I appreciate all the research you're doing to locate concrete documentation to verify the parentage of James Sias( or the many James Siases ?).
It is an extremely tedious job sorting through records, matching dates, and tracking migrational patterns of ancestors.
I really applaud and admire your efforts to search out and validate your research.
Any work you do will help us all,and that is the goal of all researchers..to add to the puzzle.
I have some records you may need(census).
I use these records as a tentative base to refer back to when I'm trying to pin point a particular migrational movement.
I study the history of WV. Specifically, the cultural changes brought about by the economy and geographical features of this strange little colony of a state.
Through my study of WV and its people, I can tell you that it always has been a temporary place for many families..depending on the economy.
My research on many families has concluded with the realization that most of WVs people are migratory ,and our offical records were (through geography )scantily kept, so I don't take "as gospel" anything recorded in this state from the early records.
No offense to anyone,but our early WV settlers were scattered and could not receive an education;therefore,the early population was basically illiterate and stayed that for longer than most of the US (again due to the geographical features).
My research always includes the offical records, but I rely heavily on interviews and records such as family Bibles and church record books.
In this state,these are concrete sources,and the folks are wonderful in preserving them. Family is still a real and valid necessity where I live.
I have found a James Sias 1830 Monroe Co., VA
1840 Marshall Co.,VA
1850 Mercer Co.,VA 42nd District ( One of my g+grandfathers , Andrew Lewis Sias b. 5/28/1842 enlisted in the Civil War from here)
1860 Boone Co.,WV; Ballardsville Post Office
1870 Lincoln County,WV ; Jefferson Township (district)
I have also seen the 1830 listing of James Sias ; Huntington Co. PA
I think my James Sias's parentage will materialize through his wife's line..the Adkinses.
Personally, I am concentrating on the WV Sias line. It is the only Sias line in WV and, and that makes it unusual.
I believe my James Sias broke contact from his family (wherever they were and for whatever reason) and came to this state,married Rebecca and stayed.I have never found a listing with any siblings or hi his parents (census,etc.) anywhere in WV. If I finish the immediate WV Sias line, I'll begin tracking further into the past and search for James Sias's roots, and all your research will be a big help.
I do know that, according to family records our WV James Sias has always been consistently listed as James William Sias and the name has been passed down through many generations and repeated in the naming pattern (as is habit in Appalachia).
Meanwhile,I "claim" any Sias decendent as a "cousin" and am glad to find them.
Good luck with your research. If I can be of any help, let me know.
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