Sequoyah Chapter NSDAR celebrates three generations
By: Margaret M. Clark
Early in the summer of 2019 the local DAR Sequoyah Chapter Registrar Annie Gunnin met Thelma “Bay” Cagle, who told Gunnin that her family had deep roots in our county from the mid-1800s. They had a short conversation about her family and her interest in joining the DAR. At that time Bay stated that she was very interested in joining and would be in touch with Gunnin. They exchanged information over the next few weeks while Bay gathered her Generation 1-3 documents.
As the research progressed, Bay shared that her maiden name was “Daniel” and that her mother was Patsy Daniel. It was discovered that Bay had two patriots on her father’s side, but she told Gunnin, “I would love it if you found something on Mother’s side because she has always said nobody in her family ever did anything. I would love to prove her wrong!”
Gunnin’s additional research identified an American Revolution Patriot, Benjamin West, and she then found that Benjamin’s wife, Jane Trail West, was also a recognized patriot by the DAR. Additionally, if Bay’s 24-year-old daughter Katie were to join DAR, it would mean three generations of women who would join DAR under a female patriot. As it turned out, when Bay’s two sisters, Dana Daniel and Anna Stevenson, heard about it they too wanted to join, and so did Anna’s 19-year-old daughter Sydney Barnes. That meant six new members, spanning three generations, joining under a female patriot—a historic event.
The Sequoyah chapter is proud to report that they all were verified and approved in time for the New Member Welcome Ceremony at the December chapter meeting, held at Big Canoe. Welcomed into the chapter at the same meeting were nine other members including five Big Canoe residents, Carolyn White, Liv Taylor, Gina Haines and sisters Nancy Orr and Sara Johnson.
To learn more about the work of today's DAR, visit www.DAR.org. You can also connect with DAR by calling Annie Gunnin, Registrar at 706-692-6344 or get more information via social media at facebook.com/TodaysDAR, and youtube.com/TodaysDAR.
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 and is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 177,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations. DAR members are committed to volunteer service having served more than 12.5 million hours in communities throughout the world during the past four years.