Mountain Trail Chapter

Harlan, Kentucky


Dianna Short, Regent

Sandra Mullins, Vice Regent

Julia Mitchell, Chaplain

Arlene Kaye Jones Brown, Recording Secretary

Arlene Kaye Jones Brown, Corresponding Secretary

Theresa Coleman, Treasurer

Victoria Farley, Registrar

Sandra Lee Miller Mullins, Historian

Patsy Sue Pate, Librarian


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The Mountain Trail Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, was organized in 1930. Organizing Regent Mabel Green (Mrs. S.J. Condon) was appointed Oct. 15, 1930 serving until May 15, 1931 when officers were elected.


 The First meeting was held on Feb 6, 1931 by Miss Green at the home of her mother, Mrs. George Green, Green Terrace, Harlan, Kentucky. Regular meetings were held at night and there has been little change in the Order of Business. They did open with song--America and ended with a social hour.


There were 21 charter members who wee residents of Harlan.




Hazel Rice Atchison

Margaret Eager Green

Maggie Rice Green

Dorcus Ussery Gunn

Matt Eager Howard

Georgia Howard Jones

Nell Hall Jones

Lucy Ward Lewis

Nina Howard McKinley

Eva Green Noel

Mollie Carter Nolan

Mary Springer Robinson

Edna Hall Smith

Sudie Forester Spillman

Sudie Brittain Ward

Clay Carter Whitfield




Ruby Carter

Mabel Green

Margaret Howard

Annie Laurie Rice

Sudie Smith


Non-Resident Members


Maude McFadden Clark

Ivy Kelly Hicks

Mildred Jones Lloyd

Cora Rice Lewis

Irene Smith May

Adde Jones Shanklin

May Rice Smith

Thelma Ward

Anna Mae Lewis


Honorary Member


Millie Carter Milham


Some of the subjects used for programs in the early years were Ellis Island, Declaration of Independence, Indian Lore, Pioneer Wives, Slave Days, Olde Thanksgiving, Famous men of December, Lincoln and Washington, and Conservation & Thrift.


The early meetings were held at the Joe Kelly Hotel, later purchased by Ben Lewallen and known as the Lewallen Hotel on Cumberland Avenue in Harlan.


The name Mountain Trail is believed to have been submitted by Mavel Green and committee. Actual source is unknown but the members were all pleased with it.


The Charter and old minute books have been lost which the members before us attribute the loss being because of the terrible floods we have had in the area.


Through the leadership of Miss Mabel Green a project was started to locate and mark the graves of Revolutionary Soldiers who died and were buried in Harlan County.


On Nov. 27, 1932 a Memorial Service was held at the grave of Samuel Howard, who was born in Buckingham County, VA 1762 and died in Harlan County, KY 1840. He was in a skirmish a Dismal Swamp and at Yorktown when Cornwallis surrendered. He came to Harlan County 1796. NOTE: The grave of Samuel, his wife and infant were moved to RESTHAVEN CEMETARY with a Memorial Service served with the OLD GUARD in May 2017!


 September 1939 the chapter dedicated a bronze tablet at Cawood, Ky, which they had erected to the memory of the first white child born in Harlan County, Nancy Turner daughter of William Turner and Susan Bailey Turner and granddaughter of Carr Bailey, Revolutionary soldier and one of the first settlers in this county. Nancy Turner was born 1795 on Clover Fork at the mouth of Yocum’s Creek near the present town of Evarts. On March 3, 1814 she married John Cawood, son of Berry Cawood, a Revolutionary Soldier. NOTE: There was a bronze tablet commemorating Berry's grave, both Nancy Turner and Berry Cawood monuments have been vandalized and are non-existent.


The members of the chapter worked hard during the war years doing Red Cross work and knitting for soldiers. They sponsored concerts, rook, and bridge parties in order to make enough money for contributions for blood plasma for our wounded and for contributions to approved schools.


In the 1940’s the chapter had some of the most successful years under the leadership of Mrs William Noel Regent who worked untiringly for the success of the chapter. They sponsored musical concerts, parade of old wedding gowns,, Barter Theatre plays and rook and bridge parties and accepted many new members during Mrs Noel’s time as Regent


The chapter contributed more than twelve hundred dollars to the Library Building Fund, a thousand of which was given to the chapter by Mr. W. J. Cunningham of the Crummies Creek Coal Co. honoring the memory of his wife, Claire Gouger Cunningham who died in Oct 1948 and who was a member of this chapter. We have had reserved to the memory of Mrs. Cunningham at our national headquarters in Washington, a hundred dollar page in the Memory Book, a filing cabinet and another unnamed object.


On Oct. 8, 1933 the chapter dedicated a marker which had been erect at the grave of Lewis Green, Revolutionary Soldier, Mr. Green entered service at the age of 25 and was stationed at Blackamon’s Fort on the Clinch River where he was detailed along with other scouts to protect the frontiers from Indians. Soon after the war he came to Harlan where he lived the remainder of his life.


Oct 22, 1933 the chapter dedicated a marker which had been erected at the grave of Berry Cawood, Revolutionary Soldier, Mr. Cawood enlisted at the age of 17. He and 5 other men were ordered to guard families living on the forks of the Clinch River. In 1776 he enlisted again and was ordered to join General Christie in his campaign against the Cherokees. In 1778 he went on a trading expedition to the Illinois town and there enlisted in Col. George Rogers Clark’s Regiment. They marched to the Northwest to a fort on the Wabash and captured a hundred British troops commanded by Hamilton without the loss of a single life. They brought these prisoners down the Wabash River to the Ohio, onto the Ohio Falls where they landed and marched to Harrodsburg. There he received his discharge. He was known as an Indian fighter and wore Indian scalps on his belt.


In May 1937 our chapter was host for the 6th District meeting which was held in the Presbyterian Church. The State Regent and other distinguished State Officers and guests were present.


On Sept 13, 1937 the chapter dedicated a marker which had been erected on the Court House lawn honoring the memory of eleven Revolutionary Soldiers and Patriots:


Carr Bailey

James Brock

Berry Cawood

Henry DePriest

Lewis Green

Samuel Howard

James Hall

Stephen Jones

Ephriam Osborne

Henry Shackleford

Henry Smith


 Through the years the members of the Mountain Trail Chapter have contributed their time, money and interest to the National Defense, Good Citizenship, Approved Schools, and other projects of the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution.


 In 1952 American History Month was first proclaimed by the Governor of Kentucky in response to a request by Mrs. Noel, Kentucky State Chairman of Americanism. Eva Noel was Regent of the chapter from 1947-1950.


 Much has been written on the history of Eva Green Noel and her sister, Mabel Green Condon as both have been very active in the community. They are remembered by many. Eva as a talented musician, Mabel as the author of a “History of Harlan County”.


 DAR markers have been placed at several locations in Harlan County for our Revolutionary War Soldiers. As times changed there is no longer access to the locations of some of the graves. Permission must be granted to cross property lines and vandals have been at work on the markers. We have been at work on this with some of the families involved. Some may have to be moved to new locations.


 In recent years emphasis was placed on selecting a Good Citizen representative from each of the four county schools. All winners were honored with a luncheon held at the Harlan Presbyterian Church. At this event we entertained not only the student winner from each school, but we had parents, grandparents, and school personnel. The over-all winner receives a cash award, all school winners receive a pin and certificate.


The outstanding Jr. ROTC members were given medals.


The chapter continues to take items to the Veterans hospital.





Miss Mable Green, Organ zing Regent Oct 1930-May 1931

Mrs. Mary Springer Robinson May 1931-May 1932

Mrs. Sudie Smith May 1932-May 1937

Mrs. Lucy Forester Smith May 1937-May 1938

Mrs. Lucy Ward Lewis May 1938-May 1940

Miss Sudie Smith May 1940-May 1941

Miss George Ellen Gaines May 1941-May 1943

Miss Margaret Hamlett Eversole May 1943-May 1944

Mrs. Dorcas Ussery Gunn May 1944- May 1945

Mrs. Sudie Forester Spillman May 1945-May 1947

Mrs. Eva Green Noel May 1947-May 1950

Mrs. George Ellen Green May 1950-Dec. 1952

Mrs. Elizabeth Smith Welch Dec 1952-May 1953

Mrs. Clara VanBever Wardrup May 1953-May 1955

Mrs. Dessie Corley Jones May 1955-May 1957

Mrs. Betty Rayborn Cornett May 1957-May 1960

Mrs. Agnes Asher Bailey May 1960-May 1962

Mrs. Green Noel May 1962-May 1964

Mrs. Mildred King Henritze May 1964-May 1967

Mrs. Caroline Gooding May 1967-May 1968

Mrs. Sudie Forester Spillman May 1968-May 1971

Mrs. Howard Elliott May 1971-May 1972

Mrs. Lucy Ball Roark May 1972-May 1977

Mrs. Jayne W. Hendrickson May 1977- May 1981

Mrs. Lucy Ball Roark May 1981-May 1983

Mrs. Elizabeth Robbins May 1983-May 1985

Mrs. Allie Gordon Kaylor May 1985-May 1987

Mrs. Evelyn Cornett May 1987-May 1992

Ms. Arlene Jones Brown May 1992-May 1995

Mrs. Evelyn Cornett May 1995-Sep 1997

Mrs. Barbara McSpadden Vowell Sep 1997-Jun 2002

Mrs. Sandra Miller Mullins Jun 2002-Jun 2010

Mrs. Dianna Hensley Short Jun 2019-Jun 2018

Mrs. Pamela Surgener Brewer Jun 2018-





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