About 200 relatives attended the Boggs, Mollohan and Sutton reunion this
Sunday at Big Otter.
Nearly All In The Family
Reunion Calls Family Back To Clay County From All
Monday July 1, 2002
By Chandra Broadwater
BIG OTTER — Larry Mollohan had no
idea how thickly twisted the branches of his
family tree were until he bought his
"You can't believe the astonishment I had
being related to so many people," Mollohan
said as relatives, close and distant alike,
roamed throughout his yard and home. "I
have literally hundreds of cousins around
"I like to joke and say out of the 8,000
registered people in Clay County, I'm
related to about 7,999 of them."
About 200 people gathered for the fourth
annual Boggs, Mollohan and Sutton family
reunion Sunday in Big Otter, about 40
minutes north of Charleston. Descendants
of the families, most of whom are related by marriage, came
prepared with nametags, lawn chairs and good stories to
Mollohan bought the former home of his great-grandfather,
Martin Boggs, when the big white house was up for sale in
He plans to renovate the 16-room, century-old home during
Mollohan and his wife, Helen, along with other family
decided to organize a reunion for the many relatives living in
area and across the country. "We've got people here from
Arizona, Atlanta, California, all of the surrounding states,"
Mollohan said. "They're from all over." Following the first
reunion in 1998, the family decided to keep the gatherings
long as they could.
On Sunday, old and young members of the family enjoyed
memories, food, live music, door prizes and an auction to
for the reunion expenses.
"It's really good because the younger generation don't have
heritage that the older people do," said Susan McCracken,
great-great-granddaughter of one of James Boggs' children
youngest of 15 children. "My mother was here with my oldest
sister at the last reunion way back in 1927."
Dorothy Mollohan McCracken, 93, is Susan's mother. From
perch at the front door of her great-grandfather's former
she said she thought Sunday's festivities were going well.
Everything except the volume of the music.
"They were making so much racket out there on the porch, if
were by a cemetery, we'd be raising the dead," she said,
In the midst of all the nametags, black-and-white photos,
of great-great-grandparents and third cousins, some at the
felt a little lost.
"I don't know half of them," said Sarah Pardue, 27, of
Va. Her mother was a Mollohan, she says. "My mother
these things and she knows everybody, where they live, how
they're related. "I really don't know anything other that I'm
mainly related to the Mollohans."
Dorothy McCracken, the only grandchild named after her
grandmother, agreed. "It is confusing," she said. "But we're