Family Reunion Forum
Completing a Family Circle
Well I am off to New Orleans in a few days for our DeLavallade Family Reunion. This year’s reunion is very special because it completes the migration circle of our ancestors. Our great grandmother left New Orleans between 1910 and 1915 for Chicago, while a different branch of the family left Louisiana for Los Angeles around 1920, and then in 1944/45, my parents made the move leaving New Orleans and family for San Francisco.
We are new at having family-wide reunions with the first one held in 2004 at New Orleans where it all began, the next year 2005 we met up in San Francisco and in 2007; we made Chicago our reunion home now in 2009 we return to New Orleans.
Cousins that did not attend any of the other reunions are attending this one, which makes it very special because some I have not seen in 10, 20 years. As, the family’s historian, this has been an incredible, exciting, rewarding, and fabulous journey, that I first embarked on in 1998 dragging along my nine brother and sisters and other willingly relatives.
I believe the highlight for me will be the visit to Nottoway Plantation where our great-grandmother Josephine Thompson along with her siblings and mother went at the end of the Civil War. To be able to walk where they once walked, touch what they once touched will be very emotional for me especially knowing their story and the history of the area. Later that evening at the banquet, I will share the DeLavallade Story, as I know it, Part IV. This year’s story is the “DeLavallade Frenchman; Family Lore or Fact,” which is an oral history past down through one branch of the family and written down by we believe the great granddaughter of this particular Frenchman. Having research most of the story and with documentation collected we will corroborate parts giving them greater credibility and the non-researched parts we will seek that credibility or give in to family lore that it is unproven. There are three versions of this story that I know of..., each carried by a different branch of the family with only bits and pieces being consistent.
Will let you know how all went when I return after Aug 12.