The Trevathan family historical materials were presented to Traci Thompson, local history and genealogy librarian at Braswell Memorial Library on June 18, in conjunction with the Trevathan family reunion.
The Trevathan family is one of the older in the Rocky Mount area. The Trevathan Family Reunion was first organized in September 1946 by the children of William Carter Trevathan and his wife, Sarah Jane, according to the minutes of past reunions and family members.
The family voted to reunite every Father’s Day, although the date was changed a few years ago to allow branches of the family to enjoy Father’s Day with their immediate loved ones.
Shortly after the first reunion in 1946, the Trevathans began gathering family history materials, such as deeds, pictures, and other documents, and created a treasure trove of memorabilia. In recent years, as concern grew over the preservation of these items, there was discussion about placing them in an archive or library.
In 2010, Dr. Earl Trevathan brought the idea to the forefront, and all agreed that this move was essential for the best care of these priceless materials.
Many family members attended the presentation to the library in June, including Raymond “Cousin Micky” Davis and Henry Lawrence “Cousin Hank” Trevathan, who drove from Maryland for the occasion.
Coach Henry Trevathan, “Cousin Blacky,” said he was pleased that this decision will allow the family to be able to see and enjoy the materials, while at the same time, make them available for others who may be interested in local history and genealogy.
The family sends thanks to Braswell Memorial Library for providing the facilities, resources and expertise to house, preserve and make accessible priceless local history and family materials for research and enjoyment.