Tom, I have been trying to track down a copy of a family history of the Towles family written by John Towles of grafton WV in 1876.
Would by chance your history include any of the WV line in it's later dates? My line is thru Stockley2, Joseph3, Henry4, John W.5, John Wellington6, who migrated to WV in the 1850's. It was this John who wrote the family history in 1876.
The copy that I have is in several hundred/hundred pieces as the book was placed in a clay jar back in 1876 and found in 1990.Unfortunately the clay jar was bounced around a bit removing it from the place that it was cemented and nearly all of the paper items were thrashed by the heavier items in the jar.I don't think that we will ever be able to put that puzzle back together again.But we are trying...and actually making a little bit of progress.
Would you be willing to share a copy of that file that was sent to you? Maybe it would contain something that might open one of those elusive locked doors or missing individuals.