Organized December 8, 1894 | One of the oldest Civic Organizations in Windsor

History

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When Abigail Wolcott married Oliver Ellsworth, she provided him with the strength and stability to continue his highly productive life.

A Short History of the Abigail Wolcott Ellsworth Chapter, NSDAR on our 100th Birthday, by Donna Holt Siemiatkoski / December 14, 1994

This month marks the Centennial of the Abigail Wolcott Ellsworth Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, one of the oldest civic organizations in Windsor. Our chapter began as a result of a nationwide movement of women in 1890 who envisioned a patriotic society in which they could work to express their ideals of service to God, home and country. On October 11, 1890 the National Society of the D.A.R. was formed in Washington, with Mrs. Caroline Scott Harrison, the First Lady, as first President General. Its object was, and still is, “to perpetuate the memory and the spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence; to promote the development of an enlightened public opinion; and to foster patriotic citizenship.”

Soon afterward the Connecticut Chapter was organized. In November 1894 the State Regent, Mrs. Keirn, with Mrs. Abbie H. Loomis of Windsor, discussed with Sarah Hayden Power of Windsor, a member of the Ruth Wyllys Chapter in Hartford, and her daughter Mary Power, the possibility of establishing a chapter in Windsor, the oldest town in the state. During the next month several discussions were held at the home of Miss Power, as they shared with their friends the idea of organizing this chapter. Soon more than the required twelve women were found and the organizational meeting was held on December 8, 1894 at the home of Mary Hatch Bell, who was then elected as the first regent of this chapter. As the State Regent was unable to attend, she sent the vice-regent, Mrs. A.H. Pitkin, also a member of the Ruth Wyllys Chapter. Thus, our chapter is closely connected to the Ruth Wyllys Chapter, the home chapter of our current state regent, Barbara Ulrich. Eighteen ladies met on that December night and made history by becoming the Charter Members of the chapter.

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Regent History

1894 – 1896
Mary Hatch Bell

1896 – 1903 
Abbie Marcy Loomis

1903 – 1926 
Jennie Loomis

1926 – 1929 
Mary Charissa Welch

1930 – 1933
Marjorie Wood Pomeroy

1934 – 1937 
Emma Hawkins Chamberlain

1937 – 1940 
Mattie Dunham Braman

1940 – 1943 
Laura Randlett Warner

1943 – 1946 
Cora Alford Harvey

1946 – 1949 
Beatrice Metcalfe Wendall

1949 – 1952 
Olive Schmidt Barber

1952 – 1955 
Evelyn Webster Mills

 

 

1955 – 1958 
Nellie M. Farnsworth

1958 – 1961 
Olive Schmidt Barber

1961 – 1964 
Hope Walters Sasportas

1964 – 1967 
Grace Loomis

1967 – 1969 
Dorothy Hawley

1969 – 1971
Catherine Craig

1971 – 1972 
Florence Mills, Grace Loomis

1972 – 1973 
Grace Loomis, Florence Mills

1973 – 1974 
Grace Loomis, Marion Nicol

1974 – 1977 
Helen Hall

1977 – 1979 
Helen Wolfe Fleming

1979 – 1981 
Doris Holcomb Zatti

1981 – 1983 
MaryAnn Curry Ferrigno

1983 – 1984 
Edwinna C. Hillemeier

1984 – 1987 
Doris Holcomb Zatti

1987 – 1989 
Donna Holt Siemiatkoski

1989 – 1991 
Marilyn Shaughnessy Davis

1991 – 1993 
Lillian Gurney Gudzunas

1993 – 1996 
Lenora Alford Santy

1996 – 1999 
Jacqueline S. Gilman

1999 – 2002 
Cynthia A. Demers

2002 – 2004
Jacqueline S. Gilman

2004 – 2008 
Susan F. Smoktunowicz

2008 – Present
Beth Anne Witham