Our History

Mary Gatlin Cooke Robertson
The Betty Martin Chapter NSDAR was organized by Mary Gatlin Cooke (Mrs. Huling P.) Robertson and 16 other members on April 6, 1904.  The 11th chapter organized in Texas, it was named in honor of the great grandmother of Mrs. Robertson’s Revolutionary War patriot, Richard Caswell (1729-1789).  Betty Martin, born Elizabeth Martin in 1685, lived in Hereford County, Maryland, and was a famous belle of the ante-Revolutionary War days.  A young woman with a long line of suitors at her doorstep, she became the subject of a famous song:

“Pretty Betty Martin, tip-toe, tip-toe,
Pretty Betty Martin, tip-toe fine…
Never met a young man to suit her mind”

Two of her illustrious grandsons became revolutionary governors and both were members of the Continental Congress: Governor William Paca of Maryland and Governor Richard Caswell of North Carolina. Mistress Betty Martin lived to a marvelous old age and witnessed the birth of the new nation, its adoption of a constitution and flag, and its establishment among the world powers for freedom and peace. She died in Calvert, Maryland, December 31, 1778.

Mrs. Robertson served as regent of Betty Martin Chapter, NSDAR from 1903-1909 and from 1911-1913.  She was also Texas State Vice Regent 1908-1909.  She held the position of teller at two national DAR elections.  She remained a member of the Betty Martin Chapter until her death in 1938.

The chapter today has nearly 200 members from Temple, Texas and surrounding towns.  Our membership includes women of all walks of life and ages; and is open to any woman who has proof of lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution.  We have monthly meetings from September to May as well as two annual teas.  We join together to promote historic preservation, education, patriotism, and honor our Revolutionary War ancestors.

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