The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded on October 11, 1890, during a time that was marked by a revival in patriotism and intense interest in the beginnings of the United States of America. Women felt the desire to express their patriotic feelings and were frustrated by their exclusion from men's organizations formed to perpetuate the memory of ancestors who fought to make this country free and independent. As a result, a group of pioneering women in the nation's capital formed their own organization and the Daughters of the American Revolution has carried the torch of patriotism ever since. The objectives laid forth in the first meeting of the DAR have remained the same in over 100 years of active service to the nation. Those objectives are: Historical - to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence; Educational - to carry out the injunction of Washington in his farewell address to the American people, "to promote, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge, thus developing an enlightened public opinion…"; and Patriotic - to cherish, maintain, and extend the institutions of American freedom, to foster true patriotism and love of country, and to aid in securing for mankind all the blessings of liberty.
Since its founding in 1890, DAR has admitted more than 800,000 members. There are DAR Chapters all over the United States and in Canada.
Objectives of the Society:
1. To perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence by the acquisition and protection of historical spots and the erection of monuments; by the encouragement of historical research in relation to the American Revolution and the publication of its results; by the preservation of documents and relics and of the records of the individual services of Revolutionary soldiers and patriots; and by the promotion of celebrations of all patriotic anniversaries.
2. To carry out the injunction of Washington in his farewell address to the American people: "to promote, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge," thus developing an enlightened public opinion, and affording to young and old such advantages as shall develop in them the largest capacity for performing the duties of American Citizens.
3. To cherish, maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, to foster true patriotism and love of country, and to aid in securing for mankind all the blessings of liberty.
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As of October 6, 2007 my application and paper work was approved by the National Committe of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Before reaching this stage, I was approved as a prospective member by the chapter I joined. Once approved as a prospective member, I received an application to fill out with all of the instructions of documents necessary. When all documentation was approved by the chapter Registrar and Regent, it was then sent to National DAR in Washington, D.C. Once their committee has reviewed and verified the application and documents included, I received my certificate and DAR membership number. I am very proud to be a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution!
My ancestor Michel Bourg/Bourque/Burke who married Ursule Foret/Forrest fought in the American Revolution under the command of Captain Isaie Boudreau. This group of Acadian men who fought to retake Fort Cumberland on the Nova Scotia/New Brunswick Border were part of the Eddy Rebellion under Colonel Jonathan Eddy of Massachusetts.
Jonathan Eddy was a farmer, soldier; born 1726/27 at Norton, Massachusetts, son of Eleazer E. and Elizabeth (Cobb) Eddy; married 4 May 1749 to Mary, daughter of Dr. William Ware; came to Cumberland, Nova Scotia, in 1763, after serving as captain in the Seven Years' War; deputy provost marshal of Cumberland County; first magistrate on the Penobscot River; Member of the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly for Cumberland Township, 1770-1775; leader in the rebellion in Cumberland in 1776; served as colonel in the American Revolutionary forces, living at Sharon, Massachusetts; in 1781 granted land at Eddington, Maine, where he died in August, 1804.
Source: The Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia 1758-1983: A Biographical Directory, edited and revised by Shirley B. Elliott, 1984, ISBN 088871050X. This volume was prepared as a contribution of the Public Archives of Nova Scotia to the celebration of the bicentenary of the establishment of representative government in Canada.
A note of interest:
Fort Beausejour - Fort Cumberland, by Parks Canada Fort Beausejour is a star-shaped fort built in 1750-51 by by order of Marquis de la Jonquiere, Governor of Canada, in the course of the French struggle with the British for possession of Acadia (Nova Scotia). Fort Beausejour was taken by Lt. Col. Robert Monckton with volunteers from New England, known as Shirley's Regiment, raised by Lt. Col. John Winslow, aided by men of the Royal Artillery, and other British troops, after a two-week siege, June 3-16, 1755. Renamed Fort Cumberland. Besieged by rebels under Jonathan Eddy, November 4-24, 1776. Defended by the Royal American Fencible Regiment under Lt. Col. Joseph Gorham and relieved by Major Thomas Batt with a body of Royal Marines and Royal Highland Emigrants, who routed the besiegers.
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