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The Henry Tilley/Tilly family of Va and related families

Updated March 1, 2002

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This all began with the loss of my oldest sister Martha passed away a few years ago, wile visiting her grave with another sister we brought up the fact that we knew nothing of our family' past AT ALL ! this hurt and I said then it's about time we did, we were a family of seven 8 siblings with a broken family that started with our mother's death of which we all were divided up to relatives and never to be together again, knowing only a little of our past from each of them we could all talk together of what we knew but that was little, I had no clue about what to do and talked with my wife about how we together could acomplish such a task, going to the grave yards we wrote all the information from the head stones but this was a quick end to a no where road, I went to a local library to find books on how to do genealogy and found three. one of those three had real good information and we took notes and began our long 8 year endevor of going from the beggining to the end of the trail but I don't think there is an end because somewhere along the way there is new information popping up that adds to the collection. we could have made a short term by finding only the direct connections of ancestors but we couldn't pass up the opertunity to put together all that we found, we started with grave yard info and found that the cemetery's had logs of more information. with links to relatives who were mentioned in the obits. we found we could order death certificates with links to the birth location and we couldn't wait to look in the mail every day for our returned reply / certificates. copies of old death / birth book information and we were on our way, we joined a genealogy club and ordered census,birth,death,wills,soldier records, on tape and spent countless hours going thru them and copping all we found to take home and put the puzzles together and were thrilled to find extra ordinary feats our ancestors accomplished, my wife and I both knew our parents were called Hillbillies, my wife was raised down in the deep mountains of W VA and we found that my parents were born and raised less than 30 miles from where my wife was raised, I met my wife here in Ohio when were were both early teens, we've been married now for 33 years, I went down with my wife to visit her family and got my first tast of what it was like to be in the mountains, I slep in my van the first night, not on purpose but because I had worked the previouse day for 12 hours and spent another 6 hours driving back, my van was custom with windows and a bed in the back so I fell asleep soon after taking a nap when were arrived at our location, waking up in the middle of the night I could hear the sound of cyotes call to each other and owls screeching and plenty of crickets made the night very loud but soon went back to sleep thinking of how it was for our parents living down here, a wonderful experience, the next morning I was greeted by a relative who came down to get me up and make sure I didn't step on a snake because I was parked next to a small creek that had plenty of copper heads, that I didn't care for we had no such thing in the city. but this was the first and not the last of our visits to W VA.we soon returned to Charelston to look thru state records and maps that had abundant family records for our research, visited grave sites and found that graves in W VA was nothing like they are here in Ohio.thousands of them in the yards and nearby homes with no records of which was which, only folk lore and family information of that member. many family's of the old years started thier own grave site starting with the first to die there and so on. the good part of this is that you can find members on the same family in just a very few locations and that is a gold mine on genealogy, the bad part is that many many other graves had head stones made of what was called Field Stones that over many years disolved into just small stumps of what looks like any ordinary rock

 
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