Botetourt Co QueryPage (October 1998)

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Queries Posted October 1998

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October 30, 1998 from (Elaine Waggener)
I am seeking information about my grandfather, James E. BLACK, born near Roanoke 25 Dec 1847, and his father, Abraham G. BLACK, born in Virginia in about 1821. Abraham married Frances BUTT on 25 Sep 1845. I have heard that Blacksburg, VA, was named after a Black. Could it be this line of Blacks? Elaine Waggener, Falls Church, VA.

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October 29, 1998 from (John E. Donohew)
My great great grandfather Uriah KEATH and his brother Gabriel were born in Botetourt Co in about 1781-1783. I believe their father was John KEATH/ KEETH/ KEITH. Any information on this family would be appreciated.

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October 25, 1998 from (Margret)
I need information on Agnes McNay/ McNey from Botetourt County VA. (Husband's name?) She died in Bourbon County KY. Her daughter, Isabella McNay, married James Little, also from Botetourt County VA. Their daughter, Sarah Little, married John Cradick/ Craddock. I believe he was also from Botetourt County VA These people lived in VA in the late 1700s ... Margret

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October 23, 1998 from (David L. Snodgrass)
My ancestor, Benjamin Snodgrass (b. 1761) married Nancy "Agnes" McClung, probably in Rockbridge or Botetourt County around 1780-90. Joseph and Martha Snodgrass from Pennsylvania may be Benjamin's parents. I'm looking for the true parents of Benjamin Snodgrass, also his brothers and sisters. When and where were Benjamin and Nancy married? My family line starts with Benjamin and Nancy Agnes (McClung) Snodgrass (in Virginia, Kentucky, died in Preble Cty., Ohio) > Samuel McClung and Mary (Polly) Snodgrass (in Kentucky, Ohio, died in Delaware Cty., Indiana) > David Barnhill and Sarah (Antrim) Snodgrass (died in Grant Cty., Indiana) > Samuel Jefferson and Delta Maude (Cox) Snodgrass (both buried in Kosciusko Cty., Indiana) > D. James and Mary E. (Walker) Snodgrass (both died and buried in Kosciusko Cty., Indiana) > Me! Some of my McClung/ Snodgrass genealogy information is at Thank you for your assistance.

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October 21, 1998 from (Christopher A. Smith)
I am searching for information concerning a John Floyd who married a Polly Quarry in 1813 in Botetourt, Va. I am specifically interested in their daughter who was Athelile. (sp?) Athelile married a Jacob Perkins in KY and my line comes from their son named Watt Anderson Perkins. The mystery is that the first three children listed with Athelile and Jacob go by the surname of Floyd. They are John, Sally, and George. Supposedly these children were born out of wedlock before Jacob came along. Any help would be appreciated......

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October 20, 1998 from (Kenn)
Does anyone have any information on Samuel GILL born c1750 in Botetourt Co., VA. He served in the 4th Reg. of the Virginia Milita in the Revolution with the rank of Lt. and later Capt. I have a Samuel GUILL who served in the same reg. with rank of Lt. and a John GUILL who had the rank of private. Could these be the same people with different spellings? Thanks

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October 19, 1998 from (Lorie Angel)
James Boyd BECKNER was born abt. 1858 in Botetourt Co., VA to William BECKNER and Mary ???? Can you give me any information on these people or this line? James is my gg grandfather. Thanks.

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October 15, 1998 from (Earl R. Layman)
LEHMAN, LAYMAN, LEMAN: Joseph, whose wife's name was Anna, sold land in Rockingham Co., VA in 1779. Later that year he became the first Layman, by any spelling, to appear on a record in Botetourt Co. when he purchased land from Alcorn. He died in Sevier Co, TN after 1808. I seek to establish his relationship to my line to whom he always seemed to remain in proximity. Earl R. Layman,

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October 11, 1998 from (Barbara S. Baker)
Can anyone tell me anything about William Solomon (Salmon) Simpson, who was buried in Carter's Station Cemetery, Greene Co., TN who most likely was connected to the Solomon Simpson Family, a long time Botetourt Co., VA family from 1750s to 1900s.

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October 10, 1998 from (Barbara Simpson Baker)
I am looking for a Samuel Henry's daughter who may have married a ???? Simpson in Botetourt county about 1805. Can anyone help me?

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October 9, 1998 from (Patricia Brown)
I am looking for information about Barney Painter and Margaret Smith married in Botetourt Co. Va 08-10-1819. There children were James, Silas, William Henry, Mary Painter Boggess (mine), Harrison M., Temperance (Tensey) and Barnett. Mary Married Wilson Boggess in Kanawha Co. WV 07-22-1858.

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October 7, 1998 from (Gary Woodard)
Looking for information on the families of George W Bish and Susan Noftzinger who married in Botetourt County in 1816. Susan was the daughter of Joseph and Betsy Noftzinger. Joseph died in 1815. I have no information on the parents of George Bish. George and Susan remained in Botetourt apparently for about five years then migrated to Illinois and eventually to Scotland Co., Missouri. Any information connected to either the Noftzinger or the Bish families would be greatly appreciated, Gary Woodard, Houston

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October 7, 1998 from (Barbara Long Emery)
Seeking info. re. William ROBERTS shown on 1785 tax list of Botetourt Co., Neellys Dist. His spouse, Magdalena ???? Their issue: Isaac b. 1777 m. Huldah ???? b. N.J.; Tunis b. 1788 m. Margaret (Peggy) SCOTT; and Samuel ROBERTS. Any info. greatly appreciated. Barbara Long Emery, Willard, Ohio

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October 7, 1998 from (Sharon)
Looking for the lost parents of: PERSINGER, John Milton born 06/02/1810 Botetourt Co, VA At some point in time, John Milton's father bought a farm in Greene County, OH, 1 mile south of Xenia, prior to 1850. as a new researcher, any help or suggestions appreciated. Thanks

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October 5, 1998 from (Rosemary (Shank) Gardner)
I am looking for any info anyone may have on Christian Shank abt 1763/1833. He was married to Catherine Beckner and they had a son Adam Shank (1789-1867) who was married to Nancy Agnes Smiley (1801-1861). Adam had a son William (1819-1877) who was married to Mary Ann Farrer (1826).

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October 5, 1998 from (Richard R. Weber)
Who is Catharine Fry, age 26-45, who appears in the 1820 census of Botetourt Co?

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October 3, 1998 from (Nancy Scott)
I am trying to help a friend. She is looking for information on Jessie Owen Perkins DUDLEY born about 1795 died in 1844 in Botetourt Co. He married Dolly TINSLEY who father was Ruben. Jessie and Dolly's children were Colman Ldwis b <1819> and John Edward. Jessie and Dolly lived in Botetourt co. about 1800. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Nancy Scott (for Betty Parker)

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October 3, 1998 from (Bill Fenimore)
I am trying to locate parents/siblings of Balis (Bailes) Cooper, born 1776 in Botetourt Co. Connected with his name I have found Jechonias Cooper and John Cooper, relationship unknown. In 1797 all three were taxpayers in Greenbrier Co. The Coopers are my wife's family, while I am a Fenimore. Yes, we have checked on James Fenimore Cooper, and we are very distantly connected. I will gladly share results of my Cooper research with others. Thanks for your time and any leads.

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October 3, 1998 from (Betty Jo McDaniels)
I need the names of the cemeteries in Troutville, VA - I am looking for a Grace Trout md W. Quesenberry - she died about 1960. Probably a public cemetery. Thank you so much for your help. Betty Jo McDaniels, Va. Beach, VA If I have a name - I can call them.

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October 3, 1998 from (Annie )
James Carnachan Dunlap I, was married to Jane Wills in 1783 in Botetourt Co., Va. Looking for the parents of James Carnachan I. James was also married to an Eliza Petty. He was born in County Antrim, Ireland. Children of James and Jane are: James C. b. 1783; William H. b. 19 Feb 1785, Va.; Alexander b. 10 May 1787; Elizabeth b. 26 Jan 1789; Andrew, b. 20 Jan 1791; John b. 31 Jul 1793; Sarah, b. 19 Aug 1796; and Thomas Dunlap, b. 18 Mar 1799; Would appreciate any help on this.

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October 3, 1998 from (Clyde F. Conner, Sr.)
Looking for any information, (parents, siblings, etc) on Sarah FANNING and Dennis Connor (Conner) married in Nov. 1773 in Botetourt County, VA. Her birthdate is est 1753? Was Dennis born in Botetourt County? Who were his parents and siblings? Were the other Conners, Barney, Lawrence, Terrance, and Daniel, who were in the same area at the same time, his brothers or some other relation? Thanks for any info.

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