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Coburn Farm Bicentennial 1806-2006

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2006 marks the 200th anniversary of the family farm. To mark this occasion we are inviting the descendants of the first David Coburn (1772-1829) to join with us in a family reunion July 28-30 2006.

The main venue is the farm of David Coburn, and the reunion will commence on the Friday evening with the main events on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information register and join our bicentennial mailing list.

David Coburn (1772-1829)

For the reunion it is planned to group the family into branches descending from each of the David's children. (Each of the names links to a list of known descendants)


If you are interested in attending (and we hope you are), a online registration form is available, alternatively you may wish to print the form and send it by post to:

David Coburn
109 Route 616
Keswick NB
E0H 1N0


Accommodation Information may be found here.

What's Happening

May 30, 2006

It has been a while since we last sent out a reunion update. Plans are beginning to move into high gear as July is fast approaching.

We have been able to obtain the old Keswick Ridge School house, across the road from the farm as a base for the reunion. One of the classrooms will be used as a registration/meeting area and the other will house static displays of family and local history memorabilia.

A number of exciting events have been planned for the reunion on Saturday. Among these are displays of antique farm equipment and other historical items, wagon rides through the farm and for our younger family members a sporting event is being considered. The evening will be topped off with a BBQ and live local entertainment. We hope to have the Reunion covered by the local media before, and during the event.

The reunion will officially end with a church service on Sunday led by family clergy. On Sunday afternoon David and his family will host an open house.

This is an important family milestone and we want to reach as many of the descendants of the first David Coburn as possible. Our genealogical database contains close to 300 individuals born after 1 Jan 1910 and still living today. We would like to contact as many of them as possible. We need your help. We have placed online in a password protected area of the website a Reunion Address Book containing contact information for those receiving this announcement. It is our hope that you will take a moment to check the contact details we have for you and make and corrections that may be required. At the same time if you know of family members and relatives that are missing (and there are many) please either add them to the list or encourage them to add themselves. Postal addresses are welcome if a person does not have access to email.

Contact Jim for guest access to the Address Book.

At the same time please take a moment to register for the reunion. We know many of you are coming but have not yet registered. By registering it will give us a better idea of the numbers to expect. An important detail when considering feeding arrangements etc.! So even if it seems obivious to you that you and your family will be there please let us know!


Shedule of Events

Coburn Farm Bicentennial 1806-2006
July 28, 29 and 30, 2006
Plans are coming together well for the celebration of the Coburn farm's bicentennial and the gathering of the descendants of David Coburn, the original owner. The registration fees are as follows:
Adults $25
Children 6 to 12 years $15
Children 5 and under Free
Your registration includes:
  • Light refreshments Friday night
  • 1 hamburger or 2 hotdogs and beverage at noon on Saturday
  • Your choice of barbecued salmon or roast beef dinner Saturday
  • Hotdogs and marshmallows for roasting over the bonfire each night
  • One copy of the Memories booklet per family
PLEASE NOTE: Individuals MUST book their own accommodations.
Check the web site for links to local accommodations.
Coburn Farm Bicentennial 1806-2006
Family Reunion Schedule of Events
Friday, July 28, 2006
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration at the Keswick Ridge Superior School

Family museum open for viewing
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Registration at the Keswick Ridge Superior School
Family museum open for viewing
7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Social time under the tent on the reunion site
Potluck snacks with apple cider and bottled water
Games for the children
New and Old Tractors and Machinery on Display
Dusk - 12:00 a.m. Bonfire at reunion site
Hotdogs and marshmallows for roasting to be provided
Saturday, July 29, 2006
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Registration at the Keswick Ridge Superior School
Family museum open for viewing
9:00 a.m. Meet and greet at the reunion site
First farm tour departs from site
New and Old Tractors and Machinery on Display
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Games for all ages available
Reunion t-shirts for sale at the reunion site
11:00 a.m. Second farm tour departs from site
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch at the reunion site-barbecue hotdogs and hamburgers
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Horse Shoe Tournament-Win the set in play
Scavenger hunt for all ages
Cribbage and board games available
Games for the children
Wagon rides available
**Pick your square for "COW PATTY BINGO"
Tickets $5-only 49 to be sold
Canteen available
4:00 p.m. "COW PATTY BINGO" begins
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Your choice of salmon or beef dinner
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. A trip down memory lane as family members share their stories of growing up in Keswick Ridge.
Everyone is invited to participate
9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Local fiddlers
Dusk - 12:00 a.m. Bonfire at reunion site
Hotdogs and marshmallows for roasting to be provided
Sunday, July 30, 2006
10:00 a.m. Church Service at Keswick Ridge United Church conducted by members the Coburn family
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Coffee in the church basement

Coburn Farm Bicentennial 1806-2006

Open House
2:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
David and Karen Coburn and their children, Jennifer, Glen and Tyler, invite you to join them on the farm as they host their family, neighbors and friends in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the family farm. Activities include farm tours, fiddlers, a corn boil, special guests and much more.

How can you help?

The organising committee would appreciate some assistance - there are a number of ways in which you could help make this reunion a success:

Contact People: Some branches already have their contact person, but we still need a contact for unrepresented groups - what we need is someone to seek out 'missing links' in their family branch, and to raise awareness and interest in this reunion.

Family Tree/History: We want each branch to assemble as much family history as possible so that a publication can be available prior to the Reunion. Quite an extensive family tree is already in existence, and this will be an opportunity to update our information and fill in many of the gaps.

Reunion Cookbook

Reunion Memory Book:

Memorabilia: Photographs and written records, letters and documents (newspaper clippings, birth/ death/ marriage certificates,...) are especially needed. Photographs, sketches, and paintings are in short supply. If you have any photographs and records that could be loaned to the committee for inclusion on the Family website booklet and/or Reunion display boards these will be handled with the greatest of care and returned. (If originals cannot be loaned, then copies would be appreciated).

We are also looking for volunteers to help with Communications, Facilities, Food, and Activities. If you can assist in any of these ways, or have other services to offer which you think would be of use, the committee would be greatly appreciative!

Who to Contact?

The Reunion host/convenor is David Coburn who can be reached by email or the address provided above:

For Family Tree/History and any technical matters regarding this website, please contact Jim Sheppard

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