Organized December, 1879.
Thos. W. Bicknell, Pres't
| Robt. T. Bicknell, Sec'y
200 Devonshire Street.
Alfred Bicknell, Corresponding Secretary.
33 Milk St., Boston, Mass.
To all persons of the "Bicknell" name or descent, Greeting:
OF THE MEMBERS OF OUR FAMILY
Will be held, under the auspices of our Association,AT
Weymouth, Mass., Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1880.It has been thought that it would be both pleasant and profitable to hold a general meeting of our family one of the oldest and most respectable in the country in the old town, where dearly two hundred and fifty years ago, our common ancestor,
ZACHARY BICKNELL,(the first settler of our name in America) planted the family from which has sprung the numerous progeny now scattered from Ocean to Ocean, and from the Lakes to the Gulf.
That the day may be made most valuable, in its social and historical aspects, to all who shall assemble, the Committee have adopted the following as the general Programme.
The Members of the Family and Invited Guests
will meet at the Methodist Episcopal Church,
East Weymouth, at 11 oclock, A. M.
(Kindly furnished by a Volunteer Choir.)
READING OF THE SCRIPTURES AND PRAYER,
By REV. GEO. W. BICKNELL, of Lowell, Mass.,
Chaplain of the day.
ADDRESS OF WELCOME,
By THOMAS W. BICKNELL, of Boston, President of the Family Association.
BRIEF HISTORY OF OUR FAMILY,
By QUINCY BICKNELL, of Hingham, Historian of. the Association.
By Hon. GEO. A. BICKNELL, M. C., of Indiana.
By Mrs. A. H. (BICKNELL) AMES, of Columbia, Penn.
(Written expressly for the occasion.)
DINNER, TOASTS, AND SPEECHES.
At the conclusion of the preceding exercises, there will be an opportunity for personal introductions and social intercourse. At One oclock precisely, DINNER will be served in the Vestry (the use of which for this purpose has been most kindly granted by the Trustees of the Church), by a well-known Boston Caterer. Toasts and after-dinner Speeches will follow this entertainment, in which it is expected that a large number of the FAMILY will take part, Z. L. BICKNELL, Esq., of East Weymouth, acting as TOAST MASTER for the occasion.
At three oclock, visits will be made to the site of ZACHARY BICKNELLS House in 1636; to "KING OAK HILL," where a fine land and sea view can be obtained; and to the ANCIENT CHURCH and CEMETERY, where the first BICKNELLS worshipped and were buried; and to other points of interest made DEAR to the HEARTS of RIGHT LOYAL DESCENDANTS.
To this social family gathering are invited all of the BICKNELL name and descent, and those connected by marriage, or otherwise, who desire to participate in these festivities. All members of the family receiving this notice are requested to act on the Committee of Invitation, and to extend this notice to all interested within their circles of acquaintance. We hope to enjoy a large gathering of our name and kin, and letters already received point to new and extended social relations of which all may be proud.
In order to meet the expenses of the occasion, including Dinner, Printing, etc., the price of Tickets for the Dinner is fixed at $1.00 each; and, that proper provision may be made to meet the wants of all in attendance, the Committee must know as early as Sept. 15 how many expect to attend. We therefore enclose a card, on which you will please write the names of those expecting to be present from your family and neighborhood, and also for how many dinner-tickets you and they will be responsible.
TRAINS TO AND FROM BOSTON.
Trains leave the Old Colony Depot, on Kneeland Street, at 7.35 and 11 A.M., stopping at both the North and East Weymouth Stations; and at 9.35, stopping at Braintree only, where carriages will connect for East Weymouth in time for the exercises at the Church.
Return trains leave North and East Weymouth at 4.25 and 6.15 p.m.
Free Return Tickets will be given by the Railroad Company, from Weymouth to Boston, to all paying the regular fare from Boston.
Friends who may he unable to attend, but who desire to contribute towards the expenses of the gathering, may send funds to ROBT. T. BICKNELL, Treas., No. 200 Devonshire St., Boston. All are invited to send autograph letters and photographs, to be preserved as a memorial of this first meeting.
It is hoped that a complete genealogy of the family will he eventually prepared, and an expression of your interest in this matter is solicited.
In case you cannot attend, we shall be pleased to receive any communication you may choose to make, to be read if time permits.
As we have the addresses of only a small portion of the members of our family, we hope each one receiving this notice will gather the names and post-office addresses of those known to him, and mail the same to our Historian or Corresponding Secretary.
Any inquiries or suggestions may be addressed to either of the undersigned.
Thos. W. Bicknell, 6 Hawley Street, Boston.
Wm. E. Bicknell, 43 Somerset Street, "
Robt. T. Bicknell, 200 Devonshire St., "
Z. L. Bicknell, East Weymouth, or
Alfred Bicknell, 33 Milk Street, "