July 3, 2005
The Chaffin Reunion was held on July 3, 2005 at the Kingston Firehouse Annex in Kingston, Ohio. There were approximately 75 at the reunion. Some traveled from as far away as California and New York to attend this event. The workhorse behind this effort was Anna May Kempton.
Below are pictures of direct descendants of the children of John Chaffin and Mollie (Curnutte) Chaffin, affectionately known as Ma and Pa. John is the descendant of William S. Chaffin and Genoa C. (Large) Chaffin. Descendants included:
What a great time we had talking over old times and sharing pictures and family keepsakes with one another.
After the reunion Donna (Chaffin) Magill and her husband Bill Magill gave me a tour of the area which included a visit to William S. and Genoa Chaffin's grave; William and Genoa's home in Hallsville; the one-room school that grandpa John attended; John and Mollie's farm in Alma and the Chaffin family gravesite at the Greenlawn Cemetery in Chillicothe. We also looked for Ma and Pa's place up on England Hollow Road but things have changed so much up there that we were unable to find it.
My father, Don, lived on the family farm in Alma. Although the farm was located in Ross county, he was one of a few that was permitted to attend Waverly High School which is located in Pike County.
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|Anna May Kempton||
Donna (Chaffin) Magill
|Marylou McGuire and Loretta Sturgil||Connie Bailey and Betty Tiberi||Don Chaffin and Marylou McGuire|
|Don, Marylou, Loretta, Connie and Betty||Marylou, Connie, Don, Betty and Penny||Sitting L-R: Connie, Char, Penny, Marylou.
Standing L-R: Wendell, Don, John, Betty
|William S. and Genoa C. Chaffin headstone
William S. 1857-1930
Genoa C. 1853-1932
|Left front of William and Genoa' home in Hallsville|
|Right front of William and Genoa's home in Hallsville||Left rear of William and Genoa's home in Hallsville||Right rear of William and Genoa's home in Hallsville||The one-room schoolhouse that John Chaffin attended||Right rear of John Chaffin's farm in Alma|
|Left front of John Chaffin's farm in Alma||Right front of John Chaffin's farm in Alma||The barn on the Chaffin family farm in Alma|