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E. Compton

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I am interested in connecting with cousins and with people from SW Virginia, and from the NC/SC border. Please don't send me private messages to discuss genealogy or WikiTree! Commenting on my profile here is a much better way to contact me. Scroll allllll the way down to the bottom and click Post New Comment. Thanks!
E. Compton
Born 1970s.
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  • Dannett Abney is a possible gateway ancestor to Europe, if his granddaughter Elizabeth Spraggins's marriage to the Scates-Cudd line can be proved.

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E. Compton participated with Team 811 during the 2017 Clean-a-Thon.
E. Compton participated with Team Virginia during the 2017 Source-a-Thon, adding 74 sources to profiles.
E. Compton participated with Southern Sourcerers during the 2018 Source-a-Thon, adding 25 sources to profiles.
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  1. I prefer to work with publicly available records pre-dating the Depression (c. 1928 and earlier). I have no desire to post family information about living people online under any level of privacy protection without their explicit and on-going permission.
  2. I do populate the date and location fields of thinly-sourced profiles with educated guesses, to aid in identifying and eliminating possible matches in database searches.
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  5. In spite of the location name suggested by the drop-down menu, I prefer to designate the United States of America as "USA" in location fields in my profiles, and not "United States", which is ambiguous. There is more than one nation calling itself the United States. Until WikiTree decides to require one form or the other, please refrain from making this edit to profiles I manage if you can, thanks!
  6. In addition to working on my family tree, I enjoy developing the profiles of people in the communities of my ancestors. To that end I have adopted and contributed to 100s of profiles I'm not related to.
  7. I am also interested in developing profiles of notables including Black american cultural and political leaders, actors from the mid-20th Century, and ministers ordained and memorialized by evangelical American churches.


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  • Botetourt County death register transcripts 1853-1870, available at Rootsweb VaGenWeb
  • The World News at, in Roanoke, covers Bedford, VA.



  • Jourdan, Elise Greenup, Greenup, Witten, Cecil, (Baltimore : Gateway Press ; Knoxville, Tennessee : E.G. Jourdan, 1989.)





  •, SCSPARTA-L Archives, search for discussions about "Cudd"



  •, "Echols Genealogy & Connected Families", Terry Echols, Updated: 2017-08-20.



  • Tyler’s Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine Volume II, Genealogical publishing Co, Inc “Genealogies of Virginia Families” 1981.
  •, Guide to Manuscript and Archived Collections in Virginia.
  • Hamner: Hamner, Ruth, Hamner: Information Compiled by Miss Ruth Hamner of Talladega, Alabama, unpublished manuscript, written in 1939, Revised in 1968; Held by Alabama State Department of Archives and History; available at





  • (Wishlist!) Outen, Lon D., The Hortons of Lynches Creek.




  • (Wishlist!) Then Along Came Joe Volume 2, Tree Art Publishers 1995, Descendants of Elizabeth Walker and John Looney, Jr., Wilma Walker Dunlap, Saint Louis, Missouri.





  • (Wishlist!) Raley, William Lindsay. The Fabric of a Family: Some Ancestors and Descendants of William Charlie Raley, Julius Goodrich Hollister, John Lindsay Lowry and Michael Miller. Winter Haven, Fla.: W.L. Raley, 1995.






  • Case, Lafayette Wallace. The Goodrich Family in America. A Genealogy of the Descendants of John and William Goodrich of Wethersfield, Conn., Richard Goodrich of Guilford, Conn., and William Goodridge of Watertown, Mass. Fergus Printing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1889, Second Date, 1984.




Hadley, Massachusetts

  • Judd, Sylvester & Boltwood, Lucius Manlius. History of Hadley (Metcalf, Amherst, Mass., 1863)

Rutherford County, North Carolina

Cabarrus County, North Carolina

  • The Samuel Rothrock diaries Salisbury, NC : Historical Committee, North Carolina Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 1994.

Chesterfield County, South Carolina

Cleveland County, North Carolina

Kershaw County, South Carolina

Spartanburg, South Carolina

  •, "Southern Roots of Pat Iverson", Updated: 2011-05-22.

Richmond, Virginia

Bedford County, Virginia

Lexington, Virginia

  • Reynolds, William W. contr. "Death Notices and Obituaries from the Valley Star, Lexington Virginia", The Virginia Genealogist Washington, DC: J. F. Dorman, 1957 - 2006; starting Vol 40 (1996) p. 249, available at (paid membership required)

Louisa County, Virginia

Lynchburg, Virginia

Rockbridge County, Virginia

  • Major, N.L. contr. "Rockbridge County Virginia Marriage Bonds and Ministers' Returns 1778-1805", from The Virginia Genealogist vols 21-24 (1977-1980), available with shared access at gdrive folder link.

Southwest Virginia

  • "Southwest VA Family Ties: The Stiltner Family", undated (archived Jan 2020)
  • "The Witten Fort" by Karen Salisbury, 1 April 2001.
  • Joel Hager's Southern West Virginia Research, Updated: 2015-03-01. No sources.
  • Bell, Annie W. B. Virginia Genealogies and County Records (Washington D.C.) available at Vol 2 (1941); Vol 6 (c. 1943).
  • Hunter, Lula Hankins, GED2HTML Tree created 18 February 1997. No sources.
  •, "McDowell and Wyoming Co, WV Families and Individuals," Prepared by: Larry E. Smith, 25 Feb 2017.

South Carolina


West Virginia

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For my pre-1500 cert application: Was George Marchbanks who wrote a will in 1740 from which many descendants trace their ancestry, the same George Marjoribanks who was transported as a Jacobite Rebel in 1716? direct link to this edit

Several sources document the life of Oscar "Squire" Duff. direct link to this edit

The story of John G. Duff is more difficult to work out. direct link to this edit

The profile of Clarke Worsham is primary sources about her family supported by her appearance on the census with her relations and in-laws.

The profile of Rev. John Blair Ward (1857-1928) shows how newspaper accounts can supplement the official records for a more complete picture of the ancestor's life.

Cleaned up merges (DBE 811) on Benjamin Lampree and made linkified inline citations to support the data already present. No additional research, just wikifying the info that was there. direct link to this edit.

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Hi, I am a direct descendant of Hiram Compton born 1800 Tazewell, VA/d. 1874 Lawrence Co., KY and his first wife Jenny Shannon. I was curious if you are related to Hiram's line or another line of COMPTON's? I have taken the 23andme, Ancestry, and FTDNA tests, and I also, had my male Compton first cousin take a Y-DNA Y111 through FTDNA and he was place within the COMPTON DNA STUDY GROUP, that proved him to be a direct descendant of John Compton II and Elinor McGuire. Hiram is my 3x great grandfather. His brother James Moore Compton moved into Lawrence Co., KY, too. He married Ellen Chapman. My grandfather was born and raised in Ulysses, Lawrence Co., KY and my father was born a county over. I live in WV. I have been fortunate to visit the old Hiram Compton Homeplace and cemetery and take photos. Beautiful old farm.
posted by Sandi Compton
Hi Sandy, I am a descendant of Benjamin Wallace Compton of Buchanan County. I haven't seen good evidence of Benjamin W's relationship to Hiram, so I'm not sure. I think this blog post is a good summary of the descendancy puzzle

How fortunate you are to have been able to visit an old home place for the Compton families!

posted by E. Compton
E., thank you.

You're correct, there is no biological relationship between HIRAM COMPTON (b. 1800 VA/d. 1874 KY) and your Benjamin W. Compton. The only common factor is that they both came from the same region in Virginia. I am very familiar with Brett Compton's research. He has been very helpful in establishing and discerning the fact that the Tazewell, VA COMPTON's (my line) and the Russell/Buchanan Co., VA COMPTON's are not of the same family line.

As I stated in my previous post, my line has been proven with documentation and backed up with DNA...... specifically my COMPTON line is Y-DNA haplogroup I-M253. There are, also, male descendants of THOMAS COMPTON within the FTDNA COMTPON Y-DNA STUDY group, and their line has been proven to have a different Y-DNA haplogroup, being R-M269. Benjamin Wallace Compton has a direct male descendant listed, as having been the one to have taken the test and proven his line, and this descendant fell under the same haplogroup for other proven/documented male descendants of THOMAS COMPTON b.1787/d. 1858 Pike Co., KY.

I have persuaded a COMPTON male from Pike Co., KY to take the Y-DNA test through FTDNA and we're currently waiting for his results. He is documented to be a descendant of Leander Lee Compton of Russell, VA that moved into Pike Co., Kentucky, (and Leander has been proven by Brett Compton via documentation, that he was son of THOMAS COMPTON). Now, this male's Y-DNA will help confirm that Leander Lee Compton was the son of Thomas. Many have tried to tie Leander to my ancestor John Compton II's son, John Compton the Third of Tazewell, VA. (Hiram Compton's older brother).

I am eternally grateful for Brett's hard work. Tara Wallace Maggard has been a great help, too.

I'll inform you of the latest results of the Pike Co., KY Compton male, when I learn of it. I believe he is your distant cousin.

Thanks so very much.

posted by Sandi Compton
Thank you for your link to:

Lynchburg, Virginia Cabell, Margaret Couch, Sketches and recollections of Lynchburg, (Richmond, C. H. Wynne : 1858).

I was not aware of this invaluable book.

I am going to add this source to several of my Lynchburg VA profiles.

Best, Richard J, Amherst Co. Virginia

Hi E,

As you may have seen, we have been doing some restructuring in the US Southern Colonies Project and are now organising ourselves into different teams. We have also changed the criteria for membership. Please have a look at the new project pages, and let me know whether you would like to remain in the project and, if so, which team(s) you would like to be in.

Please can you also send me your e-mail address. I can then make sure you are introduced to your Team Leaders and are in the Google Group.

Please note that it is a requirement for membership in the US Southern Colonies Project that you respond to these check-ins. We’re really excited for the future of the project and hope that you decide to be a part of it with us moving forwards.

Many thanks,

Susie, US Southern Colonies Project Co-Leader

Hi E

Thank you for participating in the Data Doctor weekly Challenge - for Orphan profiles. Every suggestion you cleared made our Tree that much better. The Data Doctor Team and the WikiTree community appreciates the work you are doing. Look forward to seeing join us for the next challenge.

Janet Wild

A Data Doctor Project Coordinator - Member of the WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Hello, E,

We are sorry to lose you as a member of the Categorization Project, but we understand that life gets busy and interests shift. Please know that you will always be welcome to rejoin the project in the future if you wish.

Thank you so much for your participation; we genuinely appreciate it.

Deb ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Deb (Lewis) Durham
Hi E!!

Thank you so much for responding to our check-in. We are delighted that you wish to continue contributing to the Southern Pioneers and have ancestors in S. Colonies. Below is a quick checklist for active members:

1) Checked the Southern Pioneers Project for ways to contribute.

2) Add Southern_Pioneers TAG to the tags you follow. (You have S Colonies)

3) PM'ed the project leaders with your email address to be added to the Google Group.

Please try Stickers on profiles to show your roots and Southern Colonies Stickers.

I am marking you as active.

Thank you!

Mary ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Mary Richardson
Hi E.,

On behalf of the US Southern Colonies Project Leaders I am doing a six-month check-in with members to see if you were Active in US Southern Colonies

1) Were you active in the recent months in Southern Colonies. What contributions ?

2) Have you joined other Southern Colonies Subprojects, such as Southern Pioneers Project. Or have you worked on other subprojects?

3) Your activity in Southern Pioneers Project.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Mary ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Mary Richardson
I see your point about the Tazewell Annals, but I've run into errors in county histories before. And it says that the Bandy who gave the information was going to provide more, but died before he could.

I'll just work the younger lines while you think about it. I'd rather not duplicate the older children.

posted by Nan (Lambert) Starjak
I appreciate the work you have done adding profiles to the New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery Category!!
posted by Paula J
For adding categories in preparation for the 200 year anniversary of New Prospect Baptist Church, you deserve a Generous Genealogist Badge! Thank you!!
posted by Paula J
Hello E,

It appears we have a lot of common ancestors. Thank you for the merge recommendations! I'm new to wiki tree, so feel free to let me know if you have any pointers for me.

Thanks, Joyce

posted by Joyce Graham
E., Congratulations. By writing and improving 10 biographies in the Biography Builders Challenge, you are qualified to display our Achievement Sticker. Just add
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E. has written and improved ten profiles for the Biography Builders Challenge.
to your profile. Keep up the good work.

Thanks, Bob

posted by Bob Keniston Jr.
Hi E,

A very special thank you for all your help and an apology for the confusion I've caused.

posted by Norma (Paxton) Harris
Hi E,

I’m Natalie, leader of the Categorization Project. Please have a look at the revamped Categorization Project page, specifically about the new team approach. Members will be now be part of the Maintenance Team. Project Liaisons and leaders will be involved in the Vision and Collaboration team. Please contact me within the next week to let me know if you would like to remain an active member of the project. If I don’t hear back from you I will assume you no longer want to be a part of the Categorization Project. Thanks, Natalie

posted by Natalie (Durbin) Trott