OMAHA CHAPTER
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

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Omaha, Nebraska

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Organized - June 29, 1896

On the first day of October 1896, the following approved members of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution: Nellie Belle Fitch Crane, Mary McClelland Irwin Creigh, Anna Fister Doyle, Isabelle Doyle, Mary Postlethwaite Doyle, Ellenore Elizabeth Dutcher, Margaret Elizabeth Dutcher Alexander, Elma Lanphear Jaynes, Margaret Emma Doyle Pickens, Anna Fitch Skinner, Martha Lydia Poland Thurston, Elizabeth Isabella Maxwell Allan Tukey, Harriet Dexter McCloud Ware, Emma Elizabeth Doyle Wilderman and Euphemia Righter Wood, under the authorization of the National Board of Management, organized a chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in the city of Omaha, state of Nebraska, to be known as the Omaha Chapter. The following officers were chosen: Mrs. Henry S. Jaynes as Regent, Mrs. Alonzo P. Tukey as Vice Regent, Miss E.E. Dutcher as Secretary, Mrs. L.S. Skinner as Registrar, Mrs. Lyman E. Ware as Treasurer, Mrs. Edward A. Crane as Historian.

This chapter steadily increased in membership, accomplishing much good work. In 1899, there were 73 members. The Historian’s report for that year is the first one on file.

Being the first chapter organized in the city of Omaha, it was given the name of its home city, which derived its name from the Omaha tribe of Indians which had lived on the townsite as early as 1650.  The name “Omaha” means “Those going against the wind”.  The legend is that in a great battle which the Omaha Indians waged in the early history of the state, every warrior of their enemy tribe was killed, except one, who was cast, wounded into the swift current of the river.  He escaped by swimming against the current to a point far above where he was thrown into the stream.  As he left the water on the opposite side, he lifted his right arm and defiantly exclaimed, “E-roma-ha”.  The conquerors interpreted this as an exclamation meaning fortitude and courage.  Accordingly, they took part of this euphonious exclamation of the last surviving member of the foe as their tribal name, “Omaha”.

The Omahas are one of the five tribes of the so-called Dhegiba (or Dakota) groups of the Siouan family, the other four being Kansa, Quapau, Osage and Ponca. Lewis and Clark found the Omahas on the south side of the Missouri River, opposite Sioux City in 1800. In 1802, the Omahas were greatly reduced in number by a small pox epidemic. In 1854, when the government made the relinquishment treaty with them, they owned vast tracts south of the Missouri River and north of the Platte River. The treaty was liberal in terms and very satisfactory to all.

Logan Fontenelle was chief of the Omahas when the treaty was made. He was of French parentage, his father having come to this section of the country in 1824, and taking an Indian woman as his wife. His eldest son, Logan Fontenelle, was a remarkable figure, active, with quick perception and beloved by all who knew him. He died at the age of thirty, battling against the Sioux. The Fontenelle flag, a large United States flag, is one of the prized possessions of the Omaha Chapter.

This chapter has over 150 members who range from 18 – 92 years of age. Our members are college students, young mothers, members of the military, members of the work force, active volunteers and retirees. Each member has a unique facet to offer the Chapter.

MEETINGS

Meetings are held from October through May the second Tuesday of the month for a noon luncheon (no cost), which is followed by a short business meeting and an interesting program.

Prospective members interested in participating in the historical, educational and patriotic activities of the NSDAR are always welcomed to our Chapter meetings.  If you are interested, please contact our E-mail host.

Board Members

ANCESTORS

PATRIOTIC ANCESTORS OF CHARTER MEMBERS
1896
Col. John Allan, MA Andrew Bennett, MA Hon. Asa Fitch, M.D., NY
Jabez Fitch, CT James Irwin, PA Tobias Leighton, Jr., MA
Thomas McNair, PA Rothias Mitchell, MA Benjamin Reed, MA
George Webb, VA Joseph Young, PA
PATRIOTIC ANCESTORS OF CURRENT MEMBERS
Asa Adams, MA Isaac Hough, PA Peter Shumway, MA
John William Albaugh, MD Jedediah Hubbell, MA Benjamin Sprague, MA
Ebenezer Ball, MA Garret Irons, NJ Nicholas Sprague, MA
Ebenezer Ball, Jr., MA Aaron Jenkins, PA James Steen, SC
John Banker, NY Thomas Jones, MD Martin Stough, NC
Thomas Barnes, NH Job Judd, CT Soloman Stratton, VA
Obediah Basham, VA Simeon King, MA Gad Sutliff, CT
Jonathan Benjamin, PA Asa Kitchell, NJ Henricus Terpenning, NY
Hezekiah Bevill, VA Kimbrow Landers, VA John Thorne, NH
Benjamin Boone, PA Joshua Larkin, CT Dorothy Tidmore, SC
Patrick Boyd, VA Ezekiel Lyman, Jr, CT James Torrence, PA
William Bradshaw, VA Gavin McCoy, NJ John Tuggle, VA
Nicholas Bressler, PA William McDowell, SC Samuel Vernon, RI
Matthew Brown, PA John McNeal, PA John Walbridge Jr., CT
William Brown, PA William Nye, MA Martha Burton Ward, VA
George Bub, PA Jonathan Morgan, NJ Joseph Ward, NJ
Zephaniah Chase, MA JGeorge Newbegin, MA Benjamin Wait, VT
Thomas Chowning, VA Henry Newcomer, PA Benjamin Franklin Wait, CT/VT
Hezekiah Clark, CT William Nye, MA John Webster, VA
William Cleveland, Sr., MA Willis Odom, NC/SC Silas Weeks, NC
Ebenezer Coleman, CT Stephen Olney, RI Josiah White, VT
Caleb Cooley, VT Philip Parry, PA Thomas White, PA
Joshua Culver, CT Charles Parsons, VA John Wieland, PA
Thomas Davenport, CT/NY Micajah Pendelton, VA Benjamin Wierman, PA
William Ranger Davidson, PA/MD Archibald Prater, VA Jan Westervelt, NY
Abraham De Hart, PA Zadock Pratt, CT John Woods, VA
Jacob Dormeyer (Dunmire), PA John Pray, NH
Thomas Drake, VA Little Page Proctor, KY
Artemus Dryden, MA Jacob Reed, Jr, PA
Samuel Duff, VA John Phillip Reed, PA
William Robinson Eddy, MA David Reed, MA
James Eidson, Sr, SC Jacob Reed, Sr., PA
Josiah Everett, MA Benjamin Remick, Jr, MA
Josiah Everett Jr., MA Ithamar Rice, MA
John Farnham, NH Casper Ripple, PA
Elijah Flint, MA Lewis Roberts, SC
John Foster, MD Thomas Royal, PA
John Hager, VA Thomas Royal Sr., PA
Samuel Hale, MA Reuben Ross, MD
John Henry Hammer, PA John Jonas Rupp, PA
Thomas Hamilton, PA Allen Sage Sr., MA
Jabez Hancock, MA Selah Sage, MA
Benjamin Harrison, VA John Adam Shafer, PA
John High, VA James Sherrick, NY

RESEARCH

The Lineage Research Committee of Omaha Chapter is ready and willing to assist prospective members with your applications and to guide you with the necessary documentation needed to accompany your application.

We have the three volume Patriot Index available for a quick look-up by contacting our E-mail host. Please put “DAR look-up” on the subject line. Then include your ancestor’s name, approximate date of birth and death, spouse’s name and state of residence during the Revolution in the text. These indexes are also available at most public libraries with genealogical departments.

We also have the pamphlets published by NSDAR entitled:

       *Genealogical Research For Membership in National Society Daughters
         of the American Revolution
       *Is That Service Right?
       *Is That Lineage Right?

Omaha Chapters Membership Committee can provide a worksheet for you to begin the work on your application.

Our Lineage Committee would be glad to schedule get-togethers with you to provide research assistance. Contact our E-mail host – Please put in the subject line – “DAR Research Assistance”.

MEMBERSHIP

Any woman is eligible for membership who is no less than eighteen years of age and shall prove lineal blood line descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage and death.

Admission to membership in the NSDAR is either by invitation through a chapter or as a Member-At- Large.

The National Society reserves the right to determine the acceptability of all service and proof thereof.
       1. Signers of the Declaration of Independence
       2. Signers of the Constitution of the United States
       3. Military Service – service in all branches of the military
       4. Civil Service and Patriotic Service.

How to Become a Member:
       1. An individual is invited to join a chapter, pending the acceptance
           of her application by NSDAR.
       2. She submits her properly documented application papers to
           NSDAR through the chapter which invited her to join.
       3. After her application papers are verified, she is accepted as
           a member of NSDAR by action of the National Board of
           Management and is issued her unique NSDAR number.

OMAHA CHAPTER

ACTIVITIES AND PROJECTS

  • Assist prospective members in completing their applications.
  • Participate in the Naturalization Ceremonies and provide instruction booklets to immigrants.
  • Sponsor the American History Essay contest in some of the area grade schools.
  • Present ROTC medals to local high school and universities.
  • Donate American flags each year to a worthy group.
  • Support the veterans at the VA Hospital and the Thomas Fitzgerald Veterans Home.
  • Promote historical sites with the presentation of memorial markers.
  • Provide a Regents Honorarium to a Chapter member who is attending a college or university and is on the Dean’s list from that institution.
  • Provide a newsletter to Chapter members to keep them informed of the chapter activities.
  • Acknowledge and honor our 15, 25, 40 and 50 year members annually.
  • Attend the NSDAR Continental Congress at least once each two-year term.
LEWIS AND CLARK MONUMENT
NEBRASKA DAR LEWIS AND CLARK MEMORIAL REDEDICATION CEREMONY JULY 2004
COCHAIR
PRESIDENT GENERAL
    REDEDICATION
CO-CHAIRWOMEN
SANDRA SPICER, JUDY EKELER    
VICE PRESIDENT GENERAL FIXMER, SANDA SPICER, PRESIDENT GENERAL WAGONER, HARRIET KNOWLES
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