Wood Family Reunion 2020

Wood Family Reunion: Saturday, April 25, 2020 CANCELLED

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.

Thank you,


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

Check in

Coffee and donuts as we mingle and chat

Set up Clan Tables

9:30-10:30am     Welcome

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

Bagpipe Exhibition

Farewells and Plans for the Future








  • Artie Elaine Parny

    Hi Jana, I am so excited to discover your blog regarding the family and renovation of The Homestead. I’m also sad to say that I want so much to attend the family reunion and I cannot.

    My husband is from France and his mother passed last May. We will be traveling there to help his brother settle the estate, returning on the 20th. April 25th, we will have a big sales event for our little town of 850, where six Antique/Vintage Venues will be open as well as our bakery. The event should bring in about 1,500 or so people. I’ve thought of every way possible that we could attend the reunion but, it will be an exhausting time for us with all we have going on. I was very young when my family attended one of the last reunions on White Rock. It was wonderful!!! There were so many people and so much food!! I am already planning on being there next year!!

    Thank you for all you are doing to revive all the lost family history and traditions!! Since I now know about the reunion, I am planning that somehow all of my own brood, here in Missouri, will come with me so that they may discover some of their own family roots from long ago.


    • Jana Burch

      Unfortunately…because of the COVID 19 outbreak, we have postponed the reunion until the fall of 2020. I’ll be looking at dates (along with the general way things are going) to see if we can’t all get together later in the year.
      I’ll keep you posted!

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