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Genealogy - December, 1983

Issue: December, 1983

[Dear Editor,]

I am interested in genealogy on the Caleb Howell family from Floyd County. He was my grandfather. He married a Howell. Her name was Eliza Melvina Howell, a daughter of Alexander Howell and had three brothers and one sister: Col. Tip Howell, Toliver Howell of Arkansas, Vergil Howell of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Elizabeth Leashoss of Floyd County.

Caleb and Melvina were married March 1858. 12 children were born to them. One of the younger ones was my mother, Lillian, who passes away in 1925. Caleb died 1897. He taught several schools.

I would appreciate any information anyone can give me.


Dawn Hicks
PO Box 44
Hillsville, VA 24343

[Dear Editor,]

Seeking information about my great-aunt, Minnie Laura Wood. Married four times to (1) Weaver, (2) Palmer, (3) Bennett, (4) Jim Groves of Blacksburg, VA. Anxious to locate some of her family. Have located my great-uncle Albert’s family in Laguna Beach, California. We are so happy with our new found family. Thanks.

Ivalien Belcher
Rt. 1 Box 74A
Meadows of Dan, VA 24120

[Dear Editor,]

Searching for information regarding Richard Charles Burgess, said to have been born April 4, 1882, near Floyd, VA in the Yeatts area. Father Samuel Burgess, mother Sally West or Nancy Hanks.

Thank you,

Sybil Plumlee
7735 SW 45th
Portland, Oregon 97219