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Preston County Newspaper Genealogies
Posted by: Roy Lockhart Date: July 24, 2001 at 19:34:29
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During 1907-1908 a series of genealogies and articles regarding Preston Co were published in The Preston County Journal. The purpose of this work was to correct errors and omissions in Wiley's 1882 history of the county and to provide updated information. This series served as a preliminary for Morton's 1914 history of the county. Unfortunately, with the exception of the Matlick , Spurgeon and Trembly families, this short-lived series didn't progress alphabetically past the Gribble family. A chronological list of the articles and pioneer sketches follows and this is followed by an alphabetical listing of the families covered in the articles.

8-22-1907 Statement as to What this Work is and an Account of What Has Already Been Accomplished
8-29-1907 The Brandon Family
9-5-1907 A Further Account of the Work
9-12-1907 The Value of this Work and How the People of the County May Contribute to the Success of the Undertaking
9-19-1907 A Request for Further Information
9-26-1907 Our Historical Undertaking–The Last of the Explanatory Articles for Some Weeks
10-10-1907 Early Methodism in Preston/List of Ministers and the Time They Served
10-24-1907 Historical Outline - Part I
10-31-1907 Historical Outline - Part II
11-7-1907 Historical Outline - Part III
11-14-1907 Historical Outline - Part IV
Series I:
11-21-1907 Ashburn, Bower
11-28-1907 Beerbower, Crawford
12-5-1907 Fries, Evans
12-12-1907 Field, Boger
12-19-1907 Gandy, Matlick, Pioneer List (Surnames)
Series II:
12-26-1907 Introductory Article, Spurgeon, Trembly
1-2-1908 The Interrelation Between Our National History and Our Own Local History
1-9-1908 The Interrelation Between Our National History and Our Own Local History (Concluded)
1-16-1908 The Old Times and The New
1-23-1908 On Indian Warfare in General/Indian Hostilities in Preston
1-30-1908 Who the Early Settlers Were and Where They Lived (Grant and Pleasant districts)
2-6-1908 Who the Early Settlers Were and Where They Lived (Portland, Union, Kingwood, Reno, Valley and Lyon districts)
2-13-1908 Then and Now: A General Retrospect
2-20-1908 Albright, Armstrong
2-27-1908 Ashby, Barb
3-5-1908 Beatty, Benson
3-12-1908 Brown
3-19-1908 Bolyard
3-26-1908 Braham, Brain, Britton, Bryte
4-2-1908 Beavers, Bishoff, Blaney, Boylan
4-9-1908 Cobun
4-16-1908 Cale
4-23-1908 Carroll
4-30-1908 Carrico
5-7-1908 Chidester
5-14-1908 Connor
5-21-1908 Cupp
5-28-1908 Cress
6-4-1908 Cuppett
6-11-1908 DeBerry
6-18-1908 Elliott
6-25-1908 Elsey
7-2-1908 Ervin, Clark
7-9-1908 Everly
7-16-1908 Falkenstine
7-23-1908 Frankhouser
7-30-1908 Gribble
8-6-1908 Graham
8-20-1908 List of Federal Soldiers, 1861–5 (Adams thru Duncan)
8-27-1908 List of Federal Soldiers, 1861–5 (Edmond thru Knotts)
9-3-1908 List of Federal Soldiers, 1861–5 (Lamb thru Sisler)
9-10-1908 List of Federal Soldiers, 1861-5 (Skinner thru Zinn)
9-17-1908 List of Federal Soldiers, 1861-5 Additional List (Albright thru Zinn)

Albright 2-20-1908
Armstrong 2-20-1908
Ashburn 11-21-1907
Ashby 2-27-1908
Barb 2-27-1908
Beatty 3-5-1908
Beavers 4-2-1908
Beerbower 11-28-1907
Benson 3-5-1908
Bishoff 4-2-1908
Blaney 4-2-1908
Boger 12-12-1907
Bolyard 3-19-1908
Bower 11-21-1907
Boylan 4-2-1908
Braham 3-26-1908
Brain 3-26-1908
Brandon 8-29-1907
Britton 3-26-1908
Brown 3-12-1908
Bryte 3-26-1908
Cale 4-16-1908
Carrico 4-30-1908
Carroll 4-23-1908
Chidester 5-7-1908
Clark 7-2-1908
Cobun 4-9-1908
Connor 5-14-1908
Crawford 11-28-1907
Cress 5-28-1908
Cupp 5-21-1908
Cuppett 6-4-1908
DeBerry 6-11-1908
Elliott 6-18-1908
Elsey 6-25-1908
Ervin 7-2-1908
Evans 12-5-1907
Everly 7-9-1908
Falkenstine 7-16-1908
Field 12-12-1907
Frankhouser 7-23-1908
Fries 12-5-1907
Gandy 12-19-1907
Graham 8-6-1908
Gribble 7-30-1908
Matlick 12-19-1907
Spurgeon 12-26-1907
Trembly 12-26-1907

Plans are in the works by the Preston County Historical Society to make the above genealogies available. This will benefit those researching these families as well as those researching Preston County families in general.


During the early 1970's, R Doyne Halbritter, President of the Preston County Historical Society, and guest columnists, including Janice Sisler, wrote a column for the Preston County Journal entitled "Preston Names of Note." As best as I can determine, this series began with the 5-13-1971 issue of the Journal with the Albright family. There were no articles prior to this date in 1971. Nor was an announcement found in 1971 that this series was beginning. The columns seems to have ended with the Sep 5, 1974 issue of the Journal with the Brite (Bryte) family. No articles were found in 1975 and up until the time of Doyne's death which occurred on Jan 30, 1976. I do not know if the series was resurrected later as I did not check past this date. The families covered and the issues of The Preston County Journal in which they appear are as follows.

Albright 5-13-1971
Ashburn 11-18-1971
Ashby 2-10-1972
Barlow 1-4-1973
Beavers 11-9-1972, 1-25-1973
Benson 11-25-1971
Bishoff 2-24-1972
Blaney 7-27-1972
Bolyard 5-20-1971
Born 12-9-1971, 12-16-1971
Braham 6-15-1972
Brandon 6-7-1973
Brite (Bryte) 9-5-1974
Cale (Kahle - Kale - Kahl) 5-27-1971
Carroll 8-9-1973
Collins 2-1-1973
Conley 11-23-1972, 5-17-1973, 5-31-1973
Courtney 11-23-1972
Chidester 12-2-1971
Cupp 2-8-1973
DeBerry 6-3-1971
Deets 10-12-1972
DeWitt 12-23-1971
Dull 8-1-1974
Elliott 6-10-1971
Elsey 8-16-1973
Ervin 3-2-1972
Evans 8-24-1972
Everly 1-6-1972
Falkenstine 1-13-1972
Feather 6-17-1971
Field - Fields 9-7-1972
Fredlock 5-9-1974
Freeburn 11-23-1972
Gibson 6-24-1971
Graham 4-13-1972
Gribble 1-27-1972
Halbritter 7-1-1971
Hartley 2-3-1972
Hartman 6-22-1972
Henry 6-29-1972
Hershman 5-3-1973
I Families (brief mention) 7-8-1971
Jackson 7-15-1971
Keefover 11-23-1972
Kelley - Kelly 7-22-1971
Linton 3-22-1973
Liston 7-29-1971
Loar 11-23-1972
Martin 12-7-1972, 12-21-1972, 12-28-1972
Matlick 3-16-1972, 3-23-1972
Matthews 4-19-1973
May 7-6-1972
McMillan - McMillen 4-12-1973
Miller 8-5-1971
Moon 5-11-1972
Nicola 11-1-1973
Nine 8-12-1971
Nordeck 5-9-1974
Orr 8-19-1971
Pentony 3-9-1972
Pell 8-26-1971
Reed 3-22-1973
Ridenour 9-2-1971
Riley 6-8-1972
Ringer 5-18-1972
Rodeheaver 9-9-1971
Saucer 2-15-1973
Schaeffer 3-7-1974
Shay 4-20-1972, 11-22-1973, 11-29-1973
Sisler 9-16-1971
Smith 9-27-1973, 10-4-1973
Sterling (Starling - Stirling) 1-18-1973
Taylor 9-14-1972
Teets 9-23-1971
Turnley 12-27-1973, 1-17-1974, 1-31-1974
U Families (brief mention) 9-30-1971
Van Sickle 10-7-1971
Van Verth 5-9-1974
Watson 7-26-1973
Whitehair 3-29-1973
Wolfe 10-21-1971, 10-28-1971
Wotring 1-25-1973
Younger 11-4-1971
Zinn 11-11-1971

NOTE: Some of the columns included more than one surname but I have listed each family separately.

Preston Co newspaper microfilm from 1866 is available in these two major repositories:

Division of Archives and History
West Virginia State Archives
The Cultural Center
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston WV 25305-0300

It is not the policy of the WV Archives to conduct extensive genealogical searches. The fee for an out of State request is $10 which covers research time and copies. A request from a WV address will be billed when the research is completed. Microfilm prints are 50˘ each. A list of researchers who do research for a fee will be provided upon request. Inter-library loan of Preston Co newspaper microfilm is not available.

West Virginia University
West Virginia and Regional History Collection
Colson Hall
PO Box 6464
Morgantown WV 26506-6464

It is not the policy of the West Virginia and Regional History Collection to conduct extensive research. There is a $20 fee per request. Microfilm prints are 10˘ each. A list of researchers who do research for a fee will be provided upon request. Inter- library loan of Preston Co newspaper microfilm is not available.

Please DO NOT contact the Journal office regarding back issues as they are not equipped to do genealogical research.

This compilation was made for my own use and may not be without error but I hope it will benefit other Preston Co researchers. Please direct any questions regarding it through this forum rather than contacting me privately. Thank you.

Due to the loss of my hard drive following a lightning strike, setting up my computer again from scratch on the new hard drive and reconstructing lost files, I am unable to do lookups or research for anyone at this time. Sorry.

Roy Lockhart

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