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National Society Daughters of the Union 1861-1865

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Henry S. Jenks 1837-1925 Co. D, 114th Reg't, NY Volunteer Infantry


The National Society Daughters of the Union 1861-1865 was founded by Carrie Crowell (Mrs. Frank) on October 9, 1912 in New York City, New York. The Society is a hereditary society formed to honor the soldiers and patriots who were dedicated to preserving the Union during the Civil War. Our society accepts both lineal and collateral lines of both men and women who served the Union cause.

Linda Haney (Mrs. Michael), Organizing Regent of Henry S. Jenks Chapter organized the chapter August 25, 2001. The chapter was chartered November 17, 2001 in Grand Rapids Michigan and celebrated it's 10th anniversary on October 22, 2011.


Claudette Ann Warner Darling (Mrs. Dale F.) of Comstock Park
Pvt. Vanransler (VanRensalaer) Warner enlisted into service at age 26 for three years on 13 Aug 1862. He mustered into Company H, 6th Regiment Michigan Cavalry Volunteers. The 6th Cavalry organized in Grand Rapids, MI and was assigned to what became the Michigan Brigade during the early part of the Gettysburg Campaign in June 1863. It saw its first action under General Custer at the Hanover Hunterstown and Gettysburg. The 6th was armed with Spencer Repeating Rifles and provided superior firepower against the lightly armed Confederate Cavalry. Pvt. Vanransler (VanRensalaer) Warner was discharged for disability from service on 17 Dec 1863 at Detroit, MI. He returned home and died on 25 Dec 1863 leaving no wife or children.

Mary Denise Sellon Roeller (Mrs. Peter Paul) of Rockford, MI
Bio coming soon

Janet Louise Schreiber Kutschinski (Mrs. Richard Frederick) of Wyoming, MI
Bio coming soon

Phyllis Jean Baughman Simmons of Scotts, MI
Photo and Bio coming soon

Susan Marie Hall Norder (Mrs. John P. Jr.) of Zeeland
Pvt. Hall was mustered into service at age 24 on 16 July 1861 leaving his wife Martha Nutt Hall and two young children, Nellie and Eugene. Four months later Martha died of consumption. Adna was allowed to go home for the funeral but returned to Action and fought at Cedar Mountain, Rappahannock Station, Thoroughfare Gap, 2nd Bull Run, Chantilly and South Mountain. At Antietam his luck ran out. He was shot and killed instantly. Nellie was raised by her maternal grandparents and Eugene was adopted and his named changed to William Gurney. Pvt. Adna P. Hall is buried in the Massachusetts section of the National Cemetery at Antietam.

Margaret “Emmy” Kasper VanderBilt (Mrs. Herb) of Lowell
Benjamin H. Whitlow was born 19 Feb 1833 in Logan County, Kentucky and died 04 Feb 1905 at Trufont, Montcalm County, Michigan. He married circa 1866 to Ellen L. McCullum who was born 16 Aug 1844 in Wisconsin or Canada. Benjamin and Ellen had 4 children; Charles, Walter, Edwin and Edgar.
Benjamin enlisted as a 1st Sergeant on 07 Oct 1861 into Company H, 10th Kansas Infantry and served in Company G, 4th Kansas Infantry and finally promoted to 1st Lieutenant on 11 Jul 1862 in Company K, 3rd Indian Home Guard Volunteer Infantry. Benjamin mustered out on 31 May 1865.

Sandra Thompson Westgate (Mrs. Thomas D.) of Newaygo
Charles Verstay was born 13 Jul 1844 in the Netherlands and died 14 Jul 1916 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He married 13 Sep 1866 at Grand Rapids, Michigan to Cordelia Van Louten who was born 12 November 1846 in the Netherlands and died 12 Nov 1928 at Grand Rapids, Michigan. Charles and Cordelia had five children; Jacob, Harry, Mary, Charles and Katie.
Charles enlisted as a Private January 13, 1862 at Grand Rapids, Michigan as a Private in Battery E, 1st Michigan Light Artillery and mustered out as a private on July 30, 1865 at Jackson, Michigan. He moved with his Battery to Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and eventually to North Alabama. Some of the action seen by Battery E was at the Siege of Corinth, Mississippi and pursuit of Booneville, Siege of Nashville, Rousseau’s Raid in Alabama and Georgia, Ten Islands on Coosa River, Stone’s Ferry on Tallapoosa River and McCook’s raid on Atlanta and West Point Railroad & Western Railroad, Battle of Nashville and pursuit of Hood .

Our chapter meets 3 to 4 times a year in the greater West Michigan area.

For information about our chapter and the requirements for membership, please contact:

     Regent L. Haney or Registrar J. Hull

This Society acknowleges as its fundamental principles:

A. A firm belief and trust in Almighty God, extolling Him under whose beneficent guidance the sovereignty and integrity of the Union have been maintained, the honor of the Flag vindicated and the blessings of Civil Liberty secured, established and enlarged.

B. Allegiance to the United States of America based on paramount respect for and fidelity to its Constitution and laws, manifested by discountenancing whatever may tend to weaken loyalty, incite to insurrection, treason or rebellion, or impair in any manner the efficiency and permanency of our free institutions.


  • To honor the memory of the men and women who contributed towards the preservation of the Union during the Civil War, extending over the years 1861-1865
  • To foster a spirit of patriotism, loyalty and love of country
  • To uphold the honor of the Flag of the United States of America
  • To give financial aid to Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee
  • Our National motto is "Let Us Have Peace"
  • Our National song is "Battle Hymn of the Republic"
  • Our flower is the Tea Rose


     October Meeting

       Date: Monday October 27, 2014 - 10:00 a.m. (Note the day has changed)
       Place: Golden Corral: Alpine Ave., Grand Rapids, MI
       Agenda: October 27, 2014 Agenda
       Minutes: July 28, 2014 Minutes
       Program: 3rd Book Review: "They Spy Mistress"
             1. Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
             2. The Secret Life of Mary Bowser

     January Meeting

       Date: Saturday January 24, 2015 - 10:00 a.m.
       Place: Lois Farrand's Home
       Program:By Susan Norder
             1. Adna P. Hall
       Bring: "Pillow Cases for Veterans"

     April Meeting

       Date: Saturday April 25, 2015 - 10:00 a.m.
       Place: Husband-Hanchette House (a.k.a. Tiffany House) Jenison History
       28 Port Sheldon, Jenison, MI
       Program: Annual Meeting; Tour of the Tiffany House and Annual Memorial Service
             1. Installation of Officers
             2. Annual Memorial Service
     July Meeting
       Date: Saturday July 25, 2015 - 10:00
       Place: Grand Shire Herb Farm: 17325 White Creek Rd., Sand Lake, MI
Grand Shire Farm        Program: Civil War style Lunch and Lecture on the Use of Herbs during the Civil War era.
       $15.00 payable two weeks prior to the meeting.


          Emily C. VanDyke Memorial Endowed Scholarship


Emily's scholarship is now maintained by Alma College. If you would like to make a donation go to Alma College or phone them directly at 800-291-1312.
Designate your donation to: Emily C. VanDyke Memorial Endowed Scholarship.    All gifts are tax deductible.

Scholarship Recipients

The 2013-2014 third annual recipient of the $1000 Emily Van Dyke Scholarship at Alma College was Ms. Elizabeth D. Liedel. Elizabeth tells us that she intends to achieve a Bachelor’s degree in History with a Spanish minor. After college she plans on obtaining a job in history and is interested in working in a museum.

The First and Second Annual Emily Van Dyke Scholarship both were awarded to Ashley Mrozinski, a 2014 graduate. Ashley majored in history and social studies along with a secondary education major. She said “I love helping others and making those around me happy and what better way than to teach.”

All members of the National Society are urged to donate to the Emily Van Dyke Scholarship to further support its work to assist history students.


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