Our November meeting suffered from several conflicts which brought our attendance down to only six.  Regent Sykes called the meeting to order and  Hon. State Regent Pat Boals gave the devotional in the absence of Chaplain Joy Bland.  Following the ritual, Regent Sykes presented a Veterans Day message from President Trump about why it is important that we honor our veterans and what they, and their families, sacrifice to keep our country free.
   Following the Veterans Day message, National Defense Chairman Mary Ann Claxton presented a message on the history of the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.  None of the members knew anything of the university which was established in 1976 "to consolidate intellectual resources and provide joint higher education for the nation's defense community."  Prior to that each of the military branches had their own advanced education programs.  The university is made up of 5 "colleges:"  Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy and the National War College were the two original colleges which were joined by the Joint Forces Staff College in 1981, the Information Resources Management College in 1982, and the newest school, the College of International Security Affairs, created in 2002.  Together these colleges "prepare senior leaders to think and operate effectively at the highest levels."
  Following the National Defense message, Secretary Frances Spillman read the minutes of the September meeting which were approved as was the treasurer’s report given by Regent Sykes in the absence of Treasurer Beverly Wood.
    In further business, Registrar Mary Ann Claxton had nothing new to report.  Regent Sykes reported that the $100 donation for the veterans was used to buy 5 pouches to attach to wheel chairs to carry books and other items for the veterans at the Tennessee Veterans Home in Humboldt.  Also Berdie Maie Foy brought two throws to be taken to the home as well.   
      The Nominating Committee had no report at this time but will have the slate of officers ready for voting at the February meeting.

     Regent Sykes reminded members that committee chairman reports are due in to her by Feb. 1.  Committee chairmen are:
        American Indian Scholarship - Joy Bland
        Archival Record Preservation - Stephanie Tayloe
        College of the Ozarks - Mary Whayne Miles
        Colonial and Genealogical Records - Stephanie Tayloe
        Colonial Courier - Beverly Wood
        Flag of the United States of America - Berdie Maie Foy
        Golden Acorns - Barbara Smotherman
        Historical Landmarks - Patsy Weatherington
        Insignia - Geraldine Sykes
        National Awards - Pat Boals
        National Defense - Mary Ann Claxton
        National Headquarters - Mary Whayne Miles
        Patriotic Education - Janice Webb
        Public Relations - Aline Roberts
        Technology & Newsletter - Mary Ann Claxton
        Veterans Services - Beverly Wood
     And finally it was announced that we are invited again for the joint Christmas Tea to be held at Ray and Noragene Harding's house, 505 Walnut St. at the corner of 
Blanton St. on December 16, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00; entertainment to be provided by some of the orchestra members from Paris City Schools.
     Following the business meeting, Regent Sykes presented a very interesting program titled "A Visit with Sam and Sally" based on a small book available in Stewart County.  The book tells the history of the county in a "conversational" manner as Sam and Sally tell about early times in the county:  the iron furnaces, farming, and even moonshine
.  The book and stories come to life in the Sykes House Museum where Geraldine helps with tour groups from the river boats that dock in Dover.
      Chapter Registrar Mary Ann Claxton presented the state Colonial Education Kit program to all 4th grade students in the three county elementary schools Oct. 23 through the 27th.  She presented the program to Mrs. McCampbell's 4 Social Studies classes on Oct. 23 at Lakewood School, to Mrs. Davidson's 2 social studies classes at Henry School on Oct. 24, and to Mrs. Hill's 3 social studies classes on Oct. 27.  Students saw a PowerPoint presentation on the lives of children their age in colonial America and then got to try their hand at playing with clay marbles and trying to swing a ball into a cup on a stick (both favorite colonial games), writing with a quill, matching colonial careers with pictures of their products, and handling such things as a musket ball, projectile points, animal furs, and antler buttons.  For more pictures from the programs, please go to this link:

     At the Summer Board meeting we were given forms on ten plaques and grave markers that have been placed by our chapter.  We are 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 is working on this project and currently has 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 Jacksona 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 change 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 defence 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 herein WWI and WWI.  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.  Located outside of Troy, Obion Co., TN.  Dedicated in 1984.
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 is now in storage waiting to be installed at Spicer Park in Samburg, Lake Co., TN.  Dedicated 29 MAR 1985.

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

Golden Acorns, Mrs. Cheryl Markum
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, Regina East (Mrs. Bob D.)
Public Relations, Aline Roberts (Mrs. James G.)
Resolutions, Pat Boals (Mrs. H. Ansil )
Technology and Newsletter, Mary Ann Claxton (Mrs. Tommy E.)
Veterans Service, 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

86th Tennessee State Assembly: 
March 1, 2018 at the Doubletree Hotel in Murfreesboro, TN

95th General Assembly:  April 2-4, 2017, Washington, D.C.

Tennessee State Summer Board: 
August 10, 2017, Doubletree Hotel, Murfreesboro, TN



Chapter Newsletters

Presented at the 85th Annual State Assembly, March 4, 2017

Chapter Pictures

First Place for Verifying TN State Historical Markers

Chapter Ancestors (of current chapter members)

Second Place Colonial Courier Subscriptions 48%

Chapter Awards

Second place articles and photographs published for Public Relations

Chapter Activities Articles published in the Colonial Courier

Chapter Markers

Best overall report for Public Relations

Online 5 Gen. Pedigree chart   (saves to your computer - free!)

Use of Electronic Newsletter to Chapter Members

Veterans Services - Comfort and Personal Items

Wounded Warriors Donations

Donations made to National Headquarters

Most Publicity for ROTC Awards

Special Award to Mary Ann Claxton for TN Marker Sleuth

Presented at the 96th General Assembly, April, 2017

Second place:  Best Chapter Website


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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