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Samuel Zenas Ammen
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Birth: Oct. 23, 1843
Botetourt County
Virginia, USA
Death: Jan. 5, 1929, USA

A Confederate veteran, Ammen was born in Fincastle, Virginia, in 1843 to Benjamin and Naomi Cross Ammen and was initiated by Alpha Chapter in October of 1866. Known as the Orderís Practical Founder because of his seminal influence on the organization, he is credited with developing the ritual, paraphernalia, explanation of the symbols, the meaning of KA, the office of the Knight Commander, the direction of initiation, the chapter, Knight Commanderís and Grand Historianís seals, coat of arms, crest, grip, button, flowers, motto, flag, Special Messenger, and the organization of the chapters. During Ammenís six terms as Knight Commander, he installed or reestablished twenty-two active chapters and four alumni chapters. Ammen would make his professional mark as the literary editor of the Baltimore Sun. He also wrote Latin Grammar for Beginners, A Scientific Description of the Luray Cave, and History of Maryland Commands in the Confederate Service. he died on January 5, 1929, in Daytona Beach, Florida, and is buried in Stonewall Jackson Cemetery in Lexington, Virginia.


The Order's Practical Founder of Kappa Alpha Order. Son of Benjamin and Naomi Cross Ammen of Fincastle, Virginia. Served as a soldier and Sailor of the Confederate State of America. He was one of the Founders of the Kappa Alpha Order and was the sole author of its ritual and wrote the accolade and prayer.
During his Confederate service he served as a Private in, Co.D, 11th Virginia Infantry, Regt. and was Discharged on May 19, 1862.


Ann Kelso Wetherall 12-22-1849 x 6-12-1905
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  Benjamin Ammen (1800 - 1867)
  Naomi Cross Ammen (1810 - 1886)
  William Wetherall Ammen (1883 - 1945)*
  Michael Thomas Ammen (1826 - 1903)*
  Naomi Jane Ammen (1836 - 1837)*
  America A. Bonsack (1838 - 1931)*
  Amelia M Ammen Burger (1840 - 1906)*
  Samuel Zenas Ammen (1843 - 1929)
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Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery
Lexington City
Virginia, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 37.78052, -79.44586
Maintained by: cjgriffith
Originally Created by: S.G. Thompson
Record added: Mar 12, 2005
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Samuel Zenas Ammen
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