Thursday, December 29, 2011
Captain Matthew Arbuckle was born in 1741 in what is now Botetourt County and was one of the first settlers to explore the Greenbriar valley (according to some accounts). He was a trapper and hunter. His father, James, was born in Scotland.
He joined the Virginia militia in 1758. He commanded a militia company and served as chief scout and guide. In fact, he guided General Lewis and the rest of their army to Point Pleasant in Dunmore's War against Chief Cornstalk.
Arbuckle was one of the first men to move to present day Lewisburg, WV. His plot of land was on the corner of Jefferson and Randolph streets.
He married twice. First to Jane Lockhart. This marriage produced sons: Charles and John. His second marriage was to Francis Hunter (she too was married before to a James Lawrence, Jr.). Their marriage produced: Matthew Arbuckle (who became a famous general), Thomas, Samuel, and James II.
For an interesting read, checkout Arbuckle and Col. James Stewart's involvment in the affair of Chief Cornstalk's death.
One of the first of the Ballard family mentioned is William Ballard. He was a Private then later a Corporal in the Revolutionary War. He enlisted in 1779 and was in the battle at Yorktown. He married Elizabeth Steppe. He settled in Greenbrier County.
Elijah Ballard of Hans Creek was also a Revolutionary War veteran. He was granted 970 acres on Hans Creek.
Alexander Clark, son of James ad Elizabeth Summers Clark was born in 1736. He lived near Indian Creek in Summers County. He married Sarah Lafferty. He was involved in a number of skirmishes with Indians in the y. Children: James 1764, Rebecca 1766, William 1771, Ralph 1773, Alexander 1775, John, 1778, Martha 1780, Samuel 1782.
His son Alexander II was born 1775 and married Mary Hawkins (daughter of Samuel Hawkins and Mary Erwin). He was a soldier in the War of 1812. They had twelve children: James 1797, Sarah 1798, Hannah 1800, Elizabeth 1802, William 1803, Nancy 1805, Samuel 1807, Salina 1808, Alexander C. 1810, Rufus 1812, Lucinda 1815, and Mary H. 1817.
Their son Samuel married Elizabeth Halstead, a daughter of Benjamin Halstead of Indian Creek. Their daughter Salina married Alexander Halstead, a son of Benjamin Halstead.
Augustus Comer was born in Frederick County in 1757. He married Catherine Rush. He later enlisted in Shenandoah County in 1776. He was in the 12th VA Regiment under Capt. Langdon and Col. Neville. He and his wife Catherine later settled in Lindside, Monroe County. He is buried at the "Cummings Cemetery" (check out findagrave.com).
Children: Elizabeth, Frederick, Jacob, Catherine, Micheal, Barbara, Augustus, Sarah (Sally), and John Henry.
James Halstead was the first Halstead who settled in southern WV. There is, or was, a lot of controversy over his origins. Some say he was born in England in 1740 and others reject this idea claiming there is no definitive evidence where he was born. It is believed he served in the 12th VA Regiment during the Revolutionary War.
What we know for sure: he settled in Indian Creek in the 1780s. His sons were Benjamin, Amos, and John. Benjamin married Patience Roles. Amos married Nancy Ellis (a daughter of Owen and Christina Van Doren - Ellis of Wolf Creek). John Married Elizabeth Mann. James Halstead also had a daughter Elizabeth who married into the Meeks family.
Future generations of Halsteads migrated into Raleigh, Fayette, and Nicholas counties. My grandfather Edgar Stanley Halstead descends from James. My grandfather married Lillie Jennings Basham.
Families I have little or no information about at this time:
Booten, and Byrnsides.
Monday, December 26, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
The following article was published in the Sept. 6, 2011 edition of The Hinton News, article by Pauline Haga, "Samuel Pack Indian Fighter".
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
My comments in bold.
image: will of Graves Packe, 1731, via Library of Virginia Online
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
For in-depth research into your own branch of the Meadows/Meadors I suggest the following user's information on 'lively roots'. I found it the most accurate and reliable source:
Along with the Lillys, Packs, Ellisons, Walkers, Coopers, etc., the Meadows/Meador family make up a large group of descendants with a common ancestor in the southern part of West Virginia.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
I found 1775 Veteran's Compensation Lists that include Samuel Pack and James Ellison for Dunmore's War (please see my earlier Post for the full story on the Pack, Farley, Swope, Ellison involvment in the war).
"Also there is a few men that lives in a String on the other side of the River that ever will be unconvenient to any other place to Muster at for they would not have above 7 or 8 Miles to a Muster here; and if they must go Elsewhere they Most of them Must Go 15 or 20 Miles to Muster and the names of these is
Wm. Cavanough Sen'.
and some others that I do not know their names. Also I must acquaint you that the most of these men is bad off for arms and ammunition and I believe Cannot get them. All from yr. Servant at Command"
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The good news is that land grant information is digital and available for download (click on the Land Office Patents and Grants Database)
There's plenty on the Lillys, Packs, Coopers. I couldn't find much under Moye, Ballard, or Pettry.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Also see my post dated 10/12/2011 for an update