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Stallard Reunions Through The Years

The Kingsport Times, Kingsport , Tennessee
Tuesday, August 1, 1933

1,500 GATHER FOR STALLARD REUNION  
AT DUNGANNON, VA.
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Nine States Represented as Families Hold First Reunion – 
Will be Annual Event at Dungannon
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(Special to The Times)

     DUNGANNON, Va. , Aug. 1. --- Approximately 1,500 persons, representing nine states, attended the first annual reunion of the Stallard families of Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and mid-western states, was held here Sunday at Dungannon high school.  Members of the Stallard families were present from the following states: Virginia , Kentucky , Tennessee , West Virginia , North Carolina , Illinois , Indiana , Ohio , and New York .

     The reunion of the Stallard families was the first of its kind ever held in this section, and the assembled members of the family voted to make it an annual event.  Dungannon, where Samuel Stallard, of Culpepper County , from whom most of the Stallard families of this section are descended, first settled in 1779, was again chosen as the place of the next reunion, which will be held in July, 1934.  For the purpose of holding these annual reunions a permanent organization of the Stallard families of the states named above was effected.  H. L. Stallard of Dungannon was elected president of the organization of Stallard families; Charles T. Stallard of Lafayette , Ind. , and Rawley A. Stallard of Kentucky were named vice-presidents; J. N. Hillman of Emory , Va. , was named secretary-treasurer.

     This year’s reunion was planned by Rev. A. J. Wolfe of Big Stone Gap, who presided over the Stallard gathering here Sunday.  Mr. Wolfe, in collaboration with Dr. J. N. Hillman, president of Emory and Henry College , is writing a history of the Stallard families of the United States , which will be published about January, 1934.

     Choosing as his text, “We are debtors,” Dr. Hillman addressed the Stallard families on the obligations of the living to their ancestors for the magnificent heritage left them by their ancestors.  Dr. Hillman pointed out the obligations of the present world to the nations of antiquity; traced the bitter struggles necessary for the winning of the world’s heritage of liberty and civilization.  “We of the Stallard families are indebted to old Samuel Stallard, who settled here in 1779 and courageously hewed out a place in the wilderness.”  Said Dr. Hillman.  “We are heirs of our ancestors’ hardships and self-denial.  We are indebted to them for moral integrity.  We may repay the debt by carrying on their ideals of moral integrity.  We must use our heritage to best advantage and repay our debt to our ancestors.”

     Prior to Dr. Hillman’s address, Mayor H. L. Stallard of Dungannon welcomed his kinsmen to Dungannon in a brief address.

     A basket dinner was served at noon on the grounds of Dungannon high school.  At an afternoon session an organization of the Stallard families was effected and some interesting genealogical facts about the Stallard families were presented by Dr. J. N. Hillman and Rev. A. J. Wolfe, who collaborating on a history of the Stallard families, have done considerable research in Stallard genealogy.  Brief talks were also made at the afternoon session by H. M. Addington of Nickelsville, Rev. Cyrus Stallard of Coeburn, Mrs. Maude Humphreys of Glen Ellyn , Ill. , Mrs. Loeila Stallard Newson of Lafayette , Ind. , Prof. William Phipps of Cornell University , Ithaca , N. Y.

 

Kingsport Times, Kingsport , Tennessee
Sunday, July 15, 1934

Stallard Family To Hold Reunion
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Second Annual Reunion to Be Held at Dungannon on

Sunday, July 29
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     DUNGANNON, Va. , July 14 --- The second annual reunion of the Stallard families of Virginia , Kentucky , West Virginia , Tennessee , and of the Middle West will be held at Dungannon, Sunday, July 29, on the grounds of Dungannon high school.

     The program for the day will begin at 11 a.m. with a semi-religious exercise.  The address of welcome will be delivered by Hugh M. Addington, of Nicklesville, and the main address will be delivered by Dr. J. N. Hillman, president of Emory and Henry College .  The afternoon program beginning at 1:30 will be largely a business session with informal speeches by several members of the family and invited guest.

     Last year’s reunion, which was held at Dungannon on July 30, was attended by fully 1,500 visitors from Virginia , West Virginia , Kentucky , Tennessee , North Carolina , Illinois , Indiana and New York .

     A picnic lunch will be served visiting members of the family and invited guest.  All persons attending the reunion are asked to bring lunches.

     Some genealogical history of the Stallard family will be given by Rev. A. J. Wolfe, of Big Stone Gap, and Dr. J. N. Hillman, of Emory and Henry College, who have been collaborating on a history of the Stallard family.

     Officers of the reunion are H. L. Stallard, of Dungannon, chairman; Dr. J. N. Hillman, of Emory, Secretary; Charles T. Stallard, of Lafayette , Ind. , Mrs. Maude Humphreys, of Glen Ellyn , Ill. and Raleigh Stallard, of Kentucky , vice-presidents.

 

Kingsport Times, Kingsport , Tennessee
Sunday, July 7, 1935

STALLARD REUNION PLANNED JULY 28
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More Than 1,500 Guest Are Expected to Attend From Nine States,
Family Tree
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     DUNGANNON, Va. , July 5 --- Dr. E. Wallace Moore, dean of women at Birmingham-Southern College , Birmingham , Alabama , will deliver the principal address at the third annual reunion of the Stallard families, which will be held at Dungannon Sunday, July 28.

     The Stallard reunion will be held at Dungannon High School .  The last two reunions were each attended by about 1,500 visitors representing Stallard families in Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and New York.

     The program for the day will consist of a morning session at which the address by Dr. Moore will be delivered and an afternoon session of informal speeches.  A picnic lunch will be served to members of the family and invited guest at noon .  All persons attending the reunion are expected to bring lunches.

     Officers of the annual reunion are: Chairman, H. L. Stallard of Dungannon; Secretary-Treasurer, Dr. J. N. Hillman, of Emory.

 

Kingsport Times
Thursday, June 24, 1937

STALLARD FAMILY TO HOLD REUNION
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(Special to The Times)

     BIG LAUREL , Va. , June 24. --- More than a thousand Stallard and Stallard kin are expected to attend the annual reunion of the family which is to be held this year at Olive Hill, Ky., on Sunday June 27th.

     Hundreds from Scott and Wise County will attend the meeting.  The Stallards, descendants of Samuel Stallard, a first settler on Clinch river , near Dungannon, are connected with many of the other pioneer families of Southwestern Virginia , East Tennessee and Eastern Kentucky , among these are the Dingus, Green, Porter, Addington, Hillman, Hall and Franklin families.

     According to the program of this reunion, Dr. L. R. Dingus of Transylvania College of Lexington, Ky., will deliver the address of welcome.  Others on the program include Dr. James M. Hillman, president of Emory and Henry College , and Rev. A. J. Wolfe of Bristol .  Dr. Hillman and Rev. Wolfe have been gathering material for a history of the Stallard and kindred families for several years.

 

Kingsport Times, Kingsport , Tennessee
Wednesday, July 28, 1937

MORE THAN 500 ATTEND REUNION
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Many Prominent Speakers at Stallard Reunion In Scott County
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     DUNGANNON, Va. , July 28 --- More than five hundred persons attended the fifth annual reunion of the Stallard family, held at Coeburn.

     J. P. Ingle, of Bristol , was the principal speaker at the morning session, delivering an address on the early history of the Stallard family.  Others who also appeared on the morning program were Dr. J. N. Hillman, president of Emory and Henry College , and Rev. A. J. Wolfe, of Bristol, who are collaborating in a history of the Stallard families, which will be published next year; Rev. J. L. Addington, of Coeburn, who delivered the address of welcome; H. L. Stallard of Dungannon, who made the response to the address of welcome; and J. W. Stallard of Coeburn, chairman of the 1937 reunion.  Special music was furnished by Mr. And Mrs. Harvey Tate, of Coeburn, and Mrs. R. G. Boatright, of Coeburn.

     Hugh M. Addington, of Nicklesville, Scott County genealogist, was the principal speaker at the afternoon session, giving a genealogical sketch of the family.

     At the afternoon session it was voted to hold the 1938 reunion at Dungannon on the last Sunday of July.

     The following officers were named to have charge of the 1938 reunion: President, H. L. Stallard, of Dungannon; Vice Presidents, Mrs. B. H. Stallard, of St. Paul , J. P. Ingle, of Bristol, and Leonard Stallard, of Whitesburg, Ky.; Secretary-Treasurer, J. N. Hillman, of Emory.

 

The Kingsport Times, Kingsport , Tennessee
Sunday, July 24, 1938

Stallard Reunion Slated On July 31
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     DUNGANNON, Va. ,  July 23 – The annual Stallard reunion will be held at Dungannon Sunday, July 31, it has just been announced by H. L. Stallard of Dungannon, and Dr. J. N. Hillman, of Emory, chairman and Secretary, respectively, of the reunion.

     The day’s program will consist of a morning session, beginning at 10:45 with an address by some member of the family; and an afternoon business session.  A picnic lunch will be served at noon to members of the family and invited guest.  All persons attending the reunion are expected to bring lunches.

     Approximately 1,000 persons attend the annual gatherings at Dungannon of the clan Stallard.  This year’s reunion is the sixth such annual gathering, the first having been held in 1933.

 

The Kingsport Times, Kingsport , Tennessee
Friday, July 29, 1938

Lawyer to Speak At Family Rally
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     DUNGANNON, Va. ,  July 29. – Fred B. Greear of Norton, Commonwealth’s attorney for Wise County , will deliver the principal address at the annual Stallard reunion which is to be held at Dungannon Sunday; July 31, at Dungannon high school.

     Attorney Greear will address the assembled members of the Stallard clan at the morning session, which opens at 10:45 .  

     R. V. Wolfe, editor of the Gate City Herald, will make the address of welcome.

     A picnic lunch will be served members of the family and invited guest at noon on the campus of Dungannon high school.

     An afternoon business session will conclude the program of the day.

 

Kingsport Times, Kingsport , Tennessee
Sunday, July 23, 1939

Stallard Reunion Set For July 30

     DUNGANNON, Va. , July 22. (AP) --- The annual Stallard reunion will be held at Dungannon this year July 30, according to an announcement made recently by B. Harry Stallard of St. Paul , Va. , president of the Stallard Association.  The principal address of the meeting will be mad by Dr. J. N. Hillman, president of Emory & Henry College , a descendant of the Stallard clan.  J. E. Evans, mayor of Dungannon will deliver the welcome address and the response will be given by Mrs. A. J. Wolfe of Bristol , Va.   Following the morning session the meeting will adjourn for lunch.  All visitors are requested to bring a picnic lunch for themselves and invited guest.

     At the afternoon session the family genealogy will be discussed and officers of the association will be selected for 1940.  This session will be presided over by A. J. Wolfe of Bristol , Va. , who in cooperation with Dr. J. N. Hillman is writing a history of the Stallard family.  This will be the seventh annual reunion of the Stallard families and in the past these gatherings have attracted hundreds of visitors from Virginia , Kentucky , Tennessee and several of the mid-western states.  Officers of the association are: B. Harry Stallard, St. Paul , Va. , president; Miss Mary N. Stallard, Dungannon, vice-president; Dr. J. N. Hillman, Emory , Va. , secretary-treasurer.

 

Kingsport Times
Sunday,
July 20, 1941
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Honor Rev. Wolfe In Family Reunion
Of Stallard Group

(From Times’ State News Service)

     Dungannon, Va. --- The program of the annual Stallard reunion to be held here July 27, will be dedicated to the Rev. A. J. Wolfe, co-founder of the series of reunions.

     Mr. Wolfe died in Bristol last November after more than a half a century spent in religious and educational work.

     E. B. Fox, Bristol business man, will head the list of speakers discussing “Church and Home.”

Several Speakers

     Other speakers and their topics will be : John F. Greear, welcome; D. H. Stallard, response; H. L. Stallard, “Mr. Wolfe, the Educator”; Judge M. B. Compton, “Mr. Wolfe, the Man and Minister”; Dr. J. N. Hillman, president of Emory and Henry College, “Mr. Wolfe’s Service to the Stallard Family and Reunions.”

     Visitors are requested to bring food for themselves and guest for the lunch which will follow the morning session.

     Dr. Hillman will preside in the afternoon at a discussion of the Stallard genealogy.  Election of officers of the Stallard Association will end the meeting, the ninth of the association.

     Present officers are: Miss Mary B. Stallard, president; Mrs. B. H. Stallard, vice-chairman; Dr. Hillman, secretary-treasurer.

 

Kingsport Times
July 8, 1975

Stallards Convene At Flatwoods Aug. 2

     The 1975 Stallard Reunion will be held Saturday, Aug. 2 in the Flatwoods Freewill Baptist Church in the Flatwoods Community, about seven miles south of Coeburn , Va. , on the Dungannon Road .

     Registration will be at 9 a.m. , with the general meeting beginning at 10 a.m.   Following the meeting, there will be a picnic at the Flatwoods Picnic area.  Family members are asked to bring food, soft drinks, and picnic supplies.

     There may also be a musical get-together the night before.  Many present-day families are descendents of the five daughters and three sons of pioneer Samuel Stallard and his wife, Jael (Jalley) Duncan, who came from Culpepper County , Va. , and settled on the banks of the Cinch River below Dungannon, in 1779.

     Material is being collected for a Stallard family history, and information should be sent to the secretary of the Stallard Reunion Association.  Mrs. Clifford L. Stallard, 1111 Virginia Ave. , Norton , Va. 24273

   Families are asked to give the names of ancestors as far back as possible, and include information concerning birth dates, marriages, deaths, places lived and items of personal history and interest.  Pictures are needed also, if available.  The information will help fit relatives into the proper family line.

     More information concerning the reunion can be obtained from the officers of the Reunion Association.  They are: W. Kline Stallard, president, Box 220 , Coeburn , Va. 24230 , 395-2291; Mrs. Charles Donahue (Lona Stallard), vice-president, Route 1, Coeburn , Va. 24230 , 395-2595; Mrs. Virgel Young (Marjorie Greear), vice-president, Route 1, Coeburn, 395-2045; and Mrs. Clifford Stallard, secretary-treasurer.

 

Kingsport Times
Wednesday, July 14, 1976

Stallards To Gather First Weekend In August

     Stallards and related families will have their annual reunion the first weekend in August.  This group first met in the 1930s and met again in 1939.  The Stallard Reunion Association was reorganized in 1974, and members have been attending from throughout the United States .

     The Stallards of Wise and Scott Counties , including the surrounding areas of eastern Kentucky and East Tennessee , can trace their ancestry back to Walter Stallard, who came to old Rappahanock County , Va. , around 1640.  A great-grandson of Walter, “Pioneer Samuel Stallard II,” came with his wife, Jael Duncan, and settled on the Clinch River near Osborn’s Ford (Dungannon) in 1779.

     Many present-day families are descendants of the three sons and five daughters of Samuel and Jael.  The 1876 Stallard reunion will be held at the Freewill Baptist Church in the Flatwoods Community, about seven miles south of Coeburn , Va. , just off the Dungannon Road .

     Registration will begin at 9 a.m. , Saturday, Aug. 7, with the business meeting and program beginning at 10 a.m.   Following the meeting, a picnic will be held in the Flatwoods Recreational Area.  Anyone attending should bring food, soft drinks, and picnic supplies.

     A get-together is also planned for Friday night, Aug. 6, probably at the site of the William B. Stallard-Elizabeth Holbrook home, past the Flatwoods Church .  There will opportunities for visiting, getting acquainted, and also some singing and instrumental music.

     Any information concerning immediate families should be brought for contribution, if not already done.  A family history is being organized.

     For more information, contact officers of the Stallard Reunion Association, who are: W. Kling Stallard, president, Coeburn, Va. , 3952291; and Mrs. Charles Donahue, vice-president, of Route 1, Coeburn.

 

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