Our History


Crown Colony Chapter
Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century

        Greetings! Welcome to the website of the Crown Colony Chapter, Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century.  Please browse through the various entries to learn more about us. In particular there follows a detailed history of this organization founded by Sharon Kaufelt Stine featuring that first administration.

Organizing Honorary President Sharon Stine, Carla Odom, Anne Winn and Joyce Franks  were organizing members of our mother chapter, the Oglethorpe Chapter, founded by Ann Scott William (Mrs. Willie Garner) of Parrot, Georgia. Mrs. Garner challenged Mrs. Stine to organize a chapter in Virginia as soon as she was settled in as a member of Colonial Daughters. Three of the organizing members of Oglethorpe then transferred to Crown Colony Chapter to serve with President Stine. The rest is history!


        Any woman of good moral character and reputation, past the age of eighteen years, lineally descended from an ancestor who rendered service from 1607 to 1699 inclusive, according to the eligibility list shown in the National Society’s bylaws may be considered a candidate for membership. In Crown Colony Chapter the President usually approves prospective candidates for application as well as any daughters who wish to transfer to the chapter.


       The National Society motto is Consilio et Animis (by Wisdom and Courage).  The exhortation of this officer to the daughters is to, “Let us proceed with wisdom and courage!”


       “She is a woman of strength and dignity and has no fear of old age.  When she speaks, her words are wise, and kindness is the rule for everything she says.”  Proverbs, 31:25:26.


       The objects of this Society shall be patriotic, educational, philanthropic and historical, to preserve the memory of the Founders of this nation, commemorate historical incidents of the Colonial period; to collect and preserve Colonial relics and documents; and erect tablets in places of historic interest relating to that period.


Saint George’s Cross, on field of white
Symbol of faith, and courage great
Of builders, who, with hope and prayer
Labored, a Nation to create.

Cold bronze and marble cannot list
The record of the heroic band
Who sacrificed with blood and teams,
That Freedom live in our loved land.

They rest; but still the shuttle moves
That wove their dreams into reality,
The hands – that lit the candles –
Long since dust. Their souls live in eternity.

Their record stands; our heritage.
In each loved place their feet have trod.
Blazoned forever in the Book of Life
“Tis found in churches, where they worshiped God.

We raise thy standard high, thy folds unfurl.
Beneath thy colors we will pledge anew
That, with God’s help, we’ll builders be.
And to their ideals we shall e’er be true.
Thura Traux Hires


The Sunburst symbolizes the dawn of this new Nation.
The Flags are symbolic of Freedom and Service.
The Circle of the unbroken links between the Past, the Present, and the Future.
The Hawthorns, resting on the Rays, commemorate the original Provinces.
The Crown is a tribute to James I of England, acknowledging the granting of the Charter.
The Spinning Wheel is a reminder of the thread that has closely woven the Colonial past to the present.
The Red and White ribbon from which the Insigne is suspended is the symbol of Faith, Courage and Sacrifice.


       Information about the National Society seal, banner, insignia, national projects and service may be confirmed in the Directory. Thank you to the daughters who through their generous donations enable Crown Colony Chapter to continue to subscribe to all National Society Projects and the President General’s Project.


       The chapter newsletter is the Crown Colony Communique that is issued two or three times a year on line to the membership. It is utilized as the primary form of communication within the membership.


       The chapter bird is the Cardinal. Virginia’s dogwood tree is the official tree. Our flower is the white lily, symbolizing beauty and purity. Red and white are the colors.


Well worthy to be magnified are they
Who, with sad hearts, of friends and country took
A last farewell, their loved abodes forsook,
And hallowed ground in which their Fathers lay.

Then to a new-found world explored their way
That so a Church, unforced, uncalled to book
Ritual restraints, within some sheltered nook
Her Lord might worship and His Word obey
In Freedom . . .
William Wadsworth


       Meetings are held in various places throughout the Commonwealth usually on the last Sunday of September and February. This chapter meets on the same day and at the same site as the Virginia Society, Southern Dames of America that was organized on September 13, 2009 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Most of the members of both societies belong to both groups with Southern Dames holding the larger membership due to the earlier date of their charter as well as the more stringent requirements for eligibility of consideration in the Crown Colony Chapter, Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century. By holding two separate business meetings on the same day and at the same site and sharing a lunch and program it is a significant service in time and travel for daughters and dames from throughout the Commonwealth as well as some members who are residents of North Carolina and as far away as Delaware.


       Crown Colony Chapter and Chapter President Carla Odom were presented the Award of Excellence by the National Society Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century by the President General April 12, 2013 for distinguished service rendered in 2012 and again on April 11, 2014 for the year 2013. Additionally, the chapter won the Historian General’s national Second Place Award in 2014 for the program presented by Mr. Frank Walker about “Orange County in the Colony of Virginia” on September 29, 2013. This chapter endeavors to keep annual dues to a minimum thus offering all ladies of compatible eligibility and purpose the privilege of membership.


       Organizing Honorary Chapter President Stine serves the National Society in assisting the Credentials, Lineage Books and Supply Committees. Daughter Joyce Franks serves as chairman of the Cornelia H. David Academy Award Fun. Chapter President Carla Odom is a member of the Hospitality Committee.


       Crown Colony Chapter issued the first invitation received by President General Hardham in her administration. She visited the Crown Colony Daughters September 30, 2012 at the meeting held at the Doubletree Hotel, Charlottesville, Virginia. Members of sister chapters Jamestowne and Potomack were invited. Members from both chapters attended. First Vice President General Todd Kincaid has been invited to the meeting scheduled February 23, 2015 planned at 19th century historic Hanover Tavern in Hanover, Virginia.  Due to inclement weather, this meeting was cancelled.


       This chapter is privileged to have been organized in the First Crown Colony in the New World. All chapters in the National Society report directly to that body regardless of proximity to other chapters. The Chapter President is the official representative and spokesman for the chapter during her administration.


       Our website is continually updates, so be sure to check for the latest news and information.

Constance Brooks Paradiso
President, Crown Colony Chapter 2012 – 2015

See more information on our organizing meetings here:  Colonial Daughters Crown Colony Chapter Brief Historynov14

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