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  Joy Bland, President

  Pat Boals, First Vice President
  Mary Ann Claxton, Second Vice Pres.
  Beverly Wood, Chaplain
  Suzanne Richter, Recording Secretary
  Vicky Henry, Corresponding Secretary
  Geraldine Sykes, Treasurer
  Stephanie Tayloe, Registrar
  Berdie Maie Foy, Historian
  Stephanie Tayloe, Librarian

Pictures of the marking of the Henry County Courthouse, July 21, 2012

Pictures of the marking of the Brandon-Sykes House, Dover, TN, Sept. 27, 2014

Pictures of the marking of the Mandle Harding House, Oct. 10, 2015

Pictures of the marking of the Lewis/Lyle House, May 14, 2016

Committee chairmen don't forget that reports are due in to your state committee chairman by Jan. 15 and BE SURE to SEND A COPY to our Chapter President as she has to include our reports in her president's report.


Above:  Chapter First Vice President Pat Boals (second from left) and member-in-waiting Susan Pemberton (third from left) delivered gifts to the Tennessee State Veterans Home in Humboldt on Dec. 13.


Eight members and two members-in-waiting attended the November 16 meeting at Tom's Pizza and Steak House in Paris.  for more about the meeting click here.

     President Joy Bland called the meeting to order just after 11:00 with a welcome to those attending.  In the absense of our chaplain, Joy gave the invocation and blessing.  Following the ritual, Secretary Suzanne Richter read the minutes of the last meeting which were approved with one correction.  Treasurer Geraldine Sykes gave her report and then presented her National Defense message which warned of the new security threat posed by digital appliances and security systems in our homes.  Identity thieves have begun to access these household units, which can be controlled by your smart phone, and use them as a portal to enter into your computer or other data storage in the house where you may have sensitive information.  It is probably better not to use these devices until security on them can be better set up than it is now.
     In business Joy noted that she did get the Coloni
al Heritage month proclamation done in October and had the proclamation and her picture with County Mayor Brent Greer with her for us to see. (Picture at right).
     In other business, the chapter voted to use club funds to supplement, if necessary, in shopping for gifts for the Veterans at the Veterans Home in Humboldt; members can give Suzanne the money for their gift and she will do the shopping.
     Further business concerned appointing delegates to the state convention in March.  Three members already have a vote as state officers as does Joy as chapter president.  It was decided that Joy would determine what names to turn in based on who else might be going.
     Joy reminded everyone to get their officer and committee reports in because they will have to be sent on to state and then to national.
      Last order of business was an invitation from John Babb Chapter Daughters of the A
merican Revolution to attend the Christmas tea.  The tea will be at the Heritage Center on December 10 from 1:00 to 3:00 with setup at 12:00.  We may bring finger foods (nothing sweet) if we want to.
      As the business meeting was closing, First Vice President Pat Boals told us that if we wanted to get a Coat of Arms or a supplemental for any of our ancestors we should do it before the end of April as prices will go up on May 1.
     Following the business meeting, Second Vice President Mary Ann Claxton presented the program, "Maps, Cemeteries, and a Little Mystery."  The first segment was the "mystery" which was a discussion about a recent genealogy search Mary Ann and her husband Tommy had done for a friend.  There were some humorous twists and turns as the story took them through census mistakes and a variety of surprises in trying to validate a family story and locate the friend's grandfather.
     The second part of the program was an explanation of the Henry County Cemetery Committee's Adopt-a-Cemetery program which is just getting underway.  The committee wants to put a sign on every cemetery in the county which doesn't already have one and is looking for people to volunteer to pay for the signs and then to take care of the cemetery they adopt - by mowing, taking down problem trees and undergrowth, and other steps to keeping the cemeteries so that they will not be lost to future generations.
      The final part of the program was a presentation (WITHOUT internet unfortunately due to problems connecting to the restaurant's WIFI) of the Henry County 911 map program which is now online and has a large database of information including land plat outlines, cemetery locations, and information from the tax assessor's office.  The database is used by the E911 system to help emergency responders to find the correct location, but it has applications which will be helpful to genealogists as well due to the deed information recorded from the tax records.  Members were encouraged to use the handout - which had been sent by e-mail prior to the meeting - to check out the system.
     Following the program, the meeting was adjourned.  (See additional pictures below)

And don't forget our February, 2017 meeting will be the 15th at Tom's Pizza and Steak House on highway 79 east of Paris. 

Regular meetings at Tom's Pizza & Steak House, Paris, Tennessee, 11:00 a.m on 3rd Wednesday of:
   June (installation of officers)
   September (annual auction fundraiser)

   Tennessee State Conference:
   March 4, 2017, Doubletree Hotel, Murfreesboro, TN

   National Conference:
   April 13-15, 2017, Mayflower Hotel, Washington, D.C.

    Tennessee Summer Board of

    August, 2017, Doubletree Hotel, Murfreesboro, TN

A $500 scholarship from our chapter is available to members or descendants of members to help with costs of college education.  Click here to download the application and click here to download the financial needs form.  Applications should be turned in to Recording Secretary Suzanne Richter.

I have been frustrated recently in trying to find free pedigree chart forms which could be filled out online and then saved to my computer.  Sites let you fill out the form, but, though you can print it out, you can't save it, or they want money to let you save it.  So I have created a 5 generation pedigree chart form in MS Word which you can download from this site, save to your computer, and use as many times as you want to.  Blanks are provided in the form where you can type in the information - just like on other online forms - but you can save this to your computer, and even print out a blank form if you need to.  This is the link to the form.  If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me (see Chapter Web Design link below).

The National Archives and Records Administration has recently launched a FREE History Hub.  This is an online support site where you can ask questions and reply to questions regarding NARA research.  It is like a blog for researching NARA.  When you go to the site, you create an account and then you can post questions and reply to questions just like you would on a blog site.  The new site is a pilot for the next 6 months; hopefully it will be fully funded after that time.  This is really helpful if you are preparing to do research at a NARA facility or just to find out what records are available and how others have used them.  There is a section specifically for genealogy researchers.  Link to the website is:

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  National Society Colonial Dames XVII

  Tennessee Society Colonial Dames
  XVII Century

The Tennessee Dame

     The Captain Charles Barham Chapter was organized by Mrs. H. Ansil Boals on 8 December, 1979 at the Paris Elks Lodge in Paris, Tennessee.  Mrs. William Osceola Gordon, Tennessee State President, installed the new officers.
     Twenty-eight members signed the Charter at a meeting in the log cabin of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Laird, Paris, Tennessee, on 31 May 1980.
     The Chapter was named in honor of Captain Charles Barham, who emigrated from England in the 1600's to Surry County, Virginia, where his descendants lived for more than 300 years.  He served as Justice of the Peace, Sheriff, Vestryman.  In 1680 he served as a military officer and furnished a horse in an expedition against the Indians.

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December Tea Pictures 2011

Congratulations Captain Charles Barham Chapter!!!  Recognitions and Awards, 2016 State Conference:
For giving a chapter scholarship
Library Committee - $100 donation
Electronic Imaging - $50.00 donation
Historical Marker Project - Placed 1
Outstanding Contribution to
    Gravestone Preservation Program
     and Projects
Outstanding Contribution to the
     National Defense Committee
Preservation of Graves - Replaced 9
     Stones and $1000 spent

Maintaining a Chapter website
Submitting Articles to all three issues
     of the Tennessee Dame
Appreciation for reporting to
     Pocahontas Projects and
     Scholarship Committee
Appreciation for Early Bird Reporting
     to State Chairman Pocahontas
     Projects and Scholarship

Donation to the National Society - $100
Donation to the Tennessee State Room - $150 (tie)
Number of Pictures in the Tennessee Dame
     newsletter - 14
Best Colonial Heritage Month Publicity from the
     Colonial Heritage, Research and Records

Society's Public Relations - Number of Pictures - 21
Society's Public Relations - Number of Square Inches

Veteran Hours Donated - 20 hours

Two certificates from Gravestone Preservation Committee:

For Oustanding Contributions to replacing 9 gravestones

For Outstanding Contributions to creating a database of cemeteries in Henry County

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