Saturday — October 7, 2017

Saturday, October 7, 2017

  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Welcome Party at The Governor’s Mansion
  • 12:00 Noon – Luncheon and Program at The Country Club of Jackson
    • Program Commemorating the Mississippi Bicentennial “A Romp Through 200 Years of Mississippi History” Presented by William “Brother” Rogers, Director of the Programs and Communications Division, Mississippi Department of Archives and History
    • Remarks Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of The Order of the First Families of Mississippi – Presented by OFFM Historian General Janet Schriver, Ph. D.
Please have your reservations in by Tuesday, September 26, 2017. This date is final! Send your reservations to: OFFM, P. O. Box 821, Natchez, MS 39121
Governor's Mansion, late 19th century - Jackson MS Governor's Mansion, vintage postcard - Jackson MS
Governor's Mansion Today - Jackson MS Choragic Monument of Lysicrates Finial Copy
Governor's Mansion Columns, Jackson MS
Ca. 1850 Sofa - Governor's Mansion - Jackson MS
Courtesy of Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Pedestal table in Rose Parlor Governor's Mansion
Courtesy of Mississippi Department of Archives and History
The Country Club of Jackson – Jackson MS


This will be an exciting year as our own Mississippi celebrates 200 years of statehood. Events will be taking place statewide to commemorate this auspicious occasion. Be aware of events in your community and plan to attend.

Reveille Bash — On Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16, 2017, Historic Jefferson College at Washington, Mississippi, will host the Reveille Mississippi Bicentennial Bash to celebrate 200 years of statehood. On Friday evening there will be music and BBQ dinners. On Saturday there will be reenactors, artisans, music, games, hikes, and food in the morning. In the afternoon there will be a guided bus tour of several historic sites in Washington with a reception at the last stop, Sweet Auburn. The Order of the First Families of Mississippi will be co-hosting the reception along with the Historic Natchez Foundation and the home owner, Mrs. Charlotte Copeland and family.

Washington, Mississippi, was the Territorial Capitol from 1802 – 1817. The Statehood Convention of 1817, was held in Washington at the Methodist meeting house. Washington was the actual site of the establishment of Mississippi as a state and there are many historic sites to see and enjoy there 200 years later.

This event at Historic Jefferson College on September 15 and 16 is being sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. It should be one of the most important celebrations for the Mississippi Bicentennial. Circle these dates on your calendar and plan to attend a week-end of fun for the whole family in Washington, Mississippi. Further details will be coming soon through the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.


The certificate measures 12 x 14 inches and is printed on ivory with black lettering. It was designed by OFFM Corresponding Secretary General John Taylor. Member’s information will be done in calligraphy by Jennifer Mauricio, a professional calligrapher of Irving, Texas. The cost is $25.00 per certificate. Orders are being accepted now. See the Members Only section for order form or contact the Natchez Office: OFFM, P. O. Box 821, Natchez, MS 39121 or 601-442-0018.


Dues for 2017-2018 are due beginning July 1, 2017. All dues are to be mailed to the Natchez office and the amount of annual dues is $35.00. Lifetime memberships are $500.00.

Please inform the Natchez Office of any address change or change of name due to marriage or divorce. Please help the office keep up to date with deaths of members and if you are aware of any whose name has not been in Tracing Our Lines under Members Who Have Passed Away please inform the office.


Register III, the genealogical records for members #827-#1268, can be purchased from the OFFM Office, Post Office Box 821, Natchez, MS 39121-0821.

The cost of Register III is $65 which includes shipping. OFFM members receive a 10% discount on this price. OFFM member’s cost is $58.50.

In addition to the membership information for numbers above, Register III has the following information:

  • History
  • General Council 1991-2009
  • Honorary Governors General
  • Award of Meritorious Service
  • Cotillion
  • Membership Roster through #1298
  • Approved Ancestor List through member #1298 and supplementals

Please send the following information to the office to order the book. No phone orders please.

Please print or type the following information:

Click here for print version.

NAME: _____________________________________________
MAILING ADDRESS: _________________________________

OFFM Member?    Yes_____ No_____    Membership # _______
AMOUNT ENCLOSED ____________

Make Checks or Money Orders Payable to: OFFM


The following guidelines are for the submission of a biographical sketch of an ancestor to be placed on the Order of First Families of Mississippi web site. The biographies will be on the public pages and can be accessed by anyone browsing our web site.

  1. Cost without a picture - $20.00; cost with one picture - $30.00
  2. Check is to be payable to OFFM and mailed to the office in Natchez; submission is to be (preferably) e-mailed in Word of RTF format for biography and .jpg format for picture(s) to Frances Williams or printed copy mailed to her. Addresses (e-mail and postal) are on Officers of the Order page accessed at For Members Only.
  3. Original submission is limited to 600 words. Any additional information submitted by other member(s) for the same ancestor (and incurring $20.00 fee) can increase total biography to a maximum of 1000 words.
  4. Pictures on the biography pages are limited to:
    • Ancestor, ancestor’s children or grandchildren (no more than two generations down from ancestor)
    • Historical place or event in keeping with the decorum of the website and having relevance to the honored ancestor.
    • Each additional picture incurs a $10.00 fee.
  5. The biography will be presented exactly as submitted. No editing by the committee or the programmer. Please be careful with grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  6. Pictures on the front page will be only ancestor pictures and will be rotated as we receive three new pictures. Each group of three will remain on the front page for a minimum of two months and then be rotated out for three newer pictures. All pictures will remain with the biographies as long as the web site is maintained. Pictures will be formatted and sized to fit into the frames and space allowed. Placement of the pictures on the front page is at the discretion of the programmer.
Please direct any questions regarding the submission of a biography to Frances Williams. (see Contact Information).


The Order of the First Families of Mississippi newsletters can now be accessed from the "For Members Only" page of our website. Corresponding printer-friendly versions are accessible from each newsletter.

The Order of the First Families of Mississippi:  1699-1817
P. O. Box 821  —  Natchez MS  39121  —  601.442.0018