Exploring the Wilson, Cobbs, and Sheffey Family Tree

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This collection of information centers on the family tree of Wilson, Cobbs, and Sheffey. Using the community of New River as a reference point, we explore some of the lives of people in the tree.

We start by showing the individual family trees of Turner Wilson, John Cobbs, and Andrew Sheffey (see attachments below that were provided by Anita Thompson). When you read and reflect on the marriages and those who were born of them, you will probably begin to gain a better appreciation for the loving care that we received from our ancestors and their friends.

Please contribute to this collection by adding your comments along with pictures, articles, and relevant audio and video files. Just click on the Discuss icon or menu item to start adding your information. We hope your active participation in this effort to document the life and times of our families will help increase our understanding of the many benefits we have received.


The community of New River was once called New River Depot. We have come to know about some of the events that occurred in New River from 1870 to 1940 because of the research efforts of Linda Killen, a former professor of history at Radford University. Thanks to Ronnie and Joyce Thompson for finding and passing on to us some of Linda's work that is also attached below (see Making Their Mark ...).

As Linda explained, people came to New River Depot initially seeking job opportunities that railroad construction and the industrialization across the river in Radford had to offer. But later they came because New River Depot was a good place to live and raise a family. As a result, the black population there was, from the beginning, a diversified, rather cosmopolitan group of people.

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