National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Nancy Horton Davis Chapter

Dallas, Texas


 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.



Our Chapter - Nancy Horton Davis in Dallas, Texas

Regent–Janet Kennedy
First Vice Regent –Amanda Carruth
Second Vice Regent–Ellen McCollum
Chaplain Penny Schuchat
Recording Secretary–JoBeth Weise
Assistant Secretary (appointed)–Alexa Heck
Treasurer–Elaine Rose
Assistant Treasurer (appointed)
Rosalie Palmer
Registrar–Sally Czerwinski
Assistant Registrar (appointed)–Carmen Moore
Assistant Registrar (appointed)–Patricia 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. 





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 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 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



Junior members of DAR 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 Juniorsí 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.


Some of the wonderful members that devote so much time and energy to our Chapter are the ladies that are serving as chapter officers.



Members serving the State and National Societies:

National Vice Chairman Memorial Service
Sandra Cook Bassett
District III Director
Sally Czerwinski
State Chairman National Defense
Sandra Cook Bassett
State Vice Chairman Regents Lounge
Sandra Cook Bassett
Dallas Area Regents Council Chairman
Janet Kennedy
Texas Speakers Staff Members
Sandra Cook Bassett
Sally Czerwinski
Texas State Vice Chair Texas Room
Sandra Cook Bassett

Chapter Chair TXDAR Standing Committees
TXDAR Centennial Forest–Susan Campbell
TXDAR Centennial Park–Susan Campbell
TXDAR Speakersí Staff–Sandra Bassett & Sally Czerwinski

Chapter Chair TXDAR Special Committees
DAR Library–Maxine Yant

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 Regentís 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



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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