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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

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Rockingham Co Historical Society

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I Live in the Shenandoah Valley

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Comment by Betty Jo Blevins on October 19, 2009 at 6:59pm
Susan, What is your Huffman line? My sister had traced our dad's family for several generations. My grandfather was Willard Huffman and grandmother was Gertrude Meadows. Both from the Shenandoah Valley. I was there about five years around this time of the year and the scenery was beautiful. I have some books regarding this valley. Maybe I can help if you send me the names.
Comment by Crystal Fay Irving on October 18, 2009 at 3:14pm
Well there are a few different line......

ROYER, Nancy (b.1825) Rockingham, Va
BENNINGTON, Joseph "Jobie" (b.1903) Kerrs Creek, Rockbridge, Va
KNICK, (Clara, Charles, Hugh, Adam) Collierstown,Rockbridge,
Covington/Covington City, Va
Comment by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on October 12, 2009 at 5:21pm

Glad to find this site.
Comment by Teresa McVeigh on September 20, 2009 at 8:59am
German Immigration into Virginia

Today I found an interesting book on microfilm on

History of the Lutheran Church in Virginia and East Tennessee, Published by the Authority of the Lutheran Synod of Virginia, Cassell, C. W., Finck, W. J, and Henckel, Elon O., editors, 1930, Sheanandoah Publishing House, Inc., Strasburg, VA

I am abstracting a few notes from Chapter 1 "The People."

The first known German to enter the Colony of Virginia was Jacob Lederer. He was employed by Gov. William Berkely to explore. His maps and journals show that from 1699 to 1700 he travelled as far south as the Santee River in South Carolina and as far west as the Alleghany Mountains. It was 46 years later before Gov. Spottswood and his Knights of the Golden Horseshoe entered the Valley of the Virginia. The next year a ship of Luteran immigrants arrived and, unable to pay their passage, were endentured to the governaol as servants for the next eight years. After they served their term the emigrated (in 1725) to (what was in 1930) Madison County.

News of the German settlers in VA reached the fellow emigrants in Lancaster County, PA., and one of them named Adam Muller made a trip to investigate. He learned there was plenty of beautiful land and desire of the governor of VA to have it settled, so in 1726 or 1727 a large party of Germans migrated along the Indian trails to settled in the Shenandoah Valley on the South Fork of the Sheanndoah River. The settlers were mainly Mentonintes, but there were three Lutherans, including Adam Muller--later written Miller, who formed a Luterhan community near Elkton.

Following these early pioneers, Germans from PA, NJ, MD, and NY migrated and settled mostly in five communities in the valley. There follows various congregations and the names of many of the early members with some having more detailed genealogical information.

The French and Indian War, then later the Revolution, caused much uneasiness in the settlers. Some, who had moved as far south as NC, returned. Others moved from the northern part of the state to the southwest. One area near Harrisonbug received so many German emigrants that it was called German Valley. A fort was built there and named Fort Henkel, after Paul Henkel who settled there in 1784.

The next generation began intermarrying with the Scotch-Irish and thos names began to appear in the Lutheran rolls. What had before been an English speaking Scotch-Irish community became a largely German speaking German community.

There are many genealogical references in this book references to Lutheran marriages, migrations, and children.
Comment by John A. McCullough on July 28, 2009 at 10:51am
About 1750 Nicholas and Henry I Mace lived in Augusta County. In the next 25 years they were in Dunmore and Shenendoah with Henry I finally settling in Rockingham. A son was born in Shendandoah in 1776, Henry II, who had two brothers that I have been able to determine, John and Septimus. All three brothers moved west to Illinois Territory abourt late 1790's. Septimus died there in 1817, John moved to Missouri I think, and Henry stayed to help found the town of O'Fallon and died there in 1866. My great grandfather was named after Henry's brother, Septimus.

There is a Henry Mace who died in 1830 in Rockingham who I believe was Henry I, but I have never been able to prove it. My Mace family records say the his first wife was a Sarah Berger and a second wife was a Bowman. The Bowman marriage can be found in Shenendoah Co. marriage records. I would love to meet other researchers for these lines.
Comment by Diana L. Carlson on July 26, 2009 at 6:13am
Yesterday we went on a tour of the Page County (VA) HITES. I took the GPS into the bus and the bus driver allowed me to plug it in and get GPS coordinates of all the houses (and cemeteries, et al) that we stopped at. I'll give this data to the HITE Family Association after I get back. Today is the HITE Family Picture somewhere close to Belle Grove Plantation. Unfortunately, it is raining....I don't know how they will handle that yet. We shall see.
Comment by Marcia Loudon on July 21, 2009 at 7:11am
I have "Shenandoah Valley Pioneers by T. K. Carmell on CD and can do lookups
contact M Loudon jloudon(at)nc(dot)rr(dot)com
Comment by Marcia Loudon on July 15, 2009 at 4:41pm
I think you are related but I have not spent as much time with the Fayette Co brothers. My hubby is descended from Joseph's brother Samuel who went to Perry Co Ohio rather than Fayette and Ross counties. I have a scrapbook I made and will share but contact me privately. jloudon(at)nc(dot)rr(dot)com. I have contacted in past years some of the Wendles. I hope their e-mails are current. Will share
Comment by Fredric Z. "Rick" Saunders on July 15, 2009 at 4:30pm
Hi Marcia,

I may be descended from the PARROTT family, but have never been able to prove it. My ancestor Peter WINDLE, Jr. (son of Peter WINDLE, Sr.) married in 1831 in Fayette Co., Ohio to Elizabeth SMITH. I think she may be the daughter of Jeremiah SMITH and first wife Rachel PARROTT, but have never been able to prove that. Rachel I know is the daughter of Joseph PARROT and Mary WENDEL (sister to Peter Sr.) If Peter WINDLE, Jr'.'s wife Elizabeth SMITH is the daughter of Jeremiah, then Peter and Elizabeth were first cousins once removed. Wendel-Windle Family
Comment by Marcia Loudon on July 15, 2009 at 3:07pm
I am researching the Parrett/Parrott families of Toms Brook and Brocks Gap.
Frederick and Barbara/Margaret had 9 children 7 were boys and they all fought in Rev. War. Most of the family left the valley after the war and went to Ohio and later west.

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