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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.

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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.

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Helton Jitney702 viewsThis one was in my aunt Lola Kilby Sewell's photo album. She moved to Harford County, MD, with her family (Roby and Eva Kilby family) in 1915 but returned to the mountains in the early 1920s to get her teaching degree from Boone. This photo caught my eye because this apparently was a mode of public transportation, presumably from Helton to Boone. I don't know that there was a "bus" from Harford County to Helton at that point. Later there was bus service from Bel Air to Sparta, I believe. She must have taken the train from Harford County to Boone. If you have any knowledge of this jitney, I'd like to know the facts. That's could be Aunt Lola on the left but I'm not positive. Courtesy of Emily Kilby
heltonknob.jpg652 viewsPhoto by Jeff Weaver spring, 2003
Grassy Creek - Helton Knob622 viewsPhoto by Jeff Weaver, April 20, 2003.
heltonpbc.jpg512 viewsThis church was organized in 1840 in Grayson County, VA. It moved in 1853 to Sturgill's, Ashe County, NC. Photo by Jeff Weaver June 1978
heltonpbcinterior.jpg480 viewsInterior view of the Big Helton Primitive Baptist Church. Photo 1979 by Jeff Weaver
heltonrollermill.jpg534 viewsThis photo by Jeff Weaver, June 1978. There is another view of this mill in this album as well.
HeltonSchool(ca1915-20).jpg648 viewsMy great-grandfather Wade Jones Sr. is one of the teachers in this photo. He is on left with little black bowtie near edge of window. I don;t know when the picture was taken but from looking at him I would suggest 1915-20, maybe up to 1925. I don;t know any of the others. Courtesy of Danny Miller
heltonss.jpg633 viewsThis is a Sunday school photo, probably taken around 1915 if the woman sitting top center with her arm draped over the shoulder of a big-eared son is, indeed, Ada Littlewood Francis (oldest son had stick-out ears). The picture was taken on the front steps of Herbert and Hannah Littlewood's home on Helton Creek. Courtesy of Emily Kilby.
heltonwm.jpg480 viewsPhoto by Jeff Weaver, 1978
hltcrk.jpg476 viewsPhoto by Jeff Weaver late 1970s.
hltcrk2.jpg466 viewsPhoto by Jeff Weaver 1978.
hltnhay.jpg439 viewsPhoto by Jeff Weaver, late 1970s.
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