Wild and Wonderful Wyoming County
Typical West Virginia House as I remembered
Town of Matheny where Grandmother lived.
Grandmotherís House is not as I remember it but I was able to find it easily
Now my cousin is living there with his wife and son
We visited there for a spell and some things were very much as I remembered inside
Looking down the road from Grandmotherís old house
The town of Matheny
is very prominent in my memory as a young boy
Back of the house
The old bridge across the creek sticks prominent in my mind
Then it was time to go up to the family graveyard off of Coon Branch Rd.
Coon Branch Rd. going up to the graveyard
After gong to get the car because Pam only made it half way before quitting we made it to the Spence Graveyard
Here is my foot next to my Grandfather John L. Spence Grave Stone
Great Grandfather Jeremiah Jefferson Spence and Grandmother Victoria
This shows that Victoria was buried in the 1950ís
After taking pictures folks on RTV vehicles started showing up and found that they were related to me.
Cooks, Browningís, Stewarts, and Spenceís are related
Tim Son of Eugene Son of Zida my Aunt
We then went down to Spence Hollow where the old Spence House used to be. The location is now a pond.
So I wonder what mysteries lurk under the surface
The ATVs use the property a lot.
We came out the back side of other side of Turkey Creek at Marianna
Later we met Ira and he was able to tell me stories about my fatherís family when they lived in Turkey Creek
Ira put me in touch with my Step Grandfather Reuben who was married to Maggie my grandmother. We spent a while talking with him and his wife Janise Walker about old times and some of the stories can be found in Spence Stories.
Here I am with Reuben 86 years old (2007)
Pineville was the town that some of our Cousins lived in and also known for the Hatfield McCoy Trailhead as well as Castle Rock.
The Mist is one part of West Virginia I always loved.
Castle Rock in Pineville
Here is Pam at Castle Rock
Courthouse from Castle Rock
We looked everywhere for the old Pic Pac Store that I used to work in at 15 yrs of age for $1.60 an hour. I lived in an old 1930s trailer by the ballpark across town.
The Rock Crusher is where my Cousin Jerry Bledsoe was to be found.
Just down the road from Grandmotherís old house is a house where my father Lewis lived for a short period.
I put these pics here for him to Identify
Another View of that house
This is another view of the Grandmotherís house
Going back to Pineville there was no room at the Inn other than the Cow Shed