Susan Gould, President

  Mary Ann Claxton, First Vice President
  Joy Bland, Chaplain
  Suzanne Richter, Recording Secretary
  Vicky Henry, Corresponding Secretary
  Geraldine Sykes, Treasurer
  Frances Spillman, Registrar
  Berdie Maie Foy, Historian
  Stephanie Tayloe, Librarian

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

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

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

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

Next meeting is Feb. 19, 2020  at Tom's Pizza and Steak House on highway 79 east of Paris.

Five members and one prospective member attended the DAR Christmas Tea at the home of Ray and Noragene Harding on Walnut Street in Paris.


SURPRISE, Joy!  Pat got to present the gift she had been holding onto since the September meeting!

Joy FINALLY got to the bottom of the box to find  . . . . . . . . . . .the Ex-President's pin that we had hoped to present to her at the November meeting.  Better late than never, Joy!  Thank you for 10 years of superior leadership!


     Chapter members met on November 20, 2019 at Tom's Pizza & Steak House in Paris.  President Susan Gould called the meeting to order and read a poem for veterans as the devotion in absence of Chaplain Joy Bland.  Minutes of the last meeting were approved with no changes.  Treasurer Geraldine Sykes gave her report.
     Following this business, Registrar Frances Spillman reported that she now has Mary Hersey's papers and will work to see if they can be sent to National for approval.
     The National Defense Message was brought by chairman Geraldine Sykes who reported on the new 1.3 billion dollar command center for nuclear armed forces south of Omaha, NB.  It is over 9,000 square feet and will employ 3500 people.  It will include the new Space Force Command.
     Susan Pemberton reported that the proposed TN Historical Marker dedication for David Edward Jackson in Paris City Cemetery is set for Saturday, April 11, starting at 1:00.
     Following this business, Frances Spillman gave the program on "Gender Inequality in Colonial America."  She reported that women in Colonial America had no defined legal identify as an individual; were repressed socially and legally; not viewed as individuals but as extensions of their husband's household. Their rights were determined by the male dominated law making bodies.  They couldn't have any rights unless they were married or had a male guardian.  An independent woman was a threat to male domination - the patriarchal structure of the Puritan society in New England.  But their situation could change from colony to colony.  The above statements reflected Puritan New England, but in German communities in Pennsylvania, for example, women could work in the fields and stables to help their husbands.  German and Dutch immigrants granted women control over property which was denied in English law; they could own their own clothes and other items and could write wills disposing of property brought into the marriage.  Women were taught to read so they could read the Bible, but rarely taught to write.  Ministers sometimes preached that women were inferior to men and more inclined to sin.  And Home manufactured goods like dairy products and textiles were usually created by women but the husband owned the goods and received the money they sold for.  It was only toward the end of the 1700's that women began to have individual legal rights.  We today find these facts curious and are inclined to think badly of colonial lawmakers.  But those had been the accepted roles of women for centuries, so we did not see change until society began changing with the Revolution and the new ideas that came with it, and the expansion into the west where survival often depended on women contributing outside the household as well as in it.

Scholarship Chairman Suzanne Richter announced at the June meethat Natalie Clark was the 2019 recipient of the

$500.00 chapter scholarship. She will be attending Lipscomb University in Nashville.  Pictured here, Suzanne and Mary Ann Claxton present the check to Natalie on the court square in Paris as she was unavailable on the day of the meeting.

     Rootsweb has been bringing websites up over the past few months and ours has been up for several weeks.  However, I have not had access to it due to an error on their part which we now have worked through.  So the fact that you are seeing this means we are back up and running with total access to the website once again.
     Since we have had four meetings since the website has been down, I will post some pictures and information from these meetings, but I will not try to be comprehensive about these updates.  Suzanne has sent out the minutes for the meetings which should be sufficient for that side of the information.  I will put links here to the pictures from those meetings, but that will have to be as I can get to them.  As I have been saying for some time:  where technology is concerned, patience is a virtue.

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

   Tennessee State Conference:
   March 7, 2020, Doubletree Hotel,
      Murfreesboro, TN

   National Conference:
   April 8-11, 2020, Washington Marriott,
      Georgetown, DC

    Tennessee Summer Board of

    August , 2020, Doubletree Hotel,
      Murfreesboro, TN

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

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

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

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

  Tennessee Society Colonial Dames
  XVII Century

The Tennessee Dame

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

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Congratulations Captain Charles Barham Chapter!!!  Recognitions and Awards, 2019 State Conference:

Maintaining a Chapter Website

Pictures submitted to media and in print
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Number of articles
National Defense Programs

Number of Spplementals

Outstanding Performance for
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Special recognition for Suzanne Richter, Susan Pemberton, and Mary Ann Claxton for work on gravestone preservation

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