The Eanes family story begins with the migration to Virginia of Edward Eanes at the beginning of the 18th century. There has always been some question as to whether Edward was a settler from the British Isles or a Portuguese sailer who made land and decided to stay. What is known is that he settled in Chesterfield County and became the first of a long line in America. The connection from Edward to Thomas Eanes, the overseer from Virginia, has been partially obliterated by a loss of records in the late 18th century. Because of this "disconnection" I have started my tree with Thomas and followed it down to my immediate family.
Entwined in the Eanes roots is the story of the Harmon Cook family. Harmon was a "colonizer" who came from Pennslvania to Virginia, also in the 18th century. He led a group of settlers to the Pittsylvania County area. This was an especially prolific family. I have counted no less than fifty first cousins to my father. I have often said (in jest) that everyone in southern Virginia is related to me in some fashion, and, looking at this list, one can certainly imagine that might be true.
While my father's family went south from Pennsylvania, my mother's family was moving west. The Boerstler and Serfass families had originally come to Pennsylvania during the Palantine migration. Philip Servas helped to build the first Moravian church in Philadelphia while records show Johannes Boerstler traveled to North Carolina for a time to the Wachovia settlement before returning permanently to Pennsylvania. Eventually both families moved to Summit County, Ohio. Most of this family is buried at Loyal Oak Cemetery in Norton, Ohio.
My research also includes the Montgomery and Jennings family, both of English descent and also settlers in post-Civil war Summit County. Because these surnames are so common, I have not had as much success tracing these lines. According to our family oral history, Joseph Jennings was a cousin of Lady Sarah Jennnings Churchill of England. I have not yet been able to tie him to that family but hope to find the "missing link" in the near future.
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- Christmas in Kenova (47 KB)
From left to right: Charlie Eanes, Judy Eanes, Ruth Eanes, John Eanes, Lillian Montgomery, Jim "Cricket" Eanes, Arthur Montgomery, and Janice "Sissy" Eanes. Taken in Kenova, West Virginia, Christmas, 1951.
- Jacob Boerstler (9 KB)
Jacob Boerstler, 1829-1895
- John James Cook (19 KB)
John James "J.J." Cook, died 1937
- Matilda Serfass (10 KB)
Matilda Serfass, wife of Jacob Boerstler, 1829-1916
- Elijah Thomas Eanes (24 KB)
Elijah Thomas Eanes 1875-1933My great-grandfather
- John & Judy Eanes (11 KB)
This photo of my older brother and myself was taken about 1950 in Kenova, West Virginia.
- William & Romina Montgomery (23 KB)
William "Frank" Montgomery and his wife Romina "Isabel" Serfass
- Charlie and Otie Eanes (45 KB)
This photo of Charlie and Otie was taken on a trip to an ostrich farm.
- Flossie Montgomery (20 KB)
Florence "Flossie" Montgomery, 1895-1917
- Mildred Montgomery Eanes (27 KB)
Mildred Montgomery, 1917 - 1999
- Judith Ann Eanes (11 KB)
My first grade photo
- Arthur Montgomery (31 KB)
- Harmon Cook homestead (46 KB)
This cabin was the home of Harmon Cook. Located just outside of Gretna, Virginia, it has been preserved in almost its original condition.
- Thomas & Permelia Cook (20 KB)
This photo is identified on the back as Thomas Roy Cook and "Meeley" Woody Cook.
- Jacob & Matilda Boerstler (18 KB)
This photo of Jacob and Matilda was taken between 1850 and 1860.
- My Parent's Wedding (37 KB)
Cecil and Mildred Eanes, Sept. 9, 1943
- The Walter Cook Family (37 KB)
Standing are Lola, Florence, Myrtle, Ruth and Pearl Cook. Seated are Ruby, Walter, Mary, Lou Jennie, and Alma Cook, and Martha Ann (Pattie) Willard Cook (Lou Jennie's mother). Missing is their eldest son Vesper who was away when this photo was taken.
- Charlie & Ruth Eanes (12 KB)
Charlie Dodson Eanes and his wife Ruth Helen Cook - my favorite picture of my grandparents
- Joseph Jennings (11 KB)
Joseph Jennings, 1819-1903
- John Henry Cook (19 KB)
John Henry Cook, abt. 1843-1935
- Elizabeth Jennings (11 KB)
Elizabeth Jennings, 1831-1910
- Della Cook (14 KB)
Hannah Adella "Della Mae" Cook, 1869-1959