Born in 1774 along the Greenbrier Valley of Virginia, now West Virginia, Matthew Sands married and raised a family through the “Year without a summer” in 1816. His grandson, Samuel Field(ing) Sands, enlisted to support the War for Southern Independence with the confederated states during the Civil War. The Sands family farms were located along the Elk River in Braxton County, West Virginia. Samuel survived the war and his descendants stretch from the Virginia’s to Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, and beyond. This is a great resource for the Sands family historian.