Over the years my own family has taken advantage of many events….weddings, holidays, graduations, funerals….to have a reunion. We try to get together annually with a gazzillion photos snapped. The reunion I am featuring in this blog is the annual Pool or Poole Reunion that was held in Morgantown, West Virginia.
The Pool’s are on my father’s side of the family tree. My paternal Great Grandmother VanGilder was a Pool….Jessie Pool….someone who I have spent countless hours researching, tracing and writing about. She is my entry going backwards into this rather sizeable family.
A fellow Pool/Poole researcher, Robert Poole Wilkins, sent me the Pool Family Reunion photo displayed on the blog. The original photograph is somewhat long, so I decided to divide it into three sections. I am ballparking it to be about 1923 using the size and age of the children I know who are pictured.
Both spellings of the surname are used. It was Pool until about 1900 and even after that date, the “old timers” continued to write their name as Pool. The “younger” generation decided to add the final “e”.
I was able to locate two newspaper articles, in the Charleroi Mail, mentioning Jessie’s sister, Sarah Pool Pinyard as having been to Morgantown, West Virginia for the Pool Reunion.
My Direct Pool Line:
William Pool—my paternal GGGGG Grandfather
Rev. Asby Pool—my paternal GGGG Grandfather
Rev. William Lanham Pool—my paternal GGG Grandfather
Sampson Frum Pool—my paternal Great Great Grandfather
Jessica Pool VanGilder—my paternal Great Grandmother
Sarah VanGilder Hughes—my paternal Grandmother
George VanGilder Hughes—my Father
Pool Family Reunion photograph, courtesy of Dr. Robert Poole Wilkins
“The Charleroi Mail,” Charleroi” Pennsylvania, August 9, 1926, page 3.
“The Charleroi Mail,” Charleroi” Pennsylvania, August 27, 1928, page 4.