Cincinnati Colony 2018 Compact Day

On Saturday November 3, 2018, the Cincinnati Colony commemorated Compact Day. This year the meeting was held in Moraine, Ohio at The Mandalay. This was a new venue for us. Due to the request of some of our members, the board members decided that our Compact Day luncheon will alternate between Dayton and Cincinnati. The location, staff and food were outstanding.


We started our Compact Day at 12:00 pm with some social time that allowed our members to catch back up with each other. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Treasurer Clayton Crandall. The invocation for our meeting was given by Lt. Governor Shaun Smith.

As there were several new and prospective members in attendance, our Lt. Governor introduced the board members that were present to all the attendees. We performed our new member induction for Bernice Denham, Daniel Fallon and Lisa Snaufer. Each was given a Mayflower Compact and recited the Pilgrim Pledge.


Bernice Denham, Daniel Fallon, Lisa Snaufer and Lt. Gov. Smith

Lt. Governor Smith reviewed our tentative 2019 calendar. Here are the dates for our meetings in 2019.

  • Cincinnati Colony Meeting on March 23rd
  • Ohio Mayflower Society State Meeting May 17th and 18th
  • Cincinnati Colony Meeting on June 1st
  • Cincinnati Colony Meeting on September 7th
  • Compact Day on November 2nd.

Additionally, there was a request to help with the Ohio Mayflower Society table at the Ohio Genealogical Society Conference during May 1st -4th. We are asking that Cincinnati Colony membership support the event by working a few shifts. The conference will be taking place at Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, OH. If you are attending the OGS Conference, please consider signing up with Wanda Langdon or let one of our officers know that you would like to help. We are looking for as many people as possible to take some hourly slots at the table. The more members that help, the easier it will be for everyone. To learn more about the event please see the conference website.

Our Deputy Lt. Governor Star Vondrell gave us an update on the State Meeting that will be hosted by the Cincinnati Colony on May 17th and 18th. We would like some volunteers to assist with sending the invites out in the month of January. We also need volunteers to assist with getting gift bags prepared and other activities. Please contact Star if you interested in helping with the event. We need everyone’s assistance to make this event a success.

After discussing the upcoming calendar, we held our Roll Call. This year Richard Warren was the Pilgrim that had the most descendants present at the 2018 Compact Day.


Dr. Ava Chamberlain

Our Compact Day presentation was called ‘Marriage, Murder, and Madness in the Family of Jonathan Edwards’ and it was presented by Dr. Ava Chamberlain. Professor Chamberlain is the Chair of Religion Philosophy & Classics at Wright State University. The presentation was very educational. Dr. Chamberlain reviewed the genealogy of Jonathan Edwards parents and discussed a few of the crimes and issues that happened in Colonial America. A key takeaway from the presentation was that we should not simply assume that if a male was married twice in a colonial genealogy that the first wife had died. We should dig in deeper in to the court and criminal records to find out if there is more to the story. Her book on this subject, The Notorious Elizabeth Tuttle: Marriage, Murder, and Madness in the Family of Jonathan Edwards (North American Religions), may be found on Amazon.

After the presentation, our Corresponding Secretary Beth Anderson announced our door prize winners.

  • 1620 Rock – Carol Byrd
  • 1620 Rock – Lisa Snaufer
  • Mayflower Maize game – Wanda Langdon
  • Cincinnati Colony coffee mug – Bernice Denham

We look forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting!


2018 Compact Day – Cincinnati Colony Mayflower Descendants





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