Descendants of the Jersey Settlers

DJS Sunday Activities – Kingston United Methodist Church

Beg. at 10:00 am       Opening Session

Greetings from the President

Opening Remarks

Introduction of Special Guests


                                                                Annual Memorial Service

Remembering cousins who have left this life since the last reunion

Program:  Readings from the Civil War Diary of Alice Phipps, wife of Daniel Smith Farrar and daughter-in-law of Daniel Farrar and Eliza King

Presenters: The Trums, children of Carla Scharnberg Trum, grandchildren of Sydney Todd Scharnberg, great grandchildren of Ruth Anna Phipps Thistle Todd, great-great grandchildren of Caroline Ireson Phipps, great-great-great grandchildren of Hannah Swayze Ireson, and great-great-great-great grandchildren of Rev. Samuel Swayze.  Alice Phipps Farrar was Hildegarde, Sydney, and Carla’s great-great aunt. 

Hildegarde Trum Ballard is an owner of Houston City Personnel, a prominent staffing service in Houston, Texas.  A graduate of the University of Texas, she grew up in Beaumont.   Hildegarde is married to Barry Ballard; they have a daughter, Sydney Ballard Cruise. She is active in several organizations to improve the lives of children and was recently honored as the 2013 Child Advocate Angel of Hope.  Hildegarde loves to travel, cook and plan the next family gathering.

Sydney Trum Busch, a native of Beaumont and graduate of Lamar University, now makes her home on Cedar Creek Lake outside of Dallas, with husband Ed Busch. After a successful career in home and garden publishing, Sydney pursued her dream of helping animals by founding Friends of the Animals, a low-cost spay/neuter clinic.  The clinic provides much-needed services to lower income families, shelters and stray animals thus improving the lives of felines, canines and humans alike. 

Living in New York City, Carla Trum Mercado grew up in Beaumont, attended the University of Texas and American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) and pursued a career in advertising and marketing; she currently serves as President of an advertising agency focused on the U.S. Hispanic market.  Married to Juan Carlos Mercado, a native of Argentina, they have a son, William.  When not tending to her garden or planning her next trip, Carla avidly works on genealogy, a life-long passion; she is the author of two family-history books.

Mary Yust Trum grew up in Batson, Texas and attained her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Lamar University.  Music has always been a focal point in her life; she has served as band director for several middle and high schools over the years, bringing the joy of music to young people.  Mary was married for 30 years to Charles Trum, who died in 2010.  She makes her home in Spring, Texas and is the mother of Caroline, Charlie and Hannah.  Most weekends, Mary can be found on her bike.

Born in Beaumont and raised in Spring, Texas, Caroline Trum graduated from Texas Christian University and recently was awarded a JD from South Texas College of Law.  She has launched her law career at North American Energy Standards Board, which serves the North American energy markets.  Caroline lives in Houston, loves to cook and enjoys discovering all the latest spots around town.

Remaining Business and Closing Remarks

75th Reunion Portrait outside the Church

Picnic on the Grounds  From the earliest meetings of the organization, one of the highlights was the “basket lunch” following the annual meeting where members brought their lawn chairs, some even setting up a card table.  This year we encourage you to bring your chairs and sit outside (there are folding chairs in the church fellowship hall for those of you whose travel plans won’t allow you to bring a chair).  THIS YEAR THE ORGANIZATION WILL BE SUPPLYING THE MAIN ENTREES FOR THE EVENT.  Some suggestions on what you can contribute:  vegetables, salads, desserts, bread, beverages (soft drinks, tea, bottled water) eating utensils, and paper goods (napkins, paper towels, toilet paper).  We encourage families to join together and provide large pans of food and for those traveling from out of town, we can contact a caterer and order a dish for you.  If interested, contact Ann Severance at or 225-767-9625. 

After the Picnic                       Explore the land of our forefathers, visit the burial grounds of our ancestors, exchange contact information with your new found friends and cousins, and make plans to attend next year!