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Reunion 2023

Saturday, July 29th, 2023

The Hewitt-Matheny-Cooper Family Association annual Family Reunion will take place Sunday, August 6, 2023. It is always on the first Sunday in August.

WHERE: Maud Williamson State Recreation Area, 22500 Wallace Rd., NW, Salem, Oregon (between Salem and Dayton

ONLINE by ZOOM at Link will also be available on our HMC Family page.

Duration: 7 hours. Folks in person can drop by and say hello to Zoom attendees ahead of the meeting.


9:00 Visiting, family albums available to view, storytelling, kids games, The Daniel Matheny Hewitt Two-Hops-and-a-Jump Challenge, and the Country Store.

11:00 Wheatland Ferry Marker Dedication presented by J. Elaine Warmington Wagner (Daniel Matheny descendent), Regent of the Oregon State Society, Daughters of American Colonists. The ceremony will be at the marker on the right side of the road, immediately before you reach the ferry as you come from Maud Williamson Park. The address is 18270 Wheatland Road.

The president of the Daughters of American Colonists will not be able to attend due to illness but a vice president will be here to represent her. She will be accompanied by the Washington State regent and the honorary national president, also from the state of Washington. The current western section marker chairman and honorary national president is attending from Colorado. Many Oregon DAC members will be there, as well.

The McMinnville News-Register, the Salem Statesman Journal, and the Oregonian will be sending reporters to cover the event.

The marker dedication ceremony will be included in the ZOOM. The video may be choppy due to the reception in the area, but we should be able to hear the audio.

12:00 noon Potluck picnic back at Maud Williamson Park.

Annual family meeting We will start the meeting at 1pm, but you may join the ZOOM ahead of the meeting to visit.

Local Native American Lifeways presentation by Stephanie (Wood) Craig, Thomas Cooper, Sr. descendent and member and archivist of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. Stephanie will present local Native history and Willamette Valley and Coastal tribal history. She will display local and regional family belongings (heirlooms).

Stephanie will be joined by her husband, Joe Craig. Joe is an enrolled Umatilla tribal member and the 4th great-grandson of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce tribe. His grandparents met locally.

Joe and Stephanie live on one of the Cooper Donation Land Claims next to Stephanie’s parents. Stephanie is a Cooper on her father’s side and an enrolled member of The Confederate Tribes of Grand Ronde. She is Santiam and Yoncalla Kalapuya, Cow Creek Umpqua, Takelma Rogue River, Clackamas Chinook, Mohawk, Metis on her mother’s side. She is also the HMC archivist.


A potluck dish to share. Plates, utensils, water, and lemonade will be provided. Please help with cleanup.

Donations for the Country Store – items large or small that may be of interest to family members, including produce, plants, services, books, household goods, etc.

FOR MORE INFORMATION contact Merrilee, HMC President, at

email: or by phone 503-550-9339

REUNION 2022! Sunday, August 7 TODAY!

Sunday, August 7th, 2022

Again this year, we struggle with the uncertainty of gathering in person for our traditional reunion. Our usual picnic area of Maud Williamson State Recreation Site has been reserved for those who want to meet for visiting unofficially.  However, the official Reunion will be an online Zoom program, presented by Elaine Warmington Wagner in Oregon, Al Ernest in North Carolina, Sylvia Fiscus and Marian Robertson in Colorado, and Brian Hewitt in Oregon. 

Elaine Wagner will lead off the program with presenting her extensive research on Daniel Matheny, her g-g-g-g-grandfather, who came on the 1843 Great Migration wagon train and was the second owner of the Wheatland Ferry, which has been named for him ever since. Elaine will be sharing what she has found including Daniel’s Huguenot roots and his participation in the War of 1812, and more. She will also describe how family can become members of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists.

Al Ernest will present his research which includes more than thirty generations of Matheny ancestors, and the lineages that connect our family to patriots in the American Revolution.  He will tell how family members can join the National Society Sons of the American Revolution (SAR).

Sylvia Fiscus and Marian Robertson from Colorado will share their and their mother’s and grandmother’s decades of experience in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the lineages they used.

Brian Hewitt will share his research on our Huguenot heritage in both the Matheny and the Hewitt lines, and the Huguenot Society of America.

Merrilee Johnson has volunteered to assist people to find in the family albums the more recent ancestors they need to connect themselves to the lineages presented by Elaine, Al, Sylvia and Marian, and Brian.

New Family Monument

Elaine will also be describing the Daniel Matheny monument she has arranged to be built next to the Wheatland Ferry monument. The marker will be placed by the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists. The executive director will be coming from Washington, D.C. to participate in the dedication of the monument at next year’s Reunion.  Elaine welcomes input on what family members would like to see included on the marker.

Please join us on Zoom at 12:30 PM on August 7 to learn and share with family. There will be a short HMC Family Association annual business meeting just before the presentation.


TO JOIN THE MEETING on August 7, there will be links to click on our Facebook page [HMC Family] and this website [] in the Zoom invitation below.

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Zoom Invitation

HMC Family Org is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: HMC Family Reunion 2022

Time: Aug 7, 2022 12:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 733 011 9657

Passcode: 188464

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Additional Zoom Information and Instructions

DOWNLOADING ZOOM While you can connect to a meeting without downloading the Zoom app, it works best when you do. To download on your device, visit Download Center – Zoom ( You need a free personal account. To create one, click on Sign Up – Zoom (

AUDIO TEST FOR ZOOM Once your account is set up, it is helpful to test your audio so you can hear the presentation. Zoom Audio Instructions ( – OR – Zoom Audio Test (

If you would like to call into the meeting using your telephone instead, dial +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) using the same above meeting id and passcode.

The larger the screen you use, the easier it will be to see the faces of all the family members participating and be better able to read messages in the chat box.

To make our reunion as accessible to everyone as possible, we will be using Closed Caption/AI Transcription. This will allow an individual to read what presenters and participants are saying.

See for simple instructions.

For additional help call or text Melissa Gomez at (503) 851-4145.


TO JOIN FACEBOOK  Please join our private family Facebook group HMC Family. To create an account on Facebook, visit, click on Create a New Account, enter your email address or mobile number, and create a password. Once you have an account, type HMC Family in the search box. Of the choices that come up, click on the HMC Family box that says Private Group and shows a picture of the reunion. Click the blue Join button. Answer the questions to confirm your identity.

If you have any trouble, please call or text Melissa Gomez at (503) 851-4145.

Reunion 2016 – August 7

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

WHEN: Sunday, August 7, 2016, 9:00 AM [Always the first Sunday in August]

WHERE: Maud Williamson State Park (See below.)


  • Your table service and tablecloth
  • Your (non-alcoholic) beverages – coffee & water provided
  • Food for potluck
  • A donation for the auction and/or Country Store.


  • 9:00 AM Visiting; Photo Display; Photo Exchange; Children’s activities; Country Store; and more!
  • 12:00 PM: Daniel Matheny Hewitt Challenge
  • 12:30 PM: Lunch
  • 1:30 PM: Business meeting followed by Auction and Raffle.

CLEAN UP: Help pack up the family albums, play equipment, tables, etc. Ask a council person or Mike Layman, our Park Coordinator, what needs to be done.

DON’T FORGET to check the Lost & Found of past years.


To use internet driving direction systems such as MapQuest to find the reunion, enter Maud Williamson State Park, or the intersection of OR 221 (Wallace Road NW, or also called Salem-Dayton Highway) and OR 153 (Wheatland Road, or also called SE Lafayette Highway).