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Brigance Newsletter -- 2004
Posted by: Albert H.Brigance (ID *****9018) Date: August 13, 2004 at 02:25:03
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Twenty-Fourth National Brigance Reunion Scheduled at Olive Branch, MS, Oct.2, 2004: Descendants of William Melvin Brigance will host the 25th Nat. Reunion as part of their annual reunion at Olive Branch, Saturday, Oct.2, 2004.
There are two changes you need to be aware of.
1. The reunion is schedule Saturday p.m--NOT Sunday.
2. The reunion will be at the home of Lemoyne and
Marsha Brigance, 10261 Quail Road, Olive Branch, MS-
-NOT at Olive Branch Park.
The group will begin gathering at the home of Lemoyne and Marsha at 4:30 p.m.

Direction to Lemonye and Marsha’s from Memphis -
1. Take the LAMAR AVE/US-78 exit towards
exit #21 - go 0.1 mi
2. Continue towards LAMAR AVE/US-78 EAST/
BIRMINGHAM - go 0.3 mi
3. Continue on LAMAR AVE - go 6.7 mi
4. Continue on US-78 EAST - go 4.7 mi
5. Take the MS-305 exit towards INDEPENDENCE -
go 0.3 mi
6. Bear Right on COCKRUM ST - go 1.5 mi
7. Turn Left on CEDAR CREEK DR - go 0.3 mi
8. CEDAR CREEK DR becomes MIRANDA DR - go 0.1 mi
9. Turn Right on QUAIL RD - go 0.8 mi
10. Arrive at 10261 QUAIL RD, OLIVE BRANCH

Questions: Call Lemoyne Brigance (601) 895-2155 or contact Al Brigance ( if you have any questions regarding the William Melvin Brigance Reunion.

Brigance GenForum on the Internet: A forum for posting Brigance genealogical information was established in 1999. Visit the site to post your questions and share your Brigance genealogy. The web site address is

Old Brigance Cemetery, Cottontown, TN: The bank balance for maintaining the cemetery as of 07/19/2004 was $304.06. A special thanks is in order to Steve Brigance for his continued efforts in maintain the cemetery.
Any one wishing to make a tax deductible contribution for restoring and maintaining the cemetery should make the check payable to Old Brigance Cem. Corp. and forward to Al Brigance, 275 Savannah Park Drive, Maryville, TN 37803 (NEW ADDRESS).

New Address: Al Brigance has a new address -
275 Savannah Park Drive, Maryville, TN 37803.
Phone: (865) 982-0223

Twenty-Sixth National Brigance Reunion Scheduled at Waldron, AR, June 18 & 19, 2005 This reunion will be hosted by the descendants of John Henry Brigance (1840, TN-1920, AR).

Saturday (18th): The group will begin gathering at 1:30 p.m. at the Nordic Inn (formerly Cypress Barn Lodge). The Nordic Inn is located on Hwy. 71 (Waldron By-pass and Junction of Hwy 71 and 80). Reservation can be made at the Nortic Inn by calling 1-479-634-3451.

Cemetery Tours: The tour to the Taylor Cemetery will depart from the Nordic Inn at 2:30. The Taylor Cemetery is where John H. & Mary Ann (Tipton) (Musgrove) Brigance and several of their descendants are buried. On the way to and from the cemetery this tour will include stops at several landmarks in the Tate community where the Brigances settled and have lived since the Civil War.
Tentatively, we are planing a second tour to the Duncan Cem-etery located in the south part of Waldron were several Brigances are buried. Dennis hopes to have a Civil War Marker placed at the grave of Redmond R. Brigance (brother of John Henry) by then.

Saturday Evening: The group will meet for dinner at Judy’s Hwy 71 Diner between 5:00 and 5:30.
Following dinner some of the group will be attending (and performing at) the popular “Turkey Track” (bluegrass music festival) south of Waldron. Others can spend the evening visiting with “cousins”.

Sunday (22nd): Sunday morning breakfast is at your leisure and on your own. Why not invite a “cousin” or two to join you?

Genealogy Sessions: A one-hour session on several updates and research topics is planned for this year. Time will be allowed for questions of interest to those in attendance. If you have questions or topics you would like to have included on the discussion agenda, please let Al or Dennis Brigance know.

Lunch: Potluck lunch is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

Questions: Call Jay Brigance (479) 637-3127 or Al Brigance (865) 982-0223.

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