Current as of 1 May 2013
ALL GORDY'S AND KIN ARE WELCOME!! Please come and join us.
We will gather on Saturday June 22 in the Fellowship Hall of the Decedar Baptist Church in Jasper County, Mississippi at 10:00 A.M. Directions to the church are available on the web. On Sunday June 23 we will meet at Fred and Eileen Gordy's house in the Newton County Prairie. (Directions will be available on Saturday or upon request - email Eileen.) On Saturday we have presentations (coupled with visiting and food) and Sunday is freeform - time to extend discussions, visit, look at original documents or (weather permitting) visit the local lands and cemeteries. On both Saturday and Sunday we will have morning coffee/tea and snacks ready at 10:00. The Saturday mid-day meal will be an old-fashioned pot-luck. Everyone please bring a dish. All the eating utensils, ice, water, soft drinks and coffee will be provided. We will plan for the Sunday mid-day meal on Saturday afternoon. (Usually we have lots of leftovers from the Saturday meal.)
The presentation this year will center on the locations of several Mississippi family homesteads prior to and during the civil war. As many of you know, the location of the original Newton County homestead and the extent of its land holdings has been a matter of speculation for some time as a Courthouse fire destroyed records prior to 1876. Where and how our family lived is interesting and sometimes surprising and the way the scattered facts came together is a story in its own right. There will be copies of the most relevant documents and maps as well as photographs of some of the lands.
We hope to have a Sunday field trip to the homestead area where William Senior and sons, Milton and Asbury, lived in 1860. If you are interested, please wear or bring jeans and sturdy shoes or boots as the land is now part of Beinville National Forest and not always smooth walking. We also could arrange a driving trip to see the 1860 homestead areas where Robert Gordy or W. D. Gordy lived.
Copies of Melinda and Barbara’s book, The Gordy Family Story, will be available for purchase.
Please bring any old family photographs or documents that you have to share. We have facilities to scan and share them. (Please email Eileen if you have photos and are only planning to come on Saturday so we can have that equipment at the church.)
Melinda will be adding information to the family genealogy database on Saturday and Sunday, so please bring the statistics for any recent life changes or new research in your lines.
On Sunday we will also have an internet connection, wi-fi, and printing/copying capability, so bring computers, flash drives, CD/DVDs for information/photo transfer.
The Mississippi reunion is sponsored by the descendants of William D. Gordy (b. abt 1824 Hancock County GA, d. 13 Jan 1898 Newton County MS), PeterI/PeterII/Leonard/WilliamM. /WilliamD.