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By Excel Entertainment Press Release

Family Celebrates Their Newly Discovered Heritage

DRAPER, UTAH -- Thomas and LeJoyce Bailey wanted to have a unique family reunion -- one that the family would always remember. They decided to do a little family history, research where their family came from, and plan activities based on their pioneer heritage and celebrate family traditions.

As they did their research they found more than they expected. With the aid of Bonnie Whitley and information from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they discovered their ancestry held a story of epic proportions that would affect their family reunion in 2001.

James Bailey, Thomas Bailey's great-great grandfather, and MaryAnn Woodcock, his wife, began their immigration to the United States on March 23, 1856 on the ship Enoch Train. They arrived in Boston in May of that same year. Following their sea voyage they joined with their new family of Latter-Day Saints in America.

The discovery moved them to tears. "Finding this information made me grateful for those who have gone before me," said Thomas Bailey. "I can't think of a better gift for my posterity, a legacy of faith and a heritage of sacrifice for the gospel they so loved."

The Baileys hosted 20-25 family members last week including children and grandchildren. Their week was filled with traditional pioneer activities. But their week culminated Saturday as the entire family enjoys the musical treat of Enoch Train, a traditional-Americana-folk hymn instrumental group, named after the very ship the Bailey's American family started from. The group performs traditional hymns from Europe that the LDS immigrants brought with them here to America. The group is all about celebrating LDS pioneer heritage, and so are the Baileys.

"We've always been ENOCH TRAIN fans," says LeJoyce Bailey, wife of Thomas Bailey. "Now we feel a closeness and have a new appreciation for the music of ENOCH TRAIN. They celebrate the cultural heritage that is ours."

"This is exactly what our music is about," says Clive Romney, director of the musical group ENOCH TRAIN. "When immigrants came to America, they carried the music of their homelands in their hearts. Later they sang this music and shared it within their 'melting pot' communities. This music helped to establish a new musical tradition in a budding nation, and that is what ENOCH TRAIN celebrates."

The Baileys enjoyed the ENOCH TRAIN performance at Draper Days, Saturday. ENOCH TRAIN will also be a part of Sea Trek 2001 that begins August 7. The group will play on board the flagship, Statsraad Lehmkuhl, several times a day at the Rock the Dock series, open for the Saints on the Seas Oratorio, and participate in the Oratorio. ENOCH TRAIN is growing in its reach and influence, and will perform for royalty while in Europe.


Family Celebrates Their Newly Discovered Heritage
Excel Entertainment Press Release 22Jul01 A2


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