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Cemetery Name:

Reed Family

Reed Family Cemetery, Putnam Co., WV Reed Family Cemetery, Putnam Co., WV

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County: Putnam
USGS Quad: Kenna
Coordinates: 38.6450N  81.7399W
Maintained by: Unknown
Land owner: Casto
Date added to WVCPA register: April 2005
Condition of cemetery**: Poor (April 2005)
Accessibility: Located on the Casto farm up Reed Hollow off the Left Fork of Clendenin Creek in Putnam County. Check with the Casto's (or with the Bowling's down the road if Casto's aren't home) before entering the farm, as they do have cattle that graze in the fields you need to cross to get to the cemetery.  See the topo map for specific location. When WVCPA was there in April 2005, the first part of the road was pretty muddy, though passable with a 4x4.  We opted to park on the main road and walk in - it's a modest, fairly gentle walk up the creek onto the old Reed farm - the cemetery being on the hill to the right overlooking the old farmhouse.

** Condition of cemetery as observed on the given date - may not be representative of care at other times of the year
Scale: Excellent - Good - Fair - Poor - Abandoned

 

Last Name: First Name:

Born:

Died:

Inscription:

Photo:

Source:

Reed Arminta Fisher __ July 1857 ___ 1924 "Wife of J.E. Reed" Click for photo of tombstone Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery in April 2005
Reed Howard C. 4 January 1867 23 February 1885 "Son of J.E. & A. Reed"
"Aged 18Y. 1M. 19D."
[Rest of inscription illegible]
Click for photo of tombstone Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery in April 2005
Reed Lottie ? 22 March 1903 ? 10 October 1904 ? "Dau of T.R. & __ Reed" ?
"Aged 6M. 8D." 
Click for photo of tombstone Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery in April 2005
...Along with several other graves either unmarked or marked only with fieldstones.

 

Photos:

Reed Hollow - Reed Family Cemetery located at the top of the hill in the distance, just right of center in the photo

Reed Hollow, Putnam Co., WV

Reed Hollow - the cemetery is located on the top of the hill in the distance, just right of center in the photos above

Catawba Grove School, Putnam Co., WV

Above: The old Catawba Grove School house, just a little ways down the road (heading east) from Reed Hollow

The view down the hollow from the cemetery Reed Hollow, Putnam Co., WV

Above & Right:
The view down the hollow  from the cemetery

Comments: 

This is a tiny family cemetery on the old James Reed farm up Reed Hollow on the Left Fork of Clendenin Creek, a tributary of Eighteen Mile Creek, in Putnam County.  We last visited this farm on a warm spring evening in April 2005, and took the opportunity to snap a few additional photos of the beautiful pastoral setting that this little cemetery enjoys.  "It was sad to see that it has been let go so...", said a WVCPA volunteer that was with us at the time - according to her, the descendants in years past had kept it up quite nicely, but most had aged beyond the ability to continue to care for the old family burial place. From what we could tell, someone, presumably the current land owners, had maintained the fence surrounding the cemetery, but little had been done to keep the weeds and brush from growing out of control within the fenced area.Reed Hollow, Putnam Co., WV

After a few phone calls to known relatives of the Reed family, the volunteer happily reported to us that arrangements were being made to clean up this cemetery later in the spring.  We haven't heard back on this as to whether that was done or not, but we do hope so.

 

Some of the current 'residents'      
of the farm >> 

Some of the current 'residents' of the farm...

Sometimes it takes extraordinary   
 measures to get to where you want to go...
 here we caught Joel in the act of   
 demonstrating his prowess of getting   
 under a barbed wire fence >>

Joel doing what needs to be done sometimes...

 

Old Reed family farm >>

Old Reed family farm

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