The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia



Bobby Jenkins, left, of Pineville; Lonnie Green, center, of Rock View, and his twin brother, Johnnie Green, of Key Rock, volunteered to clear the small, historic cemetery containing the graves of John Cooke Jr., one of the county’s first settlers, and his son, Isaac Cook(e). Fourteen “gentlemen justices” met in the home of John Cooke Jr. on March 22, 1850, to organize the new Wyoming County government. Wyoming County was created by a law passed Jan. 26, 1850. The graves had become covered by thick brush and historians feared they were lost forever. In 2011, Billy Hearns discovered them while riding his four-wheeler.