WILMINGTON — The Annual Banquet of the Clinton County Genealogical Society was held on Nov. 26 at the First Christian Church in Wilmington.
President Gene Snyder welcomed members and guests and Christine Snyder gave the invocation.
A festive dinner catered by Shoelaces Catering was enjoyed by all.
President Gene Snyder reviewed the activities of the Society during the past year, and thanked all those who had presented programs at the monthly meetings, volunteered in the Genealogy Library, worked on the collections on Monday mornings, done research, and who had served as officers and on the committees of the organization.
Members approved the new officers who will begin the next two-year term: President Susan Henry, Vice President Jim Burge, Treasurer Ron Johnson, Assistant Treasurer Jim Hackney.
Other officers who will continue in the second year of their term are: Recording Secretary Pam Dase, Assistant Recording Secretary Susan Neuhart, and Corresponding Secretary Barbara Daulton.
Leslie Holmes presented a program on the Pilgrims, based on the book “Eating the Plates” by Louise Recht Penner.
Leslie described the conditions endured by the 102 Pilgrims on the Mayflower, being confined together in a small space, eating dried food and salted mea and ship biscuits, which quickly became infested with bugs.
They reached land in November 1620 but had few supplies for the winter. Groups of men left the ship to find a site for settlement and ultimately chose the Plymouth site.
The first building in Plymouth was begun on December 25, 1620. Only 52 of the original 102 survived the first year. Over the next few years, the colonists learned to adapt to the new environment, learning to plant corn for grain.
Frances Sharp introduced the new and supplemental members of the First Families Society of Clinton County, which is open to those members who have proved they have an ancestor who was living in the area now encompassed by the County of Clinton before the end of the year 1820.
Certificates were presented to daughter, mother and aunt Mikala Hatfield, Judy Hatfield, and Connie Holmes McKinney, for having proved ancestors Peter Burr, Hannah Sewell Burr, David Burr, Louisa Oxley Burr, John Oxley and Lavina Oxley.
Sisters Christine Hadley Snyder and Mary Ellen Hadley Krisher received certificates for proving additional First Family ancestors John Peelle and Lydia Bundy Peelle, William Peelle and Clarissa Starbuck Peelle, Gayer Starbuck and Susannah Dillon Starbuck, and Jesse Dillon and Hannah Ruckman Dillon.
Beth Mitchell introduced the new members of the Civil War Families Society, which is open to those members who are a direct descendant or a collateral relative of any person with Clinton County ties who served in the Civil War. Service is not limited to a Clinton County regiment. “Squirrel Hunters” and “Spies,” male or female, are also eligible.
Certificates were presented to sisters Karen McKenzie and Patricia McKenzie (in absentia) for proving Civil War participation of collateral relative George Washington Bernard Jr.
Leslie Holmes announced the new member of the Society of Settlers & Builders of Clinton County, which is open to members who can prove an ancestor who settled in the area now encompassed by the County of Clinton between Jan. 1 1821 and Dec. 31 1860. A certificate will be mailed to member Sarah Louise LaVorgna, who is a descendant of Captain William B. Fordyce and Susanna Trimble.
Each year the Society recognizes a member who has made significant contributions to the work of genealogical research and service in Clinton County.
This year’s award of Genealogist of the Year was presented to Beth Mitchell by committee member Susan Neuhart. Beth was honored for having given many hours of family research, teaching classes, and digitizing and indexing primary source data for the Genealogy Library archives.
The Clinton County Genealogical Society ordinarily meets monthly except December and May on the fourth Monday at 7 p.m. at the Clinton County History Center at 149 E. Locust St. for a brief business meeting followed by a program on genealogy or local history, plus refreshments. All are welcome to attend.
Go to www.clintoncountyhistory.org to find information about the organization and downloadable forms.