Doddridge County Roots

A West Virginia Genealogy

Family: George WILLARD / Sudna LOWTHER (F12291)  [1

m. 24 Aug 1827


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  • Father | Male
    George WILLARD

    Born  1789   
    Died  CA 1834  Oxford, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  (UNMARKED GRAVE)  Flanagan Cemetery (CR 22, south of White Oak & Berea), Ritchie Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location
    Married  24 Aug 1827  [2]  Harrison Co, (W)VA  [2] Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  George WILLARD | F17423 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Elizabeth HUME | F17423 Group Sheet 

    Mother | Female
    Sudna LOWTHER

    Born  Apr 1792  West Milford, Harrison Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  20 Apr 1872   
    Buried    Pullman Cemetery, Pullman, Ritchie Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  William LOWTHER | F11104 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Margaret MORRISON | F11104 Group Sheet 

    Child 1 | Female
    Margaret E. WILLARD

    Born  CA 1827   
    Died  Bef Jun 1870   
    Buried     
    Spouse  Wilson WATSON | F7664 
    Married  4 Sep 1851  Ritchie Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 2 | Female
    Charlotte WILLARD

    Born  28 May 1834  Virginia (now West Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  15 Apr 1917  Pullman, Ritchie Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Pullman Cemetery, Pullman, Ritchie Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Marshall A. NEAL | F17425 
    Married  14 Nov 1852  Ritchie Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 3 | Female
    Rebecca N. WILLARD

    Born  1835  Harrison Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  1877   
    Buried    Auburn Community Cemetery, Ritchie Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  William Ranfin BROWN | F12290 
    Married  2 Oct 1855  Ritchie Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location

  • Notes 
    • 1830 Census, Harrison County (Western District), Virginia (now West Virginia):
      George Willard - head of household
      1 male 20-29 George Willard (age discrepancy)
      1 female under 5 Margaret Willard (born 1827)
      1 female 5-9 Unidentified daughter *
      1 female 30-39 Sudna Lowther Willard (born 1792)

      * It has been postulated that Sudna Lowther may have had a child prior to her 1827 marriage to George Willard, which would account for the older daughter in this enumeration. Circumstantially, it is quite possible that the unidentified daughter is Rulina Lowther, b. 1825 in Harrison County, who married Eli Morris Gaston in 1846. In July 2020, DNA testing showed a 4th-to-6th cousin relationship between the 6th-great-granddaughter of Col. William Lowther (b. 1742, grandfather of Sudna) and the 3rd-great-grandson of Rulina Lowther, whose parentage at that time was not known. Placing Rulina Lowther as the daughter of Sudna, the actual relationship is as predicted by the DNA testing, 6th cousins once removed.

      After her husband's early death, Sudna Lowther Willard moved to Ritchie County and lived with her parents. She and her three Willard daughters are accounted for in the 1840 Census of Williams Lowther's household, and older daughter Rulina Lowther is likely also in the census of that household.

      1850 Census, Ritchie Co, Virginia (now West Virginia), enumerated on Sep 5 1850:
      Sudna Willard, 58; Margaret E, 23; Charlotte, 16.

      In 1860 and 1870, Sudna Willard was in the household of her daughter, Rebecca (Willard) Brown, in Ritchie County. [3]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1583] Marriage record of daughter.

    2. [S1792] Harrison County WV Marriages 1785-1894, (Wes Cochran, 2515 10th Ave, Parkersburg, WV 26101 (1985)).

    3. [S293] History of Ritchie County, Minnie Kendall Lowther, (1911, reprinted 1999, McClain Printing Co, Parsons WV, http://McClainPrinting.com).