Friday, May 25, 2007

Amasa Day House Memorial Day Family Fest and Open House

Bring a picnic and join us after the East Haddam parade (Monday, May 28, 2007) for a day of family fun on the beautiful Amasa Day House grounds. 11-00-3:00.One of the house’s of the Antiquirian and Landmark Society.

Free admission to the grounds and free tours of the 1816 Federal – style house, home Civil War Veteran Eugene Chafee, Amasa Day's son-in- law. Donations are kindly requested.Civil War Re-enactors! Join the drill and more. Living history at its best!

12:45 performance of the East Haddam stage company’s “They call me Lizzie… from Slavery to the White House.” Best known as dressmaker and confidant to Mary Todd Lincoln.

Purchase refreshments, victorian toys and much more.

From Rte 9; Exit 7, Moodus, to Rte 82 East. Pass Goodspeed Opera House to Rte. 149. Museum is north 4.2 miles at the junction of Rtes 149 and 151.
From Rte 2: Exit 16, Moodus, right onto Rte 149 South. Museum is south 8 miles at the intersection of Rtes 149 and 151.

Amasa Day House
Plains Road
On the Green
Moodus, Connecticut 06469
(860) 247-8996 ext. 12

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

109th Reunion of the descendants of Cornelius Davis held in Stafford Springs, CT

The 109th Reunion of the descendants of Cornelius Davis, 2nd will be held on Sunday, August 20, 2006*. The group will meet at noon at the American Legion Hall, 3 Monson Rd. (just north of the intersection of Rtes. 32 and 190), Stafford Springs, Connecticut. ... We'll also have awards for the youngest, the oldest, the family member having come the greatest distance, and the family with the most members present.

We would like to know who will be coming by August 1, 2006, so that we may plan accordingly. ... Distance and other reasons will prevent many members from attending. We would still like to hear from you with vital information, address changes, and addresses of family members who may not be on the mailing list or changes to be made to the Family Tree.

Expenses for the Reunion are financed by a "free will" collection taken during the meeting and by generous donations received by mail.

As always, The Family Tree and the Davis Family Genealogy will be on display. These represent the on-going efforts of family members who continue to update the records of the Davis family.

Come join us as we reunite in historic Stafford, CT, originally settled by Cornelius Davis, 2nd. Davis Family Reunions have been held annually on the 3rd Sunday in August, except for a few years during World War II, starting in the late 1890s.

Sincerely, Holly Ann Thisdale,Davis Reunion Secretary
If you'd like to attend, please contact by August 1st:
Mark K. Davis; 10510 Auburndale Rd. Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023-2344

Stonington, CT Ultimate Family Reunion 2009

Once In A Lifetime
of the Founding Families of Stonington, Connecticut 1649-2009.
360 years of history

Descendants of FRANCIS BUSHNELL Reunion in Hartford, CT July 2007

Calling all descendants of FRANCIS BUSHNELL, to attend the first-ever, all-lineages reunion July 5-8 in Hartford Connecticut and July 9-18 in England. You can come to just one or both events. The one in Hartford will start with a tour and dedication of a gift to the Bushnell Park, which is also the front yard of the Connecticut state capitol. Following that, we’ll go on to The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts nearby, for lunch and a tour of that stately facility. It was erected in memory of Horace Bushnell, one of the movers and shakers of early Hartford, and, thus, the reason it was chosen to be the site of this reunion. The next day we’ll travel south to Guilford, Conn., the city Francis helped found upon his arrival in New England in 1639, and where there is an original building that we think Francis helped construct. We’ll also visit the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, where there is a replica of David Bushnell’s “Turtle” – a device he invented during the Revolutionary War to “harass the enemy” and which is a forerunner of our modern submarine. On Sunday we’ll visit a church that Daniel Bushnell helped build, and tour nearby cemeteries. While in Connecticut, we’ll lodge at the Rocky Hill Marriott Hotel at a rate of $99.68, including all taxes. Contact for information and registry.

On July 9 we’ll fly to England for the next eight days, visiting and exploring the towns where Francis lived, along with seeing the extraordinary sites to the south and west of London. The last three days we’ll be in London, with free time to do what you want as well as planned tours of the more famous landmarks. Our travel agency, Holidays Unlimited, has given us an estimated cost of $2600; which includes all transportation costs, hotel rates and fees including breakfasts, two dinners and one afternoon tea, and entrance fees to sites on the itinerary. Please pre-register with the coordinator, Kitty Dye, 2855 Sand Road, Port Clinton, OH 43452-2744; 419-734-4588; . Additional information can be found on the family website: or contact Kitty for print copies.

AVERY Memorial Association Family Reunion in Mystic, CT July 2007

The AVERY Memorial Association Family Reunion will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2007 at Seaman's Inn in Mystic, CT from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A buffet lunch will be served at 12 noon. After meeting entertainment will be a magic show by Joseph Potter, Colonial American Magician.

On Sunday, July 22 at 10 a.m. there will be a church service at the First Church of Christ Congregational Church in Groton, CT. Also a cemetery workshop at the Avery-Morgan Burying Ground in Groton, CT. The Ebenezer Avery House will be open both days. The cost is $40 for adults which includes the buffet and admission to Mystic Seaport. Deadline is June 30, 2007

Geer Family Association Reunion in Ledyard, CT June 2007

2007 Triennial Reunion of GFA To Be Held in Ledyard, Connecticut, June 22, 23, and 24, 2007!

The next General Meeting and Reunion of the Geer Family Association will be held in Ledyard, Connecticut, June 22, 23, and 24, 2007. Members and non-members alike are welcome! On the GFA page is a brief version of the GFA Summer Newsletter with information about this reunion available to download in Acrobat Reader. (To download free Adobe Acrobat Reader, click the button here. ) The reunion agenda, lodging information, and places to see in the Ledyard area are all in a downloadable section of the Newsletter -- go to "The GFA" page (link at left), then scroll down and click on the picture of the newsletter;or click here. A PDF version of the newsletter pages about the reunion will open. To register, click here for a Word version of the registration form, or here for a PDF version of it. We look forward to seeing you there!

New Geer Crest Shirts and Jackets

If you want to look really spiffy at the reunion, you can order new shirts and jackets with the Geer Crest on them. Click here to download the order form, with pictures, descriptions, and prices, in PDF format. (You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open this file.) Print out the order form, fill out your order, make out your check to Rambow, Inc. Important note: Mail your order to Marilyn Geer, 214 Dogwood St. N.E., New London, MN 56273. When Marilyn gets enough orders for one style, she will send them to Rambow. $2 from each order goes to the GFA. If you have questions, please call Maryilyn at 612-273-0296 or email her at

American Maritime History Course at Mystic Seaport June 18-July 26, 2007

Mystic Seaport's Munson Institute of American Maritime Studies is currently accepting applications for its summer courses in American maritime history. Early registration shows an interesting mix of students. Some will take the courses for graduate credit, while others will audit classes just for the joy of it.

Enrollment for the June 18 through July 26 Institute is, however, limited. Further information and applications are available by writing Co-Director Glenn S. Gordinier, Ph.D. at Munson Institute, 75 Greenmanville Ave., P.O. Box 6000, Mystic, CT 06355 or via the Internet at

Harvard's Professor Robert Albion founded the Institute in 1955. Since that time, hundreds of students from all walks of life have passed through the program and gone on to complete higher degrees, and publish numerous books and articles. Institute offerings are fully accredited by Trinity College and the University of Connecticut. This summer's offerings include: an American Maritime History Survey, a Maritime Studies Seminar and Independent Research.

The Munson faculty is made up of scholars from across the country. They are leading authorities on topics like ship technology, women and the sea, African-American seafaring, marine archeology, seafaring culture, the history of marine science and the environment. The faculty's most recent collaboration, the critically acclaimed America and the Sea has become a "must read" in the field. Another Institute resource is the newly restructured G.W. Blunt White Library, a major research library in maritime history on the Mystic Seaport grounds. The library houses a large collection of manuscripts and rare books and is available to Munson students.

During the six weeks of study, the 17 acres of Mystic Seaport serve as a unique campus where the nuances of maritime life are in evidence in scores of historic settings including the whaleship Charles W. Morgan. Additionally, Munson students participate in field trips to Newport and the old whaling ports of New London and Stonington, CT. They are also offered unique opportunities such as rowing or sailing period watercraft on the Mystic River and cruising aboard SABINO, America's last coal-fired passenger vessel.

Mystic Seaport works to preserve and exhibit the maritime heritage of America and to tell the story of America and the sea. The staff includes 350 professionals from a wide range of disciplines.

Glenn S. Gordinier, Ph.D.
Robert G. Albion Historian
Co-Director, Munson Institute
860 572 0711 ext. 5089

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Resources Available at the National Archives including under-utilized resources ...

Saturday, May 19, 2007: Connecticut Genealogist Society

SPEAKER: Walter Hickey,"Resources Available at the National Archives including under-utilized resources such as CT citenship papers in Waltham, MA and Boston Passenger Lists." CSG Members' Business Meeting, Election of Officers and Governors at Large, Literary Awards Presentation

Advanced Reservations are required. PLEASE NO WALK-INS. Your Reservation must be received in the CSG Office by May 16, 2007 by 3:00pm.

TIME: Registration: 8:30am, Business Meeting, etc.: 9:30am, Lunch: Noon,
Speaker: 1:15pm

LUNCH: Meal Choices are: Chicken Marsala, Broiled Sea Scallops, or Roast Loin of Pork (vegetarian dishes available). Please include your meal choice on the memo portion of your check. Thank you.
COST: $25.00, Speaker only: $20.00

QUESTIONS? Call the CSG Office at 860-569-0002

Location of Event:
Hawthorne Inn, 2346 Wilbur Cross Hwy, Berlin, CT