|About Edwards/Mabe/Williams/Williby Families
This Tribal Pages site is mostly to honor my parents and family. Growing up they showed me by
example the importance of family. And while most of the time I wasn't paying attention, it embedded
itself in my core. My love for genealogy sprung from being drawn to old photos and history. It
seemed only natural that all of that would combine into a love for family history. As humans we
seek two things, to know from where we came and to know that we left something worthwhile behind.
As genealogists we try to preserve those traces, usually to honor those we love. To us, if they are
on these pages, they are never really gone. In doing so, the trace we ourselves leave is that
others were here, and that's from where we came.
This page would not be possible without the tireless work of so many others before me. There is so
much information available now, thanks to those nameless and faceless people. I also would like to
thank those who have helped me with searches and information - Val Baugh and Paula Rakes have come
to my aide on many occasions as we've tracked down a missing ancestor - also those on the Carroll
County Genealogy and Carroll County Memories Facebook pages. There are people on those pages with
extraordinary genealogy experience and expertise, not to mention just really nice people.
That being said, this is a work in progress that is constantly updating. If you find any errors in
the information I have, please let me know. I'm not infallible, and I'd prefer to have correct
information. I also appreciate comments. Look around and enjoy!
Family Tree research is similar to a giant jigsaw puzzle that is never completely solved. So
remember that this is always a work in progress.
Under useful links you'll find some of the places that I use heavily. Find A Grave is almost as
good as getting to visit the grave site itself. I have included information from Find A Grave along
with citations under the "More About" section. I find that easier to get to the information rather
than putting it in the "Citations" section.
**A note about PHOTOS. If you are here, you are most likely a family member. The photos on these
pages, many of which were generously shared with me, are here for those who want them. They are our
family treasures and should be shared and preserved. Feel free to download any you would like to
have. (Right click, save as.)
FAMOUS PEOPLE In This Tree (Use the Relationship Tool to see if you're related to any of these!)
Edwin Boston Mabry: The builder of the Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd County,
Virginia. The Mabry Mill is the most photographed mill in the world and is visited by hundreds of
thousands each year.
Frank Mitchell Beamer (1946-____): The well known football coach of Virginia Tech.
People involved in the Carroll County Courthouse Tragedy: Floyd Allen (1856-1913), J. Sidna Allen
(1866-1941), Claud Allen (1889-1913) William Sidna Edwards (1889-1933), Wesley Victor Edwards
(1891-1939); these among others in this tree.
FAMILY MYSTERIES: I'm sure there are many I'm not aware of, but one stands out for the moment. On
the morning of Tuesday, March 18, 1941, why did Charles David Robinson suddenly murder his wife,
then take his own life. They were by all accounts an untroubled couple that had raised their
children and enjoyed a successful farming life. But for some unknown reason Charles ate his
breakfast, beat his wife Kate Burnett Robinson to death, walked into a nearby field and shot
himself. You can read the newspaper account in his notes section.
**Notes on my methods.
You'll notice that all females are listed under their maiden name, this avoids confusion,
especially if they were married more than once. If their maiden name isn't known, then their last
name is listed as "Unknown". I include all Census information that I find in the "More Information
About" section under the name of the Head of the Household on that Census. So if you're looking for
Census information on a female, it would appear first under her parents and later under her husband
unless she lived alone or was the head of the household. You may find Census information for a
person under their children as well if they lived with them in their latter years. A note on Birth
Dates: I use the birth date listed on their birth record if found. If any other records have a
different date, it's noted, but not used as their birth date.