Officers

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President and Founder

Donald Lee Christian, Jr.

Mr. Christian is a native of Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama where many of his family lines have lived for more than two hundred years. He holds a BA in History from the University of Alabama, and a JD from the Cumberland School of Law.  He has been engaged in the private practice of law in Huntsville for more than thirty years.  He and his wife Tracey are active members at the Church of the Nativity Episcopal where he served as a Member of the Vestry (2016-18), as Treasurer (2017), on the Wardens Council (2017-18), and as Senior Warden (2018.)  He presently serves on the Board of Directors for First Stop, and is a graduate of the Leadership Huntsville program (L-34 – 2021).  He and his wife Tracey support the Huntsville Historic Foundation, the Huntsville Museum of Art, and are members of the Nashville Opera Guild. 

 

He serves as Chancellor of the Society of Colonial Wars-Alabama,  and as Chancellor General of the Sons & Daughters of Colonial & Antebellum Bench & Bar.  He is a member of a number of hereditary societies, including: The Jamestowne Society, the Society of Colonial Wars (Alabama & Florida), The Order of Indian Wars of the United States, the Ancient Heraldic & Chivalric Order of Albion, the General Society of the War of 1812, the Order of Descendants of  Colonial Physicians & Chirurgiens, the National Society Sons of the American Colonists, and the St. Andrews Society of the Middle South. 

Treasurer, Order First Families Alabama Territory
Vice President and Founder

Thomas Edward Jacks

Thomas E. Jacks is an eighth generation native of Alabama.  Born in Huntsville, he grew up in New Market near where his ancestors settled in 1806.  Tom holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science (Mechanical Engineering) from Auburn University.  He has spent most of his career in the aerospace industry, with nearly twenty five years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.  Tom is currently Chief of the Engineering Division at Stennis Space Center in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi.  Tom and his wife, Tara, live in Mandeville, Louisiana, and have four children.  They are active members of St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Mandeville, Louisiana.  Tom is an adult leader in BSA Troop 111 in Mandeville.

 

Tom is a member of a number of hereditary societies, including the Sons of the Revolution, the Society of Colonial Wars, the Ancient Heraldic and Chivalric Order of Albion, and the Order of Founders and Patriots of America.  He is a former Vice President General of the Sons of the American Revolution (2009-10) and the recipient of the SAR’s Minuteman Award (2010).  He served as President General of  the General Society of the War of 1812 (2014-2017) and President General of the Sons and Daughters of the Colonial and Antebellum Bench and Bar 1565-1861 (2020-2022).  He is currently the First Deputy Governor General of the National Society Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims, Treasurer General of the Order of Indian Wars of the United States, and Treasurer General of the National Gavel Society.

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Secretary and Founder

Leslie Ann Kirk

Leslie Ann Kirk was born in Montgomery and is a proud eighth generation Alabamian. She lived her early years near the homestead of one of her Alabama Territory ancestors. Her maternal line has been buried in that same community at Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery (Historical Marker HM1F4C) for almost 200 years. Leslie currently lives on the beautiful Lake Jordan in Titus, AL with her husband Durward Mark Henderson. She has one son Jarett Kirk Nobles of Dallas, TX. 

Leslie is a retired homecare director for Baptist Medical Center in Montgomery and enjoys horse rescue and photography in her spare time. She was a Dale Carnegie Leadership Trainer for over 10 years, she served two terms on the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) Historical Records Advisory Board and two terms on the Alabama Veterans Administration Volunteer Services Board. Leslie designed and maintains the websites for 45 hereditary societies on a national, state and chapter level. 

​Leslie is a member of National Gavel Society, Founders Fellowship and serves on the Hereditary Society Community website committee. She holds an office or membership in numerous lineage societies and has been founder or co-founder of eight organizations. She currently serves as President General of the Order of the Steel Magnolias and is the former Governor General of the Sons and Daughters of Virginia Founding Fathers. She has received several national awards for her hereditary society work.

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Treasurer

Edwin Dudley Burwell, III

Dudley Burwell is a descendant of Samuel Davis. Samuel and his family arrived in Madison County around 1804.  Dudley grew up in Huntsville and graduated from Huntsville High School. He graduated from the University of Alabama with a BS in Chemistry and Masters in Business Administration. He spent most of his career workings with Plastics. He started Fluid Controls, Inc.  which he sold to ISCO Industries, Inc. He was active in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He received the Leadership Award for his work creating Thermoplastic Standards. He was also a member of the Society of Plastic Engineers, Rotary International, Leadership Huntsville Class 16, and the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce.

Dudley is a member of a number of hereditary societies including: the Sons of the American Revolution, the Jamestowne Society, First Families of North Alabama, and he serves as the Treasurer of the Madison County Cemetery Rehabilitation Authority.

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Registrar-Genealogist & Founder

Donald Lee Christian, Jr.

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