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JohnF (#46958380)
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I am retired from a large computer services company. My wife and I lived and worked in several locations within the U.S. throughout our careers. We have travelled extensively in the lower 48 and parts of Hawaii. Currently our home is in Central Virginia. We have been researching the Roop & Epperly families in Floyd and Montgomery counties Virginia and the Firth, Pond, & Metzger Families in Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (plus many, many related families). I would like to discuss any information regarding these families. I am also a photo volunteer for our area. Genealogy is a work in progress. If I have added a memorial, or photograph, for your relative I will be glad to add or update Bio and/or relationship link information for the individual.
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Michael Higgins
RE: Elijah Cundey
Thank John
Sorry delay in reply Webmaster
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Added by Michael Higgins on Nov 02, 2015 3:28 AM
Anonymous
Susie & William E. Dalton
Thank you so much for taking the pictures of this tombstone. Betty
Added by Anonymous on Jul 28, 2015 1:14 PM
Roger Lambert
Alpha Wray Altman
Thank you for posting the excellent photo of the tombstone on the graves of Alpha Wray Altman and her husband Samuel Julian Altman. It confirms that she is buried with her second husband and he is buried with his second wife.
Added by Roger Lambert on Jul 25, 2015 3:04 PM
Roger Lambert
Alpha Wray Altman
Thank you for posting the excellent photo of the tombstone on the graves of Alpha Wray Altman and her husband Samuel Julian Altman. It confirms that she is buried with her second husband and he is buried with his second wife.
Added by Roger Lambert on Jul 25, 2015 3:04 PM
Marian Thompson
RE: Edith E. Cloninger
Hi John took the extra one off, thanks for letting me know
marian thompson
Added by Marian Thompson on Jun 26, 2015 1:18 PM
Dennis Brandt
Samuel Sourbeer photo
Thank you!
Added by Dennis Brandt on May 16, 2015 2:21 AM
Dean
John & Mary Draper
Thank you so much for the headstone pictures for John & Mary Draper. Sincerely appreciated.
Added by Dean on May 15, 2015 10:24 PM
Carol VA
RE: St. Matthew Cemetery
Hi,
I have found several relatives in St. Matthews that are related to my grandparents there and have been able to connect them to each other. However, there are a few that I can't find burials. They are:

Harvey D. Sowers b. Apr.1837 & his wife Elizabeth Jane Dickerson b.Feb. 1837 d.June 24, 1918. Also,
their son, David Wigington Sowers b.Feb.1860 d. Nov. 23, 1904.
They are brother and grandson to David Gideon Sowers, my great grandfather. I have searched numerous cemetery lists.
I finally have a copy of Zion Lutheran's records of baptisms so David S. Sowers father does seem to be George Sowers. His father and some of his brothers/family are buried there.
The Sowers/Bowers/Dickerson/Epperlys are related in marriage through the generations.
If you have any information on Harvey D. or David W. Sowers, I would appreciate it. Thanks! Carol
Added by Carol VA on Oct 29, 2014 7:07 AM
Carol VA
RE: Epperly family in Floyd, Va
Hi John,
I started this research to learn who my ancestors were and pay tribute to my family members. I am finding that I need to research as many written documents as possible to make sure I do have facts. Some family trees can be helpful if you verify the information. There are errors in spelling and transcription so I research as much material I can find to confirm the information.I'm not sure that I will ever be confident about the names in the 3rd,
4th or 5th generations or if I really do have relatives in Zion Cemetery. I do believe we have relatives in common and that is nice to know.Carol
Added by Carol VA on Oct 04, 2014 5:22 PM
Carol VA
RE: Epperly family in Floyd, Va
Hi John,
I appreciate the time and effort providing more information on the Sowers/Epperly families.
I only knew my grandmother, Lenora Bower Sowers,
in that generation; all others had passed away.
I started with a review of the Vinson Family Tree
because they had listed David Cenior's children.
I knew 4 aunts and 1 uncle; however, there were
at least 12 children found in my mother's notes.
I looked for grave markers or evidence that David
S. Sowers/Margaret Spangler? Sowers were buried in
Floyd or Montgomery Co. with no success. David Cenior & Gideon Sowers are buried at St.Matthews.
Zion Lutheran Cemetery was the next search.
Most family trees have George Sowers 1750 as a
link; the birth dates for George's father was
10 years earlier so the extensive search began.
I viewed a Anna Elizabeth Epperly Sowers(Find A Grave)& a
note questioning the accuracy. It was the same as
Elisabeth Spangler's birth/death dates. There is a
death document attached( E. Spangler )stating her death, husband, George Sowers, and son D. Sowers
Memorial #103365129. The George Sowers 1750 has a document stating he and Jacob Sowers were in the
Revolutionary War. They came from PA with other
families to Montgomery Co.& one brother married
Jacob Epperly's daughter. Definitely a puzzle...
The grave marker of George 1750 is the only one
that is legible in Zion Cem. How can I find out his wife's name? Secondly, who is his father & grandfather since the listed family trees take
you in different directions. Do I have the right
George? Zion Cemetery probably holds the key but
the cem. grounds/stones are in such decline, will
the mystery be solved. Viewed old church list...
You mentioned Anna Elizabeth & siblings were from
Frederick Co. and I found a grave marker for David
Sowers in Haughs Cemetery but no visible dates.
The only other Sowers listed was John P. Sowers,
b. Jan. 14, 1787 d. Aug. 29, 1867. Do you have any
information on Joel Sowers b.1815 or 1788? He is listed as a brother to David S. He & his family lived in Floyd and moved to Kentucky about 1870.
A George Sowers accompanied him and they are both
buried there.The mystery of which Joel is correct.
I don't know if your wife knew anyone in Riner, but my father was postmaster there for 15 years.
He was originally from Harrison, New York, and I
have researched only his grandparents at this time. Families immigrated & settled in that area
and details are more challenging to find. Thanks!
Dad's Memorial #41100767; would like to place more
military history/pictures of him in findagrave...


Added by Carol VA on Oct 03, 2014 9:59 AM
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