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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Ft Worth Police Officer Kellie Whitehead receives the 2015 ‘Medal for Heroism‘ Award from Chapter President Russ Leavens and Don Goodman.

The Monday morning service for the placing of the urn at DFW National Cemetery for former chapter member Virgil Ellis

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...October 17th...


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Woodhaven Country Club.

913 Country Club Lane

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Former Chapter Member Virgil’ Ellis’s widow, with the flag that was presented to her at the ceremony.


Dr. Kenneth Blake Pearce and his grandson, Thomas Eric Samuelson, were inducted into membership in the chapter on February 14, 2015 at the Stayton Retirement Center, Fort Worth, TX.  Mr. Kenneth Pearce grew up in Crane, TX, played football at Arlington State College and obtained his MD from Tulane University.  Dr. Pearce served on the staff at Baylor All Saints, Cooks Children’s and was chief of staff at Hugley Hospital.  Dr. Pearce was a past Golden Glove welterweight champion, scratch golfer and an old, close friend of Ben Hogan.


His grandson, Thomas Samuelson, was raised in Fort Worth, attended Fort Worth Country Day School and is currently a junior at Fordham University in New York City.  Thomas is pursuing a degree in history and political science and plans on attending law school.  He will be working this summer in Washington D.C. for a member of the House of Representatives.

Meet Our Newest Members.

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

Eric Mitchell is a descendant of Garrett Harsin who served in the Continental Army and Navy.  Harsin was at the Battle of Long Island and present at the capture of General Burgoyne.  Harsin also served 18 months as a seaman on the Continental Navy ship named the “Hudson”. 


Eric Mitchell is the son of Merle and Barbara Mitchell; Merle was a career Air Force officer who flew  C-130s in Vietnam.  Eric grew up in various air base locations around the Country and graduated from Baylor in 1985. He has a Master of Divinity from Mid-America Seminary and a Ph.D from the Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, KY.  Dr. Mitchell is married (wife Nancy), with four children, and is an Associate Professor of Old Testament and Archaeology at Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth.


Eric has researched and written in the area of Old Testament Narrative and old Testament Archaeology and has authored several texts on this topic.  Dr. Mitchell has travelled extensively in Israel and directs archaeology projects there.  He is currently researching / writing in the area of Old Testament and Economics.

Compatriot Eric Mitchell

Compatriots Dr. Kenneth Pearce and Thomas Samuelson

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

5th District VP Ron Carter, was our Guest Speaker in August. Compatriot Carter who spoke on the subject of Patriot Thomas Payne

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

September Guest Speaker Mrs. Jane Doclar tells us about history of Daughters of the American Revolution, and the relationship of the DAR and SAR.

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.