Juanita Sue Pierce Augustus, daughter of Albert Reynolds Pierce and Emma Lou Pierce, was born Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ms. Augustus received her Bachelor of Arts from William Woods University. She has two sons: Christian Barrow Augustus and Scott David Augustus. Ms. Augustus is a current resident of Houston, Texas.
Mrs. Adamson is married to Mr. Vincent Cassel Adamson, Jr. The Adamsons have four children (Louise Gurkin Adamson Moore; Vincent Cassel Adamson, III; John Gurkin Adamson; and Kirkpatrick Perrow Adamson). She enjoyed a teaching career and now devotes her time to volunteer civic and charitable activities. The Adamsons reside in Richmond, Virginia.
Mrs. Helen P. Poindexter DeVoe, the daughter of Archie Poindexter and Inez Houdeshell, was born in Indiana. She was married to the late Mr. Paul Volney DeVoe, and had two children; the late James Frederick DeVoe and Judith Ann DeVoe-Stafford. Mrs. DeVoe graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and complete some graduate work. She retired and resided in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Mrs. DeVoe was the Patron for the Hereditary Society Blue Book in 1995.
Mrs. DeVoe was a member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts; the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (House of Burgesses); and the Descendants of Valentine Hollingsworth, Sr. Society. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church.
Dr. James MacDonald Edwards, son of James Lane Edwards and Florrie Alamo Harp, was born in Jackson, Georgia. A retired General Motors executive, he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Commercial Science degrees at the University of Georgia. He was a member of Delta Sigma Pi, Kappa Sigma Kappa, and Gamma Delta Phi fraternities. During his lifetime he was awarded five honorary doctoral degrees including a Doctor of Science degree from Holy Trinity College, a school of the Southern Episcopal Church. During WWII Dr. Edwards’ service entailed military intelligence and psychological warfare. For many years he was a member of the Consular Corps – District of Columbia.
Dr. Edwards was highly regarded in the hereditary society world as a leader and dedicated officer. His efforts resulted in his being recognized with awards that included: the Patriot Medal, Silver Good Citizenship Medal, Bronze Good Citizenship Medal and Certificates of Appreciation from the SAR; the Gold and Silver Jefferson Davis Awards, and the Jefferson Davis Chalice with the designation “Mr. Confederacy” from the SCV; Gold and Silver Jefferson Davis Awards from the Daughters of the Confederacy; Gold and Silver Jefferson Davis Awards from the Children of the Confederacy; the Legion of Merit from the MOSB; the Honor Medal from the DAR; and a Plaque of Appreciation from First Families of Georgia, 1733-1797. He was an officer in the Gwinnett (Past President), Dekalb, and White County Historical Societies, the Federation of Genealogical Societies (Region 4 VP) as well as the Georgia Genealogical Society (Past President). Dr. Edwards was also interested in Heraldry being an Honorary Member of the Instituto Heraldico – Barcelona Spain and received a grant of Arms from the Cronista Rey de Armas - Kingdom of Spain.
Dr. Edwards achieved, during his lifetime, the distinction of being one of only five living Commanders in Chief of both the Sons of Confederate Veterans and Military Order of the Stars and Bars with SVC and MOSB Awards named in his honor.
Dr. Edwards was an international traveler and made many friends around the world. His friendships resulted in his becoming interested in and a member of numerous International Orders. Dr. Edwards was active in multiple charitable, civic and cultural causes in the United States which resulted in his being honored as an Honorary Admiral in the Texas, Alabama, Georgia, and Nebraska Navies; a Kentucky Colonel, an Honorary Captain of the Belle of Louisville, and an Honorary Lt. Col. of the Alabama Militia.
He was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church.
Eugene Arthur Fortine was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, the oldest son of Dwight Hugh Fortine and Alice Frances Wilson. He returned to the United States with his family, and grew up living on or near oil fields in California. Mr. Fortine attended Stanford University where he was graduated with both a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering and an M.S. in Petroleum Engineering. While at Stanford, Mr. Fortine met his wife, Patricia Ann Jones. They were married for over fifty years, and have four children, (Alan David Fortine; Judith Lee Tillar; Linda Jean Yale; and Terri Fortine Baker) and eleven grandchildren.
Mr. Fortine worked as a petroleum engineer for Richfield Oil Company (now ARCO), and then for the United States Army with the Corps of Engineers, working at the Engineer Research and Development Labs at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Mr. Fortine also worked in the architectural aluminum business, as a partner in industrial hardware sales, and as a construction estimator for roof-framing and glass and glazing companies. He retired from full-time employment in 1996. Gene passed away in Waco, Texas on December 1, 2005.
Mr. Fortine enjoyed wine tasting and collecting fine California wines. He was an avid tennis player, and indulged in watching American Football. He enjoyed duplicate bridge, as well. Mr. Fortine secured a patent from the United States Patent Office for the mudsill anchor.
He was a Kentucky Colonel and member of the Stanford Alumni Association; Phi Sigma Kapp Fraternity; and North Hollywood High School Alumni Association. Mr. Fortine also maintained membership in Plimoth Plantation (Overseer); Pilgrim Society; American-French Genealogical Society; Lake Elsinore Genealogical Society; Foulke Family Association; and Platt Family Association.
He and his wife were members of the First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, where Mr. Fortine served as an elder.
Mary Genevieve Forbes Morse, daughter of James Forbes and Mabel Savin, was born June 8, 1905 in New Rochelle, New York. Mrs. Morse earned her B.A from Polytechnic Institute, Ruston, Louisiana. She was a member of Sigma Delta (English Honorary Society) and is a past National President of Kappa Delta Sorority.
She married Frederick Tracy Morse in Charlottesville, Virginia on January 1, 1926. Dr. Morse was a Professor Emeritus in Engineering at the University of Virginia and authored several textbooks in his field. Mrs. Morse took seriously her role as faculty wife, contributing her varied managerial skills in her involvement in the UVA academic community. Dr. and Mrs. Morse had one child, Robert Frederick Morse. Mrs. Morse has two grandchildren, Ann and William, and two great-grandchildren, John and Edmond.
Mrs. Morse was a true Grande Dame of the hereditary societies. A quiet-spoken, gentle woman, she was an avid patriot, a renowned worker, (particularly in her chosen avocation of genealogy), and a true friend to her associates in many organizations. Mrs. Morse, though slowed physically by time, was avidly interested in her genealogical activities, and attended meetings in her local area in her 102nd year. She was an inspiration to all who know her.
Mrs. Morse also held membership in the British American Society and was past Curator General, and past National President of the National Officers Club. She was a member of Christ Church in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Martha Todd Barker Roberts, daughter of Winston Brooks Barker and Mary Louise Herrick was a native of Covington, Kentucky. Mrs. Roberts was married to Richard Lindsay Roberts who died in 1972. He was an officer with a leading bank in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mrs. Roberts had been employed by the Cincinnati Art Museum. She was an historian widely recognized as an authority on genealogy and was devoted to historic preservation and restoration projects. Martha Todd Roberts died October 14, 1997.
Mrs. Roberts was honored by the National Society Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century by the named Rare Book Fund at the College of William and Mary. In addition, she originated the establishment of the Catherine Lindsay Knorr Records Restoration Fund for the Order of the Crown in America.
Mrs. Roberts served as a member of the Historical Board of Duncan Tavern in Paris, Kentucky. She was a member of Highland United Methodist Church of Fort Thomas, Kentucky. Mrs. Roberts served as First President of the Holly Hill Guild Protestant Children's Home, as well as Campbell County Chairman of the Kentucky Heritage Committee (1970-1980).
John Griffin Richardson Rountree, the son of Otis J. and Harriet Griffin Rountree, was born in Ocala, Florida. He was educated at The Bolles School and attended the Ringling College of Art and Design. He was awarded the honor of Accademico Corrispondento by L'Accademia Tiberina, Rome, Italy, in 1970.
Following a fourteen-year career in Washington, D.C. as an association management executive and publisher, Mr. Rountree retired to his native state of Florida where he actively pursues his interest in genealogy and American history.
The Hereditary Register of the United States of America, President, General Editor and Chairman of the Advisory Committee - 1972, 1973, 1974. Recipient 1st Place Award for Hard Bound Volumes, The Printing Industries of the Virginias, 1972, 1973.
Mr. Rountree belongs to various social clubs and professional organizations, and is a Perpetual Member of Ashlar Lodge No. 48 F&AM. He is a member of Trinity Episcopal Parish in St. Augustine, Florida and is a former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the St. Augustine Yacht Club.