Texas Society Sons of the American Revolution

Ft. Worth, Texas

Major K. M. Van Zandt Chapter 6


Third Saturday of each month at 9:00 am.~No Meetings in December~

Meeting Time and Place

Compatriot William Covington Sargent at Arms at the Arlington SAR Chapter was Guest Speaker at the May 17th meeting.. He spoke of clothing and equipment used by revolutionary soldier.

Meet  Compatriots Bryan and Carl Blakely, our chapters newest members. Pictured here with their mother, and Chapter President Connelly (far L) and Chapter Registrar Gieger (far R).

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Major K.M.Van Zandt Chapter 6 Website

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July 15th 2017


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Woodhaven Country Club.

913 Country Club Lane

Maj. K. M. Van Zandt Chapter


Sons of the American Revolution

Chapter Members taking part in the 2016 Ft. Worth Veterans Day Parade.

Mason Watkins became our newest chapter member when he was inducted at the November meeting.  Mason grew up in Euless, TX where he graduated from L. D. Bell High School in 2014 and is now attending TCC.  He will be transferring to UT Arlington in 2017 where he plans to pursue a degree in Marketing.

Mason is an avid fisherman and enjoys a variety of sports including baseball and basketball.  His mother has been working on family history for a number of years and pursued DAR membership this past year; she is a member of the Captain Nathaniel Mills Chapter in Hurst, TX.  This sparked his interest in family history and resulted in his membership in our chapter.

Both Mason and his Mother descend from Adam Stonebraker who served as a corporal in the German Regiment of York County, Pennsylvania during 1776-1779.  Some of the battles in which he participated were Trenton, Princeton, Brandywine and Germantown.

Meet Our Newest Members.

Chapter 6, Major K.M.VanZandt, Ft. Worth Texas

Carl and Bryan’s maternal grandfather, Jack Hart, became a member of the SAR in 1991 through Patriot ancestor James Ellis.  Ellis was a private in Captain Myderson’s Company, Albany, New York.  After service in the war, he moved to Lincoln County, Tennessee and married Sarah Riggs.  He died in 1817 at the age of 59.

Mason A.Watkins

During our May 2017 meeting, the chapter inducted Bruce A. Morris as a new member of our chapter.  Bruce grew up in a small town outside of Little Rock, Arkansas; the son of a farmer.  Bruce went on to the University of Missouri where he received a degree in economics.  During his junior year, Bruce studied in London, England at Imperial College. 

Bruce moved to Texas in 1993 to begin a career in the oil and gas sector.  He is currently vice president of GRP Energy Capital, LLC.  In 1997 he bought a house built in 1863 that overlooks the Trinity River just north of downtown Fort Worth.  After 20 years of scrapping paint and refinishing doors, he still enjoys working on the house.  Bruce enjoys the outdoors and loves hunting and fishing.

Bruce became interested in his family’s heritage and has followed in the footsteps of several relatives in joining with the heritage organizations.  He currently has his application in with the Jamestown Society.

His Patriot ancestor is William Latane who was born in Essex County, VA in 1750.  He married Ann Warring on July 5, 1776 and lived in Virginia until his death in 1811.  Latane served as a lieutenant in the Essex County militia. 

Compatriot Bruce Morris

Chapter President Mike Connelly, stands with our  2017 Law Enforcement Accommodation Medal Recipient, Officer Matt Pearce, and our Medal for Heroism Recipient, Brandi Kamper.

Ft. Worth Mayor, Betsy Price, Is presented with a “Certificate of Appreciation” after being our guest speaker at the November Meeting.

At our June meeting, the chapter inducted two brothers into the chapter, Carl T. Blakely and Bryan H. Blakely.  Carl was born in Bryan, Texas but grew up in the small mountain community of Twin Peaks, California.  Carl attended Northern Arizona University on a football scholarship where he played offensive tackle.  He graduated with a degree in advertising and also obtained a Master’s Degree in business administration from UT Arlington.

Carl is married with three children and lives in White Settlement.  He is employed with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.  He enjoys skiing and Sci-Fi movies.

Bryan Blakely was born in California and was also raised in Twin Peaks, California.  Bryan received his Bachelor’s degree from UT Arlington and is completing his Master’s Degree in film from the University of Houston.  Bryan lives in Fort Worth and is employed as a technical manager for TCU.  Bryan enjoys skiing, filmmaking and collecting vintage albums.


Carl Blakely and Bryan Blakely

Charles served at Sheppard AFB, TX, for almost 8 years and then at Yokota AB, Japan, before returning to Sheppard.  While at Sheppard, Charles managed an ATC team of professional controllers.  SSgt. McHenry was credited with several aircraft “Saves” during his career at both Sheppard and Yokota.  Prior to his retirement, Charles developed and delivered an ATC Training Course that was used across the

Charles comes from a family rife with military men.  His father, Porter McHenry, served in the US Army during World War II and his ancestors fought in the Civil War as well as in the Revolution. 

Charles McHenry’s family came from Adams County in southeastern OH.  Patriot, Michael Pence who moved from Lancaster or York County, PA, in the 1770s settled in Holman’s Creek, Shenandoah County, VA.  Michael served as a soldier in the militia of Captain Jacob Holman.  His father, Michael Bentz, had emigrated from Germany to America on the Loyal Judith in 1732 and was naturalized in Lancaster County in 1761.  Michael and his family moved to Adams County, OH in 1796 and he died on Christmas Day 1807 while transporting salt from Adams County to Washington, KY, on a ferry when his team of horses were “precipitated into the waters and all perished” near Maysville, KY. 

Many brothers and cousins from the Pence family are recognized patriots:  some in PA, some in VA. 

Charles was retired as SSGT McHenry in 1978 as a service-connected disabled veteran.

He is married and has four children.  He and his wife, Joan, make their home in Flower Mound, Texas, where she is the Vice-Regent of The Flower Mound Chapter, NSDAR.  Charles can be contacted through email address cmchenry@it911.net 

Compatriot Charles McHenry

Five Ladies from the Nathanial Mills Chapter NSDAR, honored those of our chapter members who were in the Vietnam War with Certificates of Recognition for their service to the Country.

Ft. Worth Fireman, Michael Paul Stark. This years recipient of the Chapters ‘Fire Safety Commendation Award’.

At the June 2016 meeting, we inducted one of our newest chapter member, Ron Turner.  Ron was born in Bonham, TX, and grew up in Irving. He graduated from Irving High School in 1969 and from East Texas State University in 1969. Ron is a Vietnam War era veteran, having served 4 years in the Navy, 1969-1973. He was a Communications Technician Interpreter/Translator and provided both Thai and French language support while stationed in The Philippines and at the National Security Agency, including support to Henry Kissinger during the Paris Peace Talks in 1973.

Upon discharge from the military, Ron began working for American Airlines in Dallas/Fort Worth and then for Sabre Travel Network, the computer division for American Airlines. Ron retired in October 2013 after a combined 40 years of service with the two companies.

Ron and Jan, his wife of 46 years, have a daughter and a son and two grandchildren. Ron has lived in Euless for the past 42 years and volunteers at his church (webmaster and editor of monthly newsletter) and serves on DFW’s Historic Bear Creek Cemetery Board of Directors as Technical Director. He is also a Life Member of the Col. E. W. Taylor #1777 Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He enjoys cooking, photography, and genealogy.

Ron’s Patriot Ancestor is Captain George Roebuck, Jr., who was born on 15 Mar 1757 in Orange County, VA, and died on 17 May 1848 in Spartanburg, SC. He enlisted in the fall of 1775 in Henry Dixon’s Company, Regiment of Col. Nash, First North Carolina Continental Line, where he served a total of 18 months. He suffered a leg wound during the battle at Sullivan’s Island.

Compatriot Ron Turner

During our April 2017 meeting, the chapter inducted Brian Faherty, the brother of chapter member Kevin Faherty.  Brian grew up in Fort Worth and at the age of fifteen, became an Eagle Scout.  He went on to earn his BBA from Texas Tech and his MBA at the University of North Texas.  Brian has worked as an oil and gas accountant since 1983 and travels extensively.  He worked for Mobil Oil in Dallas for several years and today is an independent oil and gas auditor, working on both domestic and international assignments.

Brian’s Grandfather was a member of the Sons of the Revolution, an early organization similar to the SAR.  His Mother, Laura Kelly Faherty, is a member of the Mary Isham Keith DAR chapter in Fort Worth.  His brother, Kevin, has been a member of our chapter since 2012. 

Brian descends from Patriot Peter Ginther, who enlisted three times in the Lancaster PA militia.  A devout Moravian, he volunteered for service despite the exemption granted to members of his faith as conscientious objectors.  After the Revolution, Ginther settled in Ohio.

Brian travels a lot with his work but we hope to see him and his brother, Kevin, at future chapter meetings.

Another new member of the chapter is Charles McHenry.  Charles was born in Paris, Texas and grew up in Arlington. He began his USAF career as an FAA-certified Air Traffic Controller in 1969.  When the FAA rolled out a new flight data management system, Charles was selected to project-manage the installation of the new hardware and develop and deliver a training course for all ATC across the southern U.S. 

He next served in the Spartanburg District (SC) from 1780 to 1782, first under Capt. Prince and Col. Pickens for 6 months; under Capt. William Smith and Col. Hammond for 5 months; under Capt. Wofford and Major Ford in SC Troops for 3 months. He was at Galphin’s and Siege of Ninety-Six; then received a Captain’s commission and served under his brother, Col. Benjamin Roebuck, in Roebuck’s Regiment for 10 months. He was at the battles of Musgrove’s Mill, Kings Mountain, Blackstocks, and Cowpens.  Ron can be contacted through email address  rjturner0815@gmail.com

Another new member of our chapter is Charles O. “Chase” Sanger, IV.  Chase has transferred to our chapter from the Heart of Texas chapter due to his recent retirement from the US Army.  Chase was stationed at Fort Hood.  Chase is currently relocating to Fort Worth, TX.  Chase made his first visit to a chapter meeting on July 16th and hope to see him at many more.

Chase grew up in Marietta, Georgia and attended college at University of North Georgia, one of 6 senior military colleges in the U.S.  He earned a BS in Political Science and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant and went active duty in May of 2012.  Chase spent the last four years serving with the 82nd Airborne Division and was medically retired this past May 2016 due to injuries sustained on an airborne training exercise at Fort Bragg, NC. 

Chase has moved to Fort Worth to start a new career with Texas A&M School of Law, Fort Worth, TX as the International Programs Coordinator. 


Compatriot Charles D Sanger

Compatriot Sanger’s Patriot ancestor was Major James Maxwell, born in Liberty County, GA in 1737 who served in the Liberty County Militia.  He also served as a member of the Provincial Congress during the Revolutionary War and later as the Secretary of State for Georgia.

One of our recent new members is a transfer of membership from another State Society.  Douglas Schwetke transferred his active membership to the Van Zandt chapter upon moving to Fort Worth this past year.  Douglas was raised in Denison, Texas and graduated from high school in that city.  After high school, Douglas enrolled and graduated from Texas A&M where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets.  Douglas worked for Dr. Pepper in Dallas along with Miller Brewing and Alcon in Fort Worth.  He was moved around the Country, living in New Jersey and South Carolina.  He returned to Fort Worth in 2008 and currently works as a supervisor working with handicapped adults in South Fort Worth.

Douglas was married from 1986 to 2001 with two children from the wife’s previous marriage along with one daughter from the marriage; he has two grandchildren, a boy and a girl.  Douglas said he is a blessed man with three children and two grandchildren.  His Patriot ancestor is James Williams who was a private in the Delaware Flying Camp and later a sergeant in the 2nd Delaware.

Compatriot Douglas Schwetke

  Compatriot Brian Faherty