Listing of Those Accepted as Founders by the Order of the Founders & Patriots of America, from Its Establishment in 1896 to the Present.
This listing was initiated by Governor General Col. Charles Clement Lucas, Jr., M.D., who enlisted Registrar General Prof. Timothy Lester Jacobs to compile the list. It should be noted that a number of those who had been accepted as Founders were not actual founders. In such cases, notations explain why they were found to be not. Other “Founders” are problematic, generally requiring further proof if it is possible to find such. Lines of those found to be not legitimate are now closed, and others are put on hold until/if sufficient proof is discovered. Both applicants to the Order and OFPA Society Registrars should check out this listing before applying for or accepting lines.
Genealogy has come a long way since the 1890s, when “because I say so” was accepted as “proof”. Genealogy owes an unequaled debt to the late, great Donald Lines Jacobus, who brought genealogical standards to the modern levels of proof. The Order owes a similar debt to the remarkable work of Meredith B. Colket, Jr., whose “Founders of Early American Families” has served as the “Bible” for the Order. However, in the course of the compilation of the listing here, it was found that Colket was occasionally incorrect. One reason for these errors was that he relied very often on published genealogies rather than primary proofs, and these genealogies were often faulty. However, not all accepted Founders were listed by Colket, and in several of these cases errors were discovered. In the compilation of the listings below, the current compiler used multiple sources (town vital records; other town and/or county records; reliable histories; articles in The American Genealogist, the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, and other reputable journals; and the work of the remarkable Robert Charles Anderson, compiler of the Great Migration project, etc.) to establish the veracity of the claims.
These listings will continue to be updated as new Founders are established by future applicants. Prof. Jacobs accepts responsibility for any errors herein, and any forthcoming revisions will be welcome and given full consideration. The listings herein will be revised if such submissions are found to be of merit.
The Founders below may be cited from this listing as source when applying to the Order, citing as “Listing of Those Accepted as Founders by the Order of the Founders & Patriots of America, OFPA website”. OFPA Society Registrars should consult this list prior to approving any application. If a proposed Founder has not previously been claimed, be sure of solid, legitiamate documentation according to contemporary genealogical standards.
* indicates a person who was not a Founder, or not proven to be one. Consult notes.
** indicates a line on hold requiring further research. Consult notes.
*** indicates a problematic listing. Consult notes