On Sunday, July 25th, 2004, descendants of one of the pioneer Mullins families will gather on the grounds of the Thoms Boggs Cemetery near Red Onion Mountain Prison in Wise County, Virginia for a special service. This memorial service will include the dedication of a memorial stone honoring the memory of Booker Mullins SR, known as Old Booker, wife Sarah, son Sherwood, and wife Mary (Polly) Mullins. Old Booker Mullins and his wife Sarah were the parents of 12 children, who grew to maturity, married, prospered and left numerous issue. Their son, Sherwood Mullins and his wife were the parents of eleven children. Today, their descendants number in the thousands.
Old Booker Mullins first settled on Bold Creek, Wise Co., Virginia about 200 years ago, and like many of the pioneer settlers in this region, moved about frequently, settling in one spot for just a few years before moving on to new ground. Booker moved to Floyd Co., Kentucky in about 1810 where he joined his brothers Ambrose, and John Mullins SR and several of their increase. Booker Mullins SR also lived in the Kentucky counties of Pike, Lawrence, Breathitt, and Perry before returning to Wise County in the years directly preceding the Civil War. It was on the old Scarberry place not far from the graveyard where he was interred, that Booker Mullins SR spent his last days on earth.
The six foot wide granite memorial stone will be placed above the simple fieldstones that mark their final resting place. The service will include a benediction, a short biography of their lives, the reading of a special poem and singing. A reception and photo session will follow. The family would like to invite all descendants of these early settlers to the 11 AM service to be held in the cemetery across from the Prison entrance.
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