The Mary Isham Keith Chapter, NSDAR was organized June 15, 1898, by Mrs. Elizabeth Douglas Keith Bell. The following ladies were charter members: Mrs. Elizabeth Douglas Keith Bell, Mrs. Roberta Flournoy Andrews, Mrs. Martha Reed Fountaine Flournoy, Miss Mary Alice Waller, Mrs. Mary Burney Jordan Groves, Mrs. Lortah K. Stanberry, Mrs. Mary Dullen Taylor, Mrs. Minnie Colburm Naylor, Mrs. Susan Polk Raynor, Mrs. Sallie Polk Raynor Hyman, Mrs. Emma Stockman Hendricks, Miss Elizabeth B. Mims, and Mrs. Rose Bradson Bullard.
Mrs. Mary Isham Keith was the daughter of Thomas Randolph and his wife, Judith Fleming. She was born in Fauquier County, Virginia. In 1730, she was married to James Keith, a native of Scotland and a clergyman of the Church of England who came to America in 1717. To James Keith and his wife were born eight children. Their five sons, three sons-in-law, and eight grandsons fought or gave service in the Revolutionary War. Many of the descendants of Mary Isham Keith proved worthy of their heritage, attaining distinction as lawyers, ministers, statesmen, editors, authors, educators, doctors, scientists, businessmen, and soldiers.
To perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence by the acquisition and protection of historic spots and the erection of monuments; by the encouragement of historical research in relation to the Revolution and the publication of its results; by the preservation of documents and relics and of the records of the individual services of Revolutionary soldiers and patriots; and by the promotion of celebrations of all patriotic anniversaries.
To carry out the injunction of Washington in his farewell address to the American people, " To promote, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge, thus developing an enlightened public opinion, and affording to young and old such advantages as shall develop in them the largest capacity for performing the duties of American citizens."
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.
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