Edward Maxey Sr Chapter
National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century
Sherman, Texas

Here are a few great reasons to join us:

  • Research your family history in our library;
  • Benefit from having a full-time Staff Genealogist;
  • Meet new "cousins" and make new friends;
  • Document your ancestors' service to our country and ensure they are included in our database for posterity;
  • Work with us to document and preserve historic sites within your community;
  • Help to educate the youth of America so they understand the importance of the colonial period to American life today;
  • Participate in patriotic activities on a local, state and national levels;
  • Learn about Heraldry and its role in our ancestors' lives and help us build our collection, reputedly the largest in America today;
  • Share your love for your country with the men and women who have served it in the American military service branches.

How Do YOU Qualify For Membership?

Any woman of good moral character, eighteen years of age or over, is eligible for membership, provided she has been invited by the Society and is the lineal descendant of an ancestor who lived and served in one of the Original Colonies in the geographical area of the present United States of America prior to 1701.

Membership is in the National Society but members join through Chapters. Admission into the Society is by invitation and the endorsement by two members, to whom the applicant is known personally, and approval of lineage papers by the President General, Registrar General and Treasurer General. Documentary proof of an ancestor's service prior to 1701 is required. There are 18 categories of eligible service as detailed in the list below, including both male and female ancestors. No person may enter the Society under known false lineage records.

Service Categories

Documentary proof of an ancestor's service and residence prior to 1701 in one of the following is required:

1.  Historic Founder of Jamestown or Historic Founder of any of the original colonies

2.  Member of the London, Plymouth or Virginia Companies who came to the colonies to live

3.  Colonial Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Deputy Governor or colonial officer

4.  Member of the House of Burgesses

5.  Member or delegate to the Council of the Assembly

6.  Deputy or representative to the General Court

7.  All civil and church officials and services

8.  Founder or trustee of any college or school

9.  Minister of the Gospel or Commissary of the Bishops of London

10. Member of the Council of Safety of 1689

11. Signer of the Mayflower Compact

12. Member of the House of Delegates

13. All professions, trades and crafts

14. All military and naval services of the colonies

15. Anyone who furnished funds or supplies

16. Member of Provincial Congress

17. Landowner, freeman or planter

18. Headright, transportee

If you would like to attend one of our meetings or for more information about the Edward Maxey Sr Chapter, please contact one of our officers. You'll find their email addresses on the Officers page.