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December 8, 1997 from
I am seeking info/parents of Thomas ALIFF Sr. of Bedford. Thomas (b. 1771-1780, d. 1841/1850) married Jane HUNT, dau. of Elizabeth in 1803 in Bedford. The family later moved to Franklin Co, where Thomas died. Children include Thomas Jr. and William. Any info. on Thomas or Jane would be appreciated. Thanks,

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December 8, 1997 from
I am seeking parents of Luke RAY (b.ca 1750 or before d.1813), also spelled REA/WRAY, of Bedford Co. How is Luke related to the RAYs of Amherst Co? Who is Luke's first wife? Children include: Pamela (who married David B. REES Jr.), Luke Jr., and Senah. Any info. appreciated. Thanks,

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December 8, 1997 from
I am seeking information/parents of Calvin COLLINS (b.1824 d. 1894) of Bedford Co. He married Harriet RICHARDS (b.1822 d. 1894), dau. of Mary in 1846 in Bedford. Is Calvin the son of Presley and Mary (ARTHUR) COLLINS? Children of Calvin and Harriet include: William T. (sometimes listed as C.), Mary A.E., and John H. Thanks,

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November 30, 1997 from
George WHITE b. Abt 1740 moved from Amelia Co. VA in 1756 to Bedford Co, VA. Land records indicated George is the father of Joseph WHITE b. abt 1760 died before Nov 24, 1844 when his will was proved; children of Joseph include: Sarah, Uriah, George (1783) m. Sarah FREEMAN (1796); Elizabeth; Jane (Gincy); Massey; John; Mary Polly; Jesse. All children born in Bedford Co VA. Interested any information on this family.

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November 19, 1997 from
Seeking information on ggggggrandparents: Charity Ann HUNTER m. Richard MARTIN. Charity was born ca 1765 in Bedford Co., possibly to Andrew & Mary HUNTER. Charity had brothers Andrew, Peter, George, Matthew, and John, all of whom settled along the Mayo river. Charity and Richard probably married after he completed his service in MD and he moved to VA enroute to NC. To the best of my knowledge there is no record of a pension being granted - though he supposedly gave an affadavit in Rockingham Co. Court. Any info on the HUNTER family - some of whom I think remained in Bedford Co., would be appreciated. Thanks

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November 3, 1997 from
I'm researching the ancestors and descendants of three brothers from Bedford County who fought in Lord Dunmore's War: Elias BARKER, Joseph BARKER and William BARKER. Each was enrolled in Capt. Jonas Friend's Company. The brothers later moved to the Tygart River Valley, near present day Belington, WVA, and about 1780 moved on again to Madison County, Kentucky. Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated. Michael Barker, Washington, DC

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October 19, 1997 from
Joseph BLACKWELL married 1814 in Bedford Co VA, to Susannah PATTERSON (d/o Robert). Is anyone working on this family? My BLACKWELL family includes every other BLACKWELL marriage bond listed in Bedford Co BUT this Joseph's marriage. I need to find out about him. This name Joseph, may be a clue back for my family. He could be an uncle or brother to my line, and may carry the first name of the progenitor. Please e mail response. Thanks.

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September 17, 1997 from
I have record of James STIFF who married Mary Molly LEWIS 1778 in Bedford Co., VA. Their son Richard STIFF married Catherine ADKERSON Dec. 13, 1806 also in Bedford Co., VA. Any information on these families would be deeply appreciated and any info I have shared.

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September 15, 1997 from
I am looking for information about Stephen MURPHY and relatives. Stephen married Lucy BABER in Bedford County in 1820. He served during the War of 1812, and enlisted from Bedford County in 1813. He is believed to have been born in 1793, a few weeks after his father died. He may have been born in Maryland or Loudon County, VA, but probably moved to Bedford County shortly afterwards. His mother's name was Rachael MURPHY, but I do not know his father's name, or names of other relatives. Any information about Stephen or Rachael would be appreciated.

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September 4, 1997 from
Thomas Jefferson WHITESIDES was born in Hillsbore Dist, Orange Co, North Carolina on 22 Nov 1797. Thomas was the son of Samuel Elliott WHITESIDES b. abt 1753 Mechum's Creek, Albermarle Co, Virginia and Elizabeth BRACKETT. Elizabeth BRACKETT was born in, Bedford Co, Virginia about 1755. Thomas Jefferson WHITESIDE married Sarah McCREERY on 28 Oct 1816 when Sarah was 16 years old. Their oldest daughter was Agnes WHITESIDE who has been listed in our family history as part Indian. I would like to find more on the family history and kin including their nationalities.

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September 2, 1997 from
Jeremiah WOOD was married to Mary (Polly) DOOLEY in Bedford Co, I dont know when. Their children Were Jeremiah Jr., who married Martha FEAZEL in 1829; Thomas WOOD b 1810-11, married Mahala FEAZEL also 1829; Bird WOOD b 1812, married Mary FEAZEL 1832; all of the above in Bedford Co. Other children may include Nathan WOOD, and another Mary WOOD b1817, married Nicolas WILKERSON in 1837. Does anyone have anything more? Maybe we can help each other out. I'd love to hear from anyone with any Bedford WOODs pre 1860.

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August 25, 1997 from
Reesden (also spelled "Risden") RICHARDSON (also spelled as RICHESON) married Sarah "Sally" JEWELL on Nov. 26, 1818. They had 7 children (4 boys: Noah, Alexander, Jewell (Juel), & Powell; and 3 girls: Sarah Jane, Elizabeth, & Jemima - the last child born in 1831). I've been trying to find a line on this family prior to Reesden (or Risden), but so far I've come up blank. There is no mention of Reesden in the 1810 Census of Montgomery Co., VA. Family oral history has it that Risden and "his brothers" moved into Montgomery County from down around Roanoke/Bedford, VA. So far this has been the end of the line for me. Anybody having anything on Risden (Reesden) RICHARDSON would be a welcome sight! There were also a Jacob and a Soveron "RICHESON" (RICHARDSON) listed along with "Risden" in the 1820 Census - not sure if there was a connection, and as I said this has been the end of the line for me. Thanks for any information.

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August 18, 1997 from
I am looking for any information on possible ancestors for: James Alexander WOMACK Born: 14 Nov 1857; Lynchburg, Virginia Death: 30 Apr 1928; Marceline, Missouri Married to Emma Catherine BELL - 24 Dec 1881; Marceline, Missouri Born: 19 Jan 1863; Macon Co., Missouri Death: 26 Sep 1937; Marceline, Missouri

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August 16, 1997 from
Looking for Booker WILKES parents and/or brother's and sister's from Bedford County. Thank you,
Donna Brown Wilkes
2935 Iron Ridge Road
Rocky Mount, VA 24151

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August 9, 1997 from
I am searching for James CUNDIFF b abt 1804,He is listed in 1850 Bedford Co. Va. I belive that James CUNDIFF is from Richard CUNDIFF line that began in Northumberland, Va. James CUNDIFF married Sarah WEST. Any information is helpful. I am trying to gather a database of all CUNDIFFs of VA.

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August 2, 1997 from
I am researching my mother's ancestors. Robert IRVIN married Mary SOUTH in Bedford County, Virginia, about 1770 and died in 1798 in Logan County, Kentucky. Sixth son (of 10 children) Jesse IRVINE was born in Logan County, Kentucky, in 1790, and died in Gentry County, Missouri, about 1846. He married Margaret HADLEY, in Todd County, Kentucky, in 1810. His widow and children were early pioneers (1852) to Oregon. I have much info on IRVINEs after they reached Oregon, but am trying to trace early history of Robert IRVIN. Any assistance you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

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July 29, 1997 from
My 6th ggrandfather was Miles H. GATHRIGHT, Jr., born in VA in the mid 1700s. He married a woman named Elizabeth in 1769 and they had five children that I know of: Sarah (my line), William Mosby, Mary, Joel, and Ambrose. Sarah married in Bedford County. Can anyone identify Elizabeth's parents and where they were from? Since her first son had the middle name of Mosby, I suspect it MAY have been her maiden name. My ancestor Sarah GATHRIGHT married Edwin MOSELEY in Bedford County in the 18th century. Can anyone identify the relationship of Edwin to Anne MOSELEY (daughter of Henry MOSELEY), who married Thomas HARDING in Northampton County in the mid 1600s? Any help gratefully received. Will share my information on the GATHRIGHTs (back to early 1600s) and the Hardings (starting in 1565 in England).

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July 20, 1997 from
I am interested in finding other WELLS family researchers. William WELLS b. 1806 in VA. He married Sarah PRATER in 1827 in Floyd Co., KY and they lived in Morgan Co., KY. This WELLS family may have been in Bedford Co., VA since many of Sarah's relatives were -- Jonathan PRATER married Sarah MOSELY in Bedford Co., VA in 1786 -- another Jonathan married Elizabeth CRESAP in Bedford Co, VA, Thomas PRATER was born in Bedford Co. Other surnames in common are NICKELL, WILLIAMS, FUGATE.

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July 15, 1997 from
Need any information on John VANCE, died c1756 in Bedford County. Would like maiden name of wife Elizabeth and anything concerning their offspring. It is believed John was at the Lead Mines on the New River prior to coming to Bedford. I will appreciate all help, hints or clues. Thanks,

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July 8, 1997 from
William HALL b.c. 1707 Eng. Lived in Bucks Cty, PA. Settled in Bedford Cty. Killed by indians in Bedford Cty in 1757. His eldest son was Hezkiah b.c. 1741. Need info on the wife and parents of William. His wife may have been a STOVER.

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June 29, 1997 from
Searching for information on family of Nehemiah SPRADLING who married Mary "Polly" BROWN 19 Sept. 1826 in Bedford Co. VA.

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June 3, 1997 from
Seeking information on Matthias MOUNTS family who bought property on Little Otter in Bedford County 1781. Wife, Mary; Children: Matthias, John, Elizabeth, Mary, Henry, James Smith, Celia, Rachel---born 1752-1780. Moved on to KY and settled in Dix River area (Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Garrard Counties).

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April 28, 1997 from
Looking for information regarding John GRAY (1772 - 1838). It was reported in the 1930's that Dr. Robert Christian NININGER of Roanoke County, Virginia had in his possession a family Bible with the following inscription: "John GRAY is my name, Virginia is my nation, and Bedford County's my dwelling place, and Christ is my salvation." It was also reported that the Bible also carried the following: "Purchased by Richard GRAY June 5, 1772, from John Earkon, Price seventy schillings, Colonies of Pennsylvania"

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April 25, 1997 from
Searching for parents and other ancestors of Henry PRICE b. 1769ca Bedford, Augusta, or Fincastle Counties, VA. Died 1808 and buried at Presbyterian Church in Bedford. Augustus PRICE and Daniel PRICE may have been his brothers. Henry PRICE married Catherine WAX in 1787 in Winchester, VA. The family moved to Hawkins County, TN shortly after their marriage and Henry died of typhoid fever while on a trip back to Bedford in 1808.

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April 22, 1997 from
Daniel HARRIS resided in Bedford Co., Va during the 1750s and perhaps a little later before moving to Wake Co., NC. Wish to find the parents and siblings of Daniel. Thank you

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April 17, 1997 from
John MASON b. 1699 d. 18 Aug 1761 was married to Mary ____ b. 1703 d. bef 1761 in Augusta Co, VA. Their dau. Margaret MASON b. 1725 d. bef 1776 m. William BOYD b. 1710-1723 in Bedford Co, VA d. 27 Jan 1794 in Bedford Co, VA. I'm looking for John MASON's ancestors and siblings and the maiden name of his wife Mary. I'm also looking for ancestors and siblings of William BOYD.

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April 17, 1997 from
George ANDERSON b. abt 1710 m. Elizabeth ____. Their children were Martha b. abt 1715 in Augusta Co, VA d. 1778 in Bedford Co, VA m. Henry DOOLEY; Jacob b. 3 Nov 1731; Patsey m. Samuel DOOLEY; Mary; and Margaret ANDERSON. I'm looking for ancestors and siblings of George ANDERSON and the maiden name of his wife Elizabeth.

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April 15, 1997 from
My 4th great grandparents were James B. DOOLEY & Frances CRUMP. Their daughter was Emiline Pearl DOOLEY b. Mar 1810 in Bedford Co, VA. James B. DOOLEY was the son of George DOOLEY & Virginia BOYD. I'm looking for siblings, ancestors, dates & places on all these people.

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April 8, 1997 from
Seeking any information about my ancestor, John McCLANAHAN from Bedford County. John McCLANAHAN and Absolom McCLANAHAN were part of the Virginia Militia that fought at the Battle of Point Pleasant. It is believed that John McCLANAHAN had a daughter, Elizabeth McCLANAHAN from whom I am descended. They moved to Jefferson County, Tennessee by 1800 when Elizabeth married David NEEL.

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April 6, 1997 from
Adam EARLY, born about 1785 in Bedford County, died after 1850, probably in Botetourt County. Married Rachel, last name unknown. Earliest records refer to him as Adam YEARLY. Lived near Natural Bridge. Children Robert, Mahala, Rhoda, Elizabeth, and several others.

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March 24, 1997 from
My 5th great grandmother was Elizabeth (Beautiful Betsy) BELL b. abt 1746 m. Henry JETER abt 1765 in Amelia Co?, VA d. 1833 in Bedford Co, VA. I'm looking for her ancestors and siblings.

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March 16, 1997 from
Seeking information on the FIELD and HURT families of Bedford county. Looking for information about my GGGG grandfathers: John FIELD who died in Bedford county on 8 May 1823, he was married to Jane MILLEN. And John HURT born in Albemarle county and died in Bedford county. He was married to Anne GARLAND who was born in 1742. Other Bedford county names being researched are: Garland HURT & Betsy Ann TUCKER; Charlotte Matilda Ann HURT & William O. FIELD Sr.; Josephus HURT & Charlotte NICHOLS. I will share what I have on any or all of these families.

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March 15, 1997 from
I would like to exchange information with anyone who is researching the Absalom MELTON family which was listed on the 1782-1787 Virginia Tax List of Bedford Co. I have very little information on him at the present time but do have other MELTON data which I am very willing to share with others. Regards

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February 26, 1997 from
I'm looking for info on my g-g-grandparents, Mary GOOD b. Oct. 25, 1807 in Virginia, m. on December 15, 1830 just across the county line in Natural Bridge, VA to Daniel HONTS, b. Jan. 1, 1811. They moved to Illinois at some point, as they both died there (Mary in 1893 and Daniel in 1876). I'd love to hear from anyone with any information on them. Thanks!

My 6GG George WHITE, Father of Joseph WHITE, moved to Bedford Co. from Amelia Co. about 1756. His Wife's name ? His Parents ? Any info appreciated.

John Daniel HELM, b Sep 1, 1741 in GER, d Sep 27, 1818 in Bedford Co. M Sophia Magdalen MOHR on Apr 1, 1772, and a Mrs. JONES. Immigrated with brother Francis HELM ca 1768 to Baltimore. Moved to Sharpsburg, PA >Fincastle, Botetourt Co > Bedford Co. Inventory of his estate Oct 27, 1818, recorded in Bedford Co Nov 23, 1818 in will Book 5, p 45. Ch: My John Daniel, Jr, b Apr 1, 1773, m Lucy GRANT and Catherine BARGER (Oct 25, 1798), d Apr 1, 1854; David, killed in Canada in War of 1812; Abram, died in Battle of New Orleans; Hannah, m Fred ANNSPAUGH; Sallie, m Reuben PARKER; Elizabeth, m William CALVERT.
Larry P. Cornwell
7725 Halcyon Forest Trail
Montgomery AL 36117-3483

I am searching for information on William Reeves BOSWELL m. Mary Alice YOUNG in 1894 in Bedford County, VA. He was probably born late 1840's. I would also like any information on his father William BOSWELL m. Elizabeth COMPTON on Oct. 19, 1831 in Bedford County. William was born in 1811 in Bedford County.

Researching William WALTON b ca 1742 VA who mar Mary HUNT b 1761 in Bedford or Franklin Co VA. Mar ca 1781 Franklin Co. Mary was one of fourteen children. Need names of Mary HUNT's and William WALTON's parents. Believe surname HENSON or ESLI (EASLEY ?) may be in background of HUNT family because these are common given names among families of Mary HUNT's siblings. After American Revolution, William and Mary WALTON and their children relocated to St Louis MO (possibly by way of KY.

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January 13, 1997 from
Seeking parents of Charles Washington WOOD born 15 Aug 1827, probably in Bedford, VA. He married 15 Nov 1846, Bedford Co., VA. Mary Ann ORE. When his parents died he was raised in the home of his school teacher Edward ORE. Seeking parents of Edward ORE. born about 1788 and married 23 Feb 1816, Bedford Co., VA. Judith F. DOWDY, daughter of Hundley DOWDY and Eleanor (CREASY) DOWDY of Bedford, VA.
Carolyn H. Brown
PMB 347
P.O. Box 2040
Roseburg, OR 97470-0413

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January 12, 1997 from
I am looking for information about KIRKs who were in Bedford County in 1820. John KIRK was born in Bedford County @1820 his parents were William KIRK and Sarah WEBB KIRK. I need any information about these people. Did John grow up and marry someone in this area? Who were the William and Sarah KIRK's other children? Thank you

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January 10, 1997 from
Seeking ancestors of John DOWNING who d. 1777, Russell Parish, Bedford Co., VA. Wife: Mary. Children: William, John, Andrew, James Ezekial, Martha, Margaret, Mary. A number of the children migrated to KY and some on to St. Charles Co., MO.

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January 2, 1997 from
I am looking for the burial place of John HAYNES, b. 1753, Halifax co. (?) VA, d. 1840, Bedford co. VA. He was the son of William W. HAYNES, mother unknown. He had several children: Dudley, Thomas, David, Edmund (My gggrandfather), Patrick, John D., Betsy, Anderson. He married Joicey ANDERSON, date unknown. He had willed his farm to Edmund and Elizabeth LAWHORN to take care of him and Joicey until their death. Any help much appreciated. C.

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