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The JACKSON family reunion

Hi All,

Well, itís over.

I am elated over a successful JACKSON family reunion held in San Diego, CA August 13-15, 2004. I am also glad that the anxiety of whether it would go well is over. Being the chair of the reunion committee and sometimes feeling that I was the only one working (Iím sure that my committee would beg to differ.), I often got weary.

But, all things went well. We started Friday night with a reception where all were able to get reacquainted and/or meet new relatives. There were general announcements and directions to various events.

On Saturday there was free time. Families were able to decide what things they wanted to do. Members visited Sea World, San Diego Wild Animal Park, and took a tour of San Diego among other things. Our keynote speaker was Lisa B. Lee who did an exciting session on the JACKSON family starting with its progenitor Henry from Loudoun County, VA.

While she gave some very interesting data on Henry and Thomas Henry JACKSON, she found what MAY be some information on my grandmother, Elizabeth Corum which was startling. We have always thought that my grandmother was a product of a white man and a black woman. Although there needs to be further research, Lisa has found that a slave and a white woman produced a daughter named Eliza Coram/Corum. Could this be my grandmother? Stay tuned.

Many people thought that Lisaís presentation would be boring, but were pleasantly surprised by what they learned. I took a chance on introducing the family to genealogy and getting interested in doing family history. I am glad that things turned out well.

After Lisa and the presentation of awards, we went dancing. I excelled at the electric slide LOL. The evening continued on a joyous note. Sunday the family attended the Christian Fellowship Community Church, United Church of Christ in San Diego where I preached on the subject ďHere am I, Send Me!Ē

Afterwards we joined with members from five partnership churches and had a picnic in a park behind the Christian Fellowship Church. All-in-all the reunion was very successful. It was the first time that it was held on the west coast. Forty-three adults and eleven children attended. Although reunion hotels were suggested, people stay in different places all over San Diego County. One reason this may have happened is that some family members came down early to enjoy southern California before the reunion and others stayed after for the same reasons.

Very happy,

Hal


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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