Today (August 13th) was the 85th Ellingwood family Reunion. Originally

begun by the children and descendants of Asa Freeman Ellingwood and

Florilla Dunham Ellingwood, it is also open to any descendants of Ralph

Elinwood  who came to America and settled in Beverly, Ma. in the 1600's.

In fact anyone Ellinwood, Ellingwood, Ellenwood or Ellwood are descended

from Ralph. The reunion is always held Saturday in August and for some time

at the home of Jerry Ellingwood in Norway, Maine.




So this morning  my sister Cheryl picked me up VERY early and we drove up

to Maine and following a side trip we arrived at Jerry's house where we spent

a few hours with him and other cousins Bonnie Atkinson and Lori Barnes Grippo

again, and to meet fellow genealogists and Ellingwood descendant Pam Carter

for the first time.


Here's a few pictures:


After eating and group photos outside under the canopy., the annual business meeting

was held in the garage: Afterward people broke into conversations. There are several

tables set up there as well, such as this one with the desserts:





Jerry's house overlooks Norway Lake (also known as LakePennesseewassee ) and

there's plenty of space for the younger cousins to play games om the lawn

A boat was available for those who wanted to get out on the water.


One of the other tables had copies of Florence O'Connor's book The Ancestors 

and Descendants of Asa Freeman Ellingwood and Florilla (Dunham) Ellingwood .

available from Jerry. There are family updates every year at the reunions to add

 to the book and also a  newsletter that Lori puts together. Also on display are

several photograph albums and a binder with the minutes of every reunion

business meeting! 





This was the second Ellingwood Reunion we've attended (my first was in 2009) and

it was a good time and a nice trip all around.


I look forward to more Ellingwood Reunions! 

((Originally posted at West in New England 13Aug 2011))

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Comment by Norman K Mitchell on January 18, 2012 at 7:12am

 would love to come my farther in law used to go to this  i have some old photos of  Asa F Ellinwood and Florilla Dunham  My wifes line is Asa Ellimgwood , dau Polly m John Brown, dau  Rose m Henry Whitney, dau Romona , Had Vernor Coolidge my wifes grandfather  


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