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Virginia – West Virginia Biographies


This page indexes a roster of biographies for West Virginians with a few Western Pennsylvanian, East central ohio and Virginia bios tossed in. All of these are allied families, full of cousins and families whose members touch mine sometimes in several generations, or families who lived and associated closely with my family lines. West Virginians who can trace lineage to the state’s earliest days well know that those early families are usually tightly intertwined with one another. Besides, in hunting for my own ancestors I often come across notes or bios that aren’t “mine” but maybe they’ll help someone.

1. Thomas M. Hood Biography. Clarksburg, Harrison County, WV

2. Dr. C. M. Clelland of Harrison County WV

3. S. L. Watson of Fairmont, WV, a leading Coal magnate of the time.

4. Thomas Condit Miller. Superintendent of WV School System from Fairmont WV

5. De Laniel & Fielding Yost Father and son doctors from West Virginia

6. The Nichols Family of Marion County WV

7. The Vandervort Family of Marion County WV

8. The Arnett Family of Clarksburg, Harrison County WV

9. Henry F. Smith of Fairmont & the Race-Smith Grocery Company

10. The Orr Family of Marion County WV

11. Captain John Fisher the Civil War Hero of Fairmont, a cousin by marriage

11. Walter S. Hursey of Shinnston WV

13. The Watson Family of Marion County WV

14. Charles Higinbotham of Shinnston, WV

15. Mortimer Frame of Clay County WV

16. C.W. Swisher of Fairmont WV

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1 Comment »

  1. Thank you so much for your blog info. I’m an 81-yr. old desc. of the Watson-Haymond-Fleming families. You’ve answered many ?, which have perplexed me for ages. The earliest Watson immigrant was William, James’ father, who was in St, Mary’s CO MD by 1650 from where..not been proven! Several Watsons are now trying to resolve this mystery! My grandmother was a Watson & I’ve been “at it” for more than eight yrs. Wonderful to know more about the Lambs. You might be interested in reading “Monongah” by Davitt McAteer, WVU Press, Morgantown 2007. Are you related to the late Harrison Conaway(wife, Louise)of Fmt.?

    Comment by Pat Hoffman | October 4, 2009 | Reply


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