New Pictures of the Family Reunion
The family reunion was a success with over 160 family members present. It was a warm and sunny day at Bellevue State Park in Claymont, Delaware. Family members were dressed in summer clothing for this late September Family outing as the temperature rose over 80 degrees. A good time was had by all and there were family members from the age of 1 years old to 86 years young. Paul McGrath was our winner for the oldest family member and we saw several young members from the McGrath branch as well. The McGraths came out in Droves with the Planich branch represented by Jack Planich and his family. Brian McGrath informed us that he has accumulated quite a bit of family research on the Tobin branch in Ireland and has extensive family tree info on that branch that dates back to the 17th century in Ireland. Pictures and valuable family information were contributed by Rita, Connie and Paul McGrath. Some big changes to our Family Tree are forthcoming. Father Tom Kelley was there and his presence was appreciated by all. We have our family tree today Because of Father Tom's contributions to our Family History . His research continues today and he is always updating our Ancestor portion of the tree.
The Kelley Branch was there in big numbers and we saw members from the Martin Kelley, Dave Kelley and Donald Kelley branches represented. Kudos go out to members of the Dave Kelley branch for organizing this event and especially the main organizer, Maureen Kelley .
Grand Children and Great Grand Children had an opportunity to meet and play together as well as adult cousins and second cousins seeing each other for the very first time or at least in many years. It was a grand event that included great food and spirits shared by family members as they told family stories of times past. It wouldn't be uncommon to over hear family members discussing ancestors and swapping funny and heartwarming stories of our Kin. Many members brought pictures of their children and old photos of uncles, aunts, parents, grand parents, great grand parents and great great grand parents. Some of These pictures were mounted on a special wall next to a 10-foot poster of our Family Tree in the Hunter's Barn. You could always find family members throughout the day hanging around the "Family Wall" and pointing at their names on the tree and showing pictures of Ancestors to their young children and Grand Children.
This day will never be forgotten by those who attended and for those who did not attend, we hope that someday in the not so distant future that we can have another reunion as special as this one.
Click here to see pictures of the Park.
Web Site http://www.dnrec.state.de.us/parks/bvsp.htm
Fishing in the lake
Click Here for - Map of Bellevue State Park.
Organizer - Maureen Kelley Dunning 's email email@example.com
Directions to Bellevue State Park
South on I-95 from Pennsylvania:
I-95 south past Delaware State line. Take 3rd exit (Marsh rd) off I-95.
At traffic Light make a left onto Marsh rd.
At first traffic light make a left onto Carr road.
Follow signs into park (1/4 mile on right)
North on I-95 from Maryland and New Jersey(Del. Mem. Bridge):
Take Marsh road exit off I-95
Take a left off of ramp at "T" intersection.
At traffic light go straight through intersection onto Carr Road.
Follow signs into Park(1/4 mile on right).
Take a stroll through the Historical Mansion.