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Genealogy - February, 1986

Issue: February, 1986

[Dear Editor]
My cousin, Virgie Dalton Richardson, gave me a gift subscription to THE MOUNTAIN LAUREL. I have really enjoyed the articles, and being an avid "amateur genealogist", with kin in Virginia.

I really enjoy the genealogy section. By the way, Moody Dalton, the subject of a recent article is Virgie's brother. Their mother Fair Ellender Gray Dalton & my Grandfather, Benjamin Franklin Gray, were siblings.

My purpose in writing is to submit the following query, concerning a line with which I have had some difficulty in tracing further:

Bryant/Young - Seek data on Richard Bryant (b 1795, d 1850-7 in Franklin Co., VA), and his wife, Ann/Annie Young (b 1797, d 1857 in Franklin Co., VA). I suspect Ann was daughter of James Young, Rev. War Pensioner, born in Orange Co., VA Children were Nancy Lindsey, Jacob, Elizabeth, David, Sarah, Eliza, Charity, and Virginia.

Looking forward to receiving my next MOUNTAIN LAUREL. Thanks.


Cecilia G. Schiller
441 Buckingham Circle
Marietta, GA 30066

[Dear Editor]
I'm trying to get information on my family and I hope some of your readers can help me.

My fathers parents were Lemuel J. Frost, born in Grayson Co. Va. on March 15, 1878. My fathers mother was Caroline E. Mabe Frost born in Carroll Co., Va.

My mothers parents were Clark A. Edwards, born in Carroll Co., Va. on Dec. 10, 1869.

Mary Etta Spence Edwards, born in Surry Co., NC on Aug. 20, 1871.

If anyone knows who, where the parents or grandparents of them please let me know.


Mrs. M.E. Phipps
Rt. 1 Box 771
Bassett, VA 24055

[Dear Editor]
Enclosed is a check for a subscription. I received my first copy of Mountain Laurel and have enjoyed it so very much.

I was born in Patrick Co. (1905), Dodson, VA (now Ferrum) near the Old Union Primitive Baptist Church, the only church I knew of as a child.

My parents were John W. Bryant and Sarah Adeline Akers Bryant. I had six sisters and six brothers. Only four of us now survive.

We were all farmers at heart. My dad moved us all to the towel mill town of Fieldale (1920), hoping we could all have a little silver in our pockets for a change, which worked out very well for us.

I was first married to D.A. Turner of Fieldale. Second marriage to W.R. Walker of Fieldale. Have had a very fortunate and happy life.


Mrs. W.R. Walker
Fieldale, VA

[Dear Editor]
I am compiling a history of the following related families of Virginia and North Carolina and would appreciate hearing from anyone who has information about these early families or anyone who is interested:

Lewis, Barker, Basham, Burnside (Byrnsides), Carrow, Harless Holstein-Holstine, Kaylor-Caylor, Mayse, Meadows, Nelson, Paterson, Irwin-Erwin-Ewing, Scott, Snodgrass, Smith (Abram and Jordan), Stanley, Williams, Wilson and Weeks.

Billie Redding Lewis
1104 Voncile St.
Lake Wales, FL 33853

[Dear Editor]
I would like any information about my Grandfather Henry B. Howell. Born April 24, 1831. He was from either Henry or Franklin County. Married first - Lou Ann Epperly, one son John - Second wife was Anjulina Boyd. Their daughter was Emmazettie Sparks.

Mrs. Claice Belcher
RT. 1,Box 77
Meadows of Dan, Va 24120

[Dear Editor]
I am seeking information on the ancestors and descendents of Nicholas Whitlow and Elizabeth Scott Whitlow, who married in Franklin Co., VA on Jan. 6, 1825. Their children were (in part) Nancy, Harriet, William, Granville, James, Elizabeth, Fanny, Louise and John.

William, their son, married Alice Goode in Franklin Co. in 1855. Alice was the daughter of Jacob Goode and Alice Mulins Goode.

I believe Nicholas and Elizabeth Whitlow lived in SW Franklin Co. and need their dates of death and place of burial, as well as any other information on their Scott or Whitlow ancestors or descendents. Any information will be greatly appreciated.

Nancy Myers
2044 Florence Rd.
Woodbine, MD 21797

[Dear Editor]
We are working on the Wilkinson genealogy. My grandfather Isaac B. Wilkinson was born in Virginia in 1818. Many years later he moved to Furnas County, NE and passed away there about the year 1897. I would be very grateful if anyone could tell me where he was born.

Bernice Pierce
2416 W. Charles St.
Grand Island, NE 68803

[Dear Editor]
I have been reading your paper for about 2 years now. I was looking for something interesting to read and saw your paper, liked the name and decided to try one. From then on I waited anxiously for the next one.

Your state has a special place with me because that is where my ancestors are from.

I would like to correspond with any of your readers who are linked to the Turners of Va. My g-g-grandfather was John Burnett Turner who married Naoma Via, came here in the 1800's from Patrick Co. He was a descendant of Shadrack Turner.

Thank you,

Judy Turner Griffy
Box 158
Naoma, WV 25140

[Dear Editor]
Would appreciate any information on John Spencer Thomas (Civil War Vet., prisoner of Yanks in MO) married Sally Richards in 1852; Floyd and Franklin Co. VA.

Also, Simpson Richards and Nancy Vest circa 1800's. Floyd or Franklin Co., VA.

Also, James Baber, Chewning Family and Richard Martin.

Lucille T. Muckenfuss
Rt. 4, Box 393
Fulton, MO 65251

[Dear Editor]
I am looking for the name of my great-grandfather. My grandfather came to Texas some time near 1870. His cousin or uncle came to Texas about the same time and his name was Newton L. Cooper, son of Samuel Cooper, who was the son of Risden Cooper, Sr. Risden was the son of Thomas Cooper of Dorchester Co., MD. Samuel was born in 1887. He had sons, Samuel, Marion, Thomas, Enoch, John Wesley, and a girl, Mary. I think one of these boys is my great-grandfather.

Newton L. Cooper's father and mother is buried in Todd, N.C.

Does anyone know who William M. Cooper's father and mother were? I would like to hear from anyone working on this Cooper family tree.

C.L. Cooper
P.O. Box 352
Sylverter, GA 31791

[Dear Editor]
My wife's great grandfather, Chamblus Tate and his family were living in Floyd Co., VA in the 1840 and 1850 census - moving on to East Tennessee about 1855. Who were his father and mother? I have some evidence that the Charles S. Tate who married Elizabeth Sowers (on Dec. 21, 1835, in Floyd Co) and Chamblus Tate are one and the same. Are They? If anyone has information on the Tate and Sowers families before 1860, I would appreciate hearing from them.

Archer M. Blevins
P.O. Box 1261
Johnson City, TN 37605

[Dear Editor]
I need information on my grandfather's parents: Robert L. Mills, born Dec. 26, 1852 married Frances L. Slate, born April 22, 1857. Possibly from Stokes Co., Westfield, N.C.

Also any information on the Long family, possibly from Davidson Co., N.C. My great-grandfather Charlie C. Long married Belle Leonard. Their son Felix S. Long was my grandfather.

I need proof that the Elizabeth Ann Fulcher Martin, born Sept. 25, 1827, marrying John Robert Martin (my g.g.grandfather) is the daughter of Edmond Fulcher. Proof may be in Edmond's will or Elizabeth's death record.

Any information on the above families will be greatly appreciated.

Mrs. Rhonda Mills Goodin
804 Highland Ridge
Martinsville, VA 24112

[Dear Editor]
My father's people were early settlers around Ferrum and Rocky Mount, Va. - the Hodges.

My mother's people were the Floras and the Kinseys, who settled in Franklin County around 1750.

Should you have any information on the history of these families, I would be happy to have it.

Thank you,

Rachel Hodge Buck
600 East State Rt. 571
Tipp City, Ohio 45371