt Co. Lawrence and Margaret CONNER moved to Cumberland CO. KY. in 1802. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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February 19, 1999 from (Marilyn)
My ancestors, James H. and Martha [MILLER] HOLMES, lived in the Jane Furnace area of Botetourt co., VA c1840. Later, they lived in the Covington, VA area. Their daughter, Mary, is my g-grandmother. Mary m: 1) Robert SIMMS; 2) David C. HILL, both in Botetourt county. At the end of the Civil War, Martha Holmes came to the Ritchie County, VA[WV] area with her daughters, Mary Holmes SIMMS HILL & husband, David, and Martha HOLMES BECKNER & her husband, Allen, along with all the grandchildren. James HOLMES did not come "over the mountains" with the family. Questions: Who were James HOLMES' parents? Did James serve in the Civil War? where did he die? where buried? What was Martha [?] HOLMES' maiden name? who were her people?

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February 19, 1999 from (Kathy Henderson)
James P. FRYER is found on the Confederate Rosters Cards of Nat'l Archives. This FRYER was in Co. K, 57th Virg. Reg. Englisted 3/9/62 at Botetourt Co. Listed in Vol. 6, p. 316. Looking for info about him and his family. Kathy Henderson in Omaha

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February 14, 1999 from (Brenda Harris)
I am researching James Wilson born about 1776 of Botetourt Co., VA. His father may have been James also. His son, Jeremiah H. Wilson moved to Indiana and them to Iowa. James married Mary Hackett 1796 in Botetourt Co., VA. Mary's father was Thomas Hackett. Jeremiah married Elizabeth Lockett, dau of Benjamin Lockett and Frances Sullivan. There are four of us cousins working on this line and we welcome any help, and we are willing to share what we have.

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February 12, 1999 from (Jack Magee)
Seeking info of George GIVENS. He was appointed Captain of the Botetourt Co. Va., milita in 1776.
Jack Magee
8859 Rock Forest Drive
St. Louis, MO 63123
(314) 842-3011

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February 12, 1999 from ()
I am searching for the siblings of Richard WILSON, born 1773, Botetourt Cty., VA., died abt. 1864 in Catoosa Cty., GA. He was married to Jane BURKE, born 1801 in VA., died abt 1850-60 in GA. Also looking for Richard's parents siblings as well. They were; Ephraim WILSON, born 1740, died abt. 1800 in Robertson Cty., TN. He was married to Isabella HUTCHeson, born 1741, in Augusta Cty., VA., died (?), they were married in Augusta Cty., VA in 1758.

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February 7, 1999 from (Mary Rowland)
I am researching the ROWLAND family of early Botetourt County. My husband's ancestor was George Rowland, son of Robert, brother to Thomas, James and William, prominent early settlers. George (#1) was married in Orange/Botetourt County or nearby in the early 1760s. He purchased land in Guilford County, NC in 1771, was widowed (who was 1st wife) and married a Jean Wilson in Guilford County, NC, 28 Oct 1772. On 9 Apr 1775 "now residing in NC," George ROWLAND sold 244 acres on the James River to Robert Burdwell, Thomas Rowland (brother) was witness. This was the land he purchased in 1763 from Robert & Martha ROWLAND, from Robert's 1755 patent. The 1790 census of the Salisbury District, Rockingham County, NC (formerly Guilford) lists two George "ROLANDs". One son, George (#2) was born c.1765 in Virginia, other children were born in North Carolina. George (#1) died in 1792, without a will, his land was then divided among five of his sons, John, David, Benjamin, James and George. Court records in Tennessee seem to add two more brothers: Robert who died 1828, Smith County, brother David was executor, also William who died 1835, Warren County. George ROWLAND (#2), born 1765 in Virginia, lived in Rockingham County, NC (1771-94); Smith County, TN (1794-1829); and Carroll/Pope County, ARK (1830-1844) where he died. I would appreciate any assistance in further documenting this family. Did they originally come from Wales, via Pennsylvania? Why did George leave Virginia for North Carolina, when his father and brothers all stayed near Fincastle? Who was his first wife, daughters, other sons?
Mary Rowland,
54 Cedar Hill Lane,
Sequim, WA 98382
Fax: 360-683-8305

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February 6, 1999 from (Gregory A. George)
I am seeking information about Solomon George, his sister, Winnifred George Gillam, and their mother, also named Winnifred George who lived in Botetourt County 1770-1790 era. Need help finding Solomon's father. Thank You. Greg George.

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February 6, 1999 from (Billie Redding Lewis)
I am seeking the name of the first wife of Stephen Renfro/ Renfrow/ Rentfro/ Rentfrow who in 1740 built a mill on Looney's Mill Creek. Stephen mar/2 Margaret (Rhea) Looney, widow of Robert Looney Jr. and eventually moved to Tennessee. Stephen's daughter is said to have been the first white female born in what is today's Botetourt County. Stephen's first wife and mother of Esther (Renfro) Looney is thought to have been a Vanbebber- Vanbibber with whom the Renfros and Looneys travelled from Pennsylvania to Virginia.

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February 6, 1999 from (Elaine Laux)
Searching for information on the families of John Sarver Jr, born 1772 and his wife, Margaret Smith, born 1779, married 1797 in Botetourt County. Children were Margaret, John "The FOX Hunter", Cass, Mary, Jeremiah, Wyatt, Catherine, Telitha, Henry and Elizabeth. Moved to Allentown, KY and then to Herrick, Illinois.

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February 5, 1999 from (Jack Nida)
Looking for the parents of John Alexander Niday, b. 1828 in Botetourt Co. (now Craig) and married Nancy Evaline Bradley in 1866 in Craig Co. John' s mother may have been Elizabeth Huffman but no proof. If Elizabeth is indeed his mother, who was his father and did Elizabeth have siblings? Can anyone help? Jack Nida, Jonesboro, GA

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