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News September 26, 2017  RSS feed

The history of Colonel George Dashiell Chaper, NSDAR


Fall Forum L-R: Front: Jan Reeder, Shirley Bland, Neva Jo Brooks; Back: Mae Bruce, Brenda Green, and a guest. Contributed photo Fall Forum L-R: Front: Jan Reeder, Shirley Bland, Neva Jo Brooks; Back: Mae Bruce, Brenda Green, and a guest. Contributed photo Colonel George Dashiell Chapter, NSDAR, located in Leon County, was named after an American Revolution soldier who played an important part in the events which led up to the Declaration of Independence and to the final signing of the Articles of Confederation. Colonel George Dashiell was in command of the companies who resisted the British attempt to take over the southern half of the Delmarva Peninsula, across the Chesapeake Bay from the mainland. In 1778 when a critical shortage of food faced Valley Forge for the winter, he was in charge of collect- ing food from the planters. He sent a shipload of pork and bacon in August 20, 1778, but the planters were reluctant to accept the new paper money being tendered. He then put up 10,000 pounds of his own money to purchase 100 cattle for the army in September 1778.

Joyce Dashiell Petty was the Organizing Regent for this chapter and is a direct descendant of Colonel Dashiell. The name was actually chosen by the National Board of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution; it was chosen from three suggestions suggested by the members. To organize the chapter, Ms Petty invited several Leon County ladies to come research their ancestors. This process took several months before it was ready to submit to the National Board. Once it was approved, there was an official meeting June 9, 1980, in the Weathervane Restaurant in Buffalo, where the chapter officers were installed by the Texas State Organizing Secretary. There are two of those charter members who remain active members in this Chapter: Rebecca (Becky) Hardy Pickens, and Wanda Williams Cooper.

The Colonel George Dashiell Chapter met in Woody’s Smokehouse on September 21, and enjoyed the informational program of our Chapter’s namesake.

Several of the chapter members attended the TXDAR Fall Forum, always held in early September in Austin. There are many workshops, and forums to offer training for the many projects and committees which DAR supports. A fun note about Fall Forum is that for three years in a row, a member of this chapter has won one of the Fantastic Door Prizes!

The next chapter meeting will be October 19.


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