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Ethridge/Etheridge Family Reunion

Saturday, June 5, 2010 10 am - 4 pm CDT in the old Frink School Gymnasium building at the at the Community Center in Kinard, Calhoun County, Florida. (The Community Center is the old school.)

The Ethridge/Etheridge Family of Northwest Florida will hold their annual reunion on Saturday, June 5, 2010, from 10 am - 4 pm CDT at the Community Center in Kinard, Calhoun County, Florida. Any Ethridge/Etheridge descendants are encouraged to attend and bring a covered dish of their favorite recipe.

This is the family line of Samuel Ethridge/Etheridge (ca.1808 - ca.1885), who first married Lucinda Grantham (1813 - ca.1850)in Georgia. He and Lucinda had James (ca.1838), Arlenas (ca.1839), Ann (ca.1843), Martha Jane (1845 - 1914), Nancy (ca.1847), and John (ca.1849). Lucinda died sometime during 1849/1850. Samuel then married Sarah Ducker Goodwin (ca.1817 - ca.1863)in 1859 in Decatur County, Georgia, and had Enoch (1851-1894), Frances Lucinda (1855-1910) and Isaac Samuel (1858-1905). Sarah Ducker Goodwin Ethridge died sometime prior to 1863. Samuel married Sarah Ann Scott (a married name - her maiden unknown) in Calhoun County, Florida in 1863. He died sometime between 1880 and 1885 in Calhoun County, Florida, his burial place is unknown.

Little is currently known of Samuel and Lucinda's children, James, Arlenas, Ann, Nancy, and John. There are theories but none proven.

Samuel and Lucinda's daughter Martha married William Henry Beck (1843-1887) in 1865 in Calhoun County, Florida. Samuel was living in the home of his daughter Martha and husband William Henry as recorded in the 1880 census report. Martha and William Henry remained in Calhoun County, FL until their deaths. Their children were Elizabeth (1869), Nancy (1872-1952) Hennie (?), Jesse Samuel 1877-1973), Kizzie M (1879), Tony (1882-1916), Henry Florance (1883), and Edith (1886-1963). Their descendants are many with surnames of Beck, Manning, Clifton, Clark, Wilkes, Dalton, to name some. Enoch son of Samuel and Sarah Ann Ducker Goodwin Ethridge, traveled westward to Pensacola, Escambia County, FL sometime between 1870 and 1880. He died in Milton, Santa Rosa County, FL on 26 Jun 1894. He married Nancy Ann Smith (1852-1942) in Covington, AL ca. 1870. Their children were William Henry (1872-1959), Sarah Francis (1877-1958), Isaac Samuel (1880-1962), Mary Elizabeth (1883-1967), Nancy Ann (1886-1943), John Daniel (1888-1965), Ellen Jane (1892-1963). Enoch and Nancy Ann also had many descendants with surnames Fowler, Reimels, Grimes, Hart, Mayhair, Ward, Manning, Cross, Whitfield, Lovett, Bray, Hutchins, to name some.

Samuel and Sarah's daughter Francis Lucinda married Wylie A. Kent (1839-ca.1910) in Calhoun County, in 1873. Their children were Samuel William (1874), Sophronia (1876), Lucinda V. (1886-1938), Wylie S (1893), and Martha J. (1895). Their descendants have the following surnames Flowers, Broom, Kelley, Rogers, to name some. Isaac Samuel, son of Samuel and Sarah Ducker Goodwin Ethridge, married Henrietta Davis Burke (1850-ca.1930), in 1878 in Calhoun County, Florida, where they remained until their deaths. Their children were Isaac Henry (1879-1967), James M. "Uncle Boss" (1881-1962), Rewen Charly (1882-ca.1900), Minnie (1883-1883), Lewis Ellis (1888-1974), and Charles Dempsey (1896-1925). Isaac Samuel and Henrietta had lots of descendants as well. Some of the surnames are Pope, Fitzsimmons, Kirkland, Thomas, Burns, Capps, and Reed.

For more information or to share information on the Ethridge/Etheridge family and the family reunion please contact Ellen (Ethridge) Hulbert at (850) 580-1901 or by . Don't miss out on this opportunity to add your stories to the family tree.

Richard B. Mashburn Memorial Picnic
"Family Ties"

May 23, 2009
Bay County, Florida
Where Hallmon Lane terminates at the Econfina Creek about 3/4 mile north of SR 388.

This year marks the 144th annual Richard B. Mashburn Memorial Picnic. Since the first reunion in 1865, it has been held every year. Event coordinator Jack Mashburn reckons this may be one of the oldest reunion in the country. The event is held on family-owned land on the Econfina Creek, and will feature food, games, including greased pole climb and inflatables for the creek. Entertainment will be provided by a bluegrass band. Bring your own chairs and tables.

Everone is welcome. For additional information, please contact Gwynelle at 850-914-9624

Annual Pioneer Picnic

June 5, 2010
11:00 to 2:00
Grace Presbyterian Church
1415 Airport Road
Panama City, Florida

The Historical Society of Bay County sponsors the annual Pioneer Picnic each year in June. The Society furnishes fried chicken, ham, and tea, and everyone is asked to bring a covered dish to share. Join us for entertainment, door prizes, reminiscing, and enjoying stories of early days. The Pioneer Picnic honors those who have been in Bay County over 50 years. Everyone interested in the history of Bay County is invited.

Also featured this year will be the third annual presentation of First Families of Bay County certificates to those who have proven their ancestor was in the area that became Bay County before 24 April 1913. During the past three years this program, which is administered by the Bay County Genealogy Society, has generated a huge amount of interest in the history, heritage, and pioneers of Bay County. We will be presenting certificates to descendants honoring Bay County pioneers. We may also present researcher certificates.

Entertainment for the picnic will be music by TBD. For more information, please visit our Web site at

Sowell Reunion

September 26, 2009
Oakland Terrace Recreation Center
1900 W. 11th Street
Panama City, FL

Please bring a covered dish and family photo for scann into our digital photo album.
For more information, please call Mamie Bolling at 850-785-1361

Carden Family Reunion

November 27-28, 2009
Date and place TBD

The descendants of Richard and Lucy Morris Carden are planning a reunion for November 27-28, 2009. We are looking for descendants of Thomas and Christiana Louvinia (Vini) Carden and their children Lillie Belle {Willie Lee}, Richard Ivy, Dortheila Julia (Dothy) {James Daniel Lee}, Minnie Viola (Vi), William Ira {Eva Raffield}, Alexander (Candy){Helen}, and Leola {Call Padgett}.

In addition, we want to make contact with the descendants of Simon Peter and Maggie Evans Morris and their children Eli William James Kerry {Sarah Thompson} and Nancy M. {Seaward W. Hand}. If you are a descendant of these families, please contact .

Barnes-Gainer Family Reunion:
"Loving Our Legacy"

June 25-27, 2010
West Palm Beach, Florida

We the proud descendants of Arthur and Lucy PITTMAN Barnes are excited to announce our 4th biennial family reunion June 25-27, 2010 in West Palm Beach, Florida. We want to encourage all of our family and friends to attend this fun-filled three day family celebration. For more details visit our site at