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The Evoloution of a Family Reunion
Our Adams family will be having its 89th Annual Reunion the 31st of Aug 2008 in Columbus, Ohio.
The beginnings of a our family reunion was in 1911 at the funeral of Elizabeth Jane (Conway) Adams who died 8 Mar 1911. Elizabeth was wife of David Adams, son of Lewis & Susan Adams, FPOC’s, who had married in Urbana, Ohio 1 Jan 1816. David died 4 Jun 1913 in Findlay, Ohio. Following these two funerals the grandchildren of Lewis & Susan Adams, decided to start having Annual Adams family reunions the first being held on the Sunday before Labor Day 1920 in Urbana, Ohio.
David Adams & UGRR Operators
The Sunday reunion was an affair that started with services at St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Urbana which was established in 1824 with Lewis & Susan Adams among the charter members. Following the church services there was the reunion picnic and festivities which centered around what had happened within the Adams Family the previous year….births, deaths, marriages and other significant events. Notice the attire in the 1911 & 1920 photos, much more formal than today.
This reunion was one of the first to be held outside of Urbana, Ohio……still held on the Sunday before Labor Day. The idea was to move the reunion to the ‘home city’ of the reunion president if they resided somewhere other than Urbana, Ohio.
This reunion was held in Springfield, Ohio and it was the last reunion my grandfather, Harold McKinley Adams (1894-1978) was able to attend prior to his death in 1978. My grandfather, known as Uncle Mac to the family had been a mainstay in seeing that the reunion and many of the family traditions were observed and continued … church, an agenda/program that remembered our ancestors and a ‘spot’ for the Adams children to perform for their elders. Notice how the attire had become less formal.
This reunion was held in Columbus, Ohio, again the Sunday before Labor Day, returned us back to basically a one day activity after several years of ‘weekend’ family reunions. The weekend reunions had become too expensive and centered more on activities in the host city than family and the celebration of our Roots. The descendants of Lewis & Susan’s 10 children were now all over the country and the world and were having mini-reunions of their own, but the Sunday before Labor Day was still reserved for THE Adams Reunion that was centered around a church service, a picnic and family festivities. And the reunion would be held in Ohio, hopefully in Urbana, Ohio, but at least within a 100 mile radius of our family beginnings in Ohio.
At the 2005 Reunion a cousin presented the family with a box of reunion notes & minutes taken by her mother who had been the Adams Reunion secretary. Her notes reflected attendance sheets, minutes, programs and commentary of reunions from 1922 until her death in 1990…. Talk about a trip down memory lane!!!!
So, our Adams Family Reunion has evolved from a one-day affair to the gala weekend affairs and back to basically a one-day affair held on Sunday, the day before Labor Day.
Burial Site - Lewis & Susan Adams
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