Clan Henderson to be honored
clan in Henderson, Nevada!
The Clan Henderson Society of the United States of America will be
the Honored Clan for the Henderson, Nevada Highland Games to be held
in Henderson on the weekend of April 23-25, 2004. The selection of
the Henderson Clan was made after the event was transferred to the
city of Henderson from its previous venue of Las Vegas. The
Henderson city fathers determined there would be no more appropriate
Scottish Clan than the Henderson to be their Honored Clan at this,
their first such celebration.
Clan Chieftain for North America, David Simmons Henderson of New
Bern, North Carolina will be the event's Honored Guest. He will be
joined at the Henderson Games by his wife, Loulie. Also attending
will be other Clan Society officers including the president, CDR Rex
A. Maddox of Alexandria, Virginia and the vice president for
operations, J. Michael Henderson of Annapolis, Maryland. Both of
these personages will be accompanied by their wives. Other clan
Society officers will be matriculating to the site of the event and
a large contingent of Henderson Clan Society members are expected to
This event will be one of several held during the year where the
Hendersons will be honored. Known as the fastest growing Clan in the
United States, the Hendersons currently boast a membership of nearly
three thousand five hundred families. Membership in the Clan Society
has been increasing as more Henderson cousins are found at Scottish
and Celtic events held throughout the country. Of the nearly two
hundred and fifty events conducted in the fifty states, the
Hendersons have initiated a program which permits the convening of
Clan Society tents at over half of these games and festivals. The
Henderson Highland Games will be a first time event for the city and
to be attended by the Clan Henderson Society with numerous Henderson
cousins expected to be in attendance.
The Henderson event will include a parade through the city on
Saturday morning, the 24th of April. This event is to be televised
and will feature many marching units including Pipe and Drum bands
from the Southwest US. The games are featuring athletic events on
Saturday and Sunday, as well as the presence of the Pipe bands and a
rugby match between local teams. Children's events are to be
highlighted along with an unusual activity at Scottish events,
carnival rides. A ceilidh is planned for Friday evening at a site
yet to be selected. Numerous entertainers will be present.
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Triad Highland GamesTM announces new contract with the city of
Triad Highland Games, Inc. is pleased to announce the acceptance of
a 10 year contract with the City of Greensboro to relocate the
annual Scottish Games held each August to Bryan Park in Greensboro,
North Carolina. The Triad Highland Games Board of Directors
unanimously voted to accept the new contract during its monthly
meeting on Saturday, January 24, 2004.
The 10 year contract, beginning with the 2004 Games, is the
culmination of negotiations with the City of Greensboro which began
back in October of 2003. Triad Highland Games began seeking a new
venue in which to hold its annual event after the 2003 Games when it
was decided that it had outgrown its previous home in Creekside Park
of Archdale, North Carolina.
The Bryan Park Complex, located in Northeast Greensboro, is an ideal
location for the Games, offering nearly twice as much space in which
the Games may continue to grow. According to Junny Jackson,
co-founder of Triad Highland Games, Inc.:
The Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department, along with the
Greensboro Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Greensboro
Sports Commission and Bryan Park Golf Course have been instrumental
in working to foster this new relationship with Triad Highland
Games. In a statement by Bonnie Kuester, director of Greensboro's
Parks & Recreation:
Ann Jackson, president and co-founder of Triad Highland Games
states: "Triad Highland Games is extremely grateful to the City of
Greensboro for its desire to host our Games, and we wish to become
as active and involved in the City as possible. While working toward
our goal of becoming the premiere Scottish event in the Southeast,
it is our desire to also hold an event that the City of Greensboro
and her citizens will be proud to host."
For more information on the Games, or if you are interested in
volunteering, contact Ann or Junny Jackson at 336-431-8482 or email
Triad Highland Games at
email@example.com or visit the website at
Florida State Genealogical
Society plans conference in Melbourne, Florida
The Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS) is pleased to announce
their 28th Annual Genealogical Conference will be held in Melbourne,
Florida, in November 2004. This exciting conference will feature a
main speaker and other lectures on topics in five tracks: Beginning
and Intermediate Genealogy, Society Helps, Florida Research and
Computers & Genealogy.
Registration will be on Thursday evening and Friday morning with the
conference starting on Friday morning and continuing through
Saturday afternoon. The full two-day registration includes the
lectures, the Friday banquet and the Saturday luncheon.
Regionally and nationally acclaimed suppliers of the latest and best
genealogy books, maps, CDs, periodicals, software, supplies, etc.
will be available at the conference in the exhibit area for your
The annual banquet, held on Friday night, will honor individuals who
have documented their Florida pioneers through the Florida Pioneer
Descendants Certification Program. Certificates will be presented to
qualifying descendants of pioneers who settled in Florida prior to
statehood on March 3, 1845. In addition, awards will be given to
individuals who have exemplified their dedication to genealogy.
To request conference and registration information, please contact
C. Ann Staley, State Conference Chairman, PO Box 441364,
Jacksonville, Florida 32222 or e-mail
Conference dates to look forward to...
32nd Annual Genealogy Conference in Topeka, Kansas: Saturday, April
24, 2004 at the Kansas History Center. Featured speaker will be
Lloyd Bockstruck. Event is sponsored by Topeka Genealogical Society.
For more information, visit
NGS Annual Conference & Genealogy Exhibit in Sacramento, California:
Wednesday - Saturday, May 19 - 22, 2004. For more information, visit
FGS 2004 Conference in Austin, Texas: Wednesday - Saturday,
September 8 - 11, 2004. The event is titled Legends Live Forever:
Researching Your Past. For more information, visit
A Day of Computers and Learning in Grove, Oklahoma: Saturday,
October 16, 2004. Featured speaker will be Cyndi Howells. For more
information, visit website
Liverpool, New York will hold Scottish Games
The 2004 Central New York Scottish Games and Celtic Festival will be
held on August 14 at Long Branch Park in Liverpool, New York (near
Competitive events begin at 9 AM and the festival concludes with
closing ceremonies at 5 PM. A ceilidh follows at 6 PM in the park
with pipe bands and folk musical groups playing throughout the
Included in the day's events are solo bagpipe, drumming and dance
competitions; massed bands and band competitions; clan tents and
genealogy; Irish and Scottish country dance demonstrations; heavy
athletics; children's events; Scottish military history; a Harmony
of Harps; Highland cattle; Scottish and American foods; and Celtic
For more information and directions, write CNYSG, PO Box 6405,
Syracuse, NY 13217; or call Betsy Buchanan 315-252-5876 or John
MacNeill 607-749-6624. You may also visit the website
Moultrie/Colquitt Co. Public Library & Odom Genealogy Library
Holidays for 2004
Please always call ahead if you are traveling a great distance.
(229-985-6540) We surely do not wish for you to be disappointed by
the libraries being closed.
We will be closed:
May 31 - Memorial Day
July 5 - Independence Day
September 6 - Labor Day
November 24 - 27 - Thanksgiving
December 20 - January 1 - Christmas
Joel Gray Henry, 36, died
Saturday, February 14, 2004, in Atlanta. The service was held at
Killearn United Methodist church in Tallahassee with the Reverend
Bob Tyndall of Killearn United Methodist and Father Tom Crittenden
of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church co-officiating. A memorial
service in Cumming, Georgia was also planned. Memorial contributions
may be made to the Stone Mountain Highland Games for a Celtic
studies scholarship in care of Jim Henry, 5991 Ponder Lane,
Tallahassee, Florida 32309-8904..
The cause of death was a large and inoperable cancerous brain tumor
that had precipitated an initial stroke on January 11 and a second
fatal stroke on Saturday morning. Joel was a 20-year veteran
employee of the Publix Supermarket chain. In his spare time, he was
a stalwart supporter of the Stone Mountain Highland Games in
Georgia. He was a well-regarded produce manager with Publix who
received consistently high ratings from his supervisors. He began
his career as a part-time worker at age 16, while still in high
school in Tallahassee, his home town.
He was an active member of the Clan Donald, and he was extremely
active with the grounds committee of the Stone Mountain Highland
Games. For several consecutive years, Joel volunteered his time to
the highland games organization for a full week preceding the event
to help ensure its successful set-up. He also participated in the
Tallahassee Highland Games. He graduated from Lincoln High School in
Tallahassee and attended Tallahassee Community College.
He is survived on his father's side by his father, Jim Henry (and
second wife Peggy Henry) of Tallahassee; a stepbrother, Mac McDuffie
Sr. of Mercer, PA; and a stepsister, Lisa Robbins of Seagrove. On
his mother's side, he is survived by his mother, Sara Brunger (and
second husband Robert Brunger) of Tallahassee.
William Keddie MacPherson, son of William Duff MacPherson and
Georgina Strachan MacCallum, both originally from Brechin Scotland,
was born April 6, 1942 in Lynn, Massachusetts. Will died November
18, 2003 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC. He was
a retired USAF Major, having served 21 years (64-85) in cartography
and intelligence in Texas, Missouri, Alaska, California, Nebraska,
Korea, Germany, Virginia and several assignments in the Washington
area. He graduated from Lynn, Massachusetts English High School in
1959 and from Tufts University in 1964 as a geology major.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Waytovich, Mid-Atlantic Regional
Commissioner and Listserv manager for Clan Macpherson Association;
his daughter, Julia Mary MacPherson Gilroy; and grandchildren
Nicholas Brian and Samantha Mary Gilroy. He is also survived by two
sisters, Nan Berg of Harwich, Massachusetts and May Reid of Spring
Life Member and Membership Chairman of the Clan MacPhie Society
of America, Norrie MacPhee, died on December 16, 2003 after a
heart attack on the preceding day. Norrie had been a member and
staunch supporter of the Macfie Clan Society of America since 1985,
and membership chairman since 1998.
He was born in 1922 in Boston, Massachusetts, and married his wife,
Connie, in 1943, who preceded him in death. He is survived by three
daughters, Linda Mulley, Leslie Sacco, and Lorraine Buttrick (who
are all members of our Society) and a host of grandchildren and
Capt. The Hon. John Michael Johnson, USNR, BA, MA, JD, Chief
US Administrative Law Judge in Iowa for both the Department of
Health and Human Services, and for the Social Security
Administration. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Lee Caywood
Johnson, BA, JD, LLM, and their daughter, Virginia Ann; as well as
by his daughters from an earlier marriage, Darcy Lynn Johnson Davis,
Victoria Elizabeth Johnson, and Jayme Marie Johnson. At the time of
his death, August 30, 2003, he served as a member of The Board of
Governors of The American College of Heraldry.
It is with extreme regret that we note the passing of a long-term
and faithful member of the Clan Shaw Society, Arthur F. Smith.
Arthur was the husband of Nell Smith.
Having joined the Society in early 1984, and holding memership
number 0008, Arthur and Nell were among the very first members and
were the first outside the national capital area where the society
began. Nell and Arthur were long time conveners for the society in
Mississippi and were enthusiastic supporters. (Nell has recently
been elected a trustee.)
Arthur was also very active and supportive in the Caledonian Society
of Mississippi and other similar organizations.
Scottish master fiddler Johnny Cunningham passed away December
Linda Collier Soule lost her only sister on May 21 and on October 2
her mother, Alma Tessener, just one day short of her 94th birthday.
Elizabeth Hylton and Sarah Shaw lost their mother, Virginia Kellog,
on December 9, 2003 at the age of 92.
Beth honored by SHSSEG
Family Tree editor, Beth Gay, was honored by The Scottish Heritage
Society of Southeast Georgia with an Honorary Membership at their
recent Burns Night dinner by the late Dr. R. Quinn Pugh, society
Beth was presented with a membership certificate and she and her
husband, Mel, were guests at the event in Statesboro, Georgia.
Just received at The Family Tree offices in Moultrie is a most kind
check donated to The Family Tree by the SHSSEG, in memory of Dr.
Pugh, who died recently during surgery in Savannah, Georgia.
Thank you so much for the honor of being a part of your most