Mrs. Gabrielle Maupin Bielenstein, the daughter of William Gabriel Maupin and Florence Mary Brayley, was born in Portsmouth, Virginia. She met and married her husband, Johan Henrik August "Hans" Bielenstein, in Canberra, Australia, where they lived for a number of years. Upon Dr. Bielenstein's appointment to a chair at Columbia University, the Bielensteins moved to New York City, where they reside today. Dr. and Mrs. Bielenstein have two daughters: Danielle Erika Mary and Andrea Johanna Gabrielle Bielenstein.
Mrs. Bielenstein was educated at a series of small private schools, including Holton-Arms in Washington, D.C. She took her B.A. at Sweet Briar College, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Mrs. Bielenstein completed her M.A. on a Fullbright Scholarship at the University of Melbourne.
Mrs. Bielenstein spends her summers in Portsmouth, Virginia at her family home, while Dr. Bielenstein summers in Sweden. During the summers, Mr. Bielenstein devotes her time as a guide, detailing the rich Tidewater history of the Portsmouth area.
Mrs. Bielenstein is a member of the Princess Anne Club in Virginia, and the New York Junior League.
Lloyd de Witt Bockstruck, the son of Harry Earl Bockstruck and Olive Elsie Blakenship, was born at Vandalia, Illinois. He graduated cum laude with an B.A. in Biology and History from Greenville College in 1967. Mr. Bockstruck received an M.A. in Modern European History from Southern Illinois University in 1969, and and M.S. in Library Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1973. He received a certificate from the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Samford University, in June 1973.
Mr. Bockstruck was a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of History, Southern Illinois University, 1967-69. He served as a secondary teacher and librarian at Mombasa Baptist High School in Mombasa, Kenya, 1969-71, and a Graduate Assistant in the School of Library Science at the University of Illinois, 1971-73. He joined the Dallas Public Library in 1973. From 1974 to 1991 he served as an instructor in the School of Continuing Education, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. He is the senior ranking faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Samford University, having joined in 1974. He has been on the faculty of the Genealogical Institute of Mid-America, University of Illinois at Springfield, since 1994. He has authored the genealogical column, "Family Tree," in the Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, since 1991.
Mr. Bockstruck is a member of Phi Alpha Theta; Beta Beta Beta; Phi Kappa Phi; and Beta Phi Mu. He became a Fellow of the National Genealogical Society in 1992. In 1994, Mr. Bockstruck was named Outstanding Alumnus of the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research. He received the Filby Prize for Genealogical Librarianship in 1999, and in 2003, he received the Northeast Texas Library Systems Lifetime Achievement Award.
Marguerite du Pont de Villiers-Ortiz, the daughter of Julien de Villiers-Ortiz and Alice Engénie du Pont, was born on July 31, 1907 at "Valmy", Greenville, Delaware. Her education began at the Ogontz School and was completed at the University of Pennsylvania. She first married Forrester Holmes Scott, with whom she had two children: Eve Hermine du Pont Scott, and Zoe Zenger du Pont Scott. Her second marriage was to Harry Clark Boden, IV and their child was Kip Kelso Boden. Mrs. Boden died on July 23, 1977 in Delaware.
The Hereditary Register of the United States of America, (member of the Editorial Committee, 1972, 1973 and 1974)
As a philanthropist, benefactor, author and leader, Mrs. Boden's gifts to the hereditary community and historic preservation were substantial. She bequeathed Mount Harmon Plantation, her sixteenth century Georgian country estate, to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It was later transferred to Friends of Mount Harmon, which currently oversees its preservation and operation. The plantation began in 1651 as a land grant of 350 acres to Godfrey Harmon by Caecilius Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore. The manor house, which has been thoroughly restored, is furnished with American, English, Irish and Scottish antiques dating from the 1760 - 1810 period. The estate, which is located on the Sassafras River in Cecil County, Maryland, is now open to the public.
Mrs. Boden was an Honorary Life Member of the Vineland, New Jersey Historical Society; a trustee of the Delaware Historical Society; a Pilgrim Tercentenary Member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society; and a Pennsylvania Patriot of the Historical Foundation of Pennsylvania. She also belonged to The Historical Society of Delaware; Cecil County Historical Society; Kent County Historical Society; The Maryland Historical Society; Cumberland County Historical Society; Huguenot Historical Society of New Paltz, New York; Historical Society of New York County; Virginia Historical Society; The Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Revolutionary War Bi-Centennial Resources Committee for 1976; and Duck Creek Historical Society.
Mrs. Boden also held memberships in The National Genealogical Society; The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania; Society of Architectural Historians; Delaware Society for the Preservation of Antiquities; Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts; National Society of Arts and Letters, Washington Chapter; Kenmore Association; Friends of Winterthur; Friends of the American Museum in Britain; and The National Trust for Historic Preservation. She served as the Honorary Chairman of the British American Society of America and La Foundation Internationale de Delaware. She was also a member of the Executive Council of the Friends of Lafayette and served as Vice President of the Alliance Francaise of Wilmington.
In addition to being a co-founder of the Governor William Bradford Family Compact and a Duzine member of the Le Fevre Family Association, she belonged to a number of family associations including the Doane Family Association; du Bois Family Association; Edward Bates Family Association; and Governor Thomas Dudley Family Association.
Mrs. Boden was also a member of the Mt. Vernon Club of Baltimore, Maryland; Rose Tree Hunt Club of Delaware; Greenville Country Club; Wilmington Country Club; Club of Colonial Dames and The Army Navy Club of Washington, D. C.
Eva Gillete Mingea Brown, the daughter of Wilton Egerton Mingea, Jr., and Ernestine Kahle Mingea, was born in Abingdon, Virginia. Mrs. Brown married the late Thomas Bowers Hynson Brown, Jr. They have two children, Amanda Tilghman (Brown) Megargel and Thomas Bowers Hynson Brown, III. Mrs. Brown was a resident of New York City.
Mrs. Brown attended Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She served on the National Committee for a Free Europe (parent organization of Radio Free Europe). Mrs. Brown served as the Social Secretary to prominent New York families, for many years.
Mrs. Brown was recognized by Saint Bartholomew's Church in the City of New York in 2003 for having served fifty years on the Altar Guild. She was a member of the New York Auxiliary of the Blue Ridge School of Virginia since 1956, and served as President, Ball Chairman and on the Board of Trustees. She served on the Board of the American Friends of the Georgian Group and the Committee of Van Cortlandt House Museum.
Mrs. Brown was a member of the Church Club; Friends of Sulgrave Manor; the New York Committee of Stratford Hall; Dumbarton House; Gunston Hall; Mount Guilian Society; Metropolitan Historic Structures; the Historical Society of Washington County Virginia; the National Trust for Historic Preservation; Colonial Williamsburg; the Pilgrims of America and the Monticello Foundation.
Mrs. Brown received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Conference of Patriotic and Historical Societies in 2002.
James Orton Buck, Jr., the son of James Orton Buck and Myra Estelle Wooster Buck was born on July 1, 1913 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He graduated from the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts and was a member of AAID. He married Nancy Gulley Foster on April 19, 1947 in New York City. They had one daughter, Mrs. David Maurice Morrison White (Care Bowen Buck). Mr. Buck died in Klamath Falls, Oregon on March 29, 2000.
Mr. Buck was a committee member on several genealogical and historical societies, including The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.
Peter Arrott Dixon, son of George Peleg Dixon and Eleanor Arrott Gardner, was born in New York City. He is married to Joan Wilson Dixon of Mobile, Alabama. The Dixons have one child, Pamela Arrott Dixon.
In his youth, Mr. Dixon attended the American School in Rio De Janiero, and later attended the University of Maryland. Mr. Dixon served with the United States Army for two years. Currently retired, Mr. Dixon enjoyed a career in the National Security Agency, and served in a variety of U.S. Government positions. He was a member of the Cabinet Committee on Education during the Nixon administration.
Mr. and Mrs. Dixon have been residents of the historic district of Alexandria, Virginia for the past forty-four years.
Mr. Dixon is a member of the American Legion.
Linda Lou Tinker, daughter of James Logan Tinker and Jewel Houston Tinker, was born in Perryville, Tennessee. She married Robert Wayne Watkins, and has four children (three girls and one boy), and four grandchildren. Mrs. Watkins attended Florida State University where she received her B.S. in Business Administration. Mrs. Watkins served as Vice President of Tinker-Watkins Sand and Gravel.