Henry Lyman Parsons Beckwith was born 22 May, 1935 in Providence, Rhode Island, the eldest son of Henry L.P. and Sarah Cutler (Greene) Beckwith. He is married to Alice Hayes (Reid) Hauck Beckwith, and they currently reside in Wickford, Rhode Island.
Mr. Beckwith has been interested in heraldry since childhood. He has been Secretary of the Standing Committee on Heraldry of the New England Historic and Genealogical Society, founded in 1864. It is the oldest unofficial body concerned with heraldry in the world. Mr. Beckwith has served in this role since 1969, a post he inherited from a distant kinsman. He belongs to several international heraldic groups, and has published a number of studies on armory in various journals. Mr. Beckwith has also been qualified and has given testimony as an expert witness in Federal Court in the areas of heraldry, flags, seals, and cognate matters. Mr. Beckwith also serves on The Heraldry Committee of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, founded in 1869.
Mr. Beckwith is the fourth generation of his family to serve the Diocese of Rhode Island as a member of The Committee of Management of the Old Narragansett Church, built in 1707. He is the third generation member of his family to serve as a member of the trustee board of The Gilbert Stuart Memorial. He has served as a trustee of the Rhode Island Historical Society, and is a co-life trustee of the Greene Cemetery Fund. In addition, Mr. Beckwith has served as a trustee of the Anne Kinsolving Brown Military Collection, now owned by Brown University.
Mr. Beckwith has also served on a number of committees and commissions of the Town of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, including the Conservation Committee and Tree Board; the Historic District Commission; the Wickford Planning Committee; and formerly on The Updike Park Restoration Committee, which he also chaired.
Richard Dwayne Hollis, a native of Charlotte, Dickson County, Tennessee, is the son of the late Ray J. Hollis and Martha Ann Wright. After graduating from Dickson County Senior High School in Dickson, Tennessee, he attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and graduated from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, receiving a B.S. in Accounting. He and his wife Melodye Gwynne Brown reside in Rome, Georgia. Incidentally, Ms. Brown served as State Regent of Georgia State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (2018-20).
Community leadership and enhancement of community assets and opportunities has been a life-long commitment. At a young age, Mr. Hollis was elected and honored to serve as Mayor of his hometown. His administration’s accomplishments included important improvements to public services, renovation of public utilities facilities and operations, and capitalizing on the city’s heritage as a historic tourism destination. Mayor Hollis was recognized by the Tennessee Municipal League with their 1992 “Excellence in Management” Award. Following his service as Mayor, Chamber Director Tom Waychoff asked Mayor Hollis to lead an effort to establish a County Tourism Council. After seven years as organizing chair, the Chamber of Commerce adopted Tourism as an important arm of the Chamber’s work and employed permanent staff. The Council serves an essential role in perpetuating tourism initiatives in Dickson County, Tennessee. Appointed by County Mayor Janet Harris, he was honored to furnish leadership as chair of the Board of Trustees for the Dickson County Public Library, leading a successful effort for a new and expanded facility with enhanced services. He also served as Mayor Harris’ personal representative as a member of the Regional Transportation Authority, a quasi-governmental organization that successfully established commuter rail service in Middle Tennessee. He also served as co-chair of the Development Board that assembled a public-private partnership and established Dickson’s Clement Railroad Hotel Museum, and served as chair of Dickson County’s Bicentennial Commission, among other community and civic roles. Since 1990, he has chaired Charlotte’s Town Cemetery Board. The historic cemetery was established in 1808.
Professionally, Mayor Hollis was licensed as a Realtor® in 1982 and has enjoyed a long career in many facets of real estate. As a broker, developer, project manager, and community association manager, he has coordinated the development of numerous subdivisions and coordinated the restoration of several historic properties. Notably, he served as project manager for the conversion of an underground limestone mine into a one million square feet underground storage facility, as well as the development of GreyStone Golf Club in Dickson. As a Community Association Manager, he has expanded his company’s contracts by introducing community association management to the Clarksville, Tennessee market. Previously, he has served as President of the Dickson County Board of Realtors and Executive Committee Member and Vice President of the Tennessee Association of Realtors®. As chair of the Planning Commission’s Zoning Resolution Committee, his group drafted and obtained approval of the initial Dickson County Zoning Ordinance.
An active local historian and genealogist and member of more than 25 lineages, genealogical and historical societies, he has volunteered his time to help lead several national, state, and local organizations, including the Sons of the American Revolution, the SAR Foundation, Descendants of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge, and Jamestowne Society. Mayor Hollis has concluded a term as President General of the General Society of the War of 1812. His 1812 administration, ending in 2020, was guided by what he described as a “2020 Vision” for the Society’s goals. The highlight of his administration’s accomplished objectives was an agreement between The General Society of the War of 1812 and the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) to preserve the Society’s records by digitizing, publicizing, and safeguarding them in NEHGS’s secure facilities. He chaired the SAR Magazine Committee for a few years and has served as Editor of THE 1812 WAR CRY, JAMESTOWNE MAGAZINE, THE ENCAMPMENT NEWSLETTER (Descendants of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge), and TENNESSEE SAR NEWSLETTER, among others. He has been commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel by Governor Steven L. Beshear (2015) and commissioned as an Arkansas Traveler by Governor Asa Hutchinson (2019).
Mayor Hollis is proudly a tenth generation Tennessean through George Ridley who established Ridley’s Station, one of Nashville’s early settlements. His family’s longevity in Tennessee is amplified by his ninth great-grandfather Captain James Hollis, Sr. who recorded the 21st deed at the Watauga Settlement in what is now Upper East Tennessee. He became one of the first settlers in Middle Tennessee in 1780, arriving as part of Colonel John Donelson’s Flotilla. Captain James Hollis’s son, Isaac Hollis, was one of 16 4th and 5th great-grandfathers who, as Tennessee Volunteers, fought with General Andrew Jackson during the Creek War and at Chalmette in the Battle of New Orleans.
Lila Burner Housden, the youngest child of the late James Gilbert Burner and Amanda Elsapha Noble was born in Luray, VA. On September 30, 1972, she married Vincent Lee Housden, a disabled Vietnam Veteran. They currently reside in Cross Keys, VA. Lila and Vince have two children, James Vincent Housden and Kathryn Noble Housden Corder. Lila is a grandmother of five, including twin grandsons and has two great-grandsons.
Lila studied at Longwood College and Blue Ridge Community College with a double major in History and English with concentration in Medieval English. She has an advanced certification in Interior Design with concentration in Historical Restoration and Preservation. She served her Internship with Mary Glick of Mary Glick Interiors of Virginia.
Lila is a former advertising agent and writer for numerous advertising agencies, radio, and tv stations. She was Special Events Consultant for international corporations. Lila served as speech writer for numerous corporate executives. She is the former Co-Owner of Hawks Meadow Horse Farm, who specialized in “Touch Training” for foals and “Ground Manners” for horses of all ages. Currently Lila is the Secretary -Treasurer for Double J Livestock LLC and Dayton Ag Complex in Virginia.
Lila designed and implemented the creation of Virginia themed gifts for International Corporate Visitors. She is a former Sunday School Teacher, former Girl Scout Leader, and a member of Sigma Kappa National Sorority.
She has designed insignia for several lineage societies.
Leslie Ann Kirk was born in Montgomery, Alabama, to the late Rufus Charles Kirk and Glenda Jane Newman. She is married to Durward Mark Henderson and they live on Lake Jordan in Titus, AL. She has one son, Jarett Kirk Nobles (Gina) of Dallas, Texas, two stepchildren, Justin Henderson (Dresden) and Brandi Henderson Crowe (Josh). Leslie and Durward are grandparents to four beautiful grandchildren.
Leslie had a long career as the general manager of Baptist HomeCare, a specialty service hospital department of Baptist Medical Center in Montgomery, AL. Her department provided home ventilators, IV pain management, TPN and enteral feeding, neonatal, palliative care, and oncology services. In addition to being the department director, Leslie was the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) surveyor, HR manager, medical sales representative, and QA-QI coordinator. She was appointed to the Joint Ventures and Acquisitions team and the Hospital Association Patient Advocate Board. Leslie received numerous awards within the Baptist Medical Center system for having received commendations in every JCAHO inspection survey. Leslie is retired and has an outdoor photography business.
Leslie, an eighth generation Alabamian, lived her early years within a few miles of her Alabama Territory ancestor homestead. Many of her family members reside in the same Montgomery County community today. Her maternal line has been buried in the Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery (Historical Marker HM1F4C) for almost 200 years.
Leslie’s hobbies include travel, horse rescue, bunco, genealogy research, outdoor and macro photography. Prior to a neck injury she was an avid skydiver and hang-glider. She especially enjoys website design and has built over 45 hereditary society websites. She also enjoys serving as an event photographer for local hereditary society conferences.
Douglass Mather Mabee was born at Port Chester, New York, to Douglass Williams Mabee, II and Prudence Brattle Mather Mabee. He is married to the former Heather Ann Hosford and together they have five grown children and two granddaughters.
Tim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Wake Forest University. His varied occupations include having been the manager of Mattakesett Properties Resort in Edgartown, MA, the Village Manager of Smugglers Notch Ski Resort in Jeffersonville, Vermont, before becoming the Assistant Manager of the Stratton Mountain Inn, in Stratton, VT. He purchased and operated the Winhall Market, in Bondville, VT and is now retired as VP Marketing / Facilities at the Adirondack Trust Company in Saratoga Springs, NY where he now resides.
St. David of Wales, Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (Registrar)
Currently Master Genealogist at Ancestry in their ProGenealogists division, formerly Senior Genealogist at FamilySearch.
Bonnie Davine Moore Roberts, a native of Mobile, Alabama, now living in Jacksonville, FL, is the daughter of Davis Mathew Moore and Annie Bell Hicks. She is married to William Howard Roberts, Lt. Colonel US Army (Ret.). They have two daughters, Catherine Denise Roberts Sopher, US Army (Ret.), and Julie Ann Roberts Dowling; two granddaughters, Abaca Davine Dowling and Bonnie Elaine Sopher.
Davine graduated Suma Cum Laude with a BA Degree from the University of North Florida. She attended the University of Alabama and the University of Southern Mississippi and holds an Associate of Arts Degree from the University of Hawaii. She holds a Piano Teacher Certificate from the Sherwood Music School, Chicago, Illinois.
Davine is a former airplane pilot and Lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol, an official auxiliary of the United States Air Force. Her occupations include West Nassau County High School Special Education Teacher and Department Chairman; Typing and ShortHand Teacher for the College of Business in Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Legal Secretary for three attorneys in Mobile, Alabama; Secretary for Mutual of New York in Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Secretary for Travelers Insurance Company in Columbus, Georgia; Quilting Teacher and Medal Flower Teacher in Killeen, Texas; and substitute High School Teacher in Killeen, Texas and Norfolk, Virginia.
Author of “Packing Tips for Traveling” for the Children of the American Revolution Magazine; published many cooking recipes for Daughter of American Revolution Cookbooks and Officer Wives Club Cookbooks; Authored and presented programs on “Gardening on the Cheap” for my Garden Club; and written and given programs for lineage societies.
Davine’s hobbies include traveling the world, genealogy research, organic gardening, painting, quilting, creating medal flowers, and stained glass.
HSC Advisor || 2022 Honorary Member
President National Gavel Society
Michael P. Schenk, eldest son of the late Dr. and Mrs. C. Perry Schenk (Lola Margaret Gleason) was born and raised in Minnesota. He is married to the former Laura Ann Kearney and together they have three children; Michael (Virginia Neill Dean), John (Susan Elaine Allmon) and Meaghan (Jonathan Johnson), as well as grandparents to five grandsons. His interests in genealogy began in junior high school as a result of his mother’s involvement in NSDAR, he joined the National Society of Sons of the American Revolution his senior of college.
Michael received his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota, his BSMI and MSMI from the Medical College of Georgia in 1973/1974. He is a Board-Certified Medical Illustrator. He has received numerous awards for his illustrations and photography and was inducted as a Fellow in the Association of Medical Illustrators in 2002. Mike has held positions at the University of Virginia; the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, where he started a department; the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas as an Assistant Professor in the Medical Illustration Track; and retired in 2015 as Director of Biomedical Illustration Services at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. Over the course of his career, he has created thousands of illustrations in all scientific disciplines and has been published by every major publisher. He is credited with over six authored/co-authored anatomical/zoological atlases and textbooks in multiple editions, as well as contributor to numerous article/book chapters in various medical subspecialties. He has presented scientific material and exhibited scientific/medical visuals at various national and international venues.
Michael’s interests besides genealogical research of family members includes: topical stamp and coin collecting of ancestors, places they occupied and events they participated in, Celtic and Medieval art/architecture/sculpture, international travel, participation in illustration, scientific and fine art societies.