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Home of the first pioneers west of the blue mountains --
GATEWAY TO THE FRONTIER

Washington County, Virginia and
eastern Tennessee are rich in genealogical history. 
Many folks, German, Scotch-Irish and British passed through this way,
many stopping for a generation or two and others making it
their home for 250 years or more.

The menu below lists the most prevalent names on the genealogical charts;
however, there are many collateral  families who are not listed here, but for which
there is a great deal of information. 

If you don't find your ancestors surname on the list below,
please search this site using the search tool. -- jk


Benhams Rd--Mumpower home 
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A beautiful tribute by Eva Booher on the passing of her husband, John.                                            Photo: Reuben Blaylock, father of Joseph M. Blaylock
genealogy charts:  Blaylock ~ Privette ~ Canter ~ Whittaker ~ Lowe ~ Eads ~ Booher
 
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Resources -- The information presented on this website has been collected over many decades.  My sisters and I have traveled many miles to visit the ancestral birth places of many of our ancestors.  We have interviewed family members, begged for copies of photographs, recorded oral history, visited historical societies, performed online searches for historical documents, visited cemeteries, you name it.  If it was in the name of genealogy, we have done it.

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Through our research, we have gained a rich understanding of our ancestors, and thus, ourselves.  But perhaps the most rewarding aspect of our genealogical search has been in the many cousins we have met.  Some cousins we have met briefly, exchanged information, and moved on.  However, there are others with whom we have developed rich and meaningful relationships, adding new and wonderful dimensions to our lives. 

We're always eager to meet new cousins.  Don't hesitate to write with your questions and comments:  judy.kilpatrick@gotricounty.com
 

Some of the sources we have used:  

The Historical Society of Washington Co. is located in the Abingdon Train Station at 306 Depot Square behind the post office on Main Street in Abingdon.  The Historical Society has become a leading center in the region for genealogical and historical research including local and regional history, published genealogies and family histories. The library is staffed completely by volunteers and open 10-4 Monday through Friday.

The library resources are included on a computerized partial index database which currently contains over 291,000 references.

1. Families of Washington County and Bristol, Virginia (1776-1996), compiled by the Holston Territory Genealogical Society and Don Mills, Inc., (Waynesville, NC: Walsworth Publishing, 1996). Copies of this book may be purchased by contacting the the Holston Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 433, Bristol, VA-TN 24203-0433. 2. History of Southwest Virginia (1746-1786) and Washington County (1777-1870), by Lewis Preston Summers, (Baltimore, MD: Regional Publishing Company, 1979)
3. Annals of Southwest Virginia (1769-1800), by Lewis Preston Summers, (The Overmountain Press, 1929, Reprinted 1992)
4. High on a Windy Hill, by Catherine S. McConnell, (Bristol, TN, The King Printing Company, 1968)
5. The Rosenbaum-Rosenbalm Family of Southwest Virginia, by Clifford R. Canfield
6. Widener Family of Widener's Valley: Descendants of Michael and Elizabeth Widener, by Shirley Widener Crump, 2510 Beech Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27608
7. Widener Family of Widener's Valley: Descendants of John Widener and Obedience Owen, by Shirley Widener Crump, 2510 Beech Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27608
8. Thomasson Traces: Lineages of the Thomasson Family (1677-1990), by Curtis H. Thomasson and Marjorie B. Malloy, (Roswell, GA, WH Wolfe Associates, Inc., 1990)
9. The Marriages of Washington County, Virginia (1781-1853), compiled by D.E. Brown, 1993.
10. 1810-1840 U.S. Census of Washington County, Virginia, (Wichita, KS, S-K Publications)
11. 1850 U.S. Census of Washington County, Virginia, by Dr. John F. Schunk, editor, (Wichita, KS, S-K Publications, 1989)
12. 1860 U.S. Census of Washington County, Virginia, Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia, edited and indexed by John P. and Rubinette M. Niemann, 1989
13. 1840 U.S. Census of Smyth County, Virginia, (Wichita, KS, S-K Publications)
14. 1850 U.S. Census of Smyth County, Virginia, by Dr. John F. Schunk, editor, (Wichita, KS, S-K Publications, 1988)
15. Abijah Thomas and His Octagonal House, by Mack H. Sturgill, (Marion, VA, Tucker Printing, 1990)
16. Smyth County, Virginia Cemeteries, Volume I, by Mack H. Sturgill and Kenneth L. Sturgill, (Marion, VA, Dean Tucker Printing, 1993)
17. Smyth County, Virginia Cemeteries, Volume II, by Mack H. Sturgill and Kenneth L. Sturgill, (Marion, VA, Dean Tucker Printing, 1994)
18. Smyth County, Virginia Cemeteries, Volume III, by Mack H. Sturgill and Kenneth L. Sturgill, (Marion, VA, Dean Tucker Printing, 1995)
19. Buchanan: The Family History of James Buchanan, Son of Alexander Buchanan of Pennsylvania (1702-1976), by John A. Blakemore (Bristol, VA, Quality Printers, Inc., 1978)
20. 37th Virginia Infantry, by Thomas M. Rankin, (Lynchburg, VA, H.E. Howard, Inc., 1987)
21. History of the Descendants of John Hottel:Immigrant from Switzerland to America, by Rev. W.D. Huddle, B.S., Lulu May Huddle  and Rev. B. Paul Huddle (Toms Brook, VA, Hottel-Keller Memorial, Inc., 1992)
22. The Descendants of Rev. Joseph Rhea of Ireland, by Edward F. Foley (Bowie, MD, Heritage Books, Inc., 1996)
23. Washington County, Virginia Marriage Returns: 1776-1855, abstracted by Marty Hiatt & Craig Roberts Scott, (Athens, GA, Iberian Pub. Co., 1994) I encourage you to purchase all of the above excellent publications, as I have. I also encourage you to become members of the Holston Territory Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 433, Bristol, VA-TN 24203, the Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia, P.O. Box 484, Abingdon, VA, and the Smyth County Historical Society, P.O. Box 574, Marion, VA 24354

 

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represented on this website
are actively participating in DNA projects. 

 

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