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Spring 2009 Bulletin

With his wife, Judy, Governor General John Bourne traveled to Georgia to be the speaker at the joint meeting of the Georgia Society OFPA and the General Society of the War of 1812 on November 1, 2008. Thirteen OFPA members and 12 members of the Society of the War of 1812 attended this meeting. Governor General Bourne spoke on Fort McIntosh, Ohio.

General Lachlan McIntosh built Fort McIntosh during the American Revolution in 1778 on a commanding plateau above the Ohio River at what would become the town of Beaver,
Pennsylvania. It was the first fort built by the Continental Army north of the Ohio River, as a direct challenge to the British stronghold at Detroit. It was the headquarters of the
largest army to serve west of the Alleghenies. Its purpose was to protect the western frontier from possible attacks by the British and from raids by their Native American allies. The fort, large for a frontier setting, at one time had a garrison of about 1,500 men.

McIntosh was assigned by General George Washington as Commander of the Western Department of the Continental Army.

Fall Bulletin 2008

The Georgia Society OFPA has participated in two dedications with other lineage societies.
In May 2008, and at the invitation of the Georgia Society Daughters of 1812, Deputy Governor General Charles Hampton (also Georgia State Governor), represented the Order of Founders of Patriots at the dedication of the Historical Marker for Point Peter.

Eighteen days after the signing of the Treaty of Ghent in Belgium, “at Point Peter, a narrow peninsula along the marshy coast of Georgia, British and U.S. troops waged the last major battle of the War of 1812.” Two days after the Battle of New Orleans, 1500 British troops
invaded Cumberland Island, near Point Peter and staged a two-pronged-attack against the fort. The treaty was signed, but the commanders, not receiving the news, attacked the 130 men stationed at Point Peter with 600 British troops and seized the town of St. Marys. After the fighting was done, the British burned the fort, barracks and magazine. After looting Point Peter, Cumberland Island and St. Mary’s, the British left the area. Thus ended the War of 1812. – on January 11, 1815.

On June 21, 2008 Charles Hampton represented the OFPA at the 100th Anniversary of the dedication of the Confederate Monument in Forsyth, Georgia, sponsored by the Cabaniss Chapter # 415.

Spring Bulletin 2008

On November 3, 2007, the Georgia Society held its annual meeting at the Colonnade
Restaurant in Atlanta. As the members meet so seldom, each was asked to introduce himself and his guest. Deputy Governor James Westlake offered the Invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America was recited. The following slate of officers
were elected: Charles Hampton, Governor; James Westlake, Deputy Governor; Todd Frary, Secretary; Harold Ford, Treasurer; Geoffrey Oosterhoudt, Registrar.
Shown here are Geoffrey Oosterhoudt (current Registrar for the Georgia Society, but dressed in his SAR uniform) and Governor of the Georgia Society, Charles Hampton. Both attended the battlefield dedication ceremony in Savannah, GA.

Ruth Reddick, past State President of the Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims and well known historian, spoke on Andrew Jackson, giving the listeners a new perspective on the life of one of the movers and shakers in American history and a former President of the United States.
Other activities by the society included three dedication ceremonies by Governor Hampton who laid wreaths on June 2, 2007 at the grave of Richard Wood Pendergast in Winder, Georgia and on October 9, 2007 at Battlfield Memorial Park and General Casimir Pulaski’s Monument, both
in Savannah. Governor Hampton also participated in the Massing of the Flags at Annapolis,
Maryland on November 11, 2007.


Fall Bulletin 2005

Charles Hampton receiving the gavel from Past Governor Todd Frary

The Georgia Society held its annual meeting in Atlanta. Outgoing president Todd Frary, installed the 2005-2006 officers. Charles Hampton was elected Governor and will be the third Governor for the Georgia Society. The other elected officers are: James R. Westlake, Lt. Governor; Todd B. Frary, Secretary; William F. Chastain, Treasurer; Ernest E. Blevins, Registrar, Governor Hampton is looking forward to a good two years and is already planning new and innovative events for the upcoming year.

The Georgia Society was pleased to present a new Georgia State Flag in time for the 108th General Court in Sarasota, Florida.

Governor Hampton cordially invites all fellow Associates to join theGeorgia Society in Savannah for the 110th General Court May 18th-21st, 2006.

Fall Bulletin 2004

Dep Gov Charles Hampton & Gov Frary Gov Frary, Shelby Whitson & Marguerite Fogelman
(L-R) Dep Gov Charles Hampton presents Gov Frary the Hinkley Cup,Georgiaís first win since 1990 and 1991 (L-R) Gov. Frary with Gov. Shelby Whitson (GA-DFPA) and Marguerite Fogelman

The Georgia Society held its Annual Meeting this past June 19, 2004 at Le Petite Auberge in the Toco Hills District of Atlanta. Also in attendance were officers of the Georgia Society of the Daughters of Founders and Patriots, prospective Associates and other attendees.

Lt. Governor Charles Hampton proudly presented the Hinkley Cup to the gathered attendees. The Hinckley Cup was presented to the Georgia Society for the highest increase in membership at the 108th General Court at Sarasota thispast May. This win marks the return of the Hinckley Cup to Georgia following back to back wins of 1990 and 1991. Lt. Governor Hampton also brought everyone up to date on the election of General Officers including his election as Deputy Genealogist General and Governor Todd Fraryís election as Treasurer General.

A motion was raised and approved that would have the Georgia Society cover the $25.00 pledge for each Associate that had not yet contributed towards the storage of the Orderís records. A motion was made and approved to extend an invitation to our new Governor General, Robert Vivian, to attend our next annual meeting. The topic of the Georgia Society hosting a future General Court was also raised and discussed with potential sites including Atlanta, Savannah and Chattanooga but was tabled for further discussion.

Fall Bulletin 2004

The Georgia Society held its Annual Meeting this past June, 2004 at Anthony's Restaurant in the Buckhead District of Atlanta. As was the case last year the Annual meeting was held jointly with the Sons of the American Colonists. Also in attendance were officers of the Daughters of Founders and Patriots, prospective Associates and other attendees.

Elections were held to select Officers for the 2003 - 2005 Term. Governor Frary was re-elected to a second term as well as being elected as Registrar. Secretary Hampton was re-elected to a second term as well as being elected Lieutenant Governor. Treasurer Chastain was re-elected as was Historian Hagan. A new slate of Councilors was ratified with Associates Thomas E. Peters, Walter C. Whitfield and James Roger Westlake elected to serve in that capacity for the term 2003 - 2006.

The Georgia Society regrettably had two Associates pass from this life; Dr. Ramon Converse Thompson and William Harold Hampton, father of our Lt. Governor William Charles Hampton. Both Associates will be sorely missed.

The Georgia Society had a banner year for new members with three Associates inducted. Those three gentlemen are William Martin Hay, Ronald Charles Gay and Charles Robert Smith. The Georgia Society continues to work with a number of prospective Associates and looks forward to another banner year!

Fall Bulletin 2002

The Georgia Society held its 14th Annual Meeting Saturday, March 23, 2002 at the Anthony's in the Buckhead District of Atlanta. The meeting was held jointly with the Georgia Society of the Sons of the American Colonists. The meeting was the first for the Sons of American Colonists in many years and was well attended by members of both societies. In addition the Georgia Society of the Daughters of Founders and Patriots were invited guests.

At the business session the Georgia Society agreed to present the Order with an additional contribution of $100.00 to the John Quincy Adams Foundation and issued a challenge to other societies that had not yet contributed. Governor Frary indicated he would draft a challenge which was delivered at the 106th General Court along with the presentation of the donation.

Following the business session Governor Frary served as guest speaker presenting an overview of the Colonial Wars of New England and its impact on society.

Upcoming events for the Georgia Society include the following:

  • A Fall Officer Meeting to discuss upcoming elections and the future direction of the Georgia Society.
  • Book Donation to the Georgia Room of the Marietta Public Library on Saturday, August 17, 2002 at 10 AM.
  • Book Donation to the Atlanta History Center on Saturday, September 14, 2002 at 10 AM.