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Provide Your Input on Proposed Updated Society By-Laws by Sept. 10, 2021

At our October 16, 2021, virtual annual meeting, members will discuss and vote on updates to our Society’s by-laws, which were last amended in 2008.

Our by-laws require that proposed amendments be made available to the membership 90 days in advance of our voting at the annual business meeting. Approval of these amendments requires a majority vote of those in attendance at the meeting.

To obtain a copy of the existing and proposed by-laws, please visit our Facebook page (link at top on toolbar) or contact Society President Mary Borjon at MLBorjon@hotmail.com.

Comments are requested by September 10, 2021, to Mary Borjon. Comments received will be considered by the Executive Committee.




Join Us Aug. 29, 2021, for Third Virtual Social Gathering of Cousins

Thus far this year we have met virtually twice on Zoom to socialize and get to know one another better.  The groups enjoyed the gatherings and agreed to convene about every four months, bringing us to our next planned virtual gathering on Sunday, August 29, beginning at 1:00 pm Pacific Time.

You need not have a Zoom account to join the session. We hope you will join us!  Participants can join or leave any time during the social gathering.

To participate, please contact our Society President, Mary Borjon, at MLBorjon@hotmail.com, to obtain log-in information for our gathering!

Virtual Annual Meeting on Oct. 16, 2021 + Guest Lecture on the American Revolution & the Role of Huguenots

Please join us for our virtual annual business meeting and then hear our guest speaker on the topic, We Were There! The American Revolution. Both will be via the same Zoom meeting, please attend either/or, or ideally, both! For log-in information, please contact our Society President, Mary Borjon, at MLBorjon@hotmail.com

We will begin the annual business meeting on Saturday, October 16, 2021, at 10:00 am West Coast time (noon Central time; 1 pm East Coast time). At the conclusion of the business meeting there will be a short break. Our speaker will begin at 11:00 am West Coast time.

Part 1: Annual Meeting

Our annual business meeting is your opportunity to briefly hear from your officers on the state of the Society. We have added past business meeting minutes and current officers’ reports, including our fiscal report, under the “Files” tab on our Facebook page, so please review in advance of the meeting.

We will vote during our meeting on an updated version of our Society’s by-laws. Please see the separate announcement with the current and proposed by-laws.

The current by-laws were last amended in 2008. They require that proposed amendments be made available to the membership 90 days in advance of our voting at the annual business meeting. Approval of these amendments requires a majority vote of those in attendance at the meeting.

Part 2: Guest Speaker Steven D. Griffin:
“We Were There! The American Revolution”

This year’s annual meeting theme will explore and celebrate the contributions the Huguenots, as an identified network, made to the American Revolution.

So, locate your tricorn hats, brush up on your American history and prepare to greet your American Fontaine-Maury Patriots!

– Do you know how many of our Fontaine-Maury family members are confirmed as DAR Patriots?
– Do you know who among our family members participated in the Battle of Kings Mountain?
– Do you know which family members were at the British surrender at Yorktown, Virginia?
– Do you know who is the sole female family member confirmed as a DAR Patriot?

Our guest speaker, Steven D. Griffin, is the author of “The Huguenot Diaspora and the American Revolution,” written for his 2016 Master’s Degree in Military Science with a focus in Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Please contact our Society President, Mary Borjon, at MLBorjon@hotmail.com, for log-in information to this Zoom meeting.

Maury Book Newly Available from Amazon!

Derek Lunt’s wonderful book, “James Maury Esq. First American Consul to the Port of Liverpool 1790-1829: A Social History of an American Consul in Liverpool” [England], is newly available for purchase from Amazon.

This 234 page paperback book, 8.5×11, with many photographs, is a tremendous resource on James Maury, the 1st American Consul of the new United States appointed by President George Washington. The book is $11.99 or $4.99 for an e-copy.

Please visit Amazon.com and search for “James Maury Esq” to get your copy!

Presentation on New Book, “The Anarcha Quest” – Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021

Author J.C. Hallman and artist Michelle Browder will talk about Hallman’s new book, “The Anarcha Quest”, which documents the founding of modern gynecology by controversial surgeon, Dr. J. Marion Sims (1813-1883), and the enslaved woman, Anarcha (b. ca. 1828, d. unknown), on whom he performed multiple surgical experiments.   She is known as “the Mother of Gynecology.”

Browder is one of the creators of a monument honoring Anarcha and her sister slaves on whom experiments were also made.

Our Maury family has connections to this story.  Hallman and Browder will provide a slide show and documents as they share the story of Anarcha, her sister slaves, the monument project, and Dr. Sims.

The event is scheduled for Sunday, February 21, 2021, at 2:00 pm Pacific Time on Zoom.

To register to attend, please contact the Society’s president at MLBorjon@hotmail.com

Please Join Us!

About the book:

https://www.jchallman.com/book/the-anarcha-quest/

About the More Up Campus Project:

https://www.anarchalucybetsey.org/

A press article about the More Up project regarding Anarcha:

https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2020/12/08/enslaved-women-operated-j-marionsims-get-monument-montgomery/3814683001/

Virtual Gathering of Cousins! Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021

Based on the popularity of our virtual annual meeting held in October 2020, the Society will be hosting another virtual meeting on Sunday, January 31, 2021, at 1:00 pm Pacific Standard Time (2:00 pm Mountain Standard Time; 3:00 pm Central Standard Time; 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time).

The meeting will be held on Zoom.  To register to attend, please contact the Society’s president at MLBorjon@hotmail.com

Please join us!

RESCHEDULED: Annual Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, Oct. 15-16, 2021

The Fontaine Maury Society’s annual in person 2020 meeting has been rescheduled to still take place in Louisville, Kentucky, with the new dates of October 15-16, 2021.    We will celebrate the pioneering family of Virginia born Aaron Fontaine (1753-1823), his two wives, 16 children, and 10 stepchildren!  We promise you FUN, FACTS, AND FONTAINES!

Our 2021 annual business meeting and gathering we will be at the Hilton Garden Inn Airport located at 2735 Crittenden Drive, Louisville, Kentucky, just six miles from historic downtown Louisville.

Reservations are made directly with the hotel by individual members.  You may reserve your room on line by following the link or you may call 502-637-2424 and identify yourself as a member of the Fontaine Maury Society to receive the reduced rate. Our code is FMS.

There is a deadline to make your reservations by September 16, 2021.  Any rooms not reserved will be released by the hotel at that time and the reduced rate may not be available.

Plan early, reserve early and ensure your access to the reduced rate.  By reserving a room within our FMS block of rooms, you help to ensure that the society meets it contract with the hotel.

Negotiated rates are:

  • $124 for a standard king room or a double queen room
  • $149 for a king suite
  • 16.07% local taxes and fees also apply.

Rooms include breakfast for up to 2 persons per room.  There is a restaurant on site and others nearby, free parking on site and a free hotel airport shuttle.  Our negotiated room rates will extend one day before and one day after our gathering.

Please make your reservations early!!!

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In-Person Annual Meeting Postponed; Virtual Business Meeting Planned for Oct. 17, 2020

Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, the Society’s Executive Committee has decided to postpone the annual meeting weekend in Louisville, Kentucky, from October 16-18, 2020, until October 15-17, 2021, still in Louisville.

Anyone who has already made hotel reservations should contact the hotel (502-637-2424) to cancel; your reservations will not be automatically canceled because of the postponement of the meeting.

The Executive Committee is developing a plan to hold a virtual business meeting on Saturday, October 17, 2020.  This will still provide members and guests a great opportunity to participate and hopefully then participate in our in-person meeting in 2021.

We will announce further details on this planned virtual business meeting when we have them.

The Executive Committee wishes everyone well and hopes you remain safe and healthy during this difficult time.

251 Year Old Maury Bible Donated to the Society!

The library is excited to report the donation of a 251 year old family Bible to the Society!  Inherited by a Maury descendant in Maine, she reached out to our librarian to arrange to donate it to the Society.

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It belonged to James Maury (1746-1840), son of the Rev. James Maury (1718-1769) and Mary “Mollie” Walker (1724 -1798) and grandson of Mary Ann Fontaine and Matthew Maury.  James  is well-known as the first American Consul General to Liverpool, England, a position for which he was selected by George Washington.

This large Bible is almost 6 inches thick and measures 9½ inches wide x 11½ inches tall; the picture of it with a pencil is intended to show its size.  A slipcover was added to the Bible at some point to protect the original binding.  It was printed in 1769 in Oxford, England.  It contains eight pages of handwritten information by James Maury.  The first five pages are written in the front of the Bible:

  • a narrative about eight generations of his direct line Fontaine ancestry that he wrote in Liverpool on 12 February 1810;
  • information about his parents and siblings that he entered into the Bible on 23 November 1811 in Liverpool;
  • history of the Walker family which James added to the Bible on 1 August 1817 in Liverpool; and
  • a chart listing his parents, siblings, and then a count of the number of he and his siblings’ children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren that was sent to him in 1824 by his brother Abraham Maury which James added to the Bible on 10 March 1825.

The title page includes a transcription that the Bible was given to James S. Maury in 1828 by his father.  This was James Sifrein Maury who died unmarried in 1864 with no heirs.  It is exciting that the Bible was still passed down through the Maury family and has found its way to us!

At the back of the Bible are undated entries that provide information about James’ in-laws, William Rutson and Elizabeth Colton and their children, including James’ wife Margaret, then a biography he wrote about his wife.  The last two pages include James’ 1830 transcriptions from texts of the Episcopal and Presbyterian Churches in Charlottesville, Virginia.

We will provide a transcription from this amazing Bible in future newsletters – renew your membership today!  For additional photographs of the Bible and the handwritten entries by James, please visit the Society’s Facebook page!

 

It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up for Our Annual Meeting; Some Details for Attendees

There is still some availability to sign up to attend our annual meeting weekend in San Antonio, Texas, the weekend of October 18, 2019! The hotel is still honoring our Society special rate; to make your hotel reservations and to submit your registration form to the Society, follow the instructions on our form.

2019 FMS Registration form FINAL

For those who are already registered to attend and will be flying to San Antonio, the hotel provides a free shuttle service between the airport and hotel. When arriving, simply call the hotel at 210-340-6060 and ask for a pick-up at the airport. The hotel will tell you where to wait and how soon the shuttle will be there.

Once at the hotel and checked in, come find the Society’s registration table in Hallway Texas D&E to let us know you’ve arrived and pick up your welcome package. The registration table will be open from 10 am to 12 pm and from 3:00 to 6:00 pm on Friday, October 18.

We look forward to seeing many of you in San Antonio!