William Lester "Billy" Nichols1,2

M, b. March 25, 1944, d. November 2, 1968
FatherEzekiel Chris "Zeke" Nichols1,3,4,5,2 b. May 12, 1905, d. June 7, 1971
MotherRuth Jane Conner1,3,4,5,2 b. March 12, 1909, d. December 21, 1988
     William Lester "Billy" Nichols was buried at Restvale Cemetery, Rt. 221, Check, Floyd Co., Virginia; His tombstone reads "Va. Spec. 4 HDQ & HDQ Co. 1st Cal. Div."6,1,2 He was born on March 25, 1944 at Floyd Co., Virginia.1,6,2 He died on November 2, 1968 at Roanoke, Virginia, at age 24.1,6,2

Citations

  1. [S44] Sylvia Gearheart Albert, The Christopher and Nancy Moore Richards Family of Franklin Co., VA.
  2. [S5149] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014.
  3. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Eunice Lorraine Guilliams obituary in the Dec 16, 1995 edition.
  4. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Robert Wayne Nichols obituary in the Mar 4, 2008 edition.
  5. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Gordon Ezekiel Nichols obituary in the Oct 19, 2014 edition.
  6. [S104] Billy and Juanita Grice, Cemeteries in Floyd County.

Rachel Berry1,2,3

F, b. circa 1803, d. November 13, 1860
FatherJesse Berry4,3 b. circa 1776
MotherMary Colvard3
     Rachel Berry was born circa 1803 at North Carolina.1,2 She married William Templeton Cole, son of Samuel Cole and Sarah Thrash, on March 25, 1824 at Buncombe Co., North Carolina.2 As of March 25, 1824,her married name was Cole. Rachel Berry died on November 13, 1860 at Georgia.2

Census Records

1850Dwelling 77, Subdivision 33, Gilmer Co., GeorgiaThe widowed Rachel and her family were enumerated in the household of her father Jesse1

Family

William Templeton Cole b. circa 1802, d. August 30, 1845
Marriage*Rachel Berry married William Templeton Cole, son of Samuel Cole and Sarah Thrash, on March 25, 1824 at Buncombe Co., North Carolina.2 
Children

Citations

  1. [S153] National Archives and Records Administration, 1850 United States Federal Census.
  2. [S835] Ralph Dunn, "Adolphus Cole," e-mail to Scott Schaffer, Dec 22, 2002.
  3. [S971] Hazel Kimbrell, "Rachel Berry," e-mail to Scott Schaffer, Aug 12, 2005.
  4. [S81] Janice Smyth, "Cole Family Researcher Janice Smyth," e-mail to Scott Schaffer, 2001-2005.
  5. [S548] Charlie Strigo, "William Cole and Rachel Berry," e-mail to Scott Schaffer, Jun 4, 2004.

Eunice Lorraine Nichols1,2

F, b. July 15, 1926, d. December 14, 1995
FatherEzekiel Chris "Zeke" Nichols2,1,3,4,5,6,7 b. May 12, 1905, d. June 7, 1971
MotherRuth Jane Conner2,1,3,4,5,6,7 b. March 12, 1909, d. December 21, 1988
     Her Social Security Number was 227-52-2294.8 Eunice Lorraine Nichols was buried at Piedmont Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Rt. 602, 0.25 miles from Callaway, Franklin Co., Virginia.1,9 She married Herman Lee Guilliams, son of Jack Guilliams and Girlie G. Wright.1,2 Her married name was Guilliams. Eunice Lorraine Nichols was born on July 15, 1926 at Floyd Co., Virginia.2,3,8 She married John Howard Richards, son of Ebra Howard Richards and Sarah Frances Stump, on August 17, 1940 at Floyd Co., Virginia.3,2 As of August 17, 1940,her married name was Richards. Eunice Lorraine Nichols died on December 14, 1995 at Virginia at age 69.2,1,8 She GUILLIAMS, Eunice Lorraine, 69, of Callaway, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday evening, December 14, 1995, after a lengthy and courageous battle with many complications. As she was being summoned to come home, she was surrounded by numerous loved ones and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ezekial and Ruth Nichols; an infant daughter, Anna Lee Richards; and two brothers, Alton and Billy Nichols. She was the pillar of strength, guidance and support of her husband of forty years and to her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, all of whom brought her great joy and a twinkle to her eye. To her, worldly possessions meant little. Her greatest possessions were times spent with her family, both in adversity as well as joy. She leaves many survivors and devoted friends as she goes to spend eternity with her Lord. Surviving are her husband, Herman L. Guilliams; sons and daughters-in-law, Norman E. and Donna Jackson Richards, Vinton, James Richards, San Francisco, Calif., Roger and Marie Richards, Bassett, Donnie Richards, Martinsville and Jimmy Lee Guilliams, Callaway; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda Gallew, Sanford, N.C., Sandra and Mike Donovant, Spencer, Debbie and Kenny Meador, Wirtz, Donna and Jeff Adkins, Chatham, Lisa and Ivy Jay Layman, III, Ferrum and Delores and Mike Agee, Rocky Mount; 21 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers, Gordon Nichols, New Orleans, La., Burton Nichols, Roanoke and Robert Nichols, Troutville; sisters, Tressie Sigmon, Salem, Flossie Moran, Norfolk, Annie Moran and Shirley Mauk, both of Copper Hill; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday at Piedmont Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Richard Slider officiating. Interment will follow in the Callaway Community Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Callaway Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 44, Callaway, Va. 24067 or to one's choice. Friends may call after 3 p.m. Saturday with the family receiving friends from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home and other times at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Jay Layman, Ferrum. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service, 342 S. Main St., Rocky Mount. on December 16, 1995.1

Census Records

1930Dwelling 120, District 12, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia4
1940Dwelling 40, District 32-14, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia6

Family 1

John Howard Richards
Marriage*Eunice Lorraine Nichols married John Howard Richards, son of Ebra Howard Richards and Sarah Frances Stump, on August 17, 1940 at Floyd Co., Virginia.3,2 
Children
  • James Richards1,2
  • Donnie Richards1,2
  • Anna Lee Richards1,2
  • Norman Eugene Richards1,2
  • Linda Richards+1,2 b. March 13, 1946, d. September 5, 1999
  • Roger Lee Richards10,1,2

Family 2

Herman Lee Guilliams b. March 13, 1919, d. April 20, 2002
Marriage*Eunice Lorraine Nichols married Herman Lee Guilliams, son of Jack Guilliams and Girlie G. Wright.1,2 
Children
  • Jimmy Lee Guilliams11,1,2
  • Debbie Guilliams11,1,2
  • Lisa Guilliams11,1,2
  • Dolores "Dee" Guilliams11,1,2
  • Sandra J. "Sandy" Guilliams1,2
  • Donna A. Guilliams11,1,2

Citations

  1. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Eunice Lorraine Guilliams obituary in the Dec 16, 1995 edition.
  2. [S44] Sylvia Gearheart Albert, The Christopher and Nancy Moore Richards Family of Franklin Co., VA.
  3. [S13] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 6, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  4. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  5. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Robert Wayne Nichols obituary in the Mar 4, 2008 edition.
  6. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  7. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Gordon Ezekiel Nichols obituary in the Oct 19, 2014 edition.
  8. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  9. [S294] Franklin County Historical Society, Franklin County, VA Cemeteries.
  10. [S10] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 7, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  11. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Herman Lee Guilliams obituary in the Apr 21, 2002 edition.

Herman Lee Guilliams1

M, b. March 13, 1919, d. April 20, 2002
FatherJack Guilliams1
MotherGirlie G. Wright1
     Herman Lee Guilliams married Eunice Lorraine Nichols, daughter of Ezekiel Chris "Zeke" Nichols and Ruth Jane Conner.2,3 Herman Lee Guilliams was buried at Piedmont Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Rt. 602, 0.25 miles from Callaway, Franklin Co., Virginia.1,4 His Social Security Number was 231-05-7660.5 He was born on March 13, 1919 at Callaway, Franklin Co., Virginia.4,1,5 He died on April 20, 2002 at Franklin Co., Virginia, at age 83.1,5 He HERMAN LEE GUILLIAMS, 83, of Callaway, passed away Saturday, April 20, 2002. He was a dedicated and faithful husband, daddy and grandpa. He was born and lived his entire life in Callaway (Franklin Co.) He served his country in the U.S.Air Force during World War II. He was preceded in death of his wife, Eunice N. Guilliams; his parents, Jack Guilliams and Girlie G. Wright; and a stepdaughter, Linda Gallew. He is surived by his children and spouses, Jimmy Guilliams of Callaway, Debbie and Kenny Meador of Wirtz, Donna Atkins of Callaway, Lisa and Jay Layman, Dee and Mike Agee of Ferrum; his stepchildren, Norman, James Roger and Donnie Richards, Sandy Donovant. Also surviving are his cherished grandchildren, Adam, Josh and Lacy Meador, Jennifer Atkins, Jay and Chelsea Layman and Crystal Agee; ten stepgrandchildren, two half brothers, Wiley Wright, Jr. and Tracy Wright; one half sister, Doris May Lawrence all of Roanoke; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, George and Flossie Moran, John and Teenie Moran, Bill and Tressie Sigmon, Shirley and John Mauk, Robert and Doris Nichols, Gordon and Burton Nichols; a special aunt, Nannie Guilliams and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday from Flora Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Richard Slider officiating. Interment will follow in Callaway Community Cemetery. on April 21, 2002.1

Family

Eunice Lorraine Nichols b. July 15, 1926, d. December 14, 1995
Marriage*He married Eunice Lorraine Nichols, daughter of Ezekiel Chris "Zeke" Nichols and Ruth Jane Conner.2,3 
Children
  • Jimmy Lee Guilliams1,2,3
  • Debbie Guilliams1,3
  • Lisa Guilliams1,3
  • Dolores "Dee" Guilliams1,3
  • Sandra J. "Sandy" Guilliams3
  • Donna A. Guilliams1,3

Citations

  1. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Herman Lee Guilliams obituary in the Apr 21, 2002 edition.
  2. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Eunice Lorraine Guilliams obituary in the Dec 16, 1995 edition.
  3. [S44] Sylvia Gearheart Albert, The Christopher and Nancy Moore Richards Family of Franklin Co., VA.
  4. [S294] Franklin County Historical Society, Franklin County, VA Cemeteries.
  5. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.

Una Lue Sowers1

F, b. October 3, 1919, d. December 31, 1998
FatherJohn Anderson Sowers1 b. March 28, 1869, d. July 31, 1964
MotherNannie L. Thompson1 b. January 21, 1875, d. January 15, 1969
     Una Lue Sowers was buried at Restvale Cemetery, Rt. 221, Check, Floyd Co., Virginia.2,3 Her Social Security Number was 230-02-8732.4 She was born on October 3, 1919 at Floyd Co., Virginia.4,2,1 She married Irving Blaine "Irvin" Conner, son of Daniel Adam Conner and Lydia Amanda Conner, on March 22, 1962 at Floyd Co., Virginia.1,5,3 As of March 22, 1962,her married name was Conner. Una Lue Sowers died on December 31, 1998 at Floyd Co., Virginia, at age 79.4,3 She CONNER, Una Sowers, 79, of Floyd, and formerly of Copper Hill, a resident of Skyline Manor Nursing Home, died Thursday, December 31, 1998, at Skyline Manor. She was the widow of Irvin B. Conner. Surviving is one sister, Minnie Hinkhaus of Westminister, Md; two special nephews and wives, Curtis and Janice Mabery of Cockesville, Md., and Arlen and Patricia Mabery of Charlotte, N.C; also several other special nieces and nephews, including Alma Lou and Vester Manning of Copper Hill, who were also were very dear friends. Mrs. Irba Harris, a resident of Skyline Manor and her daughter, Frances Bishop, were in Una's close circle of friends. Funeral services will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Salem Church (Head of the River) with Elder Hale Terry officiating. Interment in Restvale Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Wood Funeral Home. on January 1, 1999.3

Family

Irving Blaine "Irvin" Conner b. February 28, 1906, d. October 6, 1997
Marriage*She married Irving Blaine "Irvin" Conner, son of Daniel Adam Conner and Lydia Amanda Conner, on March 22, 1962 at Floyd Co., Virginia.1,5,3 

Citations

  1. [S13] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 6, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  2. [S104] Billy and Juanita Grice, Cemeteries in Floyd County.
  3. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Una Sowers Conner obituary in the Jan 1, 1999 edition.
  4. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  5. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Irvin Blaine Conner obituary in the Oct 7, 1997 edition.

John Anderson Sowers1,2

M, b. March 28, 1869, d. July 31, 1964
     John Anderson Sowers was buried at Willis Churches Cemetery (also known as Keith Cemetery), Rt. 221 at Rt. 764, Willis, Floyd Co., Virginia.3 He was born on March 28, 1869 at Floyd Co., Virginia.1,3 He married Nannie L. Thompson on August 13, 1905 at Floyd Co., Virginia.1 John Anderson Sowers died on July 31, 1964 at age 95.3

Occupation

1905Farmer1

Family

Nannie L. Thompson b. January 21, 1875, d. January 15, 1969
Marriage*John Anderson Sowers married Nannie L. Thompson on August 13, 1905 at Floyd Co., Virginia.1 
Child

Citations

  1. [S8] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 4, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  2. [S22] FamilySearch Internet Search, online http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp
  3. [S295] Phyllis Goad Phillips & Genevieve Cochran Starkey, Cemeteries - Floyd County VA., Burks Fork District, Volume II.
  4. [S13] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 6, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.

Nannie L. Thompson

F, b. January 21, 1875, d. January 15, 1969
     Nannie L. Thompson was buried at Willis Churches Cemetery (also known as Keith Cemetery), Rt. 221 at Rt. 764, Willis, Floyd Co., Virginia.1 She was born on January 21, 1875 at Floyd Co., Virginia.2,1 She married John Anderson Sowers on August 13, 1905 at Floyd Co., Virginia.2 As of August 13, 1905,her married name was Sowers. Nannie L. Thompson died on January 15, 1969 at age 93.1

Family

John Anderson Sowers b. March 28, 1869, d. July 31, 1964
Marriage*She married John Anderson Sowers on August 13, 1905 at Floyd Co., Virginia.2 
Child

Citations

  1. [S295] Phyllis Goad Phillips & Genevieve Cochran Starkey, Cemeteries - Floyd County VA., Burks Fork District, Volume II.
  2. [S8] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 4, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  3. [S13] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 6, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.

Joseph Cole1,2,3,4

M, b. June 9, 1746, d. 1842
FatherJohn Cole3,4 b. circa 1719/20, d. circa 1808
MotherMary Unknown3 d. circa 1816
     Joseph Cole was buried at Newfound Baptist Church Cemetery, Rt. 151, Candler, Buncombe Co., North Carolina; His tombstone reads "Pvt. Va. Militia, Rev. War."5,1 He Joseph Sr. sold his land to Joseph Jr. and moved to North Carolina. Revolutionary War-Court documents indicate that he served in the army of Gen. George Washington after Battle of Germantown, saw no action and returned to Virginia after his 3 months enlistment where he re-inlisted and saw action in that state against the Tories. Land Records: Joseph Sr.-8/19/1794 Botetourt Co., Virginia - 97 acres on head of Beaver Dam, a branch of Little River Grant 30, page 309. Joseph Sr. 6/6/1796 Botetourt Co. - 150 acres on William Terry Camp waters of Beaver Dam, branch of Little River, Grants 1795-96, page 305. Joseph Sr - 8/28/1800 Montgomery Co. - 50 acres on head of Beaver Dam, a branch of Little River waters of New River adjoining his own land. Grant 47, page 120. Joseph Sr - 6/26/1809 - Montgomery Co. - 75 acres on Terries & Laurel Creek waters of Little River, a branch of New River, Grant 58, page 282. Joseph Sr. - 9/1/1809 - Montgomery Co. - 50 acres on waters of Brush Creek, a branch of Little River, adj. his own & Davidson's land. Grant 59, page 204. We, George Grace, Robert Wiley and Andrew Wilson have met agreeable to an order of Floyd Court and now appraise the following property of Joseph Cole, deceased. All the clothen $3.00 One Bidgadeer Coat $1.50 (from the Revolutionary War) Eight Dollars in cash $8.00 One five dollar on the state of South Carolina $5.00 One two dollar on the same $2.00 One Dollar note on South Carolina $1.00 One bridle, seventy five cents .75 One horse $28.00 Floyd Court 1842. This inventory and appraisment of the estate of Joseph Cole deceased was returned to court and ordered to be recorded. 1843 April, plaintiff against the heirs of Joseph Cole $2000.00 debts in county of Floyd formerly Montgomery Co., Beaver Dam waters of Little River, 97 acres, 50 acres can be seen in register's office in Richmond Book 59, page 304. He was born on June 9, 1746 at Morris Co., New Jersey.3 He Joseph was christened on this date on March 9, 1755 at First Presbyterian Church, Morristown, Morris Co., New Jersey.4 He married Sarah Cooper circa 1770. Joseph Cole left a will on March 11, 1830 at Buncombe Co., North Carolina; I, Joseph Cole, being of sound mind & perfect memory. I wish as much of my affects sold as to pay my just debts.
I give unto my wife Susannah Cole possession of the farm whereon I now live, containing 200 acres during her widowhood or until my younges[sic] son come of the age of twenty one yrs. with the stock of grain at my death.
I give unto my oldest son James Cole 200 acres of land joining the land whereon I now live, above the creek.
I give unto my youngest son Lewis Cole the farm whereon I now live, to take possession when of age, or rented out for his use, provided my wife should marry or leave the place.
I give unto George Cole, son of James Cole (and nephew) one horse, saddle & bridle, worth $50. provided he stays with the family until of age, or if not nothing.. I give unto Nancy Cole dtr. of James Cole (and neice) one cow & calf and wheel, one bed provided she stays with the family until she is 18 yrs., if not nothing..
I give the residue of my land, 250 acres on the head of Turkey Creek, 50 acres of Newfound on the South side of the creek and joining Brooks land, and 100 acres called the Underwood place, with all my personal property to be sold and equally divided among my wife & children and Daniel Frisby to share equally with the heirs. The balance of the land to be rented out for the use of the family. I appoint my friend John Thrash executor..
Wit: Josiah Frisby, John Cole & Joseph Cole..
Signed, Joseph Cole.. Proved on oath of Josiah Frisby and John thrash was duly sworn.."2 He died in 1842 at Buncombe Co., North Carolina.1

Family 1

Child
  • Unknown Cole

Family 2

Sarah Cooper
Marriage*He married Sarah Cooper circa 1770. 
Children

Citations

  1. [S748] Janice Smyth, Newfound Baptist Church Cemetery, Leicester, Buncombe Co., NC.
  2. [S1652] Buncombe County Wills, online http://www.obcgs.com/wills-2.html, From the will of Joseph Cole.
  3. [S1937] Jonathan A. Pace and Diane Kenny Pace Families, "Cole History."
  4. [S8285] Unknown compiler, New Jersey, Births and Christenings Index, 1660-1931.
  5. [S81] Janice Smyth, "Cole Family Researcher Janice Smyth," e-mail to Scott Schaffer, 2001-2005.
  6. [S1142] "Research papers of Dr. Amos De Russia Wood,."
  7. [S280] Anne Lowry Worrell, A Brief of Wills and Marriages in Montgomery and Fincastle Counties, Virginia, 1733-1831.
  8. [S992] The REED and COLE families of Floyd Co, Va., online http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/r/e/e/James-R-Reed/index.html
  9. [S1482] Will of Byrd Cole.

Trudy Alice Conner1

F, b. May 31, 1914, d. November 20, 1996
FatherEdward Albert "Ed" "Eddie" Conner2,3,4,5,1 b. May 25, 1873, d. July 16, 1934
MotherDoshia Deuisie Conner2,3,4,5,1,6 b. April 18, 1877, d. January 20, 1963
     Her Social Security Number was 224-64-5822.7 Trudy Alice Conner was buried at Monte Vista Church of the Brethren Cemetery, 25 Wades Gap Road, Callaway, Franklin Co., Virginia.2 She was born on May 31, 1914 at Franklin Co., Virginia.2,7,1 She married Ralph Christian Craighead, son of Edward Oscar Craighead and Gilley Jane Holt, on September 3, 1940 at Franklin Co., Virginia.2,5,1 As of September 3, 1940,her married name was Craighead. Trudy Alice Conner died on November 20, 1996 at Virginia at age 82.2,7 She CRAIGHEAD, Trudy Conner, 82, of Callaway, was called home Wednesday, November 20, 1996. Born May 31, 1914, she was a daughter of the late Edward A. and Doshie C. Conner. She was of the Presbyterian faith. Surviving are her husband, Ralph Craighead of the home; two daughters and one son-in-law, Carol and Marshall Hodges of Callaway, Linda Craighead of the home; three sons and daughters-in-law, James and Lilly Craighead of Callaway, Everette and Patricia Craighead of Verona, Gene and Joy Craighead of Callaway; one sister, Bessie Conner of Boones Mill; eleven grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; one stepgreat-grandchild. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, November 23, 1996, at Monte Vista Church, Callaway, with Rev. Robert R. Jones officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Friday, where the family will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Lynch Funeral Home, Rocky Mount, is in charge of arrangements. on November 22, 1996.2

Census Records

1920Dwelling 109, District 57, Maggodee, Franklin Co., Virginia3
1930Dwelling 71, District 12, Maggodee, Franklin Co., Virginia4
1940Dwelling 74, District 34-13, Maggodee, Franklin Co., Virginia6

Occupation

1940Farmer6

Family

Ralph Christian Craighead b. January 14, 1917, d. June 25, 2002
Marriage*Trudy Alice Conner married Ralph Christian Craighead, son of Edward Oscar Craighead and Gilley Jane Holt, on September 3, 1940 at Franklin Co., Virginia.2,5,1 
Children
  • Carol Faye Craighead2,1,8
  • James Carlyle Craighead2,9,1,8
  • Everett Oscar Craighead2,1,8
  • Ralph Gene Craighead2,1
  • Linda Connie Craighead2,1

Citations

  1. [S85] Sylvia Gearheart Albert, Holt Family of Floyd & Franklin Counties, Virginia.
  2. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Trudy Conner Craighead obituary in the Nov 22, 1996 edition.
  3. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.
  4. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  5. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Mary Conner Stump obituary in the May 6, 1996 edition.
  6. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  7. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  8. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.
  9. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Ralph Christian Craighead obituary in the Jun 27, 2002 edition.

Ralph Christian Craighead1,2

M, b. January 14, 1917, d. June 25, 2002
FatherEdward Oscar Craighead1,2 b. August 10, 1896, d. August 13, 1964
MotherGilley Jane Holt1,2 b. May 22, 1893, d. February 9, 1954
     His Social Security Number was 230-38-0713.3 Ralph Christian Craighead was buried at Monte Vista Church of the Brethren Cemetery, 25 Wades Gap Road, Callaway, Franklin Co., Virginia.1 He was born on January 14, 1917 at Franklin Co., Virginia.3,1,2 He married Trudy Alice Conner, daughter of Edward Albert "Ed" "Eddie" Conner and Doshia Deuisie Conner, on September 3, 1940 at Franklin Co., Virginia.4,5,2 Ralph Christian Craighead died on June 25, 2002 at Virginia at age 85.1,3 He CRAIGHEAD, Ralph Christian, 85, of Callaway, was welcomed into Heaven on Tuesday afternoon, June 25, 2002, to join our Lord and his wife, Trudy Conner Craighead, who preceded him in death, November 20, 1996. He was born June 14, 1917, a son of the late Edward Oscar and Gillie Jane Holt Craighead. He was also preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, Dalton and Edith Craighead, brother-in-law, Dock Hodges and sister, Lottie Craighead. Surviving are his children, Carol Hodges and husband, Marshall, James Craighead and wife, Lilly, Everette Craighead and wife, Patricia, Gene Craighead and wife, Joy Ann, and Linda Craighead; grandchildren, Ronnie and Patricia Hodges, Donald and Susie Lee Hodges, Janice and Rickey Clingenpeel, Amanda and Chris Clayton, Lori and Walter Berry, Scott and Teresa Craighead, Brent and Carole Craighead, Tisha and Brian Wilson, Timmy and Rissa Craighead, Chris and Vicki Craighead, Amy Craighead; stepgrandchildren, Simone and Shelia Heckman, Carol and Benjamin Harrison, III, Tony and Sherry Musik, Scott and Judy Musik; great-grandchildren, Jessica, Ryan and Shannon Clingenpeel, Cameron, Alix and Morgan Bowles, Austin, Clayton, Marissa and Dalton Grubb, Mavis and Erica Hodges, Danielle and Cory, Christa and Isiah; step-great-grandchildren, Victoria and Tyler, Chris and Jennifer; a sister, Alda Hodges; brothers and sisters-in-law, Moyer and Esta Craighead, Elizabethtown, Pa., Sherman and Carmen Craighead of Callaway; half sisters, Pearl Gardner and husband, Horace of Sydnorsville and Gladys Webster and husband, Tinsley of Boones Mill; special friends, Kenneth Beckner, Rayford Bowman, and Steven Grubb; special caregivers, Tammy Stump, Sandra Mitchell, and Beulah Webb. Funeral services will be conducted from Monte Vista Church of the Brethren, 10 a.m. Friday, with Pastor Bill Pugh officiating. Interment will follow in the Monte Vista Church Cemetery. Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to the Monte Vista Church Building Fund or Callaway Rescue Squad. The family would like to express their thanks to the staff at Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital and Franklin Health Care Center for the dedicated care our dad received. Friends may call after 3 p.m. Thursday with his family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at Flora Funeral Service, S. Main Street, Rocky Mount. on June 27, 2002.1

Family

Trudy Alice Conner b. May 31, 1914, d. November 20, 1996
Marriage*He married Trudy Alice Conner, daughter of Edward Albert "Ed" "Eddie" Conner and Doshia Deuisie Conner, on September 3, 1940 at Franklin Co., Virginia.4,5,2 
Children
  • Carol Faye Craighead4,1,2,6
  • James Carlyle Craighead4,1,2,6
  • Everett Oscar Craighead4,1,2,6
  • Ralph Gene Craighead4,1,2
  • Linda Connie Craighead4,1,2

Citations

  1. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Ralph Christian Craighead obituary in the Jun 27, 2002 edition.
  2. [S85] Sylvia Gearheart Albert, Holt Family of Floyd & Franklin Counties, Virginia.
  3. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  4. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Trudy Conner Craighead obituary in the Nov 22, 1996 edition.
  5. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Mary Conner Stump obituary in the May 6, 1996 edition.
  6. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.

Edward Oscar Craighead1,2

M, b. August 10, 1896, d. August 13, 1964
FatherWilliam Daniel "Will" Craighead2 b. June 11, 1875, d. November 14, 1932
MotherMary Lilly Hollins2 b. August 12, 1877, d. March 13, 1946
     Edward Oscar Craighead was born on August 10, 1896 at Franklin Co., Virginia.2 He married Gilley Jane Holt, daughter of John William Holt and Lavina Cathrine "Vinie" Shaver, on January 17, 1915 at Franklin Co., Virginia.2 Edward Oscar Craighead and Gilley Jane Holt were divorced before January 21, 1932.2 Edward Oscar Craighead died on August 13, 1964 at age 68.

Family

Gilley Jane Holt b. May 22, 1893, d. February 9, 1954
Marriage*He married Gilley Jane Holt, daughter of John William Holt and Lavina Cathrine "Vinie" Shaver, on January 17, 1915 at Franklin Co., Virginia.2 
Divorce* Edward Oscar Craighead and Gilley Jane Holt were divorced before January 21, 1932.2 
Child

Citations

  1. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Ralph Christian Craighead obituary in the Jun 27, 2002 edition.
  2. [S85] Sylvia Gearheart Albert, Holt Family of Floyd & Franklin Counties, Virginia.

Gilley Jane Holt1,2,3

F, b. May 22, 1893, d. February 9, 1954
FatherJohn William Holt2 b. June 15, 1872, d. January 5, 1968
MotherLavina Cathrine "Vinie" Shaver2 b. August 29, 1870, d. October 12, 1959
     Gilley Jane Holt was buried at Sally Powell Craighead Cemetery, Rt. 654, Franklin Co., Virginia.3 She was born on May 22, 1893 at Franklin Co., Virginia.2,3 She married Edward Oscar Craighead, son of William Daniel "Will" Craighead and Mary Lilly Hollins, on January 17, 1915 at Franklin Co., Virginia.2 As of January 17, 1915,her married name was Craighead. Gilley Jane Holt and Edward Oscar Craighead were divorced before January 21, 1932.2 Gilley Jane Holt died on February 9, 1954 at age 60.3,2

Family

Edward Oscar Craighead b. August 10, 1896, d. August 13, 1964
Marriage*She married Edward Oscar Craighead, son of William Daniel "Will" Craighead and Mary Lilly Hollins, on January 17, 1915 at Franklin Co., Virginia.2 
Divorce* Gilley Jane Holt and Edward Oscar Craighead were divorced before January 21, 1932.2 
Child

Citations

  1. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Ralph Christian Craighead obituary in the Jun 27, 2002 edition.
  2. [S85] Sylvia Gearheart Albert, Holt Family of Floyd & Franklin Counties, Virginia.
  3. [S294] Franklin County Historical Society, Franklin County, VA Cemeteries.

John Cole1

M, b. circa 1719/20, d. circa 1808
     John Cole The register of the First Presbyterian Church of Morristown, New Jersey, shows that on March 9, 1755, John Cole was "baptized and renewed covenant" and Mary Cole "renewed covenant." Their four children, John (age 11), Joseph (age 9), Phebe (age 5), and Hannah (age 1) were baptized. The register further show that six more children were born to John and Mary Cole and were baptized, as follows: David 1756, Daniel 1758, Sarah 1760, Masey 1762, Mary 1764, and Lydia 1766. The family removed to Frederick Co., Virginia, where John Cole's will was produced to the Court in Winchester April 21, 1808, naming wife Mary and sons John, Joseph, and Daniel and daughters Phebe, Hannah, Sarah, Masy, and Mary. Mary Cole's will was produced to the Court in Winchester Feb 5, 1816. Her will states in part "I bequeath to my daughter, Sarah Mann, the tract of land I now live on as the land was willed to me by my husband John Cole..." John and Mary Cole's son Joseph lived for a time in Montgomery Co., Virginia, and then in Buncombe Co., North Carolina. He was born circa 1719/20.1 He married Mary Unknown circa 1742/43.1 John Cole died circa 1808 at Frederick Co., Virginia.1

Family

Mary Unknown d. circa 1816
Marriage*He married Mary Unknown circa 1742/43.1 
Children

Citations

  1. [S1937] Jonathan A. Pace and Diane Kenny Pace Families, "Cole History."
  2. [S8285] Unknown compiler, New Jersey, Births and Christenings Index, 1660-1931.

John Floyd "Johnny" Blankenship1,2,3,4,5

M, b. May 1, 1865, d. February 26, 1920
FatherGiles E. Blankenship2,1,3,6 b. 1826
MotherLouisa/Levicia "Lavicy" Conner1,2,3,6 b. circa 1837, d. before 1890
     John Floyd "Johnny" Blankenship was buried at Monte Vista Park Cemetery, Bluefield, Mercer Co., West Virginia; Originally buried in the old Baptist Church Cemetery, Simmons, West Virginia.4,5 He was born on May 1, 1865 at Floyd Co., Virginia; The Floyd Co. Birth Records have a birth date of May 1, 1866.6,5 He married Roxie Ana Dove Wickham, daughter of Rev. Samuel Kinzie Wickham and Mary Jane DeWeese, on October 8, 1891 at Floyd Co., Virginia.1 John Floyd "Johnny" Blankenship died on February 26, 1920 at Gary, McDowell Co., West Virginia, at age 54; Died in a coal mine accident.4,5

Census Records

1870Dwelling 245, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia2
1880Dwelling 380, District 30, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia3
1890Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia7
1900Dwelling 707, District 87, Rock, Mercer Co., West Virginia8
1910Dwelling 24, District 137, Rock, Mercer Co., West Virginia9
1920Dwelling 187, District 105, Bramwell, Mercer Co., West Virginia10

Occupation

1900Coal miner8
1910Coal miner9
1920Coal mine foreman10

Family

Roxie Ana Dove Wickham b. August 5, 1875, d. October 17, 1953
Marriage*John Floyd "Johnny" Blankenship married Roxie Ana Dove Wickham, daughter of Rev. Samuel Kinzie Wickham and Mary Jane DeWeese, on October 8, 1891 at Floyd Co., Virginia.1 
Children

Citations

  1. [S16] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 3, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  2. [S166] National Archives and Records Administration, 1870 United States Federal Census.
  3. [S109] National Archives and Records Administration, 1880 United States Federal Census.
  4. [S4523] The Burnish Family, online http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/56651832/person/34012388975
  5. [S3312] Monte Vista Park Cemetery, Mercer Co., WV, online http://www.findagrave.com
  6. [S325] Beth Fridley, Floyd Co., Virginia, Birth Records, 1853-1873.
  7. [S131] Virginia Court House abbreviated copy on file at Floyd Co., 1890 United States Federal Census.
  8. [S132] National Archives and Records Administration, 1900 United States Federal Census.
  9. [S205] National Archives and Records Administration, 1910 United States Federal Census.
  10. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.
  11. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  12. [S996] West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/, From the Thelma Blankenship Solley death certificate.
  13. [S996] West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/, From the Blankenship-Hallvell marriage license.
  14. [S996] West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/, From the Hoops-Blankenship marriage record.
  15. [S2415] Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940, online https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1708698

William I. Blankenship1

M, b. circa 1872
FatherGiles E. Blankenship1 b. 1826
MotherLouisa/Levicia "Lavicy" Conner1 b. circa 1837, d. before 1890
     William I. Blankenship was born circa 1872 at Virginia.1

Census Records

1880Dwelling 380, District 30, Floyd Co., Virginia1

Citations

  1. [S109] National Archives and Records Administration, 1880 United States Federal Census.

Redia Blankenship1

F, b. November 16, 1875
FatherGiles E. Blankenship1 b. 1826
MotherLouisa/Levicia "Lavicy" Conner1 b. circa 1837, d. before 1890
     Redia Blankenship was born on November 16, 1875 at Floyd Co., Virginia.1 She Not enumerated with her family in the 1880 Census on June 22, 1880.2

Citations

  1. [S549] Beth Fridley, Floyd Co., Virginia, Birth Records, 1873-1879.
  2. [S109] National Archives and Records Administration, 1880 United States Federal Census.