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Re: Lee Co., Va. Researcher
Posted by: June Lay (ID *****0017) Date: March 03, 2004 at 13:07:34
In Reply to: Lee Co., Va. Researcher by Edgar A. Cress of 2125

Do you have any information on the Wadle/Weddle family that was in Lee Co. VA in 1880 and possibly before 1870?
I'm interested in Sarah Catherine Wadle d/o "Jack" & Lavina Wadle. She's the 2nd wife of my ggg-gfather, William Lay. They had two children before he died and it appears that Sarah then moved back to Lee Co. VA. My findings indicate that the youngest child, Peter W. Lay died and is buried in Lee Co. VA. I have no record of what became of the older child, E.T. Lay.
Here's what I've been able to glean about this family, mostly from web postings:

Sarah Weddle m. William Lay 21 Feb 1866 Union Co. TN (TN marriages 1851-1900 @ancestry.com)
1870 census District 3 Haynes Union Co. TN (dwelling & family #143)
Lay, William; 70, M W, NC, Farmer
Lay, Sarah; 26, F W, VA
Weddle, Jack; 71, M W, VA
Weddle, Lovina; 56, F W, VA
Weddle, Margret; 9, F W, TN
Lay, E.T; 3, M W, TN
Lay, Peter W; 1, M W, TN

Notes for William LAY: b. 25 Dec 1796, NC d. 28 Mar 1872, Union Co. TN m. 2 Nov 1813, Grainger Co. TN 1st wife Sarah Capps b. 14 Jan 1797, NC d. 5 Oct 1860, Union Co. TN, raised family of 11 children. (Lay Family researchers).

1880 census District 45, Lee Co, VA @familysearch.org
N.L. Callahan (self) 26, M M W, VA-VA-VA, Blacksmith
Sarah Callahan (wife) 30, M F W, VA-VA-VA
Susan V. Callahan (dau) 3, S F W, VA-VA-VA
Jas. P. Callahan (son) 2, S M W, VA-VA-VA
E.C. Callahan (dau) 1, S F W, VA-VA-VA
Peter W. Laiy [Lay] (s-son) 11, S M W, TN- NC-VA

1880 census White Shoals, Lee Co, VA @ familysearch.org
Lavina Wadle (self) 68, W F W, VA VA VA, keeps house
M.V. Wadle (g-dau) 18, S F W, VA VA VA, at home

Notes for Sarah Weddle/Wadle: Sarah C. Lay, age 29, Widow; b. Lee Co. VA; d/o Lavina Wadle married 13 Nov 1873; W. L. Callaham; age 19; single; b. Lee Co. VA; s/o Andrew & S.J. Calliham (Lee Co, VA Marriage Register 2, 1853-1884 posted by William Gordon Mullins @ WorldConnect).

Callahan, Sarah Catherine (Wadle) b. 10 Jun 1843 Jonesville, VA d. 18 Mar 1917 bur. Goff Cem Nemaha Co. KS; m. William Lay 1862 Lee Co. VA; m. (2nd) Nicholas Littleton Callahan 1873 Lee Co VA; sons George B. Callahan b. 27 Oct 1886 Jonesville, VA d. 31 Jul 1959 & John Morgan Callahan b. 15 Oct 1881 Lee Co. VA d. 20 Feb 1920 also bur Goff Cem. (Nemaha Co. KS, Goff Cemetery by Cletus W. Suther posted by Roger L. Goodman @ WorldConnect & RootsWeb Archives).

Notes for Peter W. Lay: b. 6 Oct 1868, Lee Co. VA d. 2 Nov 1895, Lee Co. VA bur. Morelock Cem, Cedar Hill Comm, Lee Co. VA; father Mr. Lay; mother Sarah C. Wadle; Step s/o N.L. Callahan(m). Cemeteries of Lee Co. VA Vol. 1, Lee Co. Historical & Genealogical Society; posted by William Gordon Mullins, Sr @ WorldConnect

Notes for N. L. Callahan: William L. Callahan married (1) Sarah C. Wadle 13 Nov 1873, Lee Co. VA . (2) Caroline Rowland 24 Mar 1907, Lee Co. VA. Father M. Andrew C. Callahan & Sarah Jane Speak @FamilyTreeMaker, Darrell Dean Litle's Extended Family.
W.L. Callahan; age 53 Divorced; born Lee Co. VA; Parents Andrew & Jane Callaham, married Caroline Chadwell; age 34, Widow; born Lee Co. VA; Parents Michael & Emily Rowland (Lee Co, VA Marriage Register 2, 1853-1884 posted by William Gordon Mullins @ WorldConnect).

Notes for Caroline Rowland: Caroline Susan Rowland d/o Michael T. "Mike" & Emily Adams; b. 12 May 1872, Lee Co. VA d. 20 Feb 1944; married (1) Carr Chadwell b. 18 Jan 1861 d. 27 Feb 1897 (2) Nathan Littleton "Daniel" Callahan 24 Mar 1907, Lee Co. VA; b.1853, Lee Co VA d.1936; s/o Andrew Callahan & Stella Hensley (Rowlands of NC 1700-1900 posted by Ford Ayer @ GenForum). (My) Notes for name "Daniel" looks like an error when recording son, Bayles N.Callihan as he's listed as s/o Daniel & Carolyn Susan Callahan (Bayles married Laura Daniel could her maiden name have been mistakenly used as his fathers first name?).
Caroline Rowland married Golvin Timothy Chadwell s/o Golvin Chadwell & Elizabeth Lock (Assadourian, Hunt...by, Charles Assadourian @ WorldConnect.
Carolyn Susan "Kin" Rowland d/o Michael T. Rowland & Emily Adams married Nicholas Little Callahan (Don Chesnut's Genealogy @ WorldConnect.

From checking on trees posted on the Web I have seen Sarah Lay (nee Wadle) married to: N.L. Callahan; W. L. Callahan(m); William L. Callahan; Nicholas Littleton Callahan, etc. This (divorced) Callahan with many first names (and a few not tied to Sarah like Nathan Littleton "Daniel" Callahan) also married widow, Caroline Susan Chadwell (nee Rowland) 24 Mar 1907. Turns out that finding Sarah Wadle was like opening a can of worms!

Although the above people are a distant branch of my tree I thought I'd make an attempt to clear up some of the discrepancies (if possible) with regard to first names and parentage of these people (but that's a little much to ask). I'd appreciate it if you could offer your opinion on whether the Sarah Weddle that married Wm. Lay in 1866 in Union Co. TN could be the same Sarah Wadle who married a Callahan(m) in Lee Co. VA in 1873. Did Sarah Wadle/Lay/Callahan(m) move to KS where she died or is there a record of her burial in Lee Co. VA? Also do you have any information regarding Sarah's son, Peter W. Lay?

Thanks (and sorry about the looooong note).

June Kubica(nee Lay)
Box 303, Thorhild, Alberta, Canada T0A 3J0


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