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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.

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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.

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Hash, John Marshall372 viewsCourtesy of Lee Hash
Kilby, Louis Jesse and Della Testerman345 views Louis Jesse Kilby and Della Testerman after moving the family to Lancaster County, PA. Courtesy of

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Kelly, Lula & Emaline327 viewsCourtesy of Lee Hash
Sizemore, Owen and Ned503 viewsThis image was made in Wyoming County, West Virginia. Courtesy of Lee Hash
Phipps, Paul592 viewsPaul, a native of Johnson County, TN has ancestors in Ashe County, NC. He has lived in Washington state for many years.

Obit of Paul
Phipps, Vance395 viewsVance Phipps, in the center of the photo, was the son of Nathaniel Phipps and Martha Carolina Hart. He was born and raised in the Weaver's Ford section of Ashe County, NC. He was accused of murder, however, and fled the jurisdiction because he felt he couldn't get a fair trial. This photo was taken in Boone County, Iowa around 1900.
photoshootL5.jpg274 viewsFrank Huffman, a native of Glade Spring, VA, flying over central California. Courtesy of Frank Huffman. For more information see
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Nelson, Bette313 viewsThe popular Bette Nelson, extremely helpful participant in the New River List shown here helping resurvey the Haw Orchard Baptist Church Cemetery, June 13, 2007. Photo by Jeff Weaver.
Poe, Levi Marshall354 viewsLevi Marshall Poe on left. He was a s/o Nancy Wyatt. He was at one time proclamed the most learned man in the State of W.Va. Courtesy of Lee Hash
Anderson - William Reese Anderson and Sarah Jane Sturgess-Anderson, 1877 to 1900505 viewsWilliam Reese Anderson and Sarah Jane
Sturges-Andersons' best "couple" photos in my stash of albums. I'd just
title it:

William Reese Anderson and Sarah Jane Sturgess-Anderson, 1877 to 1900

The one in the pink frame is a 'tintype' from 1877, the earliest one
I've found of them. Since tintypes are mirror-imaged, I've reversed it.
[If any Anderson relative out there has a copy, that should be taken
into account.] All images have been enlarged, digitally repaired*, but
not much changed otherwise. These would be Maggie Anderson-Henegar's
oldest brother and her first sister-in-law, Daisy Schrader's aunt and
uncle from out in Washington.

The one with two of their grown children is a crop from a 1900 family
portrait, and the other is sometime between. Sarah Jane was 14 when they
married, and Reese 29. So she would be about 40 in the 'tintype', and 63
in 1900.

Their two children included in the crop from the 1900 family photo are
Fannie [Frances Estelle] age 29, and Ace [Asa Alexander], age 27.

Courtesy of Suze

Osborn, Rush Floyd282 viewsRush Floyd "Colonel" Osborn b 1 Feb 1866 Grayson Co. VA, d 26 Jun 1943 Alliance, NE, buried in Mullen, NE. This picture was taken Sept 17, 1939 at Halsey, NE. Courtesy of Donna (Collier) Dietrich
Osborn Wedding376 viewsThis is a picture of when Rush Floyd "Colonel" Osborn and Virginia Irene Strange Osborn was married at his brother Hoyt Osborn's grove of trees in Madison Co. NE on 4 Jul 1902. Rush Floyd homesteaded about 1897 12 miles north of Mullen, NE. They lived there all their lives. Courtesy of Donna (Collier) Dietrich
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