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Racey Family News: "The Raceys of the Shenandoah Valley"

Updated October 29, 2001

Gail E. Racey Riether

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The revised version of "The Raceys of the Shenandoah Valley" is nearing completion. Projected date for sale has changed to January 2002.

If you are descended from John Luke and Elizabeth Aiken Racey, this book is a must for you. It will be a wonderful keepsake to pass on to future generations. The book will be in two volumes. Each volume can be purchased separately. Price has not yet been determined. Please e-mail me to be placed on the mailing list.

John Luke Racey was christened 4 November 1750 at St. Martin at Oak Church, Norwich, Norfolk County, England. He set sail from London, England on the ship "Snow Sally" arriving in the Colonies August 1773. John Luke eventually made his way to Virginia, married Elizabeth Aiken, and raised a family in the Shenandoah Valley.

Volume One:

The narrative story of John Luke Racey and his descendants follows them through the Revolutionary War, migration to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, migration of some of the family to Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, the Civil War that tore the family apart, the Reconstruction years in Virginia that brought healing, the Great Depression, Prohibition, and concludes in the 1920s. There is a 5-generation genealogy chapter and a photo album. Indexed.

Volume Two:

Genealogy information through 11 generations for over 3,000 individuals. Also includes census data, military, places of residence, migration, special interests, religion, and obituaries for many deceased family members. No photos. Indexed. This book will not be available until March 2002.

Author: Gail Racey Riether.
Wayne Smith, a "Racey cousin" wrote the Civil War chapter. He is a Civil war buff and personally researched at the National Archives, every Racey, North and South, who fought in the Civil War. He traveled to almost every battlefield where Raceys fought. This promises to be a great chapter.

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