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Susannah Hart Shelby Chapter

FRANKFORT

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CHAPTER ORGANIZED MARCH 1910

Chapters are sometimes name for pioneer women who risked the dangers of the wilderness. The first DAR chapter in the Capital City was named the Susannah Hart Shelby in honor of the first-first lady of Kentucky, wife of the first governor of Kentucky, who married at the first fort in this Garden of the Western Hemisphere.

Susannah was the daughter of Nathaniel Hart, one of the proprietors of the Transylvania Company. She came with her parents from North Carolina and lived for a time in Boonesborough. Isaac Shelby, a dashing young lieutenant who afterwards became conspicuous in three wars, twice governor of Kentucky, soldier, statesman, leader, and hero of King Mountain, was on military duty at Boonesborough. Young Shelby fell in love with the attractive, vivacious Susannah Hart and they were married in the spring of 1783 by Squire Boone, Daniel's brother. History records that the fair Susannah raised a crop of flax on her father's place near the fort. She spun and wove it into material so exquisitely fine for her wedding dress that it could be drawn through her wedding ring. Thus, the name of Susannah Hart Shelby is like a golden thread of romance and sentiment, and is woven with the warp and woof of the early history and traditions of Kentucky.

Among the charter members of this chapter were three sisters, who owned and resided at Liberty Hall, the first fine home built in Frankfort. It is a beautiful example of Georgian architecture, designed by Thomas Jefferson, a lifelong friend of the builder, John Brown, who later became the first U.S. Senator from Kentucky. In October after its organization, the chapter was hostess to the first DAR Conference held in Kentucky. Mrs. Matthew T. Scott, President General, of Washington, came for the meeting and was entertained at Liberty Hall by her sister-in-law Mrs. W.T. Scott.

Office Title
Officer Name
Regent JeanEllen Hiter Melton
Vice Regent Sarah Hatfield Herndon
Registrar Elizabeth Case
Treasurer Carolyn Trautner Bond
Secretary Kathy Robinson
Historian Lane Butler Jacobs
Chaplain Ruthann Hazlett
CHAPTER PATRIOTS
DAVID ALLEN of Virginia Pvt ISHAM LANE of Virginia Sgt
ROBERT ARMSTRONG of Virginia PS GEORGE LAIL of Virginia Pvt, PS
EVELEAS LAIL KERSHNER DUNLAP of Virginia PS ANTHONY LITSEY of Virginia Sol
JOSIAH BOONE, JR. of Virginia Sol MOSES LOOMIS of Connecticut Pvt
HUGH MORSE of Virginia Sol JESSE RIGSBY of North Carolina Pvt
SAMUEL BURKE of Virginia Pvt WILLIAM McBRIDE of Virginia Capt CS
JOHN MORSE of North Carolina Pvt JAMES MERIWETHER of Virginia CS
MARGARET A X LAIL of Virginia PS RICHARD THOMPSON of Virginia Sgt PS
SAMUEL FERGUSON of Virginia Pvt WILLIAM HARDING of Virginia Pvt & Maryland
WILLIAM MARTIN of Virginia PS WILLIAM OVERALL of Virginia PS & Maryland
JOHN CREECH of North Carolina Sol PS THOMAS OWEN of North Carolina Maj
JAMES PATTON of Virginia Pvt PS BENJAMIN PENN of Maryland Pvt
JOSEPH DICKEN of Virginia Pvt ABRAM POTTER of North Carolina Pvt
WM. ABRAHAM FERGUSON of Virginia Pvt WILLIAM SAMPSON of Virginia Pvt
JOHN SHACKLETT of Pennsylvania Pvt PS PETER GLASCOCK, SR. of Virginia CS
BENJAMIN HARDING of Virginia Pvt HENRY SPARKS of Virginia Pvt
NATHANIEL HART of Virginia & N. Carolina Capt PS WILLIAM WALLER of Virginia Pvt
JOHN HAWKINS of VirginiaCmsry RALPH STAFFORD of Pennsylvania PS
WILLIAM HAWKINS of Virginia Sol PS ISAAC STEVENS of Virginia Sol
JAMES HAYDEN of Virginia Pvt DEMOVILLE TALBOT of Virginia PS
JACOB HEADY of North Carolina Pvt HEDGEMAN TRIPLETT of Virginia Maj
WILLIAM HEDGES of Maryland Lt JAMES VAN SANT of Pennsylvania Pvt
THOMAS HELM of Virginia Lt CYRUS VOWLES of Maryland Pvt PS
CASPER KARSNER of Virginia Pvt PS

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