|This family tree covers my own ancestors as far back as I know them, based mainly on research done by my grandmother. I have tried to fill in the collateral lines descended from my great-grandfather Showalter and from even earlier Staples forebears. I have tried to provide sources for all the data.|
Most of my recent ancestors lived in southwestern Virginia, in what is now Roanoke City or County, or in neighboring counties. The Showalter line in America goes back to a Mennonite family who landed in Philadelphia in about 1750. The English, Staples, and Watts families apparently settled in Virginia in the 18th century.
I would welcome email from others interested in any of the families listed in the tree, and particularly from descendents.