UDC holds April meeting
Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 8:00 pm
Members of Paris 2521, United Daughters of the Confederacy, met recently at Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park Folk Life Center near Eva. Malinda Florence welcomed the group to the park.
Stephanie Tayloe presented the program about researching black ancestors. She said that after “Roots,” and “Who do you think you are,” many are beginning to pursue their genealogy. Most of their family history has been handed down by word of mouth.
Their ancestry is difficult to trace. Before 1870, blacks were not listed on the census records.
Also, their obituaries were not published during that time.
However, help is available. Many wills and deeds are now used in their research, but it takes perseverance.
The genealogy room at W. G. Rhea Library in Paris has information that people from the local area as well as from other states use on a daily basis.
Julie Wilson read from the President General’s message.
Her announcements included a marker dedication for William W. Greer Mary that was held at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Benton County. The Chapter held its regular meeting that day at Paris City Hall. Division Convention will be Oct. 11-12 in Alcoa.
Julie Wilson, Joy Bland, Donna Cooley and Sandra L. Paschall recently attended the West District Meeting in Cordova.
Bland, Cooley, Paschall, and Stephanie Tayloe recently attended the opening of a cavalry exhibit at the Paris Henry County Heritage Center. This exhibit will close May 11.
Henry County Mayor Brent Greer and Benton County Mayor Barry Barnett issued proclamations for April being Confederate History Month.
The UDC Daughter’s pledge used in the chapter’s yearbook will be placed in the new General Ritual Book and the chapter will be recognized for using it for many years.
Virginia Jones reported cards mailed and Donna Cooley discussed Confederate poetry.
Emily Conroy gave the ancestor spotlight about her great-grandfather, Richard Bibb Cary, who served in Co. A, 2nd Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry.
Virginia Jones gave the March and April Historian General’s programs, Richmond Bread Riots and Music on the Battlefield.
Julie Wilson presented the UDC Judah P. Benjamin award to Stephanie Tayloe for her work as county archivist and genealogist.
Ms. Wilson also presented a gift of appreciation to Mrs. Jones.
Published in The WCP 4.30.13