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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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phippsjames1.jpg917 viewsJames Phipps was the son of Nathan Phipps and his first wife Martha Carolina Hart. Accused of murder at Healing Springs hotel, he "went west."
weavereliwhitney.jpg916 viewsEli Whitney Weaver (1840-1923) was the son of Elihu Weaver and Jennie Miller. Mary Ashley Weaver (1840-1918) was the daughter of William Ashley and Frances Ashley. He served in McRae's Battalion NC Cavalry during the Civil War. Lived first on Horse Creek, and later in the Helton area of Ashe County, NC.
heather2.jpg915 viewsPhoto courtesy of Heather Sexton.
robertsjamespryor.jpg915 viewsFront, Left to right. Goldie Roberts, James Pryor Roberts (son of William Johnson Roberts and Martha Charlotte Phipps), Rose Roberts, Bonnie. Back (left to right), Austin, Golar Testerman, ____ Testerman, Emory and Conrad Roberts.
furnaceneargalax.jpg915 viewscirca. 1900.
Saltville - Olin and Elizabeth Cemetery915 viewsTHE PLANT / THE COMPANY HOUSES / THE ELIZABETH CEMETERY / SALTVILLE, VA. / APRIL 1972. Courtesy of Don Smith
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NelsonandEasterElizabethHamm.jpg913 viewsNelson Ham and 2nd wife Easter Elizabeth Blevins Ham. This photo is courtesy of Mary Ann Talbott.
farmerwilburnsusan.jpg913 viewsCourtesy of Gabrielle Taylor and Clarence Taylor
bookerphipps2.jpg912 viewsCourtesy of Heather Sexton.
JoeandMelvinaHamNichols.jpg911 viewsPicture of Joe and Melvina Ham Nichols
Melvina was a daughter of Levi and Millie Ham, and born about 1859. She was a sister of Tobitha Ham Perry Blevins, Courtesy of Mary Ann Talbott
blankenshipnancyweaver.jpg909 viewsBorn June 11, 1857 on Fees Ridge to Andrew Weaver and Malinda Weaver. Married James Andrew Blankenship in Ashe County, NC on March 10, 1873, and then moved to Mercer County, WV. Buried in the Cline Cemetery, Spanishburg, WV. Photo Courtesy of Walt Blankenship
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