Monday, May 26, 2014

Second Beuhring Reunion

On Saturday afternoon, Melba and Cliff and I visited Larry Beuhring at his home in Chesapeake, Ohio.    Below is a photo of the three of us.  All three of us descend from Frederick George Louis Beuhring and his son, Frederick Dannenburg Konig Beurhing.

During our afternoon together, we shared information.  Some of it was new.  Some of it was well known.  And some of it I want to follow up on when I get a chance.  

Larry told us that the land on which the building that was used for church and Marshall Academy in the very early days of Cabell County stood was BOUGHT from Holderby for $40.  There was one and one quarter acre at this place.  I need to make this work with the tradition that Holderby donated the land.  Was the land that he donated adjoining the acre and one quarter?  Is there a deed that proves the $40 purchase?

He also told us that there is a church in Celle that has records in which FGL's father is named.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Marshall University Documents

Melba Guard and her husband, Cliff, returned for another visit to work on research on our mutual Beuhring family.  Last night Melba let me copy documents that I have continued the entire day to just shake my head at the amazing discovery that these documents exist.  One of the documents is a bill to establish Marshall College that is dated 12 January 1838.  The bill was passed 30 March 1838.

The below document is just one of five pages  that are found on the Library of Virginia website.  If you would like to look at the pages for yourself, go to Virginia Memory 


Type in Cabell for the locality with no keyword nor subject and push search.  This will give you a collection of 137 documents.  The one that deals with Marshall Academy being given college status is #94.  

Among the names that are listed on the petition is Frederick G.L. Beuhring---Melba's 2-gr-grandfather and my 3-gr-grandfather.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Men who sold land in Frederick County in 1771 who may have moved to Newberry County

I am going through a Deed Book compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath in the Handley Library.  This book is:  Frederick County Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 4    Deed Books 12, 13, 14, 1767-1771.  I am only looking at the deeds for land that exchanged hands in the year 1771 which is the year that George McKenny and wife Margaret sold their land.  (I am not being careful about spelling of George's last was spelled two or more ways in the same deed, so they were not careful)

Bk 14, pl 314-2 April 1771
Samuel Pearson of County of Frederick to Samuel Washington of the same county.  One of the witnesses was Isiah Pemberton

Richard Merchang of County of Frederick to Thomas Campbell of the same county. (Marchant bought his land from Lord Fairfax 30 April 1760)

It is interesting to note that My ancestor, Jacob Miller's family are mentioned a great deal in the Deeds of Frederick County....there is one 8 May 1771 that mentions that Barbara Ott (wife of Henry Ott) is sole exc of her father, Jacob's, will....and that her mother has died.....and that Wolrick is getting inheritance....Ulrich?......I can not make this make sense.....and don't have time to spend on it.

Monday, May 5, 2014

George McKinsey's family might have been in Frederick County, Virginia before Newberry

On my way between Burlington, VT (where I spent time with my daughter, Sarah, and her family) to Richmond (for the National Genealogical Society's 2014 Conference),  I stopped in Frederick County, Virginia to do a bit of research on the possibility that my 5-gr-grandfather, George McKinsey, may have had roots in Frederick County, Virginia.  I had a bit of bad luck with traffic and managed to drive to the Handley library in Winchester, Virginia just in time to find the archives room closed for the day.  However, the main library has a few books of interest and I'll take a look at those until I have to leave.  The Handley library is a treat of itself.  Quite the charming, historical building!

Bruce Locken, Harriet Imrey, and I have been chatting for some time about the possibility that George McKinsey who is in Newberry County, SC during the Revolutionary War may have had ties to Frederick County, Virginia.  For previous blog posts pertaining to this subject go to:

And for more information on George McKinsey and his family go to:

The first book that I have pulled off the shelf is Pioneers of Old Frederick County by Cecil O'Dell.  One of the questions that I hoped to answer on this trip is:  Who was moving into Frederick County in the 1750's?  From where?  Why?  Why were families moving out of the area to the Carolinas in 1771?

I find that much of Mr. O'Dell's information is about a period of time before George McKinsey is found buying land in the area.  The book is excellent, however, and I will look for a copy.

I know when George McKinsey first bought land in Frederick County from the deed of the sale of his land in 1771 which says:

.....Containing one hundred and ninety four Acres Granted to said George McKenny by Deed from the Hand and Seal of the Right Honorable Thomas Lord Fairfax the 18th Oct 1756.....

 I next pulled   Wilmer Kern's book,  Settlement and Some First Families of Back Creek Valley.   I had wondered if the Fairfax/Hite suit had affected George's decision to move to South Carolina.  Wilmer Kerns says on page 17:  "the Fairfax suit was settled in 1745 when Fairfax won the suit."
Mr. O'Dell had indicated that some of the families who chose to move out of the area did so because of the dispute between Fairfax and Hite in which men were required to repurchase the land on which they lived because of a change in ownership.   That is the men had purchased land from Hite.  When Fairfax won the suit,  they were told that they would need to pay the Fairfax agents.   Many of these families were not interested in repurchasing their land when there was cheap land to be bought in the Carolinas.   George had bought his land from Fairfax, so this would not have been the reason that he moved.

Neither book mentions anyone with name George Kinsey/Kensie/McKinsey/McKensie.  Both books mention John McKensie and William McKenzie.

 For good information about the Fairfax grant, go to: