Nancy Horton Davis Chapter


Membership Information

Our Chapter

Our Chapter's Honored Daughters

Our Ancestors

Why DAR?

The men and women who achieved American Independence needed no reminders of what they had accomplished. The victory itself was the monument to the spirit. No other was required. Documents, relics and soldiers' tales were handed down in the traditional way, through families.

The nation was to endure a devastating war between its very states, a painful reconstruction, and a proud centennial before it finally awoke to the ephemeral nature of the national memory. And then suddenly, it was time to remember and preserve.

Ann Arnold Hunter, A Century of Service: The Story of the DAR, 1991

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is a national organization that was formed in 1890 that is dedicated to service to the Nation. Its objectives are historic preservation, promotion of education and patriotic endeavor. An individual is first a member of the National Society, and through her chapter and state organization she contributes her service to the collective strength and progress of the National Society. The formation of chapters of the DAR in Texas began shortly after National, in 1894, and has been growing ever since.

DAR Membership Information

Any woman at least eighteen years of age who can prove lineal descent from a man or woman who rendered material aid to the cause of American Independence as a soldier, sailor, civil officer, or a recognized patriot in one of the several Colonies or States, or of the United States is eligible for membership. Documentation must be provided for each statement of birth, marriage and death between the prospective member and the revolutionary ancestor. If you are interested in further information about our meetings, activities or membership, we would be delighted to hear from you. E-Mail

Our Chapter — 2019-2020 Chapter Officers:

Regent Amanda Carruth
First Vice Regent Laurie Dickens
Second Vice Regent Carmen Moore
Chaplain Ellen McCollum
Recording Secretary Alexa Heck
Treasurer Donna Honea
Registrar Sally Czerwinski
Assistant Registrar Patty Canavan
Librarian Maxine Yant
Parliamentarian Sandra Bassett

Our Chapter was the fifth chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution to be formed in the Dallas, Texas area. It was organized on March 23, 1957, by Delia Dugan and was named for her great grandmother. Our namesake, Nancy Horton Davis (d.1839), was the daughter of Thomas Davis, who was in Dragoon No. 25 and chaplain in Elijah Clark's First Continental Dragoons of the American Revolution. We support the Isaac Freese Society of the Texas Children of the American Revolution.

This chapter meets the second Saturday of each month, September through May at 12:00 noon, and is a luncheon meeting. For membership information and meeting locations, please contact the regent.

Members contribute to chapter activities as their individual interests dictate, and there is something to interest everyone, such as genealogical research and preservation, literacy and historical programs in schools, conservation, and support of the local Veterans' Hospital, to name just a few.


Our Chapter's Honored Daughters

The Nancy Horton Davis Chapter is proud of all its members and of the many years of dedicated service and loyalty they have contributed to the goals of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Our Chapter was the winner of the 1998 Juniors' Chapter Choice Award for the State of Texas. This coveted award honors the Texas chapter which best promotes and supports Juniors and Junior projects.

Helen Muriel Linz Klingman

Jeanne Jordan Tabb

In October 1994, Helen Muriel Linz Klingman was named honorary chapter regent. Helen was a dedicated and hard-working member of DAR for over 65 years and of our chapter for over 30 years!

Jeanne Jordan Tabb was named honorary chapter regent in April 1999. Jeanne was an organizing member of the chapter and served as chapter regent for four terms!

Sandra C. Bassett

Frances Wigginton Anderson

Sandra C. Bassett was named an honorary chapter regent in the Spring of the Year 2000. Sandy served four terms as our chapter regent and chaired numerous chapter committees. She has held the offices of Texas State librarian and Texas State Organizing secretary, and has served for many years on the NSDAR speakers staff. Sandy is also advisor to the NSDAR Museum.

Frances Wigginton Anderson was named honorary chapter regent in 2006. In the past ten years, she has served as chapter regent three terms and served on the board as first vice regent, registrar, assistant registrar and currently chaplain. During Fran's term as regent, the chapter won the Junior's Choice Chapter award.

Kimberly K. Clark

Marsha J. Ward

Kimberly K. Clark was named honorary chapter regent in 2006. Kim has served three terms as chapter regent as well as most other chapter officers at least once. Kim additionally has served as editor of the Congress Herald, the daily paper during the NSDAR Continental Congress for about the past decade.

Marsha J. Ward* was named honorary chapter regent on April 12, 2008. Over a twelve year period, Marsha made an enormous impact on our chapter, both visibly as regent and quietly behind the scenes. Most members will never know the extent the chapter benefited from Marsha's hard work, generosity, and imaginative leadership skills.
*Deceased April 23, 2008

Leola Searles

Leola Searles was named an honorary chapter regent in 2017. She served as Regent from 2007 to 2009, two terms as Chapter 2nd Vice Regent, as 1st Vice Regent for two terms, and has also served as Chapter Historian. Leola has faithfully attended Fall Forum, and served as a Delegate or Alternate to Texas State Conference. She has been active in the Dallas Area Regents' Council since May of 2005, and served as its Chair in 2008-2009. Leola has also been active in the Dallas Area Past Regents' Club since May of 2009. She continues to actively serve our Chapter as a leader and a friend.  


Junior members of DAR

Juniors are members (18-36) who make vital contributions to DAR as well as other community, historic, educational and patriotic activities. The Nancy Horton Davis Chapter was recipient of the Texas State Juniors’ Choice Chapter at the 99th Texas State Conference. This is a state honor awarded each year to the chapter that best supports Juniors and Junior activities. Our chapter is proud of its long history of support of Juniors members and to have two state winners of the Texas State Outstanding Junior Contest, Sydney Brainard 1986-1987 and Bettina Ripperger 2000-2001.

Chapter Members Serving State Society

  • Texas State Chair - DAR Museum Outreach — Sandra Cook Bassett
  • Texas State Chair - Texas Travel and Tours — Sally Czerwinski
  • Texas State Vice Chair - Pages — Amanda Carruth

Chapter Committee Chairs

  • Music–Laurie Dickens
  • Newsletter–Janet Kennedy
  • Telephone–Penny Schuchat
  • Yearbook–Amanda Carruth
  • Bylaws–Sandy Bassett
  • Finance–Elaine Rose
  • Memorials–Penny Schuchat
  • State Regent’s Project–JoBeth Weise

2017 - 2018 Chapter Chairs, National Committees

  • Membership & Administration
  • Chaplain–Penny Schuchat
  • Chapter Achievement Awards–Janet Kennedy
  • Junior Membership–Amanda Carruth
  • Lineage Research–Sally Czerwinski
  • Membership–Amanda Carruth
  • Protocol–Sandra Bassett
  • Units Overseas–Leola Searles
  • Volunteer Genealogists–Sally Czerwinski
  • Volunteer Information Specialists–Amanda Carruth


  • Americanism–Pat Taylor
  • Children of the American Revolution–JoBeth Weise
  • DAR Good Citizens–Penny Schuchat
  • DAR Project Patriot–Leola Searles
  • DAR Service for Veterans–Leola Searles
  • The Flag of the United States of America–Ellen McCollum
  • National Defense–Amanda Carruth
  • Service to America–Alexa Heck


  • American Heritage–Leola Searles
  • American History–Audra Schvab
  • Commemorative Events–Elaine McReynolds
  • DAR Museum Outreach–Sandra Bassett
  • Genealogical Records–Sally Czerwinski
  • Historian–Maxine Yant
  • Historic Preservation–Elaine McReynolds
  • Librarian– Maxine Yant


  • American Indians–Carmen Moore
  • Community Classroom–Michele Moran
  • Conservation–Susan Campbell
  • Constitution Week–Roney Foil
  • DAR Magazine–Rosalie Palmer
  • DAR Scholarship–Elaine Rose
  • DAR Schools–Laurie Dickens
  • Junior American Citizens–Elizabeth Cavin
  • Literacy Promotion–Maxine Yant
  • Public Relations and Media–Peggy Britton
  • Women's Issues–Roney Foil


Children of the American Revolution

Texas Society Daughters of the American Revolution

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Sons of the American Revolution


Our Ancestors

Angell, Israel – RI
Atwood, Samuel – MA
Axline, Adam – VA
Ayer, Silas – NJ
Back, Harman – VA
Baldwin, John – PA
Barber, John – NC
Barnes, Richard – VA
Barrows, Moses – MA
Berry, Sanford – SC
Black, Thomas – VA
Blinn, Elisha – NY
Boone, Jeremiah – VA
Bortle, Philip H – NY
Boyden, Hezekiah – VT
Brandon, Josiah – NC
Britton, George – VA
Browder, Edmund – NC
Browder, Joseph – VA
Bulkley Jr, James – VA
Burnham, Isaac – NC
Burrill, Francis – VA
Burroughs, Josiah – MA
Bybee, Pleasant – VA
Cartwright, Matthew – NC
Castleberry, Richard – GA
Clay, Mitchel – VA
Cole, John – NC
Compton, James – NJ
Coolidge, Joseph – MA
Corn, John Peter – VA
Cox, David – VA
Cox, Isaac – VA
Crabtree, Isaac – VA
Darden Sr, George – GA
De La Grange, Christian – NY
De La Grange, Jellis – NY
Deaton, Joseph – NC
Dent, Walter – MD
Drake, George – NJ
DuBose, Isaac – SC
Ehle, Peter – NY
Elliott, John – NH
Ellis, James – NY
Esselstyne, Richard – NY
Esselstyne Sr, Jacob – NY
Evans, Phillip – NC
Everett, Joseph – PA
Flower, Nathaniel – CT
Forman, John – NJ
Fortier Jr, Michel – LA
Frampton, William – PA
Frierson, Robert – SC
Gibson, Thomas – NC
Gilbert, John Webster – VA
Gilstrap, Peter – NC
Goff, Salathiel – VA
Graham, Richard – NC
Gunn Sr, Nathaniel – MA
Bortle, Philip H – NY
Hammond, Philip – VA
Hamner, William – VA
Hawkins, Josias – MD
Healy, Nathaniel – MA
Heard, Thomas – VA
Henshaw, William – VA
Hewins Sr, Jacob – MA
Hite, Matthias – VA
Howard, John – NC
Howard, Joseph – NC
Huntley, Thomas – NC
Inman, Henry – PA
Humphrey, Jacob – PA
Jennings, Ephraim – MA
Johnson, John – MA
Kelsey Sr, Samuel – SC
Kepple, Nicholas – PA
Kersh, Andrew – SC
Kimmey, Jacob – NY
King, Baxter – NC
King Jr, William – MA
Kline, Johannes – NY

Lagenauer, Jacob Friedrich – NC
Lemasters, Benjamin – VA
Lewis, Daniel – NC
Lewis, John – VA
Lierly, Zachariah – NC
Little, James – CT
Livingston, Samuel – VA
Logan, William – SC
Lovelace, Elias – NC
Lynn, William Fanning – NC
Magill, John – VA
Mason, Elisha – MA
Massey, Caleb – VA
Mccorkle, Archibald – SC
Mcfarland Jr, John – VA
Meetch, John – PA
Melchoir Sr, John – PA
Menefee, John – VA
Menefee Sr, William – VA
Merry, Samuel – MA
Milford, Henry – SC
Miller, George – PA & MD
Millsaps, Thomas – NC
Mosher, Michael – MA
Newell, Simeon – CT
Newton, Solomon – MA
O'shields, John – SC
Oakley, Richard – NC
Peters, John – VA
Pierce, Richard – MA
Prather, Thomas – NC
Prather, Archibald – VA
Pratt, Obediah – NY
Randall, Benjamin – MA
Rankin, William – VA
Renner, George – VA
Ridley, George – VA & NC
Roberts, Drury – GA
Robertson, James – NC
Robinson, Issicar – NY
Savage, Levin – NC
Sebree, Richard – VA
Simpson, James – RI
Slauson, Amos – NY
Sledge, Daniel – NC
Smith, George – VA
Smith, Reuben – NH
Squire, Daniel – CT
Stacy, William – MA
Steele, Ninian – NC
Steele, Thomas – PA
Stewart, William – MA
Stockton, John – VA
Stovall Sr, John – NC
Stovall, Josiah – NC
Strother, William – SC
Summerall, Thomas – NC
Taylor Jr, James – VA
Thompson, Reuben – GA
Thompson, Samuel – MA
Thompson, Thomas – NJ
Trowbridge, Luther – MA
Turk, Abraham – NY
Turner, Simeon – NY
Turner, Zadoc – MD
Urann, Jonathan – NH
Van Doren, Abraham – NJ
Van Alstyne, William – NY
Waldo Jr, John J – NY
Walker, Philip – SC
Wells, Benjamin – MA
Wells, Henry – NY
Wells, Joseph – NY
Whatley, Michael – NC
Whatley, Ornan – GA
Whatley, Shirley – NC
Williams, Hardin – NC
Wimberly, Ezekiel – NC
Witcher, William – VA
Wylie, William – SC



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