Below is the original post for the reunion. Unfortunately, we are cancelling the reunion, but hope to reschedule it in the Fall of 2020. Keep checking back for more information.
A Gathering of the Clans
We would like to once again gather as family to share our rich heritage. The reunion was traditionally held on July 4th on White Rock Creek and later at the Brandon Community Center so that everyone could enjoy the Texas heat. Ha!
The Community Center has air conditioning now, but we thought we could try an earlier date in the spring. After much discussion, we did come to the realization that there is a concern about every date. They are either too hot, too cold, too close to the holidays, too great a chance of storms…you get the picture. In the end, the Community Center was available on this date and we booked it.
The tentative plan for Saturday:
8:30 – 9:30 am Arrival at Community Center in Brandon
Coffee and donuts as we mingle and chat
Set up Clan Tables
Calling of the Clans
Brief history of the Wood Family – Isabella Riddell Wood’s letter
Introduce Silent Auction Items
10:30 – Noon Clan table explorations and meeting new cousins
Bidding on Silent Auction Items
Noon Blessing the Meal and Catered Lunch (price per person – $XX payable to Diane)
1pm Silent Auction Closes
1:15 Silent Auction Winner Announced
1:30 – 3:30 Tours
Destination A – Milford Cemetery (burial place of James and Isabella Wood, James Franklin Ward, Luella Ward, John M. Patterson (second husband of Jane Wood), Lillias Park Ferguson and her daughter, Emily Isabella Ferguson.)
Destination B – Brandon Cemetery (burial place of Margaret and James R. Davis, Jane Mason Wood Frazier Patterson, Jeanette and Benjamin Ward and Isabella and R.A. Ferguson. Many of the children of these families are also buried here. *Monroe Frazier, first husband of Jane Wood, is buried in the Old Brandon Cemetery along with their daughter Mary Isabella.)
Destination C – James and Isabella Wood Home (Built in 1846 by Elisha Smith Wyman, this home was purchased by James and Isabella in 1852.)
4pm Arrive back at the Brandon Community Center
Farewells and Plans for the Future