Lee Family Reunion set
The Descendants of Jerimiah Jefferson Lee and Martha Joanna Moring/Lee
will meet on Sunday, June 1, 2003 in Clayhatchee, Alabama. The Lee Family
Reunion meets annually the first Sunday in June.
For more information contact: Murray McDaniel, 507 Grandview, Sheffield,
JAMES BAUGHAN, wife "DOLLY" ALEXANDER; married 30 June 1826, Wilkes
Co., Georgia. "DOLLY" daughter of JOSEPH and SARAH BENTLEY ALEXANDER was
born Dec. 1808, in Wilkes Co., Georgia. Was "DOLLY" given name really
"SARAH"? Any information on this family would be appreciated. J. W.
Sentell, 6609 Cedar Wood Court, Mobile, AL 36695.
Desire ancestors: NATHAN CHARNES (1870-1925), Kendainiai,
Lithuania! SARAH BECKER. HENRY WOLOSHIN born 1885. Bludov, Ukraine. New
Jersey. Richard Morrissey, 28656 Murrieta, Sun City, CA 92586.
ELMER RUSSELL JONES born March, 1902, Bolivar, Missouri! (circus)
died November, 1979, Riverside, California. Contact: Richard Morrissey,
28656 Murrieta, Sun City, CA 92586.
Laura Ellen Kilpatrick, passed away January 6, 2003. Laura with
natural nobility and as the ultimate caregiver demonstrated the very
essence of compassion, of duty, of style, and an inner beauty that will
never again be matched. She never first thought of herself, always putting
the needs of others before her own.
Laura was a symbol of selfless humanity and genuine goodness who as an
eternal optimist always thought to think of the best in the worst of us
and in so doing brought out the best in us all. That certainly was true of
her Family, The Frasers and members of the Kingdome of Raknar, everywhere.
Laura made folks feel good just by talking with her and being around her.
Laura's seemingly God-given ability to sense and embrace "the other side"
of most issues gave her the gift of successful negociant, patching up and
mending many a relationship.
What do you say to a Lady who always offered you her sincere smile and
that positive greeting of "Hello Sunshine"? Well, how about a big thank
you! So, today we say thank you to Laura and the Kilpatrick Family for the
way she brightened our lives, and fear that in living she never really
received the proper credit for her personal sacrifices. The Buxton Family
grieves with The Kilpatricks and will forever grateful and always cherish
Laura's caregiver gift to my Mother.
So, to Laura, that fresh breeze in early spring, we salute you and tell
you that we love you and miss you. We all despair you loss though it is
your wide-eyed optimism and the depth of your memory and legacy that will
allow us the strength to move ahead.
Take care of all of our well-beloved and now departed friends in Valhalla.
We know that you will be watching.
Mary Lee Hall in Turn Again to Life offers some words that I feel Laura
would embrace at this time.
If I should die and leave
you here awhile,
Be not like others, sore undone, who keep
Long vigils by the silent dust, and weep.
For my sake - turn again to life and smile,
Nerving thy heart and trembling hand to do
Something to comfort other hearts than thine.
Complete those dear unfinished tasks of mine
And I, perchance, may therein comfort you.
Ned Buxton in the 78th Frasiers.
The Scottish Heritage
Society of Southeast Georgia constituted
Gathering under the auspices of the Bulloch County Historical Society on
November 11, 2002, twenty seven persons constituted the Scottish Heritage
Society of Southeast Georgia. The Organizing Coordinator for this event
was Ms. Alma Hopper, long time member and leader of the Historical
Under her skilled guidance, motions were introduced to proceed with the
organization of a society to recognized the Scottish heritage related to
the area of Southeast Georgia. The proposed Constitution, submitted by Dr.
Kemp Mabry, Executive Director of the Bulloch County Historical Society,
was readily adopted by the organizing body.
With a broad statement of purpose "to bring together persons with interest
in the history and culture of Scotland and persons of Scottish descent
both in Scotland and throughout the world" and "to observe anniversaries
important to the history of Scotland and Scots" the Scottish Heritage
Society of Southeast Georgia was born.
Officers elected to serve the new organization are Dr. R. Quinn Pugh,
President: Dr. Henry J. Proctor, Vice President; Mrs. Mary Phillips,
Clerk; and Dr. Tom McMullen, Treasurer. The President has appointed Dr.
Dwyn Mounger Society Chaplain. Dr. Kemp Mabry will serve as Advisor to the
Society and has Liaison with the Bulloch County Historical Society as
sponsor entity. Dues were established at $15.00 per individual or $20 per
The first program meeting of the Scottish Heritage Society of Southeast
Georgia was observed as a "Robert Burns Supper" at 6:00 PM on January 25
at the Statesboro Inn. "The Burns Supper' has been a tradition for over
200 year among persons who have admired and appreciated the Scottish
The supper included the presentation of the "haggis" accompanied by the
bagpipe and a recitation of Burns' address to the national dish. A special
tribute to the memory of Robert Burns was given along with the recitation
of popular poems and songs by the renowed bard.
Persons interested in membership may contact Dr. Tom McMullen, Treasurer
at 912-764-7460. Future meetings of the Society will be April 7, September
9, and November 3, 2003.
The Milwaukee County Genealogical Society to hold workshop in April
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society, Inc., a nonprofit educational
organization, will hold its Bi-Annual Workshop on Saturday, April 26, 2003
at Serb Memorial Hall, 5101 West Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
from 8:15 am to 4:00 PM. Preregistration is required. For registration
before April 5, 2003 the fee is $35.00 for members and $40.00 for
nonmembers, including a box lunch.
Speakers scheduled are: Peter W. Bunce, Director of Archival Operations at
the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA, Washington, DC)
for Public Programs; Tony Burroughs, teacher of genealogy at Chicago State
University and president of Back Roots; Bob Heck, a computer expert and
organizer of the Personal Ancestral File Users Group (MPAFUG); and Richard
L. Pifer, Director of reference and Public Services for the Library and
Archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Talks are designed to assist genealogists in how to get information from
records, indexes and printed sources; the effects of historic events on
genealogy; and how to do genealogy research on the internet.
For further information or to receive a brochure contact: M.C.G.S., Box
270326, Milwaukee, WI 53227-0326 or call 262-786-6408.
The Smelkinson Family Circle is celebrating their 55th Anniversary
Did you really think we would let another 50 years go by without a good
party? On Sunday, April 27, 2003, the site of our fabulous 55th will be
Baltimore's charming Inner Harbor district. This year, not only will we
look at where we came from, but we will also focus more clearly on who we
L' Dor v' Dor, from generation to generation, is the spirit of our
celebration. You will receive a keepsake copy of the L' Dor v' Dor program
book, and there will be eating, schmoozing, music, old family movies and
general delight for all involved.
All seating is open. All reservations must be prepaid. For more
information contact: Smelkinson Family Circle, c\o Robert N. Smelkinson,
3701 Old Court Road, Suite 5-B, Baltimore, MD 21208.
Family of Bruce Society announces new scholarship programs
Three awards will be presented for tuition in the Scottish arts in June,
2003. The object of these awards is to further interest and expertise
amongst young people in one or more of these fields: piping, Scottish
fiddle, clarsach (Celtic harp), voice, the Gaelic language, and Highland
and Scottish Country dancing. Applicants should be able to show a
reasonable aptitude and dedication in their chosen field, and that help
towards tuition at a recognized school or teacher will enable them to
improve farther and work towards their goals.
Write or telephone Evelyn Murray, Family of Bruce Scholarship Committee,
37 Blanchard Road, Cambridge, MA 02138-1010, telephone 617-864-8945 to
obtain an application form, as soon as possible. The schedule is to have
the selection make by early June, requiring that the applications be
received by April 30, 2003.
Free Tartans for students!
The Family of Bruce Society announces a second scholarship offer to young
people pursing studies in the Scottish arts. Recognizing that proper
costumes can be quite costly, the Family of Bruce is offering its own
colorful Bruce tartan free of charge to students. The tartan is medium
weight new wool, and the gift is for enough Bruce tartan for a kilt,
skirt, and/or a sash or plaid.
Applicants should state their needs and sizes and send to Evelyn Murray,
Family of Bruce Scholarship Committee, 37 Blanchard Road, Cambridge, MA
02138-1010, telephone 617-864-8945.
The Muirhead Arts and Culture Scholarship approved
The Clan Muirhead Society Scholarship Program is designed to help sponsor
and assist persons in pursuing education, training, and interest in
Scottish arts, history, and/or culture.
The program provides financial assistance to students to help offset the
cost of education or training. Examples of eligible educational/training
courses include instruction in Highland dancing, piping, drumming,
fiddling, and Gaelic language. The program does not provide grants for
noneducational, non-training activities, such as travel to and attendance
at public events or performances.
The Scholarship is open to all applicants whose age is between 12 and 21
at the time of application. There shall be no restrictions in regard to
Class, Race, Religion or employment; anyone shall be eligible. Any
applicant who meets stated eligibility requirements.
For more information contact: Scholarship Committee Chair, Robert and
Bonnie Schueler, 14215 SE. Allen Rd., Bellevue, WA 98006.
St. Andrew's Scottish Heritage Center receives $103,000 gift from Frank
& Susan Shaw
St. Andrews Presbyterian College received its first major gift of the year
from Mr. and Mrs. Frank R. Shaw of Atlanta. "This gift of $103,000 will be
added to a $25,000 endowment fund the donors already have in place to
underwrite the Scottish Heritage Symposium Weekend in perpetuity," said
Scottish Heritage Center director, Bill Caudill. "We are pleased to
renamed the annual March event, formerly known as "Our Scottish Heritage,"
to the Charles Bascombe Shaw Memorial Scottish Heritage Symposium in
memory of Frank's father."
"It is generosity such as this," said St. Andrews President, John Deegan
"that builds an institution like St. Andrews. People committed to
excellence in every aspect of an institution's life lead the institution
to a future in which everyone can flourish. St. Andrews' Scottish Heritage
Center is a prime example. I am grateful to Frank and Susan Shaw for
enabling the College to continue to celebrate the substantial
contributions our Scottish ancestors make to our region's identity-for it
is when we fully understand our history that we can move with tenacious
confidence into our future."
Frank and Susan Shaw are active philanthropists who are very interested in
genealogy and Scottish history. "My ancestors came from the Isle of Jura,
off the coast of Argyll, to North Carolina during the 1750s," Shaw said.
"My family ended up in Bladen County and later in the Laurel Hill
Township. My grandfather, John W. Shaw, was a Civil War veteran who was
captured at Fort Fisher and imprisoned as a POW at Elmira, New York until
the end of the war."
Shaw's family moved to Mullins, South Carolina around the time of the
Great Depression. He earned degrees from north Greenville Junior College,
Furman University and Southeastern at Wake Forest. He has been involved in
long-term health care management for the past 33 years. "I grew up dirt
poor, and I know what it is like to do without. In fact, as a young
teenager in Mullins, the only money we had was the monthly state welfare
check," Shaw said. "I was the 10th of ten children and the only one of the
bunch fortunate enough to get a college education."
Frank's wife Susan, recently retired after 35 years with The Coca-Cola
Company in Atlanta, the last fourteen of which were serving as Corporate
Secretary of the company. She worked with the Board of Directors, reported
to four chairman, managed logistics for domestic and international
meetings, and maintained all corporate records. "Though her ancestors hail
from Sussex, England, going back to the 16th century," Shaw said, "she has
taken great delight in attending and assisting with the Clan Chattan tent
over the years at Highland Games in South Carolina, North Carolina, and
Georgia, proudly wearing her Shaw tartan, as a matter of choice."
Appointed Chief, John Shaw of Tordarroch, Frank served as Clan Shaw High
Commissioner of the United States and Mexico and is currently a Trustee in
Clan Chattan (USA). He has also served as editor of the award-winning "Clach
Na Faire," newsletter of the Clan Shaw. Shaw writes regular columns titled
"A Highlander and His Books," "A Chat with the Author," and "Robert Burns
Lives!" for The Family Tree genealogical newspaper with a 70,000+
circulation. Frank and Susan enjoy socializing with the Scottish "cousins"
in both the St. Andrews Society of Atlanta and the Burns Club of Atlanta
and have made 13 trips to Scotland since they began the quest regarding
The Shaws decided nearly 30 year ago that they would one day give
something back to the society to help others through worthy causes and
great institutions. They have endowed scholarships at North Greenville
College and Furnam University. At each institution there is an individual
who greatly influenced their gifts. At North Greenville it was Dr. M. C.
Donnan, at Furnam it is Dr. David Shi, and at St. Andrews it is Bill
Caudill. "Susan and I want to personally thank Bill Caudill for the
positive influence he exhibits as a representative of the Scottish
Heritage Center, prompting us to make this donation to St. Andrews."
The Scottish Heritage Center sponsors the annual Scottish Heritage
Symposium at St. Andrews. The event, founded in 1989 and first held in
Fayetteville, North Carolina, celebrates the 250th anniversary of the
arrival of the first Highlanders to settle in North Carolina - the "Argyll
Colony." The Upper Cape Fear region became the primary destination of
Highland Scot emigrants in the latter decades of the 18th century and the
early 19th century.
Providing a forum for information on the early Highland emigrants to North
Carolina, the symposium was moved from Fayetteville, to the St. Andrews
Presbyterian College campus in Laurinburg in 1994. Penny Geffert, former
college archivist, and Bill Caudill, a student who went on to become
director of the College's Scottish heritage projects, represented St.
Andrews on the founding committee and have been instrumental in its
continued success. The event brings historians, folklorists, and
genealogists together from the United States, Scotland and Canada. The
only event of its kind in the U.S., it is also the occasion of the
Scottish Heritage Awards Ceremonies.
"This gracious gift the Shaws have given the College will ensure that this
important celebration of our Scottish Heritage will continue to flourish."
The Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song, Language & Harp Week set for July
The 5th Annual Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song, Language and Harp Week
will be held on July 6-11, 2003 at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North
Carolina. Catherine Ann MacPhee (Gaelic song), Dr. Jamie MacDonald (Gaelic
language) and Debbie Brewin-Wilson (Scottish Harp) will share their love
on Scottish Gaelic through song, language and harp instruction with
additional workshops of cultural interest.
Classes will be held Monday - Friday prior to the Grandfather Mountain
Highland Games. Cost is approximately $375 per person for the week of
instruction, lodging and meals. For more information contact Jana Blue at
Mackay member, Lyric Todkill winner
Lyric Todkill, a member of the Mackay Society USA, was the overall winner
in the George Sheriff Amateur Invitational Piping Competition which was
held this past November in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The venue was held
at the Officers' Mess of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada's
The competition consisted of twelve of North America's most successful
amateur pipers of 2002, with judging in three categories: Piobaireachd
March, Strathspey & Reel; and 6/8 March.
In his senior year at Carnegie Mellon University, Lyric is majoring in
music and is the son of Mackay Commissioners, Jim and Marcia Todkill of
Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
The National Cherokee Library of Georgia establishes depository in
The Hart County Library in Hartwell, Georgia will be used as a depository
for the Cherokee Center of the World Library, a division of the National
Cherokee Library of Georgia (NCLG). Grace Holbrook will be the Director
for the Cherokee Center of the World Library.
It will include books about Native Americans, Nature and Environment, art
exhibits by Native Artists, and displays of artifacts for viewing and
educational purposes. The NCLG was founded in 1998 when it was accepted as
the first and only collection of Native American Books in the largest
private genealogy library in the United States, The Ellen Payne Odom
Genealogy Library in Moultrie, Georgia. Actor and producer Will Wiley
Rogers is the new Director for the Moultrie location.
The NCLG was incorporated as a nonprofit organization last year by the
Native American Cultural Society, Inc. (NACS), of Athens, Georgia. The
NACS has been established since 1993 and is a 501 (c) non-profit
organization. Elected officials for 2003 are: President - Dr. Ervan
Garrison, University of Georgia Professor of Anthropology & Geology, and
Vice President - Ron Lessard. The group has inaugurated the new depository
with an exhibit honoring Native Celebrities and is supported by
autographed photos and correspondence from Travis Tritt, West Studi,
Astronaut Commander John B. Herrington, Will Rogers, Joanne Shenandoah,
and Lloyd Westerman to name a few.
Native artwork includes selections from the Carmen Shuler Collection of
Paintings and Photographs done by Native American Artists. Also, a limited
edition art print of Geronimo before he died and another of John Wayne by
Jason Young Buck is on loan by Ron Lessard. Other items include
contributions of new books from publishers and promotional material from
famous celebrities that includes a cookbook and autographed photograph
from Wes Studi.
Planned projects of the NCLG include establishing permanent collections of
Native American books and materials, storytelling, native dance and music,
arts and crafts programs for the Hartwell and Odom Genealogy Libraries.
The library is now accepting donations to expand the depositories,
including books, photographs, art and videos about Native Americans,
nature and environment. An exhibit to honor the Lewis and Clark
Bicentennial is planned for November.
Please contact Laureen Lessard regarding information about the libraries,
and making donations at 706-335-9382, or by email
Will Rogers at
email@example.com and Grace Holbrook at
Beth Gay honored by McIntosh
Chinnubbie Hacoce McIntosh, Prince, Wind Clan, Coweta Tribe honored The
Family Tree editor, Beth Gay, at the recent Braveheart Scottish Weekend
with an honorary membership in the Creek Indian Nation.
McIntosh's certificate reads: "This is to certify that Beth Gay -
Senhoneckvke Vtotkv Es ONVKV (She who makes magic with words) - is an
honorary member of the Coweta Tribal Town having been selected by
Chinnubbie Hacoce McIntosh Descendant of Chiefs.
Mr. McIntosh presented Beth with a signed certificate and a 1902 Indian
Head penny held in a silver frame on a chain.
Chinnubbie McIntosh was in Moultrie to speak at the local schools and also
to participate in the Braveheart Scottish Weekend 2003. His visit was
sponsored by Southwest Georgia Bank in Moultrie and the Grassroots Art
St. Andrew's Society Detroit launches website
St. Andrew's Society of Detroit is pleased to announce it has launched the
official website for the Society's 154th Annual Highland Games -
Visitors to the site will find information and schedules for pipe and drum
competitions and performances, heavy athletic competitions, Highland
dance, clans, sponsorships opportunities, and more. The site also features
a link to the St. Andrew's Society home page, which provides general
information about the Society.
The St. Andrew's Society Highland Games event is the longest continually
running Highland Games in North America. Live many years, this year's
event will be held at Historic Greenmead, 20501 Newburgh Rd. in Livonia
(at 8 Mile Rd.). For more information, please visit <www.highlandgames.com>.
The Southern Genealogist's Exchange Society is collecting articles
The Southern Genealogist's Exchange Society is now collecting articles for
its second volume of "Pioneers of Florida's First Coast."