Somewhere in a blizzard of papers I found this clipping. Here we see the Family Reunions our Ontario cousins had once upon a time. The Robert Vance mentioned here was a brother to our Great-great-grandfather Joseph. Thus Mrs Leach’s grandfather Joseph was our grandfather’s nephew. — Christine G.
Vance Family Reunion
by Mrs. Hannah Leach
Three years ago, in October 1951, we had our first get-together, meeting at James A Vance’s in Woodstock, then on to Willow Lake for a picnic lunch. After a short business meeting we all proceeded to the old home up near the German Union Cheese Factory, then to Ratho Cemetery where lie my great-grandparents, Mary Hogg and Robert Vance. Robert being one of four brothers who settled around Ratho.
Their son Joseph Vance and Hannah (Armstrong), my grandparents, are also lying in Ratho Cemetery. These four brothers all came from, or were natives of, Parish Penicom* Galloway, Wigtownshire, Scotland. Joseph Vance was a blacksmith and I always understood he learned the trade at Ratho around 90 years ago (circa 1863).
In 1952 the Reunion was held at Collins, New York. This year, July 11th, they met here at my home in Ratho. The Goforth Sisters of Ratho Presbyterian Church catered to the dinner in the church basement. Fifty-four sat down to dinner and all praised the lovely meal served us. A potluck meal was served for supper.
During the afternoon a business meeting was held in the church and plans made for 1954. A prize was given to the eldest living member, Mrs. Sarah Cochran of Brussels, Ontario. A plaque was presented to Mr & Mrs C Olivey of Vancouver, BC, for having come the greatest distance. The youngest member present was Terry Thompson (my wee great-grandson.) Other little folks received balloons and so on, for races.
Guests were present from: Vancouver, BC; Collins, NY; Arcade, NY; Jamestown, NY; Buffalo, NY; Tonawanda, NY; Grosse Isle, MI; Paris, Brussels and Woodstock, ON.
*Penninghame (see first comment below)