Joy Bland, President

  Pat Boals, First Vice President
  Mary Ann Claxton, Second Vice Pres.
  Pat Boals, 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 June 19, 2019  at Tom's Pizza and Steak House on highway 79 east of Paris.


     Eight members were present for the meeting on February 20, 2019 at Tom's Pizza and Steak House in Paris.  President Joy Bland called the meeting to order.  Chaplain Pat Boals was a little late arriving, so Joy  gave the invocation and blessing, quoting from James 4:8 - Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.  Her question was, when we pray do we just ponder or do we really have our heart in what we are doing and really reach out to God?  We need to be sure when we pray that we are "engaged" in the conversation.
     Following our ritual, National Defense Chairman Geraldine Sykes brought a current message concerning President Trump's creation of a new military branch - the Space Force.  It will be an equal branch with Air Force, Army, etc. and will address what we will do when we have to fight in space.  There will not be bombers and fighter pilots because of missiles and drones and satellites.  If there is a World War III, it will not be fought on the ground but in space and we are already behind Russia and China in this area.  Hopefully the new Space Force will address this situation.
     Next Joy read a note from State President Cindy Waters expressing how much she enjoyed being with our chapter at the September meeting and thanking us for the fall door decoration which was then hanging on her door.
    Joy also announced that we have four members who have received Coats of Arms since the visit of National Chairman Eleanor Satterfield last year, and Registrar Frances Spillman said that Stephanie Tayloe's supplemental had been approved.
     First order of business was report of the nominating committee.  Committee Chairman Mary Ann Claxton read the slate of officers.  There were no nominations from the floor so the slate was elected as presented.  New officers for 2019-2021 are:  President Susan Gould, Vice President Mary Ann Claxton, Recording Secretary Suzanne Richter, Corresponding Secretary Vicky Henry, Treasurer Geraldine Sykes, Registrar Frances Spillman, Historian Berdie Maie Foy, and Librarian Stephanie Tayloe.  Installation of officers will be at the June meeting.
     Second order of business was setting up programs for the rest of the year.  Mary Ann Claxton will present the program in June, Suzanne Richter will do the September program and Frances Spillman will present the program for November.
     Our third item of business was nomination of Mary Ann Claxton and Pat Boals to serve as state officers in 2019-2021.  This was voted favorably and the necessary papers are signed and ready to be sent to the state nominating committee.
     Last on the order of business was to elect delegates to the state conference in March.  Mary Ann and Pat were elected.
     Following the business session, Joy presented a wonderful program for Black History Month, "Stories and Memories of Hettie Tharpe."  Hettie had been a neighbor of Joy's family and good friend of Joy's mother for most of Joy's childhood.  Mail delivery back then didn't always go to every house and in Hettie and Harris' case, their mailbox was at the corner of Joy's family's property.  So every day Hettie would come to the corner to get her mail and, of course, engage in conversation with Joy's mother.  Joy showed us a copy of a picture she had which showed the Pleasant Hill School and Church and the houses she grew up in.  She related many memories of Hettie.  She said she kept a clean house and even swept the path up to the house.  She said that when Hettie died, the clocks were stopped at the hour she died and the clocks and mirrors were covered in white cloths - a tradition in rural areas at that time.  She said that Joy's mother had gotten Hettie's "sewing rocker" but only after it had been damaged.  They still have the rocker.
     Following the program the meeting was adjourned as our meal had arrived.

Chapter members who attended the DAR Christmas Tea at the home of Ray and Noragene Harding in Paris.  Members were treated to a variety of delicious foods and Christmas music from two Inman School strings players as well as a special number from the Harding's player piano.


     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 three 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 9, 2019, Doubletree Hotel,
      Murfreesboro, TN

   National Conference:
   April 16-21, 2019, Embassy Suites,
      Alexandria, VA

    Tennessee Summer Board of

    August 9, 2019, 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

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  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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Best Scholarship Report

Participation in civic & Patriotic

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Colonial Heritage, Research
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Most Non-cash donations for Veterans
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