Pedee Chapter Colonial Dames 17th Century meeting
The history of the founding of the Pedee Chapter of the Colonial Dames Seventeenth Century was discussed at its Jan. 27 meeting at the Florence Country Club. A new facsimile of the original charter, which had been lost, was presented by President Martha McGee.
The Pedee Chapter, which uses the original 17th century spelling of the Pedee Native Americans, was founded in 1960 by a group of local ladies who descended from 17th century colonists. They had an interest in fulfilling the mandate of the National Society which was to perpetuate the memory of the colonists and their lasting legacy of virtue, courage and patriotism that are the foundation of the character of this unique nation.
Martha McGee presented a list of the original founders, many of whom have descendants in the area. They are:
Lois T. Alexander, McDonald, NC
Belvidera H. Jones Barringer, Florence.
Sara Jane McIntyre Currin, Dillon.
Caroline Willis Fowler, Timmonsville.
Belvidera H. Jenkinson Finklea, Latta.
Marie McMillian Forrest, Myrtle Beach.
Sarah Covington Rogers Gaddy, Dillon.
Louise G Haynsworth Hamer, Hamer.
Viola Haynsworth Barringer Harris, Darlington.
Mary Elizabeth Murphy Harrison, Darlington.
Flora Janie Hamer Hooker, Hamer.
Julese McIntyre Johnson, Marion.
Jo Ann Douglas Jones, Lake City.
Helen Marjorie Lemmon, Latta.
Virginia Willis Lovett, Lake City.
Natalie Bettis Lucas, Florence.
Floramay Holliday McLeod, Florence.
Elizabeth Coker McNair, Hartsville.
Virginia David Bransford Martin, Dillon.
Sarah Lipiscomb Mason, Marion.
Edith Snipes Moreck, Myrtle Beach.
Caribel Stener Mueller, Marion.
Nellie Byrd Murphy, Darlington.
Anna McLeod Parker, Lumberton, NC.
Carolina McCallum Edmondson Ragsdale, Georgetown.
Lulu Mowry Crosland Ricaud, Bennettsville.
'Evelyn Johnson Willis, Johnsonville.
Virginia Magill Ayers Woody, Durham, NC.
A memorial service was also held honoring the memory of Mollie Corrie, a faithful member of the Society. Her sisters, Anna C. James of Columbia and Leila C. Punger of Winston-Salem, were present for the service.
The Pedee Chapter is open to receiving new members who are interested in joining and have documented proof of an ancestor’s service and residence in the colonies prior to 1701.