Colonel George Dashiell Chapter NSDAR

Normangee, Texas
(Leon and Madison Counties)


Our chapter was named for Colonel George Dashiell who was a prominent soldier of Somerset County, Maryland. Pat Melville writing for the Maryland State Archives' newsletter, The Archivists' Bulldog, wrote, "During the American Revolution, popular sentiment on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland leaned toward the British cause or indifference. Many citizens were more concerned about preserving their property, especially slaves, than about defending a new nation and new state government. Efforts to recruit men for military service, even in the local militia, produced meager results. The men who did join might show up for training or duty sessions, or they might decide some other task was more important." Colonel George Dashiell was able to overcome these difficulties and was in command of the companies who resisted the British attempt to take over the southern half of the Delmarva Peninsula on the Chesapeake Bay.

The chapter was organized June 9, 1980 in Marquez, with 14 members, and Joyce Dashiell (organizing regent), a descendant of Colonel Dashiell. The chapter location was changed to Normangee in 1998.