106th AXTELL REUNION
On the 3rd Saturday in August 2007 Axtell Family Members will gather at the Deposit Fireman's Park, Deposit, NY for the 106th Axtell Reunion to be held since being instituted in 1901 (1918 was skipped).
Date & Time: August 28, 2004 12 Noon
Axtell Reunion 2006 Secretary’s report
The 105th Axtell reunion was held on August 19, 2006 at the Fireman's Park in Deposit, New York. Twenty nine Axtell family members and friends were in attendance . After a delicious chicken pot pie dinner, the business meeting ensued.
The following were remembered with a moment of silence:
Louise Jones Axtell
Elizabeth Ella Axtell Stearns
Patricia Taite Walling(Lucy's daughter)
Bernice Clark Axtell
Elwin VanValkenburgh stated that a chair was found at Dr. Axtell's house (Ruth Axtell's) that belonged to Henry S. Axtell.
It was mentioned that Eleanor Stoddard wants a Axtell genealogy book.
Tom Axtell mentioned some old newspaper articles pertaining to the Axtells. Silas Axtell's newsletter was among them.
Chris Axtell read several excerpts from the travels of Warren and Ann Axtell
who are currently hiking the Appalachian Trail. They have finished 1,400 miles
of the trail to date, and are currently in the state of Maine.
Some asked if anyone had a copy of the book called Daniel Axtell The Renegade (Regicide?). No one seemed to know about it.
It was stated that the June 28th flood drove Smitty Axtell out of business. His business and home were severely damaged in the flood, and much financial loss. Much of the town suffered considerable damage, many losing their homes and possessions. Thankfully, there was no loss of life in our town.
Tom Axtell reported that we currently have $ 440.27 in the treasury. Some funds were withdrawn for today's reunion supplies. Charles Axtell motioned to accept the treasurer's report as given, seconded by Joe Axtell.
Tom also said that in order to reserve the Fireman's Park for next year , we may have to have insurance to use it, or sign an indemnity. He will check into it.
It was mentioned that the farm that Moses Axtell was buried on is currently owned by Eldredge Axtell.
Dan Axtell encouraged everyone to write to the Town Board and complain about the removal of the stone wall around the Axtell cemetery on China Road. This is on Stewart Varney's farm. He said we need to write letters to the town and ask them to force Mr Varney to replace the stone wall around the cemetery so that we can keep our Axtell history in tact. The address is Town of Deposit, Cheryl Curtis, Town Clerk, 333 St. Hwy. 10, Deposit, New York 13754.
It was also asked if any one knows where the son of Moses Axtell is buried that is the Patriot's son??? (Not sure on this) His name was also Moses.
It was suggested that Warren Axtell check with the webmaster to see if we can put the notes from the reunion on the website in the future. The Axtell website has not been updated in some time.
Meeting was adjourned at 2:10 pm.
Christel Axtell (sitting in for the hiking secretary, Warren Axtell)
Axtell Reunion 2001 Secretary’s report
The 100th Axtell Reunion, held since 1901, was held at the Fireman’s Park, Deposit, NY August 18, 2001. Forty two Axtell family members and friends gathered at the park enjoying a warm, humid overcast afternoon. Reunion President Daniel B. Axtell opened the gathering, greeting everyone. Joe Axtell offered grace before dinner. Following the traditional chicken pie dinner the business meeting was called to order. Everyone introduced himself or herself giving their connection to the Axtell family. A new addition this year was Isabella Oakerson, granddaughter of Elizabeth Axtell Oakerson. Mark Schmidt sent word that his daughter Ingrid was married in July to Brian Davis and that there were many Axtells at the wedding. There was a moment of silence in remembrance of Mabel Barney Axtell (widow of Jay Axtell) and John Dewey Axtell, who passed away since the last reunion. Our condolences are offered to their families. They were treasured members of our group, especially Jay and Mabel who faithfully traveled from Arizona to attend our reunions every year.
Marilyn Cheney talked about a documentary on the Boston Tea Party she had seen, which listed Moses Axtell as the first name of the colonists who participated in the event.
Since the previous reunion Clayton M. Axtell Jr. has obtained reprints of the Axtell Genealogy and the Axtell Supplement, in paper back, at significant personal investment. The reprints were available for sale. (Axtell Gen. $15, Axtell Supplement $10) We are grateful to Clayton for his efforts.
The Axtell Genealogies may be ordered, by mail, from Clayton M. Axtell.
Clayton, also, offered refunds to anyone who had paid for but not received shirts at the last reunion.
Jim Benedict suggested donating Axtell Genealogies to the Broome Co. Library. The members voted to purchase Axtell Genealogies from the treasury to donate to both the Broome Co. library and the Deposit Free Library.
Pres. Dan Axtell gave a short discourse acknowledging our ancestors’ place in the history of our country’s formation. Moses Axtell, ancestor of most of us, was a minuteman the Revolution. Thomas Axtell, our immigrant ancestor, was one of the early colonists.
Tom Axtell (of Deposit) gave the Treasurer’s report, and Warren Axtell (of New London CT) gave the Secretary’s Report.
Warren Axtell requested help with address updates since many notices were returned undeliverable and also many addresses will be changed due to 911 requirements.
Tom Axtell was appointed to secure the Deposit Fireman’s Park for Axtell Reunion 2002, on the 3rd Saturday of August next year. (Note: The 2002 reunion will be August 17)
Warren Axtell made available computer CDs with genealogy software and Axtell Genealogy data files including names from both Axtell Volumes and all new updates that have been added to date. An effort to publish a new Axtell Genealogy is in progress. Updates should be sent to Warren Axtell, 504 Montauk Ave, New London, CT 06320, or emailed to email@example.com.
Dan Axtell of Vermont sent greetings. His Axtell Family Organization web site address is www.axtellfamily.org. Dan has found the tombstones of Daniel Axtell, father of Moses Axtell, and Joseph Axtell, grandfather of Moses Axtell, in Grafton, Vermont. Photographs will appear soon on the web site.
The Axtell Reunion officers re-elected for the next year are: Daniel B. Axtell, President; Warren Axtell, Secretary; Tom Axtell, Treasurer. The meeting was adjourned to a time of fellowship and reminiscing.
Local family members attending included:
Louise Axtell, Ron Axtell, Daniel B. Axtell, Sarah Axtell, Joshua P. Axtell, Bernice Axtell, Tom Axtell, Ammon Bush, Terry Bush, Joseph Axtell, Christel Axtell, Caylie Axtell, Benjamin Axtell, Joshua J. Axtell, Rachel Axtell, Andrew Axtell, all from Deposit. Joshua Lundberg, a friend from Iowa.
Family members from outside the Deposit area included:
Stephen Axtell, Mint Hill, NC; Bobby, Marilyn & Susan Cheney, Montgomery, AL (traveled the farthest); Warren & Ann Axtell, New London, CT; Ron, Elizabeth , & Sarah Oakerson; Houghton, NY; Kenneth, & Lorraine Axtell, Oakland, NJ; Lucy Axtell Taite, Raymond & Anita Axtell, Maryland, NY; Steve & Terry Taite, Niskayuna, NY; Patricia Walling, Brick, NJ; Charles Axtell, Stamford, NY; Susan Axtell & Clayton M Axtell Jr, Binghamton, NY; Priscilla VanValkenburg, Sidney, NY; Emily Lindberg, Pamela VanValkenburg Lindberg, Darien, CT; Karen & William Arnold, Clifton, VA; Jim Benedict, Binghamton, NY
Descendants of Lloyd A. Axtell (8-633), born 1881, held a reunion in Rhinelander, Wisconsin during June, 2000. Here's the report, thanks to sisters Lora May Axtell Hawley and Rosemary Axtell Roehl:
Fred & Lora Hawley and Rosemary & Reuben Roehl celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversaries (1950-2000) this summer. It was also the first ever reunion for the four surviving Axtells, children of Lloyd A. (8-633) and their families. In attendance were: Jean Axtell Jaekel (9-773) with her daughters Rebecca, and Kathryn Matecki (Thomas) and their 2 children; LoraMay Axtell Hawley (Fred) (9-775) with their daughters Joan Cox (James) and their 2 children and Lynn Bootes (Donald) and their adopted son; Robert Axtell (9-776); Rosemary Axtell Roehl (Reuben) (9-777) with their son, Robert (Pam) and one daughter; and daughters Linda Lotito (James) with their adopted son, Carolyn Melby (Derek) and 2 daughters, Julie Coffin (Frank) and their 3 daughters. Also attending was our first cousin Ruth Jensen Harris (Daughter of Edith Axtell 8-632). All 32 of us came from Calif., Ore., Wash., Minn., Wis., Ohio, No. Car., Georgia, and Virginia and gathered at a resort near Rhinelander, Wis. for a week.
On Sunday we got acquainted (some for the first time) at a banquet. We celebrated the lives of our two Seniors, 80 years young Jean and Ruth. The 12 children in the group ranged in age from 2 to 16. For the rest of the week we fished, we swam, we talked, we ran and tumbled in the meadow grass, watched little ones swing, slide and teeter, went on a hayride and talked. We took a boat cruise of the lake, we water skied, hiked and talked and laughed, played tennis, volley ball, Monopoly, shuffle board, shot basketballs and pool, ate and talked and ate. We even had our own fireworks, bonfire and Smores one night.
And when we said good-bye we took away priceless memories and promised to do this again some year.
The 2001 Axtell Reunion in Deposit, New York will be on Saturday, August 18, 2001 at noon at the Fireman's Park on Borden Street in Deposit, NY, east of Binghamton. This is a gathering mostly of descendants of Moses [6-1] Axtell, but all Axtell family members are welcome to this informal Saturday afternoon pot luck.
Fireman's Park is just on the other side of the railroad tracks from the center of Deposit. From Front Street (CR 315), turn onto Mill Street (CR 53) and take your first right onto Borden Street.
For more information, email Clayton Axtell III at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The 2000 Deposit, NY Reunion was on Sat. Aug. 19, 2000 at the Fireman's Park in Deposit, NY, east of Binghamton. It used to be at Oquaga Creek State Park. It was a good turnout. Warren H. brought his CD burner and had CD's of Axtell genealogy available. The Secretary's report will appear here sometime.
Iowa / Wisconsin / Illinois Reunion
Ron Axtell writes (31 Dec 1997):
Hi! My name is Ron Axtell and I am part of the Axtell clan in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois. My uncle, Silas Axtell, and father, Raymond Axtell, were talking about all of the neat stuff about "Axtell's" on the internet while we enjoyed our traditional oyster stew on Christmas Eve (An Axtell tradition in these parts). We have held an Axtell Reunion in Lancaster, Wisconsin, the past two years, and have scheduled the next reunion for August, 1998. Coincidently, it is being held on the same day as the 90th Annual Axtell Reunion on the East Coast*. Anyway, just thought that I would let you know that there are Axtell's in the Midwest. Nice talking to you and Happy New Year!
[*Note: The East Coast (NY) reunion was moved one week later that year]
Descendants of John T. Axtell (a missing link) have a reunion every year in Nebraska, including one year with 117 people in Axtell, Nebraska. On Labor Day 1998, they had their reunion in Washington State. John T. Axtell was b. 1869. Some of his descendants are confident his father was Edgar [8-43] Axtell, although the 1962 Supplement speculates that he may have been the son of Ezekiel [8-475].
There was an Axtell/Hutton reunion in California in 1994, but I don't know if that has become annual.
2000 Axtell Reunion (NY) Secretary's Report
1999 Axtell Reunion (NY) Secretary's Report
The 98th Axtell Reunion was held at Oquaga Creek State Park August 14, 1999. About 40 Axtell family members and friends gathered at the park under the pavilion in spite of the rain which came down heavily off and on. Reunion President Raymond Axtell opened the gathering greeting everyone. Following the traditional chicken pie diner the business meting was called to order. After everyone introduced themselves giving their connection to the Axtell family it was noted that Bernice Axtell will celebrate her 90th birthday on August 21st. There was a moment of silence for Clayton J. Axtell, Beatrice Axtell, and Margaret Axtell was passed away in the past year.
This was followed by the Treasurers report given by Tom Axtell (of Deposit) and the Secretarys Report given by Warren Axtell (of New London CT).
Clayton M. Axtell Jr. noted that the first reunion was 1901 making 2000 the 100th year that the local Axtells have held a reunion. Only one year was missed in that time during World War I, 1918. Tom Axtell was appointed to secure the Deposit Firemans Park for Axtell Reunion 2000. On either the 2nd or 3rd Saturday of August next year.
There will be an effort to publish a new Axtell Genealogy in 2000. Updates are requested to be sent to Warren Axtell, 504 Montauk Ave, New London, CT 06320. Or emailed to email@example.com.
The Axtell Reunion officers elected for the next year are: Clayton M Axtell III, President, Warren Axtell, Secretary, Tom Axtell, Treasurer. The meeting was adjourned to a time of fellowship and reminiscing.
Out of state family members attending included: Warren Axtell, New London, CT; Mabel Axtell, Parker, AZ; Kenneth and Lorraine Axtell, Oakland, NJ.
1998 Axtell Reunion (NY) Secretary's Report
On Saturday August 22nd, 45 Axtell Family members and guests gathered at Oquaga Creek State Park to celebrate their common family heritage with a traditional chicken pie dinner.
Out of state family members attending were: J. Dewey and Nelta Axtell from Folsom, Cal., Keith and Holly Axtell from Corte Madera, Cal., Mabel Axtell from Parker, Ariz., Warren, Ann, Matthew and Jonathan Axtell from New London, CT, Kenneth and Lorraine Axtell from Oakland, NJ.
Local and New York State family members attending were: Daniel, Sarah, Jesse, Joshua, Bernice, Thomas, Louise, and Ronald Axtell from Deposit; Charles, Kathy, Samantha and Nicole Axtell from Stamford, Ronald, Elizabeth, Thomas and Sarah Oakerson from Houghton; Girdon and Ruth Allyn and Wanda Swepston from Lindley; Susan Axtell and Curtis and Jean Carkner from Binghamton; Clayton, Cathy, Christopher, and Jonathan Axtell from Harpursville.
Axtell family members that have passed away during the past year were Ruth Axtell, Bill Axtell Jr., and Lillian Carkner who were remembered with a moment of silence.
Recognition was given to Daniel Axtell for being the fourth Axtell to hold the elected position of Deposit town supervisor.
Dewey Axtell noted that his sister Anna Axtell Baum will turn 100 on Nov 4, 1998. She may be the oldest living Axtell.
Warren Axtell requested updates to the Axtell Genealogy. Many new updates have been received already. A combined genealogy is planned for printing around the year 2000.
The slate of reunion officers elected for the next year are: Raymond Axtell, President,
Mark Schmidt, Vice President, Warren Axtell, Secretary,
Tom Axtell, Treasurer.
1997 Axtell Reunion (NY) Secretary's Report
The 96th Axtell Reunion was held at Oquaga Creek State Park August 16, 1997 on a warm sunny day. There were 52 family members and friends in attendance. Charles Axtell open the gathering greeting everyone and standing in for current President Raymond Axtell who was not able to attend. Tom Axtell, from Clinton, CT asked a blessing on the food and fellowship and everyone enjoyed the traditional chicken pie dinner. Following the dinner the business meeting was called to order by Charles Axtell. After everyone introduced themselves giving their connection to the Axtell Family there was a moment of silence for Jay Axtell and William Bickett Axtell both of whom had passed on in the past year. Jay's wife Mabel, as well as William's son Tom, who were both at the reunion, were offered condolences by all in attendance. Joe Axtell offered a prayer of remembrance. This was followed by the Treasurer's Report given by Tom Axtell (of Deposit) and the Secretary's Report by Warren Axtell. Ruth Axtell requested that a tarp or canopy be purchased to cover the food tables for the reunions. A committee of Tom Axtell, Mark Schmidt and Clayton Axtell III was set up to get the canopy for next year. Greetings were sent by Dan Axtell from Vermont who continues to maintain the Axtell Family Organization Internet Website. Warren Axtell requested updates for the Axtell Genealogy which he is compiling on computer. Both volumes of the Axtell Genealogy and updates which have been received to date have been entered into a computer program. The Axtell Reunion officers were re-elect: Raymond Axtell, President, Mark Schmidt, Vice President, Warren Axtell, Secretary, Tom Axtell, Treasurer, Ruth Axtell, Historian. The meeting was adjourned to a time of fellowship and reminiscing.
Out of state family members attending the reunion included: Warren and Ann Axtell, New London, CT; Mabel Axtell, Parker, AZ; Kenneth and Lorraine Axtell, Oakland, NJ; Pamela Lindberg , Darien, CT; Del Klipp, Colorado Springs, CO., Tom Axtell, and family, Clinton, CT, Mark and Barbara Schmidt, New Canaan, CT.
REUNION NEWS 1996. (from the report Warren gave to the Deposit Courier)
On Saturday, August 17th, sixty five Axtell Family members and guests enjoyed a mild, sunny day at the Oquaga Creek State Park for their 95th Axtell Reunion. Guests from far and near gathered to celebrate their common heritage and to share in a traditional chicken pie dinner.
Out of state family members attending included: Warren and Ann Axtell and family, New London, CT; Jay and Mabel Axtell, Parker, AZ; Dan Axtell and family, Westminster, VT; Kenneth and Lorraine Axtell, Oakland, NJ; Murray and Elizabeth Ella Stearns and family, Montclair, NJ; Alice Vorum, Madison NJ; Ida Vorum, Centerbrook, CT; Robert and Pamela Lindberg and family, Darien, CT; Mr. and Mrs. William Arnold and family, Clifton, NJ; William and Karen Arnold, Clifton, VA.
The highlight of the reunion was a presentation given by Dan Axtell of Westminster, VT on the Axtell Family Organization Internet Web Site which he has developed over the past year. The Axtell Web Site is full of fascinating computerized genealogical and historical Axtell Family information and is accessible at the following Internet Web address: http://www.sovernet.net/~daxtell/axtell/. Color prints of some of the Web Site information were provided to demonstrate its benefit.
Jay Axtell, also shared some interesting accounts of his participation in wagon train rides and long horn cattle drives out west. Jay and Mabel have been driving from Parker, AZ for the reunion each year for the last fifteen years.
The slate of officers for the next year are: Raymond Axtell, President; Mark Schmidt, Vice President; Warren Axtell, Secretary; Tom Axtell, Treasurer; and Ruth Axtell, Historian
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