The Betty Martin Chapter of the NSDAR was organized by
Mrs. Huling P. Robertson, on April 6, 1904, in Temple,
Texas. It was the 11th chapter to be chartered in Texas.
Revolutionary War ancestor was Governor Richard Caswell
of North Carolina. He was the grandson of Betty Martin,
a noted Southern Belle, for whom this chapter was named.
"Heigh, Betty Martin,
Couldn't find a lover to
suit her mind." *
(Early American Folk
Legend holds that this
verse is part of a song composed by a rejected suitor in
honor of Miss Elizabeth Martin of Hereford County, Maryland.
It seems she was so particular that she could not choose
a proper Suitor to marry. However, she eventually
married and had children. She is reported to have said
to her sons, as they went off to fight in the
Revolutionary War, "Go, boys, and fight for your
country. Fight til death if you must, but never let your
country be dishonored. Were I a man, I would go with
Betty Martin died in
* Ford (Traditional Music
in America), 1940; pg. 58 (appears as "Tip Toe, Pretty
Songs of Old New England), 1939; pg. 85.
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