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New River Notes — Complete

January 21, 2014

After about two years of work we have completed a major upgrade to New River Notes. On January 21, 2014 we switched in the last of the updated files and final page revisions.

In January 2013 we introduced the new site layout but because there were many pages left to do there was a big red Under Construction on the front page. A year later we've finished all of the pages that were on the original site. Construction is complete. We have a great looking site full of material to help you in your research and possibly entertain you.

We're not finished. A site like this can't just freeze in time. It must be maintained, .... Read More

New River Notes

January 6, 2013

New River Notes, a leading genealogy resource for the New River Valley of North Carolina and Virginia, launched its new look website today.

new river valley mapNew River Notes was originally launched in 1998 by Jeffrey C. Weaver providing New River Valley researchers with a new wealth of information and that tradition is continued today by the Grayson County, Virginia Heritage Foundation, Inc.

Welcome and we hope you enjoy our new look. For more information on the changes and plans see posts on the GCVHF Google+ Page.

New River Notes Photo Gallery

Collection of historic and current photos mostly covering the upper New River area of southwestern Virginia and nortwestern North Carolina

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Family AlbumsThis category contains collections of photos from families of the upper New River Valley area.
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5 files, last one added on Sep 11, 2013
Album viewed 508 times

Cantor - Whittaker Families


21 files, last one added on Sep 11, 2013
Album viewed 3867 times

Matney Family Photographs


Miscellaneous Matney Family Photographs

The following photographs are courtesy of Victoria Stewart, and are of unknown individuals believed to be members of the Matney Family of Watauga County, North Carolina. If you are able to identify any of these individuals, please contact Victoria Stewart. Many thanks.

6 files, last one added on Sep 18, 2013
Album viewed 309 times

Sexton Family Photo Album


5 files, last one added on Sep 11, 2013
Album viewed 430 times

Smitteel Family Album of Grayson County, Virginia


The following photographs were provided by the Bookhouse, 805 N. Emerson St., Arlington, Virginia 22205. Phone 703-527-7797 Natalie Hughes, Proprietor. - Many thanks

Only four of these photos are identified. Most are 1/9th plate tin types, although a few are cart-de- visitie type (paper) photographs. One of the unidentified photos has a backmark stating that it was made by "Wilson & Welsh, Photographers, Summerfield, Grayson Co., Va."

21 files, last one added on Sep 18, 2013
Album viewed 233 times

Warren Family Photographs


4 files, last one added on Sep 11, 2013
Album viewed 396 times

Andrew Weaver Family Photo Album

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Album viewed 0 times

Welsh Records


Courtesy of Roderick Coats

2 files, last one added on Sep 18, 2013
Album viewed 457 times

8 albums on 1 page(s)

Watauga County, NC People


11 files, last one added on Dec 27, 2007
Album viewed 243 times

Wilkes County, NC People


11 files, last one added on Apr 08, 2006
Album viewed 260 times

Wythe County, VA People


20 files, last one added on Oct 30, 2006
Album viewed 1030 times


15 albums on 2 page(s) 2

Random files - New River Valley People
Potter Family309 viewsVern, Ruby, Goldie, Artie Schrader and Conley Edward Potter sitting on side of wagon. Courtesy of
MaggieKilbyPennington(topleft)andPopKilbyYoung(bottomm.jpg559 viewsMaggie Kilby Pennington (top left) and Mary "Pop" Kilby Young (Middle bottom). Others unknown. Does anyone know who they are? Courtesy of Danny Miller

StepenPorter.jpg252 viewsStephen Porter, born abt. 1845, son of George Porter and Margaret Messersmith. Courtesy of Amy Bazar
GeorgeMandyLewis1.jpg804 viewsGeorge and Amanda ( 1860-1935) Campbell Lewis
Amanda was the daughter of William and Martha Jane
Roten Campbell. Courtesy of Judy Lenderman
folkgeorge.jpg229 viewsGeorge Folk, originally from southeastern Virginia moved to Watauga County before the Civil War. During the war he raised a regiment known as the 6th North Carolina Cavalry, or 65th North Carolina State Troops. After the Civil War he practiced and taught law in Lenoir, Caldwell County, NC.
spencercynthoa.jpg586 viewsCynthia Alice Osborne Spencer (c) with twins Blannie Emaline and John Blake. This photo, made about 1903. Courtesy of Eleanor Jo Cox
baldwinwmd.jpg1005 viewsCourtesy of Gabrielle Taylor and Clarence Taylor. Another copy of the same image contributed by Irene Baldwin.

Last additions - New River Valley People
Unknown young Matney woman, ca. 1930s258 viewsSep 18, 2013
Unknown members of the Matney Family244 viewsSep 18, 2013
Unknown older Matney Couple.246 viewsSep 18, 2013
Unknown members of the Donnelly and/or the Matney Family of Watauga County214 viewsSep 18, 2013
Miscellaneous Matney Photos. One is labeled Tom Matney, Carter's Boy. Can anyone help?219 viewsSep 18, 2013
Photos believed to be Nancy Matney (left) and Mahala Matney (right).267 viewsThese photos were taken at Clyde, Watuaga County, North Carolina, in a style of about 1910.Sep 18, 2013
Testerman - Troy Testerman & Ida Hash Testerman and family Courtesy of Clinton Getzinger274 viewsSep 18, 2013
Ford - Ninevah Ford258 viewsSep 18, 2013