BREAKING NEWS: The 121st Stancil Family Reunion will be SUNDAY, SEPT. 25, 2022, at the Moose Lodge in Wilson, North Carolina.

There will be no COVID-19 restrictions this year. Those who wish to wear a mask are encouraged to do so.

Doors open at 9 a.m. and we will have the room cleaned up by 2 p.m. for the next group to use it.

After missing 2020 and a scaled-down version in 2021 with 23 family members, descendants of John Thomas Stancil and Delanie Sasser Stancil will gather from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, at the Moose Lodge, 2705 Forest Hills Road SW, Wilson, NC 27893.

We ask that you let us know you are attending so we can prepare nametags ahead of time. Email with names of those attending.

2022 2021


T-shirts: Orders for 2022 and/or 2021 versions (examples below) will be taken by email through Sept. 5, 2022. Please let us know the year requested, quantity and sizes and requested color. Sorry, but not all colors will be available this year, so please list a backup color. We will do what we can and if there’s an issue we will reach out.

The shirts are $13 each for youth sizes, and adults small, medium, large and extra large, $15 for 2XL and $16 for 3XL.

Reunion magazine deadline extended. If you have family news to share, let us know by Sept. 5 by emailing

We are working on getting a price for printing the magazine. Let us know if you would like to help cover the cost through a sponsorship or donation. If you would like to reserve copies, let us know so we can make sure to get enough copies made.

Newsletter Memorial

Memorials (sample shown above) are popular as a way to remember our family members in the newsletter. Of course, we appreciate any donation. The newsletter will be available at the reunion registration table and online following the reunion at

If you would like to have a memorial in the newsletter, please contact us and let us know what you would like to say.

Heading to the reunion this year?

Check out the Tobacco Farm Life Museum. The museum, on U.S. 301 in Kenly, N.C, is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.The Stancil Tapestry, woven by Delaney Catherine Sasser in 1858, is now on exhibit. Delaney married John Thomas Stancil on July 15, 1860. The tapestry can be seen in the 1902 First Reunion Photo. It was bought by son, Josiah, at the John Thomas Stancil Sale in 1922. Members of the Josiah Branch kept it safe until it was given to the museum in 1998, according to Bill Edwards' wishes, by his widow, Laura Woodard Edwards. Bill, the son of Leafy Stancil Edwards, grandson of Josiah, was the last caretaker of the tapestry.

Some items for sale

(Prices subject to change; products may not be available immediately. Cookbooks are in limited supply.)


Stancil Cookbook Vol. I (1982) Stancil Cookbook Vol. II (2008)
$5 $16



$5 $5



The pens are $2 each.



The hats are $12 each. Contact us as soon as possible to make an order.



"Not A Leg To Stand On" by Ethel Stancil "Love for Keeps" by Ethel Stancil
The books are $10 each. Contact us as soon as possible to make an order.


Stancil Family Tree

The family tree was drawn by Gilda Renfrow Six, a descendant of George, in the early 1970s, and first displayed in 1971. The drawing includes four generations from the John Thomas Stancil family.

In 1982, James Viverette, the late husband of Anne Pittman Viverette, made the custom three-part wooden frame for the four-generation family tree.

It has been on display at every reunion since then, and is taken care of by Anne Viverette and family.


Stancil Family Reunion History

The first Stancil Reunion was held in late 1902.

Delaney and Tom hosted the first Stancil Reunion. Children living away from Johnston County were Samuel in Wilson County, N.C., Harvey and George in Duplin County and Catherine in Atkinson, Ga. Letters were written and they all attended the first Stancil Reunion.

Guests that attended included Marceline Edwards, a close family friend. Marceline was aunt of Allie Edwards, who married Oscar Stancil, son of Henry Stancil, in 1908.

Alonza and his wife, Ada and daughter Lena Maie Stancil. Alonza was the son of Reddick and Eliza Stancil. Reddick was the son of John and Polly Stancil. John and Samuel, Tom's pa, were brothers. Reddick and Tom were first cousins. Alonza was about the age of Arnettie. Alonza taught school. He taught Tommy (Thomas Ruffin Stancil) and told Tom he was the smartest student he had ever had. Members of the Alonza family have started attending the reunions, and we hope they will continue coming.

Jim Batey was picked up by Alvin in Wilson. He lived with Tom and Delaney and worked on the farm. Jim was also known as Albert in the 1900 Census. He was born in 1886.

The photo of the First Reunion shows tapestries hung on the walls of the cabin to dress it up. Delaney wove the tapestry on the far right in 1858. Josiah purchased it at the John Thomas sale in 1922.

First Reunion photo

Homemade lemonade is a Reunion tradition. Dozens of hand rolled lemons are used. Originally it was made in wooden tubs using water from Tom and Delaney's well.

Over the years men have been in charge of the lemonade. For years Alvin and Harvey, with help from George, made the lemonade. Their sons Vernard, Carl, Garland, Clyde Emmette and Ralph helped. Later Grover Eason (George Branch) who married Myrtle Stancil, Graydon Renfrow (George Branch) who married Rachel and his son Jimmy were in charge.

This well water was used until the early 1960s when the Reunion was moved to the Club House across from Glendale School.

The reunion had been at the John Thomas Stancil homeplace since 1902. In 1915 he traded houses with son Geo Ira Stancil and the reunion continued at the same location. Geo Ira’s widow, Eva died in 1962.

Donell secured the Glendale Community Building for the 1963 reunion.

By 1984, the reunion had outgrown this location. Donell arranged for the reunion to move to the North Johnston Middle School.

Changes were happening in Johnston County and in 2006, Donell once again was instrumental in the move to Glendale-Kenly Elementary School. This was home until new county changes required the reunion to move again. In 2012, it was decided it would be moved to the Moose Club in Wilson County.

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