Roanoke County, Virginia Genealogy Trails



     George Garst, in his day, one of the most widely known of Roanoke County’s citizenship, was born in Franklin County, Virginia, November 15th, 1821, being a son of Jacob and Tamsy Garst. He was one of five children born to them, there being three sons and two daughters.
     As a young man he chose to be a miller by trade, and began life at the Bonbrook Mills in Franklin County. He then located at the Deyerle Mill in Roanoke County, some three or four miles southwest of Big Lick, now Roanoke. After some years he became the owner of this valuable mill property which is still operated by his son, Jacob Garst. 
     He married first, Mary Ann Linkenhoker, and to them five children were born: Elizabeth, who died at eighteen years; John Henry, who left home soon after Lee’s surrender and was never heard from; Taylor, who died last year in Patrick County; Fannie, married Jacob Bittenger, resides in Chicago, Julia, married Ballard P. Linkenhoker. His wife died May 21st, 1854.
     George Garst married secondly, Mary Frances Lockett on June 14th, 1855. To this union ten children were born as follows: Jacob Benjamin; Jane Anne, married to W. T. Lockett, now deceased; Forest J. and Jack, who reside at Boone Mill, Franklin County, Virginia; Susan Mildred, married to George Haislip, Charles William, resides in Botetourt County, Virginia; Eliza K. Neal, married to James A. Peters, resides in Roanoke, Maggie Lewis, married to W. G. Leslie, both deceased; Robert L. died in Alabama, and Frank Garst, the latter residing with his mother at the old home place.
     Jacob Benjamin Garst, who married Sue Peters, has a most interesting family of eleven children, there being eight daughters and three sons. He operates the Garst Mill and a large tomato canning establishment and resides in a modern home near the mill.
     Frank Garst married Julia Sink of Franklin County, and seven children have been born to this union, two of whom are dead. Beside the numerous living children of the late George Garst, who died July 3rd, 1890, he is survived by a large number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
     The family has been prominent in the development of Roanoke County for more than half a century.
Transcribed by: Peggy Luce

     David William Good, the subject of this sketch is the largest and most important packer of canned goods in Roanoke County, and operates at Starkey Station, seven miles south of Roanoke, under the name of Shenandoah Packing Company, putting up the famous Shenandoah brands of tomatoes, apples, beans, and sweet potatoes. The business was organized seven years ago with D. Saylor Good, brother of the proprietor, as a partner. One year later, D. William Good purchased his brother’s interest. The Shenandoah Packing Company puts up annually about eleven thousand cases of canned goods, and it is the intention during the present year to increase the output to twenty thousand cases. His post office is Farland, Virginia.
     Mr. Good was born in Shenandoah County, Virginia, January 15th, 1867 and as a boy worked on his father’s farm and attended the county schools. He afterwards attended Bridgewater College and took a commercial course at a business college in Valparaiso, Indiana. In 1888 he located at Roanoke, where for a period of seventeen years he was engaged in the wholesale and brokerage business. Being eminently successful, he saw greater opportunities in the packing business, and at once established a large sanitary packing plant with ample railroad siding for the conduct of the business, and began putting up meritorious goods of excellent quality, which at all times command the highest prices in the open market.
     D. William Good is one of ten children born to Samuel and Sarah (Wampler) Good, his father being a native of Rockingham County, Virginia and of German ancestry. In 1896 he married Jessie Potter, daughter of M. G. and Mahala Potter, of Sheldon, Illinois and who died in 1901. He married secondly, in October 1902, Lizzie Murphy, daughter of John F. and Sarah Murphy, of Amsterdam, Botetourt County, Virginia. To this union the following children have been born: Elizabeth Gertrude, William Frederick, Grace Rebecca and Annie Ruth.
Transcribed by: Peggy Luce

The subject of this sketch was born at the "Homestead," Bedford County, Virginia, July 28th, 1839, and died in Washington, D. C., while under treatment, July 15th, 1894.
Dr. Gray received his academic education at the Piedmont Institute and Westwood Military Academy. His medical education was acquired at the University of Virginia, the Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia, the Virginia Medical College of Virginia and the Richmond Medical College at Richmond, graduating in I860.
He was Assistant Surgeon in the Confederate Army and was connected with the 13th Louisiana and the 21st Mississippi Infantry, under General Beauregard. Dr. Gray was regarded as one of the most successful surgeons of the army and for meritorious conduct in the battle of Sharpsburg was recommended by the Army Medical Board for promotion and was made surgeon with the rank of Major, January 14th, 1864.
In 1866 Dr. Gray was married to Edmonia Woltz, daughter of Ferdinand Woltz, who was Clerk of the Botetourt County Court for a period of thirty-eight years. Mr. Woltz was a prominent Mason and organized many lodges throughout this section of Virginia.
In 1867, Dr. Gray located in Salem, Virginia, and was appointed Lecturer of Anatomy of Roanoke College and a year later was elected Professor of Physiology and Anatomy, this chair being created for him. In. 1883 he was appointed Coroner of Roanoke City by Governor Cameron and held this position until the time of his death in 1894. In the early history of Roanoke he was made chief surgeon of the Norfolk & Western.  r. Gray was honored as a citizen and noted for his integrity of character and as a physician he rated deservedly high.
History of Roanoke County by George S. Jack, Edward Boyle Jacobs; published 1915;
Submitted to Genealogy Trails by Andrea Stawski Pack.

     The Commissioner of Revenue for District No. 2 of Roanoke County, comprising Big Lick, Cave Spring and the town of Vinton, is Mr. L. L. Greenwood. His father was S. H. C. Greenwood, a well-known and highly esteemed farmer. Mr. Greenwood’s home is at Cave Spring, in that section of the county where many famous apple orchards are located, and where success and prosperity are being won by many of its citizens.
     For a number of years Mr. Greenwood was Deputy Treasurer for Cave Spring District and the acceptable manner in which he discharged his duties laid the foundation for his successful candidacy for the position as Commissioner. As Deputy Treasurer he came in close contact with practically every resident of his district, and the fact that he won popularity while engaged in this work speaks eloquently for his efficiency and tells of the kindness and consideration which he showed to those from whom he collected taxes.
     In his work as commissioner of the Revenue he has fully maintained the fine record for ability established by him in former years, and the hold which he has on the affections and esteem of the people promises him a long tenure of office.
     Before entering public life, Mr. Greenwood was a farmer interested in the cultivation of his place near Cave Spring, and he still devotes care and attention to his agricultural interests. His office is in the new courthouse at Salem, and those who call in to see him are always sure of a cordial and pleasant welcome.
     As Commissioner, Mr. Greenwood succeeded Mr. D. E. Kefauver, and he has served for eight years.
     Not long ago he married Miss Corelia I. Whitten, of Texas, a Southern lady of rare attractiveness, whom he met while she was visiting in his community. She died not long after their marriage, but her life in Roanoke County, brief as it was, was sufficiently long to impress upon those who knew her the beautiful and noble qualities of her character.
Transcribed by: Peggy Luce






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