REMEMBERING OUR FIRST TEN YEARS
PITTSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA — 1970
An informal meeting of members of the Vaughn, Barnes, and Brevard families meet late afternoon of August 28th, at the home of the late Andrew W. Vaughn and decide to have an annual family reunion. They decide that the first family reunion will be held in Washington, DC on the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd weekend in June 1971.
WASHINGTON, DC — 1971
The first annual family reunion is held June 27th - 29th at the Holiday Inn, located at Bladensburg Road and New York Avenue, NE. Between 50 and 75 “Cousins” meet in an informal setting. There are relatives from the South, North, East, and West, who are primarily interested in getting to know each other.
WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA — 1972
The second reunion finds the family heading South (from whence we came…….).
CAMDEN, SOUTH CAROLINA — 1973
Families attend this reunion from 16 states and the District of Columbia. The host counties are Lancaster, Fairfield, and Kershaw.
PITTSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA — 1974
At this reunion, more than 150 “Cousins” attend, with the State of Missouri being the farthest point represented.
WASHINGTON, DC — 1975
By this time, the main family reunion names are established: (Barnes, Brevard, Bufford, Cauthen, McGriff, Peay, Truesdale, and Vaughn).
NEW YORK CITY , NEW YORK — 1976
The branches of this great Family Tree are showing phenomenal growth. Sub-families identified with the main family names have swelled our reunion to well over 500 relatives.
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA — 1977
Those who attend this reunion state that this is the best yet. This reunion marks the beginning of intense lobbying to solicit votes for deciding the next host city.
BALTIMORE, MD — 1978
Relatives are now coming from 27 states, as well as Canada and Nigeria. They come by train, plane, and bus.
DETROIT, MICHIGAN — 1979
This reunion is billed as “The Cousins by the Dozens”.