The names of those attending are listed at the end of this post.
The theme was Scottish Ancestry based on the recent research (see previous post) of our Scottish McDonald ancestry from Isle of Skye, Scotland. We have not yet discovered where exactly on SKYE Charles McDonald lived, but we do know he had immigrated to Canada by 1846. While more research is ongoing, it is satisfying to know where some of our ancestors came from in the 1800's.
It was good to see Zane Sampson and Sherrie Hagemo help set the Scottish atmosphere by wearing their kilts and providing the Flag of Scotland.
Posters of the McDonald Crest, and bagpipes were up on the wall along with the Scottish Flag. A binder of our ancestry and pictures of Skye were passed around. Four of the little cousins were taught by Becca Bell and then performed a little Scottish dance in their Scottish outfits.
Many enjoyed a hunt for "Scottish Fairy Houses" in the "Fairy Forest" area. It took a long time to find all 6 Fairy Houses. This activity was originally set up for the kids to find, and take pictures when they found them, but the adults enjoyed watching or helping the kids. The kids knew that the houses were really hidden there by adults, so they turned the table on the adults. While the adults weren't looking, some of the kids stole the houses, or doors to the houses, and re-hid them in another area entirely and then recruited the adults to find them. To further the fun, when the kids weren't looking, some of the kid's parents were give the houses..or doors to the houses and took them home to have them "show up" at their home.
|Hali and Amy|
|Chris Tina Sherrie Goldie|
|Lizzy Hannah Sara Tina|
|Add captiLizzy Hali Hannah Becca|
|Tina in back|
Lizzie Hannah Sherrie
Amy and Hali
|Melanie Eva Emmitt Cindy Goldie |
Eden in front
|Melanie Troy Eva|
|Crystal Tina Goldie Becca|
|Goldie Hannah Lizzy Mike Emry|
|Lana Sara Mike|
|Michelle and Emry|
THEY FOUND THEM!!!:
The hunt was interrupted for a while by the arrival of Owen Indreland and his dog...
they were quite an attraction.
they were quite an attraction.
|Hannah Hali Lizzy Owen Eden Emry|
|Emry Lizzy Hali and Eden|
|Emmitt Cindy Lizzy, Owen Hali|
Troy Eden Emry Hannah
|Tina Sara Mike Crystal with Hali in back|
Lizzy Mikal Eden with Emry Owen Goldie Lana in front
|Goldie Cindy Emmitt Kyle|
|Bill Tina James|
|Anna Crystal Mikal|
|Roger Jackie Jack Hali|
Besides enjoying the pot luck dishes, cousins visited with each other while relaxing both indoors and outdoors the beautiful Grant Creek area of Montana. Some looked on the Family Search website for ancestors on a laptop computer.
|Mike John Anna Aaron B|
|James Liam Colby|
|Eden and Emry|
The kids enjoyed crafts, playing cards, and splashing in the creek.
|Amy and Hali|
|Hali and Amy|
|Melanie and Eden|
|Amy Hannah Hali|
|Mikal Lizzy Becca Hali and Hannah in back|
David Troy Eden Emry and Mike in front
|Colby and Troy on left Emry and Eden on right Sara holding umbrella|
|Jackie Jack Owen Crysta , Chris in back|
Melanie Mika Hannah and Eva's hands in front
|Emry Lizzy Hali Eva in front|
Mikal David Amy Hannah and Melanie in back
|David and Mikal in front|
Amy Hannah Eva with Melanie Hali and Lizzy Emry Mike with Eden
|Goldie and Sherrie|
|Hali and Lizzy with Roger in back|
|Dave Zane Goldie with Emry in front|
|Chris and Zane|
|Bonnie and Emry|
|Liam Timothy Melanie in back|
Colby and Aaron G in front
|Michelle and Eva|
|David Troy Eden|
Timothy in front
|Lizzy and Mikal|
|Aaron G with Timothy Colby and James|
|Amy and Hannah|
Roger and Bonnie Vetter
Jack and Jackie Billington
Jessica (Billington) Shaffer
Cindy (Billington) Kyle, and Emmitt Griswold
Goldie, Karen, Kelsey, and Wyatt; Mary, Rory, Abby, and Owen Indreland
Ted and Sherrie Hagemo
Zane and Anna Sampson
Chris, Crystal, and Mikal Chaussee
Bill, Lana, and Mike Rankin
David and Eva Wruck
Aaron, Emma, David, Timothy, Amy, Melanie, and Michelle Grigg
John, Tina, Lizzy, and James Cheney
Sara, Hannah, Troy, and Eden Bingham
Aaron, Becca, Hali, Colby, Liam, and Emry Bell
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We are looking for a new location for future Billington Reunions.....
Let us know if your family is willing to host the next one.