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  Compatriot William Edward Hawkins, our chapters newest member. Pictured here with his wife, and Chapter President Connelly (far L) and Chapter Registrar Gieger (far R).

Welcome Compatriots

To The

Major K.M.Van Zandt Chapter 6 Website

Please Attend Our Next Meeting...

August 19th 2017


Please Scroll down the page to meet our Newest Members

Woodhaven Country Club.

913 Country Club Lane

Maj. K. M. Van Zandt Chapter


Sons of the American Revolution

Chapter Members taking part in the 2017,White Lake Hills, 4th of July 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

William E. “Bill’ Hawkins

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’.

The chapter is welcoming a new dual member who resides in a “distant State” but has family in Texas. 

Richard A. “Rick” Neeley was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. His father’s side of the family is from Johnson County, TX. A couple years after high school Rick moved to Texas to attend North Texas State University in Denton, Texas (today UNT) to study music in their jazz program. Rick played guitar in several of the Lab Bands and spent several years as a professional musician on the west coast. In 1981 Rick again moved to Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. degree in Geology and graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a M.S. degree in Geology. Rick spent over 25 years in Texas working in the oil and gas industry and while working for Haliburton they moved him to Denver, Colorado in 2006 where he currently resides in Sedalia, Colorado. He is an active member in the Colorado Society SAR as the State Recording Secretary, Mt. Evans Chapter Registrar, and a member of the COSSAR Color Guard.

Rick descended from Joseph Stebbins, Jr. who in 1773 was the Deerfield and Northampton, Massachusetts leader for the Sons of Liberty and served as a Lieutenant for the Deerfield, Massachusetts Minutemen who in April 1775 answered the Lexington Alarm. He was promoted to Captain by General Ward in Cambridge, Massachusetts under Colonel Prescott and was in the Battle of Bunker Hill. In 1777 he was in the Continental Line as a Captain under General Benedict Arnold at Saratoga. He was promoted to Lt. Colonel in 1781 and after the war promoted to Colonel to put down Shay’s Rebellion. All three of his officer commissions were signed by John Hancock.

Rick Neeley comes to Texas for family visits and has promised to attend one of our chapter meetings where we can give him a Texas welcome to the SAR.

Richard A. “Rick” Neeley

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 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

Bill Hawkins was inducted as a new member of our chapter at the July meeting; he and his wife were both at the induction ceremony.  Bill was born and raised in Johnson County, graduating from Joshua High School in 1951.  He attended Brantley Draughon Business College for a time and then was drafted in the Army in 1956.  Bill served in Germany for a time and then left active duty status in 1958.

While in the Army, he was assigned in Heidelberg, Germany at the Personnel Department of the Medical Division.  After active duty, he was in the U S Army Reserves in Fort Worth for about ten years, reaching the rank of Sergeant First Class, E7.

He worked for Sinclair Oil Corporation / Atlantic Richfield Company until taking retirement in 1988; he worked in several locations around the Country.  After retiring, he and his wife opened a gift shop in Estes Park, CO which they operated for ten years.

Bill has been married for 64 years and has two children, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  He had enrolled at TCU years ago but the work career made attending class difficult; after 22 years he obtained a degree in Management from the University of Redlands, Redlands, CA.

His Patriot ancestor was James Guthery from Hanover County, VA; he was in the Continental Line under the command of Major Dickson.  After the war, Guthery moved to South Carolina and became a farmer.  Guthrie died in Union County, SC.