The John Eliot Chapter (JEC), Colonial Dames 17th Century (CDXVIIC) was recognized for its work with veterans at the state conference held at Searcy a few weeks ago.

JEC was the first CDXVIIC chapter to be chartered in Arkansas and has met in Pine Bluff for nearly 60 years. The society has three other chapters in Arkansas, according to a March news release.

State Chaplain Wyatt conducted a memorial for deceased members Marjo Dill, Jean Pollard, Freddia Baxter and Madaline Mann. Margaret Thornton Dill and Jean Sanders Pollard, members of JEC, served the state society as presidents.

“CDXVIIC objectives are: To aid in the preservation of records and historical sites of our country, to foster interest in historical colonial research, to support the youth of our country in education, to commemorate the noble and heroic deeds of our ancestors who were the founders of this great Republic, to zealously maintain the high principles of virtue, courage and patriotism which led to the independence of the Colonies and laid the foundation for the establishment of the United States of America, to maintain a Library of Heraldry and preserve the lineage and Coats of Arms of our Armorial Ancestors, and to develop a library specializing in the seventeenth century American colonial data,” according to the release.

Any woman 18 years old or older of good moral character is eligible for membership, provided she is eligible through the lineal descent of an ancestor who lived and served prior to 1701 in one of the Original Colonies in the geographical area of the present United States of America, according to the release.

JEC meets four times a year at the Pine Bluff Country Club with the United States Daughters of 1812 and the Daughters of Colonial Wars. Details: Sharon Wyatt at