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 7 May 2021
BIBB Descendants of Martin Thomas Bibb (c1759-1821) of Amherst Co, VA 26 Dec 2020
BLAKE Descendants of George Blake of Greenbrier and Fayette Cos, WV 4 Jun 2020
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(?) 26 Dec 2020
BRAGG Descendants of Joseph Bragg, b. ca 1756, d. bef. 1809, of Pendleton and Greenbrier Cos, (W) VA 26 Dec 2020
BURDETTE/BURDETT Early Monroe Co., (W)Va Burdettes. Descendants of John Burdette, early Greenbrier Co, VA settler, who died after 1792 26 Dec 2020
BURGESS Descendants of James Burgess, bc 1790, d. 1852, of Bedford Co, VA and Fayette Co, WV 4 Jun 2020
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 21 Mar 2021
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
20 Feb 2020
FRIDLEY Descendants of George Fridley, b. 1731, d. 1814, Rockingham Co, VA (includes descendants of Ludwig Fridley, d. 1748 Augusta Co, VA) 26 Dec 2020
HEDRICK Descendants of Henry Hedrick, d. 1800, Greenbrier Co, (W) VA 28 Jun 2020
JOHNSON Descendant of William W. S. Johnson, b. ca 1793, VA, d. 1849 Greenbrier Co, VA 21 Jun 2020
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 28 Jun 2020
LAREW Descendants of Jacob Larew, d. 1816 Augusta Co, VA 12 Sep 2020
POFF Descendants of John Poff of Floyd Co, VA; and WV branches 26 Dec 2020
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) 26 Dec 2020
SIMS Descendants of James Sims (1754-ca. 1845) of Nicholas Co, (W)VA, including an extensive biography of James Sims by Cathy Meder-Dempsey 26 Dec 2020
TATUM Descendants of Wiley Tatum, b. ca. 1800, d. 1875, of Orange Co, NC and Fayette Co, WV 26 Dec 2020
TINGLER Descendants of Jacob Tingler, b. c1786, d. 1868, Alleghany Co, VA 28 Jun 2020
TREADWAY Descendants of Jesse Treadway, b. ca. 1800, VA, d. after 1880 in Fayette Co, WV 26 Dec 2020
UPTON Descendants of Lloyd Upton, b. ca. 1774, MD, d. July 1859, Mercer Co., VA (later Summers Co., WV) 26 Dec 2020
WITHROW Descendants of Robert Withrow (died before 1800) of Greenbrier Co, VA, including discussion of the source of the erroneous "Robert Watchers Withrow" 21 Apr 2021
DATABASE Everyone in database excluding living persons (some undocumented early lines may be speculative)
10 Jun 2021
10 Jun 2021