History of the General Samuel
On the 11th of February of 1896 a Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Henderson, Kentucky was approved and known as the
General Samuel Hopkins Chapter
and the following officers of said Chapter were selected:
* Helen Catlin McClain, Regent
* Nannie Dupree Norris, Vice Regent
* Annie M. Starling, Recording Secretary
* Margaret Dixon Jonas, Treasurer
* Fannie J.S. McAllister, Registrar
* Mary Atkinson Cunningham, Historian
Within the years of 1876 - 1892 the New World was marked by a revival in patriotism and an intense interest in the beginnings of the United States of America. Associations such as the Society of the Cincinnati which dates from the close of the American Revolution, the Sons of Revolutionary Sires, the Sons of the Revolution, and the Sons of the American Revolution offered men opportunities to perpetuate the memory of ancestors who fought for their country. A resolution at a meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 30, 1890, excluded women from membership. but, women, too, felt the desire to express their patriotic feelings in suitable ways, and many of those who read of the Louisville meeting were indignant at being excluded.
That summer the Sons of the American Revolution met in Washington, D.C. The newspaper account of this meeting provided the impetus to bring together women of the North, South, East, and West in the common interest of historic, educational and patriotic pursuits. A handful of women in the capital put this matter as an earnest endeavor founded a society of their own, the Daughters of the American Revolution. So reads an excerpt from the DAR publication titled "In Washington.... the DAR Story."
Of the four founders, Miss Mary Desha, Miss Eugenia Washington, Mrs. Mary Smith Lockwood, and Mrs. Ellen Hardin Walworth, Miss Mary Desha was a Kentuckian. She helped prepare the DAR Constitution, was the designer of the Society's Seal, was first chairman of the Board of Managers and became Vice President General. She was also the sponsor of the Lexington, Kentucky Chapter.
Mrs. Benjamin Harrison, wife of the President of the United States, became the first President-General of the National Society, 1890-1893.
The three fold purpose of the NSDAR is exactly the same now as it was when the Society was organized, October 11, 1890.
- "to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved
2. Education: - "to carry out the injunction of Washington in his farewell address to the American people, "to promote, as an object of primary important, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge, thus developing an enlightened public opinion...:
3. 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.
The General Samuel Hopkins DAR chapter the third oldest in the state of Kentucky has reached the milestone of its 100th birthday in 1996.
On the local level, the General
Samuel Hopkins Chapter, named for Henderson County's Revolutionary personality,
erected a monument in 1916 in the northeast corner of the Court House yard,
bearing the names of 12 men who served from this County. The burial place
of General Samuel Hopkins
has been marked by a roadside plaque located on Highway 54. Lucy
Audubon, daughter of John
James Audubon and for whom the Chapter of
the Children of the American Revolution was named is buried in the small
cemetery. The grave of Thomas Smith,
Revolutionary soldier, has been marked and is located at the entrance to
Audubon State Park. Other Revolutionary graves are in the process of being
marked by the General Samuel Hopkins Chapter. The General Samuel Hopkins
Chapter sponsored the organization of the Lucy Audubon Chapter, Children
of the American Revolution, the Installation Ceremony having been held
on February 20, 1965, under the leadership of Mrs.
James C. Kirchgessner and Mrs. Robert C. Phillips.