Officers are elected for two-year terms. Trustees serve three-year terms. Committee Chairs are appointed by the President. The Executive Committee is composed of all current officers, trustees, and committee chairs.
Captain, Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Navy (Retired). Frank is a direct descendant of Judge Samuel Swayze through his son, Israel Swayze, a brother of Richard Swayze and the Rev. Samuel Swayze. Currently living in San Diego, Frank enjoys traveling nationally and internationally. Since 1965 his big time-consumer is collecting vintage radio programs. He's catalogued over 7,000, but that doesn't really scratch the surface. The probable highlight of the collection at this point is 1 1/2 hours of NBC's coverage of Lindbergh's arrival back in the US from his 1927 trans-Atlantic flight, in incredible sound considering. It features Pres. Coolidge presenting him an award, and his address to the National Press.
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From Lumberton, Texas, Floyd is a 1965 graduate of Lamar College of Technology. He has retired from Sears.
Floyd created a web page for his connection to the Dougharty family.
|Vice President--Genealogy: Polly
Polly is a native of Natchez, Mississippi, and a descendant of the Swayze and King lines. A graduate of William Carey College with a BA in English, she taught English for 30 years and has retired along with her husband, Bobby C. Scott, near where her ancestors lived. Her many accomplishments include: a listing in the "Who's Who in American High School Teachers"; member of Natchez Parkway Baptist Church, Natchez Chapter DAR, Gov. George Harlan Colonial Dames XVII Century, First Families of MS, Natchez Heritage Society, MS Caledonian Society, Magnes Charta Dames, and has served in her current capacity for the DJS since 1987. Lives in Adams County, MS.
|Vice-President--Programs and Co-Chaplain: Ella
Ella is one of a few people living who attended the first meeting in 1940 of what became known as the Jersey Settlers. Ella descends through the Swayze and King lines with allied lines of Dougherty and Sojourner. One of Ella's ancestors on her paternal lines was instrumental in building the first Presbyterian Church in the territory, Pine Ridge Church. Lives in Adams County, MS.
Karen comes to the organization through her husband, Gary. Gary descends from Judge Samuel Swayze's son, Richard Swayze. Karen grew up mostly in Virginia and is a graduate of the University of Richmond. Lives in Adams County, MS.
& Organizer of 75th Diamond Jubilee Reunion 2014: Ann
Over the years, Ann Severance has organized many very successful reunions. A native of Baton Rouge, Ann descends from both Rev. Samuel and Richard Swayze. A long-time dance instructor, Ann is a sales representative for McGraw-Hill Publishers in Louisiana.
Ann has created a web site for the 75th Reunion: http://descendantsofthejerseysettlers.yolasite.com/
If you'd like to volunteer, contact Ann: firstname.lastname@example.org
||Recording Secretary: Nancy Todd
Nancy is Professor Emerita of Eastern Washington University where she directed graduate students and managed a USAID faculty exchange grant with the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, where she traveled many times. Nancy enjoys Civil War re-enacting. She is also compiling a DJS membership directory in preparation for the 75th anniversary assembly. Nancy descends through Rev. Samuel Swayze's son James Swayze's daughter, Rebecca Malinda Swayze, who traveled with her family on the Oregon Trail in 1847 from Iowa to the now Portland area of the Oregon Territory. There are many of Rebecca's descendants in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere. Nancy resides in Washington state.
|Treasurer: Gary O'Neal
Descends from Judge Samuel Swayze's son, Richard Swayze, whom he portrayed in costume at the 2011 reunion. Lives in Adams County, MS.
|Co-Chaplain: Dan Tarver
Dan is descended from the Swayze and King lines, along with sister Polly and brother George. He is a salesman and maintenance supervisor for a wholesale meat company. He attends New Testament Fellowship Church. He was a deacon for over 25 years, also serving as Sunday School Superintendent and Sunday School teacher part of that time. He has an authentic costume and has done programs as Rev. Samuel Swayze for the Jersey Settlers and several DAR and Colonial Dames Chapters, sometimes with Bobby Scott (his brother-in-law) playing Richard Swayze. He and his wife Alice served as co-chaplain for several years. Lives in Adams County, MS.
||George Tarver, Chair
George, brother to Polly Tarver Scott and Dan, is a native of Natchez, Mississippi, and a descendant of the Swayze and King lines. He served in the Marine Corps as an automotive and heavy equipment mechanic, and is a deacon at the Cliff Temple Baptist Church where he teaches a Men's Sunday School class. He and his wife own the "Smithland" Plantation south of Natchez. George has served was a Cemetery Trustee for approximately ten years.
Jackie Sojourner is a fifth-generation farmer and cattle producer, operating the Sojourner family home property, Oakwood Plantation, established in 1814 in the Kingston community. He is the son of Boyd and Dorothy Seale Sojourner. A Navy veteran, Jack served in Vietnam as a member of the Navy Seabees in 1967-1968. A life-long conservationist, for his efforts and outstanding practices in good stewardship of the land, Jack was awarded the 2007 Garlin Howard Award. He has been an officer of the Adams County Farm Bureau for the past 25 years, is a member of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation and Mississippi Cattlemen's Association, and serves as a Director with the Adams County Soil and Water Conservation District. Jack and his wife, Sandra Floyd Sojourner, have two daughters, Mary Ellen Sojourner and Mississippi State Senator Melanie Ann Sojourner, and three grandchildren, Kaelin Ann Daye, Dayne Andrew Daye, and Hayden McCall Newman.
|Robert J. Ashley
Robert was born and raised in the Kingston Community where he continues to live. He attended the Kingston School 1st through 7th grades, then attended school in Natchez where he graduated from the Natchez High School in the Class of 1955. He served in the Army National Guard from 1955-1962 and, in October 1999, he retired from the International Paper Company located in Natchez after 44 years of employment. Robert married Clara in 1957, and they have two children, Wanda and Allen. They all live on Brick Quarters Plantation in the Kingston Community, where they are active members of the Kingston United Methodist Church, as were Robert’s parents. Robert is a friend of the DJS, an honorary member. He's filled in at a time when we really needed someone to fill a Trustee position, and has been of significant help recently regarding some tree trimming in the cemetery.
||Members include Ella Young, K. C. Swayze, Jim White, and Jim Swayze.|
||Members include Floyd Boyett, Gary O'Neal, Ann Severance|