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Reunion Invitation
Posted by: Ann Brown-Hicks Date: January 16, 2002 at 17:12:50
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***GENERAL INVITATION TO THE FAMILIES OF THE SETTLERS OF
EAST TN WHO CAME FROM EVERYWHERE, INCLUDING KENTUCKY,
VIRGINIA, & NORTH CAROLINA***



*ATTENTION BELOW SURNAMES AND MORE, IF YOU WANT TO JOIN US*

BROWN, COFFMAN/KAUFFMAN, KINCAID, RAMSEY, BLACKBURN, KIRKPATRICK,
SEABORN,
GILPIN/GILPEN, PALMER, NORWOOD, SAMPLE, ROACH, HOOK, LAWSON, CHILDERS,
WARWICK, HAVENS, HAYES, MACKLIN/MCCLAIN/MCLAIN, MCCLOUD, MCDOWELL,
KINEHEAD,
WOOD, BUNCH, OWEN, PARKER, RENFRO/RENTFREW/RENTFRO, ATCHLEY, CATE,
ELDER,
FRAKER, SANDS, WILLIAMS, SMITH, COX, HUNTER/JAGER/YAGER, OGG, CONNER,
LARUE,
WALLACE, BRADLEY,GRAVES, CLARK, TILLERY,
OSBORN, CANNON, STRICKLAND, ARNOLD, WYRICK, BRUCE, ATKINS, SHELTON, BAUMGARDNER
DUGGER,
LEGG, POUNDERS
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what: HOMECOMING/REUNION 2002

who: Pioneer Families of East TN, KY, and VA

when: JULY 13-14

where: Bell's Campground
Bell's Campground Rd.
Powell, Knox Co., TN

Powell, Tennessee, is a suburb of Knoxville and is located in North
Knox
County. Bell's Campground is off of Clinton Hwy. (directions from
Terri on
request). Those needing hotel/motel accommodations will need to make
them
in North Knoxville.

**STATEMENT OF INTENT**

This is an open invitation to attend the 2nd annual
homecoming/reunion
of our pioneer families that settled, lived, raised their children, and
sometimes died in this area. Some sank deep roots and others moved on,
scattering our ancestors from coast to coast. Our purpose is to have
fun,
get acquainted, and swap genealogical information. The above is a list
of
the families which we know for sure had ties in early East Tennessee and

the
ones we have some information on. However, if you have a surname that
you
wish to add, please contact Terri Brown Jurca at
<CousinsCom1@hotmail.com>
or Carl Coffman at <CousinsCom2@hotmail.com>. All we ask is that you be

willing to act as host or hostess/greeter for your surname and to share
whatever info you have available. ALL surnames are welcome to attend
whether your name is listed here or not! There will be a wealth of
information to share. Plan on attending please!
We would love to have volunteers for all the names on the list
(except
Brown and Coffman, which we have well-covered) to act as
co-hosts/co-hostesses to greet and help people with their surname feel
welcome and to help them meet researchers working on the same surname.
To
those of you with East TN roots who don't have much extended family and
therefore don't have a reunion, this is your chance to bring your
immediate
family members and join ours. We want everyone to have fun, feel
welcomed,
and enjoy themselves. **That's What Tennessee Stands For: THE
VOLUNTEER
STATE ** "Where pride walks and the flag flies!"**
We know that we have some college instructors attending who perhaps
can
be persuaded to speak. We also have experts and accredited genealogist
who
have been researching for 30 plus years. They are ready to share their

information with us.
----------------------

Attendance is FREE . . . but we will have a "donation" jar to offset the

cost for using the campground, tableware, entertainment, and clean up.

PLEASE PLAN ON ATTENDING AND BRING:
1. First and foremost yourselves...
2. ALL BOOKS, BIBLES, PICTURES, FAMILY SHEETS, AND
INFORMATION YOU HAVE AVAILABLE...
3. A covered dish to share. (For those who are traveling
some distance and for whom this is not a feasible
option, you may either bring a sack lunch or a non-
perishable or deli item that can be picked up at last
minute locally.
4. Drinks, ice chest
5. A chair or blanket to sit on...If you are serving as
a host or hostess, you will also need a small table
(card table size or larger) to display your family
information on.
--------------------------
Last year was our first attempt to pull all these early settlers'
descendants together. As far as we knew, it had never been attempted
before. It was a resounding success for a first attempt, and it was
agreed
that it should become an annual event.
This area is so very rich in history, both as an Indian frontier and

as
an isolated jewel of Union sympathy during the Civil War. It also
served as
a departure point for westward movement and new settlement.
Our ancestors left us a rich heritage, which we are striving to preserve

and
pass on to our children and grandchildren. This rich tapestry of ideals

and
values is what made us a great nation and what made each of us what we
are
today. And it began with our earliest immigrant ancestors who came here

to
start a new life and a new country.
COME and SHARE that heritage with us on July 13-14. We are looking

forward to making many new friends!!
Sincerely,
Terri Brown Jurca: <CousinsCom1@hotmail.com>,
5509 Paula Rd., Knoxville, Tn 37912

Carl Coffman: <CousinsCom2@hotmail.com>
1448 S. Hadley St.
Wichita, Kansas 67213

and co-hosted by many more friends and cousins, both locally and via
internet -- too numerous to name individually, but all of whom we thank
for
all their help.
///////////////
PLEASE REPLY BRIEFLY TO ONE OF ABOVE ADDRESSES IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND SO
WE
CAN KEEP A HEADCOUNT. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT SO THAT WE CAN BE PREPARED

FOR
THE CORRECT NUMBER AND TO TRY TO ASSIST YOU IN FINDING ACCOMMODATIONS.
Thank you.//////////////////









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