Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Two Andrew Lewis Lillies

This is a photo of Andrew Lewis Lilly and his family around 1900 that I just came across. This is the Andrew Lewis Lilly who was son of Wilson Lilly, and grandson to Snakebite Lilly.

I had to make a correction on my page, and of course, I needed to announce here the same correction. About a year ago I found a photo online that showed just Andrew (the same one). But then I came across the full photo. This is not my great great grandfather Andrew Lewis Lilly (born 1817), father of Ida Jane (sometimes referred to as 'Violet') Lilly. As you can see, the children, Robert E. Lee Lilly, Ida Jane, etc., are not in the photo. It's a different set of children.

The two Andrews WERE related - uncle and nephew to each other - Wilson Lilly and Andrew Lewis Lilly (born 1817) were sons of Snakebite Lilly. Wilson had a son Andrew Lewis (born 1840) and this is his family photo.

Andrew Lewis Lilly (born 1817) married Sarah Mooney. They had 15 children: Hansford, John Simpson, Zelpha Arminta, Henry L, Sarah Anne Melissa, Joshua Wilson, Elizabeth A. M., Lewis William Dayton, Violet J.A. (my grandmother referred to her mother as Ida Jane Albatine), Roberta A (Bertie), Floyd Mennie, Rufus P, Robert C. (Lee), Joseph A. and Daniel E.

Andrew Lewis Lilly (born 1840) married Elizabeth Holstein. They had 12 children:
Wilton Wert, Laura C, Ezra Couch, Jeanette Lurenie, David H., Estel K., Gaston Carper, Celia D., Terry D, Cora Electra, Ocia A., Daniel Everett

(In the photo above. Left to Right starting at the top: Terry, Wilton Wert, Estel?, Gaston Carper, David H., Ezra Couch. Middle: Celia, Andrew Lewis, wife Elizabeth, Jeanette Lurenie,
bottom: Daniel Everett, and Ocia. Two of the children, Laura and Cora, had died before this photo was taken).

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Great site for looking up cemeteries... is an excellent resource for finding cemeteries in and around Summers County. Some members have added photos of their ancestors on this site (thank God for the internet).

Not all graves are on here, of course, including my branch of the Bashams. You have to sign up first before you can add a record. Which I intend to do soon.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Ginseng Season...Food for thought

Ginseng Season began a few weeks ago. Ginseng is of course highly sought after and rare. Keep in mind two things when picking. One, plant the berries back in the soil near where you find the plant. Two, do not trespass on private property without the consent of the owners.

Ginseng is becoming increasing rare because of over hunting. Be a good steward of our lands and obey the laws. If you wish to continuously make a profit from Ginseng, learn how to cultivate the plant.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Library of Virginia Online...great for research

Here's a link to the Library of Virginia's West Virginia section.  Unfortunately, the tax information is on microfilm (hopefully someday they'll scan it and make it digital).

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.