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1600's Northampton County Records and Resources/ Local genealogist in Eastville area? 6 Replies

Started by Armando Framarini. Last reply by Armando Framarini Aug 26, 2013.

Sebastian Arney Mystery in Wythe County Virginia

Started by Stan Arney Jul 22, 2012.

Virginia Masters: Littleton & Piggot

Started by Debra Newton-Carter May 12, 2012.

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Comment by Jeani Brewer on October 23, 2014 at 1:19pm

Any one searching in Amherst County about 1787?

Comment by Mark S Middleton on June 1, 2014 at 6:22pm

Hello I am researching John Middleton, 1830 census Pendleton County (Virginia) West Virginia. I believe one of his son's is my GrGr Grandfather Basil Middleton. I'm looking for information about the Middleton's in Shennandoah County (Greater Valley) Virginia (late 1700s-early 1800s). 

Comment by John Hale on November 10, 2013 at 3:13pm

Are there any Acker, Aker, Akers, or Hale's in the VA group, or does anyone know of any of these surnames that have done a Y-DNA test, so I can compare my Y-DNA results?

Comment by Brownie MacKie on August 26, 2013 at 1:44pm

Re-Researching Youngers in Halifax County.  

Researching Nance/Nantz in Lunenburg.  

VA names:  Dabney, Overton, Overby, Doswell, Claybrook, Carr, Garland, and all associated names of the above.  :-)

Comment by Ralph M McKellar on August 23, 2013 at 6:12am

Researching Carroll Family in Big Stone Gap, Va. My mother-in-law was born there in 1910. Linda my wife never knew much about her Grandparents or of their are any family still in Big Stone Gap. Grand father`s name John Carroll, Grand mother Dollie. Thank you for your time. Ralph McKellar.

Comment by linda on August 5, 2013 at 5:59am

looking for info on a elizabeth perkins,it looks like she may have married a william parrish..but alos have found she married a joseph ellis....not sure if i have the right perkins.

Comment by Sharon Attaway Brogdon on February 23, 2013 at 8:41pm

My ancestor, Thomas Attaway, received land in Nancimond, 1690.  Where is the best place to find these early Colonial records?

Comment by elaine langlois on January 22, 2013 at 12:21pm

Hi Bob,

I should have said that I found the many pages of Martin's pension application on

Good luck.


Comment by Bob Mooney-Pa on January 22, 2013 at 11:14am

Thanks for the info so far. I'll look into all this and let you all know what I find out. Plus if I need anymore help.

Comment by John Barrett Robb on January 22, 2013 at 10:00am

Bob, the 11 pages of Martin Mooney's pension file are available online at Heritage Quest, which many libraries subscribe to, and some of these allow you to access the HQ databases by just entering your library card number.  I too looked through the papers, which include the first page of the letter your posted, and I note that in his pension correspondence of 8Aug1820 Mooney noted that he was "aged sixty seven years since last July" (technically the previous month, but I suppose he meant July of 1819, hence the inferred birth date of July 1752.  The papers include an 1822 deed from Martin and wife Patsey Mooney of AlbemarleCo to Robert Mooney of RockbridgeCo (just to the west over the Blue Ridge) of 60a of their AlbemarleCo land.  This document is the only item in the file that names Martin's wife, and I suspect that it appears in the file for that reason.  I also think that's likely that Robert was this couple's son, even though (a) this was not a deed of gift - Robert is said to have paid $300 for the land; and (b) Robert would have been only 17, since a single unnamed son aged 15 was referred to in Martin's letter of 1820.  Technically, minors couldn't make binding contracts, so could repudiate any deals that they had made on turning 21, but there are exceptions for in-the-family deeds.  Furthermore, this deed includes an unusual provision reserving the use of the land to the grantees for the duration of their lives.  I think, therefore, that this deed was included in the file to provide evidence identifying the members of Martin's family - his wife Patsey, and his son Robert.  Finally, the Richard Mooney, a summary of whose pension records appears on the second page of the letter you posted, showed that he too enlisted from AlbemarleCo at about the same time, so this Richard is probably a brother of Martin.  There should be plenty more about these Mooneys in the records of AlbemarleCo, since Martin appears to have lived there all his long life.

Here's the link to the HQ pension file, though it may not work.


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