Henry S. Jenks Chapter National Society Daughters of the Union 1861-1865
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Henry S. Jenks 1837-1925 Co. D, 114th Reg't, NY Volunteer Infantry
WHO WE ARE
The National Society Daughters of the Union 1861-1865 was founded by Carrie Crowell (Mrs. Frank) on October 9, 1912 in New York City, New York. The Society is a hereditary society formed to honor the soldiers and patriots who were dedicated to preserving the Union during the Civil War. Our society accepts both lineal and collateral lines of both men and women who served the Union cause.
Linda Haney (Mrs. Michael), Organizing Regent of Henry S. Jenks Chapter organized the chapter August 25, 2001. The chapter was chartered November 17, 2001 in Grand Rapids Michigan and celebrated it's 10th anniversary on October 22, 2011.
MEET OUR NEWEST MEMBERS
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Susan Marie Hall Norder (Mrs. John P. Jr.) of Zeeland
Pvt. Hall was mustered into service at age 24 on 16 July 1861 leaving his wife Martha Nutt Hall and two young children, Nellie and Eugene. Four months later Martha died of consumption. Adna was allowed to go home for the funeral but returned to Action and fought at Cedar Mountain, Rappahannock Station, Thoroughfare Gap, 2nd Bull Run, Chantilly and South Mountain. At Antietam his luck ran out. He was shot and killed instantly. Nellie was raised by her maternal grandparents and Eugene was adopted and his named changed to William Gurney. Pvt. Adna P. Hall is buried in the Massachusetts section of the National Cemetery at Antietam.
Margaret “Emmy” Kasper VanderBilt (Mrs. Herb) of Lowell
Benjamin H. Whitlow was born 19 Feb 1833 in Logan County, Kentucky and died 04 Feb 1905 at Trufont, Montcalm County, Michigan. He married circa 1866 to Ellen L. McCullum who was born 16 Aug 1844 in Wisconsin or Canada. Benjamin and Ellen had 4 children; Charles, Walter, Edwin and Edgar.
Benjamin enlisted as a 1st Sergeant on 07 Oct 1861 into Company H, 10th Kansas Infantry and served in Company G, 4th Kansas Infantry and finally promoted to 1st Lieutenant on 11 Jul 1862 in Company K, 3rd Indian Home Guard Volunteer Infantry. Benjamin mustered out on 31 May 1865.
Sandra Thompson Westgate (Mrs. Thomas D.) of Newaygo
Charles Verstay was born 13 Jul 1844 in the Netherlands and died 14 Jul 1916 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He married 13 Sep 1866 at Grand Rapids, Michigan to Cordelia Van Louten who was born 12 November 1846 in the Netherlands and died 12 Nov 1928 at Grand Rapids, Michigan. Charles and Cordelia had five children; Jacob, Harry, Mary, Charles and Katie.
Charles enlisted as a Private January 13, 1862 at Grand Rapids, Michigan as a Private in Battery E, 1st Michigan Light Artillery and mustered out as a private on July 30, 1865 at Jackson, Michigan. He moved with his Battery to Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and eventually to North Alabama. Some of the action seen by Battery E was at the Siege of Corinth, Mississippi and pursuit of Booneville, Siege of Nashville, Rousseau’s Raid in Alabama and Georgia, Ten Islands on Coosa River, Stone’s Ferry on Tallapoosa River and McCook’s raid on Atlanta and West Point Railroad & Western Railroad, Battle of Nashville and pursuit of Hood .
Our chapter meets 3 to 4 times a year in the greater West Michigan area.
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PRINCIPLES OF THE SOCIETY
This Society acknowleges as its fundamental principles:A. A firm belief and trust in Almighty God, extolling Him under whose beneficent guidance the sovereignty and integrity of the Union have been maintained, the honor of the Flag vindicated and the blessings of Civil Liberty secured, established and enlarged.
B. Allegiance to the United States of America based on paramount respect for and fidelity to its Constitution and laws, manifested by discountenancing whatever may tend to weaken loyalty, incite to insurrection, treason or rebellion, or impair in any manner the efficiency and permanency of our free institutions.
- To honor the memory of the men and women who contributed towards the preservation of the Union during the Civil War, extending over the years 1861-1865
- To foster a spirit of patriotism, loyalty and love of country
- To uphold the honor of the Flag of the United States of America
- To give financial aid to Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee
- Our National motto is "Let Us Have Peace"
- Our National song is "Battle Hymn of the Republic"
- Our flower is the Tea Rose
July MeetingDate: Monday July 28, 2014 - 10:00 a.m. (Note the day has changed)October Meeting
Place: Golden Corral: 1788 E. Sternberg Rd., Muskegon, MI
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April 26, 2014 Minutes PDF format
April 26, 2014 Minutes Word formatDate: Monday October 27, 2014 - 10:00 a.m. (Note the day has changed)
Place: Golden Corral: Alpine Ave., Grand Rapids, MI
Program: Book Review:
1. Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
2. The Secret Life of Mary Bowser
January MeetingDate: Saturday January 24, 2015 - 10:00 a.m.
Bring: "Pillow Cases for Veterans"
April MeetingDate: Saturday April 25, 2015 - 10:00 a.m.
Place: Regent L. Haney's Home
Program: Annual Meeting
1. Installation of Officers
2. Annual Memorial Service
Emily C. VanDyke Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Emily's scholarship is now maintained by Alma College. If you would like to make a donation go to Alma College or phone them directly at 800-291-1312.
Designate your donation to: Emily C. VanDyke Memorial Endowed Scholarship. All gifts are tax deductible.
The third annual recipient of the $1000 Emily Van Dyke Scholarship at Alma College was Ms. Elizabeth D. Liedel. Elizabeth tells us that she intends to achieve a Bachelor’s degree in History with a Spanish minor. After college she plans on obtaining a job in history and is interested in working in a museum.
The First and Second Annual Emily Van Dyke Scholarship both were awarded to Ashley Mrozinski, a 2014 graduate. Ashley majored in history and social studies along with a secondary education major. She said “I love helping others and making those around me happy and what better way than to teach.”
All members of the National Society are urged to donate to the Emily Van Dyke Scholarship to further support its work to assist history students.
Visit the National website National Society Daughters of the Union 1861-1865 to view images of Congress 2012, 2013 and 2014.
2015 Annual Congress (June 5-6) at Lynchburg, VA. Check back for further information.
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