States Daughters of 1812
Welcome! Our chapter, located in central Illinois, was
organized October 20, 1972 by Organizing President Mrs. Russell S.
Cooke. It is named
after the Sangamon River. The river played a major role during
the early white settlement of the state. The Sangamon
River was home to many different groups of Native Americans in
the centuries before the arrival of Europeans. The river's
name comes from a Pottawatomie word Sain-guee-mon (pronounced
"sang gä mun") meaning "where there is plenty to eat."
the 18th century, groups of the Kickapoo Indians settled along the
river. French traders were active in the region throughout the
middle 18th century when it was part of the Illinois Country. The first
U.S. settlers arrived in the region in the 1810s. Today, the
Sangamon River is a focus of recreation for the people of central
Members of the Sangamon Chapter are pleased to be part of plans to
commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812.
In the near future we
will be marking the grave of another soldier from that war. Did you
know there are an estimated 2,000 War of 1812 soldiers buried in
veterans of the war received bounty land in
Illinois from the government for their service.
Does one of those soldiers belong to you? Perhaps you would
like to be part of our society. Our goals are:
- to promote
- to preserve
and increase knowledge of the history of the American people by
preserving documents and treasures;
mark historic locations;
record family histories and traditions;
celebrate patriotic anniversaries;
to remind citizens of the heroic deeds of those who moulded our
government between the close of the American Revolution and the close
of the War of 1812.
become a member, you must be able to prove lineal descent from an
ancestor who rendered military, naval or civil service between the
close of the American Revolution and the close of the War of
"Liberty, Fraternity and Unity"
You can download a membership worksheet here.
A brochure with additional information about our society
is available here.
U.S.D. of 1812 Insignia is the property of and is copyrighted by the
National Society of the United States Daughters of 1812.
Authorization must be received by the National Society.
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the N.S.U.S.D. of 1812, the state societies, or individual U.S.D.
of 1812 chapters"
developed by webmaster
on March 31, 2011.
Last update October 7, 2013
Picture of Sangamon River and its history courtesy Dual Freq, Wikipedia