Russellville Chapter

Russellville, Kentucky

Hattie Jean Hunter Carter, Regent

Shelly Greene, Vice Regent

Eloise Hatten and Linda Hadler, Co-Chaplains

Donna Luckett, Recording Secretary

Donna Luckett, Corresponding Secretary

Judith Wilcut, Treasurer

Carolyn Oakley Mallory, Registrar

Martha Davenport, Historian

Pat Fosster, Librarian

 

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HISTORY OF THE CHAPTER

 

This Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter carries the name of the town where it is located, The town of Russellville, located in Logan County, is named for General William Russell, a Revolutionary War soldier and frontier leader.

 

General Russell, a prominent early settler of southwestern Virginia, aided in the drafting of the Declaration of Independence. He was educated at the College of William and Mary.

 

General Russell was a leader in the first attempt to settle Kentucky in September, 1773. That party was ambushed by Indians and his eldest son, Russell, and a son of Daniel Boone's were killed during the attempt. The party returned east.

Russell, a Justice of Fincastle County, Virginia, participated in the Battle of Point Pleasant in 1774. In 1776, he was promoted to Colonel. He was captured by the British and held prisoner after the fall of Charleston in 1780. After a time, he was exchanged and rejoined the Continental Line. He was present at Yorktown in 1781 during the surrender of Cornwallis. Afterwards, Colonel Russell was breveted to the rank of Brigadier General and he commanded the 5th Regiment.

 

He was an original member of the Society of the Cincinnati and was serving in the Virginia House of Delegates at the time of his death.

 

His first wife, Tabitha Adams, died in 1776. His second wife was Elizabeth Henry, a sister of Patrick Henry and widow of General William Campbell

 

 

 

Updated February 6, 2019

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