2013 THE DAWKINS 87TH REUNION BRINGS SLAVES' HEIRS TO SAVANNAH GA.
WE ARE TRULY DELIGHTED TO INVITE THE ENTIRE DAWKINS DESCENDANTS TO JOIN US IN
“HONORING THE SPIRIT AND THE HANDS OF OUR ROOTS”
July 25-28, 2013
HISTORIC SAVANNAH GEORGIA
IT WAS THE 71ST THE 78TH AND NOW THE 87TH DDG&C FAMILY REUNION CELEBRATION HOSTED BY ELWOOD T. MASSEY (TONY) AND MARTHA DAWKINS MASSEY (MIKKI) OF SAVANNAH GA.
The Dawkins, Duckett, Gibson & Cannon Family reunion is one of America's oldest consistently documented African American families in the USA. The DDG&C Family has maintained close ties since 1926, when the first documented family reunion was recorded. Since then, the family continued to gather, fellowship, reminisce and share the pride and joy of family and new generations, offset by nostalgia for the past and lost loved ones. It has been documented that the history of the Dawkins Family is well recognized and distinguished as early as the 1600s, extending from the late 17th century in Union County South Carolina. The family members are scattered to more than 38 states in the USA and Germany. It is documented that the Dawkins clan began some 300 years ago during slavery. We are descendants Of Judge Thomas Dawkins of “The Shrubs House”, Union, SC. The DDG&C portion of the family is confirmed to have originated from a slave master, my great grandfather ,William Bill Mckinley Dawkins from Scotland And our slave mothers Rosetta and Milsey who came from Africa. The two sisters were Mr. Dawkins mistresses and mothered more than 20 children for him. The linage of Katy, Mr. Dawkins’ first wife is highly sought. This family has been recognized with proclamations and other recognitions from Presidents, Governors, and Mayors of major cities throughout the United States where family reunions have been celebrated. “
The 2013 family celebration will provide an excellent opportunity to share the pride of our roots with an 1800’s enactment of the lifestyles of our slave ancestors who blazed the path for the generations that followed. The weekend of festivities will include the making of a documentary, Family genealogical reflections, Saturday night frolic , worship experiences, and the annual family dinner. The DDG&C family exhibit will depict the lifestyles of our slave ancestors with a display of artifacts showing collections of items ,documents, tools, cookware, toys and personal accessories used by our slave ancestors. These items will bring to life the living conditions and experiences of our ancestors who lived during the 1800’s. The celebration will represent part of a major year-long effort, to unite all branches of the Dawkins family who lived in the Red Point, Santuct and Carlisle communities in the 1800’s. My great grandfather, William B. Dawkins owned 89 slaves whose families are located throughout the USA. As the host family, Elwood T, Massey (Dawkins) and his mother, Martha Dawkins Massey and Robert W. Dawkins are inviting family members to come prepared to honor our deceased family members at the memorial wall. I will personally pay tribute to my father and mother , a former Pastor and Presiding Elder of the family church, Paradise A.M.E, in Santuct, SC. Paradise A.M.E. church, one of the oldest AME churches in the connection was deeded to the AME church in the 1800’s by my father’s grandmother, Rosetta ,his father Mike and other heirs who inherited the name and wordly goods of William Dawkins. The Dawkins, Duckett, Gibson and Cannon families pay homage to Paradise AME church in many ways; financially, loyalty, and endearment to loved ones laid to final rest at the churchyard.
We have maintained our families as ordinary people, engendering preachers, presiding elders, entrepreneurs, farmers, educators, coaches, lawyers, doctors, judges, inventors, and outstanding citizens from all walks of life. “We are proud to relate our past to the present generation which will provide each of us with valuable knowledge of the future”. For more information, visit our reunion website: www.dawkinsfamilyreunion.com
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THE HOST FAMILY
MARTHA DAWKINS MASSEY (MIKKI)
ELWOOD THOMAS MASSEY (TONY)
ROBERT W. DAWKINS