Surnames

For my own research I come upon a number of surnames mixed in with the ones I’m actually connected to and so I’ve taken to filing posts in categories by whatever surname is included in the piece.  This way the information I have is easily available to anyone else who might have an interest in it by their surnames.

My genealogy surnames list.

If you have stopped here first, you might also want to take a look at the Genealogy & Ward, WV section here.  I am sharing files – free to download, as well as bits of information in the forms of blog posts.

Edward (Edwin) Wills b. 1826-1829

Posted by on Apr 14, 2013 in Wills | 0 comments

Edward (Edwin) Wills b. 1826-1829

The information I have about Edward (Edwin) Wills is very limited and comes primarily from census data.  I have not been able to pinpoint his exact year of birth, his age varies from one census to another by just a couple of years. I am a descendant through his son John Harvey Wills. There is a marriage record for him to Mary Elizabeth Butterworth dated November 7, 1850 in Bedford County Virginia. Mary is referenced as his spouse in the various census records found for him in Kanawha County West Virginia. Mary and Edward were the parents of...

read more

Genealogy – Keeping Things Organized

Posted by on Apr 13, 2013 in Genealogy Tips & Information | 0 comments

Genealogy – Keeping Things Organized

If you have explored your family history for more than about oh, a half hour or so, you quickly realize how fast things can get away from you in terms of keeping order.  It starts out pretty simple, we are talking about family here, how hard can it be to keep track? Terribly difficult when you don’t have a system in place. The best idea I came upon was to just keep whatever you have right where it is and devise a system for labeling it.  Clever, and so simple. Why didn’t I think of that?  Here’s a list of what you’ll...

read more

John Harvey Wills b. 1853 d. between 1901 – 1907

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in Barker, Kanawha County, Wills | 0 comments

John Harvey Wills b. 1853 d. between 1901 – 1907

John Harvey Wills, the father of my great grandmother Lottie Mae Wills, was born in Bedford County, Virginia according to his reporting in various census records. The 1900 census has him in the Cabin Creek District of Kanawha County WV.  It gives his birth date as December of 1853 and his age as 46.  At that time he reported he had been married for 19 years to wife Mary (Mary Elizabeth Barker). The census also lists his wife and 6 children, son Albert age 18, son George age 15, daughter Lottie M age 12, son Charles age 9, son Lemuel age 5,...

read more

Lottie Mae Wills b. 1888 d. 1975

Posted by on Mar 3, 2013 in Barker, Genealogy, Kanawha County, Rider, Wills | 0 comments

Lottie Mae Wills b. 1888 d. 1975

I don’t know a lot about my great grandmother Lottie Mae Wills but her family line has proved to be one that’s more documented than any of my others.  There are interesting stories and a lot of historical records to read.  Her lines trace to revolutionary war soldiers. She seems to have lead a quiet life as a mother to eight children. All I know of her documented history can be found in reading the biography of my great grandfather Honzura Rider. The kind of things I do know about her aren’t found in the county records. ...

read more

Hans Ulrich Rider (Honzura Rider) b. 1888 d. 1981

Posted by on Mar 3, 2013 in Kanawha County, Rider, Wills | 0 comments

Hans Ulrich Rider (Honzura Rider) b. 1888 d. 1981

Honzura Rider was born April 7, 1888.  His birth record has him named Hans Ulrich Rider.  Somehow this became Honzura but there isn’t much record to explain when he started using Honzura.  I’ve just assumed it was a breakdown of pronunciation of Hans Ulrich since he was raised deep in the hills of West Virginia where words have a way of being written on paper one way but sounding entirely different when spoken out loud. I have a dim memory of going “up the hill” with my dad a number of times and sitting on the porch or...

read more

Virgil Floyd Rider b. 1912 d. 1967

Posted by on Mar 3, 2013 in Burnett, Cecil, Hanson, Kanawha County, Rider, Wills | 2 comments

Virgil Floyd Rider b. 1912 d. 1967

Meet my grandfather, Virgil Floyd Rider.  Virgil was born August 11, 1912 in Kanawha County, West Virginia.  The birth certificate that I have was generated from an affidavit from his father when Virgil was 27 years old so it doesn’t have much more in the way of any details, like for example, whether he was  born at home and at what address. He married my grandmother, Helen Louise Boka on July 13, 1937 in Hugheston, Kanawha County, West Virginia.  He was 23 and she was 18. The ceremony was performed by Reverend R. L. Hanson.  As far as...

read more

Celebrate or Mourn

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in ad libitum | 0 comments

Celebrate or Mourn

Glancing over my Facebook at the start of the Memorial Day weekend I saw the pictures that mark the holiday were starting to show up. As celebratory images mix with those of grief and loss from the sacrifices made for our freedom in the United States, it got me thinking. Should we celebrate or should we mourn on this holiday. One or the other standing alone seems like the wrong choice. Whatever side of political issues we support, we’re free to choose because of the willingness of multiple generations to remain committed to the idea of...

read more

Dr. Zacharias Willis Kemp of New Hampshire, biography and photo

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Boynton, Gardner, Genealogy, Kemp, Wardwell | 0 comments

Dr. Zacharias Willis Kemp of New Hampshire, biography and photo

The image featured above is located on USGen Web and is identified as Kemp, Z Willis As I did some exploring on this name, I found quite a lot of information and it reaffirmed the identity of the man whose name I found on the back of a cabinet photo in an album I recently bought at a local shop.  The photo is dated 1884 and when you see the image featured in the post and compare it to the one found labeled in the album it does seem to be the same man. To my happy surprise there is also a bio of Dr. Kemp located at the same website where I...

read more

Dr. Zachariah Willis Kemp, Family Photo Album

Posted by on Mar 25, 2012 in Kemp | 0 comments

Dr. Zachariah Willis Kemp, Family Photo Album

After a long time away from my blog, my genealogy projects and my other hobbies I finally had the opportunity to work them back into my routine.  I decided to do a little exploring at some area shops and spend some time with two of my favorite people, my daughter Kaylee and my son’s girlfriend Jessi.  I found a little treasure on one of our stops that day.  At least it is a treasure to me. How it managed to end up on a shelf, for sale in this part of the country amazes me. I love old family photos and it always bothers me to see them...

read more

It’s not just leaves changing around here

Posted by on Oct 7, 2011 in ad libitum | 0 comments

It’s not just leaves changing around here

Fall is a good time for sprucing up, isn’t it?  Ironically, I find myself in the middle of sprucing up on a much more grand scale than I’d planned but it feels a little more satisfying to be doing it now.  Silly probably but I can’t imagine doing the cleaning and rearranging that’s in front of me now in the middle of the hottest part of Summer or the coldest months of Winter. Maybe I should fill you in a little more.  Like many people in recent years, my family has had its share of scrapes and bruises from the flailing...

read more

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To make things easy, explore all of our Shabby Chic Decor resources and articles here on our blog

Edward (Edwin) Wills b. 1826-1829

Posted by on Apr 14, 2013 in Wills | 0 comments

Edward (Edwin) Wills b. 1826-1829

The information I have about Edward (Edwin) Wills is very limited and comes primarily from census data.  I have not been able to pinpoint his exact year of birth, his age varies from one census to another by just a couple of years. I am a descendant through his son John Harvey Wills. There is a marriage record for him to Mary Elizabeth Butterworth dated November 7, 1850 in Bedford County Virginia. Mary is referenced as his spouse in the various census records found for him in Kanawha County West Virginia. Mary and Edward were the parents of...

read more

Genealogy – Keeping Things Organized

Posted by on Apr 13, 2013 in Genealogy Tips & Information | 0 comments

Genealogy – Keeping Things Organized

If you have explored your family history for more than about oh, a half hour or so, you quickly realize how fast things can get away from you in terms of keeping order.  It starts out pretty simple, we are talking about family here, how hard can it be to keep track? Terribly difficult when you don’t have a system in place. The best idea I came upon was to just keep whatever you have right where it is and devise a system for labeling it.  Clever, and so simple. Why didn’t I think of that?  Here’s a list of what you’ll...

read more

John Harvey Wills b. 1853 d. between 1901 – 1907

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in Barker, Kanawha County, Wills | 0 comments

John Harvey Wills b. 1853 d. between 1901 – 1907

John Harvey Wills, the father of my great grandmother Lottie Mae Wills, was born in Bedford County, Virginia according to his reporting in various census records. The 1900 census has him in the Cabin Creek District of Kanawha County WV.  It gives his birth date as December of 1853 and his age as 46.  At that time he reported he had been married for 19 years to wife Mary (Mary Elizabeth Barker). The census also lists his wife and 6 children, son Albert age 18, son George age 15, daughter Lottie M age 12, son Charles age 9, son Lemuel age 5,...

read more

Lottie Mae Wills b. 1888 d. 1975

Posted by on Mar 3, 2013 in Barker, Genealogy, Kanawha County, Rider, Wills | 0 comments

Lottie Mae Wills b. 1888 d. 1975

I don’t know a lot about my great grandmother Lottie Mae Wills but her family line has proved to be one that’s more documented than any of my others.  There are interesting stories and a lot of historical records to read.  Her lines trace to revolutionary war soldiers. She seems to have lead a quiet life as a mother to eight children. All I know of her documented history can be found in reading the biography of my great grandfather Honzura Rider. The kind of things I do know about her aren’t found in the county records. ...

read more

Hans Ulrich Rider (Honzura Rider) b. 1888 d. 1981

Posted by on Mar 3, 2013 in Kanawha County, Rider, Wills | 0 comments

Hans Ulrich Rider (Honzura Rider) b. 1888 d. 1981

Honzura Rider was born April 7, 1888.  His birth record has him named Hans Ulrich Rider.  Somehow this became Honzura but there isn’t much record to explain when he started using Honzura.  I’ve just assumed it was a breakdown of pronunciation of Hans Ulrich since he was raised deep in the hills of West Virginia where words have a way of being written on paper one way but sounding entirely different when spoken out loud. I have a dim memory of going “up the hill” with my dad a number of times and sitting on the porch or...

read more

Virgil Floyd Rider b. 1912 d. 1967

Posted by on Mar 3, 2013 in Burnett, Cecil, Hanson, Kanawha County, Rider, Wills | 2 comments

Virgil Floyd Rider b. 1912 d. 1967

Meet my grandfather, Virgil Floyd Rider.  Virgil was born August 11, 1912 in Kanawha County, West Virginia.  The birth certificate that I have was generated from an affidavit from his father when Virgil was 27 years old so it doesn’t have much more in the way of any details, like for example, whether he was  born at home and at what address. He married my grandmother, Helen Louise Boka on July 13, 1937 in Hugheston, Kanawha County, West Virginia.  He was 23 and she was 18. The ceremony was performed by Reverend R. L. Hanson.  As far as...

read more

Celebrate or Mourn

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in ad libitum | 0 comments

Celebrate or Mourn

Glancing over my Facebook at the start of the Memorial Day weekend I saw the pictures that mark the holiday were starting to show up. As celebratory images mix with those of grief and loss from the sacrifices made for our freedom in the United States, it got me thinking. Should we celebrate or should we mourn on this holiday. One or the other standing alone seems like the wrong choice. Whatever side of political issues we support, we’re free to choose because of the willingness of multiple generations to remain committed to the idea of...

read more

Dr. Zacharias Willis Kemp of New Hampshire, biography and photo

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Boynton, Gardner, Genealogy, Kemp, Wardwell | 0 comments

Dr. Zacharias Willis Kemp of New Hampshire, biography and photo

The image featured above is located on USGen Web and is identified as Kemp, Z Willis As I did some exploring on this name, I found quite a lot of information and it reaffirmed the identity of the man whose name I found on the back of a cabinet photo in an album I recently bought at a local shop.  The photo is dated 1884 and when you see the image featured in the post and compare it to the one found labeled in the album it does seem to be the same man. To my happy surprise there is also a bio of Dr. Kemp located at the same website where I...

read more

Dr. Zachariah Willis Kemp, Family Photo Album

Posted by on Mar 25, 2012 in Kemp | 0 comments

Dr. Zachariah Willis Kemp, Family Photo Album

After a long time away from my blog, my genealogy projects and my other hobbies I finally had the opportunity to work them back into my routine.  I decided to do a little exploring at some area shops and spend some time with two of my favorite people, my daughter Kaylee and my son’s girlfriend Jessi.  I found a little treasure on one of our stops that day.  At least it is a treasure to me. How it managed to end up on a shelf, for sale in this part of the country amazes me. I love old family photos and it always bothers me to see them...

read more

It’s not just leaves changing around here

Posted by on Oct 7, 2011 in ad libitum | 0 comments

It’s not just leaves changing around here

Fall is a good time for sprucing up, isn’t it?  Ironically, I find myself in the middle of sprucing up on a much more grand scale than I’d planned but it feels a little more satisfying to be doing it now.  Silly probably but I can’t imagine doing the cleaning and rearranging that’s in front of me now in the middle of the hottest part of Summer or the coldest months of Winter. Maybe I should fill you in a little more.  Like many people in recent years, my family has had its share of scrapes and bruises from the flailing...

read more

Edward (Edwin) Wills b. 1826-1829

Posted by on Apr 14, 2013 in Wills | 0 comments

Edward (Edwin) Wills b. 1826-1829

The information I have about Edward (Edwin) Wills is very limited and comes primarily from census data.  I have not been able to pinpoint his exact year of birth, his age varies from one census to another by just a couple of years. I am a descendant through his son John Harvey Wills. There is a marriage record for him to Mary Elizabeth Butterworth dated November 7, 1850 in Bedford County Virginia. Mary is referenced as his spouse in the various census records found for him in Kanawha County West Virginia. Mary and Edward were the parents of...

read more

Genealogy – Keeping Things Organized

Posted by on Apr 13, 2013 in Genealogy Tips & Information | 0 comments

Genealogy – Keeping Things Organized

If you have explored your family history for more than about oh, a half hour or so, you quickly realize how fast things can get away from you in terms of keeping order.  It starts out pretty simple, we are talking about family here, how hard can it be to keep track? Terribly difficult when you don’t have a system in place. The best idea I came upon was to just keep whatever you have right where it is and devise a system for labeling it.  Clever, and so simple. Why didn’t I think of that?  Here’s a list of what you’ll...

read more

John Harvey Wills b. 1853 d. between 1901 – 1907

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in Barker, Kanawha County, Wills | 0 comments

John Harvey Wills b. 1853 d. between 1901 – 1907

John Harvey Wills, the father of my great grandmother Lottie Mae Wills, was born in Bedford County, Virginia according to his reporting in various census records. The 1900 census has him in the Cabin Creek District of Kanawha County WV.  It gives his birth date as December of 1853 and his age as 46.  At that time he reported he had been married for 19 years to wife Mary (Mary Elizabeth Barker). The census also lists his wife and 6 children, son Albert age 18, son George age 15, daughter Lottie M age 12, son Charles age 9, son Lemuel age 5,...

read more

Lottie Mae Wills b. 1888 d. 1975

Posted by on Mar 3, 2013 in Barker, Genealogy, Kanawha County, Rider, Wills | 0 comments

Lottie Mae Wills b. 1888 d. 1975

I don’t know a lot about my great grandmother Lottie Mae Wills but her family line has proved to be one that’s more documented than any of my others.  There are interesting stories and a lot of historical records to read.  Her lines trace to revolutionary war soldiers. She seems to have lead a quiet life as a mother to eight children. All I know of her documented history can be found in reading the biography of my great grandfather Honzura Rider. The kind of things I do know about her aren’t found in the county records. ...

read more

Hans Ulrich Rider (Honzura Rider) b. 1888 d. 1981

Posted by on Mar 3, 2013 in Kanawha County, Rider, Wills | 0 comments

Hans Ulrich Rider (Honzura Rider) b. 1888 d. 1981

Honzura Rider was born April 7, 1888.  His birth record has him named Hans Ulrich Rider.  Somehow this became Honzura but there isn’t much record to explain when he started using Honzura.  I’ve just assumed it was a breakdown of pronunciation of Hans Ulrich since he was raised deep in the hills of West Virginia where words have a way of being written on paper one way but sounding entirely different when spoken out loud. I have a dim memory of going “up the hill” with my dad a number of times and sitting on the porch or...

read more

Virgil Floyd Rider b. 1912 d. 1967

Posted by on Mar 3, 2013 in Burnett, Cecil, Hanson, Kanawha County, Rider, Wills | 2 comments

Virgil Floyd Rider b. 1912 d. 1967

Meet my grandfather, Virgil Floyd Rider.  Virgil was born August 11, 1912 in Kanawha County, West Virginia.  The birth certificate that I have was generated from an affidavit from his father when Virgil was 27 years old so it doesn’t have much more in the way of any details, like for example, whether he was  born at home and at what address. He married my grandmother, Helen Louise Boka on July 13, 1937 in Hugheston, Kanawha County, West Virginia.  He was 23 and she was 18. The ceremony was performed by Reverend R. L. Hanson.  As far as...

read more

Celebrate or Mourn

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in ad libitum | 0 comments

Celebrate or Mourn

Glancing over my Facebook at the start of the Memorial Day weekend I saw the pictures that mark the holiday were starting to show up. As celebratory images mix with those of grief and loss from the sacrifices made for our freedom in the United States, it got me thinking. Should we celebrate or should we mourn on this holiday. One or the other standing alone seems like the wrong choice. Whatever side of political issues we support, we’re free to choose because of the willingness of multiple generations to remain committed to the idea of...

read more

Dr. Zacharias Willis Kemp of New Hampshire, biography and photo

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Boynton, Gardner, Genealogy, Kemp, Wardwell | 0 comments

Dr. Zacharias Willis Kemp of New Hampshire, biography and photo

The image featured above is located on USGen Web and is identified as Kemp, Z Willis As I did some exploring on this name, I found quite a lot of information and it reaffirmed the identity of the man whose name I found on the back of a cabinet photo in an album I recently bought at a local shop.  The photo is dated 1884 and when you see the image featured in the post and compare it to the one found labeled in the album it does seem to be the same man. To my happy surprise there is also a bio of Dr. Kemp located at the same website where I...

read more

Dr. Zachariah Willis Kemp, Family Photo Album

Posted by on Mar 25, 2012 in Kemp | 0 comments

Dr. Zachariah Willis Kemp, Family Photo Album

After a long time away from my blog, my genealogy projects and my other hobbies I finally had the opportunity to work them back into my routine.  I decided to do a little exploring at some area shops and spend some time with two of my favorite people, my daughter Kaylee and my son’s girlfriend Jessi.  I found a little treasure on one of our stops that day.  At least it is a treasure to me. How it managed to end up on a shelf, for sale in this part of the country amazes me. I love old family photos and it always bothers me to see them...

read more

It’s not just leaves changing around here

Posted by on Oct 7, 2011 in ad libitum | 0 comments

It’s not just leaves changing around here

Fall is a good time for sprucing up, isn’t it?  Ironically, I find myself in the middle of sprucing up on a much more grand scale than I’d planned but it feels a little more satisfying to be doing it now.  Silly probably but I can’t imagine doing the cleaning and rearranging that’s in front of me now in the middle of the hottest part of Summer or the coldest months of Winter. Maybe I should fill you in a little more.  Like many people in recent years, my family has had its share of scrapes and bruises from the flailing...

read more

 

Established in 2007.

Storyteller and shopkeeper: Lisa Isbell

The Way Things Are: There is a blog and a shop here, the links to each are featured prominently on the home page.  The blog is mostly for sharing  information connected to my heritage, I also write about Shabby Chic Decor and a variety of other things that interest me.

The Blog is arranged in categories – genealogy, shabby chic decor and “ad libetum” are the three most often updated.

The Shop is called the general mercantile. The merchandise varies, some of it is new and some of it isn’t – details are on each item.

More about me: I work full time and manage this website outside of traditional business hours and on weekends. I check the email daily, early in the morning and late in the evening.  Sometimes I fall down on the routine, but usually not for very long. Email is the best way to reach me (or through Facebook or Twitter). The website is modeled after the concept of the traditional old general mercantile of the late 19th, early 20th centuries when shopkeepers had a casual way of going, chatting with the folks and stepping in and out of the store as needed to attend to their everyday lives in between customers.

I hope you enjoy visiting and embrace the casual nature of it.

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Edward (Edwin) Wills b. 1826-1829

Posted by on Apr 14, 2013 in Wills | 0 comments

Edward (Edwin) Wills b. 1826-1829

The information I have about Edward (Edwin) Wills is very limited and comes primarily from census data.  I have not been able to pinpoint his exact year of birth, his age varies from one census to another by just a couple of years. I am a descendant through his son John Harvey Wills. There is a marriage record for him to Mary Elizabeth Butterworth dated November 7, 1850 in Bedford County Virginia. Mary is referenced as his spouse in the various census records found for him in Kanawha County West Virginia. Mary and Edward were the parents of...

read more

Genealogy – Keeping Things Organized

Posted by on Apr 13, 2013 in Genealogy Tips & Information | 0 comments

Genealogy – Keeping Things Organized

If you have explored your family history for more than about oh, a half hour or so, you quickly realize how fast things can get away from you in terms of keeping order.  It starts out pretty simple, we are talking about family here, how hard can it be to keep track? Terribly difficult when you don’t have a system in place. The best idea I came upon was to just keep whatever you have right where it is and devise a system for labeling it.  Clever, and so simple. Why didn’t I think of that?  Here’s a list of what you’ll...

read more

John Harvey Wills b. 1853 d. between 1901 – 1907

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in Barker, Kanawha County, Wills | 0 comments

John Harvey Wills b. 1853 d. between 1901 – 1907

John Harvey Wills, the father of my great grandmother Lottie Mae Wills, was born in Bedford County, Virginia according to his reporting in various census records. The 1900 census has him in the Cabin Creek District of Kanawha County WV.  It gives his birth date as December of 1853 and his age as 46.  At that time he reported he had been married for 19 years to wife Mary (Mary Elizabeth Barker). The census also lists his wife and 6 children, son Albert age 18, son George age 15, daughter Lottie M age 12, son Charles age 9, son Lemuel age 5,...

read more

Lottie Mae Wills b. 1888 d. 1975

Posted by on Mar 3, 2013 in Barker, Genealogy, Kanawha County, Rider, Wills | 0 comments

Lottie Mae Wills b. 1888 d. 1975

I don’t know a lot about my great grandmother Lottie Mae Wills but her family line has proved to be one that’s more documented than any of my others.  There are interesting stories and a lot of historical records to read.  Her lines trace to revolutionary war soldiers. She seems to have lead a quiet life as a mother to eight children. All I know of her documented history can be found in reading the biography of my great grandfather Honzura Rider. The kind of things I do know about her aren’t found in the county records. ...

read more

Hans Ulrich Rider (Honzura Rider) b. 1888 d. 1981

Posted by on Mar 3, 2013 in Kanawha County, Rider, Wills | 0 comments

Hans Ulrich Rider (Honzura Rider) b. 1888 d. 1981

Honzura Rider was born April 7, 1888.  His birth record has him named Hans Ulrich Rider.  Somehow this became Honzura but there isn’t much record to explain when he started using Honzura.  I’ve just assumed it was a breakdown of pronunciation of Hans Ulrich since he was raised deep in the hills of West Virginia where words have a way of being written on paper one way but sounding entirely different when spoken out loud. I have a dim memory of going “up the hill” with my dad a number of times and sitting on the porch or...

read more

Virgil Floyd Rider b. 1912 d. 1967

Posted by on Mar 3, 2013 in Burnett, Cecil, Hanson, Kanawha County, Rider, Wills | 2 comments

Virgil Floyd Rider b. 1912 d. 1967

Meet my grandfather, Virgil Floyd Rider.  Virgil was born August 11, 1912 in Kanawha County, West Virginia.  The birth certificate that I have was generated from an affidavit from his father when Virgil was 27 years old so it doesn’t have much more in the way of any details, like for example, whether he was  born at home and at what address. He married my grandmother, Helen Louise Boka on July 13, 1937 in Hugheston, Kanawha County, West Virginia.  He was 23 and she was 18. The ceremony was performed by Reverend R. L. Hanson.  As far as...

read more

Celebrate or Mourn

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in ad libitum | 0 comments

Celebrate or Mourn

Glancing over my Facebook at the start of the Memorial Day weekend I saw the pictures that mark the holiday were starting to show up. As celebratory images mix with those of grief and loss from the sacrifices made for our freedom in the United States, it got me thinking. Should we celebrate or should we mourn on this holiday. One or the other standing alone seems like the wrong choice. Whatever side of political issues we support, we’re free to choose because of the willingness of multiple generations to remain committed to the idea of...

read more

Dr. Zacharias Willis Kemp of New Hampshire, biography and photo

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Boynton, Gardner, Genealogy, Kemp, Wardwell | 0 comments

Dr. Zacharias Willis Kemp of New Hampshire, biography and photo

The image featured above is located on USGen Web and is identified as Kemp, Z Willis As I did some exploring on this name, I found quite a lot of information and it reaffirmed the identity of the man whose name I found on the back of a cabinet photo in an album I recently bought at a local shop.  The photo is dated 1884 and when you see the image featured in the post and compare it to the one found labeled in the album it does seem to be the same man. To my happy surprise there is also a bio of Dr. Kemp located at the same website where I...

read more

Dr. Zachariah Willis Kemp, Family Photo Album

Posted by on Mar 25, 2012 in Kemp | 0 comments

Dr. Zachariah Willis Kemp, Family Photo Album

After a long time away from my blog, my genealogy projects and my other hobbies I finally had the opportunity to work them back into my routine.  I decided to do a little exploring at some area shops and spend some time with two of my favorite people, my daughter Kaylee and my son’s girlfriend Jessi.  I found a little treasure on one of our stops that day.  At least it is a treasure to me. How it managed to end up on a shelf, for sale in this part of the country amazes me. I love old family photos and it always bothers me to see them...

read more

It’s not just leaves changing around here

Posted by on Oct 7, 2011 in ad libitum | 0 comments

It’s not just leaves changing around here

Fall is a good time for sprucing up, isn’t it?  Ironically, I find myself in the middle of sprucing up on a much more grand scale than I’d planned but it feels a little more satisfying to be doing it now.  Silly probably but I can’t imagine doing the cleaning and rearranging that’s in front of me now in the middle of the hottest part of Summer or the coldest months of Winter. Maybe I should fill you in a little more.  Like many people in recent years, my family has had its share of scrapes and bruises from the flailing...

read more

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Edward (Edwin) Wills b. 1826-1829

Posted by on Apr 14, 2013 in Wills | 0 comments

Edward (Edwin) Wills b. 1826-1829

The information I have about Edward (Edwin) Wills is very limited and comes primarily from census data.  I have not been able to pinpoint his exact year of birth, his age varies from one census to another by just a couple of years. I am a descendant through his son John Harvey Wills. There is a marriage record for him to Mary Elizabeth Butterworth dated November 7, 1850 in Bedford County Virginia. Mary is referenced as his spouse in the various census records found for him in Kanawha County West Virginia. Mary and Edward were the parents of...

read more

Genealogy – Keeping Things Organized

Posted by on Apr 13, 2013 in Genealogy Tips & Information | 0 comments

Genealogy – Keeping Things Organized

If you have explored your family history for more than about oh, a half hour or so, you quickly realize how fast things can get away from you in terms of keeping order.  It starts out pretty simple, we are talking about family here, how hard can it be to keep track? Terribly difficult when you don’t have a system in place. The best idea I came upon was to just keep whatever you have right where it is and devise a system for labeling it.  Clever, and so simple. Why didn’t I think of that?  Here’s a list of what you’ll...

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John Harvey Wills b. 1853 d. between 1901 – 1907

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in Barker, Kanawha County, Wills | 0 comments

John Harvey Wills b. 1853 d. between 1901 – 1907

John Harvey Wills, the father of my great grandmother Lottie Mae Wills, was born in Bedford County, Virginia according to his reporting in various census records. The 1900 census has him in the Cabin Creek District of Kanawha County WV.  It gives his birth date as December of 1853 and his age as 46.  At that time he reported he had been married for 19 years to wife Mary (Mary Elizabeth Barker). The census also lists his wife and 6 children, son Albert age 18, son George age 15, daughter Lottie M age 12, son Charles age 9, son Lemuel age 5,...

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Lottie Mae Wills b. 1888 d. 1975

Posted by on Mar 3, 2013 in Barker, Genealogy, Kanawha County, Rider, Wills | 0 comments

Lottie Mae Wills b. 1888 d. 1975

I don’t know a lot about my great grandmother Lottie Mae Wills but her family line has proved to be one that’s more documented than any of my others.  There are interesting stories and a lot of historical records to read.  Her lines trace to revolutionary war soldiers. She seems to have lead a quiet life as a mother to eight children. All I know of her documented history can be found in reading the biography of my great grandfather Honzura Rider. The kind of things I do know about her aren’t found in the county records. ...

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Hans Ulrich Rider (Honzura Rider) b. 1888 d. 1981

Posted by on Mar 3, 2013 in Kanawha County, Rider, Wills | 0 comments

Hans Ulrich Rider (Honzura Rider) b. 1888 d. 1981

Honzura Rider was born April 7, 1888.  His birth record has him named Hans Ulrich Rider.  Somehow this became Honzura but there isn’t much record to explain when he started using Honzura.  I’ve just assumed it was a breakdown of pronunciation of Hans Ulrich since he was raised deep in the hills of West Virginia where words have a way of being written on paper one way but sounding entirely different when spoken out loud. I have a dim memory of going “up the hill” with my dad a number of times and sitting on the porch or...

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Virgil Floyd Rider b. 1912 d. 1967

Posted by on Mar 3, 2013 in Burnett, Cecil, Hanson, Kanawha County, Rider, Wills | 2 comments

Virgil Floyd Rider b. 1912 d. 1967

Meet my grandfather, Virgil Floyd Rider.  Virgil was born August 11, 1912 in Kanawha County, West Virginia.  The birth certificate that I have was generated from an affidavit from his father when Virgil was 27 years old so it doesn’t have much more in the way of any details, like for example, whether he was  born at home and at what address. He married my grandmother, Helen Louise Boka on July 13, 1937 in Hugheston, Kanawha County, West Virginia.  He was 23 and she was 18. The ceremony was performed by Reverend R. L. Hanson.  As far as...

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Celebrate or Mourn

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in ad libitum | 0 comments

Celebrate or Mourn

Glancing over my Facebook at the start of the Memorial Day weekend I saw the pictures that mark the holiday were starting to show up. As celebratory images mix with those of grief and loss from the sacrifices made for our freedom in the United States, it got me thinking. Should we celebrate or should we mourn on this holiday. One or the other standing alone seems like the wrong choice. Whatever side of political issues we support, we’re free to choose because of the willingness of multiple generations to remain committed to the idea of...

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Dr. Zacharias Willis Kemp of New Hampshire, biography and photo

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Boynton, Gardner, Genealogy, Kemp, Wardwell | 0 comments

Dr. Zacharias Willis Kemp of New Hampshire, biography and photo

The image featured above is located on USGen Web and is identified as Kemp, Z Willis As I did some exploring on this name, I found quite a lot of information and it reaffirmed the identity of the man whose name I found on the back of a cabinet photo in an album I recently bought at a local shop.  The photo is dated 1884 and when you see the image featured in the post and compare it to the one found labeled in the album it does seem to be the same man. To my happy surprise there is also a bio of Dr. Kemp located at the same website where I...

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Dr. Zachariah Willis Kemp, Family Photo Album

Posted by on Mar 25, 2012 in Kemp | 0 comments

Dr. Zachariah Willis Kemp, Family Photo Album

After a long time away from my blog, my genealogy projects and my other hobbies I finally had the opportunity to work them back into my routine.  I decided to do a little exploring at some area shops and spend some time with two of my favorite people, my daughter Kaylee and my son’s girlfriend Jessi.  I found a little treasure on one of our stops that day.  At least it is a treasure to me. How it managed to end up on a shelf, for sale in this part of the country amazes me. I love old family photos and it always bothers me to see them...

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It’s not just leaves changing around here

Posted by on Oct 7, 2011 in ad libitum | 0 comments

It’s not just leaves changing around here

Fall is a good time for sprucing up, isn’t it?  Ironically, I find myself in the middle of sprucing up on a much more grand scale than I’d planned but it feels a little more satisfying to be doing it now.  Silly probably but I can’t imagine doing the cleaning and rearranging that’s in front of me now in the middle of the hottest part of Summer or the coldest months of Winter. Maybe I should fill you in a little more.  Like many people in recent years, my family has had its share of scrapes and bruises from the flailing...

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Information, photos and shared files related to my genealogy research and the coal mining community of Ward, West Virginia

 

Ward, West Virginia is a coal mining community that was thriving from the early 1900’s until the mid 1970’s.  My mother grew up there and both sets of my grandparents lived there when they were children.  I write about Ward here in my blog and I also write about my genealogy research.

Genealogy I have the blog posts arranged in a primary category named Genealogy, with sub-categories by surnames, location names and others that will develop as the need arises.  Just click the black arrows in the menu in the right margin to expand the categories and explore.

FREE File Downloads -Below is a collection of shared files for you to view and download.  Old photos of Ward, WV, family photos, and other documents associated with genealogy research.  The files are stored on the Internet at a free file sharing site and the tool below provides access to them (be patient, sometimes it takes a moment to load).

 

Edward (Edwin) Wills b. 1826-1829

Posted by on Apr 14, 2013 in Wills | 0 comments

Edward (Edwin) Wills b. 1826-1829

The information I have about Edward (Edwin) Wills is very limited and comes primarily from census data.  I have not been able to pinpoint his exact year of birth, his age varies from one census to another by just a couple of years. I am a descendant through his son John Harvey Wills. There is a marriage record for him to Mary Elizabeth Butterworth dated November 7, 1850 in Bedford County Virginia. Mary is referenced as his spouse in the various census records found for him in Kanawha County West Virginia. Mary and Edward were the parents of...

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Genealogy – Keeping Things Organized

Posted by on Apr 13, 2013 in Genealogy Tips & Information | 0 comments

Genealogy – Keeping Things Organized

If you have explored your family history for more than about oh, a half hour or so, you quickly realize how fast things can get away from you in terms of keeping order.  It starts out pretty simple, we are talking about family here, how hard can it be to keep track? Terribly difficult when you don’t have a system in place. The best idea I came upon was to just keep whatever you have right where it is and devise a system for labeling it.  Clever, and so simple. Why didn’t I think of that?  Here’s a list of what you’ll...

read more

John Harvey Wills b. 1853 d. between 1901 – 1907

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in Barker, Kanawha County, Wills | 0 comments

John Harvey Wills b. 1853 d. between 1901 – 1907

John Harvey Wills, the father of my great grandmother Lottie Mae Wills, was born in Bedford County, Virginia according to his reporting in various census records. The 1900 census has him in the Cabin Creek District of Kanawha County WV.  It gives his birth date as December of 1853 and his age as 46.  At that time he reported he had been married for 19 years to wife Mary (Mary Elizabeth Barker). The census also lists his wife and 6 children, son Albert age 18, son George age 15, daughter Lottie M age 12, son Charles age 9, son Lemuel age 5,...

read more

Lottie Mae Wills b. 1888 d. 1975

Posted by on Mar 3, 2013 in Barker, Genealogy, Kanawha County, Rider, Wills | 0 comments

Lottie Mae Wills b. 1888 d. 1975

I don’t know a lot about my great grandmother Lottie Mae Wills but her family line has proved to be one that’s more documented than any of my others.  There are interesting stories and a lot of historical records to read.  Her lines trace to revolutionary war soldiers. She seems to have lead a quiet life as a mother to eight children. All I know of her documented history can be found in reading the biography of my great grandfather Honzura Rider. The kind of things I do know about her aren’t found in the county records. ...

read more

Hans Ulrich Rider (Honzura Rider) b. 1888 d. 1981

Posted by on Mar 3, 2013 in Kanawha County, Rider, Wills | 0 comments

Hans Ulrich Rider (Honzura Rider) b. 1888 d. 1981

Honzura Rider was born April 7, 1888.  His birth record has him named Hans Ulrich Rider.  Somehow this became Honzura but there isn’t much record to explain when he started using Honzura.  I’ve just assumed it was a breakdown of pronunciation of Hans Ulrich since he was raised deep in the hills of West Virginia where words have a way of being written on paper one way but sounding entirely different when spoken out loud. I have a dim memory of going “up the hill” with my dad a number of times and sitting on the porch or...

read more

Virgil Floyd Rider b. 1912 d. 1967

Posted by on Mar 3, 2013 in Burnett, Cecil, Hanson, Kanawha County, Rider, Wills | 2 comments

Virgil Floyd Rider b. 1912 d. 1967

Meet my grandfather, Virgil Floyd Rider.  Virgil was born August 11, 1912 in Kanawha County, West Virginia.  The birth certificate that I have was generated from an affidavit from his father when Virgil was 27 years old so it doesn’t have much more in the way of any details, like for example, whether he was  born at home and at what address. He married my grandmother, Helen Louise Boka on July 13, 1937 in Hugheston, Kanawha County, West Virginia.  He was 23 and she was 18. The ceremony was performed by Reverend R. L. Hanson.  As far as...

read more

Celebrate or Mourn

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in ad libitum | 0 comments

Celebrate or Mourn

Glancing over my Facebook at the start of the Memorial Day weekend I saw the pictures that mark the holiday were starting to show up. As celebratory images mix with those of grief and loss from the sacrifices made for our freedom in the United States, it got me thinking. Should we celebrate or should we mourn on this holiday. One or the other standing alone seems like the wrong choice. Whatever side of political issues we support, we’re free to choose because of the willingness of multiple generations to remain committed to the idea of...

read more

Dr. Zacharias Willis Kemp of New Hampshire, biography and photo

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Boynton, Gardner, Genealogy, Kemp, Wardwell | 0 comments

Dr. Zacharias Willis Kemp of New Hampshire, biography and photo

The image featured above is located on USGen Web and is identified as Kemp, Z Willis As I did some exploring on this name, I found quite a lot of information and it reaffirmed the identity of the man whose name I found on the back of a cabinet photo in an album I recently bought at a local shop.  The photo is dated 1884 and when you see the image featured in the post and compare it to the one found labeled in the album it does seem to be the same man. To my happy surprise there is also a bio of Dr. Kemp located at the same website where I...

read more

Dr. Zachariah Willis Kemp, Family Photo Album

Posted by on Mar 25, 2012 in Kemp | 0 comments

Dr. Zachariah Willis Kemp, Family Photo Album

After a long time away from my blog, my genealogy projects and my other hobbies I finally had the opportunity to work them back into my routine.  I decided to do a little exploring at some area shops and spend some time with two of my favorite people, my daughter Kaylee and my son’s girlfriend Jessi.  I found a little treasure on one of our stops that day.  At least it is a treasure to me. How it managed to end up on a shelf, for sale in this part of the country amazes me. I love old family photos and it always bothers me to see them...

read more

It’s not just leaves changing around here

Posted by on Oct 7, 2011 in ad libitum | 0 comments

It’s not just leaves changing around here

Fall is a good time for sprucing up, isn’t it?  Ironically, I find myself in the middle of sprucing up on a much more grand scale than I’d planned but it feels a little more satisfying to be doing it now.  Silly probably but I can’t imagine doing the cleaning and rearranging that’s in front of me now in the middle of the hottest part of Summer or the coldest months of Winter. Maybe I should fill you in a little more.  Like many people in recent years, my family has had its share of scrapes and bruises from the flailing...

read more

Temporarily Offline. For now, I’m too busy with my “day job” to properly run this little venture but I fully intend to bring it back someday.  Just the blog for now.

 

Edward (Edwin) Wills b. 1826-1829

Posted by on Apr 14, 2013 in Wills | 0 comments

Edward (Edwin) Wills b. 1826-1829

The information I have about Edward (Edwin) Wills is very limited and comes primarily from census data.  I have not been able to pinpoint his exact year of birth, his age varies from one census to another by just a couple of years. I am a descendant through his son John Harvey Wills. There is a marriage record for him to Mary Elizabeth Butterworth dated November 7, 1850 in Bedford County Virginia. Mary is referenced as his spouse in the various census records found for him in Kanawha County West Virginia. Mary and Edward were the parents of...

read more

Genealogy – Keeping Things Organized

Posted by on Apr 13, 2013 in Genealogy Tips & Information | 0 comments

Genealogy – Keeping Things Organized

If you have explored your family history for more than about oh, a half hour or so, you quickly realize how fast things can get away from you in terms of keeping order.  It starts out pretty simple, we are talking about family here, how hard can it be to keep track? Terribly difficult when you don’t have a system in place. The best idea I came upon was to just keep whatever you have right where it is and devise a system for labeling it.  Clever, and so simple. Why didn’t I think of that?  Here’s a list of what you’ll...

read more

John Harvey Wills b. 1853 d. between 1901 – 1907

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in Barker, Kanawha County, Wills | 0 comments

John Harvey Wills b. 1853 d. between 1901 – 1907

John Harvey Wills, the father of my great grandmother Lottie Mae Wills, was born in Bedford County, Virginia according to his reporting in various census records. The 1900 census has him in the Cabin Creek District of Kanawha County WV.  It gives his birth date as December of 1853 and his age as 46.  At that time he reported he had been married for 19 years to wife Mary (Mary Elizabeth Barker). The census also lists his wife and 6 children, son Albert age 18, son George age 15, daughter Lottie M age 12, son Charles age 9, son Lemuel age 5,...

read more

Lottie Mae Wills b. 1888 d. 1975

Posted by on Mar 3, 2013 in Barker, Genealogy, Kanawha County, Rider, Wills | 0 comments

Lottie Mae Wills b. 1888 d. 1975

I don’t know a lot about my great grandmother Lottie Mae Wills but her family line has proved to be one that’s more documented than any of my others.  There are interesting stories and a lot of historical records to read.  Her lines trace to revolutionary war soldiers. She seems to have lead a quiet life as a mother to eight children. All I know of her documented history can be found in reading the biography of my great grandfather Honzura Rider. The kind of things I do know about her aren’t found in the county records. ...

read more

Hans Ulrich Rider (Honzura Rider) b. 1888 d. 1981

Posted by on Mar 3, 2013 in Kanawha County, Rider, Wills | 0 comments

Hans Ulrich Rider (Honzura Rider) b. 1888 d. 1981

Honzura Rider was born April 7, 1888.  His birth record has him named Hans Ulrich Rider.  Somehow this became Honzura but there isn’t much record to explain when he started using Honzura.  I’ve just assumed it was a breakdown of pronunciation of Hans Ulrich since he was raised deep in the hills of West Virginia where words have a way of being written on paper one way but sounding entirely different when spoken out loud. I have a dim memory of going “up the hill” with my dad a number of times and sitting on the porch or...

read more

Virgil Floyd Rider b. 1912 d. 1967

Posted by on Mar 3, 2013 in Burnett, Cecil, Hanson, Kanawha County, Rider, Wills | 2 comments

Virgil Floyd Rider b. 1912 d. 1967

Meet my grandfather, Virgil Floyd Rider.  Virgil was born August 11, 1912 in Kanawha County, West Virginia.  The birth certificate that I have was generated from an affidavit from his father when Virgil was 27 years old so it doesn’t have much more in the way of any details, like for example, whether he was  born at home and at what address. He married my grandmother, Helen Louise Boka on July 13, 1937 in Hugheston, Kanawha County, West Virginia.  He was 23 and she was 18. The ceremony was performed by Reverend R. L. Hanson.  As far as...

read more

Celebrate or Mourn

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in ad libitum | 0 comments

Celebrate or Mourn

Glancing over my Facebook at the start of the Memorial Day weekend I saw the pictures that mark the holiday were starting to show up. As celebratory images mix with those of grief and loss from the sacrifices made for our freedom in the United States, it got me thinking. Should we celebrate or should we mourn on this holiday. One or the other standing alone seems like the wrong choice. Whatever side of political issues we support, we’re free to choose because of the willingness of multiple generations to remain committed to the idea of...

read more

Dr. Zacharias Willis Kemp of New Hampshire, biography and photo

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Boynton, Gardner, Genealogy, Kemp, Wardwell | 0 comments

Dr. Zacharias Willis Kemp of New Hampshire, biography and photo

The image featured above is located on USGen Web and is identified as Kemp, Z Willis As I did some exploring on this name, I found quite a lot of information and it reaffirmed the identity of the man whose name I found on the back of a cabinet photo in an album I recently bought at a local shop.  The photo is dated 1884 and when you see the image featured in the post and compare it to the one found labeled in the album it does seem to be the same man. To my happy surprise there is also a bio of Dr. Kemp located at the same website where I...

read more

Dr. Zachariah Willis Kemp, Family Photo Album

Posted by on Mar 25, 2012 in Kemp | 0 comments

Dr. Zachariah Willis Kemp, Family Photo Album

After a long time away from my blog, my genealogy projects and my other hobbies I finally had the opportunity to work them back into my routine.  I decided to do a little exploring at some area shops and spend some time with two of my favorite people, my daughter Kaylee and my son’s girlfriend Jessi.  I found a little treasure on one of our stops that day.  At least it is a treasure to me. How it managed to end up on a shelf, for sale in this part of the country amazes me. I love old family photos and it always bothers me to see them...

read more

It’s not just leaves changing around here

Posted by on Oct 7, 2011 in ad libitum | 0 comments

It’s not just leaves changing around here

Fall is a good time for sprucing up, isn’t it?  Ironically, I find myself in the middle of sprucing up on a much more grand scale than I’d planned but it feels a little more satisfying to be doing it now.  Silly probably but I can’t imagine doing the cleaning and rearranging that’s in front of me now in the middle of the hottest part of Summer or the coldest months of Winter. Maybe I should fill you in a little more.  Like many people in recent years, my family has had its share of scrapes and bruises from the flailing...

read more