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~

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Tarrant County Sheriff’s Deputy Krystal Salazar receives the 2016 ‘Medal for Heroism‘ Award

Chapter President, Compatriot Mike Connelley, presents the Chapter Police Officer Accommodation Award to the 2016 recipient.

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November 19th.


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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 White Lake Hills 4th of July Parade.

Mark grew up in Jefferson City, Tennessee—near Knoxville. This small city is best known as home of Carson-Newman College—founded there in 1851. Mark is a Vietnam era veteran—having served in the Air Force during the late 60’s and most of the 70’s. He also later served 3 years in the Navy reserve.  In 1980 Mark joined the Health Sciences faculty of Tarrant County College. After 35 years there he plans to retire next month and continue teaching two on-line courses part-time.  He’s also looking forward to enjoying some travel and more time with his wife, children, grandchildren, and some volunteer activities. Mark is currently a member of the Tarrant County Medical Reserve Corps. He also enjoys working in his yard and going to car shows.

His interest in SAR was sparked by his older brother Bill, now living in North Carolina.  Bill has had an interest in history and genealogy for years. After he discovered the facts surrounding his great4 grandfather he soon joined SAR and encouraged Mark to join as well. Bill’s research had discovered Compatriot Reuben Holt, born 1755 in Culpepper Co. VA. Ruben served in the Orange Co. North Carolina Militia and died in 1838.

Meet Our Newest Members.

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

Compatriot Mark Holt

One of our recent new members from 2015 is Christopher K. Hull, an orthopedic surgeon practicing in Fort Worth, Texas.  Christopher, who goes by the nickname “HatDoc”, was born in Amarillo and raised in Canyon, Texas.  He was educated at the University of Texas in Austin and then attended medical school at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine here in Fort Worth.  “HatDoc” is married to Karen Elizabeth Moore and the father of four beautiful children.  After completing his residency in Michigan, he set up practice in Fort Worth, Texas and has been at the same office location on Camp Bowie Boulevard for the past 32 years.  One of his hobbies is collecting and wearing hats, many of which come from far and wide.

Hull descends from his ancestor, James Fisk, who joined General Washington in 1778 at 15 years of age.  After the Revolution, Fisk was voted into politics and represented Massachusetts and Vermont as a Representative in Congress.  As a representative, Fisk was in office and voted for the declaration for the War of 1812.  Fisk’s youngest son, James Nathaniel Fisk, fought with E. “Deaf” Smith as a ranger with General Sam Houston in the fight for the independence of the Republic of Texas.

Christopher K. Hull

Our Chapters Newest Members, Compatriots Ronald Turner and Charles McHenry..

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

Our newest chapter member is Todd Erik Samuelson who joined the chapter at the April meeting.  Todd was born in Evanston, Illinois and raised in Galveston, Texas.  He went to Ball High school, college at Dartmouth and finished medical school in 1986 at UTMB School of Medicine.  Todd’s private medical practice is Ear Nose and Throat surgery in Fort Worth, Texas.

Todd is married to Susan “DeDe” Samuelson who is an active member of the DAR in Fort Worth.  Both Todd’s son and father-in-law are already members of this chapter.  Todd and Dede have four children and one grandchild.  Todd has hospital affiliations with Baylor All Saints, USMD, Fort Worth Cook Children’s and Harris Methodist.

Todd’s Patriot ancestor was Robert Glidewell, a private from Virginia.  He fought in the Revolutionary War with his brother, Gnash.  After the war, he moved through the Cumberland Gap and was one of the early settlers in what became Indiana. Glidewell is the maiden name of Todd’s Mother.

Todd Erik Samuelson

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

Compatriot Don Goodman and Chapter President Mike Connelley present the Emergency Medical ServicesAward to recipient Waylon Bryant.

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

Tim McClung / TJ McClung

On Saturday, February 20, 2016, Tim McClung and his son “T. J.” McClung, joined our chapter.  Tim was born in Idaho but was raised in Plantation, Florida which is hear the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area.  Tim moved to Fort Worth in 1983 with his late wife and this is where his son, TJ McClung was born.  Tim opened his own glass tinting business in 1984 and retired in 2010.  Tim is also a member of the Sons of the Confederacy.  He is a reenactor in the Fort Worth Stockyard and plays the role of “Wild Bill” Hickok.  Tim has two grand-daughters and also enjoys hunting for arrowheads.

TJ McClung, the son of Tim McClung, was born and raised in Fort Worth.  He joined the boy scouts at the young age of 7 and rose to the rank of Eagle Scout; TJ graduated from high school in 2005.  TJ is married with two daughters and has worked for Coca-Cola since 2009.  One of his hobbies includes building and collection LEGO creations.  TJ enjoys spending time with his family, is also a member of the Sons of the Confederacy.

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