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The Robert Rankin Chapter of the NSDAR proudly represents the Lake Livingston area. Mrs. Joseph T. Dabney, a descendant of Lt. Robert Rankin, organized the chapter in 1968.

Our Chapter meets every third Saturday, with exception of December. Please contact us for a calendar of events and speakers. The gathering of our daughters each month provides a forum for camaraderie; a forum to establish community-minded goals.

We sponsor many projects throughout the year. We collect postage stamps and labels to benefit the wounded veterans program and contribute to the NSDAR and TXDAR scholarship programs. We also encourage community awareness programs for national and civil defense.

Please accept our invitation to attending a chapter meeting or membership in the Robert Rankin Chapter of the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution. Contact us for information.

Membership Information Any woman over the age of 18 is eligible for membership who can prove lineal, blood line, descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American Independence as a soldier, sailor, civil officer, or a recognized patriot of the United States. For more information about DAR membership, visit the NSDAR website.


Our Namesake Patriot

Lieutenant Robert Rankin served in the Third Regiment of the Virginia line of the Continental Army in 1776. His participation in the battles of Germantown, Brandywine, Stony Point, and the siege of Charleston earned him the commission of Lieutenant, which he received on his release as a prisoner of war. He continued to serve until the war's end. After the war, he served in the Virginia legislature as one of nine trustees for the newly established town of Washington, in Bourbon County, Kentucky. He also served as an elector to the Kentucky Senate in 1792. Robert Rankin was a friend and ally of Sam Houston during the war for Texas Independence. He was instrumental in maintaining good relations with the Indians, in the spring of 1836, during the Texan retreat toward San Jacinto.

Robert Rankin was born in Colonial Virginia in 1753. On October 1, 1781, he married Margaret Berry while on military furlough. Four of his sons served in the War of 1812. On November 13, 1834, he received land grants in Joseph Vehlein's Colony in Texas. He was issued the necessary certificate of character on November 3, 1834, by William Grimes. The town of Coldspring, Texas, was founded on Lieutenant Rankin's original land grant.

Robert Rankin died November 13, 1837, in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. He was buried near his home, in Butler Cemetery, Coldspring, Texas. In 1936, his body was re-interred at the State Cemetery in Austin. Robert Rankin was a soldier, patriot, and good citizen.

On Saturday, November 18, 2006, members of the Texas Society Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated and honored the Native American Indians at the Alabama-Coushatta Reservation in Livingston, Texas. 

Sigrid Freeman-Bonner, TXDAR Chairman of Native Americans and regent of Robert Rankin Chapter, NSDAR, presided during the celebration. DAR members from Divisions 4 and 5 attended this event.

The Robert Rankin Chapter proudly presents Our Revolutionary Patriots

Andress, Joseph NC

Gates, Samuel VA & Mary Roland

Powell, Dempsey NC & Lydia Muse

Batson, Thomas

Gibbs, Herod VA & Lucy Anderson

Prather, Thomas VA MD & Mary

Battle, Elisha NC & Elizabeth Goode, William VA & Martha Jefferson Ramey, John VA & Jane
Bickham, Abner Capt GA & Dicey

Granberry, George NC & Elizabeth

Rankin, Robert VA Margret Berry
Birdwell, Robert VA

Greer, Acquila VA & Elizabeth

Reed, John Capt SC
Blackburn, Ambrose NC Gresap, Michael MD & Mary Reisinger, Peter PA & Eva
Blount, Reading VA Hamilton, William Joseph MD Reuben, Barrett SC
Breedlove, William VA Hardin, Joseph NC & Jane Gibson Scurlock, William VA
Brown, Edward MD & Margaret Henry, Patrick VA & Sarah Shelton Seale, Charles NC & Lydia Muse
Brown, Perez MS & Betsy Houx, Mathias VA Seloover(Slover), Andrew PVT NY
Burch, Joseph MD & Gilly Wilcox Humphries, Charles Sr. SC Slayton, Phine VT
Calihan, David SC & Elizabeth Isaacs, Samuel NC Slemons, Thomas Jr. PA
Campbell, Farquhard NC & Isabella Laird, John Lt Col PA & Sarah Finley Scurlock, Wm VA & Rhoda Simmons
Cannon, John NC & Martha Lee, William & Elizabeth Smith, Nathaniel NC & Elizabeth
Causey, Wm Capt MD & Susannah Leedy, Abraham PA Spear, John VA & Mary Ann
Carter, William Merriman VA Leftwich, Augustine Sr VA Stewart, Finley NC & Prudence Shaw
Chenoweth, John MD Leftwich, William GA Sumpter, John VA & Catherine
Coe, Moses NJ & Sarah Howell Mainer, John Pvt GA & William Teeter, Abraham PA & David
Craig, Toliver Sr VA & Mary Hawkins Maxey, Walter Thomas, Theophilus NC & Mary R
Curry, Robert VA Maxey, Walter Sr. VA Thorne, William NC
Crudup, Josiah NC & Elizabeth Battle McBee, Silas VA & Catherine Cates Van Liew, Frederick NJ
Davis, Jonathan VA & Lucy Gibbs Neucomer, Ulrich PA Veitca, John Pvt MD
Elliott, Aaron Parker, John 1740 Pvt DE/MD Warner, Wettenhall SC & Elizabeth
Farrar, William VA Peebles, Lewis VA & Elizabeth Ware, Robert & Margaret Basell
Farrow, George VA & Ann Ashby Peters, Sgt. Christian VA & Elizabeth White, John M VA & Mildred T.
Felder, Henry SC & Mary Elizabeth Pickens, Andrew SC & Rebecca Wolfskill, Joseph NC
Finley, John Maj PA & Mary Young Pope, Jesse NC & Mary Fort Womack, Abraham GA
Fort, John NC & Frankie Broadwell Powell, Nathaniel VA & Elizabeth
Fussell, William GA

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Last updated June 11, 2018

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