Current Reunion Committee

Lawra Rose Duy, Chairman

Lawra was born on June 27, 1967 in Santa Clara, CA, daughter of Edith Chenoweth. She graduated from William Woods College, Fulton, MO in 1989 and attended graduate school at San Jose State University.

After many years as a “professional” swim instructor, Lawra’s husband, Franz, encouraged her to get out of the pool and get a “real” job. Taking this advice, Lawra found herself in the career of a lifetime, planning and implementing technical events worldwide for a major computer graphics company in the Silicon Valley. After several years of traveling the world, both for her profession and pleasure, Lawra and Franz started their family and with the birth of their son, Ashlyn, she decided to “retire” and take on a new challenge of being a stay at home mom.

After a lifetime in California, Franz’s career brought their family to Dallas 5 years ago. Texas has enriched their lives with the addition of 2 dogs, 2 cats, a number of fish, 1 crawdad and most recently a daughter, Abigael (1).

Currently Lawra is a stay at home mom and stays busy planning and implementing travel, social and learning activities, and sporting events. A 6th generation Chenoweth, Lawra’s Chenoweth line is John1 (b: 1811, Camelford, Cornwall, England), Frederick2, Edwin3, Percy Hudson4, Edith Pearl5.

Inaugural Reunion Organizing Committee

The Chenoweth cousins pictured above discovered and communicated with each other via the Internet. They finally decided to meet at that famous genealogical resource, The Allen County Library, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This meeting occurred on March 27, 1998, and the result was the establishment of the marvelous family activity featured at this website.

Joyce Corns Wiegand

Joyce was born on January 9, 1941 in Lafayette, IN, a very small community where everyone knew everyone. As a youngster in grade school, she was sick quite often, and spent the greater part of three years in bed with heart problems.

Joyce went to work in the office of a gear manufacturing company before graduating from high school and was married a year later to Richard Wiegand. Within six months Uncle Sam came knocking on the door. After her husband completed basic training she joined him at Ft Bliss in El, Paso, TX. During the two years in El Paso she worked in a bank. After the military obligation was complete, she returned to her former place of employment until 1970 when they adopted their son, Gregory. A requirement of adoption at that time from the agency was she quit work for a year. After staying home for three and a half years, the company asked if she would like to return to work. She retired in 2001.

Not being interested in history as a student in school, she however, became interested in her family history in 1970 when she read an earlier article in her local paper stating that the county court house, running out of storage space, would be destroying all old county records. The Curator of the local historical association, a DAR member, volunteered to house the records. The volume of records collected in over 150 years of record keeping for the county was extensive.

Knowing for several years she was eligible to join the DAR she never did. Early in 1998, she was contacted by a member of the SAR about being a descendent of Richard Chenoweth who was to be honored by the SAR/DAR in May and could she speak on behalf of the family. She told him that she was not sure he served in the Revolutionary War, well, he said, it would be nice if you talked about his migration, and we will tell of his war history. Her migration story did not go through Louisville, KY like their story did. Later she learned that no one had gone into the DAR under her ancestor Richard Chenoweth, and since he is buried in her county and all generations between them are here, it was an easy lineage to do. The hard part for her was pulling the right Richard from the Chenoweth straw pile. In 1999 she joined the DAR under Richard Chenoweth. Subsequently the local SAR/DAR corrected their records to agree with her research. She has since submitted applications for two other of her four grandparents, a goal she set for herself several years ago. She still lacks some documentation for the last grandparent, but is still looking.

Her Chenoweth line is: John1, Thomas2, Richard3, Thomas4, Ira5, Thomas6, Charles7, Anna Marguerite8, Joyce9.

Michael Allen Chenoweth

Mike is a retired engineer for Thomson Consumer Electronics in a division that manufactures color television tubes. A native Hoosier, he is a graduate of Ball State University at Muncie, Indiana, with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Math Statistics. He served in the US Navy for six years during the Vietnam Operation.

He enjoys the outdoors, backpacking, car camping vacations and golfing with his twin grandchildren, Scott and Toby, and his lovely wife, Kay. Mike says he's an amateur at a lot of things including genealogy. His great-grandfather was Harvey R. Chenoweth, an unknown listing in the Harris book. Mike is an 8th generation son of William2.

William Clement Chinworth

A 9th generation son of Arthur2, Bill is a bassoonist and music teacher. He was born on December 12, 1937 in Elkhart, Indiana, but he calls Warsaw, Indiana home. A graduate of Warsaw High School, Culver Summer Schools, and the University of Arizona, he has earned Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees, and is also a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve.

He has performed recitals in the Tucson and Prescott areas and has performed as bassoon soloist with orchestras in those two towns. He is a founding member of Sirocco, a wind quintet, and has performed in several orchestras in various states.

Affiliations include Music Educator's National Conference, Arizona Music Educator's Association, International Double Reed Society, and Kappa Kappa Psi, the band fraternity.


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