Odd, WV website
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Ashburn, VA

#1 Dec 7, 2008
SOJ57

Lillington, NC

#2 Dec 16, 2008
What a delightful site!
I enjoyed looking at it very much.
Thank you.
I CRIED

Conroe, TX

#3 May 18, 2009
there has always been something "odd" about odd. i grew up there..(until the age of 16)and the memories from there are ones of child abuse, people looking the other way when children were beaten or mistreated, and deep dark secrets that have yet to come to surface. my biological family originated from both ends of tommy creek, and things were never right. my brother as well as paternal grandparents are buried there, and as i think of them often, going back to odd puts knots in both my throat and stomach. i am sure there were good Godly people living there then and now, but there were some who were pure evil. i feel like the town of odd was cursed at some point, and it is a curse that has been passed for generations.
in this website mentioned above, i saw a picture of the church in which my brother was given his last rituals, and i cried.
if there is or ever was a curse over odd wv, i pray for it to be lifted. i pray that good hope freewill baptist church has changed since the days of harold taylor.
i will be back to check this site, now that i have found it, if anyone would like to comment me back.
LOL

Beckley, WV

#4 May 29, 2009
curious

Winchester, VA

#5 Jan 6, 2010
your story haunts me some...my mom grew up there and tho' it seems to be a peaceful place to visit, there certainly are some dark secrets leftover- negative energy in the air...she doesn't talk much bout it and doesn't seem to miss it. can you tell me some of the last names of people you remember...
meme

Beckley, WV

#6 Jan 8, 2010
This is to "I Cried". I grew up there my whole life and it was a boring place to live but it was a great place to live. I have a lot of great memories there. Wasn't any drugs or violence that I ever heard of. I know there is drugs there now though, they are everywhere. I feel bad for you for your experience though. But that happens everywhere, no city is exempt from it. Child abuse, its a horrible thing and I agree , some people turn their heads from it and don't want to get involved. But it doesn't have anything to do with it being the city of Odd. Could have happened anywhere. There are not any statutes on child abuse, well at least if it involves being molested or sexual assault. If your child abuse involved that then I say go and report it to the proper authorities. Maybe you will start to heal:) Take care!
OddMomma

Fayetteville, WV

#7 Feb 15, 2011
I tried to go to the website but it was not found.
OddMomma

Fayetteville, WV

#8 Feb 15, 2011
Never mind. Today it came up. Last night it said page not found.
Sunnydaze

Fayetteville, WV

#9 Feb 25, 2011
You are going to find abuse of some kind no matter what community you live in..Some times deep dark secrets are kept for generations.. And if the people involved would just speak up, maybe they could stop the cycle,, It keeps on happening because no one wants to be the first to say this in enough,, And quietly it go on,, From one generation to the next to the next, and on,,Once the Abuser is brought into the public light, his power is gone, He can no longer keep his victims silent,,It has to stop because his families & his neighbors no longer fear him,, Prison is too good for these bastards ,but it is all we have,
oddgalout

Rocky Mount, NC

#10 Feb 26, 2011
wow i was shocked to see odd wv had a website and i enjoyed it,thanks for sharing...
I CRIED...im so sorry for the abuse that you endured i work with abused chilldren on a daily basis and i know how it can consume your life i hope and pray you find peace...
please know i grew up in odd and my childhood was like a story book and could not ask for anything better i drive thru there at times and it breaks my heart to see how run down things are now my parents no longer live there but i do have many good memories from my homeplace ODD,WV
who was your brother??you must be from the same age group as me (36) because i remember harold taylor well...hope to hear from ya
Just Me

Bensalem, PA

#11 Apr 21, 2011
Very interesting you said how Odd and evil things went on there. I have many generations of family that lived and died there. Particulary the Bolen family. Anyway here is a story about a man named Teague. Someone wrote on another Odd WV site requesting info.
Here are the basics. Alice (Markland) Teague. Born in Tenn dad's name Kyle Markland. Married Thomas Teague and moved to Besoco WV. Hubby was a hard drinking, mean, evil man. Beat the poor woman constantly. She was a gentle kind-hearted Christian woman.
Anyway this guy named John Whitten says his wife was was closely related and involved as a witness to some of the following. It was 8-24-1936. Family says that while drunk he finally strangled her to death.
I looked up poor woman's death cert. It says died of heart attack but Dr. also notes she was dead when he arrived. Family says the marks of his hands were still on her neck and they had to get a high collared dress to bury her in. Thomas was never arrested or even asked any questions far as I know.

to be continued......
Just Me

Bensalem, PA

#12 Apr 21, 2011
Dr. never even mentions hand marks on her throat. Just a heart attack. Now this guy John Whitten wanted to know if anyone knew anything else. Says in his older age, Thomas was kind to the children but quite aloft from others.
But here's what I found in my searches. A month later this poor child named Jacqueline Teague, 11 months old,
if found dead in her bed. Now Thomas Teague is again the informer and states different parents for this child, which I could not find in my searches by the way, This child was just found dead in her bed at 11 months old living in Besoco as well.
I say this was his daughter. After killed the mom, the kid being so young was too much of a problem for him to deal with and killed her too. Her death cert just says,(same Dr. too) found dead in bed. Was dead when Dr. arrived, cause unknown. Didn't even have the decency to bury them in same grave yard or admit he was the dad. I guess people might ask too many questions when two people are found dead within approx. 1 month of each other in the same house.
My question, the Dr. didn't even question these deaths knowing this guys history. I just wish someone in Odd would make it right and bury the kid with it's mom and name Thomas Teague for the lying, evil, murderer he was.
OMG

Oak Hill, WV

#13 Apr 22, 2011
I must live in a bubble! I have lived in Odd all of my life and have never heard such stories. I know now that I am older that things happened behind closed doors that no one knew about but this is horrible. Odd has always been a good little place to live until the past few years when people decided to start doing drugs and stealing from the working people but I still love my home and neighborhood and want to live nowhere else. Would be interested to know where this Mother and child are buried.
Odd Webmaster

Ashburn, VA

#14 Jan 30, 2012
I created the Odd, WV website several years ago. I'm sorry it stirred up bad feelings for some of you. It is sad how much the place has deteriorated over the years, but the focus is on memories, because that's mostly all that's left. I also remember Harold Taylor at that church when I was a child. He seemed to rule with an iron fist, didn't he? Anyway, I apologize that there isn't more to see on the site, but only one person ever made contributions, and my resources are pretty much nonexistent. Any old photos or stories or questions are still acceptable!:) Everyone take care...
julius

Xalapa, Mexico

#15 Mar 29, 2013
me and my woman lived with friends in the old school house on the egeria road back in the 70's.... before i moved up above tommy's creek on the devil's backbone. my son was born there. we raised horses and wild berries. i learned everything there, how to set a fence post, bale hay, fix a 1947 coca cola truck, trade for old silver watches, sew with a treadle machine, fix wounds in cattle, strangle a chicken; how to chop fire wood, make beer and wine, put up preserves. my log cabin was off the grid, either 40 years ahead or 100 years behind... i'm still not sure which. i still have great memories and wild dreams about Odd and surroundings.
FYI

Locust Grove, VA

#16 Mar 31, 2013
Odd is now on facebook with over 400 friends. It is a private site because some people can be less than kind about the town and its people. But it is a nice little page. https://www.facebook.com/oddwv
K D L

Springfield, PA

#17 Aug 13, 2013
OMG wrote:
I must live in a bubble! I have lived in Odd all of my life and have never heard such stories. I know now that I am older that things happened behind closed doors that no one knew about but this is horrible. Odd has always been a good little place to live until the past few years when people decided to start doing drugs and stealing from the working people but I still love my home and neighborhood and want to live nowhere else. Would be interested to know where this Mother and child are buried.
Baby's name was Hazel Jacquline Teague DOD 9/30/1936 of Besoco. Informer name Howard Teague, of Wyoming, Wash . Informer Howard Teague of Besoco. Mom was buried in Odd, WV child buried Coal City. Mom's dod was 8/24/1936. Both found dead in bed.
michele

Amma, WV

#18 Dec 28, 2013
meme wrote:
This is to "I Cried". I grew up there my whole life and it was a boring place to live but it was a great place to live. I have a lot of great memories there. Wasn't any drugs or violence that I ever heard of. I know there is drugs there now though, they are everywhere. I feel bad for you for your experience though. But that happens everywhere, no city is exempt from it. Child abuse, its a horrible thing and I agree , some people turn their heads from it and don't want to get involved. But it doesn't have anything to do with it being the city of Odd. Could have happened anywhere. There are not any statutes on child abuse, well at least if it involves being molested or sexual assault. If your child abuse involved that then I say go and report it to the proper authorities. Maybe you will start to heal:) Take care!
im fro ny and your right it can happen anywhere and it's sad I 've grew up here for 21 yrs of my life and there is a lot of drugs here now and it's because people that has never experienced being hooked on drugs or gambling, sex, or even food addiction thinks well it is their choice!!! well that's not true I didn't no I'd get hooked on something prescribed to me I was 28 yrs and still struggle I don't lie steal or cheat anyone . it's best to stay to yourself take care of your family try to find a job and keep very few friends who ain't two faced
David

Saint Albans, WV

#19 Mar 21, 2014
Julius, Hope you and your son are well. Still live there. Nothing much has changed. Understand your pleasant memories. David
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Harold

Washington, DC

#21 Sep 3, 2014
As Odd as it may seem I was born in Odd and lived there until I graduated from Stoco High School. My dad had a little farm that I worked in order to provide food for the table. We raised hogs and cattle for food and sold some of the meat. My mother used to sell milk and butter. I did not want to work in the coal mines or cut temper so I joined the army right after high school. I stayed in the army for 30 years, acquired a college education and now work for the federal government. My family still lives in the area but it is not a place for me anymore. I had a lot of wonderful friends growing up but most of my time was working the farm. We used horses. There is a lot to learn working with horses. I am grateful for the wonderful folks who live in that area. They are the best. Yes, there are those who make moonshine and drink heavy. My dad was a coal minner and that finally killed him from black lung. God bless the people from Odd and thanks for the many memories.

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