Morgan Cousins Reunion

A blog tracing the planning and details for the bi-annual reunion of the descendants of John Rittenhouse Morgan and Susanne (Bicknell) Morgan. Currently attended by the descendants of two of their children - Morris James Morgan and Charles Edward Morgan although we'd love to meet descendants of the other children.

Location: Talent, Oregon, United States

Monday, February 19, 2007

Just a quick note tonight to update everyone on the current status of replies I've received to the first reunion mailing.

I sent out 170 reunion notices on January 29th and have received 21 responses so far. These indicate that 38 people will be attending the reunion and that 12 people will not be attending. If your family has not responded, please do so as soon as you can. I'm sure the number of attendees will rise considerably as several of the regular attendees have not yet responded.

I've received a few mailings back marked "Undeliverable As Addressed." Perhaps this weekend I will be able to post on this blog those people that I need new addresses for.

Related to that - several people have sent updated addresses for those on the "Missing Cousins" list I included in the mailing. Rest assured, if you sent me an updated address for one of the missing, I've since mailed them a reunion notice.

That's all for tonight.

I'll be back soon!


Monday, January 29, 2007

Huzzah!! The mailings have FINALLY been dropped at the Post Office.

Now you might ask, "Ron........I see in the last posting, it says you were going mail the notices 'next weekend' and the posting is dated clear last August!! What's up??"

My That's it! Nothing extravagant, nothing dramatic, just life. Well, actually I tend to suffer a little from procrastination. ("If it can be done tomorrow, maybe we should wait until tomorrow!") Or should I say my wife, children and relatives suffer from my procrastination. That might be more accurate. So that's it! Hopefully you'll all still want to come to a reunion where you will be associating with a known procrastinator. can I make them still want to come?

I know!!

There'll be treats!!!

That ought to work. ;-)

Now, on to other news.

1) I've included in the mailing a listing of Morgan Cousins whose notices last time were returned as undeliverable. Hopefully if some of you can update some of their addresses for me, we can include them in future mailings. I don't want to post their names on this blog, because, as I noted in the earlier posting, this blog is available to anyone with internet access and I don't want to put all that information out there for just anybody to view.

2) On a related note, I plan on posting the full mailing list in the gathering room at the reunion this summer so all of you can check to see if all of your extended family members are included on the list. If not, we can add any missing family members to the mailing list right then and there.

3) I'm going to make a sincere attempt (Caution: remember the procrastination thingy) to get all the new information I have gathered on our extended family entered in to the genealogy program on my computer so when I print out the giant family tree chart to display at the reunion this summer it will be as current as possible. To assist in that effort, I'm asking all of you reading this blog to email me with any new family information for things that have happened since our last reunion. Births, deaths, marriages, divorces and the like. Please include all pertinent information depending on the event. For instance for a birth, tell me the parents names, the child's full name, the birth date, location, etc. All the basic birth information. Same for the other events. All the basic information.

4) And finally a note on divorces. If there has been a divorce in your family that should NOT be on the family tree chart displayed at the reunion, please let me know that now. In the past I've unintentionally caused hurt feelings. Certainly not what I want to do. If you have an ex-spouse you don't want shown on the chart, just tell me and that person will not be included on the chart. The one thing I will ask is, if there were children from that marriage, tell me how you want that information handled? Who should be listed as those children's parents?

I think I'll sign off for now. Hopefully there will be several of you checking this out after you receive your notice in the mail. Drop me an email to let me know you're reading. That will encourage me to keep typing!

Until later,


Sunday, August 20, 2006

Welcome to the web log for the Morgan Cousins Reunion!

We are the descendants of John Rittenhouse Morgan (1809 - 1887) and Susanna Bicknell Morgan (1826 - 1916).

Here are the details:

What: Morgan Cousins Reunion
When: July 20th - 22nd, 2007
Where: Columbus, Nebraska
Who: Descendants of John Rittenhouse Morgan and Susanna Bicknell Morgan
Why: What a silly question!

If you would like to post comments on this blog or on the reunion, you are welcome to.

I will update this blog anytime something happens during the preparation for our reunion. For instance today, I wrote the "First Notice" mailing and will get it sent out by next weekend. I am going to email it to anyone I have an email address for, asking them to let me know they received it. For everyone who doesn't respond, I will assume they didn't get it and will snail mail their notice to them. To everyone I don't have an email address for, I will snail mail them their notice. (I'm trying to do as much communicating by email as possible because it saves quite a bit of money in of the biggest expenses when putting on a reunion.)

If anyone has a relative who should be receiving reunion information and that relative has changed their mailing address or email address within the last three years, please email me with their new contact information. DO NOT POST IT ON THIS BLOG.....THIS IS NOT PRIVATE TO THE MORGAN COUSINS....ANYBODY WITH INTERNET ACCESS CAN READ THIS BLOG.

To let you all know what has happened so far -

I spoke with our southern California relative that was thinking about hosting the reunion this next time. That cousin said they still want to host at some point, but they don't think they will be able to in 2007.

I also spoke with Sue in Columbus and she said they would be willing to co-host again with Stella and me. I called Uncle Ron to see what his feelings were and he said he thought holding it in Columbus again sounded fine. We'd like to be clear that we are not trying to commandeer the reunion, but unless someone else steps forward to host future reunions, the choices are limited.

Stella and I visited our moms in Columbus a couple of weeks ago. While there, Sue and I made reservations for our reunion dinner. We will be holding it at a different place this time. Still across the street from the motel, just across the street to the north instead of east. I think it will be a nicer, brighter environment for us.

I'm really looking forward to seeing all of you next July!

Until next time,