Welcome to the General Marquis Calmes Chapter
At the chapter organizational meeting in November 1923, Mrs. Robert Keene Arnold was
elected Regent and Mrs. Theodore Harris was elected Vice
Mrs. Harris read a sketch of the life and service of General
Marquis Calmes, the founder of Versailles, written by her father,
the late John Andrew Steele and, at her suggestion, it was decided
to name the chapter after the General.
Marquis Calmes was born in the Shenandoah County of Virginia on February 26, 1755. He was sent abroad to be educated as
was the custom of wealthy families of that period, but when the
Revolutionary War broke out in October, 1775, he returned home to
serve his country.
In October, 1775, Marquis
Calmes was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Company of
Captain Alexander Spotswood. Later, he raised and equipped a
company of soldiers at his own expense, and with them, served with
distinction. He was Captain of his company and in 1812 was promoted to General.
Marquis Calmes had visited the Kentucky area in 1775 and
purchased four hundred acres of land in what would later
become Woodford County. By preemption warrant signed by Patrick
Henry, Calmes received one thousand acres of land near the town
which he would name Versailles. At the close of
the war, he returned to this area and built a fine home three and
one-half miles from Versailles. At the age of twenty-seven, Calmes married
Priscilla Heale (Hale) and they had nine children. He died February 27, 1834,
and his remains repose with those of his wife in a stone
mausoleum at their home.
The organizing officers were
Regent Mrs. Robert Keene Arnold, Vice Regent Mrs. Theodore Harris,
Registrar Mrs. George
Douglas, Secretary Miss Katherine Sullivan, Historian Mrs. Wade H.
George, Treasurer Mrs. B.F. Chenault, and Chaplain Mrs Horace Gay.
Kentucky State Regent Mrs. William Rodes
The General Marquis Calmes Chapter is honored to have had
our Organizing Regent Mrs. Robert Arnold to represent the chapter as the
State Regent and as a National Officer
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