|In the Heart of Appalachia
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A Tribute to MAW
Living her 104 years
in the Mountains of Appalachia
|She was a wise
taught us to
resources that we
have in the great
In 1917, she married Henry Harlis Coleman. She bore 13
children, and also raised as many as 30 foster children, many
of whom affectionately called her "Mom", "Mammaw" or
"MAW" Walcie kept watch over the house and would take the
children to the fields where they raised their basic food supplies,
as well as tobacco. The fields were plowed using mules.
Maw had lots of stories to tell. She remembered seeing the
first car go down the road, and enjoyed hunting ginseng
throughout the hills of southwestern Virginia.
Lillie Walcie Boyd Coleman (Maw)
Born August 20, 1899 in Buchanan County, Virginia, one of
13 children of Columbus and Mary Bowman Boyd. A few short
years later moved to Dickenson County. MAW was the
grandmother of Mountain Art Works owner T J Moore.
The Boyd clan originally came to this area five generations back
from Franklin County, Virginia, the Moonshine Capitol of the
world. Yes, this tradition did continue on through the
generations and a few of the kin folk have been know to run a
little brew from time to time. (For medicinal purposes, of
and taught her to use many of our native plants in cooking and in
home remedies. Maw loved to be in the woods and I guess growing up
Life in these mountains was hard during their time. But, people learned to appreciate life's simple pleasures. Time
seems to move slower and one has plenty of time to ponder.
MAW lived to 104 years and contributed her longevity to the Lord and clean living!
Maw's Maw part Cherokee Indian.....
in the mountains working the ground was something most everyone did. Much if not all of their food was raised at
home. With such a large family, there were a lot of little mouths to feed. They would also gather herbs and other
native plants to use, either as food or medicines.
Foods would need to be stocked up for the winter. To can their beans and other vegetables it was really quite a
process. The canning jars would be filled with exact precision, not too much or too little. Once the jars were packed
and sealed, they would get the bushel canning tub lining the sides with sheets and carefully placing each jar into
the tub, looping the packing materials around each.jar. Once the canning tub was loaded, it was filled with water
and covered. It is now ready to be placed over an outdoor fire pit where a steady fire is maintained for the rest of
Every time one of the kids was sick, they would come out with something to cure what ailed us. We always seemed
to start feeling better pretty soon after. I'm not sure if it really cured what ailed us or if we were just certain that
we didn't want to take any more of a bad tasting or bad smelling concoction. They don't all taste bad and we have
come to love and appreciate many of them.