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Re: History of Family Reunions
In Response To: History of Family Reunions ()

It is likely that the earliest family reunion may not be documented and therefore remains unkown.

Using the biblical record we find family reunions between Joseph and Jacob, his father and the whole of thier houses. Regarding documented family reunions.

The Fairbanks family has deep and distinguished roots. The Fairbanks House, which was built in 1636 for English-born Jonathan Fairebankes, is the oldest surviving timber-frame house in North America. Eight generations of Fairbankses lived in the house, until Rebecca Fairbanks was forced to sell in the late 1800s. The family's annual reunion began in 1902 to celebrate repurchase of the house from developers.

The abolition of slavery in the South also helped the rebirth of the family reunion among africans on american soil. Slaves brought their heritage and a strong commitment to family and tribal culture to the US.

After emancipation people wanted to find each other including the men and women who had acted as surrogate parents to them on the plantation."

The Stamford Historical Society comments on the life of Olier Hoyt
(1823-1887) After achieving success as a leather merchant in New York, he returned to Stamford, reestablishing himself in the community. He presided over the earliest known family reunion held in this city, the Hoyt Family Meeting, June 20 and 21, 1866.

As more blacks migrated North, the reunion tradition became even more popular. With the help written history and modern technoloy a rich history of family reunions can be traced back to Africa proving that long standing centuries old tradition of the annual african american family gathering has been the result of a tradition traced back to the ancient african family institution.

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