Thursday, May 26, 2011

Chicago Colony New England Women

Today we had a meeting of the Chicago Colony (ie chapter) of the National Society New England Women.  This is an organization of women who can trace their lineage to someone who was born in New England prior to the American Revolution.  Our colony itself is over 100 years old.  It is a very nice group that meets nationally in New Hampshire in May.
This meeting marked a transition - one of our members, Gyda Stoner, became Honorary President General last weekend after serving for three years.  Locally, our colony installed a new slate of officers.  I have been the recording secretary for the colony for the past 6 years and have finally been able to turn over the books to my successor.  I am staying on as Webmistress, though.  I guess 9 years is not enough.
We had a very nice memorial service at the meeting today.  In addition to remembering our members who have died in the past year, each member places a flower in remembrance of her NEW ancestor. 

Here is Honorary President General Gyda Stoner placing a flower.

Our new slate of Officers was installed. 

Here are incoming Colony President Jane Schleinzer and newly elected Honorary Colony President Shari Worrell.  Shari is pinning on the Colony Ribbon.

My NEW ancestor is:
John Ormsby, born 1641 at Saco, ME, died 10 March 1718 at Rehoboth, MA, the son of Richard Ormesby and Sarah Upham.
he was married, on 5 Jan. 1664 at Rehoboth, MA
to Grace Martin, born 21 Sept. 1640 at Devonshire, England, died 4 July 1710 at Rehoboth, MA, the daughter of Richard Martin and Elizabeth Salter.
John and Grace had 12 children - their son John Ormsbee was my ancestor.

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