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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - April/May 2003
Family Reunions • Gatherings • Meetings

by Edith Wagner

Ready for a new reunion season? It’s coming quickly and requires attention to ensure everyone who’s agreed to help is, indeed, helping. During these late winter months, review your plans and make sure details are in order.

Is someone finishing a family recipe book/memory book/directory? It needs careful proofreading before going to print. Don’t be late sending the book to the printer because you don’t want to add postage to the price and your expenses when mailing it after the reunion because it wasn’t delivered in time. Anyway, you’ll want to share your hard work and enjoy the triumph of your family admiring your special product just for them.

How about t-shirt or cap orders? You’ll need sizes and artwork before you order and time to make sure those walking family reunion ads can be worn during the reunion. Get your orders in early to avoid paying express delivery to get them to you in time. For custom jobs, ask the printer when he needs the order to ensure you will have it back in plenty of time.

We recommend not tempting fate when ordering custom work for reunions. It will only lead to the kind of disappointment you could have avoided.

These are some reunions coming up this year.


July 12, 2003 at Hundred Acres House, South Park PA. Theme this year: Christmas in July. Lisa Alzo,


Oct 8-10, 2004, Massachusetts. Stafford-Ames Morse, 12522 Corliss Ave N, Seattle WA 98133;


7th annual family reunion. Thanksgiving Day 2003, West Fork Community Building, West Fork AR. Ruth T. coordinator, PO Box 622, West Fork AR 72774-0622;


Descendants of Benjamin Culbert (Ontario, Canada) and Joseph LaFreniere (Quebec). July 17 -21, 2003, Fortune Bay Casino Resort on Lake Vermillion, Tower MN. Nancie Dalton 253-535-2331;


Descendants of John Owen Foley & Mary M. (McDonald) Foley and Denis Murphy & Margaret (Sullivan) Murphy of Ireland, then Newmarket area, York County, New Brunswick, Canada. July 18- 20, 2003, Sheraton Hotel, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Pat (Foley) Casper, 8722 Grand Oak Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84121; 801-942-1392;


Descendants of William, the Immigrant (1651-1701). Oct 4-5, 2003, Chatham and Fredericksburg, VA. Charleen Oerding, 834 SE Malden St, Portland OR 97202-5910; 503-233-6974;


Descendants of Caleb Hazel, who was a neighbor and teacher of Abraham Lincoln. Caleb married Elizabeth HALL in 1785 in Nelson County KY. He married Mary STEVENS in 1816. Aug 9-10, 2003, Bloomington IN. Julian Livingston or Pat Shemenski;


July 18-20, 2003, Herndon VA. A special celebration of the lives of LeRoy W. Homer (killed 9-11-01 on Flight 93), Alice Homer Hodges and Amos Homer. Cheryl Homer Wilson 703-450-2433;; Marilyn Homer Johnson


July 18-21. Philadelphia, PA. Elaine Skinner Henry, PO Box 11070, Philadelphia PA 19141;


June 14, 2003, Cat Spring Agricultural Society Hall, Cat Spring, Austin County, Texas. Arliss Treybig, PO Box 1236, El Campo TX 77437; 979-543-3730;


Family originally from Cleveland, Ohio celebrating their 5th anniversary reunion. Jul 11-13, 2003, Toronto, Canada. Andrea Harris,


Descendants of George and Sarah MacDonough from Trenton, New Jersey. Sep 12-14, 2003, Fairhaven Village Inn, Bellingham, Washington. Betty or Donald MacDonough


Oct 15-17, 2004, Portland, Maine. See

"Mother Cumberland--A Harvest of Memories: Reunion 2003"

For anyone with an ancestor of any surname who lived in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania during the 1700s. Cumberland County is the parent county to more than 20 other counties. July 18-20, 2003. University of Shippensburg, Shippensburg PA. Donna Cuillard,


July 24-27, 2003, Morristown NJ. Theme is "Keep the Muchmore Flame Burning" and will feature the American Revolution. For more information call Glenn Coutts, 201-539-3818 or email


Sep 2-7, 2003, Williamsburg VA. James R Seeley, 108 Westridge Dr, Churchville VA 24421; 540-337-8633;

Van Valkenburg(H)

Aug 6-10, 2003, West Springfield MA. Bob and Ellie Van Valkenburgh thru April 2003 919-847-5088; beginning May 1, 2003 413-786-6295;

Want more?

For more reunion information, visit Reunions magazine at where you can request a free sample of Reunions magazine. 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

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