Old Plantation in Mantachie, MississippiOne has to look back to go forward and in these photos of the land where our American forefathers lies are the images of the old Itawamba County, Mississippi plantation where we tilled the fields under our former owners.
Tombigbee River near the Natchez Trace where Native Americans, European Traders & Slaves worked and traveled. Photo credit: Bob Franks (2006) 1 of 7Walker Bridge west of the Tombigbee River near the plantation.Photo Credit: Bob Franks (2006) 2 of 7John Bean, Sr.'s first house on the family farm 3 of 7This old antebellum home located on the east side of the Obediah Franklin Beene plantation was built in the 1840's. This Itawamba County home facing the Tombigbee River was known as the Walker House. Photo Credit: Bob Franks (2006) 4 of 7This is the swamp located adjacent to Lemuel Beene's Mississippi plantation. Photo Credit: Bob Franks (2006) 5 of 7Field shot of land that we tilled before the start of the Civil War. Photo Credit: Bob Franks (2006) 6 of 7John Bean, Sr. is the one kneeling with his brother Benjamin and a friend who live with the family 7 of 7
The Inaugural Ceremony of a LifetimePersonal photos of the experiences of family members who attended the Inauguration on January 20th 2009.
Your Pass to History 1 of 11Vee Critton on train to Inauguration 2 of 11Cousin Yolanda at cousin Jerry's Inaugration party 3 of 11Cousin Vee and Yolanda at Inauguration party 4 of 11Cousin's Jerry and Yolanda @ Inauguration party 5 of 11Cousin Fred all fired up! 6 of 11Cousin Jerry and friends celebrating a once in a life time event. 7 of 11Cousin Vee can not contain herself...did not think she would see this day 8 of 11Cousin's Jerry, Vee, Annette, and Fred got there early (6am) 9 of 11Cousin's Jerry and Vee (cold but happy)! 10 of 11Just another shot of what it was like.... 11 of 11
Milwaukee 55th Anniversary 2015 ReunionThe Beene legacy continues on through the support, planning and prayer of family that believed in the idea of bringing family together year after year. Whether it was a bbq, a thanksgiving dinner, a ceremonial gathering, the ladies of Milwaukee continued to meet and bring family together. We are thankful for the vision of Dessie, Ida, Margaret and Rebecca Beene some 55 years ago for starting the Milkwaukee tradition.
Representing 1 of 58Our creative cousins entered our t-shirt contest. What do you all think? 2 of 58So tell me who these people are again, grandma... 3 of 58Leticia working the crowd. 4 of 58Kitchen helpers and coordinators. Do you all have any more homemade ice cream left? 5 of 58Late night chatting. 6 of 58What's left for me to eat? 7 of 58Wisdom from our elders. 8 of 58Next Generation and future Reunion Organizers 9 of 58It's never to early to learn how to shoot pool. 10 of 58So Batman drops by... 11 of 58Are yall having fun? 12 of 58Is your cousin in there too? 13 of 58Bounce house fun! 14 of 58Saturday's agenda always includes the Committee. But first--breakfast! 15 of 58Mmm..fruit is always good. 16 of 58Good morning, Cousins! 17 of 58Our chariot awaits. 18 of 58It's time to go tour the city! 19 of 58First stop--The Pabst Mansion. We are in Milwaukee. 20 of 58Miller Park in view. NICE! 21 of 58Once you learn that there's a marker for one of Hank Aaron's hits, you gotta take a picture of it. 22 of 58We could not not get out to take a picture in front of the Hank Aaron statue. 23 of 58Ayyyyeee...batter..batter..swing J.C.! 24 of 58Next stop Lakefront Brewery 25 of 58There is quite the science behind brewing. 26 of 58Every food science experiment needs to be tasted. 27 of 58And even those experiments that aren't alcohol infused. Ginger ale anyone? 28 of 58Even on a city tour, we still have to visit a cemetery. Yep, we see dead people. 29 of 58Miller's grave site. Were you trying to tell us something Mr. Bus Driver after our Brewery tour? 30 of 58Floyd Wright the architect didn't live here but he designed these houses. 31 of 58Now that we've toured the city, we have to hurry to get dressed for tonight. 32 of 58See, folks are already getting ready. Y'all are looking lovely, ladies. 33 of 58It's time for the anniversary dinner. 34 of 58Welcome back, fam. You can sit anywhere you like. 35 of 58It looks like this beautiful family is one of the first to arrive. 36 of 58You gotta take a selfie for memory's sake. 37 of 58A special night for a special event. 38 of 58The itinerary for tonight. 39 of 58We can't begin the ceremonies without a moment of prayer. 40 of 58Aunt Sarah has a front row seat. 41 of 58Dinner was served all through the night. 42 of 58Looks like this generation brought their own entertainment during entertainment. 43 of 58We're glad the Beene Sisters from Chicago were here. 44 of 58Smiles for days. 45 of 58Hey is that Kelvin Beene and his wife? How yur doing? 46 of 58Looks like the Milwaukee Committee member is chatting up the DC Committee member? 47 of 58Pretty in white. Shimmer on cousins! 48 of 58Milwaukee cousins cheesing with a selfie stick. 49 of 58You all are looking lovely in white, ladies. 50 of 58Ginger Beene and her men folk. 51 of 58Hello Parker Family! 52 of 58A time to reflect and celebrate those family members who started this tradition. 53 of 58We want to thank Ida Beene Rhodes, Milwaukee Beene Family Reunion organizer. Can you believe we are still meeting 55 years later? 54 of 58 55 of 58 56 of 58Sing Ms. Alma! 57 of 58Sing choir! 58 of 58
Toledo Beene Reunion 2013
It's been a while since the Beene clan met in Toledo but from all accounts, it looked like fun was on the menu.
Toledo! 1 of 48The event begin with a warm welcome by Toledo Hosts, Pat & Bobby Smith. 2 of 48Cousin Alma Sutton arrived in time to pick up her T-shirt before heading inside the ballroom. 3 of 48Folks had already gathered for the Friday night meet and greet. 4 of 48Hi, my name is ________. Where are you from? 5 of 48Over in the corner were pictures of other moments from other family events. Do you recognize anybody? 6 of 48Oooh, what do we have here? 7 of 48Hot of the skillet and onto a plate. You can't beat that! 8 of 48Don't everybody crowd around this table. there's another one nearby. 9 of 48Food and dance. Alright now! DJ are you ready? 10 of 48 11 of 48 12 of 48 13 of 48 14 of 48 15 of 48 16 of 48 17 of 48 18 of 48 19 of 48 20 of 48 21 of 48 22 of 48 23 of 48 24 of 48 25 of 48 26 of 48 27 of 48 28 of 48 29 of 48 30 of 48 31 of 48 32 of 48 33 of 48Family! 34 of 48 35 of 48 36 of 48 37 of 48 38 of 48 39 of 48 40 of 48 41 of 48 42 of 48 43 of 48 44 of 48 45 of 48 46 of 48 47 of 48 48 of 48
Mississippi Reunion 2012This reunion was the historic gathering of descendants of Phillip Beene's grandchildren. This was our first time visiting the Mantachie, MS where our ancestors were held in bondage nearly two hundred years ago.
Welcome home Beenes, Agnews, Billingsleys, Coopers, Craytons, Crittendons/Crittons, Cummings, Evans, Fosters, Robinsons, Thomas, Turners, Warrens, Wyches/Whites, and Wises. It's been 165 years and it's time to reunite! 1 of 62You're almost here. 2 of 62We're gearing up for another family affair at another hotel. Are you ready Marriott? 3 of 62And here is J.C. Beene the one man welcoming committee creating cousin Dot. How yer doing? 4 of 62But here's where the real workers of the committee be--working. 5 of 62Get your t-shirt and bags right here, family! 6 of 62Sorry but I have to register myself for the reunion first before I check-in. I'll be back. 7 of 62I'm sure the Smiths are talking about getting ready to host the next reunion in Toledo, right? 8 of 62We sure do appreciate the refreshments you prepared Ms. Trenessa. 9 of 62Hmmm...fresh fruit. That sure was some SWEET Mississippi watermelon. 10 of 62So, where can I sit? 11 of 62It looks like the Banks found a spot to eat. Is there any room for a few more? 12 of 62That watermelon was so sweet, it had family members fighting over it. 13 of 62That was some good cake. If it was store bought you couldn't tell. 14 of 62So how are we related again, Crosby? 15 of 62Looks like we have a FULL day Saturday. 16 of 62You have any more room in your car for two, Cousin? 17 of 62We had quite a few cars driving to see the land of our ancestors. 18 of 62So we are here to thank God for allowing us to return to land where our forefathers lived. 19 of 62J.C. Beene stands where Obediah Beene's house once stood--the land that we tilled. 20 of 62Cousin Kathy is sharing a little history about the land with family. 21 of 62Walker Bridge leading to Tombigbee River where we fished and hunted. 22 of 62The Tombigbee River leads to the Mississippi River where brave men & women used to escape. 23 of 62I've known rivers, I've known rivers ancient as the world.... 24 of 62On our way to the cemetery after turning down this road. 25 of 62This is not the oldest marker in the family cemetery but it's certainly amazing to see Savannah Beene's, wife of Alfred Beene, marker still standing. 26 of 62Did you know this is your half-first cousin five times removed, young man? 27 of 62Andrew Beene, son of Eliza & Alfred William Beene. 28 of 62Eliza Beene, who was the daugther of Afred W. & Eliza Beene. 29 of 62It's time to offer a few words.... 30 of 62There was much love and appreciation shared in this prayer circle at the cemetery. 31 of 62While we were at the cemetery, others were already here--eating. 32 of 62Welcome Beene Family. What took you so long? 33 of 62The Picnic! 34 of 62It's filling up quickly. Come on in and take a seat. 35 of 62We always have seats for the babies! 36 of 62We'll even make room for their Dads to sit. 37 of 62But some folks had to be assigned to sit here. Don't look so sad, cousin. 38 of 62Look at the T-shirt fashionistas! 39 of 62This first time reunion attendee from Aurora, Colorado missed that midnight Batman Movie. And we thank God for that! 40 of 62If that slide was an higher it would have looked like these children were climbing Jacob's Ladder. 41 of 62Now did you stop splashing to grab your ice cream stash. It was a good thing you did.... 42 of 62Cause the adults lined up first once they heard that the first 100 will get a free one! 43 of 62Belly and family full at this table! 44 of 62A few hours later, we are back for the evening banquet. 45 of 62We are slowly filling up more branches of geneaology! Today it looks a little different now--Thank you Lord! 46 of 62Yes, Jeniquez went all out. You go girl! 47 of 62The sister cousin twins are feeling and looking like Love child(ren). 48 of 62So we have love across the continents here at the banquet. 49 of 62Aren't we looking sugar sharp there ladies? 50 of 62Looks like this girl just wanted to have fun! 51 of 62No matter what era these ladies are from, there will always be a group shot like this. Say cheese! 52 of 62What's that Zakiya? Did you just say that we needed to do a Soultrain line? 53 of 62Real groovy cousin, real groovy. 54 of 62Just a peaceful brother, chilling, waiting for the talent portion to begin. 55 of 62I didn't know Chaka Khan was a part of our family. 56 of 62And another girl just wants to have fun. 57 of 62Heeeey aaaaafroo. 58 of 62What yall know about this? Peace! 59 of 62We have another cousin representing the continent. Akwaaba, cousin! That means hello in Akan, Ghana. 60 of 62Now you know we can't have no banquet with our talented youth. Yall better sing! 61 of 62J.C. relaying the "What had happened was" story of how Crosby found them Mississippi Beenes. And the rest is history! 62 of 62
Nashville Reunion 2011Nashvegas was the site of the 2011 reunion. We had a ball with the Tennessee clan and here are the highlights of the event.
The gift of love among family is the most treasured of all. 1 of 25So let the journey begin! Whether it's by car, bus, train or air, we are packed and ready to go. 2 of 25The Marriott Airport Hotel will be our home away from for the next few days. 3 of 25Well hello Mississippi. It's good to see ya! 4 of 25And hello Georgia! Good to see you too! 5 of 25Are we the first to check-in? 6 of 25Have you received your Reunion Gear? Can't wait to sport it at Saturday's picnic. 7 of 25Wow. Wasn't anything special accept the T-shirt. This is a nice memento. 8 of 25When cake is the first thing you see in the food line, you know you are in for a treat! 9 of 25Hmmm...just as we thought. The food smelled and tasted good. It's time to get down to business. 10 of 25We won't mention it, but this looks like this might be your second trip, eh cousin? 11 of 25It's Friday night and it's time for the Talent Show. Who's on first? 12 of 25Hey, what happened to everyone playing at the Playstation? 13 of 25Oh another dinner is served. 14 of 25Let the Reunion Games begin! 15 of 25But let the eating begin too! 16 of 25Our helpful servers are anxious to serve. 17 of 25Our caterers are getting it in. Can't wait to eat! 18 of 25Our summer spread looks yummy. 19 of 25And the food will be ready any minute now. 20 of 25In the meantime, someone is keeping busy. 21 of 25Face painting was THE activity to participate in. 22 of 25Like I said, EVERYONE was participating in the kid's activities. 23 of 25But you had to be a kid to be brave enough to get your face painted. 24 of 25After a day of picnic activities, a few of us took a dip of the pool. You know we Beenes can float. 25 of 25
Kansas City 2010 ReunionWho knew that there was such much to do in the City of Fountains?! While this year's reunion was the first time it was held in Kansas City, I'm sure many Beene Family members would love to come back!
There are a lot of events happening in KC and the Beene Family Reunion is one of them! 1 of 90You're at the right place. And if you didn't know, you better ask someone--or check the family tree website! 2 of 90We come from all over! From CA to MA and everywhere in between! 3 of 90Representin' strong--several Beene lines that is... 4 of 90Before the event starts, we Beenes make sure we register. Why? 5 of 90To collect some of the reunion swag of course. 6 of 90If you had been there Friday during registration, you would have been welcomed with a light buffet. 7 of 90MC Tommy Lee Beene(TX) served as host on Friday night. 8 of 90Friday evening started off with a bang and BINGO when our guest entertainment coordinators, Kingdom's Creation had us moving all night. 9 of 90JC being given instructions to BEENE BINGO. Men just don't understand... 10 of 90Dude, can you read this....is it me? 11 of 90So have you ever owned a pet? Yes? Great! How about a cat? No. Gotta find someone who has to help me. I need 3 more answers for Bingo. 12 of 90Jerry Critton(DC)thinks he has Bingo. We will see about that cousin... 13 of 90Meredith Beene(IL) wants to use her fabulous phone to call in a life line. Ahh, excuse me cousin. But that's the wrong game. 14 of 90Ok, so what game are we playing next for prizes? 15 of 90George Beene(IL) looks a little worried once he finds out what the next game entails. That'll teach you to volunteer so quickly, huh? 16 of 90Looks like Anthony Davis(TX)is excited by the next challenge--a dance off! 17 of 90Let the games begin! 18 of 90Ok, perhaps the planning of a Saturday Family Run Walk was a little ambitious this year. But those who gathered still had fun. 19 of 90It's Day 2 and Beenes are already on the go. Now, where are we off to today in this host city? 20 of 90"Now I know I don't have to tell you to keep your hands inside of the bus, do I?", said cousin Rhonda our host co-chair. 21 of 90We're here! Later for the animals, where's the picnic table? 22 of 90Will this beautiful flower guide us to the picnic area? 23 of 90Why yes. Yes it did. And it's a beautiful day to have a picnic! 24 of 90Let's eat family before the animals and the heat eats us! 25 of 90Trying to cool things off to make the dining experience more pleasant. 26 of 90Yes, Warren I know what you were thinking. It was hot out here. 27 of 90But you gotta love it when kids were willing to make it an even more pleasant atmosphere by blowing bubbles. Bet you don't see THAT at a picnic. 28 of 90Betty Beene(MS) shares a laugh with cousin Geneva Beene McClain(TN). 29 of 90If you couldn't get your lotions through airport security, I have some right here. 30 of 90We all are smelling mighty good...Isiah, Parker, Chad, Ben and Teddy. 31 of 90Hey there Love(s)(WI)! How ya doing? 32 of 90Are you all having a good time my Midwest table? 33 of 90We are here so that these littles ones can keep meeting. Ain't that right baby girl? 34 of 90Ollie Beene(CA) and family attends every year. Let's all try to do the same. 35 of 90This is the time to take impromptu family pictures. Cousin Danielle taking pictures of cousin's from (TX, DC) Looks like the Crittons(DC) are really enjoying themselves! 36 of 90Donnie and Anita Beene(WI) at the picnic posing for the camera. 37 of 90Dorothy(TX), Vee(DC), and Beverly(IL) look like they have known each other all their lives or are they just camera hogs? Hmmmm... 38 of 90Ollie(San Diego) was one of our distinguished elders at the 2010 event....he was seen having a great time! 39 of 90First time attendee Coy Shelton(MO)hanging out with niece Priscilla Ellis(MI). 40 of 90No they are not twins but Meka(TX) and Danielle(MS) must have coordinated the hair style and attire for the occasion. 41 of 90Tommy Love and Donnie Beene(WI) hanging out. 42 of 90This is one way to try to stay cool. Looking good Ms. Allean(TX)! 43 of 90Good conversation crosses state and regional lines when you're being introduced and reacquainted. It spreads out across tables. 44 of 90Even though family may live in the same state like this Georgia duo, it still doesn't mean we see each other often as we'd like. 45 of 90Sylvester Beene(MO) taking a break while wife is up getting a second cup of lemonade. 46 of 90Honestly, we are really not having a good time...but we can be as wild as the Zoo animals. 47 of 90It's about that time to see the sights of the Kansas City Zoo. 48 of 90George Beene(IL) volunteers to help clean up. 49 of 90Pamela Beene(LA) has finished eating is contemplating taking that zoo ride. 50 of 90Looks like Pamela found one of the Zoo trains, as did some of the other family members. 51 of 90Having a wonderful time at the zoo. We even sang to the animals on the train ride. They say music soothes the savage beast and us as well. 52 of 90This is how we roll with babies in tow. 53 of 90Whooo are these people, asked the scary owl? The Beenes! 54 of 90Ooooh look at the fake pink flamingos. Wait, those are real! 55 of 90Did you get a chance to ride the carousel? 56 of 90Or pet the Zoo snake? 57 of 90Here's one snake you don't want to pet--a Burmese python! 58 of 90The animals at the zoo were great for the kids but Willie preferred working on his pitching form.....looks good! 59 of 90Should we crash the auditions for America's Got Talent? We Beenes have Talent of our own but we'll reserve it for tonight's banquet. 60 of 90We have American's Next Top Model. 61 of 90And there must be a Baby Gap audition nearby... 62 of 90Dinner is served at Saturday's Banquet/Talent Show night. 63 of 90Eating well and living well will keep you looking beautiful as the women are. 64 of 90If you need any jelly to go with your biscuits, Ms. Geneva(TN) has the jam for your rolls. 65 of 90Our Kansas City co-hosts got the Mayor to award us a proclamation for our gathering. We major yall! 66 of 90Local Kansas City historian, Barbara Peterson offers tips on how to preserve family photos. 67 of 90Sarah Landers(WI)shares the history of the reunion with all including the latest new-comers. 68 of 90Cousins Rose and Vee obviously having fun at Dinner. 69 of 90First time attendees Juanita Beene Gibbs(MI)with daughter Nikia Beene(OK) and guest appear to be having a wonderful time. But wait until the Talent Show begins. You're in for a treat! 70 of 90Co-host Mary Beene(MO) addresses the Banquet crowd. 71 of 90Two of our reunion worker bees Gloria Allen(M0) and Beverly Beene(IL) have the strength to smile despite running on a few hours of sleep. 72 of 90Let the talent show begin with dancers, poets, comedic acts and vocals. It's a family affair! 73 of 90Soulbrother Number one, Rob Ellis(MI) offers a song as part of his talent. 74 of 90Did you know that Benjamin Ponder(GA) could sing? Well he can. 75 of 90Willie Beene(IL) offers up his comedic skills to the crowd. You funny cousin Willie. 76 of 90Not only are they cute but they can sing too! 77 of 90Pamela Beene(LA)our favorite Banquet MC handling things--the program and doorprizes. You betta work it cuz! 78 of 90Ginger Beene(IL) wins one of the many door prizes of the night. Enjoy your signed copy! 79 of 90Odell Beene(IL) playing that Hawaiian guitar. That is a sweet sounding instrument. 80 of 90Have you ever heard a Hawaiian guitar with an electric piano? You would have had you been at the Banquet. You don't want to miss this father son duo perform. Play on Brother Wendell(IL)! 81 of 90Alright fam, time for our impromptu mass choir to sing. 82 of 90Jason Beene singing another one of his bad creations. 83 of 90We hope this is your second trip cause if thought you could come down later to eat... 84 of 90The poets of the family offer their gifts to the audience. At the podium is Beverly Beene(IL) reciting one her fiery creations. 85 of 90We were honored to be entertained by Dorothy(GA) and grandson.....this is always a favorite time of the evening, thanks! 86 of 90The night would not have been as enjoyable without the sweet sound of music from the Beene family musicians....JC(MS) and cousin Mr Smith(MS) 87 of 90Retired Rev. Hartsfield of Messiah Missionary Baptist Church offers the Sunday morning sermon. 88 of 90JC Beene(MS) looking as sharp as his playing on a Gospel-filled Sunday morning. 89 of 90I think this photo summed up the whole experience of the Beene's 2010 Reunion. It was a great event and we're looking forward to Nashville next year! 90 of 90
Atlanta Reunion 2009We met in Hotlanta this year! The place with 24 street names with the word 'Peachtree'. But we didn't get lost because the fun was always with the Beenes.
1 of 44The Ponders our Atlanta Host Family 2 of 44Host Committee going over last minute details prior to registration on our first full day 3 of 44We're here, we're registered and we're ready to have fun! 4 of 44Trenessa and Ginger Beene host committee members 5 of 44Lynda, Pamela and Crosby Beene exchange greetings at the registration table 6 of 44Part of the "A" Team-Atlanta and Ann Arbor in the House. 7 of 44Harron, Tommie Beene and Jerome Townsend 8 of 44Eliza Beene's gg and ggg grandchildren enjoying the family reunion 9 of 44Jeawa & Chaya were not going to let me walk by with a camera without busting out with a smile. I didn't even have to say 'Cheese'. 10 of 44It is truly nice to be loved, especially by family as shown by cousin Jerome 11 of 44Willie, Melody and Paul enjoying seeing each other once again in Atlanta 12 of 44Chef John doing his thing at the Q. 13 of 44Whatever you want, it's hot of the grill! 14 of 44You don't need to be under 8 to have fun. Big kids have fun too! 15 of 44JC Beene is skilled with a knife. You should have seen that little knife he had to work with when cutting that watermelon. 16 of 44Lamar Reed and other family members getting an early start for the picnic. 17 of 44Lamar Reed with a vintage 1977 T-shirt of the Beene Family Renuion (Jackson and Rashia) 18 of 44Cousins Cathy and Sharon getting to know each other 19 of 44The Kaylas meeting each other at the Family Picnic. 20 of 44Shannon styling and profiling at the Picnic. 21 of 44Beene Women Styling and Profiling 22 of 44Get it while it's hot! 23 of 44Dig in before it's gone. 24 of 44Jerome on right at his best...he and wife also won gifts at the family dinner...lucky! 25 of 44Is this the meeting or the pre-committee meeting right here? 26 of 44Dorothy Beene Thompson recording family representative's names at pinic for family meeting 27 of 44Journey perhaps the youngest attendee was in attendance. Isn't she a cutie? 28 of 44Awesome choir....Go Dorothy! 29 of 44Family members getting prepared to dine. 30 of 44I think our table is next in line to eat. I can't wait cause I'm hungry. 31 of 44Family members enjoying the dining experience. 32 of 44Cathy Marshall-Smith and Erin Beene, descendants of Eliza Beene 33 of 44Beene Sisters of Tupelo with father, JC on guitar 34 of 44Meridith, Beverly, Paul, Trenessa and Shannon enjoying the festivities. 35 of 44Cousins Mary, Linda, Lamar and Vince 36 of 44Who's missing from Mississippi? 37 of 44Cousins Valeria Smith Beene, Dianne Beene Johnson and Sherry Beene Sumner, all descendants of Leander Beene Sr 38 of 44Ann Conner and son Derrick attend with guest Charise. 39 of 44Cousins Elmer Reed and Lynda Beene Bynam meet. 40 of 44Jerome Smith performing on his saxophone during the family banquet. 41 of 44Guest Gospel artist Darlene McCoy offers a prayer in song. 42 of 44Jason Beene trying to decide what song to sing for his solo during Family Night. Anything is fine baby just sing. 43 of 44If you didn't taste a Georgia Peach, it ain't our fault. Rachel's Jams were in the house. 44 of 44
Ann Arbor Reunion 2008It was a Jubilee celebration inviting Beene lines to join and meet along a river in Michigan. With nearly 300 attendees, it was a cause for celebration.
Ann Arbor Reunion 2008 1 of 45Arthur Bean, on left & family arriving early from California 2 of 45Early registration with the Ponders 3 of 45Registration-Allean Beene Ellison receiving her T-shirt 4 of 45Registration draws to a close--Hallejuah! 5 of 45Meet and greet in the hotel lobby 6 of 45What's Your Name Icebreaker? 7 of 45MC Pamela Beene working the crowd on Family Night. 8 of 45James Earl Beene (Dub's Boy) 9 of 45Casceal Ratcliff-Moore an excited participant finishes the What's Your Name exercise. 10 of 45Friday night's reception 11 of 45Cousin Margaret Billingsley assists the kids with their coloring activities. 12 of 45Children's Friday Nite Activity 13 of 45Look ma..uhhh...no hands? 14 of 45Tie-dying with the kids...what were we thinking? 15 of 45Cousin Crosby Beene(MI) 16 of 45Get it while it's hot and before it's gone! 17 of 45Hey man! How did you get a bigger piece than me? 18 of 45Picnic at the Park 19 of 45Picnic Day at the Waterpark & Pavilion 20 of 45The Beene Boys--Ollie Beene & Eugene O'Dell 21 of 45The Jerome Townsend family and niece(MD) 22 of 45Willie Mitchell Beene(Uncle Ren's son) 23 of 45Dorothy J. Beene Townsend 24 of 45Dorothy Ponder and Granddaughter(GA) 25 of 45Shirley Beene Williams(IL) 26 of 45Luverta and Isaiah Beene(IL) 27 of 45Bobby Smith and Christine Beene 28 of 45Mel Tucker with Joe Horn 29 of 45Sherry Beene Sumner 30 of 45Noble Billingsley(MI) and Brenda Tucker 31 of 45Louise Billingsley with granddaughter 32 of 45So happy to be here with my fam! Wendy Reed Pack 33 of 45Erica Johnson and son, Seth 34 of 45 Harvis & Judy Beene are enjoying the picnic fare. 35 of 45Men playing in the rain-you weren't going to find many women playing that day. 36 of 45Brenda Tucker(OH) and brother, Micky Williams rise early to enjoy a family breakfast. 37 of 45Rhys Tucker enjoys a fine but quick Sunday breakfast before heading on the road for the trip back. 38 of 45Now those we're some good biscuits, let's get ready to go down for Sunday's church worship service. 39 of 45Pastor Givens Roy II and first lady leads the church in song and praise. 40 of 45Sunday Morning Family Group Photo 41 of 45It's been fun but I'm ready to check out now to get on the road. 42 of 45We hope you had a nice time and you enjoyed your stay. We certainly enjoyed seeing and meeting you. 43 of 45Alma(Beene)Sutton(IL) and Family 44 of 45Let's get back on the road. Have a safe time yall and see you next year! 45 of 45
Beene Family Reunion Picnic at East Lake Park 1 of 51Welcome Home Beene Family! 2 of 51Cousin Rose Critton with other cousins (2007 Beene Family Reunion Milwaukee) 3 of 51So what's on the menu? 4 of 51Cousin Leticia Love and family sits for a brief moment to enjoy a meal. 5 of 51Cousin Leticia Love with Unknown family members#5 (2007 Beene Family Reunion Milwaukee)...Please help by submitting names and other information if you know them...thanks 6 of 51Unknown family members#6 (2007 Beene Family Reunion Milwaukee)...Please help by submitting names and other information if you know them...thanks 7 of 51Unknown family members#7 (2007 Beene Family Reunion Milwaukee)...Please help by submitting names and other information if you know them...thanks 8 of 51Unknown family members#8 (2007 Beene Family Reunion Milwaukee)...Please help by submitting names and other information if you know them...thanks 9 of 51Unknown family members#9 (2007 Beene Family Reunion Milwaukee)...Please help by submitting names and other information if you know them...thanks 10 of 51Unknown family members#10 (2007 Beene Family Reunion Milwaukee)...Please help by submitting names and other information if you know them...thanks 11 of 51Unknown family members#11 (2007 Beene Family Reunion Milwaukee)...Please help by submitting names and other information if you know them...thanks 12 of 51Cousin's Jerry Critton and Crosby Beene pose for picture 13 of 51Jerry and Vee Critton from Upper Marlboro, MD at their first Beene Family Reunion and are having a great time! 14 of 51Eugene & Delores, Orville Beene and Willie N. Billingsley 15 of 51Mayron Taylor.........Come on now. Don't tell me that the baked beans are all gone! 16 of 51Unknown family members#16 (2007 Beene Family Reunion Milwaukee)...Please help by submitting names and other information if you know them...thanks 17 of 51Picnic at the Park 18 of 51Unknown family members#18 (2007 Beene Family Reunion Milwaukee)...Please help by submitting names and other information if you know them...thanks 19 of 51Shane Kittrell and Daughter 20 of 51Willie Mitchell asks what happened to the music? 21 of 51Unknown family members#45 (2007 Beene Family Reunion Milwaukee)...Please help by submitting names and other information if you know them...thanks 22 of 51Marcus and Carl Beene from Maryland 23 of 51What?! Are you turning down our family's offer to help today? We'll take it easy but call us if you need anything. 24 of 51Willie C. Smith, Alma J. Sutton and Merrill Beene 25 of 51Juma Sutton & wife, Shannon with daughter Naia and nephew Charles Carson in background. Juma Sutton is the son and grandson of Warren and Alma J. Beene Sutton, descendants of Loammi Beene 26 of 51Joyce Beene and Koritha Beene Unajimba, wife and daughter of the late Robert L. Beene Sr., son of Ammie Beene. 27 of 51Isaiah Beene relaxing. 28 of 51Annette Young, Jerry Critton and sister 29 of 51Brandyss & Lugie Musri and Vickie Beene-Beavers and Crosby Beene 30 of 51Mary, Crosby & Pinkie Beene thought they saw some poundcake at the dessert table. 31 of 51Bennie, Makeda, Barbara & Bennie, Jr Taylor 32 of 51Meridith, Mary and Beverly Beene 33 of 51Benjamin Ponder and Shelby Al Israel.....Didn't you get the memo, business casual with an option to wear your t-shirt? 34 of 51George Beene Sr. and Tommie Beene Sr......Nice hats gentlemen. 35 of 51Unknown family members#36 (2007 Beene Family Reunion Milwaukee)...Please help by submitting names and other information if you know them...thanks 36 of 51Don't we look like kin? 37 of 51Dorothy Ponder and Bobby Smith 38 of 51Zakiya Sutton Carson, Alma J. Sutton and Jesus Ruiz 39 of 51Shirley Williams and family. Oooh...now you want to act all shy little man when the camera is pointing at you. Before you were singing and dancing, don't be shy now. 40 of 51Mrs. Valeria Beene and Mrs. Christine Beene catching up on family news. 41 of 51Mr. Ollie Beene greeting Sherry Beene Sumner. 42 of 51The Ruizs 43 of 51Great grandsons of Loammi(Ammie) and James Lorenzi (Renzy) Beene 44 of 51Unknown family members#45 (2007 Beene Family Reunion Milwaukee)...Please help by submitting names and other information if you know them...thanks 45 of 51Unknown family members#46 (2007 Beene Family Reunion Milwaukee)...Please help by submitting names and other information if you know them...thanks 46 of 51Unknown family members#47 (2007 Beene Family Reunion Milwaukee)...Please help by submitting names and other information if you know them...thanks 47 of 51A few of Rashia Beene's descendants. 48 of 51A few of Jackson Beene's descendants. 49 of 51Dorothy Ponder, Willie Mitchell and James 'J.C.' Beene.............Alright, I'll start the song but you all gotta join me. 50 of 51Benjamin and Dorothy Ponder's grandson. 51 of 51
Chicago Reunion 2006As we gather each year across the country to celebrate love and family, photos documenting the celebrations help bring back the memories of these special family gatherings.
Washington DC 2016It was a capital affair that year as the Beene Family held it's reunion in the District of Columbia. While there was so much history to be explored, we continue to make history gathering year after year. Even the President wished us well
The Beene State of the Union is in good standing. 1 of 45So the DC Committee is hard at work making sure everything is ready before our family members arrive. 2 of 45Oh, look here. It's Cousin Willie and his granddaughter. It's good to see you all! 3 of 45We have folks coming in from Colorado, dressed and ready for tonight's festivities. 4 of 45Chicago in the House! 5 of 45We can't wait to see family's expressions when they notice the names on the T-shirt this year. 6 of 45Let the doors of the Hotel ballroom open! 7 of 45It's all about your favorite sports team this year. Go Blue! 8 of 45This was probably the only time that our hosts will be able to sit down. Enjoy your rest, cousins! 9 of 45Were you looking for us? We are already here waiting for you. 10 of 45Champions we are indeed. 11 of 45So is this a meeting with the coaches or a timeout? 12 of 45Another family team huddle ensues. 13 of 45We'll call this table the Coaches table. 14 of 45So what ice breaker game are we planning today? Family Bingo! 15 of 45I'm trying to win this, now what box applies to you? 16 of 45So do you wear contact lenses? No. Okay, do you know how to do the new Running Man? Yes. Ok, I'm checking off my box. 17 of 45An art and craft table for adults? Cool. 18 of 45I need one more box for Bingo! 19 of 45Welcome to our Garden where Beenes are plentiful! 20 of 45After that Bingo game, we're famished! 21 of 45I'll need another hand to grab our vegetables but I'll be back for them. 22 of 45I already know what meat I'm coming back for for my second plate. 23 of 45Wow. There was even enough food for a third plate. 24 of 45Are you contemplating whether or not you'll get up to get your dessert or will you stay seated and eat one of those candy bars? Decisions....decisions. 25 of 45Hey cousin. Isn't this your third trip to the buffet? 26 of 45Mom. I need one more square. Did you play basketball in high school? 27 of 45Once our families finished our Family Bingo game our kids were in the corner with the guest face painter. 28 of 45So many paints, so many designs to choose from you. 29 of 45We see someone picked a design. Roooaaarrr! 30 of 45After all the fun, all attention was directed toward our speakers on the subject of police brutality. 31 of 45Our MC invited members of our family to discuss how to interact with the police. 32 of 45 33 of 45 34 of 45 35 of 45 36 of 45 37 of 45 38 of 45 39 of 45 40 of 45 41 of 45 42 of 45 43 of 45 44 of 45 45 of 45