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From: Janie Spencer <>
Subject: Re: [GUIN] East TN Germanna Reunion - September
Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2011 17:03:44 -0700 (PDT)

Thank you for your very kind invitation to
your Germanna Reunion.
As far as I have been able to determine
my line of Guins didn't settle in TN.
They went from France to England to Virginia
to North Carolina to NW Alabama.  I am using census,
military, and land ownership records
to base this on.
Also, in my Guin database of over
10,000 related persons, the only spelling
deviation that I have run into is Gewin.
It seems almost impossible, but not
even one Guinn has shown up.
I have written 4 volumes called "The Guins
of NW AL" and they are specific to
the descendants of two brothers, Levi
Gewin/Guin Sr. and Asa Gewin/Guin Sr.,
both of Anson Co., NC who migrated to NW AL
around 1820.
They descended from Christopher Columbus Gewin who
was b. in Cornwall, Lancaster, England
in 1660 and who brought indentured servants
to VA in 1688 and was given 880 acres by
the VA governor as a reward.
>From where did your TN Guins originate?
None of the surnames you mentioned as
invitees are any that I have run across in
my research.
Interestingly enough, my family moved from
AL to TN during WWII and were involved
in the Manhattan Project and still live
in Oak Ridge, TN.  They, however, are now
several generations past the surname Guin.
I hope you have a wonderful reunion.
Janie Spencer, Arlington, TX

--- On Mon, 4/4/11, George W. Durman <> wrote:

From: George W. Durman <>
Subject: [GUIN] East TN Germanna Reunion - September
To: , , ,
Date: Monday, April 4, 2011, 5:38 PM

We are in the process of organizing a Reunion in Washington Co.,
TN, for all Germanna descendants whose ancestors came through TN.
It will be held in conjunction with the annual Broyles Reunion.

Tentative dates for the Germanna Reunion are 9, 10, & 11 September,
2011.  The Broyles Reunion occurs on the 11th.

We are trying to line up speakers and will let everyone know as we
get commitments.

Tentatively, Friday, the 9th, will be for meeting each other and going
out to visit some original homeplaces, family cemeteries, and other
places of interest related to Germanna.  Times will be determined
later and will be announced.

Saturday's activities will probably start at 9:00 AM.  Ending time
will depend on the number of speakers and the length of their
presentations.  If we finish early enough, we'll travel some more
to whatever places attendees desire.

Lodging is plentiful in Greeneville, TN, and the drive from there is
only about 10 miles.  For those coming from the east, they can
stay in Jonesborough or Johnson City.   The drive from Jonesborough
is about 14 miles, and from I-26 in Johnson City about 23 miles.

I'll post driving directions from Greeneville, Jonesborough, and
Johnson City later.

As for meals on Friday and Saturday, there are two places highly
recommended, The Farmer's Daughter (which is well known by
those who have attended past reunions) and the Pilot Hill General
Store and Restaurant.  The latter is in the building that originally
housed the Pilot Hill P. O. and General Store and was bought
about a year ago and restored to much of its original condition.
It now houses a restaurant specializing in BBQ and Ribs and has
gained quite a reputation for its great food.

For breakfast and dinner, there are plenty of restaurants near
the motels you will be staying in, in whichever city.

I'll post more later, giving a list of all known Germanna families
who migrated to East TN in the late 1700's and early 1800's, and
there are a bunch of them.

We invite anyone who is even remotely related to the Germanna
families through marriage.  There were many German families who
came through the Shenandoah Valley into East TN and married
into our Germannans.  Many of these other Germans were even
from the same areas of Germany as our Germanna ancestors!

George W. Durman (Sarge)
Knoxville, TN 37923-2540
Phone:  865-470-4853
Cell:  865-585-3232


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