First Mississippi Company Jamestowne Society History
Our Company was chartered on May 12, 2001 by Act of Council at Williamsburg, Virginia, there being no Company within the State of Mississippi at the time. Our Organizing Governor, Mrs. Mary Kay Parrish Hudson, was appointed to establish the Company in conjunction with relocating to Mississippi from Tennessee. Our Charter Members were assembled from Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana and numbered 20 in strength.
An Organizational Meeting was held in Jackson, Mississippi on October 20, 2001 where Company Officers were elected and installed. In attendance were Company Members, numerous guests and our featured speaker, Mrs. Ray Phillips, Mississippi Daughters of the American Revolution State Regent. Her program was “Jamestowne and the Founding of our Country.”
The following Founding Company Officers were elected, Mrs. Hudson having previously been appointed by Council as Organizing Company Governor:
Lieutenant Governor: Mrs. Ethel Anepohl,
Executive Secretary: Mrs. Robert C. Baird
Recording Secretary: Mrs. Augustus T. Evans
Treasurer: Mrs. Coleman A. Fox
Registrar: Mrs. Robert Eugene Ellis, Sr.
Historian: Mrs. W. Jack Cleere
Chaplain: Mrs. Lacey M. Haralson
On May 4, 2002, our Charter Meeting was held in Jackson, Mississippi with 24 Members, prospective members and guests in attendance. Mrs. Carolyn Farmer, of Houston, Texas, Councillor and Companies Committee Chairman, for Jamestowne Society was our invited guest and speaker.
Invited dignitaries in attendance were the Past President General, Colonial Dames XVII Century, the Mississippi State President, Colonial Dames XVII Century, the President of the Mississippi Division of the National Society Magna Charta Dames and Barons, the Organizing President, Mississippi Society of the National Huguenot Society, and the President, Mississippi Chapter, Daughters of Colonial Wars.
Our company Charter was presented to the membership by the Organizing Governor and greetings from the National Jamestowne Governor, Charles D. McGuire, were read. Our Organizing Governor presented all Company Charter Members with certificates. Virginia Commemorative Quarters were given to all attendees as a keepsake for the occasion.
First Mississippi Company Jamestowne Society was proudly represented at the Jamestowne Rediscovery Celebration in 2007.