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Lowrys/Lowerys of West Virginia

There's clearly a great deal of info. on the Lowrys/Lowerys of NC but I'm stuck in those who lived in West Virginia, particularly Hardy County.
I believe my g, g, ggrandfather David Gray (b. 1805; d. 1866 - Wheeling, WVA) was 1st married to a Ruth Lowery of Hardy Co. in 1834 (before he married my g, g, ggrandmother, Rachel Gray b. 1826; d. 1897) because:

1) I've seen a Hardy Co. marriage record for Ruth Lowery and David Gray posted online
2) Ruth (spelled Rooth) Lowery is listed in Mr. Heinegg's book on free african americans as a taxed Hardy Co. resident in 1814
3) Ruth is listed as the sole member of her household in the 1830 US Census in Hardy Co.

I know that Rachel and David Gray's son, Osbourne Gray, reported on two marriage certificates that he was born in Moorefield, Hardy Co. although I've only been able to place my family in Wheeling, WVA.

While I'm not sure if I am a blood relative of Ruth Lowery's, it seems critical to research her to rule that out but to also discover what role this particular county plays with other members of my family.

All of this to say, any help or guidance would be much appreciated. I know I'll need to travel to Hardy County at some point, but this block has me thinking of just jumping in my car and heading there on a whim!

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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