The J.W. Gailey Family Reunion was held on May 7, 2011 in Thurber, Texas. J.W. Gailey (1861-1922) was an early day Eastland County settler that became a very successful cattleman during Thurber’s heyday. Mr. Gailey had 11 children and descendants from those children were invited to attend the reunion. The last Gailey reunion had been held 15 years prior.
There was a record breaking 110 in attendance this year. Most of the attendees came from various part of Texas; however, some came from as far as Michigan, Illinois, and Nevada. The Nicholas Gailey line brought in the most family with 30 in attendance. The Nora Gailey Jackson line and Luther Gailey lines were a close second and third with 27 and 25 attendees, respectfully. Only one branch of the family was not represented.
After an initial meeting and meal at the New York Hill Restaurant in Thurber, many of the group met at and toured the restored J.W. Gailey house south of town. The family later visited Tudor Cemetery, which holds the remains of many of the Gailey’s ancestors.