March 6, 2014 - Jamestowne Society Spring Newsletter is now available online, with information about the May Membership Meeting and other articles of interest. Click here to view.
February 20, 2014 - Jamestowne Shoppe links updated. Check out the items and insignia which members can purchase now by visiting the Shoppe today!
January 19, 2014 - Roll of Honor Updated: The Roll of Honor reflects donations made to the Jamestowne Society between January 1, 1998, and December 31, 2013. Additions to the Planter Category ($2,500 to $4,999): First California Company, Oklahoma Company; addition to the Major Merchant Category ($1,000 to $2,499): Tennessee Company; addition to the Early Settler Category ($500 to $999): Dolores Dodge; additions to the Colonist Category ($250 to $499): Ann Yancey Bauersfield, Jo Anna Dale, First Colorado Company, Golden State Company, Helen Harris Vincent. The Roll of Honor is updated periodically. The Jamestowne Society thanks you for your contributions!
The New York Company will celebrate the contributions of Captain John Smith at a Dinner Meeting and Program on Wednesday, February 12, at 5:30 PM. Dr. Karen Ordahl Kupperman, Silver Professor of History at New York University and editor of "Captain John Smith: A Select Edition of His Writings" (1988), and "The Jamestown Project" (2007) will speak about Captain John Smith. For more information, contact the Governor, Anne Farley by clicking here to send an e-mail.
Several changes were made to the Companies Page: (1) First North Carolina Company has a new Governor, Pamela Pate, whose contact information has been added; (2) North Florida Company - although the Governor has moved, he is finishing out his term (from Massanutten, VA); (3) Northern California - Michael Phelps is still Governor, but has a change of address.
December 1, 2013 - Current Officers and Councilors and Committee Chairs and Members who are now serving the Society are listed on the Jamestowne Society Officers and Members Page.
Jamestowne Society now on Facebook: While the Society did not originate the page on Facebook, the original administrator has graciously allowed me to be co-admin and approve posts and group members, which means we are not one of the "train wrecks" on FB. We now have 300 group members, some of whom belong, many of whom are readying applications, and others who are enthusiastic about the time, place and history of Jamestowne. If you're on FB, and would like to join, search us out and ask!
Jamestowne Society Fellowship, now $5,000, has been awarded to Matthew Kruer of Mesa, Arizona. See requirements for applying on the Jamestowne Society Fellowship Page on this site. The Society has recently raised the amount of the Fellowship from $2,500 to $5,000. Careful scrutiny is given to all applicants. The Society furthers research on the important time period of the 1600s through this effort. Dr. Anne Tyler Netick chairs the Fellowship Committee.
First Colorado Company has its own website, now linked to on the Companies Page of this site. Congratulations! Company websites allow members and prospective members around the country to see where interim meetings are which they might wish to attend. The Jamestowne Society has two Membership Meetings per year, one in November in Richmond, one in May in Williamsburg. Companies provide additional opportunities for fellowship and the opportunity to hear and participate in learning about Jamestowne.
Company Leadership Changes have been added to the Companies Page of this site, as well, per information supplied by the Companies Chair, Anne Stokes Moore. Congratulations to all newly serving Governors, and thanks from the Society to those who have served in this valuable capacity in the past.
Fall Meeting Recap with images from the Fall Tour on Friday, November 1, and the Luncheon on Saturday, November 2, is now on the site. Click here to view. November was the second Membership Meeting at which a Tour was available, taking place on the Friday before the luncheon. This is designed to allow those who travel from near and far to have even more reason to attend the meetings. Monica Pesek was the coordinator of the Tour. There will be one also in connection with the May 2014 meeting, so watch for the notice, and plan now to attend.
October 8, 2013 - Jamestowne Society Shoppe listing for the three volulmes of APP which are sold by the Jamestowne Society now indicates that these volumes are available in softbound only. Check the Shoppe and see the many items of insignia and other items of interest now available
September 29, 2013 - Roanoke-New River Valley Company will meet on Sunday, November 10, at 2 PM at a Company member's home in Roanoke. Dr. William C. Davis, Professor Emeritus of History, Virginia Tech, will speak on "The Prestons - Southwest Virginia Dynasty." Contact Cranston Williams, Company Governor by e-mail here if you would like further details.
September 22, 2013 - New Officers of James Citty Company are Thomas Goodrich, Governor; Patricia Warner Grogg, Lieutenant Governor; Margaret Gunn, Secretary of State; Richard Best, Treasurer; Sandra Diggs, Registrar; Susan H. Barshis, Historian; and Dr. Daniel Warren, Chaplain. Congratulations to the new officers. The new Governor's contact information is now listed on the Companies Page.
U S Virgin Islands Plaque Honors Jamestowne Settlers: Joyce McGehee Bockemuehl shares that her son, Ken, who lives on St. Thomas, discovered this plaque there which honors Jamestowne settlers who stopped there en route to Virginia. The plaque was placed there by the Commonwealth of Virginia to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Jamestowne Settlement. Members who are visitors to St. Thomas may want to check this out. It is mounted on the base of a large Liberty Bell there:
September 11, 2013 - The New York Company will meet on Thursday, October 10, at 6:30 PM in the home of a Company member in Manhattan. Jamestowne Society member and author Wilhelmena R. Kelly will speak on her ancestor Pocahontas and her forthcoming book, "The Long and Winding Road, Tracing Your Jamestowne, VA Ancestry." Email Company Governor Anne Farley for more information by clicking here.
September 5, 2013 - James Citty Company Meeting will be held on September 19, 2013, at Colonial Heritage Club House in Williamsburg, Virginia. The speaker will be Kenneth Schwarz, Williamsburg's "Hammerman" (blacksmith). His topic will be Williamsburg's Revolutionary War Armory. For additional information, please contact Bonnie K. Shelton, Company Governor, 223 Kingswood Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23185. The deadline for reservations is September 12. You may email Bonnie for information about reservations by clicking here.
Items added to the Jamestowne Society Shoppe online: You may now order Jamestowne Society cufflnks, gold-plated, same size as the Jamestowne Society pin/charm, for $147, and also Martha McCartney's book, "Jamestown People to 1800: Landowners, Public Officials, Minorities, and Native Leaders" for $47. Check out the new additions in the Jamestowne Society Shoppe.
August 13, 2013 - Alabama Company Former Governor Robert Martin Cheney died 8 August 2013 after a short battle with cancer. Funeral services were held August 10. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Ann Hatchett Cheney, and three children: Robert Martin Cheney, Jr, Elizabeth Cheney Sewell and John Franklin Cheney and four grandchildren and his sister. You may view the obituary and enter your condolences through the link here.
August 12, 2013 - Fall Meeting Notice: The Fall Membership Meeting is Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the Commonwealth Club in Richmond. This year, for the first time, a Friday Tour is available for members which should prove to be educational and interesting. Click here to access the November 2013 Meeting Notice, which will allow you to access the Reservation Form for the luncheon. Also you can access the Friday Tour information from the Meeting Notice, or by clicking here. If you choose to join the Tour, make reservations early as space is limited!
Fall Newsletter now online! Your print copy will be heading your way shortly, but click here and you can read it now!
Roll of Honor Updates: Many thanks to the Jamestowne Society members, Companies, and others who have donated. They are recognized, with gratitude, on the Roll of Honor on this site. Your contributions support the important work of the Society. These updates reflect contributions through August 6, 2013. Both designated and undesignated gifts to the Society are reflected in the Roll of Honor. Thank you!
Still time if you act quickly: The Chesapeake Bay Company is going to Tangier Island on a Field Trip this Wednesday, August 14. To join the journey aboard the 100-ft "Chesapeake Breeze" out of Reedville, VA, make your reservations online through Tangier Cruises website,but email Susan Rager, Governor, (clicking on the link opens an email for you) so your reservation can be made at the Fisherman's Corner Restaurant. If you're on the Eastern Shore, choose the Onancock Ferry. If you plan to come, email by Tuesday morning, August 13. Tangier was visited by Capt. John Smith on his explorations of the Bay in 1608.
Roanoke-New River Valley Company has a new website! Congratulations to the Company on this achievement! The URL has been added to the Companies Page (click on the "diamond" by the Company name to visit the new site). Visit their new site, and keep up with Company activities. Cranston Williams is the Governor of Roanoke-New River Valley Company.
First Ohio Company listing on the Companies Page has been updated to 5323 Split Sail Rd, Dayton, OH 45429, per Jane Mitakides, Company Governor.
Price change: "Adventurers of Purse and Person," all three volumes, are still very much available through the Jamestowne Shoppe on this site, but the discount for buying all three at once has expired. This wonderful resource/reference should be in each member's personal library, and you might consider buying them to donate to your local library or genealogical or historical society as a gift.
July 15, 2013 - Great News! An anonymous donor has fully funded the Headquarters kitchen renovation. Your contributions earmarked for the Building and Grounds Committee will still be welcome to fund maintenance and needed repairs for the Headquarters building!
July 8, 2013 - San Antonio Company Website link has been added to the Companies Page on this site, as well as to the Site Index. Congratulations to the San Antonio Company for establishing its own web presence!
June 24, 2013 - Need Your Help in the Kitchen at the Headquarters Building! The Executive Committee authorized $5,000 for the kitchen renovation at the March 1 meeting, and, fortunately, a member of the committee who was not its chair, generously agreed to pay this amount. Renovations started in May and have proceeded slowly. As with older buildings, unexpected repair needs have been revealed: rotten studs from an earlier (not current) leak in the ceiling, removing an unnecessary radiator, a hole in the expansion tank, and old wiring. In the midst of it all, the refrigerator had to be replaced. Please consider a donation to the Building and Grounds Committee as we have far surpassed $5,000. Please send your donations for this project to the Jamestowne Society, POB 6845, Richmond, VA 23230 and mark on your check Kitchen Fund. Ann Harrison Darst, Chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee, has done much to improve the appearance of the Headquarters Building, and it is really in wonderful shape now. When the kitchen is completed, the building will have no more areas of immediate need.
Company News: Anne Stokes Moore, Companies Chair, has announced that the following Companies have new Governors, and their contact information has been listed on the Companies Page on this site:
Wilderness Road Company - Jessieanne Wells
New York Company - Anne Farley
Michigan Company - Catherine Pouls
Kentucky Trace Company - Gina Cayce
First Ohio Company - Jane Mitakides
First Illinois Company - Kate Greenwood
Oklahoma Company - Cynthia Henderson
Congratulations to all. The Companies play an important role in allowing Jamestowne Society members to enhance their interest in the 1600s and Jamestowne Island through varied programs during the year.
The First Illinois Company was chartered in May 2013 at the Membership Meeting in Williamsburg. Kate Greenwood is Governor. Congratulations!!
The First California Company met June 15 at the Long Beach Yacht Club; Ginny Gottlieb is Company Governor.
The Chesapeake Bay Company met June 22 at Historic Christ Church in Irvington, VA: Merry Abbitt Outlaw, Curator of Historic Jamestowne was speaker. The Company plans a field trip to Tangier Island in August. Susan Godman Rager is Company Governor.
Save the Date: The Fall Membership Meeting of the Jamestowne Society will be November 2, 2013, at the Commonwealth Club, in Richmond, VA. Jamestowne members who belong to the Kansas-Missouri Company should note that their fall meeting will be on Saturday, November 9, 2013, per Dessa Jane Burrell, Company Governor.
June 23, 2013 - Governor Resigns: Michael David Frost has resigned as Governor of the Jamestowne Society. Lt. Governor David Woodroof will serve between now and November 2013 to fulfill necessary functions in the absence of the Governor. The November 2013 meeting will be the next meeting at which officers will be installed. Companies and others who routinely submit news for the Society newsletter should be advised that the address for submissions will now be Bonnie Hofmeyer, Office Manager, The Jamestowne Society, POB 6845, Richmond, VA 23230. All Society inquiries should be made through the Headquarters at 804-353-1226.
May Membership Meeting Recap has been added to the site, including photos of those attending the meeting at the Williamsburg Lodge on May 11, 2013. The speaker was William P. (Bill) Carrell II, Esq. Bill, a Jamestowne Society member, is a descendant of Joseph Cobb and the Rev. Peregrine Bland, and has his BA in History from Davidson College, and his J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law. His topic was "The British Empire and the Genesis of the United States."The link to the May Membership Meeting Recap is here.
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.
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