Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Lewis Legacy – Descendents of Betty Washington and Fielding Lewis

I recently learned of a society of descendents of Fielding Lewis and Betty Washington.  Their Fielding Lewis was a first cousin of my Robert of Belvoir.  I am interested in their society as they have annual meetings to learn more about their history.  In 2011 they met in Williamsburg, VA.  They will meet again June 22 – 24, 2012 in Alexandria, VA.  In 2013 they plan a trip to England and Wales to visit sites of importance to the Washington and Lewis families.  I was delighted to be able to share information about points of interest in the Lewis family to the party that went to England and Wales in Oct 2011, and they were able to take many photos in the Abergavenny area.  If you are interested in this group, you can look them up at

Another Semester Wrapped Up

Finals are done and grades are posted!  Nearly all my students at Alfred University’s College of Business did very well, and I sure learned a lot from their questions.  Excel pivot tables were one of the most interesting things we worked on in MIS.

We have a four-week time to refresh and then Spring 2012 semester begins.

Custom Knife Maker – Claude Montjoy

Well made custom knives are a delight to hold, admire and work with.  My brother recently bought a bird and trout knife by Claude Montjoy, a deceased knifemaker from Laurens County, South Carolina.  The knife fits my hand perfectly, and is well proportioned for using.  If you are a fan of Claude Montjoy, I’d love to hear from you and learn more about this custom knife maker.   I was very fortunate to acquire 28 Montjoy knives from an estate.   The craftsmanship in these knives is simply astounding.