The annual Brunson Reunion will be held Saturday, April 20, 2013, at the family picnic grounds on the Brunson Farm in Elba, Ala. This will mark 160 continuous years that our reunion has been held. Each year, more than 300 members of the family attend the Reunion, usually coming from at least 7 states.
As many of you know, family patriarch Marion Brunson passed away in June 2007. He and his wonderful wife Nancy (along with their sons) have sponsored the Brunson Reunion for many years. Marion would truly want this proud tradition to continue and thrive, and we encourage you to honor his memory by attending the 2013 Brunson Reunion [click here for more info about the next reunion].
It all began 160 years ago as a birthday celebration for Matthew Eugene Brunson. He and his wife, Sarah Blanchard, moved their family to Coffee County, Ala., in December 1853 in 12 wagons. They were followed two years later by his brother, Rev. Hezekiah “Kiah” Brunson, and in 1860 by his widowed sister Amanda Brunson McDurmont.
Matthew was born April 13, 1806, the first child of Josiah and Sylvia Pinckney Brunson. Each April, after moving to Alabama, the family would gather and celebrate on the Sunday nearest to his birthday. This is a tradition that continues to this day within the Brunson family.
|The home Matthew Brunson built in the 1850s is still the oldest standing structure in Coffee County, although it has been moved from its original location.|
Even after Matthew Brunson died in 1877, birthday commemorations continued to be held each April. The family grew at a rapid rate and “basket dinners” came to be a part of the preparation. Since the dinner had turned into a picnic affair, it was held under the large oak trees in the yard of the Brunson home [click here for more history].
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includes information extracted from “A Backward Look,” a
book by Judge Marion B. Brunson, recounting the people, places and events
which have “influenced and shaped the noble heritage which is ours.”
“Through the years, we have learned more and more about each other,” Judge Brunson said. “We appreciate and recognize each other with more sincere and genuine devotion because of the togetherness which the Brunson Reunion has created.”
family and no people can live on the glories of the past,” he
added. “[A Backward Look was not] written for that purpose.
We need to better understand the origin and facts of our historical
family Reunion which has been passed down to us. We should cherish
this pioneer heritage and transmit it to future generations.”