Edward Charles Horton was born in Passaic, New Jersey, to Alford Laurance Horton and Jean Patricia Ruehl. He is married to the former Joyce Rudolph and together they have four children Trevor Edward Horton, Meredith Blair Horton, MD, Devon Elizabeth Horton, and Connor Alec Horton.
Ed holds B.A. degrees in Accounting and Economics from Rutgers University where he graduated magna cum laude. His career began as a Certified Public Accountant. He is partner in the Accounting and Advisory firm of Citrin Cooperman & Company, LLP and former managing partner of the New Jersey office and member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Ed was the Founder and Managing Partner of Horton & Company, LLC and was the Former Chairman of the Board of Xicom, Inc.
Sumner Gary Hunnewell, Jr. was born in Portland, Maine, to Sumner Gary Hunnewell and Shirley Ann Mayo. He is married to the former Sylvia Beatrice Richardson and together they have two children Sumner Tristan Hunnewell and Rachel Elanor Hunnewell.
Sumner and his wife are members of St. John’s Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Arnold, Missouri.
He has a B.S. Mathematics/Computer Science from Central Missouri State University and a Master’s degree in Telecommunication Management from Washington University in St. Louis. He is retired from software support, development, and project management for Southwestern Bell/SBC/AT&T.
Peter Irving Channing Knowles II, Captain USAR (Ret.) a twelfth generation Virginian, was raised in Richmond. He and his wife Brantley Carter Bolling Knowles have been married for over 50 years. They maintain residences in both Richmond and Palm Beach, Florida, where they are active in both communities. The Knowles have two sons, one grandson, and three granddaughters. His wife was President General, 2018-2021, of The Society, The Colonial Dames of America, founded in 1890.
Mr. Knowles is a graduate of St. Christopher’s School (Richmond), was graduated from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in 1970, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and was a Distinguished Military Graduate. Mr. Knowles is a retired Captain in the United States Army Reserves.
Mr. Knowles is a retired general contractor specializing in historic preservation. His early career began at Taylor & Parrish, INC (Richmond) which he later purchased, retiring in 2002 after selling the business. He has worked on or been a consultant to numerous iconic properties and historic churches throughout Virginia and the eastern seaboard from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. In addition, he has built numerous churches, hospital additions, and buildings for schools, universities, and clubs.
The Most Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem (Bestowed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, II), Commander - North America Priory
Mr. Knowles is former board president of the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (APVA)/Preservation Virginia, the nation’s oldest statewide preservation group. He is also a former Trustee of the Historic Richmond Foundation, as well as a former Trustee of Saint Catherine's School (Episcopal), Richmond, Virginia.
In Palm Beach, Mr. Knowles is a former board member of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, and a retired Commissioner in the Town of Palm Beach serving on the Architectural Review Commission. He has served on the Building and Grounds Committees of both Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (Richmond), as well as The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, Palm Beach. Mr. Knowles is also a former vestryman of Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (Richmond).
Mr. Knowles has been a keen student of military history since his VMI years. He is particularly interested in the War of Independence and the period of Colonial Wars.
Patricia Porter Kryder, the daughter of the late Marguerite Patricia Porter and George Monroe Kryder, Jr., was born in Akron, Ohio. She was married to Albert Franklin Ganier, III of Nashville, Tennessee, with whom she had three daughters, Patricia Porter Ganier Zone, Alice Anna Ganier Rolli, and Kathryn Kryder Ganier O’Connor.
Patricia is the great granddaughter of Lucy Hubbard White Williams and Judge William Brown Williams of Lapeer, Michigan. Lucy was active in the lineage societies in Michigan as early as 1901, when she was a member of the Louisa St. Clair Chapter (Detroit, Michigan) of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her parents were Enoch J. White and Elizabeth Worthington Gaylord, early settlers of Lapeer and the Michigan territory. Her grandmother was Martha Lamb White, coming from South Hadley, Massachusetts in 1833 as a widow with six young children to join her two sons, Enoch J. White and Jonathan Ripley White, who left Massachusetts in 1831 to build a new family home in the Michigan territory. Lucy was one of eight women to serve on the Board of the General Federated Women’s Clubs in 1910, and as its treasurer, in the movement towards the 19th Amendment. Judge Williams, recognized for his comprehension of the U.S. Constitution as a living document in Haynes v. Lapeer Circuit Judge, 201 Mich. 138; 166 N.W.938; 1918 Mich. LEXIS 719 (January 22, 1918, submitted (Calendar No,28,152); March 28, 1918, Writ Denied, gave advice to the ladies to enable Michigan to become one of the first three states to adopt the 19th amendment six days after being sent out to the states by Congress.
Patricia’s childhood education was in Akron schools, and thereafter she graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio with high honors in 1970, and secured certification to teach high school civics in Ohio. She was one of four women in the Vanderbilt University School of Law, Class of 1973, and then graduated from the University of Florida, School of Law Graduate Tax program with an LLM (taxation) in 1978. Patricia became the first woman partner of a major law firm in Nashville, Tennessee in 1982. She is licensed to practice law in Florida (1973), Tennessee (1974), The District of Columbia (1979), and is admitted to practice in all courts in Tennessee, the U.S. Tax Court, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, with a primary focus on tax planning and general business law, including non-profit 501(c)(3).
+ Indicates Membership follows Great-Grandmother, Lucy Hubbard White Williams.
Marilynn “Lynn” Alice Mast Long, a native of Flossmoor, Illinois, is the daughter of Maurene June Frey and Casper Leo Mast, Jr. Maurene’s father was a 32nd degree Mason and also a Commander of the Englewood Commandery in Chicago. He became a dedicated genealogist in his fifties, placed Lynn into C.A.R. when she was nine months old and transferred her into DAR when she was 22. Lynn is married to Melvin Dwight Long, has three children, Jonathan, Laura, Richard, with grandchildren Alyssa, Melanie and Ryan living near them.
Mrs. Long attended Denison University for two years and graduated from the University of Kentucky with an A. B. degree in Education. While teaching in the elementary grades in the Homewood School District, she started graduate work at the University of Illinois where she met Mel. When Mel started a new job and they relocated, she retired from teaching. After two more moves they settled in McHenry County, IL where they have been for forty-five years. Both enjoy many shared interests including travel, birding, gardening, reading and participated in activities with their grandchildren ranging from conservation, library programs, baseball and softball to C.A.R.
Lynn belongs to St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, is secretary of her road association, has been an Election Judge in national elections, been a room mother for the fourth and fifth grades, a volunteer in the office of the Johnsburg High School and a member of the Citizens Advisory Council of Johnsburg High School. She is also a life member of the Friends of the Johnsburg Library.
Due to her interest in genealogy she was a Charter Member of the McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society, belongs to the McHenry County Historical Society, the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the Underhill Society.
Lewis L. “Ted” Neilson, Jr. was born in Bryn Mawr, PA to Lewis Levick Neilson and Caroline Reed Molthan. He is married to Carol Newhall Neilson and they have two daughters, Sarah Newhall Neilson and Anne Reed Neilson. His family resides in Villanova, PA.
His interest in genealogy and history continues a family tradition. His mother, Mrs. Caroline Reed Molthan (Neilson) (Wurts), did extensive genealogical research. His grandmother, Mrs. Winthrop Cunningham Neilson, was enrolled in the National Society Magna Charta Dames in 1929. His grandfather, Brigadier General Emil Henry Molthan, served as Commander of the Pa. Commandery, Military Order of Foreign Wars. His great grandfather, Lewis J. Levick, was a member of a number of hereditary societies including the Society of Colonial Wars and Colonial Society of PA.
Ted’s genealogical journey was inspired by a family collection of historical books and collections, primarily relating to early Quaker Ancestry in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He was enrolled in the Colonial Society of Pennsylvania, elected a member of Council and discovered an impressive community interested in its family history and the legacy of its ancestors. After having the privilege of leading several Societies, with the assistance of kind mentors, Ted was offered the opportunity in 1989 to continue the Old World Hereditary Societies. The initial challenge was the required conversion from written to digital membership records. The Societies are now thriving.
The Old World Societies provide a reminder of ancestral accomplishments inspiring a sense of responsibility to continue tradition. The culture of friendship and fellowship and successor members encourages participation; not only ancestral education but also reinforced family connections between recent generations.
A treasured experience was recognizing the 800th Anniversary of Magna Charta, standing where his ancestors stood, in 1215 and then 2025, and shaking the hand of Queen Elizabeth II a descendant of King John. Another treasured experience was serving as an Officer with the First Troop Philadelphia Cavalry, a unit which began service with George Washington upholding values from Magna Charta. Ted was mounted on horseback with the Troop in the inaugural parade for President Ronald Reagan.
Ted graduated from the Hotchkiss School, received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Babson College, received a J. D. from Delaware Law School of Widener University and received an L.L.M. in Taxation from Temple University. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. He is a Lieutenant Colonel having served over 24 years in the Pennsylvania National Guard including 13 years as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He initially served as an officer in the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry of which he is now a member of the Honorary Roll. Ted is a principal in the law firm of Stewart and Neilson in Wyndmoor, PA.
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Ted’s additional commitment to public service and education includes one year as Chairman of the Special Gifts Section of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania and four years, 2008 to 2012, as President the Philadelphia City Institute Library, founded in Philadelphia in 1852.
Laura Dean Ramsay is the daughter of the late Charles Alexander Dean and Mildred Eugenia Wall Dean. She is married to Erskine Ramsay, II and they have two sons and three grandchildren. The Ramsays maintain residences in Birmingham, Alabama and Cashiers, North Carolina.
Mrs. Ramsay, a sixth generation Alabamian, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Birmingham-Southern College. After graduation, she taught Art and English at The Altamont School before retiring to raise her children.
Additionally, Mrs. Ramsay serves on the Council of American Ancestors/New England Historic and Genealogical Society (NEHGS).