June 14, 1980, twelve direct descendants of Patrick Henry
met under the historic Osage orange tree at Red Hill and
formed a family association. The organization was temporarily
called the "Patrick Henry Descendants' Foundation" but
one year later was permanently changed to the "Descendants'
Branch - Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation." Today, of
the 250 dues-paying members, 24 are Charter Members.
OBJECTIVE The Descendants'
Branch was formed to honor the name of Patrick Henry
and to serve as a support group for the Patrick Henry
National Memorial, known as Red Hill.
programs include: (1) service to the public as a genealogical
clearinghouse for Patrick Henry family data, (2) location
and acquisition of Patrick Henry furnishings, heirlooms,
memorabilia, or accoutrements, (3) financing and undertaking
special projects for the benefit of Red Hill, and (4)
organizing an annual reunion.
is vested in a quorum of active members and in a council
composed of a Secretary-Treasurer and two at-large representatives.
The Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation's Executive Vice-President
currently serves as acting Administrator and manages
the affairs of the Descendants' Branch. Officers serve
a two-year term.
SCOPE The Descendants'
Branch is composed of individuals from all walks of
life and all areas of the country, including residents
of thirty-two states from Massachusetts to Florida,
is open to all direct descendants of Patrick Henry who
subscribe to the purposes of the organization. Annual
Dues are $25.00 per individual and $35.00 per family.
Individual dues for persons under 25 years of age not
under a family plan are $15.00. Dues are used to support
programs. A Screening Committee reviews all applications
to determine eligibility.
include a quarterly newsletter, special mailings and
news related to Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation activities,
discounts on museum gift shop items, and an opportunity
to become directly involved in a community dedicated
to the preservation of Patrick Henry's memory.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION Write
or call the Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation.
ANCESTRY The Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation researches the line of direct descent from Patrick Henry. We often receive inquiries about Henry's ancestry and would like to refer interested individuals to the researh page of Karen Lucas Lawless found beginning
Or check out Robert Douthat Meade's Patrick Henry, Patriot in the Making from
your local library. Copies of this book, no longer in print, are carried from time to time at
the Red Hill Museum Shop and can be ordered online or over the phone.