Family Reunions


This page contains information about family reunions for families throughout western NC as well as GA and TN.  If you would like to have your family reunion posted on this site, please contact the webmaster.  We are interested in reunions of any surnames common to western NC. We are posting info concerning both 2006 & 2007 reunions. If your reunion has already been held in 2006, feel free to contact the person listed for info about the next reunion date.


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Surnames and places beginning with M through R


Marlowe Marshbanks Mason Matthews McCoy
McDowell Messer



Morris Parker Parrish Passmore Poston
Price Queen Ray Reynolds Reynolds#2
Rice Roark Roberts
Moses Creek North Shore

Click on the surname or place above to go directly the the reunion info about that surname or place


Surnames and Places Beginning With






Benjamin Franklin Marlowe Family Reunion

2007 date to be announced
10:00 am –UNTIL
Lake Tomahawk Clubhouse
Black Mountain, N.C. 28711
Menu: Pot Luck

 bring your favorite dish or dessert and a 2 liter drink
Debra Rogers
530 Hannon Road, Inman, S.C. 29349
Phone (864) 472-2722
E-Mail: [email protected]
Doris Rudd
396 Camelot Drive, Rowesville, SC 29133

Phone (803) 829-1070

Come one Come all—Help spread the word


The Annual

Martha Salmon Marchbanks & Francis Marion Marshbanks Family Reunion
 2nd Sunday in October (October 14, 2007)
At the Broyhill Chapel and Fellowship Hall
on the Mars Hill College Campus
Mars Hill , NC

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 noon in the Broyhill Chapel.
A covered dish luncheon will follow at 1:00p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
For more information contact Coleen Crawford at (828) 645-7289,
Whitney Yoder at (828) 628-4902, or Shirley Buckner at (828) 683-2741


Hyatt, Luther, Joyce, Morgan, Mason, Earwood, Hendricks

and related families


August 20, 2006

 Lake Julian Park in Skyland

 Shed Number 3 (beside the playground)

 beginning at 2 PM

ending whenever


For info contact Terri Jo

 [email protected]

 828-658-9834 or 828-301-7605.


Matthews Reunion

Saturday, June 30, 20007

11:00 AM til....

Walnut Community Center

Walnut, NC

(Near Marshall, NC)

Covered dish lunch at Noon

Paper goods provided

for further info contact:

Donna Matthews Worley

828-649-2378 or 828-779-6468


McCoy/Welch Reunion  II

Saturday, May 26, 2007

10 AM - 4 PM

(or until ... if we aren't tired of talking & sharing info by 4 PM!!)


First Baptist Church Recreation Room

69 Iotla Street

Franklin, NC


Follow Main Street to the traffic light in the center of town.

At the Square, turn right on Iotla Street.

Pass First Citizen's Bank and parking lot on the right

Church is next building on the right

(on the corner of  Iotla Street and East Church Street)

Covered Dish Lunch at Noon

for more info contact:

Jo Fender

2938 Scarlett Circle

Charlotte, NC 28723


[email protected]


After the Reunion, everyone is invited to go to the Oak Grove Community to the Oak Grove Baptist Church to help with the preparations for Homecoming and Decoration on Sunday, May 27, 2007


The McDowell DNA Research Project

1st Reunion for the DNA Participants

July 6th thru July 9th in Asheville ,N.C. last year ( 2006 )

Check back often for news of 2007 reunion

Hopefully our line (Joseph Cathey McDowell,ca.1781 Burke Co.,NC) and any other line of the McDowell Families are also invited to attend.  We are planning Historic McDowell Home Tours, Fundraisers, Trip to the Highland Games, Dinner on the Grounds of Smith/McDowell House, Keynote Speakers, you name it!   Clan MacDougall will be present and have Piper's available for us.


We're just getting things put together, but have already seem interest from over 100 McDowell's from Ca. to Md., etc...anyone interested can contact Charlotte McDowell Baker or Chuck McDowell Co-Administrator, McDowell DNA Research Project, Nashville, TN   We need to know how many are planning to attend in order to reduce the price of the packages, which will be all-inclusive.


Come on Y'all!!!


Messer Family Reunion


The Messer family will gather at Panther Creek Baptist Church

October 6, 2007


  • Food the family and food and drinks to share.

  • Family pictures, records, letters, or books to share with others.
  • Family Recipes
  • Lots of stories and memories to share with all.
  • Paper products will be provided.


See old friends and meet some new ones.

With all of us together we will have a great time!

So don't miss it.  There will be door prizes.


Special Note:

This year we will continue collecting favorite

old family recipes for our Messer Family Cookbook.

Bring them with you and remember to include a brief note of who

in your family made the recipe and/or how it came down to you.


Joan Miller   [email protected]
Susie Barkley   [email protected]
Brenda Messer   [email protected]


For further info contact:


Brenda Messer


125 1/2 Walker Road

Morganton, NC 28655


Website: The Messerville Gazette


The Annual Reunion of the Descendants of

Abraham and Lydia (Stewart) Moore

including all descendant of

John Parker Moore & Millie Redmond Moore

 Saturday, July 21, 2007

Coonhunters' Club

Prentiss Bridge Road, Franklin, NC


Covered dish dinner @ 12 Noon

For more info call 828-369-8030 or e-mail Dee


Morgan/Passmore Reunion


Saturday, May 26, 2007

Nantahala High School Gym

Nantahala, NC

Main course: pork barbeque and grilled chicken

Each family please bring two side dishes and one desert

Call (336) 887-6260 for more information

For Passmore, see also the Passmore Reunion below

The 13th Annual Lamb - Morris Joint Family Reunion

 Founded 1994

This reunion will not be held in 2007

check in early 2008 for update on 2008

The reunion honors the descendants of Marmaduke Lamb and his wife Orpha Rollins, who relocated from Randolph County, NC, to Greene County, TN in the early 1800's. From there, many of their descendants migrated into Western North Carolina in the years immediately following the American Civil War.  The reunion also honors the descendants of Elias and Sarah Morris of Montgomery County, NC, and their sons who served the Confederacy (Zebedee, William, Larkin).  Zebedee and William relocated their families to Buncombe and Madison County, NC, just prior to the Civil War. This is not the Elias Morris who migrated to Kentucky. This Elias Morris died 30 August 1853 in Montgomery County, Pee Dee District.

The children of Marmaduke and Orpah Rollins Lamb were:

John Rollins Lamb* Charlotte Elizabeth Lamb
Lydia H. Lamb Margaret Lamb
David Rollins Lamb Riley Harland Lamb
James Rollins Lamb Oliver Marmaduke Lamb
Nathan Hamilton Lamb William Aiken Lamb


*Children of John Rollins Lamb (1811-1880)

and Sarah Elizabeth Ealy Lamb (1806-1876):

William Ryley Lamb John Oliver Lamb
James Aiken Lamb Rev. David Page Lamb
Thomas Nathan Lamb Elbert Sevier Lamb
Martha Jane Lamb Benjamin Franklin Lamb


Children of Elias and Sarah Morris


Cpl. Zebedee William Morris* William Chappell Morris
Thomas F. Morris Larkin A. Morris
Sarah Morris Henry W. Morris

James D. Morris


Zebedee and William moved to Madison County, NC


*Children of Corporal Zebedee William Morris (1827-1881), a disabled veteran of the Confederate States Army, 11th North Carolina Infantry, and his wife Emeline Williams (1827-1904) of Montgomery County  and of Madison County, NC. 


Pardee C. Morris Ellis Kerr Morris
Robert E. Lee Morris Martha Jane Morris
Missouri J. Morris Mary Ann Morris

Sarah Emeline Morris


For more info on this family, contact:

Marshall Styles -  Coordinator

20 Lake Valley Court,  Simpsonville, SC 29681


Moses Creek Kinfolk

Hooper/Stephens & Allied Families & Friends

2007 date & time to be announced

Moses Creek Church

Jackson County, NC

Sunday Morning Sunrise Service  and putting new flowers on the graves

then to the church for dinner & singing all day

Kinfolks are: Stephens, Mills, Hoopers, Hodges

 Everyone is Welcome!

The church has a full kitchen so bring your own food, plates, cups & silverware.

Welcome One & All!

Decendents of David and Nancy Silver Parker Reunion
Coon Hunters Building

Wide Horizion Road off Prentiss Bridge Road

Spring Reunion:

Saturday, April 21, 2007

9:30 until

Bring covered dishes
contact:  Barbara Gregory


Christmas Party

Date to be announced later

Coon Hunters' Club

Wide Horizion Road off Prentiss Bridge Road

Bring covered dishes
contact:  Barbara Gregory

Parrish Family Reunion

Next reunion 2008


Cowee Baptist Church

Highway 28 North

Franklin, NC


Registration - 11 AM

Picture taking, socializing, and a short program 11 AM - 12: 30 PM

Covered dish lunch - 12:30 PM



Please bring pictures, photos & other articles of family interest


for more info, contact:

Joyce Kinsland


Gloria Owenby

828-524-5811 or 828-524-0734


Parrish~Reynolds Reunion

July 27, 28, & 29, 2007

Budget Host Inn*

3210 Pine Street

Abilene, Texas

(I-20, Exit 286A)

Reunion begins 3:00 PM -  July 27

Friday evening meal provided

Breakfast on Saturday & Sunday (July 28 & 29) provided

Catfish Corner will provide lunch on Saturday

Please bring any treats, baked goods, & snacks you want to share

We will once again have our annual auction.

Please bring a handmade item if possible.





Gloria Owenby

828-524-0734 or 828-524-5811

*for motel reservations, call 1-888-672-5293 or 1-325-667-2683

Be sure to mention that you are part of the Parrish~Reynolds Reunion for a special rate.


Passmore Family Reunion

Saturday, August 25, 2007
 from 11 AM until 8:00 P.M.

Macon County Recreational Park

           1288 Georgia Road, Franklin, NC  28734 

Phone:  (828) 349-2090  to get directions.

Come and join us for fun and fond memories.

For Passmore, see also the Morgan/Passmore Reunion above

Poston Family Reunion

Held 2nd Saturday in August each year. 

This year's reunion will be held 

Saturday August 11, 2007

  Old Cruso School in Canton, N.C.

Families will gather at 11:30 AM 

Covered dish lunch at Noon

Anyone interested is invited to attend. 

Contact  Karen McCracken   828-667-5349 or

Lois Davis   828-298-3851


Annual Price Reunion


Sunday before Labor Day

This year's reunion will be held 

Sunday, September 2, 2007

 Price Cemetery

in Emert's Cove, Sevier County, TN

The Cemetery was established by John Palmer Price

from Spring Creek Madison County North Carolina in 1885,

and is part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

It is located one mile from the Ranger Station

in the Greenbrier Section of the park.

The host family for the 2007 reunion

will be the family of Robert Franklin Price

(2nd son of John Palmer. )


Directions: From Gatlinburg take Hwy 321 (going to Cosby)

approx seven miles from Gatlinburg crossing over

The Little Pigeon River will be Emert's Cove Road.

Turn right for the cemetery--

signs for the reunion will be posted along the hwy.


Anyone and everyone is invited.

for information, contact

Betty Price



Annual Queen Reunion

Third Sunday in October

This year's reunion will be held

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Barker's Creek Community Building

on 441 N & 74W

2 miles west of Dillsboro, NC

Most everything furnished

Attendees are encouraged to bring a favorite dish

for information, contact

Betty Queen Monteith


1st Annual Ray Family Reunion

The Descendants of John & Nancy (Sumner) Ray


The Descendants of Levi & Melinda (Deweese)  Ray

2007 Time, Date, and Place to be announced

 Covered dish lunch at 12:30 PM


Come and enjoy enjoy an afternoon of  fun with

both new unknown cousins and those you've known a lifetime



family photos, new & old

family history & genealogy to share

a big appetite!!


Please let one of our contact persons know if you will be attending

by June 17 so that we many know how many folks to set up for.




for more info, contact:

Margaret (828-369-7387)

Nancy (828-369-6040)

Jessie (828-524-8145)

Gloria (828-524-0734 or 828-524-5811)


Dee (828-524-9758)



Everyone Welcome!

Come one, Come all!



Reynolds Family Reunion

The Descendants of Abraham Reynolds

at The Old Reynolds Mansion

(the home of Daniel Reynolds, son of Abraham Reynolds)

at the foot of Reynolds Mountain

Asheville, N.C.


Friday & Saturday, June 22 & 23, 2007


Friday night, June 22: party on the porches of the Old Mansion

Saturday, June 23: Luncheon and Presentation

Everyone please bring a favorite dish


(We had out first reunions

June 25th, 2005 and June 24, 2006

and we had so much fun we're decided to do it again in !!)

website: Abraham Reynolds Reunions



  Julia R. Nowlin

[email protected]


Julia's Reynolds Ancestry

My ancestor is Daniel Reynolds and Susan Adelia Baird married October 7, 1844.  Daniel Reynolds was the youngest son of Abraham Reynolds and Mary Leaser. They had a family home on Bent Creek in Buncombe. Daniel and Susan had 10 children,  the 3rd being William Taswell Reynolds, born in Asheville Oct 14, 1849, William married Mamie Spears they had four children: George Spears Reynolds (my grandfather), Robert Rice Reynolds , Janie Reynolds Wood & William Taswell Reynolds Jr., My dad was George Reynolds, Jr.


Rice Family Reunion

Saturday, September 22, 2007

29 Rice Branch Road (Beaverdam Community) Asheville, NC

at the old home place of Civil War veteran James Ovely Rice

 Events begin at 9:00 AM

9AM Graveyard tour to many of the graves of family ancestors

Also at 9:00 AM family historians and those interested in

family history will meet at the house to swap family history information

 Covered dish lunch at noon

 Followed by a brief memorial service at the house

Followed by a walking tour of  the original family property on Rice Branch Road

Then picking and singing on the grounds presented by many of our Rice Cousins
For more information contact Lynn Henderson



22nd Annual Roark Family Reunion

Descendants and allied families of Charles and Abigail Roark

Held annually on the last Sunday in June

You are cordially invited to attend the 21st annual Roark Reunion

June 23 & 24, 2007

Riverview Community Center

Creston, NC

Genealogy information exchange on Saturday (see below)

Lunch will begin at 12:00 noon on Sunday. Please bring your food already prepared & ready to serve. Drinks, ice & table service items will be provided by the reunion committee. However, feel free to bring extra ice &drinks if you wish. Please let our Reunion Secretary know who will be helping with the cleanup after lunch from your family. She will be coordinating the volunteers.

Come early. Don’t forget to sign in for our records (please print) . Be thinking about some tales (mostly true) about yourself or other Roark family members to share with the crowd. Please bring a new or slightly used item for our auction which starts around 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 24, 2007. Proceeds go toward the Roark Cemetery Restoration Fund.


Tour of old Charles Roark homeplace - 3 PM

The Riverview Community Center (formally Riverview Elementary/High School) is located along the North Fork New River with a beautiful boardwalk right along the river with large grassy areas. The New River was designated as one of the 10 National Heritage Rivers in the nation.


The Center is located in the middle of ROARK Country. The Roarks were here before the American Revolution and many of them were involved in the battle of Kings Mountain. This battle destroyed Major Ferguson’s British Army, marking the beginning of the end of the Revolutionary War.


Many descendents of these valiant pioneers still live in the area today.  Charles Roark came to this area mid to late 1700’s. He settled only a few miles away from the Community Center. The foundation of his original log home still remains on the original site located on Peak Mountain. The Charles B. Roark log cabin will be open for touring starting around 3:00 p.m. on Sunday June 24, 2007.  While at the home you may get some history about who built the house and how it has been passed down through the Roark line to its present owner, Chris Taylor. From the house, some may want to hike the challenging way nearly 1/2 mile to the Roark Cemetery. The usual route will take you near the homeplace of Charles and Abigail Roark. Some steps and foundation are still visible. Bring a jug if you want to take home some fresh mountain spring water.


Roark descendants and allied families are invited to renew old friendships and gain new ones while participating in our reunion, auction, lunch and Roark Cabin Tour. In addition, our plans this year include a fun filled Roark Genealogy Family History Day in West Jefferson, NC at the Ashe County Public Library Heritage Room.

By popular request we have reserved the Heritage Room at the Ashe County Public Library in West Jefferson, NC all day Saturday, June 23, 2007. Jo Green, retired Ashe County librarian and expert on Ashe County history and genealogy, has agreed to assist us in our research, This is an opportunity for fellow Roark Researchers to share with each other as well as to allow the Roark Family Association to begin the process of updating and adding current information to the collection of Roark Family Genealogy data published by our relative and expert researcher, Loveta Schweers in book and CD formats.


The Roark Recipe book with recipes furnished by many reunion members has
been published. It can be purchased at the reunion.

We will also have Roark reunion shirts and caps.
The Riverview Community Center is located at 11719 NC Hwy 88, Creston, NC.
From Jefferson, NC, it is approximately 15 miles from the intersection of
State Hwy. 88 and US 221. From Trade, TN, take TN Hwy 67 to NC Hwy 88 for
approximately 15 miles. Please contact us for a map or more details.

Please pass this information along to other interested Roark kin

and invite them to join us in keeping the Roark families alive

For more information,

please visit the Roark Family Reunion Website

located at:

or contact

Duard Walker, President
[email protected]

Linda Roark, Secretary
[email protected]
[email protected]


Roberts Family Reunion


Descendants of John Roberts, Mary Roberts Phillips, Luke Roberts, Fannie
Roberts Crowder, William Roberts, E. S. Roberts, Andy Martin, and Pheobie
Roberts Mathis (all born in Madison County)


 Held in alternate years.

Next reunion: 2008


You may call any of these family members for info:

Helen Kitchin.......... 828-667-8046
Gail Moore.............. 828-855-2288
Jimmy Phillips......... 828-891-7838
Dorris Sherman...... 828-667-3981
W. B. Willis.............. 828-252-8123



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