Five heritage groups speak to BRGHS event

Representatives of five heritage societies led a discussion at the Baton Rouge Genealogical and Historical Society meeting July 18 at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library.

Panelists from the General Society of Mayflower Descendants were Lea Sinclair Filson, national governor general; Mara Coiron, Louisiana Division governor, and Naomi Mann, national surgeon general. The Mayflower society, founded in 1897, includes lineal descendants of those on the Mayflower that landed in 1620 in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Stella Tanoos, of the John James Audubon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, discussed the goals and activities of the national organization, which was founded in 1890 for women with lineal bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence as a soldier, sailor or civil officer in one of the 13 colonies. The National Society Children of the Revolution was founded in 1895 and is open to male and female Revolutionary War descendants.

Clifford Normand, an officer in the Gen. Philemon Thomas Chapter in Baton Rouge, spoke on behalf of the Sons of the American Revolution. The national organization, founded in 1889, is for men who are lineal descendants of an ancestor who supported the war for American independence.

Yvonne Lewis Day, former registrar for the Louisiana Division of the National Society of the United States Daughters of 1812, discussed activities of the organization, which has five chapters in Louisiana.

Discussing the First Families of Louisiana was Brenda Perkins, who coordinates the certificate program established by the Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society in 2004 to recognize families that lived in the present Louisiana boundaries as of Dec. 20, 1803.

Thurston Hahn, historical archeologist, will speak on the history and archeology of the Pentagon Barracks and his work at the Barracks, Old Arsenal and Capitol Indian Mound on Aug. 15 at the Bluebonnet Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Republican Women hear five candidates

Candidates campaigned from the “ole-fashioned stump” to the Capital City Republican Women July 18 at the Jones Creek Branch Library.

Participating were: State Sen. Elbert Guillory and Billy Nungesser for lieutenant governor; Marty Maley for attorney general; Paul Davis for District 69 state representative, and Rick Bond, District 66 state representative. Braylon Hyde was moderator. Candidates were asked to discuss, leadership, taxes, same-sex marriages, economics, contracts, jobs and their qualifications.

Employer Support part of reintegration event

The Baton Rouge Sector of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve was one of about 60 Louisiana employers and sponsors to participate in a July 18 yellow ribbon reintegration program, which offers military personnel and families guidance and support services.

About 500 military National Guard soldiers, airmen and family members attended the event at the Baton Rouge Crown Plaza Hotel. The unit recognized was the 528th Engineer Battalion from Monroe, which had been stationed in Kuwait.

Smith graduates from Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman Corey D. Smith graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Smith is the son of Angel D. Smith, of Decatur, Mississippi, and Micheal S. Smith, of Baton Rouge, and is a 2015 graduate of Newton County High School, Decatur.

Harry graduates from Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Alleggra T. Harry graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Harry, who earned distinction as an honor graduate, is the daughter of Nicolette J. Winston, of Winter Haven, Florida, and Ryan C. Harry, of Vacherie. She is the granddaughter of Janice M. Oubre, of Vacherie. She is a 2010 graduate of Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School, Winter Haven, and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2013 from LSU.

Williams completes Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Markell C. Williams graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Williams is the daughter of Charlotte O. Riley and the stepdaughter of Darren L. Riley, of Belle Chasse, and the daughter of Mark S. Williams, of New Orleans. She is a 2008 graduate of Belle Chasse High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2013 from LSU.

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