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Posted by: Danny Kuhn (ID *****4233) Date: November 10, 2006 at 05:23:24
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Hello! Below is a large file on all my WV lines. Scroll down a ways and you will come to the section on the Phillip Coon (Koon, Kuhn) family of Coon's Fort, and the southern WV descendants of that family. If you have additional info, proven revisions, generations further back, etc, please post. NOTE NEW EMAIL: Thanks!


ROBERT BENNETT (b. c. 1762, Philadelphia. d. by 1860, Bur. Abraham, Raleigh Co. WV.) M. FANNIE ADKINS, 5-8-1797, Montgomery Co., VA. We are descended from this marriage. Fannie died and Robert m. Catherine Adkins in Greenbrier Co. on 5-30-1815.

JACOB BENNETT (B c.. 1802, D. c. 1869-74, Raleigh WV. M. NANCY PLUMLEY, 4-11-1820, Greenbrier Co. WV. Children: William, Fanny, John, Catherine, Robert, Henry, Ephriam, Anderson, ANDREW, Jackson, Washington, Susan, Samuel. Prob. B. Old Salem Church, Abraham, Raleigh Co., WV.

ANDREW BENNETT (B 9-23-1836. D. 12-7-1910, Raleigh Co. WV. B. Old Salem Church, Abraham.) M. MARY ELIZABETH GOTHARD (GODDARD?) c. 1857. Children include Harvey, George, Nancy, Lee, Rosetta, Charles, Ellen, Hezzy, Samuel, ANDREW MALONE and Meredith (Raleigh Col WV census, 1880)

ANDREW MALONE BENNETT (a.k.a. Lonnie) M. ROSETTA KELLY, Raleigh Co. WV 5-20-1897. Children inc. Jasper, Omer, CALVIN, Ethel, Ernest and Carrie (Wheeler). Buried Gatewood, WV.
CALVIN BENNETT B. Raleigh Co. WV m.1920, Fayette Co. WV to ROXIE SHEAVES b. Kanawha Co. WV. Talented farmer and woodworker. Children who survived infancy inc. James, ALICE, Margaret, Calvin Jr., WILMA PHYLLIS, PHILLIP, Gloria, Joseph, Lloyd, Nancy, Drema, Gary and Carol. Buried at Bennett Farm (Walnut Lane), Adair Ridge Road, Ballard, Monroe Co., WV.

WILMA PHYLLIS BENNETT, b. 5-29-31 m. CHARLES LEE KUHN Sr. (b. 7-25-1929) 8-6-50, Fayette Co. WV Sons: CHARLES JR. (1950) and DANNY R. (1959). ALSO:


PHILLIP BENNETT m. JACKIE MARBLE. Children: Violet, PATRICIA (M. REGINALD MEATTEY. SONS; REGGIE MEATTEY AND DR. HEATH R. MEATTEY, MD. ), Elaine, Phillip, Christine, Tammy and Terry.                                                                              

FANNIE ADKINS B. D. c.1814. M. ROBERT BENNETT, Mont. Co. VA, 5-8-1777. Robert’s second wife Catherine Adkins was probably related to Fannie, as is early Greenbrier settler Parker Adkins, but I’m not sure how.


JOHN PLUMLEY, b. c. 1615-20, Great Guidham, Essex, England., m. ELIZABETH BROWN. Came to VA (New Kent) in 1635.

SAMUEL PLUMLEY B. D. M. Elizabeth__? Son: John Plumley

JOHN PLUMLEY B.c. 1759, Va. Rev War vet. Son: John Plumley

JOHN PLUMLEY B. c. 1772-79, New Kent, VA. D. 12-26-1866, Raleigh Co. WV. M. CATHERINE KAYLOR, 12-23-1799. B. New Salem Church, marker lists children: Sarah, Nancy, Mathias, Susan, Mary, Caroline, Henry, George W., William

NANCY PLUMLEY B. c. 1801 Mont. Co. VA, D. 2-18-1882, Raleigh Co. WV. M. JACOB BENNETT 4-11-1820, Greenbrier Co. WV.

MATHIAS KAYLOR, B. 1748, Germany, D. c. 1838, Fayette Co. WV. M. 4-11-1780, Germany to KATHERINE CHETER in Germany. Children: Catherine, Love, Susannah, Michael, Mathias, Mary, Frances, Nancy, Henry.


KATHERINE CHETER, b. Germany, 4-11-1780. M. Mathias Kaylor.
                     GOTHARD (GODDARD?)

JOHN GODDARD b. c. 1806 D. M. Lavinia__, b. c. 1815. May be parents of Mary Eliz. Gothard-Goddard. Found in Fayette Co. WV census, 1850. Children William, Samuel, ELIZABETH (AGE 10), Sarah (m. Sam. Fox, 1865, Nancy, Frances (b. 1850, m. Jno. Berry, 1868) 1860 Fayette census, John and “Loena,” 1870: John, 68, “Louriernia,” Sewell Mtn. District. 1880: John, 75, b. WV, parents b. VA., Louvina A., 66, b. VA., parents b. VA. The age and location are exactly right, and our Mary was Mary E. (almost surely “Elizabeth”) However, I have no conclusive evidence this is the family of the Mary “Gothard” who married Andrew Bennett.


                            KELLY (KELLEY)

WILLIAM CHARLES KELLY, B. c. 1815 D. ? M. EDITH (Eady) HARWARD (Harrad, other spellings), dtr. of Bry Harward and Betsy Barbee Harward, 2-17-1840, Wake Co. NC., later in Chatham Co. NC as “Charles”, not found after Civil War. Many Kellys, Kelleys and O’Kellys in Wake and Chatham, but unknown how he fits in. Perhaps desc. (Grandson?) from Henry Kelly who m. Mary Barbee in Chatham Co, 12-21-1717, as the families later intermarried. Henry d. 1794, Rev. war vet. He left a will, but, unfortunately, simply leaves everything to his wife and children without naming them. Other possible relatives in the area were Sims Kelly, Abner Kelly, and Joseph Kelly. A Giles Kelly was born in Ireland, moved to Brunswick Co. VA; he had sons William and James, and the William could possibly be the older William C. found in Chatham. This older William C. Kelley in the 1830 Chatham Co. census, who could possibly be the father of our William C.? This William C. Kelley, b. Ireland 1775, d. 1843 in Union Parish, LA, was married to Temperance Parish in Johnston Co, NC in 1811 and had known sons John and Joel. He lived in Chatham and then moved on to Alabama and then Louisiana. 1860 Chatham census, Williams Mills Post Office, # 151: Charles Kelley, 45, Farmer. Eady, Wife, 40. Children: Addie, 18, James, 17, Jane, 12, John, 9, Eddy, 8. Living with him in the previous census was Bry Harward, and, next door, living alone, Elizabeth Harward (possibly “Betsy?”) In 1860, Census #’s 142 through 150 are ALL Harwards or Barbee’s, except # 145 (James Parish, probably a relative of the older William C. Kelley’s wife ). Also nearby is Joseph Kelley, 80, living with Cindy Kelley, 48.

EDWARD ASHWORTH KELLY (Pap): b. 1851, Chatham Co. NC, D. 1947, Fayette CO. WV. M. ARTA ADLINE VEST, Raleigh CO. WV. Bur. Vest Cemetery, Mt. View Rd, Summers, WV (marker). “Pap” apparently remembered his birthdate a bit differently in later years. It’s consistent in census records up through the 1920's or so, when it takes a leap. The result was his obituary reporting his death at age 109, but I think he was actually “only” 97 or so. He talked of being a Confederate soldier at Appomattox, but I’ve found no record of his service and believe he would have only been about 14 when the war ended, but, as we know, that doesn’t necessarily preclude his serving, at least near the end. Some say Pap married a second time after Arta Vest died, but I’ve not found a record. He was a widower for many years, living with a daughter in Thurmond, WV at the end of his life. He walked railroad tracks over several counties, re-caning chair bottoms with hickory splits. The only photo I have of him shows a small, wrinkled man with a remarkably thick head of dark hair, something that did not follow many of his male descendants in the Bennett line into their middle years...or late 20's for that matter. DTR: ROSETTA (ZETTIE), Allie Settle, sons Joseph and Lon, several others.

ROSETTA KELLY (Zettie) M. Andrew Malone Bennett, 5-20-1897, Raleigh Co. WV. Buried at Gatewood, Fayette Co., WV.


WILLIAM HARWARD, b. c. 1704, m. Mary Myrick. Children include James (1760-1840) Rev. War vet, m. Rosannah Barbee, then m Rachel Blevin), Elizabeth (m. Micajah Barbee), Mary (m. Barbee Sears), William Jr., Martin and JOHN

JOHN HARWARD, D. c. 1832. Also found as Harwood, Harrod, others. M. SARAH “SALLY” SEARS, dtr. of HENRY SEARS and ROSANNAH BARBEE. Children inc. Brittain, Henry, John, Martha (m. a Barbee), Milly (m. a Yates), Rhoda (m. a Wheeler), Rosannah, Nancy, (m. a Castleberry) and BRY. Will signed in Wake Co., 8-30-1831: I give and bequeath to my beloved son Bry Harward one hundred and five acres of land whereon he now lives, one feather bed and furniture, one horse, one cow and calf, two sheep, one Negro girl Sarah, all received. Bry and Brittain named executors.

BRY HARWARD, B. c. 1779, NC. M. Betsy BARBEE, 12-8-1801, Wake Co. NC. Betsy was the dtr. of GOIN BARBEE and his wife/1st cousin ANNY BARBEE. Bry and Betsy were also “first cousins once removed,” as Betsy’s grandfather John Barbee was also Bry’s great-grandfather. Bry was living with dtr. EDY (EDITH) KELLY and son-in-law (William) CHARLES KELLY in Chatham CO. NC, 1860 census, age 84. In List of the Taxable Property for Chatham Co., NC, 1815 as having 115 acres on “Panter Creek” valued at $287.50. Jack, William and Brittain also listed as “taxables.” The name is spelled “Harrod” in this document.

EDITH (EADY) HARWARD m. WILLIAM CHARLES KELLY in Wake Co. NC, 2-17-1840. Son: EDWARD ASHWORTH (Pap) KELLY. Other children include Addie, James, Jane, and John.


MARY MYRICK M. WILLIAM HARWARD. Son: JOHN HARWARD. Mary was probably a granddaughter of early Surry Co. VA settler Owen Myrick, b. c. 1652, England, first wife Joan_______, second wife Mary______, but I’m not sure which of Owen’s sons (or possibly even grandsons) Mary was the daughter of.


JOSEPH SEARS m. Mary____? and d. 6-12-1740, Middlesex Co., VA. Children inc. Catherine, Elizabeth, Joseph, Violita, and HENRY.

HENRY SEARS, b. 5-19-1717, in VA., d. 1774, Orange Co., NC. M. 1.Jane Watts and 2nd. ROSANNA BARBEE, dtr. of JOHN BARBEE and ANN MILLER. Children inc. Barbee Sears (m. Margaret Polly Peggy Barbee) and SARAH “SALLY” SEARS, m. JOHN HARWARD. Will recorded Orange Co., NC on 11-8-1768, witnessed by William Barbee. Lists wife Rose and John Barbee Jr. As executors, and children John, SALLEY, Edward, Nancy, Barby and Harry.

SARAH “SALLY” SEARS m. John Harward, son of William Harward. Son: Bry Harward, m. Betsy Barbee, dtr. of GOIN and his 1st cousin ANNIE BARBEE BARBEE.


Some say this family originated in France, but has been in England for many centuries. They are found in the town of Barby (note alternate spelling) in Northamptonshire. As shown below, there is a first-cousin intermarriage in this family, so the line is a bit complicated. Also, the Barbee, Sears and Harward families are so intermarried (even by Old South standards!) it is difficult to keep them all straight, so hang on:

WILLIAM BARBEE b. England, early settler, New Kent Co., VA., where a headright by George Morris and John Pigge naming him was on file, 12-11-1660. Sons: WILLIAM BARBEE and Andrew, at least

WILLIAM BARBEE JR., b. c. 1655, England, D. 1720, Middlesex, VA. M. ELIZABETH BEAUMONT (Belmont), c. 1682, VA. She was the dtr. of JOHN BEAUMONT SR., b. c. 1628, d. 1649, England, and HOPE BLAND, b. 1630, England. Hope was the dtr. of PEREGRINE BLAND, b. 1600, England. Son: JOHN (m. Ann Miller, father of Goin, below). After Elizabeth’s death, William Jr. remarried to Mary Ann Gray, and produced George, James, Benjamin, Elizabeth, Mary and Gray Barbee.

JOHN BARBEE, b. c. 1683, d. 1750, M. Ann Miller (b. c. 1693, Middlesex, VA d. 10-20-1766, Essex CO VA), Middlesex VA, 2-25-1709. Sons: CHRISTOPHER, father of ANNIE, and JOHN, father of GOIN (see entry below on Goin Barbee, m. Annie Barbee). Daughter: ROSANNA, m. HENRY SEARS, whose daughter, SARAH, m. JOHN HARWARD, father of BRY HARWARD. Thus, three of the children of John Barbee and Ann Miller (Christopher, John, and Sarah) are our direct ancestors. Will made 2-19-1750, Essex Co. VA. Leaves estate to wife, Ann. Other children include William, Elizabeth (m. Thomas Redd), Francis, Joseph, Mary (m. Edward Sears), Rosannah ( m. Henry Sears), Mical (m. John Pitts).

CHRISTOPHER BARBEE, b. between 1712-1722, Essex Co VA, D. after 1777, Wake NC. M. Margaret VAWTER (d. before 1780, Wake NC. Will, June 1772, Wake Co. NC., names dtr. “ANNEY,” leaving her slaves. Other children include Joseph, Sarah, Sukey, Thomas, Martha, Christopher Jr., Rosannah and Benelge. Numerous other slaves are designated. Some of Christopher’s land near what was then called New Hope Chapel Hill (it was a hill with an Anglican church called New Hope Chapel on it) in Wake County was later donated by his heirs for the construction of part of the University of North Carolina. The family cemetery is on the campus.

ADDITIONAL SON OF JOHN BARBEE AND ANN MILLER: JOHN BARBEE Jr., Father of GOIN BARBEE, who married his cousin Annie Barbee, dtr. of Christopher Barbee. Wife unknown. Other children inc. John (m. Esther), Benjamin (m. Phoebe).

ANNIE BARBEE m. GOIN BARBEE, son of JOHN BARBEE JR. and ____?. JOHN JR. son of JOHN BARBEE and ANN MILLER (SEE ABOVE). GOIN BARBEE will, Chatham Co. NC, 4-8-1806: mentions sons Josiah, Mordecai, wife ANNE, dtrs. Rebekah McApron, Delilah McGehee, Nancy Weatherspoon and BETSEY HOWARD (alt. spelling of HARWARD).

GOIN BARBEE, son of John BARBEE JR, married his cousin ANNIE BARBEE, dtr. of Christopher Barbee and Margaret Vawter. Dtr: Betsey (Elizabeth) Barbee, who m. Bry Harward. Will: 4-8-1806, names wife Ann and dtr. Betsey “HOWARD” (HARWARD). Also children Josiah, Mordecai, Rebekah McApron, Delilah McGehee and Nancy Weatherspoon.

Will of Goin Barbee, Vol. A, pg. 232,233, Chatham Co. NC

“The twenty eighth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and six, I Goin Barbee of Chatham County being in health and perfect senses thanks be to God for it and calling to mind the uncertain state of this life and that all flesh must unto death when it shall pleas God to call us, declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following. First being sorry for all my sins and humbly desiring forgiveness for the same I commend my soul to almighty God my Saviour and redeemer in whom and by which merits I trust to be saved to have full remission and forgiveness for my sins and have and in trust in the kingdom of Heaven and my body I commit to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor here after named and for the setting of my temporal estate and such goods chattles and debts as it hath pleased to bestow on me. I do order and dispose of the same in manner and form following that is to say. First, I give untio my beloved son Josiah Barbee all my Land lying in Wake County and also 25 dollars in Cash to buy him a Desk. Item, I give unto my son Mordecai Barbee as good a horse saddle and bridle as Josiah and as much stock of every kind and as much household furniture when he marries or comes of age and all the remainder of my estate after my just debts are paid. I lend unto my beloved Anne Barbee during her natural life in widowhood except the executors should think the estate us wasting but, if she marry or at her death my executor will divide my estate as underneath declared. That is to say I give unto son Mordecai Barbee the Land and plantation whereon I now live and my Desk, the balance of my estate to be divided as follows: my Negroes to be valued and put in Lots and divided equally amongst all the legatees and the overplus to be sold and equally divided between my six children: Josiah Barbee, Mordecai Barbee, Rebekah McApron, Delilah McGehee, Nancy Weatherspoon and BETSEY HOWARD and I nominate and appoint my beloved son Josiah Barbee and John O’Kelly my full and sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand the day and date above written. GOIN BARBEE Done in the presence of us: Merrell Beasley

BETSEY BARBEE b. D. before 1860, m. BRY HARWARD (Harwood, etc.), 12-8-1801, Wake Co. NC. Dtr: EDITH (Eady) HARWARD, m. WILLIAM CHARLES KELLY


ELIZABETH BEAUMONT, b. c. 1660, VA. D. 1-1720, Middlesex, VA. m. WILLIAM BARBEE, c. 1682, VA. She was the dtr. of JOHN BEAUMONT SR., b. c. 1628, d. 1649, England, and HOPE BLAND, b. 1630, England. Hope was the dtr. of PEREGRINE BLAND, b. 1600, England, d. c. 1649, Virginia. However, some research says Elizabeth was the dtr. of WILLIAM BEAUMONT instead. Regardless which, they were descendants, sons or grandsons, of RICHARD BEAUMONT, b. c. 1585 in Yorkshire, England. He m. ANNE KAYE.

PATRICK MILLER, B. D. M.?, son: John Miller

JOHN MILLER, B. 1669 D. 1742. M. MICHELE__? DTR: ANN MILLER, M. JOHN BARBEE, son of William. Will in Middlesex Co. VA, 2-21-1742. Mentions dtr. ANN BARBEE and her husband John. Also mentions other children, dtrs. Eliza Bowler and Mary Berry, and Hannah Rodes, and son Christopher. Will specfically leaves his “hoggs” to his “dear loving wife during her life.”

ANN MILLER, m. JOHN BARBEE, son of WILLIAM BARBEE and ELIZABETH BEAUMONT, 12-25-1709. Will, Essex Co. VA, 8-17-1761. Names children: Christopher, John, Joseph, Francis, Mary and Rose Sears, and Mical Pitts. In her will, she gives varies slaves to her children, including Milley to Mary Sears, Lydia to Rose Sears, etc. At least 12 slaves are designated in the will.       Executors are son Francis Barbee and son-in-law, Henry Sears.


MARGARET VAWTER D. before 1780, m. CHRISTOPHER BARBEE, brother of John Barbee and dtr. of ANNIE BARBEE, who
married her cousin GOIN BARBEE.       

MOSES VEST, from Germany, into Maryland, then Virginia. Old county history said Vests desc. from him, no proof. Others say the father of John D. Vest was VALENTINE VEST.

JOHN D. VEST, m. ANN BAKES. Probably actually Rakes, but the only record really does say “Bakes.”

JOHN VEST b.1748, Powhatan Co.,VA. d. m. AGNES DAVISON, 1770, Campbell Co., VA. Children: Fanny, CHARLES, John D., Joseph, Mosby and Elizabeth.

CHARLES VEST, b.c. 1775 d. , m. ELIZABETH VIER, 1-19-1812. Moved from Patrick Co. VA to Summers Co WV. B. Vest cemetery, Mt. View Rd., Summers WV, (unmarked). Sons: ANDERSON, Jackson

ANDERSON VEST, b. 6-12-1815, Patrick VA, D. 6-4-1872, Summers WV. B. Vest cemetery, Mt. View Rd.(marker) M. RODAH COCKRAM, 5-19-1838 in Patrick Co. VA. (Rodah, 1816-1903). Will, Summers Co., Book 1, Pg. 13. Leaves Arta one cow and one bed. Assigns Ballard W. Lilly guardian of Arta A. and Martha Jane, underage.

ARTA ADLINE VEST (sometimes “Martha” in records, but she had a sister Martha) b. c. 1859, m. EDWARD A. KELLY, Raleigh Co. WV. Buried Vest cemetery, Mt. View, Summers Co., WV, unmarked.


ANN BAKES, m. JOHN D. VEST. Most probably actually “Rakes”, but only record says Bakes. No other info


AGNES DAVISON m. John Vest in 1770, Campbell Co., Va. Dtr. of WILLIAM DAVISON?

                            VIER (VIAR,VIA),

JOHN VIER, 1758-3/7/1834, b. VA, M. SARAH WRIGHT, 3-4-1784, Buckingham CO, VA. REV. WAR VET, enlisting in Amherst Co., VA, serving under Col. Francis Taylor and guarding prisoners surrendered by General Burgoyne, discharged in Winchester, VA. Awarded Revolutionary War pension, 1834. Will, Franklin Co. VA names wife Sarah and Dtrs. Sarah Newberry and ELIZABETH (VIER)VEST. The Vier (Viar, Via) name is French, probably descended from Amer Via, b. France c. 1663, a Heugonaut, arrived in Virginia around 1675, wife Margaret ____. Children recorded in New Kent, Va.: Naomi, Robert, William, Judith, Margaret, Mary. Our John could possibly be a son of Robert, who’s other children were Robert Jr., Gideon and Littleberry, as these are also found early in Buckingham County and later in the Patrick-Franklin Virginia areas.

State of Virginia, County of Franklin, to wit:

“On this 24th day January 1834 Personally appeared before me Samuel Saunders a Justice of the Peace for the Said County, John Via a Resident of the County and State of Virginia aged 76 years who being first duly Sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed June 7, 1832. That he enlisted in the army of the United States for term of three years in the County of Amherst Virginia under Capt. Jesse Allen who being deprived of the command he was transfered to Capt. Solmon Rice and upon the resignation of Capt. Rice he was marched under the command of Captain Burton in a detachment of the Virginia line commanded by Col. Francis Taylor to guard the Prisoners surrendered by Burgoyne that he was marched and countermarched through the north western part of the State of Virginia and quartered at different times near the towns __?__ at the Warm Springs, Shepardstown and Matinsburg and being dischared at Winchester Virginia. Having lost his discharge that he served the whole term that he enlisted for, at the different places States as Private Soldier. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or an annuity except the present and he declares that his name is not on the pension roll of any agency in any state. Sworn, Samuel Saunders, Justice of Peace.”

“State of Virginia, viz,

Franklin County. On this the 21st day of 1843, personally appeared before me James Cannaday, a justice of peace, and as such one of the justices of the County Court of Franklin County, and Sarah Viah, alias Sarah Vyer, a resident of said County, aged abour ninety five or ninety six, who being first duly sworn, doth make the following declaration: That she is the widow of John Viah, alias John Vyer, who was a soldier in the Army of the Revolution....that she was married to said John Viah on the fourth day of March seventeen hundred and eighty four, that her husband died on the seventh day of March eighteen hundred and thirty-four, and that she remained a widow since.”

ELIZABETH VIER, b. c.1784, d. after 1870, Summers Co WV. M. CHARLES VEST, 1-9-1812, Franklin Co. VA. She is still living during the 1870 Summers Co., WV census. B. in Vest cemetery, Mt. View.


WILLIAM COCKRAM, B. 1715, England or King William Co., VA., d. Surry Co., VA. M. JEMIMA BRAME, b. 1719 in Middlesex Co. VA.

EDWARD COCKRAM SR. B. 6-7-1748, d. May, 1816, Franklin Co. VA. M. MARY “Polly”EDWARDS, 1768, Pittsylvania Co. VA.

EDWARD COCKRAM JR. B. D. M. MARY RAKES, 11-4-1806, Patrick Co. VA

RODAH COCKRAM, b. 1-7-1903, Patrick Co. VA, D. 2-14-1903, Summers Co. WV. M. Anderson Vest, 5-19-1838, Patrick Co. VA. DTR. ARTA ADLINE VEST m. Edward A. Kelly


JOHN BRAME b. d. after 1709, Middlesex, VA., m. MARY BLAKE

RICHENS BRAME, b. 2-23-1689, Middlesex, VA., d, c. 1727, m. HANNAH CHEADLE, (b. 1-21-1693), Middlesex VA.

JEMIMA BRAME, b. 1717, Middlesex, VA, m. William Cockram. Son: Nathan Cockram.


HANNAH CREADLE, b. 1-21-1693, Middlesex, VA, m. Richard BRAME



THOMAS EDWARDS SR. b. c. 1697, Wales, d. 1751, Lunenburg, VA. M. Martha ___?. Children inc. John and WILLIAM

WILLIAM EDWARDS SR. c. 1725-1798, b. Henrico, D. Patrick VA. M. Ann__. Children: John, MARY “Polly” and Thomas

MARY “POLLY” EDWARDS, 1750-d. Bef. 1820, m. Edward Cockram, Sr.


CHARLES RAKES m. JANE____? These are parents of Mary Rakes, who married Edward Cockram Jr, in Patrick Co., 11-4-1806. Later married Nancy Hubbard.



ROBERT de KYNCADE de EODEM, b. c. 1410, Campsie, Scotland. Sons: DONALD, William

DONALD KINCAID, b. c. 1430. Son: David

DAVID KINCAID, b. c. 1450, Campsie, Scotland. Son: JOHN


THOMAS KINCAID, b. Coates, Scotland. M. ELIZABETH BONCLE. Constable of Edinburgh Castle from 1508 through 1513. Oversaw preparations made at Edinburgh Castle for the invasion of England in 1513, including the casting of cannons. Because of this, the Kincaid coat of arms is displayed on a corbel among the rafters of the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle. (I did not know this when I visited the Castle a few years ago, so did not look for it) Thomas probably died in the battle of Flodden; in any event, he died in or before 1517. Sons: THOMAS, John and David

THOMAS KINCAID, b. c. 1510. Campsie. D. after 1545, Edinburgh, Scotland. Deputy Constable in Parliament , 1534. M. MARGARET SETON, b. c. 1525, dtr. of Ninian Seton. Son: JAMES

JAMES KINCAID, b. c. 1550, d. 1603, Edinburgh. M. CHRISTIAN LESLIE on 1-26-1570, dtr of George Leslie and Christian Wood. George Leslie (and thus all the Kincaids after this generation) was a direct descendant of Robert “The Bruce,” King of Scotland who reigned from 1306-1329, and of the Stewart royal family. Son: JAMES

JAMES KINCAID, m. MARGARET HAMILTON, dtr. of Robert Hamilton and ___? Kincaid. Son: JAMES

JAMES KINCAID, b. c. 1635, Campsie, Scotland. Son: JAMES

JAMES KINCAID, b. c. 1650, d. 1700. Sons: David, ALEXANDER, Thomas, James, William

ALEXANDER KINCAID, b. c. 1670, Edinburgh. A pharmacist by trade. He was a supporter of the cause of Prince Charles Edward and Scottish independence from England. Four of his sons fought for Scottish independence, were captured by the English in 1745, and escaped to America, sailing from Glasgow to Philadelphia and traveling on to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1746. Son: SAMUEL

SAMUEL KINCAID, b. Scotland, D. Augusta Co., VA. Escaped English capture, came to Pennsylvania with 3 brothers and migrated down Shenendoah Valley into Augusta Co., VA. Son: JOHN

JOHN KINCAID m. ANN GRAHAM, dtr. of JOHN GRAHAM and F. ELIZABETH WALKUP. Son: SAMUEL, other children include Andrew, David, Francis, James, Joseph, Thomas, Mary and Lancelot (Lanty).

SAMUEL KINCAID, b. c. 1767, VA, m. 1. MARY TINCHER and 2. Hulda Osborn (dtr. Of John Osborn) on 3-13-1802, Greenbrier Co. (W)VA., We are descended from the Mary Tincher union. Samuel had two sons he named Thomas, one from each marriage. The eldest was known as “MOUNTAIN TOM” (our ancestor) and the younger was known as “King Tom.” Other children with Mary Tincher include Matthew, John, and Samuel Jr. Other children with Hulda Osborn include Deborah, Hulda, William and James.

THOMAS (MOUNTAIN TOM) KINCAID, b. c. 1795, d. 1875, m. MARY “POLLY” WITHROW. I’ve not been able to further trace Mary Withrow’s family. Mountain Tom had a family with Mary in Fayette County, WV and then abandoned this family to move to Lewis County, WV and have a second family with Lucinda Claypoole, who he never married. We are descended from his marriage with Mary. Their children include: Alice (m. John Tinker), Andrew (, Ursula__), Frank, John, Elizabeth( m. William Suttle), Thomas (Roane Co., WV), William (went to KY, m. Harriet__?, then Susan Adkins), George Washington (Roane Co. m. Catherine Campbell), Manser (went to Raleigh Co. WV, m. Nancy Jane Bragg), Harvey and LEWIS LEVI.

LEWIS LEVI KINCAID, b. c. 1831, m. NANCY ELIZABETH DEAN in Fayette Co., dtr. of SAMUEL LAWRENCE DEAN. Nancy had died by 1880. 1880 Fayette census lists as a farmer. Children include LEVI EDMUND KINCAID, (18) William F.(16,“Uncle Willy,” moved to Meridian, Oklahoma), Richard (14), Lewis (12), Cyrus (10,“Uncle Cyrus, lived in the Kingston, WV area) Mary (8) and Ella (age 6, so Nancy Elizbeth must have died after 1874, but before 1880, as she is not listed in the 1880 census)

LEVI EDMUND (“ED”) KINCAID, b. 1862, m. ANGELINE T. (“Annie”) JONES in Fayette Co. WV on 9-29-1890. Children include MARGARET ELIZABETH, William Cecil (m. Maudie Coleman), Lolla, (M. George Amos) and Lovey (d. 1-12-1939 of pneumonia, unmarried.) The couple lived at Sewell and Mossy. In latter years, Ed and Annie did not live together. He lived near Kingston WV and is probably buried there; Annie lived at Mossy and with her children. Supposedly, Annie, who was Catholic, wanted to be remarried in a Catholic church and Ed refused.

MARGARET ELIZABETH KINCAID, b. Sewell, grew up at Mossy, m. ULYSSES S. “JACK” (COON) KUHN at Peachtree, Raleigh Co., in 1917, d. 11-1965. Children include William Francis (Ralph), b. 5-1917, actually son of Margaret Elizabeth and a man named Porter), James (Bug), 1918-1989), Monroe (1920), Sisroe (1922), John (1-1924, died as infant), CRAVER (12-21-24) m. ALICE BENNETT, sister of Wilma Phyllis Bennett) Loretta Merle (5-9-27), CHARLES LEE (7-25-29) m. WILMA PHYLLIS BENNETT, sister of Alice Bennett), Birdie (2-30-32) and Nona (4-3-34). Buried at Highlawn Cemetery, Oak Hill, WV.


ALEXANDER SETON. M. ELIZABETH ERSKIN (b. C. 1450, dtr. of Thomas Erskin and Janet Douglas of Selkirkshire, England) Son: Alexander




GEORGE LESLIE, b. 1322, Rothes, Morayshire, Scotland. Son: GEORGE LESLIE II

GEORGE LESLIE II, b. 1350. Sheriff of Fife, Scotland. M. ELIZABETH HAY, b. 1367, Dtr. of THOMAS HAY. It is through this line we are descended from Robert “The Bruce,” King of Scotland and the Viking kings that were his ancestors, as shown later. SON: NORMAN LESLIE OF ROTHES

NORMAN LESLIE OF ROTHES, b. 1380, m. CHRISTINA de SETON, probably descended from the Seton family noted above. Son: GEORGE LESLIE

GEORGE LESLIE, 1ST EARL OF ROTHES, b. 9-2-1416, m. Christian Haliburton, b. 1416. Son: ANDREW


WILLIAM LESLIE, 3RD Earl of ROTHES, 1470/9-9-1513, died in Battle of Flodden Field, Northumberland. Son: WILLIAM




THOMAS HAY, 7th Baron of Errall, b. 1342, m. ELIZABETH STEWART. DTR: ELIZABETH HAY, b. 1367, m. GEORGE LESLIE II.

                            (Royal family of Scotland)
I will begin this family as far back as its ancestors have been traced, with, believe it or not, an ancient Viking King of Sweden born in the year 214. It remains in Scandinavia for hundreds of years, then moves to Orkney, an island off northern Scotland, with a little Russian, French and Irish (including a King of Ireland) thrown in for good measure. It then winds its way through Robert the Bruce, first king of a unified Scotland, and down to the Stewarts, concluding with Elizabeth, who married Thomas Hay. You will note that passing last names down to descendants is a relatively recent practice. Each individual down the list is the son or daughter of the person listed above, regardless of the similarity, or lack of same, in the name.

NJORD of NORTUN, King of the Swedes, b. 214



SVEGDI FJOLNARSSON, m. UANA, b. 277, Uppsala


VISBUR VANLANDASSON, b. 319, m. a dtr. of Sireauthi of Sweden



DYGGVI DOMARSSON, b. 382, Sweden

DAG DYGGVASSON, b. 403, Sweden




JORUND YNGUASSON, b. 487, Sweden

AUN “THE AGED” JORUNDSSON, b. 530 and, I presume, lived a long time.



ADILS of SWEDEN, m. YRSA of Denmark. Yrsa was the dtr. of OLAF THE MIGHTY of Denmark, who m. HELGA of the Danes.


INGVAR the TALL, b. 616. I obviously didn’t inherit this guy’s genes.

BRAUT ONVUND of Sweden, b. Uppsala, Sweden

INGJALD, Ruler of Sweden, m. Gauthid Algautsdottir

OLAF TREEHEWER of WESTFOLD, m. Sloveig Halfdansdottir


EYSTEIN THE FART of WESTFOLD, b. 736, Raumike, Norway, m. HILD ERICSDOTTIR. No comment.


IVAR OPPLANDING, b. 783, Norway.


RAGNALD THE WISE, b. 845, Maer, Norway, m. GROA_______?

TURF EINAR OF ORKNEY. Children: Arnkel, Erland, THORFINN I, The Skullsplitter


HLODVIR OF ORKNEY, m. EITHNE of IRELAND, dtr. of CEARBHAILLE of IRELAND. I’m not sure if this was the Cearbhaille (Pronounced “carroll” in Gaelic) who was King of Ireland about the same time, or not.

SIGURD the STOUT DIGRI of ORKNEY, b. 967, d. 4-23-1014, Battle of Contarf, Ireland

BRUSI of ORKNEY, m. OSTRIDA REGENWALDSDOTTIR. It is from this name, “Brusi,” that Bruce, as in “Robert the Bruce,” comes.


ROBERT de BRUS, b. 1039, Orkney, m. EMMA OF BRITTANY, b. 1034, St. Claro, Brittany, France


ADAM de BRUS, b. 1065, Carrick, m. EMMA RAMSAY

ROBERT le BRUSE, b. 1080, Argyll, d. 5-11-1141, York, England. M. AGNES PAYNEL





ROBERT the BRUCE, Earl of Carrick, b. 1253, d. 1304, bur. Abbey of Cultram. M. MARGARET, Countess of Carrick.

ROBERT THE BRUCE, King of Scotland. B. 7-11-1274, became King in 1305. D. 1329, probably of leprosy. He is buried at Dunfermline. His heart, however, was taken on a Crusade by Sir James Douglas who, just before dying in battle fighting the Moors in Spain, threw it at the enemy. It was later recovered and buried in a lead casket at Melrose Abby. Archeologists found it in 1992 and re-buried it with a stone over the spot with the inscription “A noble hart may hae nae ease, gif freedom failye” or, “A noble heart may have no ease if freedom fail.” Robert took command at the death of William (“Braveheart”) Wallace and successfully united Scotland and fought back the English King Edward by defeating his army at Stirling on June 24, 1314. Robert married Isabella of Mar, and then Elizabeth de Burgh.

MARJORIE BRUCE, Princess of Scotland, m. WALTER STEWART OF SCOTLAND, son of JAMES OF SCOTLAND, 5th High Steward and EGIDIADE de BURGH of Ulster. SON: ROBERT II OF SCOTS, whose dtr. Elizabeth m. Thomas Hay. From “High Steward,” comes the name Stewart. See STEWART line, below.

                            (Royal family of Scotland)

The name Stewart comes from the title “Steward,” their names were originally some form of “Walter.” “Fitz” could mean “son of” or “grandson of.” They were French before Norman Conquest.
FLEDALDUS “FLAALD” of St. FLORENT-SENESCAL of DOL, b. c. 1046, Dol-de-Bretagne, France. I think this name probably means “Flathead.” Wife unknown.

ALAN FITZFLAAD of OSWESTEY, Sherrif of Shropshire. b. c. 1078, Normandy, France. D. 1114. Received the Barony of Swaldestre from William the Conpueror for participation in the Conquest. M. AVELINA de HESDING, dtr. of ERNULF de HESDING (b. 1031, France) and EMMELENA ______?

ALAN FITZWALTER , b. c. 1105, Paisley Abbey, Renfrewshire, Scotland. D. 1114. Other children besides WALTER FITZALAN include Jordan, William and Sibil

WALTER FITZALAN, 1st High Steward of Scotland. M. Eschyna de Molle. Eschyna was the dtr. of THOMAS de LONDONIIS, who m. a dtr. of UCHTRED de MOLLE. THOMAS was the son of MALCOLM de LONDONIIS, b. c. 1060. Son of Walter Fitzalan and Eschyna de Molle: Alan Fitzwalter

ALAN FITZWALTER, 2nd. High Steward of Scotland, b. c. 1126. Children: WALTER, Avelina

WALTER STEWART, b. c. 1180. m. Beatrix of Angus. Children: Margaret, Elizabeth, ALEXANDER, Walter, Eupheme

ALEXANDER STEWART, m. JEAN of BUTE. Children: JAMES, John, Elizabeth

JAMES STEWART, m. EGIDIADE de BURGH of Ulster. Son: Walter


KING ROBERT STEWART II of SCOTLAND, b. 3-2-1315, Paisley, Scotland. King of Scotland, 1370-1390. M. ELIZABETH MURE of Rowallon (1330-1355) Children: John (later changed name to King Robert III), Walter, Robert, Margaret, Marjorie, ELIZABETH (m. THOMAS HAY), Jean, Alexander, Katherine. Later m. Eupheme of Ross.

ELIZABETH STEWART m. THOMAS HAY, 7th Baron of Errall. Dtr. ELIZABETH HAY m. George Leslie, as described above.


ROBERT of ERSKIN, b. c. 1315, Erskin, Scotland. Son: THOMAS

THOMAS ERSKIN, b. c. 1340, Scotland. M. JANET KEITH, dtr of EDWARD KEITH and CHRISTIAN MENTEITH. (see Keith line). Son: ROBERT

ROBERT ERSKIN, b. c. 1375, m. BEATRICE LINDSEY, dtr. Of ALEXANDER LINDSEY and ____? Stewart. See Lindsey line. Son: THOMAS







WALTER de LINDSEY, b. c. 1080, Cumbria. Son: WILLIAM

WILLIAM de LINDSEY, b. c. 1100, Cumbria. Son: WALTER

WALTER de LINDSEY, b. c. 1122, Lincolnshire, England. Son: WILLIAM

WILLIAM de LINDSEY, Baron of Crawford, b. c. 1147, Crawford. Son: ALEXANDER de LINDSEY

ALEXANDER de LINDSEY, b. c. 1124, Hertfordshire, England. Son: WILLIAM

WILLIAM de LINDSEY, b. c. 1190, Scotland, d. 11-6-1283, Wales. Son: DAVID

DAVID de LINDSEY, b. c. 1203, Luffness, Scotland. Son: DAVID

DAVID de LINDSEY, b. c. 1220, Breneville, Scotland. D. 1268, Egypt (Crusader). Son: ALEXANDER

ALEXANDER LINDSEY, b. c. 1267, Ayrshire, Scotland, d. c. 1308, Crawfordshire, Scotland, m. _____? Stewart. Dtr: BEATRICE LINDSEY, who m. ROBERT ERSKIN


WILLIAM GRAHAM, b. c. 1648, Dumfrie, Scotland. M. BLANCH ERVIN. Son: CHRISTOPHER

CHRISTOPHER GRAHAM, b. c. 1670, Dunfrie, M. MARGARET FLORENCE RISK in Donegal, Ireland c. 1700. They migrated first to Lancaster Co., PA around 1720, and then to Augusta Co. VA. Margaret F. d. 9-4-1763 in Augusta Co. Children inc. William, JOHN, Robert, Archibald, Rebecca Jane and Elizabeth.

JOHN GRAHAM, b. c. 1710, Donegal, Ireland. M. ELIZABETH WALKUP ELLIOTT. Elizabeth was the dtr. of SAMUEL VACHUB (Anglicized to “Walkup”) and NANCY AGNUS ALEXANDER. JOHN GRAHAM d. Augusta Co. VA, will written 7-29-1771. Children: Lancelot, John, James, Robert, Jane, Elizabeth, ANNE, Rebecca, Florence.

ANNE GRAHAM m. JOHN KINCAID. Children include: SAMUEL, Andrew, David, Francis, James, Joseph, Thomas, Mary and Lancelot (Lanty)



FRANCIS TINCHER, b. c. 1692, Worchester, England. Wife was Isabella ____. d. in Greenbrier Co. Son: SAMUEL TINCHER


MARY TINCHER m. SAMUEL KINCAID. Sons include Matthew, John, Samuel Jr. and THOMAS “MOUNTAIN TOM”

                     WALKUP (VACHUP, WAUCHOPE)

SAMUEL VACHUB (WALKUP) Samuel was probably born in Germany and migrated to Ireland. Samuel Walkup and Nancy Alexander were married in Carrick Fergus, Antrim, Ireland. and migrated to America, name was Angleized to WALKUP. Samuel died near Lexington, VA c. 1782, and Nancy died in Union, North Carolina c. 1740. Samuel supposedly had two brothers. Children included Margaret, ELIZABETH (m. JOHN GRAHAM), Florence, Joseph, James and Arthur.


SAMUEL DEAN, b. Ireland?, M. SARAH DUNCAN, b. VA, possibly dtr. of SAMUEL DUNCAN and SARAH EMBREE, who migrated to South Carolina? SON: SAMUEL

SAMUEL DEAN, b. VA or PA, Oct. 1760. , m. SARAH RUSSELL, b. c. 1761,VA., dtr of STEVEN RUSSELL and SARAH_____? Lived Loudoun and Amherst Counties, VA. SON: JOHN. Other children include Betsy, Sally, Samuel, Polly, Ellander, Mary, Jeremiah, Phoebe.

JOHN DEAN, b. 5-17-1779 in Loudoun Co., VA, moved to Amherst CO. VA. d. 1874. M. LUCY MAYS (d. 1852) there on July 19, 1802. Lucy was dtr. of JOHN B. MAYS and FRANCIS PARKS. John and Lucy moved to Rockbridge Co, then Greenbrier Co., then Fayette Co., then near Chillicothe, Ohio for 8 years. Finally moved to Pike County, Ohio, Newton Township, near Jasper. Buried Yankee Hill Cemetery in unmarked grave near that of wife Lucy (who has a marker). Veteran of War of 1812, and was given land in Illinois as payment. Will written on May 9, 1873, filed in Pike County (Ohio) Probate Court 9-30-1874. Justice of Peace, Pike Co., 1847-49. Methodist. Children: SAMUEL L., Joshua, Rachel, John, Jordan, Permilia, Elizabeth, James, Sarah, Ellis, William and Alexander.

Will of John Dean, Probated in Pike County, Ohio, September 30, 1874:

I, John Dean, of the County of Pike and State of Ohio being in my right mind do make and publish this my last will: I give devise and bequath my estate and property real and personal as follows: To my two sons William Dean and Ellis Dean in consideration of the love and respect care and maintenance exercised towards me in these my last days I bestow all the right title and interest of which I may die possessed in a certain tract or parcel of land located in the State of Illinois arising or growing out of a land warrant issued to me by the U.S. Government for services rendered by me during the War of 1812 with Great Britain which has been entered but have not yet received the Patent for the same but which is now in process of completion.....”

Amazingly, we have an interview with John Dean conducted by a local newspaper in Pike County, Ohio in 1872, as local interest in the area’s oldest resident. Here’s John Dean’s life in his own words:

“I was born in Loudoun County, Virginia, on the waters of Goose Creek. My father’s name was Samuel. He was born in Virginia. His father’s name was Samuel also. My grandfather was born in Ireland and was of English descent. My grandmother was Sarah Dunkin. She was born in Virginia. My mother’s name was Sarah Russell. She was born in Virginia. Her father, Stephen Russell was born in England.

My grandfather, father and myself were brought up to the business of farming. Grandfather raised a large family of children. My father’s family consisted of thirteen children, three boys and ten girls.

I am the oldest of my father’s family, and was born May 17, 1779. Consequently, am now nearly 93 years of age. My life has been one of evenness, comparatively speaking. I have never lived an excited life, but like the generality of Americans who were born, bred, and all their lives farmers.

All my father’s children were afforded a moderate education, and I have always been able to read and write, and to do business requiring those accomplishments. On the 19th of July, 1802, I married Lucy Mays in Amherst County, VA, to which county I had previously removed. She was only about 17 years old. We had born to us there three of four children, when we removed to Rockbridge County, VA where we resided several years, and then removed to Greenbriar County, thence to Fayette County on the Kanawha River. In 1837, we left Virginia and came to Ohio. And farmed on Alexander Rinnick’s farm near Chillicothe, where we abode for 8 years. On account of continued ill health in my family I was induced to seek a settlement on an elevated position away from the Scioto Bottoms, and came into Pike County. I settled on the farm now owned by Daniel Chestnut, in Newton Township, near Jasper, and from thence to the farm owned by the late Thomas McLellan where he died. When we removed on to that farm it was owned by Alexander, my youngest son, who lately deceased, and with whom I continued to live till he died. I am now living with my son William on an elevated and healthy location in Newton Township.

My wife and I raised 11 children, and one died in infancy. Their names were Samuel, Joshua, Rachel, who died in infancy, John, Jordon, Permilia Parks, Elizabeth, James, Sarah, Ellis, William and Alexander. Permilia married Richard Starforth in Virginia and moved subsequently to Highland County, Ohio, where he now resides. Permilia died seven or eight years ago, leaving a large family.

Elizabeth married Peter Boyer in Virginia. They remained there. She died, leaving a large family of children. Sarah married Daniel Chestnut, aforesaid, and died some 11 or 12 years ago, leaving 8 children. All my sons married, and have raised, or are raising, families. Samuel resides in Virginia (actually, by then, West Virginia), Joshua in Illinois; John in Pee Pee township, Pike County, Ohio, Jordon died in Marion County, Ohio 4 or 5 years ago, James died in Newton Township in 1863, where Alexander deceased the other day. Ellis resides in Newton Township, ans so does William with whom I now make my home, having buried Alexander on the 29th of December 1871.

Lucy, my wife, died in 1852, aged about 65 years. We lived together about 48 years. I was called out to rendezvous three different times during the War of 1812, between the United States and Great Britain, but was not required to enter active service.

I was elected Justice of the Peace by the voters of Newton Township, and served in that capacity in 1847, 1848 and 1849. I have never bee called upon by my fellow citizens to fill any other office, civil or military.

I believe I am the oldest person living in Pike County at the present time. I belong to the Methodist Church, to which three of my sons in Newton Township connected themselves.

Having closed my career as a laborer during the forepart of the late war between the United States and the late Confederacy, I am laid up in ordinary, as they say of a ship no longer seaworthy, and am calmly and patiently biding that period of time hen I shall be called to go “over the river” to the shores of the eternal world.”

SAMUEL LAWRENCE DEAN, b. c. 1804, m. JANE DAVIS in Greenbrier Co., WV on 3-27-1827. Moved to Fayette Co. DTR: NANCY ELIZABETH DEAN. There were a number of Davis families in the Greenbrier area, but I have not been able to ascertain the lineage of this Jane Davis. She was b. c. 1810. Likely candidates include Pleasant Davis who m. Sarah Horton 9-7-1806, and Peter Davis who m. Susannah Meadows, 1-7-1799 in Greenbrier Co., but these families have been researched and none of them list Jane as a daughter. Other possibilities include Walter Davis, m. Elinor Harbert, 3-19-1782, or Zachariah Davis m. Margaret Sellars, 2-6-1794. Or, it’s possible Jane wasn’t from a family whose parents married in Greenbrier County at all, as there was considerable migration into the county around that time. Samuel and Jane are found in Fayette Co. In the 1850 cencus, but in the Putnam census in 1870, Hutton District. Besides Nancy Elizabeth, their other children include John (m. Cynthia Simmons), Martha, Rebecca, Sarah, Mary, Lucy, William, Francis, Samuel, and Josiah.

NANCY ELIZABETH DEAN, b. c. 1834, m. LEWIS LEVI KINCAID, son of “Mountain Tom” Kincaid. Son: Levi Edmund (Ed) Kincaid, who m. Angeline T. Jones

                                   JONES                                                                       (Welsh)

ANGELINE (ANGELINA) TOMSIE JONES, b. c. 1870 (celebrated birthday January 19?), m. 1890 in Fayette Co. WV to LEVI EDMUND (Ed) KINCAID, d. 3-27-1941, Minden, Fayette Co., WV, of pneumonia. The death record gives her age as 69. Buried Catholic cemetery, Scarbro, WV, no marker. Children: MARGARET ELIZABETH (m. Ulysses “Jack” Kuhn), William Cecil, Lolla, Lovey. This individual has been the most difficult to trace. She was from Alleghany County, Virginia, the Boiling Springs-Snake Run area. She first surfaces in the 1880 census as an 11-year-old girls listed as a “servant” in the household of James (age 70) and Mary (age 60) Fitzgerald, both born in Ireland. The only other resident is John Moiraty, 24, listed as son of James and Mary Fitzgerald. One house away is a family consisting of Judy B. Jones, age 57, her daughter America C., age 12, and son Cicero B., age 16. The previous census, 1870, lists this family as follows: John A. Jones, ( b. c. 1821, d. between 1875 and 1880) age 49, Judy (Juda) Jones, age 45, Children: Mary, age 16, Susan, age 14, Martha, age 12, Cesaro B., age 7, and America C., age 1, along with William Ryley, age 6 and in-laws Thomas Carter, age 84, and Catherine Carter, age 80. Also in 1870 is Aswine Jones, 17, living with William Carson. Aswine was supposedly a brother to Angelina, and later became a minister in Monroe County, WV. America C. later m. Edwin Carter and lived in Alleghany County. John A. Jones and Juda B. Carter were m. 11-17-1852 in Alleghany Co. by H. J. Blarrick. They apparently had a son, William Henry Jones, b. 4-30-1859, who died young, as he is not in the census. There is a will in Alleghany Co. of Charles A. Jones listing children, including Kate, Eliza, Amanda, Susan and John, dated 8-25-1882, but our John Jones was dead by then, since Juda’s a widow in the 1880 census. In 1875, John deeded some property to his daughter Mary C. Jones, and notes he is “moving.” John, age 29, is found in the home of Joseph Wickline, in the 1850 Alleghany census. 1840 census lists Jonses: Josiah, John, Charles, Oliver. 1830 lists Isaiah and Valentine. Thomas Carter was b. in NC and m. Catherine McClannahan there. (Thomas Carter was possibly born 12-17-1785 in Halifax, NC, the son of Phillip Carter and Sarah____. Phillip Carter b. c. 1763, Halifax NC, d. 8-16-1835, m. 6-12-1783, Halifax NC. He was the son of Robert Carter, b. c. 1730, Halifax NC, d. c. 1797, m. Sarah ___?), In 1870, there are several other Carter families living near the Jonses, probably other children of Thomas and Catherine. All in all, I suspect Angelina was the illegitimate daughter of either Mary C. (b. 1854) or Susan (b. 1856), most probably Mary C., as she would have been 16 when Angelina was born, but Susan only 14. As the family had lost its breadwinner, the baby was given to the wealthy, elderly family nearby to raise. Note that this family also had a son who was a teenager when Angelina was born, so, who knows? Angelina supposedly made reference to not being treated well as a servant, saying once she was told after complaining of being tired “Servants don’t get tired.” Since Mary C. was still unmarried at age 21 when John gave her property, perhaps the stigma of an illegitimate child was still an issue in her life. In any event, the probability that Angelina was a descendant of John A. and Judy Jones is, I think, almost a surety. As the family she lived with was Irish and old enough to have migrated during the Potato Famine of 1846-48, they were probably also Catholic, and Angelina was Catholic. She supposedly wanted Edmund Kincaid to re-marry her in the Catholic Church in later years, but he refused, and they lived apart after that.

Or, Angelina may not be from the John and Judy Jones family at all, and it may be a coincidence she is living two houses away as a servant. There are other possibilities with Angelina (in later documents, “Angeline”). The oldest members of our family believe she was the dtr. of John (or George, or perhaps William!) Jones and Elizabeth Nancy Hubbard, dtr. of the Hubbard found in Mercer County. I have no idea whatsoever on what this is based, and the records in Mercer do not show an Angelina as part of that family. She had a brother Riley who came to Fayette County to work in the coal mines, and that’s how she got there. Riley was married 4 times, the second to a Minnie Reece (divorced), third to ? And finally to Edna ? She also had a sister Molly (m. a Spencer, had a son Simpson Edward Spencer, and ended up in East Northfield, MA, son in Cincinnati, OH. Molly’s husband was a Methodist minister)) and Fannie (m. 1st a Kelly, and a Surber). She also had a brother Byus (Bias?) and there is definitely a Cicero (Cezaro..perhaps Cicero Byus, the same person as found during the same timeframe next door in Monroe Co.) in the family, as well as the brother Azarine (with variable spellings, such as Aswine). This has been the most difficult family to figure in all my research.

JOHN MAYS SR., Scotland. The Mays family is common in Fife, Scotland, and there were several John Mays’s in the area at the same time, making further tracing of this individual difficult.

JOHN MAYS JR., Scotland

JOSEPH MAYS, m. SARAH CASH, dtr of Robert Howard Cash and Ruth Elphingstone. Amherst Co. VA area. Son: John B. Mays

JOHN B. MAYS, lived Amherst Co., VA. M. FRANCES PARKS, dtr. of JOHN PARKS and MARY SHARP. DTR: LUCY MAYS, who m. JOHN DEAN in 1802, Amherst VA.

LUCY MAYS, b. c. 1787, Amherst Co. VA. m. JOHN DEAN, Amherst CO. VA., 1802. D. Pike County, Ohio, 1852. Buried Yankee Hill Cemetery, Newton Township, Pike County, Ohio. Grave is marked. Children: Samuel L. Dean (m. Jane Davis), Joshua, Rachel (died as infant), John, Jordon, Permillia, Elizabeth, James, Sarah, Ellis, William and Alexander.


WILLIAM CASH, Fife, Scotland, c. 1610-1660

WILLIAM CASH, b. 1653 in Fife, Scotland. D. 1708 in Westmoreland Co., VA, will probated there on 8-25-1708. m. ELIZABETH SKINNER, dtr. of JOHN and ELIZABETH SKINNER c. 1633 to 8-25-1708). Elizabeth Skinner Cash d. 3-9-1749, Stafford Co., VA. Son: ROBERT HOWARD CASH. William migrated from Scotland to Massachusetts, where he m. Elizabeth, and they then migrated to Westmoreland Co., VA. Elizabeth d. 3-9-1749, Stafford Co., VA. William’s will was written 2-16-1708 and recorded in Westmoreland Co., VA. He names children William, Thomas, John, James, Howard, Joseph, Peter and Anise.

ROBERT HOWARD CASH, m. RUTH ELPHINGSTONE (Elphingston), early residents of Amherst Co., VA. Ruth d. 3-1-1784, and may have first or later married a Walker. DTR: SARAH CASH, who m. Joseph Mays. NOTE: This was the direct ancestor of country singer Johnny Cash. Other children inc. Stephen (m. Jemina Grining), Benjamin (m. Susannah Savage), Joel (m. Tabitha __?) Mary (m. Joseph Lively), Robert Howard Jr., (m. Tamasin Higginbotham),and Rosanna (m. William Bicknall). Robert Howard Cash’s will probated October 6, 1772, leaves 8 slaves to wife Ruth, hundreds of acres and many other slaves to various of his children, but only 5 shillings to Sarah, whose married name is misspelled “Mauze” in the will.

SARAH CASH, d. c. 1810-20, m. JOSEPH MAYS, Amherst Co., VA. C, 1750, but no record found. Son: JOHN B. MAYS, who m. Francis Parks


THOMAS PARKS m. SARAH MILLER (b. c. 1675), Dtr. of SIMON MILLER (b. 1648), Rappahannock Co. VA. Children: Martha, William, Mary, Charles, Elizabeth, Thomas, JOHN PARKS

JOHN PARKS, b. 5-10-1706, Essex Co., VA, d. 1792, Wilkes Co., NC. M. MARY SHARP. Children: James, Mary, William, Charles, Linchfield, Betsy, John, Sarah, Mildred, Benjamin, George B., Ann, Susanna, Samuel, Thomas, Rachel, FRANCIS (m. John B. Mays)


ELIAS SHARP, b. c. 1689, Orange, VA, m. MARGARET PROCTOR, b. c. 1693, Orange, Va., dtr. of GEORGE PROCTOR. DTR: MARY SHARP, who m. JOHN PARKS



JOHN PROCTOR, b. c. 1557, London, England. M. Graye ______? Son; John Proctor

JOHN PROCTOR, b. c. 1583, London, England. D. 1628, Jamestown, VA. M. Alice _____? D. 1628, Pace’s Paines, Jamestown, VA. Son: GEORGE PROCTOR

GEORGE PROCTOR, c. 1621-1682, b. Pace’s Paines, Jamestown, VA., D. Southwalk, Surry VA. M. ELIZABETH MARRIOTT, Son: GEORGE PROCTOR. Also Joshua and Mary

GEORGE PROCTOR, B. C. 1660, VA., M. MARY _____? D. 3-23-1729, Surry VA. Dtr.: MARGARET PROCTOR

MARGARET PROCTOR, b. c. 1693, Orange Co., VA, M. ELIAS SHARP c. 1714, King George Co., VA. Dtr.: Mary Sharp, who m. John Parks

                                                        KUHN (COON, KOON)
                      (German, meaning “bold” or “keen”)

PHILLIP COON, b. c. 1696 in Germany, died after 1788. Migrated to Philadelphia around 1720, a brother migrated into the Shenendoah Valley. Eventually moved to what is now Fayette Co., PA, and then into what is now Marion Co. WV, Worthington, near Fairmont. He and son Joseph built Coon’s Fort there around 1777. It was dismantled in 1789/90. Records indicate Phillip was Baptist/Mennonite. He may have been married several times, but wives’ names not known. One source says his father’s name was Hans.

JOSEPH COON, b. 4-4-1720 near Philadelphia, d. 4-6-1798 in what is now Marion Co. WV. M. CATHERINE CUNREAD (Coonrod, Conrad, Kunders) around 1748 in Burks Co., PA. Catherine dtr. of Anthony Coonrod. Lived in Hallem District, York Co. PA and Fayette Co. (then Bedford Co.) PA before settling on West Fork river near Worthington. Sons: CONRAD (m. ANN ELIZABETH BARBARA STAUFFER), JOSEPH JR.(m 1. Elizabeth Smider, and 2. Elizabeth Daniels), ANTHONY (Rev. War vet., m. Anne Hellen), PHILLIP, MARY (m. George Tetrick), ELIZABETH (m. George Smith) and CATHERINE (m. _____ Booker) and MAULDINE. Listed by DAR as Revolutionary War non-military patriot for establishment of Coon’s Fort. Dtr. Mauldine killed by Indians as she worked the garden near the fort.

CONRAD (“Coonrod”) COON, b. c. 1751, York Co., PA. D. 1818, Harrison Co. (now Marion) (W)VA. M. c. 1774 ANN ELIZABETH BARBARA STAUFFER (later Stover) in Lancaster Co., PA, now famous as “Amish Country.” Revolutionary War Veteran, Private, listed in DAR Patriot Index. Records of First Reformed Church in Lancaster indicate first wife Ann was dtr. of Vincent Stauffer and Anne Barbara Kiesel (Kissler). She died before 1800, Conrad’s second wife Elizabeth ____? Children: Joseph (m. Elizabeth Stackhouse), JACOB (m. ELIZABETH ASH), Phillip, Elizabeth (m. Elias Sapp), Anthony (m. Judith Sapp), Catherine.

JACOB COON, b. c. 1780, m. ELIZABETH ASH, dtr. of Revolutionary War veteran ADAM ASH and Catherine Yost, 2-4-1797, Harrison Co. (W)VA. Apparently left WV and settled in the Hopkinsville, KY area (as did brother Anthony) and is a progenitor of Koon families found there today. He may have been present in Boone County at the estate auction of his son Adam’s father-in-law, Arris Preston Meadows, so he may have lived there for a while before moving on to Kentucky, or been there visiting. The estate auction, proceeds from which were recorded in Kanawha County Court on June 13, 1820, listed among the buyers Jacob and Adam Coon. Son: ADAM

ADAM COON, b. 1800 Coon’s Fort area, d. 10-22-1888, Boone Co. WV. M. HANNAH MEADOWS, dtr. of Arris P. and Martha Burnside Meadows, 7-28-1836, Kanawha Co. (W)VA. M. 2nd. Nancy Ferrell. Sheriff of Boone Co., 1871-72. Slave owner who still had a former slave in his household long after the Civil War. Came to Boone Co. around 1820, established a mill on Coal River at Seth (first called “Coon’s Mill”) Progenitor of Coons and Kuhns still found in Boone and Kanawha Co. today. Children included Lorenzo Dow, GEORGE W., Andrew Jackson, Martha, Elmira, Christopher Columbus, Adam, Emeline, Elizabeth, Jacob, Minerva, Mary, Sylvester, Leanza, Arilla, James, possibly more. He was one of the first Justices of the Peace at the first meeting of the Boone County Court, and was istrumental in helping form the county.

GEORGE W. COON, b. 1823, m. Nancy Adkins 6-19-1845. She died before 1850, no children on record. Married 2nd. ELIZA STOVER, dtr of OBEDIAH STOVER and MARY STANLEY. Some records list George’s middle name as William, but, given Adam Coon’s propensity for naming his sons after famous people, I believe it was actually Washington. George was a Confederate cavalry officer (Lieutenant) during the Civil War, enlisting in Peytona and died of dysentery while the cavalry was wintering over in Salem, Virginia in early 1863. Official entry reads “ Fourteenth Virginia Cavalry, Company F, Capt. James B. Morgan’s, Boone County Roster: Coon, George William, Sr. 2nd Lt, Co. F. (1st), b. Kanawha Co, circa 1823, farmer. Age 37, Peytonia PO, Boone Co. Enlisted 9-10-1862, died Salem 1-31-63. Left wife and 4 children.” His widow, Eliza Stover Coon, eventually (on 1-5-1864, in Kanawha Co, before the war was even over) married Floyd Cook, whose wife had died. Several of these step-siblings eventually married one another, including our ancestors Adam Coon and Elizabeth Cook. George and Eliza’s children include ADAM, (m. Elizabeth Cook), Paulina (m. Clark Cook) Elizabeth (m. Ward Cook) and Almira (m. Columbus Workman). I have not been able to determine where George is buried in Salem, or even if, perhaps, his body was returned to Boone Co. for burial. The 1850 Boone County Census lists George W. (28) and Eliza (19) Coon, no children yet.

ADAM COON, b. May 1851, d. 1935, m. his step-sister ELIZABETH COOK in Boone Co. WV on 8-12-1876. They were living in Boone Co. when the 1880 census was taken, but moved to Pine Knob (“Peachtree Creek”) in western Raleigh Co. WV before 1900. Children include Sylvester (Syl, m. Paulina, Children Orpha, Edna, Dorthy; Adam and Elizabeth were living with him during the 1920 census, Adam listed as 68 and Elizabeth as 66), b. 1879 and died in 1959, Marshall (Mark, m. Mary, dtr. Hester and son George. Okey, b. 1885, died in a logging accident 8-23-1932), Mary (“Rose”, b. 8-10-1887, who married a Workman), and ULYSSES (JACK), b. May 1896, M. MARGARET ELIZABETH KINCAID. Adam was a small man who once traded 100 acres of land for a milk cow. Adam and Elizabeth are buried in a grave marked only by a stone on the top of the (steep!) hill behind where his house stood at Peachtree. His house burned down in the 1990's.

ULYSSES (JACK, “LISS”) S. COON (KUHN): B. Jarrell’s Valley May 1896, although he celebrated his birthday on July 28, grew up at Pine Knob, Peachtree Creek, Raleigh Co., WV. M. MARGARET ELIZABETH KINCAID on June 17, 1917, Pine Knob, WV, m. by W. W. Workman. Moved to Fayette Co, WV, settled in Cunard and worked in the coal mines there, later in Minden, WV. Children include William Francis (Ralph), b. 5-1917, actually son of Margaret Elizabeth and a man named Porter, m. Dorcas Williams), James (Bug), 1918-1989, m. Margie Farley), Monroe (1920, m. Reba Gill), Sisroe (1922, m. Mildred Reynolds,), John Green (1-1924, died as infant), CRAVER W. (12-21-24) m. ALICE BENNETT, sister of Wilma Phyllis Bennett) Loretta Merle (5-9-27, m. Ralph Ombler), CHARLES LEE (7-25-29) m. WILMA PHYLLIS BENNETT, sister of Alice Bennett), Birdie (2-30-32, m. Elmer McKinney) and Nona (4-3-34, M. Harold Hunter). Apparently changed spelling of last name around the time he married and moved to Fayette Co. Buried at Highlawn Cemetery, Oak Hill, WV.

CHARLES KUHN, b. 7-25-1929, Cunard, m. 8-6-49 WILMA PHYLLIS BENNETT in Fayette Co., WV. Moved to Raleigh Co., worked as coal miner at Jonben, near Coal City, WV, lived Glen Daniel, Beaver and Cool Ridge. Sons: Charles Jr. (12-28-1950, m. Rosalie Hatcher; Guidance Counselor at Liberty High School, Raleigh Co.) and Danny R. (4-9-59, m. Jennifer Thompson.)

DANNY R. KUHN , b. 1959, m. 1985 Jennifer Thompson (b. 7-17-57, Williamson, WV, teacher, Independence Middle School, dtr. of Cleve and Sally Geraldine Coleman Thompson, descendant of Hatfield and McCoy clans) , at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Beckley, WV. Dtrs.: Ashley (b. 1986, m. Jeremy Calloway, 11-05) and Chelsey (b. 1989). Deputy Chief U.S. Probation Officer for the Southern District of West Virginia.

ROY KUHN, m. GAIL STANLEY. Children: BRANDON KUHN and REBECCA KUHN. Surgical nurse at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, WV until retirement.}


NOTE: This German name went through many transformations, seemingly different with each generation. The family is well documented, however, because it is one of the very first German families in the New World and was brought to America by William Penn. Adding to the confusion of the modern reader is the fact that practices on single-family surnames in Germany (and indeed, most of central Europe) were not uniform. It was common to take one’s surname from the first name of one’s father, and even to change it according to where one lived. The ancestral home of this family is the Damm section of Monchengladback-Neuwerk, the present-day Neersbricher Street area. These families were “Anabaptists,” or Mennonites, and thus subject to great persecution during the 1500's.

THEISS THER STAPPEN, Germany, m. BIELL _____?. No other information

COENTGEN ANDER STAPPEN, 1563-1609, m.1-19- 1586 to Cilgenten Quinckelen, Gladbach, Germany. Children: LENSS (Laurentius), Johann, Heinrich and Dietrich.

LENSS COENIS, 1588-1650, m. Mergken Auff Scherten, 2-1-1609, Gladbach, Germany. Children: Coentgen (later known as Koendort Coen Lenssen Heckers, because he bought the Heckers estate), Trein , Giertgen, Veit and Thiewes. Apparently, only Coentgen became Anabaptist; the others remained Catholic.

Koendort Coen Lenssen Heckers (1614-1691), M. Anna Entgen Tones (1632-1691). Forced to flee to Krefeld in 1654 due to persecution of Anabaptists. Children: THONES (Thonis), Lenss, and Tring.

THONES KUNDERS, b. 1653, Neuwerk (now Monchengladbach), Rhineland, D. 12-30-1729, Germantown section of Philadelphia, PA. M. Refromed Church of Krefeld, Germany 5-31-1677 to Eline (Helene) Magdalene Tyson (Originally Lentgen Matteisen of Kaldenkirchen) daughter of Theiss Doormans or Dors and Agnes ____?). Children included Elizabeth, Madtis, John, Ann, Agnes, COONROD (Conrad) and Henry. When William Penn established his colony called Pennsylvania, he commissioned Daniel Francis Pastorius to bring 13 German families from Krefeld to the new town of Philadelphia. (Krefeld is the town where today the popular chocolate candies “Ice Cubes” are made.) Thones Kunders was one of these. The families came to London and left there on the Concord on 7-24-1683, arriving in Philadelphia on 10-6-1683. The German settlement was called Germantown, now part of Philadelphia. Kunders was a dyer by trade. He lived at 5109 Germantown Avenue, and a historic marker describing his life stands on the spot today. The very first anti-slavery document written in the New World was signed in Thones’s house on February 18, 1688. Thones and other Mennonites in the community protested the holding of slaves by some of the Quaker residents. Thones’s table on which the document was signed can be seen at the nearby Germantown Mennonite Meeting House. Thones’s name was eventually Anglicized to Dennis Cunrads (various spellings).

COONROD COONROD, son of Thones Kunders, m. ANN KLINKEN, 8-17-1678, Krefeld, Germany. Ann was the dtr. of Aret Klinken. Coonrod died in Montgomery County, PA (then VA.), 3-10-1746. His second wife was Anne Burson. His son ANTHONY CUNREAD m. Sarah Hatfield (Hartsvelder)

ANTHONY CUNREAD, b. c. 1705, PA. M. Sarah HATFIELD, name anglicized from HARTSVELDER, Bucks Co., PA., 2-24-1733. Anthony died 3-17-1747, Germantown, PA. Children inc. Ann, Margaret, Jonathan, Elizabeth, Agnes, John, Jane, Kunder (Conrad), and CATHERINE, m. Joseph Coon, son of Phillip.

                            (German, Anglicized to Hatfield)

This is not the same Hatfield family that eventually produced the Hatfields of West Virginia/Kentucky feud fame. That family is English and is ancestral to Jennifer Thompson Kuhn.

JURIAN GEORGIUS HARTSVELDER, b. c. 1654, Germany. Land grant on Delaware River near Philadelphia recorded 1676. M, possibly First Presbeteryan Church, Philadelphia, c. 1679 to Margaret ___? D. C. 1698. Children inc. ADAM, Andreas, Godfrey.

ADAM “HARTSVELDER” HATFIELD, m. ____? Pauling. Children inc. Edward, George and JOHN.

JOHN HATFIELD, b. near Philadelphia, bought 198 acres there in 1717. M. Elizabeth ______? around 1714. Children inc. Elizabeth (m. Henry Dismant), Jane (m. James Conrad), SARAH (m. ANTHONY CUNREAD)

SARAH HATFIELD, m. ANTHONY CUNREAD. Children: Agnes, Jane, Jonathon, John, Ann, Elizabeth, Margaret, CATHERINE (m. JOSEPH COON)

                            STAUFFER (Stover),
                     (German, of Conrad Coon family)

VINCENT STAUFFER, b. 1703, Igelheim, Bavaria, Germany. d. 3-8-1748, Warwick Township, Lancaster Co., PA. m. ANNE BARBARA KIESEL (Kissler), 12-25-1733, Germany.lived in PA. Member of Reformed Church. Dtr.: ANN ELIZABETH BARBARA STAUFFER

ANN (ANNE, ANNA) ELIZABETH BARBARA STAUFFER, b. c. 1755, PA, d. before 1800. M. Lancaster Co., PA, JACOB COON, son of Joseph.

NOTE: The Stover (Stauffer) family of Mary Stover, wife of George W. Coon is addressed under a separate heading later in this document. They are probably somehow related to one another, but I don’t know how.)

                                   KIESEL (Kissler)

URBANI ADAM KIESEL, b. bef. 1605, Germany, D. Igelheim, Germany. M ANNA ______? C. 1630. Son: Jacob Kiesel

JACOB KIESEL, b. 1651, Igelheim, Pfalz, Germany. M. 4-22-1673, Igelheim, to Elizabeth VEITIN, b. c. 1652, Igelheim. Son: John George KIESEL

JOHN GEORGE KIESEL, b. 1679, Igelheim, Bavaria, Germany. D. 1762, Warwick Twp., Lancaster, PA. M. 3-30-1712, Pfalz, Germany to CHRISTINA MARGARETHA STEIN, b. 12-25-1684, Bohl, Germany, D. 12-3-1773, Warwick, Lancaster Co. PA. Dtr: ANNE BARBARA KISSLER, m. Vincent Stauffer.

                                    (Ashe, English)
                             (OR, ESCH, German)

ADAM ASH, b. 3-1-1744 in Ireland of English ancestry, (or perhaps not, see below) m. c. 1765 in Holland to Catherine YOST. D. 5-1-1819, Gregory’s Run, Harrison Co. (now perhaps in Doddridge Co.) (W)VA. Children: Christopher (born on ship during Atlantic crossing), ELIZABETH, Catherine, John, Mary, Eve, Margaret, Conrad, Jacob, Peter, Adam Jr. Migrated to Holland and then to Chester County, Pennsylvania (around 1770), and finally to Harrison County, (W)VA. Around 1793. Brothers: John and Henry. Adam served two terms as Revolutionary War soldier: 1776 in Capt. Edward Parker’s Company of Chester County, PA and 1781 in Bedford County, PA militia commanded by Captain George Ensloes. Listed in DAR Patriot Index. Wife CATHERINE YOST b. c. 1749, Germany or Holland, D. 2-2-1830, Gregory’s Run. Adam’s Scotch-Irish ancestry was widely accepted until recently, when more research was done that indicates he was German. Kathryn Rhinehart Bassett makes a convincing argument for the German origin, who actually found the marriage record of Adam and Catherine in the old country under the names JOHANN ADAM ESCH and MARIA CATHARINA JOST. She found a deed written by Adam, in German. They were from Runkel, near Limberg. The marriage: Johann Adam Esxh of Blessenback, shoemaker master, the son of Johann Heinrick Esch from there, legitimate son, and Maria Catharina, daughter of John Pieter Jost from here, legitimate daughter, married 21 March in this year, Runkel. Johann Adam’s father was JOHANN H. MATHAIAS ESCH, b. 2-23-1703, Runkel, d. 11-15-1782, Blessenbach, Germany. He was the son of JOHANN THEIS ESCH, (son of Wilham Esch) b. Eppenrod, d. Blessenbach, m. to unk, 1-10-1702. Wife of Johann H. Mathias Esch was ANNA MARIA KROH (sometimes seen as “Graw”), christened in Blessenbach 10-29-1707, d. 9-24-1731. She was the dtr. of JOHANN WILHAM KROH, christened 12-19-1683 in Blessenbach, m. 10-1704 to ANNA CATHERINE REUTHER (christened 12-24-1679, dtr. of JOHANN WILHAM REUTHER). Johann Kroh’s father was JOHANN STOFFEL KROH, b. 1643, Hessen-Nassau, d. 11-4-1735, Blessenbach, and married to MARIA JOHANATA HAUTZEL, b. 1658, Hessen-Nassau, d. 12-1-1731, Blessenbach.

ELIZABETH ASH, b. Chester Co., PA, m. JACOB COON, Harrison County, 2-4-1791. Son: ADAM COON, who married HANNAH MEADOWS

                                   MEADOWS (Meador)

As you can see, the spelling of this name evolved, but is always similar phonetically. The common southern West Virginia surnames Meador and Meadows are both descended from this family.

ROBERT DE MEDEW, b. Suffolk Co., England, c. 1290

JEFFREY de MEDEW, b. c. 1323, Suffolk. M. Several times, son Jeffrey from a later marriage

JEFFREY de MEDEW, b. c. 1400, Suffolk. M. MARGARET FAIRFAX. Children: William, JEFFREY, John

JEFFREY de MEDEW, b. c. 1452

JOHN MEDEWS, b. c. 1476, Suffolk. M. Margaret____?

WILLIAM MEADEWS, b. c. 1504, Suffolk. M. Isabella____?

WILLIAM MEADEWS, b. c. 1534, m. Agnes Margaret ____?


AMBROSE MEADDORS, b. c. 1580, Avon, England. D. C. 1670, Rappahannock VA. Migrated to Isle of Wight Co., then to Lancaster Co. VA.

THOMAS MEADDES, b. c. 1612 in Bristol, England, m. Sarah___? Present in Jamestown Colony, VA./ Bought 700 acres from William Underwood, 1653, sold 2 cows to Minor Doeders same year. Appointed constable. Will entered 3-5-1654, mentions children Mary, THOMAS, John, Margaret, Joyce and Anne. Wife’s name unknown.

THOMAS MEADOWS, b. 1636, d. 1662, Essex Co. VA. M. SARAH HOSKINS, Lancaster CO. VA, 1658. Son: John Meadows Sr.

JOHN MEADOWS SR., b. 1658, d. 11-23-1721, Essex Co. VA. M. 1. ELIZABETH WHITE, 1677, Old Rapahannock CO., VA. Then m. MARY AUBRY, from whom we are descended. Son: JONAS MEADOWS


JOSIAH FRANCIS MEADOWS SR., b. 1738, d. 11-20-1836, Monroe CO, (W)VA. M. c. 1755, Orange CO. VA. to Mary Kesiah BELL, dtr. of JOHN BELL, b. c. 1714, Augusta CO., VA. Children: ARRIS PRESTON, Israel, Francis Jr., James, Jacob, Jeremiah, Matthew, John, Elijah, William, Lewis, Susannah. Because this individual is often seen in documents under both his first name and middle name, there has been much confusion over his family. He was a soldier at the Battle of Point Pleasant and received a Revolutionary pension.

ARRIS PRESTON MEADOWS, b. c. 1760, Greenbrier (Monroe) CO. (W)VA., d. April, 1820, Kanawha (Boone) CO. (W)VA. , M. MARTHA BURNSIDE. (Note: There is some disagreement that Arris is the son of Francis, but it appears to be valid. Unfortunately, some Meadows records have been lost over the years, allegedly stolen by researchers trying to verify their connection to the “Meadows Spindletop oil fortune.” This “rural legend” periodically surfaces. A Meadows descendant owned land in Texas that eventually became part of the rich Spindletop oil field, one of the most productive in the country. He died without heir, and lawyers and others have made thousands convincing West Virginia Meadows descendants they are heirs to billions of dollars in royalties that do not exist. Children include James, Francis, Isabella, Joseph, Mary Polly, John, Sarah, Elizabeth, Arris, HANNAH (m. ADAM COON), Patterson, William, Enoch, Nancy. The proceeds of the estate sale subsequent to Arris’s death were filed in Kanawha County Court on June 13, 1820 and included among the buyers Jacob and Adam Coon, Francis, John and Joseph Meadows, and others. An excerpt:

Seven Chairs                                                         $1.00
39 ½ pounds flour                                                   6.50
One Coffee mill, 2 looking glasses                             5.50
Two trunks, 3 slates & 1 sickle                                    2.25
One Rifle and 2 saddles                                           11.00
4 pots, 1 oven, kettle and skillet                                    13.25
2 smoothing irons & 1 hand saw                                    3.25
9 hoes and 3 axes                                                  6.50
Eleven books & 3 beehives                                           7.00
400 bushels Corn                                           100.00
660 feet of plank                                                  6.66

All the items sold totaled $2301.50. Items given to his widow included a bed, cupboard, loom, 24 small hogs, one grey mare, 4 cows, 14 sheep, and 2 sows.                                      

HANNAH MEADOWS m. ADAM COON. Children include Leanza (m. Robert Alford), GEORGE W. (M. Eliza Stover), Lorenzo Dow (m. Jane Jarrell), Andrew Jackson (m.Valarie Gillespie), Martha (m. Jackson Jarrell), Almira (m. Alfred Smith), Christopher Columbus (m. Cynthia Ferrell), and Adam Jr., (m. Mary Burnside).

                                   BURNSIDE (Byrnside)

ROBERT BURNSIDE, b. c. 1585, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. m. Janet LINDSEY in 1610. At that time, Scottish Protestants such as Burnside had been settled in Catholic Ireland by the British government. Son: Robert Burnside

ROBERT BURNSIDE, b. and d. Northern Ireland, wife unknown. Son: ROBERT BURNSIDE

ROBERT BURNSIDE, b. before 1700, d. 12-1742, m. 1735, Augusta Co., VA. (now Highland Co.) to ESTHER MAYSE (Mays, Massey), dtr. of James Mayse

JAMES BURNSIDE, b. 1727, d. 1812, Union, Monroe Co., (W)VA. M. ISABELLA ELIZABETH PATTERSON, dtr. of Nathan and Isabella Patterson in Augusta Co., 1758. At one time, James was one of the largest landholders in Greenbrier County, which then stretched al the way to the Ohio River. He built a blockhouse in Union that was burned down by Indians in 1777, and owned one of the original lots in Lewisburg, (W)VA when it was first surveyed to be incorporated. Listed as non-military patriot by DAR for supplying services to troops during the Revolution.

MARTHA BURNSIDE, b. 1772, Union, Monroe Co., (W)VA., d. 7-1845, Kanawha (Boone) Co., (W)VA. Dtr. of James and Isabella Burnside. M. ARRIS PRESTON MEADOWS, Greenbrier Co. (W)VA., 1793

                            MAYSE (Mays, Massey)

JAMES MAYSE, b. 1700, d. 9-12-1756, Augusta Co. VA. Wife unknown. Children: ESTHER (m. Robert Burnside), William, James, Richard, Sarah, John, Jane, Robert, Joseph

ESTHER MAYSE, m. Robert Burnside in 1735, Augusta Co., VA. D. 8-21-1756, Greenbrier CO. (W)VA. Son: James Burnside



WILLIAM PATTERSON, b. 1680, Wigtown, Scotland. D. 1745, Chester Co. PA. M. JANET IRWIN, dtr. of MATTHEW IRWIN. Son: NATHAN

NATHAN PATTERSON, b. 1705, Scotland or Northern Ireland, d. 4-9-1752, Augusta CO., VA. M. ISABELLA IRWIN 1729 in Newry, Donnegal, Ireland. Unless there is a case of mistaken identity, Isabella was apparently his aunt. Dtr.: ISABELLA ELIZABETH PATTERSON, who m. JAMES BURNSIDE.


MATTHEW IRWIN SR., B. and D. Scotland, wife unknown, Son: MATTHEW IRWIN JR.

MATTHEW IRWIN JR., b. c. 1678, Scotland. Wife: Elizabeth _____? Dtr: JANET IRWIN, who m. William Patterson (see above), and ISABELLA (c. 1700-1755, see above), who m. Nathan Patterson

                            STOVER (STAUFFER)
                      (German, George Coon’s wife’s line)

HANS STAUFFER, b. c. 1534, Rothenback, Germany. Wife unknown


DANIEL STAUFFER, b. c. 1632, d. c. 1685, Luchsmatte, Germany (Now in Switzerland?) M. first to Adelheid Oppliger, Luchsmatt, Eggiwil, Germany, 5-8-1652. We are descended from a subsequent marriage to ASMATH FEDERICKS, b. c. 1601. Son: Christian Stauffer

CHRISTIAN STAUFFER, b. c. 1663, Eggiwil. D. Ibershein, Germany. M. BARBARA DANIEL GALLI, dtr. of Ulrich Galli Jr.

JACOB STOVER, b. 1688, Oley, Berks Co., PA. D. 3-12-1741. M. 1711, Berks Co. to SARAH I. BOONE, dtr. of George Boone III. Sons: ABRAHAM STOVER and Daniel Stover, who was the g-g-grandfather of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, making us distant cousins to Ike.

ABRAHAM STOVER, b. c. 1723, d. c. 1787, m. Sarah ____? Sons: HENRY, Daniel and Jeremiah

HENRY STOVER, b. c. 1741, d. 2-1798 in Franklin Co., VA. M. ANNA KLINE. Son: JACOB

JACOB STOVER, b. c. 1764, d. c. 1847. M. Sarah McGHEE, 3-16-1788, Giles Co., VA. Sarah b. 1767, d. 1823, Coal River, Raleigh Co., WV, Sarah was dtr. of HOLDEN McGHEE. As we’ll see later, this name is actually McGregor, but changed to McGhee upon arrival in the New World.Jacob and Sarah came to Raleigh County, which was part of Giles at the time, around 1820, settling on the Coal River. Sons included OBEDIAH who settled on Fulton Creek, Jacob (m. Olive Dixon) settled on Coal River, John (m. Nancy Harper) of Spruce Mountain, Lewis (m. Delilah Moles)on Whitestick Creek, Abraham (m. Mahala Kingsey) on Sand Branch, and Jubal (m. Mary Rutoff) on Sand Lick. Other children inc. Elijah, Henry, Rachel, Francis and Susanna. After Sarah’s death, Jacob m. Mary Carron. In the cemetery on Workman’s Creek in western Raleigh County, WV, there is an eight foot memorial to Jacob and Sarah Stover, as pioneers who brought the family from old Virginia to Coal River around 1815 and produced so many descendants still in the area today.

OBEDIAH STOVER, b. c. 1790, Franklin CO. VA., d. 1843, Raleigh Co. (W)VA. M. MARY STANLEY, 1-12-1809. Dtr: Eliza Stover

ELIZA STOVER, b. 1-1832, Giles Co., VA, d. after 1900, Boone Co. WV. M. GEORGE W. COON c. 1850, Boone County (W)VA. When George died in Confederate Service, she married FLOYD COOK, 1864, Kanawha Co. WV. Children with George Coon; ADAM A. (m. Elizabeth Cook), Paulina (b. 2-15-1853), Elizabeth, Almira. Children with Floyd Cook include Laura Towtee Cook (7-3-1865), Malissa (2-1868) and Sherman (2-1870). Three of Eliza’s and Floyd’s children from their first marriages (technically step-siblings) married one another, including Adam Coon and Elizabeth Cook. As Floyd Cook was a member of the Union Peytona Home Guard, Eliza was married both to a Confederate soldier, and then to a Union soldier.


ULRICH GALLI SR., b. c. 1555, m. MADLENA ZURFLUH, b. c. 1560. Son: ULRICH GALLI JR.

ULRICH GALLI JR., b. c. 1586, m. BARBLI NEUKOMMET, b. c. 1590. Dtr.: Barbara Daniel Galli

BARBARA DANIEL GALLI, b. c. 1628, m. Daniel Stauffer


GEORGE BOONE I, b. Exeter, England. M. Ann FALLACE, dtr. of Walter Fallace. Son: George II

GEORGE BOONE II, b. 1636, Stoke Canon, England. M. SARAH UPPEY. Sarah had never had an aching bone or decayed tooth when she died at age 80. George II was a blacksmith. He died in 1696 at age 60 and is buried in Stoke Canon, England. Son: GEORGE BOONE III

GEORGE BOONE III, b. 1666, Stokes Canon, England. M. MARY MILTON MAUGRIDGE in 1689, England. George III was a weaver by trade. Left St. Disen’s Church of England church to become a Quaker. He sent his 3 oldest children to America to buy land in 1713, and the entire family left England, walking from Bradninch to set sail from Bristol on 8-17-1717. They landed in Philadelphia on 10-10-1717, paying 35 pounds for the passage. They eventually settled in Berks Co. on the Schylkill River 5 miles SW of Reading. There were a number of intermarriages between the Boones and another local family, the Lincolns, ancestors of Abraham Lincoln. George also owned land in Maryland on the Potomac River where a small settlement was formed. Today, that land is part of Washington, DC, but still known by its original name, Georgetown. He died 7-27-1744, Berks Co. PA. Children Included: George IV, SARAH (m. JACOB STOVER), Mary, John, Joseph, and Benjamin. One of these last two sons was the father of Daniel Boone, the famous Kentucky pioneer.

SARAH I. BOONE, b. 2-29-1692, Bradnich, Devonshire, England, m. JACOB STOVER 3-15-1715, Philadelphia. D. 11-20-1743, Virginia. Children: Jacob Jr., Barbara, ABRAHAM


JOHN MARGRIDGE, b. fefore 1649, England. M. MARY MILTON, b. before 1649. Dtr.: MARY MILTON MAUGRIDGE

MARY MILTON MAUGRIDGE, b. c. 1669, Bradninch, Exton, Deveonshire, England, m. George Boone III, 3-19-1666, Stoke Canon, Deveonshire. D. c. 1740, Exter Township, Berks Co., PA. Dtr.: Sarah I. Boone, m. Jacob Stover

                            MCGHEE (MacGregor, McGregor)

Most of the large Stover family in southern West Virginia are descendants of this line. As we will see, the name is actually MacGregor, an old and common Scottish name supposedly descended from Alpine, a King of Scotland in the 800's. The MacGregors played a significant part in Scot history; Rob Roy was one.


GREGOR, b. c. 1400. Son: PATRICK

PATRICK, SON OF GREGOR, b. c. 1430, d. 7-9-1518, Auchincallone, Scotland. Son: DUNCAN McGREGOR





WILLIAM McGREGOR, b. c. 1620 in Scotland, d. before 1712 in Virginia. Children: WILLIAM, Thomas and Patrick. At this point, the mane is found as “MackGehee” and there are several variations of it over the next few generations, until it eventually evolves into “McGhee.”

WILLIAM McGREGOR, b. c. 1670, Virginia. D. 12-9-1748, Hanover Co. VA. M. MARY JOHNSON in New Kent County, VA. Children: JAMES, Catherine, Samuel, William Jr.

JAMES McGREGOR “MackGeHee”, b. c. 1698, Hanover or New Kent Co., VA. D. Bef. 1774, Granville Co., NC. M. REBECCA PREWITT (b. c. 1700), 12-9-1721, Cedar Creek, Hanover CO., VA. Son: HOLDEN. Rebecca was the dtr. of HENRY PREWITT and REBECCA DOBBS, whose other children included Nathaniel, Benjamin, James Jr. John, Joseph, Sarah, Michael, Nancy and William

HOLDEN McGHEE, b. c. 1730. Children Inc. SARAH (m. JACOB STOVER), William and Merriman.


                      COOK (Cooke)

JOHN COOK, b. c. 1752, London, England. D. Wyoming Co. WV., buried Delilah Chapel cemetery. M. NELLIE PEMBERTON, VA. Children: Thomas (m. Ellen Riggens), John Jr. (M. Jennie Albert), Natalie, WILLIAM (m. Catherine Stewart), James (m. Docia Meadows). John Cook and girlfriend Nellie, teenagers at the time, were lured aboard a ship anchored on the Themes in London to hear music. The ship set sail and they were forced to continue to America. Upon arriving, the ship’s captain sold them to a plantation owner as indentured servants in order to pay for their passage. When they had worked off their indenture, they married. John fought at the Battle of Point Pleasant, and later enlisted in the Continental Army, serving in the battles of Monmouth and Stony Point. He was in the 12th Regiment of the Virginia Militia commanded by Col. James Wood, and the company of Capt. Langdon. He and other members of the Virginia Rangers chased Indians who had stolen horses through what is now Wyoming County, West Virginia. In lieu of army pension, he was given land in Wyoming (then part of Montgomery) County, moving there and building a log cabin on Laurel Creek in 1797. Thus, he was the first White settler in what is now Wyoming County, WV. The cabin stood until the 1920's. Nellie died in 1812, and John remarried to Ann Keatley Hendrix ( 6-28-1813, Monroe Co., (W)VA), a widow. She died in Raleigh County after 1857. John and Nellie are buried in Wyoming County, and John has a DAR marker. The West Virginia Highways Historical Marker in Oceana reads as follows:

“JOHN COOKE: First settler of Wyoming County. He was born in London, 1752, and kidnaped and sold to Virginia planter as an indentured servant. He was a Revolutionary soldier and fought in battles of Point Pleasant, Monmouth and Stony Point. In lieu of army pay, he was given grant of land in Montgomery County, Virginia, located on “Little Laurel,” on which he and two sons settled, 1799. He is buried here in the Delilah Chapel graveyard.”

WILLIAM COOK, b. 6-7-1784, Montgomery Co. VA, d. 8-10-1853, Oceana, Wyoming Co. (W)VA. M. CATHERINE STEWART, 8-15-1806, Giles Co, VA. Active in formation of Wyoming County from Logan County and donated land for Wyoming County Courthouse. A statue of him stands at the courthouse in Pineville, WV today. Son: FLOYD COOK

FLOYD COOK, b. 1-9-1820 in what is now Wyoming Co., WV. His two grandfathers were the first and second white settlers in the county.. He m. (1) MARY WALKER, dtr of William and Nancy Browning Walker of NC. He moved to what is now Boone County, (“Cook Mountain” ) WV., and was active in the formation of Boone County in 1847. Mary died in 1861. On 1-5-1864, Floyd remarried to ELIZA STOVER COON, dtr. of Obediah and Mary Stanley Stover. Eliza was the widow of George W. Coon, who died in Confederate service as a Cavalry officer in Salem, VA. Floyd was a staunch supporter of the Union cause. He and his father-in-law William Walker built a small fort at Walnut Gap for protection of the home guards. Confederate Lt. William Pate led a company of soldiers from Logan and captured the fort, taking Floyd prisoner in 1861. They burned Floyd’s house and imprisoned him at Libby Prison in Richmond for 22 months. Mary Walker Cook, his wife, died while he was in prison. The story of Floyd’s descendants is complicated due to his remarriage. Both he and Eliza Stover Coon had several children when they married, and three sets of these step-siblings married one another, including our ancestors Adam Coon and Elizabeth Cook. Floyd and Mary Walker’s children:
                            Nancy, m. Alex Bess
                            William Chapman, m. Rhoda Mooney
                            George, M. Elizabeth Mooney
                            James M, m. Flora Perry
                            Lewis, m. Lavinia Brown
                            Clark, m. Paulina Coon
                            ELIZABETH, m. ADAM COON
                            Ward, M. Elizabeth Coon
                            Catherine, m. Alex Harper
                            Alonzo, m. Nancy ___?
Floyd and Eliza Stover Coon Cook’s children include Lavinia (m. Lewis Childers), Melissa (m. Allen Cline) and Sherman (m. Martha Workman).

ELIZABETH COOK, b. 10-1853, m. 8-12-1876, Boone Co. WV to ADAM COON, her step-brother. They were living in Boone Co. WV during the 1880 census, but moved to Pine Knob on Peachtree Creek in the Marsh Fork area of Raleigh County before 1900. Children: George Cook Stewart, Sylvester, Marshall, Mary, and ULYSSES. George was born before Elizabeth and Adam married, and originally went by the name George Cook, one record shows his father as Henry Stewart. Elizabeth died after 1920, and is buried beside Adam at Peachtree (Pine Knob). Elizabeth was said to be a woman of very independent spirit.
                      (Stuart, Royal family of Scotland)

ASA STEWART, Perthshire, Scotland. Son: JOHN STEWART SR. No other information

JOHN STEWART SR., b. c. 1698, Perthshire, Scotland. D. C. 1782, Rockbridge Co., VA. M. MARY SHAW. Children: JAMES, Robert, Rebecca, William, John, Jane. NOTE: Some sources say the parents of James Stewart were actually Archibald Stuart and Janet Brown)

JAMES STEWART, b. 12-4-1719, Dunblane, Perth, Scotland, d. 2-1-1757. M. ANN LAFFERTY, b. c. 1720 in Dublin, Ireland, dtr. of Ralph Lafferty (b. c. 1700, d. 6-1792, VA) and Jane___? in Ireland. Children: Robert, James Jr., John, RALPH, Elizabeth, Catherine, Mary, William. Robert was born in Dublin, Ireland; the rest of the children were born in Augusta Co., VA. James migrated from Scotland first to Ireland and then to America and settled on the Lewis land in Augusta Co., VA near Staunton. He was a business partner with Ralph Lafferty, a relative (probably brother) of his wife. In February 1757, James and his son James Jr. were captured by Pawnee Indians. He was burned at the stake in front of his son James Jr., who later escaped. This was known as the “Dinwiddle Massacre.”

RALPH STEWART, “Captain Ralph Stewart,” b. Augusta Co. VA 1752, d. 11-18-1835 in what is now Wyoming Co., WV. He first m. Mary Elliott (Children: John, Absolom, Ralph, Annie, James, Richard, Elizabeth). He then m. MARY CLAY, (our line) and had the following children: CATHERINE (m. WILLIAM COOK), Mitchell, Rebecca, Robert, Sarah, William, Margaret, Amy, Henry, Charles, George and Ora. Perhaps understandably considering the demise of his father, Ralph hated Indians. As teenagers, he and his brother James killed five Indians who had stolen their furs and pelts. As this was during a time when a peace treaty was in effect, they were charged with murder, but later pardoned. Ralph was commissioned a Captain in the Army of Virginia by Lord Dunmore, Governor, in 1773, and he fought at the Battle of Point Pleasant on Oct. 10, 1774. His commission was renewed by Governor Patrick Henry in 1778, and he was ordered to South Carolina to join General Green. He fought at Guilford Courthouse, Charlottesville, and Yorktown. While in South Carolina, he allegedly received a saber cut in the arm from General “Butcher” Tarleton, and was, indeed, on the invalid roll for a time with a saber cut, right arm. He received a war pension in 1834. The story that served as a basis for the movie The Patriot is allegedly based on Captain Ralph Stewart’s life, and Mel Gibson was chosen to play the role because of the uncanny resemblance he has to all of Captain Ralph’s male descendants. Or maybe not. Captain Ralph was the second white settler in what is now Wyoming County, WV, after his friend from Revolutionary War service, John Cook. He and Mary Clay Stewart are buried in Wyoming County, and he has a DAR headstone.


JOHN WALKER, b. c. 1680, Wigtown, Scotland. M. 1-7-1701 to CATHERINE RUTHERFORD. They moved to Ireland, then Chester, PA and died there. Son: ALEXANDER WALKER

ALEXANDER WALKER b. 5-19-1716, Derry, Ireland, m. JANE HAMMER, dtr of ELISHA HAMMER and Eliz----? D. 1784, Rockbridge Co. VA

NOTE: The Walker line gets confused here. While William Walker who migrated to Wyoming County WV is definitely descended from this line, some records indicate he is a son of William Walker and unknown wife (see below), and some from James and Mary Ann Walker, James being the son of Alexander (above). Looking at the ages, there’s probably a couple of generations missing here.

JAMES WALKER, b. c. 1700, wife unknown. Children: Samuel, James Jr., Moses, John, WILLIAM

WILLIAM WALKER, b. before 1769, wife unknown. Son: WILLIAM WALKER

(Rev.) WILLIAM WALKER, b. c. 1797, near Burlington, Caswell Co., NC., D. 1883, Wyoming Co., WV. M. NANCY F. BROWNING around 1818, Caswell Co. Children: MARY CATHERINE, William Jr.,(Capt. in the 7th WV Cavalry and member of the constitutional convention in Wheeling, 1863, that separated West Virginia from Virginia) Alfred, Lucretia, Margaret, Jemimah. After Nancy died in 1860, William m. Rebecca Hall Estep. Unusual for the time (especially, I would think, for a minister), William divorced Rebecca and married Nancy Collins, a widow, on 11-25-1873. William was 75 at the time, and Nancy Collins was 45. William was a Missionary Baptist minister, the first pastor of the Rockcastle Missionary Baptist Church in Wyoming Co., WV. Despite coming from the south, William was a staunch abolitionist, and reportedly cast the only vote for Abraham Lincoln in Boone County (where he lived during the Civil War period) in 1860. Along with his son-in-law Floyd Cook, he helped construct a Home Guard fort in Boone Co., that was eventually captured by Confederate troops. Walker was released, but Cook was imprisoned in Richmond.

MARY CATHERINE WALKER, b. c. 1820 Caswell Co., NC. M. FLOYD COOK. D. in 1862, while Floyd was imprisoned in Richmond. She and Floyd settled on Pond Fork in Boone Co., (W)VA. Their dtr. ELIZABETH m. ADAM COON, her step-brother.


WILLIAM LAFFERTY, b. c. 1700 in Dublin. Children include Ralph (b. 1719, m. Elizabeth Stuart, dtr. of Archibald Stuart and Janet Brown, 1742, Augusta County, VA) and ANN. (Note: Some sources give Ralph as Ann’s father, but I believe he was her brother, and that he and Ann married siblings). Apparently, William was part of the landed gentry in County Dublin as he had land holdings to leave his children.

ANN LAFFERTY, b. c. 1724, Kilcoskan, Ireland. M. in Dublin, JAMES STEWART of Dunblane, Scotland, d. c. 1743, Augusta Co., VA. Children: Robert (an aid to General Washington during the Revolution), Elizabeth, Mary, William, James, RALPH (“Captain Ralph”), and John. Ann later m. Lt. Thomas Armstrong. After her husband’s death, Ann was still receiving rent income from Kilcoskan, County Dublin, Ireland, according to Augusta County court records.


(Sir) JOHN CLAY, b. c. 1556, Glouchester, England. MARY ANN CARLTON (Dtr. of WILLIAM CARLTON, who was “Chief cock- matcher,” i.e., in charge of fighting chickens, for the royal household of King Henry VIII) D. 5-16-1632. John was knighted by Elizabeth I for developing coalfields in Wales. Children: Richard, William, Henry, Charles, Francis, JOHN        

(Captain) JOHN CLAY, b. 1587, Monmouthshire, Wales. M. ANNE NICHOLS. Children: William, John, Francis, CHARLES. This family migrated to the new world, arriving on the “Treasurer” in 1613 and settling in Charles City, VA.

CHARLES CLAY, b. c. 1638, Charles City, VA. M. HANNAH WILSON (b. C. 1644, Henrico, VA, dtr. of JOHN WILSON and HANNAH JAMES, Jamestown pioneers. Hannah was the dtr. of ROGER JAMES ). Children: Elizabeth, John, Thomas, HENRY, Charles, Judith, Mary.

HENRY CLAY, b. 1672, d. 1760, VA., M. MARY MITCHELL. These were the grandparents of Senator Henry Clay, an influential statesman during the antebellum period. Children: WILLIAM MITCHELL, MARY OBEDIENCE, Henry, Amey, Martha, Charles, John. William Mitchell m. Martha Anne Lewis, and Mary Obedience m. Richard D. Belcher and was the mother of Phoebe Belcher (SEE BELCHER SECTION). Henry died at “The Raells” of “the nattles,” aged 88 years, in August, 1760.

WILLIAM MITCHELL CLAY, b. c, 1709, Bedford or Chesterfield, VA., d. 9-10-1774. m. MARTHA ANNE LEWIS, c. 1730. Children: Ezekial, Nancy, Mary, Hannah, William, Elizabeth, MITCHELL, Jesse. There is speculation William Mitchell may have been born prior to the marriage of his parents; hence the use of his mother’s maiden name as his middle name. There has been some controversy as to the identity of William Mitchell Clay’s wife as no direct evidence can be found, but circumstantial evidence that she was Martha Anne Lewis, sister of General Andrew Lewis (Commander at the Battle of Point Pleasant) is strong and I am accepting that assumption until evidence is uncovered otherwise. After Martha Anne’s death in the 1760's , William Mitchell Clay m. Agnes ___?, sometime before 9-8-1768. The second marriage may not have been the best, because William Mitchell put the following ad in the Virginia Gazette “ My wife Agnes has eloped from my bed, and robbed me of things of considerable value.” William Mitchell Clay could be considered the first fatality of the Battle of Point Pleasant in 1774, as he was killed by Indians on the way to Point Pleasant while hunting deer for the encampment. Note he was in his mid 60's at the time.

MITCHELL CLAY, b. 1739, Henrico, VA., d. 3-20-1811, Giles Co., VA. m. PHOEBE BELCHER. Mitchell and Phoebe’s graves were in the way of construction and moved to the Birch Lawn Cemetery in Pearisburg, Virginia, where they have an impressive marker. They were the first white settlers in what is now Mercer County, WV, (near Clover Bottom) and a statue of them stands at the Mercer Co., courthouse in Princeton. At the dedication of the statue, as it unveiled, I said it might look better after it was finished, and a gentleman standing near me gave me a dirty look. He was later introduced as the artist who carved it. Mitchell allegedly brought a young slave woman with him to Clover Bottom whom he knew to have been a Cherokee Indian from South Carolina illegally enslaved by his grandfather Henry. As an old woman, the slave successfully sued for her freedom. Children: Tabatha, Rebecca, Charles, Naomi, Polly, William, Patience, David, Obedience, Bartley, Ezekial, Mitchell Jr., MARY (m. Capt. Ralph Stewart), Henry and Sarah.

JOHN MITCHELL, b. c. 1515, Colyton, Devonshire, England. D. 8-10-1590. M. AGNES VYE, Cadden, Dorset, England (Agnes d. 3-12-1563, Devonshire. She was the dtr. of HARRY VYE, b. c. 1496, Cadhaye, and AGNES SMITH) . Son: WILLIAM MITCHELL, who m. ELIZABETH INNES and/or MARY BONDURANT. *ALSO: DTR.: MARY MITCHELL, who M. HENRY T. BELCHER (SEE BELCHER SECTION)

WILLIAM MITCHELL, b. Henrico CO., VA, d. Chesterfield, VA. m. ELIZABETH INNES (b. C. 1669, Henrico Co., VA, dtr. of HUGH INNES, b. Morayshire, Scotland). Also m. MARY BONDURANT, dtr of French Huguenots JEAN-PIERRE BONDURANT and ANN FAURE ROWVIERE. Which is mother of DTR.: MARY MITCHELL, M. Henry Clay is unclear.

MARY MITCHELL, b. 1-16-1692, Swift Creek, Chesterfield Co., VA, d. 8-7-1777, Chesterfield Co. VA. m. HENRY CLAY

                             (Scottish, but from French, “Louis”)

JOHN LOUIS, from France, to Scotland


JOHN LEWIS, 1678-1762. D. Staunton, Augusta Co., VA., a town he founded. He is buried there. Part of I-81 in Augusta Co. is designated the “John Lewis Highway.” John supposedly killed a villainous landlord and had to flee to America first coming to Philadelphia, then to Lancaster, and down the Shenendoah Valley He m. MARGARET LYNN, dtr. of DAVID LYNN in Scotland. Children include Col. Andrew Lewis, a friend of General Washington and the commander at the Battle of Point Pleasant and after whom the town of Lewisburg WV is named, Thomas, William, Charles, Margaret, and MARTHA ANNE LEWIS, m. WILLIAM MITCHELL CLAY.               

(MARTHA?) ANNE LEWIS, b. VA c. 1729, died after 1-21-1764, as she is mentioned in an indenture between William Clay and Matthew Moseley. She evidently died between 1764 and 1768. M. WILLIAM MITCHELL CLAY. Children include William, Ezekiel, MITCHELL, Mary, Hannah, Elizabeth, Nancy and Jesse. There is disagreement as to whether or not Anne is the dtr. of John Lewis but it seems likely. Judge Grigsby’s work of over 100 years ago counts it as fact, but there are still questions.

DAVID LYNN, b. Scotland, wife unknown. Children inc. Sarah, WILLIAM, and Margaret. David Lynn was supposedly a man of means, known as the “Laird of Loch Lynn,” Laird meaning Lord in Scot. I’ve not found a “Loch Lynn” on the map, though.

WILLIAM LYNN, b. Scotland, m. MARGARET PATTON, dtr. of Rev. WILLIAM PATTON. Children inc. MARGARET (m. JOHN LEWIS) and Dr. William Lynn

MARGARET LYNN m. JOHN LEWIS, Scotland. Children inc. Andrew,Thomas, William, Charles, Margaret and MARTHA ANNE, m. William Mitchell Clay.


There was much association and several marriages among the Patton, Lynn and Lewis families. They formed the vanguard of the “Scotch-Irish” settlement of the Shenendoah Valley.

REV. WILLIAM PATTON, b. c. 1590, Scotland, d. c.l 1641, Donegal, Ireland. Wife: Margaret ______?. Children inc. Henry (father of Col. James Patton, who was killed by Indians at Draper’s Meadows as Mary Ingals was kidnaped He is a direct ancestor of Jennifer Thompson Kuhn, as James’s dtr. Mary m. William Thompson, her 5th great-grandfather. Four generations of Thompsons were named “James Patton Thompson” thereafter ) John, and MARGARET. William was a Presbyterian minister. One source says that Margaret, who m. John Lewis, was actually the granddaughter of Rev. William Patton, being the dtr. of John.

MARGARET PATTON m. WILLIAM LYNN. Children inc. MARGARET (m. John Lewis) and Dr. William.


JOHN BELCHER, b. 1478, Stafford, England., M. ELIZABETH SAUNDERS. Son: EDMUND

EDMUND BELCHER, b. 1506, Gulsborough, England, m. EMMA WYRLEY, b. c. 1510. Dtr. of CORNELIUS WYRLEY. Children: Children: Alex, Joan, Dorthey, Alice, Hugh, Elizabeth, John, Ann, WILLIAM ANDREW

WILLIAM ANDREW BELCHER, b. 1534, Northants, Guilsborough, England, m. ELIZABETH RANDS, Dtr. of THOMAS RANDES. Children: HENRY T., William, Robert


WILLIAM THOMAS BELCHER, b. 1605, Warwickshire, England, m. 8-4-1636 to TABATHA BARTLETT. Migrated from England to Isle of Wight Co., VA. Son: ROBERT BELCHER

ROBERT BELCHER, b. c. 1649, Isle of Wight Co., VA, m. 1669, Henrico Co., VA, to PHOEBE ISHAM, b. c. 1648, Henrico Co. Son: JOHN BELCHER

JOHN BELCHER, b. c. 1670, Va. d. 1739, VA, m. 11-21-1689 to ELIZABETH FROGLEY, b. c. 1672. She was the dtr. of ALEXANDER FROGLEY and MARY____?, b. 1652 in Berkshire, England. Children: George, John Jr., James, Robert, William, RICHARD, Isaac. (Frogley is definitely my favorite new surname in the linage!)

RICHARD D. BELCHER, b. 1710, Henrico Co. d. 1763, Chesterfield Co., VA. M. MARY OBEDIENCE CLAY (B. 1712, Prince Edward Co., VA, D. 10-1763, Chesterfield Co., brother of William Mitchell Clay (See Clay section). Children: Isham, Richard, PHOEBE, Elizabeth, Thomas, Robert, William, Benjamin.

PHOEBE BELCHER, b. 4-15-1742, d. 7-26-1810, Giles Co., VA. M. MITCHELL CLAY, 1760, Franklin Co., VA. Re-buried at Birchlawn Cemetery, Pearisburg, VA., 1985.

NOTE: There is a difference of opinion as to the ancestry of PHOEBE BELCHER. Instead of the Richard Belcher-Mary Obedience Clay parentage as listed above, most researchers offer the following ancestry instead: PHOEBE Belcher, dtr. of FRANCIS BELCHER and PHEBE CABANISS. Parents of Francis Belcher unknown. Phoebe Cabaniss dtr. of MATTHEW CABANISS, son of HENRI CABANISS, immigrant from France to Virginia. Matthew was married to HANNAH CLAY, dtr. of Col. THOMAS CLAY (1670-1726). Thomas was the son of CHARLES CLAY and HANNAH WILSON, dtr. of JOHN WILSON, and thus brother of our ancestor HENRY CLAY. This lineage is probably more closely correct than that listed above, but I just couldn’t resist writing a lineage with the name “Frogley” in it. Henri Cabaniss was born in France, migrated to Switzerland and then to London, leaving there for Virginia aboard the Mary and Ann in 1700. He died in 1720, Prince George Co., VA, leaving sons Henry, Matthew and George.


Note: A thoroughly confusing line. This family used the same male names, especially John and William, over and over for generations. Approximate birth dates are given when available to help keep them straight.

JOHN BROWNING, b. c. 1335, Leigh, England, m. ALICE MALTRAVERS, b. c. 1339, dtr of JOHN MALTRAVERS. This family was from Melbury-Sampford, Dorsetshire. Son: JOHN BROWNING

JOHN BROWNING, b. c. 1370, Leigh, D. 2-6-1415. M. ELINOR FITZ-NICHOLL, b. c. 1374, Berkley. She was the dtr. of THOMAS FITZ-NICHOLL and MARGARET _____? Children inc. WILLIAM, Margaret and John

WILLIAM BROWNING, b. c. 1400, Leigh, England, m. 3 times. Last wife ANNE____? is our ancestor. Children included Thomas and JOHN

JOHN BROWNING, b. c. 1440, Leigh, Gloucestershire, England. M. MARGARET HARDING, dtr. of WILLIAM HARDING (b. before 1414, son of THOMAS HARDING and MARGARET OSWALD. MARGARET was the dtr. of JOHN OSWALD and JANE HEYWARD, dtr. of WILLIAM HEYWARD.) Son of John Browning and Margaret Harding: RICHARD

RICHARD BROWNING, b. c. 1468, Coaley, Gloucestershire, England, m. c. 1490 to ELIZABETH PARSONS. M. at Stanley Hall, Gloucestershire. Elizabeth was a dtr. of EDWARD PARSONS of Gloucestershire. Sons: JOHN and Richard Jr.

JOHN BROWNING, b. c. 1493, Coaley, England. M. CHRISTIAN WEBB, dtr. of NICHOLAS WEBB, Kingswood, Wiltshire, England. Children: Mary, Ursula, JOHN

JOHN BROWNING, b. c. 1519, Gloucestershire. M. (second wife) JOAN TOVEY, b. c. 1519. Children: Richard, Thomas, Daniel, Stephen, Nathanial, JOHN

JOHN BROWNING, b. c. 1554, m. c. 1580 in Gloucestershire to MARY CODRINGTON, b. c. 1558. Son: JOHN BROWNING

JOHN BROWNING (“Captain John”), b. c. 1588, Willisham Hall, Suffolk, England. D. c. 1635, Jamestown, VA. M. ELIZABETH “Sybil” DEMERON, dtr. of EDMUND DEMERON (about 1558-1605) and MARGARET CLENCH of Coddenham, Suffolk, England. Ship’s captain, sailing the “Abigail” from Gravesend to Jamestown, VA in 1621. Sons: George, William, Joseph and THOMAS.

THOMAS BROWNING, b. c. 1620, Gloucestershire, d. c. 1675, m. HESTER ____?. Children: JOHN, Hester, Thomas

JOHN BROWNING, b. c. 1640, England, m. ELIZABETH ____? Children: FRANCIS, Thomas, Elizabeth, John Jr., George, Hester, Ann, Judith, Mary

FRANCIS BROWNING SR., b. c. 1667, Cecil Co, MD. M. RACHEL MERRITT, b. c. 1673, Cecil MD. Children: Ann, FRANCIS JR., John, Edward, James, Thomas, William, Nicholas.

FRANCIS BROWNING JR., b. c. 1700, Essex Co., VA. M. ELIZABETH CARTER LLOYD, dtr. of SAMPSON LLOYD and ELIZABETH GOOD. Children: Joshua, Francis III, NICHOLAS, JOHN, Jacob, Edward, Caleb, Ruth, Mary Francis

NICHOLAS BROWNING, b. c. 1726, Essex Co., VA. M. SARAH WASHBURN, dtr. of JOHN WASHBURN and SUSANNA___? Will filed in Caswell Co., VA, 1787. Children include WILLIAM, Martha, John, Sarah, Jonathan, Enos, Nicholas, Francis, Charles, Jean, James, Percy, Mary, Daniel and Elizabeth.

       (I’m not sure who is William’s father, Nicholas or John)

JOHN BROWNING, b. c. 1728, Culpepper VA., d. 1803, Greene Co. GA. M. ELIZABETH DEMAREST, b. 1725 in Wilmington, DE., d. 1803. Elizabeth was a descendant of Jan Demarest, early settler in Harlam, New York, and a direct descendant of crusader Baldwin I.

WILLIAM BROWNING, b. c. 1759, Culpepper Co. VA, d. c. 1807, Caswell Co., NC, or after 1834 in Alabama? Wife : unknown Son: WILLIAM JR.

WILLIAM BROWNING JR., b. 1775, Yancyville, Caswell Co., VA, d. before 11-22-1850, Logan Co (W)VA. M. CATHERINE ANGLIN (d. After 1860, Wyoming Co., (W)VA., dtr of WILLIAM ANGLIN and ANN ___?) in Yancyville on 8-24-1797. Children: Mary, NANCY F., Elizabeth, Catherine, Margaret, Luch, Lucinda, Sarah, Cornelius, John, William, Aaron

NANCY F. BROWNING, b. c. 1800, Caswell Co., VA, m. Rev. WILLIAM WALKER around 1818. Moved to what is now Wyoming Co., WV. (See William Walker entry) Children: MARY CATHERINE (M. FLOYD COOK), William Jr., Alfred, Lucretia, Margaret.


WILLIAM ANGLIN, b. before 1673, France. Son: ADRION

ADRION ANGLIN, b. c. 1693 in France, d. 4-25-1777, Buckingham Co., VA. M. ELIZABETH GATES, b. c. 1707, New Kent Co., VA, d. 7-13-1738, Louisa Co. VA. Son: WILLIAM

WILLIAM ANGLIN SR. , b. 3-31-1733, Henrico Co., VA, d. 1803, Caswell Co., NC. M. ANN ____? DTR: CATHERINE ANGLIN, m. WILLIAM BROWNING JR.

CATHERINE ANGLIN, m. 8-24-1797 to WILLIAM BROWNING JR., d. after 1860, Wyoming Co. (W)VA. Dtr. NANCY F. BROWNING m. Rev. WILLIAM WALKER (see Walker section).


JOHN THOMAS SHEAVES, B. 1787, MD, lived PA, came to Greenbrier Co. c. 1809, d. 1861. M. ELIZABETH HICKMAN 10-26-1809. Elizabeth died of smallpox in 1840. Later m. Keziah Gabert, 11-19-1844. Children include William Lewis (m, Ruth Harrah. Moved west, died in Roanoke, MO), Susannah (m. Joseph Crow), Mary Ann (m. Joseph Bivens, d. 1889) and ALLEN

ALLEN SHEAVES, b. 1816, m. LUCINDA SKAGGS, Fayette CO WV, 7-28-36. Stagecoach driver, lived in Ansted. Said to have driven stage west one day between 1850-1860 and never returned, abandoning family. However, Lucinda’s death was reported by Allen in Fayette Co., 1880, so a question remains. Some say he returned to bury her and then left for good. Children include Amanda, (b. 1838, m. Jesse Parrish),Virginia, America, Elizabeth (1840-1888, m. Felix Wood), John T. (1853, d. 1932, buried Elton-Green Sulphur Springs, m. Laura Arbaugh), JOSEPH ALLEN

JOSEPH ALLEN SHEAVES, May, 1847- July, 1909. m. Mary Margaret Wood, 8-13-1866. Confederate veteran ( Col A., 26 Bat, VA INF., enlisted 12-31-1861.), captured at Roanoke Island NC on 2-8-1862, released on June 21, 1862 when discovered to be underaged. Re-enlisted, re-captured at Cold Harbour VA June 3, 1864, imprisoned at Gaines Farm, Point Lookout MD, transferred to Elmyra, NY. Badly burned when POW train he was on collided with another train near Shohola Falls, PA., July 16, 1864. Buried in abandoned cemetery at United, Cabin Creek, Kanawha Co., WV, no marker. Children: Virginia, b. 1867, America, b. 1868, John T., b. 10-20-1870, d. 1933, Ada, Elizabeth, HARRY C. SHEAVES

HARRY C. SHEAVES, 1879-1931. Died in mine accident, Cunard, Fayette Co WV. Buried Cunard community cemetery, marked grave. M. Nancy Wood. First m. Ora Kincaid, Fayette Co, divorced. Indicted by Fayette CO. Court for concealed weapon 1910, no disposition noted. Children included Earl (died in mine accident at around age 19, buried Cunard), ROXIE (m. Calvin Bennett), Helen (m. Basil Bolt, lived in Wilmington, Delaware), Chester (“Check,” m. Dorothy Rose, lived in Ravenswood, WV), Elmer (“Bubby,”twin to Alma, m. Marjorie Rapp, lived Vienna, WV), Harry Jr. (Houston, Texas), Alma (m. Clifford Newton, lives in Huntington, WV. Worked for many years at Marshall University library), Clarice (m. Maury Richards, lived Minden, WV)

ROXIE SHEAVES m. CALVIN BENNETT, Fayette Co. WV. Lived Gatewood until WWII, moved to Ballard, Monroe Co., WV. Children who survived to adulthood include James (“Jimmy”), Alice (m. Craver Kuhn, Son: ROY LEE KUHN), Margaret(m. Calvin Copeland), Calvin Jr. (“Buddy,” m. Rachel Miller), WILMA PHYLLIS KUHN (m. CHARLES KUHN, sons CHARLES LEE KUHN JR. and DANNY R. KUHN), Phillip (m. Jackie Marble, NH. CHILDREN: Violet, PATRICIA (m. REGINALD MEATTEY. SONS: REGGIE MEATTEY and DR. HEATH R. MEATTEY, M.D.), Elaine, Christine, Phillip, Tammy and Terry), Gloria (M. Jack Bodge, NH), Lloyd, Drema (m. Ted Helms), Joseph, Nancy, Gary and Carol (m. Wayne Browning). Buried on Bennett Farm (“Walnut Lane”), Adair Ridge Rd., Ballard.


JOHN HICKMAN, 1760-1827, m. NANCY SARAH WALLACE. Dtr: ELIZABETH HICKMAN and Nancy Sarah Hickman, who m. Mathias Geyhgard, 12-5-06, Greenbrier Co.

ELIZABETH HICKMAN 1790-1840, M. John Thomas Sheaves, 10-26-1809                                                                                                                WALLACE



BUSELL SKAGGS, b. c. 1640, Derry, Ulster, Ireland. Son: Thomas

THOMAS SKAGGS, b. c. 1674, Ireland. Son: James

JAMES SKAGGS, b. 1700, on a ship making the passage from Ireland to America. D. 1798, Green Co., KY. M. Rachel____? before 1723 in Maryland. Son: John Skaggs

JOHN SKAGGS, b. c. 1728, D. 1829. M. RUTH BISHOP. Son: John Skaggs

JOHN SKAGGS, B. c. 1754 in what is now Monroe Co., WV. D. 1839. M. CATHERINE (“KITTY”) HICKS in Frederick CO., VA, 2-17-1786. Catherine was b. c. 1756 in Monroe Co., and d. 12-8-1835. Son: RICHARD SKAGGS. DTR: LUCRETIA SKAGGS, both are our ancestors.

RICHARD SKAGGS, 1760-1844, M. SUSANNAH WOOD dtr. of Bailey Wood Sr., 3-10-1789, Greenbrier, WV. Dtr. Lucinda

LUCINDA SKAGGS, 1817-4/5/1880, M. ALLEN SHEAVES, Fayette Co. WV, 7-28-1836

                     WOOD #1 (BAILEY WOOD LINE)

BAILEY WOOD SR. , c. 1758-1820's. Lived Monroe Co, WV area. Married Nancy__? Father of BOTH Bailey Wood Jr.,(m. Lucretia Skaggs) AND SUSANNAH WOOD (m. Richard Skaggs, see above)

BAILEY WOOD JR. c. 1780-1850. M. Lucretia Skaggs. Her relation to Richard Skaggs (m. Susannah Wood, above), unclear. Son: John Wood, m. Elizabeth McMullen. Also, John Wood m. Jane Nicholas, Ella Wood m. V. Sevy, Katherine Wood, Mary Wood m. John Gwinn, George Wood, Marshall Wood (gunsmith, m. Nancy__), David Wood and Sarah Wood (m. John Fox Jr.)


JOHN WOOD (1818-1887) son of BAILEY WOOD JR. M. Elizabeth McMullen. When Elizabeth died after 1880, John married Nancy Voyles in Fayette Co., on 9-4-1884. Dtr.: Mary Margaret Wood. 1860 Fayette Co. census lists John and Elizabeth with children (spelled as in census): Eura, 21, Ann, 20, Charles, 18, Lucretia, 16, Ellie, 14, Mary Margaret, 11, John W., 9, Hudson, 5, and Joshua, 2.

MARY MARGARET WOOD, son of John Wood, 1848-1925 m. Joseph Allen Sheaves, 8-13-1866. Son: HARRY SHEAVES


ELIZABETH MCMULLEN, 1818-1883, M. John Wood, son of Bailey Wood Jr, Dtr: Mary Margaret Wood

              WOOD #2, ZACHARIAH WOOD LINE

Note: In this family, the name is found intermittently as WOOD and WOODS.

JOSEPH WOOD, b. c. 1744, probably in England. m. MARY MARTHA EPPERSON, dtr. of FRANCIS EPPERSON, probably in Powhatan Co. Siblings include Jonathan (John), m. Sarah—?, Mary, and James. Not clear who Joseph’s father was, but supposedly a descendant of Bonet (Bennett) Wood, a seaman from Norfolk, England who immigrated to Jamestown around 1700. Will probated in Botetourt Co., VA in 1816, but reportedly buried in Cumberland Co. In Charlotte Co., VA near wife’s family at least by 1774. Will names children: Carlos, William Edward, Thomas, Joseph, James, Mary Stull, Martha Moore, Elizabeth, Anne and Sally. Does not, however, name Zachariah, so, even though Zachariah is no doubt a member of this extended family, there is still some debate as to whether or not he is Joseph’s son. Several members of this family moved to Lee County, Virginia. The 1782 Charlotte Co. VA tax list includes the following Woods: John Sr., Joseph, Richard, and William. Wife Mary Martha Epperson Wood d. between 1802 and 1814, buried in Cumberland Co.

ZACHARIAH WOOD, b. c. 1790, Caroline Co. VA. D. after 1880, Fayette Co. WV. M. REBECCA WEDDINGTON (?) Sometime before 1825, lived in Kanawha Co. (W)VA, then Lee Co. VA (1820) and Harlan Co. KY (1830), then came to Fayette Co., WV. Rebecca may have died in Harlan Co. Later married Eliza Walker (1848) and Martha Baker Blake (1849). His final wife was Liza_____?, who was born in Switzerland, according to the 1880 Fayette Co. census. Deeded 50 acres to William Spurlock in Harlan Co., KY, 1-24-1826. This deed is the source of a misunderstanding about the name of Zachariah’s wife. The deed index, found at the Kentucky archives, says the land was deeded by Zachariah Wood and his wife, Ana. However, the original deed, which I examined myself, says “Zachariah Wood and wife,” but the top part of the “d” in “and” is so faded that the transcriptionist recorded it in the index as “Zachariah Wood ana wife.” Perhaps had a brother Francis, b. c. 1792, who was also b. Caroline Co. and ended up in Lee Co. around the same time. Francis b. 9-12-1792, Charlotte Co., d. 6-1-1882, Lee Co., m. Nancy Bowling. Zachariah’s children with Rebecca: ANDERSON, William (migrated to Johnson Co., KY. According to William’s grandson, he built his own boat and floated from Fayette Co., down the Kanawha to the Ohio, then up the Big Sandy to settle.), Francis?, Catherine, other sisters. Rebecca Weddington’s parents (names?) supposedly owned much of the land in South Charleston and the surrounding area that now is covered by chemical plants, and that Zachariah and his brother James tried to reclaim the land, but it had been sold for taxes. There are several Weddington families in eastern Kentucky who are probably related. Also, the same family in Kanawha and Putnam Counties may be spelled Whittington. John Whittington, b. 1790, and William B. Whittington, b. 1769, are both found in the 1850 Putnam County census. 1820 Lee Co. Census lists Woods: Elizabeth, Francis, Joseph and Zachariah. Probably buried in the large, grown-up cemetery in Powellton, Fayette Co. WV.

The following is taken from work done by Mark Williams, a Zachariah Wood descendant who grew up in Kenova, WV, graduated from Marshall University (my Alma Mater) and lives in Indiana:

1. ZACHARIAH B.1 WOOD was born Bet. 1790 - 1795 in Charlotte County, VA, and died Aft. 1880 in Fayette County, WV. He married (1) REBECCA WEDDINGTON. He married (2) LIZA. He married (3) ELIZA WALKER October 15, 1848 in Fayette County, VA. He married (4) MARTHA BAKER BLAKE October 12, 1849 in Fayette County, VA.

Is present in Lee County, VA during 1820 Census. Has a 75 acre Land Grant on Trading Creek in Lee County below "Seddington's mill".
Had moved to Harlan County, KY by 1830 census. Deeded 50 acres to William Spurlock in Harlan, KY 1/24/1826.
He then shows up in Fayette County VA (now WV) census1850 through the 1880. He was in Fayette County at least by 1848 when he married Eliza Walker. He died sometime after 1880 and before 1890. In the 1850 Fayette County census, his age is listed as 55 but in the 1880 Fayette County census his age is listed as 90. In the 1880 Fayette County census his lists the place of birth of both of his parents as England.

1820 Lee Co. VA census:
Woods, Zachariah
male 10-15: 1
male 26-45: 1
female 0-9: 2
female 16-25: 1

birth/death records are not available for Lee County VA until after 1853

1830 Harlan Co. KY census:
Zachariah Wood
5-10: 1
30-40: 1
<5: 1
5-10: 1
10-15: 2
30-40: 1

1850 Fayette County VA census:
household #300
Wood, Zachariah, age 55, farmer
Martha, age 47 (this is Martha Baker Blake that he married 10/12/1849)
Anderson Wood, age 18
Jane Baker, age 23
Sarah Wood, age 15
Miriam Baker, age 7
Caroline Baker, age 3

1860 Fayette County Va census: (Gauley Bridge P.O. 325)
Woods, Zachariah, 65 farmer
Martha 56, Sarah 2, Caroline, James R. 6, Meissa N. 8 mo.

1870 Fayette County Va census: (township Falls of Kanawha Roll 1686 Page 101)
Wood, Z. white male, 79 yrs old, born VA
Martha, age 62, Sarah age 33, William age 13, Joseph age 7

On the same page and Roll Number and Township there is:

Wood, Catherine white female age 54 born VA
Wood, Anderson white male age 30 born KY
1880 Kanawha/ Fayette County WV census:

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's
Zachariah WOOD Self M Male W 90 VA Farmer ENG ENG
Liza WOOD Wife M Female W 43 SWITZ Keeping House SWITZ SWITZ
Joseph WOOD GSon S Male W 17 WV Farmer VA VA

Wood-Woods Surname Fayette Co.,WV Grantor Deed Index References

11/3/1877 Woods, Zachariah (or) Zachary Eliza Chamberland 2 18 Rt Hd Fk of Armstrong
2/6/1882 Woods, Zachariah B ux John Huffman 5 190 Armstrong Ck
2/9/1882 Woods (or) Wood, Z B (or) Zachariah B ux Samuel Anderson 4 402 Armstrong Ck
2/9/1882 Woods (or) Wood, Z B (or) Zachariah B ux A J Anderson 4 404 Armstrong Ck
2/9/1882 Woods, Zachariah B ux Anderson Woods 5 191 Armstrong Ck
5/9/1882 Wood, Zacharia ux Lydia Anderson 5 56 ---
10/21/1882 Woods, Zachariah ux J P Smith 5 568 Armstrong Ck
1/4/1883 Wood, Zachariah ux William Wood 6 450 Armstrong Ck
In the book Fayette County History, there is one mention of Zachariah Woods:
"Ordered that Armstrong Creek be divided into two precincts as follows: 1st precinct commencing at the turnpike road and terminating at the steam mill of the Mount Carbon Mining Company; 2nd precinct commencing at said steam mill and terminating at the house of Zachariah Woods."

Deed Book A - Extracts©
Harlan County Court records - Pages 101 - 200
for background information, please see the

GRANTOR = seller
GRANTEE = buyer
a pole = 16 1/2 feet

The existing Deed Book A. at the Harlan County Court Clerk's office is a handwritten copy of the original deed book, probably made some time in the late 1800's. The deeds begin on page two. Unless stated otherwise, the date given is the date of the deed. The number(s) in the left hand column are the page(s) the deed appears on. This is an ongoing project, presently deeds are extracted through page 318.
NOTES: a number of wills are recorded in the deed books and many individuals would record their will just as today we leave a copy with an attorney or in a safety deposit box. A will in the deed books does not necessarily indicate the person has died unless there is also a notation of its being produced and proved. Many of the early deeds were quite skimpy on the description of the land, the obvious points of reference have been included in the abstracts. The town lot numbers mentioned are those on the town plat sketch.
Be careful when heirs are mentioned. Although in most cases an heir is a child of the deceased, he may be a grandchild, a brother, a sister, nephew or niece or even possibly where there was a will, a non-relative left something for some reason. When the heirs sell a piece of land, husbands of the daughters of the deceased are often named as if they themselves were the heirs. Be sure to note the purchaser in such instances as often one heir, or husband of an heir, will buy out the rest.

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Zachariah WOODS and wife [Ana] to William SPURLOCK Sr 24 Jan 1826 for ______________ — 50 acre survey dated 7 Apr 1823 beginning on the north bank of Cranks Creek and crosses said creek "including an improvement that formerly belonged to Absalom SPARKS now belonging to Zachariah WOODS". The deed is signed by Zachariah with an "X" and signed and acknowledged by his wife Ana. Witnesses: Charles NOE, Aley LEDFORD, Solomon BURKHART and George COLDIRON

Dan Kuhn (Wilma Phyllis Bennett, Roxie Sheaves, Nancy Wood, Anderson Wood, Zachariah Wood) went to Frankfort, KY and viewed the original deed. He couldn't figure out why one of Anderson Wood's marriage records listed his mothers name as Rebecca but the deed record refers to Zachariah's wife as "Ana". Although the index said "Ana, his wife", the original has an X for Zachariah's signature and another X for his wife's mark. The deed says "Zachariah Wood his mark and his wife". The tail of the "d" in the word "and" is faded out, making the word "and" LOOK LIKE the word "Ana"!!! When the deed was indexed years later, the clerk evidently looked at the faded "and" and wrote "Ana".

There is a marriage record from Richmond, Madison Co KY from 1/7/1830 where a Zachariah Wood married Ann Lees. This is apparently a different Zachariah Wood.

One of the marriage records for son Anderson Wood listed his parents as: Zachariah and Rebecca Wood. We do not know for sure that her last name was Weddington but the grandson of William Woods, John Roy Woods said that the maiden name of William Wood's mother was Weddington.

Married by William Carnafix.

Married by John Carlon
2.       i.       WILLIAM2 WOODS, b. 1822, Lee County, VA; d. 1889.
3.       ii.       ANDERSON WOOD, b. 1832, Harlan County, KY.
       iii.       SARAH WOOD, b. 1835.

ANDERSON WOOD , b. c. 1832, Harlan Co. KY., M. 11-15-1879 SARAH E. MILLER, Fayette Co. WV. First married Amanda Arthur, 5-18-1858, Fayette Co. Confederate militiaman. DTR: NANCY WOOD m. Harry Sheaves. Other dtrs. included Alpha (“Aunt Alphie”, died in a nursing home in Beckwith, Fayette Co., 1970's), Oma, and Elizabeth (Lizzie), who was mute and perhaps mentally handicapped. From his photo taken before around 1910, a tall, thin man with a beard. Word is that he and his son-in-law Harry Sheaves did not get along all that well, although Anderson lived with the Sheaves’s for a while. He’s buried in the large, over-grown cemetery in Powellton, Fayette Co. I have no idea if there is a marker.

More from Mark Williams:

3. ANDERSON2 WOOD (ZACHARIAH B.1) was born 1832 in Harlan County, KY. He married (1) AMANDA ARTHUR May 18, 1858 in Fayette County, VA. He married (2) AMANDA ANDERSON July 20, 1865 in Kanawha County, WV. He married (3) SARAH E. MILLER November 15, 1879 in Fayette County, VA. She was born 1858 in Giles County, VA, and died March 05, 1895 in Kanawha County, WV.
11.       i.       NANCY3 WOOD, b. 1886, Kanawha County, WV; d. 1968, Ballard, Monroe County, WV.

NANCY WOOD, b. 1886, Kanawha Co. WV, D. 1968, Monroe Co. WV. B. Ballard Baptist Church, Ballard, WV with marker. M. HARRY SHEAVES. Children inc. Roxie, Elmer, Chester, Helen, Harry Jr. and Alma, Clarice, Mary.


J.W. Miller, listed as father of Sarah E. Miller in her 11-15-1879 marriage to Anderson Wood in Fayette Co., WV. M. ELIZABETH LEGRAND. As marriage record only gives initials, I’m not sure of J.W.’s full name. They may have migrated west, as one account says Elizabeth died in California. The 1880 census of Harlan Co., KY lists a widow Elizabeth Miller, age 30, daughter Mary, age 6, and “other” Sarah, age 15, all born in VA and all their parents born in VA. They could be related, as the Woods once lived in Harlan County as well, but earlier. In any even, this Sarah looks too young to be the one who m. Anderson Wood.
Sarah E. Miller, B. 1858, Giles Co. VA., D. 3-5-1895, Kanawha Co. WV. M. Anderson Wood, Fayette Co. WV, 11-15-79. Dtr: Nancy Wood

JEAN PIERRE LeGRAND SR., b. c. 1662, Normandy, France. M. JUDITH VRIL, 7-10-1682, Duke’s Place, London, England. The family came to Virginia in 1700 onboard the “Peter and Anthony.” D. 3-27-1707, Henrico Co., VA. Children: Anne, Issac, Daniel, Jaques, Jean, JEAN PIERRE JR.

“Christening records for the children of Pierre LeGrand and Judith de Vrij can be found in the archives at The Hague in the Netherlands. Judith de Vrij’s last name is spelled phonetically on the various records at The Hague, indicating that she probably could not read or write. Her name is pronounced “ry” and was spelled Vrij, Vril or deVry. The name suggest Walloon origin. Curiously, her colonial American records refer to her as “Ury LeGrand.” From “Turf and Twigg,” v. 1, 1994 by Priscilla Cabell:

Pierre Le Grand, his wife and five children arrived in Virginia on the second ship, the “Peter and Anthony,” in 1700. A patent was issued posthumously to James Legrand in 1718 for 365 acres of land outside of the French territory and in the present county of Chesterfield. This document appears to list Peter Legrand with his five children as headrights.

JEAN PIERRE (Peter) LeGRAND JR., b. 6-2-1697, in La Haye, Holland. D. 7-10-1737, Goochland CO., VA. M. JANE MAGDALEN MICHEAUX in Amsterdam, Holland. Children: Peter, Susannah, John (Jean), ABRAHAM, Alexander, James. Jean Pierre was a land surveyor by trade. Abraham, Jean and Alexander were all Revolutionary War vets, though it may have been in administrative areas, given their ages during the conflict.

ABRAHAM LeGRAND SR., b. c. 1724, Henrico Co., VA, d. c. 1800, Pittsylvania Co., VA. Revolutionary War Vet. M. AGNES (Agatha) NICHOLS. Children: Sally (Sarah), William, Peter, Abraham Jr., John, Jesse, Mary, Elizabeth, GEORGE

GEORGE LeGRAND, b. 12-21-1770, Halifax Co., VA. M. ANN NANCY ELLIOTT. Son: JAMES HAMPTON LeGRAND. Moved west to Kentucky, no other record

JAMES HAMPTON LeGRAND, b. 7-27-1813, Breckenridge Co., KY, m. SARAH HAMNER (b. 7-15-1816, Washington Co., KY, parents unknown, though she was almost certainly related {perhaps even sister?}to Henry Hamner who married Ann Nancy Elliott LeGrand’s sister Elizabeth). D. 10-7-1898, Knoxville, Marion Co., Iowa. Buried in LeGrand Cemetery near Monroe, Iowa. Children: ELIZABETH E., Thomas, Mary J., James, Elvira, Maerha, John, Marticia, Newton and George

ELIZABETH E. LeGRAND, b. 6-22-1835, m. J.W. MILLER. They may have migrated west, as one account says Elizabeth died in California. DTR: SARAH E. MILLER, m. ANDERSON WOOD

                                                        (Vreil, Vryl, Verneul)


JUDITH VRIL, b. c. 1661, St. James, Duke’s Place, Lindon, England. M. there on 7-10-1682 to JEAN PIERRE LeGRAND SR. Judith died in 1719, Henrico Co., VA. Children: Anne, Isaac, Daniel, Jaques, Jean, JEAN PIERRE JR.


ABRAHAM MICHEAX, b. 1608, Champagne, France, m. MARIE GODIN, France. Son: JACOB


ABRAHAM MICHEAUX, b. 2-23-1671, Champagne, France, D. 1717 in VA. M. SUSANNA ROCHET in Amsterdam, Holland on 7-13-1692. Dtr: JANE MAGDELAN MICHEAUX, son: Jacob. Abraham had an 850-acre land patent, part of which was willed to Jane.

JANE MAGDALEN MICHEAUX, b. 1-3-1693 in Amsterdam, Holland. M. JEAN PIERRE LeGRAND. Children: Peter, Susannah, John, ABRAHAM, Alexander, James                             


JOHN NICHOLS SR., b. c. 1698, Caroline or Halifax Co., WV, D. 4-22-1774. M. MARY OWEN, b. c. 1700. Children: AGNES (Agatha), John, Sarah, Ambrose, Jesse, Nanny, Bird, David, William, Betty

AGNES (AGATHA) NICHOLS, b. c. 1732, Goochland Co., VA. m. ABRAHAM LeGRAND SR. in Dec. 1752, Halifax Co. VA. D. 12-1803, Pittsylvania Co., VA. Children: Sally (Sarah), William, Peter, Abraham, John, Jesse, Mary, Elizabeth, GEORGE


JAMES ELLIOTT, b. c. 1730, no other information

JONATHON ELLIOTT, b. c. 1731, m. MARY DRAIN, dtr of THOMAS DRAIN. Children: ANN NANCY and Elizabeth (Note: Elizabeth m. Henry Hamner of Washington Co., KY, a Methodist Circuit rider)

ANN NANCY ELLIOTT, b. c. 1770, Pittsylvania Co., VA. m. GEORGE LeGRAND


NICHOLAS SEVERIN, b. between 1570 and 1600, m. SUZANNE CHARLOT, France. Son: PAUL SEVERIN

PAUL SEVERIN, b. 1618, Ludweiler, France. m. ELIZABETH de SERIGNON on 11-16-1636, France.



THOMAS ROCHET, b. c. 1590, France, m. MARGUERITE BEAUCIEL. No other information


JEAN MOSES ROCHET, B. Between 1637 and 1650, Champaign, France, d. 5-16-1666. M. MARIE TRUFET

SUSANNA ROCHET, b. 4-13-1667, m. ABRAHAM MICHEAUX on 7-13-1692 in Amsterdam, Holland. D. 12-17-1744, Virginia DTR: Jane Magdalen Micheaux


Possibility No. 1: THOMAS OWEN SR. m. ANNE FONTAINE. No other information

THOMAS OWEN JR. m. ELIZABETH BROOKS. Children: MARY, Thomas III. No other information

Possibility No. 2: (perhaps more likely) Richard Owen, b. Goochland Co.,, VA, d. 1756, Halifax Co. VA., m. SARAH ELIZABETH ROWLAND, c. 1700-1753. Will written 8-27-1753, Halifax Co., Names children: Richard, John, MARY NICHOLDS, Elizabeth Francis, Henry, Sarah, James, Thomas, William, Ralph, and Ambrose. : Leaves MARY NICHOLDS 20 Shillings.

MARY OWEN, b. c. 1700, m. JOHN NICHOLS SR. Children: AGNES (Agatha, m. Abraham LeGrand Sr.), John, Sarah, Ambros, Jesse, Nanny, Bird, David, William, Betty


JEAN de SERIGNON, b. c. 1580, France, m. ANNE MARTIN (Martine?) No other information. Dtr: Elizabeth de Serignon

ELIZABETH de SERIGNON, b. c. 1618, France, m. PAUL SEVERIN on 11-16-1636, France. Dtr: ANN SEVERIN, m. JACOB MICHEAUX


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