THE DATE: MAY 11, 2013 Spring Membership Meeting, Williamsburg
Lodge, Williamsburg, VA
April 19, 2013 - Former Governor James Morris Bagby, who served as Jamestowne Society Governor in 1990 and 1991, and was descended from Temperance Baley, died 18 April 2013. He was active in leadership roles of the Society until his recent illness. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Quarles Bagby; three children, Sara Bagby Farmer (James), Ann Bagby Pattersen (Lars), and Richard Morris Bagby, and five grandchildren: Katherine Brooke Pettersen, Samuel Richard Farmer, Jonas Kristian Pettersen, Caroline Hardwick Farmer, and Collin Lewis Robert Farmer. A link to Jim Bagby's complete obituary is here, wherein are listed his education, his vocations, and his extensive volunteer activities with lineage and historical groups, and his church and commuity involvement. The family will receive friends at the Parham Chapel of Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Rd., Richmond, VA, Sunday, April 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. Services will be held on Monday, April 22, at 11 a.m. at Seventh Street Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 4101 Grove Avenue, Richmond, VA, with interment to follow at Hollywood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Jamestowne Society or any organization of choice. Jim's friendly and outgoing manner will be sorely missed by Jamestowne Society members and leaders who depended on his calm professionalism for guidance over many years. You may add your condolences to the Guest Book linked to here. The Society extends deep sympathy to his family, his friends, and the many associates of Jim's in various organizations.
Former Governor DeEtte DuPree Nesbitt's daughter, Alice Massey, who was born in 1962, died 24 March 2013 in Houston, Texas. Funeral services were private.Ms. Massey was a retired social worker, and is survived by her mother, as well as her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Scott Massey Nesbitt, and her niece, Luna J. Nesbitt. A memorial service wil be held at a later date. A link to the Guest Book for Alice Massey is here, so that members may express their condolences. The Society extends sincere condolences to Governor Nesbitt at this sad time.
Past Company Governor Marie Russell of the First Texas Company died 6 March 2013. In addition to her important involvement with the First Texas Company, she was involved as a member and a leader in numerous lineage and historical societies, and authored 16 books of genealogical records and family histories. Services were held on Monday, March 11, 10 AM at Paul U. Lee Funeral Home. A link to the Guest Book for Dorothy "Marie" Russell is here.
Spring 2013 Newsletter and Spring Luncheon Info: Your electronic copy of the Spring 2013 newsletter is available on the site, and it includes the Luncheon Reservation Form for the May 11 Luncheon. While the form itself specifies a deadline of April 19, reservations will stlll be accepted if submitted promptly. Click here to access the Spring 2013 Newsletter in PDF format, which includes the Luncheon Reservation Form.
Kansas-Missouri Company will host their annual spring workshop for prospective members on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, from 1 to 5 PM at the Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, Missouri. For more informaiton, contact Dessa J. Burrell, Governor through this email link.
James Citty Company met on March 21, 2012 at Riverview Restaurant, Water Street, in Yorktown, Virginia. Governor Bonnie Shanks Shelton did timely provide notice of this meeting, but due to the webmaster's recent back surgery, this notice was not posted on this site in a timely fashion. However, a good attendance was enjoyed, and Eric Speth, Maritime Program Manager for the Jamestown/Yorktown Foundation provided an interesting program for all present.
Jefferson Memorial was the site of the annual birthday celebration (April 13) of Thomas Jefferson. Jamestowne Society Lt. Governor David Woodroof and Secretary of State Jerry W. Zillion represented the Society at this annual marking, jointly sponsored by the DC SAR and the National Park Service.
Apologies to all for the "lag time"between the January 24 update and this update (April 19). Your webmaster has had a difficult winter of sciatic back pain, and underwent back surgery near the end of March. It has been a time of limited ability to get updates done, as time and ability to sit and accomplish the update task have been necessarily limited. The good news is that, apparently, the surgery was a success. Thank you for your patience, and hopefully things will be back on track from now on!
January 24, 2013 - Former Governor Charles "Dan" McGuire died on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at his home in Reston, Virginia. Brigadier General Charles D. McGuire, USAR (Ret), served as Governor of the Jamestowne Society from 2000 to 2002, and was active in its leadership until his death. Governor McGuire is survived by his wife, Edie, by his son Shannon and daughter Kirsty, and by his sister Joy Breeze, and other relatives and close friends. Family and friends are invited to a celebration of his life at Money and King Funeral Home, 171 W. Maple Avenue, Vienna, VA on Monday, January 28, from 6 to 8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 29, at 11:30 a.m. at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 11900 Lawyers Road, Reston, VA. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the SPCA of Northern Virginia, POB 100220, Arlington, VA, 22210-3220 or to the Jamestowne Society, to which he devoted much time and passion over the years, at POB 6845, Richmond, VA 23230. The Society will be forever grateful for Governor McGuire's dedication to many projects, including his participation in the planning of the 400th Anniversary Celebration in 2007. He was an active and devoted member of the Washington-Northern Virginia Company of the Society, including serving throughout 2012 as Company Governor. He was a descendant of Walter Chiles. To add your condolences to the online Guest Book, visit the Legacy.com link here. The Society extends sincere sympathy to his family and to his large circle of close friends.
December 11. 2012 - Past Governors of the Society - Listing of those who have served as Past Governors (who are still living) has been modified to reflect terms and dates of service. The corrected listing appears on the Officers and Councillors Page. Also please note the following changes to leadership of the various Companies of the Society. These changes are all reflected on the Companies Page on this site.
Washington - Northern Virginia Company Governor: Charles Danny McGuire has resigned as Company Governor for health reasons; the new Company Governor is Jacque-Lynne Schulman, 6649 McLean Drive, McLean, Virginia 22101. Governor McGuire's past service to the Company and to the Society are greatly appreciated. The Society sends good wishes for his restored health.
Florida Gulf Coast Governor: The newly elected Governor of the Florida Gulf Coast Company is Linda Moody Neal, 6608 Maybole Place, Temple Terrace, Florida 33617.
Tennessee Company and Tennessee Valley Company Governors: New Governors for these Companies have been added to the website: John E. McCutchen of Jackson, TN, heads the Tennessee Company, and Rick Hollis of Clarksville, TN, is Governor of Tennessee Valley.
First Nevada-Arizona Company Governor: Patricia Scroggin Dell'aira of Las Vegas is the newly elected Governor of the First Nevada-Arizona Company.
Northern California Company's New Governor is J. Michael Phelps of Tiburon, CA.
First Colorado Company Governor: .Jeannine Angle Dobbins of Durango, CO, now is the Governor of the First Colorado Company.
Kansas-Missouri Company announces officers: Dessa Jane Burrell, Governor; Romie Carr, Lt. Governor; Frank Ruester, Treasurer; Janis Taylor, Recording Secretary, Barbara Weed, Geneaogist, Dr. Michael D. Frost, Historian, and Judy Johnson, Chaplain. The Governor's name is listed on the Companies Page on this site
First South Carolina Company has changed its Company website location on the web. The new location is in the "diamond link" next to First South Carolina Company's listing on the Companies Page. If you have it in your "favorites," the link should now point to http://JamestowneFSCC.org.
Roll of Honor: The following changes have been made to the Roll of Honor, which reflects giving to the Jamestowne Society.
Added to the Colonist Level: Elizabeth Wilson Atkinson, John H. Baker, Jr., James B. Culbertson, Dolores Dodge, Robert E. Hill, Kentucky Trace Company, John H. Newman, Jr., Lawrence Smith, Nancy B. Squire.
Added to Major Merchant Level: J. B. Cook, Anne Farley, Lowry Rush Watkins, Jr.
Added to Planter Level: Roanoke-New River Valley Company, South Florida Company.
Added to Parish Council: First Texas Company.
The Society is very appreciative of all donations, and the Roll of Honor is periodically updated to reflect these online.
December 7. 2012 - Changes were made on this date to various Committees which serve the Jamestowne Society, at the direction of Governor Michael D. Frost, and the changes and corrections are on the Officers and Councillors Page.
December 2, 2012 - Fall Meeting Recap: Members and guests filled the Ballroom at the Commonwealth Club on November 3 for the Fall Membership Meetng. The speaker was John Edwards who presented information on Historic St. Luke's Church in Smithfield. The Fall Meeting Recap page newly added features photos from the luncheon and the meeting of those in attendance.
New Society Governor Dr. Michael David Frost was installed at the Fall Membership meeting, and his Governor's Message to members appears now on the website, as well as the listing of new Officers, Councillors, and Committee chairs and members on the Officers and Councillors Page. Congratulations to those newly elected!
Please note new prices on insignia items in the Jamestowne Society Shoppe on this website. A new order form reflecting the changes has been added. The price changes reflect costs passed along to the Society for items with gold content.
September 23, 2012 - Fall Meeting Notice: Members are invited to send in reservations for the Fall Meeting on Saturday, November 3, 2012, at the Commonwealth Club in Richmond. Check the Fall Meeting Notice page for details, and for the Reservations Form. New officers for the coming two-year term will be sworn in at this meeting. The speaker will be Smithfield Times Editor and Publisher John Edwards, whose topic will be "St. Luke's 1632 Church at Smithfield." Mr. Edwards is the President of Historical St. Luke's Church Foundation. Plan now to join us for this interesting presentation, and, as always, to see old friends and make new ones! Deadline for reservations is October 19. We will look forward to seeing you there!
Fall 2012 Newsletter Online: The latest edition of the Jamestowne Society Newsletter is now on site, for your convenience. The newsletter contains the Governor's Message, Company News, New Supplementals, New Members, New Ancestors, Donations, Information on the Jamestown Church Tower Fund, and Proposed ByLaw Changes to be voted on at the Fall Meeting. The link is here, for your convenience.
Past Governor DeEtte Nesbitt joined members of the First Texas, San Antonio and John Clay Companies in Houston, TX, at the Evergeen Cemetery there, at the cemetery marker dedication. The old and historic cemetery has been researched and revitalized thanks to efforts of Past Governor Nesbitt and others who are Jamestowne Society members. The link to the YouTube video is here only.
Kansas-Missouri Company Workshop for Prospective Members will be held at the Midwest Genealogy Library, Lee's Summit Rd. & Kiger, Independence, MO on Tuesday, October 2 from 1 to 4 PM. Register by writing to Jamestowne Society Kansas-Missouri Company, POB 1248, Independence, MO 64051 by Saturday, Sept. 29. Include name, phone and names of Jamestowne ancestors. Dessa Jane Burrell is Governor of the Kansas-Missouri Company. This is a good opportunity for those in the area!
Golden State Company held its Chartering Meeting May 4, 2012 at the Valley Club in Montecito, CA. Its next meeting will be in early January 2013. Officers are Catherine B. Matranga, Governor; Kathi Chulick, Lt. Governor; Mary Brown, Chaplain; Barbara Payne Aerni, Secretary; Robert Dempster, Treasurer; Helen Annette Keller, Historian. Congratulations to the new officers, and to the Golden State Company on its chartering meeting.
James Citty Company held its Fall Meeting on September 20 at Two Rivers Country Club in Williamsburg, Virginia. The meeting was well attended, and among the guests were Society Governor Joseph H. Barlow and Mrs. Barlow, and Bonnie Hofmeyer, the Jamestowne Society's new Office Manager.
North Carolina Company Governor Dr. Garrett Griggs has a new address, 2212 Fernglen Place, Cary, NC 27511, which has been added to the Companies Page on this site.
August 27, 2012 - New Additions to Roll of Honor: The Roll of Honor on this site recognizes those members and others who have contributed to the Jamestowne Society. Newly added are, to the "Colonist" category: Nathan Bushnell III, Thomas Curpen Fey, and Teresa Carroll Medlinsky. The Society is appreciative of all contributions, and gratefully acknowledges these new donors, who are now on the Roll of Honor.
New Ancestors Added to Qualifying Ancestors Index: Good news for potential new members and for current members looking to add a supplemental to their credit! Lyndon H. Hart, III, Genealogist, has announced the addition of two new ancestors to the Qualifying Ancestors Index: Sir George More, investor of the Virginia Company, born 1553, died 1632; and Rev. John Rosier, Sr., born 1604, died by 1660, Westmoreland County. Also announced is the removal of Reynold Henley. The changes are reflected in the appropriate sections of the Qualifying Ancestors Index.
August 20, 2012 - New Leadership Changes Announced for 3 Companies: Carolyn Kendrick Farmer, Companies Chair, has released the following information on new leadership:
First Nevada-Arizona Company: James Richard Runge, Company Governor;
Lone Star Company: Elizabeth Stoakes Bilisoly Quelch, Company Governor;
Tennessee Company: John E. McCutchen, Company Governor.
Congratulations to the new Company Governors! These changes have been added to the Companies Page on this site. Also on that page are contacts for all Company Governors and links to Companies' websites. Congratulations to the new Company Governors!
July 31, 2012 - Clarification on Qualifying Ancestor Index Pages: Since May, the Society, through its Executive Headquarters in Richmond, and through its website, has received an inordinate amount of inquiries about why persons are not included on the Qualifying Ancestor Index which appears on this website, which is the current version. The answer is disarmingly simple. Names which appear on the Index reflect those ancestors whose service has been proven, and from whom descent has been or can be proven. Interestingly, those making these inquiries have not indicated they are interested in applying for membership, just that they wanted the names of those they believe should be included added to the Index. A clarification has been added to the Qualifying Ancestor Index pages, reflecting that the Society does not do research for individuals to add names to the Index, rather that additions occur from time to time as those with appropriate service and from whom descent can be proven are demonstrated satisfactorily, this process taking place within the application process and approval itself. Genealogical research to establish such qualification and such lineage is the burden of the interested party.
Changes on Membership Application Process Page: The name of the Office Manager for the Jamestowne Society, Bonnie Hofmeyer, has been substituted for the name of the former Executive Director.
July 8, 2012 - New Leadership Changes Announced for 8 Companies: Carolyn Kendrick Farmer, Companies Chair, has announced the following new leadership changes:
Alabama Company:Jeffrey Allen Engler, Company Governor;
Central Missouri Company: Iola Jane Smith, Company Governor;
First Indiana Company: Rick Gann, Company Governor;
First North Carolina Company: Dr. Garrett Briggs, Company Governor;
Golden State Company:Catherine Matranga, Company Governor;
South Florida Company: Jethro Meriwether Hurt, III, Company Governor;
Washington and Northern Virginia Company: Charles Danny McGuire, Company Governor;
Wilderness Road Company: Nancy Clay Hampton, Company Governor.
The changes have been reflected on the Companies Page on this site, where you will find contact information for all of the Companies of the Society, as well as links to the Companies' individual websites where available. Congratulations to the new Company Governors!
Chesapeake Bay Company invites you on board! The Chesapeake Bay Company invites you and your guests to our Summer Meeting & Field Trip to Tangier Island! On Thursday morning, July 19, we will board the 100 ft. long Chesapeake Breeze at Buzzard's Point Marina near Reedville in Northumberland County and travel across the Chesapeake Bay to tiny isolated Tangier Island, a journey many of our ancestors made centuries ago in much less comfort and style. Upon arrival, we will have lunch at the Fisherman's Corner Restaurant, whose crabcakes have been featured in "Southern Living" Magazine. Then we will go to the Tangier Museum where Museum Director Debra Howard will give a presentation on Tangier in the 1600s, and we will have a brief Company meeting. Then we'll board the Chesapeake Breeze again and travel home to the Northern Neck. It's an unforgettable experience to make this journey! Those of us who live close by have done it many times, and it never gets old. Please visit the Chesapeake Bay Company's website page on this event if you are interested. And please do join us, with your guests! See the Chesapeake Breeze below:
June 18, 2012 - Dr. Thomas W. Sale, Jr, former Governor of the James Citty Company, died on June 17, 2012. Tom was a surgeon in the Tidewater area, a member of many professional and lineage and historical societies. A descendant of Joseph Bridger, and of Rev. Richard Buck, he was a faithful attendee of Jamestowne Society meetings. As Governor of the James Citty Company, he shepherded an already established Company into an era of new growth and participation. Visitation is from 5 to 7 on Tuesday, June 19, at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, with service held 2 pm Wednesday, June 20 at St. John's Episcopal Church. A link to his obituary is here, and a link to the Guest Book is also provided. Deep sympathy to the family and friends of Tom Sale at this sad time. If you ever met him, you were his friend.
First Indiana Company Chartering Meeting took place on June 9 at the Woodstock Club in Indianapolis. On June 8, Companies Chair Carolyn Kendrick Farmer and Council Member Anne Stokes Moore assisted eighteen seminar participants in researching lineages at the Indiana State Library. Carolyn and Anne were present for the chartering meeting. Photos from the events:
June 3, 2012 - Great Northwest Company Officers for 2012 to 2014 are: Doris J. Moorehead, Governor; Linda Lind, Lt. Governor, Nancy Gray, Secretary, William M. Waring, Executive Secretary, Ardyth Hatcher Schaumburg, Treasurer, Martha K. Simpson, Genealogist, and Joseph Buckner Sullivan, Chaplain. The Company's new Governor has been added to the Companies Page on this website, with the Governor's contact information. Congratulations to the new slate!
May 30, 2012 - First Indiana Company Website: Rick Gann, Governor of First Indiana Company, invites you to visit the new website for their company which is now online. The link has been added to the Companies Page on this site, as well as the Site Index. Congratulations on this achievement!
May 28, 2012 - Congratulations to New Members! While photos from the May Meeting have been added to the Spring Meeting 2012 Recap page on this site, here is the photo of new members of the Jamestowne Society, and those members who are first-time attendees at the Membership Meeting. Welcome! We look forward to seeing you at our November 3 Fall Membership Meeting, and hope you will consider joining a Jamestowne Society Company near you for more fellowship opportunities!
Spring Meeting Recap 2012 is now on site. Go see what fun we had! Check it out in Spring Meeting 2012 Recap!!
Three New Companies Chartered! The Jamestowne Society is delighted to welcome and recognize three new Companies: (1) Central Missouri Company, Governor Iola Jane Smith, 805 Manhatten Drive, Columbia, Missouri 65201; (2) First Indiana Company, Governor Rick Gann, 16 Bankers Lane, Indianapolis, Indiana 46201; (3) Golden State Company, Governor Catherine Matranga, 43944 N. Halcom Ave, Lancaster, California 93536. These Companies have been added to the Companies Page on this site. See photos of their chartering on the Spring Membership Meeting 2012 Recap Page. Congratulations to all! If you wish to organize a Company in your area and there is not one already in existence, you may contact the Companies Chair, Carolyn Kendrick Farmer, 2423 Jasmine Ridge Court, Houston, Texas 77062 for more information.
Roll of Honor Updates: The Michigan Company is added to the Cavalier level of giving ($5,000 to $9,999); Virginia Piedmont Company is added to the Planter level ($2,500 to $4,999), Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Carrington and Mr. Guy M. Cloud, Jr are added to the Major Merchant level ($1,000 to $2,499). The Jamestowne Society gratefully acknowledges these contributors, and recognizes them in the Roll of Honor Section of the website.
Headquarters News: Faye Weems, former Executive Director, resigned in May. Your Headquarters inquiries will now be answered by Bonnie Hofmeyer, Office Manager. If you wish to reach her, you may call the Society Headquarters during weekdays, or email her using the handy link at the bottom of each page of the website.
May 9, 2012 - Looking forward to seeing you at the Spring Meeting May 12 at the Williamsburg Lodge! Council members please arrive in time for the 9:00 A.M. meeting. Members and guests will gather at 11:30 for the Membership Reception, followed by Luncheon at 12:15. Our guest speaker is Connie Lapallo, author of "Dark Enough to See the Stars in a Jamestown Sky."
James Citty Company announces a new Lieutenant Governor, Patricia Grogg, who has agreed to accept that office upon the resignation of Fred Boelt.
Roanoke-New River Valley Company News: Aurelia Lacy has been appointed Secretary by Governor Cranston Williams, Jr to replace Patty Arnold, the long time Secretary and Organizer of the Company. Patty and Dave Arnold will be moving to Staunton during the summer. Patty and Aurelia are both well known to Jamestowne Society members as welcoming hostesses for the semi-annual membership meetings.
Sympathy is extended to the family of William Emil Nichols, PhD, husband of Vernette Snyder Nichols, who died earlier this month. Services were held Friday May 6 2012 in Waynesboro, Virginia, with a memorial service planned for later in Knoxville and burial in Arlington National Cemetery.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Thomas Malin Rodgers who died 10 April 2012.
March 11, 2012 - The May 2012 Spring Meeting Information Section has been added to the site, and includes access to a PDF Reservation Form. The meeting will take place on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at the Williamsburg Lodge. Reservations deadline is April 20. Governor Joe Barlow has secured Connie LaPallo to be the speaker for the meeting. Ms. LaPallo is the author of two books, "When the Moon Has No More Silver," and "Dark Enough to See the Stars in a Jamestown Sky." Click here for more information and to access your reservation form!
March 11, 2012 - Dr. Joseph Neal Payne, former Council Member from 2006 to 2009, died March 6. Born in Galax, Dr. Payne was a math educator at the University of Wisconsin, and for forty years at the University of Michigan, and authored several texts and publications. He is survived by his son, J. Neal Payne, Jr., daughter, Joanna Cornett Payne, grandchildren and other relatives. Dr. Payne's graveside service was held on March 10, and a memorial service was held on March 11. A link to Dr. Payne's Guest Book at Legacy.com is here. His service to the Society is remembered and appreciated.
February 19, 2012 - Changes to the Roll of Honor: Jamestowne Society recognizes donors who have contributed more than $250 on the Roll of Honor on this website, which is updated as more names are added, and as donors increase their support of the Society. The latest changes are:
(1) First South Carolina Company's support is recognized by moving up to the Planter category (support level of $2,500 to $4,999);
(2) First North Carolina Company's support is recognized by moving up to the Major Merchant category (support level of $1,000 to $2,499);
(3) Lowry Rush Watkins, Jr and Jerry W. Zillion, individual contributors, are recognized by moving up to the Early Settler category ($500 to $999).
Members, Companies and others who are interested in supporting the work of the Jamestowne Society are encouraged to make contributions. Names of contributors of over $250 (cumulative total) are recognized on this site on the Roll of Honor. The Jamestowne Society deeply appreciates your continuing support. Donations may, at any time, be mailed to Jamestowne Society, P.O.Box 6845, Richmond, VA 23230.
February 13, 2012 - James Citty Company Meets March 15: Company Governor Bonnie Shank Shelton has announced the next meeting of the James Citty Company will be March 15 at Smithfield Station, 415 South Church Street, Smithfield, VA. You may e-mail Governor Shelton at email@example.com for specific details and cost. Deadline for reservations is March 3. The speaker will be Susan Godman Rager, whose topic will be "Weather in the 17th Century: Life Before the Weather Channel." Members of the Company are invited to attend, as are Members of the Society. See you there!
February 6, 2012 - Names of New Councillors of the Society have been added to the Officers, Councillors and Committees Page on this site. The newly elected slate of Councillors serve a term from 2011 to 2014 and they are:
Mary Anne Stokes Moore, Louisville Kentucky;
Bonnie Kay Shank Shelton, Williamsburg, Virginia;
James Ewell Brown Stuart IV, Richmond, Virginia; and
Priestley Toulmin, Ph.D., Alexandria, Virginia.
Northern Virginia Company's New Leadership: Brigadier General Charles Dan McGuire, USAR Ret., of Reston, Virginia, is the new Governor of the Northern Virginia Company of the Jamestowne Society. Others elected are: Governor Emeritus, Betsy Graves Smith, of Alexandria, Virginia; Lieutenant Governor Jacque-Lynn Schulman, of McLean, Virginia; Recording Secretary Sarah Seemann, of Rockville, Maryland; Corresponding Secretary, Angela Hill, of Rockville, Maryland; Treasurer Lee Perryman, of Alexandria, Virginia; and Historian St. Julien R. Marshall, Jr, of Alexandria, Virginia. A link to the Northern Virginia Company's website is provided both on the Companies Page and on the Site Index.
January 25, 2012 - 6 Companies Have New Leadership: Carolyn Kendrick Farmer, Companies Chair for the Jamestowne Society, has released changes reported to date regarding leadership of Jamestowne Society Companies. The newly chosen Company Governors are:
First Georgia Company: W. Charles Hampton, Governor, 2024 Abercrombie Road, Culloden, GA 31016-5720;
First Louisiana Company: Lydia Taso Ozenberger, Governor, 1208 Aline Street, New Orleans, LA 70115-2421;
First Mississippi Company: Kathleen Gray Henry, Governor, 321 Avalon Way, Brandon, MS 39047-7635;
Princeton Company: Daniel H. Harman III, Governor, 1065 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10128-1001;
Shenandoah Valley Company: Bibb Frazier, Governor, P.O.Box 685, Harrisonburg, VA 22802;
West Texas Company: Connie Corley, Governor, 1907 West Indiana, Midland, TX 79701.
These changes are reflected on the Companies Page of this site. Congratulations to the new leaders of these Companies! Society members interested in forming a new Company in their area of residence, if there is not one currently available, may contact Companies Chair Carolyn Kendrick Farmer, 2423 Jasmine Ridge Court, Houston, TX 77062-3240 for more information. While Society members are not required to join Companies, many do, as it provides additional opportunities during the year to socialize with other members, and to enjoy Jamestowne-related programs in their home states and communities.
December 5, 2011 - Roanoke-New River Valley Company News: On November 20, new officers were elected. Cranston Williams, Jr. serves as Governor; Patty Arnold is Secretary; Jeff Bowman is Treasurer. Alice J. Sweeney, James J. Owen and Dr. John Shelton were chosen as Councilors of the Company. Mrs. Sweeney was hostess for the meeting, which was held at the Hale-Wilkinson-Carter home in Hillsville, Virginia, which was built in 1857. It has had many uses over its history, and is currently being restored. It is open to the public, and highlights the contributions of local industrialist George L. Carter. Contact information for the current Governor of the Company, Cranston Williams, Jr. is now listed on the Companies Page of this website.
December 5, 2011 - Guest Book Link Added: On November 27, members were informed of the death of Gloria Reed Hendry, wife of former Society Governor Robert N. Hendry. At that time, no Guest Book information (from Legacy.com) was available. However, you may now go to the Legacy.com Guest Book and leave your message of sympathy there for Mrs. Hendry's family.
November 28, 2011 - First California Company will meet on Saturday, January 7, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. at The National Archives at Riverside, 23123 Cajalco Road, Perris, CA 92570. The speaker will be Archives Specialist Kerry Bartels and the topic will be "Introduction to the National Archives." The event is free, but space is limited, so make early reservations by email to FCCJamestowneGov@gmail.com.
November 28, 2011 - Jamestowne Reading Resources: The book, "the Jamestowne Century: A Collection of Essays" by St. Julien Ravenel Marshall, Jr., published by the Washington & Northern Virginia Company of the Jamestowne Society in 2009, has been added to the list of reading resources members and guests should appreciate. Peruse the list and see how many of the Jamestowne resources you have already explored, and how many remain for history adventures!
November 27, 2011 - Fall Meeting Recap has been added to the site which includes photos from the presentation, "British Portraiture at the Time of Jamestowne" by Robin Nicholson, and a variety of candid photos of members and guests at the Fall Meeting. There's also a photo of new members who attended the November meeting at the Commonwealth Club. If you didn't attend, you missed an interesting presentation, a delicious luncheon, and lively conversation! Click here to see the photos.
November 27, 2011 - First North Carolina Company has lost one of its founding members, Gloria Reed Hendry, who was the spouse of former Society Governor Robert N. Hendry. Mrs. Hendry died Saturday, November 26 in Raleigh. She was a descendant of Richard Wells, and had done supplementals on Rev. William Wilkinson, Richard Walthall, James Usher and Thomas Graves. Her obituary was not yet available online at the time this notice was published, but is expected to appear in the Raleigh News Observer.
November 20, 2011 - The Site Index has a new look: it's been redesigned to help you find what you're looking for on the site easier. There are listings by Main Site Sections, How to Join, Companies of the Society, Research and Reference, Newsletters Online, and Recaps of Society Meetings. In the new Companies section on the Site Index, you'll find handy links to the 16 Companies who have their own websites. The Companies Page on the site will still provide information on all 37 Companies including their addresses, and Governors' names. The How to Join Section contains info on the Membership Process, plus the link to the Qualifying Ancestors Index. Research and Reference contains links to Jamestowne Reading Resources, Royal Charters, Chronology of the Period, and Society Fellowships. Newsletters Online contains PDF versions of Society newsletters since Fall 2010, with a link to free downloadable Adobe Acrobat software for reading PDFs. Recaps of Society Meetings contains popular pages with photos from Society meetings since 2007.
November 20, 2011 - The Kentucky Company met at the Pendennis Club, Louisville, on Nov. 12. New officers are: William P. Carrell II, Governor; William C. Schrader, Lt. Governor; Toni J. Curtis, Secretary of State; Charles W. Grissett, Secretary of the Treasury; Jack J. Early, Chaplain; Anne Stokes Moore, Genealogist; Lloyd F. Fowler, Captain. The new office of Captain was created to have charge of the Company's new flags. Maj. Gen. Carl Black, USAF Ret. was the speaker. Congratulations to Past Governor Anne Stokes Moore on her election to Jamestowne Society Council, first member from the Kentucky Company to so serve.
September 30, 2011 - First California Company will meet on Saturday, October 29, 2011, at 12 noon at the Porter Valley Country Club, 19216 Singing Hills Drive, Northridge, Los Angeles, CA 91326. Diana Johnson will speak on "The French and Indian War: Prelude to Revolution." The cost of the luncheon is $35; reservations deadline is October 20. Send luncheon check to Harry Holgate, Treasurer, 115 W. Fourth St., #208, Long Beach, CA 90802-2312.
September 29, 2011 - Past Society Governor Dies: Ambrose Rucker Woodroof, Governor of the Jamestowne Society from 1979 to 1981, died on September 26, 2011 in Lynchburg, Virginia. His surviving family includes three children, Rosanne Lynette Woodroof, David King Woodroof (currently Secretary of State of the Society) and Dr. Kerry Colston Woodroof. You may express your condolences by visiting his obituary and condolence page at Tharp Funeral Home here, or the Legacy guest book. He was a descendant of Robert (King) Carter. Donations in memory of Mr. Woodroof would be welcomed by the Jamestowne Society. Mr. Woodroof was 99 years old.
September 27, 2011 - First South Carolina Company will meet on Saturday, November 12, 2011, at 12 noon at the Forest Lake Country Club in Columbia, South Carolina. Dr. Fritz Hamer, Chief Curator of History at the South Carolina State Museum, will speak on "Origins and Legacy of the Declaration of Independence." The cost of the meal is $25.00; reservations deadline is November 9. Those interested in attending may e-mail Governor Judi Romeo for further details.
September 26, 2011 - Past Company Governor Dies: Jacksonville Company Past Governor Henry Vann Rhodes, Sr., of Deland, Florida, died September 20, 2011. A link to his obituary is here which contains information on his life's journey and on donations in memory. Donations in memory of Mr. Rhodes would also be welcomed by the Jamestowne Society. After the Company was rechartered as the North Florida Company, he accepted the new charter at the May 2010 meeting in Williamsburg. He attended most of the Governor Roundtable meetings annually in Williamsburg since 2000. He was a descendant of Jamestowne Ancestor William Spencer.
September 21, 2011 - Fall Meeting Notice and Reservation Form have been added to the site as of this date. Join us on November 5 at Richmond's Commonwealth Club to hear Robin Nicholson, Deputy Director for Art and Education at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, present "British Portraiture at the Time of Jamestowne." Don't delay sending in your reservations - the deadline is October 14th! Click here to see the Meeting Notice, and to access the Reservation Form. See you on November 5!
Past Company Governor Dies: Chesapeake Bay Company Past Governor Jean Booth McKenney of Irvington, Virginia, died on September 2, 2011. A link to her obituary is here which contains information on her activities and on donations in her memory, which, of course, would also be welcomed by the Jamestowne Society to honor her long membership in the organization. She served as Company Governor from 2008 to 2010. She was a descendant of Jamestowne Ancestor Matthew Kemp.
New Society Newsletter Format: The October 2011 edition of the Jamestowne Society Newsletter should have reached you by now. An abbreviated version of the print newsletter is available on this site for your perusal, with the omissions including names and address information of new members for privacy purposes. Click here to view the online edition. You will notice that the print version is limited to eight pages, per Governor Barlow's message on the front page. Companies are encouraged to submit meeting notices and also photographs and recaps of their Company meetings to the Jamestowne Society website for inclusion on the What's New Page. More extensive coverage of Company events and of Company information should be presented on the Companies' own individual websites. Most Companies do have their own sites. If you visit the Companies Section on this site, you will notice that the diamond icon indicates a link to Company sites - you are invited to peruse them - they are the product of much volunteer work and upkeep.
Roll of Honor Update: The Society is pleased to recognize new donors in the Roll of Honor, as well as donors who have increased their giving levels. Check the Roll of Honor Section on this site.
Membership Increases: The Society Newsletter contains the names, addresses and ancestors of 94 new Members of the Society, and recognizes 13 new Supplementals approved for existing Members. Ancestors for new Members include John George, Thomas Bennett, Sir William Lovelace II, Robert Beheathland, John Clay, William Ball, Pocahontas/Mrs. John Rolfe, Thomas Ousley/Owsley, Richard Pace, William Brodnax, William Claiborne, John Price, Stephen Hopkins, William Spencer, John Woodson, Joseph Royall, John Vassall, Christopher Branch, John Price, John Chew, Thomas Gray, William Ball, Wililam Barker, Abraham Piercey, George Reade, Henry Bagwell, Augustine Warner I, Thomas Graves, Rev. Jean (John) Bertrand, James Knott, Thomas Osborne, Edward Dale, John Wilkins, Francis Poythres, William Cox(e), Sir William Barne, William Farrar, James Goodwin, Thomas Jordan, Adam Thorowgood/Thoroughgood, Dr. Robert Williamson, Peter Montague, Joseph Bridger, Walter Chiles, James Knott, Christopher Robinson, Richard Cocke, Sir Francis Bickley, John English, William Waters, Robert Ellyson, Anthony West, Abraham Peirsey, Henry Applewhaite, William Randolph, Richard Pace, William Farrar, Francis Clements, Thomas Ligon, Thomas Edmundson, Thomas Swann, Thomas Savage and John Wilkins. Supplementals include Thomas Gouldman, John Stith, Christopher Branch, William Farrar, Richard Kennon, Robert Pitt, Joseph Bridger, Thomas Godwin, Sisley Jordan and Nicholas Martiau. You are invited to check the List of Qualifying Ancestors on this site to see which Supplementals you might be able to add!
Jamestowne Shoppe Updates: Effective immediately, a $3 shipping charge has been added to the cost of each item ordered through the Jamestowne Shoppe Section of this site. A new Order Form has been added which is accessible from the Jamestowne Shoppe page which reflects this increase. Also there is a new Jamestowne Society burgundy ribbon with clip which has recently arrived and is now available for purchase. The Jamestowne Shoppe provides a wide variety of Jamestowne Society items and insignia.
San Antonio Company New Governor: Nancy Corwin Ritchie, Past Governor of the San Antonio Company, has notified the Society that the new Governor of that Company is Peter T. Baron, Jr. of Lytle, TX. Mr. Baron's contact information has been added to the Companies Page on this site. Congratulations!
Chesapeake Bay Company Meets October 15: Jamestowne Society members and their guests are invited to join the Chesapeake Bay Company at its Fall Meeting on Saturday, October 15, 2011, at Historic Christ Church, Irvington, Virginia. A catered hot luncheon (Dijon Chicken Breast, Rice Pilad, Green Beans, Rolls, Tea and Coffee, Dessert) is available for $20 each. Reservations must be received by October 9. Send check to Chesapeake Bay Company, P.O.Box 118, Coles Point, VA 22442-0118. The speaker will be Company Governor Susan Godman Rager, whose topic will be "17th Century Virginia Weather: Life Before The Weather Channel," a presentation which will examine major (and minor) weather phenomena of the 1600s and how they affected Colonial Virginia. If you are going to be in the area, do plan to join us. Historic Christ Church is an exquisite meeting venue, where you can tour the 1735 church built by King Carter after the meeting, and tour their museum.
James Citty Company Met September 15 at the Gabriel Archer Tavern at the Williamsburg Winery. Page Laubach Warden was the speaker, and her presentation was "English Queens to Colonization and Independence." She provided interesting information and commentary on these powerful women royals. Officers installed for the 2012-2013 term were Bonnie Shelton, Governor; Fred Boelt, Lt. Governor; Margaret Gunn, Secretary; Richard Best, Treasurer; Yvonne Edwards, Genealogist; Susah Barshis, Historian; and Tom Goodrich, Chaplain. Many were in attendance, including current Society Governor Joseph Holleman Barlow, and Past Governor Carter Branham Snow Furr. Company Governor Shelton's contact information has been added to the Companies Page. Photos from the James Citty Company meeting are below:
June 26, 2011 - Gold Insignia Prices Increase: As you know, gold prices have increased dramatically over the past several years. Because of this, the cost to produce insignia items has also risen. Prices have been increased on the Gold-filled Anniversary Pin, the Gold-filled Large Medallion with Ribbon, and the Gold-filled Small Medallion with Ribbon. Prices for the 10 karat and 14 karat versions of these items must be quoted on an individual basis at the time orders are placed. However, the good news is that the prices for the most popular of the medallions, the large and small gold-plated versions, remain unchanged. A new order form which reflects these changes has been added to the Jamestowne Society Shoppe section of this site.
Change in Kansas City-Missouri Company Event: Because of extreme weather events in the Midwest and the complications which they have caused recently, the afternoon tea which had been scheduled in Topeka, Kansas, for July, has been cancelled. Dessa Jane Burrell, Governor, indicates that a notice will be posted when another meeting can be rescheduled.
June 5, 2011 - The First California Company will hold its Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 18, at the San Diego Yacht Club from noon until 3 p.m. Martha Pace Gresham and Jim McCall will present "Seeking Early Opportunity in Jamestown." Send in luncheon fee ($30) not later than June 10. More details are available on the First California Company website.
May 23, 2011 - The May Membership Meeting Recap has been added to the website today, and features three separate pages of photos from the May 14 gathering at the Williamsburg Lodge. On the first page of the Recap, you'll find photos from the program itself, including some of the PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Kelso. On the second page, you'll see your Governors' Roundtable and Council hard at work. On the third page, you'll enjoy an entire page of candid photos from before and during the membership luncheon. At the bottom of the third page, you'll see the items which were available for sale to members. Click here and enjoy seeing the meeting activities again, or in case you didn't attend, see what you missed! It's all in the May Membership Meeting 2011 Recap! Your webmaster really was in attendance at all three activities, but since she is the photographer, rarely appears in any of the photos.
May 22, 2011 - The Jamestowne Society Roll of Honor which reflects donations to the Society has been updated and includes the addition of the Michigan Chapter of Daughters of Founders and Patriots to Early Settler category ($500 to $999), and of the North Carolina State University Club, Inc. as a donor to the Major Merchant category ($1,000-$2,499). All gifts to the Society will be reflected in the Roll of Honor, which will be periodically updated.
May 15, 2011 - Spring Membership Meeting in Williamsburg a Great Success! A special section will be added to the website by May 23 which will include photos of those in attendance, and some photos from Dr. William Kelso's presentation on the current excavations on Jamestowne Island.
Jamestowne Reading Resources: 2 new additions! "Atlantic Virginia: Intercolonial Relations in the Seventeenth Century," by April Lee Hatfield, explores how trade with others shaped the Atlantic world; Ms. Hatfield shows that "the colonies actually had vibrant interchange with each other and with peoples throughout the hemisphere, as well as with Europeans." The second reading resource added is "The Chesapeake in the Seventeenth Century: Essays on Anglo-American Society," edited by Thad W. Tate and David L. Ammerman. The work is an "outgrowth of a conference on the seventeenth-century Chesapeake" held in 1974 in Maryland. Get the publication data on both, and look for them through your library, or through your favorite book outlet. They're listed now in Jamestowne Reading Resources, where you'll find a good selection of highly specialized titles.
May 8, 2011 - Kansas City-Missouri Company Meeting: Due to the recent fire at the Milburn Country Club, the spring meeting of the Kansas City-Missouri Company on Saturday, May 21, will take place at the Grand Street Cafe at 4740 Grand Street, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Speakers are Dr. Maryellen McVicker and Joy Davis, descendants of John and Sarah Woodson, who will present "Hello from the Potato Bin," concerning the Indian attack of April 1644. Cost is $18.00 each, reservations to Kansas City-Missouri Company, P.O.Box 1246, Independence, MO 64051-0746 (must be received by May 18). For further details, contact Dessa Jane Burrell, Company Governor (email link here).
May 5, 2011 - New Company Governor for North Florida Company: The Rev. Dr. Roy Abbott Martin, Jr. has assumed the post of Governor for North Florida Company, and his name and address have been added to the Companies Page.
Two Fewer Ancestors now appear in the Qualifying Ancestors Index for the Jamestowne Society: Rev. Richard Buck and Thomas Crump have been deleted from the list of those persons from whom our membership can descend, according to Lyndon Hart, Society Genealogist. The changes have been made to the Qualifying Ancestors Index on this website.
April 5, 2011 - Chesapeake Bay Company meets April 23: Jamestowne Society members, wherever located, are invited to join members and guests of the Chesapeake Bay Company at their Spring Meeting on Saturday, April 23, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at Historic Christ Church's Bayne Center near Irvington, Virginia. Merry Abbitt Outlaw, Assistant Curator for Jamestowne Rediscovery, will update all present on recent developments at the Jamestowne Island site; her knowledge of the daily discoveries at the site will prove most interesting! Luncheon buffet: chicken divan, tossed salad, fresh baked rolls, iced tea, and spice cake with cream cheese frosting, $20.00 each. Coffee available during meeting and luncheon. If interested in attending, contact Susan Godman Rager, Company Governor by email (link here) for further details.
March 18, 2011 - Jamestowne Society Spring Membership Meeting Page and Reservation Form have been added to the website. The meeting takes place Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the Williamsburg Lodge with a reception beginning at 11:30 a.m., followed by luncheon at 12:15 p.m.. Council will convene at 9:00 a.m. on the same day. The speaker for the Membership Meeting is Dr. William M. Kelso, Director of Archaeology for the Jamestown Rediscovery Project. Dr. Kelso's topic will be "James Fort - Lost and Found." Members and guests, $50.00 each. Reservations close April 22, 2011 (reserve early - space is limited, no late reservations or walk-ins permitted). The reservation form can be reached via link from the Spring Membership Meeting Page. Print out your reservation form today and mail it with your check to the Jamestowne Society, P.O.Box 6845, Richmond, Virginia 23230. Click here for the Spring Membership Meeting Page and make your reservation today! Do note that the time for the luncheon has been moved up from 12:30 to 12:15 p.m.
Jamestowne Society Spring Newsletter is now available on the website in PDF format (Free Adobe Reader software available online). The only thing missing from the online version of the newsletter are the addresses of new members and those obtaining new supplementals. The reason for this omission is so that those harvesting addresses online will not be able to do so from this site. Click here to read the Spring Newsletter!
New Order Form Online for items available through the Jamestowne Society Shoppe has been added. If you haven't browsed the Shoppe's offerings recently, you should do so. There are items available from insignia to wearables such as ties and scarves!
February 20, 2011 - Jamestowne Society Roll of Honor recognizes members' and Companies' donations to the Society. The Roll of Honor section on the site has been updated to reflect giving through December 31, 2010. Members and Companies are encouraged to support the Society, and the Roll of Honor lists those who have donated from January 1, 1998 through the end of 2010.
February 16, 2011 - James Citty Company invites you to join members and guests at their March 17, 2011 Luncheon Meeting at Lowery's Restaurant in Tappahannock, Virginia. The speaker will be Juleigh Clark of the J. D. Rockefeller Library in Williamsburg. Respond by March 3, with your check for $19 (which includes tax and tip) for each attendee, to Bonnie Shelton, 223 Kingswood Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23185-3222. Social begins at 11:30 a.m. (cash bar available), followed by a buffet lunch at 12:30 p.m. Lowery's location and driving instructions available on the restaurant's website.
February 13, 2011 - Jamestowne Society Mortgage paid in full! A sincere thank you to Dr. Michael D. Frost, Lieutenant Governor of the Society, for establishing the 2010 Challenge Grant to pay off the mortgage on the Society Headquarters building in Richmond. And a sincere thank you to the Jamestowne Society Companies and members around the country whose contributions to this fund were matched by Dr. Frost. The Challenge Grant ended December 31, 2010.
New Society Officers, Council Members and Committee Members: A full listing of the newly installed Officers and Council Members of the Society, as well as a complete listing of the new Committee Members for the Society, are now in the Officers, Council Members, Committees Section of this website. Congratulations to all who will serve during the coming year under the leadership of Governor Joseph Holleman Barlow.
First South Carolina Company announces its new Company Governor, Judi Dudley Romeo, whose contact information (mailing address) has been added to the Companies Page on this site. Congratulations!
January 30, 2011 - First California Company announces details for its February 26th Winter Luncheon meeting in Claremont, CA. Barbara Barbarics, Special Guest Speaker, is active with the English Speaking Union. and is retired co-chair of the San Marino High School English Department. Her topic will be "The Sea Venture, Shakespeare, and Elizabeth's London." The luncheon meeting will take place at Walter's Restaurant, 208 N. Yale Avenue, Claremont, from 12 noon to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $32 (plus annual dues of $30 for First California Company members) with your check made payable to First California Company, and mailed to Harry Holgate, Treasurer, 115 W. 4th St., #208, Long Beach, CA 90802 by February 19, 2011. More details are available on the First California Company website.
December 21 & 24, 2010 - William Hayes Farmer: On December 20, 2010, William H. Farmer, husband of Historian and Membership Chairperson and Companies Chairperson, Carolyn Kendrick Farmer, died in Houston, Texas. Services for Mr. Farmer were held on Monday, December 27, 2010, at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church The online Guest Book for Mr. Farmer may be accessed by clicking here.. Regular attendees of Jamestowne Society meetings will recall Mr. Farmer's supportive presence as he accompanied Mrs. Farmer to meetings and events. Contributions in memory of Mr. Farmer may be made to the Wingo Fund of the Jamestowne Society, whose purpose is preservation of records.
December 5, 2010 - Fall Meeting Recap: On November 6, the membership and guests assembled at the Commonwealth Club in Richmond for the Fall Meeting of the Society. Attendees heard Bill Young as Captain Gabriel Archer recount both pleasant and difficult times of the early settlers to Jamestowne, as though the audience were new arrivals there in that time. New Officers and Members of Council were installed for the coming year, and will be under the leadership of Governor Joseph Holleman Barlow. See photos from the November 6 meeting in the FALL MEETING 2010 Recap newly added.
Governor Barlow's Message: Joseph Holleman Barlow, newly installed Governor of the Jamestowne Society, has prepared his new Governor's Message which has been added to the site. This message historically is a place where both members and guests to the website will find words of welcome from the Society's leader.
Officers and Council Members for the coming term are now listed on the Officers, Council Members and Committees Page of this site. When Committee composition has been completed, the chairpersons of those Committees and their members will be listed as well.
Mortgage Reduction Fund: Important News! In 2010, Dr. Michael David Frost established a Matching Fund Challenge to reduce (and hopefully eliminate) the mortgage on the Headquarters Building in Richmond. The $30,000 matching fund challenge has been greatly successful in accomplishing this goal, but a little last minute assistance is requested from Jamestowne Society Companies and members. A total of $7,300.00 is the total amount of principal left; therefore, if donations of $3,650.00 are received by the end of this month (by December 31, 2010), Dr. Frost will match that with another $3,650.00 and the Society will be free of the mortgage on the Hermitage Road building. Companies and individual members are encouraged to step up to the challenge! Thanks in advance for your assistance!
South Florida Company - New Website: Congratulations to the South Florida Company for producing its own Company website. The link has been added to the Companies Page. Each Company which has its own website has a gold diamond icon by its name. Jo Compton is the webmaster for the site, and has done a nice job! Check it out through the Companies Page.
Kentucky Company: Governor Furr Attends - On November 13, 2010, the Kentucky Company had as its guests Governor and Mrs. Carter Branham Snow Furr at the meeting which took place at the Pendennis Club in Louisville. Governor Furr was presented with checks to reduce the Society Headquarters mortgage. Photos below are from that event:
October 24, 2010 - Chesapeake Bay Company met Saturday, October 23 at Christ Church, Irvington. New officers were installed for the 2010-2012 term: Governor - Susan Godman Rager; Lieutenant Governor - Virginia Felts Brown; Secretary - Cora Sue Elmore Spruill; Treasurer - Walter H. Rogers, Jr.,; Chaplain - Virginia Appich Boudreaux; Registrar - Judith Blackburn Conner; Historian - Beatrice J. England. Information on the meeting is available at the Chesapeake Bay Company website.
October 9, 2010 - Chesapeake Bay Company will meet Saturday, October 23, at the Bayne Center, Historic Christ Church, Irvington. Rev. Clayton Custalow will speak on the history of the Mattaponi Indians, and election of officers for the 2011-2013 term will take place. Meeting begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by luncheon. The cost is $20, checks should be made payable to Chesapeake Bay Company and mailed to arrive not later than Oct. 18 to Mary E. Stewart, POB 485, Irvington, VA 22485.
October 9, 2010 - Virginia Piedmont Company met September 20, 2010 at the Boonsboro Country Club, Lynchburg. Governor Carter Branham Snow Furr, Esq., installed the new Officers of the Company: Governor John Overstreet, Lt. Governor Paul Edmunds, Treasurer April Miller, Secretary Shane Newcombe, Historian Gwen Solyom, and Chaplain John Edmunds. The photo below shows, left to right: Governor Furr, April Miller, John Edmunds, John Overstreet, Paul Edmunds and Gwen Solyom. The change in Company Governor is listed on the Companies Page as of this date.
September 24, 2010 - Captain John Clay Company, headquartered in Austin, TX, has elected a new Governor, Marie Potts McShane (Mrs. Joseph B., Jr.) to lead the Company. The update has been added to the Companies Page as of this date.
September 24, 2010 - Governor Furr Attends James Citty Meeting: The James Citty Company met on September 23, 2010, at Ford's Colony Country Club in Williamsburg. Its speaker was Wilford Kale, author of "Hark Upon the Gale: An Illustrated History of the College of William and Mary in Virginia." Governor Carter Branham Snow Furr, Esq., attended and issued a welcome to the sizeable group in attendance. The photo below shows Governor Furr addressing the group, with Company Governor Dr. Thomas Sale on the left in the picture:
September 14, 2010 - Jamestowne Society Fall 2010 Newsletter - for the very first time - is available from this website as a PDF file. Because of privacy concerns, the addresses of new members have been blocked from the edition of the Newsletter published on this site. However, you can now enjoy the photos and articles online. Members will, of course, receive their print copies of the Newsletter in the U.S. mail, as usual. Click here to access the online edition of the Newsletter for Fall 2010! Because the online edition is in Adobe Acrobat's PDF format, you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader software installed on your computer - if you don't already have it, click here to reach the download site.
September 14, 2010 - First California Company Officers for 2010 to 2012 are Virginia "Ginny" Gotlieb, Governor; Scott Krutilek, Lt. Governor; Linda Ramos, Secretary; Pat Fleming, Chaplain; Cathie Matranga, Membership, Billy Pittard, Newsletter; Tesa Gorzwick, Historian (Treasurer to be announced). The change in Company Governor has been added to the Companies Page.
August 12, 2010 - First California Company Meeting: The First California Company of the Jamestowne Society will welcome Martha W. McCartney, Research Historian and Author of "Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers, 1607-1635: A Biographical Dictionary," as its speaker at the fall luncheon meeting Saturday, October 23, 2010, at the Regency Club, 10900 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. Martha McCartney is the author of four books as well as other published articles and reports. Her newest book has a publication date of October 2010, and addresses information on those who came to Jamestown on public business through 1699 when the colonial capital was moved to Williamsburg. For more information, check the First California site.
August 9, 2010 - Mortgage Reduction Fund News: Members and Companies respond to Matching Fund Challenge; mortgage greatly reduced! The Jamestowne Society membership has responded with enthusiasm and generosity to the $30,000 matching fund challenge presented by Secretary of State Dr. Michael David Frost. From January 1 through July 1, we received donations from individual Society members and Companies totaling $8,655.43 towards the pay-down of the mortgage on the headquarters building in Richmond. Dr. Frost matches the donations on a quarterly basis and has contributed an additional $6,625 as of June 15, bringing the total contributions to the Mortgage Reduction Fund this year to $15,280.43. As of the last disbursement to the mortgagee, we have paid $15,423.87 in additional principal from the fund, saving $9,068.03 of interest in the process. We now have less than $46,000 of principal remaining on the mortgage. We need another $21,345 in contributions from Jamestowne Society Companies and individual members to realize the full dollar-for-dollar benefit of the mortgage reduction challenge. Please make the elimination of the loan on the building a priority when deciding where you want your contributions to the Jamestowne Society to be applied. Retiring the mortgage will free over $9,000 annually for other fixed operating expenses and worthwhile special projects. The Society thanks its members, Companies, and Dr. Frost for their generous participation! Make checks payable to Jamestowne Society, write "Mortgage Reduction Fund" in the memo line of the check. Contributions must be received by December 31, 2010 in order to qualify for the matching fund. If we receive more than is needed to retire the mortgage, the excess in contributions will be posted to the Building Fund for building improvements.
August 8, 2010 - Jamestowne Society Fall Meeting will be held on November 6 at the Commonwealth Club in Richmond. Come hear Bill Young's Captain Gabriel Archer speak on fascinating details about life as one of the first Jamestowne settlers - encounters with natives, learning about the new land, its hardships and its promise. Bill Young recreates this early colonist with sincerity, humor and accuracy and provides an interesting look backward at the earliest times in Virginia. Click here for the Meeting Notice Page which will provide you with menu details, pricing, and a link to the reservation form in PDF format which you can complete and return no later than October 15th. See you there!
James Citty Company Fall Meeting will be held Thursday, September 23, at Ford's Colony Country Club in Williamsburg. Cash bar and social gathering at 11:30 a.m., lunch at 12:15 in the Banquet Room. Menu: field green salad, herb-marinated grilled chicken, seasonal vegetables, gratin potatoes, chocolate silk pie and beverage. Wilford Kale will speak on the founding of the College of William and Mary. Reservations ($25 each, check made payable to James Citty Company) should be sent to Dr. Tom Sale, 4304 Chesapeake Avenue, Hampton, VA 23669. Deadline for reservations: Sept. 10. Directions: Exit from I-64 onto Hwy 199 (Williamsburg), right onto Longhill Rd.; 2.3 miles on Longhill, then left onto Ford's Colony Drive. Continue to end and clubhouse is at right on the traffic circle. Members of the Jamestowne Society who will be in the area are cordially invited to attend.
Jamestowne Society Spring Meeting 2011 will be held at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, Virginia, on May 14, 2011. Save the date!
August 6, 2010 - Four New Ancestors have just been added to the Qualifying Ancestors List on this website, and represent new pathways to membership or supplementals. The names released by Lyndon H. Hart, III, Society Genealogist, are (1) Thomas Bye; (2) John Brown (different from the John Browne already listed); (3) Alexander Mountney; and (4) Sarah Woodson.
"The Jamestowne Century: A Collection of Essays" in soft cover has been released by the Washington & Northern Virginia Company of the Jamestowne Society, and is now available for purchase. The 306-page volume is a collection of articles and presentations researched and delivered to the Company since 1989. The title of the collection, of course, refers to the history of the colony in the years before 1699, when the Colony of Virginia was governed from Jamestowne. "The Jamestowne Century: A Collection of Essays," by St. Julien Ravenel Marshall, Jr., is dedicated to the memory of Henry Clinton Mackall, Past Governor of the Washington & Northern Virginia Company, and Past Governor of the Jamestowne Society. The essays are divided into five sections: (1) The Virginia Company of London, 1607 to 1624; (2) The Royal Colony of Virginia, 1624 to 1699; (3) People; (4) Relations with Others; and (5) Institutions and Characteristics. The book may be ordered by sending your name, address, city/state/zip, with number of copies and check payable to "Jamestowne Company," to Jacque-Lynne Schulman, 6649 McLean Drive, McLean, VA 22101-4002. The cost per copy is $12 for Washington & Northern Virginia Company members (plus $3 postage per copy), or $21 per copy for Jamestowne Society members (plus $3 postage per copy). Members are encouraged to add this important volume to their collection of important works on Jamestowne.
Jamestowne Society Roll of Honor: The Roll of Honor listing includes active Jamestowne Society members and Companies, and reflects cumulative giving levels. The donations reflected in the Roll of Honor include deposits made between January 1, 1998 and June 7, 2010, and may be revised from time to time as necessary to reflect the current giving levels of existing donors or to add new Jamestowne Society members or Companies to the Roll. The Roll of Honor recognizes seven different levels of giving: (1) Colonist, gift level of $250 to $499; (2) Early Settler, gift level of $500 to $999; (3) Major Merchant, gift level of $1,000 to $2,499; (4) Planter, gift level of $2,500 to $4,999; (5) Cavalier, gift level of $5,000 to $9,999; (6) Parish Council, gift level of $10,000 to $24,999; and (7) House of Burgesses, gift level of more than $25,000. Currently 65 donors are listed. See the newly added Roll of Honor Section.
July 26, 2010 - Society Governor's Message: Carter Branham Snow Furr, Esq., as Governor of the Jamestowne Society, has added a new Governor's Message which contains a hint about the Fall Meeting 2010 program, and which welcomes visitors to the site, and makes suggestions as to how prospective members can begin to further their quest for membership.
July 15, 2010 - First Louisiana Company has a new website location. Barbara Doody, Webmaster for the Company, submitted the change this week. If you haven't visited the First Louisiana Company website yet, do it now through the Companies Page. Nice site!
July 8, 2010 - Alice Cade Foster: Sympathy is extended to Past Governor of the Society DeEtte DuPree Nesbitt on the June 30th death of her mother, Mrs. Alice Lula Cade Foster, 91. Mrs. Foster was a member of the First Texas Company of the Jamestowne Society where she had served as Historian for many years. In addition to the Jamestowne Society, Mrs. Foster was a member of the Order of First Families of Virginia, 1607-1624/5, Daughters of the Republic of Texas and National Society Magna Charta Dames, in addition to being past member of other organizations. She was a leader in volunteerism for the Shriners Hospital for Children, and co-founded several Houston restaurants. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Jamestowne Society Wingo Fund or the Mortgage Reduction Fund of the Society in Mrs. Foster's memory. Online condolences may be made through www.dignitymemorial.com (type in "Alice Foster").
June 23, 2010 - Kentucky Trace Company has a new website! Company Governor Laura Waldron has announced that the Kentucky Trace Company's website is up and running. Visit the site by clicking through the link on the Companies Page on this website. Congratulations to the Company on the new site!
June 13, 2010 - Lone Star Company has new Governor: In May, Ms. Mary Carolyn Trent of Dallas was installed as the Governor of the Lone Star Company. This change has been added to the Companies Page. Congratulations!
June 12, 2010 - Society Announces Second Fellowship Recipient: Dr. Anne Tyler Netick, Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee, has announced the awarding of a second Jamestowne Society fellowship this year, which has been made to Ms. Cheryl Adams Rychkov of Madison Heights, Virginia. Congratulations to Ms. Rychkov on the award! Both Ms. Rychkov and Mr. Scott Bigney are current recipients of the fellowship. Both Ms. Rychkov's and Mr. Bigney's names have been added as current recipients to the Jamestowne Society Fellowship section of this site, where more information about the fellowships is also featured.
June 2, 2010 - Society Governor Visits Alabama Company on May 28, Installs Officers: Society Governor Carter Branham Snow Furr, Esq., visited the Alabama Company for their May 28 meeting at the Birmingham Country Club, and participated in the installation of officers for the Company, shown above, with Company Governor Robert Martin Cheney.
New Jamestowne Shoppe Order Form: The revised order form reflects the current status that Volume 1 of APP is temporarily out of stock. (Volume 2, temporarily out of stock earlier, is now IN stock). When Volume 1 becomes available again, a new revised order form will indicate that status. In the meantime, enjoy shopping for other items in the Jamestowne Society Shoppe (revised order form accessible from the Jamestowne Society Shoppe section itself).
May 28, 2010 - New Jamestowne Reading Resources - While not newly published, they are new to the list! Jamestowne Reading Resources now has added 1) James Horn's 1994 work, "Adapting to a New World: English Society in the Seventeenth-Century Chesapeake," and 2) Karen Ordhal Kupperman's "American in European Consciousness, 1493-1750." The Horn work details how early colonists adapted to the new world they found here, and Kupperman's work gives an expansive overview of the time before, during and after English settlement. The new listings are in Jamestowne Reading Resources.
First California Company will host its Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Saturday, June 26, 2010 at The Crossings at Carlsbad. The speaker will be Dr. Richard Lederer, linguist, humorist, reknowned author and NPR personality, whose topic will be "Fascinating Facts about Our Presidents." Luncheon price is $30 for members, $20 for friends. Checks for luncheon and/or dues renewal should be sent by June 15,2010 to Scott Krutilek, Treasurer, 14442 Shawnee St., Moorpark, CA 93022. Make checks payable to "First California Company."
May 27, 2010 - May Membership Meeting Recap - A new section of the site has been created to showcase highlights from the May 15, 2010 Membership Meeting which took place at the Williamsburg Lodge. There are excerpts from Alain Outlaw's excellent presentation, "Subberb of James Cittie: New Archaeological Discoveries on the Maine," as well as photographs taken during the reception and luncheon. If you were there, revisit the experience - if you couldn't attend, see what you missed by visiting the Spring 2010 Membership Meeting Recap now - there are 2 pages in this meeting recap section - the first contains illustrations from the PowerPoint presentation of Alain Outlaw, and the second contains photos from the Governors' Roundtable, the luncheon on May 15, and the Landing Day Ceremony following at Jamestowne Island.
Fall Meeting: Members are reminded that the next membership meeting will take place on Saturday, November 6, 2010. When available, meeting details as well as reservation forms will be available on this site.
Society Governor Carter Branham Snow Furr, Esq. has been engaged in an active schedule of representing the Society. Last November he visited the First Nevada-Arizona Company, and in January he visited the First California Company. He will be visiting the Alabama Company within the next few days. He also participated in various other activities, including the Landing Day Ceremony which took place on Jamestowne Island following the membership meeting on May 15. He will represent the Society at the opening ceremonies of the DAR 119th Continental Congress on July 7. On May 15, he attended the opening day of the new exhibit at Jamestown Settlement Park, "Werowocomoco, Seat of Power," which he recommends our members visit. Those who attended the May 2009 meeting will recall the interesting presentation made on the Werowocomoco site. Significantly, in March 2010, at the annual awards dinner of the Hereditary Society Community, held at the Washington Club on duPont Circle in the District of Columbia, Governor Furr was recognized by HSC for his many contributions and his leadership. Here is a link to the page honoring Governor Furr on the HSC website. And below is a photograph showing Governor and Mrs. Furr at the HSC Awards Dinner:
South Florida Company: On May 22, 2010, the South Florida Company installed new officers for 2010-2012. While Company Governors are always listed on the Companies Page of this website, now we will publish on the What's New Page the complete roster of Companies if they are submitted to the webmaster. Officers of the South Florida Company are Zee (Zelma) S. Porter, Governor; Rae Bonner , Lt. Governor; Elizabeth (Betty) Sither, Secretary; D. Anne Abramow, Treasurer; Lockwood Rianhard, Jr., Registrar; Jo B. Compton, Chaplain.
First Georgia Company: Members who may be in the vicinity ot Atlanta on Saturday, June 12, are cordially invited to attend the First Georgia Company Annual Spring Luncheon Meeting at the Ansley Golf Club in Atlanta. Company Governor Robert S. Evans indicates that the program will be on Jamestowne and Bermuda. Presenters include G. Edgar Conley, Jr., descendant of Stephen Hopkins, whose topic is "The Arrival," and Mrs. Valeria Orr, Bermuda descendant, whose topic is "The Beginning." Members will recall the ill-fated journey of the "Sea Venture," which shipwrecked at Bermuda, and which was the subject of Shakespeare's "The Tempest." The luncheon meeting begins at 11 A.M. Members of the Society who wish to attend should send their $25.00 check (per person), mailed not later than 28 May to Mr. G. Edgar Conley, Jr, in care of the Company Governor, Robert S. Evans, 111 Valleybrook Drive SE, Rome, GA 30161-5965. Attendees must make reservations by the deadline and prepay.
Restoration of Records: The Council voted to approve a Restoration of Records project led by the Honorable Gary Murdock Williams, which will enable restoration of marriage bonds and records in the period 1811 to 1854 in the County of Albemarle. While the subject period of these records is outside the general period of time with which the Jamestowne Society is concerned, this period often presents a stumbling block in the research of potential members to get back to their Jamestowne ancestor and, also, to the progress of members seeking to establish supplementals which go through Albemarle in that time frame.
Scholarship Recipient: Dr. Anne Tyler Netick, who chairs the Scholarship Committee, announced at the Council meeting that the current recipient of the $2,000 scholarship awarded by the Society is Scott Bigney, of the University of California. He will be working at Jamestowne to prepare the work which will be rewarded by the scholarship.
New Companies: A charter was awarded to the Wilderness Road Company, in Kentucky, and a renaming of the Jacksonville Company was issued, so that this Company is now known as the North Florida Company and is headquartered in Gainesville, Florida. Jane Marable Bowen is Organizing Governor of the Wilderness Road Company, which serves the region of Southeastern Kentucky, Southwestern Virginia, and Northeastern Tennessee. Monica Darling Douglas is Governor of the newly renamed North Florida Company. Mailing addresses for both of these Companies, as well as their Governors' names, have been added to the Companies Page.
May 11, 2010 - First Texas Company - Change has been made to reflect the recent marriage of the First Texas Company Governor. Darla Racz is now listed as Darla Racz McKenna.
May 2, 2010 - Revised Order Form - As members know, the Jamestowne Society Shoppe on this site offers opportunities to purchase insignia. A revised order form has been provided by Faye Weems, Executive Director. To place an order, simply print out the PDF form and submit with your payment to the Executive Headquarters in Richmond.
March 9, 2010 - James Citty Company meets March 18 - Members of the Jamestowne Society who may be in Virginia on March 18 may wish to join the James Citty Company for its meeting on that date at 10 A.M. at the Hampton History Museum, 120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, VA (across the street from a free city parking garage). The speaker is Jim Tormey, the topic is John Rolfe, who played a major role in saving the Virginia Colony. Lunch will be at the Gray Goose. Your check for $23, payable to James Citty Company, should be sent to Dr. Thomas W. Sale, Governor, 4304 Chesapeake Avenue, Hampton, VA 23669-4638 by 10 March. Hurry! And yes, if other Companies would care to send their meeting notices to the Webmaster of this site, your meetings will be publicized in the same manner.
March 7, 2010 - Additional Information Added to Membership Application Process Page. Lyndon Hart, Society Genealogist, has provided additional information which now appears as Paragraphs 3, 4 and 5 on the Membership Application Process Page. The added information answers frequently asked questions and provides helpful information to those who are applying for membership and those who are preparing supplementals. A link to the Membership Application Process Page has also been added to the section of this site which contains the Qualifying Ancestors Register.
March 3, 2010 - $30,000 Matching Fund Aims to Retire Mortgage by End of 2010! Since May of last year, individual members and Jamestowne Society Companies around the country have been generously donating to the Mortgage Reduction Fund. As a result, the principal balance owed on the headquarters building in Richmond, Virginia, has been substantially reduced. Now Dr. Michael David Frost, Secretary of State of the Jamestowne Society, has pledged to match - up to a total of $30,000 - donations to this fund received by the end of this year. Dr. Frost will reimburse the Society on a quarterly basis and progress will be posted on this website. In addition, members and Compaies who donate to the Mortgage Reduction Fund will be acknowledged in the Society's newsletter. If Dr. Frost's challenge is met 100% by the members and Companies, a mortgage-free Jamestowne Society is possible by the end of this year.
Donations to the Mortgage Reduction Fund are earmarked for the mortgage only. In the even that this challenge results in more than is needed to actually pay off the loan, the excess will go towards building improvements, some of which are currently on hold. This is an opportunity to help free over $9,000 annually in operating expenses and alow the Society to direct those monies to other worthwhile projects. Your participation is greatly appreciated!
Make checks payable to "Jamestowne Society." Write "Mortgage Reduction Fund" on the memo line of the check or in a letter accompanying the donation. Mail to Jamestowne Society, POB 6845, Richmond, VA 23230. Contributions must be received by December 31, 2010, in order to qualify for the matching fund.
March 1, 2010 - Sale Price on 2007 Membership Roster, 346-page soft cover roster listing all members, which also contains as an Index the Register of Qualifying Ancestors. Formerly priced at $25.00, the remaining volumes of the limited edition 2007 Roster are now available for $10 each. To order, visit the Jamestowne Society Shoppe Page - when you download and complete the PDF order form, cross out the $25 amount and replace it with "$10 each." Hurry while copies remain at this price! No more of the special May 2007 Quadricentennial Edition will be printed, and this will add to your collection of special items from that very special time in Jamestowne descendants' history.
February 22, 2010 - Many Updates to the Site!
May Membership Meeting Information: On May 15, 2010, the Jamestowne Society will host its May Membership Meeting at the Williamsburg Lodge. An interesting presentation on the "Subberb of James Cittie" will be presented by Alain C. Outlaw, Principal Archaeologist, Archaeological & Cultural Solutions, Inc., of Williamsburg. His topic will be the Argall Town area and time period as well as earlier historic finds in the vicinity. Please visit the May Membership Meeting 2010 Notice Page for complete details and to print and mail your reservation form at your earliest convenience.
Updates to List of Council Members: The following Jamestowne Society members have been elected to serve as Council Members. Council Members play an important role in the governance of the Society. Those whose names have been added are Joanne Clarke Fox of Capron, Virginia; Hon. Jere Malcolm Harris Willis, Jr., of Fredericksburg, Virginia; Joanne Saunders Berkeley, of Norfolk, Virginia, Dr. John Shelton, of Roanoke, Virginia, and Mary Irene Makima Ross, Esq., of Huntsville, Alabama. The changes have been made to the Officers, Council Members and Committees Page.
New Governor's Message: Society Governor Carter B.S. Furr, Esq., has submitted a new Governor's Message. The Governor's Message is available to all visitors of the website, and is a welcoming and informative. See the new Governor's Message.
Companies Page Updated: The Companies Page contains up to date information on the locations of the various Companies of the Society, and contact information for their Governors. The link is here. New Governors for the following Companies have been added: Tennessee: Clark Doan of Colliersville, Tennessee; Kentucky: Dr. Jack J. Early of Louisville, Kentucky; First Texas: Darla Racz of Houston, Texas; Jacksonville: Vann Rhodes of Deland, Florida; South Florida: Zelma S. Porter of West Palm Beach, Florida; West Texas Company, Leaf Faller of Midland, Texas; Little Rock: Gale Markley of Jonesboro, Arkansas; James Citty: Dr. Thomas W. Sale of Hampton, Virginia; First Nevada-Arizona: James Runge of Henderson, Nevada. Congratulations to the new Governors!
Changes and Additions for Company Websites: Another feature of the Companies Page is that links are provided to websites which various Companies have established in an effort to communicate with their members and with the public in a more efficient fashion. The small diamond-shaped icons next to a Company's name contains a link which will take you from the Jamestowne Society website to the individual Company's site. Three new Company sites have come online (congratulations to both for the hard work involved): Kansas-Missouri Company has a new site, as well as First Mississippi Company and First South Carolina. All of these websites are done locally by the individual Companies and reflect the character of the individual regions and groups. It is usually a volunteer effort, and takes lots of time to establish and maintain. Congratulations to the new webmasters and to those who are continuing to maintain and update the other Companies' sites!
Society Governor Attends First California Company Meeting: On January 9, 2010, the Jamestowne Society's First California Company held its annual meeting in San Diego. Speakers were Jamestowne Society Governor Carter Branham Snow Furr, Esquire, and Dr. Karen Ordahl Kupperman of New York University, author of "The Jamestowne Project." For more details on the interesting program and updates by Governor Furr, visit http://www.jimsonharvest.com/ . Jimson Harvest is a blog originated and maintained by Jim McCall, Jamestowne Society member, and amateur historian and lecturer.
Society Governor Attends First Nevada-Arizona Company Meeting: On November 21, 2009, the First Nevada-Arizona Company held its annual meeting in Phoenix. Society Governor Carter Branham Snow Furr, Esquire, was in attendance, and installed the new Company officers. Photos from the event show former Governor Marty Gordon and newly elected Governor Jim Runge, as well as the installation of officers.
November 30, 2009 - New Company Governor for First North Carolina: Serving for 2010-2011 will be Maj. Bessie Hubbard Tyner of Pembroke, North Carolina, whose contact information has been added to the Jamestowne Society Companies page.
November 15, 2009 - Fall Meeting features presentation on Werowocomoco: On November 7, 2009, members and guests of the Jamestowne Society gathered at the Commonwealth Club in Richmond. After the Council met at 9 AM, members assembled for the reception from 11:30 to 12:30, and for luncheon at 12:30 in the Ballroom. Those in attendance were privileged to hear a presentation on the archaeological dig at the site of Werowocomoco, the early 17th century capital of the Powhatan chiefdom, site of several significant contacts with the Jamestowne settlers in the period between 1607 and 1609. Your webmaster was absent due to illness, but Carole Morck, Newsletter Editor, kindly provided photographs she took at the meeting. The PowerPoint presentation, as shown at the meeting, was provided by David A. Brown and Thane H. Harpole of The Fairfield Foundation, and is linked to from the Fall Meeting 2009 Recap Page.
August 25, 2009 - Save the Date: May 15, 2010 is the date for the Spring 2010 Meeting, and will take place at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, Virginia. Details will be on the site as the date draws near. In the meantime, make sure to make your reservations for the Fall 2009 Meeting through the links above and below.
New Governor's Message: Carter Branham Snow Furr, Esquire, the Governor of the Jamestowne Society has a new Governor's Message for members, including background on the excavations at Werowocomoco, the anicent site of Powhatan's village, which will be the topic of David A. Brown's presentation at the Fall Meeting November 7 in Richmond. Read it here.
New Jamestowne Reading Resources: Two new titles, and one revised edition, suggested by James McCall, have been added to Jamestowne Reading Resources on this site, where you'll find books mentioned which are new and old, and some of which are linked to full texts online. The new additions are Hobson Woodward's "Brave Vessel: The Tale of the Castaways Who Rescued Jamestown and Inspired Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'" published in 2009, and Lorri Glover's and Daniel Blake Smith's "The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown: The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America," published in 2008. Also a new link has been added to the updated and expanded version of James Deetz' "In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life - the original was published in 1977, and the newer expanded edition was published in 1996. See for yourself in Jamestowne Reading Resources.
Also added to Jamestowne Reading Resources on this date is an online text of "Ye Kingdome of Accawmacke, or the Eastern Shore of Virginia in the Seventeenth Century," by Jennings Cropper Wise, published originally in 1911 by the Bell Book and Stationery Co. in Richmond. Although not about Jamestowne itself, the "land across the waters" played an important role in the early life of Virginia, and had many connections to the settlement at Jamestowne. Enjoy this and many other interesting titles (there are twenty links to online texts alone) in Jamestowne Reading Resources.
August 24, 2009 - Details of November 7 Fall Meeting are available on the November 2009 Fall Meeting Page. The speaker will be David A.Brown, a PhD candidate at the College of William and Mary, who was the Jamestowne Society Fellowship winner in 2004. Learn more about Mr. Brown's publications and projects on the November 2009 Fall Meeting Page. Many of his publications were co-authored with Thane Harpole, who will join him on November 7 in making the presentation to the membership. Deadline for reservations is October 16 - complete the reservation form and mail it today!
Availability of New Ancestors for membership or supplementals in the Jamestowne Society: Registrar Lyndon Hobbs Hart, III has announced that the following investors and/or members of the Drapers Guild should be added to our Ancestor List: John Coombe, Allen Cotton, William Banister, John Rany, John Meredethe, John Shawe, John Rose, Richard Husbande, William Essington, and James Mallett. Accordingly, these names have been added to the Qualifying Ancestors List on this site.
Updates to the Jamestowne Society Shoppe order form indicate that Volume 2 of the 4th Edition of Adventurers of Purse and Person is not available and there is currently no availability date for this volume. The PDF order form can be accessed through the Jamestowne Society Shoppe page.where members will find an array of insignia and gift items for purchase.
July 10, 2009 - First Louisiana Company has a new website. The link to it is on the Jamestowne Society Companies page.
July 9, 2009 - Henry Clinton Mackall, past Governor of the Jamestowne Society, died July 7 at Fairfax Hospital. Mr. Mackall lived in McLean, Virginia, and was the beloved husband of Mary Margaret Mackall, father of Caroline C. Mackall, Nancy S. Mackall and Lucy M. Thompson, and one grandson. Friends may call at the family home at 1032 Towlston Rd., McLean, Virginia, on Friday, July 10 from 6 to 8 p.m., and funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 11, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 9220 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, Virginia, with interment at Lewinsville Presbyterian Church Cemetery in McLean. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fairfax County Historical Society, POB 415, Fairfax, Virginia 22030. The guestbook is online at www.moneyandking.com. Mr. Mackall, in addition to serving in the past as Governor of the Society was also on the Executive Committee of the Society, and had served the Society in a number of capacities for many years, including service as Attorney General, Secretary of State, and Lieutenant Governor. His dedication to the Society and hard work on its behalf will be long remembered.
June 28, 2009 - News from the Spring Meeting at the Williamsburg Lodge: The May Membership Meeting convened on May 16 at the Williamsburg Lodge. The meeting included the presentation of the charter to the Florida Gulf Coast Company, under the direction of new Company Governor, Ruth Hemmingway. The speaker was Patrick Noonan, Chairman Emeritus of The Conservation Fund, whose topic was "The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail." The trail is a waterway path encircling the Chesapeake Bay and recreates the routes originally taken by Smith and his fellow adventurers in the early days of the Jamestowne colony. See more about the presentation on the Spring Meeting 2009 Page.
is a convening of Company Governors and takes place on the Friday
preceding the May Membership Meeting. Company Governors share news about
their Companies, and discuss ways to improve the Companies'
effectiveness in enhancing the membership experience. The Roundtable,
under the leadership of Carolyn Kendrick Farmer, begins in the morning,
includes lunch, and works through the afternoon. Here are those who
attended this year's Roundtable (including your webmaster who was the
Florida Gulf Coast Company Chartered: Ruth Keeling Hemmingway is the Company Governor for the newly chartered Florida Gulf Coast Company, and was presented the Charter for the Company at the May 16 meeting in Williamsburg. Contact information for the newly formed Company has been added to the Companies Page. The new Company was chartered with 27 members. Congratulations!
Fellowship Award Announced: Other news from the May 16 meeting includes the announcement that Mr. Douglas Drake of Fountain Valley, California, has been awarded the 2009 Jamestowne Society Fellowship. He is a student at California State University at Long Beach, majoring in Archaeology. The title of his project is "Early Colonial Markets in 17th Century Virginia: Exchange Processes Determined from Gunflint Provenance." Gunflints accompanied settlers and explorers in their treks around the globe. They are thus useful in evaluating the market system, and to some extent, the social interactions, between the indigenous people and the new arrivals. Mr. Drake's study will include and compare gunflint examples found at Jamestowne and Occaheechl Town, a palisaded village (1680-1710) in North Carolina. The award was announced by Dr. Anne Tyler Netick, Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee.
Mortgage Reduction Fund: Contributions to the new Mortgage Reduction Fund will be welcomed by Faye Weems, Executive Director, at the Society headquarters. Make your check payable to the Jamestowne Society, indicate in the memorandum portion "Mortgage Reduction Fund," and mail to Jamestowne Society, POB 6845, Richmond, Virginia 23230.
New Council Member: Joyce McGehee Bockemuehl, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, has been appointed to fill the vacancy created by the death of Kenneth Carrington Bass, III, on the Council. Her term expires in 2011.
Executive Committee Members Appointed by the Governor are Dr. Walter Raleigh Beam, Jr., Chester, Virginia; Barbara K. Benedict, Midlothian, Virginia, and Henry C. Mackall, Esquire, Fairfax, Virginia.
May 5, 2009 - New Smithsonian Institution Exhibition starts May 18: "Jamestown, Quebec, Santa Fe: Three North American Beginnings," will open May 18 at the National Museum of American History on the Mall in Washington, DC. and will remain there until October 31, 2009. The exhibit examines the English, French and Spanish cultures' beginnings in North America through a variety of artifacts and was developed through a partnership effort of the Virginia Historical Society and the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, with assistance from the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Palace of the Governors in New Mexico and other organizations. Click here for more info!
May 3, 2009 - Kenneth C. Bass, III, former Attorney General and Webmaster for the Jamestowne Society died on Monday, April 27, 2009 at his home in Great Falls, Virginia. His wife, Shirley Bass, and sons Tim and Chris Bass, survive him, along with four grandchildren. He joined the Jamestowne Society on his lineage from Henry Fleete, and served the Society in many capacities over the years, including being the first webmaster of the Jamestowne Society website and being instrumental in getting the website online initially in the mid1990s, and served the Society additionally as its Attorney General. Funeral services were held on May 2, 2009 at McLean Baptist Church, McLean, Virginia, with private interment. Memorial contributions may be made to McLean Baptist Church, 1367 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, Virginia 22101 or to the American Cancer Society, 124 Park St. SE, Vienna, Virginia 22180. An online guestbook may be signed at moneyandking.com
April 13, 2009 - Company Governors: Address corrections and changes have been made for the Governors of the West Texas Company, the Tennessee Company, the South Florida Company, and the James Citty Company on the Jamestowne Society Companies page. When addresses change during the year (or if you notice an address which requires correction for any reason), Company Governors are reminded that they need to immediately contact not only the Companies Chairperson but also the Webmaster and the Executive Director of the Society, so that the information is coordinated and properly corrected. The US Post Office forwards mail only for a short time any more, and delayed corrections may result in lost mail. Some of the lost mail may be prospective members trying to contact Governors at the addresses listed, for example, on the webite. Your address may be corrected by a simple e-mail to the Webmaster and Companies Chairperson, but should be made in writing to the Executive Director to correct the membership database. Company Governors serve as our ambassadors in the community, so it's important that this information be current. Thanks!
February 24, 2009 - Qualifying Ancestors: Joyce Bockemuehl has completed a supplemental on Rev. Jean Bertrand, who was not previously included in the Qualifying Ancestor List. His name has been added to the list. Congratulations! Visitors will note that the typeface used in the Qualifying Ancestors List has been changed from an Old English font to Arial, which we understand is more easily readable.
February 22, 2009 - Funds to which Members may contribute include not only the APVA Fund and the Mortgage Reduction Fund, but also the Wingo Fund (to restore old court records) and the Scholarship Fund. Contributions should be sent to the Jamestowne Society's headquarters, with the appropriate fund designation in the memo portion of checks.
February 15, 2009 - Reserve Now for May Meeting: The May Membership Meeting of the Jamestowne Society will be held on May 16, 2009 at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg. The speaker will be Patrick Noonan, Chairman Emeritus of The Conservation Fund, who will share information on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, which retraces the 1607-1609 voyages of Smith and those who accompanied him. The meeting venue will be the Williamsburg Lodge, a change from the past. Go see all the details on the new May 2009 Meeting Notice Page newly added to the site. You'll find details on the luncheon and meeting, as well as information on block rates at the Williamsburg Lodge. See you in May!
Members are encouraged to support the valuable work of the APVA by contributing to APVA through the Jamestowne Society's APVA Fund, and to support the efforts of the Jamestowne Society to eliminiate the mortgage remaining on the Society's headquarters building in Richmond by contributing to the Mortgage Reduction Fund. Contributions to the APVA Fund and the Mortgage Reduction Fund may be made payable to the Jamestowne Society, with the designation of the proper fund in the "memo" section of your check, and mailed to the Society headquarters at POB 6845, Richmond, VA 23230. When you contribute to APVA through the Society, it allows you to take credit for your charitable contribution, and allows the Society to receive proper credit for donations coming from its members. Helping the Society eliminate the mortgage on its building allows funds to be directed to other worthwhile items within the Society's budget. The Executive Committee of the Society which met on February 7 requested that this information be disseminated. Thank you for remembering these important causes when you are considering your charitable giving in the coming year!
Qualifying Ancestors: Website visitor Ann Mueller called to the Society's attention that the Qualifying Ancestor listed as "Otto Thorpe" should possibly be listed as "Otho Thorpe." After consultation with the Society Genealogist, Lyn Hart, it has been agreed that the change should be made. Although there are no Jamestowne Society members yet who descend from Otto/Otho Thorpe, it may be the change someone is looking for. If you haven't visited the Qualifying Ancestor List recently, you should do so. Members can find additional ancestors for whom supplemental applications can be submitted, and since the Jamestowne Society Shoppe now has the new ancestor bars, it's a good time to renew your interest in completing supplementals!
January 17, 2009 - New Governor, Oklahoma Company: Congratulations to William Richard Wynn of Tulsa, the new Governor of the Oklahoma Company! The contact information has been added to the Jamestowne Society Companies page.
January 14, 2009 - New Company Website Announced: Congratulations to First South Carolina Company, headquartered in Ridgeway, South Carolina, which has established a web presence. Visit the new site through the link on the Jamestowne Society Companies page.
January 2, 2009 - Committees Announced: The Governor of the Jamestowne Society, Carter Branham Snow Furr, Esquire, has announced the composition of the Committees which assist the Governor, the Executive Committee and Council Members in the operation of the Jamestowne Society for the coming term. The listing of the Committees and their members is on the Officers, Council Members and Committees section of this site.
January 1, 2009 - Address Correction for Secretary of State: The city of residence for Dr. Michael D. Frost, Secretary of State of the Jamestowne Society, is Mission Hills, Kansas. This change has been reflected on the Officers and Council Members page on this site.
December 29, 2008 - New Governors for Roanoke-New River Valley and Kentucky Trace Companies: W. Harrison Schroeder, immediate Past Governor of the Jamestowne Society is now serving as Company Governor for the Roanoke-New River Valley Company, and Laura Garnett Waldron is the new Company Governor for the Kentucky Trace Company. Contact information for both new Governors have been added to the Jamestowne Society Companies page. Congratulations on to both on taking office! For clarification, the newly chartered Kentucky Trace Company is located in Western Kentucky in the area of Paducah, while the Kentucky Company is in the Louisville - Lexington area of the state.
December 4, 2008 - Governor's Message: Newly installed Jamestowne Society Governor Carter B. S. Furr, Esq. has prepared his Governor's Message. Directed both to members and to visitors to the website in general, you can view it on the Governor's Message Page. Governor Furr points out several sections of the website which contain items of interest.
November 30, 2008 - News from the November 8 Meeting: New Officers and Council Members Installed: The outgoing Governor of the Jamestowne Society, W. Harrison Schroeder, Esquire, installed new officers and members of Council. New officers are Governor Carter Branham Snow Furr, Esquire, Lieutenant Governor Joseph Holleman Barlow, Secretary of State Dr. Michael David Frost, Auditor General Jerry William Zillion, Secretary of Treasury Harrison Ruffin Tyler, Attorney General Susan Noel Godman Rager, Esquire, Historian Ann Harrison Booker Darst, Registrar Lyndon Hobbs Hart, III, Chaplain Rev. James Wilbur Browder, III. Faye Chewning Weems continues in her role as Executive Director of the Society. Councilors whose terms expire in 2009 are LTC Charles Clement Lucas, Jr., MD, April Wood Miller, Prof. Joseph Neal Payne, Hon. Gary Murdock Williams. Councilors whose terms expire in 2010 are Dr. Walter Raleigh Beam, Jr., Carolyn Kendrick Farmer, Dr. Michael David Frost, David King Woodroof. Councilors whose terms expire in 2011 are Barbara K. Benedict, Aurelia Dance Lacy, Kenneth C. Bass, III, Esquire, Ann Spotswood Burwell Fishburne Duthie. Past Governors are W. Harrison Schroeder, Esquire, Aubrey R. Bowles, III, Esquire, Dr. Anne Shelton Tyler Netick, Ambrose Rucker Woodroof, Esquire, Dr. James Morris Bagby, Edward Barry Wright, Jr., Wellford G. Goode, Henry C. Mackall, Esquire, Robert Needham Hendry, DeEtte DuPree Nesbitt, Brig. Gen. Charles D. McGuire, USAR, Ret., Dr. James J. Owen. The Officers and Councilors listing also appears on the Officers and Council Page on this site.
News from the November 8 Meeting: Captain John Smith's Chesapeake Bay: Members and Guests enjoyed learning more about the Chesapeake Bay region as it likely was at the time of the First Permanent English Settlement in America. Dr. Kent Mountford, Ecologist/Environmental Historian for the Cove Corporation in Lusby, Maryland, presented an in depth look at the ecology of the area, and how encroaching population has changed the Bay from the pristine environment of 1607-1608 to a quite different estuary today. See photos of the meeting on the November 2008 Meeting Recap page and a special 4-page section of photos of the PowerPoint presentation, "Captain John Smith's Chesapeake Bay," by Dr. Mountford on the November 2008 Meeting Presentation page.
New Governor for Kansas-Missouri Company: Dessa Jane Burrell of Independence, Missouri, has assumed duties as the new Governor of the Kansas-Missouri Company. The change of Governor has been added to the Jamestowne Society Companies page. Congratulations!
November 7, 2008 - New Governor for First Colorado Company: Jean Williams Taylor of Denver has begun her new term as Governor of the First Colorado Company. Congratulations! The change of Governor has been added to the Jamestowne Society Companies page.
October 26, 2008 - New Jamestowne Society Scarf makes its debut and is now available through the Jamestowne Shoppe on this site. Designed by Joyce Bockemuehl, the beautiful silk scarf has hand-rolled edges, and will make a beautiful wardrobe addition. The oblong scarf measures 52" long x 14" wide, costs $75.00, plus a $2.50 per item shipping charge. Order yours today!
Chesapeake Bay Company has new Governor installed on October 25 at Historic Christ Church in Irvington, Virginia. Jean Booth McKenney of Irvington will serve for the 2008-2010 term. The Chesapeake Bay Company serves the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula areas in Virginia. The change of Governor has been added to the Jamestowne Society Companies page.
October 19, 2008 - Reminder that Reservations Deadline Approaches: The deadline for making reservations for the November 8 Fall Membership Meeting in Richmond is October 24. See details on the Fall 2008 Meeting Page, and send in your reservations today!
New Bronze Marker: The Jamestowne Society has made available for purchase by its members a bronze marker of the Society's seal. This new item has been added to the Jamestowne Shoppe on this site. Very soon, another new item will be added. Watch the "What's New" page for details!
October 5, 2008 - Reservations Deadline Extended: The deadline for making reservations for the November 8 meeting has been extended from October 17 to October 24. The new date is on the Fall 2008 Meeting Page. Members are encouraged to send in their reservations early, as space is limited.
August 31, 2008 - November 8 Meeting Plans Announced: The Fall 2008 meeting of the Jamestowne Society will take place at the Commonwealth Club in Richmond on Saturday, November 8. Dr. Kent Mountford, Ecologist and Environmental Historian for the Cove Corporation in Lusby, Maryland, will be the speaker. Dr. Mountford will share with us a view back into the Chesapeake and surrounding area as it was in 1607-1608, and define the challenge of restoring the large estuary and its environs to its former pristine state. You, your family and your guests are cordially invited to join the Jamestowne Society for this fascinating presentation, and for, as always, a delightful luncheon at the Commonwealth Club. Visit the Fall 2008 Meeting Page for more details and reservation form.
New Ancestor Bars Available: Get busy on your supplementals! Now, for the first time, you can honor both the ancestor you based your membership upon, and all of the supplemental ancestors from whom you have proven your descent. The new Ancestor Bars fit beautifully on the large medallion which was recently introduced. The new Ancestor Bars are now ready to be ordered through the Jamestowne Shoppe. There's a separate order form for these bars - you'll see the link on the Jamestowne Shoppe page. Special thanks to Joyce Bockemuehl for her hard work in making these bars a reality.
Newest Companies Added to the Jamestowne Society Companies page are the Tennessee Valley Company and the New England Company, both formally recognized at the May 2008 membership meeting in Williamsburg. The listings have been added along with contact information so you can get in touch. Again, congratulations to Richard Knight and Dr. Charles C. Lucas, respective Company Governors.
New Photo Added to the May 17 2008 Luncheon and Reception Photos Section: Margaret Gunn submitted a photo of Michelle Schroeder, spouse of the current Society Governor, Governor W. Harrison Schroeder, and Betty Page Schroeder, parent of the current Society Governor, which was taken at the May 2008 Membership Meeting in Williamsburg.
July 20, 2008 - Membership Process and Application: All applications for membership must be made using the Society's own computer software. Prospective applicants will receive information on ordering the software after they are issued an invitation to join, when they receive their preliminary application. For more details, visit the Membership Process and Application Section.
July 10, 2008 - New Approved Ancestor: Jamestowne Society Genealogist Lyndon H. Hart, III, has announced the addition of a new ancestor to the Qualifying Ancestors List. Thomas Ballard, c. 1620-1688, Councillor, is already on the List; newly added is Thomas Ballard, Jr., c.1654-1711, who served as a Burgess. The new addition has been added to the Qualifying Ancestors List on this site.
Membership Process and Application: Changes to this Section of the website now direct those interested in applying to the Society for membership to first contact a member of the Society. "Prospective members must demonstrate descent from a Qualifying Jamestowne Ancestor to the satisfaction of the Society genealogist." "Upon receipt of an invitation from the Society" and the prospective member's acceptance of it, candidates for membership will be sent a preliminary application to complete, which will, upon its return to the Society, be reviewed. Those who then appear to be eligible for membership will be sent application software on either CD or floppy disk. Visit the Membership Process and Application page for complete details.
Software Maintenance Assistance Requested: Since 2002, Jamestowne Society applicants have been able to prepare applications for membership and supplementals using Windows-compatible software. Society member Walter R. Beam has written and maintained the software; however, since Walt will be celebrating his 80th birthday this August, he has indicated a need to seek volunteers to continue this activity. Walt's experience with computers dates back to 1952, and includes a career in the field. He has updated the software to run on Vista. A new version which can incorporate features to ensure that every application forwards a digital final version of lineage data to Society headquarters is needed. The current software version allows but does not force compliance with this function. In addition to application software, the Society uses a Microsoft Access membership database, and there are plans to expand its capability and application. Jamestowne Society members (spouses and children included) having Windows application software design experience who would like to assist are invited to contact Walt at firstname.lastname@example.org (put Jamestowne Society in subject line) or by phone at 804-796-5151. The Jamestowne Society appreciates your assistance!
PDF Order Form accessible through the Jamestowne Shoppe has added space for ordering the two new ties available (see the June 22 addition below for details), and has deleted the floppy diskette and CD for membership applications. View the new PDF Order Form through the link to it in the Jamestowne Shoppe.
June 22, 2008 - First California Company, West Texas Company, Captain John Clay Company and Lone Star Company have new Governors:
First California Company is now headed by Joanne Murphy, whose address is 1744 Victoria Way, San Marcos, CA 92069-9401.
The new Governor for West Texas Company is Wynelle Wagnon, who resides at 2516 65th Street, Lubbock, TX 79412-3330.
The Captain John Clay Company's Governor is now Zipra Morgan, of 3611 Capistrano Trail, Austin, TX 78737.
The Lone Star Company's recently elected Governor is Carol Hooper, whose address is 5912 East University, #105, Dallas, TX 75206-4669.
The names and addresses of these new Company Governors have been added to the Jamestowne Society Companies page. Congratulations to each of them on their election!
2 New Ties Available: The Jamestowne Society now offers two new ties, both silk, available for purchase through the Jamestowne Shoppe section of this site. One design features gold stripes on a burgundy ground; the other design has the Jamestowne Society emblem woven into the fabric. Purchase for yourself or for a gift, a bargain at $50.00 each!
New Jamestowne Reading Resource: A link to the online text of Philip Alexander Bruce's "Social Life in Virginia in the Seventeenth Century: An Inquiry into the Origin of the Higher Planter Class, Together with a Description of the Habits, Customs and Diversions of the People," originally published in 1907, is now available through the new link in Jamestowne Reading Resources. This brings the number of listed resources to 128, with 19 online texts.
June 6, 2008 - Preston Haynie: W. Preston Haynie was not a Jamestowne Society member, but in his role as volunteer librarian and archivist for many years at the Northumberland County Historical Society in Heathsville, Virginia, he was responsible for hundreds of Society members being able to connect the generations on their applications and locate the necessary supporting documentation. Preston Haynie died in a Richmond hospital on June 6, 2008, following cardiac surgery in recent weeks. Those who remember him might consider a donation to the Northumberland County Historical Society, POB 221, Heathsville, VA 22473. Northumberland County is the parent county of the Northern Neck of Virginia, and in that role, it was the repository for many of the very early records on which our research so depends.
June 5, 2008 - Linda Frazier: Shenandoah Valley Organizing Governor, died on May 30, 2008. The Company was chartered in May 2005. To read the obituary which chronicles the accomplishments of the life of Linda Betts Frazier, located at NewsLeader.com, click here. The Society extends sympathy to her family and friends. Her energy and efforts to establish a Company in the Valley of Virginia will long be remembered.
Alabama Company has chosen a new Governor, who is Robert Martin Cheney of Montgomery, Alabama. The listing and a contact address has been added to the Jamestowne Society Companies page.
Governors Listing: A complete list of the names of the Company Governors and Officers of the Society appearing in the photograph taken at the Governors' Roundtable on May 16 has been added to the May 16 Governors' Roundtable Page, which is part of the coverage of the May 2008 Membership Meeting in Williamsburg.
May 26, 2008 - May Meeting Recap and Photos - If you missed the May meeting in Williamsburg, you missed a really stellar presentation by Dr. Douglas Owsley of the Smithsonian Institution on the upcoming exhibit, "Written in Bone," which explores the evidence left (literally) in the bones of 17th century Chesapeake Bay area residents. See photos from the presentation on the special section on this site devoted to the May 2008 Meeting, and follow a link to the Smithsonian brochure on the exhibit. The main page on the May Meeting has links to lead you to "Written in Bone," the Governors' Roundtable, the Reception, and the Luncheon/Meeting. Two new Companies were chartered at the Luncheon/Meeting - welcome to the New England Company whose Organizing Governor is LTC Charles C. Lucas, Jr., MD, and to the Tennessee Valley Company whose Organizing Governor is Richard H. Knight, Jr., Esq.
Little Rock Company website: The Little Rock Company of the Jamestowne Society has its own website, and you are cordially invited to visit. The new link has been added to the Jamestowne Society Companies page. Patsy Penney is Governor of the Little Rock Company, and Martha Poplin is the Company's webmaster.
April 29, 2008 - Topic for May Meeting - Dr. Owsley's fascinating topic for the May membership meeting is "Forensic Files of the 17th Century Chesapeake." Read more details about his planned presentation for the Williamsburg meeting here.
April 27, 2008 - New Photos of Godspeed taken in the Fall of 2007 have been added. The photos were taken from the home of Henry and Louise Kelley on the Chickahominy River. Henry is a new member of the Jamestowne Society. See the new photos at the bottom of the 400th Anniversary Page.
Update to Reading Resources: Now there are 127 Reading Resources, including 18 which have online texts. The newest addition is "The Lost Colony and Jamestown Droughts," by David W. Stahle, Malcolm K. Cleaveland, Dennis B. Blanton, Matthew D. Therrell and David A. Gay. Published in 1998 in Science Magazine, it's an interesting look at how both the fate of the Lost Colony and the high death rate during early settlement at Jamestowne can be attributed in great measure to severe droughts. Check it out in Jamestowne Reading Resources
April 14, 2008 - Great Northwest Company: The Great Northwest Company, headquartered in Seattle, Washington, has chosen a new Company Governor, who is Dr. William Michael Waring. Ardyth Schaumburg, former Governor, continues to serve the Company in the capacity of Lieutenant Governor. The change has been made on the Jamestowne Society Companies page, with contact information for Dr. Waring.
April 10, 2008 - Washington & Northern Virginia Company: This Company which serves the area of the Nation's Capitol and NOVA, has elected a new Governor. Betsy Graves Smith is now leading the Company. The change has been noted on the Jamestowne Society Companies page, with contact information for her. Rachel L. Wills is in charge of the Company's own website.
March 30, 2008 - History Channel Program Features Dr. Douglas Owsley: The speaker for the Jamestowne Society May meeting is Dr. Douglas Owsley (see the May Meeting info on this site); on March 29, he was featured in a History Channel presentation, "Written in Bone." Jamestowne Society member Jean Tomes was seen in the presentation next to Dr. Owsley in the section on St. Luke's Church. Read more about the program on the History Channel's website.
Slideshow Presentation from 400th: The Michigan Company's website features an interesting slideshow presentation of photos made by Steven Baker at the 400th Anniversary Celebration last May. To view, click here!
March 15, 2008 - New Contact Information for San Antonio Company: A new address has been listed for Nancy Parker Corwin, Governor of the San Antonio Company on the Jamestowne Society Companies page.
March 9, 2008 - Kentucky Company Website: Congratulations to the Kentucky Company on publishing their own website! It's now linked to through the Jamestowne Society Companies page. Anne S. Moore, Governor of the Kentucky Company, is webmaster.
March 6, 2008 - Spring Membership Meeting 2008: Details on the Saturday, May 17, 2008 meeting are now on the website, complete with luncheon reservation form in PDF Format. Note that space is limited, there is a deadline of April 25, 2008, and there will be no late reservations or walk-ins accepted. The speaker will be Dr. Douglas W. Owsley, Head of the Division of Physical Anthropology, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. See all the details on the Spring Membership Meeting 2008 Page.
February 29, 2008 - Update to Reading Resources: The full online text of "Gleanings of Virginia History: An Historical and Genealogical Collection, Largely from Original Sources," compiled and published by William Fletcher Boogher, published in Washington DC in 1903, has been added to Jamestowne Reading Resources. This brings the number of resources listed (including online texts) to 126 resources, including 16 online texts.
Order Form change: Minor change to the Order Form was made today. Particular notice is directed to the new prices of the gold items (see addition noted February 27 below). The Order Form is linked to through the Jamestowne Shoppe section of this site.
February 27, 2008 - Michigan Company Website: Congratulations to the Michigan Company on producing their own website! It is now linked to through the Jamestowne Society Companies page. Emma Winegarner is webmaster.
New Prices on Gold Items: The PDF Order Form was last revised on February 27 to reflect the new costs of gold, and members are encouraged to contact the Executive Headquarters at 804-353-1226 before placing an order to make sure of current prices. The Order Form in PDF is available through the Jamestowne Shoppe section of this site. (Ties are not available at this time).
February 25, 2008 - New Contact Information for Company Governors: The new Governor of the First Louisiana Company is Emily Smith, 71205 Whiskey Oaks Lane, Covington, LA 70433. New addresses for several of the Companies have also been posted on the Jamestowne Society Companies page.
New Order Form is now available in PDF format through the Jamestowne Shoppe section of this site. Prices are subject to change without notice, so it's advisable to call the Executive Headquarters before mailing your order. (Telephone 804-353-1226).
February 7, 2008 - New Mailing Address for Society Headquarters: The Jamestowne Society National Headquarters Office in Richmond has obtained a new post office box and zip code. Therefore, all pages on this website, as well as the Jamestowne Society Shoppe's Order Form, now reflect the new address of P. O. Box 6845, Richmond, VA 23230.
January 12, 2008 - Photo Slideshow from the Michigan Company features photographs by Steven W. Baker of the May 2007 400th Anniversary Celebration festivities. This link has been added at the suggestion of Jim McCall of the First California Company. The slideshow is an excellent recap, and the new link has been added to the 400th Anniversary Celebration Photos Page on this site.
Updates to the Jamestowne Society Companies page: (1) Jan Tyler, Governor of the First Colorado Company has submitted an address change, and the new address is now listed; (2) Hugh A. Williams, Jr. is now Governor of the First North Carolina Company, and his contact information has been added to the Companies page as well. Company Governors are encouraged to submit additions/corrections as they arise.
First Colorado Company's November meeting is highlighted with photos and information at Blacktie-Colorado.com's website. Read about the meeting, and see the group photo of those in attendance. You'll also want to view the Photo Slideshow of the occasion!
December 24, 2007 - Jamestowne Society Companies: A correction has been made to the listing of the Governor for the Great Northwest Company. This company, headquartered in Sequin, Washington, has Ardyth Hatcher Schaumburg leading it.
December 3, 2007 - Update to Reading Resources: The full online text of "Colonial Churches in the Original Colony of Virginia: A Series of Sketches by Especially Qualified Writers, Second Edition" includes thirty-five illustrations, and has information on the Jamestowne Church as well as other early churches in the colony. Published by Southern Churchman Company in Richmond in 1908, the original was from the University of Michigan. The citation and link have been added to Jamestowne Reading Resources:
November 30, 2007 - Updates to Membership Application and Process Page and to Order Form: In order to clarify the membership application process, the Membership Process page has been updated to make clear the steps necessary to join the Society. The Order Form which is accessible through the Jamestowne Society Shoppe page has been updated to reflect a change in the cost of a copy of lineage papers.
November 23, 2007 - Updates to Reading Resources: Texts of four more books from mid-1800s and the early 1900s are available online. They are (1) a 1907 thesis by George Thomas Surface, "Studies on the Geography of Virginia;" (2) "History of the Virginia Company of London, with Letters to and from the First Colony Never Before Printed," by Edward Duffield Neill (pub. 1869); (3) "The Legislature of the Province of Virginia: Its Internal Development," 1907 thesis by Elmer Isaiah Miller; and (4) "Pioneers of the Old South: A Chronicle of English Colonial Beginnings," published in 1918 by Mary Johnston. Their citations and links have been added to Jamestowne Reading Resources:
November 18, 2007 - First Georgia Company has new Governor - J. V. Michael Motes' listing has been added to Jamestowne Society Companies with his contact information.
Newly Updated Application Software from Walt Beam has been added to the Membership Process and Application section of this site.
Executive Director Kelly Carson Johnson who has been at the Jamestowne Society for five years, is leaving on November 23, and the new Executive Director who will begin duties on November 26 is Faye Chewning Weems.
November 13, 2007 - New Council Members - A listing of new Council Members installed on November 10 has been added to the Officers and Council Members section of this site.
November 11, 2007 - Photos and News from the Fall Meeting - See photos and read about the November 10 Fall Membership Meeting at the Commonwealth Club. Information about new officers and Council members will be added shortly!
November 10, 2007 - Link to Richmond Marathon Map - Important to you if you're attend the November 10 meeting - the link has been added to the November 10 Meeting Information page..
November 5, 2007 - Updates to November 10 Meeting Information - The speaker will be Chief William P. Miles, Chief of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe since 1990, and Director of the Richmond Field Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Read more on the November 10 Meeting Information page. Times for Council Meeting, Reception and Luncheon have been added as well.
October 15, 2007 - Updates to Reading Resources: Digitizaton of books from the 1800s and early 1900s has made possible complete online texts of these volumes. There are 8 which are of interest to Jamestowne Readers, their citations and their links have been added to Jamestowne Reading Resources:
(1) "(The) Adventures of Captain John Smith, the Founder of the Colony of Virginia," by Lambert Lilly (New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1842)full text online;
(2) "Captain John Smith (1579-1631), Sometime Governor of Virginia, and Admiral," by Charles Dudley Warner (New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1881), full text online;
(3) (The) Cradle of the Republic, Jamestown and James River," by Lyon Tyler Gardiner (Richmond, VA: Whittet & Shepperson, 1900), full text online;
(4) "Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography," edited by Lyon Gardiner Tyler (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1915), full text online;
(5) "(The) Founding of Jamestown, Percy's Discourse of Virginia, Wingfield's Discourse of Virginia, 1607, 1619," American History Leaflets, Colonial and Constitutional, No. 36, edited by Albert Bushnell Hart and Edward Channing; Parker P. Simmons, 1907), full text online;
(6) (The) Historie of Travaile into Virginia Britannia, Expressing the Cosmographie and Comodities of the Country, Togither with the Manners and Customes of the People, Gathered and Observed as Well by Those Who Went First Thither, as Collected by William Strachey, Gent., The First Secretary of the Colony," edited by R. H. Major (London: The Hakluyt Society, 1849) full text online;
(7) "(The) Site of Old 'James Towne,' 1607-1698," by Samuel H. Yonge (Richmond: Wm. Ellis Jones, Printer, 1903), full text online;
(8) "Virginia Vestusta, During the Reign of James the First, Containing Letters and Documents Never Before Printed, a Supplement to the History of the Virginia Company," by Edward D. Neill (Albany, NY: Joel Munsell's Sons, 1885), full text online.
October 7, 2007 - Updates to Reading Resources: Jim McCall of the First California Company contributed information on Seth Mallios' book, "The Deadly Politics of Giving; Exchange and Violence at Ajacan, Roanoke and Jamestown" (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2006). Jim notes that Seth was a site supervisor for Jamestown Rediscovery and editor of "The Journal of the Jamestown Rediscovery Center." The book has been added to Jamestowne Reading Resources.
September 19, 2007 - Updates to Reading Resources: Bibliographic information on (1) James Horn's 2007 book, "Captain John Smith: Writings with Other Narratives of Roanoke, Jamestown and the First English Settlement of America," and (2) Warren Billings' 2007 Revised Edition of "The Old Dominion in the Seventeenth Century: A Documentary History of Virginia, 1606-1700" has been added to Jamestowne Reading Resources.
September 17, 2007 - Society Governor Photo: A photograph of W. Harrison Schroeder, Jamestowne Society Governor, has been added to the Jamestowne Society Governor's Message page.
Richmond Law Magazine article: Summer 2007 edition contains a feature article on the presentation of a plaque on Jamestowne Island commemorating the special bond between English and American legal systems. The presentation took place in April 2007, and was made by Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, and other dignitaries and special guests, including the Chief Justice of England and Wales. A PDF file containing the article may be accessed by clicking here - a perspective is included, within the article, by S. G. Rager, Webmaster and alum of the University of Richmond School of Law.
September 16, 2007 - How to obtain May 12 Photos: A link to Convention Photography, the official photographer for the Jamestowne Society 400th Anniversary weekend events, has been added to both the 400th Anniversary Commemoration page and to the 400th Anniversary - More Photos page on this site.
September 11, 2007 - November Meeting Notice: A special page has been added giving details on the Saturday, November 10, 2007 meeting at the Commonwealth Club in Richmond. You'll also find a link to PDF files containing a map of the Club location, and driving directions to get you there. Reservations deadline is October 31, and capacity is limited. Click here to access the November Meeting Notice.
September 9, 2007 - Jamestowne Society Fellowships: In the old website, this page was called "Fellowship." The contents of the old Fellowship page have been placed on the Jamestowne Society Fellowships page, which contains clear, concise directions for applicants who want to apply for the $2000 annual award. The new "Articles for Sale" page from the old website is now a redesigned Jamestowne Society Shoppe, with color photographs of all items available for sale.
First Texas Company, First Georgia Company Site and New York Company pages still reside on the Jamestowne Society domain. All three pages have been updated a bit. All three are encouraged to establish their own domain names and branch out on their own as others have already done. We know you can do it!!!
September 8, 2007 - Jamestowne Reading Resources: In the old website, this page was named "Bibliography." The contents of the old Bibliography page have been placed on the Jamestowne Reading Resources page, along with many new additions. Selections appropriate for young readers are marked with an asterisk (*). The resources are alphabetically listed by author. Total listings are 110, including 50 new ones.
September 7, 2007 - First Ohio Company link added: to the Companies page; First Ohio Company Governor Beth Kennard submitted the new link - be sure to visit the First Ohio Company website! They've done a great job with their web presence - people can find them easily, and navigate their site quickly.
September 3, 2007 - Vista-compatible application software: Walt Beam, who has dedicated many hours to the development and updating of the Jamestowne Society Membership Application software, has provided a new Vista-compatible application. So now prospective Members can use this on the newest computers, and current Members can use this to produce their supplemental applications. You'll be able to now access this updated software from the Membership Process and Application Page. Thanks, Walt!
Time and Weather: Descendants of Jamestowne settlers are scattered all over the globe today. When you visit the "What's New?" page, now you can see at a glance what time it is in Jamestown, and what the temperature is. If you click on the "Weather Gizmo" provided by Weather Underground, you can see what the forecast is. Our ancestors could have made use of this technology!
September 1, 2007 - Website redesign launched: Whether or not our settler-ancestors greeted each other with the contemporary phrase, "What's new?" - it's a relevant question regarding websites. The Jamestowne Society site, on September 1, 2007, began a new journey with new and updated design and content. When you visit (and we hope you'll find reasons to return again - soon and often), check this page first. New additions will be outlined here for you, with the date added. If you're a webmaster with links to various pages in the old Jamestowne Society site (prior to 9/01/07), efforts will be made in the coming weeks to notify you where possible of the changes. In some cases, you may not find a corresponding page published in the new site. Comments from visitors are always welcome. Direct your comments concerning membership and Society matters to Kelly Carson Johnson, Executive Director of the Jamestowne Society. Comments concerning the site should go to Susan Godman Rager, Webmaster. At the bottom of this page (and of every page on the site) you will find buttons to click that will pop an e-mail for you already addressed to the appropriate person to make e-mail contact easier. The name and address of Society Headquarters (and phone number) are also at the bottom of each page for convenience.
The input of Jamestowne Society members and guests is always welcome. The site exists for you, to provide information on Society membership, activities and events, to allow you to remember your participation in past events, and to allow Members to purchase insignia and other items through the Jamestowne Society Shoppe. Enjoy your visit and please come back again! Spread the word about the new site design and content! -- Susan Godman Rager, Webmaster.
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