Paris UDC holds meeting
Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 8:00 pm
Members of Paris 2521, United Daughters of the Confederacy, heard a program about Janet Weaver Randolph during their meeting Sept. 15 in the Paris City Hall meeting room.
This reminiscence by her granddaughter, Janet Randolph Turpin Ayers, was presented by Sandra L. Paschall.
Janet Weaver was born in 1848 in Warrenton, Va. The Weavers had a governess who lived at their country home, “Cleland,” and children from surrounding plantations came there to be educated with the Weaver children.
Janet was 13 years old when the war began. Her father, Richard Weaver, was against secession, but at age 40, he joined the Warrenton Rifles as a foot soldier. He became ill with a fever and died during the early part of the war.
The Weaver family then moved to Warrenton to live with Mrs. Weaver’s family, the Horners. Their home was used by Union officers as their headquarters, and later was used as a hospital.
On June 9, 1880, Janet married Norman Vincent Randolph, who had three daughters. They then had three daughters and one son who died at age two. When Mr. Randolph died, Janet became president of the Randolph Paper Box Company.
Mrs. Randolph organized the Richmond, Va., Chapter of the UDC and served as its president until her death. The “Mrs. Norman Vincent Randolph Relief Fund” of the UDC originally began to help mothers, wives, daughters and sisters of Confederate Veterans. It now includes their granddaughters.
Sandra Paschall presented a certificate of membership to Jane Poe for her daughter, Amy Poe Derrickson, whose ancestor, John A. McSwain, served in Co. A and B, 2nd Kentucky Cavalry.
President Julie Wilson named committee chairs for the 2012-14 term.
Motions carried to continue the chapter newsletter, and to have members present information about their ancestors during future meetings.
Julie Wilson and Laura Nunnelee were elected delegates to the General Convention to be held in Richmond, Va., in November.
A motion carried to send a contribution for repair on a monument in Dickson County.
A motion carried to send Chapter contributions to the Tennessee Division Monument Restoration fund for work being done on the monument on the Henry County Courthouse lawn.
Virginia Jones presented portions from the Historian General’s program about “Meriwether Thompson – Missouri’s Swamp Fox of the Confederacy.”
Sandra Paschall provided refreshments for Virginia Jones, whose birthday was in July, and those with September birthdays. Published in The WCP 9.25.12