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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - April/May 2003
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Lee Family Reunion set for June
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, AL 35660.

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 Society.
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 married couple.
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 national poet.
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 are today.
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 their ancestry.
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." said Caudill.

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 headquarters.
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 Hartwell
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 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 Program.

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 <>.

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."

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