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The Spiker Gazette
Oxford, WVVolume  10Issue  1 January 2016
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Spiker / Zinn Farm History

Written by:  Bobbi Spiker Conley

     We first introduced you to the History of the Spiker Family Farm from 1768 to Present in our December 2007 newsletter. Written by Mike Spiker, the excerpt traced the deed history of the property and introduced us to some of our ancestors who had owned it.. 

     In the most recent update (November 2015) Mike changed the style from a "document format" to an "outline format" so that he could more easily make adjustments as our family's history evolves and grows.

     It has been said that "History is a continuous process. No sooner it is written, than it is no longer up to date." Although we've carefully examined and evaluated records gathered from many different sources to compile our genealogy -- and believe it is fairly accurate --  we are certain there are many other records that have not as yet been found. New technology, discoveries, records and information sometimes change what we thought we knew about our past.      

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     And, of course, our family is growing every year. Mike will need plenty of room in that outline for recording additional names. (Note - the names of living descendants have been removed from the web version to protect their privacy.)

     Click here to read Mike's new outline, Spiker Farm History - Union District, Ritchie County. We've added a few photos for reference but we've also attached a Printable Version of the outline (no pics) which you'll find at the top-right of the page.  

     (Michael Spiker - pictured - is the son of Bradford Spiker, the author of The Good-Will Community, A History of Hollbrook, W.Va. 1814-1945.)



♦  Submitted by: Mike Spiker -- NEWS FLASH - HOLD THE DATES -- May 28th & 29th 2016

1.  The Annual Spiker Family Reunion will be held Sunday, May 29, 2016.  More info to follow but our schedule will be the same/similar as in previous years.

2.  On Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 1:00 PM there will be a special memorial gathering held for Paul Miller at the farm house. The event is still in the planning stages but Paula & Mike Nolan, "expect it to be informal...with memories and a DVD. It will be more focused on him personally and not his professional accomplishments. He loved his Spiker family and WV, and we are returning him home."  The gathering will be followed by a short graveside service for Paul and Francena Miller at the South Fork Baptist Church Cemetery.

Paula's sons, grandchildren and others are planning to attend. It will be the first time they will all be together at the farm at the same time.

We will post updates in future newsletters as information becomes available. For now, we want to get the word out to all family and friends to SAVE THIS DATE and help us spread the word.