Our 2018 Annual Meeting, Midlothian, VA Is History

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On Saturday afternoon October 20, Bondurant descendants gathered at the graveyard where Jean Pierre Bondurant and his wife Ann Tanner Bondurant were buried in the early 1700s. Thanks to the labors of Bruce Ramsdell, Marvin White and Tom Seabourn earlier this summer, the poison ivy overgrowth has been removed and the lower branches of the magnolia trimmed back. Many thanks, gentlemen, for your effective efforts to remove the undergrowth so that the plaque is easily visible.

FROM OUR PRESIDENT

Hello, cousins,
This year is certainly speeding by! It’s hard to believe that our annual meeting has come and gone, and it’s already Thanksgiving. If you missed the meeting this year, I do hope you’ll try to attend in the future.
A new item at this year’s meeting was a t-shirt to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Bondurant Family Association. I was impressed with the T-shirt design Eve and Amy and Mary Warren came up with (see the logo on the next page). It has the crest of Genolhac, France and features the alternatively spelled Bondurant names. Including all the spellings is a good policy. I checked with the white pages and, in the U.S., there are:
5889 Bondurants 486 Bundrants 753 Bundens 412 Bundrums
13 Bon Durants 486 Bundrents 5884 Bondurands
By including these spellings we have more than doubled our potential family members. If you take these 13,623 listed descendants with the Bondurant name and multiply that by the 7 or 8 generations since Jean Pierre’s arrival in 1700, we have at least 100,000 Bondurant cousins. That’s a big family.
But most are not aware of this. However, as more people start working on their trees they will discover their Bondurant roots. This is what happened to me. My mother vaguely mentioned a French background. When I discovered my great-grand mother Ruthe Cleopatra Alvatine Bondurant Burroughs, I struck gold. A quick google of the Bondurant name and voila!! My new expanded family. I must tell you how rewarding it has been to meet my new cousins from all varieties of life. I think the main connection I feel with all of you is a shared reverence for family and history.
I encourage you to give memberships (and T-shirts) for your siblings and cousins for the holidays. They will receive the newsletter and access to the www.bondurant-family.org website. Most may not be interested learning more about their family history, but a few will be. At least get them on the Bondurant Family Association Facebook page. They will find their lives enriched.
Thank you for your continued support of our efforts! Bruce Ramsdell, President

Minutes of the Bondurant Family Association’s Annual Meeting Midlothian, Virginia, October 19-20, 2018

About 40 Bondurant cousins and family members gathered at 7:30 on Friday night in the Cumberland Room of LaQuinta Inn, for our annual “Meet and Greet.” President Bruce Ramsdell welcomed everyone and asked each to tell a bit about themselves.
Celebratory t-shirts had been prepared for this 30th anniversary meeting, and were for sale by our treasurer Amy Sanders and editor Eve Mayes. Shirts in all sizes (S-4XL) are still available – an order form can be found later in this issue, on the BFA webpage, and in the Files section of the BFA Facebook page.
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Introducing ourselves at the Meet & Greet on Friday evening.
The design of the logo for the t-shirt shows the crest of the French village of G̀énolhac, where Jean Pierre Bondurant was born in 1677. It also includes several other spellings of the Bondurant surname that can be found throughout the U.S.: Bundrant, Bundrum, Bundren, BonDurant, and Bondurand.
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Robert M. Bondurant of Bondurant Brothers Brewery brought samples of their brew, and Shirley and Tom Seaborn, our Midlothian hosts, supplied delicious nibbles. Several items of family memorabilia, including the poster that was signed by everyone at the first meeting in 1988 and items from the 1993 trip to Génolhac, France, were displayed.
This year we were joined for the first time by several new Bondurant DNA matches, who we’re trying to determine how they link. A Bundrum descendant shared his lineage to an interested audience, and discussions on how we connected followed. New families also came, bringing the younger generation to learn more about our history.
On Saturday we gathered for lunch at Crab Louie’s Seafood Tavern in Midlothian, with an abbreviated business meeting following. A report on the gravesite and its upkeep was made. The group voted to erect a separate plaque at the site for Jean Pierre’s wife Ann Tanner, with text to be written and circulated among the Board.
An invitation to meet in Portland, Oregon next year had been sent by Susan Bundrant Scharf and was accepted by the group. Details will be published on the BFA Facebook page and in the newsletter next spring when they are finalized.
Bryan Godfrey, librarian for the Manakin Huguenot Society (http://huguenot-manakin.org), met with us to tour the 1895 Manakin church building next to the Society headquarters. He was a knowledgeable guide and talked about their early church services. When all had an opportunity to see the church, we continued our journey to visit the Bondurant graves on Birdsong Lane some miles away. Fortunately driving instructions had been provided last night, so no Bondurants were left wandering!
Dinner at the Half Way House, an early tavern, brought the 2018 meeting to a close. We hope to see each of you next year in Portland!
Mary Bondurant Warren Secretary