Sands Family History and Genealogy. PDF eBook English 2.89 MB. 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. Their farms were along the Elk River in Braxton County, West Virginia with descendants stretching to Illinois, Florida, Tennessee and beyond. The book may also provide excellent starting points for further research.