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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kevin is married to Andrea Philippoff Jones, and Kevin and his father Bill are very accomplished bluegrass musicians
And Debra sat in for some vocals on a few songs
Judie and Dave have 2 kids, Ali and Bryan
And Bryan has a son Zachary (and another one on the way)
Beverly has 2 kids, although only her daughter LeAnne was at the reunion.
LeAnne’s daughter Rebecca Brodhun
Beverly’s partner Lynn
Janice and John’s daughter Amy
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’s next older brother Joseph Willard Long married Patricia Lucille Smith, and they had 5 kids, the 4th being Randall Scott Long.
Cousin 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!