James FortFirst Mississippi Company Jamestowne Society History

Our Company was chartered on May 12, 2001, by Act of Council at Williamsburg, Virginia.  Mrs. Mary Kay Parrish Hudson, the Organizing Governor, was appointed to establish the Company; and twenty Charter Members were assembled from Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana.

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.”

Mrs. Kay Hudson, having previously been appointed by Council as Organizing Company Governor, presided over the election of the following officers:

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 charter members, prospective members and guests in attendance. Mrs. Carolyn Farmer, of Houston, Texas, Councillor and Companies Committee Chairman, for Jamestowne Society was our guest speaker.  Also attending were invited lineage society dignitaries: 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 of the 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.