Look­ing for­ward to Descen­dants Day

Kent County News - - SOCIAL SCENE -

As the first Sun­day in May looms on the hori­zon, it is again time for Descen­dants Day on Sun­day, a day tra­di­tion­ally set aside by Carolyn Cooper, in which she shares the ge­neal­ogy of a fam­ily she has se­lected from among those buried in Wor­ton Union ceme­tery.

This is a painstak­ing process re­quir­ing much re­search but tack­led with her usual de­ter­mi­na­tion cou­pled with years of ge­nealog­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence.

This year she will be speak­ing on the an­ces­try of the Gears fam­ily, a name wo­ven among the records of Ce­cil and Kent County’s early his­tory. The first recorded name was that of Daniel Gears in the 1600s.

The main fo­cus, though, of this year’s pro­gram will be on Ben­jamin Ben­son Gears, his son Josiah Gears, and Josiah’s son Pere­grin Hamil­ton Gears. A mas­sive Gears turnout is an­tic­i­pated, to make this a true Gears fam­ily re­u­nion, so don’t miss it.

The Descen­dants Day pro­gram will com­mence at 2 p.m. in Wor­ton Church Hall. The hall doors will be open at 1 p.m. for those wish­ing to come early and look through all the news­pa­per clip­pings, books, photo al­bums and other his­toric re­lated mem­o­ra­bilia which are dis­played on the walls and ta­bles.

Also on the dis­play ta­ble for sale will be a copy of Carolyn’s book, “Descen­dants Day, The His­tory of the Cen­ter of Kent County, MD and Its In­hab­i­tants.” Those wish­ing to pur­chase it may place an or­der. Re­fresh­ments will be served at the con­clu­sion of the pro­gram and ev­ery­one is in­vited to min­gle and per­haps dis­cover a new rel­a­tive.

Those wish­ing to visit the Wor­ton Union ceme­tery are in­vited to do so — it is lo­cated on Lambs Meadow Road. Turn left from the church hall less than a mile to the in­ter­sec­tion known as Catts Cor­ner, turn right on Lambs Meadow Road just past the Kent County High School, the ceme­tery, next to the high­way, is on the left.

Carolyn and the ceme­tery com­mit­tee are to be com­mended for all their vol­un­teer help in mak­ing this an­nual af­fair such a suc­cess.

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