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December 23, 2004 from
Trying to locate the Goff/McClanahan Cemetery. Suspect it may be in the Big Island area. Would appreciate a reply from anyone who has heard of this cemetery.

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December 16, 2004 from
I am looking for any information on Thomas Patterson born about 1802 in Bedford, VA. He and his wife May or Mary were the parents of at least 10 children. One of these was a son Thomas Patterson born in 1843/1844. This Thomas is my husband's great grandfather.

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October 18, 2004 from
I am trying to find out if there is someone I can contact to get a lookup on an actual will. I have seen two transcribed records that vary for a will of John Pate, Bedford County Will book 1. One says it is on page 57. I am trying to find out the actual name of Frost Snow who was a witness. One just says Frost Snow, the other says Frost E. Snow. I am trying to find out if the "E" was actually listed or if it was a "&", or "And", etc.

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September 7, 2004 from
George B. Austin, and Jane Penn White Austin, were my great-great- grandparents, but I've not been able to find much information about them. They appear in the 1850 Bedford Co. census (Northern Division); in the 1870 Bedford Co. census (Otter Twp.); and in the 1880 Bedford Co. census (Lisbon). George was a miller. I would appreciate any help I can get in filling in the gaps.

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September 7, 2004 from
I am searching for a William Tennis who by some reports was born in Bedford, VA about 1750. If you have any information about this surname in this area, please let me know. He served in the Rev War, owned land in Greenbriar and Monroe Counties. He died in Adams County, OH about 1810-1820. Children: John Tennis who married Polly [Mary] Kincaid, Catherine who married William Maddox and possibly Rachael who married William T. Smith. Any info you might have is greatly appreciated. Lori

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August 26, 2004 from
Looking to verify (hopefully through court or vital records of some sort) two specific relationships that took place in Bedford County for DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) membership.
1) Nathaniel B Parker (b. 4-23-1788 Bedford County, d. 5-11-1846 Botetourt County) was the son of James B Parker (b. 5-21-1757 Bedford County, d. Nov 1833 Bedford County) and his wife Rhoda [maiden name unknown] (b. 8-28-1761 Bedford County, d. 1830-1833 Bedford County).
2) Charles W Parker (b. 12-8-1811, Bedford County, d. 3-1-1902 Hancock County IL) was the son of Nathaniel B Parker (b. 4-23-1788 Bedford County, d. 5-11-1846 Botetourt County) and his wife Anna Cash Tyler (b. 12-28-1785, Amherst County VA, d. [information unknown]). Thanks so much to anyone who can help me with these!

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June 16, 2004 from
Ezekial POTTS m. 12 Aug. 1780 Bedford Co., VA to Eleanor HARBISON, d/o James HARBISON and Rachel PORTER. In 1780 James HARBISON was in what became KY and it was thought that he'd moved his family there from Botetourt Co., VA. Had James shuttled his family back to less dangerous territory? I'm interested in corresponding with anyone who knows of this family.

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June 8, 2004 from
I have been researching the GILBERT family in Baltimore and later Harford County, MD for some time and have accumulated a lot of information. Several members of the family moved to Bedford Co., VA. However, I haven't been able to verify much about the early years of my many times gr-grandmother, Nancy Ann Gilbert (or Ann). Several sources say that Nancy Ann or Ann's parents were Garvis/Jarvis Gilbert and Elizabeth PRESTON Gilbert. She must have been born not more than a year before her father died in about 1754. She was born about 1753/54. Garvis must have died about 1754. His estate was finally settled in 1756. Elizabeth married (2) Michael GASH on 11Aug 1754. Then by 1763 they were in Bedford Co. when Michael Gash's son Thomas married an Elizabeth Gilbert. Garvis and Elizabeth had a daughter named Elizabeth but I'm not sure if she is the one who married Thomas Gash or not. They were not in any way related but they would have been raised together.
I just recently found the information about Elizabeth marrying Michael GASH. I had often wondered how Nancy Ann got from MD to VA and this explains it - her mother and step-father brought her. Nancy Ann Gilbert then married Thomas HELM on 31 Jan 1774. All the records I have seen say they were married in Bedford Co. VA but I have never been able to find a marriage record for them. Does anyone have any further information about Michael Gash, or about the Gash family who moved to Bedford Co. VA? Perhaps there might be something in the records about the GASH family that would pertain to my ancestor.

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June 8, 2004 from
I am looking for information on this family (JUDD, SHENK, DEBUSK, RITTNEHOUSE/ RITTENHOUSE) who was in Bedford Co., VA during the 1910, 1920,and 1930 census:
1910 Census Bedford Co., VA JUDD, Edgar A. 44 VA; wife Lona C. 38 VA; son Runie E. 21 VA; daughter Lena B. 19 VA; son Leo W. 16 VA; son Ross R. 11 VA; son Claud J. 6 VA; Father-in-law Jacob Shink 72 VA; Sister Fannie J. Rittnehouse 42 VA; Nephew Okie J. Rittnehouse 10 VA
1920 Census Goode, Bedford Co., VA
JUDD, Runie E. 31 (looks like Ruric?) Ancestry has Rosie; Essie G. 32; dau Lois G. 3 1/12; son Charles R. 5/12;
living beside his sister.....
DEBUSK, Wiliam D. 26; Lina B. 28 or 29; Ellen C 2 11/12; Ira J. 4 or 7/12 4 or 7 mo.
1930 Census Otter Dist., Bedford Co., VA
JUDD, Edgar A.65 married age 22 Farmer/General Farm; wife Lona or Cora C. 58 married age 16; son Claud J. 25 Farm laborer/ Gen. Farm; grandson DeBusk?, Ira 11;
JUDD, Wheeler 36

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May 28, 2004 from
I am looking for any information regarding James W. Compton, who lived in Bedford County, Virginia in 1860. I am particularly interested in how his family was related to the family of Valentine Kemper.

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May 1, 2004 from
I am researching Susannah ABSTON, daughter of Joshua, who married Jacob MILLER 21 August 1800 in Bedford Co. Jacob Miller was born in Woodstock, Shenandoah Co. VA. I also believe that 1776 is probably his birth year Does anyone else have this couple? Thank you. Their son Joshua Abston Miller stated he was born in Shenandoah Co. 1805. It seems the family moved to Bedford => Pittsylvania => Campbell Counties VA not long afterwards though I have no proof where the other children were born - Jacob Jr., Rachel who married Christopher Citty, Elisabeth who died as a child and Polly. Jacob married 2nd Elisabeth Cox 1811 in Campbell Co. VA. and they were still there in 1829.

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March 13, 2004 from
I am searching for a Richard Hale born in Bedford Co. before the Revolutionary War. He was the father of my gggGrandfather Richard C. Hale who was born in 1798 in Bedford Co., VA. He died in 1848 in Pulaski county, Ill. Richard C. Hale married Driscilla Mathews, who was also born in Bedford County VA. I need help. My Mother and my Grandfather (Robert Edward Hale) always told me the story that there were three bothers named Shadrack, Meshach, and Abednego. Please respond if you have any information. Thanks,

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March 1, 2004 from
Would like to exchange information on the family of Jacob CITTY (ZETTY) and his wife Elizabeth ("Betsy") RUNYON (RUNION).
Jacob, b. 28 Jun 1760, Donegal Twp., Lancaster Co., PA, m. Mar 1781, Brocks Gap, Rockingham Co., VA, d. 6 May 1836, Bedford Co., VA. Parents: Peter ZETTY & Barbara Ann RIFE. Jacob served twice in the Revolutionary War and received a pension for his services. Elizabeth, b. between Jan & June 1761, d. 31 Dec 1848, Bedford Co., VA. Parents: John RUNYON, Sr. & Anne (probably GOODPASTURE).
 1: Catharine, b. 22 Jan 1782, m. John B. WOOD, Sr
 2: Nancy, b. 11 Sep 1783 m. William W. STEPHENS
 3: Abraham, b. 17 Oct 1785. Probably did not marry. Lived in Pittsylvania Co., VA
 4: Elizabeth, b. 7 Mar 1788 m. James Harvey MITCHELL
 5: John, b.14 Jan 1790 m. Mary Jane WITT
 6: Jacob Jr., b. 17 Mar 1792 m. (1) Parkey DEARREN & (2) Jane BARNES. Moved to Wayne Co., KY
 7: Magdalena, b. 20 Nov 1793. Died before 1800.
 8: Polly, b. 20 Nov 1794 m. Blagdon WOOD. Moved to Callaway Co., MO
 9: Sarah b. 14 Jan 1797 m. Robert BURKS
10: Christopher, b. 4 Jul 1799 m. Rachel C. MILLER. Moved to Greene Co., IN
11: Samuel, b. 17 Mar 1802. Nothing further known.
12: Martha, 18 Apr 1804 m. Thomas OWEN. Lived in Pittsylvania Co., VA
For more complete details, please go to my Runyon genealogy website:http://www.norman.runyon.com

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February 29, 2004 from
Looking for information on Dr. J. J. Leech. Dr. Leech and Dr. R. H. Hartwell opened the John Russell Hospital in 1935. Also any information on Dr, J. G. Leech who was a co-owner of the Hospital from 1935 until the 1950's. Amy information would be greatly appreciated.

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February 25, 2004 from
I am looking for information on the Lard-Firkin murder trial in the 1930's I believe. My maternal grandfather, James Albert Smith, was convicted of manslaughter in that case. Any help as to a resouce to find out more about this is appreciated. Thank you,

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February 15, 2004 from
I am looking for information on my grandfather, Byas Cezareo Jones and his second wife, Charmie Ellen Morgan. He was born in Monroe Co, WV and she was born in Bedford Co, VA. I believe they married in Bedford Co, VA, about 1906 for their daughter, Ada was born there in 1907. They also had a son, Rufus Jones. I also believe my grandfather's sister, Ethel Jones has some kind of connection to Bedford Co - maybe she married into the Morgan family also. Any information on this family would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for any help you can give me.

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January 29, 2004 from
I am trying to locate a grave site for my third great grandfather, James Madison Darden, Revolutionary War soldier. My family has always told me that he is buried in Bedford County, Virginia, close to a railroad track that was added later to the area. Do you know if a DAR marker could possibly be placed at this site? I will be so grateful for any help that you can give me.

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January 18, 2004 from
I am looking for information on my GreatGrandparents George Abner Clement and Susan Frances Pollard of Bedford County. I would like to know if anyone has information on where their burial location is. Also trying to find the father of George Abner Clement as he is as far back as I can go on this line. Thank You.

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January 16, 2004 from
Looking for more information on John Vance who was b. ca 1715 and died 1757 in Bedford County, VA. He surveyed land in southwestern Virginia with John Buchanan. He left behind 3 children, Jacob (1750-1815), John and Mary. Jacob went to SC with Nathaniel Clarke and married Sarah Unk. John moved to Sullivan Co. TN and married Sarah Allison. Mary Vance married Robert Boggs in 1778 in VA.
Jacob Vance served in Capt David Looney's Co. in 1776 protecting Fincastle County from the Cherokees. Jacob later moved to Giles County TN and died there in 1815. Jacob and Sarah had the children: Nancy, Jacob Jr., John, William & James

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