This page will accumulate stories, traditions, and folklore concerning where the Via family came from overseas.
The original Viers family came from Alsace-Lorraine which is in France.
It borders Germany and Switzerland. The area was ruled sometimes by France
and sometimes by Germany. The French spelled it V'ah, and the Germans spelled
--from Wanda Viers Snyder, as told by Ezra Viers, born 1898
I have heard from an elderly aunt who said the Vier family had lived
in Germany before going to England.
--from Jewell Via Smith
William Via and John Via were brothers, both coming from Southampton,
England where their father, Job Via was a minister who had established
places of worship along the route to London. Job was allowed to hold nightly
meetings but his church was not acknowledged as the only Church in England
was the Episcopal Church headed by the Archbishop of Canterberry.
--from papers in the possession of Harold H. Via