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 10 Jul 2019
BIBB Descendants of Martin Thomas Bibb (c1759-1821) of Amherst Co, VA 8 Jul 2019
BLAKE Descendants of George Blake of Greenbrier and Fayette Cos, WV 8 Jul 2019
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 Jul 2019
BRAGG Descendants of Joseph Bragg, b. ca 1756, d. bef. 1809, of Pendleton and Greenbrier Cos, (W) VA 30 Jan 2019
BURDETTE/BURDETT Early Monroe Co., (W)Va Burdettes. Descendants of John Burdette, early Greenbrier Co, VA settler, who died after 1792 30 Jan 2019
BURGESS Descendants of James Burgess, bc 1790, d. 1852, of Bedford Co, VA and Fayette Co, WV 2 Jan 2018
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 19 Feb 2018
DOOLEY/ROLLYSON New results of DNA study of the descendants of George Whitfield Dooley indicate his biological father was James Patterson Rollyson of Monroe Co, WV. This genealogy combines the descendants of James & Comfort Rollyson with those of Henry Whitfield Dooley, of Bedford Co, VA and later Monroe Co (W)V, who enlisted in the Confederate Army and later moved to Missouri
8 Jul 2019
FRIDLEY Descendants of George Fridley, b. 1731, d. 1814, Rockingham Co, VA (includes descendants of Ludwig Fridley, d. 1748 Augusta Co, VA) 25 Oct 2018
HEDRICK Descendants of Henry Hedrick, d. 1800, Greenbrier Co, (W) VA 30 Jan 2019
JOHNSON Descendant of William W. S. Johnson, b. ca 1793, VA, d. 1849 Greenbrier Co, VA 8 Jul 2019
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 8 Jul 2019
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 8 Jul 2019
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) 2 Oct 2019
SIMS Descendants of James Sims (1754-ca. 1845) of Nicholas Co, (W)VA, including an extensive biography of James Sims by Cathy Meder-Dempsey 8 Jul 2019
TATUM Descendants of Wiley Tatum, b. ca. 1800, d. 1875, of Orange Co, NC and Fayette Co, WV 26 Aug 2018
TINGLER Descendants of Jacob Tingler, b. c1786, d. 1868, Alleghany Co, VA 30 Jan 2019
TREADWAY Descendants of Jesse Treadway, b. ca. 1800, VA, d. after 1880 in Fayette Co, WV 15 Oct 2019
UPTON Descendants of Lloyd Upton, b. ca. 1774, MD, d. July 1859, Mercer Co., VA (later Summers Co., WV) 8 Jul 2019
WITHROW Descendants of Robert Withrow (died before 1800) of Greenbrier Co, VA, including discussion of the source of the erroneous "Robert Watchers Withrow" 18 Oct 2019