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Genealogy - November, 1988

Issue: November, 1988

[Dear Editor,]
I need information on Rachel Graham who married Daniel Boothe in Montgomery County, Virginia on June 28, 1827. Daniel was the son of an early settler in this area, George Boothe. Daniel Boothe's first marriage was to Sarah McAlexander in Patrick County, Virginia on May 24, 1805. They had 6 children. Rachel Graham was the second wife of Daniel Boothe. Their children were: Edith who married Robert Graham (my line); Rachel who married Miles; and maybe Asa who married Eliza Spangler. Daniel Boothe married his third wife, Susannah Hubbard in Patrick County, Virginia on December 27, 1836.

Rachel Graham Boothe had a son by a previous marriage, Amos A. Graham who married Permillia Richards on November 7, 1848 in Floyd County, Virginia. I need information on Rachel's parents, her first husband and her children.

Thank you for your help.

Ed Graham
3347 Longhorn Rd. SW
Roanoke, VA 24018

[Dear Editor,]
I am searching for information on the Bales Family. I have found where my great-grandfather, Henry T. Bales married Mary H. Smith on November 8, 1867. Henry T. Bales was born in Tazewell County, Virginia. His parents were William and Moriah Bales. I would appreciate any information on the family but I am particularly interested in finding a maiden name for Moriah Bales and any reference to Indian heritage, supposedly Cherokee.

Doris C. Ashburn
Rt. 1, Box 273-A
Spencer, VA 24165

[Dear Editor,]
I am anxious to correspond with descendants of Danial [Daniel] Gardner and his wife Nancy Spence. They lived in Carroll County, Virginia in 1850.

Rozalia C. Hogg
10 Pelham Green West
Waynesboro, VA 22980

[Dear Editor,]
I am searching for information on William L. Simmons, born December 13, 1843. He was the son of Thomas R. Simmons and Famah Booth. He was married to Rachel M. Roop by Owen Summers in Floyd County, Virginia. W.L. Simmons joined the Primitive Baptist Church at White Oak Grove, November 8, 1873. He was ordained to the work of the ministry August 14, 1878 by H. B. Lester, Clerk. He had two brothers, Daniel R. and Everett. There may have been more children in the family. William L. Simmons was my grandfather. There were 11 children in his family. They moved to West Virginia around 1888. I would greatly appreciate information on Simmons and Roop, White Oak Grove Church location, if it still stands and the home places of them.

Mrs. Macie M. Lilly
312 Mankin Ave.
Beckley, WV 25801

[Dear Editor,]
Could anyone tell me if my grandfather, John Thrash West has any connection to Thrash's Mountain?

Sybil V. Plumlee
7735 S. W. 45th St.
Portland, OR 97219

[Dear Editor,]
I am seeking information on my Great Grandfather, Canada Edwards. He married Irena Safewright. Both were buried in Carroll County, Virginia.

If anyone knows who his parents, grandparents, brothers or sisters were, I would appreciate hearing from you.

Mary Phipps
Rt. 1, Box 827
Bassett, VA 24055