Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Virginia Morris Kube Funeral

Member Lynn Higgenbotham sent the following note about her Mother's death:  "Mom passed away peacefully in her sleep last night late. I know there is great rejoicing in heaven and she is not suffering. Could you get in touch with UDC members and Colonial Dames. Family night Wednesday night 6-8 at Rhoadesville Baptist and funeral there at 11:00 on Thursday with lunch afterwards there. Thank you."

Sympathy cards may be sent to Virginia's daughter and family at:
Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Page Higginbotham, (Lynette ), P.O. Box 391, Orange, VA 22960-0391

Virginia Morris Kube Obituary

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Exhibit Opens at National World War II Museum

Howard and I had the privilege of attending the Grand Opening of “The Road to Tokyo” exhibit at The National World War II Museum in New Orleans held on 10 and 11 December.  We were honored to be a part of this event and to be able to meet and hear firsthand some fascinating stories of many of the sixty veterans who attended.  Among those we met was  a 106 year old veteran who was with the Engineer Battalion in New Guinea; a P51 pilot; a B25 pilot; one of two surviving men from the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo – he was Doolittle’s co-pilot; and one of two surviving Medal of Honor recipients from Iwo Jima.

This stunning exhibit marks the trail from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay through New Guinea, Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, Burma, the islands of the Pacific, China, India, and Alaska.  I quote from the brochure:  “Exhibit treatments bring to life the naval and air forces, the soldiers and marines, as well as engineers creating the machinery to cross vast distances, carry massive cargo, create ships that are cities at sea.”

Although not fighting veterans of the war, Howard and his parents were among 2000 civilian prisoners of war in Los Banos, Philippines for the duration of the war, and were rescued by the paratroopers of the 101st Division just before they were to be executed by the Japanese. They were rescued on the same day that the flag was raised on Iwo Jima.
We donated many arms from our collection, as well as the papers his Mother saved from the camp, all of which are now on display in this exhibit.  Our other World War II arms collection is displayed in the exhibit, “The Road to Berlin”, which opened a year ago.

The National World War II Museum, located in New Orleans, is the brainchild of the late Stephen Ambrose and Gordon H. Mueller, President & CEO of the Museum.  Initially founded in 2000 as the D-Day Museum, this year they have had 600,000 visitors and a staff of 250 plus 300 volunteers.  It is rated as the #1 New Orleans attraction and Trip Advisor cites it as the #3 museum in the country.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Wreaths Across America in Culpeper

Wreaths Across America will deliver wreaths to the Culpeper National Cemetery for placing on graves December 12. We can participate as volunteers to lay the wreaths and/or we can sponsor wreaths. The wreaths will be delivered at 10:30 a.m. and a ceremony will be at noon. For more details here's the link:

Thursday, October 22, 2015

WSJ Meet Holland Dames

The Society of Daughters of Holland Dames recently donated their archives to the New York Historical Society, which makes all of the records available to researchers.  The Wall Street Journal recently picked up the story, which you can read here: Holland Dames Donate Archives

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Our Representatives Attend Meeting in Richmond

Our representatives attended the Fall Board of Management Meeting in Richmond, VA over the 17 October weekend.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Pictures from Our 100th Anniversary Meeting

Twenty nine ladies helped celebrate our 100th Anniversary Meeting.  Pictured above are all of the attendees including our guest incoming State President Emily Richardson.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Remember May 19th - Our 100th Anniversary Meeting

Six more days to brush up on your ancestors for just one of the games planned for our 100th Anniversary Meeting 19 May 2015.  Details are on our Members Only site.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Joint Montpelier Marking

Attendees at the Montpelier Marking with Daughters of 1812. More pictures about the celebration at Montpelier can be found here: Orange County Review story and pictures of the Annual Wreath Laying

Thursday, February 26, 2015

February 28 Meeting Cancelled

The February 28th Meeting has been cancelled / postponed due to Winter weather.  We feel the road conditions are not safe enough for travel.
Everything will stay the same, Menu, place, and time.  For those who have already sent their luncheon fee to Mildred Dean...........that will apply to our May 19th meeting.  If a member is unable to attend the May meeting, her lunch fee will be returned.
I do hope everyone will still join us for our 100th Anniversary planned.........only on Tuesday May 19th.........we will have the same Program and the Election & Installation of our 2015~2017 Slate of Chapter officers at that time.  All held at the Gordonsville United Methodist Church. Another Call & reminder will be sent out closer to the time.
Looking ahead to Springtime!
Stay warm & cozy,

Friday, February 20, 2015

HOB Honors Veteran Richard Sanford

              This was in the Orange Review 20 Feb 2015.  Chapter member, Julia Lloyd, and Chapter President, Brenda Graves presented a lap robe to Mr. Sanford.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Founder Miss Mary Florence Taney

On July 15, 1915, The National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century was organized during the meeting of the International Genealogical Congress at the Panama Exposition in San Francisco, California.

        The Founder of the National Society was Miss Mary Florence Taney of Covington, Kentucky, and five other ladies: Mrs. Alice Hardeman Dulaney,New York, Miss Anna Taylor Hodge, Kentucky, Mrs. Georgena Hodge Bailey,Kentucky, Miss Florence May Washington, Kentucky, and Miss Grace Marie Cheever, Ohio. Miss Taney was Founder, President General, Treasurer General and Organizing President General of the new society.

          The daughter of John Peter Taney and Catherine Alphonse Rogers, she was born May 15, 1856 in Newport, Campbell County, Kentucky and died on October 9, 1936 while residing in Covington, Kentucky. Miss Taney is buried among her family in St. Mary’s Cemetery,Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.  

 Miss Taney was a member of the Taney family of Maryland. Her ancestors included, Roger Montfort Taney, who came to Maryland with Lord Baltimore in 1632, and held office in the Council and Assembly; Roger B. Taney, Chief Justice of the United States, who married the sister of Francis Scott Key, author of the “The Star Spangled Banner”. Her family traces its lineage back to 1122 when Roger de Taney, who for valor at the Battle of Hastings, was created a baron by King Edward I. The Taney line is direct from Richard Neville, the great Earl of Salisbury and Warwick.

She was the youngest child in a large family and was educated at the Catholic Immaculate Academy,Newport, Kentucky.  Our founder lived in an eloquent detailed Victorian brick home at 312 Garrard Street, Covington, Kentucky. The home was built circa 1867 by a Mr. Whips in what is now a beautiful historic district of Covington where there are many magnificent mansions from the 1800’s.

Miss Taney was the first woman to become private secretary to the Collector of Internal Revenue during the Harrison administration. She also was the first woman in Kentucky to become licensed as a Notary Public, being appointed by Governor Simon Bolivar Buckner, Sr. in 1889. Mary Florence Taney had a long career, which won her a name as an author, musician, artist, and leader in civic, religious, social and patriotic circles of her community, state, and nation.

Known for her brilliant mind, charming personality, and gift for leadership, she was the founder of three National Patriotic Societies:   Founder and Honorary President General of the National Society of the Colonial Daughters; Founder, Organizing President General and Treasurer General of the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, July 15, 1915; Founder and Organizer of the National Society of the Dames of the Court of Honor May 15, 1921.

        The Roger Montfort Taney Chapter Colonial Dames XVII Century Chapter in Covington, Kentucky is named for Miss Taney’s colonial ancestor, Roger Montfort Taney.

Information in the article is compliments of National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century