My granddaughter, Kali Martin, approached me about joining the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. I was elated that one of the younger generation was interested in joining a group in which I am so involve. It didn’t take long for me to get started on her application. I started with the most interesting ancestor, John Slaymaker, that I knew was related. The Slaymaker home is still occupied and is known as White Chimneys, Lancaster County, PA.
The Slaymakers are well known in Lancaster County, so what could be so hard to prove this ancestor. Ah, but for some punctuation, it was not accepted. The only proof that I found connecting the dots to the correct line was an Orphan’s Court record that names all the children and grandchildren, but used no commas to delineate who belonged to whom. Instead of beating my head against the wall to find another document, I took the easy route and found another ancestor.
This time, I researched the Eby’s, another familiar name in Lancaster County. Plenty of Eby’s, so one of them had to provide service or pay taxes in support of the revolution. Without too much effort I was able to prove that Christian Eby was a Private in the Revolutionary War and is also eligible as a patriot for paying the Pennsylvania supply tax in 1779. It is also her grandfather’s middle name. Wahooo! Kali Martin, Junior Member NSDAR. I hope she gets as much out of being a part of the largest, wholly owned and operated by women organization, as I have. So many women who have God, Home and Country as their service motto. We have almost 200,000 members and hope to reach our goal of 250,000 members by the time the United States celebrates our 250th anniversary.
I am working on a project for the Hiram Charles family of Lancaster County, PA and would like to hear from any members who are willing to provide a DNA sample for family research. Depending on your family relationship, a DNA kit may be provided.
This project will use Autosomal DNA, so you won’t be excluded because of gender. The results may be uploaded to GedMatch, but would not be identified with any of your information.
For further questions about this project, send an email through this website.
The Frank and Lydia (Buckwalter) Hershey family reunion will be held at Paradise Community Park on August 26th, 2018, Pavilion #2, starting at 1:00 pm. The park is located on Londonvale Road off Rt. 30 in Paradise, Lancaster Co., PA. Bring a large dish to pass, table service, lawn chairs and drink. Share your family updates and pictures.
There is a playground, baseball, basketball and tennis available, but bring your own equipment.
If you have any questions, reply to this website. We look forward to continuing this long tradition of Hersheys gathering in Paradise.
It is that time again to let you know that the Frank and Lydia (Buckwalter) Hershey Family Reunion will be held at Paradise Park in Gordonville, PA August, 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm. Please share this information with your family. Postcards will be going out to those who have not given me an email address. You can leave a message through this blog if you have changed your email/address, way of notifying you about the reunion. We hope you will attend this year and bring your children.
For all who are interested in the 300th Hershey Anniversary the website is now on line. http://www.christianhershey.doodlekit.com It is a beautiful website to watch and keep in your favorites. They will be posting further information about the reunion as plans are finalized. Hope to see all of you Hersheys at the reunion.
The 300th anniversary gathering of Christian and Oade Hershey’s arrival west of Lancaster in 1717 is planned for September 16, 2017. Please mark this date on your calendar and watch this site for further updates. Chairman of this event is Carl E. Hershey ([email protected]) if you would like to contact him directly. They are working on a website for announcements.
We had another successful Frank and Lydia (Buckwalter) Hershey reunion on August 23rd. The younger generation continues to attend and bring yet another generation of great grandchildren. The Hershey Reunion booklet got quite a few additions of marriages and births.
We had no deaths to report, however two days after the reunion, we lost Raymond Denlinger. Ray had regaled us with a story about Elmer Hershey’s chicken coop washing down the Pequea Creek during a flood, chickens and all, and lead us in “How Great Thou Art”. We will all miss Raymond and his wonderful music at the reuions, however for those who were lucky enough to get one of his CDs a few years ago, we can still enjoy his music. His memorial service will be September 19th at the Neffsville Mennonite Church.
We look forward to next year’s reunion when Esther Hershey Kolb’s family will be hosting the group. Until we meet again.
It’s that time of the year again with Frank and Lydia’s grandchildren get together to catch up on the marriages, births and unfortunately those we have lost since we last met. The reunion will be Sunday, August 23, 2015 at Paradise Community Park, Londonvale Road off rt. 30 in Paradise, PA, lunch at 1:00 p.m. Bring a dish to pass, table service, lawn chairs and drink. Share family pictures and information. Please share this reunion information with your immediate family as we do not have email or snail mail addresses for everyone.
There is a playground and athletic fields available, but you will have to bring your own equipment.
If you have questions, please get in touch with Marlene Buch at [email protected]
Yesterday(Aug. 24, 2014) it was a beautiful day for a reunion. The skies were blue, the temperatures warm and the conversation lively. The Ephraim Hershey family hosted the picnic and we had a fair turnout. Lots of kids were there to take advantage of Paradise Park, Pequea Creek and the country setting for finding out about their ancestral home.
We had some cousins who had never been to the reunion, or at least since they were very young, come out to meet all of their Hershey relatives. The Hershey’s are all good cooks, so no one went home hungry. We were entertained by Ray Denlinger’s hunting story. His hunting prowess could have fed the 5000.
Next year the Vera Hershey Landis family will be hosting, so stand by for the Who/What/Where/When of the Reunion.
We had a number of additions reported and a few marriages. Look for your newsletter to arrive at your email when I get it completed.
See you next year.
It’s that time of the year again. The Hershey Family reunion for the descendants of Frank and Lydia Hershey will be held August 24, 2014 at Paradise Park, Paradise, PA. Lunch will begin at 1:00 pm. Bring a dish to pass, drink, table service and lawn chairs. If you have any questions, contact Don Hershey [email protected]
See you there.