The first ever Kevil Family Reunion nationwide was held in Princeton, Kentucky on August 3-5, 2001. Princeton was chosen as the meeting site for the family reunion because it is centrally located, and it has been the tradional home of the Kevil family for over 200-years. Sixty-eight Kevil Family member attended from eleven states. Most of the attendees had never met each other or known about each other before the reunion; however, it was amazing to see how they talked and greeted each other as if they had just met a long lost friend they hadn't seen for several years.
The Kevil family was one of the origional group of pioneer families that settled western Kentucky and Caldwell County in 1798. The Kevil family became one of the most prominent and influential families in Caldwell County, and they helped found the Farmers National Bank in Princeton. Jim Bob Kevil is still Vice President of the bank. The Kevil family owned and operated one of the largest flour mills in western Kentucky, and James R. Kevil was the first mayor of Princeton. The town of Kevil, Kentucky was planned and developed by R. U. Kevil at the turn of the century, and the town was named after him.
An informal get acquainted dinner was held at the Majestic House Resturant in Princeton on Friday, August 3rd. Free Kevil memrobilia was given away at the dinner, including: copies of old photographs of various Kevil family members, copies of historic documents from South Carolina relating to Benjamin Kevil, genealogy reports, CDs containing data about Kevil family members, commerative buttons and T-shirts.
On Saturday, family members ate breakfast at the Field House Resturanr in Princeton, and then they toured Kevil grave sites at the Cedar Hill Cemetery, the old Kevil family cemetery on Guess Road, the Adsmore Museum, the Genealogy Section of the George Coon Library, historical sites in Princeton, and the old Pettit farmhouse south of Princeton. Several family member also visited Kevil, Kentucky and opened bank accounts at the Kevil Bank. In addition, a Kevil family golf outing was held at the Princeton Country Club. In the evening, a dinner was held at the Princeton Country Club, and after dinner golfing trophies were awarded to Ed Mulvihill from Elmhurst, IL for Best Score; Hunter Kevil from Columbia, MO was awarded second place; and Alex Freed from St. Louis, MO was awarded the Duffers Award for the worst score. Ms. Mary Grace Pettit gave an elightened talk about the history of Princeton and Caldwell County. Donations were taken to help clean-up and restore the old Kevil family cemetery south of Princeton. Family members voted to have the next Kevil Family Reunion in 2003.
On Sunday, many family members again had breakfast at the Field House Resturant, and bid a tearful goodby. Family bonds were re-established, new friendships were developed, new family ties were made, and a good time was had by all.
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