The members of the

Elbridge Gerry Chapter NSDAR

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Welcome you to this website!

We are located in

Sterling, Colorado

An old school house building is one of many old buildings located at the Overland Trail Museum in Sterling. Photo credit: Colorado Tourism Office, Andrea Golod/Miles

An old school house building is one of many old buildings located at the Overland Trail Museum in Sterling.
Photo credit: Colorado Tourism Office, Andrea Golod/Miles

 

We look forward to meeting you and introducing you to who we are, what we do, how to join us, and resources to research your own family history, celebrate patriotism, champion education, and promote historic preservation. We welcome you to contact our chapter and join us for a meeting. Our chapter meets at 10:00 a.m., the second Saturday of each month September through May.


If you would like more information on the Elbridge Gerry Chapter NSDAR,
please email the following chapter leaders or visit our state and national websites.

email Email the Elbridge Gerry Chapter Regent

email Email the Elbridge Gerry Chapter about Membership

email Visit the Colorado State Society DAR Home Page

email Visit the National Society Home Page

Membership

Any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence is eligible to join the DAR. She will be asked to provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage and death, as well as the American Revolutionary War service of her patriot ancestor.


Are you interested in membership but don't live in or can't meet in the Sterling area? That's okay! You can explore other chapters in Colorado by visiting the Colorado State Society website or click here to be connected with a chapter that serves your community.

Chapter History

The Elbridge Gerry Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR) was organized December 20, 1920, with seventeen members signing the charter that day. The name of the chapter was not chosen until almost two years later. Elbridge Gerry is the name of two men. The first "Elbridge Gerry" was the famous American Patriot and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Governor of Massachusetts, and Ambassador to France, who died as Vice President of the United States. The other "Elbridge Gerry" was of lineal descent to him and became known as the "Paul Revere of Colorado," when on August 19, 1864, two Cheyenne Indians came to his ranch to warn him of an impending raid on settlements and ranches by 1,000 Indians. Gerry rode his horse 65 miles to Denver with the news. Messengers were promptly dispatched to the threatened localities and thus prevented harm to the settlers and ranchers.

The Sterling Chamber of Commerce requested the Elbridge Gerry Chapter, NSDAR, to take the lead in marking spots of historical interest in the locality. When the local museum was built, Elbridge Gerry Chapter, NSDAR, contributed the first $25 toward the cost of building it and contributed the first of many pioneer relics placed there for safekeeping. The following are historical markers which have been placed by the chapter in Logan County, Colorado.

Historic Markers

First Schoolhouse in Logan County Tablet 1926
First White Settler’s House in Logan County Marker 1930
Irrigation Tablet 1928
Pioneer Stockmen Tablet 1929
John Wesley Iliff - Cattleman of the Plains Marker 2014

Photo Gallery

  • A Chapter Parade of Trees
  • A Fallen Soldier Table
  • Chapter Members Made Final Tribute Covers
  • Chapter Members Enjoy a 4th of July SAR Presentation
  • Chapter Members in the Logan County Parade
  • Chapter Members Provide Cookies for Veterans
  • Chapter Members with Honorary State Regent Norton
  • Chapter Memorial Day Presentation
  • Chapter Officer Installation
  • Members Enjoy a Patriotic Chapter Program
  • New Chapter Member Ceremony
  • Constitution Week Display
  • The John Wesley Iliff Marker
  • We Welcome New Members

Photo credit: Loretta Maxwell

Our Patriot Ancestors

The following are the patriot ancestors of the current members of Elbridge Gerry Chapter NSDAR. American Revolutionary War patriots include signers of the Declaration of Independence, members of local and state militias, members of the Continental Army or Continental Navy, men and women who rendered other types of aid to the cause of independence, and those taking oaths of loyalty. Other included patriots are foreign soldiers who served the cause of American independence and Spanish soldiers serving in the Presidios at Santa Fe, El Paso, and New Orleans. With a few exceptions, military service began with the Battle of Lexington (19 April 1775) and ended when the British evacuated New York (26 November 1783). Patriots may have also provided civil service, conducting public business in the newly formed American states.

If you have information that one of your ancestors may have aided the cause of freedom during the American Revolution, we may be able to help you establish your genealogical line for DAR membership. If you are interested in documenting your lineage and joining our chapter, or have any questions, please email the Elbridge Gerry Chapter Registrar.



Name Location Service
Nicholas Baker Virginia Private
Hannah Bartlett Kelly Massachusetts Patriotic Service
Baltus Borst New York Private
Eleazer Butler Connecticut Private
Joseph Corpe New York Private
Sebastian Frantz New York Private
Paul Goodale Massachusetts Private
Asaph Hall Connecticut Captain, Patriotic Service
Saunders Haynes New York Sergeant
James Johnston Virginia Sergeant
Samuel Kistler Pennsylvania Ensign
Peter Kivett North Carolina Civil Service, Patriotic Service
Abraham Paine Connecticut Private
Andrew Palmer Connecticut Captain
Christopher Parrott Maryland Sergeant
James Potter Virginia Private
Philip Proctor Massachusetts Private
John Roebuck South Carolina Private
Ebenezer Rowley, Sr. Connecticut Civil Service
Allen Sage, Sr. Massachusetts Lieutenant
Samuel Sexton Connecticut Private
Moses Stickney, Jr. Massachusetts Lieutenant
Moses Stickney, Sr. Massachusetts Private
Jonathan Weir Virginia Soldier
Henry Wightman Virginia Soldier
Ebenezer Wood Vermont Captain, Patriotic Service
as of April 5, 2018