The Rundell–Biddick Association, a family and genealogy organization, will hold its 107th annual family picnic in Memorial Park in Livingston Sunday July 19 at noon.
A family service will be held at the Rock Church west of Livingston before the picnic at 10 a.m. Linda Ray, formerly of Platteville, will present a short family story. Nierada and Rachel Burkard and Ken Biddick will be providing musical selections.
Descendants of two Cornish families celebrate their Cornish ancestry and American heritage annually with a family picnic. The first picnic was held on the Arch Rundell farm southwest of Livingston in 1909.
The Rundell and Biddick families were neighbors in Cornwall, England. Eventually four Rundells of the James Rundell–Betsy Paynter family married four Biddicks of the Mathew Biddick–Mary Tonkin family. Two marriages were in Cornwall and two were in Platteville.
Most of the Rundell family of 14 children and Biddick family of nine children immigrated to Wisconsin. There were 39 double first cousins from these unions. Many of the Rundell and Biddick families settled in Grant and Iowa counties.
The weekend will begin with a family history presentation at Greenwood Cemetery in Platteville Saturday at 1 p.m., followed by a short seminar in the UW–Platteville Ullsvik Hall Soutwest Wisconsin Room in at 2 p.m.
All Rundell–Biddick descendants are invited to attend.