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News Community Plans under way for the 2011 Ammons Family Reunion

Planning for the Third Ammons Family Reunion are: (l-r, front) Susan Hirsch and Gloria Owenby; (l-r, 2nd row) Larry R. Ammons, Bill Crawford, Elizabeth Ann McClure, and Jim Ammons. Photo by Amy Ammons GarzaThings are happening with the Ammons Family. Led by Jim Ammons of Dacula, Ga., on April 16, 2011, Ammons family descendants from several southern states gathered together to dedicate a historic Ammons Cemetery in Marlboro County, South Carolina. The cemetery contains the remains of brothers, Joshua and Thomas Ammons (Revolutionary War soldiers), and other of the Ammons family. Joshua is said to have saved the life of the Marquis de LaFayette, after the Frenchman was wounded in battle; and Thomas rode with Francis Marion, who outwitted British troops during the American Revolution. An official South Carolina Historical Marker concerning the cemetery and Ammons family has been erected on US 15-401 near the entrance road to the cemetery. Most of the Ammons’ in Western North Carolina are descendants from one of the brothers, Thomas Ammons... as was my grandfather, Thomas Wilson Ammons.

The Ammons family reunion planners gathered together in Franklin in June to set the date for the 2011 family reunion: July 23, in the same venue as last year — the Fellowship Hall of Holly Springs Baptist Church near Franklin. Last year more than 100 Ammons family members and friends representing more than 10 states from as far away as Oregon and California came together. On Friday evening, July 22, at 6 p.m. there will be a tour of the Macon County Historical Museum, and at 7 p.m. at St. Agnes Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall, 66 Church Street Franklin, there will be an Ammons and Related Families Genealogical workshop. Gloria Owenby will be leading this workshop.

The program will official start at 1 p.m. and run through 4 p.m. There will be no meal but refreshments will be available. Holly Spring Baptist Church is located at 366 Holly Springs Church Road, Franklin, NC 28734-1734. The entrance to the Fellowship Hall is on the bottom floor of Building A.

For a detailed map to the church, go to

For more information, call Jim Ammons at (404)310-5172 or Bill Crawford, (828)524-2280.

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