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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - Aug/Sep 2002
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The Lovell Family Association will hold 14th reunion in Plymouth, Vermont
The 14th reunion will be held on August 11, 2002 at Plymouth State Park, Plymouth, Vermont. The reunion is for the Lovell Family Association (descendants of Alexander of Medfield, Massachusetts and Thomas of Ipswich, Massachusetts).

For more information you can contact: Elisabeth Lovell Bowman, 12 Leone Rd., Toms River, NJ 08755-6321.

The Hotchkiss Family Association celebrates 119th reunion
The Hotchkiss Family Association will hold its 119th reunion on August 17, 2002 in Lyons, New York.
For more information contact: HFA, c/o Joan A. Johnson, 36 Beach Dr., Prospect, CT 06712-1603; or call at: 203-753-5423 (after June 1st). You can also contact Stuart Hotchkiss, 325-589-8011 or email at:

August 17 is a day of celebration for Sarah McClelland and Philip McConnell
Come to a day of celebration for Sarah McClelland and Philip McConnell. It will be held on August 17, 2002 at the Otto Community Center in Otto, North Carolina.
For more information contact: Thomas J. McConnell, Jr., 630 Mountain View Circle, Gainesville, GA 30501-1674; call at 770-536-3268; or email at:

The Arner/Orner Family Association sets reunion for August
In 1735 Hans Ulrich Arner and Verena Eberhard immigrated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from Switzerland. The Arner/Orner Family Association is looking for their descendents. The reunion will be August 24-25, 2002 in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.
For more information contact: Sarah Fessler Peveler, 229 W. Upsal St. #315, Philadephia, PA 19119; call at 215-438-2188; email at: You can also contact Arner Listserv at  or go to

The Towne Family Association, Inc. to meet in New Orleans, Louisiana
The Descendants of William and Joanna Blessing Towne (Nurse, Estey, Bridges, Cloyes, Perkins, Cummings, etc. collateral lines) will be having a reunion September 4-8, 2002, in New Orleans, Louisana. The Towne Family Associations, Inc., the descendants listed above will be meeting at the Ponchartrain Hotel.
For more information contact: Wayne M. Riggle, 19 Fairway Dr., Etowah, NC 28729-9769; or email at:

The Reynolds Family Association will celebrates 77th Annual Reunion in Baltimore, Maryland
At the Holiday Inn, Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland on September 12-14, 2002 the Reynolds Family Association will meet to celebrate it's 77th annual reunion.
For more information contact: Susan Phaneuf, 4502 King George Ct., Perry, Hall, MD 21128. You can also contact Sybil Lee Taylor at

The FGS Annual Conference set for Ontario, California
On August 7-10, 2002 the FGS will hold its Annual Conference in Ontario, California.
For more information contact the FGS Business Office, PO Box 299040, Austin, TX 78720-0940; or call at 888-FGS-1500; or email at; or go to the web site at

The Germans from Russia Heritage Society sets August for meet
The Germans from Russia Heritage Society Convention will be held on August 7-10, 2002 at the Radisson Inn, Bismarck, North Dakota.
For more information contact: GRHS, 1008 E. Central Ave., Bismarck, ND 58501, call 701-223-6167.

The Darke County Genealogical Society, Inc. will present workshop September 7, 2002
A workshop with John Phillip Coletta will be presented by the Darke County Genealogical Society, Inc., on September 7, 2002. It will take place at the Elk's Lodge on 214 W. 3rd St. in Greenville, Ohio.
For more information contact: Alice Huffman, 154 Euclid St., Versailles, OH 45380; call: 937-526-3953, or email:

The Western Reserve Historical Society plans 2002 class
"Making your family come to life," a class designed for advanced genealogists will be presented on September 14, 2002 in Cleveland, Ohio. It is presented by the Western Reserve Historical Society.
For more information contact: Roger Ellsworth, PO Box 181201, Cleveland Heights, OH, 44118-2101; call at 216-283-6451; email:

A two-day seminar will be presented by The Maryland Genealogical Society in September
"Tracing Your Delmarva Ancestors" will be presented as a two-day seminar at the Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland on September 20-21, 2002. The seminar is given by The Maryland Genealogical Society and will focus on topics of interest to family historians of Maryland and Delaware.
Contact Delmarva Roots, 217 Schley Ave., Lewes, DE 19958; call 800-576-8608; or go on-line at:, for more information.

The 25th Anniversary of The Yellowstone Genealogy Forum will be held in Billings, Montana
On September 20-21, 2002, in Billings, Montana, The Yellowstone Genealogy Forum will host the Montana State Genealogical Society Conference in honor of it's 25th anniversary. It is to be at the Sheraton Hotel and John Colletta is the featured speaker.
For more information contact: Verba Valentine, 3274 Granger E, I-4, Billings, MT 59102, call at 406-656-9840, or email at:

The Fox Valley Genealogical Society presents Henry Z. "Hank" Jones
The Fox Valley Genealogical Society will host a seminar entitled "Unlocking Ancestral Mysteries" with Henry Z. "Hank" Jones at the Grace United Methodist Church in Naperville, Illinois on September 28, 2002. The church is located at 300 E. Gartner Road.
For more information contact: FVGS, PO Box 5435, Naperville, IL 60567-5435; call at: 630-369-2152; email at:; or go on-line at: Http://

Why is our flag folded like that?
Have you ever noticed on TV or at military funerals that the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the American flay 13 times?

I've known how the 21-gun salute was determined (adding the digits of 1776), but only recently learned why the flag was folded 13 time when it is lowered or when it is folded and handed to the widow at the burial of a veteran. Here it is:

  • The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.

  • The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.

  • The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country at attain peace throughout the world.

  • The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in times of war for his divine guidance.

  • The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, "Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong."

  • The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stand, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

  • The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all he enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

  • The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it flies on Mother's Day.

  • The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty, and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

  • The tenth fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.

  • The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

  • The twelfth fold, in the eyes of Christian citizens, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

  • When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation's motto, "In God We Trust."

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.
There are some traditions and ways of doing things which have a deep meaning.

With thanks to Lauren Boyd.

A note from Seumas
Och-on! I'm a wee blonde doggie on page 15 of the last Family Tree. Thanks for publishing my picture, but I'm noo a Westie! I'm the least common color of Scottie: Wheaton (the other two colors are black and brindle). When my coat is cut right, the ends of my blonde hair make red tips on them. Another reason you may not recognize me for a Scottie was that my master had not cut my hair before he took me to the games. Enclosed is a picture of me looking a little more presentable for such a find publication as yours

(signed) Seumas Colquhoun

Wow! A new Revolutionary War Museum planned!
The story of the American Revolution has been told in bits and pieces by museums across the United States, but now a new museum is being planned as the "premier educational, historical and cultural institution concerning the American Revolution."

The National Park Service and the National Center for the American Revolution have teamed up to create a place to display the world's most comprehensive collection of Revolutionary artifacts. Located at the trailhead of Valley Forge National Historical Park, the museum will show visitors the events leading up to the revolution, the 1777-1778 encampment of General George Washington and the Continental Army at Valley Forge, and a chronicle of the war itself. The 21-acre museum complex will be completed in 2005.

Visit to learn more.

Thanks to the Valley Leaves, Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society, PO Box 1568, Huntsville, AL 35807-0567.

Did you know that The Civilian Conservation Corps did all of these things?

  • 46,854 bridges were constructed.

  • 800 state parks were created. Before this, many states, including Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, had no state parks.

  • 85, 000 American Indians enlisted in CCC programs.

  • 4,622 fish rearing ponds were created.

  • 3,980 historical structures were restored. The Gettysburg Battlefield was among them.

  • 5,000 miles of water supply lines were laid.

  • 3,462 beaches were improved.

  • 45 million trees and shrubs were relocated for landscaping.

  • 3 billion trees were planted.

  • Millions of acres and thousands of lakes were, for the first time, surveyed and mapped.

  • 1,865 drinking fountains were installed.

  • 27,191 miles of fences were constructed.

  • 204 lodges and museums were established.

  • 201,739 man-days were spent fighting coal fires, many of which had been burning since the earliest recorded American history. In Wyoming alone, the CCC boys saved billions of tons of coal.

  • Hundreds of thousands of man-days were spent fighting forest fires.

  • 3,116 lookout towers were constructed in parks and historical sites.

  • 8,065 wells and pump houses were built.

  • Thousands of man-days were spent in flood control.

Thanks to the Shenandoah Chapter of the Civilian Conservation Corps, visit their website at, via Buried Treasures, Central Florida Genealogical Society, Inc., PO Box 536309, Orlando, FL 32853-6309.

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