Towne Family Association, Inc.

Regional Meetings

Small, informal regional meetings have been held around the country in between the national annual reunions. Scroll down to read about get-togethers which have been held in Washington, Oregon, Michigan, Tennessee, and Colorado.

Interested in hosting a meeting with people from your area? Contact Karen Johnsen, who will get you started!

2016 First Midwest Regional Meeting

Dianna Emerson, Chairperson

Most of the midwest regional group in Sunfield, Michigan

A Towne Family, Cousins and Friends Reunion was held on July 30, 2016, in Sunfield, Michigan, at the Welch Museum, which is also the home of the Sunfield Historical Society. The building used to be the Welch Hardware and it was donated to the Society. The museum has been open for five years and along with several rooms of antiques, the Society has their genealogy room and newspaper archives housed there. The museum even houses Sunfield's original jail and a 1927 fire engine.

The co-hostesses were Dianna Emerson and Sue Curtis. Approximately 50 people attended the event with 7 attending from out of State: Arizona - 2, Iowa - 2, and 3 from Indiana. (It wouldn't be a party without Barb Cole and Trudie Hovarter in attendance.) Former TFA President (1992-1998) Myrtle Tisdel attended with her family.

After registration and a bit of social time, the first speaker was Shirley Gage Hodges and everyone was pleased with her topic - Preservation of Our Histories. She discussed the role of a family historian and preservationist, setting goals with realistic deadlines, passing on items in a person's possession that might tell wonderful stories, and things to consider when choosing a storage area.

After lunch, the group listened to a Rebecca descendant, Brenton C. Kemmer. He spoke how his hobby as a historical reenactor has shaped his life and genealogy. He is an author, novelist, retired public school history educator, and a professional researcher. Brent's home will be featured in the Early American Life magazine this Fall. What is amazing is he has built a 1/2 scale of Fort Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City, Michigan. That fort was originally built by the French in 1714 - 1715 to control the fur trade and European development of the upper Great Lakes. Brent says he can sleep 28 people in his barracks and he is an active member of the Massachusetts Provincial Battalion. The group reenacts in the French and Indian War as British soldiers and allies.

Several door prizes were given during the day including books authored by Brent Kemmer. The buffet was great from a local caterer. People were eager to meet and speak to each other and several shared information. The day was a great success!


2016 Northwest Regional Meeting

Ivon R. Young, Chairperson

Photography courtesy of Virginia Towne

Our NW TFA annual meeting was held in Salem, Oregon at the Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill (Mission Mill Museum and Marion County Historical Society) on Saturday, July 9, 2016.

Mission Mill Museum is the interpretive site for two important historic stories – Jason Lee's Methodist Mission, 1834 to 1844, and the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill, founded in 1889. Both are vital components to Salem's and Oregon's history.

Previous Regional Meetings

2011 Tennessee Regional Meeting

Debbie Towne Atchley, Chairperson

Pictured L-R: Dan Fuller, Debbie Towne Atchley, Tom Allen, Riley Atchley, Terri Lambing,
Anne MacDonald, Mike MacDonald
Photography courtesy of Jeff Atchley

TFA members in the surrounding states (MO, AR, KY, AL, TN, MS)have been trying to get together about every six months in the Tennessee Genealogical Society's room at the Regional History and Genealogy Center in Germantown TN. We meet at 10AM and finish by 3PM on a Saturday. Love to hear from any of our new folks too.

Keep posted for information about the next gathering.

For more information, contact:

Debbie Towne Atchley

2013 Colorado Regional Meeting

Charles Towne, Chairperson

TFA Mini-Reunion in Colorado May 18, 2013

It all started with a map. I found it among my collection of documents while at the TFA reunion in England. The map showed the number of TFA members who resided in each state; in Colorado there are nine members. By the time I got home from England, I had made up my mind to contact each family suggesting a reunion I selected a date and contacted a restaurant in a central location.

On the big day five families met around a cluster of tables in a quiet section of the restaurant in downtown Littleton, Colorado. There we shared our lineage from William. It happened that all five families descended from William's son, Jacob. Four of the families descended from Jacob's son, John. And two families have a common ancestor six generations from William. I had personally hoped to find commonality more recent in William's descendants primarily to see if I could pin down where my one DNA mutation of 67 markers occurred.

I was impressed with the Towne family genealogical knowledge that the attendees had. One lady had a copy of Edwin E. Towne's book that was literally filled with notations of additional and corrected data jotted in the blank areas on almost each and every page. In summary, I think everyone had a good time, gained some knowledge of their "cousins" and we all agreed to do it again next year.

Charles (Chuck) Towne
Littleton, Colorado

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