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Genealogy - June, 1991

Issue: June, 1991

[Dear Editor,]
I would like to hear from anyone who is a relative or has information on Julius E. Martin, son of Aaron Martin and Frances Milner Apperson, married August 30, 1855. He was born near East Bend, North Carolina in Yadkin County in the late 18(X)s. He had a brother Abb Martin who married Lela Shinault in the Carroll or Grayson County area. His other brothers and sisters were Joseph Augusta, Martha Jane, Julenia Perlina, Sam W., Mary and Sarah Annie. He moved to Southwest Virginia as a young man. The family lost contact.

Edith Martin Casey
Route 1, Box 168
Fancy Gap, Virginia 24328
(703) 828-2736

[Dear Editor,]
Seeking info on the death of my great-grandfather, William D. Graveley, born 1827, Henry Co. VA. He was living in Wythe Co. VA in 1900, his wife was Mary Higgs Graveley.

Also seeking info on a Edmundson Boyd who was born about 1828, died about 1862-63. He married Mary Hurt Boyd in 1847. I need to know who his parents were and from what county and state. All I can find is that he lived in Wythe Co. VA.

I would like to hear from anyone or will give what info I have to anyone seeking help. Any help would be appreciated.

Delphia Graveley Walls
Route 3, Box 357
Hillsville, VA 24343

[Dear Editor,]
I would like to hear from any descendants of Isaac Lewis Rigney b. 11-7-1838 in Floyd County, d. 6-3-1890, son of "Green" Greenville Washington Rigney born in 1805 and Elizabeth, born 1807. Do you know Elizabeth's maiden name? Married Adeline Weaver Rigney b. 12-12-1845, d. 1-30- 1929. Daughter of Solomon and Sarah Weaver of Montgomery County, VA. Thanks. (my phone - 703-639-4500)

Bernice Phillips
114 Lee Street
Radford, Virginia 24141-4334

[Dear Editor,]
I am seeking information on the family of William (Bill) Adams, wife, Sally Warf Adams. In 1930's lived at Max Meadows, VA. He was deaf and had a barber shop there. I would appreciate hearing from anyone.

Mrs. James M. Beasley
941 Lexington Drive
St. Albans, West Virginia 25177

[Dear Editor,]
Need info on Daniel Paris Bowman, b. 1797, married Christina Owens, Dec. 24, 1829, Tazewell Co. VA, recorded Jan. I 1, 1830. Does anyone know if he was buried in Pulaski Co.? If so, where? Death date? Christina Owens was from Pulaski Co. also and buried in Billips Cemetery, Tazewell Co. VA.

Their children: Susan , Sarah Jane (m. Samuel Augustus Billips), Elizabeth (m. John Sluss), Andrew Jackson (m. Sarah Nunley), Robert Whitley (m. Margaret L. Billips - twins), John , Virginia (m. George Washington Riley), Samuel P. born Pulaski Co. 1836 (m. 1. Nancy J. Stephenson 2. Martha Gilson). Also need info on James Richard (Jimmie) Billips born in NC, probably Forsyth or Bertie Co., married Nancy Wright in 1814. They lived in Tazewell Co., VA. Who were his parents? Who were his brothers and sisters?

Douglas E. McBride
Route 1, Box 430
Bluefield, Virginia 24605