Fagen Reunion - June 19, 2004 - Des Moines, Iowa
For Descendants of John and Mary Fagen

John and Mary Fagen
John was the first Fagen born in the United States.  He left Merrillville, Indiana and worked for a short time in Chicago before heading west.  He met and married Mary Holmes in Talleyrand, Iowa. 

John and Mary made their home in Talleyrand and then on their farm in Washington County near Keota.  They had 10 children -- six sons and four daughters.  In 1905 they bought a farm northwest of Sioux Rapids in Clay County, Iowa and moved there with their family.  Two of their older children, Walter and Ressa, stayed behind in Keota.

John's and Mary's ancestors are now scattered around the world but many remain in the midwest, primarily in Iowa and Minnesota.

Reunion Highlights

Click on the link below to view video of family introductions.

Next Year

The Fagen Reunion will be held next year in Minnesota. Details to follow.

You Can Help!

Top row: Frank, Katherine, Ressa, Walter and Anton
Bottom Row: Mabel, John, Blanche, Mary and Howard
How are you connected to the John and Mary Fagen family?

You will be getting a letter soon asking for information about your relationship to John and Mary Fagen, your immediate family, and any stories or biographical information you wish to share.  We'll post this information on

But you don't have to wait for the letter.  Please send us a note at if you have any reunion ancedotes or pictures you wish to share.  Also feel free to share any information that can be added (or corrected) on the genealogy web site.  And please sign our Guestbook!