Susannah Hart Shelby Chapter
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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.
|Regent||JeanEllen Hiter Melton|
|Vice Regent||Laurwin Sue Stone Patrick|
|Treasurer||Jane A. Semones|
|Recording Secretary||Phyllis Jewell|
|Corresponding Secretary||Phyllis Jewell|
|Historian||Dorothy Meador Wilson|
|Librarian||Dorothy Meador Wilson|
|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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