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A homepage for exploring local history and genealogy. Our priority is migration routes of North America, western West Virginia
(especially Cabell County ) and north-central Kentucky ( Nicholas County . See early migration atlases. We will offer research
, and locations for local materials.




A homepage for exploring local history and genealogy. Our priority is migration routes of North America, western West Virginia (especially Cabell County ) and north-central Kentucky ( Nicholas County . See early migration atlases.We will offer research materials, and locations for local materials

Cabell County , West Virginia lies along the Ohio River . At one time was the western most county in Virginia and virtually all of the area south of the Kanawha River . Guyandotte was the first county seat 1809-1813; Barboursville served from 1814 to 1887 when county government was moved to its present location, Huntington . During the Civil War period 1863-1865 Court returned to Guyandotte for a brief time.

  Cabell County genealogy:
Cabell 1809
Logan/Mingo 1824
Wayne 1842
Putnam 1848
Boone 1849
Lincoln 1867

Cabell 1809 (parent to 6 other counties)
from Kanawah 1788
from Montgomery 1776 (never Greenbrier)
from Botetourt 1760
from Augusta 1738

Our research materials are before 1863 and the creation of West Virginia .

All materials are copyrighted.

Permission to duplication or reproduce, except for a single copy for personal use, should be obtained in writing from the author.

U.S.mail : Carrie Eldridge 3118 CR 31 Big Branch Chesapeake , OH 45619


Lectures by Carrie Eldridge

Workshops to fit your requirements.
Sessions 45 minutes to one hour.


Applachian Trails leading to the Ohio River
The earliest migration routes. Learn why the pioneer was forced to trail south by south- west instead of due west. Why was he looking for "Kaintuck."
Southern Trails Populate the Old South
Once the pioneer crossed the Appalachian Mountains , where did he go? Who went south, what stood in their way, why do records say "GTT."
Westward from New England
There was a lot of expansion room in New England . Why did the people begin to move west, and how did they get there ?
Trails that Settled the Great West
Follow the pioneer to California , Oregon , Texas , the southwest and plains of the Dakotas .
Migration Trails of Early America
One combined lecture of the first four topics.
The Extinct Town
How was it lost, relocating that town.
Maps Galore
Maps should be lifeblood of genealogical research.
A Left Hand Furrow
What it Meant to be a farmer.
Lost Cemetery?
Considerations used by the pioneer to locate the cemetery can help located lost sites. Learn what questions to ask.
Maps Galore
Maps should be lifeblood of genealogical research.
Water and the Pioneer
Life, transportation, limitations.
Private Records
Finding and using additional resources.
The Manumitted Slaves of Sampson Sanders
Content to be added later.
Content to be added later.


Other subjects available upon request.

Lecture information

All materials covered by copyright.

Carrie Eldridge 3118 CR 31 Big Branch - Chesapeake, OH 45619 614-867-8090



Migration on the frontier


You need to see where your pioneers were in order to find out HOW they went.

This series of atlases helps you follow your ancestors as they hiked across the frontier. 

A study of the earliest pioneer trails, crossing the Blue Ridge in Virginia , south from Pennsylvania into the great valley of Virginia & the Carolinas and west into Kentucky country heading for the Ohio River . Covers years 1750 -1800.

The largest group of immigrants settling in America were of German descent, but discovering your German ancestors can be a real hassle. If you can get past the language problem, you are still faced with different religions, different customs and different places of birth. There was not even a single nation called Germany before 1870 when many of your ancestors left Europe . This atlas provides maps, worth thousands of words, to help you through the elimination project of time and place for both Europe and America in your German research.




Showing the trails into western Carolinas , Tennessee and the territory south toward Texas territory and along the Mississippi . The second area of settlement between 1780 and 1810 was away from the Ohio River region.

This atlas discusses the New England migration pattern as it developed after 1800.


Most settlers felt the "final frontier" lay beyond the Mississippi River . By 1820 much of the eastern half of America had been explored and was being settled. This atlas follows the pioneer as he crossed the Mississippi River and rushed to the west coast, covering twice the distance in twenty years that his ancestors had covered in the prior 200 years of exploration and settlement.

Trails from the East, South and North all reached the Ohio Valley just after the American Revolution. 1800 to 1850 was spent settling and improving the region between the Appalachians and the Mississippi Valleys as hardy pioneers, eastern businessmen and industrious immigrants gathered in the area to create a new America .

A collection of five 11x17 maps of the VA, NC, KY, TN, & OH with a genealogy of Virginia counties. Quite helpful to keep an inventory of your relatives home counties.

Multiple item orders received reduced postage.

An Atlas of German Migration and America

Follow your German ancestors as they prepare for their trip by crossing Germany to the ocean where they shipped out to America . Where were the European ports, where did they land and settled in America ? With German migration, time is as importance as place.

11 x 17 - 42 pages spiral bound $19.50 plus $5 p&h    ISBN 1-928979-44-0


An Atlas of Trails West of the Mississippi

This atlas is the fourth in the migration series. This book discusses the trails that connected the Mississippi River to the west coast and all those places in-between.

11 x 17 40 pages spiral bound $19.50 plus $5 p&h      ISBN 1-928979-38-6


 An Atlas of Settlement Between the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi/Missouri Valleys 1760-1880

The final atlas of the migration series, this book shows when and where each group advanced from the Appalachians to the Ohio River Valley, the pushed onward to the Mississippi and Missouri area before tackling the Great Plains.

11 x 17  -54 pages spiral bound $19.50 plus $5 p&h    ISBN 1-928979-42-4


Cabell County VA/WV Order Book of the Overseers of the Poor 1814-1861

Look at Cabell County over a period of fifty years. Lists deaths not mentioned elsewhere as well as doctors, coffin makers and merchants.

spiral bound 93 pages   $15.00 plus $5 p&h ISBN 1-928979-29-7

Cabell County, VA/WV Land for Tax Purposes 1861 - 1865 and 1857 - 58 Rule Book


Cabell County, VA/WV Land for Tax Purposes 1861 - 1865 and 1857 - 58 Rule Book

Add to your information on Cabell County with these book created just prior to the Civil War.

spiral bound 118 pages $15.00 plus $4 p&h ISBN 1-928979-36-X



This is a list of the soldiers from Cabell County showing which army they fought for. Almost every male between 10 and 50 (in 1860) fought for the Cause. Which side was your ancestor shooting from?

spiral bound 48 pages $10.00 plus $4 p&h ISBN 1-928979-37-8

All books are indexed, and in loose leaf binder. Postage & handling $4 per item, contact for multiply book order.


Snail-mail - Carrie Eldridge 3118 CR 31 Chesapeake, OH 45619

PLEASE ADD postage $5 per item - p&h reduced for multiple item order

Cabell Marriages 1809-1850, 47pp
Cabell Will Book 1 1820-184,88pp
Deed Book 1 - 1808-1814,55pp
Deed Book 2 - 1814-1819,66pp
Deed Book 3 - 1819-1824,94pp
Deed Book 4 - 1824-1829,67pp
Deed Book 5 - 1830-1835,66pp
Cabell Fee Book 1826-1839,60pp
Cabell Superior Court 1843-1848,42pp
Abstract of Minute & Law Order Books 1809-1815 of Cabell County VA/WV, 57pp
Cabell Minute Book 3 1826-1835
Note: Minute Book 2 is missing
Cabell Overseers of the Poor 1814-1861,93pp
Cabell land for Tax Purposes 1861-1865 plus Rule Book 1857-1858, 118pp
Extinct Towns of Cabell
A gazetteer with community histories - Includes 24"x36" wall map
Cabell Fee Book 1826-1839
Cabell Superior Court 1843-1848
Torn Apart – Cabell County in the Civil War
Cabell County Cemeteries in 3 volumes with locator map
Volume 1 - north of US 60, 183pp
Volume 2 - south of US 60, 220pp
Volume 3 - Huntington, 195pp
Personal Diaries of William F. Dusenberry of Cabell County 1856 & 1871
Cabell families about time of Civil war, 213pp
Greenbottom Baptist Church Minutes 1836-1853, 146pp
Cabell County's EMPIRE FOR FREEDOM - The Manumission of Sampson Sanders Slaves, 164pp
Census records
Cabell Census Locator 1810-1850 with 24"x 36" map,260pp
1860 Cabell Census,182pp
1870 Cabell Census,143pp $22.00
These census are as taken by enumerators - NOT ANNOTATED



Tucked away in northcentral Ohio , Nicholas County was a "pass through" county in 1800. Located astraddle the famous Limestone Pike (the road connected Lexington and Limestone now Maysville), the road felt the footsteps of thousands who came through Cumberland Gap and then continued into southern Ohio .

Present day boundaries are the Licking River on the north and Hinkston Creek on the south. Originally, it was 1/3 again as large in its formation period.

Bounded by counties of Bourbon, Harrison, Robertson, Fleming and Bath . At one time it also had boundaries with Mason and Bracken counties.





Nicholas County is an important study area because the famous Limestone/Lexington Pike runs through the county and it was also the site of the Revolutionary battle site of Blue Licks. At the Ohio River the Pike connected to Zanes Trace which ran NE across Ohio connecting to Wheeling and Pittsburgh .


An interesting connection exists between north central Kentucky and Cabell County , VA /WV. Apparently surveyors in western Virginia moved onto the Licking River area of Kentucky about 1810. Over the next 20 years, these men sold their Virginia ( Cabell County ) land to neighbors in the Nicholas County area. There are too many similar surnames for settlement to have been an accident. (The main one was John Pierce Duvall who willed lands to his various children. A daughter Nancy, had lands in Cabell County , son Maureen, had land in the Nicholas area.)


My mother's family (on both sides) was born and raised in the north west corner of present day Nicholas County . The area around Saltwell, Headquarters and Needmore Cemetery was settled by: Allison, Marshall, Thomas, Bramlett, Gaunce, Mann, Wells, Wiggins, Collins and other families who figure into my genealogy.


Abstracting Nicholas County records has been one of my goals for many years because all other sources of information have failed to yield my family connections.

I know that piece of information is in the Nicholas Court House, I just have to find it.


Since I am a distance researcher and have limited time in Nicholas County , the first books I have abstracted are the "Stray" books, although I would prefer to do deeds.

The Stray Books (lost animals) span almost 75 years. They tell who lived where and when they were in the county. The early books can be used to supplement the missing census information prior to 1820.


Please include postage $5 per item

Some "Stray" Books of Nicholas County - 3 books
Book 1 - 1801-1813 68pp
Book 2 - 1813-1819 62pp
Book 3 - 1820-1870 65pp
Sheriff's "Executions" Book 1801-1878
These books can be combined and will soon be offered as a single book by
Heritage Books Publishers.
Nicholas County taxes 1800-1811
Included is the index for Nicholas History

names mean nothing until they are connected to a place
your ancestors were from

and went



Maps allow any researcher to position a family at a certain location and then track the members of that family as they go out into the world. Genealogists must be good geographers if they want to be successful.





Cabell County was the western most county of Virginia when first created. When West Virginia became a state in 1863, a considerable portion of Cabell had already been created into new counties. The Ohio River was the northern boundary, the Big Sandy River flowed along its western edge separating the county from Kentucky and the eastern and southern boundary lines were imaginary man-made lines drawn when Montgomery County and Botetourt County were formed.





ELDERKIN books has Several maps. there are also 24"x 36" wall maps available. Cost $5.00 each
Wall maps: extinct towns of of cabell county, west virginia

Cabell county cemeteries

Cabell county census locator

Virginia & West Virginia county formation all Virginia counties shown as they developed


11 x 17 Virginia & West Virginia County Formation
11 x 17 Kentucky County Formation
11 x 17 Ohio County Formation
11 x 17 North Carolina County Formation
11 x 17 Tennessee County Formation
All maps, plus chart of Virginia county genealogy in booklet $10