Meeting My Cousins for the First Time

Judie Kehs Much

This past weekend I had the extreme pleasure of meeting some cousins who up until now I had only known on Facebook. But fortunately I was able to attend the Long Godshall Reunion held at the home of my 2nd cousin Judie Kehs Much and her husband Dave in Ottsville, PA. And while there, I really enjoyed the butterflies and other critters in Judie’s garden.

David Much

I had been introduced to Judie and her sister Beverly on Facebook by my mother’s brother, Clayton Long, several years ago, so I was excited that I was able to attend the reunion this year so that I could meet them in person.

Beverly Kehs

Beverly Kehs

After becoming friends with them on Facebook, another cousin contacted me thinking we must be related based on the “Sevilla” part of my name and also because we had mutual cousins in common on our friends lists.

Brenda Clements Jones and Carole Sevilla Brown

Brenda Clements Jones and Carole Sevilla Brown

This cousin, Brenda Clements Jones, is first cousins with Beverly and Judie. Their grandmother, Bertha Nase Long is my grandfather Clayton Nase Long’s sister. Brenda is is a certified master naturalist in the state of Virginia, and on the board of directors of the Virginia chapter of the The American Chestnut Foundation. And I’m so honored that she has also joined the team here at Beautiful Wildlife Garden.

Left to Right: Franklin 1899 - 1964, Alverda 1894 - 1975, Elsie 1908 - 1908, Mahlon 1895 - 1960, Emma 1897 - 1970, Sevilla 1905 - 1979, Bertha 1901 - 1933, Clayton 1903 - 1949 & Milton 1903 - 1920, Frank (Father) 1871 - 1942, Joseph 1906 - ?,

Left to Right: Franklin 1899 – 1964, Alverda 1894 – 1975, Elsie 1908 – 1908, Mahlon 1895 – 1960, Emma 1897 – 1970, Sevilla 1905 – 1979, Bertha 1901 – 1933, Clayton 1903 – 1949 & Milton 1903 – 1920, Frank (Father) 1871 – 1942, Joseph 1906 – ?,

My grandfather, Clayton Nase Long, was one of 10 children of Franklin Souder Long and Cevilla Cressman Nase. Cevilla died shortly after giving birth to the youngest child Elsie. For most of my life I had only met my cousins by one of those siblings, Frank Nase Long.

My grandfather’s next oldest sister was Bertha Nase Long, who married Harvey Godshall, and they had 6 kids. Beverly, Judie, and their youngest sister Janice are the children of Bertha and Harveys 3rd child, Kathryn Long Godshall, who married Walter Kehs.

Janice Kehs Hunsberger

Janice Kehs Hunsberger and John Hunsberger

Brenda Clements Jones is one of 3 daughters of Bertha and Harvey’s 5th child Ruth Long Godshall who married James Clements. Brenda is married to Bill Jones and they have a son Kevin.

Bill Jones

Bill Jones

Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones

Kevin is married to Andrea Philippoff Jones, and Kevin and his father Bill are very accomplished bluegrass musicians

Andrea Philippoff Jones, Randy Long, Kevin Jones

Andrea Philippoff Jones, Randy Long, Kevin Jones

 

The Bill and Kevin Jones bluegrass band

The Bill and Kevin Jones bluegrass band

And Debra sat in for some vocals on a few songs

Bill and Kevin Jones

Judie and Dave have 2 kids, Ali and Bryan

Ali Matthew Tartaglia

Ali Matthew Tartaglia

And Bryan has a son Zachary (and another one on the way)

John Hunsberger, Bryan Much, and Zachary Much

John Hunsberger, Bryan Much, and Zachary Much

Beverly has 2 kids, although only her daughter LeAnne was at the reunion.

LeAnne Gular Brodhun and granddaughter Aubri Elizabeth

LeAnne Gular Brodhun and granddaughter Aubri Elizabeth

LeAnne’s daughter Rebecca Brodhun

Rebecca Brodhun

Rebecca Brodhun

Beverly’s partner Lynn

Lynn

Janice and John’s daughter Amy

Amy, Bryan, Janice, Zachary

Amy, Bryan, Janice, Zachary

My grandfather Clayton was the 6th child of Franklin and Cevilla (and had a twin brother named Milton). The 9th child was Joseph Nase Long, who married Myrtle Agnes Frederick, and they had 6 kids, the youngest of which is Clyde Frederick Long.

Clyde Frederick Long

Clyde Frederick Long

Clyde’s next older brother Joseph Willard Long married Patricia Lucille Smith, and they had 5 kids, the 4th being Randall Scott Long.

Randy Long

Randy Long

Cousin Lynne Yancha

Lynne Yancha

Lynne Yancha

I tried really hard to get photos of everyone there, but I was having so much fun meeting all these new cousins for the first time that I missed some folks. Oh well, that just means I can’t wait until the next reunion!

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