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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


     Three chapter members attended the 61st State Conference in Murfreesboro, TN on March 4, 2017.  All three were state officers:  First Vice President Pat Boals (seated left above), Treasurer Geraldine Sykes (seated right above), and Corresponding Secretary Mary Ann Claxton (standing right above); they are pictured here with Honorary President General Mary Johnston (standing left) and new State President Cindy Waters (seated center).
For pictures from the conference (posted on the state website) CLICK HERE, and please note there are TWO pages of pictures there with links at the top of each.
    Business approved at the meeting included the following:
     1.  Discussion of rededication ceremony for monument in Memphis
     2.  Voted to open a savings account with profits from sale of the Ancestor Roster Books.  The money is to be used to aid in restoration of any state damaged state markers, to aid in preservation of historic cemeteries, and to create a "traveling trunk" presentation for grade school children to learn about colonial history.  Disbursements would be maximum of $250.00 per request approved by the Executive Board.
     3.  Approved payment of bill for applying for a barcode to be placed on the back of the Ancestor Roster books since most libraries require the barcodes to be on the books.
    4.  Changes to the Society's Standing Rules:
          a.  # 2 - changed to read:  "The first Vice President shall serve as Conference Chairman for the annual State Meeting and shall be responsible for all arrangements other than the signing of venue contracts, which is the responsibility of the President.  Hostesses for conference shall rotate as follows:  WEST TENNESSEE:  Capt. Charles Barham, Chucaqua, John Madison, Rev. Henry Smith; MIDDLE TENNESSEE:  Clarendon, John McKnitt, Natchez Trace, Salmon Creek, and Thomas Lygon; and EAST TENNESSEE:  Capt. Thomas Carter, John Ogle, Katherine Marbury Scott, and Prudhomme Fort.
     Hostess chapters are responsible for arranging for and funding table decorations (not to include the podium floral arrangement which is paid for from the State Conference budget), and door prizes."
          b.  #3 - Delete Standing Rule 3 as it is included in and expanded upon in Standing Rule 18.
          c.  #8 - changed to read:  The State President shall be provided $500.00 per year for expenses to attend the National Confeence and/or the National Board of Management Meeting during her term, contingent  upon her attendance at the said Conference and/or October Board of Management Meeting.  It shall be left to the discretion of the State President as to whether she wishes to use the said stipend for one event, or split the amount between the two events.  She shall be paid one night's hotel cost and the luncheon fee for the State Conference.
    At the awards luncheon, Lynda Logan was named Tennessee State Society Dame of the Year.


Nine members and two members-in-waiting attended the February 15 meeting at Tom's Pizza and Steak House in Paris. 

     President Joy Bland called the meeting to order just after 11:00 with a welcome to those attending.  In the absence 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.  Treasurer Geraldine Sykes gave her report and then presented her National Defense message which was the first message of the new Secretary of Defense James Mattis to his committee in which he pledged that our military would be ready now and in the future and that Defense would work with the State Department to ensure alliances with other nations.
     Not much in the way of business was presented.  Suzanne Richter noted that April 10th is the deadline for turning in scholarship forms.  Links to the forms can be found to the right of this article.
    The program was presented by Mary Ann Claxton and was taken from the November 17, 2016 issue of Dick Eastman's Genealogy Newsletter, "What They Never Told You About Immigration."  Facts like of the 47 million immigrants who came here between 1820 and 1960, about 18 million (nearly 1/3!) returned to their homeland for various reasons.  Also of interest were the reasons why some of the immigrants were banned outright - for example with the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.  This prompted a brief discussion of the fact that exclusions of this type have happened throughout US history, beginning in 1798 with the Aliens and Sedition Acts and coming down to the current items in the news.  Descriptions of some of the health examinations made member cringe, while descriptions of the separation of families due to children failing to pass the physical inspection were cause for sadness and an understanding of why sometimes it can be hard to trace EXACTLY how many children were in a family.  And, just as we have to stand in lines for long periods of time at airports for a 5 minute (or less) security check, immigrants had to wait as much as 5 HOURS in line to get to the registration desk!  And all that we've heard about foreign names being changed at Ellis Island has been shown to be false:  US Immigration Officials did not write down the immigrants' names - they merely checked them off from the ship's manifest log which had been written in their country of origin and presumably had the name spelled correctly.  And, especially after the steamship came into common use after 1880, what we today would call "migrant workers:"  these people would come over here about April and go back to their homeland in October or November, and then return again the next year; the money earned here gave them a better life - and often much land - in their home country.  All in all, a very interesting presentation.

And don't forget our June, 2017 meeting will be the 21st 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 (election/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).

Henry County Cemetery Committee Adopt-a-Cemetery Form can be downloaded by clicking this link.

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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Congratulations Captain Charles Barham Chapter!!!  Recognitions and Awards, 2017 State Conference:

Outstanding Contribution to
    Gravestone Preservation Program
     and Projects
Maintaining a Chapter website for
     Technology and Public Relations
Timely reporting to Pocahontas
     Projects and Scholarship
Articles in all 3 issues of XVII
     Century Review

Articles in all 3 issues of The
     Tennessee Dame

Veteran Dollars Donated



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