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Genealogy - November, 1987

Issue: November, 1987

[Dear Editor,]
I am searching the Austin Family Tree and would like any information on Joseph Austin and his wife Rosannah Austin. The information I have came from the 1860 and 1880 Floyd Co., Va. Census records. They lived in the Copper Valley area and raised at least four children: John Austin born around1855; William Austin born around 1858; Joseph 11. Austin, born around December, 1859; and Mary Priscilla Austin born around 1862.

To date I have been unable to locate any records on their marriage, parent's names or where Joseph and Rosannah went after 1880 census was taken in Floyd, Co., Va. on June 15, 1880. Joseph's occupation was listed as "wagoner".

Three of their children's marriages are recorded in the Floyd, County Marriage Register #3. John Austin married Agusta C. King on December 24, 1873; Joseph H. Austin married Mary Catherine Akers on March 30, 1880; Mary Priscilla Austin married Moses D. Allick (Allick?) on August 5, 1882. The other son, William Austin born around 1858 could not be found in the Floyd Co. Va. Marriage Register.

Any information you can give me regarding the Austin Family, their parents or descendents will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your help.

Ruth M. Austin
Rt. 5, Box 276
Danville, VA 24540

[Dear Editor,]
I am interested in the Millard Smart mentioned in "A Man of the Mountains" story by J.E. Hatcher in June '87 issue. My father's family grew up around South Boston and Virgilina, Virginia. Anyone with information may contact me:

John K. Smart
2360 Audrey Dr.
Newark, OH 43055
Telephone #- 614-366-5601

[Dear Editor,]
I am seeking information on one Jeremiah Wright who married Maurning Fielder, daughter of Dennis Fielder, on January 21, 1808, in Grayson County, Virginia.

Also seeking information on one William Wright who married Mary Pearce on December 22, 1812 in Grayson County, Va.

Also seeking information on one Maggie Mallary, daughter of Jordon and Jennie Mallory, who married Samuel J. Wright, son of Lewis H. & Naunie Wright on September 22, 1892 in Carroll County, Va.

Thanking you in advance.

Mrs. Dorothy Q. Wright
417 Bluff City Hwy
Bristol, TN 37620

[Dear Editor,]
I am seeking information on my great, great, great grandfather Nehemiah Vernon, born about 1800, died June 1882; he married Lucinda Martin in 1827 in Henry Co., Virginia; He married Susannah Smith in 1854 in Surry Co., North Carolina. I particularly want to know his whereabouts prior to 1850 and a possible earlier marriage since he appears to be listed in the 1820 census of Rockingham County with a family.

David A. Bartley
P.O. Box 787
Bailey, NC 27807