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Conaway Family History


This short work by Orrin Bryte Conaway, Sr. is a hard-to-find volume studying the Conaway/Conway lines of Virginia. As I am doing with the Fleming work, appended matter appears in blue if I appended it from my personal files, red for addenda from other sources and footnoted. Some names are hyper-linked to other material that relates to them in my pages.

CONAWAY FAMILY HISTORY

with Forward & Preface

by O. B. Conaway Jr.

Boston University October, 1951

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

FORWARD ………………………………………………A1

PREFACE – What Your Name Means to You……………B2

PREFACE – Early Conway Origins………………………B5

CONWAY COAT OF ARMS ………………………………C8

CHAPTER 1 – Name and Family of Conway ……………1

CHAPTER 2 – The Conways of

Marion and Tyler Counties, West Virginia part 1……3

Marion and Tyler Counties, West Virginia part 2

Marion and Tyler Counties, West Virginia part 3

CHAPTER 3 – The Virginia Line ……………………….18

CHAPTER 4 – The Tyler & Marion County Lines ……..22

CHAPTER FIVE – Conway Genealogy Part 1…………..26

CHAPTER FIVE – Conway genealogy Part 2

A

FOREWORD

My father has been in many ways an unusual man in his time and place. Thinking back over the years with him I have been impressed particularly by his profound sense of history. To him nothing is without antecedents and probable effects. He has always seen men and events in long perspective, and I have known no man who better under­stands his time. My father’s sense of history accounts, I think, for his deep interest in genealogy. One of my most familiar pictures is that of him in his law office considering a case, or seated before the courthouse with his cronies considering the achievements or follies of some fellow townsman and beginning the discussion with, “Now his grandfather was…” Having heard such detailed accounts of pedigrees all my life, I really do not think my frequent statement to him, that he knows the family of every person in the county, much of an exaggeration.

The purpose of this document should be clearly understood. My father has not attempted here to write a history of our family in this area. Rather, he has constructed an outline of family relationships for several generations lest the information which it includes dis­appear with the passing of himself and a few others. He has stated to me that he considers this paper only a collection of basic data, a sort of memorandum to those of us of this and future generations. I have told him that his real motive was despair of making me under­stand or remember verbal accounts of the family. For some time I have urged him also to set down in general form his recollections of the McElroy Country and its leading figures which he remembers so well and so affectionately, and at long long he has indicated that this fall he may attempt to do so.

My father has asked me to express here his gratitude to the large number of people who have helped him in the preparation of this manuscript and to acknowledge particularly his debt to my wife, Ann Hardman Theiss Conaway, for assistance and encouragement, and to Mrs. Waitman H. Conaway, Marion County Librarian, Fairmont, West Virginia, for the information which she made available to him.

O. B. Conaway, Jr. Boston University October, 1951

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