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Eastern Kentucky Genealogy ( West Virginia & Virginia too)

Updated October 23, 2004

Laura Brown McKenzie

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More Eastern Kentucky Genealogy and data about my Eastern Kentucky family can be found at:

My mother is the West Virginian and my father is the East Kentuckian. This site is intended to help others researching the same families that I am. My information is a work in progress and contains errors. I am glad to hear about corrections. Please do not publish my information in any type of format.

I am researching the following Eastern Kentucky Counties:
**Morgan County Kentucky
**Johnson County Kentucky
**Lawrence County Kentucky with a Lawrence County Kentucky Genealogy webpage at:
**Greenup County Kentucky w/ a KyGenWEb site for Greenup County Kentucky Genealogy Webpage at:
as well as Boyd Magoffin Martin Estill and Pike County Kentucky.

I am researching the following West Virginia Counties: Kanawha, Monroe, Hampshire And in Virginia my family lived in Scott, Frederick, Farquier, Tazewell and other counties.

I am currently focusing on the Elder Daniel WILLIAMS family of Morgan County Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky BROWN families (I have five Brown lines based mostly in Morgan County Kentucky), AUXIER family history, the OSBORN and BAYS families of Eastern Kentucky, on the Cherokee SMITHS of NC, VA and Ohio, and on the VAN HOOSE - BRYAN family.

Please see my links below to find much more information on Eastern Kentucky Browns, Eastern Kentucky Williams and Van Hooses. All three Eastern Kentucky surnames have their own sites devoted to the cooperative research of those Big Sandy Valley families.

I am also the listowner of the Eastern Kentucky genealogy lists and as well as for the surnames Surface, Bays, Hurst, Fairchild, Fugate, Blanton and Remy. You are welcome to join us!

Be sure to write me at for more information on these Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia and Virginia families:

Bays, Hurst, Remy, Hamilton, Hill, Lemaster, Ferguson, Williams, Blanton, Pelfrey, Preston, Van Hoose, Bryan, Brown, Auxier, Craig, Jones, Davis, Fairchild, Fugate, Bays, Osborn, Justice, Cary, Friend, Cherokee Smiths, Surface, Sines, Dillon, Taylor, Hall, Wiseman, Tackett, Robinette, Milam, Harford, Berry, Matthews, Wood, Dillon, and MANY more!

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  • Laura's Family (975 KB)
    A work in progress! Please report errors to me at If you have found my information helpful or if you have any questions, let me know!

Family Photos

  • Elizabeth Bays Friend (3 KB)
    Elizabeth is my greatgreatgrandmother and wife of John Perry Friend. Elizabeth might be the daughter of William and Ruth Osborn Bays of Floyd County Kentucky who were married in Scott Co Va but also resided in Johnson County Kentucky. I would love to add to the Genealogy of Elizabeth.
  • Uncle Bud (47 KB)
    Herbert Brown Jr s/o Cordie and Caroline Justice Brown. Grandson of Joanne Williams and Edward Lewis Brown of Morgan County Kentucky and Mae Friend and George Benjamin Justice of Lawrence County Kentucky. He was a WWII Vet and a railroad engineer. He was also my genealogy buddy and I miss him terribly.
  • Mom Sines, my greatgreatgrandmother (2 KB)
    Louise (Henrietta) Smith Sines d/o John/Frank Smith and Augusta Harford Smith. Mom Sines lived with me when I was 8. She was born in Gallia Co OH and her family was from SW Virginia. She is a possible grandaughter of Shorten Smith and Elizabeth Robinette. Allied names are Milam, Fletcher, Whitt and Lester
  • Elizabeth Bays Friend - as an older woman (10 KB)
    Elizabeth is my greatgreatgrandmother and wife of John Perry Friend. Elizabeth might be the daughter of William and Ruth Osborn Bays of Floyd County. (John Perry Friend was s/o John Friend and Rachel Brown of Floyd County Kentucky and Monroe Co WV. Rachel d/o Samuel Brown and Frances Crow. John s/o Charles Friend and Rachel Tackett.)
  • Mae Friend Perhaps? (7 KB)
    Mae d/o John Perry friend and Elizabeth Osborn Bays Friend. Mae spouse of George Benjamin Justice resided in Lawrence County Kentucky.
  • Naomi Lemaster Holbrook b. 1865 (12 KB)
    Aunt Naomi was sister to my grgrgrandmother, Mary Lemaster Blevins. I do not have a photo of Mary but I think Naomi was a beauty even in her older years!
  • Unknown gr.grandmother.... may be Elizabeth Bays (20 KB)
    I think this is just a mirror picture of Elizabeth Osborn Bays Friend. Elizabeth may be the daughter of William and Ruth Osborn Bays of Floyd County Kentucky (married in Scott County) or she may be of the Osburn family that migrated to Tahlequah. I would love to add her information to the rest of my Eastern Kentucky genealogy information.
  • Dorothy Sines Dillon (7 KB)
    Daughter of Charles and Louise Smith Sines. Dorothy's husband, Frank, died of pnuemonia after he jumped into the Kanawha to save a drowning man. Dorothy was left a widow with a toddler and resided in Kanawha County Wv.
  • My dad's parents (16 KB)
    Eleanor Caroline Justice Brown and Cordie Herbert Brown. Eleanor d/o George Benjamin Justice and Mae Friend Justice. Cordie s/o Edward Lewis Brown and Joanne Williams Brown. The Justices resided in Louisa, Lawrence County Kentucky. The Browns resided in Relief, Morgan County Kentucky.
  • Elizabeth Bays Friend Death Certificate (34 KB)
    I really really would like to know about Elizabeth if anyone can help. Her daughter Mae's death (also here) has more information about her. Elizabeth resided in Floyd County, Johnson County and then Lawrence County Kentucky.
  • Ambrose Pelfrey, brother to my Sarah Pelfrey Wms (74 KB)
    Ambrose and children and wife.
  • Mae Friend Justice's Death Certificate (95 KB)
    I really really would like to know about Mae's mother Elizabeth if anyone can help. Mae's certificate says her mother is a Bays but is that a maiden name or a name of a widow? The certificate was made out in Lawrence County Kentucky.
  • Mom Brown (6 KB)
    My grandmother Eleanor Caroline Justice Brown d/o George Benjamin Justice and Mae Friend of Lawrence County Kentucky. Grandparents Ary Cary and Samuel Berry Justice (Lawrence County) and Elizabeth Osborn Bays and John Perry Friend (Johnson, Floyd and Lawrence County). Ruth Friend Hatcher (Mae's sister) raised Mom Brown.
  • Cary, Bays or Friend? (16 KB)
    We just don't know who this is. She looks similar to Mae Friend Justice in another photo at this site. She could also be Elizabeth Friend or Ary Cary Justice (w/o Samuel Berry Justice and d/o Benjamin Cary). If you know, please contact me.
  • Lydia is the d/o Levi s/o John and Mary Bryan VH (38 KB)
    Lydia VanHoose the daughter of Levi and grandaughter of Col. John Vanhoose, Lydia is George John's grandmother and 1st cousin to my grgrgrandmther Onieda Van Hoose. Lydia married Robert Mead of Floyd County, Kentucky.
  • George Justice of Louisa, Lawrence County, KY (27 KB)
    George is s/o Samuel Berry Justice and Ary Cary Justice. His spouse was Mae Friend
  • Aunt Anna Hamilton (9 KB)
    Anna is the sister of Sarah Hamilton Hill d/o Benjamin and Moon Hamilton of Moon near Relief in Morgan County Kentucky. Ben's pension states he is a "Cherokee Agent" during the Revolutionary war and Moon is reportedly Cherokee. They lived on the Holsten River before migrating to Morgan County Kentucky. (Cherokees in Kentucky! ) I descend from Anna's sister twice through her daughter Celia Hill Williams and Nancy Bell Hill Brown, both of Morgan County Kentucky.
  • Edward Lewis + Joanne Williams Brown (20 KB)
    Joanne d/o William W and Sarah Pelfrey Williams of Morgan County Kentucky. Grandaughter of Elliot and Onieda Van Hoose Williams of Morgan County and Amanda Lacy and Amos Pelfrey of Morgan County Kentucky. Edward Lewis s/o Edward Brown and Mary Lemaster. Grandaparents are Nancy Hill and Edward Brown and Sarah Blanton and George Lemaster of Morgan and Johnson County Kentucky.
  • Charles McClain Sines + family (10 KB)
    Charles McClain "Daddy Chuck" Sines, Alan Sines, Louise Smith Sines and granddaughter
  • Ary Justice Ferguson and Flora Friend (8 KB)
    Ary is my grandmother's sister and Flora Friend Chapman my grandmother's cousin. The pictures was taken in Lawrence County Kentucky.
  • Dorothy Sines Dillon (31 KB)
    Daughter of Charles McClain "Daddy Chuck" Sines and Louise Smith Sines and spouse of Franklin Hubert Dillon. Dorothy is pictured here on her husband's sheet music
  • My mother's mother (2 KB)
    Kathleen Majory Dillon Willis b. 1926 d/o Dorothy Sines and Frank Hubert Dillon and Grandaughter of Louise Smith and Charles Sines and Gertrude (?Glenn?) and Napolean Dillon all of Kanawha County WV.

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