EGBERT REUNION -1900
A pleasant company gathered at the residence of Morgan L. Egbert on Ithaca street Monday, to celebrate his 88th birthday. Mr. Egbert is the last of eight children, remarkable for his agility and cheerfulness, beloved and admired by relatives and hosts of friends; a devoted Christian, looking hopefully to the closing of a useful life and resting in the promise of a glorious resurrection. Those present were: Mrs. Parker, Miss Frank Egbert, Fruitvale, Dal.; Mrs. Joseph Coats, Watkins; Mrs. Mary Tifft, Rochester; Mrs. A. C. Burris, Mrs. James Swarthout, Lewis Egbert, Mrs. Bonnell and sons, Elmira; Carmi Lattin, Miss Pearl Lattin, Mrs. Marion McDougall, Veteran; Mr. And Mrs. Jas. MacDougall, Montour Falls; Mrs. Fosdeck, Big Flats; Mr. And Mrs. Geo. Egbert and son, Horseheads; C. R. Egbert, Mrs. A. O. Morgan, Mrs. G. H. Beard, Miss Mabel Beard, Auburn; Mr. And Mrs. Fred Egbert, Elmira.
Wellsboro Agitator, September 25, 1901
The Ashley Family Reunion
The Honorable Record of a Prominent Family - a Happy Social Gathering
Mainesburg, Sept 19 - The descendants of the late Forest Ashley enjoyed a reunion at the residence of Addison S. Ashley, near Mainesburg, on the 14th instant, and it was attended by upwards of fifty persons, ranging in ages from seventy-two to ten weeks. While most of them reside in the county, some came from Troy and Canton, in Bradford county, and Washington, D.C. Each family contributed to the sumptuous dinner, and everybody seemed overflowing with enjoyment. The young men’s game of baseball developed skillful playing and some strong hands in the athletic field. The family of Forest Ashley, consisting of four sons and two daughters, were all present, rejoicing in the fact that death has not invaded their ranks nor have any differences of opinion marred family affection for more than half a century. Being an outsider, your correspondent may properly add a word concerning the antecedents of this estimable family. Colonial records show that Robert Ashley, the head of the family in America, was a resident of Springfield, Mass., in 1638. His descendants are now found in nearly every State in the Union. An examination of the Ashley Genealogy, published by Prof. Francis B. Trowbridge, of New Haven, Conn., in 1896, reveals many of that name who have become prominent in the ministry, the professions of law and medicine, presidents and professors of colleges. Many have also been prominent in State and National affairs, among them being Hon. Chester Ashley, United States Senator from Arkansas in 1845. He took his seat with the incoming administration of President Polk and was given the chairmanship of the judiciary committee. Others have been equally successful in business, and as civil engineers in the construction of some of our most important railways. Hon. Ossian D. Ashley, of New York City, was for many years president of the Wabash railroad. At all periods of our country’s history the Ashleys have been noted for their patriotism, and among those who did honorable service and won distinction in the Revolution, were Maj. General John Ashley and Brig. General Moses Ashley. In the war of 1861-65 they were among the first to take up arms and were found on the rolls from many States. In all movements, civil, educational or religious, which laid the foundation of American society, they have borne an honorable part. - by Shays
EGBERT REUNION – Aug. 1904
A pleasant gathering of relatives convened at the home of Morgan L. Egbert in Horseheads to celebrate his ninety-first birthday, Aug. 8. Mrs. J. B. Coats of Watkins, is a member of the family, and greeted friends from Elmira, Horseheads, Auburn, Ithaca, and one from Tennessee. Messages were also sent from the Pacific coast. A poem was read describing the ancestral home as it was seventy years ago. The reunion was a mingling of joy and sorrow, as the Reaper had been busy and Cupid had not been idle. The three octogenarians had many memories to exchange, and minds as well as bodies were pleased and refreshed – Watkins Express
Dartt Reunion - August 31, 1904
First Meeting Held in Woodland Park Wednesday Last
The first reunion of the descendants of Col. Justus and Hannah [Gleason] Dartt was held in Woodland Park last Wednesday, Aug. 31. The necessity of postponing it one week greatly lessened the attendance. As it was 80 people sat down to a royal feast, and spent the day very pleasantly. After dinner, Rev. M.G. Smith, a grandson of Justus Marshall Dartt, read a carefully prepared and authentic history of the family, dating as far back as ten generations, when Roger Dartt and his two sons, Roger Jr., and Daniel, first settled in New England. Col. Justus Dartt was married to Hannah Gleason in Weathersfield, New Hampshire, in 1778. He served as a musician in the Revolutionary war. They came to Charleston township, and located at Dartt Settlement, 1810. He was the father of Justus Dartt Jr., and of Cyrus Dartt. Col. Dartt built and successfully operated the first saw mill in Charleston township and was one of the Trustees named in the charter for the Wellsboro Academy. He was County Commissioner in 1815. Having considerable musical ability coupled with genius, he made a Bass viola, which now is in the keeping of his grandson, Dr. Charles N. Dartt, of Kansas City. The graves of Col. Dartt and his wife are marked by broken slabs in the old cemetery at Dartt Settlement. It was suggested by the historian that his descendants cause to be placed at their graves a suitable monument, which shall do honor to themselves. The name of Mrs. Amelia Dartt Richards, of Wellsboro, was suggested to have the matter in charge. While there was no official action in the matter, it is hoped and strongly urged, that Mrs. Richards will seriously and earnestly undertake the work and we could almost guarantee a hearty response on the part of their numerous descendants. An organization was effected by electing Hiram W. Dartt, of Wellsboro, president; Mrs. Ed. S. Dartt, secretary, and A.P. Dartt, treasurer. The next reunion will be held the last Wednesday in August 1905. It is hoped that many more from this county and state and from other stated who know themselves to be in the line of the Dartt family will make a special effort to be present next year at Wellsboro. [Gray-Strange Scrapbook 1890s in Joyce's Museum]
McDOUGALL REUNION - 1905
The 22nd annual reunion of the McDougall families was held Sturday at the residence of Marion McDougall on the Ridge road. Several members were unable to be present. All those present enjoyed a very pleasant day. As follows are those who responded: James McDougall and wife and Fred Stone and wife of Montour Falls; Chauncey Sterling, wife and son Harr of Millport; William McDougall and wife of Elmira; Marion McDougall and wife, Al McDougall, Miss Emily, Charles, Alonso, Harry, Jay, G?? Burr, Mildred, George and Libbie M. Dougall of Veteran.
McDOUGALL REUNION - – 1906
McDougell Reunion – On Monday, Jan. 1, 1906, occurred the 23rd annual reunion of the McDougall family, which is held at the old homestead, now occupied by Marion McDougall. Those present were James McDougall and wife of Montour Falls; Joseph Pelham, wife and daughters Frances and Julia of Odessa; Chauncey Sterling and wife of Millport; Mrs. T. J. Carpenter and grandson Arthur Thalheimer of Horseheads; Al McDougall and wife, Theodore McDougall, Ed McDougall, wife and children Burr, Mildred, George Libbie and Raymond, Miss Emily McDougall, Marion McDougall, wife and children Alonzo, Harry, Jay and Grace, and Chas. McDougall and wife of Veteran.
McDOUGALL REUNION - 1907
Tuesday, at the McDougall homestead in Veteran now the home of Marion McDougall, occurred the 24th annual reunion of that family. Those present were Emily McDougall, Theodore McDougall, James McDougall and wife, Mrs. Al McDougall, Ed McDougall, wife and children Burr, Mildred, George, Elizabeth and Raymond; Marion McDougall wife and children, Alonzo, Harry, Jay and Grace; Chas. McDougall and wife of Veteran; Mrs. Wm. McDougall and daughter Clara Bell of Elmira, Chauncey Sterling and wife of Millport and Ed Brown of Elmira.
McDOUGALL REUNION - 1908
The annual reunion of the McDougall family occurred Tuesday at the home of Marion McDougall. A large number were present and all passed the day very pleasantly. The hope expressed by all on departing was that they might be permitted to meet again on Jan. 1, 1908. Marion McDougall intends to have a telephone at his residence in the near future.
WESTLAKE FAMILY 
FIRST ANNUAL REUNION OF THE DESCENDANTS OF REV. BENJ. WESTLAKE HELD ON SATURDAY.
The first reunion of the Westlake family of this locality was held Saturday at the home of S. D. Westlake in the town of Veteran, about 60 persons being present. The Westlakes in Chemung county are direct descendants of the Rev. Benjamin Westlake, a Methodist minister who preached in Horseheads in 1815. His remains were buried in the little abandoned cemetery on the Arnot property south of Sayre street and just west of the Lehigh railroad.
The following officers were elected: President, Samuel Westlake; Vice Presidents: Emory W. Westlake, Frank Westlake, Charles Wygant; Secretary and Treasurer, Milton G. Westlake; Executive Committee, Mrs. F. X. Young, Mrs. Mary Longwell, Anna May Westlake, Mrs. Bertha Myers.
The next meeting will be held the second Thursday in August, 1911 with Emory W. Westlake, Walnut Grove farm, Horseheads.
The following poem was written by Mrs. Robert Westlake Bowman of Sackett’s Harbor, N.Y. and read at the reunion:
Far hearts have called us—voice of kin,
Pulse-beat of blood—a common race
And some reply with hastening feet
With hand-clasp true, and face to face.
Eye meets eye, From lip to lip
The mutual joys, the common pride
Are passed in gladness and the topic
Of coming days are beckoning wide.
This is our day, beloved name
Linked with fair records, crowned of men,
And often as the years press on
That name shall summon us again.
And if, perchance, a silence fall
Above our feasting, and in tears
The laugh halts sudden, we shall know
Far hearts have called, beyond the years.
Beyond today, beyond the feast
Where they, immortal, walk and wait.
Till we have won the name they blessed
Some bloom, and too pass on elate.
The following were present: Emory W Westlake, Elizabeth Westlake, Florence Westlake, Emory W. Westlake, Jr., Frank Westlake, Annice Westlake, Frances Westlake, Kathrine Westlake, Frank Westlake, Jr., Milton Westlake, Lucy H. Westlake, Susie H. Westlake, George J. Westlake, Martha S. Westlake, S.D. Westlake, Julia Turner Westlake, Julia L. Westlake, Helen Westlake, Robert T. Westlake, William S. Westlake, Mrs. Adella Westlake, Mrs. Catharine Westlake, Anna M. Westlake, A. C. Westlake, Helen Westlake, Cassius Westlake, Ella Westlake, Mildred Westlake, Florence Westlake, Elizabeth A. Corel, Minnie L. Corel, Bertha Westlake Myers, Walter H. Myers, Mrs. Wm. Myers, Nettie Westlake Cadmus, Elizabeth Westlake Young, Frank Young, Elizabeth S. Colwell, Mrs. C. E. Longwell, C. E. Longwell, Carrie Longwell, Mrs. H. E. Ludlow, Hazel Ludlow, Charles Wygant, Mrs. Charles Wygant, George Whitney, Mrs. George Whitney, Lucia M. Kingsbury, Ermina C. Eddy, Lula S. Eddy, Sarah Eddy Thorne, Mittie C. Thorne, Mrs. Harriet Thorne LaDieu, Floyd LaDieu, Ermina LaDieu.
Hamm Family Reunions
Wellsboro Agitator 03 SEP 1930
The descendants of Karl, John and Henry Precit held a reunion at Homer Cleveland’s August 30. This was their first reunion. There were 53 present, including Mr. and Mrs. Homer Cleveland and family, Lydia Precit, Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Wood and family, Mr. and Mrs. Will Precit, Mr. and Mrs. John Precit and family, all of Manfield; Mr. and Mrs. Bert Priset and family, Mr. and Mrs. Glen Jenkins and family, of Wellsboro; Beckie Presit, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Priset and family, of Wellsboro, R. D. 4; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Tribe, of Barbon, N.Y.; Charles Precit, of Corning, and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Precit, Anna Priset and Mrs. Grace Bryant, of Mansfield.
Bowen Reunion 1950
The annual reunion of the descendants of Joshua and Diana Bowen was held Aug. 6, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Bowen, with 47 members of the family present, and three visitors, Rev. John Mann and Mrs. Mann, of Galeton, and Dr. Linn, of Pittsburgh.
Rev. Mann and Mrs. Mann sang a number of Welsh hymns. Miss Marie Bowen sang two solos, and the entire family joined in chorus singing.
In the evening, Mr. and Mrs. John Egbert showed many colored slides of their Florida trip and other interesting events.
Members present were: Mr. and Mrs. Monta Apgar, of Ansonia; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Scofield and son, of Gaines; Mr. and Mrs. Keith Apgar and family, of Spring Valley, N.Y.; Mr. and Mr. Kyle Apgar and family, of Elmira; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Bowen and family, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bowen and son, of Mansfield; Mr. and Mrs. Jay Bowen, Burr Bowen, Lawrence Bowen, of Wellsboro; Mrs. Herbert Root and son, of [article ends here] Wellsboro Agitator 15 AUG 1950
Sylvester News, August 16. (Handwritten on article 1899) The Daugherty and Beach reunion will be held in the Sylvester Grange Hall, Thursday, October 5th. By Order of President and Secretary.
GEORGE FAMILY REUNION. A Large Number of Guests Pass a Pleasant Day
at Leroy George’s. (Handwritten on article 1900.)
The 4th annual family reunion of the George family met at the home of Leroy N. George, at Sylvester, Saturday, Aug. 25, 1900. The weather was fine and quite a company gathered and enjoyed a general good time. A short address of welcome was made by H. P. Ray, Esq., and prayer by Uncle George Northrup, scripture reading by Mrs. Sarah Schoonover. Speeches were made by Uncle Abner George, Uncle Geo. Northrup and Mrs. Mary A. Herrington. Mrs. M. N. Edwards read one of her original poems and was highly applauded. Recitations were given by Leo, Clara and Max George and Stella Gardner. A song “Love at Home” was sung by Rilla Mascho and Clara George. The singing was furnished by the George family, led by the Rev. S. L. Bovier. Each wagon as it came seemed to bring dinner for all, soon the tables were covered with the best productions of the culinary art and nature suggesting we should relieve them. All were seated and we did our best eating, but found the supply four folds the need which proves the old family trait of having four years of provisions on hand, is clinging to the younger generations. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President, B. W. George; Vice-President, Lyzell George, Secretary, Will Jordan; Committee of General Arrangements, B. B. George, John Hammond and Theodore McPeek. Since last we met death has removed Mrs. McClure, Wm. Lane and J. B. Thomas who were with us at Bomrey’s Grove in 1899. Uncle Abner in his speech told us of that golden reunion, where all who sleep in Jesus shall gather and sing praises to the Redeemer forever. May we all meet in 1901 where the committee decides. Angie George, Sec.
GEORGE REUNION (Handwritten on article 1902)
The fifth annual reunion of the George family was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Hammond at Brookfield Sept. 24th. There were about forty relatives and friends present. After a Sumptuous dinner as served to which all did ample justice, they retired to the parlor and listened to an address of welcome by the host, followed by remarks from different ones present and a good lively social time. Although the day was dark and stormy without, there was an abundance of sunshine within. The officers elected for the coming year are: Pres., Wesley Hammond; Vice-Pres., Ray George; Sec., Mrs. Edgar Cook; Treas., Bert Brown. It was decided to hold the next reunion at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. George the second Wednesday in June 1903. –Griffin Scrapbook
McLEAN REUNION. The McLean reunion took place on Aug. 27th, 1902 at Halsey McLean of North Fork. The day was pleasant and it was remarked by the president that he hoped this would be the most pleasant reunion, if possible, of all. All seemed inspired with the same feeling and seemed to try to make this of all days the brightest each trying to make other happy. Dinner was served at 12:30 and then they set down to a sumptuous repast at which all did ample justice. Following a short program: prayer by Mr. Bell, a solo by two daughters of Mr. Bell. Election of officers was next with Halsey McLean as president, C. H. Pickett, vice-president, Burt Cleveland, treasurer and W. L. McLean, secretary. Next reunion will be held on the fourth Wednesday in August at W. L. McLean’s of Potterbrook. W. L. McLean, sec. –Griffin Scrapbook
PIERCE-SELLECK REUNION. The first annual reunion of the Pierce and Selleck families was head at the residence of A. Z. Pierce on Wednesday, August 27, 1902 in the town of Woodhull. Misunderstanding as to the date kept quite a number away and the funeral of a near neighbor and friend, Mrs. Alfred Northup, made it eminently proper to excuse a large number of others. But the attendance was satisfactory there being about thirty present. Guests from Westfield were Mr. Samuel Pierce and wife, Randolph Pierce and wife, Noah Selleck the daughter, Frank Taylor, wife and daughter, Gladys and Mrs. Ella Haner and daughters, Nina and Zella, and son Roy. From Rathbone the guests were John Selleck and wife, Henry Merring and family and Miss Phoebe Lloyd. It was indeed a great satisfaction to visit with Uncle Noah again and see him as lively and rational as a man in his prime though he is now almost ninety. Almost equally as wondrous though in striking contrast was bright, sweet, little Gladys Taylor who was lively and mischievous enough to entertain a whole picnic. Romping in the big swing, fishing, visiting and feasting were the enjoyable diversions. None could hear enough or talk fast enough the day being too short. The after dinner speeches were followed by the election of officers and a permanent organization was effected. Henry Merring was chosen patriarch; A. Z. Pierce, scribe; Randolph Pierce, toast master; Mrs. Minnie Taylor, literary committee; Mrs. Ella Haner, chief commissary for the state of Pennsylvania; Mrs. Henry Merring, ditto for the state of New York. The next meeting is to be held at the home of John Selleck of Rathbone on the third Wednesday of August 1903. The invitation is general. All intimately or remotely related to the Pierces or Sellecks are urged to be present. The invitation also includes all those who have a reasonable expectation of becoming related to either of these families in the future. A. Z. Pierce, Sec. –Griffin Scrapbook
Brookfield News Items (Handwritten on article 1902)
The Davis family reunion took place on Wednesday, August 27th at the home of Frank Davis near North Fork. The family are the descendants of Joseph and Fanny Davis, who were formerly from Rhode Island and were educated and refined people, transmitting to their descendants the graces which made them popular. After a most sumptuous dinner, a short and spicy program was given. Officers for the ensuing year were elected. James Davis, president, invited the next reunion to his home. After the election, all went out on the lawn when a photograph was taken of the group and about five o'clock the parting began taking place and there were many expressions of satisfaction in regard to the way the day had been spent. –Griffin Scrapbook
PLANK FAMILY REUNION. Held on the Westfield Fairgrounds-It Was a Jolly Affair. Brookfield, Sept. 2 (handwritten 1902) The second annual Plank reunion was held on the Westfield fair grounds on August 29th. It was a gathering of Lovel and Mehetabel Plank and of Mrs. Plank’s brothers, Isaac, Dan and Harvey Metcalf. Lovel Plank and his wife, Mehetabel Metcalf Plank and their children moved here from Paris, Oneida County, N.Y. in 1832. They had six children, only one of whom, Mrs. John G. George, aged 75 survives. There were at the reunion 150 persons including, besides Planks and Metcalfs and descendants, a number of invited friends. Those present came from Brookfield, Westfield, Sunderlinville, Harrison Valley, Hornellsville, Troupsburg and Woodhull, and one relative was from New York City. By one p.m. all had assembled. Two long tables were covered literally with all the elements of a bounteous delicious dinner, of which the 150 feasters partook heartily. Although the Planks are noted for their appetites, there was left when dinner was over enough food to satisfy half as many more. After dinner some played ball, others indulged in target and pigeon shooting and still others enjoyed conversation. Everybody was jolly, and a few tripped the light fantastic toe. It was the most mirthful gathering which the writer has attended in many a year. The oldest person present was Aunt Polly Ann Metcalf, aged 87, widow of Moses H. Metcalf, and the youngest guest was Tyler Spaulding’s grandchild, five weeks old. At. 4 p.m. all met again the dining hall, and the Secretary read the minutes of last year’s meeting. Welcome Plank was elected President for the ensuing year, and William Plank Secretary and Treasurer. It was unanimously voted to hold the next reunion at the same place; time not fixed. This year’s gathering was certainly one long to be remembered. –Griffin Scrapbook
MCLEAN FAMILY REUNION. The ninth annual reunion of the
McLeans took place August 26th, 1903 at the home of W. L. McLean and was
well attended. The weather for days had been very bad but on the
26th sky again opened her eyes and smiled as though pleased at the event
of this occasion. The company gathered until sixty-two appeared with
bright faces and dinner was served at the grand long table at which all
were seated as one grand family. The dinner was delicious and very
important still not the main feature of the gathering, they being called
together by friendly motives, kindly affections and kindred ties which
shall eventually prepared then to form that grand reunion when the “Dead
in Christ shall rise.” After dinner a short program followed; prayer
by Mrs. R. Haynes. Time cut services short as some were anxious to
get home and all were waiting to have the company photographed, which was
struck off at 4 p.m. Voted that the old officers still serve another
year and to hold next meeting at A. McLeans, North Fork on fourth Wednesday
of August 1904. W. L. McLean, Sec. –Griffin Scrapbook