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

Ft Worth Police Officer Kellie Whitehead receives the 2015 ‘Medal for Heroism‘ Award

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

Welcome Compatriots

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Major K.M.Van Zandt Chapter 6 Website

Please Attend Our Next Meeting...

...February 20th...


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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 2015 Ft. Worth Veterans Day 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 newest members is Tommy Ray Brooks who resides some distance from Fort Worth.  Tommy is a life-long resident of Moran, TX which is in Shackelford County not too far from Abilene, TX.  Tommy graduated from Moran High School and attended both Cisco Junior College and North Texas State University.  Tommy took over the operation of the family dairy farm in 1966. He is a widower with two children and three grandchildren.  He came into the Sons of the American Revolution through ancestor Elijah Fuller, b. around 1754, who received pay vouchers through North Carolina.  His wife received land in the 1827 Cherokee land lottery.  Fuller died around December of 1825.  Tommy Brooks hopes to make it into Fort Worth, TX in the near future for one of our meetings.

Compatriot Tommy Ray Brooks

Chapter Entry in the 2015, 4th of July, White Lake Hills Parade

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

Dave joined the chapter at our April 18, 2015 meeting.  Dave was born in Morgan County, Tennessee and grew up in Hammond, Indiana, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois.  Two days after graduating from high school in 1958, he enlisted in the Army and was on his way to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  Dave was sent to Korea where he was assigned to the 76th Engineer Construction Battalion near Seoul.  While in the service he was on temporary duty with the Organizing Committee for the VIII Olympic Winter Games in Squaw Valley, California.  He was discharged in February 1961 and returned to Hammond, Indiana.

Dave took a job as a rate clerk for a major motor carrier in Gary, Indiana and spent 38 years working in transportation industry.  He worked for several major carriers in Chicago, Denver and Dallas and retired in 2004.

Dave and his wife live in the Fort Worth area and have two sons, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, all of whom live in the DFW metroplex. 

His Patriot Ancestor is Colonel William Lee Davidson who was with the Washington County, Virginia Militia.  Colonel Davidson began the war as a Lieutenant, fought at Kings Mountain, and was promoted up the ranks to Captain, Major and to Lieutenant Colonel.  In 1785 he settled in Asheville, NC on 640 acres he was granted for his war service.  He served as a county judge and state senator in North Carolina before moving to Tennessee in 1810.  Colonel Davidson was one of the commissioners who set up Morgan County in 1828.  In the 1920s, his descendants erected a monument on his grave to commemorate his service during the Revolutionary War; check out the memorial on findagrave.com, memorial number 26573046.

Compatriot Dave Davidson

On 4/18/2015, Steve Smith was inducted into membership in the K M Van Zandt Chapter of the SAR.  Steve was born and raised in Dallas, TX and graduated in 1966 from Lake Highland High School.  He went on to Texas A&M University where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and obtained a BS degree in 1971 in Architectural Construction.  Steve worked in the construction industry as a field worker, Architect, estimator, project manager and business owner.  Steve is married to Susan Krueger and has two children and two grandchildren. 

Steve has been inducted into the Sons of Confederate Veterans and is currently working on his application for membership to the Sons of the Republic of Texas.  He enjoys hunting, fly fishing and traveling.

Compatriot Steve Smith

The New Chapter Officers for 2016 are inducted at the January Meeting.Bonham, Oliver, Tate, Smith, Gieger,and Connelly, (rt)

Ft Worth Fireman Cliff Spain Receives the ‘Fire Safety Commendation Award’ at the Chapter November Meeting.

David A. Barkley joined the K.M. Van Zandt Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution on July 18, 2015.  David was born is Houston, Texas but moved to Midland, Texas with his family when he was just a baby.  David is the son of Dr. Louis B. Barkley, Jr. and Sarah Pistole Barkley.  David’s father, Louis B. Barkley, Jr., M.D. served as a Major in the United States Army where he proudly served his Country while stationed in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam in 1969-70.  Dr. Barkley was awarded the Bronze Star for his valor on the battlefield. 

David graduated with honors from Midland High School in 1993 and then from Texas Tech University with a degree in Biochemistry in 1997.  While at Texas Tech University David served as the elected precinct chair for the Republican Party and attended multiple state conventions as a delegate from Lubbock, Texas. David was named as a Welch Scholar in the field of biochemistry, an active member of Lambda Chi Alpha National Fraternity, and a member of the Mortar Board National Honor Society.  In 2002 David A. Barkley enrolled in law school at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas where he graduated with honors from St. Mary’s Law school in 2005.   While in law school David met his beautiful bride to be (Mary Hazlewood) and they started dating after law school in Fort Worth, Texas. David and Mary were married in February of 2008 at First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, Texas.  Mary, who is an attorney, is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Austin’s old 300. 

Compatriot David A. Barkley

David and Mary have two children; Sarah (2010) and Thomas Hix (2015).  David has been employed by the Johnson County, County Attorney’s Office for the past 8 years where he focuses on the protection of children.  He is a member and current vice president of the Cleburne Rotary Club, member of Tuesday Forum, member of the Fort Worth Club, and has been named Johnson County’s “20 under Forty”.  David’s patriot ancestor is Jonathan Kittrell, Jr. who fought in the 4th NC Regiment in March of 1782 as a Private under Capt. James Mills for 12 months.  

Welcome to new member Joe Moraine who was inducted at the October 2015 chapter meeting.  Rolland Jory Moraine, better known as “Joe” was born and raised in Iowa.  Joe enlisted in the Air Force upon graduation from high school and served five years.  He was discharged, went on to college at Drake University and upon graduation returned to the Air Force as a pilot.  Joe flew the C-133 in Southeast Asia during Vietnam War from 1966 to 1970.

In 1970 Joe was discharged from the USAF, joined Delta Airlines and was a domestic and international captain on Delta Airlines until mandatory retirement in 1999.  He stays busy with his hobbies of cars, computers, amateur radio, target shooting, gun collecting and photography.  Joe has two grown sons, one a local attorney while the other is an accountant with his own firm in Edmond, OK.  Joe also has 5 grandchildren.

Compatriot Joe Moraine