Descendants of J. A. Shinall, Numbering More Than One Hundred, Gathered
For Delightful Program.
The Shinall family, descendants of the late J. A. Shinall, who crossed
over the river into a better land nearly twenty years ago, gathered last
Sunday in their annual reunion. Meadowview Farm, better known as the Ruohs
Pyron place, five miles north of town, on the Tennessee road, was the
meeting place, and relatives and friends came from far and near to enjoy
the occasion. J. A. Shinall was twice married. His first wife was Hulda
Woods, and by their union eighteen children were born. Of this number,
the following, with their own descendants survive: Joe Shinall, seven
children, ten grandchildren. Mrs. F. L. Lewis, ten children, forty seven
grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Dan Shinall, ten children.
Mrs. G. T. Lewis, six children, 27 grandchildren. Mrs. A. D. Harris, five
children, six grandchildren. T. W. Shinall, five children. W. F. Shinall,
three children. Mrs. B. K. Morris, three children.
Two children of the late Berry Shinall, who died many years ago, were
present in the persons of Mrs. J. J. Tidwell, of Center, and Mrs. M. E.
Bell, of Marietta, the latter being the mother of six children. The late
Mrs. M. A. Black was the mother of four children, who are Messrs. Jim,
Edward, Homer and Frank Black.
For his second wife, Mr.. Shinall married Mrs. Mary Knowles, who died
only a few years ago. She was the mother of four stalwart sons who are
Rob and Roy, Gus and Arthur Shinall. Large Number Present. Not all of
the family connections were present last Sunday, but there were present
more than one hundred and thirty and fifty-three of those present bear
the honored name of their worthy sire. In addition, there were eighteen
"outsiders," and all present were made to feel welcome and they,
too, enjoyed this annual gathering. It was unanimously agreed to meet
again on the third Sunday in August, next, at Rowland Springs when it
is believed the number present will be even larger.