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United States Daughters of 1812

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"Liberty, Fraternity and Unity"

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elcome to the Illinois Society  United States Daughters of 1812.  Our national society was organized on January 8, 1892 on the anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans. Our goals are:  
  • to promote patriotism;
  • to preserve and increase knowledge of the history of the American people by preserving documents and treasures;
  • to mark historic locations;
  • to record family histories and traditions;
  • to celebrate patriotic anniversaries;
  • and 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.
This is an exciting time to become a member of our society as we are joining with like-minded organizations to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812.  Look for us around the state of Illinois as we mark the graves of patriots, and participate in other historic events.  A brochure with additional information about our national society is available here.

If you believe in the goals of our society, perhaps you would like to join us.  In order to 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 Revolutionary War in 1783 and the close of the War of 1812 in 1815. Military service may be in any one of sixteen recognized engagements between those dates. You can download a membership worksheet here.

Illinois Heritage Weekend
John Kinzie Chapter President Kim Nagy, State Historian Kathleen Haas, and State President Lola DeGroff presented a program at the First Annual Illinois Heritage Weekend in East Peoria, Illinois on September 28, 2013.


Charles Schweizer - spirit of 1812 award
Congratulations to Charles B. Schweizer who received the Spirit of 1812 award during the state council held in Bloomington, Illinois on March 2, 2013. He was nominated by the Kaskaskia Chapter. Behind him is State President Lola DeGroff and his daughter and son-in-law.

Dolley Madison
Dolley Madison (aka Barbara Kay) 


Kathy Haas
Honorary State President Kathy Haas spoke at the Battle of Fort Dearborn
Commemoration Day at the Chicago History Museum on August 11, 2012


Illinois USD1812 members at Ninian Edwards marking
A historical marker was dedicated at the grave of Ninian Edwards on June 23, 2012, at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois.  Congratulations to the Sangamon River Chapter who worked hard to make the ceremony a success.


Bill Wilson
During the state meeting in Springfield on March 10, 2011, State President Carole Wylder presented the Spirit of 1812 Award to William (Bill) Wilson.  Mr. Wilson is an avid scholar of the War of 1812 era.  He was the catalyst in the reconstruction of Hill's Fort in Greenville.  He has authored books on Illinois forts and is a sought-after speaker about events of that era.  Wilson serves as Chairman of the Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, president of the Hill's Fort Society.  He is a member of the Illinois Society of the War of 1812.

State President
At an event held at historic Pere Marquette in Grafton, Illinois on July 24, 2011, Carole Clements Wylder,
State President, tells those attending about the goals of the USD1812 in Illinois.



State Meeting  
Carole Clements Wylder, State President, Nona Thompson Quinn, President National
& Jim DeGroff, State Vice President Illinois Society of 1812 at the State Council in
Decatur, March 5, 2011

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Website developed by webmaster on September 30, 2010.  
Last update September 28, 2013