Creating New Memories

It’s been a week since our reunion and it kind of feels like post Christmas blues. We all had such a good time! It was so wonderful to see people we hadn’t seen in years and get to know those we hadn’t yet met.

Two things are for certain—those of you who couldn’t come, you really missed out. And those who did, want to do it again! So let’s start talking now and get some plans in the works!

And now for the recap!

Although the reunion actually started days and days before when Duane, Jan, Dave, Sam and Sarah set up the venue and Jerry, Elaine, Jerri Lynn, Jenny, Shelley and Cheryl prepared the food, we officially kicked off the day with our Legacy Tour Breakfast at Cinders Grill in Laingsburg.

Cinders served us a delicious breakfasts and patiently put up with our excitement (boisterous greetings and hugs without regard) and jovialties (loud and continuous laughter). The picture above shows us looking rather lethargic. I assure you we were not.

Thanks Cinders, you were the best! And thanks Laingsburg News for featuring us in your weekly news!

After breakfast we stepped outside and literally took over the town (remember Laingsburg is not that big). Jerry handed out the Legacy Files he meticulously compiled, complete with family tree information and maps. And Elaine stepped inside this store—how interesting, it turns out the store is owned by grandsons of Gladys’ husband Leo Klotz.

Not a good picture of the house but a great one of three lovely ladies! L-R: Jenny (Jerry’s daughter); Ruth (Duane’s granddaughter); and Cheryl (Duane’s daughter).


We walked by the empty lot where Peter Laing’s second tavern and inn once stood. We then checked out this house, located on 117 North Laing St, where Dr. Peter Laing and his wife Laura lived when their son Paisley was born. You can find a better picture of the house in the Legacy Files, and also on page 13 of the book Hill and Below.

From here, we all hopped in our cars and drove to the cemeteries.

Dr. Peter Laing and his second wife Laura Kemp (Paisley’s parents) are buried in the Laingsburg Cemetery, located just outside of town. 

Jerri Lynn (Jerry’s daughter) became the appointed “rubber” and is assisted here by Shelley (Bruce’s daughter).

We stopped at the farmhouse on Stoll Road where Paisley and Anastasia Laing once lived. The current owners were gracious enough to let peruse their lawn and take pictures. Here, we’re re-enacting this photo (gee, if anyone has a better shot, I’m sure some of us wouldn’t be the least opposed to replacing this photo).

We found Paisley’s gravestone in the St. Patrick Cemetery, also his daughter Fannie Laing Hart’s (Maggie’s sister and the Amos Boys’ great-aunt). But we couldn’t find Anastasia’s gravestone.

Next stop: Gulick Road, to visit this well-kept farmstead where Perry and Fidelia Gulick once lived. Gladys was born in a house right next door, which is no longer there, and she also spent many years living here with her grandparents Perry and Fidelia.

It wouldn’t be at all alarming to learn that this shifty-looking crowd was hanging out in your driveway while you were gone, would it?

Jerry and Elaine planned in advance and notified cemetery sextons that we would be visiting—good thinking, because these country cemeteries could easily have been locked.

John and Fanny Capen (Fidelia’s parents) and Perry and Fidelia Gulick are all buried in the Foote Cemetery on Sherwood Road, in the rural Williamston area.

At the Summit Cemetery on Beeman Road, Williamston, we sang Kum Ba Yah to Gladys, in remembrance of our many nights singing around the campfire. We might have made it through without any tears except for the look on this guy’s face…

Our last stop on the Legacy Tour (by now many of us were wishing for a bathroom…) was the Rose Lawn Cemetery in Perry. Here, Margie (Maggie) Laing Adams is buried.

Jerry and Joel check out the family tree charts and tables of photos.


Back at Duane and Jan’s, the reunion started off with finger food and great conversation. Which led to more and more food. And more great conversation. And lawn games. And a slide show from the 60s. It couldn’t have gotten any groovier!

To top it off, we took more photos for more memories!

Duane’s family.

Bruce’s family (Shelley’s children and grandchildren were also here, but missed out on the pictures).

Jerry’s family.

Brothers Duane and Jerry with a cane handcrafted by Perry Gulick.

Our reunion hosts: Elaine and Jerry, Duane and Jan. Thanks SO MUCH for putting on this most special event!

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6 thoughts on “Creating New Memories

  1. Makes me homesick! The reunion was the best time with family ever. So nice to feel connected to our roots. The ancestors were pleased we visited them. Next time, we need instruments playing if we attempt to sing again. Thank you Aunt Elaine and Jerri Lynn for the wonderful spread of food. And thank you Uncle Jerry for all the pictures, documentation and slideshow down memory lane!

  2. WOW! Such great pictures with lots of good memories. Our special thanks to Aunt Elaine and Uncle Jerry, Uncle Duane and Jan for making this all possible…and to everyone who helped make it special. And Di….without this blog, it probably wouldn’t have happened….thanks so much!

  3. Hi everyone who recieved the tour packet……Here are to corrections: On page 3 there are two pictures of houses. The bottom one may not have a connection to Peter Laing. The man who lives there thought in might be a former inn. Mr. Vieth, a Laingsburg historian, said there was no connection to this house. The top picture which now looks like a duplex was definitely Dr. Peter Laing and his second wife Laura (Johnson) Kemp’s house where Paisley was born. On page ten about the Capins, Dakes, and Gulicks there is upper right some information missing or hard to read. John Dake b. 1752 was the likely the son or other close relative of a Hungarian John Deak b. 1724 and his wife Hanna Foster.Sam Capen and Sophia Dake had 8 children, one of whom was John Dake Capen who married Fanny Hollcomb. This last couple have Amanda who married George Gulick…..all of which was lucky for us. Didn’t know you had some Hungarian material floating around inside did you?

  4. The Laingsburg News article about our reunion and tour was excellent. There is just one error that I know of. Rick Brown is a very good friend of Jerri Lynn’s. Shelley had just met Rick.

  5. Uncle Jerry, more research needs to be done as to our connections with Horrice Dodge. There may be some royalty entitlement.

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