My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Lowrey Family Reunions -- One of Mine Started in 1875

In my file for this family, I noticed that Marjorie Lowrey, the Lowrey family historian for many years, and I wrote seven times, and yet, I knew nothing about her. Not her maiden name, anything about her family, children? just nothing.  She was extremely dedicated to her husband's linage, but shared nothing about herself.  I wanted to contact her or somebody about a reunion, but her husband born in 1915 had passed away, so what about her?

Fast forward to the evening.  As I gathered strength to dial a number on the last old newsletter, I reached Marjorie's son!  Of course, at first, I didn't know he was the son.  He knew of my name, and told me that his mother just got home from the hospital.  She is now 91 and uses the computer for email!  He isn't sure if  they will have another reunion, they only had 17 show up at the last one.  However, the family sure had a long run with over 118 reunions.

Seems a shame that descendants of Thomas and Mary aren't interested in the reunion any more.  It was such a long tradition.  If they ever have another one, I will make the short drive to Connecticut.


Carol said...

Great photos, fabulous story.

Greta Koehl said...

I know how you feel. I found out about the tradition of the Norman family reunion after it had started to die down and after the (possibly) last one was held - in my home town in Texas!

Barbara Poole said...

Thanks Carol, I took it outside a restaurant two weeks ago. At the first reunion, I'm sure they used horse and buggy. Greta, it is too bad, and Texas is a long way from Virginia, so there is the distance to even get there.

Heather Rojo said...

I finally found an internet connection whilst on vacation, and started catching up with your blog. I recognized the buggy right away. I love the fact that your reunions have been continuous for all that time. It might be a record!