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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 Sue Patrick
Vice Regent JeanEllen Melton
Chaplain Jane A. Semones
Recording Secretary Phyllis Jewell
Corresponding Secretary Phyllis Jewell
Treasurer Valerie Brock
Registrar Suzanne Cox
Historian Virginia Neat
Librarian Virginia Neat
 
CHAPTER PATRIOTS
 
DAVID ALLEN of Virginia ISHAM LANE of Virginia
ROBERT ARMSTRONG of Virginia GEORGE LAIL of Virginia
JAMES BALL of Virginia ANTHONY LITSEY of Virginia
JOSIAH BOONE, JR. of Virginia MOSES LOOMIS of Connecticut
LEROY BRIZENDINE of Virginia ANDREW LYNAM of Virginia
SAMUEL BURKE of Virginia WILLIAM McBRIDE of Virginia
WILLIAM CHENAULT of Virginia JAMES MERIWETHER of Virginia
SAMUEL COBB of South Carolina JAMES NOURSE of Virginia
WILLIAM CORNETT of Virginia JOHN NOURSE of Virginia & Maryland
JOSEPH COVENHOVEN of Virginia WILLIAM OVERALL of Virginia & Maryland
JOHN CREECH of North Carolina THOMAS OWEN of North Carolina
AARON DARNELL of Virginia JAMES PATTON of Virginia
MICHAEL DAVID of Virginia BENJAMIN PENN of Maryland
JOSEPH DICKENS of Virginia ABRAM POTTER of North Carolina
PETER EVANS of Virginia WILLIAM PURVIS of Virginia
WM. ABRAHAM FERGUSON of Virginia WILLIAM SAMPSON of Virginia
JAMES GARRARD of Virginia JOHN SHACKLETTE of Pennsylvania
PETER GLASCOCK, SR. of Virginia PLIKER DEDRIC SILER of North Carolina
BENJAMIN HARDING of Virginia HENRY SPARKS of Virginia
NATHANIEL HART of Virginia & N. Carolina CHARLES SPRINGER of Maryland
JOHN HAWKINS of Virginia RALPH STAFFORD of Pennsylvania
WILLIAM HAWKINS of Virginia ISAAC STEVENS of Virginia
JAMES HAYDEN of Virginia DEMOVILLE TALBOT of Virginia
JACOB HEADY of North Carolina HEDGEMAN TRIPLETT of Virginia
WILLIAM HEDGES of Maryland JAMES VAN SANT of Pennsylvania
THOMAS HELM of Virginia CYRUS VOWLES of Maryland
JOHN HURST of Virginia WILLIAM WALLER of Virginia
CASPER KARSNER of Virginia JOHN WHITAKER of Maryland
 

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