There is a great mystery in my family that no one has been able to solve. Two parents who simply disappeared without a trace. If you have any clues to either of them, please let me know.

Joseph W. Merica: My great-grandfather, who simply disappeared. Born in 1835 to George Merica and Catherine Wagoner Merica, in Rockingham County, Virginia. Married Elizabeth F. Turner in 1859. In 1880 they lived in Shenandoah, Page County, Virginia with six children. One day they informed the children that they were leaving to go find work and would send for them. They were never heard from again.

Elizabeth F. Turner: My great-grandmother. Born 1842 in Page County, Virginia to David F. and Catherine Lucas Turner. See above.


Here are some of the family names and places I’m researching now:

  • Berryman – Westmoreland, Virginia 1650-1750; Auglaize and Allen Counties, Ohio
  • Slane or Slain – Virginia or West Virginia 1775-1850
  • Merica – Virginia
  • Eggleston – Portage, Cuyahuga, Geauga Counties, Ohio 1800-1920
  • Collier – Virginia
  • Meadows – Virginia
  • Brown – Geauga County, Ohio 1850-1900; Oneida, New York 1775-1825; Colchester, Connecticut, 1650-1775
  • Huet or Hewett – Massachusetts 1635-1670

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  1. Hi,
    I am currently volunteering for the Blue Ridge Heritage Project of Page County on their research committee. I grew up in Ida and became quite close to the Taylor Family whose
    great grandfather, Sylvannus Taylor, owned 622 acres in Jollett Hollow and I wonder if you could help me with some info.
    Please go to and you will see that we are trying to erect chimneys in the 8 counties affected when the SNP was created. I am only interested in Page County. If you cannot help me with the research, perhaps you and your family would like to donate to our project. Please contact me if you think we can help each other. These chimneys will be in honor of the people who were moved from their homes on the Park by the eminent domain laws of the State of Va. I would love to hear from you and perhaps other families who don’t know about this project could go to the BRHP website and look around. Thanks, Joyce Legg, Luray VA

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