reports by Charles Belfield, President, James Monroe Chapter
report by Charles Belfield, President, James Monroe Chapter
26 Jun 2016 Richmond County, VA
A Celebration of the 296-year survival of a historic silver communion service was held at Farnham Episcopal Church, Richmond County, VA, on Sunday, June 26th. Queen Elizabeth gave the communion set to the church Parrish in 1700. This communion service survived the American Revolution, relocation, civil war, and fire. The two large flagons, chalice and paten were displayed and used along with the 1662 Book of Common Prayer for last Sunday’s service. Virginia SAR members Charles and Brennen Belfield participated, in Revolutionary War uniform, and took communion from the same service as their 8th, 9th, and 10th generation ancestors.
Following the revolution many Anglican churches were lost to the ravages of time, neglect and disdain since they were seen as remnants of a hated monarchy. This communion set was sold a public auction along with other property from the Farnham Church. It was bought by Colonel John Tayloe III of Mount Airy, Warsaw, and was presented to St. John’s Church in Washington D.C. in 1816. (This was the Church of the Presidents near the White House). In 1876 it was returned to the two Northern Neck Episcopal churches, Farnham of the North Farnham Parish and St. Johns Church of the Lunenburg Parish. The Belfield ancestors were members of the Lunenburg Parish. The early churches were located in upper Richmond County; the Lunenburg parish and the Farnham church located closer to Totuskey creek.
Richard Henry Lee, Francis Lightfoot Lee, the Washington family, Robert Carter 3rd and other prominent Northern Neck families, would have used this communion set.
report submitted by Virginia SAR 1st Vice President Michael Elston
On Friday, June 17, 2016, Virginia SAR First Vice President Michael J. Elston presented a check for $250 and certificate to the winner of the Virginia SAR Sgt. Moses Adams Memorial Middle School Brochure Contest. The presentation took place in front of over 350 students and their teachers at the 6th Grade Awards Ceremony at Rippon Middle School, Woodbridge, Virginia. The winner's brochure will represent Virginia in the national contest, which will be judged at the 126th Annual SAR Congress in Boston in July. Pictured with the winner and Elston is Rippon Middle School Principal Gail R. Stone.
Compatriots: ALSO SEE CHANGES BELOW
We are saddened to inform you of the passing of our Immediate Past Present, Rick Hendrix, on Monday, June 13, 2016 at approximately 5:00PM. His wife, daughters and his parents were with him when he died at Fairfax Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are as follows: There will be a viewing this Friday, June 17, 2016, from 6:30PM to 8:30PM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at 14015 Glenkirk Road, Gainesville, Virginia. A second viewing will be Saturday Morning, June 18, 2016, from 9:00AM to 9:45AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at 15150 Upperridge Drive, Centreville, Virginia; followed by the funeral service at 10:00AM. The interment will be at Brightview Cemetery, Warrenton, Virginia immediately following the service.
Kenneth E. Morris,
Col. William Grayson Chapter
Here are some last minute changes to the funeral arrangements for Past President, Rick Hendrix. The first viewing for the evening of Friday, June 17, 2016 has been relocated. The viewing shall now take place at Pierce Funeral Home, 9609 Center Street, Manassas, Virginia (Across the street from All Saints Catholic Church). The second viewing beginning at 9:00AM and the Funeral Service at 10:00AM on Saturday, June 18, 2016, remain unchanged and are at the LDS in Centreville, Virginia. The internment remains unchanged. The address for the Brightview Cemetery is 8265 Lunsford Road, Warrenton, Virginia. There is now a Reception scheduled for Saturday, June 18, 2016, at 1:30PM to 3:30PM at the LDS, 14015 Glenkirk Road, Gainesville, Virginia
Kenneth E. Morris
Col. William Grayson Chapter
11 Jun 2016 Culpeper, VA
The Culpeper Minutemen Chapter of the SAR honored the Culpeper Minutemen of 1775 in a ceremony at the DAR Memorial Marker in Culpeper's Yowell Meadow Park today. Ten chapter members, (three in uniform), four prospective members, and four wives, were joined by several members of both the Culpeper Minute Men and Faquier Court House Chapters of the NSDAR, and the Asby Gap Society, C.A.R. Special guests this year were three members of the Regiment von Huyen, Hessian re-enactors. Chapter 1st Vice-President Jerry Hubbard was the Master of Ceremonies.
The program opened with the combined color guard posting the colors of the United States, the 1775 Culpeper Minutemen, and the Regiment von Huyen, to the beat of Regiment von Huyen drummer Ken Smith-Christmas.
After the Pledge of Allegiance, and the SAR Pledge, President Schwetke gave a brief history of the Culpeper Minute Battalion. Then the Roll of Honor was called for twelve of the known Culpeper Minutemen. The call of each name was followed by the ringing of the bell by Len Cowherd, and the reading of a short biography by one of three readers: Secretary Tom Hamill of the CMM, Regent Mary Ann Cowherd of the CMM/DAR, and Past Regent Beverly Alexander of the FCHC/DAR. Those we honored today included:
Next each group presented their wreath in honor of the 1775 Minutemen, with an honor guard of musketeers, Don Jennings, and Larry Alexander. Treasurer Bill Mutziger presented the CMM wreath, Regent Mary Ann Cowherd presented the CMM/DAR wreath, Regent Cat Schwetke presented the FCHC/DAR wreath, Braden McGreevy presented the Ashby Gap Society of the C.A.R. wreath, and Grenadier Alan Wetherald presented the Regiment von Huyen wreath.
Finally a musket team of Continental Line Soldiers (portrayed by the CMM Color Guard) and a Hessian Grenadier (portrayed by Alan Wetherald), fired a musket volley to salute the 1775 Culpeper Minutemen.
submitted by Dr. Kirk Sheap, Virginia SAR Flag Committee Chairman
Compatriots, the 14th of June is Flag Day. Along with flying the flag at your home and business, presenting a Flag Certificate on behalf of your Chapter is a very appropriate way of observing it. It truly recognizes a person, business, fraternal organization, school or government facility for the proper display of our flag. As of June 1st, twelve of our Chapters, along with VASSAR, have presented these certificates. I want to recognize the following Chapters for having notified me of their presentations: Colonel Fielding Lewis, Colonel George Waller, Culpeper Minutemen, Dan River, Fincastle Resolutions, Fort Harrison, James Monroe, Martin Station, Norfolk, Richmond, Thomas Jefferson and Williamsburg. If your Chapter does present a Flag Certificate, please let me know of the date of the presentation, the name of the recipient and their address (just the name of the city, town or county). I hope to hear from you.
Kirk Sheap, Chairman, Virginia SAR Flag Program
7 Jun 2016 Richmond, VA
report by Robert Halpern, Richmond Chapter 3rd Vice President and Flag Committee Chairman.
On Tuesday, June 7th, at10:30 AM, Richard Hapern, Flag Committee Chairman of the Richmond Chapter, presented the Westwood Club with an SAR Richmond Chapter Flag Certificate for their proper care and maintenance of our National symbol, the American Flag.
You will find in a nicely wood frame a giant American Flag given to the Westwood Club by a Veteran of Afghanistan. It is for this beautiful proper display, which helps to maintain this flag, that Richmond Chapter presented this Flag Certificate to the Westwood Club's General Manager, Evan Sherwood.
report submitted by Virginia SAR President Ed Truslow
This photo of John Courtney Sheffield III (“Trey”) of the Colonel Fielding Lewis Chapter was taken at a formal dinner at the University Club in Denver over Memorial Day 2016. (The program did drag on a bit,…)
“Trey” will be eight next month and has been a member of the Colonel Fielding Lewis Chapter of VASSAR for over seven years. His father has been a chapter member for over ten years.
Thomas Nelson Jr. Chapter Marks the Grave of Past Virginia SAR President (1992-93) Dr. Thomas Wirt Sale, Jr.
4 Jun 2016 Hampton, VA
photos by Cat Schwetke, except where noted
The Master of Ceremonies was President Bruce Meyer of the Thomas Nelson, Jr. Chapter. Family members gave detailed accounts of Compatriot Sale's life and the patriotism of his ancestor, Anthony Godwin. The family members then unveiled the marker at their father's grave. Wreaths were presented, a musket volley fired, then echo taps played by the buglers.. Afterwards their was a Thomas Nelson, Jr. Chapter meeting at the Grey Goose Restaurant.
Wreaths with presenters, left to right: Don Smith, Richard Henry Lee Chapter; Charles Belefield, James Monroe Chapter; unknown; Ken; Thomas Nelson, Jr. Chapter; Unknown group of four, C.A.R.; Maury Weeks, Norfolk Chapter; Bill Schwetke (in Color Guard), Culpeper Minutemen Chapter; Cat Schwetke, Fauquier Court House Chapter, NSDAR; unknown; unknown; unknown. photo by Candy Meyer