We are members of The Jamestowne Society, the national organization of descendants of the first permanent English settlement in America. The First California Company is composed of Society members in Southern California and was chartered in May, 1999. Martha Pace Gresham was our Organizing Governor.
Jamestown was founded on May 14, 1607 and served as the colonial capital of Virginia until 1699. It has a singular place among our American origins for what our ancestors did – as America’s first pioneers – to lay the foundation of our nation’s political and economic development.
The Society was founded in 1936 and is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. Its mission includes discovering and recording the names of all living descendants of Jamestown residents, officials, “adventurers” (investors) and land owners from 1607 through 1699, associating them as members of the Society, and honoring the memory of our settler ancestors. It has enrolled over 8,000 descendants; there are 41 Companies throughout the nation. Donations to the Jamestowne Society are deductible as charitable contributions.
The Society has confirmed over 1,500 names of individuals who meet its 17th century ancestry criteria and are listed as its Qualifying Ancestors. Many Americans don’t realize that these persons may be among their ancestors and would qualify them for membership. Our mission also includes helping them explore whether they are.
Any member of the Society may join the First California Company upon application to our Membership Chair.
First California Company’s Officers for 2012-13 include:
Governor…Virginia Moorman (Ginny) Gotlieb
Lieutenant Governor…Donna Chilton Derrick
Treasurer…Harry H. Holgate
Registrar and Membership Chair…Phyllis V. Kinzle
Chaplain…Martha Pace Gresham*
Historian…James H. (Jim) McCall
Councilors…Sandy Krutilek, Scott Krutilek and Joanne Howell Murphy*
Our primary contact is: FCCJamestowneGov@gmail.com
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