Grahame Thomas Smallwood, Jr., the son of of Graeme T. Smallwood and Dorothy (Hubbell) Smallwood, was born in Toledo, Ohio on February 26, 1919. Mr. Smallwood spent his youth in Washington, D.C. and then lived in Philadelphia, PA, Salt Lake City, UT, and finally Potomac, MD. He studied at the College Moderne in Geneva, Switzerland and at the Lycée de St. Gilles in Brussels, Belgium. Mr. Smallwood died on December 3, 2000, and is survived by his sister, Mrs. Paul Milton Niebell, Sr. (Beasley - Eleanor Warrene Smallwood)

Mr. Smallwood served in the Pacific in World War II as an U.S. Army counter-intelligence agent. He had a twenty-eight-year career with TWA, both as an account executive, then as Eastern Regional Advertising and Sales Manager. After retiring, he pursued his genealogical endeavors and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah.

"Chips" was a cultured and talented man in all of his chosen fields and was recognized as a premier leader in hereditary societies. There were sixteen lineage societies fortunate to have had "Chips" as their leader and friend. He was respected researcher, author and co-founder of several lineage societies.


  • Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Connecticut
  • National Gavel Society (former President)
  • General Society of Colonial Wars in the District of Columbia (former Governor)
  • Order of the Crown in America (former Registrar General)
  • First Families of Virginia 1607-1624
  • Saint Nicholas Society in the City of New York (former Secretary General)
  • National Society Americans of Royal Descent (Honorary President General)
  • Order of Three Crusades 1096-1192 (former Registrar General; former Treasurer General)
  • Order of the Crown of Charlemagne in the United States of America (Honorary President General)
  • Baronial Order of the Magna Charta (former Marshal)
  • The Military Order of the Crusades (former Commander General)
  • General Society of Mayflower Descendants
  • Order of Scions of Colonial Cavaliers 1640-1660 (Honorary Member)
  • Jamestowne Society (Deputy Governor, Washington & Northern Virginia Company)
  • Society of Descendants of Knights of the Garter (former member of the Board of American Friends)
  • Order of the Founders and Patriots of America (former Governor General)
  • Order of Americans of Armorial Ancestry (Honorary President General)
  • The Hereditary Order of Descendants of Colonial Governors (Honorary Governor General)
  • National Huguenot Society (Honorary President General)
  • Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States
  • General Society of the War of 1812 (former First Vice President of the Washington, D.C. Society)
  • General Society Sons of the Revolution (former President of the Washington, D.C. Society)
  • National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (former Vice President General; former Genealogist General; former Librarian General)
  • National Society Children of the American Revolution (former Senior National Vice President)
  • Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States
  • Society of the Descendants of Colonial Clergy (former Executive Council Member)
  • Sons and Daughters of the Colonial and Antebellum Bench & Bar l565-l86l (former President General)
  • National Society Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims (Honorary Governor General)
  • National Society of Sons of American Colonists (Honorary Governor General)
  • Hereditary Order of Descendants Loyalists & Patriots American Revolution (former Treasurer General)
  • Order of the First Families of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations 1636-1647 (Honorary Governor General)
  • Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts
  • Saint Andrew's Society of the State of New York
  • Descendants of the Illegitimate Sons and Daughters of the Kings of Britain (former Secretary-Treasurer)
  • Order of Lafayette
  • Flagon and Trencher
  • Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
  • Colonial Society of Pennsylvania (former Board Member)
  • Swedish Colonial Society
  • Dutch Colonial Society of Delaware
  • Dutch Settlers Society of Albany
  • Welsh Society of Philadelphia
  • Netherlands Society of Philadelphia (former Chairman, Membership Committee)
  • Sons and Daughters of the First Settlers of Newbury, Massachusetts
  • Royal Society of St. George

Mr. Smallwood was the recipient of the Award of Merit by the National Genealogical Society and also served as executive secretary, treasurer and trustee of the Association of Professional Genealogists. In 2000, he received the Distinguished Service Medal from the Sons of the American Revolution. The Association of Professional Genealogists instituted the 'Grahame Thomas Smallwood, Jr. Award' in the year of his passing, as well.

Chivalric Orders


Mr. Smallwood was a member of the Union League Club, Philadelphia, PA; the Poor Richard Club of Philadelphia; Peale Club of Philadelphia; Philadelphia Council of the Navy League; and the Capitol Hill Club, Washington, D.C.

In addition, Mr. Smallwood held memberships in the New England Historical and Genealogical Society; Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania; Stamford Genealogical Society; Connecticut Society of Genealogists; National Genealogical Society (former Vice President); Society of Genealogists (London, England); Griswold Family Association; and American Society of Heraldry.

Mr. Smallwood was also a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation; Friends of Winterthur; Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia Society for Preservation of Landmarks; Friends of Independence National Historical Park; Netherlands America Foundation; Maritime Museum; the University Museum; Independence Hall Association; The Athenaem; Washington Crossing Foundation; Philadelphia Museum of Art; British American Society; the Franklin Institute; and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.