Kinsearching March 21, 2010




Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     Another exciting national TOLLIVER family reunion is planned for June 25-26, 2010, at the Carl D. Perkins Community Center in Morehead, KY. All TOLLIVER/TOLIVER descendants are urged to attend.

     This year Jim Oxford, a descendant of Remington, James, John (1760) TOLLIVER and a member of the Shawnee Nation, will share an exhibit of his hand-carved Native American-style pipes. Also on display will be a blanket hand-woven by Lytte Toliverís wife, who was born in 1826. Louella Toliver Hugenard will give the history of her line that extends back to Joel and Moses; three possible children of Moses were Joel, Jesse (who married Hannah and lived in TN and AL), and John (who married Saloma MILLER).

     As usual, there will be opportunities to exchange family information, participate in the recipe project, recognize war veterans by adding their pictures and personal information to posters, eat a pot luck lunch, and bid in a silent auction. For more information, go to the website at or get in touch with Emma Lee and Bill Tolliver, 472 E. Torrence Rd., Columbus, OH 43214-3849 (phone 614-267-6556; cell 614-620-6556; e-mail or Dr. J. D. Reeder, 121 Blackberry, Morehead, KY 40351 (phone 606-784-5669; e-mail:

     Some reunions , like that of the Tolliver family, have occurred on a regular basis for a long time. Many, however, will be held for the first time this year. Others are in the early planning stages so they will occur at some unspecified time in the future. Even more would be taking place if the people willing to perform the work knew what to do. For twenty years, Reunions Magazine has maintained its popularity because it continually provides practical advice for both beginners and experienced organizers about such gatherings, whether they are family, school, military, or some other kind.

     Edited by Edith Wagner, the reader-driven quarterly tackles large and small aspects that organizers may face. Examples of topics in the February/March/April 2010 issue are six simple ways to keep your reunion budget in check, how to start a non-profit alumni group, how to handle a dilemma concerning hotel cancellations, reasons why reunions need websites, fundraising tips, and how to handle family members with special needs at reunions. Annual subscriptions are still available at the low price of $9.99 ($17.99 for two years). Checks should be sent to Box 11727, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211-0727 (phone 414-263-4567; fax 414-263-6331; e-mail

     Subscribers will also receive the just-published tenth edition of REUNIONS WORKBOOK, valued at $9.95. The 50-page glossy booklet furnishes useful information accompanied by checklists and space for writing personal notes. Subjects encountered in the attractive guide include choosing a date and location, setting a budget, inspecting the site, negotiating, raising funds, deciding who to invite, determining which activities to make available, arranging meals, preserving reunion memories, and wrapping up and evaluating the gathering. For more information, go to the website at

     If you have a BATES line, you may be interested in joining the Bates Family of Old Virginia (BFOOV). Members receive a subscription to the organizationís quarterly newsletter, THE BATES BOOSTER. Topics in two of the issues published in 2009 pertained to the Bates DNA project; Virginia headrights; John L. BATES, the interpreter for FDR at his talks with Stalin; early nineteenth-century papers of Frederick BATES; tidbits on BATES individuals in Virginia; BATES obituaries from all over the United States; slaves of Charles F. BATES of Goochland Co., VA; photographs of the James W. BATES family of Eldon, IA, and of John Newton DUNN and Eathel Lilly BATES of KS and MO; marriage record for Samuel BATES and Martha ASTIN in 1793; and chancery court record in Bedford Co., VA, for William BATES and Elizabeth GIBBS.

     Annual dues remain only $20. Checks, payable to The Bates Family of Old Virginia, may be sent to Debbie Harper, editor, P. O. Box 2640, Glen Rose, TX 76043. For more details, go to the society's website at http://www.BFOOV.ORG.

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