Long lost 1992 Family Reunion Video

While looking through some old video I came across what I believe is from 1992. It’s like going back in time. The clothes, hair styles, music and dances are something to see. It was recorded on a  old school VHS camera, so the quality is not very good. But on a sad notes there are quite a few family members that are no longer with us in the video.

Please help: If anyone has a t-shirt from this reunion, please give me a call or email me at brownfamilyreunion.org@gmail.com. I would like to get a good picture for the web site. Any photos would be helpful also.

2015 Reunion Photos Now Available!


I’m happy to announce that our 2015 family reunion pictures are now available at www.brownfamilyreunion.org. We have made upgrades that improve the look and feel of the photo album. It is much easier to navigate and now has a slide show feature. You can click play, sit back and watch. If you have any pictures or video that you would like to include in the collection, please let me know. Enjoy!


I will begin editing the video footage soon.

New Genealogy Find!


Hi Family

I’m excited to announce that I have recently obtained a copy of the Brown Family Tree that was researched by Floyd Montgomery of Indiana. His work has been scanned in to a PDF and has been made available for download. His work is very important because this branch of the tree was not well known to many of us. I will do my best to verify the information and merge it with the family tree that I have pervious complied. At the completion of the process a complete version will be made available has soon as possible.

Please see the Genealogy tab for more information.


Special thanks to James Robinson of Chicago.


It’s that time again!

Greetings Brown Family Members,

Happy New Year!!  We sincerely hope that you have received your save the date card for our 2015 Family Reunion.  We are so excited to be the host for our next reunion.  The dates are July 2-5, 2015.   We have had some great times over this years and this one will be nothing shorter than another great time with family and friends. I’m sure that we have had many new accomplishments and new family members since our last time together.  We have selected the theme of “Reaching Family Where They Are”

Our weekend will be filled with fun, laughter and as always good food and good fellowship.  We wanted to provide you with some key details to help you in your planning process.  We wanted to make everything as affordable as possible.

Please see 2015 Event tab for more info:

Family News

On June 29th we began planning for our next family reunion event scheduled for July 4th 2015 weekend. This meeting was to design to vote on officers and discuss location selection. The door is open to anyone in the family who would like to provide input or ideas. I will post the meeting notes after each meeting on the Brown Family Reunion web site, twitter @ourbrownfamily and my Facebook page. Our next meeting is scheduled for Sunday July 20th.

Please contact me at brownfamilyreunion.org@gmail.com.

Officers are as follows:

James Conner – President

Derunda Hunter – Vice President

Teresa Conner – Secretary

Rosetta Lewis – Assist. Secretary

Rose Foley – Chaplin

Eric Lewis – Assist. Chaplin

Betty Conner – Treasurer

Alberta Lewis – Treasurer

Gun toting granny


By Lisa Rantala – bio | email

A 20 year old burglary caused a Toledo grandmother to be dubbed a “Senior Sharp Shooter.”  Now that grandmother says one man apparently didn’t know her reputation and broke into her home.

According to Toledo Police, 50 year old Byron Layson broke a window in 82 year old Mattie Snow’s Hamilton Street home Sunday morning.  Snow has lived in the home since 1957, has been burglarized before and knew exactly what to do.  “I hollered who is it and they didn’t say anything so I shot,” Snow said.

Police say Snow fired two shots before she called 911.  When police arrived, they say they found Layson laying near Snow’s car outside the home.  They say Layson jumped out the same window he came in to dodge the gunshots, hit his head and knocked himself unconscious.  Layson was charged with burglary.

Snow had an almost identical experience 20 years ago, and reacted in the exact same way.  Snow said a neighbor broke a window and crawled through. “I could see him dodging like this and I was steady pulling the trigger,” Snow said.  “He ran to police and jumped up in their arms saying there’s a crazy woman in that house.”

Snow’s daughter, Pat Parker says her mother has not fired the gun since that day.  “It has not been shot since the last incident 20 years ago.  It had the same bullets in it.”

Snow said her husband made her keep the gun in the nightstand since their neighborhood was experiencing more crime.  Her using it generated praise from her community and a featured spot on the CBS show Rescue 911.

She said she has not been a crime victim since, until this weekend.  While she laughed at the irony, “Maybe he hadn’t heard it.  Maybe he hadn’t heard the story. I’m sure he knows the story now,” Snow says she wants to retire from her “sharp shooting” days.

Layson is now on a $20,000 bond and could face up to eight years in prison if found guilty.

Copyright 2011 WTOL. All rights reserved.



New photo uploaded

Hope everyone had a great time this weekend. I know I did. All the Photo that I have were upload on July 6th. If you have more photos that you would like to add,  please send them to mrjamesconner@gmail.com. I have also made several updates and additions to the family tree. I will update the genealogy page very soon.  I will also edit and upload video clips taken over the weekend soon.

I would like to thank Pat and her family for all their hard work and hosting a great reunion weekend. God bless.