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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.

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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 809 times

Cantor - Whittaker Families


21 files, last one added on Sep 11, 2013
Album viewed 4070 times



1 files, last one added on Jul 22, 2020
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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
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5 files, last one added on Sep 11, 2013
Album viewed 665 times



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 365 times



4 files, last one added on Sep 11, 2013
Album viewed 564 times

Andrew Weaver Family Photo Album

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Courtesy of Roderick Coats

2 files, last one added on Sep 18, 2013
Album viewed 669 times


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10 albums on 1 page(s)

Watauga County, NC People


11 files, last one added on Dec 27, 2007
Album viewed 292 times

Wilkes County, NC People


11 files, last one added on Apr 08, 2006
Album viewed 348 times

Wythe County, VA People


20 files, last one added on Oct 30, 2006
Album viewed 1189 times


15 albums on 2 page(s) 2

Random files - New River Valley People
LEANDERRichardsonsmall.jpg713 viewsLeander and Catherine Hart Richardson. They were the Grandparents of Pearl Richardson Weaver. Courtesy of Mary C. Blevins
benblevins.jpg784 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.

Amos Mason (left) and Bill Canter (right)210 views
Greer, J. Brad and Family699 viewsSadie, Brad, JB, Carrie, Colton, Randy, Tammie, Laura, Lynn, Trevor and other g-kids. Courtesy of Sadie Samper
LYNNMOORE001.jpg611 viewsMr. Moore was principal at Saltville High School from 1954-1966. Photo courtesy of Don Smith
RobyCmatildajune.jpg880 viewsThis is my great-grandfather Roby Curtis Blevins (son of Mary Jane Brown and Fielden Blevins), his second wife, Matilda (daughter of Harrison Pendergrass-Barker and Amanda Welch) and their daughter June Blevins who was born in 1915. They lived in Ashe Co. NC. Courtesy of Cheryl Ruzyla [email][/email]

dunwats1.jpg632 viewsWatts Duncan (born 1917), son of Perry Duncan, near their home in Dublin, VA, about 1919. It is believed that the family lived on what is now "Old Rte 11", heading east out of town, along the railroad. Courtesy of Jason Duncan

jashash.jpg805 viewsThis image is courtesy of Clinton Getzinger.

Last additions - New River Valley People
38 viewsJul 22, 2020
Unknown young Matney woman, ca. 1930s413 viewsSep 18, 2013
Unknown members of the Matney Family394 viewsSep 18, 2013
Unknown older Matney Couple.402 viewsSep 18, 2013
Unknown members of the Donnelly and/or the Matney Family of Watauga County353 viewsSep 18, 2013
Miscellaneous Matney Photos. One is labeled Tom Matney, Carter's Boy. Can anyone help?360 viewsSep 18, 2013
Photos believed to be Nancy Matney (left) and Mahala Matney (right).421 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 Getzinger432 viewsSep 18, 2013