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Today I had a splitting headache for most of the day so I was slowed down a bit but I did manage some updates to the genealogy pages.

Biographies of William Fleming, Calvin Conaway, and George Bennett, the first two of Marion County, WV and Bennett from Orange County, Indiana. Uploaded and linked Death certficates for Billy Huffman, and Linda Durbin and Marriage certificates for Isaac Bennett + Linda McDonald, Charles Elledge + Dixie Huffman, and Leon Helm + Dixie Huffman; and gravestone photographs for Byron and Rebecca (Bennett) Miller; Joseph Elledge; Caroline Frentress Elledge, all at Ames Chapel Cemetery in French Lick, a gravestone photo for Dakota Ryan Elledge at Memorial Park Cemetery in Saint Joseph, Mo; and the gravestone photo for Cora Emily (Maddock) Elledge at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati. I also typed out some will abstracts for James Clelland, Caleb Conaway, William Fleming (son of John), Boaz Fleming, John Pierpoint and Josiah Prickett from microfilm 250081 which has a lot of Monongalia County records.  I also added a short record of the death register for Conaways and Goulds in Monongalia County, and extended the Gould deed index (grantor) for Marion County by several years.

I need to get back to transcribing deeds for Marion county, West Virginia.  I still have a pile of them to complete. Thus ends the genealogy updates for another day.



December 31, 2008 Posted by | genealogy | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

More Free Genealogy Added


Chugging along, adding a few more items, including a biography of Waitman Conaway, with photo and sources from several resources, a short biography of James D Joseph, who married nancy Conaway of WV and moved to Butler Co, Kansas, where he became a successful banker. The Thomas Maddock register and .pdf descendant book I promised yesterday, delving into the lines of this immigrant from Ireland who went to Cincinnati after arriving in Maine. Finally, a few minutes ago I completed assembling the biography of Aretas Brooks Fleming, the once Governor of West Virginia, with a good photograph. These last came from Google books but they do have to formatted and the images removed from the file and sharpened up a bit, so maybe I saved you some time anyway. I’m still working at it today, next adding some more deeds to the Gould of Marion County Deed index. Digging, digging, digging….


December 29, 2008 Posted by | genealogy, humor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Updates and Busy Work

I’ve been busy today trying to increase the amount of genealogy on site for interested family researchers. I’m finding out it’s time consuming – not only the transcribing but formatting it, adding the links, uploading photocopies and pictures, etc. and then making sure everything works.

Some of the new items added or updated include:

Added: William Bennett – Jonathan Peter Deed 9 Jan 1847 with photocopies of original

Moved around and changed the index pages in the genealogy section to sort the different families:

Added: Bennett-Miller-Speer-McGrew-Pittman Index

Added: Maddock-Munro/Monroe-Burke-Mulholland Index

Added: William Davis Moore Biographical Sketch and some supplemental information

Added: Moore-Peterson-Mick-Lucas-Prather Index

Updated: Elledge – Conaway Genealogy Pages Hopefully this makes the different pages easier to find and helps researchers looking for a specific family to go right to the parts they’re interested in

Added links to Houston Miller Jr and Sr. info and photos from Carole V. Beringer’s Blog at Avelyn’s Avenues

And I made a regular post to the blog “Christmas The Day After”

December 27, 2008 Posted by | genealogy | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Deed of Edmund Conaway From Andrew McCray

Another plank in the Conaway house of biography, this time a deed from Andrew McCray to his cousin Edmund M. Conaway made in 1865.

Andrew McCray & Wife

Ed. M. Conaway                        : Deed

This deed made the 2d day of June in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixty five. between Andrew McCray and Sarah his wife of Marion County and State of West Virginia of the first part and Edmond M. Conaway of the same County and state as aforesaid of the second party. Witnesseth, That in consideration of the sum of three hundred and sixty dollars, two hundred paid in hand the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, and ninety two dollars and fifty cents part thereof to be paid to said McCray on the first day of April 1866 and Sixty Seven dollars and fifty cents ballance thereof to be paid on the first day of April 1866 to the order of Jesse Sharps…the said partys of the first part do grant unto the said partys of the second part all of a certain parcel of land situated on the waters of Finches Run in the County aforesaid adjoining lands with John Barrick and others and bounded as follows, Beginning at pointer’s corner of Levi Hunter and E. M. Conaway running with said Conaways line crossing said line to a Shugar stump thence running on a westerly direction to a crabtree corner in said Conaways line thence with the fence enclosing said lot on South East course to a stake in a drain. thence to a Mulberry. thence to a Elm corner of John Barrick thence with said Barricks line to the beginning containing Seven acres more or less together with all and every of the appurtenances and privileges thereunto in every manner belonging. and the said partys of the first part as covenant and with the said party of the second part that they have good right and title to the above described property and that they will warrant generally the above described property except as against the above unpaid purchase money to secure the payment of which and as a part of this deed a lien is hereby retained on the said property. Witness the following signatures and seals.

Andrew McCray (seal)

Sarah McCray  (seal)

Deed Book 14 Page 180-181 Marion County Courthouse

As a note, it was 1865 and the War wasn’t completely done. The deed required Federal Revenue stamps at a total of $1 before it was accepted for recording on 25 May 1865. It was one of the ways the Union paid for the war. Andrew was a cousin through his father’s marriage to Margaret Fleming, another of the links that wound tightly through families in eastern West Virginia tying them all into a huge familial knot.

December 20, 2008 Posted by | genealogy | , , , , | Leave a comment

Deed “Big John” Conaway to Asberry Roberts West Virginia

Asberry Roberts sold some land to John Conaway – Deed Book 3 Page 124 Marion County Courthouse (also available on microfilm from the LDS Library). In November of 1847 Big john acquired a tract on the Warrior Fork of Buffalo Creek from Asberry Roberts for ten bucks. It’s ubnbleievable to me sometimes how cheap land was then.

See the entire deed here


December 19, 2008 Posted by | genealogy | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment