OHIO VALLEY — The 26th annual Lineage Banquet of the Gallia County Genealogical Society, OGS Chapter, was held Saturday, Oct. 10 at the St. Louis Parish Hall.
Fifty-four people attended the banquet, where the room was decorated in gala fall colors and with gourds from Richard James’ garden. The Invocation was given by Marian Schoonover.
John Holcomb, of Vinton, known by many in the area for his talks on bean dinners, was speaker. He deviated from his usual subject and instead spoke on Morgan’s Raiders in Gallia County.
The group appreciated Holcomb’s generosity in sharing his knowledge and donating a map showing Morgan’s route.
The Society had several joining First Families in 2015. They included Dawn Pinkham, Phillip Lane, Anna Emilia Evans, Judith Severe and Joseph Wyckoff through their ancestors Lewis Stowers, Susan Hill, Barbara Stowers, William Glenn, Ann Curry, James W. Glenn, Mary Tharp, William Cherrington, Letitia Douglas, Pennel Cherrington, Jeanette Johnston, James Johnston, Margaret Cowen, Henry Waugh, Elizabeth Brown, John Sloan, Sarah Henry, Thomas Waugh, Miriam Sloan, Elijah Fowler, Jane Bogan, Harrison Fowler, John H. Sheets, Susan Henry, George Waugh, Susannah Brown, John T. Waugh, Anna Sloan, William Smith, Margaret Waugh, Daniel Northup, John Carter, Robert Carter, James McCall, b. 1806, Martha Phelps, Elijah Howell, Rebecca Roadarmour, Jacob Roadarmour, Katy Argenbright, Mary Lahr, James McCall, b. 1782, Jane Northup, Pierre Serot, Marie Catherine Avaligne and Mary Gervais Serot.
One supplemental was made by Ruth Patterson joining through David Keeton, Anna Poore and George Poore.
Joining the Civil War Society were Kathy Petras, Patricia Bradbury, Phillip Lane and Anna Evans. Their soldier ancestors were William P. Williams, Benjamin Yeauger, William B. Yeauger, Stephen H. Jacobs, Alexander Scott, Charles C. Scott, James C. Tate, Benjamin Jenkins, William Bradbury, Joseph Perry Bradbury, Horace R. Bradbury, Milton K. Glenn, Milton Kent, David H. Kent, Delatus Kent, John Richard Phillips, John G. Cherrington, Thomas P. Cherrington, Hannah U. Maxon, William Fowler, Anda Lewis Fowler, Leonadis Waugh, John M. Waugh, John W. Howell, Alexander Barcus, Richard Barcus, Matthew Riley Dickey, Hamilton L. Dickey, Brice H. Smith, John P. Amos, James M. Amos, Stephen D. Amos, David Howell, Henry W. Howell, John Hunter Carter, Thomas Carter, George M. Carter, Josiah McCall and Asa Amos Carter.
Adding supplements were Sharon Dauer and Kathie Evans through Delatus Kent, David Kent, Henry Harrison Adney, Robert Curry Jerome Adney and William Harvey Glenn Adney.
Joining Settlers and Builders of Gallia County were Phillip Lane, Anna Evans and Dawn Pinkham through their ancestors Delia D. Kent, John Richard Phillips, Lewin Kent, Rachel Ward, Milton K. Glenn, John Atkinson, Marian Woodruff, George Atkinson, Sarah E. Lewis, William Cherrington, Lucy Maxon, Samuel Maxon, Lucy McIntosh, Samuel Maxon Cherrington, Anda L. Fowler, Mary E. Truesdell, Christopher Columbus Truesdell, Sarah Williams, Araminta Mart, Nathaniel Mart, Brice H. Sheets, Sarah Saunders, Jesse Saunders, Nancy Strong, Mary Angel, Nicholas White, Absalom White, Wilson S. Dickey, Elizabeth Riley, James Peter Carter, Asa Amos, Charlotte Amos, Alexander McCall, Lucinda Howell, James H. McCall, Lucinda Folden, John Mooney, Elizabeth Norman, Matthew Mooney, Susan Waugh, Mary Rebecca Wetherholt, John T. Mooney, Jacob Wetherholt, Sarah McKean, George W. Jenkins, Abigail White, Thomas Clark, Mary Clark, James A. Folden, James Barcus, Alexander C. Barcus, Brice H. Smith, Nancy L. Dickey, Thomas Jefferson Waugh, Viola Smith, Nancy Hunter, John Gee, John R. Gee and Jane Cunningham,
Joining Century Families of Gallia County were Phillip Lane, Anna Evans and Helen McNealey West through their ancestors Raymond I. Lane. Ruth P. Phillips, William P. Cherrington, Henry W. Cherrington, Vivian G. Ayres, John L. Ayres, Lulu Stanley, Omar J. Fowler, Sylvia M. Harrison, William H. Fowler, Nancy Kerns, Arminta Sheets, Isaac D. Harrison, Lawrence M. Mooney, Dora Belle Jenkins, Clarence C. Barcus, Thomas J. Barcus, Elvira Whitaker, Virgil Blaine Carter, Esta McCall, John T. Mooney, Anna Maude Waugh, Virgil S. Plymale, Divers E. Plymale, Florilla Mae Plymale, Lola M. Belcher, Rebecca Guyn, H. Claude Evans, Helen McNealey, John C. McNealey and Mittie Fadeley.
President Henny Evans introduced the board members and thanked all of those who help the society, including the church cooks and volunteers who type, take photos and work in the office.
Evans thanked Sandy Bledsoe, who created the certificates, Debra Leonard for producing the program booklet, and Richard James for contributing gourds used in the banquets decorations.
Also attending the gala were District OGS Rep. Don Clark and his wife, Chris Clark, and Larry Patrick and wife, Christy, of Jackson County.
Evans gave an update on the year’s events, including new entries to the website. She asked for volunteer writers for the 24-page quarterly newsletter and noted the group’s membership has continued to grow. Future publications will include Patriot Pioneers by Anna Simmerman.
A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Century Family certificate to Helen McNealey West, who was born in Gallia County in 1915. To qualify for Century Families, the person must have ancestors in Gallia County between 1861 and 100 years prior to the current year — in this case 1915.
Upon receiving the certificate, McNealey West became Gallia County Genealogy Society’s first living member.
The Society officials consider having a living member a unusual opportunity and were honored to have her personally accept the Century Family certificate.
Contract Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551.