National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

The beginning of the

Sarah Treat Prudden Chapter

Jackson, Michigan


From the Historical Record of the Michigan Daughters of the American Revolution, 1930:

On January 3, 1912, the national vice-president-general, Frances Ingraham Mann, in charge of the organization of chapters, reported that the first name on her list for confirmation as organizing regent was that of Mrs. Marian Selden Clancey, of Jackson, and her name was confirmed by the national board at that time. Mrs.Clancey was a member of the Lewis Cass Chapter, Escanaba.

Mrs. Arthur Maxwell Parker, state regent, deploring the fact that there was no chapter in Jackson, one of the oldest and most progressive cities in the state, asked Mrs. Clancey if she wouldundertake the organization of a chapter. Mrs. Clancey had assisted her mother, Mrs. Selden, in the organization of the Lewis Cass Chapter. Her loyalty to the D.A.R. [sic] led her to assume the task.

A preliminary meeting was called at the home of Mrs. W. H. Withington and Mrs. Parker was present. Its being the anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill, the story was told, and each prospective member presented the name of an ancestor for the name of the new chapter. The name of Sarah Treat Prudden, wife of Captain Fletcher Prudden, was chosen, perhaps because two-thirds of those present traced to a Connecticut patriot, also. Sarah Treat was a great granddaughter of Governor Robert Treat, who presided over the Charter Oak Assembly.

Hand-dipped bay berry candles, made at the Selden ancestral home in Hadlyme, Conn., were burned. A piece of the famous Charter Oak, which had been made into a gavel, was presented to the new chapter by Mrs. E. J. Weeks.




  Charter Members  
Marion Van Epps Selden Clancey
Marian L. Aldrich
Maude Fellows Aspinwall
Martha White Bancker
Mary Jane Black
Mary Connable Bootes
Florence Breck Bulson
Doris Carpenter
Helen Prudden Cady
Edith Bootes Clark
Dora Bennett Combs
Martha M. Cook
Isabelle Dille
Mabel Farrand Flowers
Frances Bellenger Isbell
Grace Driggs Lyons
Kate Fisher Mathews
Olive Pettit
Linnie Fritz Ross
Mary Ross Smith
Ethel Black Smith
Helen Hull Smits
Syra Smith
Annie Dodge Taylor
Alice Kingsbury Thayer
Martha C. Walcott
Nellie Cady Weeks
Julia Chittenden Withington
Rae-Mary S. Wyatt
Julia Prudden Williams
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