Hereditary Order of the Families of the
Presidents and First Ladies of America

In Memoriam

HE following are members of the Order who have rendered exceptional service to the mission of the Hereditary Order of the Families of the Presidents and First Ladies of America.

This page is constructed in their honor and memory, with our gratitude.

James Whitnell Cummings, Founding Chaplain

James Whitnell Cummings, 59, died Thursday, May 12, 2005 at Georgetown University Hospital after an extended illness.

A native of Washington, DC, he was born August 23, 1945, the son of Harold G. and Annie P. F. (Adams) Cummings. His youth was spent in DC and in Fauquier Co., VA. He was educated at Lynchburg College, where he took his undergraduate degree in political science. He later obtained a Masters Degree from American University, and began his Doctoral program at Georgetown University. He studied Mandarin Chinese and Russian. He served five years on Active Duty and in the U.S. Army Reserves, being stationed in Vietnam and later in Korea. His military and post-military careers were spent in the intelligence field. Two years before his passing he retired as an intelligence analyst from the U.S. Department of Justice.

He was a member of numerous lineage societies and hospitaller orders, including the Hereditary Order of the Families of the Presidents and First Ladies of America, the St. Andrew’s Society of Washington, DC, the National Society Sons of the American Revolution (Virginia – George Washington Chapter, Maryland – John Hanson Chapter, and District of Columbia); General Society Sons of the Revolution (District of Columbia), the General Society of the War of 1812 (District of Columbia), the General Society of Colonial Wars (District of Columbia), the Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims (Virginia), the National Society Sons of the American Colonists, Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Military Order of the Stars and Bars, the National Order of the Blue and Gray, the Society of the Descendants of Colonial Clergy, the National Society Descendants of Early Quakers, the National Huguenot Society (District of Columbia), the Huguenot Society of the Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia, the Aztec Club, the Order of Indian Wars of the United States, the Hereditary Order of Descendants of the Loyalists and Patriots of the American Revolution, the Jamestowne Society and the Order of Americans of Armorial Ancestry, the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, the Hospitaller Order of St. John of the United States, the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem and the Ordo Sancti Constantini Magni.

Patricia Scruggs Trolinger, Founding Archivist General

Patricia Scruggs Trolinger passed away August 31, 2010, at Higher Call Nursing Center in Quapaw, OK, after a prolonged illness. She was born March 17, 1930, in Madisonville, TN, to Roberta and David Scruggs. On January 7, 1956, she married her husband of over 54 years, Donald C. Trolinger, in El Reno, OK. She was a dedicated military spouse and lived in Madrid, Spain, and Stuttgart, Germany, with her husband who is a retired Air Force pilot.

Patricia's love of genealogy resulted in her extensive activity in numerous lineage societies. She was an Honorary President National of the National Society of the Daughters of 1812, an Honorary Governor General of Descendants of the Loyalists & Patriots of the American Revolution, and a former Governor General of the Order of First Families of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. She was a member of many other societies, and of note, a Founding Member of HOFPFLA, which she served as its Founding Archivist General. Patricia also served as President of a different type of organization very dear to her heart - Miami, Oklahoma's Animal Welfare Society.

She is survived by her husband; son Richard and wife Jill of Bartlesville, OK; daughter Betty and husband Matt Giffhorn of Tulsa, OK; brother David Scruggs; sister Susan Scruggs, and five grandchildren: Alexis and Ellie Trolinger and Chris, Ben and Katharine Giffhorn. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Miami, where she served as a Deacon.

Charles Owen Johnson, Esq., Founding Attorney General

Charles Owen Johnson, aged 90, of Alexandria, passed away at his residence on Friday, August 11, 2017. Owen, as he was known to his friends and family, was born in Monroe, LA, the son of Dr. Clifford Uriah and Laura (Owen) Johnson. On graduation, Mr. Johnson received a B.A. from Tulane University, being elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Later he received a LL.B. from Harvard Law School, a JD from Tulane Law School and a LL.M. from Columbia Law School. He was a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association and enjoyed a successful career in law in Louisiana and Washington DC.

Owen served for twenty-four years in the Tax Court Litigation Division of the IRS's Office of the Chief Counsel, and as Chief of the Court of Appeals Branch, the last eleven years of his career. He was in the US Army from 1950-1952, during the Korean Conflict, and was an overseas veteran the last year. He resided in Arlington, VA, and Palm Beach, FL (his winter home), where he was active in the hereditary society community.

Owen served as first editor of Hereditary Register of the United States of America under the President and General Editor, John Griffin Richardson Rountree. He was also chairman of the editorial committee. He was a member of the English-Speaking Union of the United States, the Harvard Club of the City of New York and the Harvard Club of Washington, DC. He was active in a number of Fraternal Orders and was a Perpetual Member of Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22 AF&AM in Alexandria, VA, of which George Washington once served as Worshipful Master. He was also a member of the Harvard Club of Boston, Massachusetts; the Round Table Club of New Orleans, Louisiana; and the Army and Navy Club of Washington, DC, where he was also a member of Saint Gregory Orthodox Church.

As an avid genealogist, he compiled his complete ancestry (as known to him at the time), carefully documenting each fact. His genealogical interest extended to founding or co-founding numerous lineage societies, and he held membership in more than 50 such organizations.

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