Burress & Palmer Genealogy

Southwest Virginia & Stokes County, NC


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I have been researching my family genealogy since 1997. I am not a professional, nor am I a novice. I have invested a lot of time and effort into my research and while I will not claim that all the information on this site is 100% accurate, I do try to back up my finds with documents and sources.

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The lines I am researching are in the Southwest Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky area's and include, Burress, Palmer, Neal, Collins, Lawson, Combs, Newberry, Earls, Pack, Totten, Strouth, Kidd, McFarland, Delong, Reed, McGeorge, and Vier/Via.


My grandfather Emery, his nick name was "Red" due to his reddish hair. Married Hazel Palmer in 1926. He died in Lansing MI in 1961 at the age of 54.


My great grandfather Powell. He owned a lot of the land in and around Raven, in Tazewell County, Virginia. He died in 1954 at the age of 64.


James was born July 5, 1867. He is the son of Elizabeth Jane Collins. He married Margaret Lawson on April 22, 1886. He is the father of Powell O. Palmer.


Margaret Lawson came to Tazewell with her parents Tucker and Lucinda Lawson. Traveling with this was James Palmer, who Margaret married in 1886.

Burress Family

The Burress' probably migrated here from England in the early 1700's. They made their way to southwest Virginia, where they eventually settled in Tazewell County.


Palmer Family

James Palmer came to Virginia from Stokes County, North Carolina. He married Margaret Lawson in Patrick County, Virginia, then made is way to Raven, in Tazewell County.


Military Ancestors

Ancestors who fought in this nation's various wars and conflicts and those who saw conflict with Indians along the Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland Frontier.


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