SOCIETY OF DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
EARLY ALABAMA HISTORY
Organized in 1890 in Washington DC
The society of Daughters of the American Revolution is a hereditary, patriotic society, organized in Washington, D. C., October 11, 1890, and incorporated by Act of Congress in 1896. The objects are to perpetuate the memory of the spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence; to promote institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge; to cherish, maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom; to foster true patriotism and love of country; and to aid in securing for mankind all the blessings of liberty. Membership is restricted to those women whose ancestors (at least one) aided in establishing American Independence.”
In 1902 the Society purchased a lot in Washington, D. C., and later erected upon it “Memorial Continental Hall,” a handsome building of classic architecture which is the national headquarters, and where the annual conference of chapter delegates is held.
Publications.—A series of lineage books containing the record of the ancestry of each member of the organization; and “The American Monthly Magazine.”
Chapters were formed in Alabama soon after the Society was incorporated and later a State Society was formed. First State Regent, Mrs. J. Morgan Smith, Birmingham; second State Regent, Mrs. Aurora Pryor McClellan.
Objects.—To bring into closer relations the chapters of the State, that interest in the National Society may be increased, its influence extended, and its patriotic work promoted and enlarged throughout Alabama.”
Committees.—There are four standing committees: (1) on graves of Revolutionary soldiers in Alabama (2) on Real daughters of the Society of D. A. R. in Alabama; (3) on Continental Hall; (4) Revolutionary Relics. In addition to the foregoing there are working committees: (1) American Monthly Magazine; (2) legislative and patriotic incentives to education; (3) proper observance of National anniversaries and Alabama -Day; (4) State society genealogy and badges; (5) monumental memorial committee; (6) Jackson roads in Alabama; (7) preservation of the “Natchez Trace” in Alabama; (8) historic spots and graves of Revolutionary heroes and heroines; (9) child labor legislation; (10) cultivation of fraternal relations with the Sons of the Revolution and the Sons of the American Revolution; (11) to secure pensions for Real Daughters; (12) Jones Valley memorial road.
Andrew Jackson Chapter, Talladega. Organized January 25, 1898. First regent, Mrs. J. Melville Thornton.
Bienville Chapter, Anniston. Organized June, 1906. First regent, Mrs. A. L. Tyler.
Cherokee Chapter, Selma. Regent in 1908, Miss Nellie Baker.
Colbert Chapter. Tuscumbia. Organized November, 1907. Regent 1908-9, Mrs. John E. Deloney.
Francis Marion Chapter, Montgomery. Organized February 15, 1904.
Frederick William Gray Chapter, Anniston. Organized June 28, 1898. First regent, Mrs. Margaret Love Mooring.
General Sumter Chapter, Birmingham. Organized February 4, 1895. First regent, Mrs. George C. Ball.
John Wade Keys Chapter, Athens. Organized May 2, 1900. First regent*, Mrs. Aurora Pryor McClellan.
Katharine Steel Chapter, Oxford. Organized April 23, 1906. First regent, Mrs. James R. Draper.
Lewis Chapter, Eufaula. Organized April 18, 1901. First regent, Mrs. Carolyn Simpson Dean.
Light Horse Harry Lee Chapter, Auburn. . Organized April 8, 1896. First regent, Mrs. P. H. Mell.
Martha Wayles Jefferson Chapter, Opelika. Organized July 4, 1898. First regent, Mrs. Fanny L. W. Harrison.
Mobile Chapter, Mobile. Organized January 10, 1901. First regent, Mrs. Richard H. Clarke.
Peter Forney Chapter, Montgomery. Organized January 19, 1898. First regent, Mrs. John M. Wyly.
Tuscaloosa Chapter, Tuscaloosa. Organized February 20, 1901. First regent, Mrs. Ellen Peter Bryce.
Twickenham Town Chapter, Huntsville. Organized May, 1908.
- History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography Volume 2, 1921
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