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Family gathers in Chambers Co. for a unique reunion

CHAMBERS COUNTY, AL (WTVM) -

One woman, Babe Magby, enslaved in east Alabama nearly 150 years ago, has brought many people together this weekend for one unique family reunion.

"Pretty much every person that we tracked down on this side of the family is here today," explains Elon Cook, Magby family member.

After eight years of research and help from ancestry.com, Cook and her father decided to organize a reunion of all of Babe's descendants in the earliest known place their ancestor lived, Chambers County.

"It's been incredible being able to study this and having all off these people together and it makes me feel very proud to be an American. I can understand our American history because we have had family members fight in every single war since the country's founding," says Cook.

The event took a year to plan, and this weekend over 130 family members, from all over the nation, ranging in ages from four months to 94 years old, gathered to meet for the first time.

"It's just so exciting to meet people and know they're part of you. It's a great feeling," explains one family member, Karin Carter.

Weekend events included a trip to a slave cemetery, which lead to the discovery of a grave belonging to Tom Magby, Babe's first-born son.

The family will also gather for an "intergenerational interview hour" to capture history on tape.

"We don't know whether we will be here next year, but whatever happens this has been a wonderful, wonderful occasion," says family member, Shelly Magby.

The Magby family tree has grown a little larger this weekend and members couldn't be more grateful to rediscover their roots by rediscovering each other.

"It has been truly amazing to get these people here together and to get to know our family members," says Cook.

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