The McEver Family Enjoy a Picnic

The Courant American Newspaper
Cartersville, Georgia
July 9, 1896, Page 4
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A Pleasant Reunion.

The McEver Family Enjoy a Picnic. Short History of the Family.

Of the several gatherings together of the people in the county last Saturday, none passed off more pleasantly than the reunion picnic of the McEver family at the home of Misses Margaret and Isabel McEver, about twelve miles from Cartersville, in the Pine Log district. Of the members and connection of that family, one hundred and one persons were present, besides as many more of their friends and neighbors. The place that was selected is a grove of towering oaks, with a large spring of good water near by, and everything else was conducive to pleasure and comfort. Dinner, consisting of all things good to eat, commonly known to man, was spread in abundance, and ample justice done to the same.

The day was spent in a quiet and pleasant way by the older ones, while the children scampered about and amused themselves in innocent recreation.

The McEver family, for more than half a century, has been known and honored in this county. Brice McEver was born in Pennsylvania in 1774, and was married in Elbert county, Georgia, in 1799, and moved to this county in 1842 and settled on the place where his two single daughters, above referred to, now reside.

The large log home now used for a kitchen was there then and used by him for a family dwelling in those early times.

“Aunt” Margaret and “Aunt” “Libby,” as those old ladies are generally called, are aged respectively, 81 and 74 years. They own the old homestead. They have two sisters living, Mrs. Nancy Hope, of Texas, and Mrs. Susan Crow, of this county. Their brother, Brice C. McEver, was the father of Messrs. Ripley and Dick McEver, Mrs. Margaret Vincent, Mrs. T. P. Randolph, and Mrs. S. F. Randolph, all well known and respected citizens of this county.

Those present at the reunion Saturday were shown the suit of clothes and a pair of socks, in which Brice McEver was married in 1789(sic). They were made in “ye old time” style, of white cotton cloth; the lint was picked from the seed and wove by hand, and the buttons, thread and everything appertaining thereto was hand-made. The garments are in a good state of preservation, and are much better than the factory-made goods of today.


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