The American Descendants of the
House of Burgess
HISTORY of ORGANIZATION
The American Descendants of the House of Burgess 1619 to 1699 was
conceived as the result of numerous discussions between Dr. and Mrs.
William Nichols and Mrs. Harry S. Miller concerning the early years of
the House of Burgesses in Virginia. It was decided to proceed with the
organization of a lineage society devoted solely to honor the memories
of the Virginia Burgesses who served during the 1619-1699 years of the
Assembly. Informal meetings to structure the group were held in
Washington D.C. in April 2009 and in Williamsburg, Virginia in May 2009.
On the last weekend in June 2009 a formal Founder''s Weekend was held
at Brightwood the home of April and Harry Miller in Chatham, Virginia. The majority of the first officers were in attendance.
Mrs. Robert Bockemuehl had been asked to serve as the Organizing
Governor General. With that in mind, the official title was was decided
at the May meeting and the Governor General proceeded to design the
insignia working with the City Pride Jewelers in Pennsylvania. The
insignia is seen at the left. It was brought before the Founders in June
and all present were pleased and voted to accept this design as final
with the green enamel surrounding the church tower.
Mr. John Gurganey Overstreet, Esq., Counselor General, moved
forward, following the meeting in June, to obtain the Charter in the
State of Virginia. This was accomplished by July and the Society was
incorporated on July 29, 2009.
Membership is strictly by invitation only. No solicitations, please.
Interior of the Colonial Capital in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Replicas of the Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery
from the 2007 celebration at Jamestwone. These three historic ships
brought our first Burgesses to the New World.