Park – Bennett Family Reunion

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2011 Family Reunion in Happy, TX

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Double First Cousins

James and Leona (Bennett) Park’s and Elisha and Lottie (Park) Bennett’s kids:

James EddieFrancesWillie


Not pictured:

Lottie VernGracie Ray

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Cousins from Two Generations

Children of Ray and Hazel (Park) Bennett:

John RayMary JoMartha AnnDavid Theodore

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The Cousins began the Park-Bennett

Family Reunion in 1964 (?)

Photos from 1983 and


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Park-Bennett Family Reunion

Happy, TX July, 2011

Over the years, the Park-Bennett reunion has been held in Amarillo city parks, Ceta Canyon UM church camp, and Kaye Venhaus’s back yard.

Kaye is the daughter of double first cousin, Gracie Ray (Bennett) Baker.

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Tommy and Laura Ruth Hyatt and Jack Showers cool off in the shade.

Laura Ruth has been at every Park-Bennett family reunion. She is the daughter of double first cousin, Ruth (Bennett) Thurman.

July, 2011

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Susie and David are children of double first cousin, Gracie Ray (Bennett) Baker.

July, 2011

Susie Branch and David Bakervisit with the younger generation.

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Jimmy Baker visits with younger cousins, Kay Medina and Dee Ann Adams.

Jimmy is the son of double first cousin, Gracie Ray (Bennett) Baker.

July, 2011

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Martha Ann Allen and Ted Bennett watch as the family starts a game of washers.

Martha Ann and Ted fall into two different generations of the family. Their father, Ray, a younger Bennett son, married Hazel, a Park granddaughter.

July, 2011

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Dee is the daughter of double first cousin, James Eddie Park.

July, 2011

Martha Ann Allen and Dee Mitchellbrowse the family reunion


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Jim Bennett keeps the families’ ranch history alive by donning his cowboy hat.

Jim is the son of cousin, Jesse Bennett.

July, 2011

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More cousins than photos at the 2011 reunion!

Raymond and Buddy Bill Bennett were at the reunion. They are the sons of double first cousin, Willie Bennett.

Thanksgiving, 1950, at Lish and Lottie Bennett’s.

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The Park and Bennett families arrive in Texas

to become

Pioneers of the Panhandle.

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Moses Smith Park 1844-1920 Charlotte Sofia Angell Huke 1841-1919

The Park family moved from Devilla, TX to a ranch south of Amarillo in 1893 where M. S. could “indulge his favorite passion for raising and developing fine horses, as it is conceded that the “Panhandle” country will grow the finest horses in the State.”

Children: Alvin A. Huke Frank Ayers Park Wilbur Smith Park David Ayers Park James Emile Park Lottie Angell Park

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William Franklin Bennett 1850-1928

Mary Frances Laycook 1854-1920

The Bennett family moved from Colorado to Dumas, TX in 1894. Franklin bought a section of land for $250.

Children: Margaret Leona Bennett William Elisha Bennett Jessie Bennett, died at age 14 Verna B. Bennett Charles F. Bennett, twin died at birth Earnest Ray Bennett

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The Park and Bennett families marry.1. Margaret Leona Bennett (1875-1960) and James Emile Park (1877-1966) marry in 1901.

2. William Elisha Bennett (1878-1955) and Lottie Angell Park (1879-1959) marry in 1904.

3. Earnest Ray Bennett (1889-1966) and Hazel Aileen Park (1899-1984) marry in 1921.

Thanksgiving, about 1935

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The Cousins’ Club Park-Bennett Children

Children of James and Leona (Bennett) Park:Charlotte Frances (Park) Sullivan (1902-1982)James Eddie Park (1907-1985)Margaret Felder(Park) McMahan (1909-1993)Lottie Vern Park (1917-1931)

Children of Elisha and Lottie (Park) Bennett:Willie Smith Bennett (1905-1985)Ruth May (Bennett) Thurman (1908-1995)Amy Angell (Bennett) Pitt (1911-1988)Mary Lucy (Bennett) Moore (1915-1993)Gracie Ray (Bennett) Baker (1918-1999)

Children of Ray and Hazel (Park) Bennett:John Ray Bennett (1922-1994)Mary Jo Bennett (1928-1934)Martha Ann (Bennett) Allen (1931- )David Theodore Bennett (1933- )

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Grandchildren of the Park-Bennett Unions James & Leona Park:

Frances’ children: Park Sullivan Don Sullivan

James Eddies’ children: Dee (Park) Mitchell Dick Park

Margaret’s child: Laura Lee (McMahan)


Ray & Hazel Bennett: Martha Ann’s children:

Rebecca Allen Barbara (Allen)

Coldiron Burt Allen, Jr. Brad Allen

Ted’s children: Pam (Bennett)

McJunkin David Bennett Bonnie (Bennett)


Elisha & Lottie Bennett: Willie’s children: Raymond Bennett

Buddy Bill BennettBaylus Bennett

Ruth’s children:Bill ThurmanLaura Ruth (Thurman-Showers) HyattStanley Thurman

Lucy’s children:Carlos Fowler MooreWilliam Clinton Moore

Gracie Ray’s children:David BakerKaye (Baker) VenhausSusie (Baker) BranchJimmy Baker

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Grandchildren of the Double First Cousins

Park-Bennett Family Reunion, 2011

Dee Ann Showers-Adams

Sam Baker

Kathy Showers-O’Malley

Rick Baker

Kay Mitchell-Medina

Jack Showers

Vicky Venhaus-Buckelew

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Great Grandchildren of the Cousins’ Club

Park-Bennett Family Reunion, 2011

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Great-Great Grandchildren (?) of the Cousins’ Club

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Grandpas and Grandmas, Children and Grandchildren,Moms and Dads, Brothers and Sisters, Aunts and Uncles, Nieces and Nephews, Cousins, andIn-laws and Out-laws! PBFU 2011

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Amarillo, TX Llano Cemetery

Garden of the Pioneers

On this statue is inscribed,

“They turned their faces westward and in 1876 marked the beginning of what is now a mighty empire.”

Appropriately, several of the Park-Bennett family members rest in this cemetery.

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Apologies to cousins at the 2011 reunion whom I did not get photos of or miss tagged in a slide.

Let me know of any corrections that need to be made.

Please email photos of Ray and Hazel Bennett and their children as I could not locate any in Dee’s genealogy records.

Email: [email protected].

Song Credits:

The Cowboy Song by Garth BrooksCowboy Logic by Michael Martin MurphyHere’s Hoping by George FoxSummer Ranges by Michael Martin Murphy