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Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, Genealogy


Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, Genealogy

Genealogy of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, including Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Shenandoah, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Rockbridge counties, Virginia, and the neighboring counties of West Virginia (Berkeley and Jefferson counties)

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Shenandoah Valley Surnames 1730 to 1740 Decade

Started by Carol @Piedmont Trails Feb 6, 2022. 0 Replies

Rockingham Co Historical Society

Started by Michael Helmantoler Apr 19, 2011. 0 Replies

I Live in the Shenandoah Valley

Started by Bonnie Vance Miller. Last reply by Russ Keltner Nov 29, 2010. 8 Replies

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Comment by Meghan Dewhurst-Conroy on December 4, 2018 at 6:51pm

Researching families who settled on Smith Creek in Rockingham C. -- Phillips, Peters, Layton, Zirkle, Martz, Dunlap, Thornhill -- many moved to Licking Co., Ohio.

Researching Wilkin(s) family of Shenandoah Co. -- many moved to Licking and Highland Cos., Ohio

Researching Decker family  -- believe lived in Rockingham Co and moved to Butler Co., Ohio

Comment by David Lam on October 1, 2014 at 2:53am

I'm looking for any help in tracking down William Lam (or Lamme/Lamb-- he spelled his name all three ways), born about 1785-1789, assumed in Rockingham or Rockbridge counties.  Married Elizabeth Ware (or Weir) about 1808.  Lived in Rockingham and Rockbridge.  Had sons John (born November 1813) and James (born 1809).  Maybe also Matthias (Matthew), born 1811).  This is NOT the William Lam who married into the Shifflets.  Probably not the William Lam who married Elizabeth Givens (though a few sources say he might be her son).  There are simply too many William/Elizabeth/John/James Lam families in Rockingham at this time-- I'm really stuck!  Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.  

Comment by Sheila Catherine Kline on April 15, 2011 at 12:28pm

Does anyone have any information on "Bowyer", especially a Phillip (or Philip Bowyer) with wife Elizabeth unknown?  He fought in the Revolutionary War and is found in records in Dunsmore, Shenandoah VA areas.  Also, any info linking him to Adam, or Michael Bowyer who came into Augusta counties, and on to Greenbrier, Monroe Counties.

Thank you!

Sheila Bowyer Kline

Bluefield, Mercer County, WV


Comment by Sherry Hale Ailstock on April 15, 2011 at 11:51am

Just joining, interested in the surnames of AILSTOCK, BENSON & SISK

from Rockbridge, Bath, Augusta

Comment by James Alfred Locke Miller Jr. on January 14, 2011 at 10:08pm
Circa the 1850's there was a post office at "Johnson's Mills" (not a textile mill, likely a colonial grist mill?), Pitt Co., N.C. It's more-or-less between Grifton, Pitt Co., N.C., and the Pitt.Craven Cos. line. Who is the Johnson it was named for?
Comment by robyn anderson on January 14, 2011 at 12:02am
hi mary willing to help u , i'm orignally from virginia
Comment by Mary V Johnson on January 13, 2011 at 11:56pm
My father's family Johnson is from that area, past and present.  My father was Clarence E. Johnson (1933-1975).  He was the youngest of 11 children.  One of my cousins married a Long.  There are so many!! It's hard to know where to begin.  I am in the beginning process of this all.
Comment by James Alfred Locke Miller Jr. on January 12, 2011 at 7:45pm
Somerset, New Jersey: No known ancestors there; but very much interested in it's history because age circa 8, circa 1950, I lived at nearby Liberty Corner in a big 1920's "Castle" with 18 other lads, then called "Woodcastle School for Boys", Robert Clifton "Tony" Lumpkin, headmaster. It was on Somerville Road. A later headmaster renamed it "Chartwell Manor". Decades ago it partly burnt, destroying wonderful antiques; but is now being restored by Steven Fieldstein who named it Phareloch Castle. It's website: In 1981 it was featured on Tim Kettle's TV show, "That's Incredible", as a "Ghost Castle". Parts of that show are now on U-Tube.
Comment by James Alfred Locke Miller Jr. on January 12, 2011 at 7:24pm
Blevins & Hanrahan: I have no known Blevins nor Hanrahan blood; but for Hanrahan interested, there is a small place in Pitt County, N.C., near Greenville/Grifton, long named Hanrahan. Mrs. Blevins: my great, great grandmother, Mrs. Rebecca Heath Woollen of Randolph Co., N.C., in her old age, circa the 1850's, Guilford Co., N.C., was on "outside welfare" according to a list in the Greensboro, N.C., newspaper, being cared for by the Blevins family; kinship unknown.  "Inside welfare" was the county farm, related and unrelated families were paid "outside walfare" to care for old folks also as an alternative. Possibly the Blevins family was Heath or Woollen family kin?
Comment by Cindy Hagaman Hanrahan on January 12, 2011 at 7:00pm
Joseph D. Hagarman/Hegeman b. 1787 in Somerset NJ moved to Berkeley Co by 1819 married  ___? Ann? bought land on Back Creek with Joseph Henderson. Had 3 children Antoinette 1819,  Marinus1821 and John in 1823.  She died early 1824 and he died 6 months or so later in August.  Aunt Ann from NJ was guardian and she later married Wm. Barney.  Anything familiar here? 

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