Location: Hampshire County VA

Berry in Cottonwood Township

Philip Switzer, Nancy Bridger, Son of immigrant, Valentine Switzer an his wife, Mary (Hutsinpillar) Hotzenbella, was born in Hampshire County, Va., March 15, 1757, and died in Addison Township, Gallia County Ohio, July 3, 1835. Wife of Phillip Switzer was born Dec. 20 1767, and died August 11, 1829, in AddisonTownship, Gallia County, Ohio. She was the daughter of John Bridger. Children: William Switzer, Valentine Switzer, married Lydia Lasley John Switzer, Mary Switzer, married David Lasley Nancy Switzer, married Samuel Blake Rebecca Switzer, married Theophilus Blake Sarah Switzer, married William Guthrie Elizabeth Switzer, married John Hinkle Items: Phillip Switzer was a Revolutionary War soldier. Children of Metellus Switzer and Mary Margaret Hamlin: James Crooks Switzer, Francisco (Frank) Switzer, born Aug. 16, 1850, married Abigail Watson Americus Valentine Switzer, born July 1853, died 1922; married Lucy Chapelle Ida May Switzer, born March 30, 1857, died Jan. 29, 1937; mar­ried Samuel R. Davis, Feb. 28, 1881 Jefferson Davis Switzer, born April 1862, died Jan. 1863 William Langley Switzer, born Jan. 1864, married Lola McCarty, decd. He is still living Items: Metellus Switzer, a son of Valentine, a son of Phillip Switzer, was born in Gallia County, Ohio, on March 30, 1825, and died in Gallipolis, Ohio, January 12, 1865. His wife, Mary Margaret Hamlin was born Nov. 14, 1826 and died Dec. 4, 1904. James Crooks Switzer, born July, 1847, died...

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Remarks on Valentine Switzer

The foregoing will was admitted to probate in Hampshire County, Vir­ginia (now West Virginia) on 14 May 19, 1817. The testator, Valentine Switzer, is the same Valentine Switzer mentioned in the Stephen Hotzenbella will as son-in-law. The wife of the said Valentine Switzer, being Mary Hotzenbella (Hot­zenpillar), a daughter of said Stephen Hotzenbella. There can be no question but the above Valentine Switzer is the father of John Switzer, who owned lands in Little Levels, Bath County, Virginia (now Pocahontas County, West Virginia) from 1800 to 1807, at which time he sold same and moved to Gallia County, Ohio, where he purchased lands in 1807 from Phillip Switzer, his brother, who preceded him to Ohio. The oldest child of John Switzer, Mary Switzer, married George W. Livesay of near Frankford, Greenbrier County, Virginia, (now West Virginia) where she died leaving sons Allen, Joseph, John (Jack), William and daughters Malinda Rodgers and Mrs. Col. John Snyder. Copies of the foregoing wills were obtained by William Franklin Switzer of Gary, Indiana, in 1938. The Valentine Switzer will was found by him in a box containing wills at Romney, the county seat of Hampshire County, West Virginia, the record of such will having been destroyed by soldiers during the Civil War. He devoted much of his time during many years of his life in tracing his ancestry, but he was never able...

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Probated Will of Valentine Switzer

In the name of God, Amen. I, Valentine Switzer, of the County of Hamp­shire, and State of Virginia, being weak in body, but of sound and perfect mind and memory, blessed be God for the same, I make and publish this my last will and testament, in manner and form, following. That is to say first: I will and desire that after my decease, that all my just debts be paid, and secondly: I will and desire that my whole estate, both real and personal shall be sold and equally divided amongst all my children, both sons and daughters, except my son Peter, and I will him one dollar out of my estate and no more. And I likewise will that my sons Phillip, John and Abraham, and my son Henry’s heirs and Valentine shall not pay any interest on the bonds that I have against them but shall be fully acquitted of the same after my decease. I likewise will that my son Henry’s widow and his children, that she had by him shall have one child part to be equally divided between them. I likewise except one bond on my son John of three hundred dollars, that he gave the twenty-third of October, one thousand eight hundred and nine. I will that he pay interest for that from the date, but no other bond that I have...

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Biography of George Mitchell

George Mitchell was the son of Rev. John Mitchell and his first wife, Catherine Margaret Teter. John Mitchell was born at Dawston, Lancashire, England, May 1, 1763, and came to America in 1774. He lived in Hampshire, Rockingham, and Harrison (later Lewis) counties, Virginia. He died April 29, 1840, and his tombstone is still standing in the old Harmony churchyard near Jane Lew, Lewis County, West Virginia, where he had “preached the Gospel forty years.” This John Mitchell, Mrs. Guernsey’s greatgrandfather, according to the records in the War Department and Pension Office, served as a private in the Virginia militia and also in Capt. James Pendleton’s eompany, First Continental Artillery. He was in battle at Petersburg and was present at the siege and surrender of Yorktown. On her father’s side Mrs. Guernsey is also descended from the Rev. Anthony Jacob Henkel, who came to this country in 1717 as one of the founders of the Lutheran Church in America. He settled in Pennsylvania and became pastor of the church at Faulkaer’s Swamp, the oldest existing Lutheran Church in the United States. Mrs. Guernsey’s ancestors on her mother’s side were pioneers in the early settlement of Maryland and Western Pennsylvania, and in addition to the Rev. John Mitchell, the following are among Mrs. Guernsey’s Revolutionary ancestors: George Teter from Virginis, Patrick McCann from Maryland, Anthony Altman, Christopher and John Harrold...

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Biographical Sketch of John W. Beavers

John W. Beavers, deceased; was born in Hampshire Co., Va., Sept. 3, 1814; he married Miss Mary A. Madden Sept. 10, 1840; she was born in Hampshire Co., Va., March 26, 1819; they had seven children, six living – Samuel M., John B., Richard R., George W., Marcellus S. and Mary E. He lived in Virginia until 1854, when he moved to Illinois, and settled about one-fourth of a mile west of the present village of Humbolt; in 1856, he moved to Iowa, and in 1857 he came to the present place; he was one of the first Road Commissioners in this township under organization; he also held the office of Supervisor for a number of years; he lived on the present place until his death, April 14, 1875. Mrs. Beavers and family all live here on the old homestead. All the children are single except Marcellus S., who married Miss Sallie A. Nicholson, of Humbolt Tp., Feb. 23,...

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