Sunday, February 2, 2014

Names and Places

The great thing about having Appalachian ancestry is that if your people were there before about 1870, you probably have a creek, road, town, fork, run, lick, mountain, hill, cave, holler, gap, or cove named after you.

My great-grandfather was a Conley and his place is Conley Flats Road, Greenup County, KY

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His mother was a Dysard and her place is Dysard Road, a few miles away
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Grandpa was adopted by Mr. Noah Henson who descended, I am almost certain, from the Hansons of Hansonville, Russell County, Virginia. Yes! I have been there.
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My dad's grandmother had Shannons in her line. They were at Shannon Branch Road, which of course runs along Shannon Branch off the Levisa River in Lawrence County, KY.
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But some other Shannon brothers were up in West Virginia, and their name is all over the place; for instance on another Shannon Branch Road where a Shannon Pocahontas Mining Company now operates.
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They spread out to West Virginia and Kentucky from "Shannandale" near Bluefield, Virginia
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On Dad's mother's side, we have the Edwardses of Yancey County, NC. I think about half the phone book of Yancey County still consists of Edwardses. With so many of the same name, there was no point using it as a place name, so it isn't really found there. Reuben Thomas, my 6th great grandfather, was on the Holston River in far southwestern Virginia before the American Revolution.
View Larger Map In fact, just about every little branch that runs south off South Holston Lake has a name that shows up in my family tree.

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