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
Janice Webb, Parliamentarian

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


Chapter members Pat Boals, Geraldine Sykes, and Mary Ann Claxton represented Capt. Charles Barham Chapter at the Summer Board of Management meeting in Nashville on 22 AUG 2014.  For more pictures from that meeting, click here.


The second annual Capt. Charles Barham Chapter scholarship was awarded to Meredith Bullock at our meeting on June 18, 2014.  Meredith has been involved in many school activities including 4 years on the high school basketball team as well as many hours of community service.  She plans to attend UT Knoxville and will be in the Pre-Pharmacy program, planning to come back to Henry County after graduation to continue serving the community in her chosen career.  Pictured above is Meredith with Chapter Secretary Suzanne Richter, chairman of the Chapter Scholarship Committee.

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 6, 2015, Chattanooga, TN

   National Conference:
   April 8-11, 2015, Mayflower Hotel,
   Washington, D.C.

    Tennessee Summer Board of

    August 22, 2014, Preston Hotel,
    Nashville, TN

A $250 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 by April 7, 2015.

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).
Nine members and two prospective members were present for the meeting 18 JUN 2014

Using Artifacts in Research and Writing about Ancestors to Produce a Family History

State Chairman of Colonial Heritage, Research and Records
Sherry Taylor focused on her ancestor, Anna Dyer Abernathy and how the use of family pictures and pictures that she added related to Anna's life could be used to create a family history.  Chapter members had been asked to bring an item that recalled someone special from their past and have a story about it, so at the end of Sherry's presentation, members presented their items and stories.  See pictures below for that part of the program.

National Defense Chairman Geraldine Sykes gave the National Defense message which was questions about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, mostly regarding the guards of the tomb and their duties.  The guards are a specially trained group from the Third United States Infantry Group (the Old Guard).  The guards
must be exemplary in discipline, dress, and bearing; thoroughly knowledgeable with the history of their unit, the Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery (and those interred there), and the U.S. Army; and able to execute a variety of ceremonial rites flawlessly and with precision.
MEETING -  18 JUN 2014


At left,
Chapter First Vice President Pat Boals presents  a copy of the coat of arms of Capt. Charles Barham to Chapter President Joy Bland.  Pat had commissioned the painting of the coat of arms and had the painting sent to Washington to be hung in the headquarters room with other members' coats of arms.  She noted the three bears which are prominent on the shield, indicating that originally the name was pronounced "Bearham."  Below, hung on the wall, is the Barham ancestry chart which Pat brought for us to see.


A report by Beverly Wood, Chairman of Marking and Preservation of Historic Sites, on progress toward marking the Lylewood Inn Bed and Breakfast in Indian Mound in Stewart County noted that everything is in place we just need to secure the last of the funding.   For more information and a complete history of the building click on the house.
 Concerning marking of the W. D. Sykes home (called by the family the Showboat House) in Dover, TN, Beverly said that funding was complete and all we really lack is ordering the marker and setting the date for marking.  She suggested perhaps two Saturdays in October as days to do the markings.  A decision will need to be made at the September meeting.

Chapter Librarian Stephanie Tayloe reported that the set of five books titled Royal Ancestry:  A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families had arrived and were being readied for placement on the shelves at the Paris Henry County Library Genealogy Room.

Pictures of members presenting their family heirlooms and the stories behind them.

  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, 2014 State Conference:

For giving a chapter scholarship
Veterans - Largest amount of cancelled stamps
Preservation of Graves - 104 hours
Maintaining a Chapter website

Follow up for prospective members

Tie - Most New Members - 2


 Most Members - 36

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