Nearly all of my family lived in the rugged mountains of southern West Virginia, primarily in the counties of Greenbrier, Monroe, Summers, Fayette, Nicholas and Kanawha. For the most part, they were simple farmers, but starting in the late 1800s, coal mining and railroading became more common as occupations. Their origins were largely English, Scottish and Irish; a number of Dutch and German families settled here as well, coming mainly from the Shenandoah Valley.

The following links take you to descendant genealogies of the earliest known ancestor of each line with substantial families in West Virginia.

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ALDERSON Descendants of the Rev. John Alderson, b. 1699 Yorkshire, England, d. 1780 Botetourt Co, VA. This is an extensive genealogy, and additional resources, such as census, marriage and birth data, can be found on the Alderson Cousins page. The genealogy of the "Northern Neck" Aldersons, Jesse Alderson, and the Aldersons of Pittsylvania Co, VA can be found here as well 21 Oct 2017
BIBB Descendants of Martin Thomas Bibb (c1759-1821) of Amherst Co, VA 28 Apr 2017
BLAKE Descendants of George Blake of Greenbrier and Fayette Cos, WV 3 Jul 2017
BOOTHE Descendants of George Boothe, b. 1737, NY, d. 1813, Montgomery Co., VA. George lived in Dutchess Co., NY and migrated to Montgomery Co., VA by 1787. His wife was Permelia "Millie" Wright(?) 8 Mar 2017
BRAGG Descendants of Joseph Bragg, b. ca 1756, d. bef. 1809, of Pendleton and Greenbrier Cos, (W) VA 3 Aug 2017
BURDETTE/BURDETT Early Monroe Co., (W)Va Burdettes. Descendants of John Burdette, early Greenbrier Co, VA settler, who died after 1792 2 Jul 2017
BURGESS Descendants of James Burgess, bc 1790, d. 1852, of Bedford Co, VA and Fayette Co, WV 3 Jul 2017
DEHART Descendants of Abraham Dehart, b. ca 1755, PA, d. ca 1834, Monroe Co., VA. Abraham was a Revolutionary soldier. I have added a discussion of the various misidentifications of Abraham's parents and wife, and a summary of the known events in his life 16 May 2017
DOOLEY Descendants of Henry Whitfield Dooley, of Bedford Co, VA and later Monroe Co (W)V, who enlisted in the Confederate Army and whose fate is unknown. Most of his children later moved to Kanawha Co, WV 30 Oct 2016
FRIDLEY Descendants of George Fridley, b. 1731, d. 1814, Rockingham Co, VA (includes descendants of Ludwig Fridley, d. 1748 Augusta Co, VA) 27 Aug 2017
HEDRICK Descendants of Henry Hedrick, d. 1800, Greenbrier Co, (W) VA 31 May 2017
JOHNSON Descendant of William W. S. Johnson, b. ca 1793, VA, d. 1849 Greenbrier Co, VA 1 Apr 2017
JOHNSON Descendants of William Johnson, b. 1755, d. 1805, pioneer settler of Kanawha Co. (later Nicholas Co), VA, and Revolutionary War veteran . His descendants settled in Nicholas, Fayette, and Kanawha Cos., WV 26 Aug 2017
LAREW Descendants of Peter Larew, b. 1774 Augusta Co, VA, died 1840, Hans Creek, Monroe Co, WV 8 Mar 2017
POFF Descendants of John Poff of Floyd Co, VA; and WV branches 18 Nov 2016
SCOTT Descendants of Joseph Scott of Giles Co., VA and possibly Frederick Co, MD, from ca 1765 (5 Generations: later generations of the descendants of Talitha Cumi Scott can be found in Poff) 28 July 2016
SIMS Descendants of James Sims (1754-ca. 1845) of Nicholas Co, (W)VA, including an extensive biography of James Sims by Cathy Meder-Dempsey 28 Apr 2017
TATUM Descendants of Wiley Tatum, b. ca. 1800, d. 1875, of Orange Co, NC and Fayette Co, WV 7 Mar 2017
TINGLER Descendants of Jacob Tingler, b. c1786, d. 1868, Alleghany Co, VA 1 Apr 2017
TREADWAY Descendants of Jesse Treadway, b. ca. 1800, VA, d. after 1880 in Fayette Co, WV 3 Aug 2017
UPTON Descendants of Lloyd Upton, b. ca. 1774, MD, d. July 1859, Mercer Co., VA (later Summers Co., WV) 21 Oct 2017
WITHROW Descendants of Robert Withrow (died before 1800) of Greenbrier Co, VA, including discussion of the source of the erroneous "Robert Watchers Withrow" 21 Oct 2017