Society of Colonial Wars
in the State of Indiana

CHARTERED 26 MAY 1903




2016 Annual Spring Meeting
May 14, 2016 -- 9:30 a.m.
Woodstock Club, Indianapolis, Indiana
12:00 Joint Luncheon
Speaker: Jeff Jaeger, coauthor of the book:
John Small of Vincennes:
Gunsmith on the Western Frontier.
Topic: John Small.



Officers - History - Past Governors - Join the Society - Links - Markers - Members - Clark Papers

The Society of Colonial Wars is instituted to perpetuate the memory of those events, and of the men who, in military, naval, and civil positions of high trust and responsibility, by their acts or counsel, assisted in the establishment, defense, and preservation of the American Colonies, and who were in truth founders of this Nation. To this end, it seeks to collect and preserve manuscripts, rolls, relics, and records; to hold suitable commemorations, and to erect memorials relating to the American Colonial period; to inspire in its members the fraternal and patriotic spirit of their forefathers, and to inspire in the community respect and reverence for those whose public services made our freedom and unity possible.

Any male person above the age of eighteen years shall be eligible for membership provided that he is lineally descended from an ancestor who during the period prior to the Battle of Lexington, April 19, 1775, served as a military or naval officer, soldier, sailor, or marine, or as a privateers man, or held office in any of the Colonies.

Officers 2012-2015



Charles Bragg, Rick Gann, Graham Denby Morey, Donald Gradeless, Dennis Babbitt, Bob Rati, and Allen Moore

2014 Calendar Dates


2014 Summer Court


17 May 2014


2014 Winter Court              


8 November 2014



2013 Calendar Dates


2013 Summer Court


18 May 2013


2013 Winter Court              


9 November 2013



Officers 2015-2018

Governor Dennis L. Babbitt
E-mail: DLBabbitt@sbcglobal.net
315 W Jackson Street
Muncie, IN 47305-1626
Phone: 765-286-4484
Lt. Governor Vacant


Deputy Governor General Dr. Charles F. Bragg
E-mail: CFBragg@iquest.net
9771 Logan Lane
Fishers, IN 46037-9171
Phone: 317-570-4550
FAX: 317 - 570-4551
Secretary Alan J. Teller
E-mail: Alan.Teller@comcast.net
3003 Lamplighter Lane
Kokomo, IN 46902-8125BR> Phone: 765-455-0484
Treasurer Graham D. Morey
E-mail: Graham45@att.net
8616 W 10th St, Apt #423
Indianapolis, IN 46234-2171.
Home Phone: 317-435-1072
Registrar Kevin L. Waldroup
E-Mail — Kevin@KevinWaldroup.com
10133 North 1000 East
Brownsburg, IN 46112
AC 317-730-4193
Historian Robert D. Rati
E-mail: RatiSR@prodigy.nett
4919 Regency Place
Carmel, IN 46033-5959
Phone: 317-571-9166
Chaplain Graham D. Morey
E-mail: Graham45@att.net
8616 W 10th St, Apt #423
Indianapolis, IN 46234-2171.
Phone: 317-435-1072

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2012 Winter Court Minutes

2012 Summer Court Minutes

2011 Winter Court Minutes

2011 Summer Court Minutes

2010 Winter Court Minutes

2010 Summer Court Minutes

2009 Winter Court Minutes



History of the Indiana Society

      The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Indiana was organized 23 April 1903 in the City of Indianapolis and was chartered by the General Society on 26 May of the same year.  "Officers were elected and an organization perfected at a meeting in Indianapolis July 1, 1903.  The first annual Court and dinner was held at the University Club, Indianapolis, February 10, 1905, anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Paris, 1763, on which occasion the Hon. Jacob Piatt Dunn delivered an address on 'Indiana in the Colonial Period.'"
      The 1927 report of the Historian Report noted that "For a few years during and immediately following the World War, the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Indiana was inactive although its organization was maintained.  In April, 1924 an effort was made to renew its activity, and a court and dinner were held on the evening of Thursday, May 22, 1924.   A new constitution was drafted and adopted at that meeting, which fixed February twenty-forth as the date of holding the Annual Court, this being the anniversary of the fall of Fort Sackville at Vincennes after it had been invested by George Rogers Clark."
        By the 1950s the Indiana Society was again completely inactive, but in 1966 a group of members from Ohio led by Lawson Whiteside, Lawrence Lewis, Richard Thayer, and Col. Jules Germain Kiplinger decided to reactivate the dormant Indiana Society.  At that time Colonel Kiplinger was appointed Governor of the reactivated Society and from then until the time of his death he worked ceaselessly to improve and enlarge the Society and its scope of activities.  Upon Colonel Kiplinger's death in 1971, the Indiana Society again fell into an inactive state.
      However, on 19 October 1991 eleven gentlemen met at the Propylaeum Club in Indianapolis to revive the State Society.   They were David C. Becker, Frederick Bobier, Carter M. Fortune, Scott Hosier, Jr., Hugh B. Lee, Jr., Allen W. Moore, Neal Chase Pitts, M.D., Robert D. Rati, John A. Roberts, Jr., Gordon P. Tierney, Gene Van Sickle, and a special guest. T. Kennedy Helm, Jr., the Governor General.   Gordon Tierney was elected Governor, and Fred Bobier was selected Secretary - Treasurer, Hugh B. Lee, Jr. was elected as Lieutenant Governor and Deputy Governor General.

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Past Governors of the Indiana Society

William Eastin English1903-1907
Merrill Moores1907-1911
William Oscar Bates1911-1913
Charles Emmett Coffin1913-1920
Merrill Moores1924-1927
Cornelius F. Posson1930-1931
George Chambers Calvert1931-1935
Frank Ball Fowler1935-1936
Fletcher Hodges1936-1937
Lewis Brown1937-1939
Franklin Hayden Whitmore1941-1955
Jules Germain Kiplinger1966-1969
John Alexander Roberts, Jr.1969-1971
Douglas McAllister Wade1971-1973
Carter M. Fortune1971-1973
James A. Telfer1977-1978
Carter M. Fortune1978-1985
Ronald J. Howell1985-1989
Gordon Paul Tierney1991-1993
Dr. Neil Chase Pitts1993-1995
Robert Dean Rati1995-1998
Joseph Gregory Dawson, Jr.       1998-2001
Marshall Eldon Miller2001-2006
Rickey Leon Gann2006-2011
Charles Frederick Bragg2011-2014

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Join the Indiana Society

      Any male person above the age of eighteen years shall be eligible for membership provided that he is lineally descended from an ancestor who during the period prior to the Battle of Lexington, April 19, 1775, served as a military or naval officer or held office in any of the Colonies.   Annual dues: $50.00 (Subject to Change.)   Please read the Application Procedure very carefully before contacting the Society.

Download             Application Procedures           Application                 Short-Form Application                  
Dual Membership Form             Supplemental Application Form

For further information and application fees contact Kevin L. Waldroup, Registrar & Genealogist.

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Monuments and Markers Erected by the Indiana Society


Fort MiamiFort Wayne, Indiana

Fort Ouiatenon     West Lafayette, Indiana

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The George Rogers Clark Papers

      In 1991, Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Illinois and the Sons of the Revolution in the State of Illinois funded the microfilming of the George Rogers Clark collection of papers pertaining to the Illinois Regiment of Virginia State Forces, persons or matters relating to the Illinois Regiment. Previously they had funded the archival storage and staff time to preserve the Illinois Regiment papers.

      The microfilm edition consists of 13 reels containing 16,858 frames with some 85,000 images of original documents. There is usually more than one document per microfilm frame. The documents were dated from January of 1778 through November 5, 1834.

      The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Illinois and the Sons of the Revolution in the State of Illinois funded the indexing of this collection. This index was completed May 18, 1995 and has 97,579 entries for 20,110 documents filmed on 13 microfilm reels. The compiler had abstracted and numbered each document for the separate 2,850 pages of the abstract, which indicates the location of the document on each microfilm frame when there is more than one document on a frame. The index references both the microfilm and the abstract. The abstract shows the original document numbers. dates the abstract of each document\. The originals are at the Virginia Archives in Richmond. A master microfilm negative was prepared for producing microfilms which have been deposited in several libraries as well as a limited edition books. Now the work has been placed on the internet for sharing with the general public.

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