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To be a Virginian either by Birth, Marriage, Adoption, or even on one's Mother's side, is an Introduction to any State in the Union, a Passport to any Foreign Country, and a Benediction from Above.....Anonymous

I found this quotation on the Virginia GenWeb page.  I rather like what it says.  In researching my ancestors, I have found that our family's roots go deep into the history of our country and the history of Virginia and West Virginia.  Our family's ancestors were at Jamestown, some were killed by Indians, some fought in the Revolution and they fought on both sides during the Civil War, literally brother against brother.  They were farmers, lawyers, preachers and pioneers.

The key family names I am researching are BAILEY, CLAY, COOK(E), LOCKMAN, LYONS, SIZEMORE, STEWART, TABOR, THOMPSON, WALLACE AND WORRELL.  We now have almost two thousand names in the database.

Please click on the link above for the surname in which you are interested.  All details of living persons or persons who MAY still be living have been suppressed.  Persons listed in the indexes multiple times are in the genealogy reports more than once.

I started this research several years ago with my cousin Pam Cook and my uncle Louis Lyons for a family reunion.  I so enjoyed the research that it is now a hobby. 


This page is dedicated to my Grandparents, John and Winnie Lyons, pictured above on the left, and to my third Great-Grandmother, Catherine "Katie" Stewart (1789-1888), who is pictured above on the right.  Catherine caught my imagination and inspired me to learn who I am and where I came from.

This photograph of Catherine was provided by Jim Cook who contributed greatly to our family history files.  He is originally from Oceana, WV.


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