The 2005 reunion was a milestone in our family. The reunion was organized around the dedication of a marker for our Revolutionary War ancestor, Johannes Dingler. 89 family members gathered for the 2-day event in Madison, Georgia. A local chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, in period dress, conducted the observance. Selma Smith led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag. Hubert Carroll gave the benediction. I gave a short talk about Johannes Dingler and his times. Calvin Faircloth led the closing prayer.
Go to the Dingler website (https://www.dingler-family.org/) for a nice photo of the dedication. Hopefully, this can be a future pilgrimage site for the scattered Dingler clan. The marker is located in the Swords Cemetery (turn north off of Interstate 20 at Exit 121, then to Buckhead, then right on Park Mill Road, then left on Blue Springs Road through Swords Community to cemetery on left). Note that this cemetery is not the site of Johannes Dingler’s actual burial—that exact location has been lost for generations. Yet, this community cemetery is located within ½ mile of the old Dingler farm, and is well-maintained and accessible.
That afternoon, many of us visited the blacksmithing and glass-blowing studio of Charles and Christina Dingler. Many of us were fascinated to watch these skilled artisans at work. We appreciate your hospitality! Saturday night, we met at the James Madison Hall at the Madison Market Center. We enjoyed a catered banquet, followed by our annual business meeting.
by Terry Cowan