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The Kennamer Reunion

Minutes, Articles, Recollections

 

Editor's note: Minutes and related material on the Kennamer reunion up to 1976 were scanned in from an untitled booklet, apparently printed in 1976 or shortly thereafter. The booklet doesn't show a publication date or author, but I believe it was compiled by Ralph Kennamer. The minutes for 1977 and thereafter were scanned from file copies of the minutes.

Foreword by Ralph Kennamer

Historian's Report on Family Members Killed in World War II

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A FAMILY IN REUNION

 

Foreword

The Kennamer reunions have been a delightful and fascinating annual event for the past 49 years to those of us who have been privileged to be in attendance at one or more of them. I have attended all 49.

Thanks to the reunions I have known many of the stalwarts of our family, male and female, and by whatever family name, and regardless of the degree of kinship. To those who have passed over the great divide, this brochure is dedicated, and I hope they, in that land beyond the vale, are as proud of us, the living, as we are of the beautiful heritage they left us.

No organization ever had a more attractive, capable and dedicated secretary than we had in Edith Kennamer Bramblett. Her reading of the minutes of the previous meeting became the highlight of the reunions, as the reader of this brochure will find, for herein are those minutes.

We are a corporation, organized and existing under the laws of the State of Alabama. The official name is The Kennamer Family Association of Alabama, Inc.

We meet at the Kennamer Pavilion and Museum in Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, on the last Saturday in August each year.

We have met in good times and bad, depressions and prosperity, war and peace, rain and sunshine. All have been well attended and the food has been delicious and bountiful.

We started electing officers in 1942. The following have held the office of the President, in this order:

The following have served as Secretary:

The following have served as Treasurer:

The office of Historian has been held by John R. Kennamer, Willard Kennamer and Wendell Page.

The following have served or are serving as Trustees:

We have, from time to time, presented gifts to the oldest member resent, the youngest, the member who travelled the farthest distance to be present, and to the parent or parents with the most offspring present.

The primary purpose of the reunion is fellowship, but we also give the pledge of allegiance to the flag, sing, make speeches, listen to entertainment, and eat.

We have ended every reunion with all present joining in the singing of that fine old gospel hymn "God Be With You Till We Meet Again," and prayer.

Our Pavilion is to be enlarged before our 50th reunion, to be held Saturday, August 26, 1978, at which time we hope to have the biggest and best reunion ever, with President Dee Kennamer presiding.

This brochure is sent to you with my compliments. I hope you find it interesting, meaningful, and worthwhile. If you do, come join with us in our future meetings, for I believe the reunions will go on and on and on.

My father, my son, Brents, and I have served as President of the Association. Who knows, maybe my son, Winston, or one of my daughters, or a grandchild will on day be President, a high honor.

 

Best wishes,

 

Ralph Kennamer

Tuesday, Sept. 5,1972. The Birmingham News, page 13

Granddaddy of reunions in state

BY BOONE AIKEN, News correspondent

AUBURN. There are family reunions and more family reunions in Alabama, particularly around this time of the year, but how many can claim their very own cove, complete with a pavilion in case of rain or a too enthusiastic sun?

Furthermore how many have their very own museum? Or a commercial picture postcard with their name and a picture of the ancestral home site?

No one knows exactly how many Kennamers there are today but at last count in 1942 there were 2.400 families.

On Aug. 21, Kennamers, from as far away as Oklahoma and "cousins by the dozens" gathered again at the Pisgah Church in Kennamer s Cove in Marshall County for the 44th annual reunion.

Earl Kennamer, Auburn University extension wildlife specialist, recalls when the first reunion was held he rode in style in the rumble seat of the family car from Selma to Kennamer's Cove. He also reports the huge picnic basket of food beside him arrived intact at the Aug. 15, 1929 affair but his friends rather doubt this astounding bit of information.

At that time more Kennamers arrives by buggy and wagon than by automobile, he said.

Always there has been a good crowd on hand whether the reunion was held on Thursday, Saturday or Sunday. One of the smallest occurred in 1942 when only 350 persons attended due to war conditions, lack of transportation and Kennamers in the armed services.

The Kennamer clan proudly announces its annual reunion is held "rain or shine, war or peace, depression or inflation, hot or cold, Republican or Democrat, pollution or smog, mini or maxi, hair or bald."

THEY REPORT their membership is made up of "farmers, preachers, teachers, merchants, students, retirees, secretaries, lawyers, housewives, beauticians, radio announcers, contractors, doctors, salesmen, bankers, druggists, and what-have-you."

A famous family member is Dr. Rexford Kennamer Hollywood physician to Elizabeth Taylor and Gary Cooper.

In 1965 a concrete block structure, 10'x30' was built to house family mementoes. Included are pictures of pioneer families, old family Bibles, family records, a 150-year-old quilt, a 50-year-old baby dress and arrow heads.

Although no one knows just how many persons actually showed up Sunday at the pavilion in Kennamer Cove Earl Kennamer, vice president of the Kennamer Family, Inc. said estimates between 500-1,000.

All with well-filled picnic baskets, of course.

 

THE KENNAMER FAMILY REUNION -- 1929

On August 15th, six miles south of Woodville, at Pisgah Church, in Kennamer Cove, was held the first Kennamer Family Reunion.

By actual count five hundred Kennamers and their kinfolks assembled. Many members of this large family from a distance were present to enjoy the day, a day long to be remembered by all present.

The morning was given over to meeting and greeting each other in social conversation.

At the noon hour was taken in enjoying an old time picnic dinner. There was enough food to feed a crowd three times as large. It is generally agreed that the day of miracles has passed, but when I saw some of the baskets of food taken up, after every one had eaten, I involuntarily thought of the Savior feeding the five thousand, and the baskets remaining.

In the afternoon many short speeches were made to the great delight of all. First on the program, was our genial editor, Hon. J. S. Benson, who kept the audience in laughter by his funny and appropriate stories. He was followed by Federal Judge Franklin Elmore Kennamer, of Tulsa, Okla., who made the principal speech of the day. He made a strong plea for the sanctity of the home, reverence to God, and obedience to Constitutional Government. Next Mr. D. P. Woodall, postmaster at Hillsboro, Ala., made an interesting speech. Dr. L. G. Kennamer, of Richmond, Ky., made a short and very appropriate speech.

Mr. P. H. Woodall, of Columbus City made a stirring appeal to the young folks to live for God and the Church. He was followed by Hon. T. J. Kennamer, U. S. Marshall of Birmingham, Ala., and in a happy speech. The last speaker on the program was Hon. Chas. B. Kennamer, District Attorney of Guntersville, Ala. It is needless to say that he made a good one. He said the majority of persons convicted by the courts are young educated men, and stressed the great need or moral training in the schools. That the colleges were not now giving this training as they should.

All speakers urged the parents to train their children in matters right or wrong and to learn obedience to parents and reverence to God.

The occasion was such a success that it was unanimously voted to hold another reunion next year.

Kennamer Cove

There are a few things that can be said about Kennamer Cove that probably cannot be said truthfully about any other community in the state.

There have been only two murders in the Cove, which occurred ninety years ago. I am sure there has never been a divorce case in court in the whole 130 years since Hans Kennamer, with a large family of children settled among the Indians. Hans Kennamer and some of the five generations of his descendants are buried in Pisgah Cemetery, which is in sight of the D.A.R. school located on the brow of Gunter’s Mountain.

By: John R. Kennamer

From The Progressive Age of Thursday, August 22, 1929.

 

MANY KENNAMERS AT THE ANNUAL RE-UNION

By: John R. Kennamer, Sr.

The annual Kennamer Reunion was largely attended. Many members of the clan from other states made the long pilgrimage to Kennamer Cove to make and renew old acquaintances. The large crowd of about 650 persons enjoyed the day very much. At an early hour, the crowd began to assemble to meet and greet each other. It would be impossible for me to name all who came from a distance. This large family has scattered to twenty-five states of this nation.

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde H. Kennamer, of Abilene Texas, Mr. and Mrs. William E. Kennamer of Dallas, Texas, Mr. A. E. Woodall of Grapevine, Texas, Mr. John Wayland Kennamer and family of Bessemer, Mr. J. R. Kennamer, and family, and Mr. T. J. Kennamer and family of Birmingham, Ala., made the long journey to be present at this reunion.

Messers. John, Luther, H. C. and Miss Bertie Kennamer of Dalton, Gal, made their first visit to the Cove which bears their name. Others came from Athens, Guntersville, Brown’s Valley, Scottsboro, New Hope, Langston and other places were well represented at this gathering.

"Uncle" Sebe Keel, a relative of some of the family was present. He was the oldest person there, being in his 91st year. John S. Kennamer received a fine large melon as he is the oldest Kennamer in the state. He is 83 years old.

As the noon hour drew near, it was suggested that dinner be spread (some may say lunch, but it was not a lunch). It was the finest spread of good things to eat. After Jacob R. Kennamer had asked the blessing and the great crowd had done their utmost, there was left enough food to feed an army of a thousand. With dinner over the speaking began with the writer acting as toastmaster.

John Lowrey Kennamer, a Methodist minister of Dalton, Gal, made the first speech which was well received and entertaining. He was followed by J. R. Kennamer of Birmingham, who touchingly referred to his last visit to the Cove forty-eight years ago. Hon. J. S. Benson was called to make a speech and it is needless to say that he entertained the crowd. Next, Macklin S. Kennamer, a wholesale grocer, of Athens, Ala., made a fine speech, this being his first visit to the Cove. He was followed by Pat H. Kennamer of Columbus City who made a fervent appeal to all members of the clan to live for God and the right.

No speaking would be entirely complete without that brilliant District Attorney, Charles B. Kennamer, He thrilled the audience by his eloquence and read two letters from old friends of the family. Will J. Watson of Chattanooga and his brother A. A. Watson of Savannah, Tenn.

Several letters and telegrams were received from those who were unable to be present: Judge F. E. Kennamer, of Tulas, Okla., Dr. L. G. Kennamer of Richmond, Ky., Mrs. Rachel P. Morrison of Dodge, Texas and others.

I cannot close without commending the splendid conduct of every one present It was agreed to hold the next reunion at the same place, on August 20, 1931.

Progressive Age, August 1930

THE KENNAMER REUNION 1931

The third annual Kennamer Reunion was held Thursday, August 20th in Kennamer Cove. The interest in these gatherings is growing. Many of the clan came from a distance to be present on this occasion. Many states had representatives present. Mr. and Mrs. Sam Walker Kennamer of Araan, West Texas traveled 1,500 miles; Mr. & Mrs. John W. Kennamer, their daughter, Ina; Mr. & Mrs. Grady Kennamer, son of John W. Kennamer, also Mr. Sam H. Kennamer, a brother came from Paris, Texas. Mr. John Lowry Kennamer, two daughters, Bonnie and Pauline; also Thomas Watson Kennamer and mother of Dalton, Georgia; Mr. W. C. Kennamer and daughter, Mildred of New York City; David Wendell Kennamer of Washington, D.C.; Dr. L. G. Kennamer, wife and three children of Richmond, Kentucky; Judge Franklin Elmore Kennamer, wife and son of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Mr. James A. Kennamer; Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Woodall and family; Mr. & Mrs. J. T. Hatfield and little daughter, all of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Many of the clan came from different parts of Alabama.

Judge Charles B. Kennamer and family and Miss Mary Kennamer of Montgomery. U. S. Marshall Thomas J. Kennamer, wife and two sons of Birmingham; Mr. J. Robert Kennamer and Sen. Jacob Sidney and other members of the family of Birmingham; John Waylon Kennamer of Bessemer; Mrs. Frank Kennamer with sons and daughters of Brown Valley; Mrs. W. W. Coplin and family; Mr. and Mrs. Milborn Bishop; Mrs. Walter Bishop; Mr. & Mrs. Stanhope Smith, their daughter, Elizabeth and her husband; Mr. & Mrs. Clay Woodall, Guntersville; Dr. & Mrs. W. E. Nod of Boaz; Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Bennett, children and Mrs. S. E. Bennett of Hartselle; Mr. Macklin S. Kennamer and son of Athens; Messers. A. T. and N. D. Kennamer and Prof. A. S. Kennamer of Huntsville; Mr. & Mrs. David R. Kennamer and family of New Hope; Mr. & Mrs. Walter Woody and others of New Hope; Mr. O. E. Woodall; Mr. and Mrs. P. H. Kennamer and family; Mr. & Mrs. Joe S. Kennamer; and Mr. & Mrs. Cent Kennamer of Columbus City, Mr. & Mrs. R. C. Moore and Florence Woodall of Langston; Mr. & Mrs. J. R. Kennamer, Jr., Section; Mr. & Mrs. C. S. Kennamer and family; Mr. & Mrs. Howard Kennamer; Supt. & Mrs. J. F. Hodges; Mr. & Mrs. Bently Thomas and family; Mr. & Mrs. Clifton Hodges; Messrs. Alvin Kennamer; Grady Jacobs; C. E. Spivey; James S. Benson and son, and others of Scottsboro. Mrs. Beulah Wilson of Sheffield, Mr. & Mrs. C. T. Hodges; Carrie and Charles of Sheffield.

There were Kennamers from Woodville, Paint Rock, and different places in Madison, Jackson and Marshall County. If your name does not appear, please remember, I am writing from memory.

Mr. John S. Kennamer of the Cove was the oldest person present. Miss Bonnie Jean Kennamer was the youngest person present. It did ones heart good to see Dr. Noel treat the little ones to the fine melons, more than 50 gallons of lemonade was given free.

The dinner was spread on two long tables with enough food to satisfy two thousand people. No words of mine could fully describe the viands as prepared by the hands of the fair women of the clan. Surely we are traveling in chariots of ease down the valley of plenty. Next year, Messers. Samuel Wininger and Walter Wann of Pisgah will come before dinner.

The speaking in the afternoon was marred somewhat by rain. U. S. Marshall Thomas J. Kennamer of Birmingham was toastmaster. The first speaker was Elder John L. Kennamer of Dalton, Georgia. He made a good speech which was most appropriate. Next on the program was Federal Judge F. E. Kennamer of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He made the chief address. I shall made no attempt to outline it, for it was so good it may appear in print in full later. He spoke on the subject "That the Nation that forgets God shall be turned into Hell." It should be printed in gold, framed and hung in every home in America.

Dr. L. G. Kennamer of Richmond, Ky., spoke on "The Three Divisions of Human Life, and the Three Reasons we are Here." It was a most timely and appropriate speech. The next speaker was John W. Kennamer of Paris, Texas. His well chosen remarks were received with great pleasure. He was followed by W. O. Kennamer who spoke on the "Natural Resources of the Cove." The rain stopped the speech of David Wendell Kennamer of Washington, D. C.

John R. Kennamer, Sr. Progressive Age August 27, 1931

FOURTH KENNAMER REUNION SATURDAY 1932

All is in readiness for the Kennamer Reunion which is to be held at old Pisgah Church near Woodville next Saturday, August 20. This is an annual affair, and has grown in attendance each year. The committee is arranging a splendid program and it is expected that this will be one of the best held yet.

Progressive Age, Aug. 18, 1932

FOURTH KENNAMER FAMILY REUNION SUCCESS

The reunion was a success from every point. The day was ideal; the crowd of one thousand the most orderly, congenial and agreeable; the music superb. the speaking fine; the dinner abundant and unexcelled. Everyone seemed to enjoy himself greatly, and I have never seen a greater gathering in all that makes life worth living.

No effort will be made to name all those from a distance, or the many friends whose presence and assistance were most helpful to make the occasion a success.

It was a soul-stirring and thrilling scene to see Hon. Will J. Watson of Chattanooga, meet many of his old students, whom he had not met in fifty-four years. He met only one patron of his school now living, John S. Kennamer, all the others have passed on. Mr. Kennamer is nearly 85 years old, born, reared and has never lived any place out of the Cove. Mr. Watson was accompanied by his wife, son and nephew. His speech was most interesting.

Hon. John F. Proctor, of Scottsboro, who taught school forty-four years ago at Pisgah, made an interesting speech, telling of the success of his students. Two became Federal Judges, others are making a success in life.

No reunion would be complete without some of the clan from Dalton, Ga. John L. Kennamer and Henry Clay Kennamer both made fine talks. Pat H. Kennamer of Columbus City, D. P. Woodall, of Hillsboro, made good talks. Miss Mary Benson gave a reading which was enjoyed by all. Judge Chas. B. Kennamer made a good extemporaneous speech as he makes no other kind. T. J. Kennamer acted as toastmaster.

We thought our preparations for the reunion were complete until we saw an airplane from Dalton, Gal, seeking a place to land. It was piloted by that intrepid and brilliant young William McKinley Kennamer, of Dalton, Ga. His friend, Mr. Gordon Mostetter, was his companion. They had great difficulty in locating the reunion and finally landed three miles away in a pasture of the late Robert D. Elkins.

We regret to have to report that the plane was wrecked in taking off with slight injury to Mr. Kennamer. We promise to have a better landing field next year.

This brings to the memory of the writer and others here the prophesy of Silas P. Wilson made in a speech in the old house on Pisgah’s Hill forty-eight years ago, that men would sometime fly like huge birds through the air.

Mr. Kennamer and Mostetter of Dalton, Gal, who had a mishap to their plane in a take-off Saturday, returned Tuesday with Mr. Gene Frick, an expert mechanic and pilot, with a new propeller and other fixtures, repaired the plane on the field and Mr. Frick piloted it back home. There were near a hundred people out to witness the take-off. It gratefully rose in the air to the great delight of all present.

Every member of the clan join in thanking the Scottsboro Hosiery Mill Band, the Dawson Brother’s String Band, and the Hill-Bryant-Clark-Kirkland Band for all the excellent music, and each one has the cordial invitation to come to the next reunion.

The next reunion will be held Saturday, August 26, 1933, if the Lord wills.

John R. Kennamer Progressive Age, Aug. 25, 1932.

FIFTH KENNAMER REUNION

Auqust 26, 1933, will long be remembered as the Fifth reunion of this clan and their friends. This gathering was the largest ever assembled in this part of the state to be fed free. The two hundred and sixty foot table was not quite sufficient to hold the many good things to eat.

The music made by the Scottsboro Hosiery Mill Band directed by Mr. John Hay, the Dawson Brothers String Band and the Martin String Bank was superb and enjoyed greatly by all present. The two selections by the Gunter’s Mountain Quartet were most favorably received.

The speech by Judge Franklin E. Kennamer of Tulsa, Oklahoma, graphically depicting the ills of this nation was indeed interesting. The speech by his brother, Judge Charles B. Kennamer of Montgomery, Ala., telling how to remedy some of our present day ills, was highly instructive. Other fine talks were made by Pat H. Kennamer of Columbus City, J. R. Kennamer of Birmingham, Mack Kennamer of Athens, and Elder W. W. Thompson of Huntland, Tennessee. One of the most eloquent speakers was Tom Watson Kennamer of Dalton, Ga.

There were many notable men and women there as guests of this clan from Jackson, Marshall and Madison Counties. Three or four candidates for Congress, Messrs. Watts, Walker and Carmichael were welcome guests at this reunion. No one was more welcome than Mr.  Mrs. Will J. Watson of Chattanooga. Mr. Watson taught a school at Pisgah in 1879. The roll of that school was read by J. R. Kennamer. Mr. Willard C. Kennamer of New York was appointed to attend the Kennamer reunion in Pennsylvania in 1934.

No other part of the reunion was quite so interesting as the two airplanes from Dalton, Ga. There was indeed a thrill not to be forgotten as Mack Kennamer with his beautiful wife sailed over the assembled throng in his new yellow plane and gracefully landed in the field nearby. A little later came Mr. B. J. Bandy and his handsome daughter in a red plane and safely came to earth like a huge bird. I wish I had the time and space to tell of all the members of the clan who came from a distance.

Hon. T. J. Kennamer of Birmingham and the writer acted as toastmasters. After a careful count with the expert estimates of many who have had experience, I am prepared to say that there were present at this reunion not less than 1,800 an a vast majority estimated the crowd at 2,000 persons. As chairman, I wish to extend thanks of all to the good ladies who prepared such a wonderful dinner and to W. G. and W. K. Kennamer for preparing the landing field for the airplanes,.

I am indeed happy to tell of the fine spirit of good fellowship and cooperation shown among all those present and may the benign influence of Almighty God guide us to a higher plan of living.

The next reunion will be held Aug. 25, 1934, if the Lord wills.

John R. Kennamer

KENNAMER FAMILY TO HOLD SIXTH REUNION

The annual Kennamer family reunion, an occasion which yearly attracts hundreds of the clan to this country, will be held in Kennamer Cove, Saturday, August 25, 1934. At that time, members of the family will come by airplane, auto, and train from all parts of the United States. They will gather at the Pisgah Church in the Cove, south of Woodville, for a picnic and a reunion that has gained much promise throughout this and other states.

Kennamer will meet Kennamer during that day for the first time, probably in many years. Nor will that be the only treat for the occasion. Present at the picnic will be Kennamers who did not exist at the time of the last gatherings.

A long table beside the church will bring the Kennamers into their closest conference during the day. On this board will be spread such a repast as few coves in the South ever had known. John R. Kennamer of Woodville, who usually heads the table, probably will be back at his post again this year. Speeches, music and other entertainment will add to the day.

Federal Judge, F. E. Kennamer, of Tulsa, Okla.; Prof. P. D. Kennamer, San Benito, Texas; Dr. L. G. Kennamer, Richmond, Ky. and Federal Judge Charles B. Kennamer, Montgomery, are among the more prominent members of the family expected to be present.

From the Progressive Age Aug. 23, 1934

 

THE SIXTH KENNAMER REUNION

The sixth Kennamer family reunion held August 25, 1934, in Kennamer Cove, was attended by more than eight hundred of the clan and their friends. A splendid picnic dinner was served at the noon hour, which was enjoyed by everyone Present.

Judge Charles B Kennamer of Montgomery and Dr. L, G. Kennamer of Richmond, Kentucky were the orators of the day, and each made a speech long to be remembered by all present. Short speeches were made by others, Mr. W. S. Kennamer of Francis, Oklahoma, who left this county forty-five years ago, made a short talk. Mr. P. H. Kennamer of Columbus City, Mr. C. W. Brown of Bridgeport, Elders Joe Jones of Woodbury, Tennessee, and J. Hodge Alves of Mobile all made interesting short speeches.

It was agreed to hold the next reunion at the same place, August 24, 1935. Walter J. Kennamer, Willie R. Kennamer and Owen A. Kennamer were selected as a committee to manage the next reunion.

Hans Kennamer, the grand patriarch of this large family, whose bones have been resting in Mt. Pisgah’s cemetery in Kennamer Cove for one hundred years, came to this county six years before John Hunt discovered the great spring of Huntsville, twenty-one years before Jackson County was created and in this Cove was born the first white child in the great Tennessee Valley in Alabama.

It is to do honor and keep alive this blessed memory that his descendants down to the eighth generation meet yearly in these reunions.

John R. Kennamer Progressive Age, Aug. 30, 1934

THE SEVENTH KENNAMER REUNION

The seventh annual reunion of the Kennamer family held Saturday, Aug. 24, 1935, in Kennamer Cove, was a great occasion. The music, the speaking, and the dinner were indeed splendid. The committee on arrangements had made every necessary preparation for an enjoyable day for all present. The Martin String Band of New Hope, and Wright String Band of Peter’s Cove, and Flora and Doris Kennamer, violinists, of Richmond, Ky., furnished music to the great delight of all.

The speaking program was both entertaining and instructive. Those who spoke were: Pat H. Kennamer, Willard C. Kennamer, of New York; Ora Knowlton, Lawton C. Kennamer, John F. Proctor, Ralph Kennamer of Montgomery, son of Judge Chas. B. Kennamer; T. J. Kennamer; M. C. Sandlin of Florence L. G. Kennamer of Richmond, Kentucky; J. K. Drake of Bronsboro and Judge Chas. B. Kennamer.

The next reunion will be held on Saturday before the 4th Sunday in August, 1936.

THE EIGHTH KENNAMER REUNION -- KENNAMER FAMILY ERECTS MONUMENT AT ANNUAL REUNION FRIDAY

The Kennamers flocked up into Kennamer Cove, five miles across the Marshall County line from Woodville, yesterday - nearly 500 of them, the fat and the gaunt, and the old and the young, with autos and buggies and slow Southern mules, to renew their allegiance to an ancestor. They came to Kennamer Cove, as they have done for the last eight years, because Hans Kennamer and his sons, Samuel, Stephen, Levi, Zachary and Jacob, settled there well over a century ago and started a clan whose descendants have spread out into many states of the Union. As a matter of fact, the Kennamers have deserted the little cove in which most of their kin are buried, but scores of their families can be found within a radius of a few miles. Customarily, on these annual get-to-gathers, they make their display of family ties, kiss babies they’ve never seen before, shake hands with young men who "weren’t out of their rompers hardly, last year," and then settle down to a day of eating and talking.

But this year, things were different. They unveiled a monument to Hans Kennamer, near the spot where he directed his sons to drag up logs and pile them into the first Kennamer household in this state, a cabin from which they fought the Indians and looked out upon spreading civilization. Oddly enough, this marker was erected just 100 years after the pioneer folded his arms in death and left the fate of the Kennamers to a prolific offspring. The call of the clan this year brought not half as many as usual, but the reduced number was attributed to the infantile paralysis scare and the consequent delay in plans. No one was disappointed, "just the circumstances," they said, for it is a simple task to get up a crowd of Kennamers in this section of Alabama. Jackson County, for instance, has 55 registered voters by that name, more than the Smiths’ and Jones’ put together.

Over a rough, winding mountain road they worked their way - "Sawmill Dave" and others - through fields of tassel corn and past tiny houses with open hallways, scrubby cedars and rocky ledges looked down upon them from all sides. After miles of tedious travel, they turned abruptly and headed up the side of the mountain to a narrow, rocky ridge in the cove. They then assembled near the Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church, a simple building erected in 1877, as a combination school and house of worship. Under its roof, many of the Kennamers learned their A, B, C’s or turned to serious Biblical study.

At 11 o’clock, W. J. Kennamer of Woodville, master of ceremonies, stepped upon a rude platform spread across logs underneath a giant tree. Before him on makeshift benches sat many of the throng, while the remaining stood in groups toward the rear. Briefly summing up the purpose of the gathering, the spokesman introduced Pat Kennamer of Columbus City, Ala., whose chief point was that many familiar faces were missing, both from death and otherwise. He cited that Mrs. Eliza S. Bennett, 83 year-old resident of Hartselle, oldest surviving member of the clan, sat a few yards away in a car. The chief of ceremonies followed with a list of those who had died since the last reunion. Seventeen names were read. Short talks then were made in order by Ralph Kennamer, Montgomery; D. P. Woodall, Hillsboro; D. W. Kennamer, Washington, D.C.; Carl Kennamer, Scottsboro; Lee Barnes, Washington. D.C. and J. R. Kennamer, Woodville, Ala. Between each time on the program, four musicians seated at the rear of a platform played old time tunes on string instruments.

At noon, the crowd gathered around a series of tables beneath trees a little farther to the south, bowed their heads briefly in prayer, and then helped themselves to a picnic lunch large enough for three times the assembly.

An hour later, they moved still father along the ridge to the Pisgah cemetery, where orderly graves marked the final resting place of their ancestors. In the center of this area stood a new gray stone, bearing the names of Hans Kennamer and his wife, Rachel, and specifying that it "was erected in 1936 by their descendants from the fourth to the eighth generations." While his kinsmen stood about him in a semi-circle, J. R. Kennamer stepped upon a stump near the monument and delivered the dedication. He was followed by W. C. Kennamer of New York City, who gave a history of the family, in which he pointed out that Hans Kennamer had come to Alabama from South Carolina in 1807, and had settled near a spring running from beneath Gunter’s Mountain, a short distance to the south, in 1815. "May the future generations gather here from time to time, he concluded, "and obtain inspiration at this shrine which will enable them to face their problems in the same fearless spirit that Hans Kennamer met his problems 130 years ago."

After the ceremony, they returned to seats around the platform. The remainder of the afternoon was devoted to speech-making, featured by talks by Judge C. B. Kennamer of Montgomery and Thomas J. Kennamer of Birmingham.

By: Pat Jones, Huntsville Times Reprint in Jackson County Sentinel, 8-27-36

NINTH KENNAMER REUNION, 1937

By: John R. Kennamer, Sr.

The Ninth Annual Kennamer Reunion, held at Pisgah Church in Kennamer Cove, Saturday, Aug. 28, 1937, was largely attended. A crowd of eight hundred of the clan with their kinfolks and friends enjoyed a day of music, speech making and sumptuous dinner.

The first speech by W. C. Kennamer of Yonkers, N.Y., giving a history of his research work on the family was most instructive and valuable. Dr. Harper of the University of Alabama read some interesting statistics on the family taken from the Kennamer family history. Other speakers were Ralph Kennamer of Montgomery, J. S. Benson and John F. Proctor of Scottsboro; P. H. Kennamer of Birmingham; L. G. Kennamer of Richmond, Ky., and Judge Charles R. Kennamer of Montgomery. W. C. Kennamer exhibited a copy of the will by George Kennamer made in South Carolina over one hundred years ago. He also showed a photo-static copy of the deed made to Hans Kennamer and son Jacob in 1807 in South Carolina.

The oldest person present was Mr. W. T. Bennett of Gurley one of the three surviving Confederate soldiers in Marshall County, Ala.; Uncle Dub Greene, Joe Ashmore, and Mrs. Eliza Sisson Kennamer Bennett were other aged persons present. We will make no effort to name all the persons or places from whence they came.

A movement was made to incorporate, and to get a charter for the organization, as the Kennamer Family Association. John R. Kennamer was elected President. Ralph Kennamer Sec. (Vice-Pres.), Lawton Kennamer Treasurer, Mrs. Hoyt Bramblett, Secretary and W. C. Kennamer, Historian.

The committee did a splendid job in arranging for this reunion and was re-elected for the next year. The next reunion will be held, the 4th Saturday in August, 1938, if the Lord wills. These reunions are growing in importance and interest.

Jackson County Sentinel, Sept., 1937

TENTH KENNAMER REUNION, 1938

The 10th Annual- Kennamer Reunion will be held at Pisgah on August 27th. These reunions are held on the fourth Saturday in August, each year. Some members of the clan living as far away as California are coming.

WOODVILLE NEWS ITEM: Mrs. Hugh Skelton

The Kennamer Reunion which was held here Saturday, was enjoyed by a large crowd. Plenty of dinner was served. There were Kennamers from New York, Texas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Alabama. Dawson Brothers made music. Guntersville Quartet sang, and a number made interesting talks. Among those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Bennett and children, Mrs. Andy Bennett of Hartselle, Tom Hodqes and daughter of Grapevine, Texas (visiting his brother, Rufus Hodges), Willard Kennamer of New York, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Kennamer, Mrs. Bessie Hatfield and children and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Woodall and family of Chattanooga, Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Kennamer of Sheffield, Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Kennamer and family of Montgomery, Mr. and Mrs. Clay Kennamer of Centre, Alabama.

Jackson County Sentinel, Aug. 30, 1938

 

THE ELEVENTH KENNAMER FAMILY REUNION

The Eleventh Annual Kennamer Reunion in Kennamer Cove, Aug. 26, 1939, was a great success from many standpoints. A crowd of 650 to 700 people enjoyed the day in social greetings. At eleven o’clock, W. J. Kennamer, chairman of the committee on arrangements, called a meeting for the reports and elections of officers for the next two years of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc. All the officers were re-elected: John R. Kennamer, President, Ralph Kennamer, of Montgomery, Vice-President, W. C. Kennamer of Yonkers, N.Y., Historian; Carlos S. Kennamer, Treas., and Mrs. Edith Bramblett, Secretary.

The Historian gave a splendid report of the great work he is doing, collecting data of this large family. We find there are ten generations of Kennamers in America since the first Kennamer, Stephen, age 60, and his son, Jacob, age 16, landed at Philadelphia, Sept. 26, 1732, from the ship, Mary, late from Rotterdam. He has already listed 1,300 families and will probably list half as many more, living in many parts of the United States, before the work is finished.

At noon, a most bountiful dinner of the choicest and finest foods so peculiar to the good women of the South was spread. May we suggest that next year there will be no such lavish dinner spread.

The crowd assembled at the speaker’s stand at one o’clock. Ralph Kennamer acted as toastmaster. He made a speech. Judge Oscar Horton, of Guntersville, A. H. Kennamer, Cleveland, Tenn., D. P. Woodall, of Hillsboro, Ala., Mr. Livingston of Montgomery, made short speeches. John R. Kennamer related his visit in with Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Kennamer; Mrs. Clarice Maples, and Mrs. Virginia Word, to the Kennamer reunion, held near Easley, S.C., August 19th. They are a part of this same large family.

We cannot name all the members of the Kennamer clan and their friends who came from many places in Alabama and other states. Mose Mitchell, of Little Rock, Ark., son of Mike Mitchell, who left Jackson County in 1882; Jim Melton, of Tulsa, Okla.,; Mr. and Mrs. G. W. (Uncle Dub) Green of Flintville, Tenn.; Everett Woodall, of Decherd, Tenn.; Willie Melton and W. T. Keyton, of Tenmile, Tenn.; Miss Weinsteine, of Collierville, Tenn.; and others from Chattanooga, Birmingham, Montgomery, Hartselle, Courtland , Boaz, Guntersville, Langston, Fyffe, Gurley, and Huntsville were present. Music was furnished by Edward and Eugene Page and a mixed quartet of the Sand Mountain Four and the Guntersville Quartet. The order was splendid. No liquor or any other thing to disturb the meeting. The sheriff of Marshall County and two patrolmen and a secret service man, Mr. Perry, of Birmingham, were there as guests and friends of the family.

The dead, T. J. Kennamer, Oscar Woodall, H. D. Stephens and John F. Proctor were remembered. One minute silent prayer was offered for P. H. Kennamer who is seriously ill. No reunion would be complete without a short speech from Judge Chas. B. Kennamer, of Montgomery. In a few well chosen words, he spoke on the grave condition of the world affairs and stressed the need of a belief in God.

John R. Kennamer, Jackson County Sentinel, Aug. 1939

THE TWELFTH ANNUAL KENNAMER REUNION

The Twelfth Annual Kennamer Family Reunion held Saturday, Aug. 21, 1940, at Pisgah Church in Kennamer Cove was attended by 600 of the clan. The day was ideal, the conduct of the crowd was admirable, the dinner was abundant and superb, the speaking was grand, the greetings and hearty hand-shake were cordial and most sincere, the music was entertaining. Some members of the family came from New York, Washington, D.C.; South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas and numerous places in Alabama. Walter J. Kennamer, Chairman for the day, made a peach of an officer in conducting the program. Judge Charles B. Kennamer, of Montgomery, delivered a beautiful and touching eulogy on the life of D. C. Kennamer.

The address of Judge Franklin E. Kennamer of Tulsa, Okla., on the world situation, was most earnest, appealing and very forceful. The address of Dr. Lorrin G. Kennamer, of Richmond, Ky., was scholarly and entertaining. His subject was "The Five Flows of Population in the United States." The report of Historian, Willard C. Kennamer, Yonkers, N.Y., was invaluable to the members of the 1,630 families, descendants of Stephen Kennamer, who came with his son, Jacob, to Philadelphia, Pa., Sept. 26, 1732, on the ship Mary from Rotterdam, Holland. John R. Kennamer in a few remarks gave a list of the deceased kinsmen who have passed on since the last meeting.

Short speeches were made by Judge Frank Johnson, of Winston County and Judge Jas. S. Benson, of Jackson County, Henry Clay Kennamer of Dalton, Georgia, spoke for the members of the clan in his state. Miss Helen Colliers, Historian of the South Carolina Kennamers spoke briefly. P. H. Kennamer, the weak in body, but fervent in spirit spoke briefly.

The minutes of last year’s meeting by the secretary, Mrs. Edith Kennamer Bramblett, were approved. The report of the treasurer, C. S. Kennamer, showed a nice balance in the treasury. The Henry Kennamer Quartet sang appropriate songs. Wendell Page and Elam Kennamer led the songs by the assembly. Harold Kennamer led the prayer.

This was a great reunion. May the renewed acquaintances, the revival of tender memories, the smiling faces and kindly words spoken will be a great incentive to all to meet in that other and better land.

John R. Kennamer, Woodville, Ala.

THE THIRTEENTH ANNUAL KENNAMER REUNION

The thirteenth annual Kennamer reunion held August 30, 1941, was attended by about 600 of the clan and their friends. The meeting was enjoyed by many from a distance. The following states had representatives at this reunion: New York, Kentucky, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, Texas, Alabama and New Mexico.

Mrs. Taylor of Dallas, Texas, made an interesting talk. Hon. Walter Lusk, State Treasurer of Alabama, Judge Oscar Horton of Guntersville, and Judge J. S. Benson of Scottsboro made short speeches. Mr. Thomas S. Mitchell of Rosebud, New Mexico, Mr. James Stewart of Bulberry, Ark., and Mr. P. D. Wilson of Guntersville spoke very briefly. The outstanding speech was made by Archie Harold Kennamer of Cleveland, Tenn. L. G. Kennamer made an interesting speech, as did Henry Clay Kennamer of Dalton, Ga. The Henry Kennamer Quartet rendered several fine songs. Clyde Kennamer of Abilene, Texas, lead the singing by the audience. Clyde and David Kennamer sang a couple of duets.

Ralph Kennamer was elected President of the association; L. G. Kennamer was elected Vice-President. All other officers were re-elected.

The dinner was fine and ample, the order of the people was superb. The historian, W. C. Kennamer, made an interesting report and promised to have a new history by next year containing the names of more than 10,000 of the clan.

John R. Kennamer

MINUTES OF THE THIRTEENTH ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED

The thirteenth annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Incorporated, held at Pisgah Church in Kennamer’s Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, was called to order at ten thirty o’clock, August 30, 1941, by Vice President, Ralph Kennamer of Montgomery, Alabama.

The meeting was opened with a prayer by D. C. Kennamer of Sheffield, Alabama, and the entire assembly, led by Clyde Kennamer of Abilene, Texas, sang "Auld Lang Syne."

The minutes of the last meeting of the Association were read by the Secretary, and it was moved and seconded that said minutes, as read, be adopted.

The report of the Treasurer was given, in which he reported that there was a balance of $50.23 in the treasury. It was moved and seconded that said report be adopted.

The report of the Historian was given and said report was adopted by the Association.

Vice-President Ralph Kennamer called for nominations for officers of the Association for the next two years, and the following officers for the years 1942 and 1943 were duly elected:

The entire assembly, led by Elam Kennamer, Woodville, Alabama, sang "God be With You ‘Till We Meet Again."

It was moved and seconded that the Kennamer Family Association adjourn to meet again on August 29, 1942.

THE FOURTEENTH KENNAMER REUNION

The fourteenth reunion of the Kennamer clan held August 20, 1942, at Pisgah, in Kennamer Cove, was a great success.

The crowd of 350 was some smaller than usual on account of war conditions. Many of our young men are now in the armed forces.

Very few from other states were present, New York, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Texas had representatives present.

The weather was ideal; the dinner was ample and delicious; the program was brief, interesting and inspiring.

The sheriff and patrolmen who were present had nothing to do but enjoy their dinner as the behavior of the crowd was splendid. The writer saw only one man who seemed to have visited "Old John Barley-corn."

The boys enjoyed the horse shoe pitching contest, the songs by the audience were appropriate, the string band music was enjoyed by the younger members of the clan.

Walter J. Kennamer presided in his usual business-like way.

Ralph Kennamer of Montgomery, President of the Kennamer Association, Inc., made a high-class speech calling for unity, tolerance and true education.

W. C. Kennamer of Yonkers, N.Y., Historian, gave an interesting and instructive report on the 2,400 families so far listed of this large family.

Mrs. Edith (Kennamer) Bramblett, Secretary, gave a well kept record of the last meeting.

C. S. Kennamer, Treasurer, reported a substantial balance in the treasury - a thing most unusual in these days.

Visitors were called on for short speeches. W. Turner of Campbell and Eugene Hess and Samuel Fain responded in well chosen words.

The eloquent young gospel preacher of Nicholasville, Ky., Harold Kennamer, made a short speech.

The high point of the whole day’s enjoyment was the great speech by Judge Charles B. Kennamer, of Montgomery. He spoke on world conditions and the supreme importance of winning the war, if civilization is to survive. It was moving, convincing and soul-searching.

The writer called the roll of our kin in the Armed Services of our nation and he was able to report 50 young men - the very flower of the clan who stand ready to make the supreme sacrifice if required. There are many others who will most likely be called before another reunion.

The officers of the Association will decide if we have another reunion before the war ends.

John R. Kennamer

MINUTES OF THE FOURTEENTH ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED

The fourteenth annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Incorporated, held at Pisgah Church in Kennamer’s Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, was called to order at ten thirty o’clock, August 29, 1942, by W. J. Kennamer of Woodville, Alabama.

The meeting was opened with a prayer by Harold Kennamer of Nicholasville, Kentucky, and the entire assembly, led by Elmer Elkins of Woodville, Alabama, sang "What a Friend We Have in Jesus."

President Ralph Kennamer of Montgomery, Alabama, made a most impressive talk and urged each member of the family to prepare himself as best he could for the world that is to be after the war.

The minutes of the last meeting of the Association were read by the Secretary, and it was moved and seconded that said minutes, as read, be adopted.

The report of the Treasurer was given, in which he reported that there was a balance of $43.78 in the treasury. It was moved and seconded that said report be adopted.

The report of the Historian was given and said report was adopted by the Association.

The meeting was adjourned for lunch and was again called to order at 1:30. Wendell Page of Scottsboro, Alabama, led the assembly in singing, "God Bless America."

The number of out-of-state visitors was small, but the Chairman introduced the following: Mrs. Irma Kennamer Christian from Texas; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Woodall, Mrs. Bessie Kennamer Hatfield and Mrs. Frances Kennamer Miles from Tennessee.

Visitors were called on for short speeches and W. Turner Campbell and Eugene Hess of Scottsboro; Samuel Fain from Paint Rock and Mr. Pruitt responded Harold Kennamer from Nicholasville, Kentucky, made a brief talk. Judge Charles B. Kennamer of Montgomery, Alabama, spoke on world conditions and the supreme importance of winning the war, if civilization is to survive. John R. Kennamer of Woodville, Alabama, called the roll of the kin in the armed services and reported approximately 50 young men of the immediate family in the service of our Country.

The assembly sang "God Be With You ‘Till We Meet Again."

It was moved and seconded that the Kennamer Family Association adjourn and the officers of the Association are to decide if we are to have another reunion before the war ends.

THE FIFTEENTH ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY

The fifteenth annual reunion of the Kennamer family was held August 28, 1943, in Kennamer Cove, Ala. This meeting was more successful than we thought possible in the midst of a World War. Members of the clan were here from seven states: W. C. Kennamer, the Historian, of Yonkers, N.Y.; A. H. Kennamer and family of Nicholasville, Ky.; Tom J. Kennamer, wife and two little daughters of Monett, Mo.; H. L. Kennamer and wife of Waco, Texas; Mrs. Bessie Hatfield and two daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Woodall, Mrs. Etta Huntoon and little son, Mrs. Era Nichols, of Chattanooga; Mr. and Mrs. Collins, Mrs. Dockens and daughter and Miss Helen Collins, of Pickens, S.C.

Walter J. Kennamer was elected President; David C. Kennamer, Vice-President; Mrs. Louise Dunson, Secretary; W. S. Kennamer, Treasurer; and W. C. Kennamer, Historian.

Lavoy, Eddie and Denton Kennamer were elected as a committee on arrangements. Ralph Kennamer and A. H. Kennamer made the principle speeches.

Judge Charles B. Kennamer and Tom J. Kennamer made short talks. John R. Kennamer read the roll of those who are in the Armed Service of our country. There are 126 young men of this large family in the service. No doubt there are 75 to 100 more who have not been located. We hope and pray that all these young men may be able to attend our next reunion the last Saturday in August, 1944, and that peace may reign in all the world. The social greetings were cordial. the dinner was ample and delicious, and the singing soul-stirring.

John R. Kennamer

MINUTES OF THE FIFTEENTH ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED

The fifteenth annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Incorporated, held at Pisgah Church in Kennamer’s Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, was called to order at ten thirty o’clock, August 28, 1943, by W. J. Kennamer of Woodville, Alabama.

The meeting was opened with a prayer by David C. Kennamer, Jr., of the United States Army, and the entire assembly, led by Elam Kennamer of Woodville, Alabama, sang What A Friend We Have in Jesus.

President Ralph Kennamer of Montgomery, Alabama, made a very stirring talk on Alabama’s and the South’s rightful places in the Sun.

The minutes of the last meeting of the Association were read by the Secretary, Edith Kennamer Bramblett, of Scottsboro, Alabama, and said report was adopted by the Association. The Treasurer, C. S. Kennamer of Scottsboro, Alabama, reported a balance of $55.00 in the treasury.

The report of the Historian, W. C. Kennamer of Yonkers, N.Y., was given, and at the end of said report, he suggested that concrete markers be placed at all known graves of our kin buried in the Pisgah Cemetery, citing the fact that with each passing year, more graves would become unknown unless promptly and properly marked. A committee composed of Elam Kennamer, P. E. Kennamer and Omer Kennamer, all of Woodville, Alabama, was appointed to look into this matter and make a report at the next meeting of the Association. The sum of $50.00 was appropriated to start this work.

As provided by the Constitution and By-laws of the Kennamer Family Association, the following officers were elected for the years 1944 and 1945:

A number of out-of-state and out-of-county visitors were introduced. Among them were J. E. Collins and wife, Edna J. Collins, Mrs. Eva Dockins and daughter, Virginia, and Miss Helen Collins, all of Liberty, S. C. They were called on for talks and each expressed his pleasure at being able to attend the meeting and invited us to South Carolina to attend the reunions held by that branch of the Kennamer family, when the reunions were resumed after the war. O. D. Kennamer, and E. Woodall of Huntsville, Alabama; Mrs. Myrtle Kennamer Woodall, Mrs. Era Kennamer Nichols and Mrs. Frances Kennamer Miles of Chattanooga, Tennessee, were introduced. Tom Jake Kennamer, Jr., of Missouri made a short talk and his wife and two young daughters were introduced. Harold Kennamer of Nicholasville, Kentucky, made a most inspiring and appropriate talk, choosing as part of his subject, "Do Not Remove the Ancient Land Marks."

Judge Charles B. Kennamer of Montgomery, Alabama, made a short talk and called our attention to Russia’s seemingly unfriendly attitude toward the allied nations. He also called our attention to the fact that the cemetery and the roadway thereto had been enclosed by a wire fence, pointing out that the Association would lose access to the road and cemetery within a period of years, unless some action was taken. It was moved and seconded that President-elect W. J. Kennamer name a committee to contact the heirs of D. L. Kennamer, deceased, to see about the title to the cemetery property and the right of way thereto.

John R. Kennamer of Woodville, Alabama, read a list of all the known members of the immediate family in the service of our Country.

We sang "God Be With You ‘Til We Meet Again" and it was moved and seconded that the Kennamer Family Association, Incorporated, adjourn to meet again on August 26th, 1944.

THE SIXTEENTH ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY

The sixteenth annual reunion of the Kennamer family was held August 26, 1944, in Kennamer Cove. We had an interesting and successful reunion. On account of the war, there were only about 350 members of the clan present. Those present from out of this state were: W. C. Kennamer, the Historian, of Yonkers, N.Y.; Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Kennamer, of Oklahoma City, Okla., Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Woodall and daughter, Maude, and young Mr. Newell. Mrs. Bessie Hatfield and daughters, Barbara and Miriam, all of Chattanooga.

The meeting was called to order by Walter J. Kennamer, President. Prayer was offered by Br. H. C. Geer. Then Ralph Kennamer of Montgomery, acted as master of ceremonies.

Wendell Page did a good job as song leader. The Historian, W. C. Kennamer, Mrs. Louise Dunson, the Secretary, and W. S. Kennamer, the Treasurer of the Kennamer Family Association, made their reports.

The dinner was delicious and abundant.

In the afternoon meeting, John R. Kennamer made a report on the births, deaths and of those in the armed services. Of course, this could not be complete for lack of information.

Short speeches were made by Judge Charles B. Kennamer, W. L. Kennamer, and H. C. Geer. Ralph Kennamer made the principle address.

The meeting adjourned to meet the last Saturday in August, 1945, the Lord willing, at which meeting we hope to meet and greet the 150 or more of our clan now in the service of the Government and that peace may reign throughout the world.

John R. Kennamer

MINUTES OF THE SIXTEENTH REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED

The Sixteenth Annual Reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Incorporated, held August 26, 1944, at Pisgah Church in Kennamer Cove, Alabama, was called to order at 10:30 o’clock by the President, W. J. Kennamer, of Woodville, Alabama. The size of the crowd and the fact that rain was approaching enabled the assembly to gather inside the church for the program. The meeting was opened by singing "America," led by Wendell Page of Woodville.

W. C. Kennamer, of Yonkers, New York, Historian of the Association, made his report, the report containing, among other things, a plea that a suitable building should be erected to house our gatherings and family records. The report also called attention to the fact that publication of the Kennamer Family Bulletin would have to be discontinued.

The minutes of the last reunion were read by the Secretary, Mrs. Louise S. Dunson, and said report was adopted by the Association.

The Treasurer, Sid Kennamer, made his report, and stated the Association had on hand a balance of $74.75.

The President introduced the following visitors, viz: J. W. Woodall and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Kennamer, Mr. Lofton, and Rev. Geir of Chattanooga, Tennessee; Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Kennamer of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Rev. P. D. Wilson and Mrs. Luther Suttles of Guntersville, and Mr. Jenkins of Huntsville. The President read an interesting letter from our Vice-President, D. C. Kennamer, Jr., who is stationed with the United States Army in Ceylon, India.

The meeting adjourned for lunch at 11:30.

At one o’clock, the meeting reassembled in the church, and all joined in singing several songs, among them, "God Bless America," "My Faith Looks Up to Thee," and "Nearer My God to Thee." John R. Kennamer of Woodville, read the list of our kin in service and gave the names of those who had passed away since the last reunion. Short talks were made by Prof. Phillips, of Woodville High School, Mr. Jenkins of Huntsville, and Judge Charles B. Kennamer of Montgomery.

The main address of the afternoon was made by Ralph Kennamer of Montgomery, which proved interesting to all present.

Publication of the Kennamer Family Bulletin was discussed by the assembly, and it was the opinion of all present that the bulletin should not be discontinued. It was decided that the bulletin be published twice each year, and that its publication have the financial backing of the Kennamer Family Association if subscriptions would not justify its publication.

It was moved and seconded that the Kennamer Family Association meet for the 17th reunion August 25, 1945, and after singing "God be With You ‘Till We Meet Again," the meeting was adjourned.

MINUTES OF THE SEVENTEENTH REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED

The Seventeenth Annual Reunion of The Kennamer Family Association, Incorporated, held August 25, 1945, at Pisgah Church in Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, was called to order at eleven o’clock by the President, W. J. Kennamer, of Woodville. After a few introductory remarks, the meeting was turned over to Ralph Kennamer, Montgomery, who acted as Master of Ceremonies for the program.

The Assembly joined in singing "Blest be the Tie that Binds," led by Wendell Page, of Woodville.

The Treasurer, Sid Kennamer, made his annual report, and stated that the treasury had on hand a balance of $101.04.

The minutes of the last reunion were read by the Secretary, Mrs. Louise S. Dunson, and said report was adopted by the Association.

W.C. Kennamer, of Yonkers, New York, Historian of the group, gave a short sketch of the genealogy of the Hans Kennamer branch of the family, and made a few brief remarks with reference to the wide-spread interest created by The Kennamer Family Bulletin. The deplorable condition of the cemetery located at Pisgah was brought to our attention, and a plea made for a plan whereby the cemetery might be better kept.

After singing In the Sweet By and By, the meeting adjourned for lunch.

After a bountiful lunch, the meeting reconvened at one o’clock, and the business of the election of officers was presented. The following officers were elected, which officers will serve for the next two years:

President D. C. Kennamer, Jr. Woodville

Vice-President Raymond Kennamer Scottsboro

Treasurer Sid Kennamer Woodville

Secretary Wendell Page Scottsboro

Historian W. C. Kennamer Yonkers, N. Y.

The question of cleaning the cemetery was again presented to the meeting. After a lengthy discussion and various motions, a committee composed of Denton Kennamer, Bill Sap Kennamer, and Lee Page, was appointed to look after cleaning the cemetery. A donation was taken from the assembly for this work, and a motion duly presented and adopted authorizing the Treasurer to appropriate the sum of $25.00 from the treasury for this work, if such sum is needed to complete the work.

The Master of Ceremonies then recognized the elder members of the Kennamer Family Association. N. L. Kennamer was introduced as the oldest member of this family present, his age being 86 years. Mr. Alec Kennamer, of Scottsboro, was also introduced. He is 83 years of age.

Judge F. E. Kennamer of Tulsa, Oklahoma, made a short, stirring talk. Rev. Harold Kennamer, formerly of Woodville, made a very inspiring talk on "The Urgent Need of Christianity in the Post-War World."

The following out-of-town visitors were introduced, some of them making short talks: Judge Jim Benson of Scottsboro; Mr. J. D. Pruett, Boaz; Mr. Parker Campbell, Scottsboro; Mr. and Mrs. Granville Kennamer, Lebanon, Tennessee; Jim Woodall, wife and grandson of Chattanooga; Mrs. Ben F. Kelly, of Texarkana, Texas, Miss Jean Kennamer, Sweetwater, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Kennamer and Inez Stanfield, Chattanooga.

After short talks by Judge C. B. Kennamer and Ralph Kennamer, of Montgomery, the assembly sang "God be with You ‘Till we Meet Again," and the meeting was adjourned to meet again for the eighteenth reunion on the last Saturday in August, of the year 1946.

Louise S. Dunson Secretary

MINUTES OF THE EIGHTEENTH REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED -- 1946

The 18th Annual Reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Incorporated, held August 31, 1946, at Pisgah Church in Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, was called to order at ten-thirty o’clock by the President, David C. Kennamer, of Sheffield. After a brief welcome address, the assembly was led in prayer by Harold Kennamer of Trion, Georgia.

Wendell Page of Scottsboro, led the singing of "America."

The minutes of the last reunion were read by the Secretary, Wendell Page, and said report was adopted by the Association.

The Treasurer, Sid Kennamer, made his report, and stated that the Association had on hand a balance of $72.40.

W. C. Kennamer, of Yonkers, New York, Historian of the group, gave a report of members of the Kennamer Family who were killed in action in World War II. He then moved that the report be inscribed in the minutes of the meeting for future generations.

The care of the cemetery was discussed. It was decided that as much as fifty dollars be spent to clean the cemetery each year before the reunion. It shall be the duty of the President to see that the work is done.

In the discussion of lunch for the next year, it was suggested that the Association furnish barbecue, camp stew, paper plates, forks, and spoons. The ladies would bring slaw, potato salad, drinks, pickles and etc. The motion was deferred until after the lunch hour.

W. C. Kennamer made a few brief remarks concerning the Kennamer Family Bulletin which he has published for five years (three years quarterly and two years semi-annually). He discussed ways of stimulating circulation and making it self-supporting.

The meeting adjourned until 1:15.

After a bountiful lunch, the meeting reconvened under the trees. Henry Kennamer, Bob Mitchell, Guy Wilson, and Joe Avery sang several songs which were enjoyed by all.

After a short discussion, it was voted to continue preparing lunch as in the past.

The President introduced the following visitors, viz: Charles Ralph Kennamer and daughter, Betty Jean, Roy B. and sister, Miss Bonnie Kennamer, of Dalton, Georgia; Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Johnston and two sons; Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Giddens of Dallas, Texas; Thomas J. Kennamer, Jr. and daughter Carolyn of Monnett, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Kennamer of Oklahoma City; and Mr. Robert Butler of Memphis.

Short talks were made by Ralph Kennamer, of Montgomery; Harold Kennamer, of Trion, Georgia; Judge Charles B. Kennamer of Montgomery; and John R. Kennamer of Woodville, Alabama.

The quartet sang two more numbers.

Ralph Kennamer called to remembrance those who had passed over the great divide since the last reunion. The assembly sang "God Be With You ‘Till We Meet Again," and the meeting was adjourned to meet again for the nineteenth reunion on the last Saturday in August, of the year 1947.

Lewis Wendell Page Secretary

MINUTES OF THE NINETEENTH REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED -- 1947

The Nineteenth Annual Reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Incorporated, held at Pisgah, Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 30, 1947, was called to order by the President, David C. Kennamer, of Sheffield, Alabama.

After a brief welcome by the President, Earl Stewart of Chattanooga, Tennessee, led the assembly in prayer. Henry Kennamer directed the singing of In the Sweet By and By.

In the business session the minutes of the eighteenth meeting were read by the secretary and adopted. The treasurer, Sid Kennamer, reported that after the cleaning of the cemetery, building tables, etc., the Association had a balance on hand of $83.33. Willard C. Kennamer, Yonkers, New York, Historian, presented a most interesting report, "Traditions and Their Significance in Our Family." This report is on file as a part of the minutes of the Reunion.

The following officers were elected for the next two years: R. A. Kennamer, Scottsboro, President; Henry Kennamer, Grant, Vice-President; Mrs. Louise Barclay, Scottsboro, Secretary; Denton Kennamer, Woodville, Treasurer; and Willard C. Kennamer, Yonkers, N.Y., Historian.

A committee was appointed to take care of the arrangements for the reunion. This consisted of J. R. Kennamer, Jr.. Edward Page, Doss Kennamer, Bennie Kennamer, and Grady Kennamer.

The meeting adjourned at 12:00 for lunch.

The following visitors were introduced at the afternoon session, viz: Mr. and Mrs. Henry Clay Kennamer of Dalton, Gal; Mose J. Kennamer of Dallas, Tex.; Mr. and Mrs. P. H. Page and son, Earl, of Norman, Okla.; Dr. and Mrs. John L. Page from the University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill.; Tom Jake and Vic Kennamer of Washington, D. C.; Press Woodall and son, David, of Hillsboro, Ala.; and Dr. Rex Kennamer, Montgomery, Ala.

The Tennessee members of the family were recognized as a group; this included the Woodalls, Childresses, Stewarts and others.

Mose J. Ralph, Tom, Jake and Henry Clay Kennamer and Press Woodall made short talks.

Uncle Nels Kennamer of Swearengin was recognized as the oldest member of the family present. He is eighty-eight.

Plans were made to hold the twentieth reunion the last Saturday in August, 1948.

MINUTES OF THE TWENTIETH REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED -- 1948

The 20th Annual Reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Incorporated held at Pisgah, Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 28, 1948, was called to order by the President, Raymond A. Kennamer of Scottsboro, Alabama.

After a brief welcome by the President, the assembly enjoyed two numbers by the Jackson County High School Band, with Mr. J. B. Foley, director.

In the business session, the minutes of the 19th meeting were read by the secretary and adopted. The Treasurer, Denton Kennamer, reported that after cleaning the cemetery the Association had a balance on hand of $62.89. Willard C. Kennamer, Yonkers, New York, Historian, presented a brief report. He again brought before the meeting his hopes for the erection of a Memorial Building at Pisgah, Alabama, to house our gatherings and family records.

Our Texas visitors were introduced at the morning session. These included: Misses Nancy and Florence Mitchell, Mrs. Ben Kelly and Mrs. J. D. Clower, daughters of the late Johnnie Mitchell. Mrs. Irma Kennamer Christian and daughter Shirley, Mr. and Mrs. David Kennamer and sons, and Nita and Kennan Kennamer.

After two more selections by the band, the meeting adjourned at 12:00 o’clock for lunch.

The following visitors were introduced at the afternoon session, viz: Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Timlin and daughter of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Clay Kennamer, Dalton, Georgia; and Mr. and Mrs. Olin Kennamer of California.

Again, the Tennessee members of the family were recognized as a group; this included the Woodalls, Childresses, Stewarts, Hatfields, Princes and others.

David, Judge Charles B., Ralph. Henry Clay and Olin Kennamer and John Page made short talks.

Willard C. Kennamer made a motion that W. J. Kennamer be Chairman with authority to appoint four associate members to solicit donations to erect a Kennamer Chapel at Pisgah, Alabama.

A motion was duly presented and adopted that any deficit that might be incurred in the operation of the drink stand be paid from our treasury.

Ralph Kennamer mentioned the fact that about 10 of our number have passed on since we last met.

Aunt Clemmie Kennamer was recognized as the oldest member present. There were 16 present who have attended all reunions.

With the singing of "God be With You ‘Till We Meet Again," and prayer led by Ralph Kennamer, the meeting adjourned to meet again the last Saturday in August, 1949.

MINUTES OF THE TWENTY- FIRST REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED – 1949

The 21st Annual Reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Incorporated, held at Pisgah, Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 27, 1949, was called to order by the President, Raymond A. Kennamer of Scottsboro, Alabama.

After a brief welcome by the President, the assembly enjoyed two numbers by the Jackson County High School Bank, with Mr. J. B. Foley, director.

In the business session, the minutes of the 20th reunion were read by the Secretary and adopted. The Treasurer, Denton Kennamer, reported the cost of cleaning the cemetery was $64.50, leaving a balance of $53.93.

The building committee made their report. W. J. Kennamer and Mrs. Barton Noel, members of this committee gave their views as to the possibilities of this project. After much discussion for and against it, it was decided that this committee would further their efforts for this fund.

Ralph Kennamer called for nominations for officers of the Association for the coming two years, and the following were elected:

Judge Charles B. Kennamer President

Lawton Kennamer Vice President

D. C. Kennamer Secretary

Elmer Page Treasurer

W. C. Kennamer Historian

A committee composed of Meryl, Taber and Lendon Kennamer was appointed to have charge of preparing tables, benches, and etc., for the reunion.

A message from Willard C. Kennamer, Historian, expressing his regrets in being unable to attend was read by John R. Kennamer. The report of the Historian is on file with minutes of said reunion.

A motion was made by Tom Jake Kennamer, Jr., of Washington, that the Association send their regrets to Willard C. Kennamer on his being unable to attend.

After four more numbers by the band the meeting adjourned for lunch.

After a most bountiful lunch, the meeting reconvened at 1:00 o’clock. At this time our out-of-state visitors were recognized. The states represented were: Tennessee, Texas, Georgia, Oklahoma, New York, and Washington, D. C. Short talks were made by the following: Ralph, Elmore, Tom Jake, Jr., Wendell, Charles B. and Henry Clay Kennamer, and Roland Prince all of which proved to be very interesting.

Seventeen members were present who have attended all reunions.

A very fitting tribute was paid to the memory of "Uncle Syd Kennamer" by Kalon Kennamer. "Uncle" Green Butler was the oldest person present, his age being 82 years

John R. Kennamer gave a brief report on his new book, The History of Woodville and Surrounding Coves, which will be off the press in a few months.

With the singing of "God be With You ‘Till We Meet Again" and prayer led by John R. Kennamer, the meeting adjourned to meet again the last Saturday in August, 1950.

This the 27th day of August, 1949.

THE KENNAMER FAMILY REUNION AUGUST 26, 1950

The Twenty-second Annual Reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Incorporated, held at Pisgah, Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, Saturday, August 26th, 1950, was called to order by the President, Judge Charles B. Kennamer, of Montgomery, Alabama.

After a brief welcome by the President, Earl Stewart of Chattanooga. Tennessee, led the assembly in prayer.

In the business session, the minutes of the Twenty-first meeting were read by the Secretary and adopted. The Treasurer, Elmer Page, made his report showing the Association had a balance of $4.42.

W. J. Kennamer read a letter from D. P. Woodall, sending his regards and stating that he regretted being unable to attend this year. He also read a letter from L. L. Smith of Easley, South Carolina, sending greetings to all.

The meeting then adjourned for lunch.

After lunch, the meeting reconvened at one o’clock. meeting in the building since it had started to rain. Judge Charles B. Kennamer then turned the meeting over to Ralph Kennamer, of Montgomery, who presided at the afternoon session. Ralph made a short talk and then introduced Earl F. Kennamer of Auburn, a fish and wildlife specialist, who made the principal address. In his talk, he contrasted the wildlife conditions of our country with that of Germany, where he spent some time during the war. He gave several experiences connected with wildlife work and his talk was very interesting.

Short talks were then made by Clay Woodall, Mose Kennamer, George C. Mellon and Tom Jake Kennamer, Jr.

Judge Kennamer then asked about the pavilion, which had been discussed a few years previous, stating he had expected to see it erected by this time. W. J. Kennamer and Barton Noel, two of the committee replied to his question, Barton stating that it takes quite a bit of planning for an undertaking of this nature. We were assured the plans were still in the making and with the cooperation of every one including some financing, we will yet have a pavilion in which to hold our meetings.

Besides the Tennessee delegation who usually attends the meetings other out of state visitors were: George C. Melton, Sinton, Texas; J. W. Franks. Fort Worth, Texas; Mrs. Mary Mitchell Clower, Dallas, Texas, Mrs. Irma Christian and daughter, Shirley; H. L. Kennamer, Mr. and Mrs. David L. Kennamer, and sons. Abilene, Texas; Mose J. Kennamer, Dallas, Texas; Tom Jake Kennamer, Jr., Washington, D. C.

Uncle John R. Kennamer read a telegram from our Historian, Willard C. Kennamer, Yonkers, N.Y., and also one from Clyde Kennamer, San Angelo. Texas, both sending greetings and expressing regrets at their being unable to attend the reunion this year.

There were fourteen who had been present at every meeting, compared to seventeen the previous year. It was noted, however, that Dent and Nora Kennamer were present, but had left before the count was made, inasmuch as they were leaving that afternoon for California, to visit a son who was in the service.

Mr. Green Butler, at the age of 83, was the oldest member present.

With the singing of "God be With You ‘Till We Meet Again," and prayer led by John R. Kennamer, the meeting adjourned to meet again the last Saturday in August, 1951, the Lord willing.

THE KENNAMER FAMILY REUNION AUGUST 25, 1951

The Twenty-third Annual Reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Incorporated, held at Pisgah Church, Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, Saturday, August 25th, 1951, was called to order by the President, Judge Charles B. Kennamer of Montgomery, Alabama.

Earl Stewart of Chattanooga, Tennessee, led the assembly in prayer.

With President Judge Charles B. Kennamer presiding, the following business was transacted:

The minutes of the last meeting of the Association were read by Edith Kennamer Bramblett, in the absence of the Secretary, D. C. Kennamer, of Sheffield, Alabama.

The President called for nominations for officers for the Association for the next two years and the following officers for the years 1952 and 1953 were duly elected:

John R. Kennamer, Woodville, Alabama, President

N. D. Kennamer, Huntsville, Alabama, Vice-President

Edith Kennamer Bramblett, Scottsboro, Alabama, Secretary

Clay Woodall, Guntersville, Alabama, Treasurer

Willard C. Kennamer, Yonkers, N. Y., Historian

Judge C. B. Kennamer stated to the assembly that he did not intend to embarrass his sister, Barton Noel and W. J. Kennamer by asking them about the pavilion, but that he thought they had given it up as too big a thing. He went on to say that he thought that W. J. Kennamer had been the most useful, practical member of the Association from its inception, so far as doing things for the Association and gave as an example the new tables that had been built. He stated that W. J. Kennamer had donated a lot of time and effort and some expense to making the tables possible, and he called upon him to tell about the tables and to talk about the pavilion, if he desired. W. J. Kennamer then advised that Muriel Kennamer, Taber Kennamer and Lindon Kennamer were on the Committee of Arrangement, but that Muriel was in Chattanooga, and the others got together and decided the tables should be built and Word Lumber Company built them for $85.00. He then stated that he and Barton would have something to report on the pavilion, at a later date.

The report of the Treasurer was given and he reported $42.84 in the Treasury after all expenses, except the tables had been paid. Judge Kennamer called for contributions to pay for the tables and defray any incidental expenses and the sum of $148.81 was collected.

Willard Kennamer, the Historian, gave a most interesting talk about how the Kennamers originally came from Germany in about the year 1732, and then he discussed the eight prevailing way of spelling the Kennamer name. He presented to the Kennamer Family Association a most valuable book covering the genealogies of the Kennamers through 1900.

A motion was made by Ralph Kennamer that the Association spend $10.00 for an ad to be inserted in the National Publication of the DAR reading "In Grateful Appreciation for the Kate Duncan Smith School at Grant, Alabama. Kennamer Family Association, Inc." The motion was adopted and Ralph was authorized to attend to this matter.

The meeting was then adjourned for lunch.

The meeting was again called to order by the President at 1:30 P.M., and he invited all members of the family to register in the Kennamer Family Association Book if they had not already done so.

The President then turned the meeting over to Ralph Kennamer, who presided over the afternoon session. The following were introduced and short talks were made by most of them:

Hulon Page and wife, Temple, Oklahoma Clay Kennamer and wife, Dalton, Georgia Earl Kennamer and mother, of Auburn, Alabama D. P. Woodall, Hillsboro. Alabama, was celebrating his birthday. Probate Judge Homer Clayton, Guntersville. Alabama, who made a short talk about the hope he had and that the road from DAR to Woodville would son be paved. J. D. Pruitt, Boaz, Alabama Mack Kennamer and wife, Dalton, Georgia Jake Page, Grapevine, Texas Jack Woodall, Jackson, Tennessee Gene Starnes, Guntersville, Alabama Clyde Kennamer, Wall, Texas Wendell Kennamer and family, Northport, N. Y Bro. Sikes, Woodville, Alabama A. E. Woodall, Grapevine, Texas John R. Kennamer, Woodville, Alabama

Judge F. E. Kennamer of Cheslea, Oklahoma, made a most interesting talk on patriotism and stated that if we kept going on the road we were going, spending ourselves into national bankruptcy, we might wake up without a government and be Russian slaves. He stated further that we were wasting away the life of America and said it was time for serious thinking on the part of all of us.

Ralph Kennamer also made a most interesting talk about the trend of the times and read startling statistics about our state government and the tax structure of the state government.

The introduction of out of state guests then continued and the following were recognized:

Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Burch and son, Paul, from Michigan Mr. & Mrs. Hazel Lackey, Forrest, Mississippi

Mrs. Williamson and daughter, Dalton, Georgia Charles R. Kennamer & family, Dalton, Georgia Troy Kennamer and wife, Dalton, Georgia Felix Kennamer and family, Dalton, Georgia Robert Woodall and wife, New Orleans, La.

There were present 26 members of the clan from Tennessee, 20 from Georgia, 3 from Oklahoma, 2 from Louisiana, 7 from New York, 9 from Texas, 2 from Mississippi and 3 from Michigan.

There were twenty who had been present at every meeting, compared to the fourteen who were in the house when the count was made in 1950.

Mr. C. S. Kennamer of Scottsboro, Alabama, brought best wishes from his father, A. T. Kennamer, who is 88 years of age and was unable to attend the reunion.

Two songs were sung by a quartet composed of Wendell Page, Karen Kennamer, Bro. Sikes and Mr. Hibbert of Atlanta.

With prayer led by Bro. Sikes, the meeting was adjourned to meet again the last Saturday in August, 1952.

THE KENNAMER FAMILY REUNION AUGUST 30, 1952

The twenty-fourth annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Incorporated, held at Pisgah Church, Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, Saturday, August 30th, 1952, was called to order by the President, N. D. Kennamer of Huntsville, Alabama.

D. C. Kennamer, Scottsboro. Alabama, led the assembly in prayer.

With Elmer Elkins of Woodville, Alabama, leading, two songs were sung.

With President N. D. Kennamer presiding, the following business was transacted:

The report of the Treasurer, Clay Woodall, Guntersville, Alabama, was given, and he reported the sum of $82.15 in the Treasury.

The Historian, Willard C. Kennamer, of Yonkers, N. Y., gave a most interesting report.

The minutes of the last meeting of the Association were read by the Secretary, Edith Kennamer Bramblett, of Scottsboro, Alabama.

Roland Prince, young attorney from Tennessee, son of Sam and Verta Kennamer Prince, and grandson of the late P. J. Kennamer, and Mrs. Ella Kennamer of Woodville, Alabama, made a very timely and thought-provoking speech that he addressed exclusively to the women in the audience. He called to their attention that there are more women than men in the United States, and that there are more registered women voters than men voters, and reminded the women of the power they hold by way of the ballot. His thoughts were that more women should take an active part in politics in order that some of the corruption in government might be stopped. He cited the fact that the finger of scandal had not been pointed at a single woman in the House of Representatives or the women in the Senate in the many tax probes, un-American activities and graft that had been uncovered in recent months. He urged that everyone and especially the women should exercise the privilege and duty of voting. He pointed out that many people criticize the way the city, county, state or Federal governments are operated and yet do not take the time to go to the polls and help elect the right kind of officials.

W. J. Kennamer of Woodville reported that he had received a letter from a good friend of the Kennamer Family, D. P. Woodall of Hillsboro, saying he could not attend the reunion and sending his best wishes to the family. W. J. Kennamer also reported receiving a letter from Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Smith, of Easley, South Carolina, members of the South Carolina Kennamer family, saying they were unable to attend our reunion, but sent their best regards.

Bro. Rich, Pastor of the West Huntsville Baptist Church, who came to the reunion with our President, N. D. Kennamer, expressed much pleasure at having been invited to attend and heartily sanctioned the remarks made by Roland Prince.

Ralph Kennamer of Montgomery, read a telegram that had been sent to the widow of John R. Kennamer? deceased, by Clay and Rosa Kennamer of Dalton, Georgia, in which they advised that they would be unable to attend the reunion this year. but expressed the hope of attending next year,

Ralph Kennamer then delivered a most fitting and beautiful eulogy to our departed President, John R. Kennamer. He expressed the thoughts of each one present when he stated that we were all saddened by the passing of our beloved President. He stated that John R. Kennamer was born in 1873, the son of David and Kitty Hodges Kennamer, and that he was blessed by birth in having so wonderful a mother, so wonderful a father and such wonderful brothers and sisters. He pointed out that John R. Kennamer and his father, David Kennamer, were men of strong convictions and not afraid to stand by their convictions, and he urged the young people to never quit singing the praises of men like David Kennamer and John R. Kennamer. He stated that if we, the members of the Kennamer Family, allowed ourselves to forget this type of people, then we are not fit to be their kinspeople - to enjoy the blessings that are ours. Ralph brought out the fact that it was in the brain of John R. Kennamer that the idea originated to have a reunion - that he loved his kinspeople and he liked the reunions. He went on to say, and I quote, ". . . that he was a faithful husband, he had a good wife, he had a fine family. He was proud of his family and he took a great deal of pride in the accomplishments of any member of this family, and I say to this family that we join with them in their moments of sorrow, in their great loss their loss is our loss and I wish to say peace to the ashes of Cousin John, and may his tribe increase."

There were members of the family present from Tennessee, New York, Texas and Mississippi, and many counties throughout the State of Alabama.

Mr. Babe Wright was conceded to be the oldest member of the family present, he being 85 years of age. The youngest member of the family present was Dewade Kennamer, four months old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elwyn Kennamer, and grandson of Denton and Nora Kennamer and 0. D. and Mae Kennamer Hodges.

There were twenty-one people who had attended every reunion.

Recognition was given the family of the late A. T. Kennamer, he having died on May 28, 1952. Those present were Carlos Kennamer of Scottsboro, who introduced his guests, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Hodges and Mrs. C. S. Brewton of Scottsboro; Willis Kennamer of Huntsville, who introduced his wife and daughter and his mother-in-law, Mrs. Stover; Hugh Kennamer of Sheffield, who introduced his son-in-law, W. B. Dunn, and Katie Mae Kennamer Vaughn of Huntsville, Alabama.

J. D. Pruitt of Boaz, Alabama, was called upon for a speech and he stated that he had attended many Kennamer reunions, but that he had never had a better time than he did out there a few minutes ago - referring to the wonderful dinner.

Dr. F. M. Cook, President of Snead Seminary of Boaz, Alabama, delighted the crowd with his humor and then in a serious vein, called our attention to the wonderful heritage that was ours and to the illustrious place the name of Kennamer holds not only in Alabama, but throughout the United States. He further called our attention to the fact that we can’t go back to the "good old days" but rather we must go forward and meet the issues of today. He brought out very forcibly that the spirit of trying to get something for nothing is wrecking the economy of America, and that if we do not stop it. we will all sink. And he called upon us to each one resolve that we will be deserving of the good things that our forefathers wrought and handed to us - be deserving of our heritage and to quit bartering away as rapidly as we can the freedoms that are ours.

It was decided that the Kennamer Family Association should pay someone to clean the church that we used as the weather was threatening. and W. J. Kennamer was appointed to see that this work was done.

A collection was taken to defray the expenses of the reunion and $46.10 was collected.

Ralph Kennamer then made a short talk urging the young people to take more interest in the reunion.

The matter of electing a vice-president to fill the vacancy existing was brought before the Family, and Barton Kennamer Noel was duly elected for the unexpired term.

Elmer Elkins lead us in singing "God be With You ‘Till We Meet Again," and with prayer by Ralph Kennamer, the meeting was adjourned to meet the last Saturday in August, 1953, for our Silver Anniversary Reunion.

THE KENNAMER FAMILY REUNION AUGUST 29th, 1953

The Twenty-fifth annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Incorporated, held at Pisgah Church, Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 29th, 1953, was called to order by the President. N. D. Kennamer of Huntsville, Alabama.

Harold Kennamer of Midland, Texas, led the assembly in prayer.

Wendell Page of Scottsboro, Alabama, led the congregation in singing "America" and Blest be the Ties that Bind.

N. D. Kennamer then asked everybody present to bow their heads in a minute of silent prayer in memory of the members of the family who had died since our last reunion.

With the President. N. D. Kennamer presiding, the following business was transacted:

The Treasurer, Clay Woodall of Guntersville, Alabama, reported that we had $72.81 in the treasury after all bills were paid.

The minutes of the last meeting of the Association were read by the Secretary, Edith Kennamer Bramblett of Scottsboro, and said minutes were adopted as read.

The President then called for nominations for officers for the Association for the next two years, and in a most eloquent and complimentary manner, Ralph Kennamer nominated his "handsome" cousin, Tom Jake Kennamer, Jr., of Washington as President, and after his nomination had been seconded, Ralph moved that he be elected by acclamation. Tom Jake then returned the compliment by nominating Ralph for President, but Tom Jake was elected. The following were also duly elected:

Ralph Kennamer then nominated D. C. Kennamer of Scottsboro, Alabama, as Treasurer of the Association, and made a motion that he be elected permanent Treasurer, stating that we had such a little bit of money that it was too much trouble to transfer it each two years. His motion was duly seconded and D. C. Kennamer was elected permanent Treasurer.

Bertie Kennamer of Woodville, Alabama, led a group of children from Woodville in singing two very enjoyable songs. The group was composed of Eva Kennamer, Carolyn Butler, Linda Butler, Marie Kennamer, Randall Patterson, Jimmy Kennamer, Clenda Cameron, Carol Kennamer and Clara Keel.

Willard Kennamer, our Historian, gave us some of the high lights of the new Kennamer Family History he is preparing. He stated that he had 1,450 Kennamer family genealogies already and was not through with the book. He further stated that he did not plan to include the children of the Kennamer girls in his book, but rather would restrict the book to the actual Kennamer family name. He gave us an illustration if a Kennamer girl marries a Woodall then their children would be Woodalls and not Kennamers and for that reason he does not plan to extend the line further than where the Kennamer girl marries. He had with him a sample book furnished him by the printer and he gave us some idea of the cost of printing a book similar to the one shown. He stated that he thought if we bought as many as three or four hundred that the price would be somewhere around $3.00 each. No definite action was taken on this matter, but it was the general talk that Willard was to be commended for his untiring efforts in this tedious work and that the books were something that the members of the family would want.

The meeting was adjourned for lunch, and the consensus of opinion was that it was one of the best lunches we have ever had

The crowd, some six or seven hundred strong, reassembled after lunch to hear some very stirring marches by a portion of the Jackson County High School Band. The members of the band were introduced by Wendell Page of Scottsboro, Alabama, and he not only introduced them, but told just how they were related to the family. These members were Karen Hodges, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Julian Hodges of Scottsboro; Linda Hall, granddaughter of "Uncle" Green Butler; Gene McCutchen, granddaughter of Mrs. Maude Kennamer McCutchen; Jo Anne Kennamer, daughter of Ed Kennamer and granddaughter of Carlos and Mollie Kennamer; Autrey Gardner, Jr., son of Faye Kennamer Gardner and grandson of Carlos and Mollie Kennamer; Bobby Stewart, son of Clyde and Helen Stewart, and grandson of Bun Wann, and Mr. Bud and "Miss" Kate Stewart; Charles Smith, son of Gladys Scoggins Smith (who formerly taught at Woodville) and Duggan Smith, and then Jimmie Adams, who is just a friend of the family, and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Adams, Scottsboro, Alabama.

The President then called on members of the family from various states to stand and be recognized and there were 8 from Texas; 12 from Tennessee; 5 from Georgia; 2 from Kentucky; one from New York, one from Washington, D. C., and hundreds from various counties in Alabama.

Clay Kennamer of Dalton, Georgia, made a very short talk in which he told of a visit to his home by Willard Kennamer of Yonkers, N. Y., and he felt that the members of the Association should do everything possible to encourage the great work. He offered to join with any ten or twelve other members in putting up $100.00 each to see that the book was published. He further stated that he thought the idea of a pavilion, or some such thing was a good one and said he would help out on building it.

Walter J. Kennamer of Woodville, Alabama, then came to the stand and said that there were always some few expenses to putting on the reunion and asked for free will donations. While he was still speaking, Mrs. Barton Kennamer Noel of Boaz, Alabama, stood up and advised that she had not given up the idea of a place for the reunion to meet and she and Walter J. Kennamer urged that the members give this matter some serious thought and if possible to begin now to donate

toward this work. A collection was taken and $107.93 was donated.

Ralph Kennamer then presented a very handsome mahogany gavel to the Association from the members of the Kennamer Family Association in memory of John R. Kennamer. This gavel is appropriately engraved. In making this presentation, he advised that the idea of this gift originated with N. D. Kennamer.

Ralph then advised that he had bought a gift to be presented to the youngest member present and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kennamer brought their six-month old daughter, Doris Wennell, forward to claim this engraved gift, showing that she was the youngest member of the Association present at the Silver Anniversary Reunion. Doris Wennell is the granddaughter of Frank and Eliza Kennamer and is a great granddaughter of the late Frank Kennamer.

Mr. Green Butler was conceded to be the oldest member present, he being 86 years of age. Ralph also presented him with an engraved gift to show that he was the oldest member present for the Silver Anniversary Reunion.

The Kennamer Furniture Company of Guntersville, Alabama, donated a very useful and lovely coffee-maker to be given to the member present with the most descendants present, and this was claimed and won by Mrs. Tempie Kennamer, widow of W. S. Kennamer. She had 26 children, grand-children and great-grandchildren present, they being as follows: Children: Grady, Eddie, Bertie, Howard and Truman, Mae Hodges, Ruby Thomas and Gertrude Stewart. Grand-children: Evelyn Kennamer Butler; Olan Rexford Kennamer, Julia Ann Kennamer, Virgie Mae Hodges Nichols, Glenice Hodges Patterson, Doss Kennamer, Sue Kennamer Wright, Eva Lou Kennamer, Houston Kennamer Thomas, Alva Sue Thomas, and Joseph E. Stewart, Jr. Great-grand-children: Carolyn Butler, Linda Butler, Melvin Nichols, Paula Inez Nichols, Randall Patterson, Arnold Patterson and Parnell Kennamer.

Bro. Charlie Brewer made a few well-chosen remarks to the assembly and stated that he had known and loved members of the family for years.

Judge C. B. Kennamer of Montgomery in a short speech referred to a portion of the minutes in which the Secretary quoted from a portion of Roland Prince’s speech in which he stated that there were more women than men in the country and Judge Kennamer said he just thought to himself as he heard that, "What a situation". Before he really got into trouble with us women he changed the subject and began to talk about what an improvement had been made in the roads since the days when he lived in the Cove, and in particular, about the improvement that had been made in the last year. He then spoke about the Governor of Alabama having signed the "Right to Work Bill" the day before and he said that strange things were happening in our country when the Governor had to sign such a bill, that he thought everybody had the right and the duty to work. He went on to say that all nations were in an armament race, with the excuse that they were doing it to keep out of trouble, but that he remembered when he was a boy that if a bunch of the fellows took to carrying pistols, he thought they were getting ready to fight. He concluded his talk by saying he thought this was one of the greatest reunions we had ever had.

A poll was taken to see how many were present who had attended every reunion and there were twenty-one people who had attended every reunion.

Lorrin Kennamer of Kentucky made a short talk and he brought out the fact that it was he that first thought of the Kennamer Family History and the reunion. He said he wanted to heartily endorse the work being done by Willard and he offered to be one of the men to advance $100.00 in order to get the work published.

Congressman Robert E. Jones came late to the reunion, missing the wonderful dinner, but he was most complimentary of the Kennamer Family and stated that he wanted to congratulate the family as a whole on the splendid work they were doing to keep the family ties close, that so many families were prone to dissolve their affections and love with distance. He stated that he hoped he would have the opportunity of joining in paying respect and tribute to the Kennamer Family at many reunions.

D. P. Woodall of Hillsboro made a short speech, in which he stated he was happy to be present.

Eddie Kennamer, Edward Page and Talmadge Kennamer were chosen as the committee on arrangements for the next two years.

L. C. Boles of Scottsboro, the guest of Carlos Kennamer, made a short speech.

Our newly elected president, Tom J. Kennamer, Jr., acquainted us with some of the duties of the doorkeeper of the House of Representatives in a very educational and interesting talk.

N. D. Kennamer presented the gavel to Tom Jake and turned the meeting over to him.

With the singing of "God be With You ‘Till We Meet Again" led by Wendell Page and prayer by Ralph Kennamer, the meeting was adjourned to meet again the last Saturday in August, 1954.

This the 29th day of August, 1953.

Edith Kennamer Bramblett Secretary

THE KENNAMER FAMILY REUNION AUGUST 28th, 1954

The Twenty-sixth Annual Reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Incorporated, held at Pisgah Church, Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 28th, 1954, was called to order by the President, Tom J. Kennamer of Washington, D. C.

Brother Erwin Lee led the assembly in prayer.

The minutes of the last meeting of the Association were read by the Secretary, Edith Kennamer Bramblett of Scottsboro, and said minutes were adopted as read.

The President then asked everyone present to bow their heads in a minute of silent prayer in memory of the members of the family who had died since our last reunion.

President Tom J. Kennamer then explained to the assembly that Ralph Kennamer and Edith Kennamer Bramblett had decided that we would have more visiting in the morning and less speech-making and that that was the reason for not calling the meeting to order until such a late hour.

The meeting was then adjourned for lunch and as usual the food was plentiful and good.

The crowd reassembled after lunch and the President asked former Congressman Joe Starnes of Guntersville to come up to the platform and make whatever remarks he might care to and the Honorable Mr. Starnes made one of his usual good speeches. He endeared himself to all present when he said that from now on his name was going to be Joe Kennamer Starnes. He called to our attention how much progress has been made right here in Kennamer’s Cove in material and educational growth and what a wonderful heritage was ours and how proud we should be of the name Kennamer and what it stands for. He went on to tell us of a very amusing incident that happened to him when he was teaching at Rockdale School, He said it was generally conceded that the aristocracy lived in and around Pisgah School and that when his pupils from Humption came to Pisgah School and beat them in a spelling bee that the red-headed teacher at Pisgah School chased him out of the Cove. He then recalled a debate between Dave and Sid Kennamer on one side and Othar Butler and himself on the other side and of how Dave Kennamer got up to argue for his side and in the excitement made a wonderful speech, but forgot to mention the debate subject at all. Then getting serious for a few minutes, he said that he could not think of any nicer thing a family could do than to gather on an occasion such as this to greet each other and to gather inspiration from our meetings. He reminded us that since time began that man had had trouble and tribulations, and that this generation would not solve all the problems, nor would this generation have all of the troubles that were to befall men, but that we should strive at all times to make the family the basic unit of society and thereby a lot of our problems would be solved. He concluded by saying he had enjoyed being at the reunion and hoped to attend others.

President Tom J. Kennamer made a few timely remarks concerning the news that we get from Washington via the radio, press and television and advised that 90% of the news is slanted and that we should always remember this in analyzing what we hear and read.

He then called on Wendell Page to bring his quartet around to sing for us and Wendell, Henry Kennamer, Robert Neil from Nashville and Henry Kennamer’s son-in-law, Kenneth Logan, delighted all of us with their fine rendition of "Silver Threads Among the Gold," "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," and other wonderful songs that never grow old. Henry Kennamer then announced that a singing school was being conducted at Mt. Pleasant and asked that anyone interested please make plans to attend, as they would be welcome.

The Treasurer, D. C. Kennamer, reported that we had $72.81 in the treasury last year and we had received $107.93 as a free will offering and found that we had $7.33 in the Jacobs Bank, making a total of $188.07 in receipts and that we spent $33.00 for incidental expenses, including a gavel, printing, etc., leaving a balance of $155.07. Another offering was taken and $82.40 was received.

W. J. Kennamer called to the attention of the members of the family that it was necessary to employ someone to clean the cemetery and to put up the tables and that this expense ran to $46.00.

Several times during the day reference was made to our need for a more comfortable place to meet, and especially our need for a new speaker’s stand, but each time it was passed over lightly and we are still risking the necks of not only the prominent members of our own family, but the necks of our visitors by asking them to come up to the "stand". My suggestion is that we take the offering before lunch and just hope that everyone will contribute generously and we can build before another meeting.

President Tom J. Kennamer then advised that there was one member of the family who had been longing to get up on the speaker’s stand all day and that now that time had come and he would turn the meeting over to his illustrious cousin? Ralph, and ask him to preside during the rest of the meeting.

Ralph came up and among other things, had this to say, "We are all enjoying more material success than our ancestors, we live in better homes, more comfortable homes, but frankly, I am a little frightened - I do not believe that we are as close to our God as they were . . ." He went on to remind us that there is no doubt about our forebears building a good name and they did not build it by getting any great honors bestowed upon them, or by reaching any high degree of financial success, but they built their good name by staying close to God. He reminded us that as a family, we had been greatly blessed and he concluded by saying that he hoped that all of these blessings, material and otherwise, would not turn us away from the One who has blessed us."

As is our custom, we asked that everyone who had attended every reunion to stand up and be counted and we found that there were 25 who had attended every reunion. This poll is not always accurate because not all of the members are within range of this announcement and sometimes we miss counting someone who has been present every year.

Ralph then asked the members of the family from various states-to stand and be recognized and there were 18 from Tennessee, 9 from Texas, 4 from Georgia, 2 from Mississippi, 1 from Oklahoma, 3 from Missouri, 3 from California, 1 from New York, 1 from Michigan and hundreds from various counties in Alabama.

The Kennamer Furniture Company of Guntersville, Alabama, very generously donated another prize this year to be given to the member present with the most descendants present, and this was claimed and won by Mrs. Eliza Kennamer. She had thirty-six children, grand-children and great-grant-children present, they being as follows: Henry, Dwight, Wayne, Frank, Robert, Ruth, Vonley, Carl, Charles and Lou Kennamer; Helen Logan and Carolyn Logan; Ilen, Leon, Polly, Lorette, Linda, Donald and Harold Lynn Thomas; Sara K. Rymer, Fern Martin, Wanda, Von and Ralph Anderson, Mary K. Christine, Lois, Joseph, Charles, Katheryn and Sally Jo Wright, and Ruth Wright Burns and Alton Burns. The gift was a beautiful table lamp.

Eileen and Ray Thomas brought their 3 month old son, Harold Lynn Thomas, forward to claim the gift for the youngest member present, and Mr. Emmett Woodall, admitted that he was 85 years old and received the gift for the oldest member present.

Henry Clay Kennamer of Dalton made a few remarks and especially called to our attention the wonderful work Willard Kennamer of Yonkers, N. Y., had done with his new book and urged that every member of the family avail himself of a copy of the same. Clay again offered to help build a pavilion’ or some such for our reunion.

Willard Kennamer was then asked to say a few words about his book and he told us something of the difficulty he had in compiling, typing and getting the book printed and I feel that the family as a whole is greatly indebted to him for his untiring efforts.

Ralph then called on "Uncle Elmore"—Judge Elmore Kennamer—from Oklahoma to come up to the platform and Judge Kennamer advised that this was the first time he had been to the reunion in five years. He then stated. "I am proud to be here. For one thing, about the lowest down person in the world is a person who refused to claim kin with his folks." He went on to make some very stirring remarks about the world situation and ended by saying what we needed in America today is a revival of the old type of Patriotism and Americanism. He delighted us with two very humorous stories.

Mr. McKane, new President of Sand Mountain University, formerly Snead College of Boaz, was introduced and he advised us that since we were talking about how proud we were to be Kennamers that the "K" in McKane stood for Kennamer. He expressed pleasure at being invited to attend the reunion.

Five past Presidents of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc. were called upon to stand and be recognized.

Hilbert Kennamer of Texas, Carlos Kennamer of Scottsboro and Mose Kennamer of Texas all made short talks.

Ralph Kennamer then in a joking mood, told his Daddy that the speech making had "got down" to him and the Judge corrected him and told him he meant "up" to him. Here is part of what the Judge had to say to us; "I like to come to these reunions. I have been to every one. I enjoy the fine talks that are given. I want to especially congratulate our good friend, Joe Starnes, that I have known through the years and who made a wonderful record for ten years 1n the Congress of the United States. I read and keep up with what goes on in Congress a great deal. He was the victim of the same election that was trying to get good men out of office today. I don’t know, but I think I did this at the one before, but I remember very distinctly from this same platform (I mean a better one) the last Saturday in August before Pearl Harbor, I prophesied then and I never changed my mind, that the threat of Communism from old bloody Russia was a greater menace to our civilization than Germany. I think one of the major mistakes of World War II was that we did not let Germany annihilate Russia. I think it is all coming to pass." He went on to make other remarks about the world situation, but unfortunately, I did not take all of his speech down. He ended his remarks by saying, "I am very happy to be here and hope to be to several more, ‘though I know the shadows are growing longer for me on the western horizon.’"

The meeting was closed with prayer and we adjourned to meet again the last Saturday in August, 1955.

Edith Kennamer Bramblett, Secretary

THE KENNAMER FAMILY REUNION AUGUST 27th, 1955

The twenty-seventh annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Incorporated, held at Pisgah Church, Kennamer Cove. Marshall County. Alabama, August 27, 1955, was called to order by the President, Tom J. Kennamer, of Washington, D. C.

Brother Otis Logan led the assembly in prayer.

The minutes of the last meeting of the Association were read by the Secretary, Edith Kennamer Bramblett of Scottsboro. and said minutes were adopted as read.

The President then asked every one present to bow their heads in a minute of silent prayer in memory of the members of the family who had died since the last reunion.

President Tom J. Kennamer then asked the members of the family from various states to stand and be recognized and there were 10 from Tennessee, 4 from Arkansas, 3 from Georgia, 1 from New York, 5 from Texas, 3 from Washington, D.C. and hundreds from Alabama.

Professor R. M. Harper from the University of Alabama, gave us a most interesting description of some of the work he was doing with statistics, and in particular, in connection with the data contained in the Kennamer History. He told us of his findings in studying the marriage records of the Kennamer Family how that in the nineteenth century, more marriages occurred in the month of December, but that later more of the marriages occurred in June. He went on to say that he considered the Kennamer Family as the salt of the earth.

Mr. Homer C. Hill of Arkansas was called upon to stand and be recognized and he stated that having the opportunity to attend the Kennamer Reunion was something he had lived for - that his father was a descendant from the Hans Kennamer line, but that until the Kennamer Family History was written, he did not know too much about his ancestors. He expressed deep pleasure at being with us. W. S. Hill, an uncle of Homer C. Hill, also of Arkansas, told of how happy he was to be in the land where his forefathers came from and he stated he hoped to attend other reunions.

D. C. Kennamer, Jr., our Treasurer, of Scottsboro, Alabama, gave us a report of the condition of the Association as far as finances are concerned. He stated that we had a balance of $155.07 on August 28th, 1954, and that we took a collection that amounted to $82.42, giving us a total of $237.49, and that he had expended $1.00 for having the grounds cleaned, paid W. J. Kennamer $90.00 for having the cemetery cleaned and paid Talmadge Kennamer $8.00 and the Jackson County Sentinel $3.00 for printing, making a total of $102.00 spent - leaving a balance of $135.49 as of August 27, 1955.

President Tom J. Kennamer then announced that it was time to elect officers for the next two years and after a "railroading" election, the following were elected:

The meeting then adjourned for one of the most important events of the day - lunch.

After a bountiful and delicious meal the meeting was again called to order by the President.

A committee composed of Edith Kennamer Bramblett, Louise Kennamer Barclay, and Mrs. Carlos S. Kennamer was appointed by President Tom J. Kennamer to draw proper Resolutions of sympathy and sorry of the late Judge C. B. Kennamer.

Said Resolution is as follows:

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, Charles Brents Kennamer, Sr., was an honored, respected and beloved member of the Kennamer Family Association of Alabama, Incorporated; and:

WHEREAS, God in His infinite wisdom saw fit to call him from among us on June 3, 1955;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Kennamer Family Association of Alabama, Incorporated, that we do express our deepest sympathy and sorrow in the passing of one whom we are proud to have been associated with in our Reunions, and one whom we shall miss, as he was a regular attendant and had never missed a Reunion, and;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we do spread a copy of this Resolution on the permanent minutes of this Association and that we do send a copy to his wife and children.

This, the 27th day of August, 1955.

THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED

By: Edith Kennamer Bramblett

Louise Kennamer Barclay

Mrs. Carlos S. Kennamer

Committee.

Clay Kennamer of Dalton, Georgia, made a short talk and made an urgent appeal for a building to be erected in which to hold our Reunions and W. J. Kennamer of Woodville, Alabama, said he was willing to deed the Association an acre or more of land upon which to erect any type of building or pavilion they desired.

W. J. Kennamer of Woodville then made a talk urging the younger members of the family to take more interest in the Reunions. He stated that the older members were dying out and that if we wanted to keep having the reunions that the younger people would have to take more interest. He also stated that he was very much interested in seeing us erect a building of some kind.

Mose Kennamer of Texas said that one of the reasons he came was that his mind had been along the thoughts that had been expressed by other members of the clan - that the interest was dying just a little. He stated that he sacrificed to make the trip, but that he was glad he did. In connection with the building, he stated he would go his part.

Norman D. Kennamer of Huntsville, made the suggestion that a committee be appointed to find out what type of building the members wanted, the size, etc., and then get an estimate on the cost and see how much the members would donate. He said that he had some little experience in building and that he felt this would be the proper approach to the problem.

In keeping with N. D. Kennamer’s suggestion, the President elect, C. S. Kennamer then named W. J. Kennamer, D. C. Kennamer, Jr. and Hubert Hall to look into the matter - to estimate the kind and size of building to be built and then ascertain the cost as nearly as possible and then contact the members and see how much they would donate.

A quartet composed of Henry Kennamer, Vonley Kennamer, Kenneth Logan and Otis Logan sang some wonderful songs and Henry announced that he was singing the first one mostly for Ralph, since it was his grandfather’s favorite song - they then sang "In the Sweet Bye and Bye," and "In the Morning of Joy."

C. Kennamer, Jr., then came to the platform and delivered a beautiful and fitting tribute to the late Judge C. B. Kennamer. Among other things, he said that all of us had certain days in our lives to which we looked forward from year to year and that the Reunion was one to which he looked forward, when he could see his kinsmen and friends, but yet the day with all of its joy and happiness brings to us some sadness, as from year to year there are those who have formerly been here who are no longer with us. He stated further and I quote, "I do not know how many of our kinsmen and clan have passed on since last year, but there is one to whom the Reunions meant a great deal - the late Judge C. B. Kennamer. I doubt if there is any man who appreciated it more than he. He was not a man who talked a lot, but when he talked, he had something to say and people listened. He was always one of the first to arrive at the Reunion and I don’t believe there were many Reunion days he did not go out to the cemetery. I have seen him from time to time as he came back - to him that is a hallowed place, his friends and loved ones rest there awaiting that last day." D. C. then ended his remarks by saying that we were all proud of the Judge and that the day was saddened by his absence.

Tom J. Kennamer then presented a beautiful gavel to the Association.

A committee on arrangements for another year was named - Eddie Kennamer, Talmadge Kennamer and Edward Page.

Ralph Kennamer of Montgomery then presented a gift to Randall Kennamer, the 5 month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kennamer as the youngest member of the clan present, and Mr. Emmett Woodall was given a gift as the oldest member he being 85. Mrs. Eliza Kennamer again won the prize donated by the Kennamer Brothers Furniture Company of Guntersville for having the most descendants present. There were 31 of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren present.

Ralph Kennamer then had the following to say: "I cannot let this occasion go by without a few words about perhaps the greatest man I have ever known. Enough has been said about him today. He would not want much more said, but for twenty-one years and nine days, I was associated with my father in the Federal Court at Montgomery and I do not say that he was the noblest Roman of them all, but he had characteristics that I think were in all the old-timers of the family." Among other things, he went on to say that above everything else that might be said about him, I would say that his greatest trait was loyalty, and if there was ever a man loyal to his family, and he included all of his kinspeople in his family, it was Charles Brents Kennamer, Sr. Just let anybody from anywhere write him, call him or come by that was kin to him, I don’t care what degree it was, there wasn’t anything he would not do for them. He never wanted to spend his vacations anywhere except in North Alabama, among his kinfolks, and friends and he never went anywhere else except here. That trait of loyalty, however, was not confined to him. I think D. C. Kennamer, John R. Kennamer, Pleas, Syd, and so many of the older Kennamers did possess it. I never thought it was any particular honor that came to our family by appointment or otherwise that made the family what it is today, to cause other people to have a great respect for us, to endear us to them and hold the name in high honor. I think it was loyalty the old-timers had for themselves and our friends. I don’t care how low his status in my life was, if he was my Daddy’s friend he went to bat for him in any circumstance that was honorable . . . he wanted to come to these Reunions because he loved his kinfolks.

Ralph went on to say that he would never have known many of his kinsmen had it not been for the Reunions and that he had attended them all and intended to come next year. He urged the members of the family to make their plans from year to year to attend. He stated further that he liked his kinfolks and if anybody ever asked how much kin he was to someone, if he didn’t know, or if they were distantly related, he said they are my cousin. He pledged the support of his family in the construction of the building.

Eighteen members responded when asked how many had been at every Reunion.

Willard Kennamer expressed his gratitude to the members of the family for their support in getting out his book.

The meeting was adjourned by the family singing "God be With You ‘Till We Meet Again."

This the 27th day of August, 1955.

Edith Kennamer Bramblett, Secretary

THE KENNAMER FAMILY REUNION AUGUST 25th, 1956

The twenty-eighth annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Incorporated, held at Pisgah Church, Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 25th, 1956, was called to order by the President, Benny W. Kennamer, of Woodville, Alabama.

Harold Kennamer of Texas led the assembly in prayer.

The minutes of the last meeting of the Association were read by the Secretary, Edith Kennamer Bramblett, of Scottsboro, and said minutes were adopted as read.

D. C. Kennamer, the Treasurer, reported that we had a balance of $135.49 on hand as of August 27th, 1955, and that the collection amounted to $70.89, and that we had incidental expenses in the sum of $29.51, leaving a balance as of this date of $176.87.

In addition to making a report of the financial status of the Association the Treasurer reported that our beautiful new building cost a total of $3,127.13, and that collections to date amounted to $1,988.00, leaving an indebtedness of $1,139.13 to be raised by free will offerings of the members and friends of the Association. After making the above reports, the Treasurer stated that he would like to pay tribute to the person who had done more than anyone else to make possible the dream of a building such as we have and that was W. J. Kennamer of Woodville. He told how he not only gave the land upon which the building is situated, but gave $500.00 of his money to say nothing of making countless trips to Guntersville, Huntsville, and Scottsboro to make arrangements and secure materials that went into the construction of the building. He also had words of praise for the man who had charge of the actual construction - Hubert Hall, and of how he did such a good job on estimating the cost and building the building.

The Historian then made his report and stated that certain dates stand out more than others in our memories and that there were several dates that were vivid in his memory - among them he listed the publishing of the Family History, the beginning of the Kennamer Family Association, and one in particular, he mentioned was when he received a photostatic copy of an old, old deed that was executed by Hans Kennamer. He also mentioned the building of the monument to the grave of Hans Kennamer, and the building of the pavilion. He had 25 sets of the Kennamer Family Bulletins which he gave to the families who were interested and one set is made a part of the permanent records of the Association.

Ralph Kennamer then stated that inasmuch as the Association was about to become property owners that the Constitution and By-Laws would have to be amended and after some discussion, the following Resolution was unanimously adopted:

The following members of the family were elected as Trustees: W. J. Kennamer, Woodville; Mrs. Barton Kennamer Noel, Boaz; David C. Kennamer, Scottsboro; G. Denton Kennamer, Woodville; Edward R. Kennamer, Scottsboro; Raymond A. Kennamer, Scottsboro; Henry Kennamer, Guntersville: Elton Kennamer, Guntersville; and Lawrence Kennamer, Scottsboro.

The President then announced that the passing of our President, C. S. Kennamer, left a vacancy in the office of Vice-President and called for nominations for the office. Edd Kennamer of Scottsboro was unanimously elected to serve for this next year as Vice-President.

The President then appointed a committee composed of Louise Kennamer Barclay, Edith Kennamer Bramblett and Audrey Kennamer Hall to draw proper Resolutions of respect to Carlos S. Kennamer.

The meeting then adjourned for lunch - and I want to tell everybody that the chiggers you got were not gotten under the pavilion, but when you stood around the tables so long eating your lunch.

The Resolution Committee reported and the following Resolution was read:

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, Carlos S. Kennamer, was the beloved President of the Kennamer Family Association of Alabama, Incorporated, and;

WHEREAS, God in His infinite wisdom saw fit to call him from among us on April 15th, 1956;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Kennamer Family Association of Alabama, Incorporated, that we do express our deepest sympathy and sorrow in the passing from this life of a man who was esteemed by his associates, loved by his friends and respected by all;

RESOLVED, FURTHER, that a copy of this Resolution be directed to his family as a humble expression of the Association’s heartfelt sympathy in its bereavement.

THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION OF ALABAMA, INC.

BY: Louise Kennamer Barclay

Audrey Kennamer Hall

Edith Kennamer Bramblett,

Committee

D. C. Kennamer, Jr., then came to the platform and delivered a beautiful and fitting tribute to the late Carlos S. Kennamer and this is what he said:

Ralph Kennamer then presented a rocking chair to Rebecca Lynn Harrison, the four month old daughter of Martha Kennamer Harrison and Clarence Harrison, she being the youngest member of the family present.

Mr. Green Butler claimed the beautiful blanket donated by Kennamer Brothers Furniture Company of Guntersville, for being the oldest member present.

After much counting and rounding up of families, Mrs. Eliza Kennamer, with thirty children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, again received the prize for having the most descendants present. The prize was an ice cream freezer donated by Coplin Hardware Company, Guntersville, Alabama.

Ralph Kennamer then gave Omer Kennamer a very useful gift - a can opener.

One of the highlights of the day was the report given by March Richardson "Prissy" Dunson of Guntersville, on her experiences at Girls State, where she was elected Attorney General and then was chosen to go to Girls Nation in Washington, D. C. Her report was interesting and most informative. She stated that two more of our family were chosen to go to Girls State - Talma Ann Kennamer of Woodville and Kaye Kennamer of Scottsboro.

Professor Harper of the University of Alabama, who has been using the Kennamer Family as a guinea pig, was introduced by Ralph Kennamer and made a talk about self-reliance as typified by the Kennamer Family. A copy of his pamphlet, "A Model Clan in the Southern Hill Country," has been made a part of the permanent records of the Association.

There were members of the family present from Texas, Tennessee, Georgia. New York, Kentucky, Virginia, Oklahoma and North Carolina, and hundreds from all parts of Alabama.

Judge Elmore Kennamer of Oklahoma made a few brief remarks.

Henry Kennamer led the group in singing "In the Sweet Bye and Bye."

Wendell Kennamer from Virginia, stated that this was one of the great days of his life - that he had been privileged to come back and renew his friendships and visit with his kinsmen.

We could only find 15 who had attended every reunion - but we made the count late and we felt that others might have eaten and left.

Earl Kennamer of Auburn, with the Fish and Wildlife Department, entertained us with some humorous stories. We are all invited to visit him in Auburn.

Jack Woodall, an attorney from Jackson, Tennessee, stated he was happy to be present and that he was having a good time, but came mostly to bring his 88 year old father, Mr. Emmett Woodall.

Mose Kennamer of Texas made some highly complimentary remarks about our "shed" and stated how delighted he was to see so many young people present. He invited us all to come to their "Cousins-Get-Together" in Texas.

Ralph Kennamer came up and stated that he appreciated the reunions and that he knew people who think that the reunions are the most wonderful things that they ever heard of, and that he also thought they were wonderful. He went on to say that he never would have known Carlos Kennamer if it had not been for the reunions, and then he with well-chosen words, paid tribute to our late President, and among the things he said about him was that he thought he was a wonderful person and that he lived life fully and freely. He closed his remarks by saying he thought it was one of the very best reunions and that each year as the reunion closed, he started looking forward to the next one.

The reunion adjourned with the group singing, "God be With You ‘Till We Meet Again," led by Henry Kennamer, and with prayer led by D. C. Kennamer.

THE KENNAMER FAMILY REUNION AUGUST 31, 1957

The twenty-ninth annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc., held at Pisgah Church, Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 31, 1957, was called to order by the President, Benny W. Kennamer, of Woodville, Alabama.

Wendell Page of Scottsboro led the assembly in singing "America."

Mr. H. C. Bulman of Mill Creek, Oklahoma, gave the invocation.

The minutes of the last meeting of the Association were read by the Secretary, Edith Kennamer Bramblett. of Scottsboro, Alabama, and said minutes were adopted as read.

The Treasurer, D. C. Kennamer, reported that we had a balance of $176.87, as of August 25th, 1956, and that we took a collection which amounted to $100.16 and transferred $78.22 from the building fund to the general fund making a total of $178.38, or a grand total of $355.25 in the treasury. From this sum. we paid $3.00 for printing and transferred $250.00 to the building fund, leaving a balance of $102.25 on hand. He reported that so far as he knew, there were no outstanding debts due by the Association except the balance due W. J. Kennamer on the pavilion, in the sum of $551.85. He then asked for donations to be made by the family and friends in order to try to retire this indebtedness, and the collection taken amounted to $290.43.

In compliance with the notice given at the last meeting that the By-Laws would be amended in part by adding thereto a section setting up a Board of Trustees to handle the affairs of the Association, the following Resolution was unanimously adopted:

The meeting adjourned for lunch - and I still say the chiggers you got were not gotten under the pavilion but around the dinner table.

The meeting was called to order after a bountiful dinner, and Wendell Page led us in singing two songs, "In the Sweet Bye and Bye" and "Blest be the Tie."

The President, Benny Kennamer, stated that the next order of business would be to elect officers for the next two years, and after an election that would make the election held by the Teamster’s Union in Miami look like a Sunday school picnic, the following officers were elected:

Edd Kennamer, Scottsboro, Alabama, President Henry Clay Kennamer, Dalton, Georgia, Vice-President Edith Kennamer Bramblett, Scottsboro, Alabama, Secretary

Our Treasurer and Historian are elected for an indefinite term. so there was no election to these offices.

Ex-President Benny W. Kennamer then turned the meeting over to the newly elected President, Edd Kennamer.

As has been our custom during the past few years, prizes were given to the oldest member present, the youngest member, and to the person having the most descendants and members of the family present. Ralph Kennamer acted as Master of Ceremonies and Mrs. Hattie Jordan of Guntersville, Alabama, was given a flashlight for being the oldest person present, and little David Lee Wyatt, 8 week old son of Iris Kennamer Wyatt and George Wyatt received the little red rocker for being the youngest member present.

Aunt Tempie Kennamer and Mrs. Eliza Kennamer really had a "hot" race to see who would claim first prize for the most members present, and after much counting, picture taking and rounding-up, Mrs. Eliza was able to muster 45 members and Aunt Tempie came in second with 42 members. Mrs. Eliza chose the beautiful blanket donated by the Kennamer Bros. Furniture Company of Guntersville, Alabama, and Aunt Tempie took the portable barbecue grill as consolation prize. This grill was donated by Coplin Hardware Company of Guntersville.

Ralph then announced that he had a large and well-filled basket of groceries which had been donated by Lawton Kennamer, a member of Butler & Kennamer Wholesale Grocery Company in Scottsboro, Alabama, which he would give to the married couple present whose total ages were the highest. After Mr. Walter and Miss Nell (Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Kennamer) added their ages, 74 and 73, respectively, making a total of 147, they were not challenged and they got the basket of goodies, (which I understand came in mighty handy during the big snow this last winter).

We were able to locate 15 people who had attended every reunion.

There were members of the family present from 12 states, being 15 from Tennessee, 1 from Kentucky, 6 from Texas, 7 from Oklahoma, 5 from Georgia 2 from Mississippi, 1 from Arkansas, 2 from North Carolina, 2 from Florida, 4 from Nebraska, 4 from Ohio, and several hundred from all sections of the State of Alabama.

At this point various members of the family were called on for short speeches and to be recognized. There were a number of members of the family present from without the State, but two of the very happiest people present were Herbert Bulman and Dave Bulman, sons of Rebecca and George Kennamer Bulman, deceased, from Mill Creek, Oklahoma. It was their first reunion and they expressed much joy at being privileged to attend.

Clay Kennamer of Dalton, Georgia, brought greetings from the members of the family in Georgia, and expressed pleasure at being present.

Ralph Kennamer then called on W. J. Kennamer for some remarks, and he brought back to memory some incidents that took place when he was attending the little school just across the road from this pavilion. He also announced that if anybody missed one of the hand hewn benches out of the Church, that they would know that he had it - that he wanted one of them and he was going to get it. (I don’t know who he will get to go his bail.)

Elton Kennamer of Guntersville was called on to make some remarks and he expressed pleasure at being able to be present and stated that Ralph was mainly responsible for getting him here - as he told Elton’s mother and his grandfather, Uncle Green Butler that Elton would bring them, and he had to follow through, but he was so glad that he did.

President Edd Kennamer introduced his two uncles, Hugh Kennamer of Sheffield and Willis Kennamer of Huntsville, and then Willis introduced members of his family.

Ralph Kennamer of Mobile then made a most impressive talk regarding the reunions and Kennamer’s Cove, and brought to our minds some of the noble clan who were sleeping the endless sleep. He said that the Cove had a lot of memories not only for him, but for countless others of the family and that some of the memories were pleasant, but that others were memories that burn.

He went on to say that he was proud of the name Kennamer. He then had this to say, "I want to say to the young people of our family that I have never in my life known of an occasion or situation in which it was to my disadvantage to be known as a Kennamer, or to be known as a relative of those great and successful men like our ancestors who lived in this Cove here." He stated further, "hardly a week, day or month goes by but what people have something complimentary to say about our family, and particularly the older members of it. I think sometimes that younger people think there is nothing sophisticated or glamorous about getting together at a family reunion, but I tell them it will be to their advantage to know their kinfolks and to appreciate the qualities that made the family the respected family it has been and is today."

Ralph went on to bring to mind other members of our family and stated in talking of them, "Of course, I shall never live long enough to forget the memory of my wonderful father. I think about him so much when we have these reunions. He loved them so well." He told how Tom Jake Kennamer of Washington had planned to attend the reunion, but was prevented from attending because Congress had not adjourned. He also told of how Judge Wendell and Judge Elmore Kennamer had both hoped to attend but that neither one was able to make the trip.

Ralph stated that the reunions were something special to him? and that so many people would welcome the opportunity to attend a family gathering such as ours. and that he was happy to see so many people from other states as well as those from within Alabama.

He concluded by stating that he enjoyed the reunions, and that we came to enjoy them, but that we dedicate them to the memory of those whom we love. and who are no longer with us. He stated that it has been said that "Memory is the chain that binds us together until we meet again."

Wendell Page led the assembly in singing, "God be With You ‘Till We Meet Again," and the meeting was adjourned to meet again the last Saturday in August, 1958.

Edith Kennamer Bramblett, Secretary

THE KENNAMER FAILY REUNION AUGUST 30th, 1958

The thirtieth annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc., held at the Kennamer Family Association Pavilion, in Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 30, 1958, was called to order by the President, Edward R. Kennamer of Scottsboro, Alabama.

The assembly was led in prayer by Bro. Earl Stewart and Wendell Page led the group in singing "America."

The minutes of the last meeting of the Association were read by the Secretary, Edith Kennamer Bramblett, and said minutes were adopted as read.

The President then announced that W. J. Kennamer of Woodville had a presentation he wished to make to the Kennamer Family Association, and Mr. W. J. then came to the platform and presented the Association with a deed to a tract of land 175 feet by 175 feet, being the tract upon which the pavilion is located. The deed was given to the Secretary to be sent to Marshall County for recordation.

Edd Kennamer, the President, then expressed the thanks of the entire Kennamer Family for the generosity of W. J. Kennamer, in donating the land to the Association, in order that a place to meet might always be available.

The Treasurer, D. C. Kennamer, Scottsboro, Alabama, reported that we had a balance of $102.25, and that we took an offering in 1957, which amounted to $290.43, making a total of $392.68 in the treasury, and we had expenses of $25.00 for painting the sign on front of the pavilion, and printing of $3.50 leaving a balance of $364.18. We then proceeded to take a collection which amounted to $262.71.

The President then read a letter from our Historian, Willard C. Kennamer of Yonkers, N.Y., in which he expressed regret at not being able to attend the reunion.

A poll was taken and we could only locate 13 people who had attended all 29 of the Reunions.

As has been our custom at previous reunions we asked that the young people of the Family be given recognition, and Jud Mitchell, son of Helen Kennamer Mitchell and R. E. Mitchell of Bessemer was introduced and it was pointed out that he had been given another year’s scholarship to Columbia University in New York. Edd Kennamer, President, then introduced Tom Kennamer from West Limestone County, and stated that he had come to know Tom in connection with the work they were both doing at Redstone Arsenal, in Huntsville, Alabama.

A copy of the August 17th, 1958, Mobile Press Register was shown to the family group and this copy of the newspaper contained a very "flattering" picture of Ralph Kennamer of Mobile, and carried a write-up of the Kennamer Family’s Reunion. This write-up has been attached to made a part of the permanent record.

Mrs. Barton Kennamer Noel of Albertville said that she felt that we did not give the Reunion enough publicity and that perhaps we needed a publicity director. Various members expressed their views on whether or not we needed a publicity director, and it was the considered judgment of most of the members that each member should be a publicity director for the family. Mrs. Noel then explained that she was not thinking of trying to attract people outside of the family, but just to keep the family interested.

The meeting then adjourned for the usual bountiful and delicious lunch. The assembly was called to order after lunch by the singing of a quartet of John Anderson, Henry Kennamer, Wendell Page and Otis Logan.

The President then called on our Vice-President, Henry Clay Kennamer of Dalton, Georgia, and he expressed extreme pleasure at being present, but advised that he would have to leave soon, as his brother was quite ill.

Congressman Bob Jones was called on by our President to talk to us, and he said that although he was not a Kennamer, that his family lived close by and that his mother was a Smith from Smith’s Chapel, which is now Aspel. He stated further that he had been in school with the Kennamers and that when he went to Congress—"There was Tom Jake Kennamer"—and that he had been under his jurisdiction since that time. He went on to laud and commend Uncle John R. Kennamer for having written the only history of Jackson County in existence and what a valuable contribution it is to schools and to individuals. (And by way of further elaboration on this - I have a copy of this History of Jackson County and it has been borrowed numerous times. I am very particular with it, however, and always see that it is returned.) Congressman Jones said further that he hoped that we would have some revival of the historical interest that there were Historical Societies, but that they are not given to the study of the people who live in these hills of North Alabama, and that we have a proud history, something we should know more about - about the lives of our ancestors and how we came to be what we are today. He expressed real pleasure at being invited to attend the reunion.

Our President called on various out-of-state guests. and one of the first introduced was Mr. Tim Kennamer and his son, Audry, from Oklahoma. Mr. Tim declined to make a speech, but Audry came to the platform and made a few remarks, and stated that being at the reunion for his first time was the best time he had ever had and he hoped to attend more of them. He stated that his father left this part of the country when he was just 18 years of age, and this was his first trip back. He is the son of Abe Kennamer. He has three brothers living, and his brother Isaac did live in Scottsboro.

Tom Jake Kennamer, who is from Washington, D. C. and Missouri, stated that he had three observations to make. One is that our Congressman (referring to Robert Jones) who represents the Eighth District - every time he sees me in Washington, he says, "Hello, Kennamore," and I say, "Hello, TVA Jones." Then the second is we should give our Secretary a rising vote of thanks (and as much as I appreciate the rising vote of thanks - I do not choose to run this year and absolutely refused to take the office, even if asked). His third thought was that the Association should pay tribute to Walter J. Kennamer for his contribution to the pavilion - in order that he might know that the Association appreciated his generosity. He stated that as always, he was delighted to be present.

Cousin Elmore Kennamer from Tulsa, Oklahoma, was called on and he said, "I am so grateful that I can be here - that I hardly know what to say to you. I do want to tell you from the depths of my heart that this is the greatest thrill of my life. When folks think they are a little above their kin folks, they are degenerating." He then warned us that we are living in perilous times and that we need men that fit the description of the man in the poem, Gray’s "Elegy in the Church Yard." He went on to say it was a glad day and a sad day - because when he had been here before there was Charlie Kennamer, John R. Kennamer and others, who are no longer here - but that men like that were men of unshakable patriotism and God-fearing men.

Wendell Kennamer then made a few remarks and stated that he was happy to be present and that he was happy to see some of the younger Kennamers taking an interest and that these reunions would mean a great deal more to the younger people as they grow older. He went on to say he wanted to pay tribute to some of the Kennamer women, and in particular, his three sisters - Mrs. Noel, Mrs. Smith and Miss Mary.

N. D. Kennamer of Huntsville, Alabama, then was called on and he stated that as usual, he was glad to be at the reunion.

Mose Kennamer of Dallas, Texas, told of the organization of the Cousins in Dallas, and that they meet the last Sunday in April of each year and he invited all of us to attend.

Clay Kennamer of Huntsville, Alabama, stated that he was just a "country school teacher" but that it was a pleasure to be present and he hoped to be back next year.

Ralph Kennamer then started the round-up to see which person had the most descendants Present and again Aunt Tempie ran Mrs. Eliza a close race. Mrs. Eliza claimed the kitchen stool donated by Coplin Hardware of Guntersville, and Aunt Tempie received the card table donated by Kennamer Brothers Furniture Company, Guntersville, Alabama, and William Butler and wife, made claim to being the most recently married couple and received a big basket of groceries donated by Butler & Kennamer of Scottsboro. Little Cathy Childress, daughter of Barbara Hatfield Childress and Garth Childress, and grand-daughter of Bessie Kennamer Hatfield, was given the prize for being the youngest child present being only 8 weeks old.

Tribute was then paid to the members who had departed this life since the last meeting, and some of the ones named were Kate Kennamer Vaughn, Aunt Sallie Kennamer, Maxie Kennamer Williams, Mr. Will G. Kennamer, Pearl Kennamer Hodges, Mr. Emmett Woodall, Mr. W. O. Butler, Albert Nelson Kennamer and Mrs. Cora Hodges.

There were 3 present from Texas, 3 from Ohio, 1 from Mississippi, 16 from Tennessee, 3 from Florida, 10 from Georgia, 3 from Virginia, 2 from Maryland, and of course, a heap of us from Alabama.

Ralph Kennamer of Mobile, Alabama, then proceeded to read a most interesting speech. A copy of this speech, which deals with the "good ole days" at some length, is made a permanent part of the record.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned with the group singing, "God be With You ‘Till We Meet Again."

MINUTES OF THE THIRTY-FIRST ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INC. HELD AUGUST 29, 1959

The thirty-first annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc., held at the Kennamer Family Association Pavilion in Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 29, 1959, was called to order by the President, Edward Kennamer of Scottsboro, Alabama.

The family was led in prayer by Bro. Earl Stewart of Woodville. Alabama, and Wendell Page of Scottsboro, led the group in singing "America."

The minutes of the last meeting of the Association were read by the Secretary, Edith Kennamer Bramblett, of Scottsboro, Alabama, and said minutes were adopted as read.

The Treasurer, D. C. Kennamer, Scottsboro, Alabama, reported that after paying Walter J. Kennamer the balance due him on the pavilion and paying for cleaning the cemetery the year before and all other expenses that we had a balance of $35.00 on hand. The group was then called on to make a free-will offering for the purpose of meeting the expenses necessary to a meeting of this kind, and for the further purpose of painting the ceiling of our pavilion and after the hats were passed and the money counted, we found there was $138.10 contributed by the generous members of the family.

After our Treasurer made his report, he read two communications in response to the poem, "It’s Reunion Time Again," which was sent to the various members of the family. One was from Mrs. Dockings of South Carolina. and one was from Hilbert Kennamer, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John R. Kennamer. They both expressed deep regret at not being able to attend the reunion.

The President then asked members of the family from various states to stand and identify themselves, and there were 25 from Tennessee, 5 from Georgia, 12 from Mississippi, 1 from Virginia, and 1 from New York. As usual, many sections of the State of Alabama were represented.

During the past reunions we have been asking members of the family to tell of any special honors that had come to the younger members of the family during the past year, and Virginia Kennamer Word told of her having become a grandmother a few months past, and Mrs. Verta Kennamer Prince told that her only son, Roland Prince, had just been elected to the office of City Judge of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, being the first City Judge of that City, and that he was also a member of the Tennessee legislature. A little later in the day, Louise Kennamer Barclay told that her niece, Nancy Camp, the daughter of Alva Kennamer Camp and Leamon Camp, had recently made the highest grade on a Latin test that any student in Bessemer High had ever made, and that her grade in the National Latin Test was exceptionally high.

In the midst of our rejoicing at being at another wonderful reunion, there is always a note of sadness when we remember those members who were with us the year before, but are no longer among us. Alma Kennamer Carter, who died September 30, 1958, James A. Kennamer, who died November 24, 1958, and Aunt Clemmie Kennamer, who died in February, 1959, were those mentioned as having passed on since the last reunion.

The meeting then adjourned for lunch. And I don’t know about the rest of you, but it seems to me that it was the best and biggest feast we have ever had. It took me several days to be able to button my skirts comfortably.

Upon reassembling after lunch, the first item of business was the election of officers for the next two years. Before any nominations could be made, our Vice-President, Clay Kennamer of Dalton, Georgia, stated that he would not be a candidate for an office because of the distance he lived from the site of the reunion, and that although he appreciated the honor of having been made Vice-President, he did not want to be given another office. Respecting his wishes (which is more than you have ever done for me) he was not nominated for an office. Ralph Kennamer nominated Wendell Page, the son of Aquilla Kennamer Page and Lewis Page, for the office of President, and upon motion being made and seconded the nominations were closed and Cousin Wendell was elected our new President. D. C. Kennamer then nominated Wendell Kennamer of Virginia to be Vice-President, but Mr. Wendell politely refused (and here again they respected his wishes and withdrew the nomination) and Robert Kennamer of Huntsville, Alabama, was nominated and elected Vice-President. We just won’t speak of who was again given the job of Secretary, but you see who is up here doing the job again.

In order that we may keep the record straight, it was decided several years ago that we would not elect a Treasurer and Historian each two years, but that D. C. Kennamer would serve as Treasurer and Willard Kennamer as Historian for an indefinite period, so that is the reason we did not vote on them this year.

At this point, Edward R. Kennamer turned the meeting over to the newly elected President Wendell Page. At the request of several members Wendell hastily organized a quartet composed of Nancy Camp, Aunt Aquilla Page, Wendell Page and Henry Kennamer, and they sang the lovely old hymn, "Face to Face."

The President then called on Ralph Kennamer of Mobile, Alabama, to make the presentation of the gifts he had for various members of the family each year, and the first gift, a set of Martex towels donated by Buddy Harris, Manager of Martex Mills, West Point Georgia, and husband of Mary Virginia Kennamer, was given to Nancy Camp - not only for her ability as a Latin scholar, but also for her part in the singing of the hymn.

Then came the scrambling to see whether Aunt Tempie or Mrs. Eliza would win the prize for the most descendants present - and Mrs. Eliza received the beautiful lamp donated by Kennamer Furniture Company, Guntersville, Alabama, for having 26 of her family present. Aunt Tempie ran her a close second and probably would have won if some of her family had not gone home as soon as they ate their lunch.

Lisa Moore, the three week old daughter of Faye Moore and Arlen Moore received the little red rocking chair for being the youngest person present.

Miss Mary Kennamer of Montgomery, Alabama received a set of the beautiful Martex towels for being the oldest member present.

A General Electric clock donated by Coplin Hardware Store, Guntersville, Alabama, went to Jane and Leroy Deadman, Paint Rock, for being the most recently married couple.

Ralph then proceeded to make a few remarks, and in them, recognized Representative W. W. Gross of Scottsboro, Alabama, who was attending the reunion as the guest of Laurene Kennamer Cobb and husband, Martin Cobb. Ralph recalled that he knew Mr. Gross more years ago than they either would like to remember.

He went on to say that our family is a unique one - that we have different religions, different politics, and different views on subjects, but that on this one particular day, all of these things are of little significance. He remarked about the fact that the Chairman of the Republican party of Jackson County was W. J. Kennamer of Woodville, Alabama, and the Chairman of the Democratic party of Jackson County was Alfred Kennamer of Scottsboro, Alabama, and that they were both present at this reunion.

Clay Kennamer of Dalton, Georgia, amused us with a humorous story or two and told how much he enjoyed being at the reunion. He introduced his son and daughter, who were with him, and said "Miss Rosa" was home making a living while he was out having a good time. He invited us to come over to Dalton to see him and closed his remarks by saying he would be back next year, "The Lord Willing."

N. D. Kennamer of Huntsville, made a few remarks and told of visiting the Cousins in Dallas, Texas, in April - that there were 75 to 100 present and that they had a wonderful time. He called to our attention the fact that our family is something out of the ordinary to have held 31 such wonderful reunions.

Representative Gross was then called on to make a few remarks - and he expressed pleasure at being present and tried to say the Kennamers and Grosses were related, but never really established the relationship - he stated that he was proud of the fact that he was related to the Kennamers. He went on to say that the late John R. Kennamer had made such a wonderful contribution to not only the family, but to the County of Jackson as well. He commended us for our reunions and stated that in his behalf they helped keep the family ties strong. He stated that he counted it a privilege to attend.

Earl Kennamer of the Extension Service of Auburn, who is in charge of wild life in Alabama, kept the family amused with some lively stories. He introduced his lovely wife, Rosalie? and stated that he was so happy to be present. On a very serious note, he stressed the importance of education for the younger members of the family, and although he stated he didn’t care whether you sent them to Auburn or Alabama, I am sure there are those of us who would question that statement.

Wendell Kennamer of Virginia, came to the front and told that he had made the long trip especially to be here at the reunion. He stated that of course he wanted to visit his family also, but he always tried to make it at reunion time. Again, he stressed the hope that we could develop the interest among the younger Kennamers in this reunion in order that it will be continued for years to come. He stated, and I quote, "I want to say to the younger Kennamers there is no family in the United States who has a richer heritage than those from Hans Kennamer. They have made their place in the history of this country. Professional men, successful business men, all types of people are in this family. You young people can be proud of your ancestors. We owe a great debt to Willard Kennamer, John R. Kennamer, Walter Kennamer and others who have been the leaders in promoting these get-togethers once a year." He went on to say, "I am wondering who will assume the leadership after they are gone. It requires leadership to keep the family together and I want to impress upon you the importance of preparing someone to take over." He again expressed his pleasure at being present.

Willis Kennamer of Huntsville, stated he was glad to be present. He introduced his wife and mother-in-law. He stated he was proud to be a Kennamer.

Our Historian, Willard Kennamer, made a most informative talk about the family history. He stated that in his opinion, the Kennamers left Germany to avoid forced military service. He expressed much pleasure at being able to attend this reunion after having to miss some of them.

He recommended that some kind of tables be arranged around the side of the pavilion in order to enable us to eat more comfortably. I’m just wondering how much we could all eat if we were comfortable. I manage to eat too much in spite of the dust, heat, red bugs, and the inconvenience of balancing a plate in one hand and a Coke in the other.

When the poll was taken to ascertain how many had been present at every reunion, there were only 13.

Wendell Page then led us in singing "God be With You ‘Till We Meet Again," and then the meeting was adjourned.

MINUTES OF THE THIRTY-SECOND ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED, HELD AUGUST 27th, 1960

The thirty-second annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc., held at the Kennamer Family Association Pavilion in Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 27th 1960, was called to order by the President, Wendell Page of Scottsboro, Alabama, who gave a most cordial welcome to all members of the family and their guests.

The pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States by the entire group was led by Miss Isabelle Kennamer, daughter of Ralph and Isabelle Kennamer of Mobile, Alabama.

The family was led in prayer by David Kennamer of Abilene, Texas.

The minutes of the last meeting of the Association were read by the Secretary, Edith Kennamer Bramblett of Scottsboro, Alabama, and said minutes were adopted as read.

The Treasurer, D. C. Kennamer, Scottsboro, Alabama. reported that we had $35.09 in the Treasury at the beginning of the meeting in 1959, and that we took a free-will offering and received $138.15, making a total of $173.24. He paid $38.50 in connection with expenses of holding the reunion - cleaning the grounds, etc., and paid $3.50 for circulars, leaving a balance on hand of $131.24. (This sounded pretty good - but he went on to add that he and Daddy, or somebody, had spent $197.61 for paint and $150.00 for labor in painting the pavilion, and had spent an additional $22.50 for cleaning the cemetery, or a total of $370.11, spent and only $131.24 in the treasury with which to pay) this of course left a deficit of around $240.00. Contributions were solicited and money was received - but I’ll let D. C. explain this to you.

The Treasurer also told of having received a communication from Mrs. Clara Bell Kennamer Dockings, of South Carolina, daughter of Jacob Kennamer, expressing her regrets at not being able to be present for this reunion.

The President then invited Nancy Camp, only daughter of Leamon Camp and Alva Kennamer Camp of Bessemer, Alabama, to bring her two friends around to the platform. and these lovely young ladies charmed those present with several songs - two of which were "Getting to Know You," and "How High the Moon." These are exceptionally talented young ladies, and we are proud to have one of them as a member of our family.

David Kennamer of Abilene, Texas, being the youngest son of Uncle J. R. and Aunt Sallie Kennamer, and his wife, Betty and their three children gave us a little western or Texas type music and sang "Don’t Fence Me In," which we all enjoyed.

David Miles. only son of A. E. Miles, Jr., and Frances Kennamer Miles, and his two friends, Ray Hayes and Ronnie Hall, all of Chattanooga, Tennessee, entertained the group from time to time throughout the day with their singing, pickin’ and strummin " They were well-received, but it would appear that the University of Chattanooga, which they all three attend, is teaching different type courses to what I always thought was taught in college. These are three talented young men, and are in demand in Chattanooga appearing before clubs and civic groups. Two of the numbers rendered by them were songs written by David.

As has been our custom, we set aside these few minutes to pay special tribute and to recognize the accomplishments of our young people. It was called to our attention that our own Nancy Camp had been awarded the Good Citizenship Medal by the DAR, and that she finished third from the top in her class of 200 at Bessemer High School. She also received the City Civic Service Award. It was noted that Prissy Dunson, the daughter of Louise Kennamer Dunson Richardson, had been tapped for Mortar Board, at the University of Alabama. Don Elkins, son of Lotus and Una B. Elkins, and grandson of Aunt Lee Ora Kennamer Elkins, had made exceptionally high grades at Tennessee Tech, while being one of the regular baseball players for his school. The son of Clyde Kennamer, who is studying at the University of Texas to be a doctor, had also maintained a very high scholastic rating this past year.

The President then called to the attention of the family how much time and effort the Committee on Arrangements, composed of W. J. Kennamer, Omer Kennamer, Dent Kennamer and Lewis Page always put into the reunion - and that the good time we always have at the reunions is partly due to their hard-work in making the grounds presentable and seeing that everything is taken care of. He also called to our attention the fact that Dent’s boys were in charge of the drink stand, and asked that we please support them, inasmuch as they did the hard work more less as an accommodation to the family, since the profits were negligible.

The meeting then was adjourned for the family to enjoy another of those indescribably good dinners for which the Kennamer family is noted. Seems to me as though they get bigger and better each year.

The meeting was called to order after lunch by the President, who turned the meeting over to Ralph Kennamer, of Mobile, Alabama, who awarded the gifts, as has become a custom at the reunion. Mr. and Mrs. Clay Evans of Woodville, Alabama, were given the beautiful blanket for having been married the longest number of years - 55 years. The gift of a clock, donated by Hodges Drug Store of Scottsboro, Alabama, went to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Kennamer (son of Frank and Mrs. Eliza Kennamer) as being the newlyweds - having married July 13th, 1960. The baby stroller, donated by Kennamer Brothers, Guntersville, Alabama, was presented to Jeffery Frazier, the 14 week old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Frazier. Little Jeffery is the grandson of Mrs. Fern Kennamer Hulsey. Uncle Green Butler, being 93 years of age, was presented a knife, donated by Coplin Hardward Company, Guntersville, Alabama, for being the oldest male present, and Miss Mary Kennamer of Montgomery, Alabama, being 88 years of age, was given lovely Martex towels which had been donated by Mr. and Mrs. George Harris. (Mrs. Harris being Mary Virginia Kennamer Harris.)

Mrs. Eliza Kennamer, with 25 of her immediate family present, was given a lovely electric blanket, which was donated by Seaborn Kennamer of City Rexall Drug Store, Montgomery, Alabama. David Kennamer of Abilene, Texas, having driven more than 1,000 miles to attend this reunion, received a folding table given by Coplin Hardware Company - for having traveled the most miles to attend the reunion.

Then last, but not least - your secretary was finally rewarded for her many years of service and received a lovely set of the beautiful Martex towels, for which she was most grateful.

When we asked how many people had been present at every reunion there were 14 who had attended every one. The variation in count comes from the fact that we take the poll sometimes after some of the members have had to leave.

As always we come to a place in our wonderful reunion that brings sadness to each heart - when we pause to remember those members who were with us in the year before, but are no longer here. Ralph read a most fitting Resolution of respect in memory of Judge Elmore Kennamer of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who departed this life on May 1st, 1960, and he called to our attention that the late Judge was born right here in Kennamer Cove on January 12th, 1879, the third son and fourth child of Seaborn and Bettie Mitchell Kennamer. We also remembered with sadness that our former Vice-President, Clay Kennamer, of Dalton, Georgia, had died in December, 1959, after a lingering illness.

Nancy Camp and her trio further entertained the group by the rendition of "In the Still of the Night" and then they lovingly dedicated "Little Old Lady" to Aunt Mary Kennamer and Mrs. Eliza Kennamer.

The President then asked members of the family from various states to stand and identify themselves. There were 24 from Tennessee, 4 from Georgia, 1 from Missouri, 7 from Texas, 2 from Mississippi, 2 from Oklahoma, and as usual, the State-of Alabama was represented by members of the family from many sections.

The President called on our Vice-President, Robert Kennamer of Huntsville, to make a few remarks, and he stated that he was happy to be at the reunion and that he always enjoyed them.

Hub Bulman, from Mill Creek, Oklahoma, then came to the platform and told the members of the family how pleased he and his wife were to be present again that he had driven 700 miles in order to attend, but that he thought it was worth the time and effort he put forth to be present. He stated he wanted to congratulate the family on their interest in each other and to urge us to never let this interest in each other die. He thanked Walker Kennamer for having invited him to attend the reunion.

Alfred Kennamer, who is the Chairman of the Democratic Party of Jackson County, Alabama, made a short talk, in which he stated he was happy to be a Kennamer and happy to be a Democrat. He congratulated the good cooks in the family.

Ralph Kennamer then advanced an idea that he had by saying, "We are essentially an Alabama family, and it is time our family was moving out into the field of Government." He went on to say that the young people should take an active interest in our Government and within the next two years we should elect one of our members to a high office in the State of Alabama Government.

Ralph then went on to offer a beautiful and fitting tribute to his Aunt Mary Kennamer.

David Kennamer of Abilene, Texas, then came up and said he brought greetings from his immediate family - that there were three of them in Abilene - Irma Kennamer Christian, who teaches at Abilene Christian College, Hilbert Kennamer in the insurance business, and he and his family. He went on to say that Lovis and his family were in Sweetwater, Texas, and Clyde and his family in San Angelo, Texas, and that he and his family were visiting his brother, J. R. Kennamer, Jr. and wife. David said that he always tried to impress upon his pupils the importance of being good citizens. He stated that the members of the family should keep in mind that we are going to have to stand for something and urged any member who had not made himself eligible to vote to do so immediately. He remarked that we were going to have to stand up and be counted - that Russia had made far too much progress in the last few years and we had made too little. He invited all of us to visit them when in that part of the country.

Quite a few of the family and guests were recognized - Mr. and Mrs. Garland Hufford from Longview, Texas, Mrs. Carla Faye Phillips, daughter of Baine Kennamer of Missouri, Willis Kennamer of Huntsville, Alabama, H. C. Kennamer of Sheffield, who had retired after 46 years with Southern Railway. Mr. H. C. Kennamer had with him a Mr. Bryant from Sheffield, Mrs. Shankles of Guntersville was present, Mrs. Skidmore of Scottsboro, Alabama, Mrs. Vida B. Wann, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Vaughn of Huntsville, Mr. and Mrs. Howard, Mrs. Mark Scott Skelton and sons - and many more. (If you were here visiting and I did not call your name - just know my shorthand got too cold before I tried to transcribe my notes.) Aunt Laurie Kennamer, widow of Tom Kennamer was present for the first time in years, and Odell Kennamer of Paint Rock was present for the first time.

Several members of the family who usually attend were unable to be present and sent their regrets - Earl Kennamer of Auburn, Uncle Wendell Kennamer of Virginia, and Willard Kennamer of Yonkers, N. Y.

Nancy Camp and her trio again sang for us and then we all joined in singing "God be With You ‘Till We Meet Again," and the meeting was adjourned to meet again on the last Saturday in August, 1961.

MINUTES OF THE THIRTY-THIRD ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED, HELD AUGUST 26th, 1961

The thirty-third annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc., held at the Kennamer Family Association Pavilion in Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 26th, 1961, was called to order by the President, Wendell Page of Scottsboro, Alabama, who gave a most cordial welcome to all members of the family and their guests.

The pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States by the entire group was led by Miss Isabelle Kennamer, daughter of Ralph and Isabelle Kennamer of Mobile, Alabama.

The family was led in prayer by Hilbert Kennamer of Abilene, Texas

The minutes of the last meeting of the Association were read by the Secretary, Edith Kennamer Bramblett, of Scottsboro, Alabama, and said minutes were adopted as read. (Which is probably more than you will do for these.)

The Treasurer, D. C. Kennamer, Scottsboro, Alabama, reported that we had $131.24, in the treasury at the beginning of the 1960 reunion. and that at the 1960 reunion we took our usual free-will offering and received $189.57, and that in addition, we had previously given Robert Word a check for $1.40 for some paper we got from him to use in providing song sheets for the reunion, and that Robert had never cashed the check, so he just added this $1.40 check back to our balance, giving us a total of $322.21 in the treasury. D. C. had explained to us at the last reunion that we owed Daddy (W. J. Kennamer) for paint and labor in painting the pavilion, and that we had now paid Daddy $300.00 of this, had paid Julian Hambrick for a guest book and the Printing Mart for printing in the total sum of $307.62, and that we had a balance of $14.59 in the treasury and we owed Daddy a balance of $14.38. I never saw anything come out so even - I am just wondering how much erasing and re-entering he had to do to arrive at these figures. The way it looks to me we are exactly 21¢ to the good - except I don’t believe that 21¢ would do anybody any good and we might just vote to give it to the Treasurer for his good bookkeeping.

We were entertained throughout the day by our President, Wendell Page, Mr. Tom Joyner of Scottsboro and Edward Page of Woodville as they played the guitar, sang and played the accordion. We are looking forward to some more of that good entertainment today.

The meeting was then adjourned for the family to enjoy once again the wonderful fellowship around the bountiful tables - and enjoy it we did - the fellowship and the good food.

After lunch the meeting was called to order by the President who announced that it was time to elect officers for the next two years. It had been discussed among various members of the family from time to time that it would be a good idea if the younger members of the family were elected to offices in order that they might become more interested in the reunions, and with this in mind, in their usual unethical and railroading manner, they proceeded to elect the following young folks:

I might add that I am sure the word has gotten around pretty well by now that your Secretary lost the notes of last year’s meeting - and I heard rumors that because of her incompetence there might be some changes made next year but by the time I get through reading all this I have down - you will probably change your mind and want to keep me. I always said there is nothing like starting to campaign early. Truly, I did misplace my note book, and it is only with the help of D. C. and Wendell that I was able to piece together the happenings of the day.

The President then announced that it was time for us to have our "Bragging Session" that is tell of the accomplishments of the young people of our family and for the life of me, I can’t remember all of them, so therefore, am going to only mention the two I can remember - being Nancy Camp, daughter of Leamon and Alva Kennamer Camp and Don Elkins, being the grandson of Mrs. Lee Ora Kennamer Elkins. and the son of Lotus and Una B. Elkins. I know there were others and you will be given an opportunity later in the meeting to not only tell of their accomplishments for last year, but to add the ones during the year just passed.

One of the most enjoyable times in our reunions happened along about now - as Wendell, Edward and Tom Joyner were singing some of the old songs, various members of the family, including Virginia Kennamer Word, Alva Kennamer Camp, Louise Kennamer Barclay, Prissy Dunson, John Anderson and his wife, and quite a few others joined them in singing a lot of the old familiar hymns and ballads. Prissy sang a solo for us - and to me the family singing together was most enjoyable.

The President then asked members of the family from various states to stand and identify themselves, and while I do not have the exact number, there were many from Tennessee, 3 from Texas, and as usual the State of Alabama was represented by members of the family from many sections.

As we have been doing in the past, Ralph Kennamer presented gifts to various members of the family - one to the greatest number of any one family present, one to the youngest member of the family present and one to the oldest member.

Ralph Kennamer urged the young people of the family to take a greater interest in the reunions.

President Wendell Page closed the reunion with some fitting remarks about hearthstones - bringing in the fact that down through the ages stone has played such an important place in the life of man - cornerstones for buildings, monuments in memory of our loved ones, grindstones for the craftsman - but that the most important one was the hearthstone - around the hearthstones of this Cove children were reared by the light of the fire from that hearth - meals were prepared, warmth was provided, family prayer and devotion were held - so many happy memories - but also sorrows - homes were destroyed by those same fires - children ventured too close and were burned. He went on to say that although hearthstones had practically disappeared from the modern home, except for decorative purposes - that as we drive out of this Cove today we will pass many homes where members of our family centered their lives around the hearthstones and that his wish was that the memory of those hearthstones would cause us to want to return to the 34th reunion on the last Saturday in August, 1962.

Wendell then led us in singing "God be With You ‘Till We Meet Again," and the thirty-third annual reunion adjourned to meet again on August 25th 1962.

Edith Kennamer Bramblett, Secretary

MINUTES OF THE THIRTY-FOURTH ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED, HELD AUGUST 26, 1962

The thirty-fourthannual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association. Inc., held at the Kennamer Family Association Pavilion in Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 25th, 1962, was called to order by the President, Johnnie Kennamer of Woodville, Alabama, who gave a most cordial welcome to all members of the family and their guests.

The pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States by the entire group was led by Bill Parks, son of Eva Kennamer Parks and Albert Parks of Scottsboro.

The family was led in prayer by James Wright

The minutes of the last meeting of the Association were read by the Secretary, Edith Kennamer Bramblett of Scottsboro, Alabama, and said minutes were adopted as read.

The Treasurer, D. C. Kennamer of Scottsboro, Alabama. reported that last year we had a balance of $14.59 and that the contributions were $155.02, making $169.61, and that he paid Daddy (W. J. Kennamer) the balance due him and paid for cleaning the cemetery, and for circulars, leaving a balance of $5.31 in the treasury.

Willard C. Kennamer of Yonkers, N. Y., our Historian made some most interesting remarks and observations, among them being that he had long felt that we needed a building of some kind to preserve our records and the memories of the family. because they are so easily lost. He stated that he had bought a photograph of the original deed of Hans Kennamer and Jacob Kennamer executed in 1807. He described the deed as being very beautiful writing. He secured the copy from an Attorney and had the photograph taken. The present owner of the land was an old colored lady about 75 years of age. This is the only record we have that shows that Rebecca was Hans Kennamer’s wife. She signed this deed. Jacob Kennamer’s wife also signed the deed - her name was Elizabeth. Mr. Willard stated he was going to put the deed under glass and preserve it. He went on to state that Hans came to Kennamer Cove in 1815 and settled at the foot of the hill here. Hans was a squatter in what we called the David Page field, he stated.

Mr. Willard went on to say that it was so good to be at the reunion and that he was so sorry he did not have any more of his books, but that he only had one copy - his personal copy.

Wendell Page, son of Aquilla Kennamer Page and Lewis A. Page. led the group in singing America and "America the Beautiful".

Several members of the family including Wendell Page, Louise Kennamer

Barclay, Edward Page, John Anderson and Henry Kennamer, together with others, sang several numbers which were enjoyed by all those present. Then all the family joined in a hymn-sing and we sang Blest Be the Tie, Nearer My God to Thee and other wonderful old songs. To me this is one of the wonderful parts of our day together. I really can’t sing much (or so my family has often told me) but I love to try and love the family singing together.

Ralph Kennamer of Mobile recalled that his grandfather, who was Seaborn Kennamer, had ten children and that of those ten only two were present today his Aunt Barton Noel and Aunt Mattie Smith. Aunt Mary Kennamer, who is 90 years of age is ill and unable to be here. Ralph then presented a gift to his Aunt Mattie Smith’s grandson, Jimbo Albert, who is 6 years old today.

At this point we adjourned for lunch and I think we all did it again. It is such a temptation to eat so much more than we should - Louise Barclay’s caramel cake, Mrs. Mollie Kennamer’s pecan pie, Aunt Ina Elkins’ ham (when Uncle Elmer will let her bring it) and I could go on and on. Truly the meals are sumptuous and I’d say the family can lay claim to fame in this department, if no other.

The members reassembled after lunch and we had more good singing. Tom Joyner played the accordion, David Miles (son of Frances Kennamer Miles and Ed Miles) and Wendell Page and Edward Page played their guitars and the grandchildren of S. H. Kennamer and Mollie Kennamer sang. Charles Dawson of Scottsboro sang several songs and accompanied himself on the guitar. All in all, we had quite a session with the picking, strumming and singing.

Our President, Johnnie Kennamer, then read part of the address made by Willard C. Kennamer at the dedication of the monument at the grave of Hans Kennamer on Saturday, August 22, 1936, and I should like to put this into the official minutes of this Association:

"From ancient time it has been the custom for people to mark the graves of their dead. A great man has said. ‘that a people who forget its ancestors is not worthy of being remembered by the generations to come.’ It is here that many of the family are sleeping. It is near here that many of us attended our first school and church - only a short distance, the first Kennamer built his home, while the Indians were all around him. This is hallowed ground to all members of the family. May the future generations of the family gather here from time to time and obtain inspiration that will enable them to face their problems in the same fearless spirit that Hans Kennamer met his problems one hundred and thirty years ago."

Johnnie went on to add that he believed the comments by Willard on that momentous occasion reflected the thoughts of most of us and that he felt it was essential that we as a Family Association establish a method of assuring that proper maintenance of the cemetery and meeting facilities for the years to come.

He pointed out that at present, no one person was responsible for the things that had to be done each year - cleaning the cemetery, setting up and then storing the tables and benches, repairing and operating the concession stand and cleaning up after the annual meeting - but that in the past the senior members of the Association had assumed these responsibilities, but that it was time that these men be relieved of these responsibilities. Johnnie advised the Association that he and the Vice-President, J. R. Kennamer, had agreed that they would assume these responsibilities for the coming year and that they had asked Benny Kennamer and Tabor Kennamer to work with them. He expressed the fervent hope that future elected officials would continue the practice of automatically assuming these responsibilities and then no one individual would have to see about these things for more than two years at a time.

Ralph Kennamer then presented gifts to various members of the family the youngest child present, being Robin Eugenia Franks, daughter of Bonnie and Bobbie Franks. Robin was only 12 weeks old, having been born June 2, 1962. Little Robin is the granddaughter of Nora and Dent Kennamer and her gift was a car seat donated by Kennamer Furniture Company of Guntersville.

Mrs. Barton Noel, age 85 claimed the gift donated by Seaborn Kennamer from his Rexall Drug Store, as being the oldest member of the family present.

Then came the counting to see who had the most members of their family present. This always presents a problem because some of the members are at the concession stand, some have had to go home, etc., but Mrs. Eliza Kennamer with just 31 of her brood was able to beat Mr. and Mrs. Nora Kennamer to obtain the stainless steel donated by Coplin Hardware in Guntersville.

Ralph then called on Seaborn Craig Kennamer, son of Seaborn Kennamer for a few remarks and this young man said he was happy to be at the reunion and to meet his friends. Various members of the family including Mack Kennamer from Dalton, Georgia, Franklin Kennamer of Missouri, Rip Coplin from St. Paul, Minn., Clyde Kennamer (son of J. R. Kennamer and Sallie Kennamer) Mose Kennamer from Texas, and Irma Kennamer Christian were all called on to make a few remarks. Irma told of her opportunity to visit in Holland and advised that she had slides to show to members of the family interested in seeing where our family came from Irma also told that her brother David’s son was with her.

Lotus Elkins, son of Lee Ora Kennamer Elkins, was allowed to tell (modestly) of the outstanding record his son, Don Elkins, had made at Tenn. Tech and how he had been granted a fellowship to the University of Tennessee.

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard York, the principal of Woodville High School was introduced and expressed their pleasure at being at the reunion.

Richard Kennamer, son of Charles Kennamer, stated that for the past 14 years it had been his pleasure to be at every reunion and he was looking forward with pleasure to next year.

J. R. Kennamer. Jr.. our Vice-President, recalled that the reunion was the idea of his brother, L. G. and that at his suggestion, his father, J. R. Kennamer Sr., took it and helped promote it. He stated he was proud of the reunion and that he had enjoyed every one he had been able to attend.

At this point on our day of happiness of being together and enjoying a day of fellowship and fun, comes a note of sadness when we remember those members who are no longer with us. Johnnie Kennamer called our attention to the flag which we do proudly display each year and stated that this particular flag was not paid for in money - but that the price paid was the life of a young man 20 years of age. He stated that the life was given in defense of our right to be here today and in defense of all the freedoms that are inherent in our society. He went on to say that this young man was born in this Cove, attended school here, worked hard and attended every reunion until he was called to serve his country, and in the spring of 1945 the flag was received by his family and the body of Melvin Kennamer was laid to rest in the cemetery out here. Johnnie went on to say that he did not think we should ever forget those who had made the supreme sacrifice for each one of us, nor should we forget those other members of our family who are with us no longer. At this time, we paused in memory of Mr. Green Butler, Aunt Lee Ora Kennamer Elkins. Mrs. Zadia Woody, Mrs. Clyde Kennamer and Judy Kennamer.

There were thirteen (13) who had been present at every reunion.

It was pointed out that the Church of Christ had donated certain of the benches for our use and we are grateful to them for this donation

In a closing speech, Ralph Kennamer reminded us of what a wonderful place the Cove is and how we should preserve the ancient land marks. He also reminded us that God has been good to the Kennamer family and that we had one another to look to and to hang on to and then he reminded us of the tragedy of Marilyn Monroe, who had nobody to hand on to - she did not have God. did not have a family and therefore took her own life. He stated that as long as we have the reunions and kin folks to come back to that we have something wonderful. He went on to say that there had never been a reunion that he had not gone out to the cemetery to somehow rekindle his faith and hope.

Wendell Page then led us in singing "God be With You ‘Till We Meet Again," and the reunion closed with prayer by D. C. Kennamer and we adjourned to meet again on August 31, 1963.

Edith Kennamer Bramblett, Secretary

MINUTES OF THE THIRTY-FIFTH ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED, HELD AUGUST 31, 1963

The thirty-fifth annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc., held at the Kennamer Family Association Pavilion in Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 31, 1963, was called to order by the President, Denton M. (Johnnie) Kennamer, of Woodville. Alabama, who gave a most cordial welcome to all members of the family and their guests.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States by the entire group was led by Brents Kennamer, son of Ralph and Isabelle Kennamer of Mobile, Alabama.

Billy Page, son of Elwyn Page and Nola Kennamer Page, led the family in prayer.

The minutes of the last meeting of the Association were read by the Secretary, Edith Kennamer Bramblett of Scottsboro, Alabama, and said minutes were adopted as read.

The Treasurer, D. C. Kennamer of Scottsboro, Alabama, reported that last year we had a balance of $5.31, and that the contribution was $137.67, making a total of $142.00, and that the Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church made a contribution of $20.00 for the use of the pavilion, making a grand total of $162.98 collected. He reported that he had spend $85.00 for work around the assembly grounds, and that the balance in the treasury is $77.60.

Our Historian Willard C. Kennamer of Yonkers, N. Y., made some interesting remarks and observations - and among them he reiterated his statement of last year about feeling that we need a building of some kind to house and preserve our records and the mementos of the family. He suggested that a building of concrete blocks of about 20 x 10 feet be built, and he stated he would make a contribution of $25.00 to start the fund. He stated that he felt it was so very important to keep our records. Our President, Johnnie Kennamer, sanctioned Willard’s remarks and suggested that we take a collection toward this building and other expenses of the reunion. After much hat-passing and counting by our Treasurer and other members of the family. it was announced that $143.60 had been received.

Wendell Page son of Lewis Page and Aquilla Kennamer Page of Scottsboro, Alabama, led the group in singing a number of our favorite hymns.

The President then asked if there was any new business to come before the meeting and it was pointed out that it was time to elect officers for the next two years. and the following were elected:

We’ll not speak of who got the job as Secretary again - but you can see who is up here doing the hard work - and it was through the courtesy of my esteemed cousin, Ralph Kennamer, that I was nominated and that I was able to win over all opposition. The steamroller tactics used each two years to give me this job would put most seasoned politicians to shame. Of course, I always begin campaigning early and with Ralph’s help I always manage to get the coveted job of Secretary of the Kennamer Family Association, Incorporated.

As you are aware, we do not elect the Treasurer and Historian each two years - as it was decided some time ago that these jobs should be retained by the present holders until removed from office for cause. I’m beginning to believe that the same decision was made about a Secretary.

Wendell Page, Edward Page and Tom Joyner entertained the family with quite a few of the popular ballads, folk songs and some of the good-ore songs.

The meeting was then adjourned for the family and guests to once again gather around the bountiful tables of food. The food was just as wonderful as always and as usual. most of us ate too much then resolved all over again to go on a diet the first thing Monday - but seems like I must have forgotten which Monday.

After the sumptuous meal, we were called to order by the President and were all led in singing more of the wonderful songs. The President then urged that if anyone had not been prepared today to make a generous contribution toward the building we are going to build, that they could see our Treasurer D. C. Kennamer, at any time and he would be glad to take the money.

Several of the guests were introduced, one being William H. Jenkins, Principal of the Decatur High School and also Secretary-Treasurer of the North Alabama Historical Association. Mr. Jenkins stated that the Kennamer Family was indeed a remarkable one - and he went on to read from the dedication speech made by Willard C. Kennamer when the monument was erected at the Hans Kennamer grave. As you will remember, I had put into the official minutes for the Association in 1962 certain portions of this speech - but it bears repeating. On this memorable occasion, Willard C. Kennamer, quoting from a great man said "that a people who forget its ancestors is not worthy of being remembered by the generations to come."

Mr. Jenkins then went on to speak of the beauty of this particular part of the country and told something of the history of Marshall County. He stated that Jackson County was created by an Act of the Legislature on December 13, 1819, and that the present county seat of Jackson County - Scottsboro- had become the county seat in 1859. He also told of various Kennamers who are mentioned in Marie Bankhead Owens’ History. He gave a resume of the family and stated that there are over 2,000 members of the immediate family. Mr. Jenkins’ remarks were most interesting and they have great historical value.

At this time the President called on Ralph Kennamer for any remarks he might care to make and the first one he "cared" to make was a remark to the effect that if we could get the formula that his Cousin Tom Jake Kennamer of Washington uses to keep his hair from turning gray that we could raise a lot of money for our building. Ralph then introduced said Cousin Tom and asked him to introduce his distinguished visitor.

Tom Jake stated that as usual it was a pleasure for him to attend the reunion, because he could not always attend, but that they had just had a big demonstration in Washington and he just took the opportunity to get away.

Tom Jake then introduced his good friend Hon. Dewey Short from Missouri and the entire family was entertained and enlightened by Mr. Short’s remarks He stated that he was an ordained Methodist minister and that he was named for Admiral Dewey. His speech was most humorous in spots and very, very serious in other places. He told of how much the Ozark Country was like our part of the world. He stated that to him steadfast friendship and loyalty are the things that are most important in our lives. He also said that his being with us was the fulfillment of a long desire - that the first Kennamer he met was Tom Jake, Sr., who was a United States Marshall and a National Committeeman

He stated that the faith of our forefathers in our country was the thing that made our country great and was the only thing that would keep it great and that we must get back to a government for and by the people - that we were being challenged today from within and without - not only by Russia, but by a government wanting to tell us all how to run our lives - and that deficit spending and taxes are challenging our very way of life. He stated further that God had looked upon America and had blessed us, but that we cannot go on spending ourselves into bankruptcy. He stated that it is no more possible for us to spend ourselves into prosperity than it would be for a drunk to drink himself sober. In his closing remarks, he stated that America is worth fighting for - that we are the hope of the whole world, but that we will have to kee our self-respect by keeping our self-reliance if we are to meet the challenge His closing thought was that God will continue to bless the Kennamer family and to g ve us contentment of life and soul and that we may never forget the heritage left to us by our ancestors.

The two week old son of Jan Albert Hodges, Little Timothy Hodges claimed the prize donated by Kennamer Furniture Company of Guntersville, for being the youngest member of the family present.

Aunt Mary Smith, age 91, was presented with an electric toaster. a gift from City Rexall Drug Company in Mongtomery, Alabama.

Mrs. Eliza Kennamer, with 39 of her descendants present, claimed the lamp donated by the children of Ralph Kennamer, for having the most members of her family present. Nora and Dent Kennamer were a close second.

Harold Kennamer, the son of D. C. Kennamer, Sr., who lives in Denver Colorado, had driven 1.400 miles in order to be present for the reunion and for having traveled the most miles to the reunion he was presented a set of tableware

All of the presentations were made by Ralph Kennamer. He then made some timely observations about the reunion, wherein he stated that many of those present could remember the first, the original reunion. He went on to say, "These reunions mean much to me and always have. Except for the reunion I would never have known my kindred - when the reunion was first started it was hard to get to the Cove, but we always came. I can recall so vividly so many who took part in the early reunions who are not here now." He related that Jacob Kennamer had 12 children - four sons and eight daughters. He then asked the heirs of Jacob Kennamer to stand and each to tell who they were and just how they were related to him. This was a most interesting revelation - I even discovered I was closer kin to some of you than I had thought.

Johnnie Kennamer, President, then called on John F. Wood, Special Assistant to the Chief of Nuclear Vehicles Project from the Office of the Propulsion and Vehicle Engineering Division of the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 1n Huntsville, Alabama, to speak to us. Mr. Wood stated that he was happy to be present and that his great grandfather founded Woodville - but that it was Woodville, Kansas. He then gave a most interesting and informative talk about the George C. Marshall Space Center - showed us miniatures of the vehicle or rocket that they used to put the men into space - and he then told in detail of the rockets they are now making. He had a scale model and told how the Von Braun team was going to put three men into space and put men on the moon and then bring them back. He stated he was amazed at what the Von Braun team could do and had done. His was an "out of this world" speech, but one that made us all stop and think.

The President then recognized certain visitors, including Lorrin Kennamer of Kentucky, T. K. Kennamer, Mr. and Mrs. N. D. Kennamer of Huntsville, A. A. Clemons, Superintendent of Education of Jackson County, L. H. York, Principal of the Woodville High School, and Harold Kennamer of Denver, Colorado.

As always, at this point on our day of happiness of being together and enjoying a day of fellowship and fun, we come to a note of sadness when we remember those members who are no longer with us. It was mentioned that Mr. Frank Page had passed on since the last reunion and we paused at this time in his memory and in memory of others who are no longer in our midst.

Those who have been present at every reunion were: Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Kennamer, Mr. Henry Kennamer, Mrs. Audrey Kennamer Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Denton Kennamer, Ralph Kennamer, Mrs. Mae Kennamer Hodges, Mr. Talmadge Kennamer, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Elkins, Mrs. Aquilla Kennamer Page.

Members of the family were present from Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee, New York, Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Virginia and all parts of Alabama.

Wendell Page led us in singing "God Be With Us ‘Till We Meet Again" and then closed the reunion with prayer. We adjourned to meet again on August 29, 1964.

Edith Kennamer Bramblett Secretary

 

MINUTES OF THE THIRTY-SIXTH ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED, HELD AUGUST 29, 1964

The thirty-sixth annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc., held at the Kennamer Family Association Pavilion in Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 29, 1964, was called to order by the President, Denton M. (Johnnie) Kennamer of Woodville, Alabama, who gave a most cordial welcome to all members of the family and their guests.

The pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States by the entire group was led by John Camp of Bessemer, Alabama, the son of Alva Kennamer Camp and Leamon Camp.

Harold Kennamer of Texas, who is the son of D. C. Kennamer, Sr. and Clemmie Kennamer, both deceased, led the family in prayer.

Wendell Page, of Scottsboro, Alabama, the son of Aquilla Kennamer Page and Lewis Page, then led the family in singing some of the wonderful old songs that mean and have meant so much to the family individually and collectively throughout the years. Among those we sang were "Blest be the Tie," "Jesus Lover of My Soul," "Nearer My God to Thee," and "My Faith Looks up to Thee."

The minutes of the last meeting of the Association were read by the Secretary, Edith Kennamer Bramblett of Scottsboro, Alabama and said minutes were adopted as read.

Our Historian, Willard C. Kennamer of Yonkers, N.Y., made some most interesting remarks and observations and therein stated that three dates stand out in his mind above all others in connection with the Kennamer family and the reunions and they are: First, the date that we erected the marker in the cemetery; second, and I quote, "when we quit sitting on the ground and getting chiggers all over us," and of course, he was referring to the erection of our pavilion, and the third is today when we have completed the Kennamer Museum. He said he was especially pleased that we were displaying some of our records and that we had a place to preserve them, since records have a way of getting away from us. He invited us to go into the museum and see some of the things there - including a dress over 82 years of age which was made for him by his aunt when he was a baby. Mr. Willard suggested that he thought pictures of deceased members of the family only should be put in the Museum. This suggestion was put 1n the form of a motion by B. W. Kennamer, duly seconded by Henry Kennamer and unanimously passed. Our Historian concluded his remarks by saying how very happy he was to be present.

The Treasurer, D. C. Kennamer, Jr., of Scottsboro, Alabama, reported that we had a balance from last year of $77.60 and that at the reunion last year we received $143.60 and then Mrs. Irma Kennamer Christian sent a check for $5.00, making a total of $226.20, of which $4.50 was spent for circulars, leaving a balance in the treasury of $221.70.

He reported that the total cost of the new Kennamer Museum was $1,081.40 and that with special contributions received before this day and some received today he had a total of $428.70 to apply on this indebtedness, leaving a balance of something over $600.00 due on the building.

Our President Johnnie Kennamer then requested that some of the members of the family please pass the hat in order to receive any contributions the family cared to make toward paying the indebtedness on the building and toward paying other incidental expenses in connection with the reunion. It was later reported that we collected $434.67, leaving only about $218.00 due on the building.

We then adjourned for lunch and the family and guests once again gathered around the bountiful tables of food. As usual, the meal was wonderful I we (or at least I) ate too much.

As the lunch baskets were being taken up, Wendell and Edward Page (sons of Aquilla Kennamer Page and Lewis A. Page) joined by Charles Dawson of Scottsboro, entertained us with their "pickin’ and singing." Then the granddaughters of S. H. and Mollie Kennamer (of whom I am one) got together and sang several of the old songs - pretty good too!

The afternoon session was then called to order by the President. He advised that there were four keys to the new building and that they were in possession of the following: W. J. Kennamer, G. D. Kennamer, Denton M. Kennamer and D. C. Kennamer. He urged the members of the family to get a key from someone of the above and use the building and bring their family mementos to be displayed. He also announced that we had a guest and visitors book which he would like for any visitor present to sign and he urged that every member of the family be sure that his or her name was registered in the permanent register

The President then called on Ralph Kennamer of Mobile, son of Judge C. B. Kennamer, deceased, and Mrs. Bird Kennamer of Montgomery, to make any remarks he might care to make.

Ralph first introduced some dear friends of his from Mobile - Earl and Louise Tucker and their daughters, Linda and Karen and stated that although they were not Kennamers that they were such nice folks and they might well be.

Ralph then went on to say - "For the benefit of our guests, I want to say a word about us - the Kennamers." He stated that around the turn of the 19th century our ancestors settled here in this beautiful valley and that he had often thought and reasoned as to why they came into this part of the country. That most of our early ancestors were farmers, but before then they were hunters, and no doubt they pressed on here where there was more game and it was here they built for us a heritage we are proud of - they built a good name, left a good reputation and left to us a challenge to carry on in such a way as would make them proud of us.

Ralph went on to relate something of the struggle our early ancestors had - they lived as pioneers, were plain people and faced every adversity that pioneers were called on to face - but that they gave to us a very rich heritage and we are proud of it. He stated that he knew all of us were proud of the family and he related some of the accomplishments of various members - and stated that we had given precious lives in every war this country has been engaged in, and that we are proud of the record made by the young men of the Kennamer family on the battle field - but not only in answering the call of their country - but that we are proud of the record that has been and is being made by those of our members who are in the business world, in the political world, the professional world. "So I say to our guests," said Ralph, "we are proud to have you with us as our friends - that is another thing we take great pride in - that is the type of friends we have." Ralph went on to say that a great many reasons could be given for our being as we are - but one of the things is, and I think one of the paramount things is that Kennamers were always good at picking our mates - Woodalls, Pages, Butler, Hodges - you know the Kennamers have married into some mighty good families.

Then, as has been his custom in years past, Ralph took this time to present gifts to various members of the family. But he just couldn’t give them away and be nice about it - he had this to say, "For a great many years, I have been going to these reunions and I have been presenting gifts to other people. It was just something I started doing - and my brother-in-law, Buddy Harris, has given me some towels to give away and my sister, Mary Virginia, told me to give part of the towels to our Secretary. I thought she should be giving gifts to her campaign manager, but she hasn’t done so, and I am very happy at this time to present these towels to Edith." And I want to add, I thank Mary Virginia for the towels.

To the oldest Kennamer present, Aunt Mary Kennamer, who is 92 years of age, Ralph presented a set of towels - he then presented Harold Kennamer with bathroom scales for having traveled the longest distance to attend the reunion. These scales were given by Coplin Hardware Company in Guntersville.

A gift to the youngest member present went to Karen Elizabeth Chandler, the great granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Kennamer - Little Karen Elizabeth is 7-1/2 months old.

Mrs. Eliza Kennamer with 38 of her descendants present, was presented a piece of luggage, donated by Kennamer Furniture Company at Guntersville, Ala.

Ralph then honored our President by presenting to him one of the beautiful towel sets donated by Buddy and Mary Virginia Harris.

Thomas Mann, from New Hope, was introduced by the President, and he made short talk.

Other members of the family and guests introduced were Don and Bobby Elkins and their families (they being grandsons of Aunt Lee Ora Kennamer Elkins and Bob Elkins, both deceased); Miss Georgia Gross, Chattanooga; Dorothy Hodges, Huntsville; Gary West, Huntsville; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Melton, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Melton, Orlando; and Jim Kennamer and two of his nephews from Northeast Texas.

Earl Kennamer of Auburn, Wildlife Specialist, made a short talk. Earl made a humorous speech and said that he was the only member of the Kennamer family he knew who could hunt and fish all the time and get paid for it.

Tom Jake Kennamer was introduced, but declined to avail himself of the opportunity to "out do" his cousin Ralph.

To me, one of the highlights of last year’s reunion was the talk given by Harold Kennamer. He started out by saying that he could remember a few years ago when we were not supposed to talk about religion or politics at the reunion, but that he had been out in the same part of Texas where Billy Sol Estes lived and we had Dewey Short with us and that he thought anything goes.

In a more serious vein, Harold went on to remind us that if we would read our history that we would know that all of the great empires of the past had fallen because of two things - over taxation and moral disintegration. (Note - I do wish that I had not been so enthralled with the speech and had taken more of it - but I did take just a few of his remarks and I’ll bring them to you.)

In going into the decay of the moral fiber of our country, Harold said: "The parents of about 99% of the delinquents are responsible for their being delinquent. For instance, in New York in a juvenile court, one judge, who has had thousands of juvenile cases before him, says that he has yet to have one Chinese to appear before his bench and there is good reason. The Chinese are taught parental respect. The judge went on to say that not many children were delinquent because of neglectful parents - but because the parents had failed to give them the most important thing they needed and that was fellowship and communion with the parent himself. He then told us two rules that he thought we should adopt toward our children - and the first was - don’t do anything for your child that he can do for himself, and the second - don’t do anything for yourself that you can get your child to do for you. (As I thought of this it certainly didn’t sound much like modern-day parents and grandparents to me).

I am sure that those of you who heard all of this speech don’t really need to have it brought to you again - but it was truly an inspiring and thought provoking talk.

Other members of the family and guests were introduced - among those being Mr. and Mrs. O. L. Buckner from Birmingham, Wendell Kennamer, Cecil Kennamer, Lotus Elkins and family.

There were 12 present from Tennessee, one from Mississippi, four from Florida, three from Virginia, three from Texas, three from Georgia, one from Kentucky, two from New York, and one from Washington, D. C., along with scores of the family from all parts of Alabama.

Those present who had attended every reunion were Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Kennamer, Miss Mary Kennamer, Mrs. Audrey Kennamer Hall, Mrs. Mae Kennamer Hodges, Mr. and Mrs. Dent Kennamer, Talmadge Kennamer, Henry Kennamer, Ralph Kennamer, Omer Kennamer and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Elkins. There were several members of the family present who had never missed a reunion except when they were away in the service of their country.

The President then asked various members of the family to tell of the accomplishments of the members of their family - Lotus Elkins told of his two sons - that Bobby and Don were both graduates of Tennessee Tech and that Bobby was employed by NASA and Don received a Fellowship to complete his education at Auburn University. Alva was too modest to tell of her children’s honors but we learned that Nancy Camp had received a Fellowship to Florida State to do graduate work and John Camp had been named the outstanding junior of 135 in Bessemer High School.

In the midst of all of our happiness at being able to attend the reunion we always pause to pay tribute to those of our family who are no longer with us. Those mentioned as having died since the last reunion were Mr. Ferris Kennamer, Billy Kennamer and Willis Kennamer. Wendell Page then advised us of the death of a very dear friend of the Kennamers - Mr. Tom Joiner - and stated that although he was not a Kennamer, that for the past six years he had attended the reunion and had brought much joy to us with his music, and that he had taken many pictures of the family. The family stood in silence in memory of the departed members of the family.

Wendell Page led us in singing "God be With You ‘Till We Meet Again."

Harold Kennamer dismissed the Reunion with a prayer.

MINUTES OF THE THIRTY-SEVENTH ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED, HELD AUGUST 28, 1965

The thirty-seventh annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc., held at the Kennamer Family Association Pavilion in Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 28, 1965, was called to order by the President, Denton M. (Johnnie) Kennamer, of Woodville, Alabama, who gave a most cordial welcome to all members of the family and their guests.

The pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America by the entire group was led by Johnnie Kennamer.

Harold Kennamer of Tulia, Texas, led the family in prayer.

The minutes of the last meeting of the Association were read by the Secretary, Edith Kennamer Bramblett of Scottsboro, Alabama, and said minutes were adopted as read.

The Treasurer, D. C. Kennamer, Jr. of Scottsboro, Alabama, reported that we had a balance from 1964 of $221.70 and that the offering taken at the 1964 reunion amounted to $494.57, that he transferred the $207.00 in the building fund to the checking account, and that Irma Kennamer of Texas, daughter of J. R. Kennamer and Sallie Kennamer, both deceased, had sent a check after the reunion for $25.00, making a total of $948.27, and that we had paid Denton M. (Johnnie) Kennamer the sum of $900.00 on the amount owed him on the museum building, leaving us owing him $48.27. At this time, a collection was taken to finish paying the indebtedness and to defray the cost of keeping the grounds, the cemetery and building in good condition and we received the sum of $258.57, (and I guess D. C. will be able to tell you what he has done with this money when it comes his time to speak" )

After this report, Wendell Page of Scottsboro, Alabama, suggested that a sum not less than $50.00 be set aside for the care and maintenance of the cemetery. He pointed out that year after year, just a few of our members had the responsibility of the cemetery cleaning, and that he felt that a sum should be designated in order that we might employ someone to see that this work was done and relieve these faithful older members of this responsibility.

Johnnie Kennamer, the President, asked that Wendell put his statement into the form of a motion, which he did and the same was duly seconded by Henry Kennamer and unanimously carried.

There comes a time each two years when we do what we call "electing officers," but somehow it seems to me that we only elect or maybe select a President and Vice-President, and then we leave the other three offices just as they are. It was decided publicly and at a reunion several years ago, that since Willard C. Kennamer of Yonkers, N.Y., was so able and especially qualified that we would keep the position of Historian year after year, and at this same time. it was decided that since we had such a little money that it was not necessary to change Treasurers each two years - but somehow the minutes of the meeting fail to show that any such action was taken as to the Secretary - but that is what has been happening.

Of course, Ralph and I kid a lot about his being my campaign manager, and he accuses me of having cards printed, etc., and while I do not mind the little bit of work that goes with this job - laying all joking aside, I do feel that the job should be passed around, and next year when the time comes for our annual election I am going to insist that someone else be given this honor.

The following were elected as officers of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc., for the next two years:

President - Billy Page, Sylacauga, Alabama, who is son of Nola Kennamer Page and Elwyn Page, Woodville, Alabama.

Vice-President - Cecil Noel, son of Barton Kennamer Noel and the late Dr. Noel, Boaz, Alabama.

Secretary, Edith Kennamer Bramblett, daughter of W. J. Kennamer and Nellie Frances Barclay Kennamer, Scottsboro, Alabama.

At this time, our Historian, Willard C. Kennamer, expressed to the group his great pleasure at the interest taken in the museum and urged the family to bring their mementos to be displayed in the building. He said he wanted to make it plain that the building did not belong to anybody and that all the family was invited and welcome to contribute to it.

He stated further that forty or fifty years from now, or even 100 years that there will be only three things that would make the family want to come back to this meeting place, and that is the home or family ties, the cemetery and now the museum.

At this time, we adjourned for lunch - and down through the years I have used all the adjectives I know to describe the bountiful and wonderful dinner that we enjoy each year - but each of you know just how good it is and you will have to add your own glowing words - because at this point, words fail me in describing just how good the food is and how much this part of the day is enjoyed by all of us.

After lunch, the President called the meeting to order and Wendell Page then led the family in singing some of the old songs that we all love, such as "America," "Blest be the Tie," "Jesus Lover," and "Nearer My God to Thee."

Ralph Kennamer of Mobile, son of the late Judge Charles Kennamer and Mrs. Kennamer, came to the platform and gave a most interesting resume of his immediate family. He told of how Alabama became a state in 1819, and that in 1830, his grandfather, Seaborn Kennamer, was born in this state, and was the father of 10 children. He went on to tell of the members of the family, some of their accomplishments in the face of great difficulties - he spoke of those who were now deceased and those wonderful ones who are still able to be with us each year.

He then introduced some of his guests - three neighbor boys from Mobile,

Mrs. E. V. Adams from Huntsville, and Mrs. Pike, another friend from Huntsville.

who were now deceased and those wonderful ones who are still able to be with us each year.

Ralph suggested, and it was unanimously approved that the picture of the late and beloved Tom Jake Kennamer be placed in our new museum.

We then held a "raffle" (which I had always understood was against the law - but my attorney-general cousin Ralph not only sanctioned it - he instigated it and carried it on). Mrs. Vic Kennamer won the electric can opener donated by Coplin Hardware Co. of Guntersville, Mrs. Frank Kennamer, Jr. won the water cooler, Mrs. Roy Darby won the clock, Mrs. Willard Kennamer won the pillow cases donated by Lawrence Kennamer’s Mill End Store, and Mrs. Esther Kennamer won the pop corn donated by Word Theaters, Scottsboro, Alabama.

As usual, the family and friends were delighted to have Harold Kennamer of Tulia, Texas, bring us another of his informative and inspiring talks. Harold reminded us that the United States is God’s last chance to make a world as he would have it. He went on to state that only as America turns back to God and the people of America show the moral integrity of our forefathers can we hope to turn back the tide that seems about to overwhelm us. He expressed his deep gratitude at being able to be at the reunion.

Tom Jake Kennamer was called on to speak and he stated that he hated to follow an orator such as Harold - but I don’t know of many Kennamers who cannot hold their own when it comes to speaking.

Tom Jake then stated that he wanted to express to the family the appreciation of his mother and his entire family for the nice gesture in giving his Dad’s picture a place in the Halls of the Archives.

Roland Prince, the son of Sam Prince and Verta Kennamer Prince, made a few remarks. He told of his candidacy for the Circuit Court Judgeship (and I now understand he was elected). He invited all of us to come up and help him get elected - but it seems like it didn’t take his relatives - he either had a lot of friends or a lot of money, I guess.

There were many guests introduced by the members of the family, including Mr. Roy Hodges of Grape Vince, Texas. Wendell Page explained to us just how closely related he was to the family - but I have to leave that sort of thing to Willard and Wendell. I just claim all of you as cousins and let it go at that.

Wendell Kennamer of Virginia made a most timely and interesting talk at this time. There might have been those of you present who did not agree with all he said - but I believe all of us will agree with the central theme of his talk and that was that the Federal Government is doing entirely too much meddling with not only the State Governments but our individual freedoms.

Norman Kennamer of Huntsville stated that he was so glad to be present and he again issued an invitation for any or all of us to go to Dallas, Texas, on the 4th Sunday in April for the Kennamer Cousin Club meeting.

I had as my guest, Aunt Willie Woodall of Scottsboro, Alabama, and there were many other guests introduced, including Mrs. Martin from Muscle Shoals.

The names of the ones who had attended every reunion (as I was able to get them) were: Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Kennamer, Talmadge Kennamer, Omer Kennamer, Aunt Aquilla Page, Audrey Kennamer Hall, Henry Kennamer, Ralph Kennamer, Aunt Mary Kennamer, Mr. and Mrs. Dent Kennamer, Mae Hodges, and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Elkins. As we look at this list we miss very much our Uncle Elmer.

At this time we had a roll call of the states and there were 2 from Mississippi, 7 from Georgia, 15 from Tennessee, 8 from Texas, 3 from California, 8 from Virginia, 3 from Kentucky and 4 from New York - and many, many of us from Alabama.

Always at the reunions comes a sad time when we stop to pay tribute to the memory of those of our number who are no longer with us and each year it seems the list grows longer. Those who were brought to our attention and mind at this reunion were Dr. Earl Noel, Elmer Page, W. E. Kennamer, Jim Woodall, Howard Kennamer, Mrs. Cora Kennamer and Clay Kennamer.

Another reunion has now come to a close. They are always joyous occasions and it is always with a note of sadness that we bid each other farewell for another year.

Led by Wendell Page, we all joined together and sang, "God be With You ‘Till We Meet Again."

MINUTES OF THE THIRTY-EIGHTH ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIAITON, INCORPORATED HELD AUGUST 27, 1966

The thirty-eighth annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc., held at the Kennamer Family Association Pavilion in Kennamer’s Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 27th, 1966, was called to order by the President, Billy Page, Sylacauga, Alabama, who gave a very warm and cordial welcome to all members of the family and their guests.

Brother Curtis, Church of Christ, Woodville, Alabama, led the family in prayer.

The pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America by the entire group was led by our President, Billy Page.

Wendell Page of Scottsboro, Alabama, led the group in singing some of the dear old songs we all love - "What a Friend we Have in Jesus," then "America," and "God Bless America."

The minutes of the last meeting of the Association were read by the Secretary, Edith Kennamer Bramblett of Scottsboro, Alabama, and said minutes were adopted as read.

Our President then said the next order of business would be to consider any old business and there was none.

The next order of business was to consider any new business to come before the Association.

The Treasurer, D.C. Kennamer, Jr. of Scottsboro, Alabama, now of Fort Payne, Alabama, reported that we had $48.27 on hand and took collection of $296.06 in 1965, making a total of $344.33 and that we had expenditures of $263.57, leaving a balance of $80.76 in the treasury. At this time, a collection was taken to finish paying the indebtedness due by the Association and to defray the cost of keeping the grounds, the cemetery and the building in good condition and we received the sum of $213.69. And as I said last year - D. C. will tell you what he has done with the money when it comes his time to talk.)

The family joined in paying tribute to Mrs. Frances Kennamer Benson of Huntsville on her 61st birthday and Dianne Kennamer on her 13th birthday and we all sang "Happy Birthday" to them.

Billy Page then suggested that it was his thinking and the thinking of quite a few of the members of the family that perhaps we should have more time for just visiting and less time for formal speeches or program and I think this met with the approval of everyone present.

Just prior to adjourning for lunch, Audrey Kennamer Hall reported that she had received a communication from Irma Kennamer Christian of Texas wherein she sent her best regards to the family and also her contribution to help pay for the Museum.

At this time, we adjourned for lunch and as I told you last year - down through the years I have used all the adjectives I know to describe the bountiful and wonderful dinner that we enjoy together each year - but each of you know just how good it is and how much too much most of us eat each year and this year was no exception.

I really thought I might not even mention the speech the President called on Ralph to make after lunch - but then I thought if I did not do a good job "reporting" I might lose my job. First thing he did was talk about how long the minutes were and as I looked back over them I found that a lot of the minutes were devoted to his speech year before last - but anyway and all joking aside, he brought us some profound and provocative thoughts on the affairs of the world and our changing society. He stated that it is a confusing situation in which we now live - that when most of our ancestors lived, everything was either "white" or "black"—"right or wrong" that today everything is not "white or black", but there is a lot of "gray" and a lot of confusion. He called attention to the riots and looting in the urban places, our involvement in a war in Vietnam where our young people are being killed - and called our attention to the fact that the riots that have been going on in our part of the Country - in Montgomery and Mobile - that he was closely connected with it in Mobile and that the newspapers and officials in high places were lending encouragement to it by using the phrase of Martin Luther King - "We Shall Overcome." He went on to say that he did not know the answer to all of these problems - but that when we all gather here in Kennamer’s Cove they all seem so far away that it is though they never existed.

He continued by saying that he would not say either political party has a monopoly on what’s right or wrong and that he had grown to think more in terms of the person - who the person is and what he stands for than what his political party is.

At this point, Ralph again emphasized his faith in our family and what it stands for and said that we are one of the oldest families in the State and we have been here for a long time - we are predominately an Alabama family and there is no reason why out of the members but what should come some of the leaders of our State - that he would like to see more members of the family seek positions of leadership - and he reaffirmed his statement of a few years ago when he said there was no reason why in the next 10 years this family could not produce a governor of this State.

Again Ralph told of his love for the family and of what the reunion means to him - and went on to say, "I would not take anything for having known people like the older generation - they meant a great deal - I think they were people of deep convictions - they built a good foundation for us - I think of the things they told me - it is hard to realize the conditions under which they lived - the things which they accepted as common place - but were achieved with great sacrifice. He stated that as we live in this modern complex world with all its frustrations, and problems it is good to look back on what they did and "remove not the ancient landmark."

Then President Billy Page called on Johnnie Kennamer of Woodville to bring whatever remarks he cared to - and he gave us a report from our Historian, Willard Kennamer of Yonkers, New York, who is unable to attend the reunion due to his health. Willard had sent his regards to the family and our thoughts and prayers have been with him in his ill health. His devotion to the family through the years has been outstanding and he has done much to preserve records of the family.

Johnnie then reported that they were able to get the cemetery and grounds cleaned for the $50.00, but that a lot of people helped to get it cleaned and they did not want any pay. He stated that some of these people were concerned because they thought that this was where they were going to rest and they wanted to feel sure that we would continue to get it cleaned off. He felt that we should donate more than this to cleaning the cemetery.

Tom Jake Kennamer of Virginia then stated that he thought it would be appropriate for the meeting to go on record now and express our appreciation to Willard Kennamer by sending him some flowers. The motion was duly seconded by D. C. Kennamer and unanimously carried. The Treasurer was authorized to see that this was attended to.

Tom Jake further said that he liked to follow his Cousin Ralph because he gave him inspiration - and that he wanted to make a few observations - that he agreed with Ralph that we are living in a day of frustrations and that in his opinion it would get worse until 1968. He went on to say that it was always such a pleasure for him to be able to come and be with his kindred. He spoke of the beautiful prayer by Bro. Curtis when he spoke of the heritage of which we should be so proud and then Tom Jake too spoke of the hardships that our forefathers endured in order that we might now enjoy the freedoms we have.

Cecil Noel of Boaz also spoke of our forefathers and the wonderful heritage they left us and how we must guard it so carefully - he admonished all of us to go back to God’s Word - and warned us that unless we did let God lead us that we could be forced to live as slaves under communism.

Billy Page then told of how much the Cove meant to him - after having been away a while - and that in his opinion there is no scenery anywhere that is any prettier.

Various members of the family then introduced their guests and Ralph introduced his guests from Mobile and Guntersville - Mr. Robert Hayes of Grant and Raymond Sherrer were introduced, Mrs. Louise Barclay introduced Mabel Wright formerly of Woodville, but now of Scottsboro, and said that Mabel had been planning to attend a reunion for 38 years and this was her first - Mr. and Mrs. Bailey, principal of Woodville School were introduced - Mr. and Mrs. Ramsey from Birmingham, Frances Miles introduced her granddaughter - Virginia Miles and her daughter-in-law, Ann Miles, Cecil Noel introduced his new daughter-in-law John Earl’s wife - Dianna. Evie Kennamer, wife of Jimmie Kennamer was introduced.

The number of people having attended every reunion dwindles each year. This year there were only my Daddy, W. J. Kennamer, Ralph Kennamer, Henry Kennamer, Aunt Aquilla Page, Mr. and Mrs. Dent Kennamer, Audrey Kennamer Hall, Talmadge Kennamer, Mae Kennamer Hodges and Omer Kennamer. This was the first year my Mother had ever missed - she was sick and not able to be with us.

Those who had missed only because of military service were: Wendell Page, Benny Kennamer, Elwin Kennamer, Lyndon Kennamer, Kenneth Kennamer, Robert Kennamer and Johnnie Kennamer - and I counted myself because I was with Hoyt in the Army two years at reunion time.

There were members of the family present from many States - 17 from Tennessee, 2 from Mississippi, 5 from Virginia, 2 from Georgia, 2 from Kentucky and many from Alabama.

Aunt Mary Kennamer was the oldest member present - being 94 and was presented a gift by and from Henry Kennamer. Daddy (W. J. Kennamer) was the next oldest - being 83 years of age. Ralph then paid tribute to Daddy by saying that it was his idea to build the pavilion, that he had always helped see that the cemetery and grounds were cleaned and that in his opinion of the present living Kennamer he had contributed much to the reunions. Daddy then thanked Ralph and stated that he did not feel that he should have any thanks.

The youngest member was found to be Pocahuntus Smith Albert, granddaughter, Mary Martha Hodges, who was four months old.

We then recognized that there were four generations of Aunt Mattie Smith’s family present.

Mr. and Mrs. Dent Kennamer had the most present. Miss Nora said they had 55 when they first figured them up - but they were only able to round up about 35 of them - some of them had gone home and some of the children were out playing. Billy then suggested that we give the Dent Kennamer family a standing ovation - which we did.

It was determined that Tom Jake’s family had traveled the greatest distance to get to the reunion - over 1,110 miles.

Always at the reunion comes a sad time when we stop to pay tribute to the memory of those of our number who are no longer with us and each year it seems the list grows longer. Those who were brought to our attention and mind at this reunion were - James L. Kennamer, son of Mose J. Kennamer, William A. Nichols, husband of Era Kennamer Nichols, Elizabeth Kennamer Willard, sister of Tom Jake Kennamer, L. G. Kennamer, Mrs. Mollie Kennamer, C. A. Christian, husband of Irma Christian. Elmer Elkins, Pat Kennamer, Dessie Kennamer, Ella Campbell and Bill Coplin. We paused for a moment of silent prayer in memory of our departed loved ones.

Wendell Page led the group in signing, "God Be With You ‘Till We Meet Again," and the family was dismissed with prayer.

MINUTES OF THE THIRTY-NINTH ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INC. HELD AUGUST 26, 1967

The thirty-ninth annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc., held at the Kennamer Family Association Pavilion in Kennamer’s Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 26th, 1967, was called to order by Billy Page, President

The group, led by Wendell Page, joined in singing, "America" and after the pledge of allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, the family was led in prayer by Elwyn Page, Woodville, Alabama.

Wendell Page then led the group in singing some of the old songs - "Blest be the Tie," "My Faith Looks up to Thee," and others.

The minutes of the last meeting of the Association were read by the Secretary, Edith Kennamer Bramblett of Scottsboro, Alabama, and said minutes were adopted as read except the age of Aunt Ella Kennamer was corrected to show she was 85 and the next to the oldest person present.

The Treasurer, D. C. Kennamer, Jr., of Fort Payne, Alabama, reported that we had $80.76 in the treasury and that at the last reunion we received $214.44 in donations, making $295.20, and that we had expenditures of $40.00 for cleaning the cemetery and $12.62 for flowers, leaving a balance of $242.58. At this time, a collection was taken and we received the sum of $167.00.

Billy Page, President of the Association extended a cordial welcome to all the family and their guests and stated that he wanted each of us to feel free to go around and talk with and eat with each other and to make the reunion a meaningful and happy occasion.

The matter of old business was brought up and Wendell Page expressed the opinion that he felt a more liberal contribution should be made to those cleaning the cemetery, being Dent Kennamer and his family, and he made a motion that a sum not less than $50.00 be given them each year, which motion was duly seconded by Helen Kennamer Mitchell. Said motion passed.

The President then called for any items of new business and there were none.

Ralph Kennamer then told us of his having put his only son Brents Kennamer on a plane going to Okinawa, and that the event inspired him to write a Resolution to be sent to all the members of the family in the Armed Forces, because he felt one of the hallmarks of our Association is our patriotism. Ralph made a motion that the Resolution be sent to the members of the family in the Armed Forces, which motion was seconded by Wendell Page and unanimously carried. A copy of this Resolution is attached to and made a part of the minutes.

Ralph then stated that he moved that another Resolution be sent to Governor Lurleen Wallace expressing our concern for her, which motion was duly seconded by D. C. Kennamer and unanimously carried. A copy of this Resolution is attached and made a part of the minutes. We received a lovely letter from Governor Wallace, which is as follows:

Johnnie Kennamer stated that he had received a letter from our Historian, Willard Kennamer of Yonkers, N.Y. to the effect that due to his ill health he could not be with us, but sent his best wishes to each member of the family. President Billy Page asked that we remember Willard and his illness and hope that he would be able to be with us next year.

Audrey Kennamer Hall reported that she had received a letter from Irma Christian of Abilene, Texas, stating that she sent greetings, and that she was just back from a three-week tour of Scotland with the workers of the Church of -Christ of Abilene, Texas, and that she was making plans to be here with us next year.

The meeting was adjourned for lunch and after giving thanks for the food and our many blessings we again enjoyed a sumptuous feast. As I have said before, words fail me in describing how good the food is and I don’t like to admit how much I ate.

The meeting was called back into assembly by Wendell Page leading us in singing more of the good old songs.

All those present who were over 80 years of age were asked to pose for a picture - and the ones I got down were Daddy (W. J. Kennamer), Omer Kennamer, Dent Kennamer, Miss Mary Kennamer, Mrs. Tom Jake Kennamer, Sam Kennamer, Mrs. Barton Noel, Aunt Ella Kennamer, Mrs. Mattie Smith, Mrs. Lillie Woodall and Mr. Luther Campbell.

Henry Kennamer then presented a gift to Miss Mary Kennamer as the oldest person present and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Terrell’s little son - David - was the  youngest person present. Mrs. Terrell (Prissy) is the granddaughter of Mrs. Mattie Kennamer Smith.

Dent and Nora Kennamer’s family claimed the prize for having the greatest number present; however, Aunt Mattie Smith’s family ran them a close second.

Henry Kennamer and his quartet, composed of Martin Anderson, Truman Wright, Dwight Kennamer and Henry rendered several numbers which were enjoyed by the family.

Billy Page, then asked for permission to have the pavilion wired and have lights in the Museum and on the pavilion in time for the next reunion and he was given this permission.

Words, or at least different words about the electing of officers for the Association, escape me. Year after year, I have tried to get some other MEMBER of the family to take this job as Secretary - but with Ralph as my campaign manager, we have managed to keep the job for me. I am always reminded when I am elected again of something Uncle Sid Kennamer said about me being elected time after time. He said that if the family did not have anybody else that was able to do the job - we were in bad shape and I agree with him. However, I am convinced that being able to do the job has nothing to do with it is just whether or not we have somebody else who will do the job. Be that as it may - an election, of sorts, was held and the following were elected as officers of the Association for the next two years.

Billy Page read an article out of the Arab, Alabama paper stating that Charles Kennamer, son of Orville and Rupertie Kennamer had received a nice honor Leon Kennamer, son of Elton and Ruby Kennamer of Guntersville had received a Master Photography Award and Jimmy Albert was celebrating his 11th birthday.

Some of the visitors for the first time were: Bob Terrell, husband of Prissy Dunson Terrell, Bob Porter, husband of Ann Kennamer Porter and Henry Kennamer introduced Ray Durrett from S.C. - claims agent for his life insurance company.

The roll call by states was taken and there were 10 from Tennessee, 8 from Georgia, 4 from Virginia, 1 from S.C., 2 from California, 3 from Kentucky, and our usual great number from all parts of Alabama.

The persons traveling the greatest distance to attend the reunion were Cindy and Kathy Hume, granddaughters of Tom Jake Kennamer. who came from California.

Ralph Kennamer of Mobile, son of the late Judge Charles and Mrs. Kennamer came to the platform and made another of his interesting talks. He started out by saying that memory is a great thing - that someone has said "Memory is the golden chain that binds us together until we meet again." He went on to say he was thinking of little David Terrell - the youngest person present, and how it was such a short time ago that his mother represented Alabama at Girls Nation in Washington - but that he was going to talk about another David. He went on to state that the Alabama Territory was formed in 1817, and became the State of Alabama in 1819 and that in 1828, just 8 years and 1 month after the territory had become a state, David Kennamer was born in this Cove. He told us that David Kennamer married Kitty Hodges and to them were born 12 children.

Ralph spoke of the fact that David Kennamer was born in this Cove, lived here and died here and that he is buried here in this cemetery and that he never traveled far from this spot where he was born, lived and died, yet, (and I quote)

"I dare say his reputation was known outside the Cove for being a man who was honorable and upright. I remember hearing my father and Aunt Mary talk about visiting in his log home and he told of the pioneer life he and his family lived - it seems so long ago, yet in the life of a nation it is such a short time. As I said, he had 12 children, one of whom was Seaborn Henry Kennamer known to most everybody as "Brud Kennamer" Brud Kennamer was also born in n the Cove and he married Mary Frances Jones." (He then asked how many present were direct descendants of Brud Kennamer - and there were many of us.)

Ralph went on to say that Brud Kennamer was the same splendid man that his father David was. One of the children born to Brud Kennamer and Mary Frances Jones Kennamer was Walter Judson Kennamer, a grandson of David Kennamer and he is here today.

Ralph then delivered a most beautiful tribute to Daddy - W. J. Kennamer. He said and again I quote, "We all know Walter - but Walter was born during the lifetime of his grandfather, David. The two lives overlap and cover all but 8 years of the life of the State of Alabama. Ralph then quoted from Uncle J. R Kennamer’s history what was said of both David Kennamer and Brud Kennamer - and then came back to his tribute to Daddy. Ralph said, "Then we get down to Walter Kennamer - here is a man I have known all of my life as one of the outstanding members of our family - he was a man with a goal. Walter Kennamer, blessed by a good marriage to Nellie Barclay, and a family of 5 splendid girls and 2 sons can you imagine a person who loves his family more than Walter Kennamer - and who beautifully they have returned that love."

He told of Walter Kennamer having been honored by being Mayor of Woodville - of being elected several times as a delegate to the Republican Convention and of having been nominated by the Republican Party to run for Lt. Governor of the State of Alabama.

"Walter has honored us - the family in every way possible, and especially in the matter of the pavilion - we needed a pavilion to meet under and who more than Walter saw that one was built - have the land on which it is built - loaned the money to erect it and has been a booster of the reunion year after year. He has been successful in everything he undertook. He was a successful merchant a successful salesman, a successful father, respected in his community and church and in our Association. I would run out of adjectives in paying tribute to this man, but on this occasion and as a token of our appreciation for Walter Kennamer, we have here a plaque and this plaque says:

Daddy responded by saying, "I appreciate this so much and my family does also. Thank you."

Tom Jake was called on to speak and he said, "I always live being with my kindred - being back in the Cove is a wonderful experience for me.

The saddest time of the year comes to us when we pause to pay tribute and honor to the memory of our dear departed members. It seems to me that the list grows longer and nearer year by year. Those named who had departed this life during the preceding year were Mother (Mrs. W. J. Kennamer), Mrs. Coplin from Guntersville, Mrs. Tommie Ann Kennamer, Walter Hill and his daughter, Nell Crawford.

Those attending every reunion dwindles year by year and this year we had only 10. Daddy (W. J. Kennamer), Henry Kennamer, Dent Kennamer, Omer Kennamer, Talmadge Kennamer, Audrey Kennamer Hill, Aunt Aquilla Page, Mrs. Dent Kennamer, Mae Kennamer Hodges and Ralph Kennamer. Those attending every reunion except when in the Military Service were Wendell Page, Benny Kennamer, Johnnie Kennamer, Lyndon Kennamer, Kenneth Kennamer and Elvin Kennamer.

Talmadge Kennamer was authorized to see about having the roof of the pavilion repaired.

Wendell Page then made a short talk - he urged us to preserve all of our Kennamer Histories, Jackson County Histories because they were invaluable as reference books and in great demand.

The family led by Wendell Page in singing "God Be With You ‘Till We Meet Again," and adjourned to meet on the last Saturday in August-, 1968.

Edith Kennamer Bramblett Secretary

MINUTES OF THE FORTIETH ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INC. HELD AUGUST 31st, 1968

The fortieth annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc., held at the Kennamer Family Association Pavilion in Kennamer’s Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 31, 1968, was called to order by Bob Word, Jr., Vice-President, who presided in the absence of the President, Paul Kennamer.

The family was led in prayer by D. C. Kennamer, Ft. Payne, Alabama, and Benny Kennamer of Scottsboro, Alabama, led in the pledge of allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

The entire family group, led by Wendell Page of Scottsboro, Ala., joined in singing "Blest Be The Tie."

The minutes of the last meeting of the Association were read by the Secretary, Edith Kennamer Bramblett of Scottsboro, Alabama, and said minutes were approved as read.

The Chairman asked if there was any old business and there was none. Then when he asked if there was new business, Wendell Page called our attention to the new pictures that had been put in the museum since the last reunion and invited us to all visit the museum and view the articles and pictures placed therein and requested any member of the family who had some picture or article to please bring the same to be donated to the museum and made a part thereof.

The Treasurer, D. C. Kennamer, Jr. reported that we had $410.58 in the treasury and that he had expenses of $65.15, including printing, cleaning cemetery, etc., leaving a balance of $345.43. A little later in the day an offering was taken and we received donations of $182.36.

Several members of the family then presented their guests, and among those present were Dr. Mitchell and family; Nancy Calloway from Hartselle; Mrs. Harold Davidson, Scottsboro; Mrs. Reed, Mrs. A. H. Faussett, Ann Vincent, from Mobile; Bill Tankard, Nashville, Tennessee; and Mrs. Abbie Smith, Guntersville, Alabama; and Miss Myrtle Bailey, Scottsboro, Alabama. Earl Kennamer of Auburn introduced his daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Kennamer and Ovid Kennamer introduced his daughter-in-law.

All ten of those who had attended every reunion last year, were also present for this reunion, being Daddy (W.J. Kennamer), Ralph Kennamer, Henry Kennamer, Audrey Kennamer Hall, Dent Kennamer, Mrs. Dent Kennamer, Aunt Aquilla Page, Mae Kennamer Hodges, Omer Kennamer and Talmadge Kennamer. Those present who had attended every reunion except when in the Military Service were Wendell Page, Benny Kennamer, Johnnie Kennamer. Lyndon Kennamer, Kenneth Kennamer and Elvin Kennamer.

Benny Kennamer of Scottsboro then reported that Eddie Kennamer had .suggested that our pavilion be painted before the next reunion, and he then moved that sometime during the next year that the Vice-President see that the pavilion gets painted before reunion time next year. The Vice-President then exercised his prerogative of appointing a committee to attend to this matter, and named Kennamer as the committee. (Then seriously Benny and Bob Word agreed to see that the pavilion was painted.)

The roll call by States was then taken and there were 17 from Tennessee 9 from Georgia, 3 from Mississippi, 4 from Virginia, 1 from Kentucky, 8 from Texas, 3 from New York and it was estimated about 300 from Alabama.

Daddy then showed us a card he had received from Mrs. Ollie Kennamer from South Carolina, in which she stated their reunion had not been too successful and that it seemed to be "dying out." Willard Kennamer had also received a communication from her stating about the same thing, and her statement that the reunion seemed to be "dying out" was a sad one and one that I hope can never be said about this branch of the family.

Aunt Mary Kennamer of Montgomery, being 96 years old, claimed the prize given by Henry Kennamer to the-oldest member present. She remarked that she was quite happy to be here, "but that she was too old to be traveling around."

Little David Terrell, Auburn, Ala., great grandson of Mrs. Mattie Kennamer Smith, was again recognized as being the youngest present.

And while Mrs. Laura Kennamer did not win the prize for being the oldest present, she certainly deserved the round of applause given her when it was made known that she was 90 years old on August 5th.

At this point in the day’s activities after prayer, we again adjourned for the bountiful and plenteous lunch. Sometimes as I pack up all the food we have left, I wonder why we don’t bring a little less next year - but it seems that every family brings twice as much as they and all of their invited guests could possibly eat.

After about 1 hour of serious eating Wendell Page led us in singing, "Jesus Lover of my Soul," "Sweet Bye and Bye," and that marvelous hymn, "Amazing Grace." The singing by the family seems to draw us all closer together and to me this is one of the wonderful parts of the day - when we can sing these hymns and let the sound ring out around the pavilion.

In memory of those who had died since our last reunion, being Mrs. Charles B. Kennamer, Montgomery, Mrs. Mattie Kennamer Smith, Guntersville, Wayne Kennamer, Huntsville, Mose J. Kennamer, Dallas, Ida Kennamer Bryant, Dallas, Mrs. Charles T. Kennamer, Birmingham, Mrs. Pat Kennamer and Jim Hodges of Woodville, the family stood and prayed silently in memory of these beloved members of our family.

Anita Kennamer Holloway and her 2 daughters, being the daughter and granddaughters of Lovis and Mamic Kennamer, were recognized as having traveled the greatest distance to the reunion - being more than 1,000 miles.

Earl Kennamer, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, expressed his genuine pleasure at being present and insisted that we keep the Kennamer family together and not let the interest die out, and that the young people were the ones for us keep telling about the family and to bring all of them to the reunion.

Ralph Kennamer was called on to make any remarks he cared to - and he first said, "I made the statement previously that this family should furnish a Governor for the State of Alabama, and that he wanted to go on record right now as nominating Bob Word, Jr. for Governor.

He went on to say that when time would give him control of his emotions and permit him to tell about the grand lady who was his Mother he wanted to do that, but that today he wanted to pay tribute to his Aunt Mattie Smith. That out of the family of 10 children, 7 boys and 3 girls, there were only 3 of them left and they were all present today for the reunion - being Aunt Mary, Aunt Barton and Uncle Wendell. A copy of the eulogy to Aunt Mattie is attached to these minutes and made a permanent part of the record.

Our Historian, Willard Kennamer of Yonkers, N.Y., said he was not going to make a speech because he had been listening to speeches all week (referring to the Democratic Convention in Chicago, which has just closed). He went on to say that a family should stick together and not fight each other. Work together and vote for any member of the family if they are running for office. Go to their stores and buy merchandise from the family.

He told of printing 300 family histories - and that these were not sufficient to meet the demands and that he would like to see us elect another historian, as he had suggested previously when he says he resigned several years ago, but that we never "marked him off." He said we needed someone who is interested in this type of work. He went on to say you could not make any money out of this, but it would be good things if we could get someone interested. He told us of having received his 50 year pin from the Order of Railway Conductors and that as a Railway Conductor, it was something for him to decide to ride a plane down here, but that "once you get in the plane there ain’t nothing to it." He commended those who had contributed to the museum.

Some discussion was had about the flag that we have been displaying each year at the reunion and called attention to the fact that it only had 48 stars but it was pointed out that the flag has a deep meaning for the family since the son of Dent and Nora Kennamer gave his life in defense of his country and this particular flag was the one the Government sent home with his body and for this reason we would not want to discontinue displaying it each reunion. The family

The Chairman then called on Benny Kennamer and he read us a most inspiring and thought provoking article, entitled, "Can We Wave the Flag Too Much." He said his reason for wanting to read it to us was because he was distressed about what is happening to our country, and that he felt it was high time to start training our youngsters to respect and know some of the principles that we grew up with. He stated that some of our citizens have lost these principles.

was unanimous in its decision that we should never cease to display it. Wendell Page made a motion that in addition to this highly significant flag, that we obtain a United States Flag and Alabama Flag on staffs and display them on each side of the platform, and this motion was duly seconded by Helen Kennamer Mitchell and the motion carried.

The matter of pictorial literature and brochures extolling the beauties of our beloved Kennamer’s Cove should be obtained and distributed, was discussed. Bob Word, Jr. and Benny Kennamer were named to contact Mr. Jay Gurley, owner and operator of Cathedral Caverns to see if we could not get the Cove mentioned in his brochures. We were shown some picture post cards showing the valley just below the Caverns and bearing the inscription, "Located in Beautiful Kennamer’s Cove."

Earl Kennamer introduced some visitors who had arrived late, being Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Dukes, and Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Edwards - the ladies being daughters of Robert Presley Kennamer.

Incidentally, I talked to Mrs. Dukes later and she is very much interested in the genealogy of the Kennamer Family and is a prime prospect to take over as our Historian, in fact, she had agreed to work with Wendell Page toward this end. Her address is 7224 Division Avenue, Birmingham, Ala., 35206.

Audrey Kennamer Hall introduced Lewis Burton and wife, Ann, and their two children, and stated that they recently moved to Alabama from California. Mr. Burton’s mother was Mrs. Veda Lewis Burton and her mother was Mrs. Laura Page, whose mother was a Kennamer - so that certainly makes him qualified to be present. Mr. Burton stated that he had known of Kennamer’s Cove all of his life - that in fact as a child he began to think in order for your prayers to be heard you had to face Kennamer’s Cove - and that you could not get prepared to die until you had visited Kennamer’s Cove. He stated that it was a pleasure to be present.

Our bragging department did not really get going this year - Ralph Kennamer had Rodney Kennamer, star basketball player from Section to stand and be recognized. Rodney is a grandson of Dent & Nora Kennamer.

Johnnie Kennamer called our attention to the fact that the road to the cemetery had been paved and that we were indebted to L. D. Edmonds, Commissioner, Grant, Alabama, for this, and your Secretary was directed to draw a Resolution properly thanking him for this improvement. Copy of the Resolution is attached.

Rex Page, son of Nettie Kennamer Page Bulman, an employee of North Alabama Electric Cooperative, had called attention to the location of the electric switch box, and the Chairman stated that we should try to get this box moved to a more desirable spot.

Bob Word, Jr. the acting Chairman and Vice-President, expressed his pleasure at being at the reunion and stated that he had only missed two of the reunions since he had been born and these were when he was with the Armed Forces

in Korea. He stated further that this family is blessed at having so many members who are interested in the reunion and that it is a wonderful thing for us to meet year after year.

Wendell Page led the family in singing "God be With You ‘Till We Meet Again," and we were dismissed with prayer.

MINUTES OF THE FORTY-FIRST ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INC. HELD AUGUST 30th, 1969

The forty-first annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc. held at the Kennamer Family Association Pavilion in Kennamer’s Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 30th, 1969, was called to order by Paul Kennamer, of Grant, Alabama.

The family was led in prayer by Bro. James Curtis of Huntsville, Alabama. In his prayer, Bro. Curtis asked God to continue to bless our family and asked that our young people remember their ancestors and the sacrifices that they had made in order that we might meet in reunion on this day, and asked that we might always be mindful of our great heritage and the contribution our family had made to this part of the country, as well as the world.

Wendell Page, Scottsboro, Alabama, led the family in the pledge of allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and then led us in singing "America."

The minutes of the last meeting of the Association were read by the Secretary, Edith Kennamer Bramblett of Scottsboro, Alabama, and said minutes were approved as read.

The Treasurer, D. C. Kennamer of Ft. Payne, Alabama, reported that at the reunion last year we received contributions of $189.36 to add to our balance of $345.43, and that the Primitive Baptist Association sent him a check for $30.00 in gratitude for the use of our pavilion for various meetings they hold - making a grand total of $564.79, and that he had spend $125.00 in getting the cemetery and grounds cleaned, printing of $5.00, and the labor of painting the pavilion was $219.92, and this left us a balance of $214.87. He stated further that the Association owed $156.57 for paint purchased from Word Lumber Company. We took a collection and received $214.15.

We now came to the part of the reunion which each two years we call "electing officers" - but for the life of me, I fail to see anything elective about it - and certainly do not see the democratic processes being used. Year after year I offer this job to someone else - but somehow I never manage to give it away. As I said two years ago, being able to do the job or a good job has nothing whatever to do with it - it is just whether or not someone will do the job, and it seems like I am not smart enough to talk someone else into taking it.

At any rate, we did have what was called an "election" and Mr. Willard Kennamer, our present Historian, announced that he had retired from his job sometime ago and he nominated Wendell Page to replace him as Historian, and this nomination was duly seconded and then on motion of Helen Kennamer Mitchell, the nominations were closed and Wendell Page was duly elected Historian of the Kennamer Family Association. I feel sure Cousin Wendell had anticipated being elected, because later on he made a "prepared" acceptance speech.

My dear cousin Ralph very graciously nominated me for Secretary, and although he tells me all the time that my minutes are too long, he managed to get me elected again

Nominations for Vice-President, being in order, Ralph Kennamer nominated Wendell Willard, of Atlanta, Georgia, son of Elizabeth Kennamer Willard, and grandson of Mrs. Laurie Kennamer, for Vice-President and before he had time to object he was elected.

When the President called for nominations for President, Bob Word, Jr.’s Aunt Frances Kennamer Miles nominated him before anyone else could put up a name and that was that.

This means your officers for the next two years are:

President Bob Word, Jr., Scottsboro, Alabama, son of Virginia Kennamer Word. and grandson of W. J. Kennamer
Vice-President Wendell Willard. Atlanta, Georgia (son of Elizabeth Willard and grandson of Mrs. Laurie Kennamer)
Secretary Edith Kennamer Bramblett, Scottsboro, Alabama, daughter of W. J. Kennamer.
Historian Wendell Page, Scottsboro, Alabama, son of Aquilla Kennamer Page and Lewis Page.
Treasurer D. C. Kennamer, Fort Payne, Alabama, son of D. C. Kennamer, Sr.

If you didn’t want any of us elected, you had to be fast or there would have been a hot contest for the places.

We then adjourned for lunch. And after we were led in a prayer by Bro. Fleming of Huntsville, Alabama, we again feasted - not wisely but too well. Truly, the amount of good food we bring each year is almost unbelievable. And as usual, I ate too much, but I make no promises that I won’t do the same thing again this year.

After the bountiful lunch the meeting was called to order by the family singing "Blest Be the Tie that Binds," led by Wendell Page.

The President asked if there were any matters of old business, and Mrs. Dukes of Birmingham, Alabama, daughter of Jacob Robert Presley Kennamer brought up the matter of brochures or cards advertising the Cove, and we were informed that the manager of Cathedral Caverns had very graciously provided us with picture post cards and other literature that advertised the Caverns - but at the same time referred to it as being located in "Beautiful Kennamer’s Cove" - and that the cards and literature were available just for the taking.

The matter of new business was brought up. It was suggested that name tags for everyone such as Tom Jake provided for a few of the members present, be provided for the next reunion and our Treasurer was authorized to purchase 300 such name tags and make provisions for having them distributed to the members of the family as they arrive next year. The President announced that the Treasurer had "volunteered" to do this - but that ain’t the way the Treasurer thought it was.

The matter of an Alabama Flag was brought up and the Secretary was given authority to see that the Alabama Flag as well as a permanent American Flag be provided.

After a lengthy discussion, instigated by Mrs. Dukes of Birmingham, it was decided that Frances Kennamer Miles, a former employee of the Tennessee Valley Authority, would secure information concerning maps of our beloved Cove. The matter of having someone make a map showing the early landmarks was discussed, but it was pointed out that the cost would be prohibitive, but that we might secure area maps from the TVA and then each person interested might be able to add their own data to the maps.

Mr. Wendell Kennamer pointed out that there were certain improvements that needed to be made to the cemetery in the way of sodding, perhaps a retaining wall, etc. and the President requested someone volunteer to look into this matter and see just what needed to be done and the feasibility of making the suggested improvements. After none of our "industrious" members volunteered, President Paul Kennamer named Denton M. (Johnny) Kennamer, together with himself as a committee to look into this matter.

The President then reported that Mr. Gurley, owner of the Cathedral Caverns, had suggested that the Kennamer Family might erect a historical monument or marker at the top of Grant Mountain, at the spot where so many tourists stop to look at the magnificent view - that the marker could tell something of the family, the Cove, or anything we wanted to put on it. This matter was discussed and Mr. Wendell Kennamer suggested that a marker near where the proposed new highway leads out to the Kennamer Family Pavilion would be the logical spot to erect such a monument. It was decided that Ralph Kennamer of Mobile, Alabama, would contact the Alabama Historical Association and ascertain from them if they would be interested in erecting this type marker or monument at one or both of the sites discussed. and he would report back to the family.

The President reported that it had been suggested that we make a group picture each year, and after more discussion than we ordinarily have about anything, Bob Word, President-elect was appointed to look into this matter and see if we could have a professional photographer present at the next reunion to make pictures of the group, to be sold to individual members of the family, if they desired to purchase the same.

We were honored by having present a great number of guests this year from various States - among the being, John W. Green, Beach Grove, Ark., Mr and Mrs. Hunter Green of Texarkana, Texas, Mrs. Huey Allen, Leeds, Alabama, Opal Kennamer, Bakersfield, California, Joyce Lynn, Wichita Falls, Texas, Mr. and Mrs. Hallifield, Mobile, Alabama, and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. French from Corpus Christie, Texas.

Ralph Kennamer introduced his three guests from Mobile, and then introduced Gene Starnes from Guntersville, and Mr. Starnes’ son, Representative John Starnes.

Representative Starnes came to the mike and expressed his pleasure at being present and said that he "just happened to have an Alabama Flag in his office" and that if Paul Kennamer would come by he would be glad to give him one. He further stated that the Legislature had just appropriated $200,000 to be used to make surveys and establish old land marks, and that as soon as they were available for this area they might be the answer to our questions about maps.

Mrs. Denton Kennamer introduced her guest, Dwight Kennamer and wife from Illinois, and D. C. Kennamer, Jr. introduced his and Marie’s guests, Mrs. Naomi Thurston from Town Creek and Marie’s sisters.

Frances Kennamer Miles introduced her guests, Mrs. Genny Hutcheson, Mrs. Graham, and Mrs. McGill, all of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Murrell Kennamer introduced his wife and stated this was her first reunion. Others introduced were Mr. and Mrs. Batey, Mr. and Mrs. Womack, Mrs. Henry Chandler, and then Aunt Bernice Stephen’s grandson, Steve Stephens and wife, of Atlanta, and Aunt Bernice’s daughter, Margaret Ruth and her husbank, Mickey Garganus of Nashville were introduced.

Aunt Mary Kennamer of Montgomery, who is 97 years of age received a gift from Henry Kennamer for being the oldest person present. Several others present were recognized as being over 85. Aunt Barton Noel, 93, Mrs. Lauri Kennamer, 91, Aunt Ella Kennamer, 87, and W. J. Kennamer, 86.

The youngest member present was little Stephanie Kennamer, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Kennamer, and the great grandson of Mr. Dent and Miss Nora Kennamer.

Mr. and Mrs. Dent Kennamer were recognized as having the greatest number of their descendants present - although an accurate count was not taken.

When the roll call by states was made we found there were 21 from Tennessee, 12 from Georgia, 4 from Texas, 2 from Arkansas, 1 from California, 6 from Florida, 3 from Kentucky, 5 from Virginia, 2 from Maryland, and 2 from Illinois. It was conceded that Mrs. Opal Kennamer from Bakersfield, California, had traveled the greatest distance to attend the reunion.

The newly elected Historian, Wendell Page, gave his acceptance speech and stated he appreciated and was grateful for the honor of serving as Historian. Vice-President elect Wendell Willard of Atlanta, Gal, then spoke of his late mother’s devotion to the Kennamer Family and her enjoyment of the reunion and stated that he believed in strong family ties and pledged his cooperation in helping perpetuate the reunion and stated how much he appreciated the family’s confidence in him in electing him Vice-President.

President elect Bob Word - said that since he had been privileged to act as President in President Paul Kennamer’s stead in 1968 that he would save his remarks for the 1970 reunion - but did express his appreciation for the honor of serving as President.

Ralph Kennamer was called on by our President to speak to us and he first presented a gift to Aunt Mary Kennamer from James L. "Buddy" Albert. Ralph went on to say that Buddy was running for Circuit Court Clerk in Marshall County and he urged those members living in Marshall County to support him.

Ralph made some fitting remarks about the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Alabama becoming a State, and went on to say that we are primarily an Alabama family - that this is our home and that although he had never lived in the Cove, having been born in Guntersville, "but the Cove has deep meaning for me and everything about these Reunions has great meaning. This flag which we display each year was purchased with the blood of our family. Our ancestors settled in the Cove when it was occupied by Cherokee Indians. This cemetery is filled with our ancestors. Aunt Mary Kennamer who was 97 in April - just think about it. We as a State were only 53 years old when she was born. She was born in this Cove. I say this - and I have said it before - I love these reunions because I love my relatives. I like my relatives. If I had to choose my friends, I think I would choose most of you.

Ralph went on to say that we must recognize that there are more of us who do not come to the reunion than who do. He speculated about the size of the reunion if all of our relatives came to the reunion. He then said that as long as some of us are living these reunions will continue to be held. He went on to discuss what he thought should be done at the reunion. That he used to get up some gifts for the oldest, the youngest and the one who had the most descendants present - and how the late Mrs. Eliza Kennamer won this gift for many years because she loved the reunion and came and encouraged her family to come. Ralph stated he was glad to know Mrs. Eliza Kennamer - a fine lady and that he would never have known her if it had not been for the reunion. He told of how Mrs. Eliza had passed on since the last reunion and how all eight of her children were with her when she died. She left 91 direct descendants including two great, great grandchildren. Ralph said, and I quote, "I salute Mrs. Eliza Kennamer - one of our fine members - and bid her good bye."

Ralph stated that all of his children were present, and that he was especially glad to have his son Brents back from serving with Uncle Sam. He stated that his children all loved the reunion and that he was so glad they did.

He asked any member of the family who was serving in an elective city, state or county office to stand and be recognized and Denton M. Kennamer, Jr. (Johnny) was recognized as being a member of the Board of Education of Jackson County, Alabama. Ralph encouraged the family to get involved in government and stated that we had always been interested in government - even when members of the family lived in the Cove, a most inaccessible place - they were members of the government - members of the legislature, judges, and that he wanted to see some members of this family in a high state office someday. He said, "If you are my relative I am for you," - and that he wanted somebody from this family to sit in the Governor’s chair before he died’ and that if no one else offered - he might just do it himself.

Tom Jake Kennamer then stated that he thought Ralph was making an announcement of his candidacy. He further stated that Ralph stole his speech but that it went without saying how much he always enjoyed coming back to the Cove and meeting with his kindred. He then brought us a through/-provoking talk on the condition of our country and some of the many problems we face.

Our Historian, Willard Kennamer, who has done so much to keep us informed of our ancestry - made a most enlightening talk on the spelling of our name and how many different spellings he found of it in his search.

All ten of those who had attended every reunion last year and the year before were present for this reunion being, Daddy (W. J. Kennamer), Ralph Kennamer, Henry Kennamer, Audrey Kennamer Hall, Denton Kennamer, Mrs. Denton Kennamer, Aunt Aquilla Page, Mae Kennamer Hodges, Omer Kennamer and Talmadge Kennamer.

As always, we paused to pay tribute to those who have died since last year’s reunion and they were: Geneva Gertrude Kennamer Harrison of Big Springs, Texas, who was a sister of Mrs. Dukes and Mrs. Edwards, and daughter of Jacob Robert Presley Kennamer, Mrs. Eliza Kennamer, Edd Kennamer (son of Carlos and Mollie Kennamer), W. K. Kennamer, Annie K. Wallis of Irving, Texas, Mr. Milt Page and Olan Kennamer of California.

President Paul expressed his gratitude at being allowed to serve as President and Wendell Page led us in singing "God Be With You ‘Till We Meet Again" and Ralph dismissed us with prayer.

This the 30th day of August, 1969.

Edith Kennamer Bramblett, Secretary

 

MINUTES OF THE FORTY-SECOND ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INC. HELD AUGUST 29th, 1970

The forty-second annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc., held at the Kennamer Family Association Pavilion in Kennamer’s Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 29th, 1970, was called to order by Bob Word, Jr., President, of Scottsboro, Alabama, and he welcomed the members and guests to the reunion.

The family was led in prayer by Bro. James Curtis of Huntsville, Alabama. and in his prayer, Bro. Curtis thanked God for the zeal of the Kennamer Family in perpetuating the family name, and asked that we might continue to be zealous as we have been in the past to continue to honor the great name of Kennamer.

Wendell Page Scottsboro, Alabama, led the family in the pledge of allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and then led us in singing America.

The minutes of the last meeting of the Association were read by the Secretary, Edith Kennamer Bramblett of Scottsboro, Alabama. and after some minor corrections, the minutes were approved as read.

The Treasurer, D. C. Kennamer of Ft. Payne, Alabama, reported that we had a balance of $192.23 in the treasury. Contributions to help defray the expenses of the reunion were taken at this time.

Wendell Page, our new Historian, brought us a short talk on the spelling of the Kennamer name, and very thoughtfully distributed printed copies of his report. In addition, he made available to those who were interested, the write up of the very first Kennamer Reunion held on August 15th, 1929. This write-up appeared in the Progressive Age and was written by Uncle J. R. Kennamer, one of the originators of the idea of an annual reunion, and one of the most ardent supporters of the reunion. Wendell announced that he would research the old copies of the country papers and try to bring us a write-up each year. His report and a copy of the write-up are attached to these minutes and made a part thereof.

At the 1969 reunion, Bob Word, Jr., stated he would secure a commercial photographer for the reunion and the Potter Studios from Scottsboro, Alabama, very graciously came to the reunion and made several group pictures and some individual family pictures. Some members of the family were so very reluctant to "line up" for the photos that I heard one member of the family suggest that maybe they thought the Internal Revenue Service or the FBI might find them if they allowed anyone to take a picture. Be that as it may - there were pictures made and I might add some of them were very, very good.

Walter Kennamer II, son of Benny and Jean Kennamer of Scottsboro, and the grandson of the late Walter J. and Nellie Kennamer, asked the blessing before we once again were privileged to feast on a most delicious and bountiful meal.

After the wonderful dinner, the meeting was called to order by Bob Word, Jr., President and after it was called to his attention that two people in attendance had birthdays on this particular day, we all sang "Happy Birthday" to Robert Word and R. E. Mitchell, Sr. Wendell Page then led us in singing "God Bless America" and "Blest Be the Tie that Binds."

[he President then inquired if there were any old business to be considered, and the matter of the historical markers, which we discussed at length at our 1969 reunion, was brought up and Ralph Kennamer, who was to contact the Alabama Historical Society to see about getting a family monument erected at a suitable place near one of the places frequented by tourists in the Cove, advised that he was working on the matter and would report later.

The matter of post cards extolling the beauties of Kennamer’s Cove was again discussed, and it was pointed out that the Potter Studio made post cards and if the family was really interested in this matter he could make these. No action was taken on this matter.

Our Historian then announced that he was in the process of indexing the Kennamer Family History written by Uncle J. R. Kennamer and his son, Lorrin G. Kennamer, and that he hoped to have it ready by next reunion and that the cost of such an index would be only what it cost him in the way of materials. etc. This will certainly be of great help to anyone in the family desiring to trace their family line.

The President then requested that any member of the family having guests present to please introduce them at this time. Mrs. Frances Kennamer Miles introduced her four guests from Chattanooga - Mrs. Graham, Mrs. Hutchenson, Mrs. McGill and Mrs. Bryant. Virginia Kennamer Word introduced her guest, Mrs. Virginia Pritchett from Scottsboro. Barbara Childress introduced her guest. being the minister of her church, Br6. L. J. Andrews and his wife. D. C. Kennamer introduced his and Marie’s guests, and Doss Kennamer introduced his guests, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Brooks and their twin boys from Sheffield. Mae Kennamer Hodges introduced her guest.

Audrey Kennamer Hall introduced her guests, Nancy Kennamer Pitts and husband from Huntsville and told how she had accidentally discovered that her customer had been a Kennamer before she married and Audrey invited them to the reunion. Lawton Kennamer introduced Clyde Evans from Sarasota, Florida. Audrey also had as her guests Mr. and Mrs. Will Burton of Temple, Okla. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Chapman were introduced. All guests were heartily welcomed by our President and given a special invitation to come to any and all future reunions.

The President then asked if there was any new business to be considered at this time, and Ralph Kennamer made a motion that before the next reunion a committee be named and appointed and that an annex be built to the pavilion. He suggested that the annex be screened in and that we have tables and chairs put in the annex in order that we might move to that area to eat and have a place to sit down and not have to stand while eating. He suggested that the annex be built in keeping with the present structure. This motion by Ralph was duly seconded by Helen Kennamer Mitchell.

After quite a bit of discussion about the feasibility of such a project and just what kind of annex to build, the President called for a vote on Ralph’s motion that some type of building be erected and the motion carried.

It was then suggested that the President appoint this committee and see that some study be given to the project and see about the cost, etc.

Wendell Willard of Atlanta, Georgia, our Vice-President, suggested that at the same time we build some kind of rest-room facilities, and this motion was seconded by Clyde Kennamer of San Angelo, Texas. This matter was discussed and it was decided that the same committee would look into this matter, but no definite action was taken on this.

Wendell Page stated that one of the members of the family, Miss Bertie Kennamer of Woodville, Alabama, had in her possession the boxes from the original post office in Kennamer’s Cove and suggested that the family provide Bertie with another cabinet and get her to donate this valuable relic to the museum. Bertie agreed that this be done.

The President then asked if anyone wanted to try to beat Aunt Mary out of being the oldest person present, and at 98 years of age, she won again. Henry Kennamer, as he has been doing for several years, graciously presented Aunt Mary with a gift.

Little Elizabeth Willard, age three months and three weeks, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Willard, claimed the prize for being the youngest member present.

Mr. and Mrs. Denton M. Kennamer, Sr. of Woodville, again had the largest number of direct descendants present, there being more than 50 of the present for this reunion.

When the roll call by States was given we found that we had 21 from Tennessee, 11 from Georgia, 7 from Texas, 1 from Florida, 1 from Kentucky, 3 from Virginia, 2 from Mississippi, 2 from Oklahoma and 2 from Louisiana, and, of course, a great number from all parts of the State of Alabama.

Clyde Kennamer from San Angelo, Texas had traveled more than 1,000 miles to attend the reunion - and this was conceded to be the greatest distance traveled by anyone for the reunion.

Mr. Wendell Kennamer of Virginia expressed his pleasure at being present

The President called on Ralph Kennamer to come and say anything he would like to, and Ralph came and first told us that our beloved kinsman Tom eke Kennamer had had a stroke and was unable to be present, and he requested hat the following Resolution be put into the minutes of the reunion

WHEREAS, our beloved friend and kinsman Thomas Jake Kennamer, Jr., a former President of our Association has been stricken and is today confined to a hospital, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the Kennamer Family Association in reunion assembled this the 29th day of August, 1970, that we do convey to the congenial and likeable Tom Kennamer our regrets at his inability to be with us today and that we wish for him a speedy recovery.

The Motion was duly seconded and unanimously carried.

Ralph then referred to the beautiful prayer by Bro. Curtis at the beginning of the reunion in which he had stated we should be proud of our ancestors. Ralph went on to say, "I am sure that no one in this Association has said how proud he is of his ancestors more than I have. I love my kinsmen and I tell you so at every reunion and I will continue to say it."

Ralph then said, "I am not going to dwell on his-character and his life, said all of this in 1967, but since our last meeting a ‘giant has fallen’ our beloved kinsman, Walter J. Kennamer. I said these things to Walter when he as alive and I am glad I said them."

Then Ralph went on to say, "I am always proud when I learn of someone in he family who has accomplished something - after the reunion last year, I went to the West Coast and while I was there I read where the Washington State Football team had a Kennamer boy playing for them. When I got back to Mobile, I wrote this Coach and inquired about this boy and he wrote back and said he had such a player, and I wrote the Kennamer boy, but never heard from him. And since I have been in Guntersville, I have on some occasions watched the ten o’clock news on the Huntsville Station and I have seen a nice looking young man named Tom Kennamer and I wonder who he is." At this point Norman Kennamer of Huntsville stated that the young man on the TV is one of the clan from Athens, Ala.

Ralph went on to say - "I have said it many times, I want our family to get interested in Government. Last year I asked you to vote for Buddy Albert and you must have, since he got elected. And I understand this year we have a member of the family running for City Councilman in Scottsboro, Alabama. Stand up Benny. (Benny W. Kennamer of Scottsboro) I believe in supporting any member of our family who is offering for public office. I have advocated that this family should have someone as the Chief Executive of the State of Alabama, and I still say so. We missed out in not running someone for a state-wide office this last year. I believe we could have elected someone as Lt. Governor. I suggest to you that we have someone capable and qualified for any state office and that is our own President, Bob Word, Jr. We have relatives in almost every county in the State. I want us to seriously consider this. Wendell Willard is running for the State Legislature in Georgia."

Ralph concluded by saying - "I am always happy to be at the reunion. I have no thought from this day until next year, but to return. Hope to see all of you next year."

Clyde Kennamer of San Angelo, Texas, who is the son of the late J. R. Kennamer, expressed his pleasure at being present and he said his brothers and sisters in Abilene, Texas, sent their greetings.

Wendell Willard, our Vice-President, said he would pass this opportunity to speak - but would see us next year.

Benny Kennamer then came to the platform and told the family that in 1967 the Kennamer Family chose to honor Daddy (W. J. Kennamer) by presenting him with a plaque with an inscription which read:

And Benny then said, "my sisters requested that I take this plaque, when we were going through Daddy’s things, and I could think of no better place to put it than with the mementos of the family he loved so well, and I request that the family please accept this plaque to be put in the museum."

Eunice Loyd Page Lacky then had Wendell Willard read a beautiful and fitting tribute to her Uncle Walter Kennamer and requested that the framed writing be given to Benny and that copies of the same be given to each of his children. (We shall all treasure this as long as we live.)

One of the very few sad moments in our reunion comes when we stop to pay tribute to the memory of those we loved so much who are not now with us. Those whose names were called this year were Laura Lewis, Walter J. Kennamer, Mrs. Lillie Woodall, Herman Elkins, John F. Anderson. We all bowed our heads in a moment of silent prayer in their memory.

Nine persons who had attended every reunion were present being, Ralph Kennamer, Henry Kennamer, Audrey Kennamer Hall, Denton Kennamer, Mrs. Denton Kennamer, Aunt Aquilla Page, Mae Kennamer Hodges, Omer Kennamer and Talmadge Kennamer.

There were four present who had attended every reunion except when hindered from doing so when they were in the military service - B. W. Kennamer. Wendell Page, Elvin Kennamer and Johnny Kennamer.

After we sang "God be With You ‘Till We Meet Again," we were dismissed with prayer with Ralph Kennamer leading us.

This the 29th day of August, 1970.

Edith Kennamer Bramblett, Secretary

MINUTES OF THE FORTY-THIRD ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INC. HELD AUGUST 28th, 1971

The forty-third annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc., held at the Kennamer Family Association Pavilion in Kennamer’s Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 28th, 1971, was called to order by Bob Word, Jr., President, and he gave each member and guests a hearty welcome to the reunion.

The family was led in prayer by Bro. James Curtis of Huntsville, Alabama. This was another of his eloquent prayers in which he thanked God for a family such as ours and commended the members of the family for their motives in holding the reunion - to revere and honor our forefathers and mothers

Wendell Page, Scottsboro, Alabama, led the family in the pledge of allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and then led us in singing "America."

The minutes of the last meeting of the Association were read by the Secretary, Edith Kennamer Bramblett of Scottsboro, Alabama, and said minutes were approved as read.

D. C. Kennamer of Ft. Payne, Alabama, our Treasurer gave his report in which he stated that we had incurred expenses of $55.00 cleaning the cemetery, $6.56 for taxes on our property and $8.00 for printing, and that we had $346.34 in the treasury at this time. Contributions to take care of expenses of the reunion were taken at this time.

President Bob Word, Jr., then asked if there was any old business, and at the request of Mrs. Buckner, Wendell Page reported that the football player for Washington State (of whom inquiry had been made last year) was the son of Charles Kennamer, and was a descendant of John Kennamer. This information was given in reply to Ralph Kennamer’s request for information concerning this young man.

Bob Word then stated that he had an item of old business which he wished to discuss. He reported that at the reunion in 1970, the matter of building an addition to our pavilion was discussed and that as President of the reunion he appointed a committee composed of Wendell Willard, Wendell Page, Benny Kennamer, D. C. Kennamer, Paul Kennamer and Johnny (Demon M., Jr.) Kennamer to look into the feasibility of such a building - just what was desired and something about the cost of same, and that this committee had expressed its opinion concerning this building and it was the consensus that the cost would be in the neighborhood of $4,000 to $5,000 and that the type structure recommended - that is one with screens and tables would be so vulnerable to deterioration from the elements and from vandals that they did not recommend that such a structure be built at this time.

At this point Bob Word. Jr. advised that the cemetery had again been the victim of vandals - that one of the grave markers had been damaged - and it was the feeling of the committee that a building such as the one suggested would just be damaged by vandals and that the committee did not recommend this building.

The matter of rest room facilities was again discussed and the President said that the Primitive Baptist Church across the raod had facilities that would be available to us. (It was later learned that their facilities were just about - equal to the ones we had out by the cemetery).

The President then asked if there was any further discussion and Ralph s Kennamer made a motion that the matter of building a new building or rest room facilities be discarded at this time, which motion was seconded and upon a vote by the members the motion carried.

At this time, Eddie Kennamer made a motion, duly seconded by Benny W. Kennamer that the pavilion be painted before the next reunion. The matter was discussed and it was decided that the President should appoint a committee to see that the pavilion was painted before the next reunion.

Lawrence Kennamer then suggested that we try to find someone to keep the cemetery all the time - not just get it ready for the reunion - inasmuch as there were people visiting it all the year round, and Bob Word, Jr. advised us that Mr. Dent M. Kennamer, Sr. had told him that he had found someone willing to look after the cemetery and keep it mowed and clean all the year around. The person offering to do this is Mr. Erskine Kennamer and he had offered to look after the cemetery on an hourly basis. Eddie Kennamer made a motion that we employ Erskine Kennamer at $2.50 per hour to do this time, and at this time Lawrence Kennamer suggested that a committee of three individuals be appointed to supervise the cemetery cleaning. Mr. Wendell Kennamer suggested that in addition to just keeping the cemetery clean that we should have some permanent plantings of shrubbery in the cemetery and that a portion of it needed resodding. Bob Word, Jr. advised that a committee would be appointed, with Mr. Dent a member of it, and that it would be their responsibility to supervise the cleaning of the cemetery by Erskine Kennamer, and they could decide just what plants and grass would be planted. The President called for a vote on the rather lengthy motion, with its amendments and modifications, and said motion carried.

Wendell Page read us a portion of a letter which he had received from Willard Kennamer, Yonkers, New York, sending his regrets at not being able to attend, and suggesting in the letter that we place a marker on the foundation stone of the chimney where the first church in the Cove was built. Wendell Page suggested that we needed a larger marker than just one on the church stone, and suggested that we needed a marker to identify the cemetery. He further suggested that we might use native sand stone or lime stone to make the base of the marker and then have a bronze plaque with appropriate wording installed in the stone base. He went on to advise that he had looked into the cost of just a bronze plaque such as he thought would be appropriate and that the plaque alone would cost at least $75.00.

The President suggested to Wendell that he, as our Historian, consider working this up and report to the next reunion.

At this point, it was recommended by Benny W. Kennamer of Scottsboro, that the marker be placed nearer the road where the public could see it, and it was decided that the location of the marker would be decided at the next reunion when we decided on the type marker.

Again, words fail me when I attempt to describe the type elections this family holds each two years. When the President declared that nominations for President were in order, Ralph Kennamer came up and nominated Wendell Willard of Atlanta, Georgia. He explained that he was the grandson of the late Tom Jake Kennamer, Sr. and that his mother was the late Elizabeth Kennamer Willard. His nomination was duly seconded by Tom Jake Kennamer, Jr. and he was unanimously elected President.

Nominations for Vice-President being in order, D. C. Kennamer nominated Earl Kennamer of Auburn, as Vice-President, which nomination was duly seconded by Wendell Page, and there being no further nominations for Vice-President, the family proceeded to vote, and Earl Kennamer was elected Vice-President of the Association.

Nominations for Secretary being in order, Mr. Wendell Kennamer nominated Edith Kennamer Bramblett, and when I protested and suggested that someone else in the family should have the job - the President reminded me that I was "out of order" and the same type election we have each two years went right ahead and I was elected Secretary again.

Some years ago we decided that the amount of money that we had was too small to be shifting from Treasurer to Treasurer, and D. C. Kennamer was named as the permanent Treasurer - or until removed from office for cause.

The same thing is true of the Historian, and since we elected Wendell Page two years ago, we just reaffirmed this election.

So - what the so-called election boiled down to was:

Wendell Willard, Atlanta, Georgia President

Earl Kennamer, Auburn, Alabama Vice-President

Edith Kennamer Bramblett, Scottsboro, Ala. Secretary

D. C. Kennamer, Jr., Ft. Payne, Alabama Treasurer

Wendell Page, Scottsboro, Alabama Historian

At this point, Mrs. Christine Sumner, a well-known historian in our Country, took a picture of those in attendance who were 80 years or age or older, and there were 15 of them.

D. C. Kennamer led the family in prayer and we adjourned for another of those unbelievable and indescribable feasts for which the family is famous.

The President, Bob Word, Jr. called the meeting to order and requested that the members of the family introduce their guests. Doss Kennamer introduced his guests Dr. Mitchell and his wife, Margaret; D. C. Kennamer and Marie had as their guests Marie’s sister and a friend from Athens, Alabama; Jo Carolyn Page Crisman introduced her guests Christine Sumner and Henrietta McCrary; Aunt Ina Elkins introduced her guest, and Mrs. Gordon Thomas introduced Corbin Page, her brother from Los Angeles, California. Aunt Willie Woodall of Scottsboro was a guest, and Norman C. Kennamer from Huntsville said he had his three sisters - two from Chattanooga and one from Jacksonville, Florida as his guests. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kelly from New Hope were introduced by Henry Kennamer.

Wendell Page then brought the Historian’s report and advised that he had copies of the second reunion available for heads of families. He told of the tremendous amount of work that had been put into indexing the Kennamer Family History, and that he had a preliminary index - but that it was incomplete at this time, but he was continuing to work on it. Our Historian advised that the old Kennamer’s Cove Post Office cabinet was now in the museum and that it was his understanding that Jacob Kennamer was the first Post Master about the year 1855 and that Uncle Sid Kennamer served as the last Post Master of Kennamer’s Cove.

Wendell Page also provided us with excerpts from the first ten reunions held by our family.

Our grand lady, Miss Mary Kennamer, was again honored as being the oldest person present. She was 99 years of age, and although she had been ailing for the past few days, she was determined to attend the reunion. As he has done in the past, Henry Kennamer presented Aunt Mary with a gift.

Lee Ann Smith, the 10 week old daughter of Mary Louise Page Smith, being the great granddaughter of the late Elam Kennamer, and Nora Kennamer of Scottsboro, Alabama, was the youngest member present.

The family of Mr. and Mrs. Denton M. Kennamer was again conceded to be the largest present - there being 52 direct descendants present for the reunion

At this time we took the roll call by states and although some of our members had had to leave, there were still 9 from Tennessee, 11 from Georgia, 8 from Texas, 3 from Arkansas, 1 from California, 1 from Florida, 3 from Virginia, 2 from Mississippi and some 300 from Alabama. Our guest, Corbin Page, of Los Angeles, California, had traveled the greatest distance to attend the reunion.

Bob Word, Jr., expressed the deep appreciation of the entire family for the hard work done by Mr. Dent Kennamer and Johnny Kennamer in getting the reunion grounds, the cemetery and the pavilion ready for the reunion.

Nine persons who had attended every reunion were again present, being Ralph Kennamer, Henry Kennamer, Audrey Kennamer Hall, Denton M. Kennamer, Sr., Mrs. Denton M. Kennamer, Sr., Aunt Aquilla Page, Mae Kennamer Hodges, Omer Kennamer and Talmadge Kennamer, and there were four present who had attended every reunion except when hindered from doing so when they were in the military service - being Benny W. Kennamer, Wendell Page, Elvin Kennamer and Johnny Kennamer.

The President then called on any member of the family who cared to make any remarks to do so. Mr. Wendell Kennamer made reference to the terrible struggle that our ancestors had in the Cove and that few of us have any idea of the things the Kennamer as well as other inhabitants of the Cove went through to eke out a bare existence. He paid special tribute to Uncle J. R. Kennamer, Lorrin Kennamer, and Mr. P. D. Kennamer. He reminded us that it was Mr. Willard Kennamer who conceived the idea of a museum and then brought the Kennamer Family History forward for several generations. He told of how Daddy, Walter J. Kennamer, had done so much down through the years to keep the reunion going - and spoke of Mr. Dent Kennamer, Mr. Henry Kennamer and others as having contributed much to the family name and the reunion. He paid tribute to the family by mentioning the fact that for 43 years the family had been gathering - some 300 to 1,000 strong and that there had never been any kind of disturbance at a reunion.

Earl Kennamer of Auburn, Alabama, the newly elected Vice President made a few remarks and stated that he had with him his wife, and their son, Dr. James Earl Kennamer and his wife. He introduced Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Dukes and remarked that Mrs. Dukes was greatly interested in the genealogy of the family. He served notice on the family that he considered himself an EXECUTIVE Vice President and therefore entitled to certain privileges.

The President called on Ralph Kennamer to make any remarks he cared to and he suggested that while the Kennamers as well as other residents did have a struggle in the Cove - that he felt they were resourceful in that they had one of the first rural telephone lines and that there were not many telephones outside of towns. He told us something of the history of our family by saying "prior to the Civil War, my grandfather and several other men drove 300 pigs from the Cove to Wetumpka and sold them. Took them about a month to make the trip - and Ralph made the remark that he did not know how they did it, because they had to cross the river. He told us something about the background of the colored family as shown in a picture in the museum - the picture is of Calvin and family. He said that part of the price of the pigs was two Negro slaves (boys) and that they were the first slaves in the Cove and he went on to say that "when they got back my grandfather Kennamer told his father it was wrong to own slaves," and from that date on he was opposed to slavery.

Ralph again reminded the family to please support anyone from the family seeking a government office and told how Buddy Albert had been elected Clerk of the Circuit Court of Marshall County and that through his efforts the State Legislature passed legislation to improve the Circuit Clerk’s office in many respects.

At the request of Mr. Denton M. Kennamer and his wife, Mrs. Nora Kennamer, Ralph invited the family to share in the 60th wedding anniversary celebration to be held by them on September 19th, 1971.

At this point, the President asked if any member of the family would like to tell of the accomplishments of their children. Era Kennamer Nichols told of the accomplishments of her two sons and her sister, Mrs. Holland, told that her son was a child psychologist. Louise Kennamer Barclay told of the honors that had come to her nephew, George Parks, son of Eva Kennamer Parks and Albert Parks of Scottsboro - in addition to having graduated summa cum laude from David Lipscomb College in Nashville, he was granted a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Germany and then a scholarship to Rice University in Houston, Texas, upon completing his studies in Germany. Mr. Wendell Kennamer’s daughter, Mrs. Barnett, has also received a Fulbright Scholarship and is studying in Rome, Italy. Eddie and Estelle Kennamer’s grandson, Kevin Kennamer, has been given a baseball scholarship to David Lipscomb College.

The incoming President, Wendell Willard thanked Bob Word for the fine job he had done as President and pledged his support to the family in every way in the next two years.

Those members of the family who have died since the last reunion were listed as Hubert Hall, Mrs. Esther B. Kennamer, Bob Bulman, Irene Noel, Ora Kennamer, Julia Kennamer, Alice Woodall Moore, Maude K. McCutchen, Omer Kennamer, Will Burton of Temple, Okla., James F. Moore, husband of Imogene Kennamer Moore, James Luther Kennamer, Doris Kennamer Singleton (Lorrin’s daughter. The family observed a period of silent prayer in honor of the memory of these.

Julian Butler, a former principal at Woodville High School, then came forward and expressed his pleasure at being present and remarked that it gave him pleasure to see the accomplishments of so many of his former pupils.

Wendell Page led us in singing, "God be With You ‘Till We Meet Again" and the meeting was dismissed with prayer led by Ralph Kennamer.

Edith Kennamer Bramblett, Secretary

 

MINUTES OF THE FORTY-FOURTH ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INC., HELD AUGUST 26, 1972

The forty-fourth annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc., held at the Kennamer Family Association Pavilion in Kennamer’s Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 26th, 1972, was called to order by Wendell Willard, President, and he welcomed each member of the family and their guests to the reunion.

The family was led in prayer by D. C. Kennamer of Ft. Payne, Alabama.

Wendell Page, Scottsboro, Alabama, led the family in the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and then led us in singing "America."

The minutes of the last meeting of the Association were read by the Secretary, Edith Kennamer Bramblett of Scottsboro, Alabama, and after minor corrections, were approved as read.

D. C. Kennamer, our Treasurer, gave his report wherein he advised that he had spent the following: Cleaning cemetery, $41.25, photographs, $2.87, picture frames, $21.20, Tax Collector, $6.00, bronze marker, $97.58, and painting pavilion, $370.24, or a total of $538.14.

The Treasurer then advised that Mr. Dent Kennamer, Mr. Omer Kennamer and Mr. Willard Kennamer had given him $84.00 to pay on the bronze marker, as it was their desire to contribute this marker - which marks the location of the very first church built in Kennamer’s Cove

Contributions to take care of the expenses of the Association were taken at this time.

Wendell Page reminded the members of the family who had not done so to please write their names in the Kennamer Family Book and requested that if any members of the family who had died to please write this information by their name in the book. Wendell then advised that he had available a limited number of copies of Uncle J. R. Kennamer’s report of the second, third and fourth reunions.

President Wendell Willard then asked if there were any items of old business to be considered and there were none.

When the President asked for items of new business, Carlos Page, Scottsboro, Alabama, stated that he wanted to make a Resolution at this time, as follows:

BE IT RESOLVED that consideration be given to the re-printing of the Kennamer Family History by John R. Kennamer and Lorrin C. Kennamer.

And Alva Kennamer Camp of Bessemer, Alabama, seconded the motion.

The matter was discussed at length - the matter of whether or not the copyright had expired, whether or not it would be re-printed as is, or whether some attempt would be made to bring it down to date, etc., and after the lengthy discussion, the President asked Mr. Carlos Page if he would be agreeable to amend his motion to include asking Wendell Page to explore, during the coming year, the feasibility of having the book republished and what it would cost. With this amendment, the matter was voted on and the motion carried.

Wendell Page advised that the committee working on the marker to identify the cemetery had a report and requested that Johnny (Demon M. Kennamer, Jr.) Kennamer please give this report - Johnny advised that the committee had given the matter considerable thought and that their thinking was it should be approximately 8 feet by 8 feet and that possibly it should be of chimney rock (limestone) and that the cost of a marker the committee thought would be suitable would be between $400.00 and $600.00, which would include a bronze plaque to be put on or in the marker. This matter was discussed at this time and at a later time in our program and some thought was given to the wording to be put on the plaque and also where the marker should be located - whether it should be near the public road or near the actual entrance to the cemetery. Benny W. Kennamer suggested that it be put near the road where it could be seen by the many tourists who will be passing along the road on the way to Cathedral Caverns, since the Caverns have been made a part of the National Park Service. No definite action was taken on this, but it was decided to let the committee do some further studies and report next year.

Johnny Kennamer advised that in prior years we had been paying $40.00 to $50.00 per year to get the cemetery cleaned for the reunion, but that in compliance with the wishes of the members of the family present in 1971, that Mr. Denton M. Kennamer, Sr., had been employing individuals to clean the cemetery and grounds all year and that the cost had been $200.00.

A motion was made by Bob Word, duly seconded by Earl Kennamer, and unanimously carried that we pay Mr. Dent for having kept the cemetery and grounds in good order all year.

Benny W. Kennamer made motion that the Association go on record as thanking Mr. Dent for keeping the cemetery and grounds, and that in the future if he spends any money for this purpose that he will be assured that he will be reimbursed by the Association. The members all stood and applauded this motion, in deep appreciation for Mr. Dent’s contribution to the reunion.

After prayer by Bro. Joseph Stewart of Jasper, Florida, the members adjourned for lunch. (A feast that I have never seen surpassed.)

After a period of feasting and fellowship, President Wendell Willard called the meeting to order and asked that the members introduce their guests or members of the family who had not been attending regularly.

Alva Kennamer Camp introduced Miss Mary Walker, a retired music teacher from Birmingham, Alabama. Mrs. Lawton Kennamer introduced her guests, Mrs. Alyne Cargile of Scottsboro, and her brother, Clyde Evans and his wife, from Sarasota, Florida.

Audrey Kennamer Hall introduced her guests from Velma, Okla., being Lauretta B. Reynolds, who is a granddaughter of Laura Page Lewis, and her niece, Leslie Ann Burton of Huntsville, Alabama; Earl Kennamer, Auburn, Alabama, introduced his son-in-law, Dwayne Rush; Edith Kennamer Bramblett introduced her great-niece, Sallie Williams from Torrance, California (she being a granddaughter of Clarice Kennamer Maples and Jerry Maples); Clyde Kennamer of San Angelo, Texas, introduced his wife, Ethel.

Wendell Page then called our attention to the fact that Steve Kennamer, the son of Alfred Kennamer and Joyce Money Kennamer had spent the summer in England doing research on the Robinson and Money families.

Woody Anderson Kelly and his wife, Nelda, were introduced by Wendell Page and Mr. Kelly advised that as soon as they moved to Huntsville, they came to Kennamer’s Cove looking for his wife’s relatives and they stopped first at the home of Mr. Dent and Mrs. Nora Kennamer, and that since that visit, had been back to the Cove on many occasions. He expressed pleasure at being present.

Mrs. Dent Kennamer advised us that Mr. Willard Kennamer of Yonkers, New York, had with him his granddaughter, Louise. Ralph Kennamer introduced Susan McClelland, who was present as the guest of Brents Kennamer.

As has been the case in the past, Mr. and Mrs. Denton M. Kennamer, Sr., had the largest number of descendants present, and little four-month old Jodie Kennamer, the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Talmadge Kennamer, was the youngest child present. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Kennamer.

Our dear Aunt Mary Kennamer, who was 100 years old in April, 1972, was again present to claim honors as being the oldest person present. Her health appeared to be good and she was very alert and seemed to enjoy the day. As has been his custom for several years, Henry Kennamer presented Miss Mary with a gift.

The roll call by states showed 1 from California, 11 from Texas, 3 from Florida, 8 from Georgia, 21 from Tennessee, 1 from Virginia, 5 from New York. Sallie Williams from Torrance, California, had traveled the greatest distance to the reunion.

Nine persons who had attended every reunion were again present, being, Ralph Kennamer, Henry Kennamer, Audrey Kennamer Hall, Denton M. Kennamer, Sr., Mrs. Denton M. Kennamer, Sr., Aunt Aquilla Page, Mae Kennamer Hodges, Omer Kennamer and Talmadge Kennamer, and there were four present who had attended every reunion except when hindered from doing so when they were in the military Service - being Benny W. Kennamer, Wendell Page, Elvin Kennamer and Johnny Kennamer.

Clyde Kennamer of San Angelo, Texas, advised that he had slides he made of the 1962 reunion which he would show to us in lieu of a speech - and he did show the slides later and many of us were able to see ourselves as we looked 10 years ago.

President Wendell Willard then called on Ralph Kennamer to make any remarks he cared to and Ralph remarked that we had recognized the fact that his Aunty Mary was 100 years old in April - and that while she could not hear much he had to say - he had said all the nice things about Aunt Mary many times in the past. He called the attention of the members to the fact that Alabama had been a State only 153 years and Aunt Mary has lived 100 years of these.

Ralph went on to say that we all know where we have been as a family we can look back in our history books, in the Kennamer Family History and as we look back we cannot help but marvel at the accomplishments of the family. They were not professional people or even farmers when they first came to the Cove - they were hunters and they moved into this valley because it was a great place for food. The Cove was probably Indian territory when our family settled here - but they cleared the land and became excellent farmers. Ralph continued by saying that "we are proud of what they did." He told that while he was in Guntersville, he found a booklet that was put out by a newspaper called "The Guntersville Democrat" in December, 1895, and that it contained an account of a county fair - and that the first prize for raising corn was won by Jacob L. Kennamer and there were other Kennamers who won lesser prizes.

Ralph stated further that in the discussion about what kind of marker we are going to put at the cemetery, that he felt something should be on that plaque about those who are buried in this cemetery. He then pointed to the flag and said that the flag was purchased with the blood of one of our finest and explained that our visitors might wonder what we are doing using a flag with only 48 stars - but this flag has a special meaning to all of us, because it was the one given to the Denton M. Kennamer family when their son was killed in action in World War II.

We observed a moment of silence in memory of those of our family who have died since the last reunion, and they are J. B. Edwards, Birmingham, husband of Mary Kennamer, who was a daughter of Jacob Kennamer; J. D. Dukes, husband of Clarabell Kennamer, also a daughter of Jacob Kennamer, Jim Alexander, Grapevine, Texas, Homer L. Hodges, Frank Sublett, Sam Kennamer, Helen Kennamer and Gordon Thomas.

The family was led in singing, "God be With You ‘Till We Meet Again" and we then adjourned to the cemetery where our Historian, Willard C. Kennamer, delivered a beautiful dedicatory speech - dedicating the bronze marker placed at the site of the first church to be built in Kennamer’s Cove.

I will not read the entire speech, but there are some parts of it that I feel should be read - for those of you who could not stay for the dedication.

He pointed out that in 1820, the first church was built, which was replaced in 1840 by a larger house and then in 1878, the present church was built. He called our attention to the fact that these places of worship were also used as schools and that our forefathers obtained their only education in this very house across the road. He closed his dedicatory speech in this manner:

"It is fitting that we recall the remarks of John R, Kennamer at the dedication of a marker at the graves of Hans and Rachel Kennamer," and they were: "May the ruthless hand of time never touch, nor vandal hordes desecrate this monument, and when the golden voice of the Angel Gabriel shall announce that time shall be no more, and the Savior shall come for his saints, may the living, with our sleeping dead, be among the blest in that great Reunion over there."

Edith Kennamer Bramblett, Secretary Kennamer Family Association, Inc.

August 26, 1973

MINUTES OF THE FORTY-FIFTH ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INC. HELD AUGUST 25, 1973

The forty-fifth annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc., held at the Kennamer Family Association Pavilion in Kennamer’s Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 25th, 1973, was called to order by Wendell Willard, President, and he gave each member of the family and their guests a hearty welcome to the reunion

The family was led in prayer by Walt Kennamer, the young son of Benny and Jean Kennamer, and the grandson of the late Walter J. and Nellie Kennamer.

Wendell Page of Scottsboro, Alabama, then led the family in the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and in the singing of "America."

The minutes of the last meeting of the Association were read by the Secretary. Edith Kennamer Bramblett of Scottsboro, Alabama, and were approved as read.

In the absence of our Treasurer, D. C. Kennamer, who was unable to attend because of illness, the Treasurer’s report was given by Wendell Page, and he reported that like all big businesses and particularly the government, we were operating on deficit spending. He called the attention of the members to the fact that it had been necessary to repair the roof to the museum and that the cost of maintaining the cemetery and grounds was approximately $200.00 and that we simply ran out of money and that our Treasurer made a contribution to $10.00 to cover the over-draft. At this time, contributions were taken to be used in the upkeep of our pavilion and for other expenses in connection with the Association.

At a point later on in our program, the matter of combining the cleaning of the cemetery and the preparation of the grounds and the pavilion for the reunion and for cleaning up following the reunion was discussed, and Mr. Dent M. Kennamer agreed to attend to this for us for $200.00 per year, but it was thought by the members that if it cost him more than this, then the Association should and would certainly reimburse him. Much gratitude is owed to Mr. Dent and his family for the fine job they do and have done for many years in order that this one day for the rest of us will be as pleasant as possible.

Wendell Page, our Historian, then brought his report and distributed materials to be carried home by members of the family for further study. He also advised that he had available prints of Uncle J. R. Kennamer’s write-up of the first reunion and also still had copies of the second, third, fourth, and fifth reunion write-ups which he was making available to the head of families.

In connection with his Historian’s report, Wendell asked Mr. Woody Anderson Kelly to please come up and be recognized. Wendell explained that Mr. Kelly, at his own expense, had reported the Kennamer Family History, using the index prepared by Wendell Page and that it was now on sale for the sum of $9.36, and that Mr. Kelly had copies of the book with him. Wendell expressed thanks to Mr. Kelly, and the family joined in this thanks with a hearty round of applause.

Mr. Kelly advised that it was his desire to bring Uncle J. R.’s and Lorrin G. Kennamer’s book down to date and that he had prepared and had available at this reunion a sheet upon which to record pertinent data about your family and that he hoped to use this date, in preparing an up-to-date Kennamer Family History.

As a matter of personal thoughts - I would like to thank Mr. Kelly for his efforts and if you have not bought a book for each one of your children and grandchildren, I recommend that you do so, they make lovely gifts and right now the children might not really appreciate the gift, but in years to come it will come to be one of their most valued treasures. I so well remember when Daddy gave each of us a copy of the first book, and I thanked him and appreciated it in a way - but now it is a valued treasure and I would not want to part with it - and I have bought one of the new books to give to our godchild.

Well- I think during the years that I have used almost every word I know to describe the shenanigans that go on at our elections here - with all the national scandals which we read daily in our newspapers - I feel that the railroading that goes on here would even put them to shame. In looking back over the records, I find that since we have been keeping records and recording minutes that there have only been 8 years that I have not had this job. I am reminded over and over again of what Uncle Sid Kennamer said that if this family did not have but one person qualified to be secretary that we were in sad shape - and from the way things have been and are going now - looks like we are in bad shape - as well as sad shape.

Anyway - the following were named as officers for the years 1974-1975:

Wendell Page gave thanks, as the family paused - thanks to God for the blessings we had enjoyed during the past year - and for the sumptuous feast of which we were about to partake.

After that wonderful feast - and all of us ate too much again - the meeting was called to order by our President Wendell Willard.

One of the first things on the agenda was an announcement by our President that Mr. Gurley of Cathedral Caverns had issued a blanket invitation to all members of the Kennamer Family to come and tour the Caverns at a greatly reduced price. We appreciate Mr. Gurley’s interest in our family and in particular in our beloved Kennamer’s Cove.

The President requested that Benny W. Kennamer report the amount of the contributions taken and he reported that $371.69 had been contributed. After a few minutes conference between Wendell Willard, Wendell Page and Benny Kennamer, it was decided that maybe some of the family had not been present when the contribution was taken, and it was decided to give them an opportunity to give and the "hat" was again passed. At the last "count" I believe that approximately $450.00 had been given. Looks like inflation has hit our family - just as it has the entire nation. (Someone made the facetious remark that anytime two Kennamers or more get together they say a prayer and take a collection.)

Members of the family were asked to introduce their guests or any members of their family who had not been attending regularly:

Virginia Kennamer Word of Scottsboro had as her guest Mrs. Lizzie B. Eyster; Edith Kennamer Bramblett had as her guest Clifford Woodall of Scottsboro, and Alva Kennamer Camp of Bessemer introduced her daughter-in-law, Shelia Camp, who was attending for the first time.

Audrey Kennamer Hall had with her grandson Bob Hall from Wisconsin; Wendell Kennamer of Salem, Virginia, had with him his two small grandsons from Pennsylvania; Bertie Kennamer introduced her nephew, Joe Stewart and his friend from Florida; Brents Kennamer introduced his friend, Sara McClelland from Birmingham. Ralph Kennamer introduced Mr. Eddie Whitton from Albertville. Woody Kelly had with him his father-in-law, Joe Kennamer and his wife, Mary, from Panhandle, Texas. Bob Hawkins from Waco, Texas, was introduced, as were other members of our family. We were privileged to have the Greens from Texarkana with us this year. Eva Kennamer and M. R. Rogers were introduced and Clarabell Kennamer introduced her sister-in-law, Frances Kennamer from Birmingham.

It is my opinion that either our family is not accomplishing as much now as they have in the past or that our members are more reticent to brag. When members were asked to tell of anything they or their families had been doing this past year - there was a dead silence. Finally, Wendell Page told that his oldest son, Lewis, had recently completed law school and was prepared to take the Alabama Bar Examination. Later in the day, Benny Kennamer told that Don Word, the son of Bob and Elizabeth Word of Scottsboro had just completed all of the requirements for Eagle Scout and that he would go before Honor Board soon for the purpose of being given the rank of Eagle Scout.

There could not possibly be a contest about the oldest - Aunt Mary Kennamer, who was 101 years old on April 24th, 1973, was with us again and as alert as many of us who are much younger. She has a hearing problem, but walks without much assistance, knows everyone and when asked to make any remarks she cares to - she said simply, "I am happy to be here."

Little James Frederick Willard, the two-week old son of Jack Willard was the youngest member present. James Frederick is the grandson of the late Elizabeth Kennamer Willard and the great grandson of the late Tom Jake and Laurie Kennamer.

There was little confusion about who had the most people present - but Aunt Mattie Smith’s family claimed the honor with 47 present.

The Committee that had been appointed to put up a marker to identify the Cove and/or the cemetery acted just like one of the committees in Washington. When they were called on to make a report - Wendell Page (one of the members) looked at Johnny Kennamer (another member) and then they both reported that they had nothing to report. Seriously, they have made a study about just what would be the most suitable monument and where it should be located, but have not come to any conclusion. This matter was again discussed and it was generally thought that we certainly needed a marker or sign near the new highway to show where Kennamer’s Cove is.

A motion was made that we put a sign at the highway showing where Kennamer’s Cove is and then another sign near the road in front of the pavilion here showing that the cemetery is located here and that this is the home of the Kennamer Family Association. Earl Kennamer, President-elect, advised that he knew the Assistant Highway Director of the State and maybe we could prevail upon the State to give us this type sign, and Mr. Jake Kennamer of Birmingham, said he knew the Director of the Highway Department - and it was agreed that these two gentlemen and Benny W. Kennamer would look into the matter and see just what could be done.

It was pointed out that our President, Wendell Willard, an attorney from Decatur, Georgia, had just been named County Attorney for DeKalb County, Georgia.

Wendell Page advised the members that when Mr. Willard Kennamer of Yonkers, N.Y., compiled notes to complete his addition to the Kennamer Family History, he retained the notes and that they were now in our museum and that Woody Kelly had requested permission to remove the notes for the purpose of microfilming them - and that he would use them in the up-dating of the Kennamer Family History, which he plans to start within the near future. The matter was discussed and upon motion being made, duly seconded and unanimously carried, Woody Kelly was given the permission requested.

The roll call by states revealed: 14 from Texas, 14 from Georgia, 2 from Mississippi, 3 from Virginia, 2 from Pennsylvania, 32 from Tennessee, 5 from Kentucky, 2 from Illinois, 1 from Wisconsin, as well as several hundred from Alabama.

We were happy to have with us again the nine persons who have attended every reunion, being Ralph Kennamer, Mr. and Mrs. Denton M. Kennamer, Sr., Mrs. Audrey Kennamer Hall, Mrs. Mae Kennamer Hodges, Mrs. Aquilla Kennamer Page,

Omer Kennamer and Talmadge Kennamer and Henry Kennamer. Also present were the four who had never missed a reunion except when in the military serving, being Benny W. Kennamer, Wendell Page, Elvin Kennamer and Johnny Kennamer.

We paused to honor the memory of those of our family who had died since last reunion and those named were Gertrude Kennamer Stewart, Barton Kennamer Noel, Gay Wesson, of Petersburg, Virginia, Buddy Albert, Mrs. Anna Louise Kennamer and Julian Butler.

Ralph Kennamer, former United States District Attorney, and now a practicing attorney in Mobile, gave us a most interesting and informative account of how the Alabama Legislature, of which his grandfather Seaborn Kennamer was a member, voted to annex the northern or western part of Florida to the State of Alabama, and of how the voters who lived in that section of Florida approved the annexation to the State of Alabama, but that in the meantime, a committee had been sent to Tallahassee to look into the matter and they presented a bill for a little over $10,000 for their expenses and then another committee was formed to investigate this expenditure and finally the matter was just allowed to drop.

He pointed out that it sounded like our modern government with a committee appointed and then a committee appointed to investigate the committee. He also advised that the purchase price that Alabama was to pay Florida for all of that state which lies west of the Chattahoochie River was to be one million dollars. He called our attention to the fact that but for the "wheels of government" we might now be saying Pensacola, Alabama, Fort Walton, Alabama, and Panama City, Alabama, etc.

Ralph also told us that after Buddy Albert died, his wife, Jean was named Clerk of the Circuit Court of Marshall County to fill his unexpired term. He asked Jean to stand and be recognized.

He spoke very affectionately also of his good friend from Albertville, Mr. Eddie Whitton, and told that he was deputy U. S. Marshall while Ralph’s father was Judge and was also Chief Probation Officer at a later time.

Ralph expressed his great pleasure at being present with his Uncle Wendell Kennamer from Virginia, and his 101 year old Aunt Mary from Montgomery.

Audrey Kennamer Hall reported that her mother, who is 91 years old (Aunt Ella Kennamer) sent her best wishes to the reunion but was unable to attend.

At this point, Wendell Willard, outgoing President relinquished the gavel to our incoming president, Earl Kennamer of Auburn.

After the members sang "God be With You ‘Till We Meet Again," we were dismissed with prayer led by Doss Kennamer.

Edith Kennamer Bramblett, Secretary

MINUTES OF THE FORTY-SIXTH ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INC. HELD AUGUST 31, 1974

The forty-sixth annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc., held at the Kennamer Family Association Pavilion in Kennamer’s Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 31, 1974, was called to order by Earl Kennamer of Auburn, and he gave each member of the family and their guests a special welcome to the reunion.

The family was led in prayer by Doss Kennamer, son of Eddie and Estelle Page Kennamer.

Wendell Page then led the family in the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and in the singing of "America."

The minutes of the last meeting of the Association were read by the Secretary, Edith Kennamer Bramblett of Scottsboro, Alabama, and Mrs. Clara Bell Kennamer Dukes asked that we please add that her nephew, Jacob Kennamer, Jr., was present at the 1973 reunion. With this addition, the minutes were approved as read.

The Treasurer, D. C. Kennamer reported that we had a balance in the treasury of $227.20, but that he had this date paid Mr. Dent Kennamer $200.00 for the work he had done in cleaning the cemetery and preparing the pavilion and grounds for the reunion. A collection was taken and the members contributed approximately $385.00 to be used to defray the expenses of the Association.

Wendell Page, Historian, stated that Mr. Woody Kelly, who had republished the Kennamer Family History, had been transferred to Seattle, Washington, by the company for whom he works, but that he was continuing to work on bringing the Kennamer History of Uncle J. R. Kennamer and Lorrin G. Kennamer down to date, and that there were fact sheets available for anyone that had not already done so to put down pertinent data regarding members of their family. He advised also that copies of this second printing of the Kennamer Family History were available from Uncle Lewis Page. Wendell stated further that he had a limited number of copies of the dedicatory speech made by Mr. Willard Kennamer at the 1973 reunion - when the marker in the cemetery was dedicated.

Our president, Earl Kennamer, then called on Mr. Willard Kennamer of Yonkers, New York, our first Historian, to make any remarks he cared to - and he told of how the early Kennamers first settled in Pennsylvania, then in South Carolina, and finally made their way to Alabama. He said that the first Kennamer who came to this country was very poor and left Europe to get away from the aftermath of the 30 year war and that Stephen Kennamer, age 60, and Jacob Kennamer, age 10, were the first ones to register in Pennsylvania. He urged the young people to study the history of the family and know something about their ancestors.

Before partaking of another very wonderful feast, Walt Kennamer, young son of Benny and Jean Kennamer, led the family in prayer.

The 46th Reunion was called to order by the President, and Ron Harwell the Public Relations representative for Cathedral Caverns extended to the members of the family and their guests a very special invitation to attend a show being held at the Caverns and to tour the Caverns.

Members of the family were asked to introduce their guests and some of the ones introduced were the daughter and son-in-law of Weldon Kennamer, Jane Conley, Margaret Derrick and Margaret Proctor, who were guests of Edith Bramblett Lizzie B. Eyster and Sue Middleton, who were guests of Frances Kennamer Miles. Clyde Kennamer of San Angelo, Texas, introduced his wife, and said he brought greetings from his brothers and sister in Texas. Brents Kennamer said the persons he was introducing were not guests - but kinfolks and he introduced the husband of his sister, Ida Louise, being Richard Cromwell, and Richard’s parents from Clarksville, Tennessee. Isabelle Kennamer had as her guest Paul Dreher from Birmingham. Doss Kennamer introduced his guests - Mr. and Mrs. Bob Claridy from Sheffield. Kathy Childress of Chattanooga, had as her guest Bill McClendon from Guntersville. Mr. and Mrs. Lee Thomas of Scottsboro, stated that they claimed kin with all the Kennamers. Fern Kennamer introduced Mr. Willard Kennamer’s grandson, Billy and his wife and son from Yonkers, N.Y. Martha Kennamer Harrison introduced her guest, Tommy Williams from Huntsville, Alabama.

Earl Kennamer remarked that it was good to see so many young people present and that it was really up to the younger generation to keep the reunion going - and to keep the Kennamer name going. He complimented Mr. Dent Kennamer and family for the nice appearance of the grounds and the cemetery. The family gave Mr. Dent a big round of applause to show their appreciation.

Mr. Omer Kennamer, one of the few left who has attended every reunion, was recognized. He stated he was most happy to be present.

There was no question again this year about who was the oldest - Miss Mary Kennamer, the grand lady from Montgomery, who was 102 years of age on April 24, 1974, was again proclaimed to be the oldest person present. She is still very alert, able to walk alone and her only impairment is that she does not hear very well. She is a gracious lady. Earl Kennamer presented her with a pretty fan and Mr. Henry Kennamer gave her a present again this year, as he has done for many years.

The President then asked all those over 90 to stand and be recognized and there were three. Mr. Omer Kennamer, 90, Mr. Willard Kennamer, 92, and Mr. Will Nick Hodges, who said he was 922. There were 7 members present who "admitted" to being over 80.

The very newest member of the family in attendance was Thurston Kennamer Cromwell, the 10 week old son of Ida Louise Kennamer Cromwell and husband, Richard Cromwell. Young Mr. Thurston is the grandson of Ralph Kennamer and the great-grandson of the late Hon. Charles B. Kennamer and Mrs. Kennamer.

After some discussion about mileage - Clyde Kennamer and wife, Ethel from San Angelo, Texas were adjudged to have traveled the farthest - some 1,100 miles to attend the reunion.

The grandson of Willard Kennamer - Billy and his wife, Lois from Yonkers, N.Y., were conceded to be the newlyweds - having been married less than a year.

The roll call by states revealed 4 from Texas, 11 from Georgia, 19 from Tennessee, 4 from New York, 2 from Virginia, 1 from Kentucky, and "several" from Alabama.

Without an actual head count, Aunt Mattie Smith’s family again claimed to have the largest number present.

We were indeed happy to have with us again the nine persons who have attended every reunion, being Ralph Kennamer, Mr. and Mrs. Denton M. Kennamer, Mrs. Audrey Kennamer Hall, Mrs. Mae Kennamer Hodges, Mrs. Aquilla Kennamer Page, Omer Kennamer, Talmadge Kennamer and Henry Kennamer. Also present were the four who have never missed a reunion except when in the military service - being Benny W. Kennamer, Wendell Page, Elvin Kennamer and Johnny Kennamer.

Earl Kennamer read a memorial prayer in memory of those of our family who have died since last reunion and those named were Hubert Barclay, Telford Kennamer, Alva Hamilton and Marza K. Fitzpatrick and Hurbert Bulman.

At this point in the program, Ralph Kennamer made a motion that the Treasurer be authorized to expend a sum not exceeding $250.00 to erect a gate at the entrance of the cemetery - to halt all automobile traffic to the cemetery, but allow those who cared to enter the cemetery on foot to do so. There was some discussion about this motion, but it was duly seconded and the motion carried.

Wendell Page called the attention of the family to the fact that the valuable records and mementos in our museum were being damaged by moisture and lack of proper care and he suggested that the family be thinking about building better facilities or housing the records, etc. in a museum at DAR School or Woodville School or wherever they would be better protected.

President Earl requested that members of the family tell of any accomplishments of their family members. Mrs. Sam Prince stated that her son, Roland Prince, had just been elected to another 8-year term as Judge in Anderson County, Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Pochahuntus Smith Hodges said her son, Norwood, had just been elected mayor of Anniston, Alabama. Carlus Page told of his nephew, William D. Page, having been elected Circuit Judge, Place 6, in Madison County, Alabama. Ralph Kennamer said that Margaret Willard had just been admitted to the practice of law in the State of Georgia. Wendell Page told about Walt Kennamer, son of Benny and Jean Kennamer, having won the State of Alabama debating championship, which carried with it a four year scholarship to the University of Alabama.

When our President asked Ralph to make a speech he said - come on Ralph "This Is Your Life." Ralph said that he was not going to talk about his life, but wanted to honor two of the greatest Kennamers - Mr. and Mrs. Denton M. Kennamer. He stated that Mr. Dent was born here in the Cove in 1887, and he was the 5th generation of his family to be born in the Cove - that all of his ancestors were born in the Cove and were buried in the Cove. He stated that Mr. and Mrs. Denton Kennamer had 10 children - 20 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. And that four of the children were still living in the Cove at the present time and 8 of the grandchildren lived in the Cove now. He went on to say that the tap root of the Denton Kennamer family goes deep into the history, times and soil and life of Kennamer’s Cove - more so than any other living person.

He paid further tribute to him by saying he was a good citizen, that he had farmed all of his life in the Cove, made his living there, reared his family there - that he was a loyal man - loyal to his country, his family, his community, his state and his God. Ralph also recalled that Mr. and Mrs. Denton M. Kennamer had both attended all 46 of the reunions.

He called to our minds that at one time they had six of their sons in World War II and reminded us that the flag which we so proudly display each reunion day was the one that came back with the body of one of these fine sons after he lost his life in service. _

He told of many other things about this fine family and ended his talk by saying, "I salute you Denton Kennamer - you and your wife and family - and I we are proud to be in the Kennamer family with you."

Earl heartily endorsed Ralph’s remarks about Mr. Dent and recalled that _ it was Ralph’s father, Judge C. B. Kennamer who had impressed him many years I ago when he first attended one of the reunions.

Mr. Wendell Kennamer of Virginia recalled some of the earlier days at the Pisgah School - and declared the schools held there were of the highest caliber. He urged our young people to be students of his-tory - because history teaches us how to deal with the future.

Immediate past President Wendell Willard of Decatur, Georgia, was recognized - and Brents Kennamer our Vice-President was also recognized.

Clara Belle Kennamer Dukes of Birmingham, gave a most interesting and informative talk about her grandfather, Jacobs Kennamer.

John F. Fitzpatrick, the son-in-law of Willard Kennamer, stated how much he had enjoyed the reunion, and thanked Fern Hulsey and Bonnie Kennamer Franks for their hospitality.

Wendell Page led the family in singing, "God be With You ‘Till We Meet Again," and Clyde Kennamer dismissed the reunion by leading the family in prayer.

MINUTES OF THE FORTY-SEVENTH ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INC., HELD AUGUST 30, 1975

The forty-seventh annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc., held at the Kennamer Family Association Pavilion in Kennamer’s Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 30th, 1975, was called to order by Earl Kennamer, President.

The family was led in prayer by D. C. Kennamer. Benny Kennamer led the family in the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. Wendell Page led in the singing of "America."

The minutes of the last meeting of the Association were read by the Secretary, Edith Kennamer Bramblett and were approved as read.

D. C. Kennamer, Treasurer, reported that we had a balance on hand as of 8-31-74 of $227.20, and that the contribution taken at the 1974 reunion amounted to $614.23 and that we had incurred the following expenses" Cleaning cemetery $200.00; Tax Collector, Marshall County, $6.00; Dent Kennamer, Gate to Cemetery $279.00; and Edwards Printing Company, circulars $10.07, or a total of $495.07 expenses, leaving a balance as of August 30, 1975, of $119.16. At this time, a collection was taken and approximately $500.00 was received, including a contribution of $100.00 from Isabelle and Paul Dreher in memory of Aunt Mary Kennamer.

Wendell Page, Historian, requested that we not forget to keep the Kennamer Family Book up-to-date - by showing the date of death of any members, the birth dates of new members of the family and by showing the names of those marrying into the family. This is a valuable book and if you have not registered in it, please do so and see that all members of your family are registered. You do not have to register but the one time.

Wendell further stated that he and his father, the late Lewis Page, had disposed of all the copies of the re-print of the Kennamer Family History, but that it was his understanding that Mr. Woody Kelly of Washington still had a few copies and if anyone wanted a copy, to please contact Mr. Kelly. Wendell advised that he had the address available for anyone interested.

Our distinguished President, Earl Kennamer, then announced that it was time for the election of officers for the Association for the next two years. He reiterated our policy of keeping the same Treasurer from year to year (or until removed from office for cause) and also the same Historian, and then without asking permission announced that Edith Kennamer Bramblett was declared to be the Secretary for the next two years.

I have the distinct feeling that I am serving without having been duly elected - but then as Earl said, he was using Castro tactics and did not give anyone an opportunity to nominate anyone else, much less elect someone. (Oh, well, this method kept me from having to campaign for the office.)

Nominations for Vice-President being in order, Wendell Page nominated Doss Kennamer, son of Eddie and Estelle Page Kennamer, and the grandson of Uncle Syd Kennamer. Further nominations being called for, Audrey Kennamer Hall nominated Ray Kennamer, the son of Rayburn and Larue Kennamer, and the grandson of the late Elbert Kennamer and Julia Kennamer. On motion being made and duly seconded the nominations were closed. On a vote taken, Doss Kennamer was declared to be the duly elected Vice-President.

Nominations for President being in order, D. C. Kennamer nominated Brents Kennamer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Kennamer, and the grandson of the late Judge and Mrs. C. B. Kennamer. There being no further nominations, and upon motion made and duly seconded, the nominations were closed and Brents Kennamer was duly elected President of the Kennamer Family Association for the next two years.

Ralph Kennamer led the family in thanking the Lord for our blessings and for the wonderful meal we were about to have.

After partaking of another feast, the 47th reunion was again called to order by the President, Earl Kennamer.

Wendell Page presented a booklet to the Museum, which Christine Sumner, a Genealogist from Scottsboro, had prepared concerning the 1971 reunion, which she had attended. The booklet has pictures and a descriptive write-up by Mrs. Sumner. The family is grateful to her for this contribution.

The President emphasized that if there was anyone who had not already sent the data requested by Mr. Woody Kelly, who is working on bringing the Kennamer Family History down to date. that they obtain a sheet and forward this information at once.

There was some discussion about having the extension of the Kennamer Family History, which Mr. Willard Kennamer had prepared, re-printed and it appeared that from information furnished by Mr. Willard Kennamer, it would cost about $2,000 to have 100 copies made. The President stated that if anyone was interested in getting a copy of this re-print you should contact Mr. Dent M. Kennamer, Rt. 1, Woodville, Alabama, and advise him how many copies you want and if there is enough interest then the book can be re-printed.

Wendell Page then explained that Mr. Woody Kelly hopes to take all the data being furnished him and compile a completely new family history from the beginning - not just a reprint of Uncle John R. and Lorrin Kennamer’s book and Mr. Willard Kennamer’s extension, but a completely new book and this is why it is so important to get the data to him.

Clyde Kennamer of San Angelo, Texas, introduced the 13 people he had with him which included his wife, Ethel, his sister Irma Kennamer Christian, and her daughter Shirley Christian Lobley, who had with her, her husband, Stanley Lobley and their three children, Bruce, Melinda and Melanie. Clyde also introduced his sister-in-law, Mamie Popejoy Kennamer, the widow of Lovis Kennamer, of Abilene, Texas. Also present were Johnny David Kennamer and his wife, Karen, their daughter, Andrea, all from Princeton, Illinois, and Karen’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Bennett, of Michigan. Johnny David Kennamer is the son of David Kennamer, who is the youngest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John R. Kennamer.

Isabelle Kennamer Dreher introduced her mother-in-law and father-inlaw, Mr. and Mrs. Carl J. Dreher, and Mr. Dreher was most complimentary when he said he and his wife were happy to have a "Kennamer" in their family.

John Kennamer, the youngest son of Mose Kennamer and wife, Dottie from Houston, Texas, introduced themselves and they had with them John’s oldest living sister, Nell and her husband from Corpus Christi, Texas.

Also present were William Abram Kennamer and wife, Lola Beatrice Kennamer from Canute, Oklahoma. William Abram is a grandson of Abram B. Kennamer and Amy Perkins Kennamer. They had with them their daughter Betty Jo Kennamer Duncan and her husband Roy I. Duncan of Elk City, Oklahoma.

Clarice Kennamer Maples, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Kennamer and her husband, Jerry Maples, from Lake Montezuma, Arizona. were present.

George S. Kennamer from San Diego, California was present. Ruby Kennamer Devirgen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Kennamer, and a granddaughter of David Riley Kennamer, from Mexico City, Mexico, were present. Also with Mrs. Devirgen were her sister, Martha Kennamer Mattlen and husband, and their three sons of Harvey, Illinois.

The President-elect, Brents Kennamer gave a gift to the newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. Jim Albert, who were married August 2, 1975.

Master Patrick Charles Kennamer, young son of Mr. and Mrs. Danny Kennamer, and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Kennamer, who was born July 12, 1975, received the prize for the youngest member of the family present.

Mr. Omer Kennamer, who is 91 years of age, his birthday being in January, received a gift for being the oldest member present.

Brents announced that the gifts were from Cromwell & Company of Nashville, Tennessee.

Ralph went on to say that as proud as we are of our heritage, I think the thing that has made our family is the fact that the family is dedicated to God, Home and Country. Those things have stood out in this family and if this country is to endure (and we are facing grave times) - not with fear of some country conquering us - but fear of internal decay - but if there is a Rock of Ages, it has to be families like us. We should therefore resolve to adhere to what our fathers adhered to - and that is God, Home and Country. When I speak of the Kennamer family, Ralph added, it embraces all the other wonderful families that are so closely connected to it - the Woodalls, Butlers, Pages and many, many more.

Those who were named as having died since the last reunion were Uncle Lewis Page, Aunt Mary Kennamer, Lovis Kennamer, David Bullman and Mrs. Oliver Kennamer. The family was led in prayer by Earl Kennamer in memory of our beloved members who were no longer with us.

The roll call by states revealed 17 from Tennessee, 1 from Mississippi, 10 from Georgia, 14 from Texas, 6 from Michigan, 6 from Illinois, 4 from Oklahoma, 1 from California, 2 from Arizona, 2 from Virginia, 1 from Kentucky, and 1 from Mexico City. Mrs. Ruby Kennamer Devirgen from Mexico City claimed the prize for having traveled the greatest distance to the reunion.

The members present expressed their deep appreciation for Mr. Dent Kennamer and his family for the great job they do in keeping our pavilion and grounds and the cemetery in such good condition. D. C. Kennamer made a motion that we provide Mr. Dent with funds to kill the sage grass in the cemetery and this motion was duly seconded and approved.

At this point, the President said it was time for the "bragging session." Benny Kennamer told of honors which has been conferred on Dr Lorrin G. Kennamer, Jr., who is Dean of the College of Education and Professor of Geography and Education, University of Texas, at Austin. Dr. Kennamer having received the Distinguished Service Award of the National Council for Geography Education. Dr. Kennamer is also President of the National College Entrance Board.

Then I did a little bragging on one of my favorite nephews - Walter Judson Kennamer, II, son of Benny and Jean Kennamer and grandson of the late W. J. Kennamer and Nellie F. Kennamer. Walt won the English, Math, Debate and Balfour Awards at Scottsboro High School. The Balfour is generally given to the most outstanding graduating senior. He won a National Merit Scholarship one of 1,000 given in the United States. He won an Honors Scholarship, a Math Scholarship and a Debate Scholarship to the University of Kansas where he is now enrolled as a freshman. Walt was one of the top 500 students in the United States selected to receive the Presidential Scholarship Award.

I also told of how Lewis Page, the son of Wendell and Elizabeth Page and grandson of Lewis and Aquilla Page had just received his LLM Law Degree from George Washington University in Washington, D. C. and had joined a prestigious law firm in Birmingham.

Wendell Page announced that Don Elkins, the son of Lotus and Una B. Elkins, and grandson of Lee Ora and Robert Elkins, has just received a full professorship of Agriculture at Southern Illinois University.

Earl Kennamer introduced his son-in-law, Dr. Dwain Rush, and Clara Belle Kennamer Dukes of Birmingham announced that her nephew Julian B. Edwards had been named as Administrative Judge of the Labor Court, Washington, D. C. His mother is Mary K. Edwards and his grandfather was Jacob Robert Kennamer. She also told that another nephew, Charles Robert Harrison, had been named Chief Air Traffic Controller for the Panama Canal Zone. His mother is Lenero K. Harrison, and he too is the grandson of Jacob Robert Kennamer.

Audrey Kennamer Hall told about her niece, Nancy Prince, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roland Prince and granddaughter of the late P. E. Kennamer and Mrs. Ella Kennamer had completed a full four year college course in just years.

Wendell Page led us in singing "God be With You ‘Till We Meet Again" and Clyde Kennamer dismissed the 47th Reunion with prayer.

Edith Kennamer Bramblett, Secretary

MINUTES OF THE FORTY-EIGHTH ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INC. HELD AUGUST 28th, 1976

The forty-eighth annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association Inc., held at the Kennamer Family Association Pavilion in Kennamer’s Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 28th, 1976, was called to order by Brents Kennamer, President.

The family was led in prayer by Doss Kennamer. Brents Kennamer led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and Wendell Page led in the singing of "America."

The minutes of the last meeting of the Association were read by the Secretary, Edith Kennamer Bramblett, and were approved as read.

The Treasurer’s report was given by D. C. Kennamer, Treasurer.

Wendell Page, Historian, again reminded us to keep the Kennamer Family Book up-to-date, by showing the date of death of any members, the birth dates of new members of the family and by showing the names of those marrying into the family. So, if you are not registered in the book, please do so before you leave. You only have to register one time.

Wendell also reported that if you had not furnished the date which Mr. Kelly had requested in connection with his attempt to publish a new Kennamer Family History - that you get this data to him and he would get it to Mr. Kelly. Also, he advised that if any member of the family wanted an index to the original Kennamer Family Book to see him - that there was no charge for this index.

Wendell encouraged members of the family to get interested in researching their family history by looking at ships manifests, examining records in county courthouses - such as wills, deeds and estates.

Prior to our enjoying another of the famous Kennamer Family dinners, Seaborn Kennamer led us in a prayer of thanksgiving for all our blessings and for the meal.

The family spent more than an hour eating and visiting and the reunion was called to order by President Brents Kennamer.

Many guests were introduced - and while I was unable to get all the names and places, I do have a partial list. Among those introduced were Mrs. Donnie McGehee, Woodville, Edward Kennamer of Phil Campbell, Alabama; Walter L. Humphrey and wife, Dallas, Texas; D. L. Kennamer and wife, Juanita, Alice, Texas; Agnes Ferguson, Lubbock, Texas; Louise Berry and B. H. Berry, Cushing, Oklahoma; Gerald Kennamer and wife, New Hope; Jeanie Carnes, Chattanooga; Jo Ann Nichols, Scottsboro; Cary Ross and family, Albertville; James Newell and wife, Carol from Chattanooga; Hilbert Kennamer and wife , Rita and Irma Kennamer Christian, all from Texas. Carlus Page, son of Milton Page and Mrs. Page, and grandson of Robert Coleman and Josie Kennamer Page, who is a member of the Jackson County Historical Association expressed pleasure at being present.

The President then requested that the most recently married couple be recognized - and this was Cary Ross and wife, Jean Albert Ross, having been married June 19th, 1976. Phillip Cooper, the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Dent Kennamer, having been born March 2, 1976, was the youngest member present. Mr. Dent Kennamer was conceded to being the oldest member present being 89 years of age.

Ralph Kennamer of Mobile was called on for any remarks he wanted to make and he started out by saying: "First, I would like to say that last year, if you recall, we did not have a flag. Somebody stole it. That flag had a great deal of meaning for all of us because it was the flag that accompanied the body of Melvin Jacob Kennamer home from defending his country, and Melvin is now buried in the cemetery here." Ralph went on to say, "I have here a flag that is now the flag of the reunion. It was made by my daughter, Isabelle Kennamer Dreher and it is dedicated to Melvin Jacob Kennamer and the 200th Anniversary of our Country."

(At this point the members of the family applauded.)

Ralph continued by saying: "There are a good many things we want to applaud that have happened since our last reunion" and he enumerated a great many of them as follows: Leon Kennamer of Guntersville, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Elton Kennamer, and the grandson of the late P. E. Kennamer and Mrs. Ella Kennamer, has distinguished himself as a photographer and has won many awards; the marriage of Jean Albert and Cary Ross; Susan Adams was married to Hal Taylor Kennamer of Guntersville; Donna Lynn Kennamer and Phillip Kennamer were graduates from DAR School, and Donna Ann Kennamer graduated from Guntersville High School. Kim Kennamer graduated from 6th grade at DAR School; Milla Kennamer has been tapped for ODS at University of Alabama which is a scholastic honor. Milla is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Kennamer, and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elton Kennamer.

In addition, Ralph stated that he observed from the Franklin, Tennessee newspaper that his own daughter, Beth, was chosen as the outstanding teacher in Franklin, Tennessee. James Earl Kennamer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Kennamer was elected to City Council in Auburn; Norwood Hodges was re-elected to City Council in Anniston; Houston Kennamer of Woodville was re-elected Commissioner in Jackson County; Donna Kennamer was elected Miss Home-Ec at DAR School. Ann Kennamer was salutatorian of her graduating class in Guntersville.

Ralph further stated that these type of honors help to bring credit to our name and to the Association. He called our attention to an honor that had come to another member of the family. He advised that there is a book which has been published that is called "Super Doctors" and that Dr. Rex Kennamer (brother of Ralph) is one of the doctors listed in the book. Ralph advised that Uncle Wendell Kennamer had written Dr. Rex Kennamer to come to the reunion and that he really meant to come this time, but one of his patients is real sick and he thought it would not be right for him to leave a patient in that condition.

Continuing his remarks, Ralph said that he had been making talks at the reunion a great many years and that many of his talks related to our heritage. He pointed out that each of us has different genes and chromosomes which we had nothing to do with choosing - that determine so much about us, and that we did not choose our ancestors or the place to be born - but that we can thank God for our ancestors and for the place we were born. And at this time when we are celebrating the 200th birthday of our country, we should all be truly thankful for the privilege of being Americans. He pointed out that our ancestors left the old world for this new world - and that among other things they were seeking freedom. They knew tyranny in all forms. After coming to this new world they experienced poverty in its most extreme form, but they knew what they wanted and knew in this new country they could find the freedoms they sought. This freedom which they held so dear, we want to pass on to our children and grandchildren - and we should rededicate ourselves to this end

He mentioned that since our last meeting several of our members had passed on - and stated that while he did not know all of them - he knew three. One was Omer Kennamer, who was at the reunion last year and was the oldest member present. He told how Omer was born in the Cove, and lived all his days in the Cove. He then mentioned that Mr. Omer’s brother Willard had died since the last reunion - and stated that Willard left the Cove and went to work in New York and became a railroad conductor. He recalled that Willard spend a great many years working on the Kennamer Family History. He then mentioned Alvin Kennamer of Chattanooga, Tennessee, brother of Rayburn, Houston and Elton Kennamer of Guntersville, and that he had passed away since the last reunion.

The President asked the members of the family to stand in a moment of silent prayer in memory of Omer Kennamer, Willard Kennamer, Alvin Kennamer, Mrs. Beulah Kennamer, Harold Kennamer, Carrie Parker, Mrs. Earl Kennamer, and Mrs. Mabel Woodall.

Mr. Wendell Kennamer was asked to speak to the reunion and he prefaced his remarks by saying he had good news for us - and the good news was that he was not going to make a speech, but he did want to say a few words. He told that he had known Willard and Omer all of his life - that they were as close as they could be without being brothers - they were his double first cousins.

He stated that another member of the family he missed so much was Uncle Lewis Page - that he always enjoyed chatting with him at the reunions.

He said Ralph told of members of the family who distinguished themselves and that he wanted to tell us that he had a daughter who had her PhD and would be teaching at Rutgers University this year.

He also said that Wendell Page failed to tell us that Hans and Will Kennamer went from Hamburg, Germany to North Carolina and then to Charleston, I S.C., by boat and when they landed they had a half-bushel of silver dollars.

Doss Kennamer reported that their daughter graduated from the University of Alabama as a Registered Nurse and had accepted a position of Supervisor at Colbert County Hospital.

The roll call of states revealed there were eight states represented. In addition to those from Alabama, there were 2 from Oklahoma, 5 from Georgia, 1 from Virginia, 22 from Tennessee and 8 from Texas.

The number who have attended every reunion dwindles each year - and this year 4.here were only 8. Mr. and Mrs. Dent Kennamer, Ralph Kennamer, Mae Kennamer Hodges, Aunt Aquilla Page, Audrey Kennamer Hall, Henry Kennamer, and Talmadge Kennamer. There were three present who had never missed a reunion except while away in military service - being Benny W. Kennamer. Wendell Page and Johnny Kennamer.

Mrs. Louise Kennamer Berry of Cushing, Oklahoma, expressed pleasure at being present and complimented the hospitality of the Kennamers and especially Lyndon and Ruby Kennamer.

Wendell Page led us in singing "God be With You ‘Till We Meet Again," and the Forty-eighth Reunion was dismissed with prayer.

MINUTES OF THE FORTY-NINTH ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INC., HELD AUGUST 27. 1977

The forty-ninth annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc., held at the Kennamer Family Association pavilion in Kennamer’s Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 27, 1977 was called to order by Brents Kennamer, President.

The family was led in prayer by Earl Kennamer of Auburn, Alabama. Winston Hooper Kennamer, the young son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Kennamer, Mobile, Alabama led the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and Wendell Page, Scottsboro, Alabama led in the singing of ‘America.’

The minutes of the last meeting of the Association were read by the Secretary, Edith Kennamer Bramblett, Scottsboro, Alabama, and were approved as read.

The Treasurer’s report was given by D. C. Kennamer of Scottsboro, Alabama, Treasurer.

The matter of repairing and painting the pavilion was discussed at length and it was pointed out that we were in dire need of additional space in which to serve lunch. The matter of adding 14 to 20 feet to the end of the pavilion was discussed and upon motion made and duly seconded, Talmadge Kennamer, Eddie Kennamer and Lyndon Kennamer, all of Woodville, were appointed as a Committee to paint and repair the present pavilion and to extend the pavilion 14 to 20 feet. The motion was unanimously carried. Lawton Kennamer of Scottsboro offered to contribute 20 gallons of paint to be used on the pavilion, and offered to secure the balance of the paint needed for the pavilion at cost. His generous offer was accepted and applauded by the family.

Wendell Page, Historian, of Scottsboro advised that he had copies of the index which he had prepared to the original Kennamer Family History and that Mr. Kelley was still working on bringing the Kennamer Family History up-to-date—that it was a large undertaking. He again urged family members to get interested in the family history and do private research. He advised that Rex and Alice Ruth Page were engaged in this type research in connection with their family.

Clara Bell Kennamer Dukes, Birmingham, Alabama presented two plaques to the Museum showing then the Kennamers came to America - and showing that the Kennamer land in Holland was one of the first provinces in Holland and dated back from 826 to the 1920s. She reminded us that the Kennamer s are a very, very old family.

We were reminded that our next reunion would be our Golden Anniversary and plans were suggested to make this an outstanding reunion. Isabelle Kennamer Dreher advised us that we had 550 people present at our first reunion in August, 1928 and challenged us to have that many present for our fiftieth reunion.

Clyde Kennamer of Texas then suggested that a sign be erected at the intersection of the road leading to the reunion site in order that visitors might locate the reunion easier and Earl Kennamer seconded the motion. Ethel Kennamer, wife of Clyde Kennamer, expressed concern that the pictures and papers in the museum were deteriorating and she suggested that we laminate them to preserve them. After some discussion, Beth Kennamer agreed to take on the preserving of the documents as a project.

The President stated that the next order of business would be the election of officers for the next two years. Doss Kennamer of Sheffield, the son of Eddie Kennamer & Estelle Page Kennamer was elected president, Ray Kennamer, son of Rayburn & Larue Kennamer of Guntersville was elected Vice-President, and Alice Ruth Page, wife of Rex Page, who is a son of Nettie Kennamer Page and Williard Page was elected Secretary.

(Well it looks like I finally managed to give my job away - but I think the reason I lost the election was because my campaign manager, Ralph Kennamer, did not do his job)

After a prayer of thanksgiving, led by Ralph Kennamer, the bountiful feast was spread. For more than an hour the family lingered around the tables, eating and visiting.

The meeting was called to order by the President, following lunch, and Patty Lee of Scottsboro, accompanied by Wendell Page and Lewis Page entertained the family with a program of lovely songs - some old and some new. Patty has a lovely voice and is so gracious to accept invitations to sing. Henry Kennamer’s quartet, composed of Henry, Vonley Kennamer, Martin Anderson and Clayton Tuggle sang several gospel songs, which were enjoyed by all.

As a special favor to Edith Kennamer Bramb1ett, Secretary, Patty Lee sang Amazing Grace a cappella.

Earl Kennamer, of Auburn, stated that the Kennamer Family History was the best work of its kind he had ever seen. He said he had seen other family histories, but our was outstanding, and he commended the authors. He also complemented the cooks in the family and suggested that we obtain recipes from family members and compile a family cook book to come out as part of our Golden Anniversary. This suggestion met with favorable response and 1 understand that Isabelle Dreher, who offered to get the recipes in shape for publication, has a great many recipes, but not all of us got them to her and the book will come out later.

The annual time for recognizing the accomplishments-of members of the family was now at hand, and while some folks might call it "braggin," I think we could all say, we are "’telling it like it is."

Wendell Page announced that Don Elkins, son of Lotus & Una B. Elkins, and grandson of S. H. & Molliee Kennamer has received his Phd from Auburn University and graduated with high honors. Henry Kennamer’s grandson, Philip Logan received his BS in engineering from University of Alabama, Huntsville with 3 8 point average. Bcnny Kennamer announced that he felt that one of the greatest honors co come to any member of our family lately was when the City Board of Education of Scottsboro, Alabama named their elementary school the Lewis Wendell Page Elementary School, in honor o£ our own Wendell Page - who had served as principal of the school. Clyde Kennamer’s son, who is a doctor, sent greetings to the family members.

Many guests were introduced - and it may be that I did not get all of the names since it is difficult to hear every time, but Irma Kennamer Christian of Abileen, Texas had with her her friend Vera Hollingsworth. Irma is the daughter of Uncle John & Aunt Sallie Kennamer. Other members of her family who were present were Hilbert Kennamer and wife Rita, Namie Popejoy Kennamer, wife of the late Lovis Kennamer, and Clyde Kennamer and wife, Ethel.

Clyde Kennamer introduced Jeff Kennamer of San Angelo, Texas and his wife, Verta, and Jeff stated that he was happy to have the privilege of attending this his first Kennamer Reunion - and that he hoped he could attend other reunions.

One of the highlights each year is the remarks made by Ralph Kennamer, Attorney from Mobile, Alabama - and this year was no exception. Ralph told, or reminded us, that Clyde’s father, Uncle J. R. Kennamer and his brother, Lorrin Kennamer wrote the Kennamer Family History, and that they first thought of having a family reunion. In addition Uncle J. R. wrote the Jackson County History and a History of Woodville, and Ralph continued by saying he thought we should not fail to pay tribute to folks like this.

Ralph then requested all those who were attending the Reunion for the first time to please stand - and there were several. He continued by telling us how difficult it was to get to the Cove when the reunions were first started, but that everybody was anxious to be at the reunion and many made the trip. One of the largest reunions, according to Ralph, was during the depression when many people came off the mountains and from the valleys and shared in the bountiful meal.

Ralph stated he wanted to pay tribute to one of his very favorite families and that is the Denton Kennamer Family. He continued by saying that Mr. Dent had lost his wife since the 1976 Reunion - after having been married 66 years, and that Miss Nora was a fine mother, wife, grandmother and great-grandmother. He went on to say that Mr. Dent was born in Kennamer Cove and still lives in the Cove and that some of his children live in the Cove. When you talk about "Roots" - the Kennamer family roots really go deep in history and especially the Denton Kennamer family. Ralph stated that the Denton Kennamer family lives not far from the place we are holding this reunion and that his ancestors were born in the Cove. In connection with this tribute to this family, Ralph told how he had visited in their home on many occasions and that Denton and his father were double first cousins - brothers married sisters.

Ralph then told that the Cove always brings memories to him - he told that some of our forefathers drove hogs from Kennamer Cove to Wetumpka, Alabama, a distance of 200-250 miles - took a month to make the trip, and that his grandfather Kennamer was elected to the Alabama Legislature and was a member of the Constitution Committee who wrote the Constitution of 1868. Ralph then said, "I challenge anybody to find a better Constitution than the one written in 1868 - and just imagine somebody lying in Kennamer Cove going to Montgomery."

In closing Ralph expressed pleasure at being in ascendance in the Reunion and said that he planned to attend the 50th Reunion in 1978.

Beth Kennamer told how her little brother, Winston Hooper Kennamer was the most outstanding pupil in his Kindergarten Class.

Henry Kennamer, as has been his custom for years, gave an award to the oldest person present - being Mr. Denton Kennamer. He also received an award from Mrs. Seaborn Kennamer. Ida Louise, the daughter of Ralph Kennamer, gave two gifts donated by her brother in law with love and affection to the family. Eddie & Estelle Kennamer had been married 54 years and the youngest present was Lisa Butler, great-granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. D. (Mae Kennamer) Hodges, and daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jim Butler. Jeff Kennamer from San Angelo, Texas had traveled over 11 (sic) miles - being the greatest distance anyone had traveled to the Reunion.

The roll call by states revealed the following present from states other than Alabama - Georgia 3, Tennessee 10, Texas 11, Kentucky l, Florida 3, Michigan l, S. C. l, Virginia l and Oklahoma 4.

Lewis Page, an Attorney from Birmingham (the son of Wendell & Elizabeth Page) made a few remarks - and stated that what he remembered about when he first started coming to the Reunions was the food. He stated two other things that really stuck in his mind was that Ralph Kennamer always made a speech - and that he always encouraged the young people to take an interest in the Reunions.

Wendell Page, Historian, reported that Judge Frank N. Johnson, who has been in the news so much in recent years - especially his decisions about the racial question, attended our first reunion.

Those attending each Reunion continues to dwindle each year, as dear ones depart this life, but we had 7 members who had attended all 49 reunions, and they are Mr. Dent Kennamer. Ralph Kennamer, Henry Kennamer, Audrey Kennamer Hall, Aunt Acquilla Kennamer Page, May Kennamer Hodges and Talmadge Kennamer. Benny Kennamer, .Wendell Page & Johnny Kennamer are the three members of the family who have attended every Reunion except when they were away in military service.

Again we pause in loving memory of those of our Family who have died since the last Reunion and those named were Mrs. Nora Kennamer, Sam Princce, Ray Lewis, Daisy Kennamer Newell, Ruth Lee Kennamer Dabbs.

Brents Kennamer, our President, then relinquished his reign to Doss Kennamer, our incoming President, and stated that he thought the Kennamer family was just great and he loved us all very much.

Doss Kennamer then stated he was delighted to be here, and counted it a privilege and an honor to be elected to serve as President for the next two years. He stated he had found out the Kennamer name meant a great deal, and he was proud of it, and told of an incident when he needed .o borrow some money and when the banker in Sheffield discovered his name was Kennamer and that he was related to D. C. Kennamer he let him borrow it.

The Forty-ninth Reunion came to a close with the members singing "God Be With You ‘Till we Meet Again," and with the family being led in prayer.

Edith Kennamer Bramblett, Secretary

 

MINUTES OF THE FIFTIETH ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INC. August 26, 1978

The fiftieth annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc., was held August 26, 1978 in the heart of beautiful Kennamer’s Cove, Marshall County, Alabama. The new pavilion, built in 1978 only a few yards from the historic Mt. Pisgah Cemetery where a marker stands in memory of Hance Kennamer, was filled with approximately seven hundred family members.

3y their presence here, each displayed a desire to continue to preserve their heritage and foster the principles and virtues passed on to them by their ancestors.

President Troy Doss Kennamer, son of Eddie Kennamer and Estelle (Page) Kennamer, called the meeting to order. This was not easy; the gavel was used several times before the happy crowd settled down for the morning session.

The opening prayer was led by Earl Stewart, Jasper, Florida. "All wise and merciful Father in Heaven, we thank Thee for life its self and for provisions that have been given for our needs both spiritually and physically. We thank Thee for the land in which we live and for the freedom we enjoy and the privileges we have to gather in a meeting of this kind today to enjoy the fellowship of one another and to make new acquaintances of those new in this family relationship. We thank Thee for our ancestors who in the past made the necessary efforts to support Your practices and to preserve the ideal of this family and its sacredness that was taught to those brought into this world to the extent that this family relationship of honor has been preserved to this date.

"We thank Thee for life its self and for every blessing which has come our way and give us the attitude of thanksgiving to be part of life in our every blessing. We thank Thee for the memories of the past and everything that has been good and pleasant for us; and ask Thee to be with us through this day to enjoy the association of one another; and in this association we will have greater respect for Thee and the family and to appreciate to a greater degree the greatness of the family heritage we now enjoy.

"Again we thank thee for the privileges we enjoy and ask that Thou would be with us in our needs to our good and to go with us to eternal salvation, in Christ name, Amen."

Hilbert Kennamer, Abilene, Texas, led the group in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Earl Kennamer, Auburn, Alabama, in his usual joyful and delightful manner, gave an appropriate welcome to the attendees of this fiftieth reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc. "Well folks I have been trying to make these reunions every year. We have relatives who have gathered here who may not be connected by the Kennamer name, but if you’re a visitor or if you just happened to be passing by going to Cathedral Caverns and you are hungry, you are welcome to the table. If you are Hindu or from India we are tickled to death to have you; and at this time I want all the Kennamers to welcome them here (applause). If anyone asks you who you are just tell them you are related to a Kennamer over at Timbuktu or something. We are just glad to have you any time. We meet every year."

Minutes of the 1977 meeting were read by the out going secretary, Edith (Kennamer) Bramblett. Minutes were approved as read.

Minutes of two meetings of the board of directors, April 9, 1978 and April 24, 1978, were read by the secretary, Alice Ruth Page. The minutes were approved as read.

The president stated that the purpose of reading these minutes was to bring the attendees up-to-date on the building of the new pavilion, replacing the original pavilion which burned on March 21, 1978. President Kennamer expressed his deep appreciation for the work, efforts, and the money contributed to the building of the new pavilion in a short time.

A financial report given by the treasurer, D. C. Kennamer, Jr., revealed a deficit in the amount of $1,667.66. (A copy of 0a report is filed and becomes a part hereof in these minutes as if typed herein in its entirety.)

The contribution made by the reunion attendees in the amount of $2,815.16 was more than enough to cover the deficit.

Historian, Wendell Page, announced that his report this year was a compiled booklet of the newspaper articles covering the first sixteen reunions which were reported by J. R. Kennamer, Sr. This booklet had been compiled in an effort to provide each family unit with a copy in a tribute to the late John Robert Kennamer, Sr.

Harold Kennamer, Keller, Texas, led the prayer of Thanksgiving. "Holy Father, except for Thy great mercy and love this meeting could not have been possible. So we pause and try to give praise and thanksgiving for life, strength, health, and all these tender blessings which have brought us together to renew our love and fellowship with one another; to reminisce from the peat all of the good things that have accompanied our way and to anticipate the future if Thy great love continues to prevail upon us.

"We are thankful for all the food here which has been prepared for our nourishment and strength and pray that it will accomplish its intended purpose; and that proceedings of this day will give glory and honor to Thy name. Give us memories we can retain for the rest of our lives and pass on to our posterity that they may have a great influence on all of the communities from which we have come. In Jesus name we pray, Amen."

Then the family enjoyed the bountiful feast. The twenty-six tables were spread with enough delicious food to feed a multitude. During this hour the attendees enjoyed the food as they renewed old acquaintances, met new relatives, and made new friends. As one walked through the crowd it was easy to see the happiness o! grandmothers as they showed off their brag books containing pictures of their grandchildren or great-grandchildren; one could hear parents telling proudly of the accomplishments made by their children; one could hear shouts and laughter of joy as family members met. This display of love and the sparks of happiness revealed in the smiles of joy would easily explain why this huge family had continued these annual reunions for fifty years. There was no doubt in the mind of anyone that these reunions would be continued for fifty years or more by the future generations of this family. As one looked around to observe the glee of the small children, some with dirty faces and hands from playing, and some with food on their clothes, they were enjoying the reunion in their own way. Many of these children, like the adults, see each other only on this occasion. Yet, as one watched this wonderful eight he could not but think: The honor of this family and its love for one another is now in the hearts of these young children where it will continue to grow as they reach adulthood.

With the continuing of blessings from our Heavenly Father and with the continuing of guidance and love of family members, the Joys of this fiftieth reunion will be talked about on the occasion of the one hundredth reunion of this Kennamer Family Association. Some of the small children playing here on this occasion will be leaders of this association when the one hundredth reunion is held.

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The meeting was called to order after lunch by the president. Once again his task of assembling the group was not easy. The wonderful enjoyment of all the excitement was just almost more than the group wanted to give up to continue with the meeting.

Roll call was made by states. The count of those family members present by states, omitting Alabama, was: Tennessee-17, Georgia-ll, Mississippi-l, Texas-18, Florida-5, Arkansas-5, Missouri-2, Oregon2, Oklahoma 7, Michigan-2, Kentucky-2, North Carolina-l; then out of the U. S. A., Old Mexico-l, Puerto Rico-2.

Many guests of family members were introduced and several members of the family stated this was their first privilege of attending one of these family reunions.

Seven members were recognized for having attended all fifty of the reunions, they were: Ralph Kennamer, Aquilla (Kennamer) Page, Audrey (Kennamer) Hall, Talmadge Kennamer, Dent Kennamer, Mae (Kennamer) Hodges, and Henry Kennamer.

Benny Kennamer, Johnny Kennamer, and Wendell Page were recognized for having attended each of the reunions except those held while they were in military service.

Memorial of deceased since last reunion. In observing the memory of those the group stood and paused in silent prayer. The family members deceased were:

Mrs. Maude Lee (Woodall) Page, born 1886, died August 25, 1978 in Scottsboro, Alabama. (Carlus Page a member of the Kennamer Pavilion Building Committee is a son of Mrs. Page.)

Clara Eva (Kennamer) Rogers, age 80, Burkesville, Texas, died August 23, 1977. She was the daughter of Stephen Slathial Kennamer and Martha Jan (Kilgore) Kennamer. Her daughter, Helen (Rogers) Skelton has attended several of our reunions with her husband, C. C. Skelton.

Jacob Sidney Kennamer, age 72, died January 30, 1978 in Birmingham, Alabama. He was the brother of Clara Belle (Kennamer) Dukes and an uncle of one of our past presidents, Earl Kennamer, of Auburn.

Keith Richard Dickinson, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Dickinson of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and grandson of the late Ruth Lee (Kennemer) Dabbs. Keith was killed in an automobile accident January 6, 1978 in Colorado.

Glenn O’Neal Kennamer, son of Alton and Maude Kennamer, died July 8, 1978 in Gadsden, Alabama; buried in Union Cemetery, Woodville, Alabama, July 10, 1978.

Lendon Roy Kennamer, son of James Dea Kennamer and Martha Ann (Elkins) Kennamer, died August 11, 1978 in Woodville, Alabama; buried in Union Cemetery.

Hazel Ellis Lackey, husband of Eunice Loyd (Page) Lackey, died August 28, 1977 in Forrest, Mississippi.

Levi Kennamer Melton, son of G. C. Melton and Myra Jeanette (Kennamer) Melton, died .

Laura (Houston) Kennamer, wife of Thomas Jacob Kennamer, died November _ , 1977.

Thomas Jacob Kennamer, Jr., son of Thomas J. and Laura (Houston) Kennamer, died August ,1978.

The awarding of gifts is always a special event at the annual reunion. This year was no exception.

The youngest child present: Christopher Alan Kennamer, the one week old eon of Steve and Cheryl Kennamer, and grandson of Johnny and Joyce Kennamer. Christopher received two gifts, one given by The Apple Tree Shop, Anniston, Alabama; one given by Derrick Rough and Tumble Furniture Company, Scottsboro, Alabama.

The oldest person present: Mr. Dent Kennamer, age 91, received a gift from Henry Kennamer and a gift donated by Scottsboro Business Equipment, Inc., Scottsboro, Alabama.

Mrs. Nora Kennamer, age 86, was the oldest lady present. She received a gift from Lawrence Kennamer, Scottsboro, Alabama.

The couple most recently married was Lei Ann (Albert) Willis and Gregg Willis. Their wedding had been 18 hours and 35 minutes earlier in Guntersville, Alabama. They received two gifts given by Kennamer Furniture Company, Guntersville, Alabama and Scottsboro Auto Parts, Scottsboro, Alabama.

The Seaborn Franklin Kennamer Family, with 46 members present, was the largest family group present. They received a gift from Ray and Martenia Kennamer, Guntersville, Alabama.

Charles Robert Harrison, son of Gineva Gertrude (Kennamer) Harrison, and his wife were given a gift by Doss Kennamer for traveling the longest distance, from Puerto Rico to Alabama, to attend this reunion.

Wendell Kennamer of Roanoke, Virginia introduced Dr. Rex Kennamer from Beverly Hills, California. Dr. Kennamer is the son of the late Judge C. B. Kennamer and is a great-great-grandson of Hance Kennamer. Dr. Kennamer is one of the twenty most outstanding doctors in the United States. He entertained the group with a most interesting speech. "I think a reunion has, as one of its primary purposes, the goal of communication with our relatives and friends. Since I have not been to a reunion since 1947, I thought it might not be too egotistical or self-serving to tell you something about myself.

"I am a physician practicing in Beverly Hills, California. I’m an internist in cardiology. Uniquely there are few M.D.’s who have cared for more famous people than I have. I have run the gamut from the most famous of movie stars, politicians, writers, financiers, Pulitzer prize winners, and Nobel prize winners. As I said I will be talking about myself, which is dangerous, but I have been written about in numerous biographies and autobiographies of the famous.

"I have been labeled one of America’s super-doctors, and almost invariably I will be on the list of doctors that doctors themselves would go to as their physician.

"The reason I stated where I am at now is to bring out the fact that I have traveled over much of the world, been interviewed by the press and other media over the world and almost invariably I get one question over and over: How did a boy from a small town in Alabama become a nationally prominent doctor? and I always give the same answer (1) Hard work (2) enjoying what I do and in this day and time that has to involve the continuous learning process and (3) maturity, by which I mean the ability to adjust to changing situations.

"Returning to today, specifically this reunion, I remember a few years ago I was asked by the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, as one of the two outstanding living citizens of Montgomery, to write my recollections of Montgomery, Alabama, but all I could think of was the heat and humidity.

"My best memories were coming to Guntersville for the summer, the fun at our beloved Aunt Mattie’s home, this reunion, Kennamer Cove, and having a link with the generation that made America the America of values, the Aunt Sallie’s, Omar, D. K. Kennamer, Walter Kennamer, Lorrin and Willard Kennamer and on and on before Roots.

"So like all of us, I have thought of my past, my career, and it does have its roots in Alabama and it has made me ever so aware of the family unit. I grew up in a family that taught us the learning process by giving small rewards for such things as learning the chapters of the Bible, presidents of the United States, and capitals of states. It was not all left to the schools. They had to have deprived themselves of things they would have liked in order to, at one time, have had three children in college at the same time. But I don’t want to make it sound like it was some frontier struggle; there was the pleasure of Sunday dinners, holidays, summers in Guntersville, a mother who loved music, and a father who loved politics and studied the newspapers like some of us would study a school subject.

"So for those of us living in large cities the breaking up of the family unit, which I can assure is happening all over America, is a happening that is of concern and sadness. It re-emphasizes the value of an event like this reunion.

"But I want to close on a note of optimism. Last night I attended a beautiful wedding and saw two young people surrounded by loving and caring people. The day before I went to Birmingham and saw my brother Ralph’s new granddaughter, the daughter of Isabelle and her husband, Paul. And, there was Isabelle, very unhappy that her doctor wouldn’t let her come to the reunion, so the father is here. Yesterday I visited the graves of my father and mother, and there lies Uncle Rex who died at twenty-eight of appendicitis, Uncle Shep who died at thirty-six of typhoid. These deaths wouldn’t happen today.

"So from my medical view-point we have seen the great advances of surgery; we have seen polio, smallpox eliminated; people no longer die of typhoid, pneumonia, tuberculosis, or other infectious diseases. So just think what miracles lie ahead. Just think in two generations my father went from an elementary education right here-to my practicing medicine in Beverly Hills even something we take so casual that I fly from California to Huntsville, Alabama in four hours. Just think what lies ahead.

As the popular Bob Dylan has written ‘the times are changing and the winds are blowing.’ As a family we must change and I would urge the young people here to remember that ‘chance comes to the prepared mind.’ Lastly, I would hope that we do not change so much that we forget the meaning and value of reunions like this. I’m sincerely thrilled at being here."

Ralph Kennamer, an attorney from Mobile, Alabama, after being warned that following his brother with a speech would not be easy, came to the speakers’ stand to express tribute to the Kennamer ancestors and to stress to the young the value of the family unit. Ralph told of his recent privilege of attending the dedication of the new bridge over the Tennessee River at Guntersville. He said as he listened to the dedication ceremony, in which no name had been selected for the new bridge, "I thought of two great, distinguished, capable, and able men. Samuel Rexford Kennamer left this cove and moved to Guntersville. He, at the age of 21 years, was the youngest postmaster in America. He was a Mason and a very popular young man. He died in service for this country and is buried in Guntersville, Alabama. A plaque honoring Samuel Rexford Kennamer, Signed by Woodrow Wilson, was in the museum here when it burned.

"I recalled that July 4, 1920 when I was playing in our yard Mrs. O. D. Street came into our yard and handed me a piece of paper. She asked me to tell my parents a name for my new baby brother was written on that piece of paper. So Samuel Rexford Kennamer, who has Just spoken to you, was named." Ralph continued by saying, "I thought as the bridge dedication continued, Samuel Rexford Kennamer, a very appropriate name for the new bridge."

Ralph expressed his happiness to see many first comers attending this 50th annual reunion. He told them they now realized what the family means to us. He then stressed "let your light shine before others, we let others know we are proud of our ancestors, proud of the lives they lived and handed down to us. We are proud of the valuable work done by J. R. Kennamer and Lorrin Garfield Kennamer, from which this reunion originated." He expressed his hope someone in this family would carry on the genealogy work.Ralph told the group present about his recently publishing a book of the minutes of past Kennamer reunions. He mailed 225 copies of this book to family members. In closing he stated he hoped to see all of the attendees at this reunion here for the 51st reunion.

At this time Tom Kennemer, Channel 19 TV News anchorman from Huntsville, Alabama (a descendant of Levi Kennemer) made a brief statement. After expressing his delight in attending this reunion, he told the group his camera had been used during the day to "shoot a bunch of Kennamers." His results would be shown on TV on Tuesday or Wednesday of the following week.

After thanking Dr. Kennamer, Mr. Ralph Kennamer, and Mr. Tom Kennemer, President Doss Kennamer opened the floor for any business which needed to be taken up at this time.

A motion was made by Lawton Kennamer and duly seconded by Helen (Kennamer) Mitchell for three people to be appointed to take care of the parking for the next reunion. This job was given to Johnny Kennamer, Bobby Franks, and Leon Kennamer.

The president once again expressed his appreciation for the building of the new pavilion in a short time. He so stated "a lot of people did a lot of work in the building of the pavilion and making preparations for this reunion, but I especially want to thank Wendell Page, Rex Page, Talmadge Kennamer, any my daddy, Eddie Kennamer, for their work on the preparations for this reunion."

As a special favor to all, Henry Kennamer and his quartet sang several songs for the pleasure of those present.

Wendell Page led the group in singing God Be With You Until We Meet Again.

The adjourning prayer was led by Clayton Tuckle.

Signed: Alice Ruth Page, Secretary Route 1, Box 234 Woodville, AL 35776 Phone 776-3503

(Mail any corrections of the minutes and/or any additions to the minutes to the secretary.)

 

HISTORIAN’S REPORT TO THE 50th ANNUAL KENNAMER FAMILY REUNION

Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 26, 1978

Many members of The Kennamer Family have worked unselfishly during the past fifty years to make these annual meetings a success. One man, John Robert Kennamer, Sr., took the responsibility for reporting the meetings to the newspapers in Scottsboro, Alabama.

I have published his accounts and those of other reporters for the first sixteen reunions. May he be remembered today with those other groat and honorable men with the name Kennamer.

At approximately 1:00 A. M. on Tuesday, March 21, 1978, a roaring fire swept through The Kennamer Family Museum and Pavilion. Family members, with drawn faces and saddened hearts, went in groups to view the ruins and to remember happier times there.

Once the shock had worn off, the aftereffects of this fire would make one think of the words, "Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love; The fellowship of kindred mind a is like to that above." Yes, the Kennamer Family members went to work with such a force as only love could have brought forth, a love for those members gone on before us and a love for those members to come after us.

Never before in such a short time has as much communication taken place between the members of this family. Each expressed a desire to share in the rebuilding of the pavilion in time for the 50th reunion. Your officers and trustees immediately appointed a building committee to make plans. Thank you for supporting them in completing their plans.

OFFICERS AND TRUSTEES

Troy Doss Kennamer, Pres. & Trustee, 3306 - 18th Ave., Sheffield, AL 35660

Ray Kennamer, Vice-Prea. & Trustee, P. O. Box 49, Guntersville, AL 35976

Mrs. Alice Ruth Page, Sec., Route 1, Box 11, Woodville, AL 35776

  1. C. Kennamer, Jr., Treas. & Trustee, 1704 Pell St., Scottsboro, AL 35768

Lewis Wendell Page, Sr., Hist. & Trustee, P. O. Box 284, Scottsboro, AL 35768

Ralph Kennamer, Trustee, P. O. Box 624, Mobile, AL 36601

Mrs. Edith K. Bramblett, Trustee, P. O. Box 126, Scottsboro, AL 35768

Elton Kennamer, Trustee, P. O. Box 339, Guntersville, AL 35976

Denton Kennamer, Trustee, Route 1, Woodville, AL 35776

Lawton Kennamer, Trustee, P. O. Box 39, Scottsboro, AL 35768

BUILDING COMMITTEE

Lawton Kennamer, P. O. Box 39 Scottsboro, AL 35768

Lawrence Kennamer, P. O. Box 405, Scottsboro, AL 35768

Paul Dreher, P. O. Box 73011, Birmingham, AL 35223

Talmage Kennamer, Route 2, Woodville, AL 35776

Bob Word, P. O. Box 827, Scottsboro, AL 35768

Lewis Wendell Page, Sr., P. O. Box 284, Scottsboro, AL 35768

Carlus P. Page, 301 Bynum Ave., Scottsboro, AL 35768

Eddie Kennamer, Route 1, Woodville, AL 35776

 

NEWS AND NOTES

Members of the family present for the first time are urged to record their name in the family register. Each individual present is requested to fill out the roll call card.

Members are also requested to provide the historian with a list of items your family placed in the museum. We have no inventory of what was loaf.

Thanks to Ralph Kennamer for publishing our minutes of the first forty-nine meetings.

Our thanks to Woodville High School, Woodville, AL 35776, Scottsboro VFW Post 6073, Scottsboro, AL 35768, and Mt. Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church in Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, for chairs, tables, flag and accommodations.

Welcome back to the family, Dr. Robert Clay Page, 6740 Hillwood Lane, Dallas, Texas 75248. He is a descendant of John J. and Sarah Kennamer Page, who moved to Texas from the Cove in 1852. We had not heard from John and Sarah’s folks since the Civil War until this spring.

Was it Stephen and Jacob in 1732, or Hans and Will in 1769 who brought our family name from Germany? Mrs. Clara Bell Dukes, 7224 Division Avenue, Birmingham, AL 35206 is still working on this question.

Woody A. Kelley, 2224 Skyline Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76114, has a target date of 1980 for the publication of a new book updating the genealogical data on The Kennamer Family. If you are interested please send family data to him.

Mrs. C. C. Skelton (Helen Rogers), P. O. Box 340, Burkesville, Texaa 75932, would like help from the family in locating the grave of her great grandfather, Silas W. Kennamer. She feels that he was buried in 1890 in the Madison-Marahall-Jackson County area of Alabama.

Betty and David Kennamer left Abilene, Texaa, July 27, 1978, for a three year stay in Kenya, East Africa. Best wishes for your work as missionaries.

Six members of the Denton Kennamer family visited Kennemer Land. Mr. and Mrs. Elvin Kennamer of Section, Alabama, Mrs. Fern K. Hulsey, Mrs. Leon Kennamer of Woodville, Alabama, and SP-1 and Mrs. Marcus Kennamer of Germany visited their ancestor homeland, in Zandvoort, Holland, during July, 1978. The Kennamers located Kennemer Land on the North Sea Coast of Holland between Zandvoort and Harlem, but found no one bearing the name. The Kennamers also visited Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, France and in Luxembourg visited the American War Cemetery.

Congratulations to the members of the Mose J. Kennamer Family upon the occasion of their reunion held July 15 - 16, 1978 at Arrowhead Lodge, Canadian, Oklahoma. Rex and Alice Ruth Page reported a wonderful time visiting with kinfolks from California east to Alabama.

Some members of the family have suggested that we publish an annual newsletter. In order for this to be successful it would be necessary for members to provide the historian or secretary with news items during the coming year. We would appreciate your comments.

Respectfully submitted,

Lewis Wendell Page, Sr.

Historian

 

 

MINUTES OF THE FIFTY-FIRST ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INC. August 25, 1979

The fifty-first annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc., was held August 25, 1979 at the family pavilion in Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama.

The meeting was called to order by the president, Troy Doss Kennamer. He welcomed the large crowd of attendees gathered for this grand occasion and expressed his delight in this opportunity for so many family members gathering once again in Kennamer Cove to join their loved ones for this 51st reunion.

The opening prayer was given by P. Elwyn Page of Woodville, Alabama.

Winston Kennamer, young son of Ralph Kennamer, Mobile, Alabama led the group in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

The reading of the minutes was dispensed with. The minutes of the 50th annual reunion were printed and passed out to the family members in order to preserve and share this historical event. For the record, one correction to these minutes was mailed to the secretary. Joseph Earl Stewart, Jr., an attendee from New Orleans, Louisiana asked that his presence from the state of Louisiana be added to the minutes. This correction has been made in the roll call of states on the file copy of these minutes.

Upon President Kennamer’s request, the group unanimously approved the bill from Scottsboro Business Equipment for printing the copies of the minutes. ($57.24)

Historian, Wendell Page, Scottsboro, Alabama, first encouraged those present for the first time to complete one of the family official registration cards and to sign the family register. He explained that the registration cards were preserved for our mailing list and for family research. Each family member should up-date the family register each year to include births, deaths, marriages, etc.

Wendell reported a reunion of descendants of David Newton Kennemer on July 4, 1979 in Fredricksburg, Texas. David Newton Kennemer was the son of Abram B. Kennamer; a grandson of Samuel Kennamer and Susannah (Boshart) Kennamer; a great-grandson of Hans Kennamer. (David Newton Kennemer was also a great-grandson of Rudolph Boshart, a soldier of the American Revolution.) Several of his descendants have attended this reunion. Others attending the Kennemer Reunion in Fredericksburg were Clyde and Ethel Kennamer of San Angelo, Texas; Irma (Kennamer) Christian, Mamie (Popejoy) Kennamer, Hilbert and Rita Kennamer of Abilene, Texas; Woody Kelley of Fort Worth, Texas, Wendell and Elizabeth Page of Scottsboro, Alabama.

Under old business, Carlus Page, Scottsboro, Alabama, presented President Kennamer with a reproduction of the painting of the first steam locomotive to ever make a run in America. This presentation was made to Doss for his dedication to the service of this family while serving as President of this association. Mr. Page also presented Doss, a railroad man, with an "Old General" tie clasp and asked him to use his influence to obtain Amtrack service for this area of North Alabama, with a stop at Hodges Switch, Woodville, and Stephens Gap.

Next, Mr. Carlus Page, great-grandson of James Allen Kennamer, read a Resolution of Gratitude and Respect expressing deep gratitude to Mrs. Alice Ruth (Campbell) Page for her compilation of the book, THE FAMILY OF JAMES ALLEN KENNAMER AND MATILDA (MAPLES) KENNAMER. Mr. Page so moved that The Kennamer Family Association, Inc., adopt this resolution and enter herein as part of the minutes of this reunion. The motion was duly seconded and approved. ( A copy of this resolution is filed and becomes a part hereof in these minutes as it typed herein in its entirety.)

At this time, President Kennamer asked all descendants of James Allen Kennamer to stand. A total of 53 descendants from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Alabama were present.

Mr. Woody Kelley, Fort Worth, Texas, made a report of his progress in up-dating the Kennemer Family, a new book to be published in 1980.

New business consisted of the election of officers for 1980-1981.

Ray Kennamer, Guntersville, Alabama, son of Rayburn Kennamer, was nominated for president by Mrs. Audrey (Kennamer) Hall. Edith (Kennamer) Bramblett seconded the nomination. Elwyn Page moved that the nominations be closed, seconded by Earl Kennamer, therefore electing Ray Kennamer as president.

Danny Paul Kennamer, Scottsboro, Alabama, son of Lawrence Kennamer, was nominated as vice-president by Wendell Page. The nomination wee duly seconded.

Isabelle (Kennamer) Dreher, Birmingham, Alabama, daughter of Ralph Kennamer was nominated as vice-president by Brents Kennamer. The nomination was duly seconded.

Voting by the attendees proved 92 votes for Danny Kennamer and 68 votes for Isabelle Dreher, therefore the election of Danny Paul Kennamer as vice-president was confirmed.

D. C. Kennamer, Jr., Scottsboro, Alabama, was nominated for treasurer by Earl Kennamer and the nomination was unanimously approved.

Alice Ruth (Campbell) Page, Woodville, Alabama, wife of Rex Page (a three way descendant of Hans Kennemer),was nominated as secretary by D. C. Kennamer, Jr. The nomination was seconded by Mrs. Alva (Kennamer) Camp. Earl Kennamer so moved the nominations be closed. This motion was duly seconded and the election of Alice Ruth page as secretary was approved.

Lewis Wendell Page, Sr., Scottsboro, Alabama, was unanimously approved to continue to serve as historian.

At this time contributions were made by the attendees of this 51st reunion to the treasury of this association. Due to an oversight the amount of the contribution was not announced.

President Kennamer expressed his appreciation to the following: Talmadge Kennamer, Tabor Kennamer, Jerry Kennamer, Leon Kennamer, Eddie Kennamer, Bobby Franks, Wendell Page, Rex Page, and Danny Bates, for their work in gleaning the cemetery, cleaning the pavilion grounds, and placing the picnic tables for this reunion. Two additional men were hired to help with the mowing.

Iaabelle (Kennamer) Dreher, Birmingham, Alabama, was recognized for the tremendous amount of work she put into the compilation of the Kennamer family cookbook, FAMOUS RECIPES OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY. The books were on sale for $2.00 each.

D. C. Kennamer, Jr. led the prayer of Thanksgiving. Then the family members enjoyed the bountiful feast.

The lunch break is always a joyous time during the reunion, this year being no exception. Smiles of happiness, laughs of joy, shouts of "hi-there" were observed as the family members greeted one another from time to time during the picnic lunch.

After lunch the group was called to order by the president and he introduced the first speaker, Mr. Henry Kennemer, Guntersville, Alabama. Next Ralph Kennamer came to the speaker’s stand: he introduced Mr. Wright Ross, Guntersville, Alabama. Both Henry Kennamer and Wright Ross entertained the group with interesting talks on history and events of days gone by.

Ralph Kennamer reminded the crowd of an event which took place on reunion day several years ago. Jimmy Albert was presented a birthday present of a new bicycle. Jimmy was so proud of his new bicycle he got on it and rode thru the crowd. Again on this reunion day 1980 it was Jimmy’s birthday. The attendees sang "Happy Birthday" to him.

As Ralph continued on the speakers stand, he reminded us that back in 1953 we started giving prizes to different members present at this Kennamer family reunion. One prize was always given to the youngest member present. Ralph recognized the following family members who have received this prize.

August 29, 1953 - Doris Wennell Kennamer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kennamer.

August 2B, 1954 - Harold Lynn Thomas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Thomas.

August 27, 1955 - Randall Kennamer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kennamer.

August 25, 1956 - Rebecca Lynn Harrison, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Harrison.

August 31, 1957 - David Lee Wyatt, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Wyatt.

August 30, 1958 - Cathy Childress, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Garth Childress.

August 29, 1959 - Lisa Moore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arlen Moore.

August 27, 1960 - Jeffery Frazier, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Frazier.

August 26, 1961 - Patricia Anderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Anderson.

August 26, 1962 - Robin Eugenia Franks, daughter Or Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Franks.

August 31, 1963 - Timothy Hodges, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norwood Hodges.

August 29, 1964 - Karen Elizabeth Chandler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Clayton Chandler.

August 28, 1965 - no gift presented.

August 27, 1966 - Mary Martha Hodges, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norwood Hodges.

August 26, 1967 - David Terrell, son Of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Terrell.

August 31, 1968 - David Terrell, (second year in a row) son of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Terrell.

August 30, 1969 - Stephanie Kennemer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Kennamer.

August 29, 1970 - Elizabeth Willard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Willard.

August 28, 1971 - Lee Ann Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Smith.

August 26, 1972 - Jodie Kennamer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Kennamer.

August 25, 1973 - James Frederick Willard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Willard.

August 31, 1974 - Thurston Kermamer Cromwell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Cromwell.

August 30, 1975 - Patrick Charles Kennamer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Danny Kennamer.

August 28, 1976 - Phillip Cooper, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Terry Cooper.

August 27, 1977 - Lisa Butler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Butler.

August 26, 1978 - Christopher Alan Kennamer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Kennamer.

Earl Kennamer’s remarks are always one of the highlights of our reunion, this year being no exception. First, he introduced his son, Dr. James Earl Kennamer and wife, Mary. Secondly, in his usual jovial manner, Earl made it clear that Auburn University football team did have Kennamer supporters even though Alabama was considered the number one football team. Earl continued by praising Isabelle for the valuable cookbook she had compiled of the family recipes; and naturally he admitted a number of his recipes were in this book.

Always at the reunions comes a sad time when we stop to pay- tribute to the memory of our family members who are no longer with us. Each year it seems the list grows longer. This year the following list was read by the president:

Finas Hayes Kennamer, born in 1897 near Woodville, Alabama the son of Andrew Fletcher Kennamer, died January 13, 1979 in Texarkana, Texas.

Mrs. Dorthy Mae (Watson) Kennamer, wife of John W. Kennamer, died April 21, 1979 in Houston, Texas. She attended several of our reunions with her husband and her father-in-law, Mose Kennamer.

Mrs. Lucy Virginia (Page) Kennamer, wife of Willie Kennamer, died July 24, 1979; buried in Union Cemetery.

Miss Snow Page, granddaughter of Sampson Bishop and Mary Kennamer, died November 24, 1978; buried in Union Cemetery.

Mrs. Ella (Melton) Kennamer, age 96, widow of the late Pleasant Jacob Kennamer, died April 7, 1979; buried in Union Cemetery.

Herbert Bryan Elkins, grandson of George Thomas Kennamer, died March 2, 1979; buried in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.

Mrs. Agnes (Kennamer) Baker Ferguson, died May 4, 1979 in Lubbuck, Texas.

Mrs. Effie (Gayle) Kennamer Elkins, widow of the late Herbert Bryan Elkins, died March 12, 1979; buried in Union Cemetery.

Mrs. Vesta (Elkins) Hodges, wife of Clifton Hodges and granddaughter of George Thomas Kennamer, died March 8, 1979; buried in Union Cemetery.

Mrs. Bessie McKinley (Kennamer) Hatfield, sister of our treasurer, D. C. Kennamer, Jr.,: died December 21, 1978 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Verna Mae (Kennamer) Phillips, daughter of the late Kenneth Hunter Kennamer, died April 22, 1979.

Gregory Eugene Kennamer, son of the late William Eugene Kennamer, and grandson of Dewey Lavoy Kennamer, died September 1, 1978.

Thelma (Butler) Kennamer, widow of the late Dewey Lavoy Kennamer; died October 12, 1978; buried in Union Cemetery.

John Wade Gingham, son of Minnie Frances (Kennamer) Bingham; died in 1979 in California. His brother, Jerry Gingham, was here and attended our reunion last year.

Prizes were awarded to the following attendees of this reunion:

The oldest person present was Mr. Dent Kennamer, age 92.

The youngest person. present was Susan Fincher, five month old daughter of Judy and Mike Fincher of Anniston, Alabama. Susan received two gifts.

The persons traveling the greatest distance to attend the reunion were Frederick Judson Mitchell and his family from Saratoga, California. He is a grand e on of the late Walter Judson Kennamer.

The most recently married couple was Horace and Maxine Whitaker, married June 9, 1979.

The couple married the greatest length of time was Grady and Bess Kennamer, married 59 years.

Mr. Dent Kennamer received a prize for having the greatest number of his descendants present.

The number of first time attendees to our reunion becomes greater each year. This year they were:

Odie B. Sturdivant, Jr., Ozark, Arkansas

Peggy J. Sturdivant, Ozark, Arkansas

Beulah Grizzle Holman, Azle, Texas

Velma Holman Barrow, Weatherford, Texas

Loyd Barrow, Weatherford, Texas

Edward E. Kennemore, Snellville, Georgia

Pearl F. Kennemore, Snellville, Georgia

Kris D. Kelley, Fort Worth, Texas

C. B. "Windy" Windham, Crescent, Oklahoma

Geneta Medford Windham, Crescent, Oklahoma

Russell Owen Medford, Bedford, Texas

Ruby Meade Medford, Bedford, Texas

Virgie Patterson, Branch, Arkansas

Alison Linda Mitchell, Saratoga, California

Michael Judson Mitchell, Saratoga, California

Linda L. Mitchell, Saratoga, California

Courtney Camp, Homewood, Alabama

Don Griffin, Montgomery, Alabama

Jana Leigh Cagle, Alabama

Fleming Kennemur, Cullman Alabama

Autie Kennamer, Cullman, Alabama

Jackie Lanier Kennemur, Cullman, Alabama

Peggy Kennemur, Cullman, Alabama

Caprice Kennemur, Cullman, Alabama

Matthew Kennemur, Cullman, Alabama

Gregory Barnett, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Sandi Kennamer, Houston, Texas

Julian E. Kennamer, Louisville, Kentucky

Charlie Kennamer, Arlington, Virginia

David W. Kennamer, II, Arlington, Virginia

Henry Howard Kennemore, Oseola, Arkansas

Keuttah G. Kennemore, Oseola, Arkansas

Roy Kennamer, Jr., Jasper, Tennessee

Rick Lamarr Kennamer, Jasper, Tennessee

John David Kennemer, Bridgeport, Alabama

Patricia Gail Kennemer, Bridgeport, Alabama

Kelly Dinese Kennemer, Bridgeport, Alabama

Kristopher Scott Kennemer, Bridgeport, Alabama

Mr. & Mrs. James Sanderson, Core Junction, Missouri

Loyce Clore, Lakewood, Colorado

Ruth K. Cameron, Denver, Colorado

Ralph Kennamer came back to the speaker’s stand and stated to those first attendees, "This cove and these reunions mean a lot to us. We hope you will come back and be with 19 at future reunions. This is the 51st reunion and I have been at all of them. I think I started making talks here when I was a very young person. This cove is hallowed ground to us. Those of us whose ancestors lived in the cove know that they carved out civilization in this wilderness which was probably Cherokee Indian territory when they settled here. You just heard of Dent Kennamer, the oldest person here today and the one person with the most descendants present today. Dent was born in this cove and has lived all his life here in this cove. Uncle Wendell Kennamer who is 90 years old or older was born here in the cove in a log cabin. The log cabin is still standing. He was one of ten children. It is absolutely impossible for us today to appreciate the hardships those people went through back in those pioneer days.

"Many of us are dedicated to these reunions: We close them, as we always have, by singing God Be With You ‘Till We Meet Again and most of us start making our plans to be here next year.

"Family means a lot, should mean more than it does to more people. We have these reunions and renew our acquaintance, our friendship, and our love and dedication to each other. My father loved these reunions, I think my children do. It would be the understatement of the year to say I am not pleased with ths contribution that my daughter Isabelle makes to these reunions. She made a flag one time by hand in memory of Melvin Kennamer. It was in our Museum here that burned. The flag burned. What did Isabelle do? She has made another flag, here it is, the reunion flag. It is encouraging to see young people taking active parts in the reunion and to have that feeling about it all."

Ralph continued his love filled remarks by inviting the newcomers back to our reunion held each year under the family pavilion. He also encouraged them to visit the Kennamer family historical 1andmark, Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, where many of the Kennamer ancestors are buried. He said, "We have scattered to many places but we still come back here to renew our love and feelings for each other." Ralph continued and welcomed the visitors of family members attending the reunion today.

The number who have attended every reunion decreases each year. This year there were only seven Ralph Kennamer, Audrey (Kennamer) Hall, Aquilla (Kennamer) Page, Henry Kennamer, Mae (Kennamer) Hodges, Dent Kennamer and Talmadge Kennamer. There were three present who had never missed a reunion except while away in military service Benny W. Kennamer, Wendell Page, and Johnny Kennamer.

President Kennamer asked for a nomination of persons to be responsible for keeping the cemetery and grounds cleaned. Ralph Kennamer nominated Talmadge Kennamer and Leon Kennamer. He also asked that these two men investigate the cost to build a wall around the cemetery. The motion was duly seconded and approved.

Doss Kennamer, Sheffield, Alabama, expressed his gratitude for being allowed to serve as president and turned the gavel over to our incoming president, Ray Kennamer, Guntersville, Alabama.

Ray first stated that it was a real honor to be nominated and elected to serve as president of The Kennamer Family Association, Inc. Secondly, Ray congratulated Doss on the fine job he did as president of the association for the past two years. He said, "Going gets tough and the tough gets going. While Doss was serving as president our family pavilion burned and a new one was built in a record time and the association is grateful to Doss for this accomplishment. "

Wendell Page led the group in singing "God Be With You ‘Till We Meet Again."

Ralph Kennamer led the closing prayer.

SIGNED: Mrs. Alice Ruth Page, Secretary, Route 1, Box 234 Woodville, Alabama 35776 - Phone 205-776-3503 (mall any corrections of the minutes and/or any additions to the secretary

MINUTES OF THE FIFTY-SECOND ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INC., AUGUST 30, 1980

The fifty-second annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc. was held August 30, 1980, at the family pavilion in Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama.

This location is between Grant and Woodville where Hence Kennamer settled among the Indians in 1815. The location is only a few yards from the Pisgah Church were the first Kennamer Family Reunion was held August 15, 1929. There were by actual count 500 Kennamers and their kinfolks assembled for the first reunion. This year about 400 descendants of Hance Kennamer were joined by several descendants of his brothers, George and John, for this fifty-second reunion.

The meeting was called to order by the president, Ray Kennamer of Guntersville, Alabama. (Ray Kennamer, like many members of this family, is a direct descendant of Hance Kennamer in two ways. Ray’s great-grandfather, Pleasant Jacob Kennamer, was a grandson of Jacob, a grandson of Hance Kennamer. Ray’s great-grandmother, Macy Eliza (Elkins) Kennamer was a granddaughter of Samuel Kennamer, son of Hence Kennamer.)

The opening prayer was given by Joseph Earl Stewart of Eastman, Georgia.

Will Kennamer, young son of Ray and Martina Kennamer led the attendees in the pledge or allegiance to the flag. Once again this year the large flag hand made by Isabelle (Kennamer) Dreher, Birmingham, Alabama, was used.

The president welcomed the large group of attendees gathered once to gain for this reunion to enjoy the fellowship of one another and to make new acquaintances of those now in this family relationship and those attending a reunion for the first time. He expressed his appreciation to the several local family members who worked so hard making preparations for this reunion. He also expressed his gratitude to those who each year spend their time cleaning the historic Mt. Pisgah Cemetery where many of the Kennamer ancestors are buried.

The minutes of the fifty-first annual reunion were approved as read by the secretary, Alice Ruth Page, Woodville, Alabama. Those minutes were printed in an effort to provide each family with a copy.

The financial report given by the treasurer, D. C. Kennamer, Jr., Scottsboro, Alabama, revealed a balance on hand in the amount of $2,205.52. (A copy of his report is attached to the file copy of these minutes and becomes a part hereof as if typed herein in its entirety.)

The contribution made by the attendees of this fifty-second reunion was in the amount or $609.75.

Historian, Wendell Page, Scottsboro, Alabama, announced that his report this year was compiled evidence of proof revealing that Jacob (Gannemer) Kennamer and his wife, Barbara, parents of Hance Kennamer, lived in South Carolina. This report had been printed in an effort to provide each family with a copy. Once again this year Wendell encouraged those present, for the first time to complete one of the family official registration cards and to sign the family register which was started August 27, 1938.

Last year Talmadge Kennamer and Leon Kennamer had been asked to investigate the cost to build a wall around Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Talmadge reported an estimate of $15,000.00 to build a wall three feet high. Ralph Kennamer requested these men to determine the amount of land in the cemetery and to investigate the cost of a wall around the cemetery only one foot high.

President Kennamer appointed a committee consisting of Rex Page, Leon Kennamer, and Talmadge Kennamer to investigate a way to keep cars out of the pavilion.

There are always a number of interesting speeches each year. This year the first speaker before lunch was Henry Howard Kennemore, Sardis, Mississippi He is a descendant of John Kennemore, brother of Hance. (Notice the different spelling of the last name. There are twelve known spellings of this name. Researchers say more have been found. The KENNEMER was a predominant spelling before 1850. The KENNAMER spelling did not show up In the census records until after the 1850 census. This spelling is now predominant in a decided majority of the family in Alabama

William David Grigsby, LaFayette, Georgia, also a descendant of John Kennemore, was the next speaker.

Woody Kelley, Fort Worth, Texas, the spouse of a Hance Kennamer descendant, gave a progress report an his efforts to publish in 1981 THE KENNEMER BOOK: A GREAT AMERICAN FAMILY. (This will be the third time the genealogy of this family has been updated. The first book was published in 1924 by John Robert Kennamer Sr., and Lorrin Garfield Kennamer. The second book was published in 1954 by Willard C. Kennamer. Some of the other publications about this family are: In 1978 Ralph Kennamer, Mobile, Alabama, published the minutes of the first 48 Kennamer family reunions in order to preserve and share these historical events. In 1979), Alice Ruth Page, Woodville, Alabama, published a 256 page book on the family of her husband’s great-grandfather, James Allen Kennamer.)

Roll call was made by states. The count or those family members present for this fifty-second reunion by states, omitting Alabama was: Texas-14 Missouri-14 miss issippi-5 Oklahoma-4 Arkansas-10 Louisana-4 Tennessee-9 Georgia-12 Florida-2 Virginia-4 Wisconsin-2 Pennsylvania-?, Kentucky-1.

This reunion, being no exception since the first reunion in 1929, was complete with a bountiful feast. The prayer of Thanksgiving was led by Hilbert Kennamer, Abilene, Texas. The twenty-eight tables were spread

with enough delicious food to feed a multitude. During this hour the attendees enjoyed the food as they renewed old acquaintances, met new relatives, and made new friends. The display of love and the sparks of happiness revealed in the smiles of joy explained why this huge family continued these annual reunions for fifty-two years.

Again this year the sad time came when we paused to pay tribute to the memory of our family members no longer with us. This year the following deaths were announced:

Mrs. Annie Butler, died September 30, 1979; buried in Union Cemetery.

Mrs. Nora (McDonald) Kennamer, died October 27, 19’79; buried in Union Cemetery.

Henry Melvin Stephens, son of Mrs. Bernice (Kennamer) Stephens, died November 17, 1979; buried in Union Cemetery.

Leonard Butler, died February 10, 1980; buried In Union Cemetery.

Mrs. Davie Nell Kennamer, died February 22, 1980, buried in Union Cemetery.

Mrs. Veda Jane Lee, daughter or Unice Ann (Kennamer) Pettitte Gipson, died April 26, 1980; buried in Restland Memorial Park Cemetery, Dallas, Texas.

Miss Bertha Mae Thomas, daughter of Martha (Kennamer) Thomas, died in Blossom, Texas, May 19, 1980.

Pleasant Earl Kennamer, died May 29, 1980; buried in Union Cemetery.

Mrs. Nettie Vera (Kennamer) Page Bulman, mother of Rex Page, died June 11, 1980; buried in Union Cemetery.

Mrs. Marie (McCormack) Kennamer, wife of our treasurer, D. C. Kennamer, died June 30, l980; buried in Pine Haven Memory Gardens, Scottsboro, Alabama.

Maude Anna (Tully) Kennamer, wife of William Stephen Kennamer, died May 9 1980.

Harold Lamar (Micky) Gurganus, son-in-law of Mrs. Bernice (Kennamer)

Stephens, died August 16, 1979; buried in Union Cemetery.

Faye Kennamer, wife of G. B. Kennamer, died September 17, 1979.

This year there were only six family members still 1iving, who had attended all 52 reunions. They wore: Mrs. Audrey (Kennamer) Hall, Mrs. Mae (Kennamer) Hodges, Mr. Dent Kennamer, and Talmadge Kennamer, Woodville, Alabama; Ralph Kennamer, Mobile, Alabama; and Henry Kennamer, Guntersville, Alabama. Them were three present who had never missed a reunion except while away in military service: Benny W. Kennamer, Albertville, Alabama; Wendell Page., Scottsboro, Alabama; and Denton "Johnny" Kennamer, Woodville, Alabama.

Each year since 1953 prizes have been given to different family members resent at the reunion. This year the youngest member present was April Donielle Thomas, four-month-old daughter of Donald and Rita Thomas, Woodville, Alabama. She is a great-granddaughter of Frank Kennamer, Grant, Alabama. She received two gifts.

Mr. Dent Kennamer, Woodville, Alabama, age 93, the oldest member present was given a radio. Mr. Dent also received a gift for having the greatest number of his descendants present.

Gifts were also given to: Ray and Carolyn Pendergrass, Antioch, Tennessee, most recently married couple. Carolyn is the granddaughter of Henry Kennamer, Guntersville, Alabama; Grady and Bess Kennamer, Woodville, Alabama, married the greatest length of time (60 years); and the, person traveling the greatest distance to attend the reunion was Mrs. Opal Kennamer, Bakersfield, California.

After lunch speakers included Earl Kennamer, Auburn, Alabama; Ralph Kennamer, Mobile, Alabama; and Mr. Wendell Kennamer, age 92, from Roanoke, Virginia. Mr. Kennamer was assisted to the speakers’ stand. His first remarks were: "When I was here two years ago I thought this would be my last reunion to attend and certainly my last time to speak." He continued with loving words of dedication to these reunions as he introduced his son, our keynote speaker, Stephen Lee Kennamer from Richmond, Virginia.

Mr. Kennamer entertained the group with a most interesting speech regarding

communication with our relatives and friends. "…The sociologists are telling us that the so-called extended family is becoming a thing of the past. And looking around the country objectively, we can see that this is true…. I hope we will continue extending our family by means of this reunion… A second aspect of this reunion that seems significant in this day and age is the way it promotes fruitful contact in the most natural way between the old and the young." Mr. Kennamer continued by stating. the importance or values and the importance of giving our children values and training them to stand-up for those values. "I’d like to thank him (his father) for taking a stand and being so stubborn about these things (values). And I’d like to close by the hope that some day folks will think I’m stubborn about the things I believe in. And God bless all my warm, loving, stubborn, strong-minded kinfolks here today."

This Year 50 new names were signed to the family register. They are:

Joe Zollner, Conway, Arkansas

Ava Nell Zellner, Conway, Arkansas

Vida Stover, Springfield. Arkansas

Lawrence D. Kenemore, Pittsburg, Missouri

Warrene Kenemore, Pittsburg, Missouri

Jere Love Fletcher, Rome, Georgia

Mildred Kilgore Thomas, Huntsville, Alabama

Barbara Kilgore Meares, Monroe, Texas

Joel, W. Kennamer, Hanceville, Alabama

Lorene H. King, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Mary Carolyn Hall, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Peggy (Kennamer) Burson, Lubbock, Texas

Travis T. Burson, Lubbock, Texas

Louise Kennamer Barnett, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

John and Melda Kennamer, Midwest City, Oklahoma

Kathleen Kennamer Messer, Orlando, Florida

Eva Kennamer Childers, St. Petersburg, Florida

Gordon and Valerie Sturdivant, Ozark, Arkansas

Cheryel Sturdivant, Fayetteville, Arkansas

H. Paul Tuggle, Atlanta, Georgia

John David Kennamer, Arlington, Virginia

Rich Ayer, Section, Alabama

Vickie Kenemore Petree, Marietta, Georgia

Terry Kennemore Garrett, Clinton, Missouri

Colly Kennamer, Houston, Texas

Valerie D. Kennamer, Woodville, Alabama

Lesa K. Hutto, Houston, Texas

Georgina Y. Stewart, Now Orleans, Louisiana

Joe Everett and Lisa Ann Kennamer, Fyffe, Alabama

Julian B. Edwards, Metairie, Louisiana

Billy Ray Maynard, Gurley, Alabama

Ricky Lee Goin, Woodville, Alabama

April Donialle Thomas, Woodville, Alabama

Brandy Deanna Thomas, Woodville, Alabama

Donald & Rita Thomas, Woodville, Alabama

Duane E. Thomas, Scottsboro, Alabama

Harold and Sandra Thomas, Scottsboro, Alabama

Calvin and Gloria Smith, South Pittsburg, Tennessee

Betty Amanda Page, Mobile, Alabama

Lyndall Woodall Johnson, Guntersville, Alabama

Ray and Carolyn Pendergrass, Antioch, Tennessee

Margaret Amelia Pages Mountain Brook, Alabama

Matthew Titus McCormack, Scottsboro, Alabama

The Grant Mountain Boys Band entertained the attendees with bluegrass music.

Henry Kennamer led the group in some beautiful singing, bringing tears to the eyes of many.

Wendell Page led the group in singing "God Be With You ‘Till We Meet Again."

Ralph Kennamer led the closing prayer.

 

SIGNED:

Mrs. Alice Ruth Page, Secretary

Route 1, Box 234

Woodville, Alabama 35776 Phone 205-776-3503

 

MINUTES OF THE FIFTY-THIRD ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INC., August 29, 1981

The fifty-third annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc., was held August 29, 1981 at the family pavilion in Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama.

This year, as every year since 1929, hundreds of Kennamers and their kinfolks were delighted to have the privilege to visit once again the beautiful area of Kennamer Cove.

The meeting was called to order by the president, Ray Kennamer, Guntersville, Alabama.

The opening prayer was given by David Lipscomb Kennamer, Abilene, Texas. David is the son of the late John Robert Kennamer, Sr., and the late Sarah Elizabeth (Page) Kennamer. David and his wife Betty have lived in Kisii, Kenya from July 1978 until May 1981. They will return to Nairobi Kenya, East Africa January 1, 1982.

Shane Husbands, young son of Joe and Gail (Kennamer) Husbands led the attendees in the pledge of allegiance to the flag. Shane is the grandson of Rayburn and LaRue Kennamer and a nephew of our president, Ray Kennamer.

President Kennamer welcomed the attendees and invited all to return next year to once again enjoy the day with one another and to make now acquaintances of those new in this family relationship. He expressed his gratitude to those local family members who work so hard each year making preparations for this reunion and for their dedication in keeping Mt. Pisgah Cemetery clean.

The minutes of the fifty-second annual reunion were approved as read by the secretary, Alice Ruth Page, Woodville, Alabama. These minutes were printed in an effort to provide each family with a copy.

A financial report given by the treasurer, D. C. Kennamer Jr., Scottsboro, Alabama, revealed a balance on hand in the amount of $1,967.33 A copy of this report is attached to the file copy of these minutes and becomes a part hereof an if typed herein in its entirety.

Historian, Wendell Page, Scottsboro, Alabama, made two announcements before going into his family history report. First, he thanked our president, Ray Kennamer and his wife Martina, for having printed the reunion notices, minutes, and the historian’s reports for two years at their expense.

Secondly, he announced that the Will J. Hodges family would hold their reunion at the Kennamer family pavilion on a date to be set in October. The Hodges family was among the immigrants coming to this area from Goochland County, Virginia. Any one of our Kennamer Family history records reveals marriage records of the members of the Hodges family to members of the Page family and to the members of the Kennamer family.

Wendell’s oral historian’s report was a progress update on THE KENNEMER BOOK, A GREAT AMERICAN FAMILY being published by Woody Kelley, Fort Worth, Texas. A short seminar was hold in the Pisgah Church so Wendell could better inform those interesting in learning more about the book.

Now business consisted of the election of officers for 1982-1983.

Ralph Kennamer, Mobile, Alabama, nominated Edith (Kennamer) Bramblett, Scottsboro, Alabama, for president. The nomination was seconded by Louise Richardson. A motion by Lawton Kennamer, Scottsboro, Alabama, for the nominations to be closed was duly seconded.

Edith (Kennamer) Bramblett is no stranger to any family member far or near. She served as secretary to this association a great number of years. I will not embarrass Edith by printing the number of year she served so any first grader can figure out her age.

I am still trying to find in my heart forgiveness for Edith nominating me as secretary to this association. Quoting from Edith’s own words "’Well it looks like I finally managed to give my job away - but I think the reason I lost the election was because my campaign manager, Ralph Kennamer, did not do his job." Edith, I have never had a campaign manager for this job, but when election time comes again I will do my own campaigning out of this job.

To the many people who have never had the opportunity to attend one of our reunions and met Edith I want to say: Edith is a remarkable person. Many of you have read her minutes of this association published by Ralph Kennamer. She served this association commendably in general for many years. She gave of her time, talents, and energy in a most unselfish manner and in the true voluntary spirit. Her patience and her abilities have been most noteworthy by the members of this association.

The first woman, Edith Kennamer Bramblett, to serve as president of The Kennamer Family Association, Inc., is a well-informed and gracious lady.

Danny Paul Kennamer, son of Lawrence and Zora (Butler) Kennamer, Scottsboro, Alabama, was nominated for vice-president by Ralph Kennamer. D. C. Kennamer, Jr., seconded the nomination.

Alice Ruth Page was nominated by Ralph Kennamer to serve another two-year term as secretary. I suppose the nomination was seconded. I did not find this information in my notes, just the same I am still Secretary.

Edith Bramblett nominated D. C. Kennamer, Jr., to continue to serve as treasurer. Ralph Kennamer seconded this nomination.

The above persons nominated were approved by a majority of those present to serve a two-year term as officers of this association.

Lewis Wendell Page, Sr., Scottsboro, Alabama, was unanimously approved to continue to serve as historian.

A roll call of states revealed attendees from: Georgia-16, Tennessee-24, Texas-13, West Virginia-1, Virginia-3, Kentucky-1, Florida-1, Arkansas-2, Alabama not counted, Africa-2. (The two from Africa were David and Betty Kennamer listed above from their hometown Abilene, Texas.)

This year four family members who had attended all 53 reunions were with us: Mrs. Audrey (Kennamer) Hall and Talmadge Kennamer, Woodville, Alabama, Ralph Kennamer, Mobile, Alabama, and Henry Kennamer, Guntersville, Alabama. The three present who had never missed a reunion except while away in military service were: Benny W. Kennamer, Albertville, Alabama, Wendell Page, Scottsboro, Alabama, and Denton "Johnny" Kennamer, Woodville, Alabama.

The contribution toward expenses of this association made by the attendees of this fifty-third reunion was in the amount of $750.53.

After a prayer of thanksgiving, led by Rayburn Kennamer, Guntersville, Alabama, the bountiful feast was spread. For more than an hour the family members lingered around the tables, eating and visiting.

The meeting was called to order by the president after lunch. Henry Kennamer’s quartet, composed of Henry, Vonley Kennamer, Martin Anderson, and Clayton Tuggle sang several gospel songs, which were enjoyed by all.

The awarding of gifts is always a special event at the annual reunion. This year was no exception. Gifts were given to: the oldest person present, Willis Kennamer, age 96; the youngest person present, Paul Dreher, Jr., age five months; David and Betty Kennamer received a gift for traveling the longest distance; the most recently married couple, Joe and Lisa Kennamer from Fyffe, Alabama, married fourteen months; Grady and Bess Kennamer married 61 years; and the Norwood and Jan Hodges family was the largest family present.

The family members deceased since the last reunion were:

Toddy O’Neal "Ted" Butler, grandson of Nanny Adeline Kennamer Butler, died September 5, 1980.

Imogene Kennamer Anderson, daughter of A. F. Kennamer, died October 25, 1980.

Hilbert L. Kennamer, son of J. R. Kennamer, Sr., died December 28, 1980, at Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo, Texas following a sudden illness, buried in Abilene, Texas.

Amanda Mae Kennamer Hodges, wife of O. D. Hodges, died January 1, 1981, buried in Union Cemetery, Woodville, Alabama.

Judge Julian B. Edwards, nephew of Clara Bell Kennamer Dukes, died January 29, 1981 in How Orleans, Louisiana.

Granville Denton "Mr. Dent" Kennamer died February 16, 1981, the day before his 94th birthday, buried in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, Marshall County, Alabama.

Beancie Oneta Page Vernon. a descendant of Clara Kennamer Thomas, died April 10, 1981, buried in Union Cemetery, Woodville, Alabama.

Ina Myrtice Kennamer Elkins, daughter of Seaborn Henry Kennamer died April 22, 1981, buried in Union Cemetery, Woodville, Alabama.

David Wendell Kennamer, son of Seaborn F. Kennamer, died April 1981, at the age of 92, buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia

Nellie Virginia Thomas Hodges, a descendant of Clara Kennamer Thomas, died May 1, 1981, buried in Union Cemetery, Woodville, Alabama.

Laudry Lafayette Melton, son of Rachel Eliza Kennamer Melton, died June 24, 1981, buried in Scottsboro, Alabama.

Lillie Mae Page Butler, granddaughter of James Allen Kennamer, died July 1, 1981, buried in Union Cemetery, Woodville, Alabama.

Grace McBride Kennamer, wife of Leon Kennamer, died July 16, 1981, buried in Union Cemetery, Woodville, Alabama.

Maude Hodges Kennamer mother of Elah Sublett and Houston Kennamer, died August 11, 1981, buried in Mt. olive Cemetery, Woodville, Alabama.

Jay Cordell, husband of Atha Kennamer Cordell died March 13, 1981, buried in Fine Haven Memory Gardens, Scottsboro, Alabama.

Louise Bryant Thomas, a descendant of Samuel Kennamer, died in Scottsboro, Alabama.

Herbert French, died April 14, 1981 in Texas.

Robert Woodall, grandson of Nelson Kennamer, died in 1981.

Hubert Nolan Butler, son of Hubert Butler and Bertha Elkins Butler, died March 24, 1981.

Lillie Kennemore Wiggins, age 91, died April 6, 1981 in Easley, South Carolina.

Mary Lou Freeman, age 71, her sister Cora K. Hahn, both of Garland Texas, and their sister Betty Jo Schmidt, age 52 of California were killed in an automobile accident near Aspermont, Texas, May 7, 1981. They were daughters of James Oscar Kennamer.

President Kennamer read an article from a Chattanooga, Tennessee newspaper commending Dennis Kennamer, grandson of Addis and Estelle (Page) Kennamer. Dennis, a Red Bank Policeman, had been recognized and presented an award by the chief of police, city manager and the mayor for his acts in saving the life of a fifty-five year old woman.

Other announcements of accomplishments by family members were made. These people speaking did not come forward to the microphone; therefore their comments were not recorded nor were they understandable for note-taking to be included in these minutes.

Keith Kenemer, Woodstock, Georgia, entertained and informed the attendees by speaking briefly about a Kennemar Heritage Family Tour planned for the summer of 1982. Areas planned to be visited were Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Haarlem, the Castle of the Kennemer’s, Kennemer Dunes, Rotterdam and places deeper into Europe and Germany.

Ralph Kennamer in his memorial to David Wendell Kennamer and Granville Denton Kennamer said: "…Wendell and Dent were double first cousins. They grew up in this cove, they attended school in this cove…. Wendell In his years traveled to every state in the union and into foreign countries. Dent lived his life in this cove. To my knowledge Dent left Alabama two times, once to visit his son in California, and once to New York to attend the funeral of his brother Willard…. Dent attended every reunion, Wendell attended most of them….They lived to be in their 90’s. During their years they saw many of their kinsman succeed as politicians lawyers, doctors, educators, postmasters, and in many other honorable careers…. Wendell served in World War I. Dent in World War II had five sons in the military service at one time. One of his sons, Melvin, made the supreme sacrifice and is buried in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery here in the cove…. Dent who lived his life in this cove in buried in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery here. Wendell who traveled is buried in Arlington National cemetery…. Both of these men, gave great honor and prestige to our family."

David Kennamer spoke about the work he and his wife have been doing, and plan to continue to do, in the mission field. His remarks about the beauty and customs in the country of Kenya were very interesting to all.

C1yde Kennamer, San Angelo, Texas, a brother of David’s, introduced his son Dr. Ken Kennamer. Dr. Kennamer, a physician In Hearne, Texas, in general practice, spoke briefly to the group.

Thirty-six now names were added to the family register. They were:

Ned Alexandra, Grapevine, Texas

Ember Dawn Alexandra, Grapevine Texas

H. Harold Hiddleston, Pensacola, Florida

Retha Kennamer, Hearne, Texas

James O. Kennemur, Bear Creek, Alabama

Jimmie Neel Howell, Bear Creek, Alabama

Kim Howell, Bear Creek, Alabama

Mr & Mrs. S. W. Williams, Georgia

Jay Kennamer, ???

Thelma Whitaker Freeman, Gurley, Alabama

Mary Kennamer Moon, New Hope, Alabama

Ina Mae Rica, Albertville, Alabama

Cecil Kennamer, Chattanooga, Tennessee

J. Loon (Bill) Kennamer, Chattanooga, TN

James W. Kennamer, Lexington, KY

Marquerite L. Parker, Huntsville, AL

Christopher Earl Kennamer, Petersburg, West Virginia

J. S. Kennamer, Jr., Mill Brook, AL

Pauline Wagle, Guntersville, AL

Sidney Wagle, Guntersville, AL,

Edythe Virginia Oleham, Higdon, AL

D. K., Laura and Benjamin Kennamer, Rocky Face, Georgia

Bruce and Otinia Kennamer, Rocky Face, Georgia

Keith, Linda and David Kenemer, Woodstock, Georgia

Sara Vee Nicholas, Scottsboro, AL

Mary Hodges, Athens, Alabama

Don Dennemore, Florence, Alabama

Mattie Mullenax, Boaz, Alabama

Walter Mullenax, Boaz, Alabama

 

MINUTES OF THE FIFTY-FOURTH ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INC., August 28, 1982

The fifty-fourth annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc. was held August 28, 1982 at the family pavilion in Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama.

This year, As every year since 1929, hundreds of Kennamers and their kinfolks were delighted to have the privilege to visit once again the beautiful area of Kennamer Cove. By their presence here each displayed a desire to continue to preserve their heritage and foster the principles and virtues passed on to them by their

President Edith Kennamer Bramblett, daughter of Walter Judson Kennamer and Nellie Frances Barclay Kennamer, called the reunion to order. Her opening remarks included: "As I stand before you as the first woman president of this association, I am filled with many emotions. I am so honored to serve as president of this distinguished group and I thank you for that honor. I am proud of my heritage and grateful to the good Lord that we have the opportunity to gather together here each year the last Saturday in August."

The opening prayer was led by Don Cox, minister of the Woodville Church of Christ.

Thurston Kennamer Cromwell, son of Richard Cromwell and Ida Louise Kennamer Cromwell, Nashville, Tennessee, led the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Wendell Page led the group in singing "’My Country ‘Tis of Thee."

Minutes of the fifty-third reunion were approved as read by the secretary, Alice Ruth Page.

An oral historian’s report was given by Wendell Page. His report included newly obtained data on Jacob, the father of Hans Kennamer.

A Resolution of Gratitude and Respect written by Carlus Page expressing deep gratitude toWoody Kelly for his compilation of the book THE KENNEMER BOOK: A GREAT AMERICAN FAMILY was read by the president, and she so moved that the Kennamer Family Association, Inc. adopt this resolution and enter herein as part of the minutes of this reunion, a copy be mailed to Woody Kelly, and a copy be attached to the file copy of these minutes. Earl Kennamer, Auburn, Alabama, seconded the motion, which was approved.

A financial report given by the treasurer, D. C. Kennamer, Jr., Scottsboro, Alabama, revealed a balance on hand in the amount of $1,832.70. A copy of his report is attached to the file copy of these minutes and becomes a part hereof as if typed herein in its entirety.

The contribution made by the attendees of this fifty-fourth reunion was in the amount of $790.82.

The president expressed her appreciation to the several local family members who work so hard making preparations for the annual reunion each year. Talmadge Kennamer, Leon Kennamer, and Wendell Page for their efforts in making new tables, repairing some of the old tables, and cleaning the grounds of the historic Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.

Beth Kennamer, Nashville, Tennessee, daughter of Ralph Kennamer, with good explanation so moved for this reunion date be changed to the first Saturday in August of each year. This motion was duly seconded by Peck Kennamer, Louisville, Kentucky. Benny Kennamer, Albertville, Alpbama, giving serious considerations to the motion so moved, w1th Beth’s approval, for this motion to be tabled for one year. Troy Doss Kennamer, Sheffield, Alabama, duly seconded Benny’s motion. This motion carried.

Winston Kennamer led a prayer of thanksgiving. Winston, the eleven-year-old son of Ralph Kennamer, Mobile, Alabama, is the youngest person to lead the prayer of thanksgiving at a Kennamer family reunion.

During the bountiful feast the attendees enjoyed the food as they renewed old acquaintances, met new relatives, and made new friends. The display of love and the sparks of happiness revealed in the smiles of joy explained why this reunion is a great success each year.

President Bramblett called the 54th reunion mooting to order after lunch with first the roll call of states. The count of family members and friends present for this reunion by states, omitting Alabama was: Tennessee-26, Texas-11, Georgia-12, Mexico City-1, Mississippi-1, California-7, Flordia-2, Kentucky-5, Michigan-2, Arkansas-5.

This year the four family members who had attended all 54 reunions were: Mrs. Audrey Kennamer Hall and Talmadge Kennamer, Woodville, Alabama; Ralph Kennamer, Mobile, Alabama; and Henry Kennamer, Guntersville, Alabama. The three present who had never missed a reunion except while away in military service were: Benny W. Kennamer, Albertville, Alabama; Wendell Page, Scottsboro, Alabama; and Denton "Johnny" Kennamer, Woodville, Alabama.

This year thirty-seven new names were signed to the family register and two others present for the first time who should have signed were:

J. C. Underwood, Chatsworth, Georgia

Irene Underwood, Chatsworth, Georgia

Grace K. Elsberry, Chatsworth, Georgia

Deidre A. Sturdivant, Ozark, Arkansas

Una Seater and A. R. Seater, Royal Oak, Michigan

Mary and Curly Wilson, Bakersfield. California

Bill Wi1son, Ventura, California.

Khai Lyn Duncan, Pampa, Texas

David Ray Phillips and his son, John David, Sherman, Texas

Betty Mitchell (Mrs. R. E. Mitchell, Jr.) Miami, Florida

Grady Hood Campbell, Huntsville, Alabama

Caroline Campbell Price, Hazel Green, Alabama

Mrs. Tiny Lemley Pepper, New Hope, Alabama

Florence Woodall Foster Guarien, Huntsville, Alabama

Hazel Woodall Sugg, Decherd, Tennessee

Joyce Sugg Mathis and son, Jamie, Tullahoma, Tennessee

Ann Kennamer Counts, and children, Ginger and Kriss, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Tommy R. Kennamer, Phil Campbell, Alabama

Bill Troy Butler, Jacksonville, Alabama

Susan Tragner Kennamer, Louisville, Kentucky

Mr. & Mrs. C. C. Huntoon, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Mrs. G. T. Huntoon and Kim, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Nicholas Albert Butler, son of Jimmy and Paula Butler, Woodville, Alabama

Rebecca Ann Redmond, Knoxville, Tennessee

Amy Caldwell, Sweetwater, Texas

Jennifer Diane Kennamer, daughter of Lee and Becky Kennamer, Grant, Alabama

Jen Hodges Tyson and Jim, Todd and Andrew, Anniston, Alabama

In our effort to provide some background of the Kennamer family for the benefit of newcomers to the reunion, president Bramblett quoted John R. Kennamer from an article in the Progressive Age, August 30, 1934.

"Hans Kennamer, the grand patriarch of this large family, whose bones have been resting in Mt. Pisgah’s cemetery in Kennarer Cove for one hundred years, came to this county six years before John Hunt discovered the great spring of Huntsville, twenty-one years before Jackson County was created and in this Cove was born the first white child in the great Tennessee Valley in Alabama." (7th Progressive Fe tn 1’?14 was JAnkson Coisntyls lAading n^wsrqr,-?-.)

President Bramblett continued by referring to the montument bearing the names of Hans Kennamer and his wife, Rachel, specifying that their descendants erected it in 1936. She quoted some remarks made by Willard C. Kennamer from New York, then historian for the Kennamer family, on August 26, 1936. After the unveiling of this monument Willard pointed out that "Hans Kennamer had come to Alabama from South Carolina in 1807, and had settled near a. spring running from beneath Gunter’s Mountain, a short distance to the south, in 1815. ‘May the future generations gather here from time to time, he concluded, and obtain inspiration at this shrine, which will enable them to face their problems in the same fearless spi-it. thht Hans Kennamer met his problems 130 years ago.’" President Bramblett reminded all present that was 176 years ago from this year.

In a memorial for the deceased since the reunion last year, President Bramblett said, "…it is a joy for us to be here, and to pay memory to those no longer with us…." In observing the memory of those deceased the group stood and paused in silent prayer, after the names were read by the president as follows:

John W. Rousseau, father of Evelyn Rousseau Kennamer, died November 23, 1981, buried in Peters Cove Cemetery.

Milburn Dawson died December 10, 1981, buried in Scottsboro, Alabama. His wife, Sue, is a descendant of Jacob Kennamer.

Lilly Pearl Butler Page, died December 14, 1981, buried in Union Cemetery. She was a granddaughter of Sophia Rebecca Kennamer and James Robert Elkins.

Barbara Kennamer, died December 21, 1981, buried In Jackson, South Carolina. She was the wife of Robert Kennamer and a daughter-in-law of Orville Kennamer.

Lucy Kathryn Thomas died December 30, 1981, buried in Union Cemetery. She won a descendant of Clara Kennamer and William C. Thomas.

Alvie Wright, father-in-law of Sue Kennamer Wright, died January 7, 1982, buried in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Alton O’Neal Kennamer, died January 2, 1982, buried in Union Cemetery.

Howard Milburn Page died July 11, 1982, buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery. He was a descendant of Rachel Kennamer and James T. Page.

Howard’s mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Page, died October 22, 1981, buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Lizzy was also the mother of Mrs. John R. Kennamer, Jr.

R. C. Hodges, Jr., father-in-law of Carol Kennamer Hodges, died July 21, 1982, buried in Union Cemetery. His brother, Kenneth Hodges dies July 18, 1982, buried in Union Cemetery.

Robert "Bob" McCormack died June 7, 1982, buried in Union Cemetery.

Mrs. Vada Hodges died August 11, 1982, buried in Union Cemetery.

Samuel Houston Kennamer, son of Samuel Elbert Kennamer and Julia Mae Butler Kennamer, died March 30, 1982, buried in Guntersville, Alabama.

Also deceased since last reunion were: Violet Ikard Kennamer, wife of Clay Kennamer, died in February, 1982; Thomas J. Kennamer, son of Victor Kennamer; and Tom Brooks, son of Bill and Dean Kennamer Brooks.

Elvin Kennamer introduced Mr. Ricky Ayers, Band Director of Section High School. Elvin also introduced as his guest Mrs. Louise Phillips from Section, Alabama.

Benny Kennamer introduced his son-in-law, Eddie Broyles, Huntsville, AL.

Irma Kennamer Christian, Abilene, Texas introduced a number of people which included her brother, Clyde, and his wife, Ethel, from San Angelo, Texas; her two sisters-in-law, Mamie Popejoy Kennamer, widow of Lovis Kennamer and Marieta "Rita" Brand Kennamer, widow of Hilbert Kennamer, both of Abilene, Texas. Irma also introduced her grandson, Bruce Lobley from San Antonio, Texas. She introduced other guests of Audrey Kennamer Hall: Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Huntoon, Mrs. C. T. Huntoon and Kim of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Mr. and Mrs. Melton from Nashville, Tennessee.

Bertie Kennamer introduced Mr. Lamar Cox from Huntsville, Alabama, father of Mr. Don Cox, minister of Woodville Church of’ Christ whom we met earlier in the program. She also introduced Don’s wife, Dianne and their children, Stephanie and Stacy.

Cindy Kennamer Breeden, daughter of Truman Kennamer and her husband Ray Breeden were introduced by her aunt, Bertie Kennamer.

Grady Kennamer introduced his granddaughter, Tammy Driskill, the daughter of Julia Ann Kennamer Driskill and Douglas Wayne Driskill, Huntsville, Alabama. Tammy is working on her law degree at the University of Alabama.

Ray Kennamer introduced his cousin from Chattanooga, Tennessee, Ann Kennamer Counts and her children, Ginger and Kris.

Edith Bramblett introduced Frederick Judson Mitchell, his wife, Linda, and their children, Alison and Michael from Saratoga, California; and R. F. "Eddie" Mitchell, Jr., and his wife, Betty, from Miami, Florida.

Frederick Judson Mitchell from Saratoga, California, grandson of Walter Judson Kennamer and Nellie Frances Barclay Kennamer, made a most interesting talk. Among the things he had to say were the following: "This is a special day. Think about a reunion. What makes it so special? Good times you share with others. There is more about reunions than remembering the good times. Renew your family pride, and continue to be proud as ever being a member of the Kennamer family. Renew our dedication. The Kennamer family name stands for some of the highest ideals. Most important quality of the Kennamer name is dedication of their family well-being." He spoke fondly about his memories of his visits with his grandparents in Woodville, Alabama and about his memories of Christmas with his grandparents, five aunts, and Uncle Benny, and all his cousins. Jud continued by saying, "Put the boy together rights, the country will take care of itself." An appropriate statement from a member of the seventh generation from Hans Kennamer.

Other speakers of the day included Earl Kennamer, Auburn, Alabama and Ralph Kennamer, Mobile, Alabama.

It was so noted at this time that Hank. B. Kennamer [ed. note. My photocopy of these minutes is poor and I am not certain this is the right first name] had five generations of his family present.

Wendell Page led the attendees in singing "God Be With You ‘Til We Meet Again" and Clyde Kennamer dismissed the 54th reunion with a prayer.

Respectfully signed:

Alice Ruth Page, Secretary

Route 1, Box 234

Woodville, AL 25776

Phone (205) 776-3503

 

MINUTES OF THE FIFTY-FIFTH ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION OF ALABAMA, INC., HELD AUGUST 27, 1983

(Before I start reading the minutes of last year’s meeting - I just want to say that as I wrote the minutes, it was hard for me to know whether I was acting as President last year, or acting as secretary in Alice Ruth’s place, or writing as your present secretary. So - if I sound a little mixed up part of the time, it is because I could not really remember just "which hat" I was wearing at what particular time. It was confusing!!!!)

The fifty-fifth annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association of Alabama, Inc., held at the Kennamer Family Association pavilion in Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 27, 1983 was called to order by Edith Kennamer Bramblett, President, and she welcomed members of the family and their guests to the Reunion.

D. C. Kennamer of Scottsboro, Alabama led the family in prayer.

Winston Kennamer, son of Ralph Kennamer, Mobile, Alabama, led the family in the pledge of allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and Wendell Page, Scottsboro, Alabama, led us in singing "America."

The secretary, Alice Ruth Page, was unable to be present, and the minutes of the 1982 meeting were read by Edith Kennamer Bramblett, and were approved as read.

Wendell Page was asked to give the Historian’s report and before doing this, he thanked the Mt. Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church for making their rest-room facilities available to us. In making his report, Wendell stated that there were some accomplishments of which he was proud and told of definitely ascertaining that the Jacob Kennamer, who landed in Philadelphia in 1732 was the same Jacob Kennamer who later moved to South Carolina and who is our ancestor. After he finished his report he reminded us of how much we owe Uncle J. R. Kennamer and his son, Lorrin, not only for the Kennamer Family History but the History of Woodville and the History of Jackson County, which Uncle J. R. wrote. He also paid tribute to Willard Kennamer of Yonkers, N. Y. for the Kennamer Family Genealogy he wrote, which Wendell called a "masterpiece."

Wendell then resigned as Historian, saying he thought it was time for someone else to assume this responsibility.

D. C. Kennamer, Treasurer gave a report of the financial condition of the Association and advised there was $1737.98 in the treasury. He also tendered his resignation as Treasurer of the Association, saying he had served in this capacity since 1953.

The President of the Association then lifted from the table the motion made last reunion to change the date of holding the annual reunion. There was some discussion about changing the same, and upon recommendation of Doss Kennamer, it was put to a vote, and those members present voted to not change the date for the reunion from the last Saturday in August each year.

As any of you who were present last year know, Edith Kennamer Bramblett and her sister, Helen Kennamer Mitchell are planning to deed the land where the present cemetery is located, together with certain lands surrounding the cemetery, to the Association. Edith advised that the records had been searched, and so far as she had been able to ascertain, the cemetery and all the lands surrounding it were included in the deed which her father, Walter J. Kennamer obtained, and which are included in the property he deeded to her and her sister.

She further advised that she and her sister wanted to make sure that no one could ever disturb the cemetery or make any claim to the land immediately surrounding it, and that she had employed a surveyor to give her an accurate description. A map of the present cemetery and the proposed addition were presented for inspection.

Edith Kennamer Bramblett then read a Resolution establishing Trustees to oversee the cemetery and to accept contributions for the upkeep and upgrading of said cemetery. A copy of this Resolution is attached to and made a part of these minutes.

The President stated that we usually take a collection at this time to defray the expenses of the meeting and the cleaning and preparation of the grounds. As usual, we are indeed grateful to Leon and Talmadge Kennamer and Wendell Page and many others who helped clean the grounds and get the pavilion in shape for us to use. Wendell and his brother, Edward Page were also recognized for overseeing the purchase and erection of the new sign on the front of the pavilion. At the request of the President they were all given a big hand as a way of showing the thanks of the Association.

D. C. Kennamer, with the assistance of others, took a collection and reported Chat $568.72 was given.

The President then announced that it was election year and that we did not usually elect a Treasurer and Historian each year, but since both of these gentlemen had resigned, we would need to fill these vacancies,

Nominations for Historian were called for and Wendell Page nominated Judge William Page of Huntsville as Historian of the Association. The nomination was duly seconded and a motion made and carried that the nominations be closed, and by vote of the Association, Judge William Page was elected Historian to hold office until his successor is elected.

The President then stated that nominations for Treasurer were in order, and Louise Kennamer Barclay of Scottsboro was nominated. The nomination was seconded and motion made and carried that the nominations be closed, and Louise Kennamer Barclay was elected Treasurer, to hold office until her successor is elected.

The next officer to be elected is that of Secretary. Isabelle Dreher nominated Evelyn Kennamer, but she refused to serve, saying, "let some of the younger generation." Isabelle then nominated Edith Kennamer Bramblett as Secretary, and my very own brother, Benny W. Kennamer, seconded the nomination - so you can see that "some of the younger generation" got the job. I thank Evelyn for the compliment - or maybe she did not have me in mind!! At any rate, here I am again although I had just made the remark that after having served as Secretary for lo these many years, and then being privileged to serve as President for two years I was going to sit back and enjoy the Reunion - but I guess I will just have to enjoy it anyway!!

The President then asked for nominations for Vice President, and Audrey Kennamer Hall nominated Irma Kennamer Christian of Abilene, Texas - but Irma declined, saying she was too far away. Ralph Kennamer then nominated Steve Kennamer, son of Alfred & Joyce Kennamer of Scottsboro, Alabama, and the nomination being duly seconded and there being no further nominations, Steve Kennamer was elected Vice President for the years 1984-1985.

The President then stated "The office of President has traditionally and historically been given to the Vice President, but when we last had an election, my Cousin Ralph thought I was getting so old that unless I was allowed to serve as President now that I was going to be over the hill both mentally and physically, and he nominated me, and you were kind enough to elect me, but at this time, I am going to do one of those things the President of the United States does periodically, and that is invoke my executive power and ask that Danny Kennamer be named President by acclamation which he was.

The President next proceeded to name a Cemetery Committee to act as Trustees of the Kennamer Cove Cemetery at Mt. Pisgah Church, being: Danny Kennamer, Louise Kennamer Barclay, Leon Kennamer, Ray Kennamer and Jimmy Kennamer, in keeping with the Resolution read by her.

Ralph Kennamer then jokingly requested the Sheriff of Marshall County to look into the stuffing of the ballot boxes on the vote concerning the date the Reunion was to be held - and named Norwood Hodges as the culprit!

Mr. Walter Hammer and Mr. Harry Campbell from the Scottsboro-Jackson Heritage Center in Scottsboro both spoke concerning this Center, and Mr. Campbell explained that prominent families in the County were being asked to contribute $1,000.00 in order to have their name and part of their genealogy preserved in a special book to be kept at the Center. He was most complimentary of the Kennamer Family.

(And, although this is not part of last year’s minutes - I want to say that I am going to be most disappointed if this Association does not see to it that the Kennamer Family is included in the Scottsboro-Jackson Heritage book.)

Carlus Page then requested that he be allowed to read a Resolution he had prepared concerning the very fine job our Historian, Lewis Wendell Page, Sr. had done. He read the Resolution and moved that it be made a part of these minutes. The motion was seconded and unanimously carried and this Resolution is attached to and made a part of these minutes.

The President requested that all those who had attended all 55 of the Kennamer Family Reunion to please stand and be recognized and the number has now dwindled to three: Ralph Kennamer, Audrey Kennamer Hall and Henry Kennamer.

The four members who had attended every Reunion except for the time they were in the armed forces were recognized and they were Benny Kennamer, Talmadge Kennamer, Wendell Page and Johnny Kennamer.

Mr. Willie Kennamer, being 88 years of age, was recognized as being the oldest member present, and Little Miss Katherine Elizabeth Page, 8 months old, was recognized as being the youngest member present. Katie is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Wendell Page, Jr., and the granddaughter of Mr. & Mrs. Lewis Wendell Page, Sr.

Georgia Pernull from Ireland was declared to have traveled the farthest distance to be present. The young lady has been living in the home of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Dreher as an exchange student.

Several states other than Alabama were represented: There were 5 from Virginia, 1 from Mississippi, I from California, 6 from Oklahoma; 8 from Tennessee, 2 from Michigan and 9 from Texas.

Family members were called on to introduce their guests - and while I got some of the introductions on the tape - some of them were not clear, but of those I could understand on the tape were Mr. & Mrs. Sydney Roper of Barbersville, Okla, who were guests of Eva Mae Kennamer Parks; Ray Kennamer of Guntersville introduced the new Sheriff of Marshall County, and he also introduced his mother in law; Mary Virginia Kennamer stated that all of her family except one son-in-law was present and Lawrence Kennamer introduced Mr. Gilbert Bonner from Oklahoma.

Irma Kennamer Christian told of a great honor that was given her late brother, Laurin Kennamer, by Eastern Kentucky University at Richmond, Ky. when they dedicated a room in their History Department to his memory.

Seems that not many of us had any outstanding accomplishments for the past year, or we were too modest to tell of them when called on to "brag" about your family members. Kim Kennamer Broyles did tell that her father, Benny W. Kennamer had been made Publisher of the Sand Mountain Reported in Albertville, it being the largest non-daily paper in the State of Alabama. Mr. George Kennamer told that his wife had been named the outstanding teacher in her City.

Ralph Kennamer then came and gave a most interesting and informative talk, entitled "We Were There". He told that before the Kennamers came to this Cove it was occupied by Cherokee Indians and that in 1805 the Cherokees ceded all the territory North of the Tennessee River to the Federal government, and later ceded all the territory. He told how the Cherokees joined with Andrew Jackson and went with him to fight the Creeks and on to New Orleans to fight the British, but when Andrew Jackson became President he decreed that all Indians must be moved West of the Mississippi and three people from the Cove, including Nathaniel Kennamer, were appointed to help General Winfield Scott move the Indians. This came to be known as the "Trail of Tears." We were there in the person of Nathaniel Kennamer. Ralph also told that his grandfather was a 5-year old boy and stood and watched the Indians being marched out of the Cove.

He then told of the trial of Frank James, a brother of Jessie James, which was held in Huntsville, and one of our own - Robert Hodges was a member of the jury that tried Frank James. We were there in this historical event.

He recalled that the infamous Scottsboro Case had one of us involved - when one Joe M. Kennamer of Frost Creek served on the jury that sentenced two of the men. Again we were there.

Ralph then thanked Edith and Helen for donating the four acres of land to the Association. He expressed his pleasure at being present and said he would meet us here in 1984.

The family stood in silent prayer to honor the memory of those members of our family who died since last reunion, and among Chose named were Elois French, who died Feb. 25, 1983; Walker Melton, died April 23, 1984; Vela Burton, died September 30, 1982; Jack Woodall died Jan. 25, 1983; Charles Hodges, Myrtle Butler Page, Mrs. Rosa Kennamer, widow of Clay Kennamer of Dalton, Georgia, Short Kennamer of Alice Texas, died in November 1982; Mrs. Effie B. Kennamer, LaFayette, Ga. and Charles Kennamer of Guntersville.

Henry Kennamer was asked to lead us in singing, and we started with my favorite "Amazing Grace" and sung several of the good old gospel songs. Wendell Page then led us in singing "God Be With You ‘Til We Meet Again" and then led us in prayer,

Our New President, the outgoing President presented Danny Kennamer, after she thanked the Association for allowing her to serve as President.

The meeting was adjourned by President Danny Kennamer to meet again the last Saturday in August, 1984.

Edith Kennamer Bramblett, Acting Secretary

 

RESOLVED

BE IT RESOLVED that the Kennamer Family Association of Alabama, Inc., a Corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Alabama, in regular meeting assembled this 27th day of August, 1983 acknowledges the gift of land described in the deed from Helen K, Mitchell and Edith A Bramblett to the Trustees of the Kennamer Family Association Committee for Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, in Kennamer Cove, and;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the current President of the Kennamer Family Association of Alabama, Inc. be authorized to name five (5) members of the Association to act as Trustees of the Kennamer Cove Cemetery at Mt. Pisgah Church for the next two years, whose duties and responsibilities shall be to oversee the cemetery and accept contributions for the up-keep and up-grading of said cemetery, and;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that in the future the President and Treasurer of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc. shall automatically be members of said Committee, and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the other three (3) members of the Committee shall be elected each two years at the same time as the officers of the Association are elected.

 

To: The Kennamer Family Association, Inc., at Mt. Pisgah, Alabama

RE: A RESOLUTION OF RECOGNITION FOR LEWIS WENDELL PAGE, SR.,

HISTORIAN OF THE ASSOCIATION

Whereas, throughout all the years since the demise of the late WILLARD CLIFTON KENNAMER, Lewis Wendell Page, Sr., has served the Association continually as Historian:

And whereas, being a most enthusiastic historian in his own right, as well as his academic achievements in his pursuits for higher education, he has "searched out" so many genealogical facts for the family and its history;

And whereas, this historical contribution has not been limited to just "Kennamers Cove and/or the Marshall-Jackson County, Alabama" areas, but has extended to far removed areas from the confines of the Cove, both by correspondence with various archive facilities and even to his odyssey into South Carolina where his tedious and organized search for family historical facts were made in 1982;

And not only has such research been time-consuming, but there has been substantial monetary requirements for such;

Now therefore, be it resolved by the Association in its regular annual conclave on August 27, 1983, that it recognizes these everlasting efforts by Wendell and that its members thank him for such contributions for those of us here now as well as for posterity;

Be it further resolved that this resolution become a part of the minutes of this annual meeting and that a copy of such be furnished LEWIS WENDELL PAGE, SR., 207 Kirby Street, Scottsboro, Alabama 35768

It is requested that the Chair will entertain a motion for the adoption of this recognition of service.

Respectfully submitted,

CARLUS PAGE (5TH. GENERATION DESCENDANT OF HANS KENNAMER VIA. HIS OLDEST SON, JACOB KENNEMER, OF SUGAR CREEK) 1.

1. THE KENNAMER FAMILY by John Robert and Lorrin Garfield Kennamer,

"First Edition Copyright, 1924"

27 August 1983

 

MINUTES OF THE FIFTY-SIXTH ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION OF ALABAMA, INC., HELD AUGUST 25, 1984

The fifty-sixth annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association of Alabama, Inc., held at the Kennamer Family Association pavilion in Kennamer’s Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 25th, 1984 was called to order by Danny Kennamer, President and he welcomed members of the family and their guests to the reunion.

David L. Kennamer led the family in prayer.

Pat Kennamer, the son of Danny Kennamer, led the family in the pledge of allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and Wendell Page, led us in singing "America."

The minutes of the last meeting were read by Edith Kennamer Bramblett, Secretary, and were approved as read.

Judge William Page, Historian, of Huntsville, Alabama, gave a very short and concise report.

In the absence of our newly elected Treasurer, our old Treasurer gave the financial report. He stated that Louise Kennamer Barclay was away on a trip and that he was substituting for her. He advised that we had $1737.98 on hand prior to the 1983 reunion and we collected $568.72 at the reunion and then had $10.00 given, making a total of $2316.70, and that the expenses in connection with getting the pavilion and grounds in shape for the reunion, and the expense of certain facilities to be used at the reunion amounted to $471.83, leaving us with a balance of $1844.87.

D. C. Kennamer, with the help of others of the family took the collection and $706.45 was donated.

President Danny expressed the gratitude and thanks of the Association to Talmadge & Leon Kennamer and to Wendell Page for their work in seeing that the pavilion and grounds were made ready for the Reunion.

Isabelle Dreher asked if we could not secure additional benches or chairs before the next Reunion, and the President stated he would attend to this. He also suggested that we probably should store the few benches we have left, since vandals continue to destroy and take them.

D. C. Kenammer then led the family in prayer before we had lunch. Again, we all over did the amount of food we brought and the amount we ate, and I for one promised myself I would bring less and eat less next year - but that was soon forgotten and I probably will be guilty of both another year.

After the wonderful meal, the President called the meeting to order and called the roll by states. There were 15 from Tennessee, 5 from Texas, 2 from Georgia, 5 from Kentucky, 1 from Oklahoma, 2 from California, 2 from Virginia and many, many of us from Alabama.

The President then requested that members of the family stand and introduce their guests: Ray Latham, Eddie Kennamer’s son-in-law, introduced his friend, from Tokyo, Japan; Elvin Kennamer, introduced Mr. & Mrs. Bill Neeley from Section, Alabama, Audrey Kennamer Hall introduced Mr. & Mrs. Nelson from Athens; and Ray Kennamer introduced Sheriff John Cobert and his wife from Guntersville. I wonder if Ray brings him for protection or what!! Frances Kennamer Miles introduced her guests, Mary O’Neal Williams from Paint Rock, and Joe & Helen Pritchett from Woodville. Verta Prince introduced her son, Roland and his wife. Carlus Page said his brother moved to South Alabama and never wanted to come back - but was here today. He introduced his brother, Leo Page.

Those who had attended every one of the 56 Reunions were asked to stand and be recognized - and the number has dwindled to three: Ralph Kennamer, Henry Kennamer and Audrey Kennamer Hall.

The four members who had attended every Reunion except for the time they were in service were also recognized, being Benny Kennamer, Talmadge Kennamer, Wendell Page and Johnny Kennamer.

The President then requested that we pause in all of our fun and remember those members of our family who had died since the last Reunion. The ones named were: Dixie Page, died February, 1983; A R. Kennamer, Jr., March 23, 1983; Nola Kennamer Page, May 16, 1984; Edward Miles, October, 1983; Albert Parks, December 20, 1983; Zella Milton Hodges, December, 1983; Howard Page in 1982 and Irene Underwood, daughter of Grace K. Elsburg, died in Georgia. The family observed a few moments of silent prayer in memory of our departed loved ones.

Steve M. Kennamer, our newly elected Vice-President, came and introduced his bride of two months together with their daughter, and stated that although it was Ann’s first Reunion, it would not be her last.

Ray Kennamer introduced his five weeks old granddaughter, Tiffany Ann Stone, and she was adjudged to be the youngest member of the family present.

David Lipscomb Kennamer was asked to say a few words, and he started his talk by stating he loved to try to talk, and to get up before an audience, and that while he was not an accomplished speaker, he was a school teacher. He reminded us that he retired and went to Kenya as a Missionary - and stated that he told us this when he was here three years ago.

David went on to tell of two hair-raising experiences that he had while in that part of the world. He told of how a friend and he were accosted soon after they had been looking at the source of the Nile River, and that they look many pictures and came back to the car, put their cameras in the car and drove over to a large

dam that was used to provide electricity for much of Kenya, and as they were standing their minding their own business three soldiers and one other man, supposedly a CIA man, came up and wanted them to tell them their business. He stated he tried to convince them they were just looking at the dam, but they advised them they had violated the law and would have to go with them to headquarters, if they did not

pay them 800 shillings. "We refused to pay," David said, "because it was out and out bribery". They decided to just go to headquarters - but instead of them taking David and his friend to headquarters, they took them to the edge of town and proceeded to rob them - but let them go. The other incident occurred when there was an unsuccessful coup - and they were close to the gunfire.

David stated that Kenya was a great place, that the nationals treated them well, although the country has problems - but maybe nothing to compare with ours. He stated he was stunned when he returned to this country and had to pay $1.50 for three cups of coffee. He expressed pleasure at being here for the Reunion.

President Danny Kennamer then asked Ralph to come and make any remarks he cared to make - and Ralph started by confessing he was 74 years old in August but he did not have to tell us, we all have Kennamer Family Histories - and if he had told it wrong, we could have corrected him. He continued by saying one of his classmates called him and reminded him it had been 50 years since he graduated from college, and that they would be holding their 50th reunion - and he was then reminded that he had attended 56 of our reunions, and that the shadows grow long!!

Ralph went on to say, "But, I remind myself over and over again that I have practiced low for 50 years and have enjoyed the practice of law. It has provided me with a very good living and I have handled about every kind of case there is in the law books. Mine has been a general practice of the law." Ralph stated further, "I remind myself over and over again that I have had a very happy life. Few living people my age have had a happier life then I have had, but I also remind myself over and over that Ralph Kennamer is getting older -but I have known love as few people have known it and you (the Kennamer Family) have been port of that love. I have known security as few people have known it, and you have been part of that security.

As Ralph continued he stated "That happiness includes visits back to this cove when I was a boy - visiting in the home of Dave Kennamer, who I admired greatly and in the home of Sid Kennamer with his boys - we seined the creek. Also visited in the home of John R. Kennamer. I was saddened when I learned of the death of John R. Kennamer, Jr. - he was a shy, modest person, and like his father he was scholarly - an educator. I loved those people and I think those people loved me as a boy. David Kennamer together with his sister Irma is here today. David’s real name is David Lipscomb Kennamer, named for David Lipscomb College in Nashville, where I attended college.

Ralph went on to say, "As I have said over and over again, the reunion means a great deal to me. They are a part of my life and I have been to all 56 of them. I leave here each year with my mind made up that if I am living and able I will be here at the next reunion. I am proud of this family, one of the reasons I say I have known love and security as few other people have known it, is because of this family. I am proud of every accomplishment by any member of the family. I wrote Elvin a Letter to congratulate him on being elected Major of Section. Anytime I read about anyone of the family, it is usually something I can be proud of. My nephew, Seaborn Kennamer, is here today - but his father-in-law said to me one time "you are proud of your family, and it is good to have a family you can be proud of."

Ralph said, when I first started coming to the reunions, I used to hear members of the family - Walter, John R., my father and others, get up here and talk about the future and I thought "I don’t reckon I will ever be their age. As a boy I thought I would always be a boy, but as Oliver Wendell Holmes said, "time plucks at my ear and says, ‘I am here.’"

The President attempted to get a count on individual families - but some of the members had left, others had wandered out to the cemetery, and there was no exact count.

In asking Henry Kennamer to come and lead us in singing some of the beloved hymns - Ralph announced that Henry Kennamer had recently been voted Into the Alabama Gospel Hall of Fame." We are all proud of this honor, Henry.

Henry and Wendell did lead us in singing, several of the good old gospel songs, such as What A Friend We Have in Jesus", Amazing Grace, and then God Bless America.

The matter of seeing that the Kennamer Family name is listed in the Scottsboro, Jackson County Heritage Center book was again brought up, and Benny W. Kennamer made a notion that we pay $250.00 each year for four years and have our family represented and recognized with the outstanding families of this area. Ralph Kennamer seconded the motion, and said motion passed.

Some members asked if individual donations could be made and Wendell Page explained that donations would be appreciated, but only those families who paid $1000.00 would actually be called one of the Founding Families. However, he stated donations could be made to the Kennamer Family Association designated for the Heritage Center.

Before adjourning we expressed our thanks to the Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church for the use of their facilities.

Wendell Page led us in singing "God Be With You ‘Til We Meet Again" and Doss Kennamer dismissed us with prayer.

MINUTES OF THE FIFTY-SEVENTH ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INC., HELD AUGUST 31, 1985

The fifty-seventh annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association of Alabama, Inc., held at the Kennamer Family Association pavilion in Kennamer’s Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 31st, 1985 was called to order by Danny Kennamer President, and he welcomed members of the family and their guests to the reunion.

David Lipscomb Kennamer led the family in prayer.

Thurston Cromwell, Ida Louise Kennamer Cromwell’s son, led the family in the pledge of allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and Wendell Page led us in singing "America".

The minutes of the last meeting were read by Edith Kennamer Bramblett, Secretary, and were approved as read.

Judge William Page, Historian, of Huntsville, Alabama, spoke briefly about military duty of members of our family during invasion of hostile Creek Indians, and told of how John Kennemore was paid $4.12 for his service. A copy of his entire report is attached to and made a part of these minutes.

Our president, Danny Kennamer, read a letter from James E. Butler, Chairman of the Bob Jones Community Center Board of Directors at Woodville, inviting all of us to visit the Center, and advised that the month of August had been designated to honor the Kennamer family. (And any of you who visited the Center during August saw a great many interesting items owned by various members of our family)

Inasmuch as the Kennamer Family is one of the "Founding Families" of the Scottsboro-Jackson County Heritage Center, all of us are invited to visit the center this weekend free of charge.

Our treasurer, Louise Barclay, reported that we had $1844.87 in the treasury on August 25, 1984, and we received $731.25, making a total of $2576.12, and we had expenditures of $827.99, leaving a balance of $1748.13. The total contributed at the 1985 Reunion was $721.40.

This is election year - if you can call what we do an election. Be that as it may, President Denny requested nominations for the Cemetery Committee as provided in a Resolution passed by the Reunion members in 1983, and Leon Kennamer, Ray Kennamer and Jimmy Kennamer were nominated and elected as the Cemetery Committee.

Nominations for Vice President were called for and Wendell Page nominated Elvin Kennamer, Mayor of Section, Alabama, and Ralph Kennamer seconded the nomination. There were no further nominations and Elvin Kennamer was elected Vice President.

Benny Kennamer nominated Steve Kennamer to serve as President for the next two years. The nomination was seconded by Ralph Kennamer and Steve was elected.

(I want to add here, parenthetically that when we voted a few years ago to keep the same Historian and Treasurer - there was nothing said about keeping the same Secretary, and since we did not elect one, I guess we do not have a Secretary for this year.)

Danny Kennamer announced that we had gifts for those who had traveled the greatest distance, the youngest person present, the most recently wed couple and the oldest, George Kennamer, who was present with his son and daughter, from San Diego, California, claimed the distance prize, and little Helen Craig Kennamer, who was born May 24, 1985, the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Seaborn Kennamer of Montgomery was our newest member. Ronnie Perkins and wife, who were married June 15th, 1985 were our newlyweds, and Mr. A. H. Cooper of Grant, being 93 years of age was the oldest.

Judge William Page of Huntsville presented Audrey Kennamer Hall with the book being the female member who had attended the most reunions.

It was lunchtime - and Doss Kennamer led the family in a beautiful prayer before we all ate too much again. After we had eaten too much and put away the leftovers and I don’t know about the rest of you, but seems like we always have a lot of leftovers!!, President Danny asked how many present had attended every Reunion. Ralph Kennamer, Henry Kennamer and Audry Kennamer Hall were recognized as having been to every Reunion and Johnny Kennamer Talmadge Kennamer, Benny Kennamer and Wendell Page were recognized as having attended every Reunion except when in the military service.

The roll call of states revealed that there were 14 from Texas, 15 from Tennessee, 4 from Georgia, 4 from Kentucky, 5 from California, I from Virginia, I from Colorado and 3 from Ohio - and several hundred from Alabama.

We paused once more to honor the memory of those of our family who have died since the last Reunion, and among those named were: Jack Wood, Ft. Worth, Texas, Rufus Edward Mitchell, Bessemer, Madge Kennamer, Guntersville, Alva Kennamer Camp, Bessemer James Kennamer, Frank Kennamer, Seaborn Alexander Kennamer, Montgomery, W. K. Kennamer, Woodville, Jeff Kennamer, San Angelo, Texas, 0. D. Hodges, Woodville, Alton B. Page, Scottsboro, Tommy Holland, Chattanooga, son of Beuna Mae Kennamer. Burgess Wade Page, Huntsville, G. 0. Thomas, Woodville, Irene Kenemer Elsberry Underwood, daughter of Grace Kenemer Elsberry, died Feb. 8, 1984, and Stephen Kenemer, the last two from Dalton, Ga.

When it got time to brag - it was difficult to keep all of us from talking at once, but the President let me "tell" first - and I told now my niece, Kim Kennamer Broyles, daughter of Benny Kennamer, as Regional Director of the American Heart Association for six counties was honored at the National Convention in Orlando with a reception and appropriate trophy, as the "Rookie of the Year,

Our newly elected President, Steve Kennamer stated that he was a practicing attorney and that several people in our family had over the years served the bar with distinction. He went on to say that while attending the State of Alabama Bar Convention in Huntsville he was privileged to pick up an award for a gentleman in the family who could not be at the Convention. He stated that the gentleman had served with honor and distinction for 50 years and that by the authority of the President of the State of Alabama Bar Association, he was honored at this time to present to Mr. Ralph Kennamer his Certificate for 50 years of service to the bar.

George Kennamer of San Diego, California told of his 30 years in the Navy and said that the Navy had his name in their museum in Washington, D. C. along with the history of his service.

David Lipscomb Kennamer told of an honor that had come to his only sister, Irma Kennamer Christian via an article in the Abilene Reporter News regarding her achievements as an educator and particularly of her fame as a geography teacher. A copy of the article is attached to these minutes.

David also told that his second son was now a Lt. J.G. in the Navy and was completing 19 years of service. He also paid tribute to Audrey Kennamer Hall for her hospitality to the visiting kin, as well as her faithfulness in attending the Reunions. He issued an invitation for any and all of us to attend the Kennamer Group that meets at Fredericksburg, Texas on July 4th of each year.

Carlus Page paid tribute to Uncle John R. Kennamer, Sr. and advised that in his genealogy search he came across a post card that had a picture of the Scottsboro College or Tri-State Normal in Scottsboro and that the Bridgeport News of June showed that Miss Fannie Woodall (later Mrs. John Maples), Mollie Williams and John R. Kennamer had obtained BS degrees. Then Cousin Wendell could not resist reminding us that the old Normal was located at the same place the Elementary School in Scottsboro, named "Lewis Wendell Page School," is now located. Don’t blame you Wendell, we are proud of you!!!

Benny Kennamer said that the Word family of Scottsboro had all kinds of successful business men - and that now Dan Word, son of Bob Word had just completed law school.

Wendell Page called to our memory the time, after a Reunion, that Henry Clay Kennamer and his brother of Dalton, Georgia had the misfortune to wreck their plane as it took off from Uncle Bob Elkins’ pasture over Eddie Kennamer’s corn field. He told of tie efforts of members of the family to assist them in setting the plane upright and how much excitement it caused. He went on to say that Henry Kennamer and wife, Miss Rosa were now deceased, but that members of his family hold a Kenemer Family Reunion each October each year and he had been authorized to invite any and all of us to attend. David Grigsby, Rt. 3. Box 1300, Lafayette, Georgia 30728, was present at the Reunion representing the Dalton branch of our family.

Wendell also told of visiting in Liberty, S. C. and that a 96 year old member of that branch of the family, affectionately called "Miss Ollie" extended an invitation for us to attend their Reunion.

Misses Mae & Maude Thomas of Scottsboro were thanked for making the facilities of the Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church available to us and they have requested that if any of us have pictures of the original church to contact them. The original building was built in 1880, but was remodeled sometime in the 1930’s.

Woody Kelly advised that he had 140 copies of the Kennamer Family History he compiled available out of the original 1500 published in 1981. He stated further that more and more members of the family keep surfacing and that sometime he hoped to be able to bring the book down to date and correct many errors in the first book, as well as publish a photo album. He expressed his appreciation for all family members who contributed to the book. He also advised that he wanted to pay tribute to his daughter who did all the indexing and to his son who had to vacate his room in order to allow them to spread out the material for the book.

Ralph Kennamer announced that he had prizes to be given - the first to the person who now lives in the Cove and has lived here the longest. This honor went to Leon Kennamer. The earliest graduate of the DAR school went to Louise Kennamer Barclay, who graduated with the first class in 1931.

Irma Kennamer Christian’s daughter, Shirley, advised that she was proud of all of her children, but was especially proud of her Phi Beta Kappa daughter, Melinda, who was with her at the Reunion.

President Danny Kennamer then called on Ralph Kennamer - and stated we always save the best for last.

Ralph told of how when he was a boy living in Guntersville the arrival of the trains was an exciting time, and that one of his heroes and idols was Milburn Bishop, an Engineer on the train, and that it was not until recently that he learned that Milburn Bishop was one of his kinsman - that his mother was a Kennamer and his grandmother was a Kennamer. Ralph went on to say that he wished someone had told him then, because he would have bragged about it and told his friends, "That is a relative of mine", and I guess that is the way I feel today about my relatives.

He went on to recall that he had talked about our ancestors, how they were good citizens, men and women of character. He referred to his tribute to his Aunt Mattie Smith and that he could pay the same tribute to her three daughters, who are here today.

He said, I think about Seaborn Henry Kennamer, Uncle Brud and his wife, Aunt Mollie, they were that type of people - brought great admiration and compliments from their fellow citizens - their children. I could say many beautiful things about their children. One of them was Walter Kennamer. I have said many good things about Walter Kennamer in the past and I could say many more, and I could say many good things about Walter’s children. What they have meant to this family. Brud’s and Mollie’s descendants, the Pages - the Pages have Kennamer blood like you would not believe. In fact one Page married a Kennamer and they had 7 children, she died and he married her sister and they had 7 children.

Ralph paid tribute to Henry Kennamer and his children. Told of their successes, and of the tribute Henry paid to his Uncle Steve Kennamer.

Ralph went on to say that we don’t have to just confine out remarks to our [ed note. The rest of this paragraph is missing from my copy of the minutes.]

A rousing round of applause was given Ralph when he said, "We are the leading family in the State of Alabama". We have families within our family - take Norwood Hodges out here and his beautiful family. It would be a labor of love on my part to support Norwood Hodges for some high office. And Bob Word here - couldn’t you work for him and support him for public office and be proud of him. I could.

Ralph went on to say that we are a family who has a wonderful past heritage, but that we are a family with wonderful prospects for the future. Young Steve right here, (referring to Steve Kennamer, newly elected President) attorney at Scottsboro. I predict for him an illustrious career as a lawyer - and Young Lewis Page is in a big law firm in Birmingham and I predict for him a great career. And not only do we have outstanding lawyers, we have outstanding businessmen and women and outstanding teachers. My daughter Beth is an outstanding teacher and has received many awards and recognition as an educator.

Minor Woodall was here earlier - the Woodalls have Kennamer blood in them. Minor Woodall’s daddy was a successful businessman, as is Minor. Minor has a brother in Birmingham who is now retired, but was an outstanding obstetrician. Go up and down the list - name them, one by one. Is there a better legal secretary in the State of Alabama than Edith Bramblett. I dare say that she does not have an equal in the State as a legal secretary. I could look this crowd over and point them out.

Ralph said further - The first time I heard the expression, "his word is his bond" was about David Campbell Kennamer, and I say every thing good I have said about David Campbell Kennamer and anything anybody else has said good about him could be said about his son, D. C. Kennamer, Jr. A lady asked me once if I knew David Campbell Kennamer, Jr. and when I said I did, she said "He is the finest Christian gentleman I have ever met in my life" Good to see D. C. here today - was our treasurer for years.

Then Ralph let us in on the secret of why Ray Kennamer, a very successful businessman in Guntersville, always brings the Sheriff with him, and it is to guard his money, because everybody in Guntersville knows he is loaded financially. His brother Elton is a great and successful business man in Guntersville, and Elton’s son, Leon Kennamer is one of the leading photographers in America, and the reason Leon is not here today is because he is in Chicago lecturing on photography.

It is not just the successes made by the members of the family, but it is the type of people we are.

Ralph said further - Doss Kennamer - who led the prayer before lunch is a young man of character and people look up to him and think of him as a good man.

I tell you again, we are proud of the past, but I look to the future.

My son-in-law Paul Dreher is making a success. His wife, Isabell is a jewel, Ida Louise’s husband is a successful businessman in Nashville.

Ralph paid a beautiful tribute to his father, the late Judge Charles Kennamer by sayings "My father was perhaps the most outstanding citizen Marshall County ever produced. I practiced law for 50 years and before many Federal Judges, but never practiced before one that was the equal of my Daddy. And, if you remember, he was Federal Judge in Alabama and his brother, Uncle Elmore, was a Federal Judge in Oklahoma and it is the only time in the history of this country when two brothers were Federal Judges at the same time. There was a time when they could have organized court and tried cases when Tom Kennamer was the United States Marshall and their brother Shep was a lawyer.

Nobody can brag on our ancestors more than I can, but I can also brag on the present members and I believe one day I will point with pride to what all their accomplishments are.

Walter Kennamer one of the ... he was a most successful business man, but he was interested in government affairs and ran for Lt. Governor of the State of Alabama one time, and the platform he ran on was the most progressive platform any man had ever run for Governor at that time. Walter was greatly responsible for this reunion and for this building and everything he was progressive and outstanding.

Ralph closed by asking "Do you think I have bragged enough?"

Danny then gave the gavel to our new President, Steven M. Kennamer.

Steve said, "we are getting to one of the traditional times of the Kennamer Family - the time when we raise our voices in song. Henry Kennamer with the help of Mr. Logan and others led us in singing Old Rugged Cross, My Faith Looks Up to Thee, and Battle Hymn of The Republic.

Our new President then expressed the thanks of the Association to Wendell Page, Talmadge and Leon Kennamer for preparing our grounds for the reunion.

We closed this 57th Reunion by singing "God Be With You ‘Til We Meet Again", led by Wendell.

Respectfully submitted,

 

Edith Kennamer Bramblett

Secretary

 

 

MINUTES OF THE FIFTY-EIGHTH ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION OF ALABAMA, INC., AUGUST 30, 1986

The fifty-eighth annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association of Alabama, Inc., held at the Kennamer Family Association pavilion in Kennamer’s Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 30th, 1986 was called to order by Stephen M. Kennamer, President, and he welcomed members of-the family and their guests to the Reunion.

Doss Kennamer, son of Eddie & Estell Kennamer, of Sheffield, Alabama, led the family in prayer.

Thruston Cromwell, son of Ida Louise Kennamer Cromwell, led the family in the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and Wendell Page led us in singing America.

The minutes of the last meeting were read by Edith Kennamer Bramblett, Secretary, and were approved after the President, Steve Kennamer, made the election of a Secretary, retroactive to the 1985 reunion. The motion to approve the minutes was made by Wendell Page and seconded by D. C. Kennamer, Jr., and unanimously carried.

The report of the Treasurer, Louise Kennamer Barclay was made and it reflected that we had a balance on hand at the 1985 Reunion of $1748.13, and contribution of $981.40 were received, making a total of $2729.53. The expenditures since the last reunion were as follows: Advertising $11.46, gifts $23.12, taxes on our property $20.16, mowing $440.00, Constructions rentals $187.00; W. 0. McDonald for materials to fix the tables $105.40; Talmadge Kennamer $25.00 labor on the tables, making total expenditures of $762.14,leaving a balance of $1667.39 in the Treasury.

The President announced that he personally had some gifts he wanted to give. He gave a gift to Mr. Orville Kennamer, 88 years old, as being the oldest person present. The youngest person present was Thompsie Pruett, the 5-month old daughter of Paul and Lorie Kennamer Pruett. The most recently married couple was Pam Kennamer Longcrier and Rickey Longcrier, having been married in February 1986. And our President presented gifts to these persons,

The youngest child here whose name is Kennamer was Helen Craig Kennamer, 15 month old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Seaborn of Montgomery, and she was presented with a gift from our President, and Audrey Kennamer Hall was recognized as being the oldest female who had attended the most reunions.

Since, as our President pointed out, not many people wear hats anymore, he suggested that we receive the contribution in whatever was available and asked those present to please open their hearts and pocketbooks - since we need funds to take care of our property, etc,

President Steve then asked Ralph Samples to lead us in prayer before lunch and in Mr. Sample’s prayer he thanked the Lord for the freedom and privilege of meeting together and prayed His blessings on this family.

After we had all again eaten too much, our President called us to order and asked who was the oldest married couple present. Eddie & Estelle Kennamer of Woodville claimed this honor, and Brents Kennamer of California had traveled the greatest distance to attend the Reunion.

The roll-call of States divulged that there were 3 members from California, 17 from Tennessee, 9 from Georgia, 2 from Texas, 2 from Virginia, and 1 from Kentucky, together with many of us from Alabama.

At this time we paused once again to remember those members of our family and our friends who were no longer with us. Among those named were: . Roy Hodges, George Page, Erskine Kennamer, Minor Woodall, Hugh Carter, Norman Kennamer, Carol Hodges, Woodrow Smith, Billy Kennamer, Hoyt Bramblett, and Reed Barnes.

The number of our family who had attended all fifty-eight Kennamer Reunions is four - Henry Kennamer, Audrey Kennamer Hall, Ralph Kennamer and Talmadge Kennamer. And those who have attended every Reunion except when they were in military service are Benny Kennamer, Wendell Page, Johnny Kennamer and Elvin Kennamer.

Earl Kennamer, former President of the Kennamer Family Association was called on to speak to us and he said he and his wife did wish we would furnish name tags because it is difficult to recognize all your kin when you only see them one time each year. He also called to mind his beloved aunt, Clara Bell Kennamer Dukes of Birmingham who loved the reunions and came as long as she was able.

Ralph Kennamer of Mobile reminded us that ours is a family that has had and does have many occupations that they fill well. He told us that Leon Kennamer, the son of Elton and Ruby Kennamer of Guntersville, could not be here today because he was in Denmark lecturing on photography. Paul Kennamer, son of Henry Kennamer has a successful video business. We have bankers, Delmer & David C. Kennamer, sons of D. C. Kennamer, Sr; Bob Word, son of Virginia Kennamer Word and Robert Word is now President of the National Alumni Association at Auburn. Edith Bramblett made an outstanding President of our Association. Federal Judges, Charles B. Kennamer and Franklin Elmore Kennamer; Circuit Judges; William Page and Roland Prince; Mayors Walter Kennamer, Elvin Kennamer and Norwood Hodges; County Commissioners Henry Kennamer and Houston Kennamer; Historians; John R. Kennamer, Lorrin G. Kennamer, Willard C. Kennamer, Wendell Page and Judge William Page; State Representative of Alabama Seaborn F. Kennamer; Lawyers - Charles B. Kennamer, Franklin Elmore Kennamer, Jr., John S. Kennamer, John Kennamer, Stephen Kennamer; Ralph Kennamer, Lewis Page, William Page, Roland Prince & Wendell Willard; Postmaster, John R. Kennamer, Elvin Kennamer; Doctors, William C. Noel, Rex Kennamer, Paul Woodall; Merchants - Lawton Kennamer, Lawrence Kennamer, Hoyt Bramblett, Eva Parks and McDonald Kennamer and Sheriff Stephen Kennamer - known as "Big Steve" - he was the great, great, grandfather of Doss Kennamer.

Ralph went on to say that Big Steve was elected Sheriff of Jackson County in 1860. At that time there was talk of secession - war was just around the corner. Big Steve never got to serve. I don’t know if was because he had gone off to fight, or just why he did not get to serve - it could have been the turmoil of the war.

Ralph continued by saying that when you think of that time in our history - we did not have legislative or constitutional slavery, we just had slavery. We fought a war about slavery and when the war was over the courts said the State of Alabama was still in existence. The Confederacy was in shambles - its money was worthless, but the State of Alabama was still in existence. There were no laws being enacted and I don’t know how Jefferson David got elected President of the Confederacy. A group met in Montgomery and elected him. I don’t know how they got elected. With all the confusion, I still do not know why Big Steve Kennamer did not get to serve as Sheriff of Jackson County. He died in 1870. He had defeated a very popular man named Sublett, who had previously served as Sheriff.

He ended his remarks by saying, "I think the bottom line of my talk is that Jackson County owes the Kennamer family an elected position, and I thought they were going to repay us this year when Steve Kennamer ran for District Judge, but it was not to be. As I have said, Big Steve did not get to serve, did not get paid, but my thinking is that if our President Steve could prosecute the case he could get to serve and get paid. Ralph then expressed pleasure at being at the reunion.

The President then asked if anyone else wanted to talk or brag and Doss Kennamer said his brother, Murell was unable to be with us today because of health problems, but Doss wanted to tell us that Murell’s son finished as valedictorian of his class and was now serving with FBI in Florida. Doss went on to say that his daughter, Pam Congener is an RN and that she is head of the North Alabama Branch of the Crippled Children’s Association in Alabama.

Doss continued by saying that he was glad to see Ralph and that he enjoyed his talk, and that he was glad to see Earl. He said further that Earl had not been with us for two or three years and that although he was from "that other school" (referring to Auburn as opposed to Alabama) he was glad to see him. Doss concluded by saying that he had the pleasure of being raised in this Cove and that he was so blessed in having a good mother and father who are now in their eighties and able to be here today - and for all of this he was most thankful.

President Steve then announced that he wanted to thank some special people, without whom we could not have this reunion. He first thanked Talmadge Kennamer for helping put up the tables and doing all the work he does from year to year.

We owe him a lot and I would like to give him a big round of applause. Steve went on to say he wanted to thank Wendell for providing the PA system and there are others who do so much to make the reunion possible. The Church has been good to us over the years - allowing us to use their facilities - they go out of their way to be helpful and if any of the members are here today I would like to thank you and as you run across other members of the church, please express your appreciation to them, for the entire family.

Wendell Page reported that there were some Kennamers here today who are descendants of Jacob Kennamer, the eldest son of Hans Kennamer. I want to point out that Aunt Estelle is our remaining tie to the past - as the youngest child of Robert Coleman Page and Josephine Kennamer Page - we feel that she is very special. She is the last of several brothers and sisters - so we still feel the ties of love and kinship are very strong - since Josephine Kennamer Page was a great grand-daughter of Jacob Kennamer, the eldest son of Hans Kennamer.

There some Kennamers here from Limestone County, Wendell reported - who are also descendants of this same Jacob Kennamer. Aunt Estelle is a granddaughter of James Allen Kennamer and James Allen had a brother named Ethridge and some of his descendants are here today from Limestone County. Wendell made them welcome and they were invited to come and tell us about your side of the family.

George James Kennamer, Jr. came to the mike and stated that this was his first time to be at the Reunion and that he had his son and his grandson with him (three generations) and that recently he was at decoration at a cemetery near Anniston, Alabama, where three generations of Kennamers were buried - being Jacob (Sugar Creek) Kennamer, who died in 1856; Eldridge Kennamer, who died in 1862, and Jacobs Leonard Kennamer, who died in 1911. He went on to say that his father, George Kennamer is still living and is 89 years of age. He expressed pleasure at being here.

Ralph Kennamer came back to the mike for the purpose of introducing two people. One was Lallie Hudgins Wallace from Nashville. Her mother was a Woodall. And the other was Gale Fletcher - she was Gale Woodall Fletcher. They are granddaughters of Mr. Clay Woodall, who was at one time Treasurer of our Association. And Lallie was at one time the Maid of Cotton from Alabama.

Isabell Kennamer Dreher introduced her friend, Beverly McGill, who will be a freshman at Auburn next year.

David Grigsby from Lafayette Georgia had previously expressed pleasure at being at the reunion, and Wendell now introduced his wife, Delores, and David’s son, Kevin and his wife, Kitty - all from LaFayette, Georgia. Wendell told of his pleasure at being able to attend the reunion of the Georgia branch of the family.

Evelyn Kennamer introduced her guest, Mr. Moore, and told that he previously lived here, but moved away in 1978. The President welcomed him.

The President then stated that we always recognized those who had attended all 58 reunions, but that there were several people who were not 58 years old and said he would like to recognize those who had been to ever Kennamer Reunion since they signed up. Kim Kennamer said she had attended 26 Reunions, everyone since she was born, Wendell stated his granddaughters, Katie and Mollie Page had attended every reunion since they were born. Many more stood to be recognized.

Wendell then advised us of a paper that Judge William Page had had published in the Tennessee Valley Genealogy - published in Huntsville and stated it was an excellent paper and contained much history of this area.

Earl Kennamer then asked to make one "quick" comment and turned to me and said, "I said quick, Edith". He went on to say: I don’t believe any family realizes when they have a reunion it is in honor of that family name. I have done some studying of religions and history and notice the Chinese are so-called ancestor worshipers, and I guess the Kennamer family is sort of ancestor worshipers. The point is that when you think about families, you think about what a good mother and father I had or grandfather - I have heard these comments today, and it is important to keep in mind... I bet Jessie James does not have a family reunion like this. I just wanted to make this comment. Alex Haley (referring to the book "Roots") had a book that might have gotten more publicity - but I don’t think I have ever seen another book that compares with our Kennamer family book - the original and the one that followed. I think that is quite a feather in our cap - that is all I wanted to say now.

We closed this 58th reunion by singing "God Be With You ‘Til we Meet Again," led by Wendell.

Respectfully submitted,

Edith Kennamer Bramblett, Secretary

 

MINUTES OF THE FIFTY-NINTH ANNUAL REUNION OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION OF ALABAMA, INC., AUGUST 29, 1987

The fifty-ninth annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association of Alabama, Inc., held at the Kennamer Family Association pavilion in Kennamer’s Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 29th, 1987 was called to order by Stephen M. Kennamer, President, and he welcomed members of the family and their guests to the Reunion.

David Lipscomb Kennamer of Abilene, Texas (son of John R. & Sallie Kennamer), led the family in prayer.

Thurston Cromwell, son of Ida Louise Kennamer Cromwell, led the family in the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and Wendell Page, led us in singing

The minutes of the last meeting were read by Edith Kennamer Bramblett, Secretary, and were approved as read.

The report of the Treasurer, Louise Kennamer Romans was mode and it reflected that we had a balance on hand at the 1986 Reunion of $1667.39, and we had contributions totaling $714.00, making balance of $2381.39. Our expenses for the post year were $250.00 to the Scottsboro-Jackson County Heritage Center; $187.00 to Construction Rentals for the porta-johns; $300.00 for mowing; $20.l6 for real estate taxes and printing of circulars $57.78, or a total expenditure of $814.94, leaving us with a balance of $1566.45. Louise reminded us that we spent $100.00 more than we took in, and suggested we all dig a little deeper this year.

President Steve emphasized that we bad spent $100.00 more than we took in, and advised that although the Federal Government does it - we could not operate on deficit spending and urged the members to be generous, when the "bat" was passed.

As the contributions were being taken, Wendell Page took the opportunity to publicly thank Misses Mae and Maude Thomas and other members of the Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church for letting us borrow their chairs and also for making their rest room facilities available to us.

Wendell also read an invitation he had received to the John Kennamer family reunion to be held in Dalton, Georgia on October 11th, 1987.

Wendell pointed out the poor condition of our sound system to us and he made a motion that Benny Kennamer be authorized to purchase a new sound system for the Association before the 1988 Reunion. The approximate cost was discussed and it was estimated that it would be around $300.00. The matter was discussed and upon motion made and duly seconded Benny Kennamer was authorized to purchase a new sound system before the 1988 Reunion.

President Steve announced that he had three gifts he wished to present, and that the first one would be to the oldest person present. It was ascertained that Mr. Ambrose H. Cooper of Grant, Alabama was the oldest, being 95 years of age.

The youngest person present was presented a gift - and that went to Cory Dan Bates, born July 4, 1987, the son of Cathy and Danny Bates. Little Cory is the great grand son of Dent and Nora Kennamer.

It was ascertained that Shirley Christian Lobley, daughter of Irma Kennamer Christian, and granddaughter of John R. & Sallie Kennamer, had traveled 1050 miles from San Antonio, Texas, and she received the prize given for having traveled the greatest distance to attend the Reunion.

It was now THAT time again - when the lunch is spread and we all eat entirely too much but I guess that is part of the Kennamer Reunion. Doss Kennamer, of Sheffield, Alabama, son of Eddie & Estelle Kennamer, led the family in a prayer of grateful thanks before we ate. The food was plentiful and good!!

The President called us to order after lunch and called on our Historian, Judge William Page of Huntsville for his report.

A copy of his report is attached to the minutes, but I wanted to tell you some of the interesting items in this report. In addition Judge Page told us of a claim that was filed by Damaris Kennamer, also called "Aunt Love" where she filed a claim with the Southern Claims Commission seeking payment for two horses which were delivered to a Major of the Fourth Indiana Cavalry at Paint Rock. There were several affidavits, by various persons, testifying to the loyalty of this woman to the United States. Judge Page stated that she was a sister of John B. Kennamer and her mother was a Busby.

Judge Page also told us of a claim filed by Presley R. Woodall, a son of Willis Woodall, and that Presley R. Woodall went to Illinois to escape the Civil War, because he was in sympathy with the Union.

This is a most interesting report and Judge Page is to be thanked for this contribution.

At this time, President Steve announced that Judge Robert L. Hodges, Circuit Court Judge in Scottsboro would be coming to speak to us - but that he (Steve) wanted to announce before hand that Judge Hodges did not have a drop of Kennamer blood (for which Benny Kennamer replied, "for which we are thankful") but that he was kin to the Woodalls and the Pages and this makes him kin to us anyway.

Steve went on to say in his introduction that Judge Hodges was a learned Judge, and a respected one, but that he was about to read us a work of fiction. Steve stated further that the Judge would give us his report on the infamous Hodges-Kennamer baseball game that occurred in 1936. Steve asked us to listen closely to what Judge Hodges was about to say.

Judge Hodges begun by saying that the only serious thing he wanted to say was concerning the passing of one of our members, Mr. D. C. Kennamer, and that he wished to express his sympathy on our loss of this member. And he further stated that D. C. was a very dear friend of his mother and father, and of him, and that D. C. was a gentlemen In every sense of the word, and was devoted to his family and his church.

Judge Hodges then warned the Judge from Huntsville (referring to our Historian Judge William Page) that although he might disagree with what he was going to say, that he was a Page and not a Kennamer or Hodges and that he had no right to say anything and furthermore that when he (Judge Page) left the Reunion, just a few yards down the road he would be in Judge Hodges’ jurisdiction. I guess that was enough said!!

Judge Hodges went on to say that his Mother had warned him that if he was going to give his account of the Hodges-Kennamer game at the Kennamer Reunion that he had better keep his motor running. He further stated that he wanted all of us Kennamers to know that "we" (meaning the Hodges) did not start it - but that Uncle Sid Kennamer, Manger of the Kennamer team, made such a big thing out of the players you Kennamers had, that my grandfather, Crockett Hodges, felt he had to take up the challenge. The Judge named the participants in the game, but said he did not remember the score, but that the Hodges beat the Kennamers so badly they would never play them again.

I wish time and space permitted me to record all of Judge Hodges’ speech here, but I do have it on tape and will preserve it. If anybody wants to borrow the tape (as Carlus Page did) you may do so.

Since Judge Hodges had said he was relying on Carlus Page and others to try to figure out his ancestry, Steve informed the Judge that since the Hodges had not done it for themselves he wanted to give him an article J. R. Kennamer did in 1947 and went on to state that he believed this could give the Hodges a complete genealogy all the way from the first Hodges in Virginia right down to the Judge’s father. Steve went on to tell the Judge he was happy to give him the Kennamer version of his genealogy.

It was now time to do that thing we call "electing officers" - and Steve advised that only a President and Vice-President would be elected, and when this was questioned by me, he informed me that the job of Secretary was made permanent at the last Reunion, and that I was the one!! Nominations for President were called for and Isabelle Kennamer Dreher was nominated, and there being a second to the nomination, and no further nominations being made, a motion was made that the nominations be closed and this motion was duly seconded and carried. The note was called for and Isabelle Kennamer Dreher was elected President for the next two years.

Nominations for Vice-President were called for and Elvin Kennamer was nominated and there being a second to this nomination, and no further nominations being made and a motion and second that the nominations be closed, the vote was called for and Elvin Kennamer Was elected Vice-President for the next two years.

Since the minutes of the previous meeting did not show that a permanent Secretary was named, the President called for nominations, and my dear friend Ralph Kennamer nominated me for the position, and although Cousin Wendell thought this might not be in keeping with our Constitution and By-laws, he was ruled out of order by the President and here I am again until I am removed for just cause - whatever that means!

Steve then requested that we all comply with the request of Irma Christian, from Texas, to fill out a paper giving our names, addressed and telephone numbers, in order that we will have a more accurate account of those present. (these addresses were helpful to me in sending out notices of the Reunion).

Although Steve issued an invitation for any members to come and tell of the accomplishments of their family, it seems the family is bashful. Wendell did come and tell us of two other Kennamer family reunions that he and Elizabeth attended and he told us that most of those at those reunions had never heard of our reunion. Can you imagine?

I had had some correspondence with Betty Clark from Dallas, Texas and she and her husband are here with us for the first time. She expressed pleasure at being present. Also I had been corresponding with Mrs. Roberts Duport from Louisiana and although she was unable to attend, she sent a contribution of $10.00.

It was now time to call the roll of states represented. There were

5 from Kentucky

15 from Tennessee

7 from Texas

2 from Georgia

8 from Florida

2 from Ohio

1 from Virginia

And our President made a quick and I am sure inaccurate count of the rest of us from Alabama and announced there were approximately 132, more or less.

The President then announced that the collection amounted to $610.50.

At this time we paused once again to remember those members of our family and friends who are no longer with us. Among those named were Wayne Thomas, D. C. Kennamer, Jr., Lexie Kennamer, Mary Virginia Kennamer Harris, Mrs. Henry Kennamer, Earl Kennamer, Lynn Kennamer, Roy Kennamer and Lurie Hart Kennamer.

As we reflected over those who are no longer with us, we rejoice that we still have four members of our clan who have attended all 59 of the previous reunions, being Ralph Kennamer. Audrey Kennamer Hall, Henry Kennamer and Talmadge Kennamer. Those who had never missed a Reunion expect when they were in Military Service are Benny Kennamer, Wendell Page, Johnny Kennamer and Elvin Kennamer.

When called on by the President to come and make a speech - Ralph Kennamer prefaced his remarks with a statement to the effect that when Steve introduced Judge Hodges, it was the most glaring example of a lawyer apple polishing a Judge that he had ever seen!

Ralph went on to pay a beautiful tribute to his sister, Mary Virginia Kennamer Harris who died July 4. 1987. He told of her compassion, love and devotion to not only her family but to her fellowman. He then recalled how much he had always admired another member of our family who died this year - D. C. Kennamer, Jr. The tribute to these two departed members was beautiful and touching.

Ralph then told of the pleasure he received from eating supper with Henry Kennamer and his children and grandchildren on the Tuesday night before. He remarked that he had always admired the family and asked Chat they stand and be recognized. He then had his own family, being the descendants of Seaborn F. Kennamer, who was born on the Cove, to stand and be recognized. He said he was proud of all of them.

Wendell then called our attention to the fact that since we are a "Founding Family" of the Scottsboro-Jackson County Heritage Center, we are to furnish a history of the family to go in the book and he recommended Ralph Kennamer to compile this history and he was " elected".

Wendell then read an interesting and touching tribute to Earl Kennamer, who has died since the last Reunion. It was written by Earl’s aunt Mrs. Clarabell Duke, and the memorial letter is attached and made a part of these minutes.

Ralph Kennamer led the family in prayer and Wendell Page led us in singing "God Be With Us ‘Til We Meet Again."

This the 29th day of August, 1987.

Edith Kennamer Bramblett, Secretary

 

MINUTES OF THE 60TH ANNUAL KENNAMER FAMILY ASSOCIATION MEETING OF AUGUST 27, 1988, KENNAMER COVE, MARSHALL CO., ALABAMA

 

The meeting was called to order at 10:30 by President Isabelle Kennamer Dreher. President Dreher welcomed guests and members and expressed the hope that everyone would be able to attend the 61st reunion in August of 1989.

Doss Kennamer, son of Eddie and Estelle Page Kennamer, led the opening prayer.

Johnnie Kennamer, son of Mora and Dent Kennamer, led the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.

Wendell Page led in the singing of America.

Edith Kennamer Bramblett, Secretary, read the 1987 minutes. Note: preserved on tape.

Judge William Page of Huntsville gave the historian’s report. He also commented about the accuracy of the historical facts found in the published work of John R. Kennamer,

Louise Kennamer Romans reported a balance of $1,321.80 in the treasury.

President Dreher asked for a collection in view of several major expenses in the coming year. She noted that the pavilion and sign needed painting and that new seating was needed.

While the collection was being taken, Wendell Page expressed the appreciation of the association to the members of Mt. Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church for the use of their facilities.

David Kennamer of Abilene, Texas, son of John R. and Sarah Page Kennamer, led the prayer of thanks for the food.

The meeting adjourned for lunch.

After the usual good lunch, President Dreher called the meeting to order and encouraged each member and guest to follow the theme "Come Home to Alabama in ‘89", and bring a family member or to the 1989 reunion.

Wendell Page presented the out-of-state members and guests:

First-time attendees:

Guests of Edith Bramblett:

The historian, Judge William Page, requested that the family register be updated by indicating births, deaths, and marriages since the last reunion.

Ray Kennamer of Guntersville presented five guests including the high sheriff of Marshall County. Ray also presented gifts to the youngest member present. He was Joshua Denton Perkins, son of Lori and Ronnie Perkins and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Talmadge Kennamer.

Mr. Rex Kennamer had traveled the greatest distance to attend the reunion.

Appreciations were expressed to Kim Kennamer Broyles for providing the hand-powered fans.

During the bragging session, it was noted that Walter J. Kennamer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benny Kennamer, had recently been made a partner in the accounting firm of Ernst and Whinney.

Ralph Kennamer introduced John Ross, Mayor for the third grade class of Guntersville Elementary School.

President Dreher then introduced Dr. Rex Kennamer of Beverly -Hills, California. Rex expressed his pleasure for being present and noted that doctors are not known for being great speakers.

However, there were three points he would make:

1. The medical needs of the rich and famous individuals his patients - were the same as those assembled here today. The difference being that money and fame made them much more demanding, Money does produce benefits. Recently a patient established, in his name, five medical scholarships at UCLA for the training of doctors for third world countries.

2. He expressed his appreciation for the rugged individualism, honesty, labors, and love for family demonstrated by our forefathers.

3. My message to young people today is whatever your vocation may be, let it be said that you did a good job.

In conclusion, I want to remind you that reunions, such as this one, are necessary for the well being of this family and this nation. We must preserve this rich legacy.

Norwood Hodges was the next speaker presented by President Dreher.

Norwood presented a painting of the Seaborn F. Kennamer cabin. Seaborn Kennamer and wife, Nancy Elizabeth Mitchell Kennamer reared a large family in this house. Their youngest daughter, Martha, married Jasper Smith. Four children were born to this family. Norwood paid a special tribute to Pocahontas Smith Albert and Mary Louise Smith Dunson. He related that the homes of these two sisters had been used as a Guntersville headquarters for the many relatives who gathered each August to attend the reunion in Kennamer cove.

President Dreher next introduced her father, Ralph Kennamer.

Ralph reflected on several family incidents.

  1. The birth and naming of his brother, Samuel Rexford Kennamer.
  2. Road conditions in Guntersville.
  3. Teachers who found room and board at his home.
  4. Grandfather Seaborn F. Kennamer moving from the cove to Guntersville.
  5. Visiting in the home of Aunt Hattie Smith at Warrenton.
  6. Road conditions from Guntersville to Kennamer Cove - via Grant - in 1915 and now.
  7. Building of new bank building and the blasting of the post office safe.
  8. Other incidents may be found in the transcript of the speech, which is on file.

Ralph closed his remarks by saying that those were the best of times and that it was his wish that at some future date someone would stand here and tell of the good times of 1988.

President Dreher asked for the names of those who had attended each reunion. Audrey Kennamer Hall, Talmadge Kennamer, and Ralph Kennamer responded. Those attending except for military duty were Benny Kennamer, Denton Kennamer, Elvin Kennamer, and Wendell Page.

A memorial service was held for those who had died since August 1987. The list included:

There being no further business the president asked Wendell Page to lead in the singing of God-Be With You ‘Til We Meet Again.

At the conclusion of the singing, Wendell remarked that he had had the honor of leading the closing song for many, many years. During that time he had always had the support of Henry Kennamer and his strong bass voice. Today that voice is missing.

With the closing prayer, the meeting was concluded.

Note: These minutes were prepared by Wendell Page from the tapes and notes of Edith Kennamer Bramblett, Secretary, Kennamer Family Association, Inc.

Our beloved secretary died July 21, 1989.

 

HISTORIAN'S REPORT TO THE 50th ANNUAL KENNAMER FAMILY REUNION

Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, August 26, 1978

 

OFFICERS AND TRUSTEES

Troy Dome Kennamer, Pros. Trustee, 3306 - 18th Ave., Sheffield, AL 35660

Ray Kennamer, Vice-Pros. Trustee, P. O. Box 49, Guntersville, AL 35976

Mrs. Alice Ruth Page, Sec., Route 1, Box 11, Woodville, AL 35776

D. C. Kennamer, Jr., Trans. & Trustee, 1704 Poll St., Scottsboro, AL 35766

Lewis Wendell Page, Sr., Historian & Trustee P. O. Box 284, Scottsboro, AL 35768

Ralph Kennamer, Trustee, P. O. Box 624, Mobile AL 36601

Mrs. Edith K. Bramblett, Trustee, P. O. Box 129, Scottsboro, AL 35768

Elton Kennamer, Trustee, P. O. Box 339, Guntersville, AL 35976

Denton Kennamer, Trustee, Route 1, Woodville, AL 35776

Lawton Kennamer, Trustee, P. 0. Box 39, Scottsboro, AL 35768

The following letter was written in June, 1859, by Lewis Page to his children: John Johnson Page, Prudence Jones (Page) Kennamer, wife of Robert Rudolph Kennamer who lived in Texas:

Marshall County, Alabama June 4, 1859

Dear Children:1

I am still able to commence another letter to you all to let you know that I am alive yet and in reasonable health tho much worn down with old age. My appetite is generally good and my food agree(s) well with me but suffer very much at times with pain and weakness but am still able to keep about most of my time and frequently walk from one house to the other of my children2 some other places and commonly able to attend meeting. My eyes has failed very much. I cannot see well enough to tell ones face across the house altho I can see well enough to read and write without specs. I have not used them for about three years. I can get none that will do me any good but do not need them to see anything close to me. I should have wrote sooner but I thought I would wait and see if none of you would not rite to me but seems you will not so I concluded to write once more. I have wrote twice to you since you wrote to James. I one to Bob3 not very long ago but cannot tell whether you got them or not so I cannot tell what news to write at this time as nothing of much importance turned of late. The health of the country may call very good and has been so generally. James’s family is all well, Has four children three Daughters and one Son. Matilda4 still with him and is in common (?health.) Robert 5 is working with him this year. He says some times he is going to Texas next fall but I cannot tell whether he will or not. He has a mare and three colts that is worth $300 at the price horses sell at here. Now he has some money besides but I cannot tell wat he will do. Williams’s6 family is well. He has four children three Boys and one girl. He is making a good support but not much money to spare. Buyes nothing but what he pays for when he gets it. Owes nothing that is the way they all do lately. Coleman’s7 family is well. Has three children two girls and one boy. He has sold his land and has bought no more yet tho he has not made use of the money. H iving on his father’s land and paying rent and doing very well. To Sarah8 her father is well as common lately. The old lady10 keeps very poorly all the time. Saph’s11 wife12 was poorly last Sunday. The rest is well as far as I know. The winter and spring has been very wet. Crops is late. Wheat very sorry and there is sane sign of oats taking the rust as they did last year. The fruit is all killed. Corn is worth 60 cents per bushel. We made plenty but it is carried off on the cars to other places where it was scarce. Every thing you have to spare can be sold here for good prices. Eggs, chickens, turkeys, butter, and anything. Bacon 10 cent coffee 12 ½ cents Sugar 8 or 10 retail. We make plenty molasses here which answers almost every purpose for sweetening. It is the best times here that I ever saw for a man that can make anything f or sale. Corn, wheat, cotten, pork, beef, horses, or anything else but them that live by the day see hard times unless they get employment on the railroad. As to Religion I have nothing worth writing at this time. We have peace and I think good feelings in all the Churches. Some good appearances but very small additions to any. Bethlehem has had the most and still seems to be some inquiring the way. As to Pisgah it seems passed hope. There is but few of us and most

of us as it were one foot in the grave and cannot expect to be here much longer. I wrote that John Morrison was turned out and Perkins (Jabez) dead. I know not whether you heard it or not. Bro Maples attends us when the weather will admit. What there is of us seems to be in peace. I have thought and still think there (are) some among us that is trying to find the right way by their close attention to meeting. The Lord only knows. Now my dear Children and grand children who I never expect to see in this time world again, Remember your old Father and try to meet where parting will be no more for I hope and trust in God

that when 30 leave this world of sorrow I shall go to rest with him I have so long tried to serve here. Now I say to all write to me. Let me hear from you while I live. May the Lord Bless you all is the prayer of your affectionate father. Till Death. Farewell.

 

(Not dated)

Dear John.

I am living with my children here. They have plenty to support me and not hard of it. As to my eating and trouble is nothing. And the girls give me some clothing. but it would be more satisfaction to me if I could pay for my clothing. If you could send me some money, not all, I would be glad. You could send New Orleans money that is good here. It can be sent in a letter if you write direct to Woodville. A letter will come two week sooner to Woodville than to Kennamer.

(No signature)

 

  1. John Johnson Page and Prudance Jones (Page) Kennamer, wife of Robert Rudolph Kennamer.
  2. James Thomas Page - lived in Page Hollow, Kennamer’s Cove. William Lewis Page lived in Jackson County, 1 ¼ miles south of Old Woodville.
  3. Robert Rudolph Kennamer, son-in-law, living in Hopkins Co, TX
  4. Matilda Page, unmarried daughter.
  5. Richard Robert Page. Unmarried son. Killed in Civil War.
  6. William Lewis Page, married circa 1849 Permelia Barton Hodges. Children: Lucy An, John T., James Monroe, and Robert C.
  7. Richard Coleman Hodges who married Eliza Rebecca Page. Was probably living on father’s land near Old Woodville. Father was Richard Thompson Hodges.
  8. To Sarah. This portion of letter to his daughter-in-law, Sarah Kennamer Page.
  9. Stephen Kennamer
  10. Rebecca Boshart Kennamer
  11. Asaph Kennamer, brother of Sarah (Kennamer) Page
  12. Nancy Wright Kennamer
  13. Memphis & Charles Railroad, completed about 1855

 

Minutes of the 61st. Annual Meeting of the Kennamer Family Association Inc., Held August 26,1989 at the Kennamer Pavilion in Kennamer's Cove, Marshall Co. Alabama

The meeting was called to order by President Isabelle Kennamer Dreher at 11:00 a.m. After a warm welcome to those in attendance, she called on Doss Kennamer to lead the opening prayer.

President Dreher then asked those present to examine the minutes. NOTE: The minutes had been passed out earlier for corrections. She then asked Wendell Page to comment on the preparation of the minutes.

Wendell explained that he had prepared the minutes from the shorthand notes and tape taken by our late secretary, Edith Kennamer Bramblett at the 1988 reunion. Since he could not read shorthand and the tape quality was very poor the possibility of errors was very great.

President Dreher thanked Wendell for his effort and asked f or a motion to accept the minutes as presented. The motion was made and seconded and approved by a voice vote.

In memory of those who had died since the last reunion including: Edith Kennamer Bramblett, Scottsboro; Margie Kennamer Butler, Woodville; George James Kennamer, Anderson, Ala; Olen O’Neal Kennamer., Guntersville; Dr. William S. Casey, Kentucky, husband of Lurene Page Casey, great granddaughter of Josephine Kennamer Page.

After a moment of silent prayer, President Dreher called for the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America to be followed by the singing of "America" led by Wendell Page.

Judge William Page of Huntsville was called upon to give the family historian report. Judge Page gave a short oral report about the confusion that John R. Kennamer had while trying to locate the descendants of Johnson Hodges who died in Madison County about 1816. John Hodges, the son of Johnson Hodges, died about the same time and left a will. The records of the Orphans Count of Madison County, Alabama, left the impression that these two men were one person. Judge Page has been able to separate the two court actions.

Judge Page than referred the members to the letter attached to the minutes. The letter was written by Lewis Page from Marshall County, Kennamer Cove Post Office in 1859 to his children, John Johnson Page and Prudance Page Kennamer, wife of Robert Rudolph Kennamer, both living in Hopkins County, Texas. The original letter is in the hands of a descendant of John Johnson Page, Mrs. Dawn Dettart, Stockton, California.

Judge Page also distributed a copy of a news item and photo from the Huntsville Times, August 13, 1989. The article was written by David Brower with numerous quotes by Wendell Page and Denton "Johnnie" Kennamer. The photo shows Denton Kennamer looking toward Kennamer’s Cove from the Kate Duncan Smith Schoolyard.

The Treasurer, Mrs. Louise Kennamer Romans, reported a balance of $420.95. She also reported that the pavilion had been painted and paid f or, but the association had to pay f or the repainting of the sign, 100 folding chairs and next summer’s mowing of the cemetery. The collection taken amounted to $800.00. The financial statement is attached.

Gifts were distributed to the following:

Greatest distance traveled - Mrs. Clarice Kennamer Maples and daughter Linda Williams from Sun City, California.

Most recently married - Lori and Ronald Dean Perkins. Ronnie is the grandson of Talmadge and Annie Mae Kennamer.

Youngest - Emily Womack, age three months, granddaughter of Sherman and Glennis Hodges Patterson. Emily is a descendant of a 5th. and 15th. child of Hans Kennamer on her grandmother’s side and a descendant of the 7th child of Hans Kennamer on her grandfather’s side.

Oldest descendant present - Eddie Erskine Kennamer, born November 21, 1903.

Roll Call by States:

Irma Kennamer Christian - Abilene, Texas

Shirley Christian Lobley – San Antonio, Texas

James V. and Betty Clark - Dallas, Texas

Barbara and David Hall - Knoxville, Tennessee

Dr. Joseph Earl Stewart - Dallas, Texas

Clarice Kennamer Maples - Sun City, California

Linda Maples Williams - Torrance, California

Robert Lee, Laura, Charles Lewis and Stuart Kennamer Page - Covington, Louisiana.

Melanie, Ed, Edward and Catherine Carne - Durham, North Carolina

Mary Ann, Bill, Anne and Lauren Flinn - Atlanta, Georgia

There were several visitors who reside in Alabama who were present for the first time. We did not get the name of everyone. Two brothers, Alvin J. Kennamer, Jr. of Anderson, Alabama and Thomas V. Kennamer of Huntsville were present for the first time. In addition, David R. Kennamer, Rhonda Cramer Kennamer, Lesley Brooke Kennamer, and Brandon Kyle Kennamer, all of Limestone Country, were first-time visitors.

Robert Lee Page gave thanks for the food before the Association was dismissed for lunch.

President Dreher called the Association back to order at 1:30 p.m. The first order of business was the introduction of guests. Mrs. Marie Kennamer Thomas introduced her guest, Mr. Carroll Bobb of Huntsville, Ala. Due to poor tape quality we are unable to report other guests introduced.

President Dreher asked f or those wishing to speak to come forward.

The first speaker, Herman G. Taylor, Jr., was a descendant of Pricilla Kennamer Lemley. Pricilla Kennamer was the first child of Hans Kennamer.

Other speakers were Mr. Cagle, Pat Kennamer, and Carlus Page.

President Dreher introduced Dr. Joseph Earl Stewart, Jr. of Dallas, Texas. He is a grandson of Sidney and Temple Kennamer. Dr. Stewart had recently transferred from the University of West Virginia where he was a Professor of History to a research position at a major university in Dallas, Texas. He paid tribute to his mother, the late Gertrude Kennamer Stewart and to his aunt Bertie Kennamer of Woodville.

The next speaker was Doss Kennamer of Sheffield, Alabama who paid tribute to his mother and father, Estelle Page Kennamer and Eddie Erskine Kennamer. They have been among those who, with their children, have kept the Kennamer Reunion interest alive over these 61 years since 1929.

Ralph Kennamer next remembered two very special members of the f amily. One, a young deputy sheriff of Marshall County, Elen O’Neal Kennamer, grandson of Will G. and Tommie Ann Page Kennamer. Olen had died as the result of a motorcycle accident and was buried in Pisgah Cemetery a week prior to the reunion.

Ralph noted that the roses on the stage were in memory of our beloved Secretary, the late Edith Kennamer Bramblett who died on July 21, 1989. Edith was in charge of the incorporation of the Kennamer Family Association in 1937 and had served almost continuously in some office of the Association as a trustee, president and secretary. Edith was the individual who gave the Association continuity f ram year to year with her detailed minutes, her clever notices and her generosity in deeding the cemetery land to the Association. We will miss her.

The following officers were elected:

President - Michael Kennamer Vice President - Seaborn C. Kennamer Secretary - Kim Kennamer Broyles Treasurer - Louise Kennamer Romans Trustee - Michael Kennamer in the place of the late David Campbell Kennamer, Jr. Trustee - Kim Kennamer Broyles in the place of the late Edith Kennamer Bramblett.

A motion was made by Wendell Page and seconded by Benny Kennamer that the secretary be entitled to spend up to $200 f or providing enough copies of the previous year’s minutes for each member.

President elect Kennamer asked Wendell Page to lead i n the singing of "God Be With You Till We Meet Again." Stephen Kennamer gave the closing prayer.

Wendell Page

Acting Secretary

August 26, 1989

 

Minutes of the 62nd. Annual Meeting of the Kennamer Family Association Inc., Held August 25, 1990 at the Kennamer Pavilion in Kennamer Cove, Marshall Co. Alabama.

The meeting was called to order by President Mike Kennamer at 11:00 O’clock a.m. After a warm welcome to those in attendance. He called on Stephen Kennamer to lead the opening prayer.

President Kennamer than asked those present to examine the minutes. NOTE: The minutes had been passed out earlier for corrections. Ben Kennamer made a motion that the minutes be accepted as presented and Wendell Page seconded the motion. The minutes were approved by a voice vote.

The names of those deceased since the last reunion were announced. They were Bessie Kennamer, Talor Kennamer, Flagel Kennamer, Martin D. Cole, Erma Woodall Hamilton and Francis Kennamer Miles.

Laureen Kennamer is in the nursing home.

After a moment of silent prayer, President Kennamer called for the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States or American led by Paul Dreher followed by the singing of "America" led by Wendell Page.

Judge William Page of Huntsville was called upon to give the family historian report. Judge Page gave a short report on the marriages and deaths of Kennamers in Limestone County from 1832-1862. A copy is attached to the secretary’s copy of these minutes.

The Treasurer, Mrs. Louise Kennamer Romans, reported a balance of $1,340.95. Expenses for the year totaled $1099 leaving an ending balance of $241.95. Expenses have been higher than normal the last two years. President Kennamer encouraged everyone to dig deep when the hat is passed.

Wendell Page read a list of the present Trustees They included Troy Doss Kennamer. Ray Kennamer, Mike Kennamer, Lewis Wendell Page, Ralph Kennamer, Kim Kennamer Broyles, Elton Kennamer, Johnnie Kennamer and Lawton Kennamer.

Ralph Kennamer moved that we elect Talmadge Kennamer a trustee. Isabelle Dreher seconded the motion and Talmadge Kennamer was elected by a voice vote.

Wendell Page reported that Cathedral Caverns is now a state park. He anticipates that Kennamer Cove will become much more heavily traveled over the next 5 - 15 years. At one time the Cove was called Pleasant Valley in a brochure. He expressed his concern that the Kennamer name be associated with this valley in any future publicity or printed material about the new state park.

Wendell Page requested that two signs be erected to let people know they are in Kennamer Cove. Together the signs will cost between $220 - $230 and will be 4 feet by 8 feet. This cost does not include installation.

Wendell Page also reported that the cove had two long unidentified roads. The county had given them unacceptable names when the enhanced 911 was instituted. Johnnie Kennamer reported that had been straightened out and the roads were now named Kennamer Drive and Kennamer Circle.

Ralph Kennamer moved that we allow Wendell Page and President Kennamer to take appropriate action to erect the signs and encouraged everyone to be generous when the hat was passed so we could cover the added expense. The motion was seconded by Ben Kennamer and carried.

President Kennamer called for the passing of the hat to collect contributions for the expenses of the coming year.

He then led the roll call by states. Alabama led the count with the most present, though an exact number was not taken. Nine were present from Tennessee, eight from Georgia, four from California, four from Kentucky, two from Texas and one from Virginia.

Wendell Page reported that Dr. Rex Kennamer had volunteered to underwrite the cost of having the signs made in honor of his brother Ralph Kennamer.

Members attending all 63 reunions were Audrey Hall, Ralph Kennamer and Talmadge Kennamer. Those attending all reunions except during military service were Benny Kennamer, Johnnie Kennamer and Wendell Page. There were nine members attending all reunions in their lifetime.

Gifts were distributed to the following:

Greatest distance traveled - Minga Kennamer Fretrell from Sacramento California.

Youngest - Kathryn Hope Broyles, age three months, daughter of Eddie and Kim Kennamer Broyles and granddaughter of Ben and Jean Kennamer.

Oldest descendant present - Eddie Kennamer Carroll, age 86.

Most recently married - Marie and Robb Thomas, married 2 weeks.

Treasurer Louise Kennamer Romans reported that the first count showed a collection of $1,370.52. NOTE: A corrected treasurer’s report is attached to these minutes.

President Kennamer called on Doss Kennamer to lead us in a prayer before lunch was served. As food was being prepared Lindsey and Stephanie Kennamer entertained us with a dance routine.

President Kennamer called the Association back to order at 1:30 p.m. The first order of business was the introduction of guests. Minga Kennamer Fretrell, daughter of L.C. Kennamer, her husband Paul and her mother Hazel were introduced. Other guests may have been introduced, but their names were not recorded and could not be listed in these minutes.

President Kennamer then called on members to brag on the accomplishments of their relatives. The following were made:

Paul and Dorothy Kennamer’s son-in-law, Tommy Nunley, recently received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology.

Walk Kennamer, son of Benny and Jean Kennamer, has accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer for Fox Software Corporation in Toledo, Ohio.

Paul Kennamer appeared on a magazine cover as the founder and president of the National Association of Videographers.

Tim Mitchell was elected Marshall County Probate Judge.

President Kennamer then opened the floor to anyone wanting to speak to the group.

Irma Christian from Texas addressed the group. She said she had been to all 15 reunions held since her retirement. She also said she would never be the oldest or the one who traveled the greatest distance, but she still enjoyed coming each year.

Ralph Kennamer made his annual address to the Association. He reminisced of earlier reunions when conditions weren’t as comfortable, but there were still 1,000 to 1,500 people in attendance at the Kennamer Reunion. He said he loves the reunions and loves all Kennamers. He wants to see the tradition continue and urged everyone to continue to come and encourage others to come.

Wendell Page reported that many fine things are happening in Woodville under the leadership of Mayor Johnnie Kennamer including the new City Hall, Library and sewage system. The Library has been set up to preserve old documents and letters and is trying to increase the collection. Wendell is helping the Library to acquire memorial books and urged everyone to place books in the library in memory or honor of a loved one.

Wendell Page also gave a report on the history of the land surrounding Woodville. Prior to 1820 the land was in Jackson County. From 1820 - 1824 that land and parts of land from surrounding counties became Decatur County. In 1624 it was discovered that there was not enough acreage for this to be a county, and it was abolished. At the time Woodville was the county seat of Decatur County. The land returned to Jackson

County and in 1836 became part of Marshall County.

The Jones Historical Association wants to put a marker at Hwy. 72 and Hwy. 63 about this. The site of old Woodville has been forgotten. It has grown up. The old post office was closed and reopened at Woodville Station and that became the official Woodville. In 1815, Hans came out of Marshall County and settled in the Cove at the same time Henry Derrick built his cabin at Woodville.

There was no one else who wished to address the group. President Kennamer called on Wendell Page to lead the group in singing "God Be With You Till We Meet Again," and James Roberts led the closing prayer.

Treasurer's Report

62nd Kennamer Family Reunion

Collection $1.076.68

Rex Kennamer's donation for signs 300,00

Sale of T-shirts 316.55

TOTAL $1,695.32

 

Minutes of the 63rd. Annual meeting of the Kennamer Family Association Inc. held August 31, 1991 at the Kennamer Pavilion in Kennamer Cove, Marshall Co. Alabama

The meeting was called to order by President Mike Kennamer at 11:30 am. After a warm welcome to those in attendance President Kennamer called on Steve Kennamer to lead the opening prayer.

President Kennamer then asked those present to examine the minutes. NOTE: The minutes had been passed out earlier for corrections. Benny Kennamer made a motion that the minutes be accepted a presented and Wendell Page seconded the motion. The minutes were approved by a voice vote.

The names of those deceased since the last reunion were announced. They were Charles B. Kennamer of Montgomery, Grace Evans Kennamer, Arnold Page, Orville Kennamer, and Mildred Page Thomas.

After a moment of silent prayer President Kennamer called for the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, led by Paul Dreher. This was followed by the singing of "America," led by Wendell Page.

Judge William Page of Huntsville was called upon to give the Historians report Judge Page reported that Captain John B. Kennamer’s Company was five yews in receiving their pay for services as Union scouts and guides during the Civil War. This information was found in John R. Kennamer’s book, ‘The Kennamer Family" published in 1924 on page 340. Judge Page also informed the family that Harkness Kenimer of Georgia has written an interesting and informative monogram entitled "The Early History and European Origin of Kennemer." A copy of the book has been placed in the Woodville Library and copies may be purchased from Harkness Kenimer, 3137-C Flowers Road S., Atlanta, GA 30341 for S13.75 each. A complete copy of the Historian’s report is attached to the Secretary’s copy of these minutes.

Wendell Page reported that by the authority given him at the last reunion, he had ordered and erected signs informing motorists that they were in historic Kennamer Cove. Wendell admitted he only had authority to erect two signs, but a third sign was needed explaining the history of the cove, so an additional sign was put up at the site of the old Kennamer Cove Post Office, 1855-1990. The signs were dedicated to the honor of Ralph Kennamer.

Wendell then introduced Rubilee Smith of the Jackson County Historical Society. She informed the family that in 1821 Decatur County was formed. Kennamer Cove was in old Decatur County, and Jackson County before that Mrs. Smith was before the family association to dedicate a certified Alabama Historical Association marker denoting the site of the Decatur County at the site of the county seat in Old Woodville. Mrs. Smith reported that a great deal of time and money was spent on the marker. It was erected and then vandalized. The staff was destroyed but the marker was unharmed. Mrs. Smith then presented and dedicated the marker to all residents of Decatur County and to their posterity. The marker reads, "Decatur Co. 1821-1825. Created by an act of the legislature on December 7, 182 1, Decatur County was comprised of portions of Madison and Jackson County. ‘Old Woodville,’ two miles north along County Hwy. 7, was designated as the County Seat. An 1823-24 completed survey revealed that it did not contain the constitutionally required number of square miles. The county was abolished by an act of the legislature on December 28, 1824 and the territory was returned to Madison and Jackson Counties." She said the marker would shortly be re-erected and anchored more securely.

Carlus Page of Scottsboro then addressed the assembly. He thanked Rubilee Smith for her dedication. He stated that he was a resident of Old Woodville. He used to visit his Uncle Silas as a child. The door to his Uncle’s cabin was from the Post Office at Old Woodville and the cabin stood on the site of that old Post Office. He and his cousins would play in the yard, and he was always the mail carrier. He would carry a letter made out of the pages of the Seen and Roebuck catalogue on a stick horse and drop them through the slot in the door. He said he would not rest until Old Woodville was also on the National Register of Historic Places.

Wendell Page announced that for many years the cemetery established by Richard Thompson Hodges near Woodville High School was abandoned and grown up. As a part of the Alabama Reunion in 1989 his descendants and the town of Woodville dedicated a monument in his memory.

Louise Kennamer Romans of Scottsboro gave the following end of the year treasurer’s report and urged all members to dig deep when the collection was taken.

$241.95 Balance

1,695.35 Contributions

1,779.89 Expenditures

$157.38 Ending Balance

Paul Kennamer announced that he would be putting together a video about the history of the Kennamer family. He encouraged everyone to share stories with him about their ancestors and said he could splice in photos.

President Kennamer called for the role call by states. The number attending from each state was as follows:

Alabama - many

Georgia - 6

Tennessee - 6

Arkansas - I

Ohio - 2

Kentucky - 4

Virginia - 1

 

Those attending all 63 reunions were Audry Hall, Ralph Kennamer, and Talmadge Kennamer. Those attending all reunions except during military service were Benny Kennamer, Wendell Page, Johnnie Kennamer and Denton Kennamer. Those attending all reunions in their lifetime were Ronnie Perkins, Am Perkins, Sallie Cromwell, Kim Kennamer Broyles, Kathrine Elizabeth Page, Pad Dreher, Byron Dooley, Thurston Cromwell, Lindsey Kennamer, Pat Kennamer, Mila, Dreher, Helen Kennamer, Joan Marie Pap, Will Pap, Josh Perkins and Whitney Manning.

Gifts for this reunion were donated by Kathy Bates in memory of Dent, Nora and Orma Kennamer from Kathy’s Craft Shop and were awarded to the following:

Furthest - Irma Christian from Texas

Youngest - Michael Brent Houston, 5 weeks

Oldest - Eddie Kennamer, 87

Most recently married - Kari Chapman and Jams Michael Phillips, married July 1. 1991

President Kennamer then thanked Ray Kennamer for help in getting the port-o-lets and Leon for mowing. He announced that vandals had painted graffiti on the floor of the pavilion and that the podium had been broken

Treasurer Louise Kennamer Romans gave a first draft report of monies collected as $971, but after further contributions and a chance to count every thing in peace amended do total collected to $1,120.49.

Doss Kennamer led everyone in a prayer before breaking for lunch.

The meeting resumed at 1:15 pm after lunch. Guests at this reunion were Ben Gample, Sheriff of Marshall County and guest of Benny Kennamer, Vernon and Sue Lee of Scottsboro; Randy Bobb of Arkansas and Gary & Beth Bobb of Marietta, Ga., all guests of Carrol Bobb.

President Kennamer invited anyone to come to the podium and brag. David Kennamer of Abilene, Texas informed members that Shannon Terry, great, great nephew of Audrey Hall had received a 5 year basketball scholarship to David Lipscomb College. He was on the honor roll and listed in Who’s Who Among Students In American Universities and Colleges. He averaged 1,000 points per year in basketball and was the conference leader and 7th in the nation in 3 point shots. David went on to brag on his own family. On August 28, he and his wife celebrated their 50th Anniversary. He has 7 grandchildren. His oldest son is a minister in Flint, Michigan. His second son is an admiral in the Navy and has served five tours of duty. His daughter is a math whiz.

Reminiscing about his ancestors he said that he was the youngest son of John R. Kennamer who helped start the reunion. His father had 5 brothers. He apologized for not being able to remember all the things these men taught him. They were Uncle Brud married to Aunt Molly, Uncle Neltz, Uncle Pleasant Jacob, Uncle David and Uncle Sid and Aunt Tempie. His father wrote three books and will be remembered as a historian. All six brothers were good Christians and members of the Church of Christ and Republicans. These six men sired 50 children and could easily be the patriarchs of the Kennamer family.

Judge William Page of Scottsboro announced the Lewis Page, son of Wendell and Elizabeth Page, had received the Award of Merit by the Alabama State Bar Association and was one of only two to receive the award.

Wendell Page announced that he wanted to pay special tribute to two of the descendants of Richard Thompson Hodges. Aunt Estell Page Kennamer is his only living great-great granddaughter and an inspiration to all in the Page family. He further added that it was his pleasure recently to present the highest achievement award at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce to Johnnie Denton M. Kennamer, Mayor of Woodville and a descendent of Richard Thompson Hodges.

President Kennamer then called for the election of officers. He announced that Seaborn C. Kennamer is now Vice President and President Elect and will assume the duties of President for the next two years.

Beth Kennamer, daughter of Ralph, was nominated and seconded as Vice President and President Elect. Benny Kennamer moved that we close the nominations and elect Beth by acclamation. She was so elected.

Steve Kennamer moved that Kim Kennamer Broyles be reelected as Secretary. Isabell Kennamer Dreher seconded the motion, and the motion carried.

Wendell Page nominated Louise Kennamer Romans to be reelected as Treasurer. Steve Kennamer seconded the motion, and she was elected.

Steve Kennamer nominated Judge William Page to serve another term as Historian. Mack Kennamer seconded the motion and it carried.

President Kennamer announced that Talmadge would work on a design for a wooden podium and stage to be removed after every reunion. Isabell asked that the podium be in memory of her father Ralph Kennamer. Benny Kennamer moved that we fix it as it needs to be fixed and that he would help secure the funds needed.

Wendell Page led everyone in singing "God Be With You Till We Meet Again."

Steve Allen Kennamer delivered the closing prayer.

 

Minutes of the 64th annual meeting of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc. held August 29, 1992 at the Kennamer Pavilion in Kennamer Cove. Marshall Co. Alabama.

The meeting was called to order at 11: 30 by President Seaborn Kennamer, son of Seaborn Alexander Kennamer. Paul Dreher delivered the opening prayer. Having been passed out to attendees prior to the opening of the meeting, the minutes of the 63rd reunion were approved following a motion by Isabelle Kennamer Dreher and a second by Wendell Page.

Those deceased since the last reunion were remembered with a silent prayer. They are Herman G. Taylor, Jr. of Huntsville: Mary B. Page, died April 20, 1992; Una B. Troup Elkins, Martha Boyd McWharter, Elton Leon Kennamer, Sr., Ralph Kennamer, Nina Hodges Boshart, Wendell Kennamer, died January, 1992; Barry Michael Pace, son of Lillian Kennamer Pace; and Burton Wright, Grandson of Uncle Nelson Kennamer.

Helen Kennamer, daughter of Seaborn Kennamer, led us in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag. Wendell Page led us in singing "America."

Isabelle Kennamer Dreher shared with us a letter her father, Ralph Kennamer., had written about a cousin, Wild Frank Kennamer, just after Roosevelt was elected president. A copy of the letter is attached to these minutes.

Judge William Page, Family Historian, reported on information lie had discovered in the 1920 Alabama Census and on pension applications of Alabama soldiers after the Civil War. Both of these documents have recently been acquired by the Huntsville Public Library. He discovered that the widow of Jacob L. Kennemur applied for her husband’s pension in 1927 and did not receive it until 1940. He said the problem probably was that she used a lawyer the first time and did it herself the second time. A copy of his report is attached to these minutes.

Judge Page also reported that there was recently a memorial to Ralph Kennamer in the Alabama Law Journal. Ralph was a member of the Mobile Bar Association. A copy of that memorial can be found in the Secretary’s files.

Treasurer Louise Romans reported that we started the year with a balance of $157.38 and received contributions of $1.120.49. Expenses for the year included $50 for moving chairs, $23.25 for postage, $42 for taxes, and $500 for mowing. $300 was donated in memory of Ralph Kennamer, $100 was donated in memory of Elton Kennamer and the wife of Wendell Kennamer made a donation in his memory. Wendell died in January, and always enjoyed his association with the family, his wife said, That leaves us with a balance of $1,083.79

Wendell Page reported that Wendell Kennamer is the grandson of Wild Frank

President Kennamer next called for the passing of the hat to collect contributions to cover the necessary expenses of the family association.

During the roll call of states it was recorded that the majority of attendees are from Alabama, 7 from Texas, 7 from Tennessee, 6 from Georgia, 4 from Florida, 1 from Virginia, 5 from Kentucky, 2 from California, 6 from Oklahoma, 1 from Arkansas and 2 from Ohio.

Those attending all 64 reunions were Audrey Hall and Talmadge Kennamer. Those attending all reunions except during military service were Benny Kennamer, Wendell Page and Johnnie Kennamer. Those attending all reunions during their life time are Kim Kennamer Broyles, Paul Dreher, Lindsey Kennamer.. Mila Dreher, Katie Page, Thurston and Sallie Cromwell, Winston Kennamer, Seth Kennamer, Thelma Ann Kennamer Perkins, Ronnie Perkins and Debbie Manning.

The oldest person attending the reunion was William Whitney Kennamer of Oklahoma. He was 91. Also recognized was Eddie Kennamer, 88. The youngest, at 8 months, was Kay!a Kennamer, daughter of Paul Kennamer. Macy Kennamer Wilson traveled the farthest, coming from California. Judy Kennamer Sisk and her husband were the most recently married, one week. All received gifts.

President Kennamer gave special thanks to Rick Tantum and Buffalo Rock Pepsi Cola of Huntsville for donating Pepsi and cups; Ray Kennamer for the restrooms; Leon Kennamer for maintenance and mowing;Talmadge and Johnnie Kennamer and Wendell Page for cleanup; and again to Talmadge Kennamer for making the beautiful new podium in memory of Ralph Kennamer.

The winners of the first ever pie-baking contest were announced- First Place went to Myrissa Moses for her cherry pie and second place went to Myrtle. Perkins for her lattice-crust apple pie.

Treasurer Louise Kennamer Romans announced that $1,120.49 was collected to replenish the treasury, and President Kennamer announced that there were approximately 300 in attendance. The family joined together in prayer, led by Richard Kennamer, and then lunch was served.

President Kennamer called the Association back to order at 1:30. Family members introduced their guests, Guests of Evelyn Kennamer were Jennifer, Wayne and Karen Davenport, Gayle Kennamer, and James and Edith Kennamer of Memphis. Wendell Page reported that these were descendants of Hans’ brother John. They are distant cousins, and have their own reunion in Dalton, Georgia in October.

A guest of Sallie Cromwell was Marissa Moses from Nashville. Louise Kennamer Romas’ guests were Nancy and Carter Ingram from Tallahassee and John and Joanna Camps from Bessemer.

Isabelle Kennamer Dreher bragged that her daughter, Elizabeth, is captain of the National Honor Society at Mountain Brook Jr. High in Birmingham. President Seaborn Kennamer bragged that the Cardio Surgical Research Lab at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles was dedicated in the honor of Dr. Rex Kennamer.

Wendell Page reported that the grandson of Jacob Kennamer of Sugar Creek is in attendance. Trent Kennamer then spoke and invited all the descendants of Jacob Kennamer of Sugar Creek to see the old homestead. Jacob settled on the Tennessee/Alabama line. He was the oldest son of Hans. He went west to Sugar Creek and was a large landowner. He had 18 children. Most went to Texas as adults. Trent said that as a young man growing up he was isolated and thought they were the only Kennamers in the world. This fact was pretty much confirmed for him when he was in the navy during the war- He became accustomed to spelling his last name. On his last day in the navy, as he prepared to spell his name to a clerk, he was surprised to find out she already knew how to spell Kennamer. She said she was from Texas and there were lots of Kennamers in Texas. Trent Kennamer offered a special invitation to any of the Texas relatives in attendance today who were descendants of Jacob of Sugar Creek to visit the old homestead.

There was no other old business.

Wendell Page nominated Beth Kennamer to fill the vacancy on the Board of Trustees left by the death of Ralph, her father. Benny Kennamer nominated Leon Kennamer to fill the vacancy left by the death of Elton Kennamer. Both were unanimously elected.

The children of Ralph Kennamer thanked everyone for the kind works and acts of sympathy,

Johnnie Kennamer, mayor of Woodville, informed the family that Cathedral Caverns State Park had been acquiring land and had gotten about a half million dollars designated from the state legislature. About 5 million is needed to complete the park. He felt that things would begin to happen within a year. There is a log cabin on the property owned by the state that was built by a Kennamer and had had only three residents. The state has expressed an interest in restoring the cabin, and wondered if the family might be interested in assisting with that project. Johnnie promised to keep us informed of plans. Benny Kennamer reported that his sisters, Edith Kennamer Bramblett and Helen Kennamer Mitchell donated two log cabins from the land surrounding the reunion site to the previous owner of the caverns. These cabins were disassembled and moved to the cavern site. Johnnie promised to check into what might have become of these two cabins.

President Seaborn Kennamer thanked all who had helped him with this year’s reunion. Wendell Page led us the traditional closing song, "God Be With You We Meet Again" and President Seaborn Kennamer closed the meeting with prayer.

Respectfully Submitted

Kim Kennamer Broyles

Secretary

 

Minutes of the 65th annual meeting of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc. Held August 28, 1993, at the Kennamer Pavilion in Kennamer Cove, Marshall Co. Alabama.

The meeting was called to order at 11:30 a.m. by President Seaborn Kennamer, son of Seaborn Alexander Kennamer. Doss Kennamer delivered the opening prayer. Having been passed out to attendees prior to the start of the meeting, the minutes were approved without being read following a motion by Isabelle Kennamer Dreher and a second by Wendell Page.

Those deceased since the last reunion were remembered with a silent prayer. They are Lotus Elkins, first cousin of Louise Kennamer Romans; Leavy J. Kennamer; Truman Kennamer who died March 30, 1993; and Rachel Claire Harrison, Granddaughter of Martha Kennamer Harrison of Decatur and daughter of Andy and Sandra Harrison also of Decatur. She was born Oct. 23, 1991 and died November 14, 1992 of a very rare blood disorder.

Helen Craig Kennamer, daughter of Seaborn Kennamer, led us in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag. Wendell Page led us in singing "America."

Judge William Page, Family Historian, reported on the death of Leavy J. Kennamer, who died in 1993. He also notified the family that in August of 1992 the 70 members of the Alabama House of Representatives sponsored a resolution in honor of Dr. Rex Kennamer of Beverly Hills, California. Cedar Sinai Hospital in Log Angeles, California recently dedicated the new Cardiac Surgery Research Lab in his honor. It was also noted that among his patients are Elizabeth Taylor, Nancy Reagan, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Benny, Max Factor and Dr. Armond Hammer.

Judge Page asked Thomas Vernon Kennamer to tell the family about a project he has been working on over the summer. Thomas told the family that Jacob Kennamer was his Grandfather four times removed. He had begun a campaign with Jacob’s direct descendants to raise enough money to place a proper marker at his grave. Jacob left Kennamer Cove and settled in Anderson in Lauderdale County. Thomas claims Jacob was responsible for populating Alabama, Tennessee and Texas. He was a remarkable man who served in the War of 1812. Thomas informed the family that he has written a book about Jacob, his son and especially his grandson, who served in the Civil War. He has a few copies available.

Louise Kennamer Romans, Treasurer, reported an opening balance of $93-1.02. Total contributions for the year were $999.04 leaving a beginning balance of $1,936.06. Expenses for the year were as follows:

Printing of minutes, notices, postage

$56.40

Building

77.95

Benches moved

125.00

Signs painted

125.00

Mowing

500.00

Service Charge

7.06

Total

891.41

Leaving a balance of $1,044.65.

President Kennamer then called for the annual passing of the hat for contributions.

Wendell Page presented a tribute to Jacob Kennamer of Sugar Greek to add to the presentation made by Thomas Vernon Kennamer. His son James Allen Kennamer came back here after the Civil War and married Mathilda Maples. Many of us are descendants from this line.

President Kennamer called for the roll call by states. As usual Alabama was tile home state for the majority of those in attendance. Tennessee had five in attendance. Georgia had three, and Kentucky and Virginia each had two. Texas had seven in attendance, and Ohio, North Carolina and Mississippi each had one.

The oldest gentleman in attendance was Eddie Kennamer, 89. The oldest lady in attendance was Audrey Kennamer Hall, 87. Each was presented with a gift.

It was determined that Irma Christian Lobley of Abilene, Texas had traveled the farthest. Matthew Edward Broyles, son of Kim Kennamer Broyles and Eddie Broyles of Huntsville, Alabama was the youngest in attendance at 5 and a half months. Brian and Shannon Kennamer were the most recently married, only eight months. It was also noted that Eddie Kennamer and his wife had been married 70 years, and that Steve and Ann Kennamer’s daughter Molly, 9 months, was also present at today’s reunion.

President Kennamer thanked Ray Kennamer for taking care of the order and delivery of the restrooms for today’s reunion. He thanked Leon and Johnnie Kennamer for mowing and he also thanked Mike Kennamer for setting up today’s sound system.

Louise Kennamer Romans announced that a total of $712.30 was collected today.

The winners of the Pie Baking Contest were as follows:

First Place Sallie Cromwell, Cherry Pie

Second Place Mile Dreher, Tart

Third Place Robert & Laura Page, Peach Pie

Fourth Place Ida Louise Kennamer Cromwell, Blackberry Pie

President Kennamer closed the meeting for lunch and a time of fellowship.

The meeting was reconvened at 1:30 p.m. It was noted that Paul Dreher won the watermelon-eating contest for the second year in a row.

Guests to the reunion were recognized next. They were Johnnie and Clemey Brewer of Chico, Texas and James and Cloyce Grisham of Paradise, Texas, both descendants of Levi Kennamer of Stillhouse Holler: Ray and Marie Bradford, guests of Audrey Hall; and Jay, Jill, Jardon and Jack Kazlow, guests of Ida Louise Kennamer Cromwell;

President Kennamer next called for the family bragging session. Isabelle Dreher bragged on her daughter Elizabeth K. Dreher. She was named the most outstanding female student at Mountain Brook Junior High School.

Francis Kennamer, wife of C.B. Kennamer, bragged on Joy Kennamer, daughter of Richard and Diane Kennamer. She dances with the Montgomery Ballet Company. She is a senior in high school and has spent the past two summers dancing with the Boston Ballet and has been invited to train with them.

Wendell Page paid tribute to J. R. Kennamer for his work with the book The History of Jackson County. He reported that the Jackson County Historical Society would like to reprint the book for the County’s 175th anniversary.

Ray Kennamer bragged that his youngest son Jay just graduated from Emory University with a tax law degree.

Lewis Page bragged that his daughter Molly won the Science Fair at her school and also the Regional Science Fair. She won an Honorably Mention at the state fair.

It was reported that Katie Ray has a 42-mph underhand fast ball and is a great pitcher.

B.W. Kennamer bragged that his son Walt just married for the first time at age 35 to Sherri Bruhn of Denver, Colorado. He knows she is a great choice for Walt. She was so thoughtful in choosing Albertville for the site of the wedding so that Jean Kennamer, Benny’s wife and Walt’s mom, who is in a nursing home, could attend the wedding.

Carlus Page told those gathered that his double first cousin, Erma Christian Lobley, had asked him to read a tribute she had written to Audrey Hall. Carlus commented that he though Erma should be reading it herself and he was afraid he could not do it justice, but he would give it his best try. She began by writing that the Kennamer Reunion brings us all together for the things our family stood for, God above all other and then family togetherness. She wants to honor Audrey Kennamer Hall because she has attended all 65 reunions, because she is a good friend and a good person, because she always brings a bountiful basket of goodies to the reunion and because she is a good hostess. Carlus added that he felt the same way.

Johnnie Kennamer bragged that Wendell Page was named the Citizen of the Year of the Scottsboro, Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. He reminded us all of how unselfish Wendell has always been and how much he has done for others and contributed to the welfare of his community.

President Kennamer called for speakers, but this year there were none.

Those attending all 65 reunions were Audrey Hall, and Talmadge Kennamer. Those missing only in the time of military service were Benny Kennamer, Wendell Page and Johnnie Kennamer.

Those attending all reunions in their lifetime were Kim Broyles, Katie Page, Paul Dreher, Mila Dreher, Sallie Cromwell, Ann Kennamer Perkins and Ronnie Perkins.

President Kennamer called for old business. Wendell Page reported that it might become necessary for the Kennamer Family Association to grant some of our property to the State of Alabama so the road to Cathedral Caverns can be widened to accommodate busses RV’s, etc. We would need to sell land to the state if they require it. Lewis Page recommended that we entertain a motion to allow the Trustees to proceed along these lines if necessary.

Wendell Page moved that the Kennamer Family Association give authority to the Trustees to negotiate with the State concerning the possible expansion of the road. The motion was seconded by Isabelle Dreher and carried.

Johnnie Kennamer reported that the State had already started dredging for the bridge. He also reported that State Highway Director, Mr. Roberts, has said that he has $1.5 million to get a serviceable road to the Caverns. They might choose to widen the road already there, or they might construct a new road entirely.

It was mentioned that in some areas of the cemetery trees and roots are encroaching into the grave area. A motion was made by Benny Kennamer and seconded by Isabelle Dreher to allow Johnnie Kennamer to take whatever steps necessary to fix the situation. The motion carried.

President Kennamer reported on the tabulation of the questionnaires sent to all members of the family on the mailing list concerning changing the date of the reunion and other matters. The general feeling is that there is no need to change the date. It was a 50/50 split. He suggested that we continue to keep an eye on the effect the date is having on attendance and find new ways to make the reunion more appealing to adults and children.

President Kennamer than called for the election of officers. Benny Kennamer nominated Judge William Page for Historian. Many seconded the motion, and he was unanimously elected. Mary Ann Harris was unanimously elected as secretary. Elvin Kennamer was unanimously elected as Treasurer and Robert Page was unanimously elected as Vice President.

There being no other business President Kennamer closed the meeting in Prayer and Wendell Page led everyone in singing "God Be With You Till We Meet Again."

Minutes of the 69th annual meeting of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc. Held August 3, 1997, at the Kennamer Pavilion in Kennamer Cove, Marshall Co. Alabama.

 

The 69th annual Kennamer Family Association, Inc. reunion was held August 3, 1997 at the Kennamer Pavilion in Kennamer’s Cove, Marshall County, Alabama. The Association Vice President, Brents Kennamer, called the meeting to order and Isabelle Kennamer Dreher delivered the opening prayer. The Pledge of Allegiance was said and Wendell Page led the singing of America.

Wendell requested all those present to register their attendance.

It was suggested that a donation be made to the History Museum of Woodville.

Elvin Kennamer, Treasurer, presented the financial report for the year. The report is attached.

Wendell called for an update of names and addresses for the data base maintained by Robert, his son, and used for the newsletter.

Woody Kelley was present and requested that everyone update genealogy information on their families.

The hats, this time cups and bags, were passed.

The art and craft contest results were announced: Trennia Cole Cagle, granddaughter-in-law of Pat Kennamer; 2nd place for a needlework piece; Janice Cooly, 3rd place art; Gail Husbands 1st place craft for tatting work; Cranny Kennamer 2nd place; Chris Kennamer 1st place, child of Steve Kennamer.

The roll call of states:

Alabama - 91 Tennessee - 25

Georgia - 5 Texas - 4

New Mexico - 1 Kentucky - 6

North Carolina - 1 Utah - 1

$1005.20 was collected on the first pass of the hat.

Gail Husbands thanked those who contributed to the prize money for last year: Iva Knight, Wendell Page, Judy Kennamer and Doug Dreskill, Marguerite Lockmeller Parker, David Hall, Dennis Page, Milla and Louise Kennamer, Evelyn and Shorty Kennamer, Bob Word, Ann Husbands, Kim Kennamer Broyles, Ida Louise Cromwell, Whittle Husbands. Contributions to the prizes over the last few years have been $30 in 1995, $90 in 1996 and $140 last year. This year there were 11 participants in the 0 - 5 year old group, 15 participants in the 6 - 12 year old group and 12 participants in the 13 - 18 year old group.

Cheryl Kennamer contributed floral decorations to be placed on the cemetery graves.

A request was made for donations to pay for the tombstone repairs.

Paul Dreher, Jr. said the blessing and we adjourned for lunch

Johnny Statum was recognized as the judge of the pie and cake contest. The results were: 3rd place pie - Eva K. Lathum, Scottsboro 3rd place cake - Louise Kennamer Romans, Scottsboro 2nd place pie - Audrey Hall, Woodville - pecan pie 1st and 2nd place cake - not given. I suppose the judge had eaten too many samples to decide on a winner. 1st place pie - Sallie Cromwell, Nashville.

The deceased since last year:

A moment of silent prayer for the deceased was observed.

Welcome to our guests: Glenda Hodges, mayor of Woodville; Edith Lanier Miller of Warner Robbins; Georgia Marlin and Lora Tucker of Tanner, Alabama; Bill and Pat Easterling with The Huntsville Times; Johnny Staturm, judge of the pie contest from Chattanooga.

We were the entertained by a group from the First Baptist Church of Grant with their interpretative movement performance. Performing were Valerie and Stephanie, daughters of Cheryl Kennamer, Chad Hart, Jeremy Lee, Adam McBride, Natiki Jackson, Cici Weems, Jenny Hays, and Katie Runyon.

Patricia Kennamer Cagle read a lovely poem written by her mother, Grace Kennamer titled "Old Homes."

Wendell spoke on the topic: Why are you here? We are here because they came. Where did they come from and why did they come? Hans Ginheimer, was born in 1620 in a small town in Germany, Oppau or Oppou. He married Anna Marie Smeltz (sp?). Two of their children were Hans Stephen Kennamer, born 1678, and Catherine, born 1685. Stephen and his father, Hans, lived through one of the darkest times in Europe. During the Thirty Years War of 1618 to 1648 and the hard times following, approximately half the population of Europe died. During this time Hans Stephen Kennamer decided his son Jacob, born 1714, should immigrate to America for a better life. He did so with about 12 other families in the Rhine area and in 1732 began their trip down the Rhine to Rotterdam and on to Philadelphia aboard the ship Mary. Stephen and Jacob could not speak English and so when departing from the ship they signed with the house mark of sy and his son with his j and the house mark. Stephen spoke his name in German to the English ship captain who heard and recorded the name as Stephen Gannamer. We know no more of Stephen.

Jacob moved in with the Amish people of north Pennsylvania He married, raised a family which included Hans, buried in the cemetery here, George, ancestor of some here today from Georgia, John and Anna Maria. They moved to Maryland for about a year. They moved with others from the ship to Beaver Creek, South Carolina about 1750 and organized a religious group known as the German Baptist Brethren - known despairingly by others as Dunkers because they felt baptism should be done 3 times. They remained there until 1807. They then began to sell their land. In 1809 the family was living in the Flint River section of Madison County.

Why did Stephen leave? He believed that his son Jacob could not achieve his life’s ambitions and that the dreams they had could not be realized. They came for religious and political freedom. After the Thirty Years War, the conflict between the Calvinist and Lutherans and the Church at Rome intensified. Hans came to this cove with his family in 1815 from Madison County. A cabin was built on the main road between Old Woodville and Guntersville north of here near a cave. The road was on the east side of the cove. Danny Manning now owns the land. They stayed here until 1830 as squatters. Several Kennamer men worked with the home guard in rounding up the Indians and taking them to the stockade in Guntersville to join the Trail of Tears. Land was not surveyed until 1823 and put on sale until 1830. Large land developers wanted to purchase the land for a few cents per acre. Washington decided to sell the land to the squatters who had farmed and improved the land. The Wrights, the Pages, and Hans’ families were living here in the early 1830s. The land was sold to them for $50 for 40 acres.

Hans’s son and sons-in-law bought all the land in this Cove. This was documented with the map in The Kennamer Book. Hans lived in this Cove in Jackson County until the county name was changed to Marshall County after the Indians were removed. Kennamers moved to other areas in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas during 1850.

They left Germany because there was not enough land to support the large families. They came, suffered poverty, hardships, bribed officials on the Rhine River and officials of the Catholic Church, and suffered on the ship. There are not many Kennamers remaining in the Cove. They came from Europe not as indentured colonists, vagabonds, or convicts, but as free holders paying their own passage. They came for a better life.

The following officers were elected: President - Julian "Peck" Kennamer, Vice President Cheryl Kennamer, Treasurer - Elvin Kennamer, Secretary - Mary Ann Flinn.

Brents noted that the roadside sign to Kennamer’s Cove was missing. Johnny will take care of reinstalling it.

Johnny spoke on the progress of Cathedral Caverns. Internal work has been nearly completed. The road will take another 12 months, probably to be completed in fall ‘98 or spring ‘99. Focus now should be to have any reference to the area where Cathedral Caverns are located be Kennamer’s Cove.

Wendell met with the Cathedral Caverns Committee in the Conservation Service and made a strong case for retaining the name Kennamer’s Cove. As a result of his presentation he was asked for 3 items to support his request:

  1. Abstract deed of the John S. Kennamer’s properties, when the cabin was built, who built it and who lived there, descents of John S. Kennamer and records of their memories of living in that cabin. It could be used as part of the welcome center.
  2. Names of those who lived in the cabin. Wendell was able to find Florence Haden at Grant and Abaloris Dixon, Scottsboro, who grew up in the cabin of their grandfather. They made a recording of their memories of living in the cabin.
  3. Detailed history of Kennamer’s Cove. The J. R. Kennamer memoirs were used for details of livings in the cove. This information may be used in the brochures for the caverns.

$250 was approved as a donation to the History Museum of Woodville.

Brents recognized the oldest woman at the reunion - Audry Hall 91, and the oldest man George ‘Buddy" Harris - 88. The youngest child was Katherine Anne Kennamer, 3 months, the daughter of Debbie and Jay Kennamer of Huntsville. The newlyweds were Trennia Marie Cole and Jason Patrick Cagle, married March 22, 1997.

Woody asked people to complete the family facts form and take one to those not present. He is hopeful that he will be able to update the book by year-end. He thanked everyone for their expressions of concern.

Thanks go to Johnny Kennamer for the grounds tending and tables and benches, Mike for the PA system and the flag, Ray for the port-a-potties, Wendell and Talmadge for all else.

Those who have not missed a reunion - Audry Hall and Talmadge Kennamer.

Those who have not missed a reunion except for military service - Wendell Page, Ray Kennamer, Elvin Kennamer, and Johnny Kennamer.

On August 15, Doss and his wife will celebrate their 50 wedding anniversary.

Brents bragged on Thurston Cromwell who graduated from University of Missouri and is now attending the University of Tennessee graduate school.

Seabom Kennamer delivered the closing prayer and Wendell led us in the singing of God Be With You Till We Meet Again. We adjourned to meet again August 1, 1998.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Ann Flinn

 

Minutes of the 70th annual meeting of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc. Held August 1, 1998, at the Kennamer Pavilion in Kennamer Cove, Marshall Co. Alabama.

President, Julian E. Kennamer, “Peck,” son of Julian Churchill Kennamer, called the meeting to order and introduced himself and his family. Steve Kennamer gave the opening prayer and Janice Kennamer led the Pledge of Allegiance. Peck requested all those present to register their attendance.

Wendell [Page] distributed copies of his 1997 Historian’s report. This year the newsletter was mailed to 250 – 275 families. 40 – 50 were returned. He thanked Robert Page for his work on the newsletter.

This year an attempt will be made to identify the hundreds of unmarked graves in the cemetery. Wendell asked for information on who is buried under the pyramid with the initials “MK.” He said it was possibly Molly Woodall, wife of Zacahariah Kennamer, the youngest son of Hans. An inventory of the cemetery will also be made this year. The last one was in 1961.

The roll call of states followed:

Alabama – 93                        Tennessee – 9                      Georgia – 8           Kansas – 1

New Mexico – 3                    Texas – 8                              Kentucky – 4       North Carolina – 1

Gail Husbands conducted the children’s program with prize money in age groups 0 –5, 6-12 and 13-19.

$1,138.85 was collected from the passing of the hat (boxes).

Paul Dreher gave the blessing and the group adjourned for lunch.

After lunch, President Peck announced and welcomed the visitors to the reunion.

Those who died since the last reunion were remembered: Carlus Page, grandson of Josephine K Page, died May 1998; Mary Elizabeth Style Page died September 8, 1996; Rexford Page died in 1997; David Miles, grandson of Walter J. Kennamer, died May 1998. The group remembered these with a silent prayer.

President Peck reported that Norwood Hodges, long time attendee, was gravely ill.

Johnny [Kennamer] did the cemetery work during the year. He cleared the area, repaired tombstones and built a fence from some of the cedar from Steve Kennamer’s land. By doing the work himself, the association was saved a great deal of money and the group showed their appreciation by giving Johnny a well-deserved standing ovation.

Cheryl Kennamer listed the names of those who ordered flower arrangements for the headstones in the cemetery and she read a touching letter from Gerald and Wyonia Rhodes from Texas about headstone arrangements.

Copies of the group photo can be purchased for $12 by contacting Steve or Cheryl. He also requested copies of old photos of the Cove or surrounding area to be used for historical purposes. Let him, Cheryl or Wendell know if you have some available.

President Peck introduced Congressman Robert Aderholt from the 4th Congressional District of Alabama.

Eddie Broyles, Kim Kennamer Broyles’s husband, told about the web page created and maintained by Walter Kennamer – http://www.kennamer.com. There are links to Bill Nichol’s page with genealogy back to 1400, and minutes of the Kennamer reunions up to 1976. The plan is to be current within the next several months.

Woody Kelly has had surgery again and is not doing well.

Wendell considers only four books as legitimate ones about the Kennamer family: J. R. Kennamer’s book with his son Lauren in 1924, cousin William’s [the minutes say “William,” but I think Wendell was referring to Willard Kennamer’s 1954 book – WJK] book in 1954, and Woody Kelly’s books in 1982 and 1991. Wendell cautioned against other books and the Kennamer Castle in Germany, which is not affiliated with the family.

The oldest female at the reunion was Audry Hall, born 1902, and she has not missed a reunion. The oldest male was George “Buddy” Harris, born 1908. The newlyweds were Mike and June Kennamer. The youngest person at the reunion was Logan Bobb, 2 years old, and Wendell presented him with a copy of The History of Jackson County. Woody Page, from New Mexico, traveled the farthest distance.

A motion was approved for money for the children’s program to come from the general fund.

Steve reported on his tour of Cathedral Caverns. The trails and lighting are complete. The estimate is 12 to 18 months to the opening.

Talmadge and Audry have not missed a reunion since the beginning. Wendell Page, Elvin Kennamer, Johnny Kennamer, and Ray Kennamer have not missed except for military service.

Brag time: Kala Stone ran the Wild Irish Race and got 1st place for age group; Tiffany Stone is in Aces (the requirement is having a A average in the 6th – 8th grade). Charles and Stuart, sons of Robert Page, are CAR officers.

Seaborn Kennamer delivered the closing prayer and Wendell led the singing of “God Be With You Till We Meet Again.” We adjourned to meet again on August 7, 1999.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Ann Flinn

Minutes of the 71st annual meeting of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc. Held August 7, 1999, at the Kennamer Pavilion in Kennamer Cove, Marshall Co. Alabama.

The 71st annual Kennamer Family Association, Inc. reunion was held August 7, 1999 at the Kennamer Pavilion in Kennamer’s Cove, Marshall County, Alabama. President, Julian E. “Peck” Kennamer, called the meeting to order. The 1998 minutes were approved. 

Elvin Kennamer presented the treasurer’s report and noted that the Association had received and anonymous donation of $750 for tables. A copy of the report is attached. The bucket was passed for donations. 

Julian called for the historian’s report. Wendell asked all those who did not receive the newsletter to please register with Robert Page. Wendell presented copies of the inventory of the Pisgah Cemetery. The Pisgah Cemetery Committee of Lewis Wendell Page, Cheryl Kennamer, Denton Kennamer, and Steve Kennamer conducted this study. A copy of Wendell’s comments and the report are attached. Julian thanked the Committee for its work and Wendell for his 30 years of service as historian. 

$793 was collected on the first try. 

Julian thanked the anonymous donor for the tables. 

Jimmy Page gave an update on the Caverns. The funding will hopefully be in place and progress made by the next reunion. 

Gail Kennamer Husbands conducted the annual children’s program titled “I’m a Kennamer.” She requested suggestions for additional activities. 

Doss said the blessing and we adjourned for lunch. 

After a delicious mean we reconvened. 

Cheryl reminded everyone that there were flowers available for the cemetery. 

Officers for the years 2000-2002;

President – Cheryl Kennamer

Vice President – Gail Kennamer Husbands

Secretary – Debbie Perkins Manning

Treasurer – Jimmy Page

Historian – Steve Kennamer

 

It also passed that the president and secretary select a deputy or trainee as a backup and that the treasurer and historian serve as backup for each other. 

Wendell Page was unanimously elected as Historian Emeritus. 

An additional $542.80 was raised for the treasury. 

The roll call of states:

Alabama

80

New Mexico

1

Georgia

5

Kansas

1

Texas

8

North Carolina

3

Tennessee

11

Utah

2

Kentucky

6

Michigan

2

Virginia

2

 

 

 

Guests were recognized. O. L. Smith and Frank and Mary Frances Suttle. 

The oldest person at the reunion was Audry Kennamer Hall at 93. She has never missed a reunion. Irma Kennamer Christian from Texas was 92 and has attended 24 consecutive reunions. 

Elizabeth Russell, 14 months, daughter of Tracy Terrell Russell and great, great , great granddaughter of Mattie Kennamer Smith, was presented with a copy of the History of Jackson County. She was the youngest member of the family present. 

Bragging Time. 

Isabelle Dreher announced that her son Paul had attained the rank of Eagle Scout .

Cheryl and her husband adopted Janice Cody Kennamer.

Robert Page’s son, Charles, competed in the state geography bee, which is composed of the top 100 geography students in the state.

John Earl commented that his daughter is working for Congressman John Aderholdt in Washington, D.C.

Richard Kennamer’s daughter, Jana, is working for Congressman Terry Evert also in Washington, D.C.

Seaborn Kennamer told about his daughter, Helen, who won citywide 1st place in the Junior High competition for exceptional students in Montgomery.

Ray Kennamer introduced his friend Orville Lewis Smith and his dog Ginger. O.L. entertained the group with several comments.

 

Those deceased since last year: 

Robert Word    10.29.98 Husband of the late Virginia Kennamer Word and father of past president Bob Word. Scottsboro.
Robert Thomas Kennamer  11.22.98 Husband of Sallie Whitaker Kennamer. Scottsboro.
Eunice Page Lackey  1.8.99 Sister of Wendell Page
Howard Combs  12.5.98 Husband of Mary Ruth Wright Combs. Daughter of Veda Kennamer Wright. Scottsboro.
Sherman Patterson 12.26.99 Husband of Glennis Hodges Patterson. Woodville.
Milford Vernon 2.27.99 Husband of Marie Patterson Vernon. Woodville.
Marieta Brand Kennamer  Spring 1999. Wife of the late Hilbert Kennamer, Abilene, Texas
Billie Harvey    5.20.99 Mother of Woody Kelly, Fort Worth, Texas
Charles Floyd Barclay 12.12.98 Son of the late Elsie Flannegan Barclay. Scottsboro.
Mamie Popejoy Kennamer  5.15.99 Wife of the late Lovis Kennamer. Abilene, Texas
Millard Goode” Holloway June 1999. Brother of Glenda “Bit” Holloway Hodges. Scottsboro.
Christine Blackburn Page 6.3.99 Wife of Arnold Page. Montgomery.
Milburn Kennamer  5.6.99 Husband of Martha Woody Kennamer. Scottsboro.
Lawton Kennamer   6.7.99 Husband of the late Grace Evans Kennamer. Scottsboro.
Alice Ruth Page 6.10.99 Wife of the late Horace Rexford Page. Woodville. Lawton and Alice Ruth were instrumental in building the present pavilion. The original wooded building and museum were burned March 21, 1978.
R. B. Derrick    6.12.99 Wife of Iva Kilpatrick Derrick. Scottsboro. Descendant of Samuel Kennamer and Susanna Boshart Kennamer. See row 7 lot 10.
Robert N. Kennamer   8.3.99 Son of Orville and Ruperta Thomas Kennamer. Baxley, GA.
Victor Kennamer 2.0.0 Youngest child of Laura and Thomas Jacob Kennamer.

Jean Kennamer announced that copies of J. R. Kennamer and Wendell Kennamer’s books can be found at the Heritage Center in Jackson County.

Kim Kennamer Broyles; brother Walter is in charge of the Kennamer web page and requested suggestions and information for the site. The address is http://www.kennamer.com

Respectfully submitted,

 

Mary Ann Flinn

Minutes of the 72nd annual meeting of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc. Held August 5, 2000, at the Kennamer Pavilion in Kennamer Cove, Marshall Co. Alabama

On August 5, 2000, the seventy-second annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc. was held at the Kennamer Family Association Pavilion in Kennamer's Cove, Marshall County, Alabama. President Cheryl Kennamer opened the meeting by welcoming the family to the new millennium. Mike Kennamer led the family in prayer.

Josh Perkins, of Kennamer's Cove, led the family in the pledge of allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America. Wendell Page, the Kennamer Family Historian Emeritus, led us in singing "America".

President Cheryl Kennamer reported on the numerous new improvements and beautification of the cemetery. William Earl Franks decorated the cemetery by placing flags on soldier's graves.

The minutes of the 71st meeting of the Association, held on August 7, 1999, were approved.

There was no old business presented at this 72nd annual reunion.

The President then called for any new business, and the matter of purchasing a fire proof file cabinet was brought forth for discussion. The file cabinet would be used to store the existing Kennamer Family Association records. The said motion passed.

Jimmy M. Page, Treasurer, presented the Association's financial report. A copy of the report is attached. Wendell Page reminded Jimmy to Pass the Hat for donations, in which $1,340.00 was received.

While the hat was being passed, Wendell's staff passed out a copy of the Historian's Report, Burials in Pisgah Cemetery: 1821 to 1998, as presented on August 7, 1999, accompanied by the August 5, 2000 Historian's Report, Burials in Pisgah Cemetery By Rows and Lots. This report lists all burials by rows and lot numbers of the Pisgah Cemetery located in Kennamer's Cove. Wendell stressed the importance of these two documents, as being primarily for the benefit of the descendants of the people who moved out of the cove in the 1800's to the west. These family members are now returning to this area for facts and history of their ancestry.

The children's program was presented by Gail Kennamer Husbands. All children under the age of nineteen were introduced. Gail asked for suggestions on new ideas for the Children's Program, in order to keep this group of young people interested in coming year after year to the reunions.

At this time Gail presented a Kennamer Family Association Photo Album, with past pictures of the reunion to Cheryl Kennamer. This album was in honor of her parents, Rayburn Kennamer and Lareu Phillips Kennamer.

William Earl Franks, dressed in Confederate attire, spoke of the Blue and Gray. He made mention of Confederate soldiers Samuel Thompson Kennamer, Silas Wright, and Thomas Sims, all young soldiers from Kennamer's Cove. He reminded each of us to honor our ancestry and soldiers that fought and gave their lives for their Country.

Steve Kennamer, of Kennamer's Cove, gave an update on Cathedral Caverns. The Cave will be opened to the public in four days, Wednesday, August 9,2000, with four tours a day. Danny Lewis, Park Ranger, would be available this Saturday afternoon after the reunion, to lead a private tour for anyone interested.

Steve Kennamer offered the blessing and the meeting was adjourned for lunch. The meeting was called back into session around 1:00 by Wendell Page answering questions on the cemetery's history.

Wendell made a presentation of the Burial Sites of the Children of Hans and Rachel Kennamer. While doing research on the alphabetical list of Pisgah Cemetery burials, Wendell became aware that only six of the fifteen children of Hans and Rachel were buried in the Cemetery. The six children are:

Samuel and wife Susannah Boshart Kennamer

Stephen and wife Rebecca Boshart Kennamer

Susannah Kennamer and husband John Hill

Mary Kennamer

Levi Kennamer and wife Nancy Busby Kennamer

Zachariah and wife Mollie Woodall Kennamer

 

As always we paused to pay tribute to those who have died since last year's reunion, and they were:

Elton Leon Kennamer

Beula Crabtree Kennamer, wife of Alvin Kennamer

Bertie Kennamer 11/4/1999

Ruby Kennamer Thomas 12/28/99

Amanda Jones 1/8/00

Arline Kennamer 1/18/00

Beverly Elizabeth Williard 2/17/00

Anna Belle Harper Kennamer 3/00

James Robert Nicholas 3/28/00

Bill Woodall 7/25/00

Dr. Carl Collins 8/4/00

 

The roll call by states was then taken and there were seven states represented: Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas, and Kentucky.

Only two people have attended every reunion and were again present, being Audrey Kennamer Hall, 94 years of age, the oldest member present, and Talmage Kennamer, age 85. Two people have attended every reunion, except for when hindered from doing so when they were in the military service, being Johnny Kennamer and Wendell Page.

The very newest member of the family in attendance was one month old, Wyatt Durell Bobb, son of Gary and Beth Bobb, grandson of Carroll and Marie Kennamer Bobb, great-grandson of Talmage and Annie Mae Kennamer, and great-great grandson of Denton and Nora Kennamer.

Shane and Melissa Page Slaten were the newlyweds of the reunion, having been married three weeks to the day of the reunion. Melissa is the daughter of Jimmy and Hilda Page and the granddaughter of Berta Ruth Kennamer Troup.

Randy, Sherry, and Alex Bobb of Dallas, Texas was presented with a gift for being the family who traveled the furthest to attend the reunion.

Keeping in tradition with the Kennamer Family of the past, bragging time was made available to all present. O. R. “Shorty” Kennamer introduced his cousin, Susan Kennamer Kinsey and her husband Michael, and their daughters Wendy Kinsey, and Melissa Kinsey Moyers, and Melissa's son Nicholas. Susan is the daughter of Howard and Vergie McIntosh Kennamer, and the granddaughter of Sid and Tempie Kennamer.

Robert Page spoke on the Internet service that is available at www.kennamer.com. This web site is made available by Walt Kennamer.

Ronnie Perkins used the bragging time as an opportunity to announce that his son, Josh, age 12, was now wearing a size 17 shoe.

Johnny Kennamer, announced that Will Parks, grandson of Eva Kennamer Parks, was now working for Page Law Firm.

Margaret Amelia Mollie Page, daughter of Lewis Page and granddaughter of Wendell Page, made the Dean's List as a freshman at Duke University.

Jim Page, son of Jimmy and Hilda Page, was elected as President of the Student Government, at the University of North Alabama.

Wendell Willard is to be sworn in as a Georgia Legislator.

The 72nd annual meeting to the Kennamer Family Association came to a close with Wendell Page leading us in singing "God Be With You 'Till We Meet Again", and June Cannon Kennamer dismissing with prayer.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Debbie Perkins Manning

Minutes of the 73rd annual meeting of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc. Held August 4, 2001, at the Kennamer Pavilion in Kennamer Cove, Marshall Co. Alabama.

 

On August 4, 2001, the seventy-third annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc., was held at Kennamer's Cove, Marshall County, Alabama. President Cheryl Kennamer opened the meeting by welcoming the family and thanking them for making her feel like a Kennamer.

Cheryl led the family in prayer. Janice Kennamer, Steve and Cheryl's daughter, led the family in the pledge of allegiance. Wendell Page, Historian Emeritus, led us in singing “America.”

The Treasurer Jimmy Page, presented the Association's financial report. A copy of the report is attached. The hat was passed and $1,529.61 was collected as donations.

The minutes of the 72nd meeting of the Kennamer Family Association, held on August 5, 2000, were approved as presented.

Wendell Page spoke of the thousand's of people now visiting Kennamer's Cove due to the reopening of Cathedral Caverns. He stated the need for a sign to be placed at the forks of Cathedral Caverns Road and Cave Road. The sign would direct visitors to the pavilion for picnicking purposes.

Wendell made a motion to purchase a sign. Steve Kennamer seconded the motion. The President called for a vote, and said motion carried. Pat Kennamer McFadden, of Lubbock Texas, requested that the family allow her to purchase the sign in memory of her great grandfather Levi Bye Kennamer, her grandfather Levi Preseley Kennamer, and father James Luther Kennamer.

Johnny Kennamer introduced Don and Tanner Coplin of Salt Lake City, Utah as a first time visitor to the reunion. Paula Marie Kennamer Reynosa of Sylmar, California was also introduced as a first time visitor.

Keeping with past tradition the Uncle George Buddy Harris family was recognized with having the most family members present, numbering 29.

The very newest member of the family in attendance was 11 week old Timothy Michael Moyers, grandson of Susan Kennamer Kinsey, great-grandson of Howard Kennamer, and great-great grandson of Sid and Tempie Kennamer.

Thurston and Tanya Cromwell, Ralph Kennamer's grandson, was the most recently married couple.

Paula Marie Kennamer Reynosa of Sylmar, California was presented with a gift for being the family member who traveled the furthest to attend the reunion.

Wendell Page presented the Historians Report titled," Why Did Jacob Kennamer's Girls Not Marry?" The report came from documentation found in the 1850 census of Marshall County and the 1853 store ledger of Presley Woodall. Although the Jacob and Kizziah Busby Kennamer family was considered "well-off' and outstanding citizens of the community, six of their eight daughters never married. The first reason to be considered is the only eligible bachelors were kinfolk. This was due to the fact that the descendants of Hans Kennamer owned most of the available farmland. The second thought is the cove was isolated from the major centers of business and government. Opportunities for attending social gatherings were very rare. Jacob and Kizziah's four sons, however, did find wives outside of the cove.

The Presley Woodall Store ledger page for Jacob Kennamer shows the self-sufficient lifestyle common with the pioneer living in the cove. All necessities of life were produced at home, only hunting supplies and sewing items could not be produced at home. The ledger showed bonnets and a veil were also bought at the store, possibly to improve the looks of the daughters and to encourage young men to look their daughters’ way.

Steve Kennamer offered the blessing and the meeting was adjourned for lunch. The meeting was called back into session around 1:00. Music was provided by Collect All Three of Grant Alabama. J. D. Frazier, grandson of Fern Kennamer Hulsey, is a member of this talented young group.

Wendell Page presented the second part of the Historians Report. He spoke on the 1935 hurricane in the Florida Keys, that decimated a Veteran Retirement/Rehabilitation camp, killing 250 WWI Veterans. The National Federal Emergency Agency and The Veterans Administration made a preliminary report to the Roosevelt Administration indicating the event was an act of God and beyond the power of man. David Wendell Kennamer, son of Seaborn and Nancy Kennamer, was a chief investigator for the V. A..He was directed by Washington to conduct another investigation. His thorough report, contrary to the previous report of the National Federal Emergency Agency and the Veterans Administration, stated that the Veterans Administration was negligent in not moving the Veterans from harms way. D. W.'s report was so damaging to the Roosevelt Administration, that it was filed in the National Archives and forgotten. Only in recent years have the National Archives been opened to the public. Most historians and researchers feel that David Wendell Kennamer is a hero and after all these years receive due recognition.

Gail Kennamer Husbands presented the “I'm A Kennamer Children's Program.” All children under the age of 19 were introduced and sung the “I'm A Kennamer Song.”

Only two family members have attended every reunion and were once again present, being Audrey Kennamer, 95 years of age, also the oldest in attendance, and Talmage Kennamer, age 87.

Two members of the family have attended every reunion, except for when hindered from doing so when in military service, being Johnny Kennamer and Wendell Page.

As always we paused to pay tribute to those who have died since last year's reunion, and they were:

The roll call of states was taken and there were 10 states represented: Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, Missouri, Florida, Texas, Utah, New Mexico, and California.

Keeping in tradition once again with the Kennamer Family of the past, bragging time was made available to all present. First to claim bragging time was Ida Louise Cromwell, bragging on Thurston and Tanya Cromwell for graduating Law School from the University of Missouri.

Jim Kennamer, grandson of John Robert Kennamer told of Larry James “Jamie Jr.” Kennamer graduating from Faulkner University Bible School.

Paula Marie K. Reynosa stated she has been blessed with 5 children. She stated two of her sons have played in a Rose Bowl. She concluded her bragging by stating how thrilled she was to find her newfound relatives.

Wendell Page told of Jim Page graduating from UNA [University of North Alabama, ed.]. While at UNA he was President of the Student Body. Jim is currently working in Montgomery on Lucy Baxley's campaign for Lt. Governor. 

June Cannon Kennamer asked for prayers for herself and Mike as they are about to travel on a mission tour to Venezuela.

It was pointed out that it was time to elect officers for the next two years. Ronnie Perkins, a member of the nominations committee presented the following names for new officers:

President                               Gail Kennamer Husbands

Vice President                       Robert Page

Secretary                               Debbie Perkins Manning

Treasurer                               Jimmy Page

Historian                                Steve Kennamer

Historian Emeritus               Wendell Page

 

A motion to approve the new officers was made by Ray Kennamer, and seconded by Milly Kennamer. Motion passed.

 The 73rd annual meeting of the Kennamer Family Association came to a close. Led by June Kennamer, we all joined together and sang "God Be With You 'Till We Meet Again". June closed with prayer.

 Respectfully Submitted,

 Debbie Perkins Manning

 

Minutes of the 74th annual meeting of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc. Held August 3, 2002, at the Kennamer Pavilion in Kennamer Cove, Marshall Co., Alabama

On August 3, 2002, the seventy-fourth annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc. was held at Kennamer's Cove, Marshall County, Alabama. President Gail Kennamer Husbands opened the meeting as the new president by welcoming the family to the reunion.

Robert Page led the family in prayer. Mont Kennamer led the family in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the 73rd meeting of the Kennamer Family Association, held on August 4,2001 were approved as presented.

Steve Kennamer presented the Financial Report, due to the absence of Treasurer Jimmy Page. The report was accepted as presented. A copy of the report is attached. The hats were passed at this time and $1,546.79 was collected in donations.

Wendell Page, Historian, reported that in 1997, Gerald Rhodes and his wife, from Houston, Texas attended this family reunion with Irma Kennamer Christian. As we were eating lunch, Mr. Rhodes became very ill. He was taken to the Huntsville Hospital emergency room. Wendell stated that to his knowledge nothing more was heard about this family until July 13, 2001, when he received an E-mail from their son, Robert, giving his parents dates of death. Gerald Rhodes passed away October 8, 1998, and Wyonia passed away on October 25, 1998.

Wendell Page spoke in regards to the many family members in nursing homes that would be in attendance if able, including Aunt Estelle Page Kennamer and Glennis Hodges Patterson. Woody Kelley resides in a Fort Worth, Texas nursing home.

At this time, we paused to pay tribute to those who had died since last year's reunion. Wendell read the list of family members that passed away in 2002, and they were:

Granville Talmage Kennamer (had attended all of the 73 Reunions)

August 2, 2002

Donald Glenn Derrick

July 7, 2002

Flora M. Kennamer (Widow of Glendon B. Kennamer)

June 20, 2002

Clarence Harrison

June 27, 2002

Royce Noel Kennamer

June 30, 2002

Jane Ellis Hodges

May 24, 2002

Lettie Boshart Elkins

May 24, 2002

Omega Woodall McCord

May 12, 2002

James Hazel Whitaker

May 3, 2002

Lee Thomas Hodges

April 22, 2002

Maude Chandler Kennamer (Widow of Alton "Speegy" Kennamer)

April 15, 2002

Leo Thomas Hodges

August 22, 2001

Margaret Suttle Kennamer (Wife of Julian C. Kennamer)

April 10, 2002

Oneal Butler (Husband of Evelyn Kennamer Butler)

March 29, 2002

Audrey Kennamer Hall (had attended all of the 73 Reunions)

March 1, 2002

Shirley H. Page

February 5, 2002

Mildred Lousie Kennamer (Wife of the late James W. Kennamer)

February 2, 2002

Rosalie Roy Kennamer (Widow of late Earl Kennamer)

February 17, 2002

Mildred Louise Kennamer

February 2, 2002

Margaret Beard Thomas (Daughter-in-law of Clyde & Ruby K. Thomas)

January 31, 2002

Louise Thomas Rorex (Daughter of Henry & Vida Hodges Thomas)

January 6, 2002

Mary Lucille Thower Page (Wife of Moody Page)

December 11, 2001

O. L. Romans (Husband of Louise Kennamer Romans)

October 17, 2001

Ovid Clayton Kennamer (Son of Wm. Robert & Lucy Page Kennamer)

October 17, 2001

Robert Garland Campbell (Son of Gerald & Flora E. Kennamer Campbell)

October 26, 2001

Clarice Kennamer Maples (Last living child of Mr. Walter J.Kennamer)

October 8, 2001

Fines Nolan Clay (A descendant of David Kennamer of Red Hill)

September 27,2001

Delbert Wilson Kennamer (A descendant of David Kennamer of Red Hill)

September 6, 2001

Atha Kennamer Cordell

September 4, 2001

Rayburn Kennamer (Father of Pres. Gail K. Husbands & Ray Kennamer)

September 27, 2001

Mary Leona Jones Woodall

September 28, 2001

Leo Thomas Hodges (a descendant of Hans through Stephen & Levi)

August 22, 2001

Denton “Johnny” Kennamer spoke on today, August 3, 2002 being the end of an era. The only two people to have attended all 73 previous reunions are no longer with us. The 1952 minutes is the first time it is recorded of those who had never missed a reunion. Audrey Kennamer Hall passed away in March of 2002 and Granville Talmage Kennamer passed away yesterday

Two members of the family have attended every reunion, except for when hindered from doing so when in military service, being Johnny Kennamer, and Wendell Page.

Mike Kennamer asked Lewis Wendell Page, Sr. to come forward. Mike read a Kennamer Family Resolution in honor of Wendell. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas, we, the Kennamer Family Association, having taken into consideration the long tradition of excellence, good will, hard work and upstanding character displayed by our ancestors.

Whereas. Family has, for more than a dozen generations of Americans, displayed honor to God, respect for Family and service to our Country.

Whereas, our ancestors immigrated to the country in 1732 and through diligence, hard work and a pioneering spirit brought forth generations of like-minded souls.

Whereas, Lewis Wendell Page. Sr. has served this family with integrity, diligence, vision and innumerable hours of service.

Be it resolved and forever remembered that Lewis Wendell Page. Sr. has faithfully served the

Kennamer Family Association as President, Secretary. Song Leader. Trustee and Historian.

Be it further resolved, by the Kennamer Family Association, in this its 74th annual Reunion, that we as a united family bestow upon Lewis Wendell Page. Sr. the distinction of being recognized as a Kennamer Family Pioneer.

In Witness Whereof, we the Kennamer Family Association, have hereunto made this proclamation and duly recorded the same in our minutes, on the third day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand and two.

God be with you until we meet again ... ... ...

Wendell spoke of the many before him, that he felt more deserving of this honor. He stated their sense of continuity brought this family where it is today.

President Gail K. Husbands presented the "I'm a Kennamer" children's program. She recognized this group of young people as the future leadership of the Association.

 

June Kennamer, wife of Mike Kennamer, presented each of these young people with a Family History Quiz, to be completed during lunchtime. June offered the blessing of the food and the meeting was adjourned for lunch. The meeting was called back into session around 1:00. Gail introduced June as the delightful afternoon speaker. June told us of her perspective of marrying into the Kennamer Family 4 1/2 years ago. She learned immediately she had acquired cousins by the dozens, and ancestors that could be traced back to Moses. She also learned if talking to anyone with the last name of Kennamer, Page, Hodges, Butler, Word, Bramblett or any derivation of these names, she should say nice things, for they were probably kinfolk. She walked us though the past by using the quiz she created for the young people to encourage interaction with the young and the old. In search for the answers to the quiz, it was amazing how manyof our young people talked to someone they had never spoken to before. We all reminisced while she spoke on great family stories that have been pasted down from generation to generation.

Cheryl Kennamer recognized the youngest member of the family in attendance as 21 month old Ella Cagle. Ella is the daughter of Jason and Trennia Cagle. Carroll and Marie Bobb were recognized for having traveled the longest distance to attend the reunion. They traveled from North Ogden, Utah. Uncle Buddy Harris, age 93, was the oldest person in attendance. Gentry and Cathy Sullivan was the most recently married couple. They were married in April of 2002. Gifts were presented to each.

Members of the family were asked to introduce their guests and Milly Kennamer introduced Rodney Duvall who was in attendance from Guntersville, and Ray Kennamer introduced Pat Holmes from Huntsville.

The President asked each of us to write down memories to past reunions and family stories to be compiled into a book.

Thurston Cromwell, grandson of Ralph Kennamer, presented a document: Justice in the Frontier, Lessons Learned From The Historic Trial of George “Machine Gun” Kelly and other Famous Cases. The trial that is of concern to us is the 1935 - Trial of Phil Kennamer. Thurston stated that this trial was noted as the most famous trial in Oklahoma. Several copies this document were available for anyone interested.

When the roll call by states was made we found there were family members in attendance from Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Utah, Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama

The President thanked the following individuals for the work that had been done to make the facilities ready for the reunion: Mike Kennamer for setting up the sound system, Denton Kennamer for checking on the electrical system, Jimmy Page for overseeing of the mowing of the grounds, Ray Kennamer for the Porta Potties, Cheryl Kennamer for purchasing the gifts, Robert Page for the Newsletter, and Wendell Page for all his efforts.

The President then asked if there was any new business to be considered at this time, and Isbelle Dreher made a motion to purchase and place a sign identifying Pisgah Cemetery.

Isbelle Dreher made a motion, seconded by June Kennamer to create a committee to look into ways of cooling the pavilion. Mike and Steve Kennamer were unanimously appointed to this committee. Robert Page made a motion, Isbelle Dreher seconded, to purchase sound speakers for the pavilion. The same committee is to take care of this matter also. Will Kennamer requested a group picture be taken to commemorate the 75th Reunion>. Milly Kennamer made a motion, seconded by Will Kennamer to have a photographer available to take the 75th reunion group picture.

H. T. Bud Scott reported that reprints of THE KENNAMER FAMILY - 1924 are available for order through Barnes and Noble. Higginson Book Company has reprinted this book and can be found at www.higginsonbooks.com.

Janice Kennamer led us in singing “God Be With You 'Till We Meet Again,” and the reunion closed with prayer by Will Kennamer and we adjourned to meet again on August 2, 2003.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

Debbie Perkins Manning

 

Minutes of the 75th annual meeting of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc. Held August 2, 2003, at the Kennamer Pavilion in Kennamer Cove, Marshall Co., Alabama

On Saturday, August 2, 2003, the seventy-fifth annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc. was held at Kennamer's Cove, Marshall County, Alabama.

President Gail Kennamer Husbands opened the meeting with prayer. Allie Perkins led the family in the Pledge of Allegiance. June Kennamer led the family in singing America.

The minutes of the 74th meeting of the Kennamer Family Association, held in August, 2002, were approved as presented.

Jimmy M. Page presented the financial report. The report was accepted as presented. A copy of the report is attached. The hats were passed at this time and $1,675.00 was collected in donations.

Wendell Page, Historian Emeritus, presented the Historian's Report on the subject of the act of Congress that allowed Captain John B. Kennamer's Company to receive back pay as Union soldiers. Valley Watson Wyman, a descendant of C.C. Watson, provided the documentation that he had located in the National Archives.

Wendell made available to the family, a map of the cemeteries of the Kennamer Cove area. Cemeteries included were, Elkins, Mount Olive, Perkins, Chandler, Pleasant Hodges, Pine Grove and the George Lee. Listings of the burial sites and dates were included with the map. The documentation of the Pisgah Cemetery had been previously presented at the 1999 reunion.

Wendell Page called to remembrance those who had passed since our last reunion.

Buren Thomas, husband of Hilda Page Thomas

08-08-02

Patrick Henry Kennamer, G-G-Grandson of Stephen Kennamer

09-09-02

Cora Elsie Hodges Kennamer, Wife of Harold Kennamer

10-08-02

Clara Lucille Kennamer Page, wife of Corbin Page

10-11-02

Woody A. Kelley, publisher of the Kennemer Book

10-18-02

Ira Derrick, wife of R. B. Derrick

10-24-02

William A. “Bill” Nichols, son of Era Kennamer Nichols

12-04-02

Robert Leo Page, son of Milton & Maude Woodall Page

12-26-02

Michael Lee Lemley, Desc. Of Priscilla Kennamer Lemley

01-05-03

Nicholas Albert Butler, son of Jim & Paula Nicholas Butler

02-04-03

Alva Mae Butler Cobb, wife of David M. “Pete” Cobb

02-27-03

James Dwight Kennamer, son of Henry Kennamer

03-20-03

Joann Thomas Elkin, wife of Robert Elkin

04-08-03

William Owen Kennamer, son of Henry Kennamer

04-27-03

William Glenn Kennamer, husband of Thelma Davis Kennamer

07-06-03

John Henry Maynard, father-in-law of Jill Kennamer Maynard

07-29-03

Steve Kennamer reported that a plaque had been installed at the Pisgah Cemetery in honor of Wendell Page, for all his efforts in mapping the Pisgah Cemetery. Wendell stated that he was unaware of the plaque and was deeply honored and was forever in debt to the family.

In honor of the 75th Reunion, the entire family gathered in front of the pavilion for a family portrait, in a somewhat orderly manner.

>After an enjoyable lunch and time of visitation, the reunion reconvened into the afternoon session. As has been our custom at previous reunions we asked that the young people of the family be given recognition during the children's program, “I'm A Kennamer.” All children under the age of 19 were introduced and participated in the program, hopeful to draw the “I'm a Kennamer” winning paper to be rewarded with money.

The Roll Call of States revealed members from Texas, Kansas, Virginia, Oregon, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama.

June Kennamer presented “Family Fun,” consisting of excerpts from previous reunion minutes and concluded by singing the 75th Reunion Alma Mata.

At this time the hats were passed again, and we dug a little deeper.

Cheryl Kennamer presented a gift to Gail Husbands for her dedication to the “I'm a Kennamer” Program. Uncle Buddy Harris and Corbin Page were conceded to be the oldest male members in attendance being 94 years of age. Odelle Kennamer was the oldest female in attendance at the age of 89.

Alveriah Canamore Dreiszus of Ashland, Oregon traveled the furthest to attend the reunion. Twelve week old Susanna Page Wyatt, daughter of Georgia Kennamer Wyatt, granddaughter of Steve and Ann Kennamer and great granddaughter of Alfred and Joyce Kennamer was the youngest in attendance.

Valerie and Jeremy League were the newlyweds of the reunion with their marriage of two weeks. All were presented with gifts.

Wendell Page and Denton Johnny Kennamer were recognized as attending every reunion except when hindered from doing so when in military service. Several members present were recognized as never missing a reunion during their lifetime.

The President then requested that any member of the family having guest present to please introduce them at this time. Isbelle Dreher introduced her guest Reed Lawrence from North Carolina. Johnny Kennamer introduced Harry Kennamer of Fort Worth, Texas. Milly Kennamer introduced Rodney Duvall.

Bragging time was made available to the family and as usual the opportunity was taken advantage of with Milly Kennamer telling of the nephew, Hunter's, appearance in the Will Rogers Follies. Ray Kennamer was bragged on due to his accomplishment of achieving his 2nd hole in one.

Robert Page told of his son, Charles Lewis Page being installed as the 2003-2004 President of the Society - Children of the American Revolution.

Old Business: Mike Kennamer reported on the research that had been conducted in order to find a solution to cooling the pavilion and enhancing the sound system.

New Business: Steve Kennamer, spokesman for the nominating committee recommended the following for officers for the 2004 and 2005 Reunions:

President Richard Kennamer

Vice-President .Mike Kennamer

Secretary Debbie Perkins Manning

Treasurer Jimmy M. Page

Historian Steve Kennamer

Ray Kennamer made a motion to appoint the officers as presented. His motion was duly seconded by Thurston Cromwell.

A motion was made by Debbie Manning to purchase a fireproof file cabinet to preserve the minutes of the reunion as well as family memorabilia. The motion was seconded by Josh Perkins and Debbie Manning was authorized to attend to this matter.

Gail Kennamer Husbands handed the Presidency over to Richard Kennamer.

The 75th Kennamer Family Reunion came to a close, as June Kennamer led the family in singing, “God Be With You 'Till We Meet Again.”

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

Debbie Perkins Manning

 

Minutes of the 76th annual meeting of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc. Held August 7, 2004, at the Kennamer Pavilion in Kennamer Cove, Marshall Co., Alabama

AUGUST 7, 2004
 

The seventy-sixth annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc. was held at Kennamer's Cove, Marshall County, Alabama. President Richard Kennamer introduced himself as the son of Charles B. Kennamer Jr., the grandson of Judge Charles B. Kennamer, and the great-grandson of Seaborn F. Kennamer. Richard opened the meeting with prayer and led the family in the Pledge of Allegiance. June Kennamer led the family in singing "America" and "How Great Thou Art."

The minutes of the 75th meeting of Kennamer Family Association, held on August 2, 2003, were approved as presented.

Jimmy M. Page presented the financial report. The report was accepted as presented. A copy of the report is attached. The hats were passed and $1,495.00 was collected in donations.

Steve Kennamer presented the Historian's Report. Steve spoke of the many visitors coming to the Kennamer Cove Trading Post, and realizing their relationship to the Kennamer family by recognizing old family pictures. He reported that a fire proof file cabinet had been purchased and was placed in the Trading Post. The contents of the new file cabinet consist of the past minutes of the Reunions along with many irreplaceable documents. Nelda Kelly donated several cases of the Kennemer Book, The Great American Family. The books will be sold for $25.00 and all proceeds will go the Kennamer Family Association.

Wendell Page, Historian Emeritus, reported that Thomas Crump had recently sent money for a monument in the cemetery for Rebecca Boshart Kennamer.

Wendell Page called to remembrance the family members who had passed away since our last reunion.

Margaret Holley Kennamer 12-01-02
Elizabeth Hartman Kennamer of Sterling, V A 07-08-03
Bob Frazier of Scottsboro, AL 09-13-03
Woodrow Wilson Page of Les Cruses, NM 09-18-03
Ruby Hill Hodges of Scottsboro, AL 10-18-03
Bessie Rich Kennamer of Huntsville, AL 10-20-03
Samuel Roland Prince of Clinton, TN 11-17-03
Virginia Hodges of Roswell GA 12-09-03
Estelle Page Kennamer of Woodville, AL 01-02-04
Elah Kennamer Sublett of Woodville, AL 04-19-04
Lillian Kennamer Pace of Scottsboro, AL 05-24-04
Glennis Hodges Patterson of Woodville, AL 06-06-04
Dorothy Kennamer Simmons 07-22-04


Keeping with tradition the "I'm a Kennamer" program was conducted by Gail Kennamer Husbands. All children under the age of nineteen were introduced and participated in the program hopeful to draw the "I'm a Kennamer" slip out of the hat to win money.

The Roll Call of States revealed eight states. Those represented were from Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Texas, Virginia, and New Mexico.

Lunch time neared and Seaborn Kennamer asked the blessing on the meal. The reunion was reconvened after the wonderful lunch was enjoyed by all.

June Kennamer presented "Kennamer Family Fun", consisting of excerpts from previous reunion minutes. She spoke on the musical ability of the Kennamer family. The vocal talents and musical instruments played by many passed Kennamer family members were remembered. June concluded by singing the 76th Reunion Alma Marta.

Cheryl Kennamer presented gifts to the following: Uncle Buddy Harris, 95 years of age was the oldest male present and Louise Kennamer Romans, 90 years of age, was the oldest female present. The youngest member present was 3 month old Katie Leigh Huggins, daughter of Jody and Jeff Huggins, granddaughter of Melvin and Joann Nicholas, and great-granddaughter of Virgie Nicholas. Joe Stewart traveled the longest distance to attend the reunion. He resides in Edgewood, New Mexico. Winston and Kathy Kennamer of Mobile were the newlyweds of one week.

Wendell Page and Denton Johnny Kennamer were recognized as attending every reunion except while serving in the military. Several members present were recognized as never missing a reunion during their lifetime.

The President then requested that any member of the family having guests present to please introduce them. Dianne Kennamer introduced Kara Walton from Mobile and Martha Kennamer Morrison introduced Frances King. Chuck and Lois Kennemur of Vebolon, North Carolina were present. Chuck invited the Kennamers to North Carolina to visit the Kennemurs.

Johnny Kennamer introduced four members of the Cherokee Tribe that were present. Bobby Pierce reported of the Cherokee Tribe recently purchasing some of the J. Gurley Estate, located in Kennamer's Cove. They plan to build a camp ground, museum of the history of the cove, and an authentic Cherokee Indian village. Bob and Judy Huntington spoke on researching the genealogy of the Cherokee Indians.

Judy Weaver of the Scottsboro-Jackson County Heritage Center thanked the Kennamer Family for the many contributions to the Center. She stated "the donation's from families such as the Kennamers has enabled the Heritage Center to preserve the history of our county and Founding Families."

Bragging time was made available to the family, and as usual the opportunity was taken advantage of. Johnny Kennamer recognized Debbie Manning as being the new Custodian of Funds for the Jackson County Board of Education.

New business consisted of a motion by Steve Kennamer and Gail Kennamer Husbands seconded the motion on the nomination of three new trustee's to the Kennamer Family Association. Jimmy Kennamer, Jim Butler, and Ronnie Perkins were named trustees by a unanimous vote.

Richard Kennamer encouraged the family to visit the Kennamer Cove Trading Post, owned by Steve and Cheryl Kennamer, located in Kennamer's Cove.

The 76th Kennamer Family Reunion came to a close as June Kennamer led the family in singing, "God Be With You' Till We Meet Again." Will Parks closed the reunion with a dismissal prayer.

Respectfully submitted,


Debbie P. Manning

Minutes of the 78th annual meeting of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc. Held August 5, 2006, at the Kennamer Pavilion in Kennamer Cove, Marshall Co., Alabama


AUGUST 5, 2006

The seventy-eighth annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc. was held at Kennamer's Cove, Marshall County, Alabama. President Mike Kennamer called the reunion to order. Robert Page opened the meeting with prayer. The family was led by Will Parks in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the tih meeting of Kennamer Family Association, held on August 6, 2005, were approved as presented.

The financial report was accepted as presented. A copy of the report is attached. The hats were passed and $2,157.45 was collected in donations. An additional $210.00 was donated for the grave marker project.

Steve Kennamer presented the Historian's Report on the arrival of Stephen Kennamer and his son Jacob to America which eventually led to the settlement of Kennamer's Cove in 1815. A copy of the Historian's Report is attached.

June Kennamer presented the annual Kennamer Family Fun Stories. June's presentation was on the history of the Kate Duncan Smith Daughter's of the American Revolution School, located on the mountain above Kennamers's Cove. She spoke of the many relations of the Kennamer family and of the building of the DAR School. A copy of June's speech is attached.

OLD BUSINESS: The family voted at the 2005 Reunion to purchase twelve new markers for graves located in the adjoining Pisgah Cemetery. Due to over estimating the cost of the project, eighteen markers were purchased and placed in the cemetery.

NEW BUSINESS: Joe Frazier made a proposal to build a road around Pisgah Cemetery.

This road would make the cemetery more accessible for funerals and visitation. Joe reported that the Marshall County Commission will provide the materials to build the road and Jimmy M. Page will provide the equipment and labor to complete the road. Josh Perkins made a motion to form a committee consisting of Joe Frazier, Dwight Kennamer, and Jimmy M. Page to oversee the construction of this project. The motion was seconded by Steve Kennamer and the motion carried.

Will Parks made a motion, seconded by Evelyn Kennamer to continue the cemetery marker project by replacing 10 markers each year at an approximate cost of $70.00 per unit.

Mike Kennamer addressed the family with possible changes for the Reunion format.

Evelyn Kennamer made a motion, seconded by James Kennamer to begin the morning session of the reunion with an announced 10:30 start time, which would be sufficient time to conclude all business before lunch, allowing fellowship and children's activities in the afternoon.

Robert Page reminded the family that due to the increasing cost of mailing and the time required to update the mailing list, a written reminder is no longer mailed. Information on future reunions will be available on the family website, www.kennamer.com. With the world turning to the use of the internet he suggested that old pictures be posted on the website of past reunions and family members. Robert also stated that next year he would create and present a power point presentation on the Kennamer family and why we have reunions.

Wendell Willard made a motion, seconded by Brent Kennamer to have a family photo made at the 2007 Reunion.

At this time Mike Kennamer requested a roll call of States. Family members from thirteen states were in attendance. Those represented were from Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Texas, Washington, Virginia, Ohio, and Russia.

Wendell Page was recognized as attending every reunion since 1929, except while serving in the military. Several members present were recognized as never missing a reunion during their lifetime.

Cheryl Kennamer presented gifts to various members of the family. Uncle Buddy Harris, 97 years of age, was the oldest male present and Grace Kennamer, 86 years of age, was the oldest female present. 3 month old Jacob Grant Cagle, son of Jason and Trennia Cagle, was the youngest member present. Joshua Sergei Cagle, son on John P. and Tara R. Cagle traveled the longest distance to attend the reunion. Joshua was adopted from Kazan, Russia, approximately 9000 miles away. Riley and Kayla Harper were recognized as being the newlyweds, having been married on October 28th, 2005.

Mike Kennamer called to remembrance the family members who had passed away since our last reunion.

• Dorothy Jean Kennamer Holzman, Abilene, Texas. Died October 15, 2006. Granddaughter of John Robert Kennamer.

• Houston Kennamer, Scottsboro, Died November 10,2005. Son of Samuel and Maude Hodges Kennamer.

• Virginia Harbin Hodges, Died November 3, 2005. Wife of Grover Hodges.

• Floyd Clemons, Died February 13, 2006.

• Carolyn Kennamer Hurne. Daughter of Thomas Jacob Jr. and Emma Kennamer.

• Gary Smith, grandson of Mattie Kennamer Smith.

• Frank Suttle, Died in May of2006. Brother of Margaret Suttle Kennamer.

• Claudia Louise Wright Kennamer, Died July 15,2006.

• Cathleen Kennamer Dillion, Died July 30, 2006. Daughter of William Luther and Margaret Scott Kennamer.

The noon hour neared and Will Kennamer asked the blessing on the meal. After the traditional picnic style lunch the family was encouraged to visit the historic cemetery dating back to 1821. During this time the family enjoyed fellowship with each other.

Once everyone had gathered back at the pavilion, Gail Kennamer Husbands conducted the "I'm a Kennamer" program. All children under the age of nineteen were introduced and participated in the program.

The 78th Kennamer Family Reunion came to a close as June Kennamer led the family in singing, "God Be With You' Till We Meet Again". Will Parks closed the reunion with a dismissal prayer.

Respectfully submitted,


Debbie P. Manning
 

 

 

Minutes of the 79th annual meeting of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc. Held August 4, 2007, at the Kennamer Pavilion in Kennamer Cove, Marshall Co., Alabama

AUGUST 4, 2007

The seventy-ninth annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc. was held at Kennamer’s Cove, Marshall County, Alabama.  President Mike Kennamer called the reunion to order.  Will Parks opened the meeting with prayer. The family was led by Robert Page in the Pledge of Allegiance.  

Mike thanked the family members for maintaining and preparing the grounds for the Reunion.  A special thank-you was given to the Marshall County Commission and Commissioner R. E. Martin for the contribution of the chert for the road around the cemetery. 

The minutes of the 78th meeting of Kennamer Family Association, held on August 5, 2006, were approved as presented. 

The financial report was prepared by Faye Frazier and accepted as presented.  A copy of the report is attached.  The hats were passed and $1,404.00 was collected in donations.  A second collection was taken for Honor Flight and $716.00 was received. 

Steve Kennamer presented the Historian’s Report. He reported during this past year, Elvin Kennamer had received a letter from Frankie Peel Clark from Clinton Arkansas.  In the letter  she told of her childhood memories of her mother’s stories of her grandfather, Dr. Hiram, who was born in Kennamer’s Cove.  A copy of the Historian’s Report is attached. Lewis Wendell Page, Sr., Historian Emeritus prepared a handout on the lineage of the family.    

June Kennamer presented the annual Kennamer Family Fun Stories.  June presented a brief recap of past reunions including amazing statistics.  A copy of June’s speech is attached

In old business the family voted to allow the cemetery road committee, Joe Frazier, Dwight Kennamer and Jimmy Page, to use the remaining funds to complete the road. 

In new business, Elvin Kennamer spoke to the family about his experience with Honor Flight.  World War II veterans are flown, all expenses paid, to Washington D.C. to spend the day at the WWII Memorial. He was one of the 1st fourteen veterans from 5 Alabama Counties to be selected to make this trip.  Elvin made a motion, seconded by Josh Perkins to collect a special donation to be given to Honor Flight.  Motion Carried.

Jimmy M. Page suggested to the family to consider a motion for the next Reunion to be  held at the Kennamer Cove Trading Post in conjunction with a portion of the Reunion to remain at the Kennamer Family Pavilion.  The primary reason for the change is the excessive heat. Discussion was held and a motion was made by Josh Perkins, seconded by Brent Kennamer to table the motion and to consider this option for one year and then make a decision at the 80th Reunion.  Motion Carried. 

Robert Page reminded the family that information on future reunions will be available on the family website, www.kennamer.com.   Robert presented a power point presentation on the Kennamer family and why we have reunions.  The presentation was enjoyed by all in attendance. 

The following officers were named for the 2008 and 2009 Reunions:

Will Parks                                   President

Winston Kennamer                   Vice President

Robert Page                                Secretary

Faye Frazier                                Treasurer 

A humorous note:  Winston Kennamer, the son of Ralph Kennamer, missed his first Reunion in his 35 years.  The comment was made that this would teach him not to skip a Reunion.

At this time Mike Kennamer requested a roll call of States.  Family members from ten states were in attendance.  Those represented were from Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, Texas, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Arizona, and Virginia.  

Wendell Page was recognized as attending every reunion since 1929, except while serving in the military.  Several members present were recognized as never missing a reunion during their lifetime.

Cheryl Kennamer presented gifts to various members of the family.  Wendell Page, 90 years of age, was the oldest male present. Rose Kennamer, 84 years of age, was the oldest female present.  Ten month old Levi Mason Howse, son of Matthew and Stephanie Howse, grandson of Steve and Cheryl, was the youngest member present.  Shirley Lutz of Prescott Arizona traveled the longest distance to attend the reunion.   Kim and Randy Randall were recognized as being the newlyweds, having been married on June 6th, 2007.  Kim is the granddaughter of Leon and Grace Kennamer.

Mike Kennamer called to remembrance the family members who had passed away since our last reunion.

The Business Meeting of the 79th Kennamer Family Reunion came to a close as June Kennamer led the family in singing “Kennamer Family Reunion Alma Mater”.

As the noon hour neared, Steve Kennamer asked the blessing on the meal.  After the traditional picnic style lunch the family was encouraged to visit the historic cemetery dating back to 1821.  During this time the family enjoyed fellowship with each other.        

Mike called the afternoon session in to order and  everyone gathered back at the pavilion. Martenia Kennamer conducted the “I’m a Kennamer” program.  All children under the age of nineteen were introduced and participated in the program. 

The traditional bragging time was held and Kay Kennamer Tate, daughter of Leon and Grace Kennamer, congratulated her brother, Mark Kennamer, on his receiving the Snoopy Award.  This award is received by less than 1% of the NASA work force.

Mike closed his Presidency with reminding the family that our ancestors were good people, and those same values are within each of us.  He challenged us to do the family proud.

The 79th Kennamer Family Reunion came to a close as June Kennamer led the family in singing, “God Be With You’ Till We Meet Again”.  Steve Kennamer closed the reunion with a dismissal prayer.

 Respectfully Submitted, 

Debbie P. Manning

 

Minutes of the 80th annual  meeting of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc., Held August 2, 2008, at the Kennamer Pavilion in Kennamer Cove, Marshall Co., Alabama

 

AUGUST 2, 2008

The eightieth annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc. was held at Kennamer’s Cove, Marshall County, Alabama. President Will Parks called the reunion to order and opened the meeting with prayer. Several of the children present led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 Will thanked the family members for maintaining and preparing the grounds for the Reunion.  These included Dwight Kennamer for mowing and Mike Kennamer, Adam Kennamer (Mike’s son) and Chris Kennamer (Steve Kennamer’s son) for setting up the tables, chairs and sound system for the meeting. Will reported that Dwight Kennamer had mowed the grounds for two years and wanted to retire from this responsibility.

 The minutes of the 79th meeting of Kennamer Family Association, held on August 4, 2007, were approved as presented. A copy of the 2007 minutes is attached.

The Association’s 2008 Financial Report was prepared by Treasurer Faye Frazier and accepted as presented.  Cash available for the year was $4,309.73. Expenditures were $2,935.06, leaving a balance of $1,374.67 as of August 2, 2008. A copy of the report is attached.

Steve Kennamer presented the Historian’s Report and a copy is attached.

In old business, Will Parks reviewed the 2007 motion made by Josh Perkins to change the date of the reunion from the first Saturday in August to the first Saturday in October so that the outdoor meeting would be in cooler weather. The motion had been tabled for one year from 2007 to 2008 with a decision to be made during this reunion. After several speakers for and against the motion were heard, the motion was renewed and a vote by hands taken. The motion to change the reunion date carried and the 2009 reunion will be held on the first Saturday in October at the Kennamer Pavilion. 

In new business, Will Parks asked for someone to handle the mowing of the grounds for the next year. After discussion, Kenny Moore was selected for this job.

With new business completed, Will Parks requested a roll call of States while the hat was being passed for the collection. Family members from eight states were in attendance, including Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, Texas, Oklahoma, California and Oregon. 

Wendell Page was recognized as attending every reunion since 1929, except while serving in the military. Several members present were recognized as never missing a reunion during their lifetime. 

Cheryl Kennamer presented gifts to various members of the family.  Wendell Page, age 91, was the oldest male present. Martha Jones, age 86, was the oldest female present. The youngest member was Easton Kane Heruse, aged 3 days old. George and Mollie Kennamer traveled the longest distance, 920 miles to the reunion. Tiffany and Dusty Larkin were the newest newly-weds, having been married on May 3.  

Will Parks called to remembrance the family members who had passed away since our last reunion. These included:

The Business Meeting of the 80th Kennamer Family Reunion came to a close as June Kennamer led the family in singing “Kennamer Family Reunion Alma Mata”.

 As the noon hour neared, Will Parks asked Mike Kennamer to bless the meal. The family was encouraged to visit with each other and walk though the historic Pisgah cemetery dating back to 1821.

After lunch, Will Parks called the meeting back to order. Gail Kennamer Husbands conducted the “I’m a Kennamer” program.  All children under the age of nineteen were introduced and participated in the program.

 Next, the traditional bragging time was held with several members bragging on other members of the family.

 The 80th Kennamer Family Reunion came to a close as Jennifer Kennamer led the family in singing, “God Be With You’ Till We Meet Again”.

 Will Parks adjourned the meeting with a closing prayer.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Robert L. Page

Secretary, 2008-2009

 

 

 

Minutes of the 81st annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc., Held October 3, 2009 at the Kennamer Pavilion in Kennamer Cove, Marshall Co., Alabama

 AUGUST 3, 2009

The eighty-first annual reunion of the Kennamer Family Association, Inc. was held at Kennamer’s Cove, Marshall County, Alabama. President Will Parks called the reunion to order and Mike Kennamer opened the meeting with prayer. Katie Kennamer led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Will reported that the minutes of the 80th annual meeting of Kennamer Family Association, held on August 2, 2008, were not finalized due to the Secretary misplacing one key document. The reconstructed minutes were presented with a request to tell Secretary Robert Page of any needed corrections. A motion to table the approval of the 2008 minutes until 2010 was passed.

The Association’s 2009 Financial Report prepared by Treasurer Faye Frazier was accepted as presented. A copy of the report is attached.

Steve Kennamer presented the Historian’s Report.  A copy of the report is attached.

There was no old business. 

In new business, Will Parks presided over a spirited discussion of the new reunion meeting date of October 3, the first Saturday in October and whether the meeting date should be changed again due to low attendance of approximately 140 people. Will Kennamer made a motion that the meeting date be changed back to the first Saturday in August with Stuart Page seconding the motion. During discussion of the motion, several speakers spoke of their concerns,  including Will Kennamer, John Noel, Millie Kennamer Breeden, Kim Broyles, Jim Willard, Martenia Kennamer and others. Reasons discussed included high temperatures in August compared to cooler temperatures in October, scheduling difficulties with the opening of school in August with many family members being educators, family vacation plans, year-round school terms, college football and other family and sports activities. Several alternative dates for the reunion were discussed, including a return to the last Saturday in August or the second Saturday in June. There was additional discussion on renewing the annual Reunion Reminder mailing to increase awareness of the reunion date. Cheryl Kennamer reminded everyone that the mailed Reunion Reminder had been discontinued with an e-mail version taking its place and she needed everyone’s e-mail address. Will Parks, after giving everyone an opportunity to comment, called for a vote. The motion to change back to the first Saturday in August narrowly failed by hand vote. With the failure of the motion, Mike Kennamer then made a motion to form a committee to study alternative dates for the reunion with Steve Kennamer seconding. After more discussion, Will Parks agreed to hold a lunchtime discussion to try to reach a consensus date that the family could vote on in the afternoon session and the committee motion was withdrawn.

In other new business, Carl Cole reported that he was donating a copy of Woody Kelly’s green book on the Kennamer family as a door prize for an attending member who was over 18, did not have already have a copy of the book and who had Kennamer ancestors. The drawing would be made during the afternoon session.

Cheryl Kennamer reported that several of the folding metal tables used during the meeting were becoming dilapidated and needed replacement and asked that members consider these costs as they made their annual donation. 

Will Parks then called for election of officers for the 2010-2011 reunions. He suggested nominating current Vice President Winston Kennamer for President. Mike Kennamer made the motion to nominate Winston Kennamer and close nominations, seconded by Steve Kennamer. The motion passed with Winston Kennamer being elected President by acclamation. Will Parks next asked for nominations for the position of Vice President. Mike Kennamer nominated Josh Perkins with Lee Kennamer seconding the motion. With no other nominations, Steve Kennamer made the motion to close the nominations with a second from Harold Bobb. The motion passed with Josh Perkins being elected by acclamation as Vice President. Will next asked if Faye Kennamer would be willing to continue in her position of Treasurer and she agreed. Mike Kennamer then made the motion to re-elect Faye Kennamer with a second by Steve Kennamer. With no additional nominations, Lewis Page made the motion to close nominations, seconded by Stuart Page. The motion passed with Faye Kennamer being re-elected as Treasurer by acclamation. Will Parks then asked for nominations for Secretary with Robert Page declining to continue in the position. Diane Dooley nominated Stephen M. (Steve) Kennamer for Secretary, seconded by Lewis Page. With no further nominations, Josh Perkins made the motion to close nominations, with a second by Bill Parks. The motion passed with Stephen M. Kennamer being elected by acclamation.

Will Parks then asked for the hat to be passed for a collection with a reminder of the need for new tables and a goal of at least $1,000 in donations. As donations were being collected, Will requested a Roll Call of States.  Family members from Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, South and North Carolina, Kentucky and Nebraska (11 states) were in attendance at the 81st reunion. Approximately $1,300 was collected in donations. 

Ronnie Perkins, age 44, Kayla Harper, age 22 and her daughter Truitt Riley Harper were recognized for attending every reunion during their lifetimes. On a personal note, one of the Association’s oldest members, 92 year old Historian Emeritus Lewis Wendell Page, Sr. was unable to attend this year’s reunion due to health issues and was absent for the first time since the 1929 reunion other than while serving in the military. He was missed by many present.

Will Parks then called for a remembrance of these who had passed away since the last reunion. These included Joe Husbands of Wedowee, AL, Hazel Kennamer Hodges of Woodville, AL, Jo Page Chrisman of Scottsboro, AL and Arleen Kennamer of Scottsboro, AL. 

 Cheryl Kennamer then presented the Special Attendee Gifts: These included:

As the noon hour neared, Kim Kennamer Broyles asked the blessing on the meal.  After the traditional picnic style lunch the family was encouraged to visit the historic cemetery dating back to 1821.  During this time the family enjoyed fellowship with each other.

Will Parks called the afternoon session into order and  everyone gathered back at the pavilion.  He reported that there had been good discussions during lunch concerning a possible change in dates for the 2010 reunion and that a consensus date had been reached. Will Kennamer made the motion to change the date of the 82nd Annual Reunion from the first Saturday in October, 2010 to the second Saturday in June, 2010. Josh Perkins seconded the motion. The motion passed with a large majority of hand votes.

Gail Kennamer Husbands conducted the “I’m a Kennamer” program.  All children under the age of nineteen were introduced and participated in the program. Reflecting the lower attendance, a total of 16 children in three age categories participated in the program and all received prizes.

Next, Will Parks held the drawing for the author Wood Kelly’s Kennamer history. Guyla Kennamer of Texas was the lucky winner.

Will Parks concluded his two year term as President by thanking his officers and Cheryl Kennamer and her team for all the behind-the-scenes work on making the reunion happen. He wished the new officers good luck in their new positions with a hope that they would have a less eventful tenure than these last two years.

The 81st Kennamer Family Reunion came to an end as Jennifer Kennamer led the family in singing, “God Be With You’ Till We Meet Again”. Will Parks closed the reunion with a dismissal prayer. 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert L. Page

Secretary 2008-2009

 

 


 

HISTORIAN'S REPORT OF MEMBERS OF THE KENNAMER FAMILY WHO WERE KILLED IN ACTION IN WORLD WAR NO. 2

Sgt. Garland G. Humphreys, son of Clovis and Vera (Kennamer) Humphreys of Quitman, Texas, was killed on Salerno Beach, Italy, on September 13, 1943. He is a grandson of John Brown and Frances E. (Hudson) Kennamer, who lived in Limestone County, Alabama, until 1892, when they moved to Arkansas, and after one year, moved to Wood County, Texas, where their descendants reside at this time.

S. 2nd Class Samuel Cherry Boggs, son of Samuel C. and Malinda Dorsey (Boroughs) Boggs, of Calhoun, South Carolina, was officially declared to be missing in action August 3, 1943, when the plane which he was aboard failed to return after a reported engagement with an enemy submarine in the South Atlantic area. He was a grandson of Rev. David Harvey and Malinda (Miller) Kennamer of Pickens County, South Carolina.

Lieut. Earl William Kennamer, son of Zachary Taylor and Nancy Addie (Jordan) Kennamer, of Mount Vernon, Arkansas, was killed while performing his duty in the Air Corps in the South Pacific, October 13, 1942. He is a great grandson of John S. and Nancy (Blanks) Kennamer, who moved to Conway County, Arkansas, in 1871.

Watertender 2nd Class Harry Daniel Kennamer, son of David Ananias Moses McCammel and Nancy Jane (Tackett) Kennamer, of Huntsville, Alabama, was reported missing in action in October, 1942. He was a grandson of Ananias and Nancy (Busby) Kennamer, who lived below Butler’s Mill, Marshall County, Alabama. After 16 years service in the Navy, he retired on a pension. Just before Pearl Harbor, he returned to the service.

Pfc. George Lawrence Hendrix, son of Raymond and Bertie Mae (Parrott) Hendrix, of Central, South Carolina, died November 8, 1943, from a wound received on Salerno Beach, Italy. He was a great grandson of Rev. David Harvey and Malinda (Miller) Kennamer of Pickens County, South Carolina.

PFC. Phillip M. Kennamer, son of Judge Franklin E. and Lillie (Florence) Kennamer of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was killed in action while serving as a paratrooper in France, August 15, 1944. He was a great grandson of Jacob and Kezziah (Busby) Kennamer of Kennamer Cove. Marshall County, Alabama.

Gunner Lawrence Brooks Evans, son of Walter G. and Alice (Wright) Evans of Woodville, Alabama, was killed on December 28, 1943, during a flight over France. He was a grandson of John William and Mary Nancy (Kennamer) Wright.

Cpl Joseph Garrett, son of David and Mary Gertrude (Parrott) Garrett, of Central, South Carolina, was killed overseas in March, 1945. He was a great grandson of Rev. David Harvey and Malinda (Miller) Kennemur of Pickens County, South Carolina.

Pfc. Harold Hudgins, son of Clarence S. and Annie Belle (Wells) Hudgins, Of Sweetwater. Texas, was killed in action in Luzon, February 12, 1945, while serving in the 11th Airborne Division. He was a great grandson of Levi (Bye) and Sarah Amanda (Clack) Kennamer, of Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama.

Pfc. Melvin J. Kennamer, son of Granville Denton and Nora May (Butler) Kennamer, of near Woodville, Alabama, was killed in action February 25, 1945, in Germany. He was a great grandson of Jacob and Kezziah Kennamer, of Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama.

Sincerely,

The Kennamer Family Association of Alabama, Inc.

[Ed. Note. This speech is not credited in the booklet of Kennamer reunion minutes, but is probably by Ralph Kennamer. If it was in fact written by Ralph, then it must have been written in 1958, since Ralph was born in 1910.]

I stand upon the summit of my years, 48 of them, and take a backward look at our beloved Kennamer Cove. Life, though simple, was hard in this Cove when our grandparents lived and moved and had their being here. Here was a rich soil, the saved-up leaf mould of scores of centuries. That soil nature had tenderly nursed and reared. For, aught that a boy could see our grandfather’s world in this Cove - Guntersville once or twice a year, Woodville and a description of the world beyond gleamed from reading the Toledo Blade, a weekly newspaper of nation wide circulation published at Toledo Ohio. No radio, television, telephone, daily newspaper, only an occasional traveler to supply the news of events elsewhere.

Whatever they had not, no one in this Cove knew the poverty of hunger and they had with all their scanty means a certain security. My father told me he was sure there were years when, not more than one hundred dollars per annum in actual money passed through my grandfather’s hands. Housing and food and largely clothing were the work of their own hands. No deep freezes, super markets, ready mix, nor ready to serve foods. The can opener had not come into use. On labors too great for one, as in killing hogs, or gathering crops or when a house was to be "raised" the neighbors would combine. Neighborliness was their "social security" and hard work the order of the day; but it brought to them self-reliance, and taught them the worth of simple things.

My grandmother gave birth to 10 children in the log house which is yet standing in the heart of the Cove on the Grant to Woodville Road. An addition to the family was not such an economic catastrophe then as it can be today. The time of birth arrived, the other children were sent to stay with Uncle Dave or Uncle Jake or to Grandmothers, some of the older women arrived, later the children were sent home with the suggestion that a pleasant surprise was waiting for them. It was as simple and inexpensive as that for a child to be born in this Cove. Neither was the subsequent cost great. At an early age, the child had chores to do. For clothes the younger children wore "hand-me-downs." In that day and place no one had heard of the modern problem: The children’s insecurity. Much of our juvenile delinquency, so the experts tell us, comes of a childhood feeling of insecurity. The little one is allowed to think that no one loves him. He sees his family, his very foundation dissolving before his eyes. His world is crumbling about him. In his panic, he suffers wounds of the spirit which distort and defeat the life he is to live.

Ask Aunt Mary, Aunt Barton, Aunt Mattie, Uncle Elmore or Uncle Wendell if such insecurity could have been found in the Cove. No such insecurity could be where aunts and uncles and scores of cousins and double cousins were around to hold you up; to bind up the bleeding toe you stubbed; to pick you up when you had fallen, to set you right when you went wrong, they made their world - this Cove - a safe and kindly place.

Uncle Dave Kennamer lent my father the money to go to Washington to seek employment and an education. By the 3rd pay day, young Charlie had repaid in full the loan. Did young Tom, Charlie, Mary. Barton, Elmore, Mattie, Wendell, Shepherd, Rexford, or Seaborn in their hard and simple childhood, without benefit of a mother’s love, know that childhood insecurity that causes modern delinquency? Growing up cushioned by Uncles such as Uncle Dave, Uncle Jake, Uncle John, and Aunts such Aunt Love, Aunt Line, they were secure in a love that passeth understanding.

The people of the Cove were human. They had their quarrels, their rivalries, their gossipers, their bullies. But at revival time, all came, and sins were washed "whiter than snow." There was sadness - the sadness of Sickness and death. To ease the sadness, there was the "sitting up." No sick man, woman or child was called upon to bear his cross alone. No sick one 1acked for neighbors to "sit up" with him. They bore one another’s burdens in the Cove. All they had of great value in these pioneer days was each other. Good neighbors were their wealth. Many of you here today saw the gray hand of death reach out and take those dear aunts and uncles. Then when the final call came, all sound, all motion for a moment ceased. In the presence of death all men are dumb. The women, if the deceased was an aunt, another sister, prepared the body for burial. The younger men set off for this hallowed cemetery here behind me to add one more to the multiplying graves.

This Cove, their home and their world was neighbors, folks.

You and I live in cities now. The name of the family next door we hardly know. If one needs a house, he buys it, mortgaged of course. If sick, he calls a doctor, if he needs a nurse, he hires one or enters a hospital. If he dies, heaven help his bank account. If he needs sympathy, love, find it if you can.

There has been disputing as to what an education is or ought to be. When we agree, as Walter Locke wrote, on what a man should be, we may agree on the education of the man. Meanwhile, what passed for education in the boyhood days of my father and grandfather in this Cove, with its great school of experience and little school of books, was open opportunity without forced feeding of the mind. Their education helped them help themselves to their feet, then left them free if so disposed and endowed to sprout and spread their wings. Like the gray geese in the flock of Mother Goose, some flew east and some flew west, but each one flew as he flew best. There is no more ridiculous law on our statute books, to my way of thinking, than that of forced education. In truth, there is no such thing. There is forced attendance which restricts the teachers’ efforts and increases the already insurmountable cost to the tax-payer. Opposition by the educational forces to the contrary notwithstanding, such a law should be wiped from the statute books. Public schools should be only for those who seek knowledge. And those who desire knowledge should not be required to get it among the rubble of degenerates, delinquents and malcontents who, lacking parental love and control at home are there by legal edict to disrupt the class room, deface the school property, and chalk the school walls with obscenity.

The Cove had its winters with their ice and snow. House, food, fuel, raiment, our ancestors had in sufficiency, and yet they were free. They did not lack them; they had no fear of lacking them; yet they were not beholden to any man. Why? They provided them by their own labor. They depended only on themselves. The milk and honey did not flow, it had to be worked for. It was slow but it was sure. If there was too little, they worked harder. If there was too much, such surplus as yields poverty in the midst of plenty nowadays, they laid off working. They played awhile. They went fishing in the creek that flowed deep and serene through the Cove.

There could be no panics, for there were no debts to pay, no banks to fail. There was no problem of unemployment for all worked until they had enough, then joined for a time the privilege of the rich, the leisure class. Here was truly a gold no age can corrupt. Here was an age no foreign power could disrupt.

I look backward to my boyhood visits to the Cove. A short trip on the Nc & St. L from the station at Guntersville to the steamboat waiting at the pier. A delightful, invigorating, enjoyable ride on the steamboat for 22 miles down the Tennessee River to Hobbs Island; a transfer back to the train, a ride by rail to Huntsville and then on to Woodville where we were met at the station by some one from the Cove in a T-model Ford, who carried us over rock and rut to our destination; a journey that started at 9:00 a.m. and ended around 5:00 p.m. I have gone from Mobile to Los Angeles in less time than it took to go from Guntersville to the Cove in those by-gone days. We had fun on those visits to the Cove and we had fish too. Together with Eddie, Howard and Omar, we seined the creek successfully. Perhaps the seine, together with soil erosion, has left the creek barren of fish today.

From the summit of paradise, I believe there are those who would look down upon this reunion in proud appreciation of his or her descendants present; that our hearts and minds are attuned to the cares and needs of each other, however great the distance that separates our homes; that heredity is still the most overpowering force in the character and conduct of a human being and that we are a people humbly proud of our heritage; that the stored-up leaf mold that once enriched the soil of this Cove is gone, but through study and practice of soil erosion prevention we are trying to check further destruction; that through conservation we are attempting to make our forests and streams again the home of fish, game and wildlife; that we seek as they did, public servants whom the spoils of office cannot corrupt; that we have lengthened the life span by foiling the fevers and massacring germs. We have harnessed rivers and put the sun to work. We have helped up gold and multiplied our speed. Faster and faster we go. We have learned to get our bread with little sweat of the brow. We have pierced the very holy of holies of the world of matter - the atom.

The well fed world is here and our hearts are still hungry. For all our drinking, we are still athirst. In our air conditioned houses we are not yet at home. We have learned to make a living. We have not learned how to live. We can fly. How fast and far we can fly. But whither should we fly, and why? We find ourselves children with bombs sputtering in our foolish hands. Our

50uls, no less than our bodies, are found in jeopardy. We have delivered ourselves over to great machines, machines of metal and machines of men. Our ancestors in this Cove were poor, but they were free. Not one of them was in the power of any other man. We are servants of the powers we have erected above ourselves. Our souls are menaced, even as our bodies are, for only in liberty can the spirit live.

Beautiful, serene, Kennamer Cove, where our fathers and mothers lived, 1abored and loved. As I look back to the good life of this Cove, its oneness, the chief common interest of its inhabitants, the neighborly service to the afflicted, the sorrowing, the fact that all were poor but none went hungry; that life was hard but happy; that their hearts were good and not evil, I realize that today our neighbors need us less. We are good neighbors still, not by nights sleepless with the sick but by writing in comfort at home a check to the church, orphan home, to the T.B. drive, March of Dimes, Community Chest and Cancer drive. Our world grows more and more bewilderingly complex. Our next door neighbor may need us less, but now we ask, who is our neighbor. The calls for our help and sympathy can come from neighbors in an exploded Texas City, Texas, or flood ravaged ones in Kentucky or Missouri, or storm tossed communities in Kansas or Nebraska.

I stand upon the summit of my years, half of which have been as an active officer in the courts of our land, and I see that our wealth has multiplied, but that has not been enough; those who gain it live in dread of losing it; those who lack it, live in dread of not gaining it. We have gloried in our speed, only to bleed on the highways. We strive for what we call security only to find the clouds of world-ending wars looming over us. Goals for which we have fought have been found wanting when won. What has been left to be accounted good? Just this: "The essence of good is clear and simple still. What doth the Lord require of thee?"

The influence of this Kennamer family has stretched itself all over the country, from Yonkers to Los Angeles, and from Ohio to the Gulf of Mexico, and when a thing stays stretched long enough, it just never does get its shape back again. The shape of our Cove has changed and the shape of the descendants of its early settlers has changed, but whether we flew east or west, however much we have improved our living standard and irrespective of the high and noble positions we have held, our easy to earn livelihood our super-duper fish rail, chrome-plated, rock and roll, air conditioned, televised blaze sophisticated way of life, theirs was a gold no age can corrupt. This Cove-home of our ancestors was not for the tired or the timid; neither was it for the slave. Let us press onward and upward, until we too cross over the river and rest in the shade of the trees.

SPEECH GIVEN BY RALPH KENNAMER AT THE KENNAMER REUNION AUGUST 31, 1968

Since last we met in reunion, two of my favorite relatives have kept that divine appointment with death - my mother, Birdie Hooper Kennamer, and my Aunt Martha Kezziah Kennamer Smith, known to all as "Mattie."

Aunt Mattie was born here in this Cove. She was one of ten children born to Seaborn and Nancy Kennamer - 7 boys and 3 girls. Two sisters, Mary and Barton and one brother, Wendell, survive her. They are with us today, for which we are most thankful. I can’t imagine any home, anywhere at any time being blessed with a more delightful child than was the Seaborn Kennamer home with the birth of Mattie. Her life spanned a period from 1883 to 1968 84 years, and during that entire span, I doubt that she ever weighed a hundred pounds; but when Heaven’s angels were molding her petite body, I think they decided to charge it with more energy and endow it with more personality and charm and pleasantness than ever before had been packaged in one human female. And with that frail body, dynamic energy, endearing personality, and radiant happiness she conquered the primitive life of this Cove; she was victorious over diseases that ravage the body; she experienced all the hardships of panics and depressions and financial reverses and crop failures and losses yet the smile which she began her journey on this earth, was with her until the end, and even after her soul had departed her body and winged its way into the celestial.

She lived all of her life in Marshall County where she was born, where she married, where she reared her family, and in whose warm soil she now sleeps the long sleep.

She left the Cove as a young lady to teach school in another part of the country While there, she met and married Stanhope Smith. This ended her professional career. She became a housewife and cook, par-excellence. Her home reflected her radiant, vibrant, happy disposition. To her union with Stanhope were born four children - 3 girls and 1 boy, who together with 8 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren survive her. She was an attentive and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and how beautifully and lovingly those children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren returned that attention and devotion.

As was characteristic of her parents, her grandparents, her brothers and her sisters, she was alert mentally and had more, much more, than the average interest in current affairs, especially in affairs of government.

She was a splendid conversationalist, good company, but she was equally capable of putting her conversation and personality into writing. Her personal letters were a joy to read.

She liked people and people liked her. She had relatives of which she Could be proud and she was proud of them. She enjoyed having her kin visit in her home, and they enjoyed visiting there. We moved from Guntersville to Montgomery in 1931, and from then on our home when we were back in Guntersville was where Aunt Mattie lived. Her own immediate family was sufficient to fill to overflowing and extra large house, yet, even in recent years, Just before reunion time, I would usually receive an invitation from her to bring my family and stay at her house. Aunt Mattie surely had matters to concern her but too many relatives coming at one time to visit her never seemed to be one of her concerns. Having been reared in a family of 12 in a two bedroom log house here in the Cove, must have conditioned her not to worry about space when those she loved were coming to visit.

Her Mother died when she was 15 years of age and at that age she assumed her share of the household duties. Her father, a devout Bible scholar, member of the State Constitutional Convention, member of the State Legislature, Postmaster and farmer, helped instill in her a deep seriousness for true fundamental principles, such as honesty, unselfishness, loyalty, truthfulness. love, but she was gifted by nature with a rare wit and sense of humor that brightened the darkest hours for herself and others. She never took herself seriously. Her wittiest remarks were about her looks or her lack of material possessions or who would inherit her estate, consisting of one well-kept scrap book of the accomplishments of members of her family; or to an effort at baking a cake or pie which she considered a failure; or to her lack of skill at playing a certain game; or at something she or someone else did or said at a solemn meeting of the Kings Mountain Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, of which she was a member by virtue of an ancestor who was a soldier in the American Revolution.

With most of us, there are moments when we experience feelings of frustration, insecurity and hopelessness, and surely Aunt Mattie was not a stranger to such moments. She had more than the usual reasons for experiencing such moods, but if she did, they were well hid behind an exterior of cheerful optimism and unmatched faith in herself, her God, her family and her friends.

She was reared to be patriotic and she was a patriot. She believed in America and its institutions. This land was her land. America to her was the home of the brave and the free and she wanted to keep it that way.

She saw brothers go off to wars. She saw one come back a corpse. She saw members of her family become distinguished government officials and jurists; she saw brothers and sisters leave these beloved hills and valleys to seek fame and honor elsewhere, but she kept the home fires burning and it was to her home they came for reunion, refreshment, rededication, relaxation and remembrances.

As her nephew, I loved her dearly. She added so much to my storehouse of happy memories which shall attend me until I, too, shall keep that divine appointment.

She lived the complete life, the happy life, the satisfactory life, a long life. In full control of her mental faculties, she quietly slipped out into the unknown with a smile on her face.

 

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