The Edmond Genealogical Society was established in September, 1991, with 78 charter members by December 31, 1991.
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Program for May 16, 2016: "Lady Godiva and the Ancient Artillery Company"
by Carolyn Leonard
Ellen Jayne Wheeler, a descendant of two very different and unique genealogical groups, will present a power point program on "The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts" and the "Lady Godiva Society" at the Edmond Genealogical Society (EGS) meeting on Monday evening May 16. This is a continuation of the EGS "lineage society" series.
"I plan to cover what information is required to become a member," Wheeler says, "And also will discuss whether Lady Godiva was a real person or not."
According to a centuries-old legend, Lady Godiva took pity on the people of Coventry, who were suffering under her husband's oppressive taxation. Lady Godiva appealed to her husband, who refused to reduce the taxes. At last, weary of her pleading, he said he would grant her request only if she would strip naked and ride on a horse through the streets of the town. Lady Godiva took him at his word, and after issuing a proclamation that all persons should stay indoors and shut their windows, she rode through the town, clothed only in her long hair. Godiva apparently died between 1066 and 1086. The modern era Kingsbury family and others claim descent from Lady Godiva.
In 1637 the Honorable Artillery Company was formed in Boston as a citizen militia for instruction in military discipline and tactics. Membership in the company has traditionally been selected from the upper middle and upper classes of Boston society. Membership may be expanded to include those from outside of Massachusetts.
"President John F. Kennedy was one of our famous modern members," Wheeler says. "I intend to bring the list of ancestors with descendants and talk about how both men and women may prove descent from Lady Godiva and the A&H."
Dr. Wheeler, a former public school and Oklahoma City University music teacher, is a member of National Society of Women Descendants of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company and the International Society of Descendants of Lady Godiva. She is also a member of Daughters of American Revolution and Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, and too many other lineage organizations to list. She is an active member of Crown Heights Christian Church. Wheeler is author of Cherokee Outlet Cowboy, published by University of Oklahoma Press, about her grandfather's experiences in Oklahoma Territory 1871--1892. She will have copies of her book available at the meeting.
The Edmond Genealogical Society meeting is free and open to the public, beginning with a social time at 6:00 p.m., with the program starting promptly at 6:30. at the Edmond Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), 1315 E. 33rd St. Park. Enter at the east doors. The church offers plenty of parking and is fully handicap accessible. The society formerly met at the Edmond Historical Museum, which is being remodeled. For 2017 the group will continue meeting at the LDS Church.
The EGS meets on the third Monday evening of each month, with speakers on subjects of interest to genealogists. Membership is open to anyone interested in historical or genealogical research. For more info on EGS, go to www.facebook.com/EdmondGenSoc
The FHS is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.