Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Order of the First Families of New Hampshire
A new lineage society was founded on October 19, 2009, The Order of the First Families of New Hampshire. Their purpose and objectives are explained at a new website at http://offnh.homestead.com/Index.html and membership is being extended to anyone “aged 18 or older who can document their lineage descent from an ancestor who was a resident, owned land, or was the chief proprietor of a business between 1622 and 1680 within the boundaries of present day New Hampshire.”
The website lists a lengthy list of known residents who resided in New Hampshire prior to 1680, and if you think you have an ancestor not listed, they will be happy to add to the list. There are over 300 names listed (or I would have copied them here!) from Walter Abbott (Portsmouth, 1645) to Thomas Young (Dover, 1669).
Several of the founding officers listed are names I recognize from other lineage societies, such as Judith Haddock Swan (the Corresponding Secretary General), who is currently also the Governor General of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants; J. Michael Phelps, who is the Counselor General of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants; and Fay Charpentier-Ford, who began the Carpenter Collection at the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) National Library in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Order of the First Families of New Hampshire also has a presence at Facebook, so you can look up more information and join discussions at this site. You can link to the website from Facebook, and send a message to Kimberly Nagy, the registrar, for a membership application.
Order of the First Families of New Hampshire website http://offnh.homestead.com/Index.html
Copyright 2009, Heather Wilkinson Rojo