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Genealogy - April, 1984

Issue: April, 1984

Dear Mountain Laurel Staff,

I think your paper is one of the best. No bad news, just wonderful stories. I look forward every month to the next issue. I know your paper reaches out to a lot of readers, so I hope someone out there can help me.

I’m trying to locate the relatives of James L. and Hula Portis. It seems someone put a new stone on their graves. He was my grandfather, John Portis’s brother and has been dead for years. It may have been the grandchildren, etc. My uncle, Walter Portis in Lexington, North Carolina is the only living Uncle I have left, and they are planning a Portis reunion May 6, 1984.

I would like to hear from anyone who knows any Portis to write me or my cousin. There are so few left. Hoping to hear from someone out there, and keep up the good work. I live on Shooting Creek (Franklin County).


Elizabeth Portis Harris
Rt. 3 Box 177
Ferrum, Va. 24088

Or write to:

Mrs. Vozelle Portis
Rt. 12 Box 562
Lexington, NC 27292

[Dear Editor,]

I would greatly appreciate information on the daughters of Andrew Dickerson of Snake Creek area, Carroll County:

Mrs. Nancy Bowman, Fancy Gap, Va. Mrs. Hettie Goad, Mt. Airy, NC Mrs. Joanna Joyce, Hillsville, Va. Mrs. Rebecca Nester, Hillsville, Va. Mrs. Ruth Branscome, Laurel Fork, Va.

Thank you,

Mrs. Gladys R. Parks
4949 Cheyenne S.E.
Canton, OH 44707