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Conway Genealogy, Part 1


CHAPTER 5

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John Spann Conaway, son of Thomas, was born October 15, 1762, in Hampshire County, Bennett’s Run, Capon River, and died December 25, 1842, in Marion County, West Virginia. He married Rachel Willison, daughter of Jeremiah and Sally Heath Willison. Jeremiah and Sally Heath Willison went from Lancaster County, Maryland to Allegheny County, Maryland, a runaway couple and lived in Cumberland. They rode on horseback from Lancaster to Allegheny County. The Heath family is of the English nobility and had used a coat of arms. Jeremiah was long a court official of Allegheny County. Jeremiah and Sally went to Cumberland with Braddock’s army. Jeremiah Conaway, son of Thomas, and brother of John and Thomas, died unmarried. The Willison’s came to Lancaster County, Virginia, from Dundee, Scotland, and were descended from Reverend John Williston, for whom the Williston Church there is named, and he was the author of notable books of theology in Scotland.

John Spann Conaway married Rachel Willison in 1780. He settled on the present site of the Fairmont Hotel in Fairmont, West Virginia, then Middletown. Eleven children were born to John Spann and Rachel Willison Conaway:

1. Basil, married Mary Crosby

2. Charles married Elizabeth Conaway (his cousin)

3. Nancy married a Crosby

4. Sarah married a Ruby

5. Jeremiah married Susan Hunter

6. Byron single

7. Rachel single

8. John married Sarah Fleming

9. Mary married Joab Fleming

10. William married Rhoda Hendricks

11. Hester married George Clelland

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Basil Conaway married Mary Crosby. Their children were James and John. His second wife was Sarah Crosby (Mary’s sister). Their children were Jeremiah and Hannah.

James was married three times. His 1st wife was Mary Baughman, they had eleven children; 2nd wife was Adaline Lee George, they had five children; 3rd wife was Kate Alexander, they had two children.

Children of James and Mary Baughman:

(1) Rachel Conaway was married to John K. French, son of James and Elizabeth French. They had seven children.

I. Minnie French married John Wastley Pitcock. They had one daughter, Ina, who married Shelly M. Allen.

II. David William French was married to Electa Swaney/(Sweeney) They had six children, (twin daughters): (A) Beulah, deceased and

……B. Ada married Alfred Coleman. They had one son, Robert married Patty Bradshaw. They have two sons, names unknown

……C. Pearl (deceased) was married to Raxford Pinnick. They had two children (1) James; (2) Mary

……D. Mildred married Melford Allan. They had six daughters: (1) Janis; (2) Ilaine; (3) Lela; (4) Sharon; (5) Linda; (6) Constance

……E. Marie married Charles Johnson, They had five children: (1) Martha Lee; (2) Billy; (3) Eugene; (4) Teddy; (5) Mary Ann

……F. Dwight (deceased)

III. Mollie E. French married Lawrence Lucas. They had one daughter:

……A. Lura married E. Dwight Wolfe. They had three daughters: (1) Wanda; (2) Imogene; (3) Martha Lee

IV. Charles Edgar French married Emma Leach. They had three children:

……A. Lowell Leeland married May McColky. They had three children: (1) Lowell Leeland; (2) Robert; (3) Virginia

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……B. Harold Edgar (deceased).
……C. Dorothy married Herman Avery. They had one son: (1) Jack

V. Eva B. French married Homer H. Weller.

VI. Ola French (deceased).

VII. James French (deceased).

(2) Mary Conaway married William Pletcher. They had seven children.

I. Leota Pletcher married Frank Schafer. They had two children.

……A. Muriel married Earl Schlegel. They had two children: (1) Robert, married and had 2 children; (2) Donald, married and had 3 children

……B. Wallace, married Mable _______.

II. Gary U. Pletcher had one adopted son: (1) Harry

III. Thomas A. Pletcher married Alma Hollingshead. They had six children.

……A.Dale married Ethel Campbell. They have two children: (1) Mary Jane; (2) Lee

……B. Glenn married Marie Eppley. They have seven children: (1) Alma Mae; (2) Marjorie; (3) Donald; (4) Tommy; (5) Pearl; (6) Bobby; (7) Linda

……C. Mildren (deceased).
……D. Lenore married Walter Cherry. They had two children: (1) Neil; (2) Gregory (deceased)

……E. Ralph (deceased)
……F. Ray married Virginia Clarkson. They had one daughter: (1) Ann

IV. Maude Pletcher married Curt Taylor. They had two children.

……A. Waldo married Mauselyn Smith. They have four children: (1) Brenton; (2) Bryce; (3) Janet; (4) Naunce

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……B. Margaret married Buddy Wright. They had one daughter. (1) Margaret. She later married Arthur Levering.

V. Joseph Pletcher married Nora Weller. They had two children.

……A. Carl married Dorothy Tolley. They have two sons: (1) Terry; (2) Wayne

……B. Madeline married Kenneth Bartimus. They have three children: (1) Janet; (2) Robert; (3) Penny

VI. Lulu Pletcher died when small.

VII. Grace Pletcher died at the age of twenty-four.

(3) Sarah Conaway married Issac Brown. No children.

(4) James Basil Conaway married Martha Cecelia Kinnan, daughter of Andrew. They had four children.

I. Cora Loretta Conaway married Charles Baughman. They had four children.

……A. Faye Winnonia married Burkey Garfield Willison. They had three children.

…………1. Elmo Blee married Mary Margene Underwood. They have two sons: (1) Richard Evan; (2) Donald Allan

…………2. Wilda Loretta married Walter Wendall Fickle. 4 children: (a) Ronald Lee, died in infancy (b) Sandra Jean; (c & d) twin sons Keith Douglas <died at birth> and Kirby Dean

…………3. Carl Franklin married Dona Louella Bess. They have two daughters: (a) Cynthia Lou; (b) Carla Faye

……B. James Leo married Jessie Katherine Murray, (deceased). They had five children. He later married Leota Kull.

…………1. Cyril Dwight married Thelma Poling. They have two sons, (a) James who married a Uhel and had 2 children; and (b)

…………2. Zelma Marie married Raymond Underwood. They have two children: (a) Roger; (b) Susan

…………3. Murray LowelI married Ruth Kuneck. They have two sons: (a) Bruce; (b) Billy

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…………4. Gail Franklin married Betty Snider. They have four children: (a) Linda; (b) Larry; (c) Michael; (d) Jeff

…………5. Leo Egbert married Betty Wright. They have two daughters: (a) Kathy; (b) Linda

……C. Beulah Juanita died in infancy.

……D. Paul Joseph killed in auto accident at the age of twenty-eight.

II. Laura Belle Conaway married William Elmer Ellsworth Clark. They had seven children.

……A. Ina Marguarita married Albert Ray Trout. They had two children.

………..1. William Ray Otis married Katharine Hanranhan. They have four children: (a) William Ray; (b) James Thomas; (c) Norma Kay; (d) David Allan

………..2. Naomi Belle married John Yetzer. They have two sons: (a) Albert Vera; (b) William Allan

……B. Jack Bedford married Dorothy Hall. They had three children. They live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

………..1. Marjorie Gwendolyn married Victor H. Matthews. They have two children: (a) Lawrence John; (b) Margaret Lynn

………..2. William Lawerance carried Margaret Hutchison. They have two children: (a) Shirley Beth; (b) Donald John

………..3. Shirley Doreen married Ronald Fulton. They have two children: (a) Richard; (b) Janis

……C. Franklin C. died at the age of twenty-one months.

……D. Helen Beatrice Gould married Hardy Huggins. She died August 1, 1919, at the age of eighteen.

……E. Martha Elizabeth married Amos Milton Frame. They had four children:

………..1 Robert Wallace;

………..2 Patricia Louise married Delmar Dean Pritchard. They have two children: (a) Sherlynn Gwynette; (b) Kevin Daan

………..3. Donna Maria; and 4. Jack Lee

……F. Wilda Faye married Robert Paul Selsam. They had one son: (1) William George

……G. Ada Louise married Alfred Fogel Calhoon. They had three children: (1) Helen Louise; (2) Robert Clark; (3) Judith Kay

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III. Bertha Conaway died in infancy

IV. Ferdinand Franklin Conaway married Clara Vandigriffe. They had four children.

……A. Mildred married Homer Hallett. They had two sons.

…………1. Homer Carrol married Patricia Freeman. They have one daughter (a) Melanie Carroll

…………2. David married Carol Schutz.

……B. Otho Basil married Freda Yanit. He died while serving in World War I.

……C. Kenneth married Evelyn Teal.

……D. Clara Louise married Carl E. Smith. They have three sons: (1) Michael Lee; (2) Steven Vincent; (3) Scott Alan

(5) Royal. H. Conaway married Mary Salome Watt. They had seven children

I. Thomas Isreal Conaway married May Savage, They had three children.

……A. Lura Faye Lois never married.

……B. Gerald married Maria Southerland. They had four children.

…………1. Thomas Burdette married Mary Ferguson, They have one daughter: (a) Karen Sue

…………2. Rose Marie married Larry Taylor

…………3. Mary Lou and 4. Paul Douglas

……C. Robert Merrel married Irene Hoskinson. They have two children: (1) Betty; (2) Robert Jr. (Bobby)

II. Mary Rebecca Conaway married Stanley Maris. They had five children. Her second husband was Charles Bice.

……A. Juanita married Russell Hull. They had six children.

…………1. Jean married Richard Brooks. They have four children, (twin daughters): (a) Joan; (b) Lee; (c) Lynn; (d) Cindy Jean

…………2. Lois married Robert Wren. They have three children: (a) Suzan; (b) Michael; (c) Karen

…………3. Helen married George Young. They have three children: (a) Steven); James; (3) Tommy

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…………4. Russell Jr. married Wanda Houk. They have four children: (a) Gregory; (b) Kathy; (c) Becky Sue; (d) John Mark

…………5. William married Alice Hankinson. They have one son: (a) Russell William

…………6. Sarah Catherine

……B. Leona died at the age of thirteen months.

……C. Lenora married Ralph Cope. They had four children.

…………1. Robert married Katherine Sheppard

…………2. Hilda married Ormand Allwine. They have two daughters: (a) Lynn; (b) Kristin

…………3. Douglas married Rose Marie Adkins. They have three children: (a) Craig; (b) Max; (c) Dixie

…………4. Roger

……D. Blanche married Byrd Hall. They have one daughter.

…………1. Charlotte married Robert Guthrie. They have three children: (a) Joan; (b) Linda; (c) Gaile

……E. Baby boy died at birth.

III. James Ludlow Conaway. Died at the age of twenty five.

IV. Elmer William Conaway married Anna Leese. They had two children.

……A. Mildred married Weldon Harper. They had one son, Jimmie.

……B. Hilda married Russell Harper. They had one son, Jack who married Paula Howard.

V. Edith Blanche married Arthur Smith. They had three children.

……A. Kenneth married Mary Kinnan. They had four children. Kenneth died at the age of 32.

…………1. Joy Lee married Dector Daggett. They had two children: (a) Kathy; (b) Michael

…………2. Ronald Kay married Sandy ______. They have one daughter: (a) Linda

…………3. Jerald Royce and (4) James Melvin

……B. Corwin Conaway married Luella Pritchard. Corwin has one step-son.

…………1. David Noble married Doris Grethaum. They have two daughters: (a) Pamela; (b) Kathy

1 Comment »

  1. As mentioned in other reply’s, Jeremiah Conaway (brother of John and Thomas jr) son of Thomas senior went to Ohio in 1800. Married Jane Dew had issue: Amos (1803), Jesse, John, and Rhuhamy. He settle in Fairfield County. This county was divided several times. Rhuhamy died 1820, Jesse went to Wisconsion, John stayed in Ohio, and Amos and his father went to St.Louis in 1847. Jeremiah died within a month of arrival at 78 years old. Have Obit in Ohio paper. Amos must have notified his family (John or Jesse).

    Basil went to Ohio as well. He was born 1785 (first born). His bio is in Ohio as well. John and Rachel was not married in 1780, probably 1784. She was born circa 1765.

    Thomas Senior left VA in 1780 for Bedford, PA. I have John Conaway petition for war pension. He states all 1833 afidavit. This is the only place that his bith date is documented. He and his brother Thomas were still participating in the war till 1782.

    Comment by vincent dibernardo | April 1, 2012 | Reply


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