Of Cumberland, Moore and Robeson County, NC
The Monroe Family Runion is a gathering of the descendants of John and Mary Deaton Monroe and Francis Monroe and his wives, Amanda Deaton and Catherine Dowd. John and Francis were the two sons of Malcolm Monroe who remained in the Moore County when the family moved west to Alabama around 1842. This is a very extended family -- fifth, sixth and seventh cousins in some cases -- and we greatly enjoy meeting "new" cousins. All Monroes, no matter how distantly related, are welcome!
The Reunion is held annually at Bensalem Presbyterian Church, near Eagle Springs, NC, the third Sunday in October. Bensalem is the traditional family church for the Monroes in the area. Bensalem's congregation is more that 200 years old and Monroes can be found in the church records dating back at least 150 years.
The nearest major highway is US220 which run north and south through the center of the state. The nearest lodging is a Days Inn in Biscoe, NC, at the US220/NC Hwy. 24/27 interchange. From there take Hwy.24/27 east about eight miles and turn right on Alton Road. Go about 2.5 miles. Alton Road dead-ends into Bensalem Church Road. The church is straight in front of you.
A little further away is the Golfers' Paradise -- Southern Pines and Pinehurst -- with many more and much nicer hotels, shops, restaurants, and more golf courses than you can shake a putter at. If you're interested in more information, click www.pinehurstview.com, the nice folks who sponsor the Moore County GenWeb page.