Once more we had seven members in attendance to discuss chapter business.  President Geraldine Sykes called the meeting to order and Chaplain Joy Bland presented our devotional from Psalm 55:3, saying we are to do more for others and listen more when our friends are needing help.
     Following the ritual, National Defense Chairman Mary Ann Claxton led the group in thinking of recent events in our country which will do much to improve our internal national defense.  Next, Secretary Frances Spillman presented the minutes of the February meeting which were approved as read.  In the absence of the Treasurer, no report was available, but Regent Sykes reminded members that dues would be collected at the September meeting.
       Aline Roberts, who will be presenting the program at the September meeting, shared a picture of her with Cadet Mahala B. Perry, an industrial engineering major from Humboldt, TN,  
recipient of the chapter's ROTC Medal at the UT Martin Military Science and Leadership Department's Awards Ceremony April 26, 2019 in the UTM Student Center.    
     The program, "Nina and Pinta - Columbus Sails the Ocean Blue - Again" was presented by Mary Ann Claxton.  Replicas of the Nina and Pinta, two of the ships sailed by Columbus in 1492, have been built and are currently docked at Paris Landing and open for tours.  They mainly travel the Gulf, eastern seaboard, and midwestern rivers.  In 1988 an American engineer found Brazilian descendants of Portuguese shipwrights who built the replica of the Nina using the construction techniques dating to the 15th century.  Sixteen years later the Pinta was built by the same shipwrights.  Due to the 14 foot draft of the Santa Maria, she would be unable to dock in most of the ports the ships frequent, so no replica of her will be built.  Mary Ann reported that in Columbus' time, the sailors lived on the deck - the area below decks held supplies for the voyage, including livestock; the four-legged stock were suspended in slings to prevent injuries from the rolling of the ship on the ocean.
March 7, 2019
2nd Place - Public Relations (7 photos, 9 articles, 1,193.57 inches
2nd Place - Outstanding PR Coverage on 2018 State Assembly
Recognition - Presentation of Colonial Education Kit Program
Recognition - Best Electronic Communications to Chapter Members
Recognition - submissions to the TSSDAC Website
Recognition - Most Cast Donation to College of the Ozarks
Recognition - For Awarding JROTC Medal- National Defense Program
Recognition - "Early Bird" For First Report Received Under National Veterans Services
     Five chapter members met Sept. 14, 2019 at Tom's Pizza & Steak House in Paris, TN.  Regent Sykes called the meeting to order.  In the absence of Chaplain Joy Bland, Janice Webb gave the devotion based on Matthew 18:12-13 and led the group in prayer.
Following the ritual, Frances Spillman gave the Natio nal Defense message due to the absence of National Defense Chairman, Mary Ann Claxton.  On August 29, 2019, President Trump re-established the U. S. Space Command.  The Space Command was first established in 1985 and existed until 2002 when it was absorbed into the U. S. Strategic Command.  Under President Trump the Space Command will be on an equal footing with the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.  The mission is to deter aggression and conflict, defend U.S. and  allied freedom of action, deliver space combat power, and develop joint war fighters to advance U.S. and allied interests in, from and through the space domain.  The global area of responsibility includes the area surrounding the Earth at altitudes greater than 100 kilometers above sea level.
     Minutes of the June meeting were read by Recording Secretary Frances Spillman.  Minutes were approved as read.
     In the absence of the treasurer, Regent Sykes gave the treasurer's report.  She reported that all dues except two have been collected.      The report on the State Board Meeting on August 8, 2019 was discussed.  The chapter voted to support the following programs as suggested by the State Regent:  Honor Flight for a female veteran in 2019-2020.  College of the Ozarks, and contributing to the publication of the book "Colonial Klaus in Thomas Jefferson's House" by Laura Macaluso.  (According to an update online a grand total of $10,000 was raised by the October 1 deadline to cover the costs of publishing this book.  Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forrest raised over $5000 and DAC matched this with another $5,000).
     First Vice Regent Aline Roberts announced that our National President Mary C. Armstrong will be our guest speaker at the 88th State Assembly on March 5, 2020 at the Doubletree in Murfreesboro.  All members are encouraged to attend.
     Registrar Mary Ann Claxton's report was read citing no new members and no one currently working on papers.  As Technology Support and newsletter chairman, Mary Ann also reported that she had not been able to get a newsletter out after the June meeting, so there will be a "double issue" this time with the Summer and Fall issues combined into one newsletter.  She also reported that Don Fodge is posting information on the Genealogy Society's Facebook page about obituaries being posted on the following website: - these are free and are arranged by state.
     An excellent program was then presented by First Vice Regent Aline Roberts concerning her summer trip to Berkeley Plantation.  The plantation comprises about 1,000 acres on the banks of the James River in Charles City County, Virginia.  Aline gave an excellent history starting in England of the beginnings of what was originally called Berkeley Hundred named for the Berkeley Company in England.  Four men sailed on the "Good Ship Margaret" on September 16, 1619 and they dropped anchor at the Berkeley site on December 4, 1619.  Later Benjamin Harrison IV built on the estate what is believed to be the oldest three-story brick mansion in Virginia and is the ancestral home to two Presidents of the United States:  William Henry Harrison, grandson, and Benjamin Harrison, great, great grandson of Benjamin.  It is now a museum property open to the public.  Two "firsts" that occurred at Berkeley Plantation:  first time the Army bugle call "Taps" was played in July, 1862, and American whiskey was originally distilled at Berkeley Plantation in 1620.
     Following the program the meeting was adjourned.  (Thanks to Recording Secretary Frances Spillman for this excellent report and to Historian Berdie Maie Foy for the great pictures!)

     At the Summer Board meeting in 2017 we were given forms on ten plaques and grave markers placed by our chapter.  We were to check on each marker, note whether it is still in place, its condition, and current contact information.  Also Mary Whyane Miles reported that the Union City chapter had marked three sites.  Mary Ann Claxton worked on this project and located and/or has pictures for all but one of the markers which is in Union City.  Below is a list of the markers that have been placed.
THE COLUMNS - (G. T. Ingram Home)  Built 1860.  A hospital during Civil War.  Note:  Elizabeth Ingram was a chapter member.  She passed away in 1995 at the age of 102 and her home was donated to the Foundation.  Location:  W. McNeal Street, Bolivar, TN.  Dedicated 12 MAR 1986
FIRST FREE LIBRARY - Jackson's First Free Library.  Built by grant from Andrew Carnegie.  Now The Carnegie Center for Arts.  Location:  305 East College Street, Jackson, TN.  Dedicated 10 NOV 1990.
- Malissa joined the Francis Billingsley Chapter and when the chapter disbanded transferred membership to Col. Gideon Macon Chapter.  She maintained her membership until her death on 18 AUG 1990.  Location:  Maplewood Cemetery, Paris, TN.  Dedicated 9 NOV 1991.
E. W. GROVE HIGH SCHOOL - Built in 1905.  First privately endowed public high school.  First high school in the nation to receive agriculture teaching funds under the Federal Smith Hughes Act, and had the first Future Farmers of America Chapter.  Location:  215 Grove Blvd., Paris, TN.  Dedicated 10 SEP 1994.
PARIS-HENRY COUNTY HERITAGE CENTER - Home of O. C. Barton built in 1914.  Now a museum for cultural and historical activities to enhance the present and future.  Location:  614 N. Poplar St., Paris, TN.  Dedicated 14 SEP 1996.
GRAVE OF ELIZABETH MORGAN MCCUTCHEN - Elizabeth joined the chapter in 1980 and remained a member until her death on October 31, 1997.  Location:  Ridgecrest Cemetery, Jackson, TN.  Dedicated 6 JUN 1998.
GRAVE OF PETER J. SWINK - Peter and wife Malinda operated the Stage Coach.  Location:  George W. Swink land on Tenn. Hwy. 18 at the north city limit of Medon, 12 miles south of Jackson and just south of the intersection of Riverside Dr. and Main St. in Medon.  Dedicated 12 SEP 1998.
BEMIS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH PARSONAGE - Built by J. M Bemis, founder of Bemis Brothers Bag Company as a home for the first manager of the mill, J. B. Young.  This home was occupied by members of the Young family until 1961, when it was given to the Methodist Conference to be used as a parsonage for the Bemis United Methodist Church.  Location:  Corner of 5th Street and Massachusetts Ave., Bemis, TN.  Dedicated 14 SEP 2002 (marker says 11 NOV 2001).
ROBERT E. LEE ACADEMY FOR THE ARTS - Formerly Robert E. Lee School, it was built in 1893 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.  Original brick building built in 1848 burned in December 1891 when it was City High School.  In 1892 a movement began to rebuild it and it reopened in September, 1893.  The name changed to Robert E. Lee School about 1910 and it remained a school until 1975.  In 2001 the Robert E. Lee School Association took over the building and began restoration.  In 2003 it became the Robert E. Lee Academy for the Arts.  Location: 402 Lee St., Paris, TN.  Dedicated 9 OCT 2011.
- Built in 1896. West Tennessee's oldest working courthouse.  Court - first held in Peter Wall's home in 1821.  A log courthouse built in Clifty in 1823.  Two story brick courthouse erected on this land in 1825 and replaced in 1852.  The county's first murder led to the landmark "State vs. Grainger" case (1830) that set a precedent for self defense as the basis for appeal.  During the Civil War, Confederate military units were organized here in 1860 and also 1861.  Union forces occupied the courthouse in 1862.  Troops were sent from here in WWI and WWII.  Silver dollars donated by citizens are melted in the bell in the tower.  Location:  101 East Washington St., Paris, TN.  Dedicated 21 JUL 2012. 


Established about 1833.  Buried here are families who founded Obion County in 1824.  Dedicated in 1984.  Location:  outside of Troy, Obion Co., TN. 
BETHLEHEM CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH - Location:  outside of Union City, Obion Co., TN on Bethelehem Rd.
REELFOOT LAKE - Location:  was located at Air Park Inn on Reelfoot Lake, Lake Co., TN, but Air Park Inn has since been torn down and the marker has now been installed at Spicer Park in Samburg, Lake Co., TN.  Dedicated 29 MAR 1985.  Rededicated at the new location May 27, 2017.

MT. VERNON METHODIST CHURCH - Organized in 1823 in the log cabin home of John Bradshaw with Reuben Edmonston, Bradshaw's brother-in-law, and a few neighbors.  Location:   three miles west of Sharon, TN.  Marker dedicated March 19, 1982.
NEW SALEM CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH - Organized in 1849, the building that is standing today was built in 1893, one of the oldest landmarks in Weakley Co., TN.  Location:  Sharon, TN.  Marker dedicated October 28, 1989.
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 e-mail link below)

Geraldine Sykes (Mrs. Terry), Regent
Roberts (Mrs. James G.), First Vice Regent
Joy Bland (Mrs. Bobby), Chaplain
Frances Spillman, Recording Secretary
Mary Ann Claxton
(Mrs. Tommy E.), Registrar
Wood, (Mrs. Thomas C., Sr.), Treasurer
Berdie Mae Foy
(Mrs. Bill), Historian
Stephanie Tayloe, (Mrs. Samuel Albert) Librarian

American Indian Scholarship, Joy Bland (Mrs. Bobby)
Archival Records Preservation, Staphanie Tayloe (Mrs. Samuel Albert)
College of the Ozarks, Mary Whayne Miles  (Mrs. Charles, III)
Colonial and Genealogical Records, Stephanie Tayloe (Mrs. Samuel Albert)

Colonial Courier, Beverly Wood (Mrs. Thomas C., Sr.)
Flag of the United States of America, Berdie Maie Foy (Mrs. Jerry)

Golden Acorns,
Historic Landmarks and Memorials, Patsy Weatherington (Mrs. D. B.)
Insignia, Geraldine
Sykes (Mrs. Terry)
National Awards, Pat
Boals (Mrs. H. Ansil)
National Defense, Mary Ann Claxton (Mrs. Tommy E.)
National Headquarters, Mary Whayne
Miles (Mrs. Charles, III)
Patriotic Education,
Public Relations, Aline Roberts (Mrs. James G.)
Technology and Newsletter, Mary Ann Claxton (Mrs. Tommy E.)
Veterans Services, Beverly
Wood (Mrs. Thomas C., Sr.)

Chapter meetings are  held at Tom's Pizza & Steak House in Paris, TN the 2nd Saturday in:
September, November, and February

88th Tennessee State Assembly: 
March 5, 2020 at the Doubletree Hotel in Murfreesboro, TN

99th General Assembly:  April 12-15, 2020, Embassy Suites, Alexandria, VA

Tennessee State Summer Board: 
August 6, 2020, Doubletree Hotel, Murfreesboro, TN



Chapter Newsletters

Presented at the 87th Annual State Assembly, March 7, 2019

Chapter Pictures

2nd Place - Public Relations (7 photos, 9 articles, 1,193.57 inches

Chapter Ancestors (of current chapter members)

2nd Place - Outstanding PR Coverage on 2018 State Assembly

Chapter Awards

Presentation of Colonial Education Kit Program

Chapter Activities Best Electronic Communications to Chapter Members

Chapter Markers

Submissions to the TSSDAC Website

Most Cash Donations to College of the Ozarks

For Awarding JROTC Medal - National Defense Program

"Early Bird" for First Report Received Under National Veterans Services

Presented at the 98th General Assembly, April, 2019


On January 17, 1981, the Col. Gideon Macon Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists was formed in the home of Mrs. John B. Nuckolls (Nell) in Jackson, TN with 12 organizing members.  The organization, whose purposes and objectives are historical, patriotic and educational, was named for a colonial ancestor of Mrs. Nuckolls, Gideon Macon, who came to Virginia in 1642. He was a landowner, a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses and the private secretary of Gov. William Berkley of Virginia. He was also an Indian interpreter for the colonial government of Virginia and is the Macon for whom Randolph-Macon College is named.

            Officers and organizing members of the new chapter were: Nell Nuckolls, Organizing Regent; Elizabeth McCutchen, First Vice Regent; Louise Dickson, Second Vice Regent; Jewel Tinker, Chaplain; Linda Watkins, Recording Secretary, Patricia Brake, Corresponding Secretary; Louise Wilder; Registrar; Josephine Murphy, Treasurer; Ona Jones, Historian; and Louise Crawford, Librarian. Other members were Sarah Brewer and Martha Woodberry.

            This chapter has marked more historic sites than any other chapter in Tennessee. When the Union City and the Isaac Dawson chapters merged with Col. Gideon Macon Chapter, it became the largest chapter in Tennessee.


"The object of this Society shall be Patriotic, Historical, and Educational; to make research as to the history and deeds of the American colonists, and to record and publish the same; to commemorate deeds of colonial interest; to inculcate and foster love of America and its institutions by all its residents; to obey its laws and venerate its flag - the emblem of is power and civic righteousness."

- NSDAC Bylaws, Article II


Requirements for membership in the DAC include documenting an ancestor who was an actual resident of this country and who served prior to July 4, 1776 in any of 26 different capacities.  To learn more about DAC and how to become a member, go to Contacts heading and click on National Society Daughters of American Colonists.


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