Old Queries, Part 10

John HARTWELL was in Giles Co. 1812 when he had a survey made. Is he the one who married a Frances (maiden name unknown)? They had 4 children – son Andrew was in Mercer Co. together with sisters and mother.
Andrew married Jane BLANKENSHIP – nothing known about her.
Would like anything on John, Frances and Jane.
Clara Hill

I am looking for information on the family of William Bourbon SMITH, who was born in Richmond, Va. and was a school teacher, he was married to Manirva “Mervie” Ann LINK, from Giles County. From what I was told they lived somewhere around Mountain Lake in the 1850s. Their daughter Sarah Catherine SMITH married William Thomas TAYLOR and I would like any information I can get on this family.
Steve Taylor

I am looking for information on Verna or Vernie Gertrude KESSING JOHNSTON WILLIAMS, born 10 August 1911 and died 19 October 1951. Her parents were Thomas Lee KESSING and Lena CRUISE.
thank you

Holton FANNON married Nancy Louisa HARMAN 1844 in Giles County. Nancy was born in 1824, mother’s name was Permelia or Pamela, father unknown.
In 1847 Holton and Nancy moved to Andrew Co., MO; in 1850 Census they are in Nodaway Co., MO as is a Hezakia Fanning with his wife Malinda who was probably a sister of Nancy.
Would like to find out who Nancy’s father was and who Holton’s parents were.

Frank RUNYONS married Etta MORRIS, their son William McKinley RUNION was born 1907 and died 1970.
Looking for relatives of either Frank or Etta.
Susie Clark

My gg-gf was a William CRAWFORD. One of William’s sons, my g-gf Josiah Adam CRAWFORD, was reportedly born at “Sinking Creek, Virginia” in 1810. Until now I have mostly concentrated my search in the Botetourt/Craig part of the Sinking Creek of the New with little result. My wife recently came across a reference to CRAWFORDs in Clover Bottom, drawing our attention to the Montgomery/Giles end of the Sinking Creek valley. Is anybody working on CRAWFORDs in that vicinity?
John Douglas

My great-grandparents were Captain John Madison WILLIAMS (called Madison) of Pembroke, Giles Co. and Catherine Suzanne FRY, supposedly from near Staunton, Va. My grandmother was their daughter India Minerva (WILLIAMS) DUNCAN, wife of George Clifton DUNCAN of Waiteville, WV. I cannot find any information on this couple. I have no birth, death or marriage dates, only the above information. Does anyone have any knowledge of this family?
I would appreciate hearing from you. Thanks.
Helen Flagg

I am looking for information about my Giles County MARTIN ancestors. My g-g-grandmother was Frances L. MARTIN, born 31 August 1832 and died 23 May 1911. I am interested in ascertaining exactly who her parents were. In Frances’s marriage record to Allen Parkinson MEADOWS, Frances’s parents are listed as John and Elizabeth MARTIN, and the place of the marriage is listed as the Irish Settlement. In other marriage records, I found other children of John and Elizabeth listed as Susan S. MARTIN (who married Joseph STAFFORD) and Mollie C. MARTIN (who married William DURHAM). Both of these daughters are also listed as having been married in the Irish Settlement.
My questions are: Where is the Irish Settlement and what families lived there? And shall I assume the MARTINs are Irish? and finally, most importantly: Does anyone recognize this MARTIN family? I would like to know more about them, but have been daunted by the frequency of the name. I would be grateful for any leads.
Sara Melton-Sumner

Looking for the descendants of James KINZIE and his brother William KINZIE circa 1790-1870. The men may have used their mother’s maiden name (McKENZIE) when they lived in Virginia.
If you have any info about their marriages and offspring, please e-mail:

Jeremiah SARVER born ca. 1805 in Virginia married 1825 in Giles County, Va. to Julia TILLER daughter of William TILLER and Rebecca CLAY. Jeremiah was the son of Samuel SARVER and Mary ROWE. Samuel’s father was John SARVER who had moved to Sumner County, TN. Casper SARVER was the father of John, Henry and Casper Jr.
Would like to reach others researching these names.

I am searching for the ancestors of Titham SNODGRASS. He was born in Giles Co. ca. 1815 and moved to Boone Co VA/WV where he died in April of 1860. I suspect that he was a son of Robert and Elizabeth (Unknown) SNODGRASS but have not been able to substantiate this. Titham married Ruhamah BASHAM 26 March 1838 and had six children.
Any assistance with this person would be greatly appreciated
Dwane B Porter

I am searching for the ancestors of a John BOWEN, who apparently married an Elizabeth “Betsy” LAFON in Botetourt Co. (present-day Craig Co.) ca. 1770 . John was born in either VA or NC ca. 1745 and resided, initially, with his wife Elizabeth (born ca. 1750, NC?) in the Craigs Creek area of present-day Craig Co. Their daughter, and my direct ancestor, Mary “Polly” BOWEN (born ca. 1776), married a John LAFON (born ca. January 1775, NC) in July 1797 and they subsequently settled in the Cover Hollow area of Giles Co. John LAFON and Polly apparently resided on their Clover Hollow (LAFON) farm until their respective deaths in 1840 and 1849.
Any ancestral or family-related information on John BOWEN or Elizabeth LAFON would be very much appreciated. Thanks.
Bob Reed

I am trying to locate any information on ancestors of William Henry Troutt that was born ca.1783. He married Nancy Anna Taylor on 7 November 1797. His will is on file in Pearisburg, Giles County, Virginia. He had the following children:
George C. m. Rosanna E. Caldwell
Polly m. Robert Caldwell 26 May 1823
Susanna m. Jonathan Jonas Webb, 5 October 1835
Barbara m. andrew Caldwell 17 August 1832
William m. Violet Caldwell
Lynda Troutt Murphy

I am looking for information on my great-grandmother, Tiny Esther SKEENS and her family. She was born in Giles Co. Va., I believe in 1873. She later married Mack H. WILEY and then after he died, my great-grandfather Luther NEELY in Mercer Co. WV. I believe her parent’s names were John SKEENS and Amanda SHANNON of Giles Co. and Campbell Co. Va. I would appreciate any additional information and/or details on her, her parents, etc. Or any conformation on the information I have.
Thank you.
Mary Cowing

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