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Virginia Family Mysteries

>Virginia only figures on the branches of this tree at fairly early dates. There are several different branches of the tree which came from the state. It was an obvious entry point for 17th century immigrants, such as the Wimberlys. Other families on this tree, however, such as the Dyes, came there later from elsewhere, mostly New Jersey and Pennsylvania. These families are fascinating, therefore, because they tap into the movement and convergence of several colonial American immigrant groups (English, German, and Dutch especially) as the colonies were being formed. Some ancestors in these trees were likely to have been involved in colonial wars, though I haven't identified which ones, yet.

The Wimberlys and the Dyes have been well researched. Other family groups, including those below, are taking some heavier lifting, so I present some problems here in the hopes that others might help.

I break the queries down by County and family group. Unlike the other pages of mysteries, there are no photos for this state, just problems to solve . . .

Allen Strain and Jane Higgins
Allen Strain's marriage to Jane Higgins is
the first entry in their family Bible.


1. Central Virginia. Rockbridge Co. was formed in 1778 out of Augusta and Botetourt Counties (Botetourt itself had been formed from Augusta Co. a few years earlier). It is now home to VMI and W&L, schools which several family members have attended. Amherst County is east of Rockbridge and Augusta counties.

2. Northern Virginia (including Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties). The ancestors of Helen Adams Simpson were from here. She later moved to Texas, where she married Edgar Tomlinson.