Family Reunions Gatherings
by Edith Wagner,
editor of reunions magazine
Reunion season 2002 starts now. About 20 million Americans will enjoy
family reunions this summer in many places: backyards, parks, hotels,
resorts, ranches and on cruise ships. Not a last minute kind of party,
reunions will be the culmination of often years of careful thought and
planning. If you are the planner, you are urged to enjoy your reunion.
Sometimes it's so easy to get completely wrapped up in the details that
after all the time and effort you've expended, you are so busy that you
have little time to enjoy your own reunion. Make it a point to enjoy your
own reunion this year! You'll be well rewarded.
Byrd - 10th annual.
July 19- 21, 2002, Jacksonville FL. Carole Byrd, 404.653.0983;
July 19-20, 2002, Lake Murray near Ardmore OK. This reunion is usually
on 2nd weekend in June in DeQueen, AR but changed for 2002. Evelyn
Dean and Creech - 28th
reunion. Sep 1, 2002, Morehead KY. Lloyd Dean, 6770 US 60 East, Morehead
DeKlavon/Downs - Aug
8 -11-2002, Pittsburgh PA. Descendents of William and Phoebe Downs of
Butler/Mercer County. Descendents of Francis and Barbara Klavon aka
DeKlavon_Downs_Reunion [email protected].
Ecker - Descendants
of Christopher Ecker and all other Eckers. Christopher Ecker, son of
Andreas Ecker and Margartha Bussmann (both born 1697), born Aug 31,
1718, in Wachendorf, Middle Franconia, Bavaria, Germany. Christopher's
sister, Christine, came to America about 1737 on the ship Charming
Nancy. Jul 21, 2002, Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship MD.
Charles I. Ecker, 5002 Durham Rd. E, Columbia MD 21044-1421;
410-992-5238; [email protected];
Harmelink - 100th
annual reunion. Jul 13-15, 2002, Inspiration Hills, Inwood IA. Jean
Harmelink Samson, 8804 Brookridge Dr, Anchorage AK 99504; 907-337-6751;
www.geocities.com/harmelink100th. When the Harmelink family began a
reunion in 1902, the word was passed family to family mainly at church
where most of the fewer than 20 relatives arrived by horse and buggy
from their farms. Today, the family has grown to require more than 1,200
reunion announcements throughout the US. The Harmelinks originated in
Gelderland Province, Netherlands, just west of Westphalia Province in
the former German state of Prussia.
Hatfield And McCoy
Reunion - The Hatfield and McCoy Families are holding their third
annual Reunion Festival in Pikeville, KY, June 6-9, 2000. Family members
from all over the country will be in attendance. We invite everyone to
come out and "be a part of history".
www.reunionfestival.com or Bo McCoy 1-912-614-4705.
Luna - Descendants of
Adrian and Maria Luna. July 26-28, 2002, Chicago IL. Cesar Garza, 1702
N. Francisco, Chicago IL; 773-252-3821;
McCaskie, Caskey and other spellings. Descendents of an important
family adherent to the Chiefs of MacLeod of Harris and Dunvegan. June
28-30, 2002, Englishtown, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Lonnie McCaskill, PO
Box 923, Rockingham NC 28380, 910-997-3019,;
Descendents of Henrik and Beret (Haugen) Torgerson. Aug 23-25, 2002,
Sugar Creek Bible Camp, Ferryville WI. Michelle Rickard, 12429 51st Ave
SE, Everett WA 98208; 425-385-8447;
Utley - Descendants
of John Allen and Lilla Maude Jacobs Utley. Jul 25-27, 2002, Jackson TN.
Jackie Utley, 590 Wallace Road, Jackson TN 38305-2839;
White - Aug 16-18,
2002, Manhattan Beach CA. Gertie V. White, PO Box 74, Compton CA 90223;
310-638-4226; [email protected].
Towne - Descendants
of William and Joanna Blessing Towne; collateral lines Nurse, Estey,
Bridges, Cloyes, Perkins, Cummings. 22nd annual, Sep 4-8, 2002, New
Orleans LA. Wayne M. Riggle, 19 Fairway Dr W, Etowah NC 29829-9769;
For more reunion information,
visit Reunions magazine at
where you can request a sample of Reunions magazine free. Also see
Reunions Workbook and Catalog and The Family Reunion Sourcebook by Edith
Wagner (1999, Lowell House, Los Angeles) in bookstores. List your reunion
(also free) by emailing info to