People researching in Meigs County, Ohio

The following are summaries of the interests of various folks who are researching in Meigs County, in order by submission date. You can contact them at the email or other addresses listed. If you would like to be included in this list, send me email with a list of your family names or other research interests, and let me know whether you prefer to be contacted by email or another method. These are queries posted in 1998.

December 9, 1998
John Pickens 1752 Ireland - 1834? Meigs
Samuel Pickens 1781 - 1850's Meigs m Jane ?
Thomas Pickens 1805-1882 Meigs m 19 Mar 1829 Hannah Elliot 18-9-1850
Fuller Elliot 1772-1832 m 06 Aug 1801 Meigs Serina Jones 1786-1848
Seth Jones 1755 Ma - 1824 Meigs
Charles A Mayes 1822-1854 Meigs m 03 Aug 1848 Meigs Louisa Sophia Pickens 1830-1882 Meigs
John Thomas Mayes 1849 Meigs - 1900 Union IL  m 30 Sep 1877 Meigs Mary Virginia Warner 1856 Robertson KY - 1948 Pulaski IL

I also have Gallia Co ancestors, all of these are from my maternal line (Warner, Brierly,
Simonin, LeClere).  I belong to both Meigs & Gallia Counties Historical & Genealogical Societies.
Thank you, Ruth Hoskins

December 9, 1998 From: SLOAN, TUBBS: I tried to email this response, but came back as unknown user so please post for response. The original query was posted August 21, 1998, for Phyllis Zachow. I am a decendant of Bennett Sloan, son of John and Deborah. I would love to share info I have on John and Deborah and known decendants for info on ancesters. Thank in advance. Did you know their is a Bedford Twp Historical Society? They might be of some assistance as well. Chuck and Kay Williams are members and are related to the Sloan's mentioned above my marriage. (Bennett Sloan md Mary E. Williams) Nanci Hess (Email, or 3525 Country Square Dr., Apt K104, Carrollton, TX 75006.

December 9, 1998 GIBSON, LONG, JOLLY: Mary E. GIBSON m. Robert A. LONG in Gallia Co 10-22-1870. They had two children: Carrie and James. Mary married Henry JOLLY 9-2-1876 in Gallia Co. In the Meigs Co 1880 census Mary and Henry are living with the two children listed as step children to Henry. Carrie married a Willard C. Lankford in Washington Co 5-3-1889 but James is still missing. Is he James Francis? Did he come to Marshall Co WV with someone possibly his step father? He did not remember parents or place of birth. Was on his own at 8 yrs old knowing only his name and birthday which he said was 4-l-1875. Eileen Goddard The above is a correction to the following query: In the 1870 census there is listed a Wm & Bridgett Long. Their son David is married to Mary Abigale Cook and they are living w/Wm. & Bridgett. In the 1880 cenus Mary Abigale is married to a man named Henry Jolly. Listed are two step children of Henry Carrie age 8 and James age 4. I found Carrie's marriage in Washington Co., OH. She married Willard C. Lankford of Allegheny Co., PA 5-30-1889. I cannot find anything on the James. I am looking for a James Francis. My grandfather came to Marshall Co., WV in the 1880's. He did not know his parents names nor the place of birth. He thought that he might have come from Ohio and that he might have lived on the PA/WV border for a while. He only remembers that he was "on his own" at the age of 8 in Marshall Co. and that his birthday was 4-1-1875. Hope this James is indeed my grandfather James Francis. (Email

December 9, 1998 BRATTON, KINSEL, PERRY, PETTY: I am looking for the following surnames in Meigs Co, OH: BRATTON, KINSEL, PERRY, and PETTY. Any help with these surnames is greatly appreciated. Many have also resided in neighboring Vinton Co, OH. Thank you, Larry Milligan (Email

December 9, 1998 TORRENCE, SIMS, PAINTER, SHENEFIELD: Searching for info on Albert TORRENCE, b. 17 Sep 1795 PA, lived in/near Chester and Keno, Meigs Co., d. 23 Nov 1872, buried in Chester Cemetery. Was married (1) to Christiana SIMS, d/o F & C (thought to be Francis and Catherine), b. 4 Jan 1797 VA, d. 12 Dec 1854. Also, David PAINTER b. 24 Apr 1825 in Columbiana Co, d. 16 Sep 1904 in Meigs Co., m. Rosanah SHENEFIELD, b. 16 Apr 1830, d. 27 Apr 1911. Tom Corey (Email

December 9, 1998 STANEART: I'm researching the name Staneart. Thanks, Kay LeMasters Wellington (Email

December 9, 1998 CUCKLER: I am searching for information on my grandmother and her family that I've been told are from Meigs County. Her name was Charity Elizabeth Cuckler, married Josiah Farley from Raleigh County (Beckley) West Virginia; then married a man by the last name of Styers. She died in the 1960s. I am having a horrible time trying to find ANY Cucklers at all, so that I can try to find her family. I would appreciate any information at all, and would prefer email responses. Thank you, Carole S. Eklund (Email

December 9, 1998 GINTHER, ROUSH, BUCK: I am researching the Ginther family in Meigs Co. I have a John G. Ginther b. 1863 or 1864. Died 1956 or 1957. His wife was Fanny Roush. They had a son - Oris Edgar Ginther b. 27 Feb 1900 in Pomeroy. He married Rosealtha Buck approx. 1920. Rose was b. 16 Oct. 1901 and was adopted. Can anyone give me more info on this family? Pamela S. Becker (Email

December 9, 1998 ALEXANDER, HAYMAN: Seeking additional information on the death of HAYMAN HAMILTON ALEXANDER. In 1909, Hayman was about 7 years old. He and his little sister, Marion Charlotte Alexander (age 4) traveled from Louisiana with their mother, Mary Mathilda Alexander (nicknamed "Till") to visit family in Letart Falls / Apple Grove. Hayman's father, JAMES EZRA ALEXANDER, was unable to make the trip, and was back in Louisiana at work. The little boy apparently was injured in a hayloft accident (I don't know exactly where or what the circumstances were), and died of blood poisoning or tetanus. Hayman's grandparents were WILLIAM B. and CHARLOTTE ALEXANDER. The accident may have occurred at the farm of Charlotte's father, EZRA C. HAYMAN. Any information such as newspaper clippings or town news related to this tragedy would be greatly appreciated. Please contact (Email

December 9, 1998 OAKLEY, HUMPHREY: My great-great-great-greatgrandparents, Miles and Suzanna Oakley settled in Meigs County in 1811, coming originally from Connecticut. Miles died in Pomeroy in 1844, Suzanna outlived him. They appear to have lived with son Bennett Oakley. I am particularly interested in learning more about a daughter, Anna, who married a Benjamin Humphrey. Anna and Benjamin had a son, Miles Oakley Humphrey, born 1822 and their youngest, daughter Caroline, was born in 1849 in Athens County. Benjamin Humphrey died about 1850; place unknown; Anna died in Athens County about 1859. I know a fair amount about the Oakley's families in Connecticut but little about their days in Ohio. I also know little about the Humphrey family except that Benjamin's father was said to have served with Francis Marion during the Revolutionary War. If anyone has any information on either the Oakleys or the Humphreys, please e-mail me. Kathlyn Halvorsen (Email

December 9, 1998 DODRIDGE, SPIRES, HYSELL, WISE: I am looking for any info on these families. I know very little and I'm trying to find out about my ancestors. My grandfather was Bert Dodridge, he married a Nora Spires who is related to the Hysell family. Bert Dodridge also had a half brother, Cecil Wise. Any info would be appreciated. I think they were from the Rutland, Ohio area. Thanks, Cheryl (Email

December 9, 1998 Due to a recent software change, all of my email address file is gone. If I was helping you with family information currently or in the past, please email your address to me at Thanks, Merry Anne Pierson (Email

December 9, 1998 COLEMAN: I am seeking the parents of John COLEMAN (or COLMAN, COALMAN, etc.), b. 1805 or 1806 in Ohio (county unknown), and I am interested in learning more about the family of Samuel COLEMAN or Thomas COLEMAN who lived in Meigs Co., OH in 1820 and had a male children 10 to 15 years old in their households. John COLEMAN (b. 1805/1806) m. ca. 1825 Mary COOPER, b. ca. 1805 Baltimore, MD. They lived in Guernsey Co., OH from at least 1826 to 1837 when they removed to Rockingham, Scott Co., IA. John and Mary's known children and birth years were: James (1826), Andrew (1828), Margaret (1836), John H.S. (1840), Egbert (1842), and Thomas C. (1844). Mary COOPER had at least one sibling, Thomas COOPER, b. ca. 1798 in MD, who lived in Guernsey Co., OH and removed to Scott Co., IA in the mid-1840s. Any help greatly appreciated. Patrick Burke (Email

December 9, 1998 ARCHER, HYSELL, HOPPES: My Grandmother's maiden name was Archer. Her father was Liston Archer and her mother was Nellie Hysell. Grandma married Carl Friebis of Columbus. Her Grandfather was Miles Hysell and her mother was Jane Hoppes. Any information on these people will be greatly wecome. Carol Montgomery (Email

October 21, 1998 GEYER: I am doing research on the Geyer family of Pomeroy and Chester Ohio. The Geyers came to Meigs county in the 1830s from Edigheim, Germany in the Palatine. They came with many other well known Meigs County families: Wessar, Priode, Ohlinger, Berg, Keck, Reuter, Ihle and Findling from the west bank of the Rhine in the Palatine. Our first generation was lead by Johann Geyer and his wife Friederike Luise nee Sommerock. Two of Johann's sons were Methodist ministers in the German M.E. movement; Rev. John Geyer [1804-1880] and Rev. William Geyer [1818-1898]. These two were carpenters and built the first Methodist churches in Chester and later in Pomeroy. John's son, George Hiram Geyer, was also a well known minister in the GME. I am descended from William's 13th child, Charles Wesley Geyer and Lillian Robinson both of Meigs County. Gary Harding (Email

October 21, 1998 LOVETT, SARSON, LONG: Am searching for information on the families of John Sarson born 1821 and lived in Apple Grove, Meigs Co., OH, and the family of Mary Cathryn Lovett Slack born 1861 and lived in Syracuse, OH, and Sidner Long Blosser or her parents David & Nancy Long. Sidner was married 19 Feb 1863. Thanks, Michael Freeman (Email

October 21, 1998 VENOY: I am interested in searching for anyone with the last name of Venoy, from as far back to the present.  Any information would be appreciated.  Anthony Venoy was married to Abigail Stanley 02 Jan 1851 in Jackson County, WV.  I was told by some family members that his parents may have came from Meigs County.  Anthony was born 1828 and Abigail 1830 (place of births unknown).  His parents were Cornelius Venoy (Vannoy) and Susanna. Barbara King (Email

October 21, 1998 SPENCER: To descendants of Jacob and Lydia Spencer. I now have information on Lydia and her ancestors.  I would be more than happy to share this new info with anyone who is interested. Thanks, Jay Russell (Email

October 21, 1998 HILL, BOLIN, LEWELLEN: Could not find who to email for a possible cemetery lookup. I have an obit of my gggrandmother that says she was buried at Flat Run. I was told that there is a Flat Run in the Rutland, Langsville area. I do not know if this is a cemetery, or what but would appreciate it if you would direct this inquiry to the right researcher.  Her name is/was Mary Lewellen died 1923, she was married to Joseph Bolin 1st, and Wm. Lewellen 2nd. I would like to know about Flat Run, mainly, but any info on Mary R. Hill Bolin Lewellen, and Joseph Bolin would be appreciated. Thanks, Janice (Email

October 21, 1998 SHIELDS, MARTIN, GRAY, MILLER, DODDERER, SELBY, HOBART, SANDERS, BARROWS, LADOW, HOBBY, HETZER, RAINER, GILBERT, WHALEY: I am searching for all descendants of James and Jane (Martin) Shields of Tuppers Plains, Meigs Co., OH. Their children were (by birth order): Nancy, b. 17 Jul 1809; Jane, b. 17 Oct 1810; Elizabeth "Betsy" b. 2 Sep 1812; Margaret Jane, b. 24 Jul 1814; Maria "Marie", b. 25 Jun 1816; Ephraim Harris, b. 8 Jul 1818; James Harvey, b. 1 Jul 1820; David Martin, b. 5 May 1822; Edward Douglas, b. 27 Mar 1824 (my gg gf); Mary Ann, b. 6 Feb 1826; Sarah Ann, b. 1827/1828; Amanda Alice "Manda", b. 10 Dec 1829; Caroline Eliza, b. 18 Jun 1833. Their son, Edward Douglas Shields, is my great-great-grandfather. (Email, or P.O. Box 3495, Mission Viejo, CA 92690.

October 21, 1998 CROOKS, HOUDASHELT, NEASE: Found Andrew J. Crooks and Sarah E. Nease. Now I'm looking for who raised their daughter Elsie M. CROOKS, 1979-1934, that married Dana Houdashelt. Elsie was raised in Meigs Co. after her mother died 1890 in Ks. Also want info on Michael Nease's children. Michael's son Wm. H. was my GGGgrandfather. Nease, Winn, Benedick, Crooks, are a few of the names I'm searching from Meigs Co. Willing to share any information I have. Virginia Lee Willis (Email

October 21, 1998 TAYLOR: Seeking information on the descendants of Isaac Taylor (1814-1882) and Margaret Ailes (1816-1896) who moved from Pennsylvania to Meigs Co. by the mid 1840's. Known children: Mary Elizabeth (b. 1838), Phebe (b. 1839) and married Daniel Myers in Meigs Co. on 11 Feb 1869, Stephen (b. 1841) mar. Mary Branch, George W. (b. 1844), Eliza Ann (b. 1853) and Sarah Jane (b. 1857). Known children of Stephen and Mary: Martha (b. 1871), Margaret (b. 1873), Marion (b. 1875), Sally and Nellie (b. 1886). Sherrie Scambler (Email

October 21, 1998 BRANCH, RITENOUR: Seeking information on Branch/Ritenour family. Peter Branch (1820-1880) son of Josiah (1773-1856). (Josiah married Mary Davis on 3 Aug 1819 in Meigs Co. and his will mentions his wife Sarah). Peter married Savilla Ritenour on 20 Mar 1845. Known children of Peter and Savilla are Mary Ellen (1846-1934) who married Stephen Taylor, John Branch (1853-1922) who married Ida Shoemaker and Julia (1858-1907). Known children of John and Ida: Guy (b. 1888), Glen (b. 1888), Otto (b. 1892) and Violet (b.1902). Sherrie Scambler (Email

October 21, 1998 KOEHLER, KNOTZ, WALTER: William Koehler, Sr. (b. 1844) and his brother Johannan Martin Koehler, Sr. (b. 1848) came to Meigs County from Germany in the mid-1860's. William, Sr. married Anna Christina Knotz in Meigs Co. on 2 May 1868. Their children were Martin (b. 1869), Christopher (b. 1872), Katie (b. 1874), John (b. 1875), William, Jr. (1875), Daniel (b. 1878), Anna (b. 1880), Sophia (b. 1882), Frank (b. 1884) and Jacob (b. 1886). Johannan Martin, Sr. married Anna Elizabeth Walter in Meigs Co. on 28 Dec 1873. Their children were Anna (b. 1875), Sophia (b. 1877), Bertha (b. 1879), Martha (b. 1881), Martin, Jr. (b. 1883), Rose (b. 1885), Adam (b. 1887), August (b. 1889), Otto (b. 1892), Harvey (b. 1894) and Rolf Herbert (b. 1898). All children were Meigs County. Sherrie Scambler (Email

October 21, 1998 LEE: Looking for info on Martin Lee (GGG grandfather), known info born 9-18-1803 WV (VA) died 1-22-1888 in Meigs Co. Said to be buried at Burlingham Ceme. Md to Sarah McClelland in Harrison Co.,OH 6-19-1828. I have info on decendants thru son John and also on McClelland thru will of Sarah's father. Have Martin's DC and Obit but looking for tie-in's with rest of family. Willing to share. Please email me!! Nanci Hess (Email

October 21, 1998 KEEBAUGH, BARNHILL: Looking for info on ancestors of Samuel Keebaugh. Known info--buried Keebaugh Cemetery, Orange Twp., Meigs Co. Born abt 1-16-1797 in PA and died 7-28-1872 in Meigs Co. Md. to Nancy, she was born abt 8-15-1800 in MD and died 4-28-1875. Daughter Eliza Jane md. Samuel Barnhill. Willing to share all info plz email. Nanci Hess (Email

October 21, 1998 McHENRY, LEE, SAPP: I am a descendent of Jesse McHenry, Sr. and Sarah E. Lee. Jesse was born in Ohio around 1828 and appears on the 1860 census for Meigs Co., Scipio Twp., with his wife Sarah and children Clarinda, Phoebe, Emma, John and Charles. Jesse was a farm laborer, perhaps on the Brickles farm? They had several other children, Catharine, Sarah, William and Jesse, Jr. Sarah E. Lee was born in VA around 1833. Family story says that she was a first cousin of the general Robert E. Lee. I have not been able to trace them after the 1870 census, but I do know that Sarah died in Albany, Athens Co., in 1899. Their daughter Phoebe married Charles SAPP and is my gggrandmother. Any information would be appreciated. I know a bit about their other children and where some are buried. I can be emailed at Thank you, Gwenn Zerull (Email

October 21, 1998 BEAM: I am looking for more Beam information. I have quite a bit of information, if I can ever get it organized, but can always use more. Thank you, Gwen Beam Arms (Email

October 21, 1998 HORNER: I am researching the Isaac and Zilpha Horner family of NJ>VA>WV with relatives in Meigs Co. Please contact me if you have any information. I look forward to your e-mail. Holly Horner (Email

October 21, 1998 LONG, COOK, JOLLY, LANKFORD: In the 1870 cenus there is listed a Wm & Bridgett Long. Their son David is married to Mary Abigale Cook and they are living w/Wm. & Bridgett. In the 1880 cenus Mary Abigale is married to a man named Henry Jolly. Listed are two step children of Henry, Carrie age 8 and James age 4. I found Carrie's marriage in Washington Co., OH. She married Willard C. Lankford of Allegheny Co., PA 5-30-1889. I cannot find anything on the James. I am looking for a James Francis. My grandfather came to Marshall Co., WV in the 1880's. He did not know his parents' names nor the place of birth. He thought that he might have come from Ohio and that he might have lived on the PA/WV border for a while. He only remembers that he was "on his own" at the age of 8 in Marshall Co. and that his birthday was 4-1-1875. Hope this James is indeed my grandfather James Francis. (Email

October 21, 1998 HOPPAS/HOPPES: Please list me as researching Hoppas/Hoppes family of Meigs Co. (Email

October 21, 1998 MILLER, WHITE: Seeking information about David C. Miller, especially trying to find out the parents names. He was born in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland ca July 1836. He came to the US with his parents and brother Robert Hampton Miller around 1852. They first settled in Schuylkill Co., PA. He married Elizabeth White (b. 1841 Milford, Delaware) in PA about 1859. They settled in Syracuse, Ohio around 1864 and are on the 1870 Census. There were seven children from the marriage. I believe his death was in Meigs Co. but I do not have that info other than ca 1906. Robert Hampton Miller was also married (Hannah Elizabeth Miller) in Meigs Co. and lived there until after the 1880 Census and then moved to Shawnee, Perry Co., OH. Any information about the parents of David C. Miller would of course help me with Robert Hampton Miller who is my great-grandfather. I have his pension files from the Civil War and it was mentioned in these about his brother David C. and wife. Robert Hampton Miller and Hannah had 8 children who lived to maturity and of these 7 were born in Meigs Co. Thank you in advance for any information which might come forth. My e-mail is (Email

October 21, 1998 HEBRON, McMELLEN: I am searching for information on John Hebron, b. England c. 1830. Came to Meigs Co. area. Was married to Mary Jane McMellen. They had 2 children, Thomas Henry b.1855 and John Jr. b. 1858. John Hebron, Sr. was said to have drowned in the Ohio River in 1858 along with a companion going to a cock fight in WVA. I have verified his children's births and wife's remarriage. I need John Sr.'s death notice or newspaper account of said drowning, burial place and any more info that may be available. Any help is greatly appreciated. DeAnne (Email

October 21, 1998 REED, RANDOLPH, CARTER, HOYT:I'm still trying to prove the parents of Willard REED, a Civil War vet who married Matilda or Mary RANDOLPH or possibly CARTER around 1834. I believe his parents might be Willard REED and Abigail HOYT. Tom Robertshaw (Email

September 14, 1998 FINNEY: I am looking for any information on William Akeman Finney and his family. They lived in Meigs County, Ohio, for a period. His wife was Hannah Haskell Finney. Their children were James H. Finney born 1832, married Susannah Lang; Sarah Finney born 1831 married John Gandee; Rachel J. Finney born 1835 married (6-1-1863) Levi Burge; Susanna Finney born 1837; William Andre Finney born 1837 married Susan M. Stevens (4-9-1861) in Washington County; Marry Ann Finney born 1841 married Theodore Winters (8-5-1863) in Meigs County; Ellen T. Finney born 1843; John Andrew Finney born 8-23-1844 married Matilda Woodward; Harmond Barnhart Finney born 1850; Jacob W. Finney (twin) born 1852; Elizabeth Harriet (twin) born 1852; Hannah Jane Finney born 1855. Thanks for your help. (Email

September 14, 1998 WATKINS, CLARK: My husbands' grandmother was Stella Belle WATKINS b. abt. 1882 in Meigs Co., OH, and m. George Roscoe Clark in 1903. I have no other information and would appreciate knowing about parents, siblings, and any other information about her. Thank you for your help. Shirley Clark (Email

September 14, 1998 BEEGLE, FLOWERS: I am seeking information on Basil BEEGLE, born in 1818, son of David BEEGLE and Ellen last name unknown. The family moved from Beaver County, PA, to Washington County, OH, between 1838 and the 1840 census. Basil and family moved to Meigs County. There was also a Thomas FLOWERS with the family. Where did David and his wife go, when and where did they die? Any information on this family would be greatly appreciated. Janis Young Aguilar (Email

September 14, 1998 BARBER, BLAKE, BAKER, RANDOLPH: Would like to correspond with anyone connected or having any information on parents of John BARBER b. 11 Dec 1851 in Reedsville, Ohio. Married Alice BLAKE. Her parents were Myles BLAKE & Martha (WHEATION). Also have Meigs Co. connection with Zerenda BAKER who married Elizabeth SPAWN on 29 July 1860 in Meigs Co. They had a son Lindly BAKER who married Adelaide RANDOLPH on 6/6/1880. Looking for any information regarding these individuals and would appreciate a contact. Thanks. Rinkie J. Linthicum (Email

September 14, 1998 WILLIAMSON, HAMPTON, NEALON: WILLIAMSON, Edward S. Born around 1815? He was a river boat pilot for the White Collar line. He piloted the steamer "John S. Hubbard" between Cincinnati & Pomeroy. He also piloted the gunboat "Alice" during the Civil War on the Ohio River. Supposedly his father was a river boat pilot also. Edward S. had a daughter named Mary who married John R. HAMPTON. They may have lived in Columbus. They had a child named Edward. He married Emma NEALON on June 21, 1888 in Columbus. They had a child named Mary Jane. Edward died in 1891. If you have any information on these people please contact me. Denise Stadtler (Email

September 14, 199 FINNEY, WINTERS: I am looking for information in Meigs County on Mary Ann Finney, born in Ohio in 1841. She married Theodore Winters in Meigs County on August 5, 1863. What happened to them after that no one knows. Any help would be appreciated. Valerie A. Finney (Email

September 14, 1998 ERVIN, GLOVER, SKILES, HOFF, MOON, SCHROTH: Am researching the following Meigs County families: ERVIN, Clifford; GLOVER, John; SKILES, Ira M.; HOFF, Johnathan; MOON, Jesse; SCHROTH, Gottfried. Please contact me by e-mail at with any information. I have been researching this county a long time, and lived there for many years. Ann S. Johnson (Email

September 14, 1998 ASHWORTH: If you have or can get any information for me about Sidney Basil ASHWORTH, who grew up in Pomeroy, Meigs Co., or any of his ancestors, please let me know. Thanks. Buster (Email September 14, 1998 CHANEY: Seeking information on birth place and parents of Alexander CHANEY, Sr. and birth info, parents and death info for his wife Margery DONALDSON. They first appear in Orange Township, Meigs Co. records in 1821. Alexander b. 14 Mar 1789, possibly PA or MD; d. 25 Dec 1855, Bedford Township, Meigs Co. Margery b. abt. 1797, possibly MD; d. after 1860 when she appeared on Meigs Co. census in Bedford Township. Known children are Lydia CHANEY, b. 3 Aug 1818, PA; m. Peter LEE, July 13, 1835, Meigs Co.; d. 24 Jan 1902, Ritchie Co., WV; Jane CHANEY, b. bef 1823; m. Aaron HULL, 20 May 1841, Meigs Co.; d. bef. 1911; Alexander CHANEY, Jr. b. 9 Mar 1827, Meigs Co.; m. Hannah LEWIS, 3 Jun 1855, Wirt Co., WV; d. 16 Jan 1911, Bedford Township, Meigs Co. I have extensive info on some of these families and would be glad to share with anyone researching these lines. Jean Lawson (Email or

September 14, 1998 MILLER, STEED: Seeking info on parents, date & place of birth, & date and place of death for William R. (Billy) MILLER & his wife Martha STEED who appear on the 1870 census in Bedford Township, Meigs Co. living w/son, Jacob A. MILLER. Billy b. abt 1799, possibly PA; m. 26 Jun 1821, Wood Co., (W)VA. Martha b. abt 1802, possibly Wood Co., (W)VA, probably d/o Aaron STEED. Other known children of Billy and Martha MILLER are John M.; James M.; Nancy A.; Albert H.; Rufus P.; Hiram E.; Mary E.; & Joseph. Jean Lawson (Email or

September 14, 1998 CLARK: Seeking any info about birth place & ancestry of Nancy Ann CLARK, who appears on 1870 & 1880 censuses for Bedford Township, Meigs Co.; b. Apr, 1832, OH; m. Jacob A. MILLER, 19 Sept 1850, Athens Co., OH; d. 11 Feb 1909, Putnam Co., WV. I have extensive info on some of the above families & would be glad to share with anyone researching these lines. Jean Lawson (Email or

September 14, 1998 BRADFIELD, MCCLURE: Researching Bradfield and McClure and related famlies of Harrisonville, Meigs Co., Ohio. Have information and old pictures to share. (Email

September 14, 1998 MAYES, PICKENS: Charles A Mayes b. 10 Feb 1822 VA; d. 25 Oct 1854, m. 03 Aug 1848, Meigs Co., to Louisa Sophia Pickens. Charles was a partner to a Mr Ellis in a wagon making business in Racine when he died in 1854. Does anyone have any info on Charles? Or his parents? Haven't ever been able to locate them. Ruth Hoskins (Email

August 27, 1998 BOLEN: 1850 Meigs Co. Census, Bedford Twp. lists William Bolen, age 35 with wife Sarah, age 30. Children listed are Jane, age 17, Joseph, either 14 or 16, John, age 12, Tipton, age 10 and Samuel, age 6/12. This family disappears by the 1860 Census. I have checked all the surroundings counties and they are not to be found. Although I did find a marriage in Athens Co. Dec. 13, 1863 for Bowlin, Tipton and McCally, Hannah. In 1870, a William T. Bolin and Hannah show up in the Athens Co. census and the ages are close enough to be the Tipton in the 1850 Meigs Co. census. Where did this family go? Will appreciate any information I can get as I believe the Joseph in this family to be my GGrandfather. (Email

August 27, 1998 HAMPTON, BRADFIELD, MCNULTY, STRONG, COUDREY, THOMAS, WILLIAMSON, JOHNSON, SHAVER: Thomas HAMPTON, (1796-1849), married Mary BRADFIELD, moved from Trumbull County to Meigs County, buried Danville, Salem Township. Children: Hanah HAMPTON (1818-1838), m. David MCNULTY, Mary HAMPTON (1819); James HAMPTON (1821), married Sarah/Sally STRONG; Forest HAMPTON (1822); Eveline HAMPTON (1823); Taylor Wayne HAMPTON (1826), m. Harriet COUDREY; Melinda HAMPTON (1828); George HAMPTON (1830), m. Katharine THOMAS; Ann HAMPTON (1832; John HAMPTON (1834), m. May Jane WILLIAMSON; Thomas HAMPTON (1836), married Emma JOHNSON; Diantha HAMPTON (1838), m. Eli SHAVER; Samantha HAMPTON (1841). Mark Brunner (Email

August 21, 1998 BOWEN: Searching for David BOWEN, b. c. 1827 in South Wales, came to the Port of Pa. to Meigs County, Ohio sometime before 1869. He was married in Wales to a Mary WILLIAMS, b. c. 1828. They had a large family, and my information is that David left his family sometime after the 1880 census for WV, possibly to where his oldest daughter, Mary BOWEN BAER lived in the Huntington area. That is where I lost him. Would appreciate any information on the family before and after they came to this country and would be happy to exchange information. Jodie BOWEN Russu (Email

WESTMORELAND:My gm, Neora Jeanetta WESTMORELAND, was born in Meigs County July 19, 1877, to Joseph and Sarah WESTMORELAND. Family history is that her father was approximately 40 when she was born, and both parents died before she reached her teen years. Her parents may have been from Cumbria County in England. Her father purportedly owned a coal mine, and a guardian was appointed for her when her parents died. I know nothing about the guardian or what happened to a sister or step sister of my gm. I have nearly all the information after her marriage to Able BOWEN of in the early 1900's, but nothing much other than I have listed before that. I would very much appreciate exchanging info with any interested parties. Jodie BOWEN Russu (Email

August 21, 1998 MITCHELL: Looking for the burial place of William MITCHELL and his wife Ann (JOHNS). They moved to Rutland Twp, Meigs Co. in the 1830's from Belmont Co. OH. He died 19 Aug 1849, leaving a will, and she died 3 Feb 1859. There are also the following Meigs Co. connections for their children: - son James Gibson MITCHELL m. 1830 Sophia WILLIAMS and was the first minister at Middleport Church of Christ (then Disciples of Christ), - dau Elizabeth MITCHELL m. 1836 Samuel KNIGHT, - son William C. MITCHELL m. 1842 Isabella S. MARSHALL, - dau Mary MITCHELL m. abt. 1849 Thomas WRIGHT and resided in Rutland Twp thru at least 1880, and - son Lycurgas MITCHELL m. 1857 Amanda BEAN. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Bill Hampshire (Email

August 21, 1998 PARSONS: Am searching for Daniel Parsons' death date, where buried and his ancestors. Daniel PARSONS born abt 1810 in NY or CT died before 12 May 1863 in Meigs Co., OH. Married Elizabeth Harper 1 January 1829 in Athens Co., OH. Daniel and Elizabeth's children: (1) Benjamin Franklin Parsons born December 1829, Meigs Co., died 19 August 1913, Brady Island, Lincoln Co., NE married Ann Nichols, 29 August 1854, married Charlotte McKnight 17 October 1865 in Meigs Co., OH, married Roseann Barnes 1 Jan 1871 in Athens Co., OH; (2) Mary Ann Parsons, born abt 1833; (3) Emily Love Parsons, born abt 1835, died Feb 20, 1877 married Thomas Harmon Barton, (4) Aaron Parsons born 1 October 1837 Chester, Meigs Co., died 22 April 1902 Stebbardville, Athens Co., OH married Mary Malissa Jones 15 February 1866 in Meigs Co., Oh, married Sarah Ellen Barnhardt 2 October 1871 in Syracuse, OH; (5) Catherine Parsons born 1839; (6) Janthus Parsons born abt 1841; (7) George W. Parsons born 3 June 1843, died 6 June 1937 married Lavina "Vine" McKnight; (8) Malissa Parsons born abt 1846; (ix) Lucretia Parsons born abt 1847; (x) Truman/Freman Parsons born abt 1849 Meigs Co. OH died ?, married Mary J. Pitts June 1870 Meigs Co.; (xi) Henry Parsons born 6 June 1851, died 14 October 1851 in Meigs Co., OH; Addalaide Parsons, born 18 Noveber 1852, died 18 February 1854 Meigs Co., OH. Aaron Parsons is my ancestor. Geri Buss (Email

August 21, 1998 BOLTON, BICKLE, PEEK: Mary BOLTON m. Hugh M. IRWIN at Meigs Co. Ohio. Mary had several siblings who also married in Meigs. I am particularly interested in one of Mary's sisters, Statira, who married a Burril PEEK 03 Oct. 1833 at Meigs. One of Mary's children was named Burrell/Burwell Peck (Peek ?) Irwin. This was my Great grandfather and I am looking for confimation on his name. Dave (Email

August 21, 1998 MCVEY:My g grandmother Sarah Jane McVEY was born in Alberta, Meigs Co.,OH 29 Jan 1856,7. Her parents, brother &/or sisters names are not known. Sarah married William Jacob EWING possibly in Marshall Co., KS. She died in KS in 1897. Any help finding her birth certificate, her parents names or any information at all would be doubly appreciated !! Henry in Colorful Colorado (Email

August 21, 1998 HALEY: I'm seeking information on John Lewis Haley who was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1842 and immigrated through Dublin, Ireland, to Rutland, Meigs County, about 1857. He was married to Julia Ann Spires in 1886. Any information or help will be greatly appreciated. Harold McDonald (Email

August 21, 1998 PENNYBACKER/PENNYBAKER: Searching for descendants of John Pennybacker and Catherine Duncan Pennybacker. They arrived in Pomeroy about 1839 from West Virginia with two sons Mounce Byrd and Coleman. In 1840 a third son Charles Henry Pennybacker was born. He was followed by Lucy and James. Charles married Catherine Murray in Pomeroy and they had seven children including Phoebe Jane, John, Mark William, Mattie, Nancy , James and Frank. By 1873 they moved to Olive Hill, KY, where Charles worked as a cooper and for the railroad. In 1885 they traveled by covered wagon to Kansas where they homesteaded. With the exception of Charles and Catherine, it is believed that most of the family continued living in the eastern KY area. Little is known of Charles' siblings and their descendants. Any information that you might have regarding this family would be appreciated. Please contact Pat Journeay. Thank You! (Email

August 21, 1998 EVANS: James and Margaret (Smith) EVANS had daughter Mary Ann Evans born July 22, 1857 in Pomeroy. Mary Ann also had a brother, David EVANS. Mary Ann is my great grandmother. I am seeking information about David EVANS and his descendants as well as his ancestors. Thank you so much. Bev Brimble-Turner (Email

August 21, 1998 WARD:, Andrew. Looking for any information on Andrew Ward, he had a brother Wiliam Nelson Ward who Married Amanda HEAD, their children were: Martha Lucinda Ward B:1880 Eva M. Ward B:1883 M:John Miller Mabel Annie Ward B:1889 M:Clarence Lee Cottrill William Harold Ward B:1899 Any information will be appreciated. Thank you, Jack Armstrong (Email

August 21, 1998 BECKER/BRUNNER: I am interested in any information concerning Caspar Brunner and his daughter Barbara who married Jacob H. Becker in Meigs Co. 27 Nov 1895. They had 11 children, 10 of whom survived to adulthood. Jacob and Barbara are my g grandparents. The family seemed to move to Columbus some time in the 1920's. I am willing to share the limited information that I have. Thank you. Terri Grote (Email

August 21, 1998 MCKINLEY: I'm looking for information on Byard MCKINNLEY. He is shown on the 1850 Census as living in Meigs Co., in Chester Township. I believe he might be the ggrandfather of Ralph Byard MCKINLEY , grandfather of Edwin S. MCKINLEY, and father to Charles W. MCKINLEY. Any information on Byard would be appreciated, I am having a lot of difficulty finding Edwin and Charles. Charles was born in Ohio, Edwin was born in Illinois, and Ralph was born in Missouri. The dates would be Ralph born 1900, Edwin about 1870, Charles about 1840. Sandra McKinley (Email

August 21, 1998 PETTY: I am researching my g-g-g-grandfather John PETTY. I've placed him in Meigs Co, Columbia Twp. in 1880. He's listed as 49 years old and married to Elizabeth. Children include Luther, Mary L., John, Eppa, Wm, Elmer (my g-g- grandfather), and Elsworth. John and Elizabeth are both of E. Virginia. However, I've found John PETTY apparently remarried in 1900 Vinton Co with wife Matilda and daughter Lucy. Can anyone help me out? Chances are good that John and Elizabeth were divorced, or perhaps she had died (perhaps a cemetery look-up?). Furthermore, John and Matilda may have been married in Meigs Co. I am grateful for any help in this matter, Larry Milligan (Email

August 21, 1998 SLOAN, TUBBS: Joseph SLOAN b 1760-1770 Eng, ch: John b 1792 PA, Jane b 1794 PA, David b 1805, Oliver b ca 1813 OH, Joseph, possibly Nancy, Thomas. John married Deborah Tubbs. John & Deborah's ch: Nancy 1814, Ira 1818, Joseph 1822, Ruth 1822, Sarah 1824, Benjamin or Bennet 1826, Esbon 1829, Eli 1831, James 1832, Orinda 1834, Adaline 1836, John 1839. TUBBS line -- William in Duxbury, Mass ca 1650, Samuel, Isaac, Joseph, Frederick, Daniel, then Deborah. Rensalaer and Deborah (and possibly Whitney) were children of Daniel. I believe he died in 1838 in Meigs Co. Believe Daniel & Ezra were brothers and settled in Bedford Twp in 1815. Thanks. Phyllis Zachow (Email or, or 139 Lake June Rd NW, Lake Placid, FL 33852.

July 29, 1998 HARTLEY: I am very new to genealogical searching, and have hit quite a stumbling block already. I have a copy of my great grandfather's obituary which says he was born at Millersburg, Meigs County, Ohio on April 12, 1854. I have searched everything I could find on your Meigs County web page and can't find any reference to a Millersburg. His name was Samuel Edwin Hartley, son of Henry and Elizabeth Hartley. Do you have any hints as to where to look next? I appreciated so much the old township map from the Sunday School Association, but I did not find Millersburg on it. (Email

July 29, 1998 NIECE, CROOKS: I'm looking for any information on my maternal GG grandparents Andrew Jackson Crooks born in Meigs Co., Ohio, Nov. 20, 1849; buried in KS 1920. Married to Sarah Elizabeth Niece born in Meigs Co. Oct. 19, 1851; buried in KS 1890. Virginia Lee Willis (Email

July 29, 1998 CHEATHAM, WEES, HYSELL, VAN DUYN: Seeking info on descendants of Matthew C. CHEATHAM (d. 1853, buried Rutland) and Caroline COLEMAN. Both from Appomattox County, Virginia. Relocated to Meigs County prior to the 1850 Census where he is a tenant farmer. Two sons, Leondius "Lee" and Robert served in CW (140th OVI and 1st Battery, Minnesota). Both buried in Middleport Hill Cemetery with families. "Lee" died 1868. Spouse, Ann Eliza VAN DUYN remarried Joseph DUMBLE, "local newpaper editor." Wild family story. Lee's granddaughter by daughter Kate (who "married a Mr. Walton"), Elizabeth "Lizzie" was a doctor with practice in Columbus. According to oral history Dr. Lizzie married the actor Douglas FAIRBANKS, Sr.!!! Can find no confirmation for this. However buried in Leondius family plot is Dr. Elizabeth FAIRBANKS, d. 1923. Any suggestions on how to confirm/refute this story. Perhaps a 1923 obit for Dr. Lizzie? Also descendants of Elijiah Wees. Thanks, M. McTeer (Email, or HC01-Box 2181A, 29 Palms, CA 92277.

July 29, 1998 PHILSON, HASLETT: I'm interested in finding out all I can about the Philson families in Meigs Co. from the mid 1800's (1850 census) to the early 1900's. I have a James Haslett, born 1827 in Ireland, who came to Jackson Co., OH with his parents. His mother's name is reputed to be Catherine Philson Haslett, but both she and Mr. Haslett disappeared from the area. I wonder if they had some relatives in Meigs Co. or elsewhere close by to draw them to southern Ohio. James Haslett married Nancy McKinnis and died in 1864. Their children were Ida Florence, b. 1856 and Charles William, b. 1861 both in Jackson Co. Any connection with the Philsons of the area will be appreciated! Thanks, Sally Williams (Email

July 29, 1998 CLINE: I am looking for information on some Clines from Meigs Co. Joseph CLINE was supposed to have come to Meigs county about 1825 . He married a Sarah McCann. Any information would be appreciated. Kathy Vanderpool (Email

July 29, 1998 James R. Smith James lived in Clarington, Monroe County and had 3 daughters...Alice(1852), Edith (1855) and Eva (1857). His wife, Araminta Reed Smith died in 1859, and sometime between 1861 and the 1870 census James and the girls moved to Middleport, where he was listed as a clothing merchant. Alice was married to R. J. Bullard, Jr. on June 13, 1872 by Rev. J. D. Fry at the Heath Chapel M. E. Church. R. J. was a cashier at the A. C. Miller and Co. Banking House. Where was the Heath Chapel Church and is it still in existance? Where was the Miller Banking House? I know much about the Bullards, and can take them back to 1700s VA but know nothing of the Smiths beyond James. Can anyone help me? Sandra Ferguson (Email

July 29, 1998 CRAIG, YOUNG, KERR, LITTLE: I am researching these names. If anyone has any info at all please email me. Patty (Email

July 29, 1998 BATTERSON: Hello.. I am searching for more information on this family: Descendants of Lewis Batterson Thank you, Jason Coffman (Email

July 16,1998 SAYRE, PARSON, WELLS: I am researching my great great grandfather, David Sayre. I know that he married Mary Parsons and then Elizabeth Wells in Meigs County. If anyone has any information about any of these people, please pass it on to me via email. Maybe we can help each other out! Terry Sayre (Email

July 16,1998 PIERSON/PEARSON, FRENCH: Seeking information including marriage date and place of WINFIELD SCOTT PIERSON and MARY E. FRENCH. Winfield is my great uncle and I can't find him after 1870 census except for an appearance in 1886 when he has a child EELA E. PIERSON born 13 Aug 1886 Lebanon, Meigs Co, OH. This is the year prior to his mother's death and they were probably visiting. Anyone with information on MARY FRENCH and her family as well as possible locations for this couple please contact me. I have lots to share on the rest of the family. Merry Anne Pierson (Email

July 16,1998 LOVE, ALLEN: Looking for info on Thomas A. LOVE and Eunice ALLEN LOVE, parents of Aura Edith b. 12-13-1866 , Joseph b. 1868 , Nettie date unknown, Oma date unknown and William date unknown. (Email

July 16, 1998 WRIGHT, BICKLE: I am looking for information on a Josiah Wright of Rutland township. He married Ruth Bickle and divorced. I can not find his name afterwards. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you. Billy F. Montgomery (Email

July 16, 1998 LEE: I am researching for info on an ALEXANDER LEE, who would have been born around 1840, in Meigs County. (This info is based on entries onto a death certificate for Alexander's son, which lists place of birth as Megg County, Ohio but I am assuming that is just a typo or error) What else I know is that he later moved to Ritchie County, West Virginia. His wife was named Martha Mount of Virginia, but I have no records of where he married her. Please email me if you have information or sources of use. Thanks! Susan Gibson UPDATE: Last month I posted a query about Alexander Lee; after receiving several responses I now have the next possible puzzle piece to connect. Now seeking information on PETER LEE b. 1815 in Virginia, (Alex's father) and Peter's father, JESSE LEE. Peter also had a brother named Jesse, b. 1830 in Virginia. Jesse Lee Sr. married Hannah Darnell in 1804, and Jesse was the son of Richard and Tabitha Andrews (?) Lee. Anyone have info on these names? Thanks! Susan Gibson (Email

July 16,1998 WHALEY: Looking for information on Whaley family. James Whaley>Melissa J. Whaley b. Ohio May 1841 md. 1870 in Ritchie County, WV to James H. Dinnin (b. Maine Aug 1875). Amy Whinery (Email

July 16, 1998 HECKARD, HORTON: There are two of us seperated by many miles who are researching the names Heckard and Horton in Meigs County. Catherine and Thayer Horton were brother and sister and another brother was Valentine B. Horton. We have been unable to find out very much about either family. Are there others working on these names? Does anyone know of a family tree for the Horton's? There were other brothers and sisters named Clarissa Horton, Ruth Horton, Horace Seaver Horton, Zenas Horton, Nancy Horton and Benjamin B. Horton. Martin Heckard was Meigs County's first Probate Judge (1840's). Any additional information would be helpful. The g-grand-daughter of Thayer Horton lives in California and can be contacted at: The gg-grand-daughter of Martin Heckard & Catherine Pike Horton lives in North Carolina and be contacted at: Email Thank you.

July 16, 1998 PHELPS:Need parents of Conrad Phelps,b.1810,resided Meigs Co.after marriage to Margaret Arion in 1834. Homestead is in Langsville, O. Family connections are Aleshires, Searls, Romine, Rutherford, Kennady, Higley, Dailey, Graham. Conrad's children were James, Samuel, Louisa(married Wm Searls), Meary(married Stevenson), Catharine,(married Amos Pierce), Royal, Elizabeth,& Lucinda (married D.Foreman). Reply to M. Grothouse. (Email, or 806 Frostwood, Houston, TX 77024.

July 16, 1998 NEUTZLING, GRIMES, EVANS, FARRER: Would like to correspond with anyone researching these families. (Email

July 16, 1998 HARTLEY, SPRAGUE: I am very new at this, but am searching for more information on my great-grandparents and great-great grandparents. My great grandfather is Samuel Edwin Hartley born in Millersburg, Meigs County, on April 12, 1854. His father and mother were Henry and Elizabeth Hartley. He was married to Pheobe Emaline Sprague on January 6, 1876. I would like to find the parents of Henry Hartley, the maiden name and parents of Elizabeth Hartley, and the parents of Pheobe Sprague. (Email

July 2, 1998 AUGSBURGER, BENNER, BUFFINGTON, LINKINS, STEIN: These names are listed in a bible I have. They are from Middletown and span from 1830 (Germany) to 1979. D. Sullivan (Email

July 2, 1998 BARRINGER: Researching the Barringer family of Meigs County. Trying to determine if Samuel Barringer (born 1812 Ohio, died 1894 Louisa Cty, IA) was part of the William Barringer family of Lebanon Twp. or the George Barringer family of Olive Twp. Any assistance greatly appreciated. Roy Siple (Email

July 2, 1998 LITTLE, MANLEY: I am just starting to research my father's family from Meigs County. My father's name was Dowl Little, born in Gallia County July 22, 1913. His father was Eddie Little, who died in Meigs County in 1965, and born in Gallia County in I believe 1889. My father's mother was Maud Manley, died in Meigs County in 1915. I am looking for any information on the Little and Manley families. They lived in the Hobson area of Salisbury Township most of their lives. Thank you for any help you can give. Benny Little (Email

June 19, 1998 MARKIN: I am looking for any information on Arch D. MARKIN. I know he was born on 2-27-1893 in Meigs Co., his father's name was Charles and his mother was Elizabeth Lyons Markin. Any information would be appreciated. Kathy Vanderpool (Email

June 19, 1998 SCHARF: I'm looking for any information on the descendants (or antecedents) of Henry (Heinrich), William (Wilhelm), or Jacob (Jakob) Scharf. William emigrated to Meigs Co in the 1830's from Pennsylvania. William and his wife Anna are carried on the Meigs Co. census records through 1880, after which he emigrated to Dearborn County, Indiana. He's listed in the 1860 census as "William Sharp". I'm more than willing to share any info I have on the Scharfs of Indiana and Northern Kentucky. Jim Scharf (Email

June 3, 1998 WISE: Meigs Co., OH, Jackson and Wirt Co., WV. Thanks, Jimmie Barnes (Email

May 29, 1998 WELCH, BRICKLES, WOOD, BOLIN: Info to share - Meigs Co., OH. (Email

May 29, 1998 RITCHIE(RICHEY), SAYRE, NORRIS, McDADE, FOX, SMITH, LITTLE, FRAZIER, LITEN: I am just getting into this area and have names but very few dates for these kin folks. Would like to correspond with anyone researching these families. Elizabeth (Email

May 29, 1998 RALPH, IRONS, SMITH, CONOR: I am researching John RALPH b. April 6, 1769 in Rhode Island; m. Mary IRONS May 17, 1792 in Rhode Island; d. May 9, 1841 in Meigs Co., Ohio. Their son Obadiah RALPH (my GGGrandfather) was b. September 18, 1800 New York; m. Sarah L. SMITH (d/o Timothy and Mary (CONOR) SMITH) September 19, 1822, Meigs Co., OH; d. July 2, 1877, Gallia Co., OH. Timothy Smith was b. abt 1770 in Vermont; m. Mary (Polly) CONOR and d. October 5, 1846, Gallia Co., OH. Timothy arrived in Meigs Co. around 1805. Would like to share information on descendants. Louise White (Email

May 29, 1998 HINN, BUFFINGTON, HARVEY: I am trying to find information on Jane Hinn who married Hamilton Buffington, son of Jacob Buffington and Amelia Harvey in Meigs County in 1834. William Pratt (Email

April 30, 1998 HENRY, McCUMBER: My grandfather James Harvey Henry was born in Pomeroy, Meigs Co. His father was John Thomas Henry, b. PA, and his mother was Rebecca McCumber, b. OH. Have found record of their marriage 19/6/1856 in Meigs Co. Also found references to the marriages of Ann Henry and Samuel G. McCumber m. 7-2-1856 and Mary Henry and Daniel McCumber m. 3-5-1846, both in Meigs Co. Does anyone know if the Henrys were brother and sisters and the McCumbers brothers and sister? Know nothing about my ggrandfather except that he was killed by Confederate soldiers in the early 1860's, either in Kansas or Missouri. Would like to know something about his family. (June 3, 1998) Re my April 30 posting I have since found that the McCumber families mentioned were in Carroll Co., MO in the 1870 Census along with the widow of my ggrandfather John Thomas Henry. Rebecca McCumber had remarried Oliver Hiatt and they are on both the 1870 and 1880 Census from Carroll Co. Mo. The only McCumber in 1880 was William. Hope this helps someone and hope someon has some help for me. Thanks. (October 21, 1998) Re my June 3, 1998 posting have found my great-great grandparents James and Lydia Henry and children James, William, John, Eliza, Joseph, Franklin, Allen and Sarah on the 1850 Meigs Co. Census. On the 1860 Census John had married Rebecca McCumber, Eliza had married Samuel McCumber, and a Mary Henry was married to Daniel McCumber. All the Henrys were found on the Carroll Co. MO 1870 Census except Sarah (and she was possibly married and may have been on the Census in MO). The two McCumber families were also in Carroll Co. MO. in 1870. Have found info that my gr-grandfather John (Thomas) Henry was killed by "Bloody Bill" Anderson's men (Anderson succeeded Quantrill as leader of the renegade force). He died 24 Aug 1833 and his widow Rebecca McCumber married Oliver Hiatt. Am looking for info regarding James b. ca 1803 in PA and Lydia b. ca 1806 in VA. The first four children were born in PA and the remainder were born in Meigs Co. Betty Henry Pilkington (Email

April 30, 1998 BARTLEY, BAILEY, LOGAN: I am researching James M. Bartley b. Ohio 7 Sep 1862; married Retta Bailey b. Ohio 9 March 1862. Her parents were Hiram Bailey and ? Logan (I believe.) Stella M. Bartley was born to James & Retta on 5 August 1881 in Columbia Twp. The family moved from Meigs Co. to West Virginia and then on to Michigan when Stella was a young child. Thank you, Nancy Holland (Email

April 30, 1998 JONES, COWEN, QUIVEY: Am just beginning research in Meigs County for information on the following names: JONES, Diademia and Leroy; COWEN, Dorchester Earl and Leroy; and QUIVEY. Thank you for any help you might provide. Jim Clark (Email

April 30, 1998 OAK GROVE CHURCH, LETART: I am trying to contact someone who can tell me whether services are still being held at Oak Grove Church (formerly EUB, more recently United Methodist) near Letart, WV, which is just across the river from Letart Falls. My maternal family comes from the immediate area (PIATT) and I am interested in attending services there on June 14th if possible. However, I can find no current information about address, pastor, etc. through national resources. Failing an active church group there, I would also be interested in contacting those who maintain the cemetery. Thanks for any help you can give in putting me in touch with people who might know the answers to my questions. My e-mail address is, but I would be glad to telephone or write via federal mail if that is the best way to reach someone who can help. I appreciate your time! Beth Lauer (Email

April 30, 1998 BARNHOUSE, HAINES, SHARP: I am researching the surnames Barnhouse, Haines and Sharp in Meigs County. David Marshall Dunlop (Email

April 15, 1998 PHELPS: Need name of father of Conrad Phelps, born 1810, married 1834 to Margaret Arion in Meigs Co., OH. Roswell Phelps married Elizabeth Aleshire 1806 at Gallipolis, OH, and this name is on deed records connected with Conrad Phelps in 1852. Conrad is alive in 1880 and I know Roswell is alive in 1852. This Roswell is not the Roswell born 1794 and living in Huron, Ohio. (Email

April 15, 1998 HOOD, DEAN, ALLEN, HARKINS: Researching William HOOD (d. 1850) and wife Nancy DEAN (d. 1877) of Meigs County. Who is Nancy's father? William HOOD's son Samuel HOOD m. 1853 to Civilla Catherine ALLEN, daughter of James ALLEN (d. 1890 Meigs County) and Mary Ann HARKINS (d. 1889). Fredric Z. Saunders (Email

April 15, 1998 CASTER, GREEN, OGDIN: I am researching these 3 families which were joined by various marriages. Names that are involved include William GREEN, James CASTER, Sr. and Alvin OGDIN, Sr. They all resided in the area of Point Rock of Meigs County. In 1985 there was an article in the Vinton Co. newspaper talking about a family reunion of these 3 families that was held at Columbia Chapel Church. Does this reunion still occur? One of my connections is my Great Great Grandfather was James Ripley Castor 1816-1879 who married Jerusha Green July 1836 and after her death 1874 married Lovina Chaney, May 1876. I would be very interested in finding out more about the above families, and their descendents. I will be glad to share what I have with others. Thank you! Randy Sue McKeever (Email, or 607 S 12th Street, Coshocton, Ohio 43812.

April 15, 1998 BRADSHAW, MEEKE: In searching my roots I came across an entry on Meigs Co. Marriages: Jesse Bradshaw m. Anna Meeke, Book 1, pg. 28, by Aaron Hatch MG, on 3/20/1823. Would you have more info on parents, etc? Stan Meeke (Email

April 15, 1998 JONES, Welsh churches: I am trying to find out what church(s) that the Welsh community living in Middleport in 1850's-1860's would have attended. I am looking for church records for my 3rd great grandfather Rowland Jones and his family. Michele (Email

April 15, 1998 PECK, EVERTON: My G Greatfather was born Aug. 17th, 1845, in Rutland, Meigs Co., Ohio. He married Samantha Everton Sep. 9th, 1870 at Cass Co., MO. He enlisted in Ohio Volunteer Infantry, 184th Regiment, Co. G on Feb. 10th, 1865. Bob Peck (Email

April 15, 1998 RIDDLE: I am searching for Samuel RIDDLE. His address in 1891 was Flora, Meigs Co., Ohio. He was born in circa 1832 and was a Civil War veteran. After the war he went to Michigan for about 5 years then disappeared. If anyone knows of this man I would be interested in hearing from them. Thank you very much. Ruth Frees (Email

April 15, 1998 VANDEVEN/VAN DE VEN/VAN DEVEN: Looking for any information on the family of William Vandeven/Van de Ven. He immigrated to the US from Holland in 1860s, went to Bollinger County & Cape Girardeau County in Missouri -- then in the late 1800s he moved to "Lima, Ohio" according to family stories & no one heard from him thereafter. Any help with this family would be appreciated. Linda Stuckenschneider-Epstein [Ed. note - I'd never heard of a "Lima" in Meigs Co., so I checked the USGS web site and found that there is a small populated place named Lima just a little NNE of Rutland. You learn something new every day!] (Email

April 15, 1998 SWEARINGEN: Looking for the children of John C. Swearingen & Nancy Rardin m. 26 Feb 1866 (div). Frederick C. Swearingen b. 6 Dec 1866, Meigs Co., OH; Minnie M. Swearingen b. 18 Sep 1868, Meigs Co., OH. Lola M. Weber (Email

April 15, 1998 SWEARINGEN: Looking for the children of John C. Swearingen m. 21 May 1878 Elizabeth B. Bruce: Arizona Swearingen b. 8 Mar 1879; Joseph D. Swearingen b. 26 Mar 1880; John B. Swearingen b. 22 Oct 1884. Lola M. Weber (Email

April 15, 1998 WELLER, SCHUMACHER, MITTLEHAUSER: John Jacob WELLER married Mary Magdalena SCHUMACHER in Meigs Co. supposedly on 25 March 1854. Mary arrived in US in 1853 with sister Agnes and her husband Louis MITTLEHAUSER. Are there any Lutheran church records in Meigs Co. that can be searched? Thanks. Barbara Madden (Email

April 15, 1998 VANBIBBER, HOVEY, ROBINSON: I am seeking information on the family of Jonathan VANBIBBER and Mary Ann ROBINSON who were recorded in Scipio Township of the 1860 Meigs County census. They had a daughter Mariah VanBibber who married Franklin D. HOVEY on November 13, 1869 in Meigs County. Gary R. Hawpe (Email

April 15, 1998 CHAFFIN, MITCHELL, NEWELL: Want to verify the middle name of Harriet N. CHAFFIN. She married Enos MITCHELL 26 Dec 1839 in Meigs Co., OH. Some sources list her having a middle name of NEWELL. My records show that Harriet was the daughter of Stephen CHAFFIN and Nancy D. MITCHELL. Could she have been given a middle name of NEWELL from her paternal grandmother whose maiden name may have been NEWELL? Harriet's paternal grandfather was Joseph CHAFFIN who was married to Polly, maiden name unknown. Willing to exchange information with anyone who responds. John A. McCall (Email, or 230 E. Cambridge Drive, Lake Ozark, MO 65049.

March 24, 1998 GORBY, MERRILL, BENEDICK, GRANT, GRAPES: Looking for any descendants or information of the GORBYs of Meigs Co, OH. Most lived in Salem Twp from 1840-1910-?. Four GORBY brothers- Benjamin, Jacob, Peter and William appear on different censuses from 1840 to 1880. Several descendants listed on 1900 & 1910 Censuses. Also seeking information on the children of Cornelius MERRILL and Euretta BENEDICK married Feb 15, 1821 in Meigs Co. Cornelius was son of Capt. James MERRILL. One of their daughters, Claraca? married a Henry C. GRANT, father of Ralph Eugene GRANT. Also interested in the parents of Henry C GRANT. An old document written by Ralph Eugene GRANT states Henry was the son of Peter GRANT, half-uncle to President Ulysses S. GRANT, however US GRANT's family denies this connection. Another daughter of Cornelius MERRILL, or perhaps it was a daughter of Henry C. GRANT, married a man named GRAPES, father of Marybell GRAPES born July 10, 1861, who married John Edward GORBY on April 05, 1881 in Meigs Co. Graydon W. Gorby (Email

March 24, 1998 STANSBURY, EASTERDAY: I am researching the ancestors of Valinda Stansbury, b. Apr 1859, m. David Easterday Jan 14,1879, in Meigs Co., OH. Her father, A.J. Stansbury, b. abt. 1830 in MD, was a doctor. He married Sarah ?, b. 1833 in OH. David and Valinda had five children, twins Antonette and Attamay (Attamay died at birth), Geltie, Alda and Perle, all born in Meigs Co. In Aug.,1889, they left OH and started west, settling in MT for a time. I would greatly appreciate any info on either of these families. Thank you, Linda Lovely (Email

March 24, 1998 WOOD: I am looking for the Wood family tree. Frank Howell Wood, William Wood, Herbert Wood, Ramon Wood. Please send all inquiries to (Email

March 24, 1998 WALKER, DIDDLE: I am researching the Walker family of Racine and Sutton Townships. Meshech Walker of Syracuse and Jesse Walker of Racine both served in the OVI 174 Regiment Co. F during the Civil War. I traced Jesse Walker's family to his daugter Lenora (Nora) Walker who married Leucius Curtis and had two sons Hugh A. Curtis and Paul R. Curtis. This is the point where I am now. Jessie moved to Mason County, WV, and died there in 1906. His wife, Julia Ann Wallker (Sayre) moved back to Racine and died there in 1920. I am trying to find if Hugh or Paul had children and location. Thanks, Jim Oiler (Email

March 18, 1998 SMITH, EDWARDS, TILLIS, GREENLEE, VAN BIBBER, SAYRE: I am researching these and any related families. Have over 3800 of these individuals on file to date. J. Smith (Email

March 18, 1998 GALAWAY, SMITH, FOLEY, CRABTREE, WOODRUM: I am researching the above names. Galaway, John b. 9 Mar 1800, d. 2 Sep 1867, in Meigs Co., OH, married Leah (Lear or Learh) b. 20 Sep 1805, d. 12 Mar 1900, moved to Meigs County, Ohio about 1850 from PA. Believed to have 8 children. One son is believed to be Thomas M. Galaway b. 13 Nov 1828 who married Malvina b. 19 Nov 1827, d. 19 July 1895, their descendants would include Thelma Galaway Woodrum & Beulah Galaway Crabtree. The second known son of John and Lear (Smith) Galaway is Joseph S. Galaway b. 25 Dec 1832 in PA d. 26 June 1895 in McCool Junction, NE, and was married to Anna Maria Foley b.15 Feb 1836 in VA d. 18 Jan 1914 in McCool Jct., NE. She was the oldest child of Thomas Foley b. about 1811 and Elizabeth Wilson b. 1816 d. Aug 1894 in Ohio. The Foleys may have lived in Meigs or Athens Co., OH. Nancy Stricklett Galaway (Email

March 18, 1998 MCMAHAN: William with wife Luticia and children are on the 1830 and 1840 census in Meigs county, Scipio Township. Where were they before 1824? William McMahan was born in VA 1799 and Luticia b.1802 VA. WHERE in VA? Have lots of documented information in this family and am willing to share. Thanks. Tami McMahan-Feldhaus (Email

March 18, 1998 DARST, SIMS/SIMMS: I am seeking any information about the DARST or SIMS or SIMMS families. Thank you. Jennifer Moreo (Email

March 6, 1998 TUBBS, MCCONKY: I have handwritten receipts for Common Pleas Court fees dated 1868 between Whitney Tubbs and Lemual Tubbs et al and Ethel Tubbs et al. Lemual is my GGfather, however I can not make any link to Ethel. There is a marriage record for Ethel to a Sarah McConky which would tend to imply that Ethel was a male. Also, for what it is worth I have several original land deeds dating to 1832. I would appreciate any information on links to other Meigs Co. Tubbs as my line stops with Ranselaer Tubbs and although census records indicate there were other children (girls) in the families I don't have any names. Also, the given name Orrin appears twice in my line and there is an Orrin listed in the Delaware Co. 1850 US census which I can't link to but tend to think he is probably an uncle of some sort. Any information would be appreciated. Jim Woodyard (Email

March 6, 1998 SMITH, GREEN: Am searching for info on Andrew Jackson Smith (b 8 Jan 1860, Long Bottom, Meigs Co.) and Ida May Green (b 18 July 1865). He died 12 Sept 1924, Tuppers Plaine, Meigs Co., and she died 28 Sep 1939, Meigs Co. Any info you may have will be deeply appreciated. Karin Smith-Davidson (Email

February 26, 1998 ROBERTS: Seeking information on Clarence Frederick Roberts b.1882, Meigs Co., and Avery Roberts b. 1885 Meigs Co. Their parents: M.C. Roberts & Mary N. Stewart. Linda (Email

February 26, 1998 CARTWRIGHT, NISLEY: I would like to post a query in the hope of finding information on Catherine Cartwright or Earl V. Nisley. I do not have a birth date for either, but they apparently had a child named Betty Maxine Nisley born 2/12/1931 in Columbus, OH. I have been told that Catherine Cartwright was born in Meigs County, OH. I don't have a marriage date either, as I'm not sure they were ever married. Rumor has it that Earl left right after Betty was born. Vivian Bailey (Email

February 26, 1998 BAILEY, REED, CHEVELIER, MAYS, SPAUN, CHEWNING: Really could use all you fine people's help on the names. Frank Bailey married Elizabeth Jane Spaun, my grandmother's parents. William Henry Mays married Mary R. Reed, daughter of Major Reed.
Need information on all the Spauns, Andrew was the father, Margaret was the mother. Frank Bailey was the son on Urial Bailey. Need all I can get on Urial and his wife's family. I sure hope some of you fine folks could help me. My grandmother was Anna Belle Bailey born Sept. 1874, she died Dec. 1974. My grandfather was Richard Clark Mays he died in 1942? I need to find out some more about my grandparents. I'd be willing to share what I have for the folks that helps. Thank you, Pam Roberts (Email

February 26, 1998 CHURCH, MURRAY: I am looking for information on Lydia MURRAY CHURCH. Lydia MURRAY married Samuel CHURCH on July 16, 1835 in Meigs Co., Ohio. I have info. regarding the CHURCH family. I am looking for Lydia's parents. I believe her father may have been Alexander MURRAY (or MURRY). He doesn't live far from Samuel and Lydia in Salisbury Twp., 1840. I would be willing to share or exchange info. Susan K. Thomas (Email

February 26, 1998 SALSER: In attempting to trace family roots, I am looking for information about a Molly Salser, of Meigs County, who gave birth to my grandfather, James A. Garfield Salser, sometime between 1883 to 1888(?). I do not know the father's first name, but the surname was Salser. Any information would be very appreciated and helpful. Thank you, Mike Salster (somewhere along the line the family name got changed). (Email

February 26, 1998 MEANOR, MINOR: My GGGrandmother, Sarah MEANOR, was born Dec. 14, 1830 in Allegheny Co., PA, d/o Benjamin MEANOR. She died Apr. 4, 1916 in Franklin Co. OH. Sarah was married on Dec. 19, 1850 to John D. MINOR. They were married in Salem Twp., Meigs Co., OH and lived there until JOHN died Nov. 3, 1892. Sarah then went to Columbus, OH, to live with a daughter. John was born either in VA or Allegheny Co., PA. Their children were: Sarah, Margaret, Sidney, Adda, James, Sherman & Mittie. Would like to share information. Louise R. White (Email

February 26, 1998 BEACH, BELL, BESWICK, MORRIS, DARST, MANLEY: These are a few of my Meigs Co. connections. Would appreciate any help on them.
For my Beach line I have Donald, Charles, Charles, Jesse and Asa. I am stuck on Asa b. abt 1778 CT. Asa lived Watertown, with Jesse also in Washington Co. Charles married at Racine and the family later moved to Middleport. Does anyone have any line on these people?
The Morris family came from Kanawha Co., WV. William married for his second wife Nettie Manley Hart and they were married in Meigs Co. He came here sometime between 1900 and 1902. Ruth (Email

February 26, 1998 RUMFIELD, Salem/Rutland newspapers: I have just spent 4 hours at the library looking at microfilm of the Meigs Co. Telegraph, to no avail. I am looking for death notices/obituaries for my gggrandparents Peleg M. RUMFIELD d. May 29, 1862 and Rache Pettit RUMFIELD d. June 15, 1886.
Is anyone aware of a newspaper that may have served this area more specifically? There was not a great deal of info for the subject townships in the Telegraph.
Peleg was a soldier in Co. H of the 53 OVI. There was some information on the regiment and company.
After three and one half months waiting for the film I was, needless to say, very disappointed. Can anyone offer any advice? I am also interested in finding information involving the land that they owned in Salem Twp. (Deed etc.) Can any one offer any advise on where to locate that? Thanks for the help, Dick Sommer (Email

February 26, 1998 LITTLETON, BUFFINGTON: Looking for info on a James LITTLETON that married a Milly BUFFINGTON 14 Aug 1825 in Meigs Co, OH. That's all I know about them so any LITTLETON info would be greatly appreciated. Terry Littleton (Email

February 26, 1998 Marvin DeMaine Funeral Home, Middleport: Looking for the records of a funeral home in Middleport, Ohio, that was in operation in the 1920's. The undertaker on my grandmother's death certificate is Marvin DeMaine of Middleport. His number is 928A. Could you tell me where these old records are now? I'm trying to locate my grandfather's death certificate and cannot find it in either Gallia or Meigs, but this undertaker is listed on his wife and brother's death certificate, and since he died about 4 months before them I am hoping that this guy's records might reflect a better date than just 1921 as on the tombstone. Thanks a million! Mariellen R. Cockerham (Email

February 11, 1998 TOWNSEND: I am looking for information on Solomen TOWNSEND. I believe he was living in Meigs County sometime after 1860. If anyone has any information on him I would appreciate hearing from you. Thank you. (Email

February 9, 1998 OMAN/OMEN, CERTES, SAYERS: Looking for any and all OMAN connections in Meigs Co, OH. Alexander OMEN [sic] married Anna CERTES on 31 Dec 1864. Thomas OMAN married Sarah SAYERS on 31 Oct 1865. Rosemary Flamion (Email

February 9, 1998 CROOKS, NEASE: I am looking for information on Andrew Jackson Crooks, b. 20 Nov 1848, Meigs Co., Ohio; d. 31 March 1920, Kansas City, MO; son of William Crooks, b. 1805, Sutton Twp., Meigs Co. Andrew m. Sarah Nease on 19 Nov 1873 in Sutton Twp. Sarah b. 19 Oct 1852, Sutton Twp., dau. of William and Margaret Nease. Supposed to be related to Stephen Foster and Richard Crooks, the opera singer. Will share info. Thank you. Ann Reed (Email

February 9, 1998 HOBSTETTER, IHLE, PARTLOW: I'm interested in the following surnames from Meigs County: Hobstetter, Ihle and Partlow. Have some info I would gladly share with others. Thanks. Mike Guisleman (Email

February 9, 1998 DYE: I am interested in Thomas Dye, his family, and background information on Dyesville, Meigs County, OH. Thomas Dye is listed in the 1810 census for Wood County, WV. He appears in the land records in Meigs County having purchased land from E. Cutler in Scipio Township in 1819. He and at least one of his sons appear in the 1820, 1830, 1840 and 1850 census records in Meigs County. The town of Dyesville, Meigs County intrigues me. It appears to lie to the west of Scipio Township in Columbia Township. Was it "founded" by Thomas and his family? Thomas is the nephew of Ezekiel Dye who settled in "Renrock", Ohio in 1804-1806. When Furman Dye petitioned to name the settlement Dyesville, the petition was denied because Dyesville, Meigs County existed. I would really like to know more about the history of Dyesville, Meigs County. He was born in 1776 in New Jersey and died in 1858 either in Meigs County, OH or in Lawrence Township, Washington County, OH. I need to confirm place of death and am researching cemetery records. I am developing a family history page at . Thomas is discussed in the section on the Brothers of John Dye. John Butler (Email

February 9, 1998 LEWIS, MICHAEL: Looking for information on a David LEWIS who was married in Meigs County in the 1850s to Elizabeth MICHAEL. She died soon thereafter leaving a son named John LEWIS. David LEWIS moved out west soon after the death of Elizabeth during the gold rush. We think he moved to Montana. Would like to know more about David. Probably from Wales, maybe a backsmith. John L. Lewis (Email sp_jlewis@SEOVEC.OHIO.GOV).

February 9, 1998 ADAMS: Interested in information re: Sarah Preston ADAMS (b. 7/25/1776 in MD, m. Samuel Adams in Ohio Co. WV in 1791) who moved to Meigs Co. Ohio sometime after the death of her husband on 7/11/1812. She may have had the following children with her (don't know if they all came to Ohio with her) : Samuel, Elizabeth, William, Mary, Francis. Sarah Preston ADAMS died on 11/21/1836 in Meigs Co., do not know where. Any information would be greatly welcomed! Bonnie Coyle (Email

February 9, 1998 ALLEN, GATES: Clara Gates, b. about 1866 in Ohio, married John Blackstone Allen about 1905. It was a second marriage for both of them and Clara had 2 children, both living, by her first marriage. John and Clara lived in Lebanon, Meigs Co, OH, on Long Run Road where they had a farm. About 1920, they moved to Wetzel Co., WV where Clara eventually died. I believe she was buried in Ohio. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Mariana (Email

January 26, 1998 ADAMS: Interested in information re: Sarah Preston ADAMS (b. 7/25/1776 in Md, m. Samuel Adams in Ohio Co. WVA in 1791) who moved to Meigs Co. Ohio sometime after the death of her husband on 7/11/1812. She may have had the following children with her (don't know if they all came to Ohio with her) : Samuel, Elizabeth, William, Mary, Francis. Sarah Preston ADAMS died on 11/21/1836 in Meigs Co., do not know where. Any information would be greatly welcomed! Bonnie Coyle (Email

January 23, 1998 NEWBERRY, HAYMAN: Looking for information regarding my great grandmother Eliza Newberry. This is what I know so far. She married Clarence Edwin Hayman. She died in 1942 and is burried in Sand Hill Cemetery, Long Bottom, Meigs County, Ohio. I would like to know the exact date of her birth, and who her parents were and where they are buried. Patricia Johnson (Email

January 16, 1998 STANLEY: Would like to exchange information about John T. STANLEY b. Mar 9, 1793, d, July 19, 1880 in Meigs Co. John T. was married several times and had many children with several descendents still living in this area. David Frey (Email

January 16, 1998 HULL: I have a family in Meigs Co.: Henry Hull b. July 16, 1853. His father was Aaron Hull b. Ohio. Mother unknown. Family story says that Henry never wanted to work and when his wife's money ran out she ended up at the poor farm and the children were put in a home until he remarried and came and got them. As they grew up they tried to find her but never did, so I do not have Henry's wife's name. The children of this marriage were: Charles Herbert Hull b. Oct. 17, 1876, Pomeroy, Meigs Co.; Mary; Del; and Pearle. Henry died in Spokane, Wa. on April 16, 1913. Charles was a teacher and school principal in Tacoma, Wa. I would love to find out who Henry married and more about this Hull family of Ohio. Thanks, Peggy Bullard (Email

January 16, 1998 ALLEN, BISSELL: I am looking for information on the parents of my gggrandparents, Ebenezer Allen and Mary Bissell. They lived in Scipio Twsp, Meigs, Ohio. I would like to go back one more generation. Ebenezer was born in Washington County, Ohio on 28 Nov. 1810 and Mary was born about 1810 and it is believed to be in Ohio. She died 18 Feb 1858 in Pagetown (Pageville), Meigs, Ohio. I would appreciate any information on this couple. Thank you. Deane Hayes (Email

January 16, 1998 COATES, GARDNER: I am researching the John Henry COATES (b. ?-d. Nov 11, 1918) family from Meigs County. He was married on Jan 27, 1870, to Mary Frances Gardner, b. 1851-d. 1921,daughter of Thomas and Mary Ann (RARDON) GARDNER of Meigs County. They moved to Jefferson Co. Ohio in the 1880's where they both died. It has been said that John's mother became pregnant and was not married. The father went to war and never came back. She named the baby after the father. I don't know the mothers maiden name, but her first name was Mary. She later married a FIELDING, and had several more children. Does anyone have any info on the father of John Coates also named John Coates? (Email

January 16, 1998 PARSONS, HARPER: Horace Parsons (8 May 1790- Enfield, CT- d. 1863), s. Daniel & Love (Hills) P. md. 7 Dec. 1813 Bristol, Ontario Co. NY a cousin Marilda Parsons (24 Nov. 1788- E. Windsor, CT- d. c.1865), dau. Wm. & Vashti (Bissell) P. Came to Chester twp; Meigs Co. by 1819, thence Adams Co. IL by 1840 and 1849 to Wash. Co. Oregon Territory. Children were Omri, Vashti Evelyn, Omri, William, Luther, Allison and Hiram. By first mg. to David Sawyer, Marilda had dau. Eliza Sawyer (18 Jan. 1808-Hartland, CT.-d. 1 Nov. 1891-Gales Creek, OR) who md. Andrews HARPER, 22 Mch. 1825- Meigs County. Had large family, went to OR. Marshall W. McCoy (Email, or 416 Summit Ave. E. #202, Seattle, WA 98102.

January 16, 1998 HAYNES, GIBBS, DASHNER, RAMSEY, HENRY, LEWIS, COLEMAN, HUDDLESTON, WOODRUM, REYNOLDS: Seeking information on HAYNES and related families in Mason (WV) and Meigs (OH) counties, 1830s to present. I have: 1) John HAYNES m. Eunice GIBBS (d/o Sheldon GIBBS and Sarah DASHNER), 11 December 1836 2) Sheldon Harrison HAYNES (b. 1844, Nelsenville, Meigs Co., OH; d. 26 November 1906, ???, Mason Co., WV), m. Ann Buckingham RAMSEY (b. 2 August 1845, Newcastle-on-Thyne, Durham, England; d. 24 October 1916, Clifton, Mason Co., WV; d/o John RAMSEY and Jane PORTER), 10 April 1863 (Middleport, Meigs Co., OH) 3) John Wesley HAYNES (b. 31 December 1863) 3) Margaret Ellen HAYNES (b. 18 November 1865; d. 1949, Clifton, Mason Co., WV) m. Earl Henry 3) Mary Jane HAYNES (b. 23 December 1867), m. Horace LEWIS 3) Harry Sheldon HAYNES (b. 11 March 1870) m. Elizabeth COLEMAN 3) Edward Milton HAYNES (b. 18 June 1872, Clifton, Mason Co., WV; d. 2 April 1935, White Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier Co., WV) m. Bessie Lee HUDDLESTON (b. 1 August 1879, Callaghans, Alleghany Co., VA; d. 2 June 1966, Charles Town, ?? Co., WV; d/o Abraham Elias HUDDLESTON and Isabella Johnson RICHARDSON), 12 December 1906 (White Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier Co., WV) [this is the submitter's line!] 3) Isaac Newton HAYNES (b. 15 October 1874, Clifton, Mason Co., WV; d. 12 April 1959, Clifton, Mason Co., WV), m. Carrie WOODRUM 3) Samuel Taylor HAYNES (b. 12 September 1879, Clifton, Mason Co., WV; d. 13 January 1943, Clifton, Mason Co., WV) 3) Anna HAYNES (b. 7 October 1881), m. Earl REYNOLDS Help .... Ed Haynes (Email

January 16, 1998 HICKS, MCBAIN: Looking for information about Benjamin Boles Hicks b. 1797, married in Meigs Co., OH, to Mary Jane McBain b. 1800. Jacque Davis (Email

January 16, 1998 PRICE, MATHNEY: George Price is in the 1900 Meigs Co. census. George Price was born March 1833 in Ohio. He married Mary B. Mathney, born 23 Aug 1858 in (West) Virginia. They probably married in Meigs Co, but what was the date?? They had one child, a son William M. Price b. Oct 1881. George Price died after the 1900 census and his widow married Frederick J. Porter. Again would like the marriage date. Also the death dates for all these people. Kathleen Rizer (Email

January 16, 1998 NISWONGER, MCINTURF: Looking for information on Newton Niswonger and/or his wife Mary McInturf, married around 1866-67. Children's names: Clyde, Emma, George, William, John, Pearl. Thanks. Judy (Email

January 16, 1998 MCCUMBER: Seeking parents of Lucy McCUMBER. Born 1834 Ohio. Possibly one of the Meigs County McCumber's. Married William Beck in 1848 in Sangamon Co, Illinois. That is all the information I have. Thanks. Carolyn (Email

January 16, 1998 WELCH, BRICKLES, WOOD, BOLIN: Looking for info on these families in Meigs Co., OH., Will share info. (Email

January 16, 1998 Looking for info on the old "poor house". It may have been a sanitarium at one time. I heard it was torn down & a hosiptal was built in it's place. It should be around the Snowdon, Pomeroy area of Meigs Co. It was in exsistence in the 1880's, & this is where people were sent if they were "crazy", or couldn't pay their bills, or if they had no one to care for them. If you died here, you were buried in the back, up on a hill with no marker. Does any one know of this place or the burial ground out back? Any info would be appreciated greatly, as my gt. gt. grandfather. Timothy Welch, is said to be buried there. (Email

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