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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.

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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benblevins.jpg676 viewsBen H. Blevins
MARION Elder Ben H. Blevins, age 83, died Sunday,
March 12, 2006, at Smyth County Community Hospital.
He was born Oct. 18, 1922, in Crumpler, W.Va., the
seventh of 14 children born to the late Elder Hugh M.
Blevins Sr. and Lelia Perry Blevins. He was also
preceded in death by one grandchild, Julie Blevins
Whitt, this past December.
In 1958, he and his brother-in-law, Blaine Dancy,
opened Marion Alignment Service, which he owned and
operated until his retirement in 1984. He was a
minister, pastoring Hopkins View Primitive Baptist
Church for 32 years. He also pastored Zion Primitive
Baptist Church, near Sparta, N.C., along with Mulberry
and Cross Roads Primitive Baptist Churches in Wilkes
County, N.C. and New Garden Primitive Baptist Church
in Honaker. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran
and front line soldier, landing at Normandy, and
fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was wounded in
action at the battle for the Remagen Bridge, when the
American forces had to temporarily pull back. He and
another soldier stayed behind to dig children out of a
bombed orphanage.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Violet Dancy
Blevins; four sons, Larry and wife Frankie Blevins,
Don and wife Pat Blevins, Alan J. and wife Debbie
Blevins and Greg and wife Kim Blevins, all of Marion;
one brother, Elder Hugh M. Blevins Jr. of Auburndale,
Fla.; eight grandchildren, Jill Blevins Tanner and
husband Russ, of Roanoke and Benjamin R. Blevins and
wife Amy, Jordon Blevins, Joel Blevins, Zachary
Blevins, Andy Blevins, John Blevins and Lynsey
Blevins, all of Marion; and six great-grandchildren,
Jonah, Isaiah and Ethan Blevins and Erin, Devon and
Laura Tanner.
The family wishes to thank the residents and staff of
Francis Marion Manor Nursing Home, staff of Smyth
County Community Hospital and his special friend and
caregiver, Shelia Russell of Marion.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 15,
2006, at 8 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel, with Elders
Danny Smith, Willie Branch and Eddie Lyle officiating.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5 p.m.
until the time of the service at Seaver-Brown Chapel.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, March 16,
2006, at the Thomas Cemetery, Marion, at 11 a.m.,
where military rites will be conducted by Francis
Marion VFW Post 4667. Expressions of sympathy may be
made to the family at
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and Crematory is serving
the Blevins family.

Published in the Bristol Herald Courier on 3/14/2006.

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911.jpg1146 viewsFrom Jeff Weaver's collection.55555
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YoungandSturgillchildren.jpg827 viewsback row (l to r): Charles Ray Sturgill, Connis Young, Lester Young, Denton Young, Eva Dickson, Blanche Young. front row (l to r) Walter Mack Sturgill, Edith Young, Carter and Dean Dickson, Carl Young, Ola Young. Alice Waddell Young wife of Irvin Young in doorway. Courtesy of Danny Miller
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PaulYoung.jpg553 viewsPaul Young, son of Calvin and Mary Marintha )Kilby) Young. He spent time in Israel and worked for the US government on airplanes. Courtesy of Danny Miller millerd@fuse.net55555
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CoraKilby001.jpg775 viewsDaughter of Thornton and Phoebe Marilda Weaver Kilby. Courtesy of Danny Miller millerd@fuse.net55555
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Peacock, John Henry Family660 viewsJohn Henry Peacock, born 12 Aug 1857, Ashe County, NC, and died 5 Jul 1948 in Grayson Cty. He was the son of Silas H and Imogene Peacock. He married Catherine Kilby Peacock 10 Apr 1884. Photo courtesy of Danny Miller millerd@fuse.net55555
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Young Boys on a Bear Hunt1264 viewsThis photo came to me from Raphael Ryan of Kansas City who is the granddaughter (or great-g) of Mary Kilby Young, This is where Erwin Young's pet bear came from. You will notice that four of the men are holding the cubs against their chests. Raphael identified the men as follows (l-R): unknown, John Ball, Enoch Young, Calvin Young, Troy Kilby. Courtesy of Emily Kilby erk44@verizon.net55555
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okparsons.jpg618 viewsOsborn Kesterson (O K) Parsons; son of Edmund Parsons and Charlotte Reeves
b 11 October 1844, Grayson County, VA
d 10 October 1918, Jennings, Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana
m 1) Dicie Lavera Lewis; 2) Addie Iseliah Wiggins
Photo was taken in Louisiana
Courtesy of Jacque Lopez
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hicks8.jpg572 viewsSidney James Hicks is 3rd from left. Courtesy of Thom Houk.55555
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byrd1.jpg768 viewsPhoto courtesy of Thom Houk.55555
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CrosswhiteRachelMoofOliverHockett.jpg445 viewsCourtesy of Jack Hockett tlas101@aol.com55555
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hotelcentral.jpg302 viewsHotel Central in Indpendence, Virginia, ca. 1900.55555
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