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Click the following links for more information about the 2017 Reunion:
Meeting Thursday 22 June – Sunday 25 June
The Reunion will be held at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, 700 Cool Springs Blvd, Franklin TN. Room rate is $129. Call before Sunday May 14th for reservations 615-261-6100 or 800-228-9290. Be sure to tell them you are with the Meriwether Society. There is no charge for parking and internet usage. Make your reservations now as room availability may be limited.
The full agenda and registration form will be published in the Meriwether Connections newsletter. Highlights are:
- Lewis County Museum
- Meriwether Lewis Memorial, Natchez Trace
- Austin Peay State University Dorothy Dix Collection
- “Meriville” Home and Cemetery, Guthrie, KY
- Tradition Silent Auction of Meriwether Memorabilia
- Election of 2017-2019 Society Officers
This is what TripAdvisor says about Franklin:
“Franklin, a vibrant suburb of Nashville, is a blend of modern and historic, with trendy places to shop and eat and attractions that tell the story of the Civil War Battle of Franklin. The historic downtown district is nationally recognized as a Great American Main Street. Franklin’s attractions include Carnton Plantation, Carter House and Lotz House. Arrington Vineyards, owned by music legend Kix Brooks, offers free wine tastings and live music. Franklin is located 20 miles south of Nashville.”
The Meriwether Society, Inc. is excited to announce the publication of the first book in The Meriwether Family in America series, “Volume I: The Colonists”. This book covers the history of the Meriwether family in colonial times (1650-1750) with additional detail on the Meriwether family in England prior to 1650. This remarkable book reviews and expands the information known about the original immigrant, Nicholas Meriwether, his wives and children.
This book is in limited supply and is a must for anyone interested in the Meriwether heritage.
"Wow!! The Colonists is truly amazing. It encompasses so much."
"LOVE the new book! I’ve been reading a bit every day – it reads well and is easy to follow. There have been so many theories and discussions over the years, I appreciate you discussing each one. I like how you addressed the unknown – ‘this is what we do know....this is what we do not know.....this is what we conclude....this is speculation….’"
Note: The issue with the Rootsweb and Meriwether Records hosted at Worldconnect were resolved.
Meriwether Society President Monte Monroe, archivist of the Southwest Collection at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech, has been involved with the donation of items connected with the Columbia tragedy in 2003. This is the same library that now contains The Meriwether Society archives.
Renew your TMSI Membership before 31 March 2016 and give a free membership to someone of your choice! UPDATE: Note that the renewal can be for one or three years ($20 or $50), but the free new subscription is for one year only.
Click here for additional information and the renewal form.
Check out the Store for a new Meriwether Coffee Mug!
Here is a link to an interesting article on Elizabeth Avery Meriwether, wife of Minor Meriwether and mother of Lee Meriwether, author and politician. (Thanks to Woody Savage for providing us with this link!)
At the 2015 Annual Meeting, the Society announced that henceforth the Meriwether Society Distinguished Member Award, the highest recognition presented by the Society, would be known as the Maurice W. Kendall Distinguished Member Award, in honor of Society member Maury Kendall and in recognition of the significant contributions he has made to the Society as a past President, genealogist, and Volume I author.
Our new Vice-President, Charlotte Henderson, has been organizing local Meriwether Society gatherings in Florida. Our first one was a wonderful luncheon in Pensacola in September. On Saturday 15 October we will be having a luncheon in Jacksonville and on Sunday, 13 November we will be in Orlando. Please contact us if you'd like to attend.
We had a great 2011 Reunion in Arlington, Virginia — you should have been there! For 2013 we plan to host the Reunion in Memphis, Tennessee. Breaking with the tradition of hosting the previous years Annual Meeting in the same location as the upcoming Reunion, for 2012 we will travel to Salt Lake City to visit the LDS Family History Library, containing the largest collection of genealogical information in the world. With the assistance of the very helpful staff, plus our own experienced researchers, we plan to conduct seminars on how to perform your research and assist you in finding those missing puzzle pieces! You do not want to miss this trip! Details to be published in the Newsletter.
Welcome to the Meriwether Society Home Page, v2.0! The original site has been around for almost 10 years and was in need of a lot of work. Here is the start of the new site, using modern web tools to allow us to more quickly make changes, plus create a site with a consistent look throughout. We have a lot of info to add, especially to the Resources and Projects sections. I hope you find the new site helpful in your Meriwether research.
In 2006, The Meriwether Society was a major donor to the construction of a statue of Capt. Meriwether Lewis and his dog, Seaman, which was dedicated last fall on a public park/plaza at the entrance to Fort Lewis, near Tacoma, Washington. A companion statue of Sgt. John Ordway was also commissioned to honor the non-commissioned officer who was an instrumental part in the success of the Corps of Discovery. The statue is to be dedicated this weekend, with Col. Mike Kendall representing The Meriwether Society. I just received an email from the sculptor, John Jewell, with a link to an article about the new statue and the dedication ceremony, which will be open to the general public. If you are in the area, please try to attend!
Here are companion links:
For being a major donor to the Lewis statue project, The Meriwether Society received a miniature version of the statue, based on the sculptor's maquette, that will be on display at the Meriwether Reunion in 2007. We then hope to have it on permanent dispay at the Virginia Historical Society rotunda. We'll have more info and pictures on the web of our beautiful miniature soon.
Casey Andrew Poole arrived about 7:45 pm on August 31, 2006. Casey is the son of Adam and Andrea (Boulton) Poole and grandson of Max and Marcia (Meriwether) Bouton. Congratulations on the newest Meriwether!
Sharon Pike has been hard at work compiling various records pertaining to the Meriwether Society and has now created a new web site to contain them. Check out "Meriwether Records" in the Resources section of this web site.
The Albemarle Historical Society has pictures of a selected set of Albemarale county homes and plantations on its web site. Quite a few of these are connected to the Meriwether family. If someone sends me a list of those that are, I'll post it.
Captain Gordon Kenyon Meriwether, Jr., Ph.D., a past president of The Meriwether Society, passed away Friday, March 10 in Pensacola from complications from pneumonia. The Society expresses our condolences to his family and mourns the loss of a good friend.
We've added a link in the Projects section to a description of the Meriwether Book Project. We can always use volunteers to help, so check it out.
Also, Guy Benson has added nice biographical sketches for Francis II (M13) and Thomas (M15). We are missing biographical sketches of many, so if you know something about one of them, write it up and send it to Joe Oglesby!
Finally, a Metrics section has been added to each Family Group page that identifies how many descendants of that Meriwether are documented (some well, some poorly!) in the TMSI Research Database. We've also completed listing the MeriReps for each FG and the Meriwether Book Project planned to update and publish the information about that FG. You'll note a number of Vacancies and missing Book Projects due to lack of a volunteer, so if you have an interest to help, please contact us.