Bath County, Virginia 1998 Queries

Pat Venable                                               Thur. Jan. 1, 1998


My ggggrandfather William S. Venable was born in VA 5-8-1804. The death certificate of his his son stated that William S. Venable was born in Bath Co. VA. He married Sarah W. Eades in Albamarle Co. VA Jan. 30, 1827 and is in the 1830 census of Flavanna Co. VA. I am trying to find who William's parents were. I find a William Venable in 1810 census of Bath Co and I found that James Venable married Sally Dean 10-2-1797. I would appreciate any information on these people. Thanks for any help.

Linda Hopp                                               Tue. Jan. 6, 1998


Hello! I am searching for documentation of parents and birth of Sarah Rebbeca Totten said to be b. in Bath Co about 1785 or later. Perhaps her father would be on the tax list? I believe his name was John Totten and his wife was Drusilla {Totten} Any suggestions? Many Thanks, Linda

Charles H. Woolsey                                 Fri. Jan. 9, 1998


Nadine Molnar inquired about a Stephen and anna Bowlin, are they related to Sally Bowlin that moved to southern Illinois in early 1800's and married Solomon Woolsey in 1835.

Shirley Lillie                                              Wed. Jan. 21, 1998


I would like to contact someone who knows of or is researching John Miller, raised at Warm Springs. Entered the Rev. war from VA., Moved circa 1800 to Washington Co PA., for 19 years, then to Ohio, where he died in 1855.

His daughter Catherine Clouse applied for his pension at age 67 from Meigs Co., Ohio. This was in 1857. Thank You

Shirley Lillie       P.O. Box 863        Montezuma, Iowa 50171

Beverly Harbourt                                       Thur. Jan. 22, 1998      Address update needed


I am researching the Hite family. According to the FTW Marriage archives both a John S. Hite, who I show is the son of Isaac Hite and Mary Polly Koontz is listed married to a Rachel G. Burns in Bath in May 22, 1841.

A George W. Hite is showed married to a Siscelia Mathany Nov 13 1845. I am interested in finding out whether they were brothers as I only have one child listed so far for Isaac and Mary. Please let me know the best way to access the marriage records. Thanks for any help you might be able to provide regarding this matter.

Sandra Benham                            Sat. Mar. 7, 1998       Address update needed


Seeking information on the family of Loftus PULLEN/PULLIN of Bullpasture, who m. Ann Jane (Jenny) USHER of England, supposedly d/o Edward USHER.

Loftus and Ann Jane (Jenny) had two known children: Sarah who m. 21 Jun 1778 David COOK and Patsey/Patty who m. 10 Jan 1794 in Bath Co., VA Hugh HENRY.

It is believed these are also the children of Loftus and Ann Jane (Jenny): John m. Elizabeth BENSON, Solomon, Jonathan, Thomas m. Jane BENSON, Jane m. Mr. ESTILL, Samuel m. Nancy HENRY.

Robert Miller                            Tue. Mar. 17, 1997           address update needed


Am searchng for MILLER,Francis and wife Anne married in Bath around July 1797 as well as son of Francis, James MILLER born in Bath cty around 1 March 1825  any Info will help if you have it      Thanks Robert Miller- Canton, Ohio

Beverly Niel                              Sat. Mar. 14, 1998


I am looking for the ancestors of George WOODZELL b 1842 d 1933 and his wife Martha F. CLARK b. 1847 d 1924

I believe his father to be Stephen WOODZELL his mother Dinah WRIGHT WOODZELL. who live in Bath County VA. I would appreciate any help in finding these ancestors. I would like also to know where the are interred.

Diana Granger                           Thur. Mar. 26, 1998      Address update needed


Seeking any documentation on Reuben Powell who migrated to Bath County from North Carolina around 1791. He married Dorcas Alford on Nov. 22, 1793. I am interested in deeds and information on the Alford family who may have been in neighboring Randolph or Rockingham County.

(Patricia's Notes: Rheubin Powell to Dorsis Alfred, d/o John, bond dated Nov. 13, 1793, return dated: Nov. 22, 1793 in Bath Co.,VA. Their names spelled on the return as Ruben & Dorsis Alfred.)

Mary Oldham                                  Tue, 31 Mar            Address update needed


William Oldham died in Bath Co., VA., will proved 1799. Wife Jean/Jane________? Children: William, Thomas, Joseph, David, Henry, Edward, Sarah, Nancy,  Elizabeth, Rosanna. Would like to hear from anyone related directly or indirectly with this family, especially surnames who moved from Bath Co., to Greenville Co., S.C.

Etta Stephens Withers                     Sat. Apr. 11, 1998          Address udate needed


My gr gr grandfather Thomas S. PORTLOCK was born in Bath County, VA. I am interested in having the PORTLOCK name listed in your Bath County listing.

John PORTLOCK b. 7 Jul 1765 in Shenandoah Co., VA; was m. 27 Dec 1791, Fauquier Co., VA to Sarah Daugherty, b. VA. Their children born in Bath Co. were: Barnett D., b. 1794; Thomas S., b. 1796; Dr. John S., b. 1801; David L., b. 1803; and Moses B., b. 1805.

Nancy Clay                                  Thu. Apr. 16, 1998


I'm looking for William and John Dudding supposedly born in Bath Co. William was born March 14, 1784 and John was born around  1772. Their father is supposed to be Alfred Wellington Dudding or  Duddington. Supposedly owned land where Washington, DC now is! We  cannot find them .No one seems to be doing any Dudding research in VA! Thanks,

Annemarie Piland                                     Wed. May 13, 1998         Address update needed


HUGHES, James and Mary - 1860-1870. Looking for info on James and Mary Hughes who moved to Bath Co between 1860 - 1870. At least three of their children (Abe, George, and Jane (married to a Thompson) came with them. I am trying to find out when they died and where they are buried. Jane's family stayed in the County. Abe went to WV. George I have not been able to trace. Thanks

Mary L. Carlstead                                    Thu. May 14, 1998


I am researching the KERR family, particularly the family of DAVID KERR b. 31 AUG 1812 Deer Creek, VA; died July 1890 probably in Millboro, WVA (or is it VA?)

He married Elizabeth Whitman. He was the son of Daniel Kerr and his second wife, Nancy Ann McKeny. I am extremely interested in finding the descendents of their children. One of them may have the original family Bible which came from Scotland and acc. to a letter written in 1900, dates back to the late 1600's. This would be priceless for our research.

David and Elizabeth Whitman Kerr had five children:

1. William Whitman Kerr, DDS b. 1839 nr. Green Bank, VA (Did not marry) d. 1910 Batesville, Arkansas

2. Sarah McKemy Kerr b. 1842 nr. Green Bank, VA d. 1862

3. Mary Elizabeth(Lizzie) Kerr b. 1846 nr. Green Bank, VA In 1900 was living with brother, Dr. A.F. Kerr in Millboro & not married

4. Adolphus Kerr, MD b. 1849 nr. Green Bank, VA Married

5. Margaret J. Kerr b. 1852 nr. Green Bank, VA (Married Rev.J.C. Carson- d. 1932 in Blountsville, TN   moved to Blountsville,TN)

We have a copy of a priceless letter written in 1900 by Lizzie to her first cousin, my husband's grandfather, about the fact that Lizzie's father, very frail, had tried to keep up the family Bible which they still had in 1900. It had come from Scotland and had all the family dates written in it. I wrote to the Bath County Historical Society last fall for help but have never had an answer. I now have a computer and tonight found the web sites for Bath County. I also have another source, James Wooddell in Green Bank - another cousin has met him. But my letter to him came back as not deliverable, although his name is still listed in the web phone book and it is the same address that the cousin had.

We would love to just look at this Bible, and I am willing to fly to Virginia or West Virginia to see it. Also have family in Maryland that could drive down to see it. It is very important to the family just to know that it still exists. Thank you.

Mary L. Carlstead, 147 Walter Hays Drive, Palo Alto, CA 94303  (650) 326-1794

Lois Hodge                                Tue Jun 2, 1998


I am from Charleston West Virginia but I am researching my maternal grandfather's family. His family is from Bath County. His father's name was George Keyser who was the son of Hezekiah. Hezekiah was in the Civil war and is buried in a Civil war cemetary here in Charleston. It was after the war that the Keyser family came to Charleston.

If you have any information or can help us in any way it would be greatly appreciated. Knowing Hezekiah's wife's name would be very helpful!! Please respond to my mothers e mail address above.

Betti Moore                                   Mon Jun 8, 1998


Looking for a link to Sidney Griffith b. 1838 m. Teresa (unknown).

Believe that he is related to Orlando or William Griffith - link may have been Robert Griffith - they lived along the Cowpasture River and had a considerable amount of land which later became part of national park, resort and prestigious boys school. Appreciate any help in this regard.

Earlene Bale                               Mon Jun 8, 1998


John M Rowe, b. 15 Sept 1844, Bath Co. VA. d. 25 Mar. 1891, buried at St. Philips Cem. Rolling Prairie, Crawford Co. IL. m. 24 Nov. 1880, St. Philips Church ?, to Margaret Murphy. John was suppose to be the son of Richard Rowe, of co. West Meath, Mayne Parish, Ireland. His mother was suppose to be Elizabeth McMahon, but in the 1880 census of Crawford Co. WI, he is listed as stepson of Elizabeth. I need proof of his birth and who were is parents.  

Elizabeth (McMahon) Rowe was the dau. of Mary (--) Rowe, no other information on this line.

I do lot of information on the Rowe family in Crawford Co. WI. Im willing to share with anyone.

Betti Moore                                   Mon Jun 8, 1998


Looking for connection to William Harrison b. about 1804 married Linsa (unknown) - had the following children: Celia, Otis, Abagail, Catherine, William R., John H., Mary V., James T., Columbia, Ialena. They ended up in Floyd County, Ky.

My Aunt (84) said that the Harrison's and the Griffiths came from the  same area.

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