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February 9, 2000 from rfawalt@aol.com (Jane from Parkville)
Am researching the family of James Henry WOODS who lived in Botetourt Co., VA: married Ann Rose Nickles, settled in Bedford County, VA. They had daughter, Laura Jane WOODS, who married (2 May 1886) (died 14 Oct 1906) John Tazewell ROBERTSON (born 10 Feb 1847) (died 12 May 1926) of Franklin Co., VA. They were married in Bedford Co., lived in Franklin Co. VA for awhile and both died in Roanoke, VA. Census records these facts but lists James Woods only. I am trying to prove who the parents of James Henry Woods were and more about my great grand father James Henry Woods. Will be glad to exchange family information. Jane of Parkville.

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February 7, 2000 from bgkylewis@prodigy.net (Bob Lewis)
I am researching the family of my gggg grandfather Wilson Basil Lewis. I found a pedigree chart indicating that he was born in Greenbriar Co Va. One chart indicated he was born about 1764 and another indicated 1748. It stated he married Rachel Griffith in Botetourt Co., Va., in January 1774. They had 7 children; (1) Hannah, (2) Abner, (3) John J., (4) Leannah (5) Mary, (6) Elizabeth, and (7) Rebecca. Wilson and Rachel moved to Knox Co., Ky where Wilson Died in 1808. John J. was my ggg grandfather and the same pedgree chart said he was born in Greenbriar Co., Va., in December of 1790. There is a John Griffith listed in the 1794 Botetourt Personal Property Tax List. I would appreciate very much any information on this family. Thank You

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February 7, 2000 from Autley8456@aol.com (Ann Utley)
I am looking for information on Andrew Jackson "Andy" Bryant who married Matilda Leonard and lived for a time in Botetourt Co. His father was Amos Bryant and I think Matilda's mother's surname was Johnson; but not sure. According to a 1902-1903 voter registration record of Carroll County, Andy Bryant (age 22) was listed as living in the state for only 15 years. That would make him appox. 7 when he moved to Va. If you can help please email.

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February 7, 2000 from attackat9@aol.com (Karen)
Needing information on Moses Correll b4-8-1801(Frederick Co.) and married Nancy Hartman b2-18-1801(Roanoke Co.) in Botetourt Co. on 1-18-1826. Having a hard time finding who their parents and grandparents are.

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February 7, 2000 from Sandyhb@aol.com (Sandy)
Iam interested in any info. Elizabeth Sabree w/o Joseph Sabree. I believe that Elizabeth was the daughter of Wilford Downs/ Downes, Sr. of Botetourt and later Rockbridge Counties in Virginia. Thanks for your help.

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February 6, 2000 from douggish@inw.net ()
I am looking for information on an Abraham GISH. He lived in Botetourt Co. in the 1830s. Had a son named Nathan Scott. Thanks

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February 6, 2000 from graham45@gateway.net (Graham Denby Morey)
My great grandfather, Charles Harvey Denby, was born there 16 June 1830. He was the son of Nathaniel and Sarah Jane Harvey Denby. Her father was Matthew Harvey and his wife, Magdalen Hawkins, was a descendant of Richard Borden and Jane Fowle. I am searching for any reliable info on the Denbys and Harveys. Please forward any contacts. Take care and God Bless us all,

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February 2, 2000 from racaldwell@juno.com (Cecile)
Seekin info. on Benjamin B. Draper b.1770-80 and Paiselly Kalen b.1770-80 married 8 Dec 1800 in Botetourt Co. Their son was Andrew Jackson Draper b.1820 possibly in Botetourt. Will share what I have. Thanks.

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January 31, 2000 from rocky4@erols.com (Barbara Scott Jacobs)
I am looking for several ancestors who have been hiding very well.
Generation 1 : Joseph Scott born about 1765 was married and living in Frederick Co, Md in 1800 but had moved to Giles Co, Va by 1810 census time. He is listed in Giles county tax list in 1815 and in poor court in 1821 but I can't find anyother traces of him. Joseph had land in Botetourt County at Clover Bottom of Sinking Creek waters of John's Creek of the New River. This area became part of Giles Co. His children are: Joseph Scott, Jr. born about before 1790 probably in Md and who is listed is Giles co in 1815 tax list and 1820 census. Then he disappears. George Scott born before 1795 probably in Md who married Cynthia Poole in Giles Co in 1816 and owned land in Clover Hollow area /Sinking Creek His family is in Giles Co records until 1840 census. Then he disappears. Henry Scott (my ancestor) born probably in Md before 1790 who married Elizabeth Evaline Criner in Giles Co in 1816. Also, owned land on Sinking Creek - he ran a mill in Clover Hollow. He appears in the 1820 census only but was in Giles Co as shown in other records until at least 1858. Then he disappears. An unknown female daughter of Joseph Scott born probably in Md by 1790. She is listed in the 1810 Giles Co census but this is all I know about her.
In Generation4 my greatgrandfather (grandson of Henry ) was James A Scott He was probably born after 1857 in Giles Co and was listed as 60 in the 1920 census. Family info says he probably died about 1930 at home in Clover Hollow. He married sometime before 1878 somewhere to Ollie Francis Wheeler who may have been the daughter of James Wheeler. She was 20 in 1880 and died in Giles Co after 1931. Her age changes so much in the census records that I can't accurately estimate birth year.
I have NO birth or death dates on any of these folks and would love to hear from ANYONE who has ANY ideas. I have both of the Giles Co history books - its not there. HELP!!!!!!!!!

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January 31, 2000 from SA1949@aol.com (Steve Taylor)
Does anyone have a complete list of the children of Henry Britz, Britts, Britt, Brit - who was born before 1775 and was married in Botetourt County on 3 Jun 1802 to Catherine Frantz, born 1785 in Pennsylvania. Any help would be most helpful. Thanks

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January 29, 2000 from mhardy@busprod.com (Mary)
Looking for anyone that is doing research on Thomas HARDY b. 1782 in Botetourt Co. VA. md 1816 in Fairfield, OH to Nellie DUTTON b. DE. Would like to find his parents & siblings. Any help would greatly be appreciated.

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January 27, 2000 from scrutchr@webtv.net (Robert Scrutchfield Jr.)
I am researching the COLLINS and PEERY line in Botetourt Co,VA. I am looking for any connections or information about my g-granparents; John Dillard COLLINS -b.about 1807 VA-d.(?) And Nancy PEERY (Collins) -b.about 1809- d.(?) They are listed on the 1850 fed. census in Botetourt Co, VA. They migrated to Jonesboro, Washington Co, TN and were on the 1860 census there. I am trying to find the names of John D. Collins' parents or siblings. ANY HELP will be greatly appreciated.

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January 27, 2000 from ronswartzel@prodigy.net (Ron Swartzel)
I am searching for records to produce the names of the full family brothers & sister of Costello Montezume Swortzel, Blue Ridge area of Botetourt County, Va. 1867-1940. married to Sallie Bett Wilford. Also any details on Father, Henry Swartzel birth 1839 marrried to Amanda Cook 1839. Any other references to: Surnames Swortzel or Swartzel Thank you

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January 25, 2000 from gsisco@yahoo.com (Ginger Sisco)
Searching for information on John T. McNail and Mary Unknown. He is listed in 1790 on the Botetourt Co, Virginia, census. He left Botetourt Co. to move to Washington co., Missouri. John and Mary had the following children: Mary, Joseph, Allen, and Benjamin. Will gladly share information.

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January 25, 2000 from ovapa@hotmail.com (Sarah Brown Bragg)
I am searching for information on John STONE and Eliza SHOEMAKER who married and were listed on Botetourt's 1850 Census. Our family was told that he arrived in Virginia around 1839 and we want to find out which ship he came over on and possibly who he came with. I would also be interested to see if they are listed on the 1860 and 1870 census records. By 1880 he had settled in Clay County, WV where they lived, raised their family and died. I would like to find Eliza's parents. There is a SHOEMAKER couple listed in the 1850 census next to John and Eliza STONE. Considering the ages involved, I am guessing that the SHOEMAKER husband was Eliza's brother. Thanks in advance for any help given. I work with the historical society in Clay County, WV if I can be of help to any of you, please feel free to ask.

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January 22, 2000 from jhanks@dellnet.com (Jean Hanks)
Looking for any information on the family of Robert R. and Catherine Doss who were in Botetourt County in 1850. They may have had a daughter Margaret born ca. 1844 Thank you.

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January 22, 2000 from fanof1999@email.msn.com (L Merchant)
Has anyone heard of an 1833 census of "Free Blacks". It susposedly includes 28 Virginia Counties and 3 cities. If so, please let me know how to obtain it. I am still looking for Charles Merchant who was my ggg grandfather and had family ties in Botetourt Cty.

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January 22, 2000 from bdsr@erols.com (Blanchard Smith)
Seeking parents and family members of James BRIGHT & Margaret SMITH, married 5 May 1778 in Botetourt County, Va. Their children included a Thomas and a James BRIGHT. Margaret had a brother John SMITH who came to Kentucky in 1774 and was an original settler in Harrodsburg.

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January 22, 2000 from thomas@siscom.net (Barb Thomas)
Hugh WILLIS and Sarah ALBRIGHT were married September 12, 1809 in Botetourt County, Virginia by Minister John Helms. Sarah was the daughter of Gaspar (Caspar?) ALBRIGHT, deceased. Bondsman was Jesse Lavender. John Watkins was the guardian of Sarah. I believe this is the same Hugh WILLIS that is found in the 1820 & 1830 census in Wythe County, Virginia and in the 1840, 1850, and 1860 census in Claiborne County, Tennessee. I would appreciate any information on Hugh and Sarah or any of their family.

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January 22, 2000 from jhanks@dellnet.com (Jean Hanks)
Looking for any information on the following Leslies: Joseph Alexander b. 16 Aug. 1854, Lora Virginia b. 04 Dec. 1855, Nannie Judson b. 05 April 1857,Alonza Chalmer b. 06 Jun 1860, Anna J. b. abt. 1864, Andrew McClure b. 12 Jun 1866 William Walter b. 15 Nov. 1868, Howard L. b. 16 Apr. 1870, Charles Edward b. 23 Aug. 1873, and Ellra b. abt. 1876. After the death of Susan Waggoner Leslie in Botetourt Co., VA in 1880, Nathan married Susan Adelaide Laymon b. 05 Jan. 1840 on 14 Oct. 1881. They had no children. They took the younger children with them and migrated to Texas where Nathan died 15 Feb. 1919 and was interred on 17 Feb. 1919 in the Snyder Cemetery in Hermliegh, Snyder, TX . Susan Laymon Leslie died in Hermliegh, Snyder, TX 25 June 1933 and is interred there also. Thank you

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January 21, 2000 from Rtherapis@aol.com (Fred Nuckels CRT)
Looking for info on Grandfather Charles Marcus Nuckels who lived in Botetourt Co in Virginia. He was (I think)in the Civil War born 4-24-1857, Died 2-18-1905. Married Mary Elizabeth Camden 12-28-82 Unable to find who his parents were. It was his father that was in the civil war NOT him. Mary Camden was a Cherokee Indian either half or whole ??? Any help is greatly appreciated. I will gladly accept collect calls regarding this (

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January 20, 2000 from missmary@cfw.com (Mary Boswell)
I am seeking information on Amanda V. Elmore b.1861 and India C. Elmore b. 1868, d/o James Elmore and Martha E. Crawford Elmore. They were possibly born in Botetourt County and I have found no records in Craig County. Any and all information will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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January 19, 2000 from volfanjc@tnaccess.com (Jim Clouse)
I am looking for information on George Clouse. He is on record as paying taxes in Washington County in the late 1700s I think he married Elizabeth Jarvis. Any info on her would also be appreciated. I am not sure if I should be looking in Washington or Botetourt Counties. Any info would be great.

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January 18, 2000 from jgb4@concentric.net (James Burns)
I am looking for any information I can find on Jonathan Burns prior to 1806, he is my ggg grand father. I can not find where he came from prior to finding him in Henrico Co. VA. I know the family was moving west. His son lived in Botetourt Co. VA. Thomas Harry Burns married Lucinda Crockett, and their son James William Burns was born on 5 Sep 1853 in Botetourt Co VA. He was my grandfather. I thought if I could find out where Thomas Harry was buried I might get more information on his father. I would like to thank you for any help you can give.

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January 18, 2000 from walkersandy@earthlink.net (S. Walker)
Looking for the parents and siblings of Isaac McCulley m Botetourt, VA 16 Nov 1819 to Rebecca Scott. Moved toHopkins Co. Ky. by 1850. Any history of Isaac appreciated especially when family came from Ireland.

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January 17, 2000 from rebradley@earthlink.net (Ron Bradley)
I am looking for Daniel Bradley and Nancy Teele(?) Gutrich. Daniel & Nancy's marriage & marriage vows were filed in the courthouse by a circuit riding minister, Reverend Payne, in Fincastle, Botetourt County VA. in 1811. They had a son William Franklin who was born in 1812. William resided in Montebello, VA, lived to be 101, and had 21 children. Nancy's name is obscured and could be Gutrich, Goodrich, Goodridge? A middle name was listed as "Teele".

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January 5, 2000 from Cutterc@aol.com (Chuck)
I'm looking for my ancestors who lived in Botetourt Co. Va. in the 1800s. Their names were Mathias and James Urick. In a obituary it states James(born 1815) was born in the above co. AlSO the Caldwell/ Colwell lines is surpose to have came from the same Co. My ancestor is Wiiliam F. Colwell (born 1810-12) in Va. and later moved to Gallia Co. Oh. in the or about 1826. Speculation says his father was Henry but no proof. Can you help me with these lines? Thanks

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January 1, 2000 from as4603mshgil@infoave.net (Heather Giles)
Searching for ANY information about Patrick MAHAN and his family. He signed the surety for the marriage of his daughter, Margaret MAHAN, to James MORROW in Botetourt March 8, 1779. Shortly thereafter, his family, including James MORROW, moved to Kentucky. The family was taken prisoner during the raids on Martin's Station and Ruddle's Station in 1780. The Indians and the British under command of Bird held the prisoners at Detroit for a time before taking them to Montreal. Patrick Mahan died in Detroit. Eventually their release was negotiated and the family made their way back to Kentucky. Other helpful information about the family: -Children: Margaret, Isabella, Jane, Thomas, John, William, Agnes? -Jane later married James BRECKINRIDGE/ BRACKENRIDGE -William kept a journal of their experiences which probably passed to his brother, Thomas, after his death at the age of 18 (don't have year) -Thomas married and had a family but appears to have died by 1841. The papers of Lyman Draper, who interviewed many of the survivors, indicate that Thomas' widow and children were living in Missouri in 1841. -There is a woman named Agnes mentioned in several accounts and there is conflicting information as to whether she is a daughter of Patrick MAHAN or a daughter-in-law. There is some suggestion that she is the Mrs. WILSON who was interviewed years later by Rev. Shane, whose accounts were published. Rev. Shane also interviewed Jane MAHAN BRECKENRIDGE, who suggested that Agnes was her sister-in-law. Patrick may have spent time in Lancaster County, VA and was listed as a native of Pennsylvania. Any information about this family, and especially the fates of James MORROW and Margaret MAHAN MORROW would be appreciated.

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