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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - Aug/Sep 2002
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John W. Jardine, age 81, and a longtime member of Clan Macpherson Association, died Monday, April 29, 2002, at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was born in Quincy, Massachusetts and moved to Florida in 1939. He was a retired design engineer for E. B. Badger in Tampa. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of St. Petersburg and a member of Masonic Lodge F&AM, Scottish Rite Temple and Egypt Shrine Temple. He was also a volunteer at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. His survivors include his wife of 58 years, Mary Jo; a daughter, Susanne Stubblefield of St. Petersburg; and two sons, Phil of Mustang, Oklahoma and Andy of St. Louis, Missouri. The family has suggested memorial contributions to the American Heart Association.

You can be a part of Murdoch House and Cornish Research
Murdoch House at Redruth has been a centre of enterprise and inventiveness in Cornwall since the 18th century. Today Murdoch House serves the world with their presence in community activities and in Cornish family research projects.
The Cornish Research project enables you to find your Cornish roots and to utilize a growing collected database of Cornish heritage persons. You can share in the life of Murdoch House by making a financial gift, or by becoming a Friend of Murdoch House, or by a Deed of Covenant donation.
For more information contact Murdoch House, TR15 2BU, Cornwall, United Kingdom, tel: 0209 215736.
Thank you to The North Texas Cornish Society, % Larry Howser, 2910 Vineyard Drive, Arlington, TX 76015-2027.

Wisconsin State Genealogical Society offers family reunion certificates
The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society has announced the availability of Family Reunion Certificates for families celebrating their Fifth, or later reunion. Michael Moffatt, Society Administrator, stated that while family reunion certificates have been available for a number of years, the program has been completely revamped. Changes includes a handsome new certificate form as well as a new, more informative program brochure which incorporates the application form.
To be eligible for a Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Family Reunion Certificate, the reunion must be at least the fifth reunion celebrated by the family. After the first certificate is awarded, additional certificates may be awarded for every subsequent fifth reunion. For example, a family that received a certificate for its Fifth Reunion would be eligible again for certificates on the Tenth Reunion, Fifteenth Reunion, and so on.
A family that received its first certificate for the Seventh Reunion would qualify again for the Twelfth, Seventeenth, and so on. It is not necessary that the reunions be held in Wisconsin to qualify for a certificate.
Multiple copies of the certificates can be provided so that each person or household of the family can have their own certificate for display in their home. Each copy is identical, and bears the embossed seal of the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society.
There is a fee of $5.00 for the first copy and $3.00 for each additional copy ordered at the same time. All copies are mailed to a single address.
Additional information as well as information and application brochures can be requested from the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society, PO Box 5106, Madison, WI 53705-0106 or by email Information is also a available on the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society web site at:
Mike Moffatt advises that applicants should allow two weeks for processing of their application.
Thanks to The Cornish Immigrant, 4525 South River Ridge Blvd., Greenfield, WI 53228.

Dwan G. Hightower is having a publishing party
You are cordially invited to attend the publishing party for Dwan G. Hightower to celebrate the release of her novel, Anthrax: The Game. The party will be on Thursday, July 18, 2002 at the Famous Pub Restaurant in the Toco Hills Shopping Center, on North Druid Hills Road. There will be heavy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.
Dwan will be signing her book, but only a limited number will be available. Please order your copy from her publisher at

Death of a Celebrity
M.C. Beaton presents a new mystery for those who love a good Scottish story. It's called Death of a Celebrity.
Hamish MacBeth, Lochdubh's dour constable, returns in a sprightly tale of sleuthing. The celebrity is Crystal French, newly-appointed star of a BBC program replacing a staid Gaelic language program on local events. Crystal was a researcher before, and she uses those skills to dig up faults and dirt to air on the show. Rating soar, but at the expense of people's feelings. When she dies, there is a dearth of mourners.
So many possible suspects from the people she skewered to the Gaelic program she replaced. Still, the show must go on. Crystal's replacement is also good at researching dirt, and she, too, dies.
Who in this small village has a secret awful enough to kill to keep hidden? Hammish must find out. His strengths, like those of Jeeves, lie in knowing his community in depth and human nature in general..
St. Martin's Minotaur, $23.95. ISBN 0-89296-676-9) Mystery.

Water of Death
Paul Johnston presents a new book that you will enjoy called Water of Death.
In 2024 A.D. global warming has so altered Scotland's coast that tropical diseases now appear in northern climes. Civilization has deteriorated into isolated city-states, run by dictatorships are varying niceties. Summer is unbearable hot and called The Big Heat.
Since most pleasures are banned or rationed, the masses are kept out of mischief with weekly lotteries. Top prize is never having to work again. But lottery winners are turning up dead. The instrument of death is poisoned whiskey - truly dastardly to any Scot worthy of a gram of a single malt.
Quintillian Dalrymple, private investigator, is called in to solve this darkly fascinating case.
St. Martin's Minotaur, $24.95, ISBN 0-312-27311-8) Science fiction/futuristic mystery.

Somerled and the Emergence of Gaelic Scotland
John Marsden has written a new biography of Somerled.
Somerled is a historical figure and thus some actual records of his life exist. Marsden uses these to present a very readable biography of a remarkable man who molded his age to his ambition, and left a huge legacy. Seamas Mac Thomas in The Royal Clans of Scotland credits six clans with direct descent from Somerled. Even the Royal Stewart house has a link (through an heiress).
The best place to find this British publication is at a vendor at a Games. Many independent bookstores can order it, and it is well worth the trouble of acquisition.
(Tuckwell Press, ISBN 1-86232-101-9) Biography.

Clan Colquhoun Society of North America Annual General Meeting Notes
The Annual General Meeting for the Clan Colquhoun Society of North America was held on 20 October 2001 at the Stone Mountain Highland Games.
The following officers were elected. James H. Kilpatrick, Jr. FSA (Scot) was elected president. Dave Colhoun was elected vice president. Tom Hodges was elected as secretary. Calhoun Witham was elected Treasurer and Andy Andrews and Stephanie Fox were elected to the Board of Directors.
Our Secretary, Tom Hodges, could not be present because of his wife Sharon's recent surgery. Consequently proper notes of the meeting were not kept. (President's responsibility).
Since the Annual General Meeting (AGM), we have started a project to receive a 501.c.3 tax status that should help with future fund raising (Calhoun Witham); Establish a WEB site (Dee Calhoun); get in place a permanent Newsletter Editor (Suzie Calhoun); and a Membership Chairman (Daniel Potter).
Other items to be addressed are, trademark protection, resolution of the North American and United Kingdom Societies, and closer ties with our Clan Chief.
The next AGM will be 19 October 2002 at the Stone Mountain Highland Games. Topics for action: (1) Four year terms of office for elected officials (will require a bylaws change). (2) Any member paying for a Clan Colquhoun Society of North America tent sponsorship at established Games be credited with current year dues.
A lot of good people are doing good things for our Society.
Thanks to James H Kilpatrick

Dr. Sanders Anne Laubenthal, native resident, exemplary author and poetess of Mobile, Alabama, born on December 25, 1943 died at a local hospital in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at age 58.
Dr. Laubenthal graduated from Springhill College Summa cum Laude in 1965 and went on to attain her Doctorate at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. She served as assistant professor of English at Troy State University, Troy, Alabama from which she entered into a career with the United States Air Force which spanned 20 years.
>From 1974 to 1976, Major Laubenthal worked as an Education and Training Officer, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. From 1976 to 1977 Major Laubenthal served as Deputy Chief of History, Thirteenth Air Force (13th AF) Clark Air Base, Philippines. From 1977 to 1980, she served as Assistant, then Associate Professor of Humanities, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) and Institute Historian, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
>From 1981 to 1984 she served as Chief Research Management 544th Strategic Intelligence Wing (544 SIW), Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. From 1984 to 1986 Major Laubenthal served as Assistant Dean for External Relations Defense Intelligence College (DIA), Bolling Air Force Base, District of Columbia..
From 1987 to 1990, she served as Chief, Intelligence Production Management Division, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) and Chief, Plans and Programs Division, for the 548th Reconnaissance Technical Group (548 RTG), Hickman Air Force Base, Hawaii.
Major Laubenthal served as Officer for Scheduled Defense Intelligence Production, Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), Bolling Air Force Base, District of Columbia, fro 1990 to 1993, after which time she retired.
Most recently, Ms. Laubenthal worked for Resource Consultants International, Inc. a worldwide provider of integrated solutions, supporting governmental agencies, based in Vienna, Virginia.
From 1994 to 1997 she edited A'Bhratach ("The Banner"), a monthly newsletter of the Mid-East Region of Clan Donald USA, Inc., through which she attracted outside membership, drew on resources for her books, and celebrated her Scottish ancestry.
She is survived by many family members and friends.

Jemima Beaton McBryde, passed away in her home in Princeton, New Jersey, at 7:45 A.M., 1 July 2002. Born Aberdeen, Scotland, May 26, 1910, daughter of the late Alexander and Elspeth Beaton, of Aberdeen, Scotland. Attended school in Aberdeen, she immigrated to the United States, in July of 1930. She worked as a nanny in Scarsdale, New York, then in 1934, she moved to Princeton, New Jersey and worked as the housekeeper for A.A. Gulick until his death in August on 1959.
She married Angus L. McBryde, of Shannon, North Carolina in 1939. Mr. McBryde, passed away in 1971. Mrs. McBryde, is survived by her son Angus L. Jr., of Princeton, a daughter Linda Gallo, and two grandchildren of Skillman, New Jersey, a brother James of Aberdeen, Scotland, a sister Gladys Beaton of Meadow Lakes, New Jersey, a niece Elsie Toon of Highstown, New Jersey, nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and grandnephews of Highstown, New Jersey and Aberdeen, Scotland. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Mrs. Theresa McBryde and Mrs. Evelyn McKeithan, and numerous nieces and nephews, in North Carolina.
Mrs. McBryde was a member of the St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, and after the merger the Nassau Presbyterian Church.
Mrs. McBryde was a member of Princeton Chapter, 91, OES and Victory Chapter 96 OES, of Hamilton Square, New Jersey. She was also active in Clan Donald U.S.A., and traveled all over the United States to its' many functions.
During the World War II, she was active with the British Ex-Servicemen's war relief program.
The funeral service for Mina McBryde, was held on 3 July, 2002, from the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Ave. in Princeton at 11:00 A.M., the service was conducted by The Rev. Lauren McFeeters, Associate Pastor of the Nassau Presbyterian Church.
The service was a standard Presbyterian service, with scripture readings from both the Old and New Testaments. The attendees repeated the Lords Prayer, and the 23rd Psalm. Internment was at the Princeton Cemetery.
Mina was dressed in her Clan Donald Old Colors evening Kilt, and had a small Ivory Clan Donald pin at the neck of the jabot.
Pall Bearers were James and Alan Lawson, nephews, Raymond Grodnicki and Wm Hunter, friends from the Princeton Lodge No. 38, F & A. M. and George G. Allen, Past New Jersey Commissioner and Brian C. Macdonald Regional Athletic Coordinator. The Piper was Colin Nesbit, of Kearnery, New Jersey.
Pipe tunes played were Flowers of the Forest, Amazing Grace, Going Home, Dark Island, Highland Cathedral, and Scotland the Brave.
Luncheon was served at the McBryde home afterwards.
Clan Donald was well represented at the viewing and the Funeral Service, by Past H.C. John F. and Sue McDonald, Regional Athletic Coordinator Brian and Maureen Macdonald, Alan and Edith Macdonald, Past Clan Historian Harry and Catherine Matthews, Past New Jersey Commissioner George and Joyce Allan, New Jersey Commissioner John and Joan Hoffman, Cathy Cochran.
The family requested that anyone wishing to make memorial gifts or contributions, make them to the Clan Donald Foundation, in Mina's name.

2003 International Gathering of the Clans, Nova Scotia, Canada
Every four years the International Gathering of the Clans has been held in Nova Scotia, starting in 1979. Next year the event will start on July 1, 2003 with the unfurling of the International flag at Pugwash, Nova Scotia . On July 4th Mayor Peter Kelly of Halifax will host all visiting Clan Chief's and Clan dignitaries to a reception prior to the Nova Scotia International Tattoo, a yearly event in Nova Scotia. The Halifax Highland Games will be held on the Garrison Grounds on Saturday and the Kirking of the Tartans will be held on Sunday. Highland games will be held throughout the summer in Antigonish, New Glasgow, North Sydney, Middleton with various Celtic Concerts, and Scottish events all summer long. The Shiretown of Pictou will host the Ship Hector Festival in August and the New Scotland Days in Sept. while other locations will put on teas, Celtic music concerts, festivals and displays. Art shows will be held  and all cities, towns and villages are being encouraged to get in on the events. Clans will be gathering, Lamonts, Hendersons, Chisholms, Ramsey, Murray, to name a few with a special invitation from Clan Lamont to all McKerchers, McKarchers to attend a special gathering. Clan Sutherland will hold a special service at the Loch Broom  Log Cabin Church and family picnics are planned. The Pipers Picnic will be held at Earltown the first Saturday in August. The lowering of the International Flag will be held at Pictou with a special Celtic evening at the DeCoste Ctr. The Federation of Scottish Clans In Nova Scotia have a International Committee in place. For further information on lodging at colleges, hotels, Check In Nova Scotia.  Information submitted by Jean MacKaracher Watson, 485
Cobequid Road, Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, Canada, B4C 3Y7 Telephone; 902-864-8335.

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